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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, Mar. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$9,811,935--3,749--$2,617$9,811,9351Disney
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$9,571,030231%3,74617$2,555$92,449,8602Universal
3Project X (2012)$3,988,342149%3,0550$1,306$32,563,3372Warner Bros.
4Silent House (2012)$2,664,094--2,124--$1,254$2,664,0941Open Road
5Act of Valor$2,008,533117%2,951-102$681$51,109,1303Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,913,397--1,890--$1,012$1,913,3971Paramount
7Safe House$1,339,835128%2,144-409$625$112,143,6505Universal
8The Vow$1,266,385155%2,478-348$511$114,880,1315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,220,791176%1,949-393$626$44,360,1414Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$874,20680%2,525-535$346$87,904,8175Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$815,936110%1,516-616$538$28,358,3853Lionsgate
12The Artist$573,40578%1,505-251$381$38,728,42816Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$524,12770%1,804-683$291$46,624,2744Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$499,75051%1,220-782$410$14,363,8703Universal
15Gone$309,56647%1,144-1042$271$10,140,8483Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$595,349--369--$1,613$595,3491Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$255,213102%595-459$429$61,618,0856Fox
3The Descendants$181,43292%517-177$351$80,959,19417Fox Searchlight
4The Woman in Black$156,448114%433-379$361$52,696,6946CBS Films
5The Iron Lady$152,56280%447-64$341$27,516,37911Weinstein Company
6Hugo$151,593101%313-93$484$71,797,39716Paramount
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$87,440374%229122$382$208,171,20613Paramount
8The Secret World of Arrietty$82,408-23%501-930$164$17,237,6764Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$73,863-7%258-473$286$42,578,0365Fox
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,233173%287-27$245$130,970,57413Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$50,796157%228-38$223$74,532,45212Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$49,728102%208-58$239$186,414,90113Warner Bros.
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$48,185--211-45$228$102,238,74312Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$44,050126%238-121$185$19,485,1556Universal
15Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$42,82097%109-17$393$23,792,47014Focus
16Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$34,78869%202-101$172$31,630,90312Warner Bros.
17The Grey$33,24225%151-157$220$50,869,5437Open Road
18Red Tails$33,23184%178-71$187$49,261,2188Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$33,22156%153-62$217$77,276,95712Paramount
20Contraband$20,82566%119-29$175$66,431,7109Universal
21My Week with Marilyn$18,11918%1200$151$14,423,74916Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$16,71364%103-99$162$30,825,8679Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,890--18--$3,216$225,8941CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,69947%400$1,017$16,926,60249Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$13,901280%195$732$438,8688Weinstein Company
4Undefeated$13,812127%130$1,062$210,6224Weinstein Company
5Haywire$12,0671397%8250$147$18,868,8778Relativity Media
6Being Flynn$11,995289%128$1,000$70,4102Focus
7One For the Money$11,21871%64-53$175$26,095,7467Lionsgate
8Albert Nobbs$9,99538%45-23$222$2,763,0477Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,75753%245$365$358,1506Weinstein Company
10Pariah (2011)$6,721255%196$354$742,81611Focus
11Shame$6,42938%20-2$321$3,880,26715Fox Searchlight
12Paan Singh Tomar$2,03236%5-5$406$28,3572UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,045-45%10-16$105$166,6423UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$9098%10-7$91$53,204,42910Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$23581%4-21$59$1,152,0515UTV Communications