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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 Mon, Apr. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,522,495-70%4,1370$1,093$253,006,3962Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,573,324-69%3,545--$726$36,030,5121Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,530,131-68%3,603--$425$19,662,2161Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,341,547-66%3,14827$426$94,224,2373Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$800,565-63%3,264-413$245$190,133,0105Universal
6John Carter$205,261-65%2,397-815$86$66,439,1004Disney
7Act of Valor$101,073-62%1,239-980$82$67,846,4736Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$89,772-62%1,007-780$89$16,597,8404Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$100,704-70%483359$208$3,270,3264CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$88,472-56%903-1162$98$53,442,4845Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$79,099-66%908-432$87$98,534,6948Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,900-64%513259$123$2,754,9303Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$61,965-69%729-601$85$123,943,7458Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$55,795-71%439-36$127$5,066,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$36,444-60%575-613$63$53,113,3787Fox
8Friends With Kids$34,410-70%306-252$112$6,360,3114Roadside Attractions
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,662-41%222-26$152$132,383,63916Fox
10The Vow$29,697-61%514-744$58$123,503,1538Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$25,264-66%315-261$80$43,571,63619Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$24,416-65%321-300$76$34,426,1536Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$20,455-60%284-43$72$29,435,18214Weinstein Company
14Chronicle$15,443-61%198-94$78$63,774,6119Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$14,987-47%136-19$110$75,294,50915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$14,387-61%325-877$44$12,386,4364Open Road
17Hugo$12,873-67%174-109$74$73,701,13719Paramount
18The Woman in Black$12,510-65%179-1$70$53,959,4999CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,036-56%150-50$74$209,250,71516Paramount
20Big Miracle$8,495-67%170-54$50$20,122,4609Universal
21The Descendants$7,819-63%118-81$66$82,444,39720Fox Searchlight
22The Grey$6,587-64%2040$32$51,481,75910Open Road
23Red Tails$6,522-57%101-30$65$49,709,86411Fox
24Wanderlust$6,380-62%116-119$55$17,262,0556Universal
25One For the Money$3,657-61%102-49$36$26,374,10510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,457-34%400$511$17,684,62052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,340-77%5--$1,868$125,8121Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$4,760-37%29-15$164$2,941,24210Roadside Attractions
4Being Flynn$3,779-67%40-33$94$483,8045Focus
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,428-53%30-44$114$43,275,0158Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,228-62%55-31$59$186,833,89716Warner Bros.
7W.E.$2,278-61%213$108$493,0699Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,222-59%16-3$139$601,86711Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$2,014-78%16-1$126$426,2967Weinstein Company
10Gone$1,965-57%61-122$32$11,588,7816Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$577-66%12-32$48$14,597,98219Weinstein Company