Box Office 2018

‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ Opens to a Terrific Response in China!!!

After putting up an excellent show in the Indian market, S.S. Rajamouli‘s fantasy drama Baahubali: The Conclusion has now taken the Chinese market by storm. The movie, which opened across 7000 plus screens in the country yesterday, earned a whopping Rs. 16.24 crores on its opening day. The film has shattered the first-day collection record of Salman Khan‘s blockbuster film Bajrangi Bhaijaan which released in the neighbouring country a couple of weeks ago.

With Rs. 16.24 crores already in its pocket, Baahubali: The Conclusion has now grabbed the fourth spot in the list of the most successful Indian films in the Chinese market. Aamir Khan‘s Secret Superstar enjoys the top position while Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium is at the second spot. The third spot is again held by an Aamir Khan starrer Dangal.

After performing tremendously well on day one, now all eyes will be fixed at its collections in the coming days.

Baahubali: The Conclusion stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty in lead roles.

via BollywoodMDB

 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide While ‘Overboard’ Makes A Solid Debut at the BO!!!

Disney and Marvel‘s Avengers: Infinity War continues its record pace, topping $450 million domestically in just nine days and the $1 billion mark worldwide in a record 11 days. Among the weekend’s new wide releases, MGM and Lionsgate‘s Overboard remake delivered a solid debut in the runner-up position while Focus‘s Tully and Electric Entertainment‘s Bad Samaritan delivered disappointing debuts in the low single digits.

With an estimated $112.4 million, Disney and Marvel‘s Avengers: Infinity War is once again the king of the weekend box office, topping its nearest competitor by nearly $100 million, and delivering the second largest second weekend ever. The film’s domestic gross now stands at $450.8 million after just ten days in release, pacing behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens which reached that mark in just nine days.

Internationally, Infinity War remained the #1 western release in every territory in which it has been released, posting an estimated $162.6 million from 54 overseas markets this weekend for a global weekend totaling $275.1 million, bringing the film’s worldwide cume to a massive $1.16 billion.

The lone new major market for Infinity War this weekend was the Thursday release in Russia where it set a new opening weekend record topping the previous best posted by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, delivering an estimated $17.6 million, already exceeding the lifetime cume of Captain America: Civil War in the market. South Korea continues to lead the way internationally where the film has brought in $69.1 million followed by the UK ($67.2m), Mexico ($48.7m), Brazil ($44.3m) and India ($35.7m). The film releases in China next weekend on May 11 where, using current exchange rates, Civil War debuted with $98 million, Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted with $84 million and Black Panther debuted with $66 million.

Overall, Infinity War‘s 11 day run to $1 billion worldwide is the fastest of any film in history and the sixth Marvel title to reach that mark and 17th for Walt Disney Studios. A total of 34 films have crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, see the full list here.

In second is MGM and Lionsgate‘s Pantelion Films‘s release of Overboard, a contemporary remake of the 1987 film starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. This time the roles were reversed with Anna Faris starring opposite Latin star Eugenio Derbez and the film brought in an estimated $14.75 million from just 1,623 locations. The performance is a bit behind Mojo‘s weekend forecast, but ahead of the studio’s opening weekend expectations. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences which were 61% female and 83% were over the age of 25.

Paramount‘s A Quiet Place finished in third position as the hit horror continues its impressive run with an estimated $7.6 million this weekend for a domestic cume just shy of $160 million. Additionally, the film brought in an estimated $4.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing its worldwide cume to $255.3 million.

Amy Schumer‘s I Feel Pretty finished in fourth with an estimated $4.9 million for a domestic cume that now totals $37.8 million.

Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros. and New Line‘s Rampage with an estimated $4.6 million for a domestic cume that is now just shy of $85 million. Additionally, Rampage added $13.7 million internationally, bringing its global cume to $377.9 million with releases in Germany (May 10) and Japan (May 18) in the near future.

Just outside the top five, Focus Features‘s release of Jason Reitman‘s Tully brought in an estimated $3.18 million from 1,353 theaters. The performance is right in the middle of industry expectations, but still something of a disappointment as the studio went with a wide opening weekend rather than use the film’s positive reviews and go with a platform release, attempting to bank on word of mouth. The film played to audiences that were 60% female vs. 40% male with 67% of the audience coming in at 30 years of age or older.

Behind Tully in seventh position is Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther, which delivered a strong $3.1 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $693 million, just $7 million shy of becoming only the third film to ever reach $700 million domestically.

And rounding out the top ten is Electric Entertainment‘s release of Bad Samaritan, pulling in an estimated $1.76 million from 2,007 theaters for a disappointing $876 per theater average. While far from the worst opening average of all-time, it is the tenth worst for a film opening in 2,000 theaters or more as well as one of the ten worst openings ever for a film debuting in 2,000+ locations. Opening day audiences gave the film a “B-” CinemaScore.

In limited release, Magnolia‘s RGB, a documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West, delivered an estimated $560,000 from 34 theaters ($16,471 PTA) and will expand to 150 locations this coming Friday and expand even further the following weekend, targeting 300 screens on May 18.

Additionally, Sony‘s release of 102 Not Out opened with an estimated $480,000 ($4,706 PTA); Music Box‘s release of The Guardians debuted with an estimated $7,199 from one theater; and Super‘s Racer & the Jailbird opened in two theaters with an estimated $2,222.

Next weekend is Mother’s Day weekend and a pair of offerings should see solid business beginning with the release of Universal‘s Breaking In starring Gabrielle Union in ~2,500 locations and Melissa McCarthy‘s latest comedy Life of the Party, which Warner Bros. and New Line will debut in ~3,500 theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross  Weeks
Avengers: Infinity War $112.5M $450.8M 2
Overboard $14.8M $14.8M 1
A Quiet Place $7.6M $159.9M 5
I Feel Pretty $4.9M $37.8M 3
Rampage $4.6M $84.8M 4
Tully $3.2M $3.2M 1
Black Panther $3.1M $693.1M 12
Truth or Dare $1.9M $38.2M 4
Super Troopers 2 $1.8M $25.4M 3
Bad Samaritan $1.8M $1.8M 1
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

 

 

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Looking to Beat the Opening Weekend for ‘Rogue One’!!!

There was some concern that people might be a little cold on Solo: A Star Wars Story so soon after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But initial tracking projects show that people haven’t burned out yet on going to a galaxy far, far away.

According to Deadline, industry projections have Solo raking in over $170 million on its four-day holiday weekend. That puts it well ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which earned $155 million on its opening day weekend. Even in the tracking fluctuates and the projections drop to only $150 million on the weekend, that will still be good enough to give Solo the record for Memorial Day weekend, beating out Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($139.8 million) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($126.9 million).

