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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.

 

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$61,100,000-60%4,1370$14,769$251,032,8382Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$34,200,000--3,545--$9,647$34,200,0001Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$19,000,000--3,603--$5,273$19,000,0001Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$15,000,000-27%3,14827$4,765$93,052,6243Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$8,013,120-39%3,264-413$2,455$189,560,9205Universal
6John Carter$2,005,000-60%2,397-815$836$66,209,3394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,006,000-51%1,239-980$812$67,749,4946Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$915,000-53%1,007-780$909$16,520,4814Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,274,00081%483359$2,638$3,170,9794CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$835,000-38%908-432$920$98,480,2078Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$825,000-57%903-1162$914$53,371,7765Warner Bros.
4October Baby$778,642-54%387-3$2,012$3,101,39323IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Safe House$776,385-45%729-601$1,065$123,878,1158Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$675,00015%513259$1,316$2,689,0783Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$602,000-49%439-36$1,371$5,023,5993Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$472,500-43%306-252$1,544$6,338,3754Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$425,000-57%575-613$739$53,084,2897Fox
10The Vow$335,000-60%514-744$652$123,478,2168Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$291,000-39%315-261$924$43,557,77319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$253,000-70%321-300$788$34,384,8326Lionsgate
13A Separation$240,807-27%199-62$1,210$6,465,74914Sony Pictures Classics
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$220,000-10%222-26$991$132,363,49616Fox
15Silent House (2012)$185,843-71%325-877$572$12,381,7204Open Road
16The Iron Lady$184,000-28%284-43$648$29,416,79314Weinstein Company
17The Woman in Black$147,000-26%179-1$821$53,939,9769CBS Films
18Hugo$130,000-48%174-109$747$73,688,56019Paramount
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$100,000-45%150-50$667$209,232,47216Paramount
20Big Miracle$86,700-30%170-54$510$20,104,6059Universal
21Wanderlust$78,300-44%116-119$675$17,259,7506Universal
22One For the Money$64,000-13%102-49$627$26,397,16110Lionsgate
23The Grey$58,872-50%2040$289$51,472,64510Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$284,25033%4632$6,179$596,1962Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$252,76762%6037$4,213$618,0914Sony Pictures Classics
3Bully (2012)$115,000--5--$23,000$115,0001Weinstein Company
4We Need to Talk About Kevin$76,026-21%67-13$1,135$1,471,30217Oscilloscope
5In Darkness$46,137-23%50-1$923$863,8268Sony Pictures Classics
6Being Flynn$42,597-44%40-33$1,065$480,3545Focus
7Intruders$40,456--33--$1,226$40,4561Millennium Entertainment
8Gone$38,000-51%61-122$623$11,590,6376Summit
9Undefeated$31,56315%16-1$1,973$424,1117Weinstein Company
10W.E.$20,0627%213$955$491,7059Weinstein Company
11Coriolanus$18,400-19%16-3$1,150$599,80011Weinstein Company
12Rampart$16,869-45%30-37$562$859,9048Millennium Entertainment
13The Island President$15,600--2--$7,800$19,5041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Turn Me On, Dammit!$11,515--2--$5,758$11,5151New Yorker Films
15My Week with Marilyn$7,197-46%12-32$600$14,597,35019Weinstein Company