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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, Apr. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$29,935,460-13%3,644--$8,215$64,334,8201Universal
2Rio (2011)$6,611,94281%3,708-134$1,783$99,483,8363Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,487,10045%2,2880$1,961$38,604,0472Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$4,018,65838%2,8203$1,425$30,075,7322Fox
5Prom$1,919,0032%2,730--$703$3,797,5181Disney
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,786,71964%2,505--$713$2,877,6731Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$1,467,91244%2,010-230$730$32,964,6364Sony / TriStar
8HOP$1,206,88065%3,176-440$380$104,656,9255Universal
9Insidious$1,128,34612%1,584-546$712$47,759,6405FilmDistrict
10Source Code$1,118,20038%1,645-718$680$48,305,4015Summit
11Hanna$950,55837%1,569-815$606$35,345,1704Focus
12Scream 4$890,41712%2,221-1093$401$35,002,0723Weinstein Company
13African Cats$829,857-14%1,2244$678$10,057,0992Disneynature
14Arthur (2011)$425,27727%1,251-1519$340$31,423,6584Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$512,72376%697-152$736$8,462,3183Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$476,70134%838-525$569$75,823,7627Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$375,36475%719-501$522$54,600,0667Lionsgate
4Win Win$342,676106%302-86$1,135$7,454,2387Fox Searchlight
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$288,5838%875--$330$556,1601Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Your Highness$279,39022%402-1208$695$20,981,4754Universal
7Jane Eyre (2011)$233,49774%294-25$794$8,595,5248Focus
8The Adjustment Bureau$228,52538%27714$825$61,617,7909Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$177,50576%503-425$353$50,897,5696Fox
10Paul$131,04019%224-21$585$36,884,7707Universal
11Rango$120,24473%277-280$434$119,868,5159Paramount
12Red Riding Hood$57,99852%209-99$278$37,358,8968Warner Bros.
13Just Go With It$56,97744%199-66$286$102,777,61512Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$53,85851%185-49$291$138,509,34723Weinstein Company
15Beastly$39,86048%126-11$316$27,708,0359CBS Films
16Battle: Los Angeles$34,03355%102-118$334$82,779,3938Sony / Columbia
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,87385%109-57$247$72,926,92912Paramount
18Hall Pass$25,35834%116-86$219$44,969,91910Warner Bros. / New Line
19Unknown (2011)$20,59248%101-61$204$63,629,70711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$108,3175%69-139$1,570$3,659,2114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Dum Maaro Dum$42,12846%93-8$453$462,5532Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$34,703-31%320$1,084$24,433,30459Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$28,46980%69-23$413$37,801,88311Fox
5Sucker Punch$24,10842%74-170$326$36,046,9626Warner Bros.
6Kill the Irishman$17,91462%307$597$1,052,7998Anchor Bay Films
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$12,77047%45-44$284$1,261,3944Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Cedar Rapids$7,09994%26-10$273$6,797,21812Fox Searchlight
9Sympathy For Delicious$4,02991%2--$2,015$6,1381Maya Entertainment
10The Company Men$3,09034%150$206$4,410,92015Weinstein Company
11Biutiful$2,90815%221$132$5,053,54918Roadside Attractions
12Miral$2,51160%10-10$251$358,4886Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$2,15327%10$2,153$22,4994Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$1,598287%7-13$228$461,7234UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$1483%4-2$37$234,6487Roadside Attractions