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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. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,388,166-15%4,375--$3,517$202,620,6741Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,058,0048%3,917-190$781$308,775,8713Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,911,05111%3,13494$929$65,672,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$2,257,74522%3,4820$648$46,486,8452Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,405,20414%3,249-741$433$168,030,6684Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,218,4998%2,405--$507$10,202,1461Disney
7Bad Teacher$925,68118%2,659-303$348$90,169,1514Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$445,96530%2,287-689$195$32,508,5753Universal
9Monte Carlo$327,35022%1,169-1304$280$20,705,6643Fox
10Super 8$317,02513%1,459-833$217$122,884,4976Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$279,65215%1,002-964$279$61,995,3535Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$313,92020%872-230$360$161,905,05510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$202,34114%973-1042$208$113,169,6955Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$108,65933%354-296$307$160,265,1158Paramount / DreamWorks
4X-Men: First Class$108,61011%470-377$231$143,662,3377Fox
5The Tree of Life$103,57518%235-2$441$10,281,9688Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$95,73366%241-31$397$142,086,05214Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$93,48912%373-249$251$237,530,4099Disney
8Thor$80,00218%272-43$294$179,649,17211Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$75,64712%455-380$166$252,025,1428Warner Bros.
10Beginners$69,41223%17015$408$4,058,4777Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,03439%21443$206$14,445,2056Relativity Media
12A Better Life$43,97817%21663$204$1,120,7134Summit
13Fast Five$36,04017%212-29$170$209,209,41512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,31926%120-48$144$58,492,53813Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,94628%480$1,395$9,305,21015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$28,69512%27-1$1,063$26,835,07070Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,63316%24--$860$172,4921Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$11,25623%74-39$152$38,976,29711Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$11,05230%67-23$165$1,447,2363UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,73313%87-25$100$53,328,39813Lionsgate
7Insidious$8,462-1%66-15$128$53,846,01116FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$7,1471%2218$325$102,0332Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$6,97440%72-34$97$57,993,84518Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,30528%19-23$121$10,138,85312Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,50927%14-5$108$401,6877Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$7821%12-5$65$2,679,02210Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$45453%10-5$45$11,522,17214Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$270-34%51$54$90,7519Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$11075%40$28$255,58018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$13-38%4-3$3$6,1832UTV Communications