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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.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, May. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$31,106,633-32%4,380--$7,102$128,122,4801Paramount
2How to Train Your Dragon$2,292,019-20%4,380954$523$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,032,000-46%3,3320$610$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
4Furry Vengeance$1,916,15513%3,0025$638$12,100,0642Summit
5The Back-up Plan$1,671,104-14%3,003-277$556$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Date Night$1,542,868-33%2,734-359$564$81,002,7255Fox
7Death at a Funeral (2010)$843,645-5%1,706-565$495$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$795,000-22%2,157-580$369$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
9Oceans$642,31117%1,23222$521$16,131,5843Disneynature
10The Losers$492,000-35%2,450-486$201$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
11Kick-Ass$417,998-32%1,759-783$238$45,281,1054Lionsgate
12The Last Song$345,739-28%1,303-973$265$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$1,086,07257%534--$2,034$2,161,4601Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$269,513-5%582-468$463$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$188,944-32%247-22$765$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$167,935-4%404-323$416$59,391,5046Lionsgate
5Hot Tub Time Machine$151,000-32%802-310$188$48,598,0007MGM
6Avatar$138,844-24%328-59$423$747,946,41521Fox
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$136,091-34%625-541$218$61,502,2218Fox
8The Bounty Hunter$109,767-34%462-429$238$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
9The Ghost Writer$74,271-32%231-105$322$14,880,45112Summit
10Shutter Island$47,587-57%189-61$252$126,876,23812Paramount
11Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$44,259-24%221-44$200$88,186,89713Fox
12She's Out of My League$42,426-62%26118$163$31,284,0809Paramount
13The Tooth Fairy$39,880-23%160-26$249$59,713,57616Fox
14Our Family Wedding$30,8516%11921$259$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
15Letters to God$23,0005%112-87$205$2,747,0005Vivendi
16Greenberg$22,584-43%114-29$198$4,063,3978Focus
17The Crazies$18,000-31%149-48$121$39,018,00011Overture
18Brooklyn's Finest$9,900-24%113-33$88$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$87,000-12%48-1$1,813$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$16,270-29%68-55$239$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$11,000-35%91-50$121$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
4The Runaways$10,322-29%65-57$159$3,487,6908Apparition
5Crazy Heart$10,252-37%75-43$137$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$10,000-41%14-2$714$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Book of Eli$8,100-19%61-16$133$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
8The Secret of Kells$7,81723%22-14$355$429,74210GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$7,130-36%17-7$419$217,6565Apparition
10Remember Me$5,788-40%76-42$76$19,057,0249Summit
11The Blind Side$2,700-39%25-21$108$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$764-46%40$191$277,52927Freestyle