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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, Sep. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$4,997,546-47%3,222--$1,551$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,325,321-41%2,93592$792$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,337,800-37%1,869--$716$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,150,196-47%1,87650$613$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$995,843-44%2,354-260$423$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$964,745-47%2,887-306$334$167,847,1166Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$797,178-35%2,544-463$313$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$781,407-52%2,84842$274$14,672,5922Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$668,081-49%3,3302$201$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$615,546-49%2,396-159$257$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$569,528-35%1,977-729$288$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$506,176-48%1,310-140$386$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$493,035-51%2,251-529$219$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$344,073-35%1,500--$229$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$287,484-36%810-282$355$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$211,600-45%920-265$230$98,041,8217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$208,975-47%804-246$260$173,459,6638Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$161,872-41%555-6$292$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$139,856-47%50381$278$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$125,742-52%655-571$192$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$122,433-48%646-709$190$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$116,547-44%343-58$340$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$108,241-38%306-13$354$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
10One Day$97,438-39%492-695$198$13,436,9914Focus
11Saving Private Perez$90,617-5%1654$549$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$84,242-36%551-1171$153$20,920,8824Lionsgate
13The Change-Up$76,670-47%374-165$205$36,485,3256Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,968-46%177-247$254$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$44,068-45%2520$175$67,701,50613Fox
16Super 8$37,019-43%203-37$182$126,728,70914Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$36,387-39%164-141$222$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
18Bridesmaids$35,460-50%197-23$180$168,748,58518Universal
19Green Lantern (2011)$30,547-45%155-30$197$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$16,332-53%114-47$143$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$380,195-51%98--$3,880$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,687-22%490$667$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monte Carlo$27,379-43%6928$397$23,047,80211Fox
4Circumstance$16,261-27%2312$707$182,1143Roadside Attractions
5The Tree of Life$15,745-15%62-24$254$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$14,511-28%51-15$285$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$11,133-61%96-890$116$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8X-Men: First Class$9,714-48%67-34$145$146,358,17515Fox
9Another Earth$7,251-20%41-30$177$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,841-30%30$2,280$102,5852Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,307-31%33-16$191$1,321,1227Lionsgate
12The Future$5,600-23%269$215$475,9517Roadside Attractions
13The Hangover Part II$5,074-64%60-30$85$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
14Project Nim$1,332-50%11-4$121$373,94410Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$860-30%8-4$108$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$731-27%5--$146$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$168-26%40$42$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
18The Music Never Stopped$168--10$168$258,07726Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$94-14%1-2$94$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
20In/Sight$56-55%3-20$19$17,0122Check Entertainment
21The Conspirator$80%1--$8$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions