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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, Nov. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$15,086,41993%3,96311$3,807$65,371,8132Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$10,489,21530%3,367--$3,115$18,552,1951Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$4,695,133-13%2,875--$1,633$10,088,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$3,724,67527%3,286-43$1,133$93,446,5503Paramount
5In Time$3,250,13231%3,1275$1,039$22,234,3282Fox
6Footloose (2011)$2,051,04939%2,811-413$730$43,775,5144Paramount
7Real Steel$1,591,10771%2,438-476$653$77,863,1585Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$1,201,32622%2,29220$524$9,623,7972FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$907,49451%1,391-181$652$36,308,5015Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$836,45043%1,278-353$654$69,850,4697Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$740,93351%1,863-1154$398$17,581,3943Summit
12Courageous$628,72329%1,1384$552$29,528,8956Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$478,050100%1,105-733$433$68,312,1807Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$536,49145%514249$1,044$2,357,5002Sony / Columbia
250/50$421,27334%747-447$564$32,756,1026Summit
3Margin Call$328,26761%17838$1,844$2,330,9433Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$302,72577%644-910$470$7,522,2953Universal
5The Smurfs$145,089115%278-25$522$141,180,64415Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$124,79559%384-1010$325$16,683,1954Universal
7Sarah's Key$117,95556%318289$371$7,262,93016Weinstein Company
8Dream House$99,02562%330-255$300$21,105,6056Universal
9Contagion$95,01639%260-151$365$74,414,6049Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$83,25234%136-58$612$34,012,3638FilmDistrict
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$79,86859%199-32$401$176,092,55314Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$63,874189%22562$284$380,839,20317Warner Bros.
13Abduction$61,11249%207-144$295$27,337,8477Lionsgate
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,37228%172-78$334$84,081,51015Warner Bros.
15The Big Year$46,05543%213-210$216$6,991,2814Fox
16The Mighty Macs$43,40975%101-288$430$1,711,1233Quaker Media
17Captain America: The First Avenger$25,29243%102-37$248$176,622,97416Paramount
18What's Your Number?$22,83927%10240$224$13,921,9136Fox
19Killer Elite$18,17040%119-138$153$24,995,2087Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$201,65656%9866$2,058$896,0833Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$109,03835%1612$6,815$367,6902Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$40,29065%490$822$13,932,89631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,897149%98-53$274$38,335,13912Weinstein Company
5The Double (2011)$24,03924%4534$534$81,7952Image Entertainment
6Apollo 18$16,04771%93-27$173$17,653,33510Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,69253%52-23$263$24,010,80711FilmDistrict
8Shark Night 3D$12,34599%44-46$281$18,829,91310Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$10,20033%39-12$262$7,668,9609CodeBlack Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$8,17229%35-16$233$24,786,37311Weinstein Company
11The Son of No One$6,9025%10--$690$13,5051Anchor Bay Films
12Munger Road$4,0383%9-1$449$256,8666Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,03742%12-1$253$518,2567Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,85045%103$185$40,8374Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,1197%5-2$224$435,44711Roadside Attractions
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$88546%5-1$177$485,68810Indomina Media
17I Don't Know How She Does It$861-7%8-6$108$9,607,7238Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$7023%65$117$53,0845Weinstein Company
19The Future$25081%50$50$566,89015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$215126%30$72$406,40818Roadside Attractions