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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, Mar. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$12,929,856-2%3,121--$4,143$26,169,3451Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$9,592,10541%3,76923$2,545$151,999,3203Universal
3John Carter$5,721,17044%3,7490$1,526$49,347,1102Disney
4A Thousand Words$1,618,24443%1,8955$854$11,101,8592Paramount
5Act of Valor$1,551,23036%2,765-186$561$61,414,8154Relativity Media
6Project X (2012)$1,484,686-4%2,922-133$508$47,155,6773Warner Bros.
7Safe House$1,190,40044%1,920-224$620$119,509,0956Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,007,57640%1,935-590$521$94,331,0266Warner Bros. / New Line
9This Means War$921,26621%1,660-289$555$50,081,3275Fox
10The Vow$876,45915%2,175-303$403$120,700,0696Sony / Screen Gems
11Silent House (2012)$862,72818%2,1240$406$10,087,6932Open Road
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$653,64563%1,016-500$643$32,411,3244Lionsgate
13The Artist$448,12446%1,155-350$388$41,820,33817Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$371,08538%1,024-780$362$49,521,6025Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$783,5420%382--$2,051$1,563,5981Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$609,18833%640271$952$3,796,4572Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$344,11028%254--$1,355$613,4611Paramount Vantage
4Chronicle$216,42641%432-163$501$63,039,4807Fox
5Wanderlust$212,89024%698-522$305$16,608,0154Universal
6Hugo$204,32150%38370$533$72,846,77117Paramount
7The Iron Lady$186,05056%4569$408$28,494,85112Weinstein Company
8The Descendants$128,41345%347-170$370$81,921,55218Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$117,74544%286-1$412$131,571,28014Fox
10Gone$115,75015%476-668$243$11,308,8494Summit
11The Woman in Black$103,53323%305-128$339$53,419,9067CBS Films
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$103,02844%2290$450$208,719,69014Paramount
13Seeking Justice$95,77126%231--$415$171,4831Anchor Bay Films
14The Grey$63,89443%21968$292$51,125,9998Open Road
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$60,97072%156-102$391$43,066,5626Fox
16We Bought a Zoo$60,92447%188-40$324$74,869,29613Fox
17Big Miracle$53,09525%236-2$225$19,757,0257Universal
18Red Tails$43,08067%152-26$283$49,457,8639Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$38,63135%125-83$309$186,658,80014Warner Bros.
20The Adventures of Tintin$31,46727%123-30$256$77,540,05213Paramount
21The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$31,16246%108-103$289$102,496,38913Sony / Columbia
22One For the Money$25,47623%11248$227$26,179,0588Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,25744%105-97$174$31,788,23013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$211,74176%6244$3,415$640,5852CBS Films
2Being Flynn$63,49752%8876$722$225,2503Focus
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$45,30955%86-23$527$24,076,33615Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$43,182-20%400$1,080$17,229,00050Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Undefeated$23,41771%218$1,115$315,1895Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$15,38837%7767$200$53,233,13111Paramount
7Coriolanus$13,48734%212$642$521,0049Weinstein Company
8Joyful Noise$13,348-85%65-38$205$30,912,70610Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$13,08349%483$273$2,836,2258Roadside Attractions
10W.E.$10,93953%20-4$547$420,3487Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$10,90932%50-70$218$14,547,58417Weinstein Company
12Haywire$5,74432%69-13$83$18,930,6869Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$2,056137%50$411$38,3593UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$48089%3-7$160$176,9024UTV Communications