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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, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,500,000-43%4,1370$8,098$302,839,1653Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,466,200--3,192--$6,725$21,466,2001Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,350,000--2,674--$6,488$25,710,4821Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$15,010,000-55%3,5450$4,234$58,892,0912Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,000,000-39%3,61815$3,040$36,678,1022Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,200,000-31%3,009-139$3,390$109,612,3824Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,015,010-36%3,003-261$1,670$198,189,3606Universal
8John Carter$820,000-60%1,015-1382$808$67,973,3475Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$975,000-23%52441$1,861$4,639,0015CBS Films
2Safe House$580,810-26%482-247$1,205$124,750,9709Universal
3The Raid: Redemption$564,585109%176130$3,208$1,288,1953Sony Pictures Classics
4Act of Valor$536,000-47%708-531$757$68,769,2077Relativity Media
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$505,000-38%651-257$776$99,353,6769Warner Bros. / New Line
6A Thousand Words$475,000-47%507-500$937$17,418,8795Paramount
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$405,000-40%447-66$906$3,386,8704Paramount Vantage
8October Baby$367,096-52%339-48$1,083$3,782,29524IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Project X (2012)$305,000-62%444-459$687$54,039,7786Warner Bros.
10The Vow$285,000-14%479-35$595$123,913,9819Sony / Screen Gems
11Casa de mi Padre$260,000-56%283-156$919$5,488,9854Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$233,250-49%206-102$1,132$6,736,3095Roadside Attractions
13This Means War$214,000-49%321-254$667$53,454,1488Fox
14The Artist$180,000-36%222-93$811$43,846,49020Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$154,000-43%204-117$755$34,659,4147Lionsgate
16A Separation$142,182-36%141-58$1,008$6,697,91615Sony Pictures Classics
17The Iron Lady$127,000-30%236-48$538$29,649,00515Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$114,500-35%214-111$535$12,554,5835Open Road
19The Woman in Black$102,000-34%159-20$642$54,107,60310CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,000-35%102-48$686$209,364,76217Paramount
21Hugo$70,000-46%101-73$693$73,821,68320Paramount
22Gone$55,00061%12160$455$11,651,6997Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footnote$124,393-48%655$1,914$805,2345Sony Pictures Classics
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$77,54915%65-2$1,193$1,573,89118Oscilloscope
3Bully (2012)$74,786-36%61$12,464$235,1962Weinstein Company
4Damsels in Distress$64,199--4--$16,050$64,1991Sony Pictures Classics
5Being Flynn$33,731-20%33-7$1,022$529,0346Focus
6Coriolanus$26,79047%171$1,576$635,98912Weinstein Company
7The Grey$25,959-58%67-137$387$51,532,99811Open Road
8Undefeated$25,361-20%15-1$1,691$462,1878Weinstein Company
9Rampart$19,01039%4010$475$882,6679Millennium Entertainment
10One For the Money$18,800-50%49-53$384$26,407,58911Lionsgate
11W.E.$18,000-6%210$857$519,77510Weinstein Company
12Intruders$7,923-81%11-22$720$65,0302Millennium Entertainment
13Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,320-38%20$3,160$21,1112New Yorker Films