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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 Sat, Jan. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$11,780,138-30%2,285--$5,155$28,536,9021Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,021,67447%3,555100$2,538$164,863,4514Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,048,84743%3,603-100$1,679$153,643,4824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,946,69140%2,95036$1,677$74,015,7773Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,487,40495%3,425-299$1,310$108,876,9574Fox
6War Horse$3,843,04948%2,783236$1,381$54,664,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$3,813,69761%3,1707$1,203$54,275,3563Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$2,983,26470%3,006-81$992$60,020,2243Paramount
9New Year's Eve$1,403,84130%1,864-361$753$51,247,4405Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$1,393,60030%2,163-164$644$18,030,5493Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$665,57752%1,058-353$629$278,046,8378Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$618,753116%1,236-305$501$85,108,4797Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$2,429,77941%809752$3,003$8,806,6365Focus
2The Descendants$1,186,40958%737-21$1,610$43,312,0858Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$719,50284%843-108$854$52,141,4207Paramount
4Young Adult$564,67042%830-157$680$14,428,8625Paramount
5The Artist$511,93073%1725$2,976$6,785,6717Weinstein Company
6The Sitter$480,06221%758-590$633$28,446,3065Fox
7My Week with Marilyn$359,33353%584-46$615$10,224,6487Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$272,74294%351-38$777$146,423,03911Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$138,65049%29542$470$77,126,14510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$93,46858%285-240$328$61,282,3758Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$78,33342%231-19$339$75,233,44316Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$78,05365%171-51$456$71,938,3299Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$64,98138%19110$340$34,264,90115Sony / TriStar
14In Time$50,08140%1329$379$37,208,85611Fox
15J. Edgar$49,46355%152-303$325$36,833,3009Warner Bros.
16Dolphin Tale$45,810106%149-39$307$72,138,48316Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$40,05225%280-1063$143$46,410,0407Sony / Columbia
18Immortals$35,70626%128-100$279$82,826,5789Relativity Media
19Footloose (2011)$34,69451%131-51$265$51,764,09913Paramount
20The Ides of March$31,79340%114-29$279$40,945,80914Sony / Columbia
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$23,03136%125-120$184$35,017,75410Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$86,28946%45-10$1,918$2,302,1576Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$76,86670%51$15,373$466,4322Weinstein Company
3Pariah (2011)$45,01032%117$4,092$202,6572Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$41,30860%60$6,885$466,5903Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$38,48167%45-4$855$15,301,35440Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$22,13816%305$738$34,896,61517FilmDistrict
7Margin Call$14,59164%301$486$5,293,01112Roadside Attractions
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$14,12881%75$2,018$80,3143FilmDistrict
9Like Crazy$2,9371%15-15$196$3,386,61311Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,48719%31$496$120,58911Cinema Purgatorio