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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 Tue, Oct. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$3,951,708-28%3,661--$1,079$58,968,4271Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,387,596-70%3,3523$414$82,755,5902Sony / Columbia
3Looper$1,264,843-27%2,9931$423$43,218,9122Sony / TriStar
4Pitch Perfect$1,205,125-36%2,7702435$435$24,795,6132Universal
5Frankenweenie$757,380-54%3,005--$252$13,832,0431Disney
6End of Watch$460,288-24%2,370-410$194$33,913,3163Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$403,209-20%3,003-209$134$30,576,3543Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$262,694-35%2,720-363$97$28,257,7903Relativity Media
9Won't Back Down$125,890-16%2,5172$50$4,759,6412Fox
10Resident Evil: Retribution$125,557-24%1,361-1020$92$41,299,7264Sony / Screen Gems
11Finding Nemo 3D$122,434-63%1,746-893$70$39,494,4034Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$189,291-30%8648$219$12,796,9534Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$143,137-37%221119$648$3,719,2163Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$95,941-18%831-1726$115$12,908,1763Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$74,868-28%575-80$130$445,548,49212Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$71,484-14%244-12$293$6,210,1654Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$42,559-31%821-797$52$48,496,0016Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$33,740-33%482-342$70$112,359,6559Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,969-43%534-653$51$50,274,5028Disney
9Lawless$25,150-17%611-892$41$37,056,7616Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,073-50%300-87$84$159,548,34313Fox
11The Campaign$17,097-31%303-327$56$86,307,2489Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$16,912-24%313-502$54$84,409,4418Lionsgate
13Ted (2012)$16,830-18%187-38$90$218,381,49515Universal
14ParaNorman$12,828-53%342-867$38$54,394,6208Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,822-59%257-75$50$48,296,77610Fox
16Barfi!$11,883-42%110-17$108$2,724,4824UTV Communications
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,382-52%155-48$61$216,262,76918Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$14,473-20%84-37$172$12,671,71320Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$12,942-46%520$249$9,002,34425Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$11,03214%9210$120$45,402,88220Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,951-47%51-18$97$11,115,70815Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,254-52%330$129$20,994,08879Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Thaandavam$3,487-59%21-24$166$195,6862UTV Communications
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,817-17%12--$235$37,1761Roadside Attractions
8Safety Not Guaranteed$2,70291%24-10$113$3,998,02418FilmDistrict
9The Watch$2,272-9%32-14$71$34,336,67911Fox
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,117-48%18-14$118$46,349,70123Fox Searchlight
11Heroine$1,542-24%18-79$86$596,9093UTV Communications
12For A Good Time, Call...$1,499-37%43-41$35$1,247,8396Focus
13The Apparition$1,331-32%38-27$35$4,934,0847Warner Bros.
1410 Years$5804%21-42$28$202,2824Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$25518%4-2$64$63,4865Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$158-8%6-1$26$3,377,2359ARC Entertainment