Ultimately, what Solo will be judged against are other recent Star Wars movies, and specifically Rogue One. The past three Star Wars movies have had the benefit of a December opening, so they get to rake in the holiday dollars and they have almost no competition for January and some of February. Rogue One ultimately pulled in $532 million domestic and $1 billion worldwide, so Solo definitely has an uphill climb, especially when facing June tentpoles like Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Perhaps the excitement over Solo shouldn’t be too surprising. The advertising thus far has made it look like a solid action-comedy featuring characters people already love like Han, Chewie, and Lando. Even if you look at the marketing and think Disney should have made a Lando movie instead of a Han Solo movie, you’re still going to go see Solo.

Solo opens May 25th and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.

Here’s the official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

via Collider

 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Scores Biggest Opening Weekend of All-Time With $630M at the Worldwide BO!!!

Audiences assembled worldwide as Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War broke both the domestic opening weekend box office record and worldwide opening record with a massive $250 million domestically and $630 million worldwide. In its wake, the majority of films on the weekend box office chart fell dramatically, though fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe release Black Panther improved its position from eighth place last weekend to a spot in this weekend’s top five, truly making this a Marvel-ous weekend.

Infinity War’s opening weekend bests the previous record of $247.9 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in December 2015 by just over $2 million, but it’s also worth mentioning Disney under-estimated Black Panther‘s $202 million opening by nearly $10 million on Sunday. The studio also under-estimated The Avengers‘s performance by $7 million and under-estimated Avengers: Age of Ultron by $3.6 million. As such, don’t be surprised to see Infinity War‘s debut blossom come actuals on Monday afternoon. At this moment, the film accounts for 84.4% of the domestic top twelve, second only to Ultron’s 84.5% market share.

Additional domestic records of note include the largest single Saturday gross, largest single Sunday gross, largest April opening, largest Spring opening, widest PG-13 release and fastest film to $150, $200 and $250 million.

Internationally, Infinity War delivered a monstrous $380 million from approximately 72% of the international marketplace. The debut is the second largest to Fate of the Furious though its important to note that film had the benefit of China grosses over its opening weekend, which represented $185 million (41.7%) of its $443 million international debut. Altogether, Infinity War‘s global debut reached $630 million, shattering the previous record of $541.9 million set by Fate of the Furious and doing so without China, where the film will open on May 11.

Highlights from Infinity War‘s international debut include #1 openings in all territories led by the UK with $42.2m followed by South Korea ($39.2m*), Mexico ($25.1m*), Australia ($23.0m), Brazil ($18.8m*), India ($18.6m), France ($17.7m), Germany ($14.7m), Philippines ($12.5m*), Italy ($11.0m), Thailand ($10.0m*), Indonesia ($9.6m*), Taiwan ($9.5m), Japan ($9.0m), Malaysia ($8.4m*) and Spain ($8.3m). The film also delivered the #1 international IMAX debut ever, excluding China, with a total of $41 million globally from $22.5 million domestically and $18.5 internationally. Prior to the film’s opening in China, Infinity War will open in Russia next weekend.

Looking ahead, Infinity War received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Audiences were 58% male with 58% of the overall audience coming in over the age of 25. In terms of what to expect domestically, using multipliers from previous films in the MCU, a domestic performance over $600 million seems a given, but how much higher than that is unclear. A performance similar to Avengers: Age of Ultron would actually result in a domestic run right at $600 million, while comparisons to only Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3 would result in a domestic total below that mark.

All told, Infinity War‘s estimated $630 million worldwide opening means the 19 films so far released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have now amassed nearly $15.5 billion combined.

Finishing in second is Paramount’s A Quiet Place, serving as the only film on the weekend chart to top double digits in the face of Infinity War. The film brought in an estimated $10.65 million for a cume just a couple million shy of $150 million. Looking at the list of supernatural horror films, this makes A Quiet Place the fifth largest ever and it will soon top 2000’s What Lies Beneath ($155.4m).

Internationally, A Quiet Place added an estimated $6.6 million this weekend from 57 markets, pushing the international cume to $87.2 million for a worldwide tally topping $235 million.

STX‘s I Feel Pretty landed in third, delivering an estimated $8.1 million for its sophomore session, a 49% drop compared to last weekend, resulting in a cume that currently sits just shy of $30 million.

In fourth is Warner Bros.’s and New Line’s Rampage, which dropped a hefty 65% for an estimated $7.1 million weekend and a domestic cume that now stands at $77.9 million. Internationally, Rampage added an estimated $16.2 million this weekend, pushing its international total to $256.7 million for a global cume totaling $334.6 million. The film opens in France this coming Wednesday.

Rounding out the top five is Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther, which enjoyed a nice bump thanks to its fellow MCU title, delivering an estimated $4.38 million, signaling just an 11% drop compared to last weekend as the film’s cume is now at a massive $688 million domestically. This is also the first time since The Incredible Hulk debuted in 2008 that two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe find themselves in the weekend top ten at the same time.

Just outside the top five, after a stellar debut, Super Troopers 2 dipped 76% in its second weekend with an estimated $3.6 million for a domestic cume just over $22 million, surpassing the original’s $18.5 million after just ten days in release.

Bleecker Street‘s Disobedience topped the weekend’s new limited releases, bringing in an estimated $241,276 from five theaters for a strong $48,255 per theater average. The film played in New York and LA this weekend and will be expanding to ten additional markets next weekend.

Additionally, IFC‘s Let the Sunshine In brought in an estimated $40,267 from two New York theaters ($20,133 PTA); The Orchard’s Kings debuted with $173,113 from 214 theaters ($809 PTA); and Duck Butter, also from The Orchard, opened in two theaters with an estimated $3,360 ($1,680 PTA).

Next weekend will see a trio of films hitting a moderate number of theaters each including Jason Reitman‘s Tully reuniting the director with screenwriter Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron. Lionsgate will release their Overboard remake starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris and Electric Entertainment is releasing the horror/thriller Bad Samaritan into ~1,800 locations, the widest new release of the weekend.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Avengers: Infinity War $250.0M $250.0M 1
A Quiet Place $10.7M $148.2M 4
I Feel Pretty $8.1M $29.6M 2
Rampage $7.1M $77.9M 3
Black Panther $4.4M $688.0M 11
Super Troopers 2 $3.6M $22.1M 2
Truth or Dare $3.2M $35.3M 3
Blockers $2.9M $53.2M 4
Ready Player One $2.4M $130.7M 5
Traffik $1.6M $6.8M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Deadpool 2’ Tracking for Huge $150M Summer Debut at the BO!!

