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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 Fri, Apr. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$5,497,935190%2,0150$2,729$48,365,9932Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$3,901,251178%3,17520$1,229$32,502,4072Warner Bros.
3The Five-Year Engagement$3,478,500--2,936--$1,185$3,478,5001Universal
4The Hunger Games$2,992,968187%3,572-180$838$364,197,7186Lionsgate
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,749,959--3,358--$819$2,749,9591Sony / Columbia
6Safe (2012)$2,620,179--2,266--$1,156$2,620,1791Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,526,313--2,203--$1,147$2,526,3131Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,601,756112%1,5674$1,022$15,294,6882Disneynature
9The Cabin in the Woods$1,419,205112%2,639-172$538$31,583,0453Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$1,298,995205%3,105-377$418$33,039,5393Fox
11American Reunion$915,45095%2,154-879$425$51,479,2854Universal
1221 Jump Street$900,824111%1,820-607$495$129,838,3427Sony / Columbia
13Mirror Mirror$562,95394%2,017-921$279$57,200,3755Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$527,87264%1,572-930$336$79,071,6835Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$515,78738%1,409-1106$366$54,882,9294Paramount
16Lockout$277,9024%1,259-1076$221$12,667,4323Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$194,26076%883-700$220$207,781,9409Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$129,505289%401-43$323$101,500,71012Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$114,37550%335-111$341$7,464,7038CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$96,62841%2630$367$1,893,1075Weinstein Company
5This Means War$56,495225%232-61$244$54,232,97811Fox
6Safe House$49,130135%229-72$215$125,738,95512Universal
7Act of Valor$43,846156%28556$154$69,570,13810Relativity Media
8The Vow$39,088--218-79$179$124,728,63812Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$29,794490%1691$176$17,984,8468Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,092--127-48$198$51,596,03511Sony / Columbia
11Project X (2012)$24,20755%155-103$156$54,583,0469Warner Bros.
12Chronicle$20,395135%121-16$169$64,361,10213Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,29690%111-24$84$132,951,17220Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$72,08742%500$1,442$507,0882Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$31,02217%342$912$18,449,00756Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$21,06322%67-39$314$1,022,1873Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$16,01127%79-43$203$4,096,8717Paramount Vantage
5Sound of My Voice$12,336--5--$2,467$12,3361Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$12,265-14%46-80$267$526,8443Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$10,33022%53-30$195$7,133,7018Roadside Attractions
8The Woman in Black$8,875144%63-27$141$54,302,59613CBS Films
9Touchback$8,832107%28-41$315$165,7553Anchor Bay Films
10The Artist$7,5256%50-36$151$44,189,20023Weinstein Company
11We Bought a Zoo$6,575108%52-14$126$75,567,33419Fox
12Casa de mi Padre$5,44354%36-22$151$5,796,2227Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,030110%39-42$129$34,866,89810Lionsgate
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,88193%27-5$181$43,416,18512Fox
15Red Tails$4,629160%23-16$201$49,837,18315Fox
16Coriolanus$4,249197%140$304$695,70415Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$4,10654%22-37$187$12,742,6798Open Road
18Undefeated$3,493288%203$175$511,80911Weinstein Company
19W.E.$2,22575%10-5$223$572,00913Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$1,320-29%161$83$3,003,46614Roadside Attractions