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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 Wed, Sep. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,563,125-24%3,203--$488$32,321,2861Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$465,198-22%2,83310$164$29,612,1052Focus
3Machete$400,639-19%2,6788$150$22,234,4222Fox
4Takers$390,892-18%2,191-15$178$48,943,0673Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$344,391-24%3,0300$114$15,055,9162Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$321,816-15%2,339-324$138$75,639,2535Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$281,895-13%3,058-340$92$99,340,8575Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$238,265-13%2,246-361$106$113,170,4796Sony / Columbia
9Inception$229,416-11%1,583-121$145$282,910,6449Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$198,651-14%2,731-143$73$38,694,8753Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$162,225-16%1,595-290$102$25,496,3284Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$82,740-23%2,364-344$35$26,554,0354Universal
13Despicable Me$68,225-18%1,375-225$50$243,752,35510Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$61,125-6%1,187791$51$299,823,33911Summit
15Vampires Suck$51,056-9%1,670-764$31$35,245,0544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$70,5146%436-376$162$759,763,60539Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$67,945-9%619-188$110$30,645,5355Universal
3Lottery Ticket$62,202-16%905-405$69$22,815,4804Warner Bros.
4Piranha 3D$54,047-24%825-964$66$24,516,5774Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$45,825-10%712-808$64$410,115,97913Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$37,204-9%536-268$69$71,943,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$32,835-10%442414$74$1,361,3266Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$27,142-9%218-21$125$20,320,59810Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$16,446-22%425-30$39$42,729,6267Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,5762%11623$126$5,849,95014Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$11,484-16%220-37$52$131,434,05511Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$7,032-6%275-30$26$25,545,4978Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,555-1%190-30$35$31,155,9307Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Never Let Me Go$25,120--4--$6,280$25,1200Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$24,8462%60-63$414$15,457,34626Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tillman Story$8,397-17%251$336$449,1674Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$4,964-7%93-49$53$76,322,28712Fox
5The Concert$4,66941%19-1$246$514,2148Weinstein Company
6Predators$4,567-15%86-25$53$51,870,50110Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$4,40717%0-16--$24,172,99083Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Romantics$2,420-13%2--$1,210$53,0281Four of a Kind
9Bran Nue Dae$2,296-26%16--$144$30,8541Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$2,205-15%260$85$7,406,82813Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,169-61%72$167$199,06257-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$91112%9-15$101$4,349,97817Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$413-39%4-2$103$155,4846Anchor Bay
14White Wedding (2009)$25816%2-2$129$11,5492Dada Films
15Princess Kaiulani$235-25%30$78$881,68418Roadside Attractions