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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, Jun. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$22,569,1929%4,258--$5,300$43,220,0111Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$16,020,580-25%3,396--$4,717$37,486,8471Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$8,913,72019%3,7774$2,360$91,871,0702Universal
4Men in Black 3$5,629,64230%3,792-456$1,485$131,967,8483Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$4,546,86536%3,129-541$1,453$568,934,5146Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,388,15548%1,2984$1,069$30,102,1536Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,108,42920%2,087-820$531$35,067,6384Lionsgate
8Battleship$918,38032%1,954-1190$470$59,155,8554Universal
9The Dictator$849,48019%1,651-998$515$54,601,8384Paramount
10Dark Shadows$584,95435%1,550-1452$377$73,393,1785Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$311,43711%1,180-1253$264$16,703,5333Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$431,01335%751-348$574$399,950,27412Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$316,08327%642-115$492$3,159,7822ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$149,47628%303-54$493$63,399,94611Relativity Media
4The Lucky One (2012)$148,26037%402-2$369$59,378,3178Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$140,65026%290-25$485$211,942,96015Universal
6Think Like a Man$131,83423%287-222$459$90,218,3368Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$107,25832%245-40$438$43,055,4259Fox
821 Jump Street$101,79932%258-72$395$137,561,56713Sony / Columbia
9Crooked Arrows$88,43542%278-49$318$1,490,3804Branded/Peck Films
10Rowdy Rathore$62,50363%100-20$625$612,1782UTV Communications
11The Pirates! Band of Misfits$58,23749%317-268$184$28,930,2977Sony / Columbia
12The Five-Year Engagement$53,37545%175-43$305$28,458,7257Universal
13Wrath of the Titans$40,47533%150-55$270$83,377,68811Warner Bros.
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$36,13228%126-29$287$103,517,92518Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Cabin in the Woods$25,11035%113-23$222$41,271,4189Lionsgate
16Safe (2012)$19,97629%111-64$180$17,032,6147Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$637,22437%9680$6,638$3,274,8073Focus
2The Intouchables$164,94961%7727$2,142$897,1173Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$64,6297%511$1,267$3,134,3888Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$42,43459%9--$4,715$69,0941FilmDistrict
5Born to Be Wild 3D$17,596-6%330$533$19,341,21862Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Piranha 3DD$14,80010%78-8$190$306,6802Weinstein Company
7Lola Versus$14,26560%4--$3,566$23,1971Fox Searchlight
8Girl in Progress$11,10227%577$195$2,545,4585Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Artist$5,79436%36-51$161$44,646,47229Weinstein Company
10The Raven$5,421-2%34-27$159$15,814,0987Relativity Media
11Bully (2012)$3,942-60%31-57$127$3,460,70011Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$3,39833%24-24$142$383,8757Fox Searchlight
13Cartas a Elena$2,77140%12--$231$4,7451Freestyle Releasing
14High School$937-1%4-196$234$134,9812Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$576-7%5-3$115$7,249,26114Roadside Attractions