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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, Nov. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$14,232,730-33%3,752--$3,793$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$6,109,512-43%1,884--$3,243$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$2,395,172-50%2,774-81$863$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$1,849,320-39%1,868--$990$7,910,9801Universal
5Cloud Atlas$1,468,450-39%2,0135$729$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$1,305,431-53%2,639-356$495$125,586,9295Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$1,195,628-43%2,922-354$409$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$862,405-56%3,006-406$287$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$846,498-49%2,314-177$366$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$810,079-44%2,9330$276$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$668,390-53%1,502-497$445$55,633,7036Universal
12Fun Size$588,679-44%3,0162$195$7,454,5792Paramount
13Sinister$563,604-55%1,882-465$299$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$441,702-53%1,648-893$268$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$320,216-42%2,03028$158$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$291,447-48%622-114$469$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$288,784-49%696-493$415$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$226,200-35%857-881$264$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$186,476-45%459-544$406$13,411,7504CBS Films
5ParaNorman$73,183-32%246-34$297$55,231,34012Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$68,440-43%2910$235$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7The Master$47,617-46%138-63$345$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
8End of Watch$43,504-39%158-132$275$38,853,1897Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$42,570-46%286-134$149$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,259-37%157-35$244$160,420,83017Fox
11Arbitrage$29,226-52%116-9$252$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
12The Expendables 2$28,721-39%173-5$166$84,855,31312Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,557-42%188-34$141$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
14The Possession$25,984-42%15573$168$48,982,12710Lionsgate
15Resident Evil: Retribution$25,383-31%131-67$194$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
16The Bourne Legacy$22,185-55%153-38$145$113,165,63513Universal
17House at the End of the Street$12,662-65%128-174$99$31,181,2777Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$124,934-43%6949$1,811$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$27,412-39%60--$457$95,3641UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$23,819-26%520$458$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,366-25%95-21$235$48,737,04714Fox
5A Late Quartet$22,148-30%9--$2,461$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,750-20%300$325$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,556-39%70-77$137$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$8,783-41%28-20$314$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
9Simon and the Oaks$7,592-48%13-1$584$119,0974The Film Arcade
10The Bay$4,896-43%23--$213$19,7471Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$3,469-39%41-24$85$5,285,2076Fox
12This Must Be the Place$3,126-3%2--$1,563$7,7541Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,732-52%35-61$78$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,747-43%40$437$69,6245Roadside Attractions
15War of the Buttons (2012)$1,231-19%6-2$205$45,6024Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$924-48%5-9$185$128,9776The Film Arcade
17Vamps$2025%1--$202$5481Anchor Bay Films