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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 Tue, May. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$17,677,190-6%4,349--$4,065$244,014,8971Disney
2Think Like a Man$709,3589%2,010-5$353$74,498,6413Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$676,43044%2,9415$230$20,280,0052Universal
4The Lucky One (2012)$588,36540%3,005-170$196$48,782,4273Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$535,33126%2,794-778$192$381,574,6507Lionsgate
6Safe (2012)$377,15542%2,2715$166$13,723,0012Lionsgate
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$357,25631%3,3580$106$19,295,1182Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$343,94430%2,2096$156$12,784,2282Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$248,08030%1,531-36$162$23,540,2113Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$209,99518%1,669-970$126$38,406,4744Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$138,94135%1,040-780$134$134,257,3878Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$122,65530%2,174-931$56$39,885,7044Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$102,72050%856-1298$120$55,472,2805Universal
2Mirror Mirror$62,96234%922-1095$68$60,284,4836Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$51,99723%2630$198$2,632,1206Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$44,66721%333-1076$134$57,372,2235Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$42,82625%715-857$60$81,696,9196Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$33,8658%521-362$65$209,099,99010Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,47325%247-88$136$8,285,5569CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,95222%303-98$69$102,311,23813Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,5917%311-948$50$13,924,6004Open Road
10Safe House$11,37518%175-54$65$126,041,90013Universal
11Act of Valor$10,27318%193-92$53$69,843,76511Relativity Media
12This Means War$9,26914%171-61$54$54,501,36312Fox
13A Thousand Words$7,92616%140-29$57$18,200,5519Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,71827%143104$54$34,951,84011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,84110%27--$3,216$902,6231Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$44,03029%500$881$1,103,2863Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,29340%340$509$18,671,14257Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,05428%2823$252$116,1232Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1278%6832$61$5,857,1638Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$3,60617%78-43$46$64,479,64414Fox
7Project X (2012)$3,588-4%72-83$50$54,704,94610Warner Bros.
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,43926%47-32$73$4,196,8838Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,68221%30-37$89$1,142,0694Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,42440%34-19$71$7,189,4929Roadside Attractions
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,0555%75-36$27$133,034,46521Fox
12The Artist$1,82616%41-9$45$44,246,26124Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,488-5%184$83$730,72916Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,43550%20-26$72$580,4854Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$958-14%13-7$74$533,17012Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8261%17-10$49$43,447,73113Fox
17W.E.$489100%6-4$82$582,80814Weinstein Company
18Touchback$486-9%12-16$41$198,2414Anchor Bay Films
19Red Tails$38434%12-11$32$49,859,07716Fox
20Albert Nobbs$2054%5-11$4$3,013,84515Roadside Attractions