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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 Thu, Jun. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$5,511,451-12%3,6150$1,525$154,426,9601Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$3,022,4842%3,9250$770$76,140,4581Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,756,0361%4,1649$662$172,246,2772Disney
4Bridesmaids$1,967,0705%2,95821$665$95,126,3553Universal
5Thor$808,1885%3,2960$245$164,872,9044Paramount
6Fast Five$492,0206%2,981-43$165$198,814,3105Universal
7Something Borrowed$218,03810%1,440-164$151$35,825,3174Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$196,8943%1,9180$103$28,337,2123Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$170,50715%1,67266$102$135,951,8777Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$125,376-1%9390$134$35,062,3914Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$118,03914%79433$149$55,038,6786Fox
3Soul Surfer$45,04218%4010$112$41,542,2508Sony / TriStar
4Rango$35,8569%280-22$128$121,913,45413Paramount
5Source Code$33,8692%299-78$113$53,615,6829Summit
6Insidious$29,62676%186-315$159$52,830,3739FilmDistrict
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$28,0903%3590$78$52,479,0016Lionsgate
8Everything Must Go$26,3671%161-84$164$2,255,0713Roadside Attractions
9Limitless$26,0277%269-88$97$78,584,36111Relativity Media
10HOP$22,4107%29929$75$107,632,6609Universal
11Jane Eyre (2011)$22,25113%143-65$156$10,766,61512Focus
12Hanna$21,567-20%216-63$100$39,658,0398Focus
13Scream 4$17,458-2%26156$67$37,964,5777Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,43722%214-39$81$52,199,82810Fox
15The Lincoln Lawyer$16,42611%166-13$99$56,884,58511Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,953-6%124-78$121$9,741,09511Fox Searchlight
17The Conspirator$12,9995%137-132$95$11,242,0077Roadside Attractions
18The Beaver$11,12918%109-59$102$825,3134Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,01617%203-439$39$9,495,0355Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,3548%47-3$1,412$6,138,7758Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$42,095-12%4--$10,524$631,9351Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,39720%30-4$880$25,331,29163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$6,2016%77-127$81$32,969,4858Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$1,52237%18-22$85$138,781,73327Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$844-35%60$141$55,4882Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$6681%10-2$67$1,171,08812Anchor Bay Films
8Go For It!$481-44%14-3$34$180,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Music Never Stopped$311102%50$62$245,69311Roadside Attractions
10Biutiful$110-60%5--$22$5,100,14022Roadside Attractions
11Skateland$94-18%2-9$47$18,1723Freestyle Releasing
12Dum Maaro Dum$65-53%6-5$11$563,4796Fox Searchlight