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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, May. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$5,780,050-28%3,658--$1,580$130,846,3551Universal
2The Hangover Part III$3,184,427-24%3,555--$896$69,448,6031Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$2,741,570-20%3,90739$702$162,193,9072Paramount
4Epic$1,828,992-21%3,882--$471$46,955,6251Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,381,111-15%3,090-460$447$120,767,5753Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,246,787-20%3,424-813$364$375,582,7154Disney
7The Croods$83,562-9%1,008-1365$83$179,833,01310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$66,836-16%1,003-1426$67$48,848,4865Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$180,759-11%712-248$254$15,507,9715Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$98,213-16%915-1465$107$91,728,2607Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$61,335-11%401-134$153$232,546,56012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$54,340-18%572-1505$95$87,624,2406Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,076-18%346-63$101$121,274,3509Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$27,597-4%346-347$80$56,095,74715Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$26,893-9%485-1556$55$8,952,5633Lionsgate
8The Big Wedding$24,581-19%265-1178$93$21,194,3905Lionsgate
9Olympus Has Fallen$16,253-12%209-257$78$97,761,48610FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$16,235-24%128-189$127$21,034,8879Focus
11Identity Thief$11,255-13%187-54$60$134,313,08516Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$10,583-5%185-65$57$65,027,85713Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$6,742-11%131-19$51$51,968,8159Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$5,40817%171-337$32$31,389,5227Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$20,722105%6326$329$1,318,50712Gathr Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,548-9%643$243$741,2145Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$13,28736%520$256$12,652,51558Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stories We Tell$11,61412%263$447$775,4133Roadside Attractions
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,402-21%3713$227$335,7424eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$7,612-3%61-41$125$2,144,55310Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,7695%29-10$199$2,844,6566Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Spring Breakers$4,9785%7059$71$14,097,44911A24
9Born to Be Wild 3D$4,8392%300$161$22,705,437112Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Snitch (2013)$3,8737%93-60$42$42,926,58914Lionsgate / Summit
11The Host (2013)$3,4305%59-172$58$26,623,7019Open Road
12Quartet$3,308-1%30-12$110$18,249,37320Weinstein Company
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$2,448-23%4--$612$39,8141Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,26415%24-12$94$969,99511GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,7885%35-96$51$18,249,37328Weinstein Company
16A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,5249%1--$1,524$14,8331Rialto Pictures
17Emperor$1,21348%81$152$3,336,97012Roadside Attractions
18Admission$1,20327%26-103$46$17,997,39310Focus
19Life of Pi$1,052-15%26-25$40$124,890,84227Fox
20The Painting (2013)$92048%65$153$19,7333GKIDS
21Not Today$732-50%5-1$146$198,2687Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$683-20%36-54$19$71,348,46315Relativity Media