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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 Fri, Jun. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$20,583,845--3,239--$6,355$20,583,8451Universal
2Magic Mike$19,371,387--2,930--$6,611$19,371,3871Warner Bros.
3Brave$10,367,67956%4,1640$2,490$108,041,3702Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,148,095--2,161--$4,696$10,148,0951Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,610,26149%3,715-205$972$171,806,7834Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,854,18141%3,1091$596$24,888,3742Fox
7People Like Us$1,453,237--2,055--$707$1,453,2371Disney / DreamWorks
8Prometheus$1,350,80330%1,951-911$692$114,687,6514Fox
9Snow White and the Huntsman$1,343,77553%2,337-582$575$142,529,6955Universal
10Marvel's The Avengers$1,305,52151%1,757-473$743$603,388,5949Disney
11Rock of Ages$885,7598%2,405-1065$368$33,067,3263Warner Bros. / New Line
12Men in Black 3$860,83416%1,902-560$453$167,600,9206Sony / Columbia
13That's My Boy$755,022-3%2,363-667$320$32,933,7703Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$320,455-5%1,608-17$199$5,870,2352Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,386,343192%854459$1,623$14,925,4606Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$278,10320%534-207$521$39,598,9979Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$124,74084%308-175$405$63,590,3107Universal
4Dark Shadows$117,139259%36563$321$76,004,4978Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$113,9869%278-136$410$403,485,69315Lionsgate
6Safety Not Guaranteed$101,43997%16435$619$1,406,1844FilmDistrict
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$85,148--284169$300$29,391,19410Sony / Columbia
8Think Like a Man$49,964--185-53$270$91,242,65111Sony / Screen Gems
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$49,49018%202-32$245$213,113,28518Universal
10What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,151-6%203-208$227$40,046,8387Lionsgate
11The Dictator$45,725-3%130-186$352$58,987,7577Paramount
12Mirror Mirror$41,21819%166-56$248$64,414,70714Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$26,479--141-19$188$138,385,74516Sony / Columbia
14The Lucky One (2012)$22,46810%115-87$195$60,261,03511Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$22,3822%149-47$150$41,889,39212Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$21,7862%117-37$186$43,758,54712Fox
17Chernobyl Diaries$15,868-21%145-95$109$17,987,4756Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$77,16274%68-6$1,135$2,343,8286Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,26213%520$1,274$4,382,88811Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$51,640115%4--$12,910$102,8511Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$23,465-30%73-87$321$5,233,1455ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,19435%330$642$19,678,06165Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$6,673-41%78-55$86$15,968,47510Relativity Media
7Crooked Arrows$3,356--13-12$258$1,797,7877Branded/Peck Films
8Lola Versus$3,283-41%30-20$109$232,8904Fox Searchlight
9Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$1,248-75%1-15$1,248$286,7863Indomina Media
10Rowdy Rathore$230--2-7$115$774,3465UTV Communications