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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 Mon, Aug. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,652,998-58%3,648--$1,824$61,459,1891Fox
2The Smurfs$2,889,166-57%3,3950$851$78,793,4122Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,804,337-57%3,175-970$568$344,890,3824Warner Bros.
4Cowboys & Aliens$1,745,610-63%3,7544$465$69,095,1302Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,672,605-59%3,620-95$462$144,876,5723Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,667,156-53%3,0200$552$43,769,4082Warner Bros.
7The Change-Up$1,631,280-57%2,913--$560$15,162,3951Universal
8Friends With Benefits$717,504-49%2,398-528$299$49,243,7913Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$638,407-53%2,025-485$315$105,763,8225Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$422,227-57%1,854-750$228$344,666,7136Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$300,179-52%1,724-694$174$73,913,7195Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$180,765-59%926-837$195$184,988,0957Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$119,691-62%716-916$167$24,560,3194Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$81,849-46%290-29$282$162,777,80611Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$78,540-51%374-110$210$166,577,60513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$63,386-43%327-85$194$65,490,3558Fox
6X-Men: First Class$54,211-41%236-18$230$145,346,56210Fox
7Bad Teacher$48,974-44%350-415$140$97,562,9417Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$43,779-49%303-43$144$253,632,94211Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$38,760-54%170-26$228$12,196,87911Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$24,234-50%174-151$139$125,341,0339Paramount
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$23,379-61%11623$202$1,038,8494Fox Searchlight
12Monte Carlo$21,312-36%141-27$151$22,537,4116Fox
13Beginners$20,135-66%126-21$160$5,364,71310Focus
14Larry Crowne$19,465-54%229-106$85$35,417,9506Universal
15Rio (2011)$18,637-57%139-35$134$143,341,91817Fox
16Thor$17,362-47%141-49$123$180,843,01314Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$15,675-49%108-27$145$114,586,0598Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$64,110-66%6734$957$1,344,0013Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,168-28%490$1,208$10,857,44018Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$25,498-61%3328$773$367,6492Lionsgate
4Another Earth$21,982-62%5535$400$474,7613Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,154-52%80$1,519$307,9852Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$10,865-63%1817$604$141,1362Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$8,170-55%86-39$95$209,813,17515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,625-25%88-73$75$14,965,7849Relativity Media
9A Better Life$5,269-58%74-34$71$1,669,6087Summit
10Project Nim$3,589-58%210$171$273,7125Roadside Attractions
11Gun Hill Road$3,568-68%3--$1,189$41,5311Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,601-53%26-15$62$53,968,17019FilmDistrict
13Submarine$494-46%10-9$49$459,72910Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$292-69%80$37$2,700,12313Roadside Attractions
15Delhi Belly$245-81%6-1$41$1,532,0026UTV Communications
16The Conspirator$33-66%2--$17$11,532,03017Roadside Attractions