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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, Feb. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$8,600,183--2,907--$2,958$8,600,1831Fox
2The Woman in Black$8,332,494--2,855--$2,919$8,332,4941CBS Films
3The Grey$3,069,378143%3,20722$957$28,325,9112Open Road
4Big Miracle$2,267,385--2,129--$1,065$2,267,3851Universal
5One For the Money$1,721,957154%2,7370$629$16,139,9442Lionsgate
6Underworld Awakening$1,705,48695%2,636-442$647$50,458,4073Sony / Screen Gems
7Man on a Ledge$1,501,597183%2,9980$501$11,766,3712Lionsgate
8Red Tails$1,491,781142%2,347-226$636$37,815,2393Fox
9The Descendants$1,425,716156%2,03837$700$62,348,36812Fox Searchlight
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,205,137160%2,505-125$481$24,072,8137Warner Bros.
11Contraband$1,125,850130%2,047-603$550$59,739,1504Universal
12The Artist$760,359135%1,005108$757$18,779,60311Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$602,202104%1,719-426$350$42,931,0024Disney
14The Iron Lady$567,01885%1,021-223$555$19,324,3676Weinstein Company
15Hugo$556,247225%1,03065$540$60,195,28611Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$525,295125%1,077-577$488$204,023,1578Paramount
17Joyful Noise$417,806100%1,350-671$309$27,923,0344Warner Bros.
18Haywire$397,47523%1,251-1190$318$17,042,3793Relativity Media
19War Horse$294,85960%1,163-698$254$76,630,3667Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$332,109106%857-673$388$183,191,2278Warner Bros.
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$316,36378%668-534$474$99,197,8287Sony / Columbia
3We Bought a Zoo$197,348189%754-335$262$72,180,9197Fox
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,884208%818-252$237$127,497,3098Fox
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$188,232109%302-108$623$20,702,9249Focus
6The Adventures of Tintin$174,042126%486-216$358$74,788,1817Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$138,06892%2450$564$1,176,0112Roadside Attractions
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$83,714405%296105$283$280,680,42412Lionsgate / Summit
9My Week with Marilyn$74,38283%171-15$435$12,825,54011Weinstein Company
10Happy Feet Two$61,473205%255-54$241$63,231,23612Warner Bros.
11Puss in Boots (2011)$56,953228%253-17$225$148,266,21715Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$54,204--222-31$244$73,473,05713Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$53,5220%303-419$177$52,955,3805Paramount
14New Year's Eve$36,983910%222160$167$54,311,6899Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$21,92179%126-19$174$30,269,1259Fox
16J. Edgar$14,53411%135-73$108$37,231,97913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$31,81550%64-16$497$3,393,42210Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,01763%450$534$15,925,90144Warner Bros. / IMAX
3W.E.$14,808--4--$3,702$14,8081Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$12,14679%142$868$179,9673Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$10,499156%195$553$596,5806Focus
6Immortals$8,55917%62-55$138$83,432,54213Relativity Media
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,184261%7-4$1,026$239,0297FilmDistrict
8Young Adult$6,64433%58-29$115$16,221,0179Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$5,68968%39-48$146$21,189,8997Summit
10Drive (2011)$4,987284%22-1$227$35,047,92421FilmDistrict
11Vettai$2,373--4-3$593$184,5594UTV Communications
12Margin Call$609--21$305$5,352,55016Roadside Attractions