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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, Feb. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,019,533-4%3,009--$339$25,125,0821Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$762,765-4%2,809168$272$83,094,23912Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$730,319-5%3,3753$216$38,082,8532Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$449,466-3%2,871-58$157$79,560,5907Sony / Columbia
5Mama$375,4354%2,78199$135$59,722,1453Universal
6Bullet to the Head$324,107-11%2,404--$135$6,191,0221Warner Bros.
7Parker$305,442-9%2,23814$136$13,980,6532FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$290,277-3%1,777-230$163$152,213,1326Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$243,4270%1,756-153$139$171,747,46913Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$231,0254%1,848-362$125$142,428,1556Universal
11Gangster Squad$189,064-4%1,625-965$116$43,933,8404Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$168,0828%1,300-375$129$296,865,0528Warner Bros. / New Line
13Movie 43$140,719-10%2,0230$70$8,381,4632Relativity Media
14Broken City$130,495-11%1,786-836$73$18,743,4643Fox
15A Haunted House$101,053-8%1,501-501$67$38,220,3934Open Road
16Parental Guidance$92,7243%1,480-256$63$73,272,4906Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$211,2070%935300$226$121,233,61317Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$171,1175%902-39$190$106,784,50511Fox
3Quartet$134,850-11%20239$668$4,059,4874Weinstein Company
4Stand Up Guys$128,064-16%659--$194$2,119,7641Lionsgate / Roadside
5The Impossible$117,8520%765-17$154$15,710,7447Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$33,90315%66072$51$183,348,71514Disney
7Jack Reacher$30,9782%450-438$69$78,881,2417Paramount
8This is 40$29,995-5%373-134$80$67,061,0157Universal
9The Last Stand$25,6916%689-2224$37$11,811,4083Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,3701%1440$162$5,695,4329Focus
11The Guilt Trip$17,097-7%291-61$59$36,587,5377Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$13,34915%3072$43$100,611,62411Paramount / DreamWorks
13Flight$12,4771%200-63$62$93,690,77114Paramount
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,27210%189-27$65$291,329,46812Lionsgate / Summit
15Race 2$11,723-27%139-14$84$1,442,9332UTV Motion Pictures
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,0254%153-52$46$44,696,41711FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,5597%148113$44$13,053,5209FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,2923%121-164$27$34,084,0495Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,4166%90-8$138$12,617,68312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$8,54427%520$164$11,107,87642Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,084-12%28-9$182$16,223,40121Weinstein Company
4Hitchcock$4,05431%44-46$92$5,904,25911Fox Searchlight
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,03425%50-46$81$12,464,6947Paramount
6Taken 2$3,2595%83-41$39$139,825,79718Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,122-18%300$104$21,880,77796Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sessions$2,708-36%29-33$93$5,922,11616Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$2,14478%122$179$1,505,21614Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,1335%37-19$31$17,742,94820Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$1,01525%41-50$25$64,994,47319Universal
12LUV$605-15%8-13$76$154,7473Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$261-28%2--$131$7,5291Anchor Bay Films