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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 Thu, Aug. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$3,484,037-8%3,651--$954$52,543,3211Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,177,310-2%3,418-127$637$237,184,4314Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$1,401,264-7%2,435--$575$22,939,2211Disney
4Despicable Me$1,399,3301%3,413-189$410$215,226,0355Universal
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,329,020-1%3,00493$442$52,500,3682Paramount / DreamWorks
6Salt$1,218,682-3%3,317-295$367$97,218,7713Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,132,4866%3,7050$306$31,028,5112Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$695,335-2%2,7257$255$26,644,5302Universal
9Toy Story 3$568,71210%1,714-391$332$398,602,0958Disney
10Ramona and Beezus$361,8675%1,478-1241$245$22,501,6843Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$344,4721%1,704-630$202$294,562,7946Summit
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$325,9630%1,766-758$185$58,418,1604Disney
13Grown Ups$302,3434%1,769-500$171$156,913,6977Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$305,535-5%994147$307$15,368,8065Focus
2The Last Airbender$87,2561%639-599$137$129,344,8056Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$74,197-6%308-22$241$236,875,70912Paramount / DreamWorks
4Predators$50,711-7%454-419$112$50,722,7725Fox
5Middle Men$43,191-8%252--$171$543,2161Paramount
6Knight and Day$40,380-3%336-495$120$75,028,6287Fox
7Winter's Bone$38,249-2%1412$271$4,631,4909Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$29,869-1%224-62$133$311,930,55514Paramount
9The A-Team$28,627-1%241-41$119$76,646,9779Fox
10Marmaduke$22,8023%170-60$134$33,243,56910Fox
11Sex and the City 2$16,9875%200158$85$95,304,26011Warner Bros. / New Line
12Twelve$15,125-16%231--$65$178,1541Hannover House
13Cyrus$15,118-7%132-84$115$7,201,9688Fox Searchlight
14Letters to Juliet$13,86612%103-70$135$52,947,19313Summit
15Killers$13,347-2%172-47$78$46,916,40610Lionsgate
16Get Him to the Greek$10,985-17%110-45$100$60,974,47510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,845-5%530$1,544$13,126,51321Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$24,5091%130$1,885$23,578,17978Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$23,564-6%45--$524$329,2041Warner Bros.
4The Concert$10,392-5%1917$547$142,2123Weinstein Company
5Date Night$5,8655%46-30$128$98,631,94818Fox
6Solitary Man$5,721-2%45-18$127$4,235,94512Anchor Bay
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,368-5%10--$337$56,4611Anchor Bay
8Jonah Hex$1,536-22%25-58$61$10,547,1178Warner Bros.
9City Island$701-74%7-8$100$6,663,41721Anchor Bay
10Princess Kaiulani$250-40%1-1$250$863,12713Roadside Attractions