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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, Feb. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,251,368-23%3,185--$393$23,992,6521Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$886,902-17%3,0780$288$47,878,2532Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$676,755-21%2,737--$247$13,739,1811Lionsgate
4Red Tails$613,447-13%2,57361$238$35,707,0192Fox
5The Descendants$554,294-11%2,0011441$277$60,366,23911Fox Searchlight
6Man on a Ledge$514,539-25%2,998--$172$9,733,5221Lionsgate
7Contraband$489,995-14%2,650-220$185$58,123,8553Universal
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$442,428-24%2,6300$168$22,403,4266Warner Bros.
9Haywire$314,835-23%2,4412$129$16,322,7972Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$302,379-16%1,244168$243$18,450,4605Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$288,883-11%2,145-480$135$42,033,1063Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$217,291-15%1,654-865$131$203,264,8747Paramount
13Joyful Noise$186,182-23%2,021-714$92$27,295,8393Warner Bros.
14War Horse$170,145-15%1,861-664$91$76,150,8516Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$170,050-8%1,202-705$141$98,704,0826Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$150,470-15%1,530-955$98$182,697,9437Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$64,559-17%1,089-976$59$71,915,2586Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$61,049-10%1,070-1000$57$127,240,4917Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$316,398-9%897235$353$17,695,72710Weinstein Company
2Hugo$165,872-14%965315$172$59,467,74610Paramount
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$83,904-14%410-321$205$20,424,8428Focus
4The Adventures of Tintin$79,235-24%702-638$113$74,537,2966Paramount
5Albert Nobbs$72,835-8%245--$297$966,0361Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$51,188-11%722-1485$71$52,848,0914Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$38,741-13%186-39$208$12,710,54910Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$18,857-12%309-22$61$63,149,59811Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$17,035-9%270-22$63$148,191,88314Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$14,808-5%191-179$78$280,580,14211Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$12,903-24%208162$62$37,204,39712Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$10,886-6%145-46$75$30,234,9618Fox
13Tower Heist$8,695-17%174-46$50$78,037,00013Universal
14Immortals$6,6390%117-52$57$83,416,69812Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$19,158-16%80-15$239$3,340,4509Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,155-10%450$292$15,884,61243Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,590-2%123$549$161,0412Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,329-9%87-63$61$16,209,3958Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$3,772-6%14-7$269$581,9795Focus
6The Darkest Hour$3,066-18%87-214$35$21,180,8156Summit
7New Year's Eve$2,948-42%62-203$48$54,271,0448Warner Bros. / New Line
8In Time$2,704-3%58-39$47$37,517,08714Fox
9Drive (2011)$1,6073%23-10$70$35,041,63920FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,294-19%11-3$118$229,8576FilmDistrict