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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, Dec. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,751,941-29%4,045--$4,883$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$2,213,188-35%3,387-252$653$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$1,884,341-41%2,285271$825$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$1,691,857-44%2,924-477$579$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$1,642,946-31%2,548-398$645$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,395,031-38%3,042-604$459$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$981,475-36%2,249-497$436$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$774,487-43%2,8403$273$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$614,842-44%2,250-504$273$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
10Flight$510,446-42%1,823-608$280$89,418,7047Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$287,125-32%1,427-997$201$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$593,832-36%3710$1,601$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$324,028-40%667-277$486$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$318,056-35%561380$567$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$317,371-25%409-13$776$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$140,014-38%621-782$225$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$73,684-45%339-91$217$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$63,080-42%332-55$190$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$46,152-39%113-49$408$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$42,021-37%151-46$278$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$27,812-25%172-1077$162$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$25,965-33%190-42$137$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,286-30%125-50$202$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Sinister$22,206-35%184107$121$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
14Here Comes the Boom$21,589-44%150-84$144$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
15Hotel Transylvania$21,062-41%136-60$155$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$19,168-44%175-39$110$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$17,172-33%157109$109$53,808,2349Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$12,377-37%100-41$124$14,989,76110CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$12,075-28%105-76$115$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$82,794-37%3632$2,300$404,8162Focus
2Cloud Atlas$27,350-20%98-93$279$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$23,192-45%14-3$1,657$449,4424Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$14,632-38%46-17$318$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,710-40%84-6$163$161,011,39123Fox
6ParaNorman$9,879-28%61-20$162$55,964,93518Focus
7To the Arctic 3D$9,116-36%520$175$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,202-23%2513$248$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
9Hecho en Mexico$5,87114%10-16$587$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Born to Be Wild 3D$5,491-30%300$183$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Master$3,372-14%14-9$241$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
12House at the End of the Street$2,846-48%41-27$69$31,607,59813Relativity Media
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,720-50%45-31$60$17,529,1578Open Road
14Arbitrage$2,4096%10-15$241$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
15Let Fury Have the Hour$1,27035%1--$1,270$3,3861CAVU Pictures
16This Must Be the Place$916-29%3-2$305$142,2427Weinstein Company