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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 Fri, Jan. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$6,481,717--3,185--$2,035$6,481,7171Open Road
2One For the Money$4,100,384--2,737--$1,498$4,100,3841Lionsgate
3Underworld Awakening$3,391,464121%3,0780$1,102$36,017,0772Sony / Screen Gems
4Red Tails$2,771,032179%2,57361$1,077$26,150,8272Fox
5Man on a Ledge$2,491,173--2,998--$831$2,491,1731Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,008,109162%2,6300$764$15,969,3636Warner Bros.
7Contraband$1,907,985114%2,650-220$720$51,777,4853Universal
8The Descendants$1,733,633506%2,0011441$866$54,031,64711Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,229,173135%2,145-480$573$37,031,5043Disney
10Haywire$1,170,79590%2,4412$480$12,449,9972Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$935,878122%1,654-865$566$200,027,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$893,849111%1,244168$719$15,208,3315Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$850,53197%2,021-714$421$24,338,0413Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$685,40691%1,530-955$448$180,424,3227Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$606,08167%1,202-705$504$96,601,1946Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$535,76854%1,861-664$288$74,151,1596Disney / DreamWorks
17We Bought a Zoo$361,043125%1,089-976$332$70,598,5746Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$320,800153%1,070-1000$300$125,580,1227Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$878,930144%897235$980$14,308,02810Weinstein Company
2Hugo$488,050211%965315$506$56,903,63210Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$293,107112%702-638$418$73,217,8486Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$285,76051%410-321$697$19,350,9018Focus
5The Devil Inside$207,57214%722-1485$287$52,255,3244Paramount
6Albert Nobbs$195,328--245--$797$245,5791Roadside Attractions
7Happy Feet Two$89,148270%309-22$289$62,785,98211Warner Bros.
8My Week with Marilyn$88,16262%186-39$474$12,345,51410Weinstein Company
9Jack and Jill$77,374--253-30$306$73,120,14012Sony / Columbia
10Puss in Boots (2011)$72,224266%270-22$267$147,877,37914Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$46,48861%191-179$243$280,417,91211Lionsgate / Summit
12Tower Heist$37,410144%174-46$215$77,916,93013Universal
13The Sitter$35,240145%145-46$243$30,113,3078Fox
14J. Edgar$33,180750%208162$160$37,085,70512Warner Bros.
15Immortals$18,11128%117-52$155$83,344,95412Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$47,74946%80-15$597$3,160,9749Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,09860%450$713$15,759,52843Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Young Adult$16,3293%87-63$188$16,152,5348Paramount
4Moneyball$14,240--81-29$176$75,569,49919Sony / Columbia
5Coriolanus$13,00970%123$1,084$105,2602Weinstein Company
6The Darkest Hour$11,873-11%87-214$136$21,140,3546Summit
7Pariah (2011)$11,45650%14-7$818$537,4655Focus
8New Year's Eve$11,2367%62-203$181$54,238,6468Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$10,06863%58-39$174$37,486,44514Fox
10Drive (2011)$4,84849%23-10$211$35,028,63620FilmDistrict
11Vettai$3,669104%7-14$524$162,8983UTV Communications
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,301-9%11-3$300$216,8966FilmDistrict
13Margin Call$255-78%1-13$255$5,351,15415Roadside Attractions