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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 Thu, Aug. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,586,326-3%4,242-162$845$370,608,8193Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,187,765-3%2,361--$927$4,453,0570Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,061,501-9%3,601--$572$36,088,3921Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,741,7891%3,391--$514$22,354,0081Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,284,3067%3,542-327$363$137,314,0524Fox
6Step Up Revolution$767,268-2%2,60639$294$27,314,7622Lionsgate / Summit
7The Watch$750,924-8%3,1680$237$29,174,6282Fox
8Ted (2012)$672,100-2%2,585-544$260$206,624,9106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$574,938-1%2,216-944$259$253,343,4425Sony / Columbia
10Brave$498,2386%1,883-668$265$225,442,8667Disney
11Magic Mike$198,3513%1,202-873$165$111,816,6186Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$316,779-52%800--$396$982,4580ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$163,556-2%687-166$238$41,460,39811Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$128,377-3%318110$404$6,437,2736Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$103,83313%504-304$206$211,264,7649Paramount / DreamWorks
5Savages$87,420-14%564-850$155$46,563,2655Universal
6The Hunger Games$69,4583%291-19$239$406,970,23520Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$64,078-1%1940$330$8,923,43111Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$63,424-10%737-374$86$64,454,8646Lionsgate
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,4350%309-46$150$154,024,71010Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$42,747-5%230-46$186$45,207,29514Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$30,2907%277-329$109$24,934,0295Paramount
12Prometheus$26,1941%198-31$132$125,937,2619Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$18,6606%121-28$154$3,542,4499FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,2413%165-32$111$37,088,9507Fox
15Dark Shadows$12,833-5%132-90$97$79,688,27213Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$10,08028%145-157$70$38,489,3528Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,54714%520$1,280$7,088,70316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,8940%6451$530$797,4982Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,1411%330$550$20,407,70670Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,385-5%39-17$343$64,932,37519Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$3,02214%61$504$125,1354Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$3,00518%50--$60$38,2011Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,68019%34-55$79$5,665,04610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$2,1779%142$156$281,84110GKIDS