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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, Aug. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,305,174-1%3,648--$5,292$38,839,8731Fox
2The Smurfs$8,058,98035%3,3950$2,374$69,223,5022Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$6,363,03036%3,7544$1,695$62,656,8252Universal
4Captain America: The First Avenger$5,183,68537%3,620-95$1,432$139,160,4683Paramount
5The Change-Up$4,995,7955%2,913--$1,715$9,773,3451Universal
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,834,99943%3,175-970$1,523$338,850,1244Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,711,59826%3,0200$1,560$38,527,4702Warner Bros.
8Horrible Bosses$1,868,84138%2,025-485$923$103,763,9645Warner Bros. / New Line
9Friends With Benefits$1,800,91222%2,398-528$751$47,115,9413Sony / Screen Gems
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,252,03146%1,854-750$675$343,270,5936Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$877,48532%1,724-694$509$72,985,9515Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$480,34658%926-837$519$184,369,5777Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$303,60863%716-916$424$24,123,3844Disney
3Bridesmaids$230,01540%374-110$615$166,338,24013Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$199,74134%290-29$689$162,544,41411Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$166,77730%327-85$510$65,314,7888Fox
6X-Men: First Class$149,88017%236-18$635$145,200,48110Fox
7Bad Teacher$139,44521%350-415$398$97,427,1447Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$116,13727%303-43$383$253,503,32311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$106,24465%170-26$625$12,073,97011Fox Searchlight
10Beginners$81,57488%126-21$647$5,285,80510Focus
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$72,58962%11623$626$955,0224Fox Searchlight
12Larry Crowne$69,84542%229-106$305$35,356,1206Universal
13Super 8$68,79529%174-151$395$125,268,7599Paramount
14Rio (2011)$54,56933%139-35$393$143,279,93017Fox
15Monte Carlo$51,78219%141-27$367$22,482,6506Fox
16Thor$44,22337%141-49$314$180,793,01214Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$42,30314%108-27$392$114,539,5038Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$229,83580%6734$3,430$1,089,2533Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,20236%490$1,718$10,715,87118Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$74,78929%3328$2,266$276,3192Lionsgate
4Another Earth$66,54544%5535$1,210$394,8323Fox Searchlight
5The Future$34,54657%1817$1,919$101,0152Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$29,87931%80$3,735$270,7122Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$23,65045%86-39$275$209,786,94015Universal
8A Better Life$18,12675%74-34$245$1,651,8557Summit
9Gun Hill Road$12,436-14%3--$4,145$26,8261Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$10,27314%88-73$117$14,950,3459Relativity Media
11Project Nim$9,10354%210$433$261,6365Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$4,97143%26-15$191$53,963,17319FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$4,2204%53$844$103,35912Image Entertainment
14Delhi Belly$2,280126%6-1$380$1,530,4796UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,528126%80$191$2,698,90313Roadside Attractions
16Singham$1,36345%9-30$151$343,4923Reliance Big Pictures
17Submarine$1,19668%10-9$120$458,32310Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$866-55%31$289$115,46310Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$201-34%20$101$233,61847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$54-36%2-1$27$11,531,90117Roadside Attractions