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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 Sat, Jul. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$13,181,2501%3,750--$3,515$26,268,7351Universal
2The Smurfs$12,610,312-5%3,395--$3,714$25,871,1261Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$9,939,60426%3,7150$2,676$109,671,4532Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$8,457,01129%4,145-230$2,040$311,549,4733Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,073,8207%3,020--$2,342$13,658,1551Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,435,5718%2,9260$1,174$35,505,8812Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,821,27927%2,510-594$1,124$94,136,9054Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,466,78438%2,604-771$947$336,181,8655Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,702,41721%2,418-797$704$67,644,8274Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$919,50632%1,763-905$522$181,383,5976Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$669,03726%1,632-773$410$21,859,8553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$341,22527%484-196$705$165,207,82012Universal
2Bad Teacher$328,79122%765-1269$430$96,473,6616Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$254,84128%31969$799$161,473,22610Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$181,50511%412-179$441$64,503,0437Fox
5The Hangover Part II$156,62135%34671$453$252,900,89810Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$133,43543%196-34$681$11,579,36010Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$124,45137%325-333$383$124,885,2488Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$114,08432%254-41$449$144,636,5459Fox
9Larry Crowne$112,12531%335-700$335$35,042,6205Universal
10Beginners$101,59263%147-10$691$4,965,2499Focus
11Thor$79,50031%190-46$418$180,513,27713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$70,41228%174-36$405$142,962,63116Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$67,99433%135-286$504$114,263,1147Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$54,37536%125-49$435$209,644,48514Universal
15Monte Carlo$51,0146%168-192$304$22,239,2655Fox
16A Better Life$31,05348%108-74$288$1,560,8256Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$26,21310%161-29$163$14,866,4848Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$155,49074%3328$4,712$414,9722Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,250-8%491$1,679$10,209,41917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$74,76743%9332$804$653,1733Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$50,1148%8--$6,264$96,3211Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$43,42041%2016$2,171$186,5092Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$33,3535%5--$6,671$65,1221Lionsgate
7Singham$25,03548%39-11$642$265,7482Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$13,50771%212$643$216,6614Roadside Attractions
9The Future$10,40010%1--$10,400$19,8651Roadside Attractions
10Water for Elephants$9,70013%41-50$237$58,657,39815Fox
11A Little Help$7,93352%240$331$76,5712Freestyle Releasing
12Insidious$7,90925%41-18$193$53,937,24418FilmDistrict
13Delhi Belly$4,70680%7-18$672$1,522,4745UTV Communications
14Submarine$3,350-4%191$176$445,6609Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$1,32378%8-1$165$2,692,94312Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$830435%20$415$232,67846Collective Eye
17The Last Mountain$42850%2-1$214$112,0069Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$370172%0----$2,5583Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$29129%2-2$146$256,47620Roadside Attractions
2035 and Ticking$212-3%2-1$106$94,51111Image Entertainment
21The Conspirator$21046%3-7$70$11,531,60716Roadside Attractions