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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, Jul. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$20,480,03929%4,318--$4,743$95,497,6091Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$10,582,55532%3,25617$3,250$98,229,9002Universal
3Brave$6,287,39526%3,891-273$1,616$160,644,3663Disney
4Magic Mike$6,147,54035%3,120190$1,970$63,334,3102Warner Bros.
5Savages$5,715,555--2,628--$2,175$5,715,5551Universal
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,477,85364%2,1610$1,609$39,123,8082Lionsgate
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$2,692,663-13%2,730--$986$5,794,6101Paramount
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$2,362,76029%2,861-854$826$190,747,1965Paramount / DreamWorks
9People Like Us$707,54829%2,0550$344$7,703,9152Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$680,81843%1,125-632$605$609,640,57810Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$615,0943%1,657-1452$371$32,721,4703Fox
12Snow White and the Huntsman$564,48027%1,152-1185$490$148,552,6906Universal
13Prometheus$549,29028%1,105-846$497$121,124,0645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,358,29160%88430$1,537$23,620,0857Focus
2Men in Black 3$587,25770%879-1023$668$171,996,2337Sony / Columbia
3That's My Boy$215,84310%400-1963$540$35,695,0204Sony / Columbia
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$210,41428%359-175$586$41,461,19610Fox Searchlight
5Rock of Ages$205,724-20%701-1704$293$36,540,9374Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Hunger Games$98,16937%228-50$431$404,164,82316Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$97,85244%303-62$323$76,653,8239Warner Bros.
8Battleship$90,885124%249-59$365$64,140,7308Universal
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$84,161--257-27$327$29,943,38511Sony / Columbia
10Safety Not Guaranteed$68,89958%109-55$632$1,986,0055FilmDistrict
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$67,901303%23633$288$40,280,1908Lionsgate
12The Dictator$44,809191%18656$241$59,211,4798Paramount
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$42,87515%175-27$245$213,404,59019Universal
14Think Like a Man$30,291--118-67$257$91,484,07312Sony / Screen Gems
15Mirror Mirror$22,026-13%119-47$185$64,613,50615Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$150,371--98--$1,534$150,3711Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$108,773208%1915$5,725$478,5622Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$84,73915%520$1,630$4,905,18212Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$68,01941%60-8$1,134$3,000,5117Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,93616%330$665$19,800,52266Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Lucky One (2012)$16,40531%72-43$228$60,367,21512Warner Bros.
7The Three Stooges$16,29514%76-41$214$43,878,35713Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$13,657-12%83-66$165$42,013,92113Lionsgate
9For Greater Glory$12,27730%39-34$315$5,379,4306ARC Entertainment
10Chernobyl Diaries$5,795-44%38-107$153$18,072,7857Warner Bros.
11Crooked Arrows$1,944-10%11-2$177$1,814,6028Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$926-81%29-49$32$16,003,64511Relativity Media