Ryan Reynold‘s Deadpool 2 is tracking for a huge $150 million opening in North America over the May 18-20 weekend.

That’s ahead of the first film, which launched to $132.4 million in February 2016 on its way to earning $783 million at the worldwide box office in a sizable victory for Reynolds and 20th Century Fox. Deadpool stands as the top-grossing R-rated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

This time, the irreverent superhero is braving summer.

David Leitch directs the follow-up, which sees Deadpool form a team of mutants — the X-Force — to save a young mutant from the time-traveling soldier Cable.

Deadpool 2 stars series newcomers Josh Brolin (Cable) along with Zazie Beetz (Domino) and Julian Dennison.

In addition to Reynolds, returning castmembers include Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) and Karan Soni (Dopinder).

Deadpool 2 came on tracking Thursday morning just as 20th Century Fox prepared to take the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to plug its upcoming slate. With the Disney-Fox merger looming, it could be the last time that the studio has a stand-alone presentation at the annual gathering of theater owners.

via The Hollywood Reporter

 

‘Infinity War’ Tracking for Massive $225+ Million Opening Weekend!!!

Marvel’s about to make some big-time bank, y’all. The box office predictions for Avengers: Infinity War just keep crawling upwards, and considering the MCU epic was already on track to be one of the biggest blockbuster openings of all time, that’s quite a feat.

Per Variety, the latest tracking numbers have Infinity War eyeing debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million domestically, with a possibility of crossing the $250 million mark. Should it fall into the end of that range, Infinity War could become the biggest debut of all time.

For now, that title belongs to another Disney join, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 to a staggering $247.96 million, and went on to gross just shy of $1 billion domestically and more than $2 billion worldwide. Last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi holds down the No. 2 spot with a $220 million opening. That film went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

Much like The Force Awakens, Infinity War has years of build up behind it, the first half of a two-part Avengers arc that acts as the culmination for a decade of films at Marvel Studios. Regardless of whether the superhero epic can top Star Wars numbers, the film is on track to become one of just five other films that have crossed the $200 million opening mark. Four of those films come from Disney (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Avengers, and Black Panther), with Jurassic World standing as the odd-man-out. 

If you want to see how Infinity War‘s tracking stands up, you can check out the full Top 10 highest box office debuts below.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $247,966,675

2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $220,009,584

3. Jurassic World – $208,806,270

4. Marvel’s The Avengers – $207,438,708

5. Black Panther – $202,003,951

6. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $191,271,109

7. Captain America: Civil War – $179,139,142

8. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $174,750,616

9. Iron Man 3 – $174,144,585

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $169,189,427

We’ll have to wait and see if Infinity War‘s epic scope and event status can launch it to the top of the list, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that this one’s going to break some records.

via Collider

 

‘A Quiet Place’ Takes Back #1 Spot, As ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Super Troopers 2’ Open Above Expectations at the BO!!

Early on it looked as if it might be a tight race for the weekend #1, and while the margin was slim, in the end A Quiet Place settled into the spot, topping last weekend’s champion Rampage. STX‘s I Feel Pretty settled into third over its debut weekend, delivering results a shade over expectations, narrowly topping the outstanding performance from Fox Searchlight‘s Super Troopers 2, which more than doubled expectations.

With an estimated $22 million, Paramount‘s A Quiet Place topped the weekend as its domestic cume climbs to an outstanding $132.4 million after just 17 days in release. For comparison, Split and The Conjuring finished with $138.2 million and $137.4 million respectively over the course of their entire domestic runs. In fact, A Quiet Place is now Paramount‘s highest grossing domestic release since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond ($158.8m) as it topped the $130.1 million brought in by Transformers: The Last Knight last year.

Internationally, A Quiet Place added $15 million this weekend for an international cume just shy of $75 million and a global tally now over $207 million. New openings included a $891k #2 finish in Spain and a third place finish in Vietnam with an estimated $302k. Leading the way is the UK where the film’s cume now stands at an estimated $11.7 million followed by Australia with an estimated $6.78 million cume. The film opens in China on May 18 followed by releases in France (6/20) and Japan (9/14).

Warner Bros. and New Line‘s Rampage finished in second place with an estimated $21 million, dropping 41% over its sophomore frame. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $66 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $57 million this weekend from 61 markets, pushing its international cume to $216.4 million for a $283 million global tally. Among highlights, China crossed $100 million with another ~$27 million this weekend while also maintaining a #1 ranking in Korea ($10.2m cume), the UK ($9.1m cume) and Mexico ($9.6m cume). Upcoming key markets include a May 2 release in France, a May 10 release in Germany and a May 18 release in Japan.

STX‘s release of Amy Schumer‘s I Feel Pretty finished in third for the weekend, bringing in an estimated $16.2 million, coming in slightly ahead of Mojo‘s pre-weekend expectations, but within the anticipated performance range. While the film’s opening is below the $19.5 million and $30 million debuts for Schumer‘s Snatched and Trainwreck respectively, I Feel Pretty‘s PG-13 rating makes this a difficult comparison to those two R-rated features.

Super Troopers 2 landed in fourth with an impressive $14.7 million from just 2,038 locations. The $13.5 million production was marketed by Fox Searchlight and distributed by Fox and the film’s debut is well ahead of pre-weekend expectations, which were pretty much blown away by end of day Friday. Arriving 16 years after the original film, Super Troopers 2 clearly has a supportive following as the sequel has almost already reached the $18.5 million overall domestic run for the original in just three days. Opening weekend demographics show the film played to an audience that was 64% male and of the overall audience, 75% were between the ages of 25-49.

Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see what kind of legs Super Troopers 2 has. The film’s debut tops the $13.8 million opening for Zoolander 2, which went on to gross $28.8 million. On the other hand, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay opened with $14.9 million and grossed $38.1 million. Those two comedy sequels considered, an anticipated run anywhere from $30-40 million would seem fair.

Rounding out the top five is Universal‘s release of the Blumhouse thriller Truth or Dare, which dropped 58% in its second weekend for an estimated $7.9 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume just over $30 million after ten days in release.

Outside the top five, WB‘s Ready Player One added another $7.5 million domestically for a cume topping $125 million. Internationally the film added an estimated $23 million for an overseas cume just shy of $400 million and a running global tally totaling $521.6 million.

Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther brought in an estimated $4.6 million, dropping just 20% for its tenth straight weekend in the top ten. The film’s domestic cume now totals over $680 million and with an international total approaching $645 million, the film’s worldwide tally now totals $1.324 billion. Black Panther‘s domestic total accounts for nearly 20% of 2018’s overall box office and with Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters in just five days this could be the first time since The Incredible Hulk in 2008 that two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe find themselves in the weekend top ten at the same time.

