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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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$6,739,166--3,043--$2,215$6,739,1661Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$6,217,357--3,154--$1,971$6,217,3571Disney / DreamWorks
3Just Go With It$5,215,143177%3,5480$1,470$47,771,1072Sony / Columbia
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,782,465--2,821--$1,695$4,782,4651Fox
5Gnomeo and Juliet$4,255,063319%3,01420$1,412$35,275,5952Disney
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,790,976295%3,11813$1,216$38,663,7252Paramount
7The King's Speech$1,496,663132%2,086-177$717$98,208,63913Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$1,217,990202%2,160-374$564$29,811,5543Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$1,000,58187%2,2960$436$12,507,7792Focus
10No Strings Attached$897,576106%1,966-790$457$63,810,8635Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$556,629103%1,465-607$380$162,274,1329Paramount
12Sanctum$399,3302%1,377-1412$290$20,708,1153Universal
13The Green Hornet$357,76352%1,265-825$283$93,909,6066Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$303,06028%1,048-1159$289$30,565,4454Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$324,576106%759-290$428$86,736,07411Paramount
2Black Swan$314,00769%656-413$479$100,523,08212Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$259,470-3%952-934$273$27,142,1634CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$214,137867%10287$2,099$615,6152Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$121,691123%157-34$775$2,621,7428Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$115,341153%725-386$159$96,933,91410Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$85,429103%321-88$266$293,628,17814Warner Bros.
8Blue Valentine (2010)$82,80040%235-158$352$8,582,2678Weinstein Company
9127 Hours$76,74138%240-119$320$17,169,39116Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$72,04868%242-35$298$3,299,3185Weinstein Company
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$71,433203%264-29$271$103,158,36611Fox
12Little Fockers$69,825229%285-139$245$147,439,0159Universal
13The Tourist$59,183--224124$264$67,096,00211Sony / Columbia
14Megamind$58,181182%214-38$272$148,030,55416Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Dilemma$49,810-27%293-949$170$48,094,8906Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$47,261224%235-73$201$42,031,1699Fox
17The Social Network$20,28768%113-65$180$96,691,87621Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$19,084-12%128-124$149$2,736,4204Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$18,897104%105-42$180$81,419,46215Fox
20Season of the Witch$8,530-33%132-44$65$24,504,7247Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
17 Khoon Maaf$47,868--65--$736$47,8681UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$43,17735%502$864$21,613,42549Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Rabbit Hole$13,63626%78-34$175$1,931,79810Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$7,91537%29-3$273$1,697,8719Focus
5Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,256379%21$2,628$23,3272Phase 4 Films
6Immigration Tango$3,644--30--$121$3,6441Roadside Attractions
7Brotherhood (2010)$3,527--1--$3,527$3,5271Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$3,51712%20-6$176$6,407,29437Roadside Attractions
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,34429%9-14$149$1,942,38012Roadside Attractions