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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 Sat, Oct. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$6,332,83732%2,7710$2,285$41,697,8992Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$5,676,3599%3,150--$1,802$10,903,5741Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$5,073,79426%3,072--$1,652$9,114,6271Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,970,29568%3,225-350$921$37,119,9033Warner Bros.
5The Town$2,721,07348%2,720-215$1,000$72,001,9984Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$2,610,665-1%2,572--$1,015$5,259,8251Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,001,27245%2,829-768$707$42,425,6963Fox
8Easy A$1,808,07335%2,847-127$635$47,091,0914Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$1,101,05136%2,2121$498$8,882,3702Paramount Vantage
10You Again$1,067,93739%2,332-216$458$20,094,2653Disney
11Let Me In$996,58533%2,04221$488$8,471,9122Relativity / Overture
12Devil$814,73055%1,442-950$565$29,577,8754Universal
13Alpha and Omega$654,72993%1,616-687$405$20,511,8124Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$533,87053%1,012-895$528$58,494,1915Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$797,66918%742--$1,075$1,472,9561Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$221,106-14%10369$2,147$1,252,2083Paramount Vantage
3Inception$216,67552%403-222$538$289,050,88513Warner Bros.
4Takers$180,22968%412-361$437$56,672,1627Sony / Screen Gems
5Catfish$156,72729%1437$1,096$2,120,7894Universal / Rogue
6Despicable Me$151,79062%353-110$430$246,455,08514Universal
7Never Let Me Go$144,72246%167124$867$1,047,5714Fox Searchlight
8Salt$99,47838%266-22$374$117,858,18112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$86,79451%289-277$300$117,969,94810Sony / Columbia
10Lottery Ticket$67,66883%194-108$349$24,412,6348Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$65,19052%318-163$205$28,684,1108Universal
12Eat Pray Love$57,73735%215-183$269$79,967,5449Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$54,27052%225-185$241$102,700,6409Lionsgate
14Grown Ups$47,45358%159-71$298$161,771,78916Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$47,10775%190-71$248$36,485,6048Fox
16Dinner for Schmucks$42,38433%159-102$267$72,953,87811Paramount / DreamWorks
17Machete$40,98447%167-147$245$26,357,7906Fox
18The American$37,40749%174-200$215$35,352,5796Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$26,15229%19675$133$17,728,9956Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$24,83785%119-69$209$43,499,86611Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$21,48661%106-55$203$26,025,24112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$84,23810%9259$916$450,0643Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$66,36147%602$1,106$16,393,46530Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$31,16134%6--$5,194$54,4021Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$24,80763%9011$276$356,1134Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$23,20883%4--$5,802$35,8741Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$20,76382%180$1,154$24,391,58687Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$16,17829%83-58$195$300,467,53015Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$12,28812%12--$1,024$23,2881Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$12,22372%54-41$226$24,940,3528Weinstein Company
10The Kids Are All Right$8,47348%31-33$273$20,769,71414Focus
11Winter's Bone$8,05620%52-20$155$6,159,64918Roadside Attractions
12Avatar$7,93961%14-5$567$760,303,16943Fox
13The Tillman Story$7,45648%24-3$311$661,8118Weinstein Company
14The Concert$4,309155%10-11$431$629,65012Weinstein Company
15Flipped$3,26778%18-17$182$1,750,37210Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$58420%2-1$292$163,84310Anchor Bay