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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. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,366,469-20%3,555100$384$173,925,4674Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,102,268-18%3,603-100$306$160,547,4494Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,080,529-14%2,95036$366$80,178,3003Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$951,368-32%2,285--$416$37,483,8331Paramount
5War Horse$849,358-14%2,783236$305$59,411,3693Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$507,334-21%3,1707$160$58,011,4113Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$389,672-28%3,006-81$130$63,336,6483Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$312,529-23%3,425-299$91$112,676,1084Fox
9New Year's Eve$191,488-18%1,864-361$103$52,467,0335Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$181,470-16%2,163-164$84$19,275,0173Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$112,652-11%1,058-353$106$278,762,4298Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,163-4%1,236-305$55$85,768,6067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$466,313-8%809752$576$11,505,1165Focus
2The Descendants$292,764-2%737-21$397$44,744,8648Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$135,6650%1725$789$7,471,2977Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$133,887-12%830-157$161$15,147,3135Paramount
5Hugo$120,426-8%843-108$143$52,989,0787Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$111,563-6%584-46$191$10,771,3227Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$97,943-17%758-590$129$29,038,9605Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$32,283-17%351-38$92$146,703,51011Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,665-16%29542$80$77,273,71010Universal
10J. Edgar$16,1794%152-303$106$36,905,4669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$15,110-7%285-240$53$61,401,3008Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,501-6%1329$87$37,272,67911Fox
13Immortals$10,302-16%128-100$80$82,884,6039Relativity Media
14Arthur Christmas$6,33737%280-1063$23$46,457,9577Sony / Columbia
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,174-21%125-120$49$35,054,63110Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dolphin Tale$5,301-19%149-39$36$72,182,85816Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$5,134-21%131-51$39$51,796,76813Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$27,054-24%45-10$601$2,453,9206Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$17,4237%51$3,485$569,5402Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$11,590-4%60$1,932$532,4083Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,220-7%117$929$262,3262Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,472-21%45-4$210$15,360,97540Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$6,573-8%305$219$34,930,42717FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,968-4%75$567$102,4573FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,307-30%301$77$5,308,86812Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,12110%15-15$141$3,393,23911Paramount Vantage
10Inni$390141%1--$390$122,69911Cinema Purgatorio