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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. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,143,217-43%4,1370$1,002$306,593,9393Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,282,285-52%3,192--$715$23,796,3651Universal
3Titanic 3D$2,201,712-37%2,674--$823$27,847,6471Paramount
4Mirror Mirror$1,831,462-28%3,61815$506$38,405,4842Relativity Media
5Wrath of the Titans$1,701,528-53%3,5450$480$60,315,7402Warner Bros.
621 Jump Street$1,241,867-51%3,009-139$413$110,655,6304Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,006,005-6%3,003-261$335$199,210,3806Universal
8John Carter$121,261-42%1,015-1382$119$68,104,9135Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$116,789-53%52441$223$4,773,2185CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$116,036-12%651-257$178$99,503,9879Warner Bros. / New Line
3A Thousand Words$60,350-51%507-500$119$17,482,6535Paramount
4Act of Valor$58,729-52%708-531$83$68,823,0397Relativity Media
5Safe House$53,020-59%482-247$110$124,799,1709Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$47,058-58%447-66$105$3,447,1784Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$46,558-44%444-459$105$54,107,8266Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,288-35%479-35$88$123,964,4689Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$31,429-62%283-156$111$5,527,8464Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$28,611-44%321-254$89$53,505,7908Fox
11Friends With Kids$26,673-52%207-99$129$6,754,9255Roadside Attractions
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,8107%195-27$132$132,669,90217Fox
13The Artist$24,547-50%222-93$111$43,873,44720Weinstein Company
14The Iron Lady$20,930-35%236-48$89$29,670,78615Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,452-54%204-117$90$34,683,0847Lionsgate
16Chronicle$16,553-46%162-36$102$63,968,22110Fox
17Silent House (2012)$12,373-56%214-111$58$12,567,6035Open Road
18Hugo$11,250-40%101-73$111$73,831,34420Paramount
19The Woman in Black$8,986-51%159-20$57$54,116,35110CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,330-33%102-48$82$209,373,25117Paramount
21Gone$7,753-40%12160$64$11,660,8767Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$33,23949%400$831$17,925,28853Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,739-42%61$1,957$245,9032Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$11,7192%99-37$118$75,418,69416Fox
4The Descendants$6,390-40%78-40$82$82,530,19921Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,977-30%4515$133$43,326,3889Fox
6The Grey$3,691-45%67-137$55$51,537,29911Open Road
7Being Flynn$3,125-52%33-7$95$529,4476Focus
8Coriolanus$3,119-52%171$183$637,39112Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,058-40%55-46$56$49,762,68212Fox
10W.E.$2,752-35%210$131$521,91710Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,425-32%49-53$49$26,407,17811Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,339-55%15-1$156$462,5348Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,132-20%301$71$2,964,60711Roadside Attractions