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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 Mon, Jun. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$5,452,193-61%3,641--$1,497$60,553,7971Fox
2The Hangover Part II$3,247,199-59%3,6150$898$189,055,3932Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,331,802-68%3,95227$590$102,360,1742Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,857,198-64%3,966-198$468$192,058,0783Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,517,880-55%2,919-39$520$108,685,1104Universal
6Thor$500,801-57%2,780-516$180$169,623,7495Paramount
7Fast Five$346,735-58%2,237-744$155$202,326,4006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$118,244-39%688-752$172$36,791,5745Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$95,162-56%691-981$138$136,785,5578Fox
3Water for Elephants$85,933-52%572-222$150$55,819,1287Fox
4Jumping the Broom$85,625-58%589-350$145$35,992,9255Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$50,606-51%583-1335$87$28,764,1834Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$29,718-52%288-11$103$53,880,27410Summit
7Rango$29,681-55%254-26$117$122,182,17514Paramount
8Insidious$22,359-55%160-26$140$53,033,18110FilmDistrict
9Limitless$21,361-45%232-37$92$78,755,82612Relativity Media
10Hanna$21,163-51%197-19$107$39,829,9719Focus
11HOP$20,900-56%245-54$85$107,823,71010Universal
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,921-53%196-163$86$52,640,3597Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$16,207-60%107-54$151$2,417,0874Roadside Attractions
14Jane Eyre (2011)$15,416-51%128-15$120$10,882,84813Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,311-55%182-32$79$52,319,82311Fox
16Win Win$12,837-60%14117$91$9,878,77012Fox Searchlight
17The Lincoln Lawyer$11,780-59%133-33$89$57,008,76412Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,705-46%201-60$58$38,054,1908Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$8,638-63%108-29$80$11,337,3428Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$75,922-62%2016$3,796$1,326,1482Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$52,2952%470$1,113$6,372,7399Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$24,6752%322$771$25,432,63264Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$15,506-67%5--$3,101$156,8461Focus
5The Beaver$5,352-60%68-41$79$879,2605Summit
6Submarine$5,020-66%4--$1,255$46,8521Weinstein Company
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$3,561-59%80-123$45$9,529,1486Weinstein Company
8Beautiful Boy$1,945-63%4--$486$18,1071Anchor Bay Films
9Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,472-23%4--$368$176,65638Collective Eye
10The Last Mountain$969-82%2--$485$17,8681Dada Films
11The King's Speech$955-18%16-2$60$138,789,18728Weinstein Company
12Kill the Irishman$536-59%8-2$67$1,176,90213Anchor Bay Films
1335 and Ticking$470-41%4-2$118$59,2073Image Entertainment
14The Music Never Stopped$181-49%50$36$247,46012Roadside Attractions
15Skateland$159-42%31$53$19,0494Freestyle Releasing
16Biutiful$22-15%1-4$22$5,100,95923Roadside Attractions