From Lionsgate‘s Codeblack Films, Traffik debuted with an estimated $3.87 million, on par with expectations. The film received a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and the audience was 52% female and 92% of the overall audience was 25 years or older.

Just outside the top ten is Great India Films‘s release of Bharat Ane Nenu brought in an estimated $2.85 million from 305 theaters for a solid $9,344 per theater average.

In limited release, Cohen Media‘s Godard Mon Amour brought in an estimated $12,646 from four theaters ($3,162 PTA); The Orchard‘s The Devil and Father Amorth delivered an estimated $10,851 from eight locations ($1,356 PTA); and Cinema Libre Studio‘s Lou Andreas-Salome, the Audacity to be Free brought in an estimated $5,000 from one theater.

Next weekend sees the release of Avengers: Infinity War into approximately 4,200 theaters. Talk of a record breaking opening weekend is already growing thanks to impressive pre-sales as summer looks to start early once again.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross  Weeks
A Quiet Place $22.0M $132.4M 3
Rampage $21.0M $66.6M 2
I Feel Pretty $16.2M $16.2M 1
Super Troopers 2 $14.7M $14.7M 1
Truth or Dare $7.9M $30.4M 2
Ready Player One $7.5M $126.2M 4
Blockers $7.0M $48.3M 3
Black Panther $4.6M $681.1M 10
Traffik $3.9M $3.9M 1
Isle of Dogs $3.4M $24.4M 5
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Rampage’ Tops Weekend as ‘A Quiet Place’ Continues Strong at the BO!!!

It was nearly an upset at the weekend box office, but Warner Bros. and New Line‘s Rampage was able to hold off a strong second weekend from Paramount‘s hit horror/thriller A Quiet Place to take the weekend’s #1 spot. But that doesn’t discount the fact A Quiet Place is less than $400k shy of topping $100 million domestically after just ten days in release. Additionally, Blumhouse‘s Truth or Dare delivered a solid, third place debut.

With an estimated $34.5 million, Warner Bros. and New Line‘s Rampage delivered a first place finish from 4,101 theaters. Looking at some of the comps we used heading into the weekend, this is a bit ahead of the $31.7 million opening for Tom Cruise‘s The Mummy last year, which went on to gross just over $80 million and an improvement over Dwayne Johnson‘s Hercules, which opened with $29.8 million in 2014 and grossed just over $72 million domestically.

Looking ahead, Rampage really only has one more weekend to have much of an impact at the box office with Avengers: Infinity War debuting in two weeks. Rampage already had to shift its release date when Disney moved Infinity War to April 27 and this relatively soft debut for the $120 million production doesn’t bode well for its future domestically and perhaps even internationally where the film brought in an estimated $114.1 million from 61 markets this weekend. Leading the way was an estimated $55 million opening in China followed by the UK ($5.7m), Korea ($5.7m), Mexico ($4.8m) and Malaysia ($3.5m). The film will open in France on May 2 followed by releases in Germany (May 10) and Japan (May 18).

Rampage‘s opening weekend demos show the film playing to an audience that was 55% male vs. 45% female with 63% of the audience coming in over the age of 25. Audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore.

With an estimated $32.6 million in its sophomore frame, Paramount‘s A Quiet Place finished the weekend with a domestic cume just shy of $100 million after just ten days in release. Assuming actuals push the film’s Sunday cume over the century mark, A Quiet Place will have reached $100 million nine days faster than Split and six days faster than The Conjuring, which went on to gross $138.2 million and $137.4 million respectively. Even if it isn’t until Monday that the film tops $100 million, the pace at which it is performing is spectacular nonetheless.

Most importantly, the film’s performance is something Paramount Pictures really needed as it already looks as if it will be the studio’s highest grossing release since Star Trek Beyond, which brought in $158.8 million after releasing in July of 2016. Should it top that mark, the next highest gross would be Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation‘s $195 million performance in July 2015. That’s impressive to say the very least.

Internationally, A Quiet Place added an estimated $22.3 million from 55 markets for an overseas cume reaching $51.7 million and a global tally that now stands at $151.3 million. Based on current exchange rates, the film is pacing 76% ahead of Don’t Breathe, 57% ahead of Get Out, 50% ahead of Lights Out, 7% ahead of The Conjuring and 10% behind Split.

In third is Universal and Blumhouse‘s Truth or Dare, delivering an estimated $19 million from 3,029 locations. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this opening is that it did it alongside A Quiet Place as both films enjoyed solid weekend performances. The film’s debut is just a bit shy of the $19.8 million opening for Ouija, which went on to gross just over $50 million. Opening weekend audiences gave the film a “B-” CinemaScore and saw a demo breakdown that was 60% female vs. 40% male with 40% of the audience coming in over the age of 25.

Internationally, Truth or Dare debuted in seven markets and brought in an estimated $2.6 million including $1.3 million in the UK and Ireland, tracking ahead of The Visit and on par with other Blumhouse originals such as The Purge and Happy Death Day. The film opens next week in 18 additional markets and continues its international rollout over the next few months.

Warner Bros. release of Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One finished in fourth with an estimated $11.2 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands just shy of $115 million after 18 days in release and is currently pacing relatively similarly to The Last Airbender and Divergent, which finished with$131.7 million and $150.9 million respectively. Internationally, the film added an estimated $33.8 million this weekend in 65 overseas markets taking the international cume to $360.2 million for a worldwide gross just shy of $475 million with the film opening in Japan this coming weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Universal‘s R-rated comedy Blockers, which dropped a somewhat surprising 50% in its second weekend for an estimated $10.3 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume just shy of $37 million. Internationally, the film added six more markets this weekend where it brought in an estimated $3.9 million from 21 overall territories for an international cume totaling $16 million.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Fox Searchlight‘s nationwide expansion of Wes Anderson‘s Isle of Dogs delivered an estimated $5 million from 1,939 theaters (+1,385) for a domestic cume totaling $18.4 million. The film also expanded internationally where it is now playing in six markets, debuting in France with an estimated $821k and Australia with $713k. Overall the international cume now stands at $8.7 million with releases in China and Spain set for next weekend.

Outside the top ten, Bleecker Street‘s release of Beirut brought in an estimated $1.65 million from 755 locations this weekend for a domestic cume totaling just over $2 million after debuting on Wednesday.

In limited release, Sony Classics‘s The Rider brought in an estimated $45,268 from three theaters ($15,089 PTA).

Lastly, this weekend saw Walt Disney Studios cross $2 billion at the global box office with the release of Avengers: Infinity War right around the corner as the studio will continue to expand on its global box office dominance.

