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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 Sat, May. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$23,587,06955%4,249-100$5,551$440,844,5303Disney
2Battleship$9,723,15011%3,690--$2,635$18,505,3751Universal
3The Dictator$6,651,24716%3,008--$2,211$19,420,0811Paramount
4Dark Shadows$5,311,70639%3,7550$1,415$47,270,3302Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$4,087,2776%3,021--$1,353$7,936,0511Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$1,270,64954%2,064-467$616$390,726,1569Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$1,164,96744%1,722-330$677$85,160,0235Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$732,95523%2,005-834$366$56,487,1605Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$652,19985%1,840-1239$354$24,916,6954Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$464,12539%1,175-1394$395$26,791,6354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,353,73055%354176$3,824$7,224,1393Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$274,09550%895-664$306$26,797,5295Disneynature
3The Three Stooges$204,02871%594-822$343$41,717,3176Fox
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$200,87071%379-76$530$210,051,09512Universal
5Wrath of the Titans$190,95945%36095$530$82,366,9918Warner Bros.
6Girl in Progress$181,76547%3220$564$1,983,0522Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Mirror Mirror$173,14875%407-200$425$61,419,4918Relativity Media
8The Cabin in the Woods$160,58641%448-581$358$40,444,9096Lionsgate
921 Jump Street$142,82041%261-328$547$135,601,51710Sony / Columbia
10Safe (2012)$116,01054%503-1187$231$16,487,3444Lionsgate
11American Reunion$108,75539%290-231$375$56,418,1057Universal
12The Raven$103,41142%432-1456$239$15,485,2634Relativity Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$92,32074%245-15$377$102,797,81315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$41,95562%134-66$313$8,694,06111CBS Films
15Lockout$37,45738%191-64$196$14,268,1526Open Road
16Bully (2012)$27,049-37%204-59$133$3,099,6688Weinstein Company
17A Thousand Words$25,56083%110-17$232$18,357,11911Paramount
18The Artist$11,13756%103-648$108$44,540,88226Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Crooked Arrows$87,422-26%55--$1,589$205,9631Branded/Peck Films
2To the Arctic 3D$71,115-15%490$1,451$1,773,0605Warner Bros. / IMAX
3This Means War$28,66849%90-42$319$54,659,99914Fox
4Titanic 3D$20,49347%70-87$293$57,720,0477Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$17,244-38%340$507$18,904,99259Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Act of Valor$16,71855%96-22$174$69,952,99913Relativity Media
7Sound of My Voice$11,91124%37-9$322$240,3704Fox Searchlight
8Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,65565%17-6$333$1,198,2106Code Black Entertainment
9Friends With Kids$4,36051%25-11$174$7,222,80811Roadside Attractions
10Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$4,34480%8-2$543$28,1292UTV Communications
11The Road (2012)$2,44048%10-40$244$86,8382Freestyle Releasing
12Coriolanus$2,11954%8-3$265$748,02218Weinstein Company
13Lovely Molly$2,035-78%5--$407$11,2171Image Entertainment
14Undefeated$1,66947%9-4$185$547,17814Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$78536%7-4$112$592,1236Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$27619%3-6$92$49,868,26818Fox
17Touchback$272114%3-3$91$204,0406Anchor Bay Films
18Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$120700%1-11$120$43,455,75815Fox