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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 Tue, Sep. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$2,192,30532%3,222--$680$26,251,2231Warner Bros.
2The Help$1,020,58236%2,93592$348$139,100,2045Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$576,46629%1,869--$308$6,264,9311Lionsgate
4The Debt$539,80050%1,87650$288$22,767,1532Focus
5Colombiana$394,68328%2,354-260$168$30,429,5783Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$334,89630%2,887-306$116$168,439,7176Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$313,50735%2,396-159$131$21,854,5183Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$264,18835%2,84842$93$15,133,1582Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$252,42131%3,3302$76$15,384,3852Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$217,44044%1,310-140$166$78,786,2427Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$182,97218%2,251-529$81$21,338,7923FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$160,92723%1,500--$107$1,706,9781Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$93,41324%1,977-729$47$136,177,8927Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$84,00531%2,544-463$33$34,371,2014Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$99,18215%810-282$122$377,290,1119Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$74,54330%50381$148$115,927,70710Warner Bros. / New Line
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,40423%804-246$93$173,594,7988Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$73,23423%555-6$132$2,882,7782Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$69,0457%920-265$75$98,175,2667Universal
630 Minutes or Less$57,88827%646-709$90$36,575,7685Sony / Columbia
7One Day$56,81959%492-695$115$13,529,5644Focus
8Sarah's Key$53,39746%306-13$175$5,942,3248Weinstein Company
9Final Destination 5$47,47525%655-571$72$41,841,9285Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$39,31618%551-1171$71$20,993,4664Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$39,27540%374-165$105$36,552,6056Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,71536%197-23$95$168,781,09018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$18,7064%1654$113$1,212,0982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,33134%177-247$104$350,832,07611Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$12,81911%203-37$63$126,753,03814Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$8,71917%155-30$56$116,480,29613Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$8,36321%2520$33$67,716,78313Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,5685%164-141$46$165,016,40416Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$132,708-8%98--$1,354$2,184,7041CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,97044%490$265$12,704,06623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$8,34218%51-15$164$964,6467Sony / Screen Gems
4Monte Carlo$6,44224%6928$93$23,059,44411Fox
5Circumstance$6,43623%2312$280$193,7983Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$4,901-17%62-24$79$13,101,29416Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$3,687-2%67-34$55$146,365,63015Fox
8The Devil's Double$3,54734%33-16$107$1,327,3077Lionsgate
9Another Earth$3,0471%41-30$74$1,280,0088Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,36825%30$789$106,8492Indomina Media
11The Future$2,286-6%0-17--$480,6707Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,27417%60-30$38$254,460,20316Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$572-11%11-4$52$375,16210Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$474-23%8-4$59$1,339,0119Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$396-11%5--$79$3,6421Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$130713%1--$130$258,22326Roadside Attractions
17Everything Must Go$76-48%40$19$2,711,43218Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$685%1-2$68$17,3764Anchor Bay Films