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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 Mon, May. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$7,923,789-74%4,3490$1,822$380,995,4362Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,311,455-75%3,755--$616$31,996,7291Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$481,497-76%2,05242$235$81,914,3374Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$398,480-73%2,531-263$157$387,405,5288Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$346,815-67%2,569-372$135$24,970,2353Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$316,061-73%2,839-166$111$54,104,2944Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$198,060-82%3,079-279$64$23,245,0603Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$160,041-68%1,690-581$95$15,877,4703Lionsgate
9The Raven$159,647-62%1,888-321$85$14,883,4223Relativity Media
10Chimpanzee$143,053-81%1,55928$92$25,860,5314Disneynature
11The Cabin in the Woods$119,616-55%1,029-640$116$39,873,5285Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$61,590-82%1,416-758$43$41,215,3595Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$279,112-70%178151$1,568$4,023,7682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$92,541-83%322--$287$1,476,6191Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$64,453-58%589-451$109$135,181,9969Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$41,680-54%521-335$80$56,091,8506Universal
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,400-75%455-66$80$209,628,33511Universal
6Mirror Mirror$35,228-85%607-315$58$61,029,1147Relativity Media
7Bully (2012)$33,73211%2630$128$2,897,8037Weinstein Company
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,038-65%200-47$110$8,564,03010CBS Films
9The Artist$20,759-74%751710$28$44,460,22925Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$17,825-70%157-176$114$57,632,1356Paramount
11Lockout$16,787-61%255-56$66$14,153,4905Open Road
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,858-82%260-43$61$102,597,19214Warner Bros. / New Line
13Wrath of the Titans$14,272-72%265-450$54$82,004,4407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,480-71%136-39$55$126,157,13514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,192-49%11770$53$4,250,3479Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,022-78%127-13$47$18,298,89210Paramount
17This Means War$5,681-66%132-39$43$54,592,46513Fox
18Act of Valor$5,302-57%118-75$45$69,909,25912Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,872-77%110-33$35$35,014,06412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,516-40%49-1$847$1,454,3014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,564-20%340$399$18,798,28158Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,410-51%4618$183$196,6843Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,450-57%50--$149$64,1421Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,729-68%56-12$67$5,898,9679Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,752-83%23-7$120$1,183,6825Code Black Entertainment
7Chronicle$2,646-70%51-27$52$64,514,40915Fox
8Project X (2012)$2,041-47%40-32$51$54,726,31311Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,735-78%67-8$26$133,064,15422Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,706-46%362$47$7,208,50610Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$910-83%10--$91$18,0111UTV Communications
12Coriolanus$861-56%11-7$78$741,03017Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$646-50%130$50$541,96513Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$432-45%9-3$48$49,867,04617Fox
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$410-70%12-5$34$43,454,06614Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$384-79%11-9$35$589,0845Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$340-67%4-8$85$203,0535Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$253-63%2--$127$2,3971Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$40-84%2-3$20$3,014,58116Roadside Attractions