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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 Thu, Apr. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$2,831,632-1%4,1370$684$315,569,5393Lionsgate
2American Reunion$1,548,120-6%3,192--$485$29,238,7251Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,537,604-1%2,6740$575$32,793,5701Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$1,218,578-4%3,5450$344$64,345,7962Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$1,203,105-10%3,61815$333$42,468,2612Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$964,652-1%3,009-139$321$113,764,8134Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$675,675-15%3,003-72$225$201,462,6306Universal
8John Carter$97,4782%1,015-792$96$68,401,0115Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$128,284-6%52441$245$5,176,3915CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$78,480-5%651-257$121$99,742,0979Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$61,9136%708-531$87$69,001,7157Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$52,457-2%447-66$117$3,610,6444Paramount Vantage
5A Thousand Words$46,363-3%507-500$91$17,627,5245Paramount
6Safe House$45,9856%482-140$95$124,939,1459Universal
7The Vow$41,1680%479-35$86$124,089,2279Sony / Screen Gems
8Project X (2012)$36,268-8%444-459$82$54,230,0356Warner Bros.
9Friends With Kids$28,6015%207-99$138$6,843,1285Roadside Attractions
10Casa de mi Padre$26,806-5%283-156$95$5,610,9164Lionsgate / Pantelion
11This Means War$25,704-1%321-128$80$53,584,7978Fox
12The Artist$25,5849%222-93$115$43,948,53520Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$23,1013%236-48$98$29,739,84515Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$20,547-4%195-27$105$132,733,62817Fox
15Chronicle$14,8662%162-27$92$64,011,60810Fox
16Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,54713%204-117$71$34,724,8587Lionsgate
17Hugo$9,965-12%101-73$99$73,864,50720Paramount
18Silent House (2012)$9,7152%214-111$45$12,596,7045Open Road
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,15615%102-48$90$209,397,90317Paramount
20The Woman in Black$8,6234%159-20$54$54,141,37810CBS Films
21Gone$7,3558%12160$61$11,682,2057Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$39,463-11%400$987$18,043,59453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$10,725-6%61$1,788$279,2022Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,391-5%99-24$105$75,450,89616Fox
4The Descendants$5,799-10%78-40$74$82,549,95021Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,320-3%4525$118$43,342,5519Fox
6The Grey$3,753-1%67-137$56$51,548,33311Open Road
7Being Flynn$3,4492%33-7$105$540,1526Focus
8Red Tails$3,41912%55-28$62$49,772,24612Fox
9W.E.$3,20111%210$152$531,33110Weinstein Company
10One For the Money$2,74741%49-53$56$26,414,52711Lionsgate
11Albert Nobbs$2,673-1%301$89$2,972,21711Roadside Attractions
12Coriolanus$2,358-2%171$139$645,06712Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$2,347-22%15-1$156$470,2858Weinstein Company