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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. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,220,0484%3,372--$362$25,252,7941Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$848,7415%2,641118$321$72,264,55811Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$655,4716%2,929-17$224$72,497,5506Sony / Columbia
4Mama$603,4505%2,68235$225$51,532,1002Universal
5Parker$478,788-2%2,224--$215$9,224,8821FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$418,9016%2,007-509$209$147,940,1895Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$386,7506%2,210-369$175$139,083,2455Universal
8Gangster Squad$362,1543%2,590-513$140$41,249,0583Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$338,8669%1,909-265$178$168,374,51812Disney / DreamWorks
10Broken City$321,9400%2,6222$123$16,674,0902Fox
11Movie 43$264,689-4%2,023--$131$6,058,2741Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$241,0409%1,675-648$144$294,292,5207Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$184,0266%2,002-158$92$36,233,9033Open Road
14The Last Stand$166,425-3%2,9130$57$11,433,6422Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$133,48810%1,736-601$77$71,411,8245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$192,4944%941-315$205$104,233,73110Fox
2Argo$192,2523%635-121$303$118,342,81516Warner Bros.
3Quartet$150,6740%163131$924$2,290,1733Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$148,2264%782-104$190$13,908,6316Lionsgate / Summit
5Jack Reacher$62,0727%888-819$70$78,426,3956Paramount
6This is 40$55,770-4%507-725$110$66,551,8756Universal
7Hyde Park on Hudson$31,75519%144-50$221$5,422,9808Focus
8Race 2$31,212-26%153--$204$1,086,5821UTV Motion Pictures
9Wreck-It Ralph$31,023-1%588-724$53$182,629,64213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$25,7493%352-290$73$36,344,9046Paramount
11Flight$19,2494%263-37$73$93,528,56013Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$18,29513%216-90$85$291,145,09011Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$15,8796%305-169$52$100,291,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,47911%205-44$56$44,581,67010FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,3369%285-1189$33$34,030,4134Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,5965%124-32$37$139,779,29317Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sound City$120,514--50--$2,410$120,5140Variance Films
2Anna Karenina (2012)$17,42417%98-19$178$12,495,48411Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$10,255-16%520$197$11,024,53841Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$8,912-8%96-169$93$12,415,3696Paramount
5The Master$6,925-16%3723$187$16,160,30420Weinstein Company
6The Sessions$4,966-7%620$80$5,887,69515Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,3663%300$146$21,842,68895Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$4,33525%90-32$48$5,874,77210Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$3,13130%56-17$56$17,724,24819Lionsgate / Summit
10A Late Quartet$2,470-25%10-4$247$1,482,30213Entertainment One / RKO
11Pitch Perfect$2,3001%91-34$25$64,976,85818Universal
12LUV$1,73841%21-24$83$146,0892Indomina Media
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,161-6%35-23$33$12,957,5358FilmDistrict