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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 Tue, Aug. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$4,122,497-4%3,545-247$1,163$201,725,6283Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,419,913-4%2,911--$1,175$30,500,2331Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$2,723,2645%3,6120$754$76,359,3092Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$2,630,1259%3,6022$730$195,373,8904Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,089,08322%3,705--$564$16,077,5791Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,834,2255%2,718--$675$15,968,7951Universal
7Toy Story 3$964,63814%2,105-661$458$391,571,1777Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$867,39726%2,7190$319$17,929,9032Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$736,42711%2,524-980$292$53,427,2813Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$696,7547%2,334-787$299$289,545,1125Summit
11Grown Ups$657,1546%2,269-590$290$152,039,9226Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$256,5202%1,238-889$207$127,801,9695Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$503,18524%847646$594$10,544,0434Focus
2Shrek Forever After$141,92134%330128$430$235,895,12411Paramount / DreamWorks
3Predators$140,732-12%873-973$161$49,792,0864Fox
4Knight and Day$94,95113%831-434$114$74,364,3906Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$86,736-7%461-319$188$173,112,3478Sony / Columbia
6Iron Man 2$52,66810%286-44$184$311,517,68313Paramount
7The A-Team$46,98317%282-14$167$76,251,2278Fox
8Winter's Bone$44,00917%13910$317$4,099,9678Roadside Attractions
9Marmaduke$35,82038%230-24$156$32,977,6569Fox
10Cyrus$35,0698%216-238$162$6,972,4847Fox Searchlight
11Killers$25,57913%219-14$117$46,701,6619Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$22,91823%173-61$132$52,793,34212Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$22,475-9%155-66$145$60,806,1359Universal
14Robin Hood$12,6505%115-56$110$105,244,46012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$93,03216%530$1,755$12,316,81620Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$30,65824%130$2,358$23,366,68577Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,3587%76-32$136$98,557,94517Fox
4Jonah Hex$9,61421%83-93$116$10,509,0907Warner Bros.
5Solitary Man$6,619-26%63-42$105$4,149,60611Anchor Bay
6Sex and the City 2$5,736-9%42-27$137$95,148,75010Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$3,107-15%2--$1,554$28,4972Weinstein Company
8City Island$1,26962%15-25$85$6,647,95920Anchor Bay
9The Dry Land$950-12%5--$190$9,3811Freestyle
10Avatar$77235%2-1$386$749,749,64633Fox
11Splice$451-48%14-25$32$17,009,2119Warner Bros
12Princess Kaiulani$11635%20$58$59,62812Roadside Attractions