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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. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$24,001,093-29%3,505--$6,848$90,564,7141Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$10,264,757-31%3,7520$2,736$93,647,4052Disney
3Flight$4,019,696-38%2,047163$1,964$47,455,3962Paramount
4Argo$1,747,467-43%2,763-11$632$85,583,1875Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,014,826-44%2,487-152$408$131,300,0006Fox
6Cloud Atlas$809,930-29%2,02310$400$22,844,9563Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$781,687-29%2,566-356$305$140,954,2087Sony / Columbia
8The Man With the Iron Fists$758,160-30%1,8724$405$12,821,0302Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$683,547-40%2,044-270$334$39,033,8855Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$660,725-41%1,391-111$475$59,099,9937Universal
11Paranormal Activity 4$481,989-44%2,348-658$205$52,600,6124Paramount
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$389,947-28%1,902-1031$205$16,383,4063Open Road
13Sinister$379,852-43%1,554-328$244$46,578,6865Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$229,144-47%1,090-558$210$24,603,0424Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$228,163-30%1,301-1715$175$8,800,3363Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$321,551-33%607-15$530$14,614,7708Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$160,538-37%491-205$327$64,669,3837Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$154,820-38%12859$1,210$1,655,2224Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$139,722-24%459-1571$304$5,253,9103Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$116,384-35%356-103$327$14,098,4695CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$64,817-41%421135$154$35,289,0528Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$55,798-24%198-48$282$55,458,40313Focus
8The Dark Knight Rises$41,733-37%243-48$172$447,764,58317Warner Bros.
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$36,102-29%147-10$246$160,563,12518Fox
10End of Watch$35,121-22%125-33$281$39,028,2828Open Road
11The Expendables 2$19,636-29%134-39$147$84,956,22413Lionsgate
12The Possession$18,024-38%121-34$149$49,075,98211Lionsgate
13The Campaign$16,709-37%138-50$121$86,845,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$329,085-5%11--$29,917$944,3081Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$55,640-30%6253$897$288,9162Entertainment One / RKO
3The Master$29,937-36%88-50$340$15,688,4839Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$25,461-36%520$490$9,681,69730Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arbitrage$24,975-33%87-29$287$7,669,2309Roadside Attractions
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,170-21%82-13$234$48,806,46815Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$17,458-23%91-40$192$42,345,5319Sony / Screen Gems
8This Must Be the Place$9,841-27%119$895$44,6152Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$9,467-21%300$316$21,256,79084Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$8,383-59%78-50$107$31,240,9958Relativity Media
11The Intouchables$7,730-27%346$227$12,975,24725Weinstein Company
12Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$6,805-33%38-22$179$140,3922UTV Communications
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,847-39%43-27$89$3,315,1865Atlas Distribution
14Lawless$2,207-27%20-15$110$37,379,14411Weinstein Company
15Won't Back Down$1,883-43%38-3$50$5,298,9597Fox
16The Bay$9251028%1-22$925$30,4742Roadside Attractions
17Vamps$88240%10$882$2,9642Anchor Bay Films
18The Other Dream Team$670-37%50$134$133,7787The Film Arcade
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642-36%2-2$321$74,1116Roadside Attractions