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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, Mar. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$13,399,310--3,417--$3,921$13,399,3101Sony / Columbia
2Rango$5,418,983207%3,9236$1,381$51,022,2372Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$4,985,138--3,030--$1,645$4,985,1381Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$3,414,995148%2,8477$1,200$30,407,2552Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$1,722,337--3,117--$553$1,722,3371Disney
6Beastly$1,676,579260%1,9597$856$13,566,9802CBS Films
7Hall Pass$1,527,310117%2,555-395$598$31,358,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$1,216,888151%2,398-522$507$91,198,4695Sony / Columbia
9Unknown (2011)$957,45287%2,303-610$416$56,001,9584Warner Bros.
10The King's Speech$948,42585%1,768-472$536$126,385,54816Weinstein Company
11Gnomeo and Juliet$821,691124%2,585-399$318$86,306,8015Disney
12I Am Number Four$655,25352%2,005-898$327$48,850,6624Disney / DreamWorks
13Take Me Home Tonight$407,89858%2,0030$204$5,026,7512Relativity Media
14Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$356,69694%1,247-1007$286$69,933,5075Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$318,043141%931-711$342$34,174,4974Fox
2Cedar Rapids$250,837256%394159$637$3,927,1315Fox Searchlight
3The Fighter$152,96780%463-112$330$92,508,17214Paramount
4Black Swan$122,16724%337-344$363$105,609,88015Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$115,292605%30940$373$97,218,7599Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$112,09747%401-324$280$169,068,55912Paramount
7Yogi Bear$107,208783%404138$265$98,308,67113Warner Bros.
8Drive Angry$88,269-57%551-1739$160$10,092,0583Summit
9No Strings Attached$55,90241%254-171$220$69,871,6768Paramount
10The Roommate$45,09419%213-393$212$37,043,2556Sony / Screen Gems
11Biutiful$44,90662%114-32$394$4,382,38611Roadside Attractions
12Little Fockers$29,270119%177-44$165$148,299,70512Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$27,35987%122-86$224$294,642,11217Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$19,94150%123-62$162$104,062,35114Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$49,030--4--$12,258$49,0301Focus
2Kill the Irishman$42,925--5--$8,585$42,9251Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$39,40712%490$804$22,430,45052Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Blue Valentine (2010)$16,90626%60-36$282$9,470,42511Weinstein Company
5127 Hours$14,7967%79-56$187$18,200,99519Fox Searchlight
6The Eagle$14,152-45%99-228$143$19,258,8035Focus
7happythankyoumoreplease$13,857605%1917$729$57,0652Anchor Bay Films
8The Company Men$13,734-3%63-49$218$4,116,3948Weinstein Company
9The Rite$13,0679%85-116$154$32,685,3737Warner Bros. / New Line
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,14867%99-57$123$42,611,33112Fox
11Season of the Witch$6,5655%54-55$122$24,775,01510Relativity Media
12The Mechanic$6,431-19%42-67$153$28,915,2647CBS Films
13Rabbit Hole$6,04151%38-17$159$2,140,01913Lionsgate
14From Prada to Nada$2,74843%33-2$83$2,949,0237Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,674188%3-1$891$66,3855Phase 4 Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$2,26176%12-1$188$1,972,30415Roadside Attractions
17Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,545--1--$1,545$25,43115Argot Pictures
18Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,474--10$1,474$29,5613Rialto
19Winter's Bone$1,288123%9-4$143$6,524,15640Roadside Attractions