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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 Mon, Nov. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,961,132-79%3,752--$789$51,999,8441Disney
2Flight$1,950,065-68%1,884--$1,035$26,850,6311Paramount
3Argo$719,513-70%2,774-81$259$76,579,7534Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$644,460-65%1,868--$345$8,555,4401Universal
5Cloud Atlas$454,914-69%2,0135$226$18,846,6572Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$439,715-66%2,639-356$167$126,026,6445Fox
7Paranormal Activity 4$313,750-64%3,006-406$104$49,843,4323Paramount
8Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$308,776-62%2,9330$105$14,189,0462Open Road
9Hotel Transylvania$249,345-79%2,922-354$85$137,726,7486Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$241,073-72%2,314-177$104$35,741,2964Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$240,320-64%1,502-497$160$55,874,0236Universal
12Sinister$226,133-60%1,882-465$120$44,502,9534Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$161,513-73%3,0162$54$7,616,0922Paramount
14Alex Cross$151,167-66%1,648-893$92$23,237,4823Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$109,205-66%2,03028$54$4,467,9572Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$108,811-63%622-114$175$13,168,0317Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$99,408-66%696-493$143$63,761,2126Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$69,180-63%459-544$151$13,480,9304CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$56,041-75%857-881$65$33,395,9605Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$28,060-59%2910$96$447,549,20716Warner Bros.
6The Master$16,710-65%138-63$121$15,528,1048Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$15,871-78%246-34$65$55,247,21112Focus
8End of Watch$15,226-65%158-132$96$38,868,4157Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$14,895-65%286-134$52$34,978,0737Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$10,091-62%188-34$54$86,754,59413Warner Bros.
11The Bourne Legacy$9,180-59%153-38$60$113,174,81513Universal
12The Expendables 2$9,126-68%173-5$53$84,864,43912Lionsgate
13The Possession$8,234-68%15573$53$48,990,36110Lionsgate
14Arbitrage$8,164-72%116-9$70$7,545,4488Roadside Attractions
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,840-80%157-35$50$160,428,67017Fox
16House at the End of the Street$5,532-56%128-174$43$31,186,8097Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$40,268-68%6949$584$983,4983Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,448-53%9--$1,161$85,7271Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$9,903-58%520$190$9,542,22829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,362-45%300$179$21,210,56783Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,714-83%60--$79$100,0781UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,074-68%70-77$44$3,289,4644Atlas Distribution
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,034-86%95-21$32$48,740,08114Fox
8The Intouchables$2,970-66%28-20$106$12,940,47424Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,371-52%23--$103$22,1181Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$1,561-55%41-24$38$5,286,7686Fox
11This Must Be the Place$1,372-56%2--$686$9,1261Weinstein Company
12Lawless$1,267-54%35-61$36$37,367,03510Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$745-39%6-2$124$46,3474Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$531-70%40$133$70,1555Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$12-94%1--$12$5601Anchor Bay Films