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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 Tue, Feb. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$2,343,296-61%3,548--$660$38,895,3051Sony / Columbia
2Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,068,504-39%3,105--$344$33,082,6121Paramount
3Gnomeo and Juliet$1,067,654-61%2,994--$357$29,128,0141Disney
4The King's Speech$688,395-37%2,263-321$304$95,462,50312Weinstein Company
5The Eagle$683,974-36%2,296--$298$10,445,3241Focus
6No Strings Attached$502,524-67%2,756-294$182$62,062,4374Paramount
7Sanctum$502,020-49%2,7892$180$19,527,3002Universal
8The Roommate$469,410-70%2,5340$185$27,833,3092Sony / Screen Gems
9The Mechanic$315,552-49%1,886-818$167$26,350,1783CBS Films
10True Grit (2010)$277,059-50%2,072-830$134$161,185,8838Paramount
11The Rite$266,448-60%2,207-778$121$29,787,8873Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Green Hornet$250,767-56%2,090-943$120$93,220,3885Sony / Columbia
13Black Swan$192,542-40%1,069-908$180$99,848,80511Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$178,318-38%1,049-613$170$86,095,86110Paramount
15The Dilemma$74,520-64%1,242-1303$60$47,915,1455Universal
16Yogi Bear$40,936-44%1,111-696$37$96,732,3159Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$63,242-41%393-57$161$8,382,9127Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$59,343-26%359-540$165$16,985,36015Fox Searchlight
3Biutiful$56,147-23%19112$294$2,392,4227Roadside Attractions
4Tangled$48,563-54%784-585$62$193,459,19812Disney
5TRON: Legacy$48,024-43%364-676$132$169,886,1349Disney
6The Company Men$47,022-21%27746$170$3,138,5654Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$40,855-37%40944$100$293,461,11213Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$27,560-58%424-931$65$147,326,7708Universal
9From Prada to Nada$24,010-60%252-9$95$2,673,3573Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$22,949-43%293-221$78$103,044,51410Fox
11Megamind$18,312-50%252-38$73$147,933,72915Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,308-47%308-187$46$41,956,0478Fox
13Season of the Witch$12,061-28%176-316$69$24,473,8096Relativity Media
14The Social Network$11,321-35%178-116$64$96,647,99620Sony / Columbia
15Rabbit Hole$10,096-8%112-19$90$1,897,0109Lionsgate
16Unstoppable (2010)$9,685-44%147-55$66$81,383,53614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$31,2069%480$650$21,505,49548Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cedar Rapids$20,024-41%15--$1,335$357,0581Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$5,243-6%32-14$164$1,679,4168Focus
4The Way Back$4,736-18%0-145--$2,648,3894Newmarket Films
5Fair Game (2010)$2,460-47%78-71$32$9,535,18015Summit
6Winter's Bone$1,494-24%26-9$57$6,398,45736Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,39025%1--$1,390$15,5511Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,256-20%23-16$55$1,939,05211Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$711-68%1411$51$23,9252Freestyle