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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 Sat, Mar. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$18,980,86263%4,046--$4,691$30,626,2161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$12,411,04923%3,098--$4,006$22,473,1901FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$9,744,25073%3,805-107$2,561$170,909,4393Disney
4The Call$3,921,97647%2,5070$1,564$28,799,5822Sony / TriStar
5Admission$2,710,68932%2,160--$1,255$4,764,5281Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,907,32444%3,1600$604$16,324,6762Warner Bros. / New Line
7Jack the Giant Slayer$1,326,44571%2,560-797$518$58,190,7024Warner Bros. / New Line
8Identity Thief$1,212,96060%2,166-676$560$127,152,9907Universal
9Snitch (2013)$869,12563%1,807-546$481$39,816,2545Lionsgate / Summit
10Silver Linings Playbook$758,37871%1,044-558$726$126,780,77519Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$522,93541%1,279-927$409$68,673,4326Relativity Media
1221 And Over$432,62625%1,134-1290$382$23,913,3054Relativity Media
13Escape From Planet Earth$208,75580%1,494-717$140$53,201,9206Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$327,01379%489-157$669$122,336,47818Fox
2Quartet$265,05373%425-263$624$15,754,64711Weinstein Company
3The Last Exorcism Part II$156,51158%455-1120$344$14,944,5864CBS Films
4Stoker$153,81453%275181$559$1,025,9474Fox Searchlight
5A Good Day to Die Hard$146,29669%448-669$327$66,170,2646Fox
6Dead Man Down$132,01156%612-1576$216$10,522,6793FilmDistrict
7Django Unchained$127,52370%29630$431$161,926,45513Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$127,31079%225-177$566$30,909,5447Open Road
9Emperor$123,27853%237-74$520$2,520,8593Roadside Attractions
10Warm Bodies$106,85043%299-360$357$64,962,3608Lionsgate / Summit
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$90,55769%20979$433$54,867,9749Paramount
12Dark Skies$87,34549%205-498$426$16,975,3195Weinstein / Dimension
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$81,38665%235-70$346$302,648,44515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Argo$69,61085%185-355$376$135,484,02824Warner Bros.
15Zero Dark Thirty$64,42069%215-235$300$95,578,99614Sony / Columbia
16Parental Guidance$62,24644%185-37$336$76,706,10013Fox
17InAPPropriate Comedy$58,8892%275--$214$116,6421Freestyle Releasing
18Rise of The Guardians$45,97190%162-51$284$103,141,94918Paramount / DreamWorks
19Les Miserables (2012)$43,86070%129-112$340$148,648,01013Universal
20Beautiful Creatures (2013)$43,85357%18863$233$19,277,6906Warner Bros.
21Mama$41,60060%130-74$320$71,444,84010Universal
22The Impossible$33,99651%12318$276$18,716,02214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$24,45963%64$4,077$111,7062GKIDS
2The Sapphires$18,454114%4--$4,614$27,0861Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$17,96126%520$345$11,768,95449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$13,001-1%300$433$22,262,001103Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$12,08134%500$242$45,959,32711Warner Bros.
6Parker$9,88760%55-37$180$17,579,5529FilmDistrict
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$9,20828%28-17$329$341,7474Methinx Entertainment
8Bless Me, Ultima$9,17569%21-24$437$1,505,3735Arenas Entertainment
9Kai Po Che$8,13563%18-24$452$1,101,7295UTV Motion Pictures
10Starbuck$6,99366%3--$2,331$3,466,2261eOne Films US
11Hyde Park on Hudson$5,71530%20-11$286$6,363,74116Focus
12Camp (2013)$4,115-38%172$242$84,4715Freestyle Releasing
13A Resurrection$2,7258%17--$160$5,2501Archstone Distribution
14Girl Rising$2,530--1--$2,530$430,4163Gathr Films
15Rangrezz$1,6196%11--$147$3,1441UTV Motion Pictures