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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 Thu, Feb. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,018,9184%3,0224$337$43,387,8712Paramount
2The King's Speech$943,22811%2,557877$369$75,815,19110Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$762,6020%2,703--$282$14,710,2661CBS Films
4The Rite$752,158-3%2,985--$252$18,112,2231Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$647,568-4%3,524-60$184$81,122,3933Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$525,9116%3,120-344$169$150,262,4026Paramount
7Black Swan$458,3917%2,315-92$198$92,487,8579Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,5500%2,905-38$130$42,291,4703Universal
9The Fighter$328,030-1%1,914-361$171$79,562,5658Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$179,3712%1,505-513$119$167,394,2477Disney
11Tangled$172,907-7%1,589-271$109$190,222,67510Disney
12Yogi Bear$168,025-3%2,133-377$79$93,117,9477Warner Bros.
13Little Fockers$153,4250%2,051-928$75$145,302,3056Universal
14Country Strong$108,41511%1,287-154$84$19,200,1356Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$63,539-2%1,110-1197$57$23,957,9294Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$201,5871%916847$220$14,330,44913Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$111,6109%415173$269$6,482,4055Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$64,47826%256--$252$1,348,5711Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$59,6593%732-403$82$102,030,9958Fox
5The Way Back$55,9302%595-83$94$2,390,8732Newmarket Films
6The Company Men$54,0273%211105$256$1,749,9662Weinstein Company
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,3217%653-447$79$41,138,1146Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$44,1259%465-260$95$292,387,83611Warner Bros.
9Megamind$33,43610%300-20$111$147,079,10413Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Social Network$33,318-2%367-18$91$96,153,34418Sony / Columbia
11Rabbit Hole$19,79028%12423$160$1,601,0187Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$16,99316%250-28$68$81,073,30412Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,300-6%117-29$71$32,303,46110Fox
14Red (2010)$6,74814%119-34$57$90,380,16216Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,5394%1148$49$23,192,26210CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$4,43915%119-174$37$1,077,9703Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$41,7092%6258$673$784,4955Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$20,37431%43--$474$21,110,62946Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$12,2926%60-23$205$1,544,1536Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,92317%48-27$103$1,899,0669Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,3055%76-2$57$538,1732UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,452-2%2719$91$6,318,79234Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,384-8%40-32$60$9,421,29813Summit
8The Warrior's Way$8270%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$63937%3-3$213$74,1396GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$77-68%8-20$10$440,5254UTV Communications