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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 Fri, Feb. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$12,364,386--3,105--$3,982$13,106,9331Paramount
2Just Go With It$9,459,694--3,548--$2,666$9,459,6941Sony / Columbia
3Gnomeo and Juliet$6,162,544--2,994--$2,058$6,162,5441Disney
4The Eagle$2,812,574--2,296--$1,225$2,812,5741Focus
5The Roommate$2,598,005329%2,5340$1,025$20,250,9062Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$1,846,296129%2,263-321$816$88,291,26712Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$1,686,791137%2,756-294$612$55,907,5784Paramount
8Sanctum$1,422,425127%2,7892$510$13,795,7952Universal
9True Grit (2010)$957,461118%2,072-830$462$158,427,1468Paramount
10The Green Hornet$886,968117%2,090-943$424$89,619,0205Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$882,67298%2,207-778$400$26,488,6093Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$837,85560%1,886-818$444$23,053,5873CBS Films
13Black Swan$562,22168%1,069-908$526$97,776,88611Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$540,43498%1,049-613$515$84,006,97810Paramount
15The Dilemma$279,4504%1,242-1303$225$46,884,1305Universal
16Yogi Bear$145,27215%1,111-696$131$95,993,5139Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$159,10175%393-57$405$7,785,2037Weinstein Company
2Tangled$158,29739%784-585$202$192,649,14412Disney
3127 Hours$151,350-2%359-540$422$16,438,15215Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$147,590139%19112$773$1,830,6867Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$139,627163%27746$504$2,653,6724Weinstein Company
6TRON: Legacy$129,30912%364-676$355$169,328,6659Disney
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$110,926204%40944$271$293,001,18213Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$88,9851%424-931$210$146,976,9658Universal
9From Prada to Nada$76,29693%252-9$303$2,353,2453Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Megamind$69,983201%252-38$278$147,624,87515Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$67,94689%293-221$232$102,761,49210Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$50,425104%308-187$164$41,751,6678Fox
13Country Strong$48,473-29%328-620$148$20,100,0468Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$34,81158%178-116$196$96,519,14420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$29,241141%147-55$199$81,275,75914Fox
16Season of the Witch$24,391-11%176-316$139$24,375,1666Relativity Media
17The Tourist$24,289--100-131$243$66,944,65110Sony / Columbia
18Rabbit Hole$22,67920%112-19$202$1,812,3989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$77,789--15--$5,186$77,7891Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$36,58246%480$762$21,340,18148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$9,953-46%37-108$269$2,608,7564Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$9,61527%32-14$300$1,642,2778Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$7,2291%78-71$93$9,510,49715Summit
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,250--1--$5,250$5,2501Phase 4 Films
7Winter's Bone$4,528-2%26-8$174$6,380,27736Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$2,85812%23-16$124$1,929,68811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,566113%1411$183$16,1672Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$592--5-37$118$575,2424UTV Communications