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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, Jan. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$4,141,076-50%3,018--$1,372$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$3,985,247-54%3,5840$1,112$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,788,534-54%1,680137$1,065$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$1,633,365-63%2,9433$555$32,746,2252Universal
5True Grit (2010)$1,357,313-65%3,4645$392$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$1,344,704-51%2,40779$559$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Yogi Bear$1,095,230-45%2,510-192$436$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$886,879-52%2,018-421$439$163,206,6116Disney
9Tangled$867,848-45%1,860-188$467$186,356,4259Disney
10Little Fockers$849,555-62%2,979-415$285$141,111,7055Universal
11The Fighter$755,600-65%2,275-139$332$72,680,7407Paramount
12Season of the Witch$554,718-50%2,307-520$240$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$448,360-55%1,44117$311$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$361,772-47%1,135-569$319$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$306,713-48%1,100-566$279$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$254,625-56%678--$376$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$220,598-45%24212$912$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$218,422-51%725-216$301$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$171,306-61%875-545$196$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
5Megamind$150,477-48%320-21$470$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Company Men$138,433-59%106--$1,306$690,9341Weinstein Company
7The Social Network$87,382-62%38563$227$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8Burlesque$58,344-40%2961$197$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
9Due Date$53,091-52%275-66$193$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$47,331-58%278-25$170$80,731,35211Fox
11Rabbit Hole$46,545-44%1011$461$1,268,0416Lionsgate
12The Heart Specialist$40,912-70%293-129$140$922,6372Freestyle
13Love and Other Drugs$24,081-47%146-20$165$32,156,8209Fox
14How Do You Know$21,501-59%261-354$82$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
15Red (2010)$21,030-59%153-53$137$90,238,92215Summit
16Faster (2010)$17,543-38%10629$166$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$75,632-54%78--$970$365,2971UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$53,095-46%8330$640$1,306,8965Focus
3Hubble 3D$31,252-43%491$638$20,839,15445Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$28,440-50%69-7$412$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,823-49%75-20$251$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$10,894-54%86-46$127$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$7,567-53%72-7$105$9,376,70612Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$7,188-49%28-17$257$428,6913UTV Communications
9Biutiful$3,293-35%4--$823$92,0924Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$1,950-48%29-48$67$5,656,7878Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$1,875-37%6-3$313$63,2935GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$824-61%6-1$137$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions