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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 Tue, Jan. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,389,12625%3,12441$445$112,534,4473Paramount
2Black Swan$954,76518%1,58431$603$62,984,8866Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$918,55516%3,675121$250$125,396,4403Universal
4Season of the Witch$816,9348%2,816--$290$12,183,5581Relativity Media
5TRON: Legacy$813,71017%3,013-352$270$149,718,9544Disney
6The Fighter$766,81629%2,528-6$303$59,208,7455Paramount
7Country Strong$569,93717%1,4241422$400$8,519,7623Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$393,87532%2,442-314$161$61,849,2685Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$331,27520%3,288-227$101$76,043,4874Warner Bros.
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$325,97519%2,814-134$116$95,132,3855Fox
11Tangled$319,08516%2,383-199$134$176,374,3277Disney
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$277,29717%2,964-125$94$34,961,9263Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$188,43410%1,507-225$125$288,021,5478Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$180,95422%1,902-581$95$29,163,1994Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$651,65019%75858$860$34,093,8077Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$73,71135%603354$122$94,205,75915Sony / Columbia
3Love and Other Drugs$34,3267%21237$162$31,749,4357Fox
4Unstoppable (2010)$29,43015%398-52$74$80,078,2859Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$25,12226%10032$251$1,480,5706Roadside Attractions
6Due Date$23,3196%244-160$96$99,697,85010Warner Bros.
7Megamind$21,75429%375-389$58$144,713,03810Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$21,02822%261-42$81$89,881,22013Summit
9Life As We Know It$13,31631%188-60$71$53,157,20814Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$10,85026%17852$61$30,903,4479Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$8,43915%103-6$82$9,257,70010Summit
12Despicable Me$8,01050%178-19$45$251,397,97027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$82,65610%4036$2,066$1,302,0462Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$24,71113%88-15$281$10,871,27010Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$18,07116%179$1,063$697,6953Focus
4Hubble 3D$15,5711%0-47--$20,419,50543Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Rabbit Hole$15,15847%340$446$653,4734Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$13,90641%48--$290$251,2561UTV Communications
7Faster (2010)$5,31318%79-40$67$22,951,0377CBS Films
8Jackass 3D$5,04415%70-67$72$117,199,71213Paramount
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,20112%95-63$44$55,646,86916Warner Bros.
10Summer Wars$3,28437%1412$235$41,6343GKIDS
11Paranormal Activity 2$2,5513%90-55$28$84,728,19512Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$2,073-2%32-6$65$5,609,1196Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,50150%33-95$45$32,744,09813Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$1,26983%38--$33$1,074,6503UTV Communications
15Winter's Bone$523-12%64$87$6,255,50131Roadside Attractions
16For Colored Girls$234-3%21-7$11$37,686,74910Lionsgate