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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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,472,000-58%4,2530$17,040$284,893,0842Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$51,115,000--3,535--$14,460$51,115,0001Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,000,000-33%3,30316$1,514$41,608,2003Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,850,000--2,041--$2,376$4,850,0001Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,650,000-23%2,930-415$1,587$84,731,8795Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$3,864,000-32%2,770-660$1,395$81,655,6154Universal
7The Croods$3,600,000-14%2,650-265$1,358$173,215,4778Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,500,000-36%2,298-335$1,088$18,287,6913Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$706,000-51%1,007-850$701$30,644,0305Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,343,0008%852276$2,750$8,362,9793Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$802,000-62%774-386$1,036$229,984,32010Disney
3The Place Beyond the Pines$675,185-47%669-493$1,009$19,978,7217Focus
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$620,000-51%750-1054$827$119,776,8917Paramount
5Jurassic Park 3D$604,000-33%653-327$925$44,722,9106Universal
6The Company You Keep$420,475-40%394-147$1,067$4,150,7256Sony Pictures Classics
7Tyler Perry's Temptation$188,000-54%278-226$676$51,700,4997Lionsgate
8Identity Thief$173,000-15%279-21$620$133,695,00514Universal
9Disconnect$160,131--180--$890$1,300,4655LD Entertainment
10The Host (2013)$146,000-4%30111$485$26,355,5847Open Road
11The Sapphires$130,000-11%118-5$1,102$1,829,8908Weinstein Company
12Silver Linings Playbook$125,000-37%323-145$387$131,928,58326Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$121,000-11%188-27$644$42,691,38012Lionsgate / Summit
14Escape From Planet Earth$106,000-14%254-3$417$55,345,23713Weinstein Company
15Admission$58,10649%15643$372$17,860,6448Focus
16Side Effects (2013)$33,000-50%108-57$306$32,152,04814Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iceman$108,52023%1713$6,384$236,0492Millennium Entertainment
2Kon-Tiki$83,64513%228$3,802$224,3933Weinstein Company
3Filly Brown$63,000-63%92-112$685$2,720,7894Lionsgate / Pantelion
4In the House$61,34130%3412$1,804$222,8744Cohen Media Group
5At Any Price$55,75476%5032$1,115$129,3413Sony Pictures Classics
6No One Lives$45,875--53--$866$45,8751Anchor Bay Films
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$41,7025%2319$1,813$104,0592eOne Films US
8Love Is All You Need$40,0269%106$4,003$91,0122Sony Pictures Classics
9Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,000-55%4323$884$140,3692Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Quartet$33,000-24%59-27$559$18,155,76018Weinstein Company
11Stories We Tell$31,000--2--$15,500$31,0001Roadside Attractions
12Upstream Color$25,580--18--$1,421$401,1576ERBP
13What Maisie Knew$24,75815%32$8,253$55,9102Millenium Entertainment
14Midnight's Children$23,0503%111$2,095$70,3463Paladin/108 Media
15One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,500--1--$7,500$9,5791Zeitgeist Films
16The Lords of Salem$6,082-75%15-35$405$1,163,7484Anchor Bay Films
17Dead Man's Burden$1,100-86%10$1,100$9,8942Cinedigm