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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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,098,5056%2,647--$415$35,787,4401Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$1,001,6405%2,9469$340$60,103,8475Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$918,0299%2,5231713$364$59,464,62710Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$648,181-2%3,1030$209$35,446,8672Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$607,8552%2,516-496$242$141,289,8264Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$567,3807%2,579-348$220$133,325,1504Universal
7Broken City$528,662-3%2,620--$202$11,269,9891Fox
8Lincoln$441,0295%2,174147$203$163,187,83411Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$408,2300%2,323-689$176$289,938,4706Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$363,748-8%2,913--$125$8,533,9451Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$324,113-3%2,1600$150$32,195,9812Open Road
12Life of Pi$246,8977%1,256499$197$100,840,3609Fox
13Parental Guidance$208,6906%2,337-620$89$68,342,8134Fox
14Jack Reacher$154,6054%1,707-1000$91$77,353,0935Paramount
15This is 40$135,5205%1,232-1088$110$65,603,7905Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$67,123-9%1,474-1185$46$33,857,7073Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,6250%1,312836$40$181,752,76112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$203,17110%88678$229$11,361,7555Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$171,4163%756135$227$115,756,42715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$72,86310%507-316$144$301,252,88711Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$50,37610%642-964$78$35,971,4545Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$43,27010%194-52$223$5,054,3697Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$37,069-3%565-562$66$32,103,0295Disney
7Flight$31,49213%300150$105$93,237,74112Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$24,3419%306-236$80$290,854,95510Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$22,1503%474-431$47$99,841,5299Paramount / DreamWorks
10Anna Karenina (2012)$21,80626%117-27$186$12,323,18910Focus
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$20,3164%265-165$77$12,282,9165Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$17,63320%24924$71$44,387,2869FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$14,12816%134-1513$105$7,597,8984Focus
14Hitchcock$7,558-19%122-5$62$5,813,8609Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$7,30111%156-34$47$139,695,33116Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,75020%125-29$30$64,924,09317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$38,3148%3230$1,197$540,8292Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,25056%520$197$10,916,00640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Sessions$5,9537%628$96$5,818,54414Fox Searchlight
4LUV$5,379-6%45--$120$119,1421Indomina Media
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,99223%73-27$68$17,684,05618Lionsgate / Summit
6Cloud Atlas$3,71322%58-104$64$27,108,27213Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65554%300$122$21,797,95594Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$3,61817%14-3$258$1,457,38012Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$2,952-9%14-2$211$16,057,74519Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,30040%58-49$40$12,944,0827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,4703%7--$210$23,3927GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,41539%56-121$25$610,7925Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$887%1--$88$1,4631Anchor Bay Films