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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, Jul. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$23,657,10416%4,318--$5,479$119,154,7131Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$11,884,40012%3,25617$3,650$110,114,3002Universal
3Brave$7,795,52624%3,891-273$2,003$168,439,8923Disney
4Savages$5,610,585-2%2,628--$2,135$11,326,1401Universal
5Magic Mike$5,562,800-10%3,120190$1,783$68,897,1102Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,113,19718%2,1610$1,903$43,237,0052Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,061,02030%2,861-854$1,070$193,808,2165Paramount / DreamWorks
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$2,480,700-8%2,730--$909$8,275,3101Paramount
9People Like Us$921,60230%2,0550$448$8,625,5172Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$918,22335%1,125-632$816$610,558,80110Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$752,83422%1,657-1452$454$33,474,3043Fox
12Prometheus$738,64734%1,105-846$668$121,862,7115Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$731,55530%1,152-1185$635$149,284,2456Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,925,91942%88430$2,179$25,546,0047Focus
2Men in Black 3$701,75419%879-1023$798$172,697,9877Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$327,31456%359-175$912$41,788,51010Fox Searchlight
4Rock of Ages$265,37329%701-1704$379$36,806,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$255,98919%400-1963$640$35,951,0094Sony / Columbia
6The Hunger Games$129,06031%228-50$566$404,293,88316Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$119,36622%303-62$394$76,773,1899Warner Bros.
8Battleship$113,29525%249-59$455$64,254,0258Universal
9Safety Not Guaranteed$111,67062%109-55$1,024$2,097,6755FilmDistrict
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$94,32112%257-27$367$30,037,70611Sony / Columbia
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$82,51322%23633$350$40,362,7038Lionsgate
12The Dictator$53,24019%18656$286$59,264,7198Paramount
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$51,62520%175-27$295$213,456,21519Universal
14Think Like a Man$38,08826%118-67$323$91,522,16112Sony / Screen Gems
15Mirror Mirror$26,32320%119-47$221$64,639,82915Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$225,08050%98--$2,297$375,4511Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$151,81440%1915$7,990$630,3762Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$121,55979%60-8$2,026$3,012,6707Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$96,22514%520$1,850$5,001,40712Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$24,15610%330$732$19,824,67866Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$21,28331%76-41$280$43,899,64013Fox
7The Lucky One (2012)$18,18211%72-43$253$60,385,39712Warner Bros.
8The Cabin in the Woods$16,59622%83-66$200$42,030,51713Lionsgate
9For Greater Glory$16,45234%39-34$422$5,395,8826ARC Entertainment
10Chernobyl Diaries$6,65915%38-107$175$18,079,4447Warner Bros.
11Crooked Arrows$1,799-7%11-2$164$1,816,4018Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$1,23133%29-49$42$16,004,87611Relativity Media