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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 Sun, May. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$26,274,106-12%3,615--$7,268$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$16,038,952-13%3,925--$4,086$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$13,719,408-10%4,1649$3,295$153,424,2612Disney
4Bridesmaids$5,827,260-4%2,95821$1,970$85,157,9103Universal
5Thor$3,410,364-6%3,296-628$1,035$159,893,1734Paramount
6Fast Five$2,161,225-12%2,981-641$725$195,818,2505Universal
7Rio (2011)$677,170-5%1,672-921$405$134,846,1577Fox
8Something Borrowed$611,471-13%1,440-1166$425$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$601,761-7%1,918-946$314$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$605,623-19%939-533$645$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$375,350-11%794-1100$473$54,417,0336Fox
3Soul Surfer$138,769-9%401-583$346$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
4Rango$125,511-12%280-22$448$121,715,38213Paramount
5Source Code$109,054-12%299-78$365$53,432,4139Summit
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$107,332-22%359-553$299$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Everything Must Go$100,284-4%161-84$623$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
8HOP$79,235-13%299-55$265$107,508,6459Universal
9Hanna$76,811-8%216-63$356$39,528,6618Focus
10Limitless$73,873-12%269-88$275$78,457,21811Relativity Media
11Win Win$72,709-10%124-78$586$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$63,973-21%166-92$385$56,790,94211Lionsgate
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$56,016-11%214-39$262$52,107,69010Fox
14The Conspirator$55,832-12%137-132$408$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
15Insidious$55,756-8%186-315$300$52,734,4579FilmDistrict
16Jane Eyre (2011)$52,413-19%143-65$367$10,656,31112Focus
17Scream 4$45,391-3%26156$174$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$34,380-17%109-59$315$765,7334Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$25,680-7%203-439$127$9,449,6215Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$133,60012%4--$33,400$372,9201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,435-9%47-3$1,733$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,438-2%30-4$1,181$25,230,80063Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$28,536-11%77-160$371$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$20,6034%96-74$215$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
635 and Ticking$3,479-16%60$580$48,2802Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$2,748-27%10-2$275$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
8The King's Speech$2,500-51%18-22$139$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
9Dum Maaro Dum$707-9%6-5$118$562,6876Fox Searchlight
10Go For It!$547-15%14-50$39$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Music Never Stopped$460-46%50$92$244,72411Roadside Attractions
12Biutiful$458171%5-2$92$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$22345%2-9$112$17,7043Freestyle Releasing