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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. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$4,767,588-4%3,651--$1,306$45,290,0821Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,622,0434%3,418-127$767$232,790,7464Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$2,201,6559%2,435--$904$20,029,1331Disney
4Despicable Me$1,689,50515%3,413-189$495$212,444,4405Universal
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,618,4992%3,00493$539$49,825,8332Paramount / DreamWorks
6Salt$1,579,86915%3,317-295$476$94,739,4503Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,338,42527%3,7050$361$28,822,7372Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$913,00510%2,7257$335$25,240,7502Universal
9Toy Story 3$593,93011%1,714-391$347$397,518,5468Disney
10Ramona and Beezus$398,05521%1,478-1241$269$21,795,0643Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$386,851-1%1,704-630$227$293,877,9976Summit
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$376,12214%1,766-758$213$57,767,7764Disney
13Grown Ups$340,84211%1,769-500$193$156,319,7767Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$385,40622%994147$388$14,740,5215Focus
2The Last Airbender$105,11410%639-599$164$129,171,3776Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$95,03329%308-22$309$236,722,47912Paramount / DreamWorks
4Middle Men$67,76913%252--$269$453,2701Paramount
5Predators$59,355-2%454-419$131$50,617,3395Fox
6Knight and Day$49,06015%336-495$146$74,946,6447Fox
7Winter's Bone$39,2269%1412$278$4,554,3919Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$35,23717%241-41$146$76,589,5749Fox
9Iron Man 2$35,09720%224-62$157$311,870,60914Paramount
10Marmaduke$26,20439%170-60$154$33,198,69710Fox
11Twelve$17,8086%231--$77$144,9191Hannover House
12Sex and the City 2$17,42122%200158$87$95,271,08311Warner Bros. / New Line
13Cyrus$15,9071%132-84$121$7,170,6068Fox Searchlight
14Killers$14,620-3%172-47$85$46,889,42410Lionsgate
15Get Him to the Greek$13,7554%110-45$125$60,950,26510Universal
16Letters to Juliet$13,61735%103-70$132$52,920,97313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,4019%530$1,536$12,958,67221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$27,512-4%45--$611$280,4921Warner Bros.
3Under the Sea 3D$20,134-10%130$1,549$23,529,47078Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Concert$9,2200%1917$485$120,9123Weinstein Company
5Solitary Man$6,56723%45-18$146$4,223,78612Anchor Bay
6Date Night$6,33910%46-30$138$98,620,51318Fox
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,258-14%10--$426$49,4441Anchor Bay
8City Island$2,19620%7-8$314$6,659,85021Anchor Bay
9Jonah Hex$1,677-33%25-58$67$10,543,6038Warner Bros.
10Princess Kaiulani$410-19%1-1$410$862,46113Roadside Attractions