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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 Tue, Mar. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,674,9105%3,729--$985$77,377,7301Universal
2Project X (2012)$2,235,1585%3,055--$732$25,405,7341Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$1,142,80211%3,05314$374$47,283,7672Relativity Media
4Safe House$700,85017%2,553-499$275$109,654,9654Universal
5The Vow$601,48238%2,826-212$213$112,660,1914Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$554,28247%3,060-290$181$86,165,2724Warner Bros. / New Line
7This Means War$505,72831%2,342-847$216$42,291,7483Fox
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$503,4315%2,1320$236$26,775,1282Lionsgate
9Wanderlust$419,49036%2,0020$210$13,213,4702Universal
10The Artist$395,09031%1,756790$225$37,511,66415Weinstein Company
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$372,07819%2,487-687$150$45,510,1743Sony / Columbia
12Gone$284,39946%2,1860$130$9,429,2712Summit
13Chronicle$140,7527%1,054-743$134$61,119,4125Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$109,44514%1,431-91$76$16,958,3493Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$109,47825%694-195$158$80,589,27416Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$107,95926%406-95$266$71,494,15915Paramount
3The Iron Lady$107,47344%511-11$210$27,189,14710Weinstein Company
4The Woman in Black$82,22011%812-915$101$52,397,7975CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$72,6283%731-887$99$42,361,8084Fox
6The Grey$28,51613%308-609$93$50,786,2626Open Road
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$26,72227%3143$85$130,851,99712Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$25,39320%266-67$95$186,317,97512Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$23,59328%126-38$187$23,707,44513Focus
10Big Miracle$23,16528%359-269$65$19,403,4105Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$22,77229%30323$75$31,556,82911Warner Bros.
12The Adventures of Tintin$22,03031%215-57$102$77,205,97511Paramount
13We Bought a Zoo$21,30727%266-14$80$74,444,93111Fox
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,11139%107-71$179$208,052,51312Paramount
15My Week with Marilyn$18,40436%120-282$153$14,372,52015Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$16,78118%249-240$67$49,054,7217Fox
17Contraband$13,99026%148-49$95$66,387,1558Universal
18Joyful Noise$11,98741%202-75$59$30,789,6288Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$6,37729%117-112$55$26,072,0886Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,9962%400$475$16,830,54248Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$13,221107%138$1,017$183,6613Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$8,09028%68-32$119$2,737,4766Roadside Attractions
4W.E.$5,6257%194$296$338,4135Weinstein Company
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$4,288146%26-22$165$161,2792UTV Communications
6Coriolanus$4,26835%146$305$417,7037Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$4,18316%850$49$64,000,10616Warner Bros.
8Shame$4,15947%22-3$189$3,863,49914Fox Searchlight
9Being Flynn$3,82110%4--$955$51,2711Focus
10Paan Singh Tomar$1,31747%10--$132$22,7811UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,2328%130$95$732,73010Focus
12Haywire$1,13616%32-5$36$18,855,0707Relativity Media
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$75077%25-10$30$1,151,3044UTV Communications
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$64417%84$81$302,50111FilmDistrict
15The Devil Inside$203-41%17-8$12$53,202,2609Paramount