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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, Oct. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$5,202,139-34%3,37523$1,541$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
2Taken 2$5,062,934-48%3,70645$1,366$86,131,9792Fox
3Argo$4,909,451-43%3,232--$1,519$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
4Sinister$3,738,625-45%2,527--$1,479$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
5Here Comes the Boom$3,054,450-41%3,014--$1,013$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$2,201,730-46%2,78717$790$36,015,4033Universal
7Frankenweenie$2,158,542-30%3,0050$718$22,075,0022Disney
8Looper$1,575,675-43%2,605-388$605$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,051,968-40%1,480--$711$4,174,9151CBS Films
10End of Watch$463,033-35%1,551-819$299$36,374,2234Open Road
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$412,563-35%1,012--$408$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
12Trouble with the Curve$375,493-47%1,812-1191$207$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$241,978-62%1,866-854$130$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$532,526-43%726505$734$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$214,445-43%682-182$314$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3Finding Nemo 3D$138,930-19%480-1266$289$40,115,1725Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$130,733-43%465-110$281$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$85,844-49%194-50$442$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$69,492-32%237-63$293$159,818,50714Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$65,756-36%349-1012$188$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$46,561-20%513-2004$91$5,098,6923Fox
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$36,823-33%176-81$209$48,440,75811Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$35,525-52%245-237$145$112,582,74010Universal
11The Possession$31,369-60%369-452$85$48,732,0487Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$30,872-36%176-166$175$54,530,4779Focus
13Dredd 3D$28,914-39%155-676$187$13,157,0454Lionsgate
14Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$27,205-32%122-33$223$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
15Premium Rush$24,691-39%16386$151$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
16Ted (2012)$23,925-44%145-42$165$218,511,80016Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$21,708-43%215-224$101$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
18The Expendables 2$17,896-38%146-167$123$84,501,9589Lionsgate
19Lawless$14,641-45%287-324$51$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$10,551-49%101-202$104$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$29,148-10%520$561$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$18,184-24%59-25$308$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
3The Amazing Spider-Man$11,761-51%73-72$161$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
4Barfi!$11,667-29%34-76$343$2,779,1725UTV Communications
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,3947%30-3$346$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,111-13%36-15$253$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
7Moonrise Kingdom$8,497-48%56-36$152$45,451,32121Focus
8The Other Dream Team$7,042-30%125$587$70,3803The Film Arcade
9Special Forces$3,639-9%5--$728$10,7591Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$3,148-20%1--$3,148$9,9641The Film Arcade
11Thaandavam$2,015-53%3-18$672$206,0253UTV Communications
12War of the Buttons (2012)$1,618-22%5--$324$4,7371Weinstein Company
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,348-51%18-6$75$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,327-27%6-6$221$47,7582Roadside Attractions
15Husbands In Goa$435-24%2--$218$8,5854UTV Communications
16Toys in the Attic$275-7%2-2$138$64,9186Hannover House