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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 Mon, Feb. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$6,037,277-22%3,548--$1,702$36,552,0091Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$2,703,451-64%2,994--$903$28,060,3601Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,757,507-73%3,105--$566$32,014,1081Paramount
4The Roommate$1,584,973-6%2,5340$625$27,363,8992Sony / Screen Gems
5No Strings Attached$1,528,8352%2,756-294$555$61,559,9134Paramount
6The King's Speech$1,098,347-45%2,263-321$485$94,774,10812Weinstein Company
7The Eagle$1,076,886-52%2,296--$469$9,761,3501Focus
8Sanctum$990,205-40%2,7892$355$19,025,2802Universal
9The Rite$663,142-24%2,207-778$300$29,521,4393Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Mechanic$615,973-35%1,886-818$327$26,034,6263CBS Films
11The Green Hornet$563,660-45%2,090-943$270$92,969,6215Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$553,795-45%2,072-830$267$160,908,8248Paramount
13Black Swan$319,043-45%1,069-908$298$99,656,26311Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$285,519-51%1,049-613$272$85,917,54310Paramount
15The Dilemma$204,930-18%1,242-1303$165$47,840,6255Universal
16Yogi Bear$73,100-72%1,111-696$66$96,691,3799Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$108,060-35%393-57$275$8,319,6707Weinstein Company
2Tangled$105,939-59%784-585$135$193,410,63512Disney
3TRON: Legacy$84,278-48%364-676$232$169,838,1109Disney
4127 Hours$80,121-50%359-540$223$16,926,01715Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$72,934-59%19112$382$2,336,2757Roadside Attractions
6Little Fockers$65,720-28%424-931$155$147,299,2108Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$64,849-54%40944$159$293,420,25713Warner Bros.
8From Prada to Nada$60,421-44%252-9$240$2,649,3473Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Company Men$59,473-56%27746$215$3,091,5434Weinstein Company
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$40,514-51%293-221$138$103,021,56510Fox
11Megamind$36,431-61%252-38$145$147,915,41715Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$27,132-56%308-187$88$41,941,7398Fox
13The Social Network$17,551-49%178-116$99$96,636,67520Sony / Columbia
14Unstoppable (2010)$17,355-40%147-55$118$81,373,85114Fox
15Season of the Witch$16,751-37%176-316$95$24,461,7486Relativity Media
16Rabbit Hole$10,978-57%112-19$98$1,886,9149Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$34,066-60%15--$2,271$337,0341Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$28,691-32%480$598$21,474,28948Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$5,772-48%0-145--$2,643,6534Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$5,580-47%32-14$174$1,674,1738Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$4,628-31%78-71$59$9,532,72015Summit
6Waiting for Forever$2,23919%1411$160$23,2142Freestyle
7Winter's Bone$1,958-64%26-9$75$6,396,96336Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,579-37%23-16$69$1,937,79611Roadside Attractions
9Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,108-60%1--$1,108$14,1611Phase 4 Films