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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. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$41,200,000--3,719--$11,078$51,706,8751Paramount
2The Croods$26,500,000-39%4,06519$6,519$88,682,0772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$22,300,000--2,047--$10,894$22,300,0001Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,000,000-54%3,1068$4,507$54,742,6692FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,605,000-46%3,324-481$3,491$198,277,4004Disney
6The Host (2013)$11,002,000--3,202--$3,436$11,002,0001Open Road
7The Call$4,800,000-46%2,439-68$1,968$39,480,2163Sony / TriStar
8Admission$3,252,977-47%2,1611$1,505$11,761,8552Focus
9Spring Breakers$2,758,000-43%1,379275$2,000$10,058,2893A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,300,000-70%1,575-1585$825$20,586,6213Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,100,000-58%1,082-1084$1,017$129,917,8908Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$965,000-67%1,080-1480$894$61,345,3225Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$878,000-45%752-292$1,168$128,689,63620Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$490,000-74%746-1061$657$41,399,4026Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$408,000-43%340-149$1,200$123,301,86519Fox
4Safe Haven$370,000-67%550-729$673$69,793,6827Relativity Media
5Quartet$368,000-36%302-123$1,219$16,585,39312Weinstein Company
621 And Over$285,000-72%344-790$828$24,934,3125Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$231,000-52%977-517$236$53,922,9797Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$211,83424%10511$2,017$1,879,8469Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$180,000-13%202-7$891$55,217,24410Paramount
10Stoker$178,000-50%194-81$918$1,477,0015Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$176,000-38%233-63$755$162,318,81314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$161,000-50%209-239$770$66,553,1097Fox
13Emperor$140,800-50%136-101$1,035$2,882,6294Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$137,000-42%162-137$846$65,260,2749Lionsgate / Summit
15Mama$70,000-25%123-7$569$71,584,41511Universal
16Rise of The Guardians$64,000-38%134-28$478$103,294,39419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$57,000-69%101-104$564$17,131,1146Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$270,184--4--$67,546$270,1841Focus
2No (2013)$246,23425%7010$3,518$1,324,9847Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$159,00061%7844$2,038$368,0573A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$121,098103%2418$5,046$285,7933GKIDS
5On the Road$120,00017%7735$1,558$429,76615IFC Films
6The Sapphires$72,37989%128$6,032$126,9682Weinstein Company
7Renoir$63,663--6--$10,611$63,6631IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
8Starbuck$51,068229%1714$3,004$3,528,9262eOne Films US
9The Impossible$42,000-45%86-37$488$18,815,45115Lionsgate / Summit
10Room 237$36,000--2--$18,000$36,0001IFC Midnight
11Dead Man Down$29,000-91%75-537$387$10,764,9904FilmDistrict
12Blancanieves$25,102--4--$6,276$25,1021Cohen Media Group
13Wrong$17,964--16--$1,123$17,9641Drafthouse Films
14Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$17,565173%31$5,855$77,0954Tribeca Film
15Reality$12,400--4--$3,100$33,8263Oscilloscope
16Bless Me, Ultima$12,114-47%11-10$1,101$1,537,3626Arenas Entertainment
17Parker$12,000-49%36-19$333$17,608,74410FilmDistrict
18Upside Down$9,146-65%19-20$481$92,1963Millennium Entertainment