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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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$3,482,912-42%2,985--$1,167$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$3,282,363-43%3,0224$1,086$39,502,3042Paramount
3The King's Speech$3,221,209-35%2,557877$1,260$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
4The Mechanic$3,116,268-34%2,703--$1,153$11,422,0061CBS Films
5The Green Hornet$2,998,513-43%3,524-60$851$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$2,043,694-42%3,120-344$655$148,305,9006Paramount
7Black Swan$1,421,711-38%2,315-92$614$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$1,307,400-51%2,905-38$450$40,824,1853Universal
9The Fighter$1,063,675-44%1,914-361$556$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$1,046,363-32%2,133-377$491$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Tangled$810,249-33%1,589-271$510$189,576,78510Disney
12TRON: Legacy$716,570-40%1,505-513$476$166,732,1847Disney
13Little Fockers$615,225-51%2,051-928$300$144,727,4706Universal
14Country Strong$316,894-46%1,287-154$246$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$212,539-41%1,110-1197$191$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$636,246-29%916847$695$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2From Prada to Nada$366,634-16%256--$1,432$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Blue Valentine (2010)$342,745-32%415173$826$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$266,001-37%732-403$363$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$228,099-34%653-447$349$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$182,041-42%211105$863$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$181,134-36%465-260$390$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Megamind$147,674-38%300-20$492$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Way Back$146,965-36%595-83$247$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10The Social Network$117,848-44%367-18$321$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
11The Tourist$81,380-52%428-447$190$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
12Rabbit Hole$51,811-30%12423$418$1,534,0947Lionsgate
13Unstoppable (2010)$50,800-47%250-28$203$81,013,63912Fox
14Burlesque$42,460-33%238-58$178$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
15Faster (2010)$19,884-34%1148$174$23,171,65010CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$19,214-58%119-174$161$1,062,2483Freestyle
17Red (2010)$18,011-51%119-34$151$90,356,85716Summit
18Love and Other Drugs$17,322-41%117-29$148$32,270,29510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$152,063-17%5955$2,577$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$39,583-17%43-6$921$21,043,75846Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$33,684-32%60-23$561$1,499,0826Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,421-39%75-3$379$521,5822UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$13,091-30%49-26$267$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$9,840-35%2721$364$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$3,750-45%40-32$94$9,410,99113Summit
8The Warrior's Way$1,551-16%28-1$55$5,664,2519Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$1,429-46%3-3$476$72,3016GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$1,231-44%8-20$154$439,8014UTV Communications