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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 Thu, Jan. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$3,884,067-15%3,0100$1,290$86,269,3771Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,839,170-14%4,1000$936$246,289,5073Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$3,306,450-8%2,8146$1,175$87,487,4801Universal
4Parental Guidance$1,836,513-14%3,3678$545$42,635,0791Fox
5Jack Reacher$1,743,362-10%3,3520$520$55,504,3412Paramount
6This is 40$1,544,420-12%2,9141$530$45,901,8452Universal
7Lincoln$976,331-7%1,9660$497$138,675,2198Disney / DreamWorks
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$961,825-10%2,6180$367$23,993,6492Disney
9The Guilt Trip$885,524-7%2,4310$364$26,676,9342Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$781,314-11%2,0550$380$94,552,0846Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$682,754-9%1,6370$417$293,729,5708Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$615,750-7%1,17867$523$88,226,0966Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$351,025-7%1,1918$295$287,756,2867Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$604,060-6%7450$811$31,060,0597Weinstein Company
2Wreck-It Ralph$336,313-11%9130$368$177,319,9169Disney
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$325,745-9%8400$388$9,592,9302Paramount
4Argo$133,095-6%3450$386$109,317,69812Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$96,9129%218-19$445$11,173,6097Focus
6Hitchcock$61,0112%349-2$175$5,337,3786Fox Searchlight
7Flight$59,995-4%4000$150$92,234,0579Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$55,076-1%42523$130$43,695,7706FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$37,7131%232-8$163$139,076,96813Fox
10Pitch Perfect$28,365-6%183-7$155$64,527,10314Universal
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,0960%125-1$169$17,398,29015Lionsgate / Summit
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$20,517-4%2680$77$12,798,4634FilmDistrict
13End of Watch$16,3501%162-10$101$40,824,71315Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$73,457-5%50$14,691$1,710,1322Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$65,2734%845$777$2,178,6034Focus
3The Impossible$28,385-5%150$1,892$657,0292Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$26,80316%520$515$10,585,12537Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Promised Land (2012)$25,7461%25--$1,030$345,5281Focus
6The Sessions$12,93917%805$162$5,574,99111Fox Searchlight
7A Late Quartet$10,760-4%37-2$291$1,317,2829Entertainment One / RKO
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,23312%300$308$21,660,35291Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Not Fade Away$7,8523%1916$413$146,7982Paramount Vantage
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,717-8%62-2$124$161,168,96225Fox
11Sinister$7,046-8%820$86$48,086,90312Lionsgate / Summit
12Killing Them Softly$6,733-6%680$99$14,863,8245Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$4,586-2%771$60$25,888,41211Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$3,794-13%500$76$53,900,33511Paramount
15Cloud Atlas$3,412-20%450$76$26,800,68910Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$3,20211%114$291$13,145,12032Weinstein Company
17The Master$3,01818%130$232$15,969,47316Weinstein Company
18ParaNorman$1,929-12%22-1$88$56,003,05120Focus
19Talaash$1,084-60%16-9$68$2,863,8105Reliance Entertainment
20Arbitrage$853-19%72$122$7,913,43716Roadside Attractions