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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 Wed, Jun. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,238,061-16%3,641--$1,164$69,867,1041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,904,243-11%3,6150$803$195,218,7082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,426,465-10%3,95227$614$107,487,0682Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,853,066-11%3,966-198$467$196,004,1203Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,634,630-5%2,920-38$560$112,041,9604Universal
6Thor$510,249-7%2,780-516$184$170,684,8575Paramount
7Fast Five$335,550-3%1,325-1656$253$203,008,9556Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$117,310-9%688-752$171$37,038,0345Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$102,1652%691-981$148$136,987,8178Fox
3Water for Elephants$95,415-10%572-222$167$56,020,2227Fox
4Jumping the Broom$82,9462%589-350$141$36,175,2235Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,5521%583-1335$85$28,862,7854Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$37,0652%288-11$129$53,953,73710Summit
7Rango$35,500-9%254-26$140$122,256,86014Paramount
8HOP$26,9450%185-114$146$107,877,61010Universal
9Insidious$25,45924%160-26$159$53,079,15710FilmDistrict
10Limitless$23,7861%232141$103$78,803,12512Relativity Media
11Hanna$23,180-2%197-19$118$39,876,7189Focus
12Jane Eyre (2011)$20,43712%128-15$160$10,921,59613Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$19,824-4%182-32$109$52,360,26011Fox
14Everything Must Go$18,0365%107-54$169$2,452,3554Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$15,8536%14117$112$9,909,52112Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,035-11%196-163$77$52,672,2847Lionsgate
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,525-1%133-33$102$57,036,00812Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,9833%201-60$60$38,077,8628Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,6262%108-29$98$11,358,4118Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$72,5164%2016$3,626$1,468,6092Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1636%470$1,386$6,499,2529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$22,958-12%322$717$25,481,78664Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$18,048-12%5--$3,610$195,3151Focus
5The Beaver$6,106-4%68-41$90$891,7375Summit
6Submarine$5,253-1%4--$1,313$57,4251Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,528-15%62-15$73$33,030,6169Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,328-10%80-123$54$9,538,2996Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$1,808150%2--$904$20,4001Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$1,426-26%4--$357$21,4621Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$9571%180$53$138,791,08928Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$904-26%4--$226$178,78038Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$682-7%8-2$85$1,178,31813Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$3940%4-2$99$59,9963Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$20865%50$42$247,79412Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$1072%1-4$107$5,101,17123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$58-62%31$19$19,2514Freestyle Releasing