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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, Jun. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$13,989,658-29%3,641--$3,842$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$7,938,163-38%3,6150$2,196$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$7,266,307-29%3,95227$1,839$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$5,172,945-32%3,966-198$1,304$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$3,400,635-31%2,919-39$1,165$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$1,173,477-36%2,780-516$422$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$816,505-41%2,237-744$365$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$218,242-32%691-981$316$136,690,3958Fox
2Jumping the Broom$205,666-48%589-350$349$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
3Something Borrowed$195,283-47%688-752$284$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
4Water for Elephants$178,379-41%572-222$312$55,733,1957Fox
5Priest (2011)$102,272-36%583-1335$175$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$65,804-37%254-26$259$122,152,49414Paramount
7Source Code$61,553-39%288-11$214$53,850,55610Summit
8Soul Surfer$54,486-35%245-156$222$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$49,449-35%160-26$309$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
10HOP$47,765-35%245-54$195$107,802,81010Universal
11Hanna$42,893-32%197-19$218$39,808,8089Focus
12Everything Must Go$40,792-40%107-54$381$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
13Limitless$39,170-39%232-37$169$78,734,46512Relativity Media
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$35,809-46%196-163$183$52,623,4387Lionsgate
15Win Win$32,066-48%14117$227$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$31,980-26%182-32$176$52,305,51211Fox
17Jane Eyre (2011)$31,660-23%128-15$247$10,867,43213Focus
18The Lincoln Lawyer$28,402-47%133-33$214$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19The Conspirator$23,274-44%110-27$212$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
20Scream 4$21,780-34%201-60$108$38,042,4858Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$199,519-18%2016$9,976$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$51,325-18%470$1,092$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$46,703-17%5--$9,341$141,3401Focus
4Hubble 3D$24,214-10%322$757$25,407,95764Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Submarine$14,660-14%4--$3,665$41,8321Weinstein Company
6The Beaver$13,531-34%68-41$199$873,9085Summit
7Arthur (2011)$9,347-50%62-15$151$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,643-38%80-123$108$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$5,272-15%2--$2,636$17,5701Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$5,227-17%4--$1,307$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,91739%4--$479$174,99738Collective Eye
12Kill the Irishman$1,319-54%8-2$165$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
13The King's Speech$1,170-57%16-2$73$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
1435 and Ticking$803-46%4-2$201$58,7373Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$358-54%50$72$247,27912Roadside Attractions
16Skateland$276-19%31$92$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
17Biutiful$26-94%2-3$13$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions