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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, Dec. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,775,000--4,045--$20,958$84,775,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,420,000-29%3,387-252$2,191$71,361,8234Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,244,000-19%2,285271$3,170$107,898,1876Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$7,000,000-35%2,924-477$2,394$272,366,0636Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,400,000-35%2,548-398$2,119$69,559,4064Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,175,000-43%3,042-604$1,701$276,865,0695Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,273,000-33%2,249-497$1,455$168,778,5497Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,247,000-44%2,8403$1,143$10,838,0922FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,394,000-43%2,250-504$1,064$40,889,4234FilmDistrict
10Flight$1,940,000-38%1,823-608$1,064$89,448,0387Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$1,000,000-64%1,427-997$701$14,132,3053Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,084,000-4%3710$5,617$16,954,0495Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,145,000-23%667-277$1,717$104,929,90410Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,085,00052%561380$1,934$3,049,2124Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$998,103-35%409-13$2,440$8,356,4065Focus
5The Collection$546,545-63%621-782$880$6,538,1813LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$290,000-25%339-91$855$138,133,72111Fox
7Pitch Perfect$236,000-23%332-55$711$63,859,74312Universal
8The Sessions$148,000-32%151-46$980$5,209,0519Fox Searchlight
9End of Watch$94,000-87%172-1077$547$40,472,74113Open Road
10Looper$85,000-37%190-42$447$66,300,53312Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$78,000-44%125-50$624$16,998,55413Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$73,000-36%175-39$417$25,738,9809Lionsgate / Summit
13Sinister$72,00097%184107$391$47,912,06610Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$53,000196%157109$338$53,804,6189Paramount
15The Man With the Iron Fists$38,000-56%105-76$362$15,607,1657Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$297,406266%3632$8,261$409,4262Focus
2Chasing Ice$56,501-45%53-4$1,066$603,0316Submarine Deluxe
3Rust and Bone$56,0408%62$9,340$207,6864Sony Pictures Classics
4The Other Son$49,905-11%39-4$1,280$1,042,7418Cohen Media Group
5ParaNorman$26,943-32%61-20$442$55,963,19918Focus
6Holy Motors$25,194--21--$1,200$445,3289Indomina Releasing
7Searching For Sugar Man$21,495-42%31-11$693$2,930,53921Sony Pictures Classics
8Hecho en Mexico$13,500-52%10-16$1,350$145,2903Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Burn$12,760-77%40$3,190$105,1376Area23a
10Samsara$9,80010%102$980$2,583,02817Oscilloscope
11Beware of Mr. Baker$4,868-53%10$4,868$45,7063SnagFilms
12Brooklyn Castle$3,001-45%2-2$1,501$188,3359Producers Distribution Agency
13Tchoupitoulas$1,700-29%21$850$5,4772Oscilloscope
14Only the Young$1,5004%21$750$3,5282Oscilloscope