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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 Sun, Aug. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$3,989,596-29%3,35539$1,189$52,237,5232Lionsgate
2ParaNorman$2,639,313-29%3,45526$764$28,261,5772Focus
3The Bourne Legacy$2,484,755-40%3,654-99$680$85,522,2203Universal
4The Dark Knight Rises$2,087,520-34%2,606-551$801$422,255,2186Warner Bros.
5The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,002,243-35%2,5980$771$27,077,0422Disney
6The Campaign$1,994,695-39%3,30247$604$64,575,5693Warner Bros.
7Premium Rush$1,634,689-33%2,255--$725$6,030,1641Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$1,490,641-41%2,40241$621$44,806,5713Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$1,246,208-33%2,870--$434$5,719,2561Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$1,005,405-43%2,2440$448$18,656,8962Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$646,409-34%1,965-772$329$42,883,5174Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$539,006-29%1,550-724$348$153,500,0767Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$461,848-40%1,576-858$293$55,173,7734Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$593,448-45%810--$733$2,841,4881Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$227,070-47%783-386$290$214,762,8059Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$176,187-33%374-32$471$213,689,06212Paramount / DreamWorks
4Brave$158,369-30%452-189$350$230,089,03810Disney
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$146,161-26%212-24$689$8,859,7189Fox Searchlight
6The Amazing Spider-Man$133,183-37%418-180$319$258,355,8278Sony / Columbia
7Step Up Revolution$131,380-40%428-477$307$33,703,3215Lionsgate / Summit
8Ek Tha Tiger$121,433-36%1191$1,020$2,347,7742Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$111,138-37%33250$335$43,671,69714Focus
10The Intouchables$99,838-40%1940$515$10,446,57514Weinstein Company
11Men in Black 3$68,358-35%232-26$295$178,515,57714Sony / Columbia
12Magic Mike$61,239-34%355100$173$113,086,5449Warner Bros.
13The Watch$51,389-53%250-263$206$33,465,2355Fox
14Ruby Sparks$44,362-41%135-83$329$2,105,3805Fox Searchlight
15Snow White and the Huntsman$38,825-45%194-50$200$154,917,25513Universal
16The Hunger Games$31,375-38%189-41$166$407,884,01123Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$27,573-31%112-16$246$45,753,83617Fox Searchlight
18Savages$25,740-23%117-37$220$47,202,2958Universal
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$20,691-37%130-294$159$3,296,6283ARC Entertainment
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$13,023-56%106-93$123$65,054,6389Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cosmopolis$42,800-28%6360$679$448,3492Entertainment One Films
2To the Arctic 3D$39,476-29%520$759$7,955,83419Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Prometheus$16,015-37%91-10$176$126,297,83612Fox
4Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$15,388-32%75-30$205$37,397,11710Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$13,868-22%330$420$20,675,87473Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Safety Not Guaranteed$11,960-45%540$221$3,754,73712FilmDistrict
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$8,877-22%66-74$135$25,309,9108Paramount
8Little White Lies$7,546-33%3--$2,515$25,6541MPI Media
9Easy Money (2012)$2,067-50%50$413$180,2077Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$1,290-26%6-1$215$302,81213GKIDS