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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. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$9,727,08937%3,70645$2,625$81,069,0452Fox
2Argo$8,657,13647%3,232--$2,679$14,548,6581Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$7,848,77587%3,37523$2,326$96,931,7953Sony / Columbia
4Sinister$6,852,570-8%2,527--$2,712$14,269,0091Lionsgate / Summit
5Here Comes the Boom$5,165,92944%3,014--$1,714$8,762,1461Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$4,055,08535%2,78717$1,455$33,813,6733Universal
7Frankenweenie$3,093,87672%3,0050$1,030$19,916,4602Disney
8Looper$2,742,29246%2,605-388$1,053$49,768,4153Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,766,16630%1,480--$1,193$3,122,9471CBS Films
10End of Watch$714,01236%1,551-819$460$35,911,1904Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$705,84849%1,812-1191$390$32,398,0044Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$636,963-9%1,012--$629$1,339,0091Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$633,42046%1,866-854$339$29,754,3694Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$926,21334%726505$1,276$5,602,9834Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$377,28470%682-182$553$13,695,8425Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$230,64054%465-110$496$446,069,26313Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$171,375121%480-1266$357$39,977,2425Disney
5Arbitrage$168,96191%194-50$871$6,567,3055Roadside Attractions
6Resident Evil: Retribution$102,69943%349-1012$294$41,686,6555Sony / Screen Gems
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$101,88076%237-63$430$159,749,01514Fox
8The Possession$77,65249%369-452$210$48,700,6797Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$73,48543%245-237$300$112,547,21510Universal
10Won't Back Down$58,05070%513-2004$113$5,052,1313Fox
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$55,22183%176-81$314$48,403,93511Fox
12ParaNorman$48,19957%176-166$274$54,499,6059Focus
13Dredd 3D$47,62755%155-676$307$13,128,1314Lionsgate
14Ted (2012)$42,77548%145-42$295$218,487,87516Universal
15Premium Rush$40,41556%16386$248$20,097,6148Sony / Columbia
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$39,720102%122-33$326$216,339,52819Paramount / DreamWorks
17Hope Springs (2012)$38,37842%215-224$179$63,413,13410Sony / Columbia
18The Expendables 2$29,08553%146-167$199$84,484,0629Lionsgate
19Lawless$26,43942%287-324$92$37,141,5587Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$20,72660%101-202$205$86,372,27710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,43425%520$624$9,092,90626Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Amazing Spider-Man$24,09461%73-72$330$262,018,90215Sony / Columbia
3The Intouchables$23,96997%59-25$406$12,731,47321Weinstein Company
4Barfi!$16,49882%34-76$485$2,767,5055UTV Communications
5Moonrise Kingdom$16,20848%56-36$289$45,442,82421Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,48585%36-15$291$11,143,15516Fox Searchlight
7The Other Dream Team$10,038-7%125$837$63,3383The Film Arcade
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,74212%30-3$325$21,020,74080Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$4,316128%3-18$1,439$204,0103UTV Communications
10Special Forces$4,00028%5--$800$7,1201Entertainment One Films
11Simon and the Oaks$3,95939%1--$3,959$6,8161The Film Arcade
12Safety Not Guaranteed$2,72428%18-6$151$4,006,44419FilmDistrict
13War of the Buttons (2012)$2,07398%5--$415$3,1191Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,819166%6-6$303$46,4312Roadside Attractions
15Husbands In Goa$575--2--$288$8,1504UTV Communications
16Toys in the Attic$29617%2-2$148$64,6436Hannover House