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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 Fri, Jul. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$14,842,71455%4,10719$3,614$228,818,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$9,882,271--3,040--$3,251$9,882,2711Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$7,365,038--3,482--$2,115$7,365,0381Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$4,857,82636%3,990-125$1,218$138,477,3413Disney
5Bad Teacher$3,031,87835%2,962-87$1,024$72,789,2853Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$1,963,44548%2,9763$660$22,224,7302Universal
7Super 8$1,546,10349%2,292-796$675$114,777,4445Paramount
8Monte Carlo$1,485,37328%2,4730$601$13,810,2762Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,126,1793%1,996-865$564$56,022,9534Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$977,5352%2,015-1265$485$107,561,4914Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$854,06540%1,102-287$775$156,367,8109Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$446,8698%847-755$528$141,063,6066Fox
2The Hangover Part II$393,99125%835-733$472$250,013,1747Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$331,497-8%622-851$533$235,527,2828Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$265,320-8%650-631$408$158,414,6417Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$219,49561%2379$926$8,440,2567Fox Searchlight
6Thor$176,891197%31545$562$178,343,55410Paramount
7Beginners$148,561124%15547$958$2,845,8886Focus
8Rio (2011)$139,01435%272-36$511$141,007,77313Fox
9A Better Life$82,390899%153142$538$311,6443Summit
10Fast Five$78,32548%241-61$325$208,599,52511Universal
11Soul Surfer$46,535--160-45$291$43,600,93414Sony / TriStar
12Water for Elephants$39,5807%168-66$236$58,205,18112Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$31,06232%112-28$277$53,132,39512Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,068-20%171-50$164$14,095,3555Relativity Media
15Something Borrowed$22,869-4%113-78$202$38,787,45010Warner Bros.
16The Lincoln Lawyer$18,97743%106-32$179$57,863,73817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$118,988163%901$1,322$976,3732UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$93,61022%481$1,950$8,557,40614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$41,86428%28-5$1,495$26,468,32769Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$22,445219%8111$277$53,666,22215FilmDistrict
5Source Code$9,93345%41-25$242$54,677,81315Summit
6Project Nim$7,167--4--$1,792$7,1671Roadside Attractions
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,543-35%42-26$132$10,093,91811Weinstein Company
8Submarine$4,614-4%19-1$243$365,5896Weinstein Company
9Double Dhamaal$4,287--20-21$214$515,8003Reliance Big Pictures
10Jane Eyre (2011)$3,16811%21-5$151$11,225,62518Focus
11Everything Must Go$2,87785%17-2$169$2,657,0559Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$2,182140%150$145$11,507,39013Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$1,382248%42$346$81,9708Image Entertainment
14Chillar Party$1,219--7--$174$1,2191UTV Communications
15The Last Mountain$987--3--$329$87,8176Dada Films
16The Music Never Stopped$775413%4-1$194$252,11217Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$487-15%3-1$162$71,5076Anchor Bay Films