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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. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,893,743-3%2,015--$940$42,868,0581Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,403,4873%3,155--$445$28,601,6961Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,041,59510%3,752-164$278$361,204,7505Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$756,60710%1,563--$484$13,692,9321Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$669,7302%2,8110$238$30,163,8402Lionsgate
6American Reunion$468,6003%3,033-170$155$50,563,8353Universal
721 Jump Street$427,5118%2,427-308$176$128,937,5186Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$425,80310%3,4825$122$31,740,5442Fox
9Titanic 3D$375,10413%2,515-182$149$54,367,1423Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$321,2758%2,502-600$128$78,543,8114Warner Bros.
11Mirror Mirror$289,7579%2,938-268$99$56,637,4224Relativity Media
12Lockout$266,792-1%2,33527$114$12,389,5302Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$110,12516%1,583-529$70$207,587,6808Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$76,16912%44611$171$7,350,3287CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$68,704-1%263105$261$1,796,4794Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$33,28910%444-58$75$101,371,20511Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$20,9508%301-70$70$125,689,82511Universal
5This Means War$17,4066%29310$59$54,176,48310Fox
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$17,19510%1064$162$1,001,1242Code Black Entertainment
7Act of Valor$17,09945%229-123$75$69,526,2929Relativity Media
8Project X (2012)$15,583-2%258113$60$54,558,8398Warner Bros.
9Blue Like Jazz$14,21637%126-10$113$514,5792Roadside Attractions
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,607-1%122-61$103$4,080,8606Paramount Vantage
11The Iron Lady$12,5462%102-44$123$30,004,92317Weinstein Company
12Chronicle$8,6802%137-28$63$64,340,70712Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,04730%168-109$30$17,955,0527Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,90111%135-18$36$132,941,87619Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$50,72327%50--$1,014$435,0011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,5767%32-8$831$18,417,98555Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$8,4979%83-30$102$7,123,3717Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,0747%86-35$82$44,181,67522Weinstein Company
5Touchback$4,27220%6919$62$156,9232Anchor Bay Films
6The Woman in Black$3,6329%90-32$40$54,293,72112CBS Films
7Casa de mi Padre$3,526-16%58-63$61$5,790,7796Lionsgate / Pantelion
8We Bought a Zoo$3,162-4%66-17$48$75,560,75918Fox
9Silent House (2012)$2,66032%590$45$12,738,5737Open Road
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,53221%32-1$79$43,411,30411Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,39228%81-44$30$34,861,8689Lionsgate
12Albert Nobbs$1,871309%153$125$3,002,14613Roadside Attractions
13Red Tails$1,77815%39-4$46$49,832,55414Fox
14Coriolanus$1,42925%14-4$102$691,45514Weinstein Company
15W.E.$1,2750%15-2$85$569,78412Weinstein Company
16Undefeated$901-1%170$53$508,31610Weinstein Company