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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, Oct. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,052,984-76%3,4400$306$52,784,4402Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$1,012,046-73%3,549--$285$16,568,1591Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$659,035-65%2,996--$220$9,152,7001Universal
4The Ides of March$545,687-66%2,1990$248$22,308,9222Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$447,408-63%2,840-178$158$58,116,3964Sony / Columbia
650/50$391,126-63%2,391-88$164$24,670,2783Summit
7Dolphin Tale$362,495-79%3,286-192$110$58,922,6614Warner Bros.
8Courageous$278,374-71%1,21453$229$21,561,2023Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$241,814-67%2,150--$112$3,493,6981Fox
10The Lion King 3D$193,565-76%1,970-297$98$90,729,8835Disney
11Dream House$163,125-71%2,172-492$75$18,547,7153Universal
12Contagion$148,186-64%1,684-566$88$72,147,6896Warner Bros.
13The Help$125,403-60%1,267-797$99$165,031,37510Disney / DreamWorks
14Killer Elite$105,405-62%1,431-980$74$23,763,7244Open Road
15What's Your Number?$104,032-64%1,282-1729$81$13,054,9583Fox
16Abduction$97,285-72%1,707-884$57$25,875,9704Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$112,616-63%703-627$160$32,226,0715FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,797-69%330-77$75$380,260,19714Warner Bros.
3Laugh at My Pain$23,324-59%188-60$124$7,386,1696CodeBlack Entertainment
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$20,207-67%273-109$74$175,327,01911Fox
5Captain America: The First Avenger$19,747-67%246-57$80$176,193,53413Paramount
6The Debt$18,489-56%200-158$92$30,893,7517Focus
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,369-79%311-54$43$38,049,7429Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$13,052-57%162-60$81$83,357,86612Warner Bros.
9Cowboys & Aliens$11,440-68%2082$55$99,980,27112Universal
10Warrior (2011)$7,740-58%135-184$57$13,580,2836Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$3,832-59%107-133$36$9,574,3125Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,357-75%115-30$20$18,658,5027Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,899-51%490$304$13,521,14328Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$7,184-58%43-50$167$420,1784Relativity Media
3Labios Rojos$6,238-76%67--$93$79,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Sarah's Key$5,567-57%86-27$65$6,979,97613Weinstein Company
5Horrible Bosses$4,332-62%85-57$51$117,489,72415Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$4,280-70%3223$134$179,3853Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,038-63%80-34$38$23,889,4878FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$2,539-50%41-36$62$4,335,2537Visio Entertainment
9Our Idiot Brother$1,891-60%41-26$46$24,692,2518Weinstein Company
10Circumstance$1,812-63%191$95$401,9728Roadside Attractions
11Texas Killing Fields$1,228-49%3--$409$10,0001Anchor Bay Films
12Dirty Girl$1,114-63%101$111$39,9942Weinstein Company
13Apollo 18$969-52%18-28$54$17,541,1017Weinstein Company
14The Future$959-11%0-15--$552,77212Roadside Attractions
15Thunder Soul$477-74%12-25$40$140,0794Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$389-67%6-8$65$40,7233Fox Searchlight
17Project Nim$8-76%3-3$3$399,90015Roadside Attractions