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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, Sep. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,061,6611%3,203--$644$30,758,1611Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$599,50937%2,83310$212$29,146,9072Focus
3Machete$497,33618%2,6788$186$21,833,7832Fox
4Takers$474,20119%2,191-15$216$48,552,1753Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$451,16546%3,0300$149$14,711,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$376,88135%2,339-324$161$75,317,4375Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$325,66222%3,058-340$106$99,058,9625Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$274,60228%2,246-361$122$112,932,2146Sony / Columbia
9Inception$258,05222%1,583-121$163$282,681,2289Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$229,95513%2,731-143$84$38,496,2243Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$192,94243%1,595-290$121$25,334,1034Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$107,51030%2,364-344$45$26,471,2954Universal
13Despicable Me$83,16521%1,375-225$60$243,684,13010Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$65,3174%1,187791$55$299,762,21411Summit
15Vampires Suck$56,1682%1,670-764$34$35,193,9984Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$74,28014%619-188$120$30,577,5905Universal
2Lottery Ticket$74,04913%905-405$82$22,753,2784Warner Bros.
3Piranha 3D$71,40532%825-964$87$24,462,5304Weinstein Company
4Avatar$66,7045%436-376$153$759,693,09139Fox
5Toy Story 3$50,72717%712-808$71$410,070,15413Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$40,74725%536-268$76$71,906,1077Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$36,37532%442414$82$1,328,4916Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$29,95639%218-21$137$20,293,45610Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$20,9819%425-30$49$42,713,1807Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,33420%11623$124$5,835,19414Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$13,62013%220-37$62$131,422,57111Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$7,4865%275-30$27$25,538,4658Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,65015%190-30$35$31,149,3757Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$24,4377%60-63$407$15,432,50026Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$10,15222%251$406$440,7704Weinstein Company
3Predators$5,37224%86-25$62$51,865,93410Fox
4Knight and Day$5,32024%93-49$57$76,317,32312Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$3,763-27%0-16--$24,168,58383Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Concert$3,3068%19-1$174$509,5458Weinstein Company
7Bran Nue Dae$3,09159%16--$193$28,5581Freestyle Releasing
8La Soga$3,024149%72$432$197,89357-57 Releasing
9The Romantics$2,78421%2--$1,392$50,6081Four of a Kind
10Cyrus$2,58516%260$99$7,404,62313Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$81360%9-15$90$4,349,06717Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$67955%4-2$170$155,0716Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$314-29%30$105$881,44918Roadside Attractions
14White Wedding (2009)$22238%2-2$111$11,2912Dada Films