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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, Aug. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,792,129-65%3,316--$842$31,383,4991Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,707,615-63%3,7538$455$71,326,0802Universal
3The Campaign$1,531,586-59%3,25550$471$52,967,4122Warner Bros.
4ParaNorman$1,455,868-64%3,429--$425$15,542,9181Focus
5The Dark Knight Rises$1,374,465-59%3,157-533$435$411,161,7255Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,276,554-59%2,598--$491$16,377,4721Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$915,393-63%2,3610$388$35,978,7142Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$874,812-69%2,244--$390$12,518,1541Sony / TriStar
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$513,746-52%2,737-664$188$39,260,8043Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$409,193-58%2,434-1167$168$52,164,4653Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$389,613-57%2,274-829$171$150,581,5366Fox
12Ted (2012)$198,750-48%1,169-1039$170$213,263,1358Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$115,165-55%641-618$180$229,236,4689Disney
2Step Up Revolution$105,949-64%905-993$117$32,882,5374Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$102,948-52%598-987$172$257,538,2737Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$94,551-56%406100$233$212,779,25111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$72,070-52%282-165$256$43,038,26313Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$67,783-59%236-50$287$8,178,7528Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$49,583-59%513-1950$97$33,112,1824Fox
8The Intouchables$46,110-57%1940$238$9,931,18413Weinstein Company
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$44,988-53%424-376$106$3,122,9492ARC Entertainment
10Ruby Sparks$34,657-59%218-43$159$1,831,2544Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$32,825-35%255-195$129$112,753,0078Warner Bros.
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,405-55%244-29$100$154,685,06512Universal
13The Hunger Games$20,673-62%230-30$90$407,708,88522Lionsgate
14Savages$15,395-54%154-164$100$47,073,3307Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$14,395-54%128-56$112$45,606,72316Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$10,413-47%140-62$74$25,251,4017Paramount
17Prometheus$10,041-55%101-40$99$126,205,38011Fox
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,002-60%105-25$86$37,316,1139Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,800-65%199-165$44$64,967,2258Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,241-9%520$793$7,697,51518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,651-14%330$353$20,592,11472Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$7,466-60%3--$2,489$274,3781Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$4,389-63%54-19$81$3,687,98211FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,444-66%5-2$289$167,2306Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$520-52%7-5$74$294,90612GKIDS