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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, Dec. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$37,125,547--4,045--$9,178$37,125,5471Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$1,937,551105%2,285271$848$102,591,7386Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$1,819,81991%2,924-477$622$267,185,8826Sony / Columbia
4Rise of The Guardians$1,523,941183%3,387-252$450$65,465,7644Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,484,807107%3,042-604$488$273,174,8765Lionsgate / Summit
6Life of Pi$1,388,90680%2,548-398$545$65,548,3124Fox
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,011,279144%2,8403$356$8,602,3712FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$697,245137%2,250-504$310$39,192,6684FilmDistrict
9Wreck-It Ralph$690,185159%2,249-497$307$166,195,7347Disney
10Flight$527,37765%1,823-608$289$88,035,4157Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$297,0114%1,427-997$208$13,429,3163Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$583,351141%3710$1,572$15,453,4005Weinstein Company
2Argo$304,32475%667-277$456$104,089,22810Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$302,821335%561380$540$2,267,0334Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$281,02857%409-13$687$7,639,3315Focus
5The Collection$163,09133%621-782$263$6,154,7273LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$81,559117%339-91$241$137,925,28011Fox
7Pitch Perfect$74,700175%332-55$225$63,698,44312Universal
8Talaash$46,688127%113-49$413$2,584,2353Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$39,26033%151-46$260$5,100,3119Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$26,300-71%172-1077$153$40,405,04113Open Road
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$26,03753%125-50$208$16,946,59113Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$24,87440%190-42$131$66,240,40712Sony / TriStar
13Here Comes the Boom$21,761--150-84$145$42,620,30110Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$21,011462%184107$114$47,861,07710Lionsgate / Summit
15Alex Cross$20,11175%175-39$115$25,686,0919Lionsgate / Summit
16Hotel Transylvania$17,364--136-60$128$143,867,01412Sony / Columbia
17Paranormal Activity 4$13,976882%157109$89$53,765,5949Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$13,33430%100-41$133$14,957,63810CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$10,505-4%105-76$100$15,579,6707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$78,884876%3632$2,191$190,9042Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$26,75491%14-3$1,911$384,2634Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$21,8366%98-93$223$26,561,7648Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,9675%520$269$10,184,66435Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$13,22541%46-17$288$1,046,2257Entertainment One / RKO
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,993213%84-6$107$160,974,64823Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,09786%300$203$21,495,93189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$5,014114%61-20$82$55,941,27018Focus
9The Intouchables$3,788155%2513$152$13,055,59830Weinstein Company
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,37535%45-31$75$17,521,0028Open Road
11Hecho en Mexico$3,11339%10-16$311$134,9033Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$3,05768%41-27$75$31,599,30813Relativity Media
13The Master$2,049-4%14-9$146$15,905,18714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$1,8353%10-15$184$7,886,02914Roadside Attractions
15Let Fury Have the Hour$1,177--1--$1,177$1,1771CAVU Pictures
16This Must Be the Place$86830%3-2$289$140,0397Weinstein Company