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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, May. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$15,236,046145%4,249-100$3,586$417,257,4613Disney
2Battleship$8,782,225--3,690--$2,380$8,782,2251Universal
3The Dictator$5,727,753100%3,008--$1,904$12,768,8341Paramount
4What to Expect When You're Expecting$3,848,774--3,021--$1,274$3,848,7741Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$3,820,203126%3,7550$1,017$41,958,6242Warner Bros.
6The Hunger Games$824,397115%2,064-467$399$389,455,5079Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$807,145114%1,722-330$469$83,995,0565Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$598,03093%2,005-834$298$55,754,2055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$352,99269%1,840-1239$192$24,264,4964Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$334,87522%1,175-1394$285$26,327,5104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$872,968187%354176$2,466$5,870,4093Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$182,44713%895-664$204$26,523,4345Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$132,0691179%36095$367$82,176,0328Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$123,273128%3220$383$1,801,2872Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Three Stooges$119,152117%594-822$201$41,513,2896Fox
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$117,495256%379-76$310$209,850,22512Universal
7The Cabin in the Woods$114,25037%448-581$255$40,284,3236Lionsgate
821 Jump Street$101,417105%261-328$389$135,458,69710Sony / Columbia
9Mirror Mirror$98,921167%407-200$243$61,246,3438Relativity Media
10American Reunion$78,30093%290-231$270$56,309,3507Universal
11Safe (2012)$75,561-23%503-1187$150$16,371,3344Lionsgate
12The Raven$72,716-43%432-1456$168$15,381,8524Relativity Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,059194%245-15$217$102,705,49315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Bully (2012)$42,643-11%204-59$209$3,072,6198Weinstein Company
15Lockout$27,22768%191-64$143$14,230,6956Open Road
16Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$25,87040%134-66$193$8,652,10611CBS Films
17A Thousand Words$13,933135%110-17$127$18,331,55911Paramount
18The Artist$7,136-66%103-648$69$44,529,74526Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Crooked Arrows$118,541--55--$2,155$118,5411Branded/Peck Films
2To the Arctic 3D$84,09722%490$1,716$1,701,9455Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$28,00349%340$824$18,887,74859Warner Bros. / IMAX
4This Means War$19,189188%90-42$213$54,631,33114Fox
5Titanic 3D$13,902-20%70-87$199$57,699,5547Paramount
6Act of Valor$10,796105%96-22$112$69,936,28113Relativity Media
7Sound of My Voice$9,64342%37-9$261$228,4594Fox Searchlight
8Lovely Molly$9,183--5--$1,837$9,1831Image Entertainment
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,432108%17-6$202$1,192,5556Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,89315%25-11$116$7,218,44811Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,419303%8-2$302$23,7852UTV Communications
12The Road (2012)$1,651-68%10-40$165$84,3982Freestyle Releasing
13Coriolanus$1,37816%8-3$172$745,90318Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,13790%9-4$126$545,50914Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$577-11%7-4$82$591,3386Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$231-33%3-6$77$49,867,99218Fox
17Touchback$127-14%3-3$42$203,7686Anchor Bay Films
18Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15-97%1-11$15$43,455,63815Fox