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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 Wed, Jan. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,634,866-23%3,4557$763$147,249,5293Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,013,350-21%3,7030$544$141,481,6893Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,803,452-13%2,9140$619$63,831,1262Sony / Columbia
4War Horse$1,305,586-17%2,547171$513$46,961,6602Disney / DreamWorks
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,232,781-36%3,72441$331$101,012,3093Fox
6The Adventures of Tintin$1,146,601-33%3,0870$371$54,254,3282Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$1,100,279-27%3,16346$348$47,108,1692Fox
8New Year's Eve$474,242-22%2,2250$213$48,338,3804Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$406,926-31%2,3273$175$15,209,7362Summit
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$250,362-16%1,4110$177$276,675,2347Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$248,968-17%1,348-138$185$27,366,3454Fox
12The Muppets$190,454-31%1,5415$124$84,028,7046Disney
13Arthur Christmas$81,327-30%1,343-181$61$46,269,9686Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$340,267-8%7585$449$41,027,4827Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$257,534-15%9870$261$13,228,0044Paramount
3Hugo$220,877-22%9510$232$50,816,3556Paramount
4The Artist$175,319-2%1670$1,050$5,803,7276Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$137,727-4%63028$219$9,488,8356Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$83,614-25%3890$215$145,932,97910Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$51,239-19%5250$98$61,080,5157Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$33,302-5%4550$73$36,719,3358Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$30,360-11%253-30$120$76,866,7409Universal
10Immortals$19,766-16%2280$87$82,742,7328Relativity Media
11A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,199-14%2450$66$34,963,5209Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dolphin Tale$15,696-36%1880$83$72,056,18915Warner Bros.
13In Time$15,045-11%12311$122$37,108,37510Fox
14Footloose (2011)$11,985-2%1820$66$51,694,72712Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$7,2662%1240$59$104,022,23711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$121,5972%572$2,133$4,520,7774Focus
2Shame$35,737-12%555$650$2,120,0795Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$18,591-8%4--$4,648$324,6851Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,959-15%490$367$15,222,81639Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,8702%60$2,645$383,8132Warner Bros.
6Pariah (2011)$7,1659%40$1,791$115,4681Focus
7The Way$7,160-11%4720$152$4,202,60413Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$4,94330%29-1$170$5,262,94311Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$4,93411%25-1$197$34,849,57716FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$2,78616%300$93$3,377,28710Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,7400%2-1$870$56,8302FilmDistrict