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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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$13,260,814--3,395--$3,906$13,260,8141Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$13,087,485--3,750--$3,490$13,087,4851Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,864,58145%3,7150$2,117$99,731,8492Paramount
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$6,584,335--3,020--$2,180$6,584,3351Warner Bros.
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,557,95335%4,145-230$1,582$303,092,4623Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,170,02940%2,9260$1,083$32,070,3102Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,214,07444%2,510-594$882$91,315,6264Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,793,66729%2,604-771$689$333,715,0815Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,411,57013%2,418-797$584$65,942,4104Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$694,543-15%1,763-905$394$180,464,0916Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$532,953-23%1,632-773$327$21,190,8183Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Teacher$269,463-24%765-1269$352$96,144,8706Sony / Columbia
2Bridesmaids$268,61038%484-196$555$164,866,59512Universal
3Kung Fu Panda 2$198,871255%31969$623$161,218,38510Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$163,6111%412-179$397$64,321,5387Fox
5The Hangover Part II$116,260178%34671$336$252,744,27710Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$93,55121%196-34$477$11,445,92510Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$90,760-14%325-333$279$124,760,7978Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$86,12861%254-41$339$144,522,4619Fox
9Larry Crowne$85,555-34%335-700$255$34,930,4955Universal
10Beginners$62,46938%147-10$425$4,863,6579Focus
11Thor$60,5136%190-46$318$180,433,77713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$55,216-17%174-36$317$142,892,21916Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$51,011-12%135-286$378$114,195,1207Warner Bros.
14Monte Carlo$48,195-43%168-192$287$22,188,2515Fox
15Fast Five$39,98553%125-49$320$209,590,11014Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$23,883-46%161-29$148$14,840,2718Relativity Media
17A Better Life$20,938-13%108-74$194$1,529,7726Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$89,522604%3328$2,713$259,4822Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,24717%491$1,821$10,127,16917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$52,28781%9332$562$578,4063Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$46,207--8--$5,776$46,2071Sony / Screen Gems
5The Devil's Double$31,769--5--$6,354$31,7691Lionsgate
6Another Earth$30,823271%2016$1,541$143,0892Fox Searchlight
7Singham$16,947--39-11$435$240,7132Reliance Big Pictures
8The Future$9,465--1--$9,465$9,4651Roadside Attractions
9Water for Elephants$8,549-28%41-50$209$58,647,69815Fox
10Project Nim$7,88020%212$375$203,1544Roadside Attractions
11Insidious$6,30613%41-18$154$53,929,33518FilmDistrict
12A Little Help$5,2104%240$217$68,6382Freestyle Releasing
13Submarine$3,47336%191$183$442,3109Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$2,610-32%7-18$373$1,517,7685UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$742-38%8-1$93$2,691,62012Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$286--2-1$143$111,5789Dada Films
17The Music Never Stopped$22688%2-2$113$256,18520Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$21826%2-1$109$94,29911Image Entertainment
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$155-70%20$78$231,84846Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$144-66%3-7$48$11,531,39716Roadside Attractions
21Daylight (2011)$136--0----$2,1883Cinema Purgatorio