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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 Sun, May. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$16,820,987-29%4,249-100$3,959$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$7,029,450-28%3,690--$1,905$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$5,056,092-24%3,008--$1,681$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$3,451,429-35%3,7550$919$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,611,017-36%3,021--$864$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$855,285-33%2,064-467$414$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$678,437-42%1,722-330$394$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$573,441-12%1,840-1239$312$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$447,468-39%2,005-834$223$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$311,375-33%1,175-1394$265$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,003,886-26%354176$2,836$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$210,986-23%895-664$236$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Girl in Progress$154,319-15%3220$479$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Wrath of the Titans$153,299-20%36095$426$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$140,230-30%379-76$370$210,191,32512Universal
6Mirror Mirror$131,745-24%407-200$324$61,551,2368Relativity Media
7The Three Stooges$113,315-44%594-822$191$41,830,6326Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$106,730-34%448-581$238$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9Safe (2012)$102,606-12%503-1187$204$16,589,9504Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$98,716-31%261-328$378$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$76,850-29%290-231$265$56,494,9557Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$61,802-33%245-15$252$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Raven$60,523-41%432-1456$140$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,976-36%134-66$201$8,721,03711CBS Films
15Lockout$23,418-37%191-64$123$14,291,5706Open Road
16Bully (2012)$20,461-24%204-59$100$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17A Thousand Words$17,408-32%110-17$158$18,374,52711Paramount
18The Artist$8,569-23%103-648$83$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$62,109-13%490$1,268$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Crooked Arrows$50,383-42%55--$916$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3Act of Valor$25,44152%96-22$265$69,978,44013Relativity Media
4Titanic 3D$16,188-21%70-87$231$57,736,2357Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,172-12%340$446$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
6This Means War$10,705-63%90-42$119$54,670,70414Fox
7Sound of My Voice$9,357-21%37-9$253$249,7274Fox Searchlight
8Friends With Kids$3,702-15%25-11$148$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,352-41%17-6$197$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
10Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,820-35%8-2$353$30,9492UTV Communications
11The Road (2012)$2,033-17%10-40$203$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
12Coriolanus$1,619-24%8-3$202$749,64118Weinstein Company
13Lovely Molly$1,337-34%5--$267$12,5541Image Entertainment
14Undefeated$1,292-23%9-4$144$548,47014Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$54096%3-6$180$49,868,80818Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$466-41%7-4$67$592,5896Roadside Attractions
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15832%1-11$158$43,455,91615Fox
18Touchback$28-90%3-3$9$204,0686Anchor Bay Films