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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 Sun, Apr. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$5,376,041-42%3,916-221$1,373$336,666,3634Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$4,405,893-37%3,477--$1,267$17,010,1251Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$3,486,541-39%2,811--$1,240$14,743,6141Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$3,397,160-35%2,69723$1,260$44,723,8192Paramount
5American Reunion$2,642,475-40%3,20311$825$39,712,5352Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$1,934,341-36%3,102-443$624$71,252,0053Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$1,807,412-40%3,206-412$564$49,316,1853Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$1,642,789-43%2,735-274$601$120,323,6815Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$1,519,081-39%2,308--$658$6,231,8361Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$865,330-34%2,112-891$410$204,513,9157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$214,783-49%435-89$494$6,064,9376CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$211,463-34%502-149$421$100,463,52410Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$162,628-23%158152$1,029$814,6353Weinstein Company
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$157,223-41%102--$1,541$641,5421Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$96,131-38%446-569$216$68,747,8696Disney
6Safe House$76,055-53%371-111$205$125,276,75510Universal
7Act of Valor$64,967-44%352-356$185$69,257,4748Relativity Media
8Blue Like Jazz$59,613-37%136--$438$261,1901Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$55,753-49%335-144$166$124,333,56810Sony / Screen Gems
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$52,002-47%183-264$284$3,822,9615Paramount Vantage
11This Means War$48,918-56%283-38$173$53,830,8629Fox
12A Thousand Words$48,497-50%277-230$175$17,827,6986Paramount
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,354-39%216-61$201$51,367,4149Sony / Columbia
14Chronicle$37,085-44%1653$225$64,166,01911Fox
15Casa de mi Padre$30,895-15%121-162$255$5,703,1585Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Friends With Kids$29,869-50%113-94$264$6,970,1646Roadside Attractions
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$27,904-37%153-42$182$132,829,38918Fox
18The Artist$25,940-45%121-101$214$44,048,63321Weinstein Company
19The Iron Lady$23,046-48%146-90$158$29,837,30716Weinstein Company
20Project X (2012)$21,106-54%145-299$146$54,331,2437Warner Bros.
21Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$17,238-51%125-79$138$34,798,0558Lionsgate
22The Woman in Black$15,982-47%122-37$131$54,212,64311CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$23,291-39%400$582$18,148,88254Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Touchback$16,060-45%50--$321$66,9931Anchor Bay Films
3Silent House (2012)$12,523-57%59-155$212$12,666,4816Open Road
4We Bought a Zoo$11,043-48%83-16$133$75,498,09717Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,637-38%33-12$231$43,369,47810Fox
6Red Tails$6,444-41%43-12$150$49,798,19613Fox
7The Grey$5,618-48%13-54$432$51,571,84612Open Road
8Coriolanus$5,187-47%181$288$665,67613Weinstein Company
9Albert Nobbs$4,756116%12-18$396$2,980,18712Roadside Attractions
10W.E.$4,745-27%17-4$279$546,21611Weinstein Company
11The Descendants$4,651-51%41-37$113$82,570,65322Fox Searchlight
12Undefeated$3,624-57%172$213$487,7519Weinstein Company