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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, Nov. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,523,3079%3,355--$752$37,531,9861Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,870,7721%3,944--$474$49,749,0221Paramount / DreamWorks
3For Colored Girls$1,053,145-8%2,127--$495$21,689,3261Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$637,47119%3,229-120$197$72,836,5134Summit
5Saw 3D$588,02913%2,8080$209$39,440,1922Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$410,3524%3,168-71$130$77,766,6103Paramount
7Jackass 3D$373,2336%2,165-974$172$111,395,3294Paramount
8Hereafter$344,45426%2,365-59$146$29,339,7454Warner Bros.
9Secretariat$309,35114%2,614-494$118$51,610,8465Disney
10The Social Network$250,18323%1,860-907$135$85,325,2506Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$212,03129%1,950-910$109$48,882,2915Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$180,68743%672107$269$5,102,3594Fox Searchlight
2The Town$102,07115%801-807$127$89,938,7128Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$57,17033%242-88$236$5,508,3887Paramount Vantage
4Inception$31,19814%291-110$107$291,506,62717Warner Bros.
5Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$28,194-4%740-1270$38$54,069,1027Warner Bros.
6Easy A$27,81719%486-776$57$57,278,7958Sony / Screen Gems
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$27,58620%353-580$78$51,938,0457Fox
8Stone$21,29628%109-16$195$1,528,1945Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$20,0901%307-28$65$248,352,54518Universal
10Nowhere Boy$16,21926%17522$93$1,227,0815Weinstein Company
11It's Kind of a Funny Story$12,9512%201-276$64$6,220,8185Focus
12Devil$9,805-1%284-351$35$33,486,3058Universal
13Alpha and Omega$8,3204%288-388$29$24,468,7098Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,10210%157-249$52$13,197,6606Paramount Vantage
15N-Secure$5,179-12%105-262$49$2,564,9454Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,83611%46--$1,257$761,0671Summit
2Hubble 3D$34,01129%60-1$567$17,806,89734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$24,291-10%4--$6,073$316,2741Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$7,38756%14-2$528$24,726,17091Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,32528%55-82$115$3,162,4938Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$5,95538%51-75$117$2,294,5388Fox Searchlight
7Buried$3,98531%46-61$87$1,035,6747Lionsgate
8Avatar$3,15130%91$350$760,468,13747Fox
9Let Me In$2,682-3%95-283$28$12,004,8566Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$2,08124%31-4$67$496,4598Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$1,96450%240$82$768,25612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,076-13%51$215$46,5782Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$53899%10-1$54$6,219,00422Roadside Attractions
14Piranha 3D$128-24%6-13$21$25,001,82912Weinstein Company
15The Concert$83-96%4-2$21$655,81216Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$78-57%2-1$39$91,7775Anchor Bay