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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 Wed, Apr. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,332,029-15%3,916-221$340$340,961,2824Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,002,184-23%2,811--$357$18,245,7131Lionsgate
3American Reunion$736,690-27%3,20311$230$42,291,0552Universal
4The Three Stooges$708,003-25%3,477--$204$19,463,6881Fox
5Titanic 3D$704,922-21%2,69723$261$47,122,8622Paramount
621 Jump Street$488,269-20%2,735-274$179$121,941,5405Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$472,119-19%3,102-443$152$72,824,4783Warner Bros.
8Mirror Mirror$426,467-15%3,206-412$133$50,647,5383Relativity Media
9Lockout$385,460-25%2,308--$167$7,588,0681Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,605-6%2,112-891$85$205,063,1207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$89,4018%435-89$206$6,304,9306CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$52,671-6%158152$333$968,0553Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$35,458-28%502-149$71$100,591,67610Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$30,845-11%102--$302$749,0421Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$27,012-18%446-569$61$68,834,7676Disney
6Blue Like Jazz$22,86537%136--$168$319,1761Roadside Attractions
7Safe House$22,345-25%371-111$60$125,351,04010Universal
8Act of Valor$20,389-1%352-356$58$69,317,9658Relativity Media
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,874-13%183-264$103$3,881,9215Paramount Vantage
10This Means War$16,917-15%283-38$60$53,882,3879Fox
11The Artist$13,684-1%121-101$113$44,086,30521Weinstein Company
12The Iron Lady$13,560-5%146-90$93$29,874,76116Weinstein Company
13Friends With Kids$11,524-24%113-94$102$7,006,1056Roadside Attractions
14A Thousand Words$11,124-12%277-230$40$17,862,7176Paramount
15Chronicle$9,695-3%1653$59$64,195,17311Fox
16Project X (2012)$8,042-30%145-299$55$54,359,2497Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$7,284-6%121-162$60$5,726,4645Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,5322%153-42$43$132,847,46618Fox
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,857-12%125-79$39$34,813,5918Lionsgate
20The Woman in Black$4,827-6%122-37$40$54,227,59011CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$25,9440%400$649$18,214,34654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$4,207-14%59-155$71$12,680,0136Open Road
3We Bought a Zoo$3,948-5%83-16$48$75,509,08117Fox
4Touchback$3,497-20%50--$70$79,2801Anchor Bay Films
5The Descendants$3,049-8%41-37$74$82,580,72522Fox Searchlight
6Coriolanus$2,4927%181$138$672,93513Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$2,07719%12-18$173$2,992,21312Roadside Attractions
8The Grey$2,066-20%13-54$159$51,578,13312Open Road
9W.E.$2,065-4%17-4$121$552,34011Weinstein Company
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,062-10%33-12$62$43,375,97110Fox
11Red Tails$1,956-7%43-12$45$49,804,48113Fox
12Undefeated$1,46711%172$86$492,0359Weinstein Company