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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, Jul. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,159,885-12%3,476--$2,060$79,233,7701Universal
2The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,873,997--3,385--$1,144$3,873,9970Disney
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,722,137-17%4,4680$833$247,931,7142Summit
4Toy Story 3$2,988,462-13%3,372-656$886$348,453,4634Disney
5Grown Ups$2,086,535-14%3,337-197$625$117,393,7633Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,882,062-20%2,669--$705$31,613,3921Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,720,951-24%3,20334$537$105,806,1992Paramount
8Knight and Day$856,871-23%2,237-867$383$64,707,4113Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$611,113-27%2,115-994$289$166,439,9235Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$160,577-38%796-1357$202$74,584,6375Fox
2Cyrus$147,729-5%200123$739$3,870,5064Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$93,810-21%354-530$265$59,754,3356Universal
4Shrek Forever After$83,105-20%461-496$180$234,042,0078Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$67,276-16%4750$142$31,750,7556Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$61,617-16%254-49$243$217,084,53516Paramount / DreamWorks
7Iron Man 2$55,289-10%333-189$166$309,407,30910Paramount
8Winter's Bone$55,2533%10623$521$2,667,5495Roadside Attractions
9Robin Hood$42,880-11%268-110$160$104,626,1309Universal
10Solitary Man$40,529-15%172-4$236$3,630,9778Anchor Bay
11Letters to Juliet$37,225-9%241-99$154$51,842,8689Summit
12Sex and the City 2$31,365-21%156-199$201$94,804,2127Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,611-12%2420$122$98,095,69714Fox
14Killers$27,265-27%269-458$101$45,942,4756Lionsgate
15Splice$23,077-2%20464$113$16,832,3586Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$12,748-15%130-45$98$163,143,99215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,137-1%531$1,512$10,493,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$65,129-3%7--$9,304$688,0581Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$24,27314%130$1,867$22,878,91674Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$10,768-7%65-16$166$6,528,74317Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$8,395-24%86-21$98$17,622,51211Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,607-17%51-19$149$63,894,26217Fox
7Avatar$7,49665%90$833$749,675,40630Fox
8Just Wright$7,309-17%80-15$91$21,439,2079Fox Searchlight
9The Back-up Plan$4,778-17%61-36$78$37,463,43612CBS Films
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,9253%53-57$74$63,071,12211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jonah Hex$3,223-32%65-285$50$10,096,2904Warner Bros.
12The Secret of Kells$754-14%10-4$75$683,49819GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$743-13%61$124$852,2359Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$400-25%10$400$1,475,74613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$3793%50$76$401,82614Apparition