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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. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$5,054,578-34%3,012--$1,678$21,052,2271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$4,621,446-34%2,904--$1,591$16,687,7731Disney
3The Possession$1,289,532-51%2,86026$451$41,133,4903Lionsgate
4Lawless$1,138,950-38%3,063-75$372$30,270,1313Weinstein Company
5ParaNorman$967,969-33%2,326-530$416$49,389,1875Focus
6The Expendables 2$824,323-42%2,896-364$285$80,405,9805Lionsgate
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$703,314-43%2,415-302$291$46,372,2845Disney
8The Bourne Legacy$672,700-50%2,170-596$310$107,794,1356Universal
9The Words$649,768-49%2,8010$232$9,141,1582CBS Films
10The Campaign$558,712-49%2,002-540$279$82,870,3196Warner Bros.
11The Dark Knight Rises$545,829-47%1,581-406$345$441,053,0789Warner Bros.
12Hope Springs (2012)$428,599-49%1,946-491$220$60,475,2816Sony / Columbia
13Premium Rush$312,408-46%1,339-843$233$18,834,7824Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$207,127-43%1,5110$137$3,279,5502Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$492,032-46%197--$2,498$2,002,1651Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$338,425-27%132--$2,564$1,061,7131UTV Communications
3Ice Age: Continental Drift$173,784-41%541-222$321$157,893,66310Fox
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$157,691-37%591-340$267$47,342,1307Fox
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$111,748-35%32255$347$2,825,4622Paramount
6The Amazing Spider-Man$96,676-40%328-88$295$261,102,26011Sony / Columbia
7Sparkle (2012)$90,152-53%494-379$182$24,008,9575Sony / TriStar
8Ted (2012)$86,310-51%411-104$210$217,431,88012Universal
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$84,851-39%306-39$277$215,604,24315Paramount / DreamWorks
10Hit and Run$84,101-49%651-1159$129$13,321,8164Open Road
11For A Good Time, Call...$72,107-33%10751$674$815,4733Focus
12Total Recall (2012)$65,338-48%303-199$216$58,074,6257Sony / Columbia
13Step Up Revolution$63,180-38%26870$236$34,753,5888Lionsgate / Summit
14Beasts of the Southern Wild$62,592-44%212-57$295$10,660,98412Fox Searchlight
15The Intouchables$59,781-53%180-14$332$11,940,92217Weinstein Company
16Moonrise Kingdom$46,807-47%157-43$298$44,931,56917Focus
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$26,633-46%160-7$166$65,623,12812Lionsgate
18The Watch$25,593-31%1383$185$34,140,1158Fox
19Magic Mike$10,594-51%115-87$92$113,665,03112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$230,607-13%5--$46,121$736,3111Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$25,382-39%520$488$8,526,62822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$16,480-39%80-34$206$46,185,49820Fox Searchlight
4The Apparition$10,242-53%68-208$151$4,836,4144Warner Bros.
5Ruby Sparks$9,631-49%70-6$138$2,435,7658Fox Searchlight
6Safety Not Guaranteed$8,408-34%46-8$183$3,921,38815FilmDistrict
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,056-22%330$214$20,853,20076Warner Bros. / IMAX
810 Years$6,292-32%3--$2,097$22,7071Anchor Bay Films
9Branded$5,416-24%80-227$68$343,0692Roadside Attractions
10Cosmopolis$5,180-45%31-14$167$743,6365Entertainment One Films
11Mugamoodi$910-45%3-14$303$98,1103UTV Communications
12The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$884-11%8-273$111$1,064,2773Kenn Viselman Presents
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$452-42%7-15$65$3,367,8886ARC Entertainment
14Joker$61-65%3-40$20$169,1373UTV Communications