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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 Sat, Dec. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$14,160,16640%4,10055$3,454$137,391,8932Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$5,663,77513%3,352--$1,690$10,685,5121Paramount
3This is 40$4,413,19519%2,913--$1,515$8,127,2701Universal
4Lincoln$2,233,20560%2,2938$974$114,773,4787Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$2,232,62343%3,031-356$737$77,593,2725Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$2,062,41038%2,431--$848$5,582,8191Paramount
7Skyfall$1,915,15150%2,365-559$810$278,284,8117Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,882,65935%2,618--$719$4,758,3511Disney
9Life of Pi$1,527,60653%1,750-798$873$74,883,3715Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,009,82833%2,000-1042$505$280,777,0736Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$726,21653%1,444-805$503$171,123,5938Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$306,47625%1,011-1239$303$42,382,8535FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$724,03665%3710$1,952$19,243,3576Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$706,232-13%840--$841$1,633,7951Paramount
3Argo$371,66777%450-217$826$106,116,80411Warner Bros.
4Flight$275,31851%742-1081$371$90,736,8278Paramount
5Anna Karenina (2012)$269,88062%331-78$815$9,406,7056Focus
6Hitchcock$240,42658%535-26$449$4,008,0045Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$161,64522%851-1989$190$12,280,0473FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$129,25657%301165$429$144,162,28513Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$90,23551%291141$310$42,867,82211Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$83,76042%275-64$305$138,407,77912Fox
11Pitch Perfect$50,29020%214-118$235$64,085,83813Universal
12Killing Them Softly$42,21732%149-1278$283$14,697,4004Weinstein Company
13The Collection$31,30725%112-509$280$6,786,9914LD Entertainment
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,34133%14116$208$17,121,01614Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$27,92338%1720$162$40,570,24514Open Road
16Looper$13,81938%100-90$138$66,386,33413Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$172,96790%8650$2,011$792,9583Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$154,69934%5--$30,940$499,1871Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$55,43047%15--$3,695$93,1561Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$48,05588%151$3,204$588,5115Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$41,857103%98-53$427$5,346,21910Fox Searchlight
6A Late Quartet$21,321125%39-7$547$1,148,2388Entertainment One / RKO
7To the Arctic 3D$16,88926%520$325$10,291,32136Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cloud Atlas$15,48658%50-48$310$26,707,3799Warner Bros.
9Talaash$14,09378%25-88$564$2,788,1364Reliance Entertainment
10Sinister$11,47348%93-91$123$47,979,06211Lionsgate / Summit
11Alex Cross$11,32757%94-81$121$25,792,53410Lionsgate / Summit
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,67136%72-12$148$161,048,48724Fox
13Not Fade Away$7,36739%3--$2,456$12,6811Paramount Vantage
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,12915%300$204$21,544,93890Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Master$4,92458%13-1$379$15,929,91915Weinstein Company
16Paranormal Activity 4$4,88343%50-107$98$53,846,04110Paramount
17The Intouchables$3,834105%7-18$548$13,091,44931Weinstein Company
18ParaNorman$2,09321%24-37$87$55,977,41119Focus
19Arbitrage$1,50290%5-5$300$7,897,87915Roadside Attractions