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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 Sat, Feb. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$6,874,5697%2,534--$2,713$13,299,2761Sony / Screen Gems
2Sanctum$4,389,52523%2,787--$1,575$7,956,8851Universal
3The King's Speech$3,999,69273%2,58427$1,548$82,133,51411Weinstein Company
4No Strings Attached$3,924,38033%3,05028$1,287$50,256,3683Paramount
5The Green Hornet$3,197,98581%3,033-491$1,054$86,086,1944Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$2,734,63441%2,9850$916$22,783,3262Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$2,606,42345%2,7041$964$19,108,3762CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$2,566,91778%2,902-218$885$154,273,6967Paramount
9The Dilemma$1,730,01053%2,545-360$680$45,154,0054Universal
10Black Swan$1,694,69958%1,977-338$857$95,253,09010Fox Searchlight
11The Fighter$1,564,52576%1,662-252$941$82,013,7479Paramount
12Yogi Bear$1,226,002177%1,807-326$678$94,785,7618Warner Bros.
13Tangled$998,723152%1,369-220$730$191,618,42711Disney
14TRON: Legacy$735,397100%1,040-465$707$168,498,1878Disney
15Little Fockers$670,72577%1,355-696$495$146,352,5857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$676,37049%899-17$752$15,460,32514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$377,95450%45035$840$7,113,1696Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$344,67769%2615$1,321$1,897,4872Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Country Strong$321,00560%948-339$339$19,721,2247Sony / Screen Gems
5Biutiful$303,84863%179120$1,697$1,272,0146Roadside Attractions
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,743113%514-218$558$102,452,0909Fox
7The Company Men$282,53468%23120$1,223$2,200,8703Weinstein Company
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$256,155128%495-158$517$41,506,8497Fox
9Megamind$205,402115%290-10$708$147,380,07314Paramount / DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$197,542104%365-100$541$292,682,19712Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$144,74983%492-618$294$24,181,6145Relativity Media
12The Social Network$130,39376%294-73$444$96,357,66919Sony / Columbia
13The Tourist$80,45551%231-197$348$66,821,2729Sony / Columbia
14The Way Back$70,03555%145-450$483$2,506,1483Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$68,70269%202-48$340$81,182,56813Fox
16Rabbit Hole$57,22058%1317$437$1,694,3908Lionsgate
17Burlesque$40,64352%178-60$228$39,420,28911Sony / Screen Gems
18Fair Game (2010)$25,69543%149109$172$9,464,92414Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$54,03283%485$1,126$21,194,11547Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$28,28353%46-14$615$1,590,8627Focus
3Winter's Bone$19,987101%347$588$6,348,72735Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$17,08073%87-27$196$23,219,21311CBS Films
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$14,60888%42-33$348$560,5523UTV Communications
6Love and Other Drugs$12,61030%46-71$274$32,325,78211Fox
7The Heart Specialist$10,50996%56-63$188$1,093,8514Freestyle
8I Love You Phillip Morris$9,04953%39-10$232$1,914,04510Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$4,40758%3--$1,469$7,1931Freestyle
10Summer Wars$2,088156%41$522$77,0447GKIDS