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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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$805,56218%2,58427$312$86,444,97111Weinstein Company
2No Strings Attached$712,7417%3,05028$234$54,220,7873Paramount
3Sanctum$627,075-2%2,787--$225$12,373,3701Universal
4The Roommate$605,8687%2,534--$239$17,652,9011Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$522,4253%2,7041$193$22,215,7322CBS Films
6The Rite$446,1194%2,9850$149$25,605,9372Warner Bros. / New Line
7True Grit (2010)$439,17713%2,902-218$151$156,569,6857Paramount
8The Green Hornet$408,5948%3,033-491$135$88,732,0524Sony / Columbia
9Black Swan$335,1039%1,977-338$170$97,214,66510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$273,5068%1,662-252$165$83,466,5449Paramount
11The Dilemma$267,60511%2,545-360$105$46,604,6804Universal
12Yogi Bear$126,0339%1,807-326$70$95,848,2418Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$115,82912%1,040-465$111$169,199,3568Disney
14Tangled$114,13615%1,369-220$83$192,490,84711Disney
15Little Fockers$88,3359%1,355-696$65$146,887,9807Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$154,1019%899-17$171$16,286,80214Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$91,1056%45035$202$7,626,1026Weinstein Company
3Country Strong$68,38722%948-339$72$20,051,5737Sony / Screen Gems
4Biutiful$61,840-5%179117$345$1,683,0966Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$53,060-6%23120$230$2,514,0453Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$39,599-1%2615$152$2,276,9492Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,47016%365-100$100$292,890,25612Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$35,95622%514-218$70$102,693,5469Fox
9Season of the Witch$27,4874%492-618$56$24,350,7755Relativity Media
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$24,7489%495-158$50$41,701,2427Fox
11Megamind$23,2162%290-10$80$147,554,89214Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Social Network$22,05212%294-73$75$96,484,33319Sony / Columbia
13Rabbit Hole$18,96615%1317$145$1,789,7198Lionsgate
14The Way Back$18,56011%145-450$128$2,601,8033Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$12,12011%202-48$60$81,246,51813Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,180-3%149109$48$9,503,26814Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,01529%485$521$21,303,59947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,5505%46-14$164$1,632,6627Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,623-6%358$132$6,375,74935Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$3,57213%87-27$41$23,240,02011CBS Films
5Love and Other Drugs$3,098-16%46-71$67$32,343,81411Fox
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,561-2%39-9$66$1,926,83010Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,420-16%56-63$25$1,103,0374Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,20610%3--$402$13,6011Freestyle