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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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,882,00634%2,77888$2,117$92,581,6553Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,743,6040%2,614--$1,432$7,469,6721Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,689,58342%3,346-125$1,103$146,102,6324Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,034,455-15%2,760--$1,099$6,617,3091FilmDistrict
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,615,40462%3,30510$791$20,214,0092Weinstein Company
6Our Idiot Brother$2,593,7899%2,555--$1,015$4,984,0151Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$2,045,10760%2,861-196$715$124,520,2365Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,283,07128%1,577-363$814$68,909,3365Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$1,242,03525%3,1140$399$13,418,0992Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,217,93229%3,0150$404$15,641,2922Lionsgate
11Final Destination 5$1,050,81429%2,085-1070$504$37,226,3553Warner Bros. / New Line
1230 Minutes or Less$1,038,71225%2,071-817$502$30,973,4623Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,029,43949%1,328-410$775$369,959,0137Warner Bros.
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,021,14554%1,559-654$655$92,830,1955Universal
15One Day$992,02518%1,7254$575$9,105,8272Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$955,97852%1,424-564$671$168,106,2016Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$497,18529%904-729$550$34,174,6554Universal
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$278,81857%51834$538$349,273,5849Paramount / DreamWorks
3Sarah's Key$264,63639%27271$973$3,905,2646Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$260,88629%465-290$561$113,638,9418Warner Bros. / New Line
5Super 8$131,20752%242156$542$125,961,64712Paramount
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,89774%239-35$493$66,954,12111Fox
7Zookeeper$114,30152%225-145$508$77,132,6818Sony / Columbia
8Green Lantern (2011)$101,41259%222-20$457$115,907,50511Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$93,24527%222-22$420$167,987,71016Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$92,47880%194-43$477$164,211,34614Paramount / DreamWorks
11Friends With Benefits$90,07424%214-199$421$55,166,0176Sony / Screen Gems
12Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$73,47230%223-1759$329$11,631,6663Fox
13X-Men: First Class$49,50748%110-36$450$146,093,20013Fox
14The Hangover Part II$28,65943%128-65$224$254,285,04214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,98861%490$1,326$12,070,76621Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$49,09541%75-25$655$98,248,55210Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$39,51347%947$420$1,074,6076Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$33,74229%78-5$433$1,145,5385Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$30,87723%971$318$12,826,38514Fox Searchlight
6Monte Carlo$27,02048%91-16$297$22,889,0479Fox
7Attack the Block$19,8144%30-14$660$693,3595Sony / Screen Gems
8Circumstance$14,181-18%7--$2,026$31,4751Roadside Attractions
9Beginners$12,38735%50-19$248$5,698,02013Focus
10Rio (2011)$11,540164%39-29$296$143,590,12820Fox
11The Future$8,6798%22-9$395$388,6685Roadside Attractions
12Redemption Road$8,03837%26--$309$13,9181Freestyle Releasing
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$4,60283%15-22$307$1,313,6437Fox Searchlight
14A Better Life$4,38159%31-34$141$1,750,71510Summit
15Insidious$2,98674%7-2$427$53,990,14122FilmDistrict
16Project Nim$2,80419%164$175$344,5378Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$441-6%3-1$147$11,537,48120Roadside Attractions
18Everything Must Go$414106%3-1$138$2,708,80016Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$345-45%1-1$345$10,2852Anchor Bay Films
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$8-88%1-2$8$240,41750Collective Eye