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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. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,278,000--3,912--$20,521$80,278,0001Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$10,020,000-63%3,5250$2,843$43,811,3692Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$6,319,000-35%3,002-228$2,105$116,529,8855Universal
4Dead Man Down$5,350,000--2,188--$2,445$5,350,0001FilmDistrict
5Snitch (2013)$5,100,000-34%2,340-171$2,179$31,855,1273Lionsgate / Summit
621 And Over$5,056,000-42%2,7710$1,825$16,839,9752Relativity Media
7Safe Haven$3,800,000-39%2,541-410$1,495$62,884,0974Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$3,745,000-35%1,727-109$2,169$120,749,34217Weinstein Company
9Escape From Planet Earth$3,207,000-52%2,549-561$1,258$47,832,1824Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$3,120,000-60%2,7000$1,156$12,082,5992CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$2,100,000-54%1,725-864$1,217$63,346,4014Fox
12Dark Skies$1,275,000-63%1,505-808$847$15,585,1273Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$1,020,000-60%1,052-878$970$63,579,3846Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,625,000-32%67145$2,422$119,413,15216Fox
2Quartet$1,279,000-28%715-10$1,789$13,269,8319Weinstein Company
3Emperor$1,042,800--260--$4,011$1,042,8001Roadside Attractions
4Argo$1,030,000-51%741-244$1,390$134,302,55822Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$900,000-49%602-510$1,495$29,601,6705Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$700,000-46%522-200$1,341$94,654,55912Sony / Columbia
7Lincoln$444,000-55%432-220$1,028$180,847,93118Disney / DreamWorks
8Django Unchained$427,000-56%336-647$1,271$161,095,45211Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$320,000-44%286-66$1,119$148,148,76511Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$224,000-23%275-20$815$102,678,92416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Amour$195,511-58%205-128$954$6,244,64912Sony Pictures Classics
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$178,000-68%225-376$791$54,500,9177Paramount
13Mama$152,000-56%214-233$710$71,116,1808Universal
14Jack Reacher$136,000-29%194-31$701$79,893,46812Paramount
15The Impossible$90,000-44%114-37$789$18,478,39112Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$250,1220%6721$3,733$1,027,0926Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$167,36165%3524$4,782$510,5194Sony Pictures Classics
3Stoker$115,239-28%1710$6,779$329,7272Fox Searchlight
4Lore$67,00075%2917$2,310$255,7415Music Box Films
5Bless Me, Ultima$51,074-72%52-131$982$1,381,8733Arenas Entertainment
6Hava Nagila (The Movie)$39,369379%1211$3,281$90,7762International Film Circuit
7Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$38,495--1--$38,495$38,4951Tribeca Film
8Hyde Park on Hudson$35,647-30%391$914$6,286,86414Focus
9Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$31,000-22%21-2$1,476$213,0867Music Box Films
10Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$25,000--23--$1,087$25,0001Cinedigm
11Beyond the Hills$18,000--3--$6,000$18,0001IFC Films
12Like Someone in Love$16,80020%6-2$2,800$107,0004IFC Films
13The We and the I$12,280--1--$12,280$12,2801Paladin/108 Media
14The Girl (2013)$10,400--2--$5,200$10,4001Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
15The Silence$9,170--2--$4,585$9,1701Music Box Films
16Chasing Ice$7,214--11--$656$1,255,79118Submarine Deluxe
17The Power of Few$1,815--1--$1,815$25,0484Steelyard Pictures