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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, Jun. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,675,972-20%4,2635$2,504$119,006,0062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$7,163,388-8%3,44246$2,081$89,370,3012Fox
3That's My Boy$4,200,939-11%3,030--$1,386$13,453,7141Sony / Columbia
4Snow White and the Huntsman$3,904,555-26%3,701-76$1,055$122,062,6703Universal
5Rock of Ages$3,674,410-33%3,470--$1,059$14,437,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
6Men in Black 3$3,503,220-8%3,135-657$1,117$152,726,5584Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,406,3273%2,582-547$1,319$586,794,3717Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$693,212-28%1,184-114$585$35,216,7137Fox Searchlight
9The Dictator$309,244-32%1,119-532$276$57,677,7175Paramount
10What to Expect When You're Expecting$271,529-47%1,216-871$223$38,639,3825Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$704,374-24%17882$3,957$6,839,4624Focus
2Battleship$433,320-10%942-1012$460$62,151,8205Universal
3The Hunger Games$266,935-21%593-158$450$401,766,45213Lionsgate
4For Greater Glory$232,06624%380-262$611$4,542,5583ARC Entertainment
5Dark Shadows$179,751-29%680-870$264$75,156,0166Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$69,250-33%277-13$250$212,490,25016Universal
7The Three Stooges$61,980-22%201-44$308$43,442,67710Fox
8Mirror Mirror$61,526-35%278-25$221$63,915,26412Relativity Media
921 Jump Street$54,249-30%220-38$247$137,982,55014Sony / Columbia
10The Cabin in the Woods$53,075-21%224111$237$41,507,32710Lionsgate
11The Lucky One (2012)$52,571-36%350-52$150$59,890,5749Warner Bros.
12Think Like a Man$50,687-41%208-79$244$90,677,9649Sony / Screen Gems
13Chernobyl Diaries$46,100-38%255-925$181$17,637,7064Warner Bros.
14Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$41,696-25%157--$266$150,3371Indomina Media
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$30,896-11%149-168$207$29,140,9538Sony / Columbia
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$26,320-2%108-18$244$103,692,73519Warner Bros. / New Line
17Wrath of the Titans$26,169-11%105-45$249$83,550,28412Warner Bros.
18The Five-Year Engagement$21,050-49%168-7$125$28,644,7708Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$110,446-29%770$1,434$1,552,6454Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$92,516-25%4738$1,968$439,9992FilmDistrict
3To the Arctic 3D$56,543-13%510$1,109$3,611,2779Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$19,813-1%97-181$204$1,731,0145Branded/Peck Films
5Lola Versus$18,726-25%5248$360$107,9912Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,698-12%330$506$19,480,18363Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Safe (2012)$11,535-21%76-35$152$17,120,0198Lionsgate
8Rowdy Rathore$11,533-30%32-68$360$744,1643UTV Communications
9Girl in Progress$5,594-28%41-16$136$2,594,8786Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$3,299-30%29-5$114$15,839,9928Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,286-19%21-15$109$44,667,09530Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,442-51%13-11$111$398,7298Fox Searchlight
13Piranha 3DD$1,210-93%11-67$110$370,9043Weinstein Company
14Bully (2012)$853-19%14-17$61$3,483,79512Weinstein Company