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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. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$8,099,47639%2,690156$3,011$65,260,1882Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,728,83445%3,471-220$1,939$128,821,0133Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,429,73410%3,295--$1,344$8,444,7981Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,562,080-3%3,015--$1,181$7,235,7151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$3,167,56342%3,057-370$1,036$115,141,5724Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$3,152,16529%3,1550$999$30,221,9012Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,972,974-3%3,114--$955$6,047,3451Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$2,443,03422%2,8880$846$23,903,4452Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,968,64533%1,940-695$1,015$62,915,0374Warner Bros.
10One Day$1,893,4642%1,721--$1,100$3,741,9421Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$1,792,53050%2,213-1097$810$88,270,0904Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,777,48450%1,738-676$1,023$364,460,3136Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,726,84645%1,988-847$869$163,546,7325Paramount
14The Change-Up$1,175,76036%1,633-1280$720$31,186,3053Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$675,54915%1,982-58$341$9,902,5212Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$539,94939%755-583$715$112,224,5907Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$337,60175%201100$1,680$2,833,1645Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$256,29950%484-402$530$348,360,6018Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$218,96430%413-881$530$54,565,6245Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$175,03433%370-378$473$76,672,8387Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern (2011)$143,46447%2420$593$115,506,74110Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$128,71743%274-20$470$66,543,51710Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$121,22747%237-15$512$163,862,11713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$117,12039%244-41$480$167,582,01015Universal
10The Hangover Part II$55,91242%193-39$290$254,138,22913Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$54,68333%146-37$375$145,903,96912Fox
12Bad Teacher$47,36827%100-49$474$98,086,8719Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$29,93537%107-17$280$22,794,9438Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$72,64722%490$1,483$11,699,92520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$59,77859%83-6$720$950,2604Lionsgate
3Another Earth$59,18953%875$680$890,6225Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$50,42361%96-22$525$12,655,74713Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$42,44338%86-22$494$125,663,05411Paramount
6Attack the Block$32,17535%444$731$576,8654Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$24,40437%3111$787$314,0624Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$24,06264%69-34$349$5,622,92112Focus
9Rio (2011)$16,95986%68-31$249$143,546,24319Fox
10Thor$13,23140%54-27$245$181,007,07316Paramount
11A Better Life$9,31735%6514$143$1,725,5229Summit
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,85549%37-67$212$1,276,3026Fox Searchlight
13Project Nim$4,53952%12-6$378$330,1437Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$2,1923%2--$1,096$4,3301Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,98385%9-4$220$53,983,26021FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$1,07910%41$270$2,705,37915Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$61621%42$154$11,535,11419Roadside Attractions
18Daylight (2011)$363-8%1--$363$3,7526Cinema Purgatorio
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$223-69%30$74$237,59849Collective Eye