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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 Mon, Sep. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,655,322-67%3,222--$514$24,058,9181Warner Bros.
2The Help$751,822-68%2,93592$256$138,079,6225Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$446,358-67%1,869--$239$5,688,4651Lionsgate
4The Debt$359,677-69%1,87650$192$22,227,3532Focus
5Colombiana$308,607-69%2,354-260$131$30,034,8953Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,705-73%2,887-306$89$168,104,8216Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$231,464-62%2,396-159$97$21,541,0113Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$196,378-75%2,84842$69$14,868,9702Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$192,661-71%3,3302$58$15,131,9642Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$155,216-69%2,251-529$69$21,155,8203FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$151,354-70%1,310-140$116$78,568,8027Warner Bros.
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,028-62%1,500--$87$1,546,0511Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$75,202-87%1,977-729$38$136,084,4797Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$64,178-92%2,544-463$25$34,287,1964Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$86,245-70%810-282$106$377,190,9299Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$64,400-70%920-265$70$98,106,2217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$60,731-71%804-246$76$173,520,3948Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$59,688-63%555-6$108$2,809,5442Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$57,341-59%50381$114$115,853,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$45,526-63%646-709$70$36,517,8805Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$37,980-70%655-571$58$41,794,4535Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$36,502-66%306-13$119$5,888,9278Weinstein Company
9One Day$35,754-63%492-695$73$13,472,7454Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$33,268-61%551-1171$60$20,954,1504Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$28,005-63%374-165$75$36,513,3306Universal
12Saving Private Perez$18,018-80%1654$109$1,193,3922Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Bridesmaids$13,790-61%197-23$70$168,762,37518Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,668-70%177-247$77$350,813,74511Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,510-69%203-37$57$126,740,21914Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,452-76%155-30$48$116,471,57713Warner Bros.
17Kung Fu Panda 2$7,227-80%164-141$44$165,008,83616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,914-84%2520$27$67,708,42013Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$143,576-62%98--$1,465$2,051,9961CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,997-72%490$184$12,691,09623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,087-51%51-15$139$956,3047Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$5,872-63%62-24$95$13,096,39316Fox Searchlight
5Circumstance$5,248-68%2312$228$187,3623Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$5,200-81%6928$75$23,053,00211Fox
7X-Men: First Class$3,768-61%67-34$56$146,361,94315Fox
8Another Earth$3,023-58%41-30$74$1,276,9618Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,638-58%33-16$80$1,323,7607Lionsgate
10The Future$2,433-57%0-17--$478,3847Roadside Attractions
11The Hangover Part II$1,943-62%60-30$32$254,457,92916Warner Bros.
12Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,896-72%30$632$104,4812Indomina Media
13Project Nim$646-52%11-4$59$374,59010Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$618-28%8-4$77$1,338,5379Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$443-39%5--$89$3,2461Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$146-13%40$37$2,711,35618Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$65-31%1-2$65$17,3084Anchor Bay Films
18The Music Never Stopped$16-90%10$16$258,09326Roadside Attractions