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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, Oct. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$8,000,169--2,771--$2,887$8,000,1691Sony / Columbia
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,279,498120%3,59732$912$29,055,3492Fox
3The Town$3,131,681140%2,93550$1,067$57,439,1013Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,571,219267%3,5750$719$21,763,0882Warner Bros.
5Easy A$2,274,171243%2,974118$765$37,702,3613Sony / Screen Gems
6Let Me In$1,913,696--2,021--$947$1,913,6961Relativity / Overture
7Case 39$1,828,478--2,211--$827$1,828,4781Paramount Vantage
8You Again$1,689,237196%2,5480$663$12,574,3042Disney
9Devil$1,124,235158%2,392-419$470$24,851,6403Universal
10Resident Evil: Afterlife$796,83894%1,907-735$418$54,627,1634Sony / Screen Gems
11Alpha and Omega$616,632201%2,303-322$268$16,641,2013Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$246,509123%625-282$394$287,747,67712Warner Bros.
2Takers$230,18592%773-640$298$55,607,0036Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$201,215235%13679$1,480$1,232,3873Universal / Rogue
4The Other Guys$134,24680%566-481$237$117,391,9559Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$108,805224%463-147$235$245,760,72513Universal
6Eat Pray Love$95,9635%398-457$241$79,486,0768Sony / Columbia
7Salt$87,630--288102$304$117,362,24711Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$66,33921%410-442$162$102,351,3978Lionsgate
9Machete$64,9758%314-368$207$26,056,3945Fox
10The American$64,929-29%374-941$174$35,056,9725Focus
11Lottery Ticket$62,009298%302--$205$24,066,1497Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$55,315193%481-284$115$28,357,4207Universal
13Dinner for Schmucks$51,084107%261-62$196$72,695,55810Paramount / DreamWorks
14Grown Ups$44,208--230-35$192$161,527,74315Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$42,880279%261-154$164$36,261,4237Fox
16The Last Exorcism$38,36759%307-400$125$40,904,4226Lionsgate
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$26,790178%188-79$143$43,339,45710Warner Bros.
18Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$22,80022%120-113$190$31,448,0558Universal
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$19,62654%141-83$139$300,362,57014Summit
20Ramona and Beezus$19,626317%161-30$122$25,910,62411Fox
21The Virginity Hit$17,357-48%434-266$40$503,9834Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$12,663-43%121-354$105$17,639,8025Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$158,3051163%3430$4,656$351,0392Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$54,088125%4317$1,258$591,4073Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,14418%58-3$554$16,068,46129Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Buried$30,989280%3322$939$170,0722Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$28,838200%7942$365$200,4193Relativity / Overture
6Piranha 3D$18,171407%9529$191$24,852,0817Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$13,86487%72-7$193$6,091,30417Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$12,65168%64-43$198$20,700,73913Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$8,75432%180$486$24,314,85986Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$7,86240%270$291$616,9017Weinstein Company
11Avatar$6,45758%19-10$340$760,261,38442Fox
12The Concert$5,38634%213$256$597,22911Weinstein Company
13Flipped$5,16410%35-71$148$1,728,7879Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$2,017-49%13-42$155$106,7914Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$847801%31$282$159,6639Anchor Bay
16Solitary Man$248-67%1-5$248$4,360,18520Anchor Bay