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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 Wed, May. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$3,985,712-29%4,248--$938$78,889,9991Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,515,041-23%3,918-331$642$529,688,9964Disney
3Battleship$851,460-22%3,70212$230$49,386,9252Universal
4The Dictator$812,022-30%3,0146$269$45,284,0902Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$753,601-8%1,233879$611$20,137,0884Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$750,343-20%3,0210$248$25,510,8412Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$628,309-17%3,404-351$185$66,311,6253Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$612,180-26%2,433--$252$10,789,7061Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$235,064-6%1,421-643$165$396,506,22510Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$109,066-15%786-936$139$88,923,7146Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$82,697-12%884-956$94$27,819,1485Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$68,249-13%615-1390$111$58,563,8086Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$57,389-6%42215$136$62,474,8439Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,750-11%39011$125$211,089,11013Universal
6The Three Stooges$29,746-3%325-269$92$42,445,6707Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$28,770-13%274-901$105$28,074,6155Universal
8The Cabin in the Woods$24,465-2%203-245$121$41,029,1687Lionsgate
9Wrath of the Titans$23,206-14%255-105$91$83,038,7699Warner Bros.
10Bully (2012)$17,7251%104-100$170$3,345,1749Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,084-12%175-70$92$103,198,57716Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$9,880-21%165-125$60$56,746,4608Universal
13Girl in Progress$9,750-14%143-179$68$2,468,8663Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Safe (2012)$7,903-4%112-391$71$16,829,7085Lionsgate
15The Raven$6,674-12%111-321$60$15,764,6095Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$64,072393%87-47$736$8,966,34812CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$63,66519%501$1,273$2,503,9536Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$56,724-7%4--$14,181$803,9811Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$22,78625%340$670$19,129,29860Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Intouchables$9,7503%4--$2,438$156,2121Weinstein Company
6Crooked Arrows$6,708-27%6712$100$509,0922Branded/Peck Films
7Titanic 3D$4,505-11%42-28$107$57,820,1888Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,2801%425$102$328,7675Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$3,8800%59-51$66$18,445,89312Paramount
10This Means War$2,8742%44-46$65$54,731,58515Fox
11The Artist$1,8630%20-83$93$44,583,21127Weinstein Company
12Red Tails$1,022200%74$146$49,873,30719Fox
13Undefeated$74632%6-3$124$557,82415Weinstein Company
14Act of Valor$5185%39-57$13$70,005,37214Relativity Media
15Tonight You're Mine$27411%3--$91$5,9863Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$230-18%4-4$58$756,96119Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$177490%3-4$59$594,7217Roadside Attractions