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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 Wed, Apr. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,358,320-27%3,025--$449$30,692,4601Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,158,417-27%3,73415$310$90,417,7762Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,039,125-21%2,771--$375$22,056,1851Universal
4The Croods$887,991-22%3,879-186$229$128,346,6203Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$808,208-17%3,059-47$264$73,763,9733FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$537,721-25%2,0470$263$40,373,6152Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$444,627-18%2,905-419$153$214,035,0375Disney
8The Host (2013)$325,463-24%3,2020$102$20,697,2152Open Road
9The Call$267,922-22%2,002-437$134$46,341,5454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$156,784-21%1,407-754$111$15,756,2053Focus
11Spring Breakers$123,663-25%1,072-307$115$13,026,2014A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$60,945-11%721-361$85$131,419,8159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$50,787-8%524-228$97$129,873,29421Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,123-19%535-1040$75$21,934,6864Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$39,561-21%502-578$79$62,594,8656Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$38,309-11%252-50$152$17,313,08113Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$28,875-24%269-71$107$124,014,25320Fox
7Warm Bodies$21,963-7%287125$77$65,651,81610Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,939-31%360-190$58$70,399,6578Relativity Media
921 And Over$18,008-25%180-164$100$25,336,7336Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$16,514-21%304-442$54$41,838,0827Lionsgate / Summit
11Django Unchained$15,339-14%183-50$84$162,594,38615Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$14,291-19%22516$64$66,840,0728Fox
13Emperor$13,909-16%120-18$116$3,152,3415Roadside Attractions
14Escape From Planet Earth$13,502-27%432-545$31$54,486,5328Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,400-8%180-22$63$55,474,10111Paramount
16Argo$7,170-21%172-88$42$135,920,87226Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,726-20%14671$39$10,847,1345FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,985-13%110-30$45$77,060,63215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$73,562-2%3026$2,452$1,300,9402Focus
2The Sapphires$24,601-3%6048$410$513,9273Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$15,53050%489$324$635,3635Gathr Films
4From Up on Poppy Hill$11,10313%4116$271$502,5844GKIDS
5Trance$10,8646%4--$2,716$163,5231Fox Searchlight
6To the Arctic 3D$10,387-22%520$200$12,055,71151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Side Effects (2013)$8,870-10%80-22$111$31,416,9589Open Road
8The Impossible$8,44012%80-6$106$18,929,32116Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$7,834-14%89-105$88$1,651,5696Fox Searchlight
10Starbuck$5,68210%3114$183$3,621,2543eOne Films US
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,13980%300$171$22,435,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$4,208-4%16--$263$84,7751CodeBlack Films
13Rise of The Guardians$2,815-15%89-45$32$103,409,73520Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,742-10%77-68$36$302,941,34617Warner Bros. / New Line
15Himmatwala$1,858-34%61-38$30$268,8132UTV Motion Pictures
16Settai$1,701-52%33--$52$59,8731UTV Motion Pictures
17Camp (2013)$1,547-6%82$193$133,4737Freestyle Releasing
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,503-22%55-60$27$19,450,4208Warner Bros.
19Dark Skies$1,2026%28-73$43$17,181,7687Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$968-10%6-5$161$1,562,6567Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$53639%2--$268$6,1521Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$423-27%12--$35$5,2991Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$73-32%2-3$37$1,120,1517UTV Motion Pictures