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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. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,052,664-26%4,155--$1,457$104,347,7741Disney
2Bridesmaids$2,334,915-14%2,93719$795$64,392,9502Universal
3Thor$1,284,927-23%3,924-39$327$148,325,1943Paramount
4Fast Five$850,880-19%3,622-171$235$188,065,7554Universal
5Priest (2011)$504,137-12%2,8640$176$24,912,3982Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$421,0061%2,606-298$162$32,358,5723Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$341,594-37%2,593-336$132$132,564,0176Fox
8Jumping the Broom$275,987-9%1,472-563$187$31,900,5963Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$248,666-6%1,894-531$131$52,969,3555Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$77,722-9%984-484$79$40,774,0267Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$72,9244%912-537$80$51,866,9195Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$59,5295%24527$243$1,744,7952Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$41,395-33%35759$116$78,172,62610Relativity Media
5Insidious$40,394-16%501-261$81$52,520,8458FilmDistrict
6Source Code$40,119-32%377-249$106$53,054,8848Summit
7Hanna$36,135-19%279-146$130$39,247,8257Focus
8Rango$35,407-7%30286$117$35,40712Paramount
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,206-62%642-634$55$9,326,8244Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,263-9%208-40$150$10,436,46311Focus
11Win Win$25,721-8%202-46$127$9,404,62510Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,211-6%269-101$90$10,959,6076Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$23,169-21%258-87$90$56,560,92510Lionsgate
14The Beaver$21,174-7%16863$126$623,6343Summit
15HOP$17,665-50%354-105$50$107,244,7408Universal
16Arthur (2011)$14,472-7%237-107$61$32,830,8247Warner Bros.
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,706-31%253-58$46$51,916,2569Fox
18Scream 4$11,017-14%205-221$54$37,741,5306Weinstein Company
19The Adjustment Bureau$10,9950%116-48$95$62,475,33012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,717-18%50-7$1,274$5,489,8987Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,130-10%340$680$25,083,22862Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$3,1039%45-94$69$36,387,6669Warner Bros.
4The King's Speech$2,202-15%40-31$55$138,757,27326Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,088-10%50-50$42$37,656,97311Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,845-36%6--$308$34,5441Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,22711%64-154$19$175,0202Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,093-20%12-1$91$1,155,72111Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$832-39%0-11--$5,096,63221Roadside Attractions
10Skateland$629-23%119$57$16,3912Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$396-8%11-9$36$560,3155Fox Searchlight
12Meet Monica Velour$198-65%21$99$32,4067Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$7--5--$1$242,92510Roadside Attractions