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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 Fri, Aug. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Exorcism$9,406,821--2,874--$3,273$9,406,8211Lionsgate
2Takers$7,476,207--2,206--$3,389$7,476,2071Sony / Screen Gems
3The Expendables$2,721,34183%3,398128$801$75,233,5873Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,148,18146%3,10826$691$55,863,9523Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$1,916,600113%3,181-291$603$94,649,0604Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$1,674,592135%3,2330$518$24,287,0682Fox
7The Switch (2010)$1,459,576113%2,0175$724$13,286,1042Miramax
8Inception$1,436,84881%2,070-331$694$267,080,4127Warner Bros.
9Nanny McPhee Returns$1,328,88595%2,79814$475$13,605,9552Universal
10Piranha 3D$1,273,59872%2,49121$511$15,237,6092Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$1,122,820111%1,9730$569$14,553,1582Warner Bros.
12Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$775,18531%1,566-1254$495$24,436,5753Universal
13Despicable Me$751,52564%1,833-403$410$234,167,9308Universal
14Salt$574,38971%1,168-626$492$111,951,1436Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$552,77664%1,501-648$368$67,977,6085Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$372,29912%901-691$413$38,859,7874Disney
2Toy Story 3$266,80166%600-130$445$404,915,31211Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$156,122-1%823-757$190$40,760,1355Warner Bros.
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$148,672102%476-81$312$297,661,7719Summit
5The Kids Are All Right$141,29869%342-62$413$18,768,8278Focus
6The Last Airbender$113,781507%30683$372$130,285,2839Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$86,695123%354-34$245$24,584,0006Fox
8Grown Ups$81,839140%263-161$311$159,186,49510Sony / Columbia
9Charlie St. Cloud$66,66058%333-314$200$30,603,4355Universal
10The Karate Kid (2010)$65,638--255-59$257$175,725,86212Sony / Columbia
11Hubble 3D$64,9704%1510$430$14,360,13124Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Knight and Day$59,196102%229-48$258$75,863,04910Fox
13Shrek Forever After$49,10384%207-25$237$237,910,25515Paramount / DreamWorks
14Predators$45,837183%187-47$245$51,511,8248Fox
15Winter's Bone$37,64073%117-13$322$5,322,83612Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,233,047--0----$750,999,18637Fox
2The A-Team$21,49679%92-59$234$77,050,96312Fox
3Flipped$20,414167%26-3$785$621,1354Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,7193%160$1,107$23,947,47181Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peepli Live$16,30769%45-25$362$660,8163UTV Communications
6The Concert$13,18278%200$659$331,2646Weinstein Company
7Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,63278%21-6$459$421,2136NeoClassics
8The Tillman Story$9,33197%51$1,866$85,7462Weinstein Company
9Marmaduke$8,75921%66-56$133$33,534,70013Fox
10Cyrus$4,87212%32-24$152$7,341,72611Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$4,20723%12-8$351$131,65137-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,64664%7-1$521$122,3414Anchor Bay
13Solitary Man$3,36268%190$177$4,305,65915Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,027--1--$1,027$8,7283People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$32098%10$320$871,14416Roadside Attractions
16City Island$182-30%1-3$182$6,670,24524Anchor Bay
17Tales From Earthsea$78-95%1-4$78$47,5323Disney