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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. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$15,106,779-9%3,816--$3,959$53,174,3031Warner Bros.
2Super 8$7,472,689-7%3,40829$2,193$73,002,8092Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,559,771-15%3,339--$1,665$18,445,3551Fox
4X-Men: First Class$4,077,726-8%3,375-317$1,208$120,358,0863Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$3,067,585-10%3,469-460$884$143,670,4684Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Hangover Part II$2,778,872-31%3,460-215$803$233,110,6174Warner Bros.
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,397,254-3%2,742-691$874$220,746,5025Disney
8Bridesmaids$1,774,085-40%2,573-349$690$136,450,7256Universal
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$490,623-40%2,5240$194$11,029,3072Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$398,615-8%875-907$456$176,111,0787Paramount
2The Tree of Life$361,238-24%11568$3,141$3,900,3554Fox Searchlight
3Fast Five$280,915-17%729-600$385$206,816,8808Universal
4Rio (2011)$158,558-21%408-119$389$138,725,04410Fox
5The Art of Getting By$142,716-41%610--$234$679,1601Fox Searchlight
6Water for Elephants$78,530-38%351-115$224$57,192,1699Fox
7Soul Surfer$70,609-23%264-53$267$42,638,64611Sony / TriStar
8Jumping the Broom$63,131-29%211-154$299$37,101,0647Sony / TriStar
9The Lincoln Lawyer$62,253-21%220119$283$57,373,86114Lionsgate
10Rango$52,212-5%188-32$278$122,751,08116Paramount
11Something Borrowed$41,245-52%212-154$195$38,077,6847Warner Bros.
12Source Code$35,150-27%161-87$218$54,388,84912Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$31,990-12%162-20$197$9,847,9388Weinstein Company
14Limitless$22,849-20%117-49$195$79,077,83414Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$106,660-31%4425$2,424$909,1243Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$67,005-11%470$1,426$7,240,52911Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$38,117-12%332$1,155$25,838,72266Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$25,734-28%98-36$263$53,399,44512FilmDistrict
5Hanna$19,518-11%91-56$214$40,122,69211Focus
6Submarine$17,619-27%2811$629$207,6523Weinstein Company
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,832-20%90-27$165$52,563,99113Fox
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$14,216-15%71-41$200$52,848,3429Lionsgate
9Win Win$13,012-32%67-33$194$10,078,13914Fox Searchlight
10Priest (2011)$12,419-32%71-98$175$29,136,6266Sony / Screen Gems
11Jane Eyre (2011)$12,120-34%68-22$178$11,100,68915Focus
12Everything Must Go$9,150-22%55-32$166$2,598,7766Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$8,533-14%44-22$194$11,460,30710Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$6,783-3%74$969$64,5433Dada Films
15Beautiful Boy$4,440-31%84$555$49,0323Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$4,408-18%39-41$113$38,160,37710Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$3,352-36%23-23$146$935,4887Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,447-16%106$245$198,80040Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$983-20%10$983$72,7785Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$509-34%0-5--$1,185,25315Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$60-44%31$20$248,99014Roadside Attractions