Next weekend sees the release of Amy Schumer‘s I Feel Pretty from STX in over 3,200 theaters; Fox Searchlight‘s release of Super Troopers 2 in ~2,000 locations; and Lionsgate will release Traffik into ~1,000 theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Rampage $34.5M $34.5M 1
A Quiet Place $32.6M $99.6M 2
Truth or Dare $19.1M $19.1M 1
Ready Player One $11.2M $114.6M 3
Blockers $10.3M $36.9M 2
Black Panther $5.3M $673.8M 9
Isle of Dogs $5.0M $18.5M 4
I Can Only Imagine $3.8M $75.0M 5
Acrimony $3.7M $37.9M 3
Chappaquiddick $3.0M $11.0M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Becomes Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film of All-Time at the Domestic BO!!

Forecasts for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may have been optimistic, but few could have predicted the runaway box office success of the legacyquel. Last night, the movie crossed $403.714 million at the domestic box office, which makes it Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing picture domestically, beating out a record set by Spider-Man way back in 2002. To put that in even greater perspective, that means on its way to the top, Jumanji beat out every single Spider-Man movie, Skyfall, Men in Black, and Ghostbusters.

This is a massive accomplishment for everyone involved, and when you see the movie, it’s not too surprising. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a crowdpleaser, and it’s a fun film to watch. It makes sense that families would not only see the movie during the crowded holiday season, but also treat it to repeat viewings. It’s a movie where you can take your kids to enjoy it and not have to worry about anything too dark or disturbing upsetting them. Plus you’ve got the star-power of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black and the comic chops of director Jake Kasdan. We shouldn’t be surprised that Welcome to the Jungle is a hit, but it’s still a bit stunning that it turned out to be such a massive hit.

The film also fared well overseas, pulling in $950 million worldwide, landing at the 42nd highest grossing film worldwide of all-time. Not too bad for a movie with no superheroes and only a single movie from the mid-90s to help promote the brand (and, let’s be honest, Robin Williams was the big draw for that movie).

Unsurprisingly, a sequel is currently in development with Dwayne Johnson and his co-stars set to return. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script, and I hope that Sony also gets Kasdan back on board. No word yet on when the sequel might hit theaters, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it land in either late 2019 or summer 2020.

via Collider

 

‘Ready Player One’ Racing To $400M WW; Scores $161M In China For WB Best International BO!!!

After beginning its quest in 62 markets last weekend, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s Ready Player One maintained the high score at the international box office, grossing $81.7M to lead the chart this session. That sets the Steven Spielberg pic on track for $300M overseas and $400M global in the coming days. The total cumes through Sunday are $294.4M offshore with $391.3M worldwide.

Remarkable has been the play in China where this ode to VR and pop-culture has become the No. 1 Hollywood movie of 2018 with $161.3M through Sunday. It’s also far and away the top Warner Bros release ever. Propelled by fantastic Middle Kingdom reviews, the gaming culture and continued social media chatter — and juiced by the Tomb Sweeping holiday at the end of this week — RP1 dipped just 32% in the Friday-Sunday period compared to last frame’s opening. Chinese IMAX crowds have been especially eager to get to the OASIS with a virtual tie between weekends 1 & 2, and a new March record.
Also notable in China, Irrfan Khan-starrer Hindi Medium, a 2017 pic that released on Wednesday, came in No. 2 with an estimated $21.6M. The performance of the relatable social comedy/drama continues a growing boom for Indian titles in China.

Elsewhere, Paramount’s A Quiet Place, which announced itself at $50M+ domestically, also made noise in its offshore bow. In 40 markets, the John Krasinski-helmed horror title belted out a $21M opening. Comping in like-for-like markets, the full weekend gross is 79% above the debut of Get Out, 70% ahead of Don’t Breathe and on par with Split. Horror fans in Latin America gave the Krasinski/Emily Blunt-starrer strong starts while the UK was the biggest dollar debut at $3.6M. There are many majors to come throughout April and into the summer.

Meanwhile, the vocal stylings of Disney/Pixar’s Coco are bringing it closer to the $800M worldwide mark, now at $790.1M with continued play in Japan. Also in Japan, Fox/Chernin’s The Greatest Showman has topped $40M as the Hugh Jackman musical dances towards $250M international. But smoldering intensity won the day in Japan this weekend as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle finally swung into its final market. The opening helped lift the worldwide cume on Sony’s smash to $950M.

Next weekend, Dwayne Johnson returns to wide international release with Warner Bros/New Line’s sci-fi monster actioner Rampage. The pic reteams the global box office star with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton and grabbed a China day-and-date release for April 13.

via Deadline

 

‘Infinity War’ Tracking to Open North of $200 Million at the BO!!!

In a surprise to absolutely no one, the first tracking for Avengers: Infinity War has the film pegged for a monumental opening weekend at the box office. Per THR, Disney insiders are suggesting an opening weekend in the range of $175 million to $200 million, but studios are notoriously conservative with these kinds of numbers so as not to see the actual results become underwhelming. So that means we’re likely looking at an opening weekend over $200 million for the highly anticipated MCU sequel.

Only five movies ever have opened over $200 million, not adjusting for inflation. The first to do so, fittingly, was 2012’s The Avengers—the crossover event that proved the Marvel Cinematic Universe could work. Here’s what the current Top 10 opening weekends of all time looks like:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $247,966,675

2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $220,009,584

3. Jurassic World – $208,806,270

4. Marvel’s The Avengers – $207,438,708

5. Black Panther – $202,003,951

6. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $191,271,109

7. Captain America: Civil War – $179,139,142

8. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $174,750,616

9. Iron Man 3 – $174,144,585

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $169,189,427

The “oldest” movie on this list is the final Harry Potter movie, which opened seven years ago. The increasing frequencies of breaking opening weekend records is largely a consequence of studios’ high risk/high reward model. No longer do studios routinely make mid-budget dramas; instead they invest a ton of money in “event” films that have to make $500 million just to break even. So a $200 million opening weekend is great to be sure, but it’s just a fraction of the way towards profitability, whereas something like a modestly budgeted IT opening to $123 million is in some ways even more impressive.

Infinity War brings together nearly every MCU character we’ve seen thus far, and so it seems fair to assume it’ll surpass the opening weekends of both Avengers movies, and could even soar to Force Awakens levels. Can it break $247 million? Marvel’s M.O. has been to surpass expectations at every turn, so it’d be foolish to think that’s out of the question.

Then of course we have to ask how high this thing will go during its theatrical run. Many are saying that beating Black Panther’s domestic total of $655.6 million is a given, but I’m not so sure. Infinity War is the “bigger” movie, but it also has less legroom. It has about three weeks alone in terms of blockbuster openings, but then we get Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, and Incredibles 2 to start crowding the marketplace. Black Panther, meanwhile, had a ton of runway to entice fans to keep coming back. So we’ll see.

