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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 Sat, May. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$28,890,58739%4,359--$6,628$49,692,9281Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$11,505,39252%4,177-213$2,754$243,719,7043Paramount
3Robin Hood$7,851,00039%3,5052$2,240$60,908,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$3,755,05625%2,9757$1,262$25,081,2882Summit
5Just Wright$1,859,63439%1,8310$1,016$13,606,6912Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$1,467,000-7%2,551--$575$3,036,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$1,317,66243%1,869-612$705$90,076,4487Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$988,00028%2,125-950$465$59,404,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$859,53280%1,751-869$491$210,426,4499Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$410,85633%1,079-1418$381$35,697,6275CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$241,780102%1,369-1326$177$15,962,3174Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$376,2048%208--$1,809$723,1511Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$294,78948%395-148$746$4,871,7083Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$242,87759%561-501$433$41,321,1726Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$209,97765%4118$511$332,046,83112Disney
5City Island$204,276101%234-19$873$4,074,25310Anchor Bay
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$160,00060%412-888$388$160,860,0008Warner Bros.
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$124,81770%352-116$355$62,264,41110Fox
8Kick-Ass$119,00049%309-300$385$47,090,4056Lionsgate
9Oceans$118,645-7%524-449$226$18,420,3695Disneynature
10The Last Song$91,71828%357-445$257$61,585,2928Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$91,00034%278-180$327$49,506,0009MGM
12Avatar$81,99994%167-112$491$748,757,35723Fox
13Shutter Island$81,57743%256-54$319$127,461,92414Paramount
14The Bounty Hunter$64,78233%170-123$381$65,223,75310Sony / Columbia
15The Losers$54,00042%185-516$292$23,047,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$42,59480%166-43$257$88,456,65715Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$32,22777%133-148$242$59,790,4238Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$24,81977%115-17$216$59,888,34618Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$97,000-16%480$2,021$6,301,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,54534%4714$1,246$379,6612Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$40,02972%4--$10,007$63,2941Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$38,332100%86-64$446$15,188,29414Summit
5Our Family Wedding$21,82362%84-19$260$20,150,21511Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$14,000-26%180$778$22,096,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Greenberg$13,89326%47-30$296$4,207,79610Focus
8Racing Dreams$11,606222%33--$352$15,2121Hanover House
9The Secret of Kells$10,385108%23-3$452$488,37012GKIDS
10The Runaways$8,436102%30-19$281$3,555,26310Apparition
11The Square (2010)$6,57774%12-2$548$259,0217Apparition
12The Joneses$5,07464%27-29$188$1,423,4676Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$3,34929%28-22$120$39,452,57223Fox Searchlight