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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, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$23,000,000--2,654--$8,666$23,000,0001Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,082,000-33%3,0100$6,672$106,351,3772Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,525,000-45%3,755-345$4,667$263,814,5074Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,117,000-41%2,90490$5,550$103,604,4802Universal
5Parental Guidance$10,125,000-30%3,3681$3,006$52,760,0792Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,300,000-32%3,288-64$2,828$64,804,3413Paramount
7This is 40$8,600,000-31%2,93117$2,934$54,501,8453Universal
8Lincoln$5,258,000-28%1,901-65$2,766$143,933,2199Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,530,000-31%2,312-119$1,959$31,206,9343Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,311,5632379%1,6761651$2,573$4,657,0912Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,923,000-39%2,103-515$1,865$27,916,6493Disney
12Skyfall$3,200,000-29%1,307-330$2,448$296,929,5709Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,600,000-47%1,507-548$1,725$97,152,0847Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,611,000-11%7450$4,847$34,671,0598Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,850,000-25%965-213$2,953$91,076,0967Fox
3The Impossible$2,760,0001412%572557$4,825$3,417,0293Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,450,000-39%825-366$1,758$289,206,2868Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,265,000-47%817-23$1,548$10,857,9303Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,145,000-38%709-204$1,615$178,464,91610Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,043,980143%222138$4,703$3,222,5835Focus
8Argo$809,000-19%302-43$2,679$110,126,69813Warner Bros.
9Anna Karenina (2012)$356,984-32%163-55$2,190$11,530,5938Focus
10Not Fade Away$280,000411%565546$496$426,7983Paramount Vantage
11Flight$257,000-41%250-150$1,028$92,491,05710Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$187,000-52%252-173$742$43,882,7707FilmDistrict
13Hitchcock$146,000-61%118-231$1,237$5,483,3787Fox Searchlight
14Pitch Perfect$139,000-12%165-18$842$64,666,10315Universal
15End of Watch$63,000-32%140-22$450$40,887,71316Open Road
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$54,000-57%139-129$388$12,852,4635FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,750,000769%6055$45,833$4,460,1323Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$179,12551%3913$4,593$881,2427Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$77,000-17%98-27$786$17,475,29016Lionsgate / Summit
4Amour$63,5963%30$21,199$344,5623Sony Pictures Classics
5Chasing Ice$38,652--49--$789$854,6359Submarine Deluxe
6Searching For Sugar Man$30,685-6%26-2$1,180$3,062,62924Sony Pictures Classics
7Holy Motors$25,382--18--$1,410$560,58612Indomina Releasing
8The Other Son$16,927-21%13-4$1,302$1,199,09811Cohen Media Group
9Samsara$11,000--8--$1,375$2,638,32620Oscilloscope
10West of Memphis$8,352-37%4-1$2,088$39,8282Sony Pictures Classics
11Tchoupitoulas$4,520--5--$904$10,5315Oscilloscope
12Only the Young$3,200--2--$1,600$7,2385Oscilloscope