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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, Nov. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Due Date$2,577,1782%3,355--$768$40,109,1641Warner Bros.
2Megamind$2,315,36124%3,944--$587$52,064,3831Paramount / DreamWorks
3Morning Glory (2010)$1,067,685--2,518--$424$1,067,6850Paramount
4For Colored Girls$930,778-12%2,127--$438$22,620,1041Lionsgate
5Red (2010)$692,0089%3,229-120$214$73,528,5214Summit
6Saw 3D$570,388-3%2,8080$203$40,010,5802Lionsgate
7Paranormal Activity 2$509,16224%3,168-71$161$78,275,7723Paramount
8Jackass 3D$435,38117%2,165-974$201$111,830,7104Paramount
9Secretariat$324,4345%2,614-494$124$51,935,2805Disney
10Hereafter$319,311-7%2,205-219$145$29,659,0564Warner Bros.
11The Social Network$291,43316%1,860-907$157$85,616,6836Sony / Columbia
12Life As We Know It$214,2141%1,725-1135$124$49,096,5055Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$132,717-27%672107$197$5,235,0764Fox Searchlight
2The Town$100,360-2%641-967$157$90,039,0728Warner Bros.
3Waiting for 'Superman'$70,65624%242-88$292$5,579,0447Paramount Vantage
4Easy A$35,28427%486-776$73$57,314,0798Sony / Screen Gems
5Inception$34,64111%291-110$119$291,541,26817Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$32,16814%530-1480$61$54,101,2707Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$23,02515%307-28$75$248,375,57018Universal
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$22,559-18%353-580$64$51,960,6047Fox
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$18,16640%201-276$90$6,238,9845Focus
10Stone$17,983-16%109-16$165$1,546,1775Relativity / Overture
11Nowhere Boy$15,716-3%17522$90$1,242,7975Weinstein Company
12Devil$12,78030%284-351$45$33,499,0858Universal
13Alpha and Omega$10,20923%288-388$35$24,478,9188Lionsgate
14Case 39$8,5005%157-249$54$13,206,1606Paramount Vantage
15N-Secure$5,5177%105-262$53$2,570,4624Freestyle
16Jack Goes Boating$2,29710%644609$4$498,7568Relativity / Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$57,8990%46--$1,259$818,9661Summit
2Hubble 3D$31,133-8%60-1$519$17,838,03034Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$25,9417%4--$6,485$342,2151Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$8,42814%14-2$602$24,734,59891Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Catfish$6,050-4%55-82$110$3,168,5438Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$4,987-16%51-75$98$2,299,5258Fox Searchlight
7Buried$3,795-5%46-61$83$1,039,4697Lionsgate
8Avatar$3,57814%91$398$760,472,71547Fox
9Let Me In$3,23521%95-283$34$12,008,0916Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$2,61433%240$109$770,87012Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$517-52%51$103$47,0952Freestyle
12Winter's Bone$437-19%10-1$44$6,219,44122Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$17738%6-13$30$25,002,00612Weinstein Company
14The Concert$16599%4-2$41$655,97716Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$60-23%2-1$30$91,8735Anchor Bay