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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 Sun, Aug. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$6,080,641-25%2,690156$2,260$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,762,849-29%3,471-220$1,372$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,199,874-28%3,295--$971$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,785,500-22%3,015--$924$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$2,405,310-24%3,057-370$787$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$2,104,785-33%3,1550$667$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,067,043-30%3,114--$664$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$1,960,985-20%2,8880$679$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,547,587-13%1,738-676$890$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,351,932-31%1,940-695$697$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11One Day$1,337,624-29%1,721--$777$5,079,5661Focus
12Cowboys & Aliens$1,228,215-31%2,213-1097$555$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,200,911-30%1,988-847$604$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$783,980-33%1,633-1280$480$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$541,362-20%1,982-58$273$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$350,406-35%755-583$464$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$239,720-29%201100$1,193$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$179,405-30%484-402$371$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$146,521-33%413-881$355$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$98,497-44%370-378$266$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern (2011)$94,398-34%2420$390$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$83,289-35%274-20$304$66,626,80610Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$80,725-33%237-15$341$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$79,300-32%244-41$325$167,661,31015Universal
10The Hangover Part II$36,277-35%193-39$188$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$35,826-34%146-37$245$145,939,79512Fox
12Bad Teacher$21,554-54%100-49$216$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$18,528-38%107-17$173$22,813,4718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$74,1462%490$1,513$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$50,333-16%83-6$606$1,000,5934Lionsgate
3Another Earth$45,778-23%875$526$936,4005Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$38,121-24%96-22$397$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$28,576-33%86-22$332$125,691,63011Paramount
6Attack the Block$27,555-14%444$626$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$19,935-18%3111$643$333,9974Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$17,415-28%69-34$252$5,640,33612Focus
9Rio (2011)$11,938-30%68-31$176$143,558,18119Fox
10Thor$8,068-39%54-27$149$181,015,14116Paramount
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,357-6%37-67$199$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$6,783-27%6514$104$1,732,3059Summit
13Project Nim$4,309-5%12-6$359$334,4527Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$1,924-12%2--$962$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,009-49%9-4$112$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$745-31%41$186$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$572157%30$191$238,17049Collective Eye
18The Conspirator$360-42%42$90$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$131-64%1--$131$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio