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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. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,256,102-25%2,907--$432$26,637,0581Fox
2The Woman in Black$939,018-26%2,855--$329$24,258,0911CBS Films
3The Grey$713,145-25%3,20722$222$37,041,2442Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$504,208-17%2,636-442$191$55,936,6743Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$421,088-20%2,03837$207$66,800,52012Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$415,056-22%2,7370$152$20,960,7212Lionsgate
7Big Miracle$361,930-28%2,129--$170$8,995,2951Universal
8Red Tails$358,863-19%2,347-226$153$42,256,8143Fox
9Man on a Ledge$350,905-29%2,9980$117$15,819,0232Lionsgate
10Contraband$317,025-21%2,047-603$155$63,075,9304Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$298,173-22%2,505-125$119$27,630,7537Warner Bros.
12The Artist$272,218-19%1,005108$271$21,478,73811Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$234,576-21%1,021-223$230$21,402,5516Weinstein Company
14Hugo$186,369-14%1,03065$181$62,483,91711Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$170,425-12%1,719-426$99$45,440,6494Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,809-17%1,077-577$133$205,657,7558Paramount
17Haywire$121,345-20%1,251-1190$97$18,251,8393Relativity Media
18War Horse$106,971-17%1,163-698$92$77,631,7067Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$97,457-23%1,350-671$72$29,289,3874Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$99,323-15%668-534$149$100,216,7977Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$84,408-15%857-673$98$184,154,9828Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$61,631-21%302-108$204$21,380,6749Focus
4Albert Nobbs$58,040-13%2450$237$1,704,8122Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$45,944-31%486-216$95$75,483,4067Paramount
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,948-8%818-252$49$128,479,2288Fox
7We Bought a Zoo$39,353-10%754-335$52$72,844,0977Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$29,988-29%171-15$175$13,102,72411Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,476-16%296105$89$280,961,54212Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$15,468-12%253-17$61$148,506,80115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,577-11%255-54$53$63,475,19212Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,518-11%303-419$45$53,100,9045Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,341-26%222160$51$54,419,3939Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,370-13%126-19$66$30,347,0209Fox
15J. Edgar$4,954-19%135-73$37$37,274,56413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0691%450$313$16,035,58544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$13,981-12%64-16$218$3,507,66410Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,347-3%142$453$230,5003Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,244-1%4--$1,061$60,3061Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,496-10%62-55$56$83,465,84813Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,9313%195$154$629,6336Focus
7Young Adult$2,6406%58-29$46$16,241,5109Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,116-14%7-4$302$259,3837FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$1,635-20%39-48$42$21,209,0537Summit
10Drive (2011)$1,5615%22-1$71$35,059,13221FilmDistrict
11Vettai$545-69%4--$136$194,5984UTV Communications