For now, though, we can pretty much guarantee that Infinity War’s opening weekend box office is going to make history.

via Collider

 

‘A Quiet Place’ Tops ‘Ready Player One’ with Huge $50 Million Opening at the BO!!!

With a $50 million debut, Paramount‘s A Quiet Place finished atop the weekend box office in impressive fashion and while Universal‘s Blockers didn’t deliver even half of what A Quiet Place did, the film’s $21 million debut was a solid start for the low budget R-rated comedy. The weekend also saw a very strong hold for Warner Bros.’s Ready Player One and Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther topped Titanic this weekend to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

Paramount‘s horror/thriller A Quiet Place debuted with an estimated $50 million, topping the weekend box office and delivering the year’s second largest three-day opening. The $17 million production was written and directed by John Krasinski who also starred in the feature alongside Emily Blunt, and it received nearly unanimous praise from critics while opening weekend audiences gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore. The opening weekend audience breakdown was 49% male vs. 51% female with 63% of the crowd coming in aged 25 or older. As for that $50 million figure, don’t be surprised to see it climb a million or so once actuals arrive on Monday afternoon.

Looking ahead, the film’s debut is larger than any film in the Conjuring franchise, topping the $41 million debut for The Conjuring and $40 million debut for its sequel. Both films went on to gross over $100 million with The Conjuring topping $135 million. The film’s opening is also much higher than the $40 million debut for the smash hit Split, which went on to deliver nearly $140 million domestically just last year. Overall, the film’s opening is one of the best all-time for a horror film, besting all but Paranormal Activity 3 in the Paranormal franchise, all the Insidious films and more.

Internationally, A Quiet Place rolled out in 40 markets this weekend and brought in an estimated $21 million, for a global debut over $70 million. Leading the way was the UK with an estimated $3.6 million followed by Mexico ($2.7m); Australia ($2m); Brazil ($1.9m); and Taiwan ($1.1m). Paramount reports the film’s opening in these markets on a “like for like basis” is 79% ahead of Get Out, 70% ahead of Don’t Breathe, 46% ahead of Lights Out, 14% ahead of The Conjuring and on par with Split. Major markets where the film has yet to open include Russia, Korea and Germany where it will release on April 12, followed by releases in Spain (April 20), France (June 20) and Japan (Oct 19).

Finishing in second is Warner Bros.‘s Ready Player One with an estimated $25 million, dropping just 40% in its second weekend as the film’s domestic gross now stands just shy of $97 million. The performance signals solid word of mouth, particularly considering the film opened over four days last weekend, which can often dampen a film’s second weekend, but this one has clearly impressed audiences, encouraging others to see it.

Ready Player One‘s international roll-out held on strong as well, dropping ~35% in holdover markets (-39% excluding China) and generating an estimated $81.7 million this weekend from 65 territories. The film’s international cume now totals nearly $295 million, pushing the worldwide tally to $391.3 million. The last key market the film has yet to open in is Japan, where it will debut on April 20.

Universal‘s R-rated comedy Blockers debuted in third with an estimated $21.4 million. The opening is on par with 2016’s Neighbors 2 which went on to gross over $55 million and tops the $17 million opening for Game Night earlier this year, which has already gone on to deliver nearly $70 million domestically. The film received a “B” CinemaScore and the opening weekend audience was 51% female and 56% of the overall audience was over the age of 25.

Internationally, Blockers brought in an estimated $3.2 million from 15 markets following a small, five market debut last weekend. The film has 42 markets still to release including Germany next weekend.

Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther dropped just 27% in its eighth weekend in release, delivering an estimated $8.4 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $665 million. As a result, Black Panther has now topped Titanic to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

Internationally, Black Panther added an estimated $4.5 million this weekend for an international cume that now totals nearly $635 million for a worldwide gross just shy of $1.3 billion.

Rounding out the top five is Roadside‘s I Can Only Imagine, which added theaters for the third weekend in a row and dropped just 20%, delivering an estimated $8.35 million. The film’s domestic cume is now just shy of $70 million.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Entertainment StudiosChappaquiddick outperformed expectations and debuted with an estimated $6.2 million from 1,560 locations. The film received a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences with the studio reporting the film performed best with audiences aged 55 and over.

Fox Searchlight‘s Isle of Dogs rounded out the top ten with an estimated $4.6 million as it expanded into 554 locations (+389) for a domestic cume now totaling $12 million. The film will expand nationwide next weekend, playing in 100 markets in ~1,750 theaters.

Just outside the top ten is the last of the weekend’s new wide releases in Mirror and LD Entertainment‘s The Miracle Season, which took in an estimated $4.1 million from 1,707 locations. The film received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Also of note, Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle added an estimated $430,000 this weekend, pushing the film’s domestic cume to $403.6 million, just $65k shy of Spider-Man and becoming the studio’s largest domestic grossing release of all-time. Additionally, the film opened in Japan this weekend, its final international market, and brought in an estimated $3.9 million as its international cume rises to $546 million for a worldwide tally just shy of $950 million.

In limited release, Amazon Studios‘s You Were Never Really Here led the way in terms of per theater averages, bringing in an estimated $129,911 from three theaters, averaging $43,304 per. A24‘s Lean on Pete had a solid debut with an estimated $50,118 from four locations for a $12,530 per theater average.

Other limited releases include Well Go‘s The Endless with an estimated $8,600 from one theater; Great Point‘s Where is Kyra? brought in an estimated $7,000, also from one location; and Hannover’s Blood Feast opened with $4,020 from the the Laemmle Fine Arts theatre in Beverly Hills.

Next weekend Neon will debut Borg vs. McEnroe; Warner Bros. and New Line will release Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson into over 3,950 locations; Fun Academy will be releasing the animated feature Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero; and Universal will release Blumhouse‘s latest horror feature Truth or Dare into ~3,000 theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
A Quiet Place $50.0M $50.0M 1
Ready Player One $25.1M $96.9M 2
Blockers $21.4M $21.4M 1
Black Panther $8.4M $665.4M 8
I Can Only Imagine $8.4M $69.1M 4
Acrimony $8.1M $31.3M 2
Chappaquiddick $6.2M $6.2M 1
Sherlock Gnomes $5.6M $33.9M 3
Pacific Rim: Uprising $4.9M $54.9M 3
Isle of Dogs $4.6M $12.0M 3
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium Crosses 100 Crores in Just 3 days in China!!!

