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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. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,027,245-5%3,641--$1,106$73,894,3491Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,841,424-2%3,6150$786$198,060,1322Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,783,00615%3,95227$704$110,270,0742Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,923,3744%3,966-198$485$197,927,4943Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,707,6154%2,919-39$585$113,749,5754Universal
6Thor$544,6517%2,780-516$196$171,229,5085Paramount
7Fast Five$357,9207%2,237-744$160$203,366,8756Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$1,000,000--324--$3,086$1,000,0000Paramount
2Something Borrowed$124,0796%688-752$180$37,162,1135Warner Bros.
3Rio (2011)$122,91120%691-981$178$137,110,7288Fox
4Water for Elephants$100,7376%572-222$176$56,120,9597Fox
5Jumping the Broom$79,432-4%589-350$135$36,254,6555Sony / TriStar
6Priest (2011)$49,9231%583-1335$86$28,912,7084Sony / Screen Gems
7Rango$41,04716%254-26$162$122,297,90714Paramount
8Source Code$34,769-6%288-11$121$53,988,50610Summit
9HOP$28,1755%245-54$115$107,905,78510Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$24,15322%182-32$133$52,384,41311Fox
11Limitless$22,995-3%232-37$99$78,826,12012Relativity Media
12Jane Eyre (2011)$22,66911%128-15$177$10,944,26513Focus
13Hanna$21,613-7%197-19$110$39,898,3319Focus
14Insidious$20,048-21%160-26$125$53,099,20510FilmDistrict
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,74311%196-163$85$52,689,0277Lionsgate
16Everything Must Go$16,563-8%107-54$155$2,468,9184Roadside Attractions
17Win Win$16,3123%14117$116$9,925,83312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$13,008-4%133-33$98$57,049,01612Lionsgate
19Scream 4$12,0120%201-60$60$38,089,8748Weinstein Company
20The Conspirator$11,93112%109-28$109$11,370,3428Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$66,037-9%2016$3,302$1,534,6462Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$64,276-1%470$1,368$6,563,5289Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,28123%322$884$25,510,06764Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$14,955-17%5--$2,991$210,2701Focus
5The Beaver$6,75511%68-41$99$898,4925Summit
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,89336%80-123$74$9,544,1926Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,7816%62-15$77$33,035,3979Warner Bros.
8Submarine$4,494-14%4--$1,124$61,9191Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$2,76294%4--$691$24,2241Anchor Bay Films
10The Last Mountain$1,137-37%2--$569$22,2081Dada Films
11The King's Speech$1,11717%180$62$138,792,20628Weinstein Company
1235 and Ticking$70479%4-2$176$60,7003Image Entertainment
13Kill the Irishman$580-15%8-2$73$1,178,89813Anchor Bay Films
14Summer (2011 re-issue)$392--1--$392$3920The Film Desk
15Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$232-74%4--$58$179,01238Collective Eye
16Skateland$152162%31$51$19,4034Freestyle Releasing
17The Music Never Stopped$143-31%50$29$247,93712Roadside Attractions
18Biutiful$66-38%1-4$66$5,101,23723Roadside Attractions