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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 Sat, Oct. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,942,4163%3,661--$5,174$37,300,4731Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$11,794,65582%3,3523$3,519$67,940,6492Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$5,913,55521%2,7702435$2,135$17,648,8132Universal
4Looper$5,142,30847%2,9931$1,718$36,750,2372Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$4,562,04137%3,005--$1,518$7,886,8201Disney
6Trouble with the Curve$1,702,13648%3,003-209$567$28,689,8463Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$1,664,80544%2,720-363$612$26,654,0833Relativity Media
8End of Watch$1,662,03743%2,370-410$701$31,670,0063Open Road
9Finding Nemo 3D$703,11586%1,746-893$403$38,495,3264Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$493,68156%1,361-1020$363$40,660,1284Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$420,41937%2,5172$167$4,193,8372Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$839,31268%8648$971$11,813,0474Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$634,02731%221119$2,869$2,899,6943Lionsgate / Summit
3Arbitrage$307,594102%244-11$1,261$5,872,3884Roadside Attractions
4The Dark Knight Rises$295,27565%575-80$514$445,169,67412Warner Bros.
5The Possession$285,06054%821-797$347$48,237,4636Lionsgate
6Dredd 3D$260,72943%831-1726$314$12,493,8103Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$151,83047%482-342$315$112,186,1359Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$134,84996%300-87$449$159,376,61513Fox
9Lawless$133,04031%611-892$218$36,909,7766Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$118,06543%534-653$221$50,129,4928Disney
11ParaNorman$110,36662%342-867$323$54,297,1368Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$93,88049%439-252$214$63,270,7239Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$79,35978%257-75$309$48,199,44510Fox
14The Campaign$76,31540%303-327$252$86,220,3179Warner Bros.
15The Expendables 2$75,71873%313-502$242$84,322,2048Lionsgate
16Barfi!$71,78083%110-17$653$2,639,8424UTV Communications
17Ted (2012)$63,58048%187-38$340$218,303,89015Universal
18The Amazing Spider-Man$56,71061%145-59$391$261,907,61314Sony / Columbia
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$45,90298%155-48$296$216,201,41918Paramount / DreamWorks
20Total Recall (2012)$35,51850%167-72$213$58,853,44510Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$48,21493%84-37$574$12,606,31920Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$41,83951%520$805$8,932,14225Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$24,00356%9210$261$45,366,61220Focus
4Premium Rush$22,78235%77-131$296$20,001,6137Sony / Columbia
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,79565%51-18$349$11,088,98715Fox Searchlight
6Thaandavam$16,338103%21-24$778$170,1012UTV Communications
7The Watch$13,72538%32-14$429$34,325,99211Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,51346%330$409$20,969,08179Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Apparition$7,49167%38-27$197$4,926,1457Warner Bros.
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,411-54%12--$618$23,5591Roadside Attractions
11For A Good Time, Call...$5,64745%43-41$131$1,240,2376Focus
12Hit and Run$4,98040%51-81$98$13,744,0607Open Road
13Heroine$4,40380%18-79$245$589,8943UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,27138%18-14$237$46,340,25023Fox Searchlight
15The Other Dream Team$3,831-20%75$547$32,8652The Film Arcade
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,649-8%24-10$110$3,991,87718FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,99316%21-42$95$199,6164Anchor Bay Films
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$706123%6-1$118$3,376,3989ARC Entertainment
19Toys in the Attic$642-7%4-2$161$62,5065Hannover House