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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, Apr. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$10,345,242--3,827--$2,703$10,345,2421Fox
2Scream 4$8,241,236--3,305--$2,494$8,241,2361Weinstein Company
3HOP$2,326,505180%3,608-8$645$73,768,9053Universal
4Insidious$2,310,400312%2,233-186$1,035$31,436,6683FilmDistrict
5Soul Surfer$2,132,085345%2,2140$963$14,728,7122Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$2,129,315209%3,2760$650$17,537,7322Warner Bros.
7Hanna$2,124,679171%2,54510$835$18,124,9912Focus
8Source Code$1,845,064207%2,557-414$722$32,534,5863Summit
9Your Highness$1,248,025120%2,7723$450$13,305,7902Universal
10Limitless$1,074,587149%1,885-770$570$67,003,8055Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$796,219125%1,702-718$468$48,365,8805Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$484,123197%1,849-1032$262$46,524,9524Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,099,750--707--$1,556$1,099,7501Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$325,573325%384158$848$4,082,9445Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$264,513118%27427$965$5,336,3166Focus
4Sucker Punch$178,6414%555-1200$322$34,864,6854Warner Bros.
5Rango$166,44726%976-1031$171$118,226,6527Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$144,83646%2071$700$1,368,0942Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Battle: Los Angeles$141,49725%554-854$255$81,827,3116Sony / Columbia
8Paul$139,3605%536-1131$260$35,758,7805Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$104,42548%348-435$300$60,482,9557Universal
10Just Go With It$77,361298%3266$237$101,874,08510Sony / Columbia
11Hall Pass$75,352201%333-33$226$44,471,2328Warner Bros. / New Line
12The King's Speech$75,24137%315-360$239$137,814,25221Weinstein Company
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$54,37654%189-37$288$796,8532Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$52,37387%275-90$190$63,261,3309Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$38,51311%248-529$155$36,854,2106Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$32,00359%177-86$181$170,865,62817Paramount
17Beastly$21,51924%110-229$196$27,424,6327CBS Films
18Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$21,227189%128-56$166$37,550,3179Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$33,32441%321$1,041$23,766,43057Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$20,812113%71-21$293$327,1342UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$15,49676%39-13$397$892,8756Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$15,344--95-66$162$98,741,14014Sony / Columbia
5Cedar Rapids$10,58314%47-71$225$6,704,06410Fox Searchlight
6Miral$8,30730%26-3$320$279,2884Weinstein Company
7Drive Angry$7,19412%71-55$101$10,688,8018Summit
8Biutiful$5,97812%32-6$187$4,995,97516Roadside Attractions
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,782102%35-34$165$72,760,31710Paramount
10Black Swan$5,613-18%49-54$115$106,915,02720Fox Searchlight
11The Company Men$4,72456%20-12$236$4,373,51613Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$1,870-62%42-60$45$6,919,5687Relativity Media
13The Music Never Stopped$1,53754%13-1$118$226,1595Roadside Attractions
14Blue Valentine (2010)$1,4174%15-4$94$9,698,02116Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,248265%42$312$11,4172Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$9537%4-5$238$210,0057Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$320-73%1-19$320$162,6273Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$60900%20$30$6,531,37745Roadside Attractions