'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 Sat, Jul. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$34,487,8845%4,088--$8,436$132,242,1141Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$9,518,93220%4,1150$2,313$108,385,9812Disney
3Bad Teacher$5,049,67012%3,0490$1,656$55,019,7092Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,741,93517%2,973--$1,595$8,800,0801Universal
5Super 8$2,854,62724%3,088-336$924$105,706,1514Paramount
6Monte Carlo$2,383,698-24%2,473--$964$5,535,6001Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$2,359,60521%3,280-536$719$99,999,8163Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,892,77011%2,861-481$662$48,630,1843Fox
10X-Men: First Class$1,065,15427%1,602-1031$665$137,614,0695Fox
11The Hangover Part II$866,18624%1,568-1187$552$247,415,5886Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$788,04520%1,473-771$535$232,992,0757Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$596,45527%1,281-1246$466$156,259,9636Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$389,85647%22813$1,710$7,157,7686Fox Searchlight
3Rio (2011)$169,05320%308-36$549$140,342,86012Fox
5Fast Five$122,31025%302-156$405$208,191,90510Universal
6Water for Elephants$65,64128%234-58$281$57,971,77011Fox
7Soul Surfer$61,39712%205-35$299$43,353,11213Sony / TriStar
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$46,6916%221-670$211$13,892,2704Relativity Media
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,57740%14094$318$52,975,07011Lionsgate
10Something Borrowed$37,17413%191-112$195$38,646,5729Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$35,36146%138-51$256$57,756,87316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$204,43620%89--$2,297$374,8081UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,1189%470$1,556$8,115,79813Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Source Code$40,154243%66-40$608$54,629,24214Summit
4Hubble 3D$37,6507%330$1,141$26,256,82268Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Better Life$35,78342%117$3,253$144,5992Summit
6Double Dhamaal$28,3948%41--$693$446,1732Reliance Big Pictures
8Limitless$11,20027%55-30$204$79,223,19416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,76424%68-46$158$10,046,61310Weinstein Company
10Submarine$10,21152%20-6$511$331,7185Weinstein Company
12Jane Eyre (2011)$5,15227%26-25$198$11,205,37517Focus
13Win Win$4,394101%18-14$244$10,139,12116Fox Searchlight
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,1602%31-27$134$52,667,79715Fox
15Everything Must Go$3,24859%19-14$171$2,645,5908Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$3,05025%15-10$203$11,499,52512Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$1,24720%21$624$78,1547Image Entertainment
18The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$866-40%1--$866$17,8608Argot Pictures
19Beautiful Boy$8354%40$209$68,1265Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$760-5%7-300$109$1,425,3323Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$2066%53$41$250,67516Roadside Attractions