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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, Dec. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$6,514,983-35%3,6030$1,808$96,570,8122Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,770,634-36%4,1250$1,157$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$1,586,432-38%3,0370$522$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Megamind$1,423,656-39%3,173-238$449$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
5Unstoppable (2010)$1,339,172-51%3,152-31$425$68,762,8644Fox
6Love and Other Drugs$1,328,234-43%2,4583$540$22,574,8872Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,028,672-39%2,47016$416$18,217,7302CBS Films
8Due Date$952,004-48%2,450-105$389$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
9The Warrior's Way$768,017-34%1,622--$474$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$610,550-47%2,236-328$273$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$383,429-49%2,263-178$169$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$436,717-36%433140$1,009$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$241,289-47%43640$553$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$171,561-51%779-135$220$87,170,9128Summit
4Skyline$115,600-41%578-611$200$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
5For Colored Girls$106,063-49%485-120$219$37,252,0235Lionsgate
6The Social Network$97,698-50%260-31$376$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$68,812-24%322192$214$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$64,400-34%28014$230$250,004,04022Universal
9The Town$51,336-43%3180$161$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
10Easy A$33,564-44%229-22$147$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
11The Nutcracker in 3D$26,45315%11570$230$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
12Jackass 3D$24,979-50%180-3$139$116,733,0288Paramount
13Life As We Know It$24,406-43%208-41$117$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
14Paranormal Activity 2$23,952-46%200-79$120$84,257,4887Paramount
15Conviction$17,409-43%10721$163$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
16Inception$15,371-50%117-27$131$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
17Hereafter$13,289-41%114-88$117$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$484,544-11%18--$26,919$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$101,699-26%62$16,950$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$37,405-16%6--$6,234$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$30,091-28%570$528$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$26,643-29%15--$1,776$179,4585Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$17,091-34%58-38$295$989,5273UTV
7Waiting for 'Superman'$11,405-25%8516$134$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$7,569-27%130$582$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Nowhere Boy$4,998-20%23-17$217$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,618-57%59-31$78$52,437,86211Fox
11Stone$3,725-24%22-1$169$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$3,180-39%137$245$91,7346Freestyle
13The Tillman Story$2,061-15%141$147$799,99516Weinstein Company
14Cool It$5853%1514$39$59,9014Roadside Attractions
15Jack Goes Boating$491-39%90$55$533,29012Relativity / Overture
16Let Me In$302-77%0-31--$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
17Winter's Bone$165-20%20$83$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions