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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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$24,738,87333%4,1370$5,980$233,324,2712Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,718,6603%3,545--$3,588$25,034,9241Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$7,592,30131%3,603--$2,107$13,400,7271Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$6,272,86936%3,14827$1,993$88,925,1693Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,541,44571%3,264-413$1,085$187,161,8855Universal
6John Carter$891,82364%2,397-815$372$65,640,9964Disney
7Act of Valor$444,99153%1,239-980$359$67,479,7686Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$428,24978%1,007-780$425$16,274,6494Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$592,30772%483359$1,226$2,833,9774CBS Films
2Safe House$368,16571%729-601$505$123,684,9508Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$361,03868%908-432$398$98,221,7278Warner Bros. / New Line
4Project X (2012)$336,40626%903-1162$373$53,151,1955Warner Bros.
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$309,78262%513259$604$2,515,5243Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$231,45842%439-36$527$4,816,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$213,72261%308-250$694$6,212,0794Roadside Attractions
8This Means War$183,73629%575-613$320$52,985,2487Fox
9The Vow$149,43043%514-744$291$123,397,4348Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$137,43767%380-131$362$50,667,7177Sony / Columbia
11The Artist$131,44081%315-261$417$43,471,00319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$126,82573%321-300$395$34,332,0966Lionsgate
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$92,22463%222-26$415$132,292,44516Fox
14Silent House (2012)$82,19744%325-877$253$12,335,0354Open Road
15The Iron Lady$78,39950%284-43$276$29,363,36914Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$72,02055%179-1$402$53,911,4469CBS Films
17Hugo$57,23971%174-109$329$73,649,36319Paramount
18Chronicle$56,37447%198-94$285$63,719,8419Fox
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$49,21950%150-50$328$209,214,49916Paramount
20We Bought a Zoo$46,70741%136-19$343$75,251,13015Fox
21Big Miracle$40,82537%170-54$240$20,088,4809Universal
22The Descendants$40,81058%118-81$346$82,415,38420Fox Searchlight
23Wanderlust$34,78554%116-119$300$17,238,8556Universal
24The Grey$26,36456%2040$129$51,457,06610Open Road
25Red Tails$22,4101%101-30$222$49,688,12111Fox
26One For the Money$15,91932%102-49$156$26,361,14810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$45,68450%5--$9,137$76,1691Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,11523%400$1,003$17,633,14852Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$20,12891%40-33$503$468,4285Focus
4Gone$16,97435%61-122$278$11,582,1966Summit
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,77233%55-31$305$186,822,25216Warner Bros.
6Undefeated$12,81031%16-1$801$415,1447Weinstein Company
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$11,676122%30-44$389$43,264,3538Fox
8Albert Nobbs$9,41972%29-15$325$2,926,99310Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,23961%213$392$485,0039Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$8,04067%16-3$503$594,25011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$3,67394%12-32$306$14,595,71819Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$1,852123%8-66$232$409,6323Anchor Bay Films