Content is the ultimate king of the box office and Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium is time and again proving that. The movie was a super hit in India and now, it’s rocking the Chinese box office as well. Released three days ago, the movie made $ 3.36 million on its first day and the collections almost got doubled in the next two days. On Thursday, HM earned $ 6.28 million and yesterday, it managed to pocket $ 6.16 million and took the grand total to $ 15.80 million i.e. equal to Rs. 103 crores. That’s right, the Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar starrer has now minted more than 100 crores in just 3 days of its initial release.

Compared to Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, HM has performed better in all the 3 days. Where BB made $ 8.54 million in its first weekend, with $ 15.80 million, HM is way ahead of it.

For the uninitiated, Hindi Medium traces the story of a couple’s struggle to find an ‘English medium school’ for their daughter. Irrfan plays the father while Saba essays the role of the mother. Deepak Dobriyal also plays a pivotal role in the film.

via BollywoodMDB

 

‘Black Panther’ Passes ‘Jurassic World’ to Become #4 Movie of All Time at Domestic BO!!!

Avengers: Infinity War may be hitting theaters in a matter of weeks, but the Black Panther train is still rolling. February’s Marvel Studios release surpassed expectations in its first weekend to record-breaking box office, and “surpassing expectations” was the name of the game as the film continued to have a strong hold week after week. The result? It’s the highest grossing Marvel movie ever released domestically, and if it keeps this up it could surpass The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron at the worldwide box office too.

This week’s milestone is two-fold. First, at the domestic box office, Black Panther’s total has hit $652.5 million which puts it ahead of Jurassic World ($652.3 million) to become the #4 movie of all time. This record will be short-lived, as the film will pass Titanic ($659.3 million) in short order to become the #3 movie of all time at the domestic box office. That’s a 20-year-old record that Black Panther is now in line to break, and while catching Avatar or Star Wars: The Force Awakens is probably impossible at this point, the #3 position of all time is not too shabby for a movie about an African superhero. Here’s the full domestic Top 10.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $963.6 million

2. Avatar – $760.5 million

3. Titanic – $659.3 million

4. Black Panther – $652.5 million

5. Jurassic World – $652.3 million

6. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623.4 million

7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $620.1 million

8. The Dark Knight – $534.9 million

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $532.2 million

10. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $504 million

The other milestone Black Panther hit this week is it has officially entered the Top 10 Worldwide chart with a global total of $1.27 billion. That’s a massive number, and it’s enough to knock Frozen out of the Top 10. Here’s where the worldwide chart stands:

1. Avatar – $2,788.0

2. Titanic – $2,187.5

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2,068.2

4. Jurassic World – $1,671.7

5. Marvel’s The Avengers – $1.518.8

6. Furious 7 – $1,516.0

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,341.5

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $1,341.5

9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1,332.6

10. Black Panther – $1,279.2

How high will Black Panther climb on the worldwide chart, and will Infinity War be able to match its heights? Stay tuned folks.

via Collider

 

‘Baaghi 2’ Becomes the Biggest Bollywood Opener of 2018!!!

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‘Ready Player One’ Tops With $53M Four-Day Debut at the Easter Weekend BO!!!

Coming in on par with Mojo‘s pre-weekend forecast, Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One topped the weekend box office and delivered the director’s largest opening weekend in ten years. The weekend also saw a strong second place debut for Lionsgate‘s Acrimony, the latest film from Tyler Perry, while Black Panther and I Can Only Imagine remain in the top five with their continued impressive runs. Not so impressive was the debut for Pure Flix‘s God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, which finished outside the top ten and short of expectations.

At the top of the box office is Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One, delivering an estimated $53.2 million four-day after debuting on Thursday, and $41.2 million for the standard three-day weekend for the fifth largest Easter opening ever. The film is the largest opening weekend for Spielberg since the $100 million debut for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in 2008. Ready Player One received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to an audience that was 59% male and 56% of the total audience was over the age of 25.

Looking ahead, the film’s debut compares very similarly to both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Terminator Salvation, both of which also opened on a Thursday and went on to gross $122 million and $125 million respectively. The question is what kind of assistance word of mouth will do for the film, with the biggest competition it will face over the next few weeks is WB and New Line‘s Rampage on April 13.

Internationally, Ready Player One opened in 62 markets and brought in a healthy $128 million for a strong $181.2 million global debut. Leading the way was an estimated $61.7 million start in China, the largest opening for a Warner Bros. film in the market ever. The film also brought in an estimated $8.1 million in South Korea along with $7.3 million in the UK, $6.1 million in Russia, $6 million in France, $4 million in Mexico, $3.1 million in both Spain and Italy, and $2.2 million in Brazil. Looking ahead, the film opens in Germany this coming Thursday, April 5, followed by an April 20 opening in Japan.

In second, Lionsgate‘s release of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony delivered a healthy $17.1 million from 2,006 theaters for a $8,524 per theater average. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to a crowd that was 74% female and 85% of the overall audience was over the age of 25. The film’s opening is within the range of Perry‘s The Family that Preys (2008) and For Colored Girls (2010), both of which went on to gross $37 million.

Marvel and Disney‘s Black Panther landed in third position with an estimated $11.2 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $650 million. The film currently places as the fifth largest domestic release of all-time and will soon top Jurassic World ($652.2m) and Titanic ($659.3m), likely finishing its domestic run as the third largest domestic release of all-time.

Internationally, Black Panther added an estimated $7.7 million, pushing its global cume to $1.273 billion, passing Beauty and the Beast ($1.26b), now placing eleventh worldwide all-time and will soon enter the top ten once it passes Frozen ($1.277b).

In fourth is Roadside and Lionsgate‘s I Can Only Imagine, which expanded for the second weekend in a row, this weekend playing in 2,648 theaters (+395) and bringing in a strong $10.75 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $55.5 million, becoming Roadside‘s largest domestic release ever, topping Manchester by the Sea‘s $47.69 million run in 2017.

Rounding out the top five is Universal and Legendary‘s Pacific Rim Uprising, dropping a hefty 67% for a $9.2 million sophomore weekend. The film’s domestic cume currently stands at $45.6 million after ten days in release.

Elsewhere in the top ten, both Sherlock Gnomes and Love, Simon, held on well in their second and third weekends respectively. Sherlock Gnomes held on better than expected after a soft debut last weekend, delivering an estimated $7 million weekend, pushing the film’s cume to $22.8 million while Love, Simon dropped 37% in its third weekend, finishing with $4.8 million for a domestic cume just over $32 million.

Outside the top ten, Fox Searchlight‘s Isle of Dogs expanded to 165 theaters (+138) and brought in an estimated $2.8 million for a satisfying $17,030 per theater average. The film will expand to 450-500 locations next weekend before going wide on the weekend of April 13.

