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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, Nov. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$25,106,568-34%4,125--$6,086$125,017,3721Warner Bros.
2Megamind$4,637,368-39%3,779-170$1,227$109,313,4293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$3,079,081-48%3,2092$960$41,867,7692Fox
4Due Date$2,176,127-43%3,229-136$674$72,431,5943Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$1,581,937-42%2,564--$617$6,542,7791Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$1,260,932-46%2,54426$496$19,823,1362Paramount
7Skyline$951,390-38%2,8833$330$17,772,7602Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$607,574-48%2,034-844$299$83,589,9656Summit
9For Colored Girls$561,547-48%1,216-911$462$34,439,6533Lionsgate
10Secretariat$265,108-40%1,010-1009$262$56,378,5037Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$216,398-49%1,101-1302$197$83,583,2305Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$377,800-46%386211$979$3,724,5463Summit
2127 Hours$266,378-32%10886$2,466$1,902,3363Fox Searchlight
3The Social Network$238,017-47%571-517$417$89,244,4648Sony / Columbia
4Saw 3D$204,332-46%806-1170$254$45,287,1754Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$184,019-44%687-920$268$116,094,4426Paramount
6Guzaarish$141,677-33%108--$1,312$488,1211UTV
7Life As We Know It$123,593-49%558-681$221$51,630,9627Warner Bros.
8Hereafter$77,792-39%403-1288$193$32,185,4466Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$76,385-41%268-5$285$249,169,37520Universal
10Alpha and Omega$61,592-32%252129$244$24,803,07310Lionsgate
11The Town$50,952-49%165-210$309$90,982,26910Warner Bros.
12Conviction$44,084-48%190-303$232$6,437,7076Fox Searchlight
13Inception$37,938-45%198-64$192$292,068,09519Warner Bros.
14Waiting for 'Superman'$31,945-35%118-86$271$6,130,4669Paramount Vantage
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$23,811-50%185-64$129$52,316,0759Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,020-35%138-102$167$54,470,1529Warner Bros.
17Easy A$15,313-49%105-92$146$57,646,63010Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,008-30%571$719$18,355,28936Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Stone$10,091-32%55-32$183$1,711,8317Relativity / Overture
3Under the Sea 3D$9,111-25%13-1$701$24,856,63293Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Nowhere Boy$8,577-48%60-51$143$1,394,4587Weinstein Company
5Let Me In$6,221-36%85-58$73$12,114,8228Relativity / Overture
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$5,850-36%46-21$127$6,350,0587Focus
7Cool It$3,443-29%421$82$52,9352Roadside Attractions
8Catfish$2,800-29%13-12$215$3,221,15310Universal / Rogue
9Wild Target$2,007-15%72$287$64,6924Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$1,024-58%18-16$57$521,92210Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$655-28%11-10$60$788,85414Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$268-40%4-6$67$6,225,41424Roadside Attractions