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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 Fri, Aug. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$10,494,145--3,316--$3,165$10,494,1451Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$5,310,49574%3,7538$1,415$57,871,5752Universal
3ParaNorman$4,598,833--3,429--$1,341$4,598,8331Focus
4Sparkle (2012)$4,521,165--2,244--$2,015$4,521,1651Sony / TriStar
5The Campaign$4,146,16268%3,25550$1,274$42,454,6992Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,395,68172%2,598--$1,307$7,673,6961Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$3,122,13654%3,157-533$989$401,898,0475Warner Bros.
8Hope Springs (2012)$2,760,76377%2,3610$1,169$28,712,5552Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,168,72530%2,737-664$427$36,081,0463Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$1,061,56317%2,434-1167$436$49,344,0063Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$843,55916%2,274-829$371$148,029,9756Fox
12Ted (2012)$485,13528%1,169-1039$415$212,006,4408Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up Revolution$316,01612%905-993$349$32,052,4344Lionsgate / Summit
2Ek Tha Tiger$299,847120%118--$2,541$644,9111Yash Raj Films
3The Amazing Spider-Man$229,494-10%598-987$384$256,906,0127Sony / Columbia
4Brave$224,699-1%641-618$351$228,530,2179Disney
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$204,799245%406100$504$212,181,47611Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Watch$164,775-29%513-1950$321$32,724,9614Fox
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$153,07459%236-50$649$7,700,7508Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$141,26141%282-165$501$42,604,06913Focus
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$93,780-22%424-376$221$2,858,9512ARC Entertainment
10The Intouchables$91,42067%1940$471$9,609,83913Weinstein Company
11Men in Black 3$88,749--258-37$344$177,912,91213Sony / Columbia
12Ruby Sparks$82,72841%218-43$379$1,578,0994Fox Searchlight
13Magic Mike$67,286-1%255-195$264$112,588,0798Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$67,09575%244-29$275$154,519,14012Universal
15The Hunger Games$66,51043%230-30$289$407,549,76722Lionsgate
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$34,28548%199-165$172$64,880,0558Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$31,46717%128-56$246$45,515,44016Fox Searchlight
18Savages$30,0301%154-164$195$46,983,2457Universal
19Prometheus$22,91232%101-40$227$126,142,24111Fox
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$20,23554%105-25$193$37,254,0549Fox
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$19,250-13%140-62$138$25,197,5707Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$53,19815%520$1,023$7,550,98318Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$26,098--3--$8,699$222,6711Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$14,8830%330$451$20,548,66272Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$11,7073%54-19$217$3,654,31411FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$3,52932%5-2$706$156,1206Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$90847%7-5$130$292,08612GKIDS