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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 Tue, Jan. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,734,25621%3,372--$514$22,859,3851Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$987,63838%2,641118$374$70,610,77711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$780,26222%2,929-17$266$71,224,2646Sony / Columbia
4Mama$765,7108%2,68235$285$50,352,0202Universal
5Parker$704,88330%2,224--$317$8,255,5061FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$485,06920%2,007-509$242$147,126,7755Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$451,37026%2,590-513$174$40,533,7813Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$443,09029%2,210-369$200$138,331,8455Universal
9Broken City$432,26140%2,6222$165$16,030,1262Fox
10Lincoln$381,83731%1,909-265$200$167,724,83712Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$379,78114%2,023--$188$5,517,4921Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$268,17312%1,675-648$160$293,831,1387Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Stand$231,46028%2,9130$79$11,096,3452Lionsgate
14A Haunted House$220,0132%2,002-158$110$35,876,2673Open Road
15Parental Guidance$153,923-2%1,736-601$89$71,156,6645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$242,54631%941-315$258$103,855,76210Fox
2Argo$218,42223%635-121$344$117,964,45516Warner Bros.
3The Impossible$183,44834%782-104$235$13,617,3086Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$168,50240%163131$1,034$1,988,4103Weinstein Company
5Race 2$81,11171%153--$530$1,013,3971UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$68,9988%888-819$78$78,306,4996Paramount
7This is 40$65,91037%507-725$130$66,437,8006Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$36,195-22%588-724$62$182,567,30313Disney
9The Guilt Trip$31,81342%352-290$90$36,294,2026Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$28,67720%144-50$199$5,364,5398Focus
11Rise of The Guardians$21,158-21%305-169$69$100,260,94710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Flight$20,91011%263-37$80$93,490,88613Paramount
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,915-6%216-90$78$291,110,57411Lionsgate / Summit
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,2952%205-44$55$44,559,83710FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,87414%285-1189$35$34,012,4854Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,6606%124-32$38$139,770,32017Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$17,27339%98-19$176$12,463,13611Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,75810%96-169$112$12,396,7416Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$10,544-11%520$203$11,002,13941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$8,123-8%3723$220$16,145,09220Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,483-47%620$88$5,877,40615Fox Searchlight
6Hitchcock$5,41334%90-32$60$5,866,96610Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,3655%300$112$21,834,06795Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Pitch Perfect$2,695-1%91-34$30$64,972,28318Universal
9A Late Quartet$2,63025%10-4$263$1,476,53113Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,5076%56-17$45$17,718,71219Lionsgate / Summit
11LUV$1,817-22%21-24$87$143,1162Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,57460%35-23$45$12,955,1418FilmDistrict