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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 Thu, Nov. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,342,898-7%3,207--$419$28,861,9141Fox
2Due Date$1,044,336-6%3,36510$310$63,519,4122Warner Bros.
3Megamind$973,034-7%3,9495$246$93,300,5982Paramount / DreamWorks
4Morning Glory (2010)$619,639-9%2,5180$246$14,622,9031Paramount
5Skyline$475,115-15%2,880--$165$14,211,7751Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$335,866-5%2,878-351$117$81,106,9225Summit
7For Colored Girls$310,035-5%2,1270$146$32,139,6972Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$174,509-15%1,976-832$88$44,441,1463Lionsgate
9Secretariat$164,8210%2,019-595$82$55,406,5946Disney
10Paranormal Activity 2$156,774-6%2,403-765$65$82,637,7704Paramount
11Jackass 3D$152,787-15%1,607-558$95$115,357,0915Paramount
12The Social Network$122,741-3%1,088-772$113$88,308,7877Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$107,484-5%1,691-514$64$31,900,2165Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$83,310-1%1,239-486$67$51,094,5836Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$85,140-5%175129$487$2,268,7272Summit
2Conviction$55,331-7%493-179$112$6,261,7945Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$41,65915%204-38$204$6,021,4558Paramount Vantage
4The Town$33,534-14%375-426$89$90,772,7819Warner Bros.
5Inception$20,790-1%262-29$79$291,914,44518Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$20,4757%273-34$75$248,900,04019Universal
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$15,557-4%249-104$62$52,212,3488Fox
8Nowhere Boy$7,573-4%111-64$68$1,360,4826Weinstein Company
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7,2109%240-290$30$54,390,8578Warner Bros.
10Let Me In$5,862-4%14348$41$12,092,5387Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,3259%123-165$35$24,607,2939Lionsgate
12Devil$4,1950%120-164$35$33,601,1909Universal
13Case 39$3,192-8%106-51$30$13,261,8517Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$46,23147%56-4$826$18,206,04835Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$41,751-7%2218$1,898$985,8032Fox Searchlight
3Stone$9,0492%87-22$104$1,677,5106Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$7,411-6%140$529$24,822,33992Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,9650%67-134$74$6,328,6916Focus
6Cool It$4,21522%41--$103$42,2011Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$3,1962%32-19$100$2,342,7919Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,75015%25-30$110$3,211,5989Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,73344%343$51$516,9409Relativity / Overture
10Avatar$1,444190%6-3$241$760,507,62548Fox
11The Tillman Story$1,19522%21-3$57$786,56713Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$866-4%50$173$58,6193Freestyle
13N-Secure$604-28%20-85$30$2,595,6445Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$241-1%100$24$6,224,40723Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$629%82$8$25,003,15513Weinstein Company