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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.

 

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1House on Haunted Hill (1999)$15,947,229--2,710--$5,885$15,947,2291Warner Bros.
2The Best Man$6,281,690-30%1,3482$4,660$8,904,9892Universal
3Double Jeopardy$5,405,037-29%2,986-16$1,810$97,997,0696Paramount
4American Beauty$3,779,747-27%1,52869$2,474$53,955,1187DreamWorks
5Music of the Heart$3,653,281--1,349--$2,708$3,653,2811Miramax
6Bringing Out the Dead$3,384,042-45%1,94711$1,738$5,241,9682Paramount
7Fight Club$3,296,137-48%1,943-23$1,696$27,671,8633Fox
8The Sixth Sense$3,200,961-21%2,051-140$1,561$258,855,77713Disney
9The Story of Us$2,968,895-45%2,1759$1,365$22,217,1313Universal
10Three Kings$2,522,288-41%1,851-560$1,363$33,626,7125Warner Bros.