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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, May. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$23,341,263-8%3,955--$5,902$48,823,0591Paramount
2Fast Five$12,780,38020%3,66218$3,490$130,752,4552Universal
3Jumping the Broom$5,184,03725%2,035--$2,547$9,341,5071Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$4,900,4262%2,904--$1,687$9,693,0111Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$3,491,70978%3,258-450$1,072$112,152,7544Fox
6Water for Elephants$2,242,29835%2,614-206$858$39,913,0233Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,548,83853%1,881-407$823$45,465,0633Lionsgate
8Prom$964,85620%2,7300$353$7,144,9462Disney
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$876,998102%2,5050$350$6,143,7152Weinstein Company
10Soul Surfer$853,39944%1,781-229$479$36,026,3265Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$572,07219%1,001-583$572$50,033,8416FilmDistrict
12African Cats$336,99520%1,035-189$326$12,447,6123Disneynature
13Scream 4$298,00116%1,333-888$224$36,773,1704Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$531,61749%930-715$572$50,589,1726Summit
2Hanna$335,74040%748-821$449$37,373,0385Focus
3The Conspirator$262,14063%457-240$574$9,597,1304Roadside Attractions
4Win Win$239,94497%268-34$895$8,184,1658Fox Searchlight
5HOP$220,99088%902-2274$245$106,200,4356Universal
6Limitless$205,07736%379-459$541$76,875,2048Relativity Media
7Rango$203,66839%2770$735$120,341,63510Paramount
8The Lincoln Lawyer$193,50156%440-279$440$55,400,5628Lionsgate
9Jane Eyre (2011)$165,60357%248-46$668$9,277,9369Focus
10The Adjustment Bureau$147,27565%215-62$685$62,012,18010Universal
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$99,58172%339-164$294$51,226,8107Fox
12Paul$90,78035%204-20$445$37,170,5258Universal
13Your Highness$90,18055%164-238$550$21,391,1855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$86,00728%355-896$242$32,180,0925Warner Bros.
15Battle: Los Angeles$77,89643%229127$340$82,948,1979Sony / Columbia
16Sucker Punch$40,55142%210136$193$36,158,2067Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$38,52438%464-411$83$1,078,0192Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$37,09047%133-66$279$102,916,29513Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$33,94241%156-53$218$37,497,9929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$93,3474%59-10$1,582$4,145,5995Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Beaver$42,80943%22--$1,946$72,6751Summit
3Hubble 3D$28,523-16%320$891$24,596,97360Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The King's Speech$22,13133%90-95$246$138,628,67024Weinstein Company
5Beastly$16,94939%76-50$223$27,800,21410CBS Films
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,55852%57-52$273$72,990,29313Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$15,14573%52-17$291$37,849,88312Fox
8Hall Pass$13,36740%67-49$200$45,036,40711Warner Bros. / New Line
9Kill the Irishman$11,77671%23-7$512$1,101,2109Anchor Bay Films
10Dum Maaro Dum$9,89957%33-60$300$525,5523Fox Searchlight
11Cedar Rapids$9,47356%22-4$431$6,822,16913Fox Searchlight
12Unknown (2011)$7,58918%49-52$155$63,672,07012Warner Bros.
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$4,02935%21-24$192$1,293,1425Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Company Men$3,92420%3520$112$4,425,68716Weinstein Company
15Biutiful$2,58541%16-6$162$5,069,15419Roadside Attractions
16Miral$1,40650%5-5$281$365,6297Weinstein Company
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,180232%4--$295$143,23934Collective Eye
18The Music Never Stopped$78584%73$112$236,2488Roadside Attractions
19Passion Play$73719%2--$369$1,3561Image Entertainment
20Sympathy For Delicious$56128%20$281$12,7312Maya Entertainment