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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. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$24,096,622--3,912--$6,160$24,096,6221Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$2,526,50196%3,5250$717$36,317,8702Warner Bros. / New Line
3Dead Man Down$1,832,509--2,188--$838$1,832,5091FilmDistrict
4Identity Thief$1,801,200172%3,002-228$600$112,012,0855Universal
521 And Over$1,683,900147%2,7710$608$13,467,8752Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$1,403,815172%2,340-171$600$28,158,9423Lionsgate / Summit
7Safe Haven$1,251,287150%2,541-410$492$60,335,3844Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,065,954302%2,7000$395$10,028,5532CBS Films
9Silver Linings Playbook$1,041,854158%1,727-109$603$118,046,19617Weinstein Company
10Escape From Planet Earth$702,25495%2,549-561$276$45,327,4364Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$568,99362%1,725-864$330$61,815,3944Fox
12Dark Skies$391,62789%1,505-808$260$14,701,7543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$297,269115%1,052-878$283$62,856,6536Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$397,221128%67145$592$118,185,37316Fox
2Quartet$355,19477%715-10$497$12,346,0259Weinstein Company
3Emperor$330,828--261--$1,268$330,8281Roadside Attractions
4Argo$276,33791%741-244$373$133,548,89522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$236,01362%602-510$392$28,937,6835Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$176,62299%522-200$338$94,131,18112Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$124,19528%336-647$370$160,792,64711Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$115,20343%432-220$267$180,519,13418Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$96,565320%337127$287$301,592,56213Warner Bros. / New Line
10Les Miserables (2012)$84,37078%286-66$295$147,913,13511Universal
11Beautiful Creatures (2013)$47,585-28%281-794$169$18,887,4704Warner Bros.
12Parental Guidance$47,503221%219-39$217$76,166,94211Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,927-7%225-376$209$54,369,8447Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$45,244156%275-20$165$102,500,16816Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mama$42,785113%214-233$200$71,006,9658Universal
16Jack Reacher$40,323116%194-31$208$79,797,79112Paramount
17The Impossible$28,51980%114-37$250$18,416,91012Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$32,052176%1710$1,885$246,5402Fox Searchlight
2Kai Po Che$24,851203%71-33$350$943,7703UTV Motion Pictures
3Girl Rising$20,569-86%10--$2,057$164,1961Gathr Films
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$18,244241%56-12$326$185,4192Methinx Entertainment
5Gangster Squad$15,87334%90-48$176$45,815,6299Warner Bros.
6To the Arctic 3D$15,42146%520$297$11,534,82647Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bless Me, Ultima$12,984-28%52-131$250$1,343,7833Arenas Entertainment
8Skyfall$10,744--69-32$156$304,330,32018Sony / Columbia
9Hyde Park on Hudson$10,27444%391$263$6,261,49114Focus
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,645132%300$255$22,106,457101Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Movie 43$5,4011214%6346$86$8,816,0477Relativity Media
12Parker$4,99560%34-17$147$17,458,9487FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$4,078173%42$1,020$23,1593Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$3,109-28%34-52$91$9,475,2716Warner Bros.
15Broken City$2,977-19%24-45$124$19,658,4518Fox
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,880--1--$1,880$1,8801Rialto Pictures
17A Late Quartet$1,73857%71$248$1,556,43219Entertainment One / RKO
18The Sweeney$191-84%1-10$191$25,7632eOne Films US
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$46-96%10$46$97,24823Roadside Attractions