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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, Aug. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$12,508,787-5%3,651--$3,426$25,633,0201Sony / Columbia
2Inception$7,382,80833%3,418-127$2,160$222,066,9434Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$5,162,619-22%2,435--$2,120$11,819,9451Disney
4Salt$4,448,89135%3,317-295$1,341$88,618,8383Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$3,930,14817%3,00493$1,308$43,548,1102Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$3,634,84528%3,413-189$1,065$206,488,6855Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,722,47926%3,7050$735$24,409,0352Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$1,689,500-2%2,7257$620$22,202,0552Universal
9Toy Story 3$1,211,63738%1,714-391$707$395,357,7238Disney
10Grown Ups$1,008,91230%1,769-500$570$155,049,4657Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$964,19239%1,766-758$546$56,358,1994Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$899,38124%1,704-630$528$292,435,1256Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$600,35215%1,478-1241$406$20,573,4303Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,102,57353%994147$1,109$13,266,5145Focus
2The Last Airbender$287,78643%639-599$450$128,754,9316Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$241,47132%442-19$546$173,695,4019Sony / Columbia
4Predators$175,14732%454-419$386$50,362,1605Fox
5Shrek Forever After$170,28429%308-22$553$236,422,07012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Knight and Day$130,44532%336-495$388$74,773,9237Fox
7Winter's Bone$125,54357%1412$890$4,387,8199Roadside Attractions
8Middle Men$117,55013%252--$466$221,2331Paramount
9Iron Man 2$80,88442%224-62$361$311,750,35214Paramount
10The A-Team$75,29926%241-41$312$76,468,9719Fox
11Twelve$43,36522%231--$188$78,8831Hannover House
12Marmaduke$43,14227%170-60$254$33,122,31410Fox
13Cyrus$42,15659%132-84$319$7,107,3678Fox Searchlight
14Killers$41,3008%172-47$240$46,829,12210Lionsgate
15Sex and the City 2$30,48335%200158$152$95,214,37311Warner Bros. / New Line
16Get Him to the Greek$26,40014%110-45$240$60,880,30510Universal
17Letters to Juliet$24,64524%103-70$239$52,880,90113Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$103,70717%530$1,957$12,709,10521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$88,35421%45--$1,963$161,3881Warner Bros.
3The Concert$27,37356%1917$1,441$81,2923Weinstein Company
4Under the Sea 3D$22,9632%130$1,766$23,468,58178Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Solitary Man$19,25655%45-18$428$4,196,32912Anchor Bay
6The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,81723%10--$1,582$28,6571Anchor Bay
7Date Night$12,01631%46-30$261$98,599,75618Fox
8Jonah Hex$7,14428%25-58$286$10,536,0598Warner Bros.
9Avatar$3,82843%1-1$3,828$749,762,14134Fox
10Grease Sing-a-Long$3,80954%21-12$181$302,9165Paramount
11City Island$2,15875%7-8$308$6,654,25721Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$45420%1-1$454$861,19213Roadside Attractions