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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 Wed, Feb. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,059,135-26%3,009--$352$24,105,5491Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$793,177-13%2,809168$282$82,331,47412Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$770,416-26%3,3753$228$37,352,5342Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$463,248-14%2,871-58$161$79,111,1247Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$363,267-30%2,404--$151$5,866,9151Warner Bros.
6Mama$361,530-21%2,78199$130$59,346,7103Universal
7Parker$336,557-28%2,23814$150$13,675,2112FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$297,725-19%1,777-230$168$151,922,8556Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$244,552-11%1,756-153$139$171,504,04213Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$221,760-17%1,848-362$120$142,197,1306Universal
11Gangster Squad$197,421-22%1,625-965$121$43,744,7764Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$156,433-24%2,0230$77$8,240,7442Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,033-20%1,300-375$119$296,696,9708Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$146,568-20%1,786-836$82$18,612,9693Fox
15A Haunted House$109,841-15%1,501-501$73$38,119,3404Open Road
16Parental Guidance$89,890-14%1,480-256$61$73,179,7666Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$212,106-17%935300$227$121,022,40617Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$162,989-19%902-39$181$106,613,38811Fox
3Stand Up Guys$153,338-22%659--$233$1,991,7001Lionsgate / Roadside
4Quartet$152,337-10%20239$754$3,924,6374Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$117,718-24%765-17$154$15,592,8927Lionsgate / Summit
6This is 40$31,705-19%373-134$85$67,031,0207Universal
7Jack Reacher$30,432-15%450-438$68$78,850,2637Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$29,5722%66072$45$183,314,81214Disney
9The Last Stand$24,265-22%689-2224$35$11,785,7173Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,226-8%1440$161$5,672,0629Focus
11The Guilt Trip$18,362-9%291-61$63$36,570,4407Paramount
12Race 2$15,979-46%139-14$115$1,431,2102UTV Motion Pictures
13Flight$12,358-9%200-63$62$93,678,29414Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$11,601-16%3072$38$105,982,75011Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,203-11%189-27$59$291,317,19612Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$6,780-13%153-52$44$44,689,39211FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,157-20%148113$42$13,046,9619FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,182-22%121-164$26$34,080,7575Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,694-7%90-8$130$12,605,26712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$6,7442%520$130$11,099,33242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,7938%28-9$207$16,218,31721Weinstein Company
4The Sessions$4,21764%29-33$145$5,919,40816Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8146%300$127$21,877,65596Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,237-29%50-46$65$12,460,6607Paramount
7Taken 2$3,1171%83-41$38$139,822,53818Fox
8Hitchcock$3,08715%44-46$70$5,900,20511Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$1,206-40%122$101$1,503,07214Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,0750%37-19$29$17,741,81520Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$815-20%41-50$20$64,993,45819Universal
12LUV$714-26%8-13$89$154,1423Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$3641%2--$182$7,2681Anchor Bay Films