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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, Oct. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$1,798,753-86%3,349--$537$44,320,9471Sony / Columbia
2Looper$1,768,621-66%2,992--$591$22,570,1731Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$701,041-66%2,78050$252$26,681,7512Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$517,251-68%3,2120$161$23,990,5982Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$379,734-73%3,0830$123$22,573,0502Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$282,506-66%2,381-635$119$38,973,7953Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$252,778-63%2,55751$99$11,201,3412Lionsgate
8Finding Nemo 3D$226,749-80%2,639-265$86$36,671,5553Disney
9Won't Back Down$200,125-66%2,515--$80$2,803,4951Fox
10Lawless$92,238-55%1,503-1111$61$36,369,6855Weinstein Company
11The Possession$87,750-69%1,618-980$54$47,499,4725Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$48,767-72%1,187-565$41$49,759,8047Disney
13ParaNorman$43,548-80%1,209-408$36$53,978,4927Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$378,550-70%335--$1,130$5,527,9831Universal
2The Master$211,725-66%85668$247$9,780,3493Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$82,628-69%10298$810$1,511,4132Lionsgate / Summit
4The Dark Knight Rises$73,167-62%655-293$112$444,450,82711Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$64,835-69%25612$253$5,179,5373Roadside Attractions
6The Bourne Legacy$53,560-68%824-607$65$111,753,5158Universal
7The Campaign$41,419-59%630-620$66$85,940,9398Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$39,802-72%815-1005$49$84,065,1497Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$21,615-82%387-33$56$159,102,48112Fox
10Ted (2012)$16,875-61%225-68$75$218,135,42514Universal
11Barfi!$12,560-85%127-3$99$2,474,5683UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$11,303-68%121-35$93$12,482,65619Weinstein Company
13The Words$11,236-70%278-969$40$11,446,1034CBS Films
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,254-81%332-42$31$48,044,9659Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,111-84%203-37$35$216,103,45517Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$4,516-57%132-159$34$13,718,6536Open Road
17Step Up Revolution$4,296-76%110-72$39$35,061,62810Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$3,277-59%104-51$32$3,752,3384Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,133-66%520$214$8,817,51824Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,939-63%69-63$101$11,036,86914Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$5,943-63%82-38$72$45,300,83119Focus
4For A Good Time, Call...$5,887-59%84-21$70$1,210,9325Focus
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$5,237-53%32-15$164$46,319,21322Fox Searchlight
6Thaandavam$4,816-81%45--$107$133,8601UTV Communications
7Heroine$4,033-78%97-17$42$564,3182UTV Communications
810 Years$3,885-58%6320$62$181,9203Anchor Bay Films
9The Watch$3,868-54%46-31$84$34,291,15210Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,548-58%330$108$20,933,10378Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,204-70%6530$49$4,904,4876Warner Bros.
12Ruby Sparks$2,004-4%17-26$118$2,500,10210Fox Searchlight
13Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,665-72%40-45$42$3,116,7804Paramount
14Safety Not Guaranteed$1,336-57%34-6$39$3,982,10617FilmDistrict
15Cosmopolis$6469%5-4$129$762,1987Entertainment One Films
16Toys in the Attic$290-88%60$48$60,0674Hannover House
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$286-25%70$41$3,374,8258ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$45-91%4-3$11$7,5002UTV Communications