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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 Mon, Jul. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,263,877-59%3,881--$1,356$51,893,1361Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$4,353,626-59%4,3180$1,008$204,853,9772Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,939,670-57%3,30347$890$162,196,9203Universal
4Brave$1,507,472-57%3,392-499$444$197,568,7914Disney
5Magic Mike$1,304,435-44%3,090-30$422$93,145,6333Warner Bros.
6Savages$1,198,925-61%2,6357$455$33,324,2152Universal
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$666,750-41%2,7322$244$19,320,2942Paramount
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$608,986-58%2,004-157$304$56,220,7073Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$500,165-56%2,285-576$219$204,401,5626Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$435,875-61%92440$472$32,918,8778Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$188,724-55%747-378$253$613,849,21011Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$135,400-51%677-475$200$151,766,2007Universal
4Prometheus$126,730-57%559-546$227$124,434,1466Fox
5Men in Black 3$106,691-48%497-382$215$174,894,5898Sony / Columbia
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$101,209-55%655-1002$155$36,017,0514Fox
7People Like Us$95,284-57%961-1094$99$11,289,8203Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$84,309-60%342-17$247$43,125,13611Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$42,133-49%212-16$199$404,906,78417Lionsgate
10Safety Not Guaranteed$39,919-62%18273$219$2,661,7436FilmDistrict
11Dark Shadows$34,165-50%239-64$143$77,302,35310Warner Bros.
12Battleship$33,060-51%228-21$145$64,768,0109Universal
13Rock of Ages$28,774-60%255-446$113$37,588,7605Warner Bros. / New Line
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$25,782-48%221-15$117$40,755,6629Lionsgate
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,840-41%168-7$130$213,767,73520Universal
16The Dictator$15,547-54%161-25$97$59,519,9749Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$91,380-64%8162$1,128$1,784,0553Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$49,045-27%520$943$5,571,85913Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$39,544-66%8323$476$3,621,0328Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,835-26%330$359$19,970,13767Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$11,797-40%72-4$164$44,064,83914Fox
6Mirror Mirror$9,177-25%91-28$101$64,766,24116Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$8,675-62%423$207$5,503,2897ARC Entertainment
8The Obama Effect$4,251-67%25--$170$88,1471ARC Entertainment
9The Lucky One (2012)$2,871-44%41-31$70$60,446,10813Warner Bros.
10Easy Money (2012)$2,477-71%2--$1,239$30,2601Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,413-64%18--$134$211,1637GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,742-54%23-15$76$18,114,6718Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$469-50%9-2$52$1,830,9449Branded/Peck Films