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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 Wed, Aug. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,164,525-27%3,745--$845$49,508,9051Universal
2The Campaign$2,679,409-22%3,205--$836$35,845,1471Warner Bros.
3The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,303,636--2,551--$903$2,303,6360Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$2,137,123-20%3,690-552$579$396,743,7024Warner Bros.
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,627,164-22%2,3610$689$24,394,6861Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,035,774-31%3,40110$305$34,011,4622Fox
7Total Recall (2012)$953,685-27%3,6010$265$47,375,2262Sony / Columbia
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$810,816-28%2,847-695$285$146,456,0675Fox
9Ted (2012)$388,555-22%1,943-642$200$211,142,4207Universal
10Step Up Revolution$334,287-32%1,898-708$176$31,453,4193Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$262,987-34%1,395-821$189$256,422,2406Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$254,967-31%2,008-1160$127$32,326,5383Fox
13Brave$240,008-29%1,110-773$216$228,078,7798Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$209,008--118--$1,771$209,0080Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$141,863-13%8000$177$2,644,5181ARC Entertainment
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$98,278-4%282-36$349$7,451,2007Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$96,066-4%447-240$215$42,362,84812Focus
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$68,078-31%306-198$222$211,917,40010Paramount / DreamWorks
6Magic Mike$67,235-20%450-752$149$112,452,6787Warner Bros.
7Ruby Sparks$59,552-22%252188$236$1,436,7413Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$56,743-8%1940$292$9,463,58312Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$44,602-13%260-31$172$407,436,80221Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,220-7%270-39$142$154,413,72011Universal
11Savages$31,050-33%318-246$98$46,923,4406Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$28,564-7%167-63$171$45,457,14015Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$24,286-18%364-373$67$64,822,6187Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$23,374-26%202-75$116$25,156,1726Paramount
15Prometheus$16,688-15%141-57$118$126,101,99410Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$12,645-17%130-35$97$37,220,6708Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,672-9%520$1,013$7,451,58117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,6852%330$536$20,538,88371Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$10,66325%73-48$146$3,631,18810FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,670-7%45-87$82$79,722,91214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,097-16%71$300$149,9195Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,034-9%57-88$36$38,515,9939Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$718-38%12-2$60$290,56011GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$611-5%10-24$61$5,670,88411ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$356-7%456$8$64,934,73420Relativity Media