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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, Sep. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,008,186-55%2,83418$709$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,539,658-42%3,138250$491$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$1,304,141-44%3,260-74$400$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4ParaNorman$1,251,134-40%2,856-229$438$45,452,8764Focus
5The Words$1,077,691-48%2,801--$385$4,750,8941CBS Films
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$948,477-48%2,71782$349$43,007,2084Disney
72016: Obama's America$902,422-33%2,017--$447$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Bourne Legacy$899,505-54%2,766-365$325$103,628,8255Universal
9The Dark Knight Rises$783,721-50%1,987-200$394$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$750,822-54%2,542-399$295$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$646,652-51%2,437-4$265$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$581,188-46%2,182-73$266$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$429,248-44%1,511--$284$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$267,123-46%1,810-1060$148$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$163,107-60%1,209-496$135$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$493,271-33%267--$1,847$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$248,990-44%763-273$326$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$238,365-45%931-273$256$46,742,1006Fox
4Brave$216,376-41%959-749$226$233,397,96412Disney
5Sparkle (2012)$188,254-51%873-384$216$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
6The Amazing Spider-Man$152,736-43%416-85$367$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$121,025-54%515-46$235$216,858,06011Universal
8Total Recall (2012)$115,949-48%502-254$231$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$110,698-42%345-160$321$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,388-44%2692$351$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
11The Intouchables$76,238-50%19419$393$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
12Branded$58,979-33%307--$192$240,5891Roadside Attractions
13Moonrise Kingdom$56,612-49%2003$283$44,640,04816Focus
14Step Up Revolution$49,300-48%198-38$249$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
15The Apparition$40,245-52%276-534$146$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
16The Watch$38,876-42%135-60$288$33,998,9007Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$36,336-48%167-12$218$65,483,07911Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$35,776-42%173-13$207$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$20,689-50%202-66$102$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$20,118-48%1149$176$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$14,920-17%281-1879$53$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$57,533-35%5633$1,027$450,0042Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$24,814-37%520$477$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$13,663-47%76-2$180$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$11,308-36%45-20$251$702,8424Entertainment One Films
5Safety Not Guaranteed$9,850-34%546$182$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,891-18%330$239$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Prometheus$7,421-44%48-7$155$126,429,11714Fox
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,450-35%39-10$140$37,498,90612Fox
9Joker$4,693-40%43-31$109$163,0702UTV Communications
10Mugamoodi$2,797-58%17-4$165$90,5762UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,177-53%22-9$99$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$814-62%52$163$318,54315GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$158-51%20$79$188,8709Weinstein Company