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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, Aug. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,107,99087%3,69143$2,197$85,483,9092Fox
2The Help$7,644,60876%2,534--$3,017$17,518,4341Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$7,339,561--3,155--$2,326$7,339,5611Warner Bros. / New Line
430 Minutes or Less$4,845,247--2,888--$1,678$4,845,2471Sony / Columbia
5The Smurfs$3,781,61453%3,42732$1,103$91,827,2743Sony / Columbia
6Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,734,591--2,040--$1,340$2,734,5911Fox
7Cowboys & Aliens$2,201,15065%3,310-444$665$76,063,8603Universal
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,140,13070%2,635-385$812$50,612,4263Warner Bros.
9Captain America: The First Avenger$2,056,16748%2,835-785$725$151,816,3734Paramount
10The Change-Up$1,937,14568%2,9130$665$21,469,3502Universal
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,860,23122%2,414-761$771$351,946,1725Warner Bros.
12Horrible Bosses$706,11845%1,338-687$528$108,270,7646Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$582,11910%1,294-1104$450$51,815,0014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$385,1328%886-968$435$346,269,3007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$314,80631%748-976$421$75,112,2416Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$163,1026%494-432$330$185,699,7588Disney
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$120,76775%294-33$411$65,828,2029Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$118,254823%242134$489$114,749,4559Warner Bros.
6Bridesmaids$108,28557%285-89$380$166,917,66014Universal
7Sarah's Key$107,003110%10134$1,059$1,644,9324Weinstein Company
8Kung Fu Panda 2$100,03112%252-38$397$163,182,56212Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$80,676115%149-201$541$97,778,2708Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$58,51116%183-53$320$145,559,24811Fox
11The Hangover Part II$53,94643%232-71$233$253,813,57412Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$40,32918%118-52$342$12,353,92612Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$30,36044%108-66$281$125,442,14510Paramount
14Monte Carlo$28,24644%124-17$228$22,630,3227Fox
15Larry Crowne$28,22090%166-63$170$35,501,2357Universal
16Beginners$24,05830%103-23$234$5,449,17311Focus
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,9129%104-12$201$1,134,7215Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$108,337--91--$1,191$108,3371Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$73,196257%8956$822$511,7273Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$64,018-12%490$1,306$11,149,04619Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$41,057124%8227$501$575,6984Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$30,351167%4032$759$376,4873Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$19,142-2%99-40$193$143,427,81518Fox
7The Future$17,424100%202$871$188,2813Roadside Attractions
8Thor$15,912-5%81-60$196$180,913,70415Paramount
9Project Nim$7,137104%18-3$397$291,7256Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$5,13054%51-23$101$1,685,6758Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$3,888-35%55-33$71$14,992,02410Relativity Media
1235 and Ticking$1,538--50$308$111,64413Image Entertainment
13Insidious$1,412-12%13-13$109$53,974,09720FilmDistrict
14Submarine$872-28%7-3$125$464,37811Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$775--52$155$117,36611Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$639-12%31$213$235,96948Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$4579%3-5$152$2,701,80814Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$304383%20$152$11,532,90118Roadside Attractions