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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, Mar. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,544,127-26%3,525--$438$32,500,9601Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$699,308-23%2,771--$252$11,100,8971Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$678,300-16%3,2308$210$109,548,7354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,837-21%2,5110$214$26,238,2862Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$489,534-19%2,951-272$166$58,583,4103Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$433,098-8%1,836-176$236$116,599,81016Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$377,950-18%2,589-966$146$60,896,1863Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$372,207-18%3,110-243$120$44,264,3563Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$270,002-26%2,700--$100$8,697,1831CBS Films
10Dark Skies$222,289-21%2,3130$96$14,102,5372Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$156,845-15%1,112-958$141$28,555,7024Open Road
12Warm Bodies$150,968-15%1,930-714$78$62,421,0075Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$71,235-2%1,075-1875$66$18,773,4243Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$203,980-11%725369$281$11,789,8858Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$182,461-25%62654$291$117,613,78715Fox
3Argo$153,041-11%985183$155$133,128,25221Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$101,2554%722-475$140$93,865,65511Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$94,156-19%983324$96$160,571,20310Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$85,406-5%652-223$131$180,323,11017Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$55,658-24%601-824$93$54,272,5536Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$49,280-10%352-110$140$147,781,24510Universal
9Mama$22,225-1%447-716$50$70,944,0657Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,339-21%210-178$102$301,473,01812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,801-6%225125$84$79,738,76611Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$17,202-7%183-80$94$1,312,6822Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$16,8942%295-10$57$102,437,23015Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$16,649-13%151-122$110$18,372,52511Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$15,011-1%258-123$58$76,104,62510Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,084-11%138-64$80$45,787,8978Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$11,084-26%104-6$107$910,7212UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$8,444-6%133-53$63$37,125,33011Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,092-5%180-43$34$292,318,34416Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$12,761-14%7--$1,823$202,8931Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,25517%520$216$11,508,81746Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$9,604-14%38-27$253$6,244,07813Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,431-3%68--$95$161,8261Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,460-5%86-19$52$9,467,8645Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,10776%300$137$22,095,521100Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Broken City$3,609-19%69-29$52$19,651,8147Fox
8Parker$2,510-35%51-161$49$17,450,8406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,20117%17-24$129$3,307,3915Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,319-8%11--$120$24,3791eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$78824%21$394$17,5852Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$75638%6-1$126$1,553,58818Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$418-9%17-4$25$8,810,2356Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6870%2-7$34$222,0984UTV Motion Pictures