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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. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,370,194-21%3,379--$997$48,052,5441Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,319,163-22%3,69251$628$106,038,1382Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$1,946,624-7%3,929-23$495$132,650,7033Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$1,631,707-21%3,67560$444$221,317,0313Warner Bros.
5Bridesmaids$1,314,900-14%2,9222$450$127,921,2105Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,252,345-11%3,433-533$365$212,776,0284Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$738,378-3%2,524--$293$8,219,4681Relativity Media
8Thor$309,120-9%1,782-998$173$174,617,8796Paramount
9Fast Five$205,950-6%1,3294$155$205,732,0807Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$114,0024%527-164$216$138,094,8119Fox
2Water for Elephants$74,594-2%466-106$160$56,811,4868Fox
3Something Borrowed$61,519-10%366-322$168$37,810,2296Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$44,869-12%365-224$123$36,841,1296Sony / TriStar
5Rango$33,383-1%220-34$152$122,568,19015Paramount
6Source Code$24,881-12%248-40$100$54,239,32411Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$21,456-16%182102$118$9,728,8147Weinstein Company
8Insidious$21,19024%134-26$158$53,291,70311FilmDistrict
9HOP$18,050-5%1905$95$108,064,40511Universal
10Limitless$16,516-4%166-66$99$78,985,05113Relativity Media
11Hanna$16,365-6%147-50$111$40,046,87510Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,288-1%117-65$122$52,498,65512Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$10,102-4%112-84$90$52,794,4708Lionsgate
14The Lincoln Lawyer$9,949-9%101-32$99$57,162,96413Lionsgate
15Win Win$8,3922%100-41$84$10,025,74913Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$86,571-13%4727$1,842$2,645,0773Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$57,161-15%470$1,216$6,952,74610Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$25,977-1%31-1$838$25,682,28865Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$24,144-15%1914$1,271$530,5062Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$11,626-7%90-38$129$11,041,70214Focus
6Everything Must Go$8,045-12%87-20$92$2,560,3805Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$7,410-10%1713$436$140,9962Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$5,568-1%66-42$84$11,430,3889Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$4,439-14%80-121$55$38,141,3539Weinstein Company
10The Last Mountain$4,1351106%31$1,378$39,0232Dada Films
11The Beaver$1,809-34%46-22$39$920,6986Summit
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,470-23%40$368$189,48139Collective Eye
13Beautiful Boy$8879%40$222$32,3172Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$60814%1-3$608$68,9464Image Entertainment
15The King's Speech$51326%15-3$34$138,796,76329Weinstein Company
16Kill the Irishman$36312%5-3$73$1,183,34814Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$44-52%2-3$22$248,65413Roadside Attractions