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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, Sep. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,738,962--3,203--$3,353$10,738,9621Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$1,789,076199%2,191-15$817$43,794,2483Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$1,780,355146%2,83310$628$24,217,4732Focus
4Machete$1,333,44794%2,6788$498$17,956,0362Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,289,065155%3,0300$425$11,453,1652Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,057,027191%2,731-143$387$35,796,4963Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$999,637223%2,246-361$445$110,094,0506Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$940,960126%3,058-340$308$96,183,5735Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$891,68482%2,339-324$381$72,624,3925Sony / Columbia
10Inception$831,371165%1,583-121$525$280,240,9599Warner Bros.
11The Switch (2010)$632,693166%1,595-290$397$23,637,4224Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$449,155107%2,364-344$190$24,649,8854Universal
13Vampires Suck$409,131229%1,670-764$245$34,011,0754Fox
14Despicable Me$343,750152%1,375-225$250$242,218,62010Universal
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,967609%1,187791$184$299,108,36611Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$324,800190%905-405$359$21,732,4264Warner Bros.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,565112%619-188$400$29,865,7405Universal
3Piranha 3D$208,77132%825-964$253$23,845,1894Weinstein Company
4Avatar$192,368-6%436-376$441$759,023,96839Fox
5Salt$186,006110%484-221$384$116,007,5688Sony / Columbia
6Toy Story 3$152,47124%712-808$214$409,366,51213Disney
7Dinner for Schmucks$149,775151%536-268$279$71,502,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
8Flipped$145,0722873%442414$328$928,1496Warner Bros.
9Grown Ups$107,999--339-44$319$160,406,10212Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$85,546269%425-30$201$42,353,7407Warner Bros.
11The Kids Are All Right$72,572134%218-21$333$20,053,46310Focus
12The Last Airbender$45,253153%220-37$206$131,260,03911Paramount
13Winter's Bone$41,119223%11020$374$5,713,90514Roadside Attractions
14Ramona and Beezus$40,250213%275-30$146$25,380,2048Fox
15Charlie St. Cloud$32,300228%190-30$170$31,062,8857Universal
16The Karate Kid (2010)$30,789--168-59$183$176,369,96514Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,3273%60-63$639$15,243,00226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$24,000134%251$960$362,3054Weinstein Company
3Knight and Day$19,754167%93-49$212$76,272,98112Fox
4The Romantics$16,128--2--$8,064$16,1281Four of a Kind
5Predators$14,218184%86-25$165$51,818,52510Fox
6La Soga$10,983760%72$1,569$174,89057-57 Releasing
7The Concert$8,776117%19-1$462$472,9728Weinstein Company
8Bran Nue Dae$6,341--16--$396$6,3411Freestyle Releasing
9Under the Sea 3D$6,279-20%15-1$419$24,136,39683Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Cyrus$5,097530%260$196$7,389,27313Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,080-12%9-15$120$4,344,47617Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,03256%4-2$258$150,6066Anchor Bay
13White Wedding (2009)$756-9%2-2$378$9,4152Dada Films
14Princess Kaiulani$631-4%30$210$878,97218Roadside Attractions