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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 Sat, Nov. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$18,728,940-10%4,1250$4,540$209,530,6192Warner Bros.
2Tangled$18,553,073-5%3,603--$5,149$58,041,1441Disney
3Megamind$4,855,800-8%3,411-368$1,424$127,753,2614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,778,5533%3,183-26$1,501$58,408,7343Fox
5Burlesque$4,658,5863%3,037--$1,534$14,548,7181Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,870,7911%2,455--$1,577$11,848,7601Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,460,8757%2,454--$1,410$10,174,9171CBS Films
8Due Date$2,945,3024%2,555-674$1,153$83,466,6604Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,944,8877%2,5640$759$13,469,0202Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,577,166-1%2,441-103$646$25,607,1393Paramount
11Skyline$469,6557%1,189-1694$395$19,983,9353Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$680,6444%293185$2,323$4,049,1464Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$650,45810%39610$1,643$5,638,2604Summit
3For Colored Girls$593,16911%605-611$980$36,328,5754Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$571,6051%914-1120$625$85,879,9467Summit
5The Social Network$294,2094%291-280$1,011$90,293,1069Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$250,112-9%501-509$499$57,425,7238Disney
7Despicable Me$148,9607%266-2$560$249,650,17021Universal
8The Town$133,06213%318153$418$91,366,02211Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$92,7675%279-822$332$84,066,7216Paramount
10Easy A$83,53916%251146$333$57,875,22211Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$75,202-1%183-504$411$116,532,8297Paramount
12Life As We Know It$68,09813%249-309$273$51,953,9658Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$66,16010%228-24$290$25,038,34011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$57,14312%145-661$394$45,647,5045Lionsgate
15Inception$50,1244%144-54$348$292,256,47020Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$33,06517%202-201$164$32,441,5677Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$29,82020%130-8$229$54,562,50510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$131,73911%4--$32,935$250,7911Weinstein Company
2Guzaarish$80,12435%96-12$835$841,8842UTV
3Hubble 3D$77,571-4%570$1,361$18,684,80637Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$32,56423%86-104$379$6,556,5577Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$25,8057%45--$573$71,5451Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$22,627-4%69-49$328$6,238,55110Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$20,849-5%130$1,604$24,928,47794Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$20,18719%90-95$224$52,392,93910Fox
9Stone$6,94323%23-32$302$1,737,9718Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$6,49632%40-20$162$1,418,7158Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,285-1%9-4$365$3,233,15811Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,062-2%6-1$510$74,8115Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,89013%31-54$93$12,128,2109Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$2,31080%9-9$257$527,45911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$942-5%132$72$792,10115Weinstein Company
16Cool It$495224%1-41$495$57,6803Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$2365%2-2$118$6,226,17925Roadside Attractions