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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 Fri, Feb. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$8,140,304--3,009--$2,705$8,140,3041Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$2,923,424140%3,3753$866$28,176,2182Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,451,976189%2,809168$873$74,716,53412Weinstein Company
4Mama$2,322,135285%2,78199$835$53,854,2353Universal
5Bullet to the Head$1,735,222--2,404--$722$1,735,2221Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,626,643148%2,871-58$567$74,124,1937Sony / Columbia
7Parker$1,080,512126%2,23814$483$10,305,3942FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$924,665121%1,777-230$520$148,864,8546Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$729,95589%1,848-362$395$139,813,2006Universal
10Lincoln$687,511103%1,756-153$392$169,062,02913Disney / DreamWorks
11Gangster Squad$636,62176%1,625-965$392$41,885,6794Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$603,610128%2,0230$298$6,661,8842Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$498,915107%1,300-375$384$294,791,4358Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$486,42751%1,786-836$272$17,160,5173Fox
15A Haunted House$475,101158%1,501-501$317$36,709,0044Open Road
16Parental Guidance$401,392201%1,480-256$271$71,813,2166Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$583,841204%935300$624$118,926,65617Warner Bros.
2Stand Up Guys$528,853--659--$803$528,8531Lionsgate / Roadside
3Life of Pi$497,058158%902-39$551$104,730,78911Fox
4The Impossible$399,746170%765-17$523$14,308,3777Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$323,545115%20239$1,602$2,613,7184Weinstein Company
6Skyfall$165,232--425-31$389$302,461,81013Sony / Columbia
7This is 40$124,955124%373-134$335$66,676,8307Universal
8Jack Reacher$113,59283%450-438$252$78,539,9877Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$107,826248%66072$163$182,737,46814Disney
10Race 2$83,329167%139-14$599$1,169,9112UTV Motion Pictures
11The Last Stand$80,710-52%689-2224$117$11,514,3523Lionsgate
12Hotel Transylvania$61,890--224-4$276$147,743,27919Sony / Columbia
13The Guilt Trip$54,713112%291-61$188$36,399,6177Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$54,385242%3072$177$100,346,13911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Hyde Park on Hudson$49,19755%1440$342$5,472,1779Focus
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$41,298126%189-27$219$291,186,38812Lionsgate / Summit
17Flight$34,64080%200-63$173$93,563,20014Paramount
18Here Comes the Boom$32,460--175-16$185$44,980,88517Sony / Columbia
19Red Dawn (2012)$27,717141%153-52$181$44,609,38711FilmDistrict
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$24,3681999%148113$165$12,981,9039FilmDistrict
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$13,70847%121-164$113$34,044,1215Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$18,9639%90-8$211$12,514,44712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,01466%520$327$11,041,55242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$11,34864%28-9$405$16,171,65221Weinstein Company
4Taken 2$10,479128%83-41$126$139,789,77218Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,044107%300$301$21,851,73296Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$8,018-10%50-46$160$12,423,3877Paramount
7Hitchcock$5,86135%44-46$133$5,880,63311Fox Searchlight
8The Sessions$5,82217%29-33$201$5,893,51716Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,74752%37-19$128$17,728,99520Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$4,30587%41-50$105$64,981,16319Universal
11A Late Quartet$3,70350%122$309$1,486,00514Entertainment One / RKO
12Girls Against Boys$2,847--2--$1,424$2,8471Anchor Bay Films
13LUV$2,00816%8-13$251$148,0973Indomina Media