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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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$1,884,1576%3,548--$531$42,555,9641Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,014,95016%2,994--$339$31,020,5321Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$959,62216%3,105--$309$34,872,7491Paramount
4The King's Speech$643,9136%2,263-321$285$96,711,97612Weinstein Company
5The Eagle$534,0061%2,296--$233$11,507,1981Focus
6No Strings Attached$435,4245%2,756-294$158$62,913,2874Paramount
7The Roommate$403,24113%2,5340$159$28,593,5642Sony / Screen Gems
8Sanctum$390,4600%2,7892$140$20,308,7852Universal
9True Grit (2010)$274,1106%2,072-830$132$161,717,5038Paramount
10The Mechanic$267,7411%1,886-818$142$26,882,6933CBS Films
11The Rite$236,114-1%2,207-778$107$30,262,3853Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Green Hornet$235,11714%2,090-943$112$93,662,2865Sony / Columbia
13Black Swan$186,1727%1,069-908$174$100,209,07511Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$157,8720%1,049-613$150$86,411,49810Paramount
15The Dilemma$67,8809%1,242-1303$55$48,045,0805Universal
16Yogi Bear$45,56712%1,111-696$41$96,818,5739Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$58,9782%393-57$150$8,499,4677Weinstein Company
2Tangled$57,58923%784-585$73$193,563,58712Disney
3127 Hours$55,7968%359-540$155$17,092,92015Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$54,5533%19112$286$2,500,0517Roadside Attractions
5TRON: Legacy$53,98110%364-676$148$169,989,2889Disney
6The Company Men$42,863-6%27746$155$3,227,2704Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$42,0076%40944$103$293,542,74913Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$23,59211%293-221$81$103,089,39910Fox
9From Prada to Nada$21,790-2%252-9$86$2,717,3363Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Little Fockers$21,2250%424-931$50$147,369,1908Universal
11Megamind$20,59814%252-38$82$147,972,37315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,59610%308-187$47$41,983,9088Fox
13Season of the Witch$12,75432%176-316$72$24,496,1946Relativity Media
14The Social Network$12,0865%178-116$68$96,671,58920Sony / Columbia
15Rabbit Hole$10,8255%112-19$97$1,918,1629Lionsgate
16Unstoppable (2010)$9,26219%147-55$63$81,400,56514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,091-2%480$669$21,570,24848Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cedar Rapids$22,140-1%15--$1,476$401,4781Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$5,77021%32-14$180$1,689,9568Focus
4The Way Back$5,69817%0-145--$2,658,9424Newmarket Films
5Winter's Bone$3,13543%26-9$121$6,403,77736Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$2,92813%78-71$38$9,540,69115Summit
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,098-23%1--$1,098$18,0711Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,04511%23-16$45$1,941,03611Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$743-12%1411$53$25,5172Freestyle