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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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$67,263,650--4,137--$16,259$67,263,6501Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$6,214,886122%3,1210$1,991$55,966,2142Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,235,760129%3,677-92$880$167,465,7704Universal
4John Carter$1,367,11059%3,212-537$426$58,700,4903Disney
5Project X (2012)$632,13687%2,065-857$306$50,434,2844Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$569,17971%2,219-546$257$64,448,9035Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$528,232129%1,787-108$296$13,528,4003Paramount
8Safe House$385,70075%1,330-590$290$121,565,0157Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$324,64968%1,340-595$242$96,106,7387Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$323,93582%1,188-472$273$51,608,6726Fox
11The Vow$286,43654%1,258-917$228$122,221,2107Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$205,12832%1,202-922$171$11,527,9013Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$312,393263%621-395$503$33,411,9365Lionsgate
2Casa de mi Padre$300,749151%47593$633$3,149,0012Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Friends With Kids$225,96193%558-82$405$4,922,6423Roadside Attractions
4Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$170,447359%12462$1,375$1,096,6473CBS Films
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$154,829123%2540$610$1,342,1872Paramount Vantage
6The Artist$117,1126%576-579$203$42,680,45018Weinstein Company
7Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,90624%511-513$170$50,118,1856Sony / Columbia
8The Woman in Black$76,464338%180-125$425$53,627,4238CBS Films
9The Iron Lady$64,59916%327-129$198$28,910,31013Weinstein Company
10Chronicle$63,79364%292-140$218$63,390,8288Fox
11Hugo$59,77835%283-100$211$73,247,18018Paramount
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$58,60881%248-38$236$131,832,59615Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$53,520118%200-29$268$208,935,15715Paramount
14Wanderlust$43,475-17%235-463$185$17,018,0955Universal
15The Descendants$38,67617%199-148$194$82,171,54419Fox Searchlight
16Big Miracle$35,840177%224-12$160$19,877,7558Universal
17We Bought a Zoo$34,76684%155-33$224$75,015,72014Fox
18The Grey$32,29689%204-15$158$51,272,4219Open Road
19Gone$27,73037%183-293$152$11,478,0295Summit
20One For the Money$23,438190%15139$155$26,250,4309Lionsgate
21Red Tails$21,06962%131-21$161$49,547,51910Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$35,41224%400$885$17,389,42651Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$18,20740%73-15$249$345,4654Focus
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,29091%86-39$189$186,727,72415Warner Bros.
4Seeking Justice$9,840-58%74-157$133$368,3472Anchor Bay Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,280-40%74-82$125$43,132,0217Fox
6Undefeated$7,45955%17-4$439$359,0196Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$6,99435%44-4$159$2,871,7559Roadside Attractions
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,03223%50-55$121$31,822,69814Warner Bros.
9Coriolanus$5,05039%19-2$266$552,06110Weinstein Company
10W.E.$4,89743%18-2$272$448,2428Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$3,165-16%44-6$72$14,571,57318Weinstein Company