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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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,025,14220%4,046--$1,242$52,865,9841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$3,066,31411%3,098--$990$36,203,4481FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,699,57820%3,805-107$709$182,047,9303Disney
4The Call$1,049,08127%2,5070$418$32,980,8072Sony / TriStar
5Admission$699,50237%2,160--$324$7,364,1081Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$552,01318%3,1600$175$18,432,2662Warner Bros. / New Line
7Spring Breakers$551,3082%1,104--$499$6,358,3062A24
8Jack the Giant Slayer$417,02324%2,560-797$163$59,790,8574Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$303,24017%2,166-676$140$128,333,4607Universal
10Snitch (2013)$201,63514%1,807-546$112$40,676,8155Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$179,64621%1,044-558$172$127,491,40919Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$151,01019%1,134-1290$133$24,441,2664Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$146,95728%1,279-927$115$69,179,4986Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$92,96418%1,494-717$62$53,526,6776Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$104,17030%489-157$213$122,730,87218Fox
2Quartet$87,95735%425-263$207$16,067,33711Weinstein Company
3Stoker$50,00425%275181$182$1,214,6934Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$44,79535%448-669$100$66,338,6576Fox
5Emperor$40,94323%237-74$173$2,674,8343Roadside Attractions
6Dead Man Down$40,02814%612-1576$65$10,687,2133FilmDistrict
7Django Unchained$37,90513%29630$128$162,078,82013Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$34,14120%225-177$152$31,043,2657Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$28,82114%20979$138$54,985,8019Paramount
10Warm Bodies$26,690-3%299-360$89$65,073,2248Lionsgate / Summit
11The Last Exorcism Part II$23,470-8%455-1120$52$15,058,4954CBS Films
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,77215%235-70$97$302,738,50715Warner Bros. / New Line
13InAPPropriate Comedy$20,8804%275--$76$197,2781Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$20,72145%185-37$112$76,771,09413Fox
15Dark Skies$17,0187%205-498$83$17,048,3545Weinstein / Dimension
16Rise of The Guardians$15,96236%162-51$99$103,201,94618Paramount / DreamWorks
17Argo$15,4458%185-355$83$135,548,84024Warner Bros.
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$13,96611%18863$74$19,331,1416Warner Bros.
19Les Miserables (2012)$12,90533%129-112$100$148,695,74513Universal
20Mama$10,4150%130-74$80$71,491,68010Universal
21The Impossible$10,11819%12318$82$18,754,95014Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,65496%520$397$11,814,37949Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Girl Rising$19,184202%9-9$2,132$460,5703Gathr Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$10,87356%300$362$22,286,854103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$7,92012%64$1,320$146,9192GKIDS
5The Sapphires$3,662-6%4--$916$45,9131Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,837-3%28-17$101$353,4414Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,833-1%21-24$135$1,519,1575Arenas Entertainment
8Camp (2013)$2,67618%172$157$94,6305Freestyle Releasing
9Parker$2,6659%55-37$48$17,592,0389FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$2,36824%500$47$45,972,50211Warner Bros.
11Hyde Park on Hudson$2,00939%20-11$100$6,371,23216Focus
12Starbuck$1,5704%3--$523$3,473,6411eOne Films US
13Kai Po Che$1,14235%18-24$63$1,107,5475UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$3762%11--$34$5,0611UTV Motion Pictures