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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, Mar. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$7,693,563--3,525--$2,183$7,693,5631Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$3,349,433--2,771--$1,209$3,349,4331Relativity Media
3The Last Exorcism Part II$3,249,542--2,700--$1,204$3,249,5421CBS Films
4Identity Thief$2,729,350173%3,2308$845$100,456,4554Universal
5Snitch (2013)$2,120,045175%2,5110$844$18,830,3842Lionsgate / Summit
6Safe Haven$2,027,242186%2,951-272$687$52,820,7253Relativity Media
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,568,028169%1,836-176$854$111,147,66716Weinstein Company
8Escape From Planet Earth$1,296,636214%3,110-243$417$37,783,6863Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$1,193,16870%2,589-966$461$56,317,2093Fox
10Dark Skies$1,094,128203%2,3130$473$10,990,8152Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$747,753170%1,930-714$387$60,107,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$467,01157%1,112-958$420$26,791,3204Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$260,9656%1,075-1875$243$17,867,3993Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,018123%62654$895$115,203,03415Fox
2Argo$536,083165%985183$544$131,092,46821Warner Bros.
3Quartet$462,259212%725369$638$9,862,0498Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$331,08491%722-475$459$92,605,16611Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$275,110129%983324$280$159,567,11710Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$236,81790%652-223$363$179,322,87317Disney / DreamWorks
7Les Miserables (2012)$147,84060%352-110$420$147,207,45010Universal
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$140,3232%601-824$233$53,678,2406Paramount
9Mama$102,81047%447-716$230$70,635,7607Universal
10Kai Po Che$72,023259%104-6$693$690,3512UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$63,25729%210-178$301$301,198,24912Warner Bros. / New Line
12Rise of The Guardians$59,204182%295-10$201$102,155,75415Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$56,157710%225125$250$79,548,57011Paramount
14Parental Guidance$53,392162%258-123$207$75,905,85310Fox
15Bless Me, Ultima$43,59538%183-80$238$1,122,5112Arenas Entertainment
16The Impossible$43,57361%151-122$289$18,206,40011Lionsgate / Summit
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$34,378120%180-43$191$292,219,30616Lionsgate / Summit
18Gangster Squad$25,62356%138-64$186$45,686,7888Warner Bros.
19A Haunted House$25,16226%169-133$149$39,965,7078Open Road
20The Guilt Trip$22,84156%133-53$172$37,040,52011Paramount
21Skyfall$21,098--101-83$209$304,242,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$47,700--7--$6,814$47,7001Fox Searchlight
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,238--68--$651$44,2381Methinx Entertainment
3To the Arctic 3D$14,35580%520$276$11,430,18446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$13,70974%38-27$361$6,178,68413Focus
5Bullet to the Head$10,410151%86-19$121$9,423,8815Warner Bros.
6Broken City$8,86152%69-29$128$19,616,2847Fox
7Parker$7,070-43%51-161$139$17,424,9576FilmDistrict
8The Sweeney$6,198--11--$563$6,1981eOne Films US
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,67390%300$189$22,067,101100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Stand Up Guys$4,481-5%17-24$264$3,288,1655Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$2,459613%21$1,230$11,7742Freestyle Releasing
12Movie 43$2,02268%17-4$119$8,806,0016Relativity Media
13A Late Quartet$865-30%6-1$144$1,548,56418Entertainment One / RKO
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$144-82%2-7$72$221,1854UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$108--1--$108$95,72222Roadside Attractions