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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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$23,682,115-4%4,164--$5,687$48,317,4511Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,763,29626%3,920-343$1,980$151,318,3943Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,664,324-9%3,108--$1,822$11,915,6661Fox
4Prometheus$3,961,41137%2,862-580$1,384$105,408,3983Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$3,269,28031%2,919-782$1,120$134,807,7454Universal
6Rock of Ages$3,121,92924%3,4700$900$26,404,2732Warner Bros. / New Line
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,041,78937%2,230-352$1,364$596,501,9768Disney
8That's My Boy$2,850,16816%3,0300$941$25,590,0612Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black 3$2,341,33634%2,462-673$951$161,826,5395Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,498,41717%1,625--$922$2,775,9441Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,391,15738%395217$3,522$10,617,1015Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$697,80854%741-443$942$37,907,3298Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$255,61439%414-179$617$402,779,78514Lionsgate
4Battleship$214,93541%483-459$445$63,037,9606Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$198,28347%12982$1,537$934,7353FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$151,60426%316-803$480$58,596,0636Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$150,30224%411-805$366$39,704,8036Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$108,62432%302-378$360$75,683,3397Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$107,10140%23830$450$90,967,54110Sony / Screen Gems
10For Greater Glory$84,44645%160-220$528$4,978,8784ARC Entertainment
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$80,73521%234-43$345$212,842,77517Universal
12Mirror Mirror$62,76722%222-56$283$64,206,87413Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$55,18620%160-60$345$138,216,99515Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$52,83425%196-28$270$41,733,72311Lionsgate
15Chernobyl Diaries$51,01119%240-15$213$17,841,5755Warner Bros.
16The Lucky One (2012)$47,62116%202-148$236$60,121,48610Warner Bros.
17The Three Stooges$44,46229%154-47$289$43,621,80611Fox
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$26,58535%115-34$231$29,244,5189Sony / Columbia
19The Raven$25,91827%133104$195$15,894,9329Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$152,82372%74-3$2,065$1,988,5465Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$72,4682%521$1,394$4,004,94910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,49521%85-23$276$103,794,88520Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,47711%330$590$19,580,49364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wrath of the Titans$18,55148%70-35$265$83,626,00113Warner Bros.
6Lola Versus$18,43037%50-2$369$188,6343Fox Searchlight
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$13,53825%16-141$846$253,5272Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$4,06664%9-23$452$765,0604UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0300%25-72$121$1,784,7626Branded/Peck Films