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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 Tue, Jul. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,437,461-25%4,0881388$3,287$194,088,8581Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,822,288-29%4,1150$929$126,382,5982Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,503,509-9%3,0490$821$65,211,0142Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,486,500-50%2,973--$500$17,585,2951Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,324,25517%2,473--$535$9,912,5731Fox
6Super 8$1,106,531-31%3,088-336$358$111,176,6874Paramount
7Green Lantern (2011)$1,077,169-21%3,280-536$328$104,693,6293Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,010,146-13%2,861-481$353$52,737,8083Fox
9Bridesmaids$590,325-17%1,389-642$425$154,319,2058Universal
10X-Men: First Class$464,823-30%1,602-1031$290$139,794,1785Fox
11The Hangover Part II$336,385-17%1,568-1187$215$248,987,6576Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$335,107-24%1,473-771$227$234,512,0727Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$287,355-32%1,281-1246$224$157,568,7516Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$136,463-43%22813$599$7,947,0556Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$94,423-1%308-36$307$140,669,50512Fox
3Thor$63,062-11%270-134$234$178,051,1629Paramount
4Beginners$60,746-57%10835$562$2,567,6825Focus
5Fast Five$52,850-10%302-156$175$208,415,40010Universal
6Water for Elephants$32,757-7%234-58$140$58,094,26811Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$31,5477%221-670$143$13,997,8924Relativity Media
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$21,787-12%14094$156$53,057,68911Lionsgate
9Something Borrowed$21,1618%191-112$111$38,718,0469Warner Bros.
10Rango$16,125-15%117-39$138$123,223,31918Paramount
11The Lincoln Lawyer$12,743-38%138-51$92$57,819,45716Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,7382%470$1,250$8,316,04113Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$58,693-51%89--$659$760,5171UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$30,278-8%330$918$26,360,54568Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,41428%68-46$124$10,071,68410Weinstein Company
5Insidious$8,1181%70-4$116$53,628,38114FilmDistrict
6A Better Life$7,982-66%117$726$212,6642Summit
7Source Code$5,843-28%66-40$89$54,654,98614Summit
8Limitless$5,22615%55-30$95$79,240,69416Relativity Media
9Submarine$4,197-25%20-6$210$351,7875Weinstein Company
10Hanna$4,0679%34-25$120$40,251,57913Focus
11Jane Eyre (2011)$3,44318%26-25$132$11,216,60417Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,7365%31-27$88$52,676,71515Fox
13Win Win$2,002-1%18-14$111$10,147,70916Fox Searchlight
14Everything Must Go$1,20945%19-14$64$2,650,5548Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$813-63%0----$11,504,51512Roadside Attractions
16The Art of Getting By$69667%7-300$99$1,426,9533Fox Searchlight
17Beautiful Boy$5006%40$125$69,9555Anchor Bay Films
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$415--1-3$415$216,12242Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$270-53%21$135$79,7577Image Entertainment
20The Music Never Stopped$75-40%53$15$251,06916Roadside Attractions