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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 Wed, Jun. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,445,815-11%4,3678$789$154,132,9202Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,214,000-7%3,445--$933$57,717,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,423,287-21%3,646--$665$43,311,5271Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,220,457-12%3,804-373$321$282,259,6244Paramount
5Robin Hood$944,445-14%3,373-132$280$88,185,0753Universal
6Letters to Juliet$671,472-5%2,825-150$238$39,577,6673Summit
7MacGruber$229,140-10%2,546-5$90$8,158,4302Universal / Rogue
8Just Wright$193,238-13%1,195-636$162$19,247,3113Fox Searchlight
9Date Night$184,4431%1,126-743$164$94,372,6178Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$98,000-4%891-1234$110$62,107,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
2How to Train Your Dragon$87,496-4%825-926$106$213,296,27910Paramount / DreamWorks
3Babies$62,9806%301-94$209$6,212,9634Focus
4City Island$33,935-2%201-33$169$4,930,58211Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$33,410-7%391-688$85$36,664,4196CBS Films
6Hot Tub Time Machine$29,0000%36486$80$50,065,00010MGM
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$28,9823%283-69$102$62,827,09711Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$20,000-9%225-187$89$161,421,0009Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$19,700-11%163-146$121$47,550,0057Lionsgate
10Kites$18,091-19%176-32$103$1,538,0892Reliance Big Cinema
11Shutter Island$15,005-2%201-55$75$127,875,43215Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,359-3%17744$75$60,009,7619Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$9,79312%247-1122$40$16,520,4315Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,630-8%108-58$61$88,616,88416Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,0008%480$1,604$7,253,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$15,961-6%84-83$190$749,106,05324Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$14,0000%180$778$22,255,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,674-1%38-9$334$652,4703Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$8,16118%62$1,360$258,1832Anchor Bay
6The Losers$6,600-8%83-102$80$23,261,0006Warner Bros.
7The Ghost Writer$6,024-10%58-28$104$15,344,33415Summit
8The Tooth Fairy$3,805-1%76-39$50$59,973,29019Fox
9Our Family Wedding$2,74624%52-32$53$20,222,79812Fox Searchlight
10The Secret of Kells$2,3513%252$94$546,60813GKIDS
11The Square (2010)$1,6712%153$111$292,1448Apparition
12Letters to God$5000%14-25$36$2,840,0008Vivendi
13The Runaways$493-12%11-19$45$3,572,78811Apparition
14The Joneses$3565%8-19$45$1,436,4497Roadside Attractions