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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 Sun, Apr. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,825,646-34%3,879-186$1,502$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,555,846-38%3,73415$1,488$86,438,4492Paramount
3Evil Dead$5,093,289-42%3,025--$1,684$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$4,585,025-35%2,771--$1,655$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$2,717,776-37%3,059-47$888$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,299,787-48%2,0470$1,123$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,105,023-39%2,905-419$725$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$1,162,395-47%3,2020$363$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$857,651-43%2,002-437$428$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$430,181-50%1,407-754$306$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$306,197-33%1,072-307$286$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$180,250-50%721-361$250$131,232,3359Universal
2Jack the Giant Slayer$141,587-38%502-578$282$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
3Silver Linings Playbook$141,053-48%524-228$269$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$122,093-41%535-1040$228$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$103,169-35%252-50$409$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$98,071-35%269-71$365$123,920,58320Fox
7Warm Bodies$69,374-41%287125$242$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
8Escape From Planet Earth$67,424-38%432-545$156$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$56,518-52%360-190$157$70,327,9528Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$53,972-45%304-442$178$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$43,019-40%22516$191$66,795,6508Fox
1221 And Over$38,581-47%180-164$214$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13Django Unchained$37,001-36%183-50$202$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$36,221-42%180-22$201$55,439,52111Paramount
15Emperor$35,490-32%120-18$296$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
16Argo$22,721-38%172-88$132$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$15,245-27%14671$104$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$14,933-60%110-30$136$77,045,46215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$213,434-24%3026$7,114$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$75,669-45%6048$1,261$443,9823Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$39,355-28%4116$960$472,4904GKIDS
4Trance$34,042-43%4--$8,511$131,1451Fox Searchlight
5Side Effects (2013)$25,036-50%80-22$313$31,391,4839Open Road
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,739-15%16--$1,234$69,3061CodeBlack Films
7Stoker$17,075-35%89-105$192$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
8The Impossible$16,441-27%80-6$206$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$14,606-14%89-45$164$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
10To the Arctic 3D$13,957-18%520$268$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$13,736-50%3114$443$3,605,6063eOne Films US
12Settai$12,156-45%33--$368$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,104-41%77-68$131$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,977-33%300$233$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$6,730-32%61-38$110$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,190-42%55-60$94$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$3,975-53%28-73$142$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
18Camp (2013)$3,701-12%82$463$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
19Girl Rising$2,379-61%63$397$589,7135Gathr Films
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,188-8%6-5$365$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$1,057-35%12--$88$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$966-41%2--$483$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$401-29%2-3$201$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$180-58%2-5$90$370,2896Methinx Entertainment