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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. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$18,000,000-46%2,0150$8,933$60,868,0582Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,400,000--3,358--$3,395$11,400,0001Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$11,325,000-50%3,17520$3,567$39,926,6962Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$11,250,000-23%3,572-180$3,149$372,454,7506Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$11,156,800--2,936--$3,800$11,156,8001Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,720,000--2,266--$3,407$7,720,0001Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,250,000--2,203--$3,291$7,250,0001Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$5,460,000-49%1,5674$3,484$19,152,9322Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$5,400,000-45%3,105-377$1,739$37,140,5443Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,500,000-44%2,639-172$1,705$34,663,8403Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,100,000-35%1,820-607$1,703$132,037,5187Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$3,004,830-45%2,154-879$1,395$53,568,6654Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,242,000-49%2,017-921$1,112$58,879,4225Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,985,000-49%1,572-930$1,263$80,528,8115Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,915,000-62%1,409-1106$1,359$56,282,1424Paramount
16Lockout$944,323-71%1,259-1076$750$13,333,8533Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$883,000-54%883-700$1,000$208,470,6809Universal
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$440,000-36%335-111$1,313$7,790,3288CBS Films
3Bully (2012)$330,000-36%2630$1,255$2,126,4795Weinstein Company
4Safe House$163,735-29%229-72$715$125,853,56012Universal
5Footnote$163,551-13%1018$1,619$1,564,7178Sony Pictures Classics
6Act of Valor$146,00011%28556$512$69,672,29210Relativity Media
7The Raid: Redemption$142,357-70%126-422$1,130$3,901,5656Sony Pictures Classics
8A Thousand Words$110,00073%1691$651$18,065,0528Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsieur Lazhar$252,02166%6633$3,819$613,33527Music Box Films
2Damsels in Distress$92,952-19%5711$1,631$448,1664Sony Pictures Classics
3Bernie$90,438--3--$30,146$90,4381Millennium Entertainment
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,621-10%51-4$1,483$873,6586Music Box Films
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$73,260-54%67-39$1,093$1,074,3843Code Black Entertainment
6Darling Companion$71,61479%1713$4,213$126,5152Sony Pictures Classics
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$61,000-53%77-45$792$4,141,8607Paramount Vantage
8A Separation$57,10816%48-11$1,190$7,009,02418Sony Pictures Classics
9Sound of My Voice$40,069--5--$8,014$40,0691Fox Searchlight
10Blue Like Jazz$37,850-71%46-80$823$552,4293Roadside Attractions
11Friends With Kids$36,950-48%52-31$711$7,160,3218Roadside Attractions
12The Artist$30,000-46%50-36$600$44,211,67523Weinstein Company
13The Woman in Black$28,000-41%63-27$444$54,321,72113CBS Films
14Touchback$27,000-54%30-39$900$183,9233Anchor Bay Films
15Elles$26,000--6--$4,333$26,0001Kino Lorber
16Casa de mi Padre$23,000-42%36-22$639$5,813,7797Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$20,000-43%39-42$513$34,881,86810Lionsgate
18Coriolanus$16,81859%140$1,201$708,27315Weinstein Company
19Rampart$13,817333%1811$768$963,12212Millennium Entertainment
20Undefeated$10,8855%203$544$519,20111Weinstein Company
21The Highest Pass$10,392--2--$5,196$10,3921Cinema Libre
22Turn Me On, Dammit!$8,79643%54$1,759$50,3665New Yorker Films
23W.E.$5,474-49%10-5$547$575,25813Weinstein Company