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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, Feb. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$976,1267%3,0224$323$41,386,8752Paramount
2The King's Speech$915,696-1%2,557877$358$74,019,65710Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$894,5843%2,703--$331$13,182,3781CBS Films
4The Rite$855,060-9%2,985--$286$16,587,8691Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$683,7598%3,524-60$194$79,800,6553Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$461,005-2%3,120-344$148$149,239,4906Paramount
7Black Swan$446,3393%2,315-92$193$91,601,0329Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,65013%2,905-38$130$41,535,9103Universal
9The Fighter$323,1968%1,914-361$169$78,901,5888Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$149,308-5%1,505-513$99$167,039,2857Disney
11Tangled$138,419-7%1,589-271$87$189,863,93410Disney
12Little Fockers$134,2701%2,051-928$65$144,995,0556Universal
13Yogi Bear$126,170-11%2,133-377$59$92,776,6437Warner Bros.
14Country Strong$102,84121%1,287-154$80$18,993,8796Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$62,56811%1,110-1197$56$23,829,4854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$219,86511%916847$240$13,929,09413Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$104,4214%415173$252$6,268,4285Weinstein Company
3The Way Back$57,71521%595-83$97$2,280,2032Newmarket Films
4From Prada to Nada$53,919-15%256--$211$1,233,0931Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Company Men$47,432-2%211105$225$1,643,3212Weinstein Company
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$46,992-10%732-403$64$101,913,6848Fox
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$38,156-8%465-260$82$292,303,12111Warner Bros.
8The Social Network$34,83613%367-18$95$96,086,16118Sony / Columbia
9Gulliver's Travels (2010)$32,5521%653-447$50$41,038,7046Fox
10Megamind$25,798-8%300-20$86$147,015,37813Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rabbit Hole$15,272-7%12423$123$1,565,7097Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$14,2373%250-28$57$81,041,68112Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,3669%117-29$72$32,286,35110Fox
14Red (2010)$5,63312%119-34$47$90,367,52016Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,12810%1148$45$23,181,42110CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$2,922-35%119-174$25$1,069,6613Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$40,174-4%6258$648$701,7525Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$14,367-13%43--$334$21,074,66346Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$10,6872%60-23$178$1,520,2266Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,36928%48-27$91$1,889,9519Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,2629%76-2$56$529,7682UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,653-2%2719$98$6,313,83534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,183-31%40-32$55$9,416,33513Summit
8The Warrior's Way$82776%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$43749%3-3$146$73,0326GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$26073%8-20$33$440,2114UTV Communications