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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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,588,6379%4,1000$2,826$211,908,7853Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$11,362,49917%3,010--$3,775$54,378,1801Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$9,750,5105%2,814--$3,465$58,503,2801Universal
4Parental Guidance$5,330,8725%3,367--$1,583$25,181,2711Fox
5Jack Reacher$5,216,92615%3,3520$1,556$40,289,2692Paramount
6This is 40$4,676,97014%2,9141$1,605$32,716,0002Universal
7Lincoln$2,753,84315%1,966-327$1,401$129,672,1828Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$2,411,21111%2,4310$992$18,985,6862Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$2,295,1030%2,6180$877$16,708,4472Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,714,358-4%2,055-976$834$88,755,2196Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,682,03614%1,637-728$1,028$288,155,5498Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,399,42218%1,178-572$1,188$83,452,6316Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$858,04711%1,191-809$720$285,314,1507Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,531,49419%745374$2,056$26,066,5137Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$881,59519%8400$1,050$6,649,1932Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$663,9870%913-531$727$174,978,2089Disney
4Argo$393,62130%345-105$1,141$108,117,73412Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$217,22317%3010$722$145,049,23914Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$192,02422%218-113$881$10,529,9507Focus
7Flight$176,34330%400-342$441$91,746,7709Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$142,41410%425-586$335$43,274,1166FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$142,39324%349-186$408$4,863,8926Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$129,11916%252-39$512$43,440,90512Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$96,73123%232-43$417$138,829,56213Fox
12Pitch Perfect$58,5608%183-31$320$64,357,82814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$45,4553%268-583$170$12,652,1334FilmDistrict
14End of Watch$35,81922%162-10$221$40,727,78215Open Road
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$33,50515%125-16$268$17,281,55915Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$159,58729%84-2$1,900$1,592,0534Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$111,78019%50$22,356$1,258,4322Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$72,04835%25--$2,882$125,5011Focus
4The Impossible$70,64336%150$4,710$422,8112Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$46,8893%520$902$10,461,11437Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$29,26640%80-18$366$5,490,93811Fox Searchlight
7Not Fade Away$21,56638%1916$1,135$78,2122Paramount Vantage
8A Late Quartet$21,21438%37-2$573$1,248,6909Entertainment One / RKO
9Killing Them Softly$16,15410%68-81$238$14,818,2935Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$16,052-17%300$535$21,610,86391Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,80112%62-10$255$161,118,46925Fox
12Looper$15,41324%84-16$183$66,455,99814Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$14,87826%77-17$193$25,853,66311Lionsgate / Summit
14Sinister$14,80414%82-11$181$48,044,54412Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$10,67661%45-5$237$26,772,30110Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$8,24033%500$165$53,878,50011Paramount
17The Intouchables$6,83954%114$622$13,121,21632Weinstein Company
18The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$5,559-18%150$371$663,2186Warner Bros.
19Talaash$5,33726%16-9$334$2,845,5465Reliance Entertainment
20The Collection$5,2148%17-95$307$6,838,5715LD Entertainment
21The Master$5,05424%130$389$15,952,35516Weinstein Company
22ParaNorman$3,73938%22-2$170$55,992,13120Focus
23Arbitrage$2,40373%72$343$7,906,36316Roadside Attractions