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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 Sat, Feb. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$16,673,8519%2,958--$5,637$31,966,8931Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$16,281,18019%3,119--$5,220$29,926,8051Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$12,612,31693%3,470--$3,635$19,153,6781Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,513,119-1%2,655--$3,206$17,115,2211Fox
5Chronicle$5,480,87354%2,9081$1,885$36,905,2632Fox
6The Woman in Black$4,584,54635%2,8561$1,605$33,124,7492CBS Films
7The Grey$2,320,98570%2,801-406$829$41,425,5663Open Road
8Big Miracle$1,845,04597%2,1334$865$12,119,5002Universal
9The Descendants$1,638,07487%1,581-457$1,036$69,744,94713Fox Searchlight
10Red Tails$1,118,29775%1,580-767$708$44,419,4654Fox
11Underworld Awakening$1,091,61363%1,657-979$659$58,196,4854Sony / Screen Gems
12One For the Money$1,022,23651%2,056-681$497$23,076,0893Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$681,20276%1,375-1130$495$29,003,0668Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$591,80048%1,423-1575$416$17,160,7093Lionsgate
15Contraband$572,93058%1,081-966$530$64,318,5505Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$1,044,43587%808-197$1,293$23,364,33212Weinstein Company
2Hugo$826,064129%702-328$1,177$63,863,57612Paramount
3The Iron Lady$529,83679%512-509$1,035$22,467,8487Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$394,545209%678-1041$582$46,145,3125Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$341,10582%469-608$727$206,335,8229Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$278,98342%111--$2,513$475,2281UTV Communications
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$267,445181%502-316$533$128,882,3379Fox
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$264,53395%232-70$1,140$21,847,79410Focus
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$232,09188%269-399$863$100,676,3008Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$226,92973%686-664$331$29,758,8325Warner Bros.
11War Horse$196,90172%502-661$392$78,059,9048Disney / DreamWorks
12We Bought a Zoo$172,31594%420-334$410$73,146,9658Fox
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$161,95871%265-592$611$184,500,7219Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$156,473124%257-229$609$75,757,7398Paramount
15Albert Nobbs$122,79275%151-94$813$1,952,7233Roadside Attractions
16Puss in Boots (2011)$104,692144%209-44$501$148,671,31116Paramount / DreamWorks
17My Week with Marilyn$97,28677%125-46$778$13,288,45412Weinstein Company
18Haywire$92,28558%263-988$351$18,525,6414Relativity Media
19Happy Feet Two$89,086150%202-53$441$63,613,87513Warner Bros.
20Jack and Jill$76,97096%187-35$412$73,789,18514Sony / Columbia
21The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$74,48941%230-66$324$281,117,19813Lionsgate / Summit
22New Year's Eve$27,62743%155-67$178$54,477,82210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$42,93263%44-1$976$16,124,18145Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$36,92358%52-12$710$3,582,57011Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$25,44962%1713$1,497$105,2652Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$24,98873%99-27$252$30,394,50710Fox
5The Devil Inside$16,02253%95-208$169$53,141,2466Paramount
6Coriolanus$14,76096%11-3$1,342$258,9734Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$10,58770%13-6$814$650,8907Focus
8Chico & Rita$9,04866%1--$9,048$14,4861GKIDS
9Immortals$8,350101%33-29$253$83,482,28514Relativity Media
10Young Adult$6,77188%35-23$193$16,254,54810Paramount
11J. Edgar$5,63437%42-93$134$37,289,51214Warner Bros.
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,59662%103$460$268,6298FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$2,94454%18-21$164$21,215,4608Summit
14Vettai$1,525147%2-2$763$197,0665UTV Communications
15Margin Call$389170%2--$195$5,353,37617Roadside Attractions