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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 Tue, May. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$6,158,360-1%3,644--$1,690$98,588,3651Universal
2Water for Elephants$1,056,32135%2,8203$375$34,320,6352Fox
3Rio (2011)$770,07812%3,708-134$208$105,473,4693Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$574,7015%2,2880$251$42,010,6782Lionsgate
5African Cats$321,67752%1,2244$263$11,202,1612Disneynature
6Source Code$239,02731%1,645-718$145$49,308,6415Summit
7Hanna$237,11417%1,569-815$151$36,393,7224Focus
8Scream 4$225,41729%2,221-1093$101$35,896,4753Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$211,31627%2,010-230$105$34,220,3884Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$210,06220%2,505--$84$4,493,8761Weinstein Company
11Prom$208,68035%2,730--$76$5,076,3431Disney
12Insidious$184,83910%1,584-546$117$48,662,2615FilmDistrict
13HOP$127,04014%3,176-440$40$105,641,4855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$106,07826%1,251-1519$85$31,862,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$133,10241%838-525$159$76,317,7537Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$109,95422%695-154$158$8,965,0513Roadside Attractions
3The Lincoln Lawyer$82,22832%719-501$114$54,944,2287Lionsgate
4Jane Eyre (2011)$70,20524%294-25$239$8,866,5328Focus
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$69,1679%875--$79$887,3961Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$60,15237%302-86$199$7,715,7187Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$40,20011%402-1208$100$21,178,4504Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$26,31527%27714$95$61,729,9759Universal
9Paul$20,16020%224-21$90$36,979,9457Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,566-5%503-425$35$51,037,7756Fox
11Rango$16,88412%277-280$61$119,963,6139Paramount
12The King's Speech$15,30939%185-49$83$138,563,57323Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$12,42811%209-99$59$37,418,9008Warner Bros.
14Beastly$11,8704%126-11$94$27,754,4089CBS Films
15Hall Pass$7,79522%116-86$67$45,000,22410Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,70715%109-57$52$72,955,71212Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,74720%101-61$47$63,649,04511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,42326%69-139$731$3,837,1864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$17,23610%320$539$24,490,62159Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$8,08949%93-8$87$497,4952Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$7,41819%74-170$100$36,075,7276Warner Bros.
5Kill the Irishman$4,5484%307$152$1,073,4138Anchor Bay Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,72830%69-23$54$37,821,02711Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,97111%45-44$66$1,280,7874Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Biutiful$2,56950%221$117$5,060,37818Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,52011%26-10$58$6,803,32012Fox Searchlight
10Meet Monica Velour$1,373277%21$687$25,5704Anchor Bay Films
11The Company Men$1,01022%150$67$4,414,94615Weinstein Company
12Miral$83819%10-10$84$361,7816Weinstein Company
13Sympathy For Delicious$553-23%2--$277$10,7211Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$454173%7--$65$463,2294UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$94-12%4-2$24$234,9017Roadside Attractions