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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 Thu, Feb. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,230,209-2%2,907--$423$27,867,2671Fox
2The Woman in Black$897,396-4%2,855--$314$25,155,4871CBS Films
3The Grey$701,020-2%3,20722$219$37,742,2642Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$497,695-1%2,636-442$189$56,434,3693Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$429,0932%2,03837$211$67,229,61312Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$417,9841%2,7370$153$21,378,7052Lionsgate
7Red Tails$406,57213%2,347-226$173$42,663,3863Fox
8Man on a Ledge$351,1870%2,9980$117$16,170,2102Lionsgate
9Big Miracle$340,640-6%2,129--$160$9,335,9351Universal
10Contraband$307,555-3%2,047-603$150$63,383,4854Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$303,1362%2,505-125$121$27,933,8897Warner Bros.
12The Artist$283,0484%1,005108$282$21,761,78611Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$238,7442%1,021-223$234$21,641,2956Weinstein Company
14Hugo$192,9024%1,03065$187$62,676,81911Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$182,5467%1,719-426$106$45,623,1954Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$150,0465%1,077-577$139$205,807,8018Paramount
17Haywire$123,1702%1,251-1190$98$18,375,0093Relativity Media
18War Horse$116,6689%1,163-698$100$77,748,3747Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$111,12614%1,350-671$82$29,400,5134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$103,9925%668-534$156$100,320,7897Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$89,3166%857-673$104$184,244,2988Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,8959%302-108$222$21,447,5699Focus
4Albert Nobbs$54,767-6%2450$224$1,759,5792Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$48,0525%486-216$99$75,531,4587Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$41,8086%754-335$55$72,885,9057Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,6262%818-252$50$128,519,8548Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,33211%171-15$195$13,136,05611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,3477%296105$96$280,989,88912Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$16,8779%253-17$67$148,523,67815Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,9843%255-54$55$63,489,17612Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,8593%303-419$46$53,114,7635Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,5312%222160$52$54,430,9249Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,092-3%126-19$64$30,355,1129Fox
15J. Edgar$5,2115%135-73$39$37,279,77513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34037%450$430$16,054,92544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,5964%64-16$228$3,522,26010Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,180-3%142$441$236,6803Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$4,45052%195$234$634,0836Focus
5Immortals$3,93413%62-55$63$83,469,78213Relativity Media
6W.E.$3,841-9%4--$960$64,1471Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,6561%58-29$46$16,244,1669Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,819-14%7-4$260$261,2027FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$1,5570%22-1$71$35,060,68921FilmDistrict
10The Darkest Hour$1,556-5%39-48$40$21,210,6097Summit
11Vettai$326-40%4--$82$194,9244UTV Communications