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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. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$17,043,509-27%4,115--$4,142$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$8,345,589-24%3,049--$2,737$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$4,981,521-29%3,8160$1,305$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$3,361,670-30%3,42416$982$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,657,517-30%3,3423$795$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$1,919,288-28%2,633-742$729$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$1,439,871-38%2,755-705$523$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$1,411,545-34%2,031-542$695$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,272,558-37%2,244-498$567$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,201,161-25%2,527-942$475$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$381,136-31%215100$1,773$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$173,829-25%891-1633$195$13,447,5483Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$150,595-26%344-64$438$139,633,16311Fox
4Thor$147,980-29%404-471$366$177,223,3648Paramount
5Fast Five$144,270-29%458-271$315$207,752,2109Universal
6Water for Elephants$68,958-34%292-59$236$57,689,23210Fox
7Something Borrowed$57,577-38%30391$190$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
8Soul Surfer$55,732-26%240-24$232$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
9The Lincoln Lawyer$39,581-31%189-31$209$57,626,05615Lionsgate
10The Art of Getting By$36,908-24%307-303$120$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
11Rango$34,864-21%156-32$223$123,010,65517Paramount
12Jumping the Broom$23,008-50%117-94$197$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
13Source Code$18,793-31%106-55$177$54,532,07313Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$16,676-21%114-48$146$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$133,601-36%7228$1,856$1,550,0554Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$60,650-25%470$1,290$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$30,415-34%330$922$26,071,89567Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Better Life$21,029-5%4--$5,257$62,0871Summit
5Insidious$20,321-31%74-24$275$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
6Limitless$13,040-28%85-32$153$79,174,22415Relativity Media
7Submarine$12,526-27%26-2$482$288,9424Weinstein Company
8Hanna$11,737-27%59-32$199$40,201,35812Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,261-19%58-32$142$52,639,18014Fox
10Jane Eyre (2011)$8,089-36%51-17$159$11,172,83116Focus
11Win Win$5,816-41%32-35$182$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
12The Beaver$5,235-18%6643$79$958,3198Summit
13The Conspirator$4,711-13%25-19$188$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$4,703-27%33-22$143$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,475-49%46-25$97$52,889,16310Lionsgate
16The Last Mountain$2,666-36%6-1$444$83,1154Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,26283%6-4$377$212,64141Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,951-19%18-21$108$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$1,534-41%4-4$384$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
20Kill the Irishman$464-50%2--$232$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$426-52%10$426$75,5396Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$168-39%2-1$84$250,00015Roadside Attractions