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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, May. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$941,884-8%2,0150$467$65,029,4342Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$719,320-13%2,936--$245$14,103,9051Universal
3The Hunger Games$709,5430%3,572-180$199$375,026,9986Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$671,232-2%3,17520$211$42,406,9452Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$477,018-14%2,266--$211$10,403,7581Lionsgate
6The Raven$443,313-14%2,203--$201$9,539,3451Relativity Media
7Chimpanzee$443,28417%1,5674$283$20,617,4332Disneynature
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$431,757-7%3,358--$129$13,163,4591Sony / Columbia
9The Cabin in the Woods$349,176-13%2,639-172$132$36,453,9433Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$210,649-11%1,820-607$116$132,934,6837Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$204,630-14%2,154-879$95$54,483,6104Universal
12The Three Stooges$202,585-5%3,105-377$65$37,836,6823Fox
13Titanic 3D$157,6475%1,409-1106$112$56,925,1744Paramount
14Wrath of the Titans$129,111-13%1,572-930$82$81,159,6425Warner Bros.
15Mirror Mirror$127,627-1%2,017-921$63$59,428,2515Relativity Media
16Lockout$71,631-8%1,259-1076$57$13,674,9203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$83,75444%2630$318$2,366,8775Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,4223%335-111$142$7,958,9928CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$39,445-1%883-700$45$208,607,6459Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,6477%401-43$59$101,986,09512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$16,5011%28556$58$69,750,57610Relativity Media
6Safe House$13,685-8%229-72$60$125,914,15012Universal
7This Means War$12,2743%232-61$53$54,400,67711Fox
8A Thousand Words$8,7634%1691$52$18,108,6048Paramount
9Project X (2012)$7,118-2%155-103$46$54,667,5709Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,0633%121-16$50$64,440,77013Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,6704%111-24$33$133,005,38720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$55,15828%500$1,103$836,9392Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,5115%342$633$18,570,58656Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$6,70716%67-39$100$1,109,5563Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,2633%79-43$79$4,163,6757Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$4,3515%50-36$87$44,227,49523Weinstein Company
6Friends With Kids$4,1256%53-30$78$7,169,2378Roadside Attractions
7Blue Like Jazz$4,0365%46-80$88$567,8503Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$2,625-20%5--$525$49,2541Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$2,58410%63-27$41$54,333,29013CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,007-3%52-14$39$75,594,88819Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,00217%27-5$74$43,439,10912Fox
12Coriolanus$1,9476%140$139$714,67215Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$1,57611%203$79$524,46911Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$1,56126%23-16$68$49,853,97415Fox
15Touchback$1,514-14%28-41$54$189,7973Anchor Bay Films
16Casa de mi Padre$1,436-17%36-22$40$5,818,9947Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Silent House (2012)$950-5%22-37$43$12,754,7838Open Road
18W.E.$723-30%10-5$72$579,41113Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$718-12%39-42$18$34,879,71410Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$264-61%161$17$3,011,20414Roadside Attractions