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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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,471,725-21%3,16524$465$78,083,3302Universal
2A Good Day to Die Hard$1,468,682-30%3,553--$413$40,453,8881Fox
3Safe Haven$1,260,265-23%3,223--$391$36,205,6811Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$860,024-34%3,288--$262$23,263,0981Weinstein Company
5Silver Linings Playbook$513,573-10%2,202-607$233$100,870,10214Weinstein Company
6Side Effects (2013)$493,057-22%2,6050$189$21,241,5032Open Road
7Warm Bodies$487,570-26%2,897-112$168$52,915,3553Lionsgate / Summit
8Beautiful Creatures (2013)$443,356-27%2,950--$150$12,535,1451Warner Bros.
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$260,353-22%2,103-1182$124$51,000,0904Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$254,711-3%1,527-1035$167$89,047,4009Sony / Columbia
11Mama$156,425-14%1,648-1029$95$68,899,6455Universal
12Lincoln$150,921-6%1,007-510$150$176,962,54615Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$146,363-9%1,017-485$144$157,656,7128Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$176,023-4%33389$529$7,560,4826Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$171,510-13%647-277$265$111,745,02313Fox
3Argo$171,309-12%903-502$190$127,654,18819Warner Bros.
4Les Miserables (2012)$94,640-10%676-771$140$145,963,8458Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$73,468-17%605-396$121$300,322,89110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$61,689-9%506-251$122$185,965,66216Disney
7Parker$48,728-23%705-1299$69$17,197,3334FilmDistrict
8The Impossible$46,339-20%422-317$110$17,716,1949Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$43,032-11%603-616$71$75,435,3438Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$32,726-17%33863$97$101,612,56113Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$25,700-12%470-1934$55$9,333,7803Warner Bros.
12A Haunted House$23,658-6%340-573$70$39,640,1766Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,709-11%25494$89$291,887,11514Lionsgate / Summit
14Gangster Squad$19,444-23%210-732$93$45,436,2026Warner Bros.
15Stand Up Guys$12,630-15%119-551$106$3,214,9873Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,600-1%175-132$66$79,383,8519Paramount
17Broken City$9,293-19%133-622$70$19,525,4185Fox
18This is 40$8,350-9%167-111$50$67,467,0409Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$10,9599%86-44$127$6,051,75011Focus
2Top Gun 3D$10,026-4%40-260$251$3,006,5932Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$7,965-25%520$153$11,320,97344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Guilt Trip$6,4927%88-137$74$36,817,8849Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,38125%300$179$22,011,85798Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,802-7%96-89$50$34,308,1737Lionsgate
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,742-34%51-40$73$12,781,01814Focus
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,305-27%22-3$150$199,8492UTV Motion Pictures
9Hitchcock$2,448136%14-22$175$5,948,06313Fox Searchlight
10The Last Stand$2,035-22%54-185$38$11,968,8965Lionsgate
11Red Dawn (2012)$1,850-7%56-49$33$44,804,55213FilmDistrict
12The Sessions$1,80719%16-2$113$5,960,80118Fox Searchlight
13Movie 43$1,7654%35-742$50$8,785,4284Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$1,5507%131$119$1,538,15416Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$1,001-59%11-52$91$1,575,0354UTV Motion Pictures
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$644-7%23-58$28$13,102,47811FilmDistrict
17Taken 2$361-20%16-19$23$139,853,78420Fox
18The Package (2013)$40-2%1--$40$1,3591Anchor Bay Films