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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 Tue, Mar. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$7,108,00012%3,912--$1,817$92,540,4691Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$1,256,15335%3,5250$356$45,813,8262Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$780,52033%3,002-228$260$117,911,0155Universal
421 And Over$724,75926%2,7710$262$18,175,7522Relativity Media
5Dead Man Down$601,95822%2,188--$275$6,439,0831FilmDistrict
6Escape From Planet Earth$592,29040%2,549-561$232$48,859,0254Weinstein Company
7Snitch (2013)$566,05028%2,340-171$242$32,861,1663Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$493,28945%2,541-410$194$63,669,8334Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$426,64539%1,727-109$247$121,355,04317Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$286,25232%1,725-864$166$63,871,3314Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$283,29916%2,7000$105$12,657,4942CBS Films
12Dark Skies$150,20015%1,505-808$100$15,845,3543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$116,3198%1,052-878$111$63,799,7856Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$239,40749%67145$357$119,767,32116Fox
2Quartet$209,27555%715-10$293$13,589,8519Weinstein Company
3Emperor$118,99423%261--$456$1,229,6241Roadside Attractions
4Argo$118,27336%741-244$160$134,488,46722Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$114,36950%602-510$190$29,761,4915Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$73,66921%522-200$141$94,763,13312Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$60,49931%336-647$180$161,207,34411Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$54,93619%337127$163$301,976,03413Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lincoln$53,01839%432-220$123$180,925,43618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$41,47032%286-66$145$148,209,15011Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$40,12319%275-20$146$102,755,16916Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$30,31435%219-39$138$76,337,96611Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,96832%225-376$115$54,539,1987Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,58413%281-794$77$19,059,0274Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,0950%214-233$80$71,151,3908Universal
16Jack Reacher$16,0425%194-31$83$79,923,52512Paramount
17The Impossible$12,64335%114-37$111$18,508,48912Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,510-46%24--$1,105$301,1771Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$19,255115%520$370$11,596,89747Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$15,55545%1710$915$355,1212Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,32548%300$378$22,142,456101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$8,16620%90-48$91$45,872,0729Warner Bros.
6Bless Me, Ultima$8,12117%52-131$156$1,402,1443Arenas Entertainment
7Kai Po Che$7,91885%71-33$112$1,025,9353UTV Motion Pictures
8Hyde Park on Hudson$7,49487%391$192$6,299,71414Focus
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,42845%56-12$115$246,5212Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,9252%6346$46$8,834,5637Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,56661%1--$2,566$11,0051Rialto Pictures
12Parker$2,47856%34-17$73$17,474,3657FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,839-3%42$460$36,0743Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,68722%34-52$50$9,486,8916Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,57632%24-45$66$19,668,9778Fox
16A Late Quartet$20953%71$30$1,561,92319Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$112167%1-10$112$26,4992eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%1--$18$97,34623Roadside Attractions