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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. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$8,868,80432%3,043--$2,914$15,607,9701Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$8,341,05096%3,01420$2,767$43,616,6452Disney
3Just Go With It$7,674,00147%3,5480$2,163$55,445,1082Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$7,616,04222%3,154--$2,415$13,833,3991Disney / DreamWorks
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,014,71547%2,821--$2,487$11,797,1801Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,467,57444%3,11813$1,754$44,131,2992Paramount
7The King's Speech$2,830,23089%2,086-177$1,357$101,038,86913Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$1,642,52535%2,160-374$760$31,454,0793Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$1,494,34349%2,2960$651$14,002,1222Focus
10No Strings Attached$1,272,65442%1,966-790$647$65,083,5175Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$1,077,47394%1,465-607$735$163,351,6059Paramount
12Sanctum$702,27076%1,377-1412$510$21,410,3853Universal
13The Green Hornet$642,82280%1,265-825$508$94,552,4286Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$478,66858%1,048-1159$457$31,044,1134Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$692,370113%759-290$912$87,428,44411Paramount
2Black Swan$565,56880%656-413$862$101,088,65012Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$416,56961%952-934$438$27,558,7324CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$396,95185%10287$3,892$1,012,5662Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$224,75485%157-34$1,432$2,846,4968Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$211,13683%725-386$291$97,145,05010Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$150,61576%321-88$469$293,778,79314Warner Bros.
8Blue Valentine (2010)$136,17264%235-158$579$8,718,4398Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$134,46387%242-35$556$3,433,7815Weinstein Company
10127 Hours$131,20571%240-119$547$17,300,59616Fox Searchlight
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$125,04175%264-29$474$103,283,40711Fox
12Megamind$119,342105%214-38$558$148,149,89616Paramount / DreamWorks
13Little Fockers$112,57061%285-139$395$147,551,5859Universal
14The Tourist$84,20342%224124$376$67,180,20511Sony / Columbia
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$82,54375%235-73$351$42,113,7129Fox
16The Dilemma$78,17557%293-949$267$48,173,0656Universal
17The Social Network$37,69986%113-65$334$96,729,57521Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$36,56292%128-124$286$2,772,9824Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$30,15160%105-42$287$81,449,61315Fox
20Season of the Witch$14,90275%132-44$113$24,519,6267Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$72,00067%502$1,440$21,685,42549Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$64,95336%65--$999$112,8211UTV Communications
3Rabbit Hole$23,27971%78-34$298$1,955,07710Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$13,49871%29-3$465$1,711,3699Focus
5Winter's Bone$7,864124%20-6$393$6,415,15837Roadside Attractions
6Immigration Tango$6,05366%30--$202$9,6971Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,85211%21$2,926$29,1792Phase 4 Films
8Brotherhood (2010)$2,712-23%1--$2,712$6,2391Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$2,17462%9-14$242$1,944,55412Roadside Attractions