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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 Fri, Dec. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$4,950,120-30%3,536--$1,400$19,200,2551Universal
2True Grit (2010)$4,750,340-16%3,047--$1,559$15,960,9591Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$3,969,993-35%3,4510$1,150$72,192,1982Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,159,060-27%3,532-23$611$55,278,0473Fox
5Yogi Bear$2,129,532-36%3,5150$606$30,144,3712Warner Bros.
6Tangled$1,722,293-35%2,582-619$667$138,989,8005Disney
7The Fighter$1,269,916-20%2,5118$506$20,349,5143Paramount
8Black Swan$1,055,312-41%1,457498$724$23,489,3864Fox Searchlight
9The Tourist$868,146-25%2,7560$315$36,346,5903Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$709,399-36%1,732-1128$410$270,527,6866Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$521,029-39%2,4830$210$11,973,6512Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$303,8231%700657$434$4,149,2065Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$180,73062%108--$1,673$382,0991UTV Communications
3Megamind$109,805-33%764-261$144$142,439,3048Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$83,222-20%526-1348$158$78,265,1867Fox
5Burlesque$78,922-30%501-1009$158$36,479,3295Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$64,375-14%404-753$159$98,006,7138Warner Bros.
7The Social Network$59,252-5%25830$230$92,117,26413Sony / Columbia
8127 Hours$41,617-34%145-162$287$9,713,5178Fox Searchlight
9Red (2010)$36,401-48%330-109$110$88,730,12111Summit
10Love and Other Drugs$34,614-34%241-852$144$30,773,9675Fox
11Fair Game (2010)$27,404-19%161-107$170$8,804,2408Summit
12Despicable Me$26,055-49%193-40$135$250,715,41525Universal
13Life As We Know It$15,300-46%248173$62$52,361,27812Warner Bros.
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$11,067-52%158-52$70$55,310,06514Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$9,693-40%123-537$79$22,676,7495CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$6,201-56%13787$45$116,917,15711Paramount
17Hereafter$4,406-52%128-104$34$32,624,08611Warner Bros.
18The Next Three Days$4,322-51%111-250$39$21,033,2436Lionsgate
19Morning Glory (2010)$4,299-64%126-137$34$30,640,5667Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 2$4,225-68%145-29$29$84,502,12410Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$28,331--7--$4,047$82,2421Focus
2Hubble 3D$26,665-40%47-9$567$19,551,45841Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$19,962-1%38-11$525$626,9764Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$8,99050%3429$264$89,8292Lionsgate
5The Tempest$8,3812%14--$599$169,4063Disney
6Country Strong$4,968-17%2--$2,484$18,3811Sony / Screen Gems
7Under the Sea 3D$2,952-71%121$246$25,128,90298Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Warrior's Way$2,926-7%34-183$86$5,545,8354Relativity Media
9The Town$2,715-57%62-82$44$92,110,50015Warner Bros.
10Inception$2,520-29%28-34$90$292,531,11224Warner Bros.
11For Colored Girls$1,870-35%39-40$48$37,645,2068Lionsgate
12My Dog Tulip$970--2--$485$144,86917New Yorker Films
13Summer Wars$531--1--$531$5311GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$412-70%51$82$6,240,86429Roadside Attractions
15Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137--1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
16Cool It$11--20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions