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'Ouija' Off To Respectable Start; 'John Wick' and 'St. Vincent' Look PromisingOctober 25, 2014 08:23 AM

by Phil Contrino

Saturday Update: Ouija is off to a respectable start. The horror flick is headed for a $20 million debut after snagging $8.3 million on Friday. Unlike most horror entries, Ouija should hold up reasonably well considering that it has opened before Halloween.

John Wick is on pace for $14 million after tallying $5.5 million on Friday. 

St. Vincent is on pace for $8.2 million after grossing $2.6 million on Friday.

Check back tomorrow for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Ouija is headed for $19 million-$20 million during its debut frame. Of course, horror films tend to pop late on Friday night, so we're not ruling out a surge that could put the fright flick above that range.

John Wick is off to a solid start with what's look like a $14 million debut frame. If word of mouth is strong among action aficionados, then Keanu Reeves' latest could post an even higher debut. This definitely marks a comeback for Reeves.

St. Vincent is set for as much as $10 million during its expansion weekend.

Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official Friday estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal's Ouija bowed to $911,000 last night. That's noticeably behind the $2.1 million start for Annabelle earlier this month, although that pic had some benefit in marketing with the aid of being a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster The Conjuring. Ouija's Thursday take is more in line with Carrie's $730,000 last October, which ultimately earned $16.1 million over opening weekend. Ouija's own native brand awareness could feasibly give it a boost as the weekend progresses.

Lionsgate reports that John Wick grabbed a healthy $870,000 from Thursday night shows in over 2,000 locations. That more than double A Walk Among the Tombstones' $430,000 Thursday night start in September, which went on to earn $12.8 million over opening weekend, as well as Brick Mansions' $400,000 ($9.5 million opening weekend). Strong buzz and critical reviews for the sleeper hit had been building in recent weeks, which could be a factor in last night's strong turnout, but the chances of a weekend close to $20 million now look even better.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is sending St. Vincent into wide release today following its healthy start in limited play over the past couple of weeks.

More as it comes.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Dec. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,246,568-3%3,4480$2,392$102,984,2072Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,522,184-1%3,683-43$1,771$76,359,3352Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,331,128-3%3,7030$1,710$110,022,3262Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,144,753-1%2,9140$1,422$40,760,3041Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,115,772-1%3,0870$1,333$36,038,9871Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,087,5011%3,117--$1,311$27,487,3171Fox
7War Horse$3,614,519-3%2,376--$1,521$26,029,0431Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,768,4654%2,225-826$795$39,665,0503Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,208,166-3%2,324--$520$8,974,7221Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,9430%1,536-323$661$79,867,2615Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$762,4691%1,411-411$540$273,469,7966Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$531,113-2%1,486-987$357$24,644,0613Fox
13Arthur Christmas$361,570-5%1,524-581$237$45,137,0675Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$825,6022%753-82$1,096$36,024,6466Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$745,3323%951-536$784$46,992,5925Paramount
3Young Adult$613,312-1%9871$621$9,969,1383Paramount
4The Artist$318,3115%167150$1,906$3,733,5745Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$278,5364%389-368$716$144,731,4289Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,1300%602358$401$8,010,3725Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$153,0085%525-235$291$60,411,1656Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$66,4395%4550$146$36,326,9817Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$63,8431%242-435$264$71,519,6217Sony / Columbia
10Dolphin Tale$61,0037%188-62$324$71,811,66614Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$59,6672%2420$247$74,756,44914Sony / Columbia
12Tower Heist$55,1852%283-135$195$76,480,9108Universal
13Courageous$46,005-1%1925$240$33,883,38913Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,2410%228-988$168$82,531,6297Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,0820%2450$139$34,796,5238Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$32,75710%182-71$180$51,556,15611Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,7267%1454$157$40,741,90112Sony / Columbia
18In Time$22,6852%112-161$203$36,956,6259Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$16,2655%124-82$131$103,939,69510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$244,3146%5539$4,442$2,870,2903Focus
2Shame$57,3541%500$1,147$1,765,5834Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$52,1835%490$1,065$15,058,27838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,571-7%6--$4,762$202,2741Warner Bros.
5The Way$16,69513%27--$618$4,117,80212Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,339-10%20-2$667$681,7315Warner Bros.
7Pariah (2011)$9,867-55%4--$2,467$31,6910Focus
8Margin Call$7,89217%30-91$263$5,222,72110Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,5538%26-30$214$34,808,52915FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,9562%3--$1,652$39,6631FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,7032%30-70$157$3,358,4679Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,960-11%37-86$107$20,374,48410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,16821%15-24$211$2,900,62510Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,51911%31-80$81$35,014,19213Summit
15Inni$21641%1--$216$117,0539Cinema Purgatorio