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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 Sun, Mar. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$10,133,267-22%3,121--$3,247$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,388,455-33%3,76923$1,695$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$3,880,138-32%3,7490$1,035$53,227,2482Disney
4Act of Valor$1,039,251-33%2,765-186$376$62,454,0664Relativity Media
5Project X (2012)$1,014,328-32%2,922-133$347$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
6A Thousand Words$883,894-45%1,8955$466$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$700,795-41%1,920-224$365$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$662,980-34%1,935-590$343$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9Silent House (2012)$517,851-40%2,1240$244$10,605,5442Open Road
10This Means War$460,215-50%1,660-289$277$50,541,5425Fox
11The Vow$457,289-48%2,175-303$210$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$320,005-51%1,016-500$315$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$288,036-36%1,155-350$249$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$220,674-41%1,024-780$216$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$723,641-8%382--$1,894$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$388,086-36%640271$606$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$242,248-30%254--$954$855,7091Paramount Vantage
4Hugo$146,982-28%38370$384$72,993,75317Paramount
5Wanderlust$136,110-36%698-522$195$16,744,1254Universal
6The Iron Lady$120,906-35%4569$265$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
7Chronicle$119,571-45%432-163$277$63,159,0517Fox
8Seeking Justice$77,982-19%231--$338$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$77,121-35%286-1$270$131,648,40114Fox
10The Descendants$74,490-42%347-170$215$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$63,115-39%2290$276$208,782,80514Paramount
12The Woman in Black$53,860-48%305-128$177$53,473,7667CBS Films
13Gone$50,818-56%476-668$107$11,359,6674Summit
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,151-21%156-102$309$43,114,7136Fox
15The Grey$44,063-31%21968$201$51,170,0628Open Road
16We Bought a Zoo$39,475-35%188-40$210$74,908,77113Fox
17Big Miracle$35,400-33%236-2$150$19,792,4257Universal
18The Adventures of Tintin$23,985-24%123-30$195$77,564,03713Paramount
19Red Tails$22,902-47%152-26$151$49,480,7659Fox
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$19,404-38%108-103$180$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
21Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,504-52%125-83$148$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
22One For the Money$17,001-33%11248$152$26,196,0598Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,673-42%105-97$102$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$128,351-39%6244$2,070$768,9362CBS Films
2Being Flynn$41,278-35%8876$469$266,5283Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$32,183-25%400$805$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$27,777-39%86-23$323$24,104,11315Focus
5Undefeated$15,699-33%218$748$330,8885Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$11,924-23%7767$155$53,245,05511Paramount
7Coriolanus$10,279-24%212$489$531,2839Weinstein Company
8Albert Nobbs$10,103-23%483$210$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,619-21%20-4$431$428,9677Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$7,461-44%65-38$115$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$7,360-33%50-70$147$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,172-27%69-13$60$18,934,8589Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$1,208-41%50$242$39,5673UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$57019%3-7$190$177,4724UTV Communications