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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 Wed, Jul. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,267,217-20%4,375--$2,804$214,887,8911Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$2,501,125-14%3,13494$798$68,173,1352Warner Bros. / New Line
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,463,508-19%3,917-190$629$311,239,3793Paramount / DreamWorks
4Zookeeper$1,915,246-15%3,4820$550$48,402,0912Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,269,528-10%3,249-741$391$169,300,1964Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,070,549-12%2,405--$445$11,272,6951Disney
7Bad Teacher$784,162-15%2,659-303$295$90,953,3134Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$399,995-10%2,287-689$175$32,908,5703Universal
9Super 8$285,853-10%1,459-833$196$123,170,3506Paramount
10Monte Carlo$280,718-14%1,169-1304$240$20,986,3823Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$270,182-3%1,002-964$270$62,265,5355Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$291,875-7%872-230$335$162,196,93010Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$179,481-11%973-1042$184$113,349,1765Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$98,222-10%470-377$209$143,760,5597Fox
4Kung Fu Panda 2$93,481-14%354-296$264$160,358,5968Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$93,328-10%235-2$397$10,375,2968Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$92,747-3%241-31$385$142,178,79914Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$84,171-10%373-249$226$237,614,5809Disney
8Thor$69,202-13%272-43$254$179,718,37411Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$65,813-13%455-380$145$252,090,9558Warner Bros.
10Beginners$59,119-15%17015$348$4,117,5967Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$37,679-14%21443$176$14,482,8846Relativity Media
12A Better Life$37,405-15%21663$173$1,158,1184Summit
13Fast Five$32,860-9%212-29$155$209,242,27512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,8283%120-48$149$58,510,36613Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,85515%480$1,601$9,382,06515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,7547%27-1$1,139$26,865,82470Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,634-5%24--$818$192,1261Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$10,131-10%74-39$137$38,986,42811Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$8,511-23%67-23$127$1,455,7473UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,265-5%87-25$95$53,336,66313Lionsgate
7Project Nim$7,97812%2218$363$110,0112Roadside Attractions
8Insidious$7,648-10%66-15$116$53,853,65916FilmDistrict
9The Lincoln Lawyer$7,3125%72-34$102$58,001,15718Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,68516%19-23$141$10,141,53812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,6429%14-5$117$403,3297Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$8144%12-5$68$2,679,83610Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$722167%51$144$91,4739Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$65845%10-5$66$11,522,83014Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$54315%4-3$14$6,2372UTV Communications