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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. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$13,293,88441%3,548--$3,747$22,753,5781Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$11,622,56889%2,994--$3,882$17,785,1121Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,742,183-13%3,105--$3,460$23,849,1161Paramount
4The Roommate$3,848,64748%2,5340$1,519$24,099,5532Sony / Screen Gems
5The Eagle$3,605,73628%2,296--$1,570$6,418,3101Focus
6The King's Speech$3,377,84483%2,263-321$1,493$91,669,11112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$2,625,21856%2,756-294$953$58,532,7964Paramount
8Sanctum$2,593,77082%2,7892$930$16,389,5652Universal
9True Grit (2010)$1,827,00491%2,072-830$882$160,254,1508Paramount
10The Green Hornet$1,765,36999%2,090-943$845$91,384,3895Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$1,494,86369%2,207-778$677$27,983,4723Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$1,415,88269%1,886-818$751$24,469,4693CBS Films
13The Fighter$1,047,80894%1,049-613$999$85,054,78610Paramount
14Black Swan$982,47775%1,069-908$919$98,759,36311Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$503,01080%1,242-1303$405$47,387,1405Universal
16Yogi Bear$364,587151%1,111-696$328$96,358,1009Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$399,117152%784-585$509$193,048,26112Disney
2TRON: Legacy$264,151104%364-676$726$169,592,8169Disney
3Blue Valentine (2010)$261,07564%393-57$664$8,046,2787Weinstein Company
4Biutiful$254,04372%19112$1,330$2,084,7297Roadside Attractions
5127 Hours$248,21664%359-540$691$16,686,36815Fox Searchlight
6The Company Men$242,53574%27746$876$2,896,2074Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$213,25292%40944$521$293,214,43413Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$165,36586%424-931$390$147,142,3308Universal
9Megamind$160,255129%252-38$636$147,785,13015Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$137,190102%293-221$468$102,898,68210Fox
11From Prada to Nada$127,72667%252-9$507$2,480,9713Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$100,838100%308-187$327$41,852,5058Fox
13Country Strong$74,35453%328-620$227$20,174,4008Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$65,37088%178-116$367$96,584,51420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$51,99478%147-55$354$81,327,75314Fox
16Season of the Witch$43,06077%176-316$245$24,418,2266Relativity Media
17Rabbit Hole$38,30069%112-19$342$1,850,6989Lionsgate
18The Tourist$38,23757%100-131$382$66,982,88810Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$139,19779%15--$9,280$216,9861Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$62,92872%480$1,311$21,403,10948Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$17,98281%37-108$486$2,626,7384Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$15,69463%32-14$490$1,657,9718Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$10,89451%78-71$140$9,521,39115Summit
6Winter's Bone$9,276105%26-8$357$6,389,55336Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,024-4%1--$5,024$10,2741Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$4,01040%23-16$174$1,933,69811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,93014%1411$209$19,0972Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,02573%5-37$205$576,2674UTV Communications