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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, Jan. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,451,383-7%3,4557$710$149,700,9123Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,878,372-7%3,7030$507$143,360,0613Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,704,788-5%2,9140$585$65,535,9142Sony / Columbia
4War Horse$1,263,552-3%2,547171$496$48,225,2122Disney / DreamWorks
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,076,145-13%3,72441$289$102,088,4543Fox
6The Adventures of Tintin$1,025,947-11%3,0870$332$55,280,2752Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$985,940-10%3,16346$312$48,094,1092Fox
8New Year's Eve$422,417-11%2,2250$190$48,760,7974Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$356,553-12%2,3273$153$15,566,2892Summit
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$268,4047%1,4110$190$276,943,6387Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$201,790-19%1,348-138$150$27,568,1354Fox
12The Muppets$174,202-9%1,5415$113$84,202,9066Disney
13Arthur Christmas$67,879-17%1,343-181$51$46,337,8476Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$349,0813%7585$461$41,376,5637Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$238,500-7%9870$242$13,466,5044Paramount
3Hugo$213,802-3%9510$225$51,030,1576Paramount
4The Artist$173,774-1%1670$1,041$5,977,5016Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$142,1783%63028$226$9,631,0136Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$76,846-8%3890$198$146,009,82510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$49,094-4%5250$94$61,129,6097Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$32,497-2%4550$71$36,751,8328Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$27,830-8%253-30$110$76,894,5709Universal
10Immortals$19,8070%2280$87$82,762,5398Relativity Media
11In Time$14,586-3%12311$119$37,122,96110Fox
12Dolphin Tale$14,284-9%1880$76$72,070,47315Warner Bros.
13A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$14,256-12%2450$58$34,977,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
14Footloose (2011)$11,777-2%1820$65$51,706,50412Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$6,570-10%1240$53$104,028,80711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$130,3727%572$2,287$4,651,1494Focus
2Shame$36,5312%555$664$2,156,6105Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$19,6105%4--$4,903$344,2951Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,017-5%490$347$15,239,83339Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,731-1%60$2,622$399,5442Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,52819%4720$181$4,211,13213Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$7,97111%40$1,993$123,4391Focus
8Margin Call$6,55533%29-1$226$5,269,49811Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,80018%25-1$232$34,855,37716FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$3,48525%300$116$3,380,77210Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,562-10%2-1$781$58,3922FilmDistrict