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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 Fri, Nov. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$71,167,839--4,070--$17,486$71,167,8391Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$12,252,756136%3,5050$3,496$132,089,8642Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$6,410,5797080%1,7751764$3,612$7,829,4152Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$4,409,934308%3,622-130$1,218$107,577,2243Disney
5Flight$2,522,883159%2,612565$966$55,243,6933Paramount
6Argo$1,120,890142%2,210-553$507$89,073,3706Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$657,451207%2,063-424$319$133,181,8407Fox
8Pitch Perfect$392,695276%1,122-269$350$60,209,0538Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$333,077232%1,350-694$247$40,152,0926Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$210,007136%1,248-1318$168$142,001,6058Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$364,766172%160--$2,280$1,022,9861Yash Raj Films
2The Sessions$257,365351%516388$499$2,160,7995Fox Searchlight
3Cloud Atlas$236,13812%920-1103$257$24,230,0414Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$204,750-1%910-962$225$14,167,7253Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$176,041177%511-96$345$15,163,1459Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$146,661131%789-765$186$47,141,9116Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$125,86869%850-1498$148$53,246,7115Paramount
8Alex Cross$79,29551%535-555$148$24,993,9535Lionsgate / Summit
9Looper$64,21853%214-277$300$64,974,8798Sony / TriStar
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$63,915-33%456-1446$140$16,977,7554Open Road
11Chasing Mavericks$49,56089%198-261$250$5,489,0544Fox
12Seven Psychopaths$44,0673%171-185$258$14,344,1716CBS Films
13Trouble with the Curve$41,61887%272-149$153$35,443,8649Warner Bros.
14A Late Quartet$39,860108%10038$399$412,4523Entertainment One / RKO
15Fun Size$33,27775%388-913$86$9,050,0974Paramount
16House at the End of the Street$27,9761072%17597$160$31,280,3709Relativity Media
17The Dark Knight Rises$26,207142%160-83$164$447,844,06418Warner Bros.
18ParaNorman$24,156191%180-18$134$55,541,73714Focus
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,619190%132-15$149$160,624,57919Fox
20The Campaign$9,22890%101-37$91$86,877,02915Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$120,770--16--$7,548$120,7701Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$87,878--16--$5,492$87,8781Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$24,66984%520$474$9,764,71931Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arbitrage$14,51091%80-7$181$7,722,29810Roadside Attractions
5End of Watch$14,43684%75-50$192$39,088,3949Open Road
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,87552%300$463$21,294,90385Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Master$12,9256%52-36$249$15,751,57010Weinstein Company
8The Expendables 2$8,74860%95-39$92$84,990,78414Lionsgate
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,926265%72-10$110$48,836,42916Fox
10This Must Be the Place$7,25479%154$484$66,9083Weinstein Company
11The Possession$7,01072%81-40$87$49,102,09812Lionsgate
12The Intouchables$3,9051%24-10$163$12,994,25126Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,747106%19-1$92$37,385,29512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,262-26%15-28$84$3,323,1156Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$474--5--$95$148,4376The Film Arcade