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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, Dec. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,738,293-61%4,045--$1,913$92,355,5961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$805,916-57%2,285271$353$108,493,2356Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$701,272-59%2,924-477$240$272,623,0676Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$603,315-63%2,548-398$237$70,175,7874Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$523,728-62%3,042-604$172$277,349,8715Lionsgate / Summit
6Rise of The Guardians$493,963-78%3,387-252$146$71,579,2314Paramount / DreamWorks
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$332,962-57%2,8403$117$11,070,4972FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$257,756-74%2,249-497$115$168,979,3487Disney
9Flight$232,100-55%1,823-608$127$89,650,8047Paramount
10Red Dawn (2012)$230,197-63%2,250-504$102$41,134,5024FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$144,793-50%1,427-997$101$14,285,2253Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$255,344-57%3710$688$17,234,6675Weinstein Company
2Argo$144,133-56%667-277$216$105,099,21210Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$142,370-55%409-13$348$8,522,8875Focus
4Hitchcock$135,825-57%561380$242$3,207,6964Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$66,874-52%621-782$108$6,587,6683LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$33,689-54%339-91$99$138,166,18211Fox
7Pitch Perfect$31,540-50%332-55$95$63,900,96312Universal
8The Sessions$16,443-61%151-46$109$5,224,9819Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,364-43%125-50$115$17,022,37713Lionsgate / Summit
10End of Watch$13,350-52%172-1077$78$40,483,28613Open Road
11Looper$13,344-49%190-42$70$66,318,38912Sony / TriStar
12Talaash$11,181-76%113-49$99$2,717,6643Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$9,925-55%184107$54$47,927,36910Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,874-28%100-41$89$14,998,63510CBS Films
15Alex Cross$8,176-57%175-39$47$25,747,9339Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,906-60%157109$44$53,815,1409Paramount
17The Man With the Iron Fists$6,295-48%105-76$60$15,614,8407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,659-62%3632$879$436,4752Focus
2Cloud Atlas$13,949-49%98-93$142$26,637,1728Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,221-52%14-3$802$460,6634Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,6556%520$186$10,217,72335Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,846-40%46-17$192$1,093,1847Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,86525%300$229$21,516,17089Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,096-77%84-6$37$161,014,48723Fox
8The Master$2,417-28%14-9$173$15,914,91614Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,974-68%2513$79$13,071,87530Weinstein Company
10ParaNorman$1,934-80%61-20$32$55,966,86918Focus
11Hecho en Mexico$1,336-77%10-16$134$147,2723Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$965-66%41-27$24$31,608,56313Relativity Media
13Arbitrage$956-60%10-15$96$7,891,65714Roadside Attractions
14This Must Be the Place$610-33%3-2$203$142,8527Weinstein Company