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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. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,077,7897%3,2700$635$69,385,6742Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,878,94923%3,0820$610$50,621,7932Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$1,293,8524%3,472-179$373$90,787,5263Sony / Columbia
4Vampires Suck$1,223,789-2%3,233--$379$21,033,5281Fox
5Nanny McPhee Returns$1,211,22512%2,784--$435$10,704,6701Universal
6Piranha 3D$1,182,2009%2,470--$479$12,378,4651Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$1,027,65416%2,012--$511$10,352,8691Miramax
8Inception$985,3022%2,401-719$410$263,980,3416Warner Bros.
9Lottery Ticket$819,2670%1,973--$415$12,292,8041Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$789,6006%2,8202$280$22,435,1402Universal
11Despicable Me$681,9803%2,236-687$305$232,398,4157Universal
12Step Up 3D$502,26021%1,592-847$315$37,787,3413Disney
13Dinner for Schmucks$456,4551%2,149-897$212$66,708,6034Paramount / DreamWorks
14Salt$410,3429%1,794-1040$229$110,682,2035Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$288,1078%1,580-1148$182$40,216,7234Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$242,8606%730-489$333$404,276,62010Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$110,09612%404-426$273$18,448,0237Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$75,4450%557-655$135$297,368,0608Summit
4Hubble 3D$66,314-2%15197$439$14,164,87723Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$62,8305%388-244$162$24,411,2875Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$51,5550%647-1436$80$30,449,4554Universal
7Grown Ups$43,98310%424-544$104$159,035,2319Sony / Columbia
8Shrek Forever After$35,6866%232-22$154$237,806,21814Paramount / DreamWorks
9Knight and Day$35,21416%277-33$127$75,745,0969Fox
10Winter's Bone$27,4334%131-5$209$5,234,73611Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$25,73717%223-141$115$130,133,3698Paramount
12Predators$17,445-7%234-109$75$51,433,8607Fox
13The A-Team$13,1205%151-53$87$77,006,34111Fox
14Marmaduke$9,95020%122-29$82$33,511,18412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$21,846-3%160$1,365$23,889,24580Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$12,84541%706$184$622,5532UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,520-1%29-15$259$585,6943Warner Bros.
4The Concert$7,30020%201$365$301,8915Weinstein Company
5The Tillman Story$6,4733%4--$1,618$64,9721Weinstein Company
6Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,70125%27--$211$400,7525NeoClassics
7Cyrus$4,830-4%56-28$86$7,327,90710Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$4,333-3%209$217$119,78827-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$3,34852%35-26$96$53,027,11015Summit
10Middle Men$2,6127%16-236$163$728,7613Paramount
11Solitary Man$2,17575%19-9$114$4,298,59114Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,0627%8-4$258$114,2913Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$1,514-15%50$303$44,3202Disney
14Princess Kaiulani$28536%1-2$285$870,33715Roadside Attractions
15City Island$229-16%4-4$57$6,669,60123Anchor Bay