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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, Oct. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$10,815,61027%3,440--$3,144$19,349,3001Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$4,265,44524%2,199--$1,940$7,691,8791Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$3,952,79864%3,478-37$1,137$46,270,7483Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$3,229,20546%3,01825$1,070$47,196,9803Sony / Columbia
550/50$2,277,77328%2,47921$919$15,891,3092Summit
6The Lion King 3D$1,949,38761%2,267-73$860$84,571,9804Disney
7Dream House$1,931,40042%2,6643$725$13,282,0102Universal
8Courageous$1,882,43133%1,1610$1,621$14,587,6252Sony / TriStar
9Contagion$1,284,02752%2,250-494$571$68,215,7705Warner Bros.
10Abduction$1,258,24750%2,591-527$486$22,568,3603Lionsgate
11What's Your Number?$1,249,43121%3,0119$415$9,542,0372Fox
12Killer Elite$909,10141%2,411-575$377$20,997,8683Open Road
13The Help$827,90247%2,064-441$401$162,096,8829Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$761,73340%1,330-644$573$29,572,4634FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$223,36573%515104$434$139,221,86311Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$213,24056%248-30$860$6,812,0105CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,47351%407155$416$379,626,52813Warner Bros.
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$132,20862%382-209$346$174,855,79110Fox
5Captain America: The First Avenger$131,96044%303-47$436$175,717,85012Paramount
6The Debt$108,70166%358-245$304$30,490,0556Focus
7Colombiana$101,38459%245-167$414$36,143,7017Sony / TriStar
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$85,09930%222-183$383$83,069,17511Warner Bros.
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$71,941151%365-345$197$37,705,2328Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$68,65632%319-388$215$13,377,8625Lionsgate
11Zookeeper$67,04779%198-55$339$80,069,66614Sony / Columbia
12Cowboys & Aliens$63,86048%206-35$310$99,728,50111Universal
13Horrible Bosses$41,35131%142-80$291$117,360,07114Warner Bros. / New Line
14I Don't Know How She Does It$39,16522%240-505$163$9,457,7024Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$36,72337%181-693$203$10,300,3854Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$35,89461%143-65$251$352,334,01215Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$31,47360%114-102$276$23,801,0137FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$30,10083%145-147$208$18,576,2676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$22,86247%113-26$202$6,862,67512Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$46,20845%9360$497$256,6633Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$39,69444%490$810$13,299,43227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$20,14428%77-58$262$4,272,0056Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$19,29723%98$2,144$82,7362Freestyle Releasing
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$15,73374%68-35$231$68,169,94617Fox
6Thunder Soul$14,37236%3724$388$111,1293Roadside Attractions
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$13,53152%27-7$501$399,3826Indomina Media
8Bad Teacher$13,49935%64-290$211$100,283,78716Sony / Columbia
9Final Destination 5$13,47468%61-83$221$42,566,6209Warner Bros. / New Line
10Our Idiot Brother$11,09315%67-69$166$24,650,2947Weinstein Company
11Apollo 18$7,25033%46-68$158$17,515,7346Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$6,5725%9--$730$12,8151Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$6,01834%18-5$334$366,3197Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$5,22153%1412$373$20,4562Fox Searchlight
15Muran$3,075123%7-3$439$24,2482UTV Communications
16The Future$1,63646%15-1$109$543,60811Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$1,122173%90$125$12,8472UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$361-1%4-2$90$10,3042Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$21742%1--$217$244,59756Collective Eye
20Project Nim$150183%6-1$25$398,95414Roadside Attractions