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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. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,293,39213%3,9120$842$150,253,4362Disney
2The Call$1,558,94724%2,507--$622$19,931,6661Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$891,27719%3,160--$282$11,815,7241Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$619,22827%3,357-168$184$55,114,9263Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$439,98023%2,842-160$155$124,402,6606Universal
621 And Over$354,64820%2,424-347$146$22,568,9553Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$328,37124%2,35313$140$37,854,2864Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$284,16725%2,1880$130$9,884,2042FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$282,77020%1,602-125$177$125,069,76318Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$237,94722%2,206-335$108$67,344,6535Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$199,37022%2,211-338$90$52,540,9385Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$128,40123%1,117-608$115$65,704,0235Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$87,87810%1,575-1125$56$14,549,0903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$145,99538%646-25$226$121,596,77417Fox
2Quartet$134,52029%688-27$196$15,072,62710Weinstein Company
3Emperor$78,80816%31150$253$2,175,3602Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$67,73138%402-200$168$30,599,5936Open Road
5Argo$54,3216%540-201$101$135,283,83923Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$52,3356%659-393$79$64,681,9377Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$52,05526%46634$112$181,501,81219Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$51,43013%703-802$73$16,744,0934Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$45,20815%450-72$100$95,398,77113Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$40,08121%266-70$151$161,656,60812Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,82315%305-32$108$302,454,44914Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$25,20516%241-45$105$148,525,28512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$18,24022%213-62$86$103,038,83817Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$15,48922%2223$70$76,572,05712Fox
15Mama$13,3501%204-10$65$71,351,9409Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,91029%130-95$99$54,701,9938Paramount
17The Impossible$12,87371%105-9$123$18,635,04613Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$10,11114%130-64$78$80,052,61613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,87225%125-156$71$19,189,8805Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$39,79242%9477$423$713,5233Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$15,77049%18-6$876$406,5162Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$15,255197%520$293$11,710,28448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Parker$7,4016%9258$80$17,550,7018FilmDistrict
5Bless Me, Ultima$5,850-2%45-7$130$1,476,9224Arenas Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,322-22%300$177$22,219,004102Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Gangster Squad$4,89117%50-40$98$45,929,44110Warner Bros.
8Hyde Park on Hudson$4,28059%31-8$138$6,343,66315Focus
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,327-16%2--$1,664$64,8671GKIDS
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,983-1%45-11$66$318,2383Methinx Entertainment
11Kai Po Che$2,58489%42-29$62$1,084,3364UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$1,916-10%1511$128$68,9284Freestyle Releasing