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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 Mon, Apr. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,704,845-70%3,783--$715$39,759,3301Universal
242 (2013)$1,073,424-76%3,250247$330$54,826,9352Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$437,454-67%1,5421028$284$12,080,0994Focus
4The Croods$401,465-85%3,435-254$117$155,034,5025Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$366,505-77%3,175-360$115$111,566,6624Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$355,841-70%2,638-297$135$89,132,6365FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$347,817-66%2,823-202$123$48,804,7683Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$288,796-77%3,4020$85$23,086,9722Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$267,950-76%2,330-448$115$38,793,3253Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$168,203-79%2,045-459$82$223,894,9557Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$168,184-69%1,405-400$120$49,052,6404Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$71,920-69%1,356-816$53$25,250,7984Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$77,752-80%188--$414$1,556,0751Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$69,507-69%977-653$71$50,169,9506Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$58,400-62%355--$165$701,3421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$44,653-65%867416$52$131,075,52823Weinstein Company
5Trance$41,209-61%4435$93$1,867,6053Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$34,176-59%645592$53$31,837,82111Open Road
7Identity Thief$31,200-70%480-84$65$132,707,19511Universal
8Admission$26,947-63%485-424$56$17,479,4445Focus
9Girl Rising$20,762-37%170122$122$870,2467Gathr Films
10The Sapphires$19,289-71%11421$169$1,157,0165Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$16,637-65%32548$51$70,893,38210Relativity Media
12Quartet$15,334-65%176-48$87$17,859,17815Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,647-69%265-9$51$22,353,3146Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spring Breakers$13,605-53%122-304$112$13,845,3546A24
15Life of Pi$12,842-71%193-24$67$124,537,92622Fox
16Jack the Giant Slayer$11,667-79%255-76$46$63,272,7938Warner Bros. / New Line
17Warm Bodies$10,756-73%240-39$45$66,129,39912Lionsgate / Summit
18Escape From Planet Earth$8,071-81%240-36$34$54,857,45210Weinstein Company
19A Good Day to Die Hard$7,756-71%170-40$46$67,161,26910Fox
20Snitch (2013)$6,045-69%161-54$38$42,118,0379Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,954-75%112-42$44$55,687,02413Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,255-6%520$178$12,207,19753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Dark Skies$6,135-63%9166$67$17,299,2009Weinstein / Dimension
3From Up on Poppy Hill$4,969-78%48-1$104$727,3936GKIDS
421 And Over$4,346-58%50-57$87$25,509,8218Relativity Media
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,871--31--$125$456,7958Methinx Entertainment
6Emperor$3,562-54%64-32$56$3,277,8107Roadside Attractions
7Camp (2013)$3,353-69%3211$105$233,3989Freestyle Releasing
8Django Unchained$3,261-65%77-49$42$162,763,51717Weinstein Company
9Parental Guidance$2,707-79%900$30$77,187,61417Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$1,855-38%300$62$22,495,801107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$1,846-70%29-3$64$3,698,6245eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,606-39%1--$1,606$11,9461Rialto Pictures
13Not Today$1,508-77%20-21$75$140,1852Freestyle Releasing
14Stoker$1,248-55%28-2$45$1,692,1358Fox Searchlight
15Argo$1,095-72%43-129$25$136,020,54328Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$493-90%51-4$10$303,001,72219Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$493-51%2-11$247$124,8593CodeBlack Films
18Settai$143-84%2-13$72$84,5483UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$119-61%1--$119$2,2561Anchor Bay Films
20Kai Po Che$42-81%21$21$1,121,8589UTV Motion Pictures