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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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$44,931,966-41%4,404--$10,203$120,686,8631Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,764,65915%3,8865$1,998$82,945,0882Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$4,254,57323%3,753-565$1,134$225,426,2043Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$3,888,94020%3,214-89$1,210$177,554,8954Universal
5Brave$2,289,03518%2,899-493$790$206,974,4185Disney
6Magic Mike$1,604,783-2%2,606-484$616$100,914,2004Warner Bros.
7Savages$1,284,80026%2,336-299$550$38,957,1553Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$948,80133%1,540-464$616$59,698,4094Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$505,28611%1,261-1024$401$207,237,6187Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$409,9032%1,123-1609$365$22,277,4233Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$747,69134%895-29$835$35,561,3649Focus
2Dark Shadows$548,32335%412173$1,331$78,365,61711Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$314,79645%12948$2,440$2,623,1514Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$254,91334%495-252$515$614,883,01512Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$179,96042%409-268$440$152,468,6608Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$172,97946%288-54$601$43,727,25812Fox Searchlight
7Prometheus$124,74137%312-247$400$125,018,6997Fox
8Rock of Ages$119,30227%32267$371$37,896,3656Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$108,15634%266-231$407$175,405,1519Sony / Columbia
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$74,64845%266-389$281$36,427,2995Fox
11The Hunger Games$72,44430%190-22$381$405,173,61418Lionsgate
12Safety Not Guaranteed$67,25557%124-58$542$2,893,5587FilmDistrict
13Battleship$49,88538%172-56$290$64,956,61510Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,01328%192-29$240$40,922,81810Lionsgate
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$42,32913%189-43$224$30,689,90713Sony / Columbia
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$30,895-3%167-1$185$213,926,12521Universal
17The Dictator$17,61524%105-56$168$59,601,04010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$135,47962%918$1,489$6,978,3849Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$68,7393%520$1,322$5,916,89814Warner Bros. / IMAX
3That's My Boy$30,98729%84-88$369$36,914,0856Sony / Columbia
4Bol Bachchan$30,14759%46-52$655$1,134,6203Fox International Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$22,699-10%330$688$20,066,71768Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$22,68030%53-19$428$44,146,93215Fox
7Mirror Mirror$12,09226%59-32$205$64,822,38317Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$7,83535%33-9$237$5,548,9568ARC Entertainment
9Easy Money (2012)$6,36267%20$3,181$47,5522Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$5,82498%180$324$226,5298GKIDS
1130 Beats$3,23211%15--$215$6,1481Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,59115%21-4$123$101,6882ARC Entertainment