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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, Jul. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$35,703,962-16%4,375--$8,161$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,391,044-26%3,917-190$1,632$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$5,204,494-26%3,13494$1,661$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$3,445,748-31%3,4820$990$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$2,502,038-28%3,249-741$770$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$2,166,833-22%2,405--$901$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$1,449,187-31%2,659-303$545$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$720,530-37%2,287-689$315$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$546,284-35%1,459-833$374$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$383,324-31%1,002-994$383$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$382,797-25%1,169-1304$327$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$479,600-35%872-230$550$161,329,58010Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$360,483-37%973-1042$370$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
3The Tree of Life$194,072-28%235-2$826$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
4X-Men: First Class$190,596-27%470-377$406$143,455,8577Fox
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$140,915-32%373-249$378$237,353,6349Disney
6Kung Fu Panda 2$140,154-22%354-296$396$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beginners$132,501-31%17015$779$3,932,6877Focus
8The Hangover Part II$125,077-43%455-380$275$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
9Thor$119,699-23%272-43$440$179,501,16211Paramount
10A Better Life$116,366-16%21663$539$1,039,0364Summit
11Rio (2011)$95,144-25%241-31$395$141,932,57614Fox
12Fast Five$65,730-23%212-29$310$209,142,63512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$40,924-26%21443$191$14,369,5556Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$24,854-28%120-48$207$58,461,50113Fox
15Soul Surfer$21,723-35%126-34$172$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$55,286-24%480$1,152$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$39,387-30%24--$1,641$134,0051Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,138-22%27-1$1,190$26,772,08970Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Delhi Belly$27,501-40%67-23$410$1,427,7053UTV Communications
5Something Borrowed$19,242-37%74-39$260$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
6Insidious$15,972-19%66-15$242$53,829,02816FilmDistrict
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,601-34%87-25$179$53,311,94813Lionsgate
8Project Nim$15,581-25%2218$708$87,8402Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$11,447-36%72-34$159$57,981,88918Lionsgate
10Submarine$2,970-14%14-5$212$398,9887Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,347-21%52$469$101,4347Dada Films
12Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,154-26%19-23$113$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
13The Conspirator$1,81811%10-5$182$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$1,240-43%12-5$103$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,066-20%51$213$90,0699Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$880-34%1-2$880$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$1982%4-3$50$6,1492UTV Communications