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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. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$12,602,119-33%3,349--$3,763$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$5,269,855-40%2,992--$1,761$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,050,123-39%2,78050$737$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$1,605,003-52%3,2120$500$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$1,400,143-59%3,0830$454$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,119,007-40%2,639-265$424$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$840,815-37%2,381-635$353$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Dredd 3D$677,281-32%2,55751$265$10,948,5632Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$585,285-47%2,515--$233$2,603,3701Fox
10The Possession$285,125-57%1,618-980$176$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11ParaNorman$222,616-39%1,209-408$184$53,934,9447Focus
12Lawless$206,112-47%1,503-1111$137$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$176,339-42%1,187-565$149$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,265,282-41%335--$3,777$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$631,017-50%85668$737$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$263,670-44%10298$2,585$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$211,426-50%25511$829$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$192,540-49%655-293$294$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$164,800-57%824-607$200$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$139,970-43%815-1005$172$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$117,915-35%387-33$305$159,080,86612Fox
9Hope Springs (2012)$102,184-48%691-456$148$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
10The Campaign$101,585-57%630-620$161$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
11Barfi!$85,090-43%127-3$670$2,462,0083UTV Communications
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$55,051-40%332-42$166$48,034,7119Fox
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$44,793-37%203-37$221$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Amazing Spider-Man$44,508-59%204-49$218$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Ted (2012)$42,750-47%225-68$190$218,118,55014Universal
16Total Recall (2012)$41,393-41%239-83$173$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
17The Words$37,733-44%278-969$136$11,434,8674CBS Films
18The Intouchables$35,228-47%121-35$291$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
19Sparkle (2012)$24,740-48%22014$112$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
20Premium Rush$24,567-61%208-359$118$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
21Step Up Revolution$18,073-40%110-72$164$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$10,504-40%132-159$80$13,714,1376Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$7,970-47%104-51$77$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,461-18%520$624$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thaandavam$25,281-54%45--$562$129,0441UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$18,953-39%69-63$275$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
4Heroine$18,640-43%97-17$192$560,2852UTV Communications
5Moonrise Kingdom$16,213-48%82-38$198$45,294,88819Focus
6For A Good Time, Call...$14,354-35%84-21$171$1,205,0455Focus
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,1749%32-15$349$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
8The Apparition$10,846-37%6530$167$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
910 Years$9,333-46%6320$148$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
10The Watch$8,431-45%46-31$183$34,287,28410Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$8,367-27%330$254$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$5,986-54%40-45$150$3,115,1154Paramount
13Tales of the Night$3,72046%1--$3,720$10,9751GKIDS
14The Other Dream Team$3,169-71%2--$1,585$19,8211The Film Arcade
15Safety Not Guaranteed$3,077-43%34-6$91$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
16Toys in the Attic$2,405-35%60$401$59,7774Hannover House
17Ruby Sparks$2,088-57%17-26$123$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
18Cosmopolis$595-38%5-4$119$761,5527Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$516-44%4-3$129$7,4552UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$382-53%70$55$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment