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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. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,868,8476%3,232--$578$23,084,0171Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,800,5298%3,70645$486$89,603,0892Fox
3Sinister$1,400,7267%2,527--$554$20,714,5061Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$852,2853%3,37523$253$103,813,6203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$801,47112%3,014--$266$13,331,2071Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$766,42522%2,78717$275$37,408,6533Universal
7Looper$660,09117%2,605-388$253$52,566,1593Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$475,8005%3,0050$158$23,004,6902Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$475,77010%1,480--$321$5,082,2241CBS Films
10End of Watch$188,5083%1,551-819$122$36,745,7484Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$138,2554%1,812-1191$76$33,044,9214Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$105,581-29%1,012--$104$2,005,9761Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$76,9613%1,866-854$41$30,147,9204Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,80412%726505$293$6,538,0084Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$75,298-4%682-182$110$14,063,9505Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$52,71212%465-110$113$446,299,77213Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$33,72927%194-50$174$6,713,5045Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$29,43013%480-1266$61$40,170,7105Disney
6Won't Back Down$20,272-24%513-2004$40$5,145,5733Fox
7Dredd 3D$19,85839%155-676$128$13,191,1394Lionsgate
8The Bourne Legacy$15,92518%245-237$65$112,612,14010Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,615-10%237-63$57$159,847,18314Fox
10Ted (2012)$12,3256%145-42$85$218,535,72516Universal
11The Possession$10,470-1%369-452$28$48,753,0927Lionsgate
12The Expendables 2$8,13835%146-167$56$84,516,1029Lionsgate
13ParaNorman$6,732-12%176-166$38$54,544,8679Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,905-18%176-81$34$48,453,89611Fox
15The Campaign$5,70535%101-202$56$86,392,75910Warner Bros.
16Lawless$5,013-4%287-324$17$37,166,4587Weinstein Company
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,906-10%122-33$40$216,377,08919Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,62425%520$262$9,146,60926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$6,560-8%59-25$111$12,763,31521Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$4,82117%30-3$161$21,040,06480Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Moonrise Kingdom$4,70327%56-36$84$45,459,72421Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,63134%36-15$129$11,160,34216Fox Searchlight
6Barfi!$3,64265%34-76$107$2,785,0205UTV Communications
7Thaandavam$1,306563%3-18$435$207,5283UTV Communications
8Safety Not Guaranteed$742-36%18-6$41$4,009,69519FilmDistrict
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$6851%6-6$114$49,1202Roadside Attractions
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4628%5--$92$5,6271Weinstein Company