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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. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$10,685,096157%3,84215$2,781$65,168,3372Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$10,457,457--2,288--$4,571$10,457,4571Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$6,924,487--2,817--$2,458$6,924,4871Fox
4HOP$4,791,185171%3,6168$1,325$92,830,1854Universal
5African Cats$3,327,053--1,220--$2,727$3,327,0531Disneynature
6Scream 4$2,770,090102%3,3149$836$26,774,3532Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$2,345,335129%2,24026$1,047$25,410,6183Sony / TriStar
8Insidious$2,103,396117%2,130-103$988$40,897,1904FilmDistrict
9Hanna$1,846,855112%2,384-161$775$28,290,7153Focus
10Source Code$1,826,610130%2,363-194$773$41,427,8544Summit
11Arthur (2011)$1,582,32181%2,770-506$571$26,732,3033Warner Bros.
12Limitless$956,91982%1,363-522$702$72,294,5136Relativity Media
13Your Highness$611,80016%1,610-1162$380$18,669,7553Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$589,54276%1,220-482$483$52,181,4746Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$718,594150%849142$846$5,421,2772Roadside Attractions
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$436,09032%928-921$470$49,793,0815Fox
3Win Win$335,065160%3884$864$5,857,7546Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$253,81739%2081$1,220$2,676,2893Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jane Eyre (2011)$249,93883%31945$784$7,369,9377Focus
6Rango$144,69243%557-419$260$119,280,9398Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$114,449--101--$1,133$114,4491Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$98,8208%244-311$405$35,702,6885Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$92,050103%263-85$350$60,978,6008Universal
10Paul$88,18537%245-291$360$36,399,0456Universal
11Just Go With It$73,30881%265-61$277$102,477,40811Sony / Columbia
12Battle: Los Angeles$73,096-6%220-334$332$82,518,7007Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$70,949103%234-81$303$138,198,16122Weinstein Company
14Red Riding Hood$68,572334%30860$223$37,067,1337Warner Bros.
15Hall Pass$49,17857%202-131$243$44,786,4589Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$34,586180%13727$252$27,542,8128CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$33,13930%162-113$205$63,497,48410Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,192669%166131$158$72,808,58611Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$62,5834%320$1,956$24,124,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$29,857--92-36$325$37,688,88310Fox
3No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$28,77515%89-100$323$1,116,8763Lionsgate / Pantelion
4True Grit (2010)$17,67941%80-97$221$171,000,08418Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$12,34060%23-16$537$982,0787Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$8,306--36-11$231$6,757,26611Fox Searchlight
7Thank You$7,635-10%20-51$382$432,7613UTV Communications
8Miral$6,1934%20-6$310$331,3025Weinstein Company
9Biutiful$4,61048%21-11$220$5,030,53317Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$2,839-8%15-5$189$4,396,40114Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$2,335--20-29$117$106,944,91721Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$1,103--24--$46$1,1031UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$511-51%6-7$85$231,8376Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$356-37%1-3$356$17,8363Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$216-81%2-2$108$215,2088Anchor Bay Films