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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, Oct. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$4,323,262-32%2,7710$1,560$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$3,602,890-37%3,150--$1,144$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$3,580,143-29%3,072--$1,165$12,694,7701Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,154,081-27%3,225-350$668$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5The Town$1,845,529-32%2,720-215$679$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$1,582,395-39%2,572--$615$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,219,005-39%2,829-768$431$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$1,137,110-37%2,847-127$399$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$767,635-30%2,2121$347$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$699,507-30%2,04221$343$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
11You Again$675,730-37%2,332-216$290$20,769,9953Disney
12Alpha and Omega$506,252-23%1,616-687$313$21,018,0644Lionsgate
13Devil$468,655-42%1,442-950$325$30,046,5304Universal
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$372,655-30%1,012-895$368$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$540,450-32%742--$728$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$165,048-25%10369$1,602$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Inception$132,722-39%403-222$329$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
4Catfish$115,321-26%1437$806$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$102,370-33%353-110$290$246,557,45514Universal
6Never Let Me Go$102,133-29%167124$612$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
7Takers$101,041-44%412-361$245$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
8Salt$64,930-35%266-22$244$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$50,568-42%289-277$175$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$41,340-37%318-163$130$28,725,4508Universal
11Lottery Ticket$40,027-41%194-108$206$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
12Eat Pray Love$39,452-32%215-183$183$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$34,253-37%225-185$152$102,734,8939Lionsgate
14Machete$32,077-22%167-147$192$26,389,8676Fox
15Vampires Suck$29,584-37%190-71$156$36,515,1888Fox
16Grown Ups$29,479-38%159-71$185$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Dinner for Schmucks$26,230-38%159-102$165$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
18The American$23,189-38%174-200$133$35,375,7686Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$19,032-27%19675$97$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$16,311-34%119-69$137$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$13,807-36%106-55$130$26,039,04812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$60,974-28%9259$663$511,0383Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$56,321-15%602$939$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$21,364-31%6--$3,561$75,7661Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$18,613-10%180$1,034$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Nowhere Boy$16,875-27%4--$4,219$52,7491Weinstein Company
6Jack Goes Boating$16,192-35%9011$180$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Piranha 3D$9,957-19%54-41$184$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$9,249-43%83-58$111$300,476,77915Summit
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,776-29%12--$731$32,0641Anchor Bay
10Winter's Bone$7,234-10%52-20$139$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
11The Kids Are All Right$5,780-32%31-33$186$20,775,49414Focus
12The Tillman Story$5,011-33%24-3$209$666,8228Weinstein Company
13Avatar$4,425-44%14-5$316$760,307,59443Fox
14The Concert$2,304-47%10-11$230$631,95412Weinstein Company
15Flipped$1,842-44%18-17$102$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$250-57%2-1$125$164,09310Anchor Bay