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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. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,250,000--3,003--$9,074$27,250,0001Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$15,153,000--3,402--$4,454$15,153,0001Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,200,000-36%3,689-190$3,578$142,524,0704Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,800,000-48%3,535-199$3,055$102,425,6983Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,500,000-63%3,0250$3,140$41,541,7822Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,820,000-53%2,7787$3,175$31,929,1652Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,283,000-28%2,935-124$2,481$81,889,8144FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,923,000-39%2,504-401$1,966$219,444,4126Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,500,000-55%1,805-242$2,493$45,421,9963Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,394,000-54%2,172-1030$1,102$23,439,4603Open Road
11The Call$1,950,000-44%1,630-372$1,196$48,572,0935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$4,079,576480%514484$7,937$5,453,7553Focus
2Trance$925,000605%438434$2,112$1,099,6082Fox Searchlight
3Admission$914,736-53%909-498$1,006$16,832,6904Focus
4Identity Thief$536,000-33%564-157$950$132,016,84010Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$430,000-29%451-73$953$130,355,17222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,000-68%426-646$892$13,528,9875A24
7Life of Pi$237,000-33%217-52$1,092$124,279,09621Fox
8Quartet$229,000-38%224-28$1,022$17,579,91514Weinstein Company
9Warm Bodies$220,000-18%279-8$789$65,895,96611Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$147,000-35%215-89$684$42,002,8788Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$145,000-45%276-156$525$54,646,9389Weinstein Company
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$100,000-28%154-26$649$55,585,54812Paramount
13Django Unchained$84,000-39%126-57$667$162,694,44416Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$310,763136%4136$7,580$483,3732Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$245,000-16%9333$2,634$780,4014Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$179,079-14%9910$1,809$1,868,9139Sony Pictures Classics
4Renoir$166,60062%4929$3,400$407,5883IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Wonder$130,000--17--$7,647$130,0001Magnolia Pictures
6Disconnect$123,597--15--$8,240$123,5971LD Entertainment
7From Up on Poppy Hill$97,821-25%487$2,038$612,7595GKIDS
8Upstream Color$74,140159%1110$6,740$112,8712ERBP
9The Gatekeepers$70,812-59%90-41$787$2,257,37911Sony Pictures Classics
10Emperor$51,500-61%96-24$536$3,218,4656Roadside Attractions
11Ginger & Rosa$50,000-60%71-28$704$678,9015A24
12The Impossible$48,000-19%77-3$623$18,984,91917Lionsgate / Summit
13Starbuck$33,002-43%321$1,031$3,659,5224eOne Films US
14Blancanieves$29,621-14%173$1,742$118,1683Cohen Media Group
15The Angels' Share$21,000--3--$7,000$21,0001IFC Films
16It's a Disaster$17,000--3--$5,667$17,0001Oscilloscope