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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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,497,7871%3,719--$4,167$41,325,8991Paramount
2The Croods$9,682,350-10%4,06519$2,382$82,568,9992Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,938,264-16%2,047--$3,878$17,343,9031Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$5,669,50118%3,1068$1,825$51,217,4512FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,456,3483%3,324-481$1,341$195,439,0554Disney
6The Host (2013)$3,487,001-35%3,202--$1,089$8,824,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,909,4229%2,439-68$783$38,336,0983Sony / TriStar
8Admission$1,302,96812%2,1611$603$10,977,1342Focus
9Spring Breakers$988,937-10%1,379--$717$9,389,8623A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$506,8393%1,575-1585$322$20,286,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$432,7858%1,082-1084$400$129,651,0158Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$368,946-4%1,080-1480$342$61,133,6835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$374,59124%752-292$498$128,488,25820Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$179,44114%746-1061$241$41,245,9386Lionsgate / Summit
3Quartet$164,98248%302-123$546$16,493,52012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$164,96413%340-149$485$123,204,83119Fox
5Safe Haven$149,213-5%550-729$271$69,729,2407Relativity Media
621 And Over$111,687-4%344-790$325$24,877,0035Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$78,700-18%977-517$81$53,866,2327Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$74,46511%202-7$369$55,178,95010Paramount
9Stoker$72,45223%194-81$373$1,430,1715Fox Searchlight
10Django Unchained$69,21917%233-63$297$162,271,01814Weinstein Company
11Emperor$65,35445%138-99$474$2,852,2904Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$63,33510%209-239$303$66,513,2817Fox
13Argo$58,01324%26075$223$135,693,42925Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$52,18129%102-123$512$31,200,1368Open Road
15Warm Bodies$48,544-2%162-137$300$65,221,5399Lionsgate / Summit
16Parental Guidance$35,135-6%140-45$251$76,882,49514Fox
17Mama$30,13514%123-7$245$71,570,99511Universal
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,5477%145-90$190$302,833,16916Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Last Exorcism Part II$24,4518%102-353$240$15,139,3665CBS Films
20Rise of The Guardians$24,180-8%134-28$180$103,280,87619Paramount / DreamWorks
21Dark Skies$23,6452%101-104$234$17,120,8346Weinstein / Dimension
22Les Miserables (2012)$21,2258%109-20$195$148,761,83514Universal
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$16,0485%115-73$140$19,388,9897Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$104,90910%4--$26,227$199,9361Focus
2Himmatwala$69,923-4%99--$706$142,4701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$46,39516%2519$1,856$250,9223GKIDS
4The Sapphires$32,70778%128$2,726$105,7082Weinstein Company
5Starbuck$21,81859%1714$1,283$3,513,4042eOne Films US
6To the Arctic 3D$19,961-27%520$384$11,900,85350Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$17,5995%86-37$205$18,807,77115Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$14,868-25%300$496$22,352,536104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$11,52012%75-537$154$10,757,7624FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$7,69614%500$154$45,992,12012Warner Bros.
11Parker$5,97250%36-19$166$17,606,69110FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$4,40219%11-10$400$1,533,3626Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$2,80821%5-13$562$1,114,8546UTV Motion Pictures
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,4157%7-21$202$363,1965Methinx Entertainment
15Camp (2013)$1,346-29%6-11$224$103,8126Freestyle Releasing
16Rangrezz$9645%2-9$48$5,9992UTV Motion Pictures