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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. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,041,655-28%3,141--$650$41,916,6751Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$632,178-30%2,605--$243$11,575,4461Open Road
3Warm Bodies$628,732-19%3,0090$209$38,665,0202Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$509,487-16%2,8090$181$91,139,90313Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$421,383-26%3,285-90$128$45,333,5663Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$283,355-19%2,562-309$111$84,526,8978Sony / Columbia
7Mama$227,545-23%2,677-104$85$64,754,9104Universal
8Argo$217,208-19%1,405470$155$124,322,01318Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$193,357-22%1,517-239$127$174,268,73614Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$191,419-18%1,502-275$127$155,165,8957Weinstein Company
11Bullet to the Head$169,411-33%2,4040$70$8,902,1942Warner Bros.
12Parker$161,677-32%2,004-234$81$16,434,2543FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$144,495-13%1,447-401$100$144,453,7757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$112,202-12%1,001-299$112$298,722,1329Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$61,558-30%1,219-261$50$74,585,3047Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$278,990-3%300--$930$2,788,0101Paramount
2Life of Pi$133,178-26%92422$144$109,033,56412Fox
3Quartet$119,750-4%24442$491$5,353,5435Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$77,580-26%739-26$105$16,938,8588Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$75,179-27%942-683$80$45,080,4295Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$67,584-22%67011$101$2,993,0432Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$52,178-21%75797$69$184,622,67715Disney
8Broken City$43,677-24%755-1031$58$19,382,4194Fox
9A Haunted House$42,677-29%913-588$47$39,161,7595Open Road
10Movie 43$24,014-23%777-1246$31$8,745,8293Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$19,823-9%307-143$65$79,178,9808Paramount
12Hyde Park on Hudson$16,594-7%130-14$128$5,881,81510Focus
13This is 40$16,550-8%278-95$60$67,306,9208Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$10,582-13%275-32$38$100,916,50712Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$9,564-17%225-66$43$36,726,6688Paramount
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,366-17%18564$40$34,212,0506Lionsgate
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,147-6%160-29$45$291,452,59713Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$6,612-26%239-450$28$11,927,8174Lionsgate
19Flight$4,807-15%115-85$42$93,764,96215Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,239-3%105-48$31$44,761,37612FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,34820%911$125$12,707,90413Focus
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$5,774-51%25--$231$119,3261UTV Motion Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$5,687-9%520$109$11,189,33943Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,80412%47-3$102$12,509,8228Paramount
5Race 2$4,025-54%63-76$64$1,543,7323UTV Motion Pictures
6Lost in Thailand$3,592-4%35--$103$43,8081WAMCR
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,17734%300$106$21,933,14297Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,167-25%36-8$60$5,933,09112Fox Searchlight
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,124-20%81-67$26$13,089,03110FilmDistrict
10The Master$2,069-22%291$71$18,254,70822Weinstein Company
11The Sessions$1,79419%18-11$100$5,939,22917Fox Searchlight
12A Late Quartet$1,26547%120$105$1,516,96215Entertainment One / RKO
13Taken 2$1,057-17%35-48$30$139,844,37219Fox
14Pitch Perfect$1,05017%15-26$70$65,000,69320Universal
15Brief Reunion$258-14%1--$258$6,6014Striped Entertainment
16LUV$1840%3-5$61$156,8314Indomina Media