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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 Sun, Sep. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$6,101,648-38%3,203--$1,905$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$1,376,209-45%2,83310$486$28,111,3582Focus
3Takers$1,240,631-53%2,191-15$566$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
4Machete$1,210,418-31%2,6788$452$20,916,7092Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$879,808-46%3,0300$290$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$809,238-45%3,058-340$265$98,466,2645Lionsgate
7Eat Pray Love$801,399-35%2,339-324$343$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
8The Other Guys$756,512-52%2,246-361$337$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
9The Last Exorcism$705,707-55%2,731-143$258$38,062,3223Lionsgate
10Inception$666,040-49%1,583-121$421$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$650,100-34%2,364-344$275$26,281,0454Universal
12Despicable Me$543,125-29%1,375-225$395$243,531,97010Universal
13The Switch (2010)$447,881-51%1,595-290$281$25,005,8324Miramax
14Vampires Suck$322,123-57%1,670-764$193$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$198,228-39%1,187791$167$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$273,166-55%905-405$302$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Toy Story 3$267,377-22%712-808$376$409,976,03713Disney
3Avatar$219,057-31%436-376$502$759,562,77839Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$204,270-45%619-188$330$30,438,3155Universal
5Piranha 3D$180,420-42%825-964$219$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
6Salt$153,701-47%484-221$318$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$130,745-31%425-30$308$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
8Flipped$119,019-45%442414$269$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$100,190-56%536-268$187$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$94,142-47%339-44$278$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
11The Kids Are All Right$66,302-46%218-21$304$20,241,94810Focus
12Ramona and Beezus$55,569-37%275-30$202$25,523,8398Fox
13The Last Airbender$51,378-40%220-37$234$131,396,88811Paramount
14Winter's Bone$37,076-36%11020$337$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
15The Karate Kid (2010)$33,522-45%168-59$200$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
16Charlie St. Cloud$22,785-56%190-30$120$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,22919%60-63$1,287$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$22,467-40%251$899$422,2754Weinstein Company
3The Romantics$14,142-7%2--$7,071$45,5271Four of a Kind
4The Concert$12,210-32%19-1$643$503,1878Weinstein Company
5Predators$11,376-57%86-25$132$51,856,23610Fox
6Knight and Day$10,774-55%93-49$116$76,307,71612Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$10,437-19%15-1$696$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
8La Soga$7,782-18%72$1,112$193,65557-57 Releasing
9Bran Nue Dae$6,164-44%16--$385$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$4,056-37%260$156$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,385-26%9-15$154$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,282-38%4-2$321$153,9546Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$8621%30$287$880,69118Roadside Attractions
14White Wedding (2009)$544-43%2-2$272$10,9082Dada Films