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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 Fri, May. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$12,926,000-9%3,445--$3,752$27,134,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Shrek Forever After$11,360,837156%4,3678$2,602$101,111,1882Paramount / DreamWorks
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$10,208,668--3,646--$2,800$10,208,6681Disney
4Iron Man 2$4,440,472141%3,804-373$1,167$263,017,3824Paramount
5Robin Hood$2,867,00086%3,373-132$850$75,587,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,798,453121%2,825-150$637$32,501,8713Summit
7Just Wright$595,167109%1,195-636$498$16,592,6853Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$518,503144%1,126-743$460$92,216,2118Fox
9MacGruber$458,00033%2,546-5$180$6,109,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$285,681114%825-926$346$211,889,90010Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$277,00071%891-1234$311$61,056,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$125,31044%301-94$416$5,573,8084Focus
4City Island$92,721191%201-33$461$4,421,99611Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$81,22556%391-688$208$36,316,5386CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$79,333--287117$276$65,377,55211Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$70,768202%283-69$250$62,505,63611Fox
8Kites$69,17882%176-32$393$1,251,8072Reliance Big Cinema
9Hot Tub Time Machine$63,00097%36486$173$49,785,00010MGM
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$61,000118%225-187$271$161,162,0009Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$56,99652%247-314$231$41,712,0647Sony / Screen Gems
12Kick-Ass$40,96450%163-146$251$47,350,2317Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$39,79252%247-1122$161$16,324,3475Summit
14Shutter Island$36,40280%201-55$181$127,679,00715Paramount
15Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$27,501455%17744$155$59,859,4229Lionsgate
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,89662%108-58$166$88,477,04616Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$93,0003%480$1,938$6,774,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$27,96920%84-83$333$748,956,82824Fox
3Princess Kaiulani$24,65918%38-9$649$529,2483Roadside Attractions
4Solitary Man$22,051150%62$3,675$154,6072Anchor Bay
5The Losers$22,000137%83-102$265$23,150,0006Warner Bros.
6Under the Sea 3D$18,000-10%180$1,000$22,184,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ghost Writer$16,076139%58-28$277$15,254,73415Summit
8The Tooth Fairy$7,60122%76-39$100$59,932,08819Fox
9The Secret of Kells$6,366107%252$255$513,83613GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$5,3952%52-32$104$20,191,19312Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$4,707272%153$314$272,1318Apparition
12The Joneses$877-1%8-19$110$1,432,8247Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$802--8-25$100$24,0782Hanover House
14The Runaways$698-41%11-19$63$3,568,15511Apparition