Also outside the top ten is the disappointing debut for Pure Flix‘s God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness. Debuting in 1,693 locations, pre-weekend expectations were for an opening around $4 million, but the film managed just $2.6 million over its first three days, ~$5 million short of the $7.6 million opening for God’s Not Dead 2 in 2016 and more than $6.5 million shy of the $9.2 million opening for the first film back in 2014, despite the fact the first film opened in just 780 theaters.

In limited release, Fox International‘s Baaghi 2 brought in an estimated $580,000 from 123 theaters ($4,715 PTA); Roadside‘s Finding Your Feet opened with $61,295 on 14 screens ($4,378 PTA); Neon debuted Gemini in four theaters where it opened with an estimated $34,184 ($8,546 PTA); The Orchard‘s Outside In brought in $11,339 from nine theaters ($1,260 PTA); IFC opened Love After Love in one location with an estimated $11,263; Film Movement re-released Sergio Corbucci‘s The Great Silence in one location with an estimated $7,639; and Gravitas debuted The Gardener in one theater with an estimated $6,800.

Next weekend sees the release of Universal‘s R-rated comedy Blockers in ~3,300 locations; Paramount will debut the much talked about horror film A Quiet Place in ~3,200 theaters; Mirror and LD will release The Miracle Season in approximately 1,700 theaters; and Entertainment Studios will debut Chappaquiddick in 1,500 theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Ready Player One $41.2M $53.2M 1
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $17.1M $17.1M 1
Black Panther $11.3M $650.7M 7
I Can Only Imagine $10.8M $55.6M 3
Pacific Rim: Uprising $9.2M $45.7M 2
Sherlock Gnomes $7.0M $22.8M 2
Love, Simon $4.8M $32.1M 3
Tomb Raider $4.7M $50.5M 3
A Wrinkle in Time $4.7M $83.3M 4
Paul, Apostle of Christ $3.5M $11.5M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Leads With $122.5 Million Debut at the International BO!!!

Pacific Rim Uprising” launched to a solid start in international markets, opening with $122.5 million in 61 markets.

That $122.5 million includes a $65 million debut in China, bringing its worldwide total to $150 million. Universal and Legendary’s sci-fi tentpole landed $28 million at the domestic box office, and seems to be following the model set by its predecessor, which also saw a strong international showing.

Korea had the second strongest opening with $6.9 million from 429 locations. Other leading territories include Russia ($6.8 million from 1,537 locations), Mexico ($4.9 million from 1,691 locations), and Malaysia ($3.8 million from 149 locations).

The original 2013 film — directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Idris ElbaRinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky — grossed $411 million at the worldwide box office, taking in $112 million in China and $101.8 million in the U.S. “Pacific Rim Uprising” has scored a mixed critical consensus, with a current 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and B CinemaScore.

Uprising,” directed and co-written by Steven S. DeKnight on a $150 million budget, features John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Charlie Day.

Meanwhile, the second weekend of Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Tomb Raider” is also seeing boosts from international markets. Roar Uthaug’s action adventure starring Alicia Vikander took in $34.1 million in 66 markets on 20,290 screens. That bolsters its international total to $170 million, with the worldwide tally at $211.7 million.

The sixth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is maintaining a similar trajectory, with $12.9 million in 57 territories. Recently, Ryan Coogler’s superhero blockbuster crossed the $100 million mark in China. With a $17 million showing in the domestic box office, that brings its global weekend total to $29.6 million. Since its premiere on Feb. 16, “Black Panther” has grossed $1.23 billion worldwide.

Another Disney title, “A Wrinkle in Time,” opened in the U.K. this weekend to an estimated $900,000. It grossed $2.3 million internationally in 13 territories, which is a 31% decline into its third weekend. With $8 million in 3,423 domestic locations, Ava DuVernay’s time travel fantasy had a global weekend total of $10.3 million, bringing its total worldwide gross to $88 million off a $100 million budget.

via Variety

 

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Dethrones ‘Black Panther’ With A Decent Opening at the BO!!!

It had to happen at some point and this was the weekend that saw Black Panther’s streak as the #1 film at the weekend box office come to an end at the hands of Pacific Rim Uprising. That being said, it wasn’t a down weekend for Black Panther at all as it became the highest grossing superhero film of all-time, topping The Avengers with a domestic cume that now totals $630.9 million, becoming one of the top five domestic releases of all-time.

This weekend also saw another stellar performance for Roadside and Lionsgate‘s I Can Only Imagine, which finished in third place, topping Paramount and MGM‘s Sherlock Gnomes, which struggled over the course of its opening weekend, falling short of pre-weekend expectations.

At the top, Universal and Legendary‘s Pacific Rim Uprising delivered an estimated $28 million three-day opening from 3,708 locations. While not a stellar opening for a film of this size, it is well above Mojo‘s forecast as well as above Universal‘s expectations heading into the weekend. The performance is almost spot on with Edge of Tomorrow, which was one of our pre-weekend comparisons and went on to gross just over $100 million domestically, a number the studio would likely be more than happy with as it would only be ~$2 million shy of the first film’s domestic performance. However, in all likelihood, it will fall short of the century mark domestically, though given this film was always more of a global play, that’s unlikely to be much of an issue.

Speaking of which, Uprising brought in an estimated $122.5 million internationally this weekend, including a $65 million debut in China, ~$20 million more than the first film’s opening weekend in the market before it went on to gross over $111 million. All told, the film’s $150.5 million worldwide start also included #1 openings in Korea ($6.9 million); Russia ($6.8 million); Mexico ($4.9 million); Indonesia ($3.7 million); Taiwan ($3.4 million); and Brazil ($1.6 million).

In terms of demographics, Pacific Rim Uprising received a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences which broke down as 62% male vs. 38% female, of which 53% of the overall audience was 25 years or older.

This leaves Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther in second place after five weeks atop the weekend box office. This weekend the film pulled in an estimated $16.65 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $630 million, making it the highest grossing comic book adaptation of all-time, surpassing The Avengers ($623.3m). Panther is also now the fifth largest overall domestic release of all-time, just $21.3 million behind Jurassic World with a shot at also topping Titanic to become the third largest all-time by the end of its domestic run.

Internationally, Black Panther grossed an estimated $12.9 million, pushing its international cume to $606.4 million for a global tally topping $1.237 billion. The film now ranks as the twelfth largest worldwide release of all-time, passing The Fate of the Furious ($1.236b) and is just behind Beauty and the Beast ($1.263b). Panther currently stands as the third largest worldwide release among films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ranking behind the two Avengers films.

Finishing in third for the second straight weekend is Roadside and Lionsgate‘s I Can Only Imagine. The film expanded into 2,253 locations (+624) following its stellar debut and delivered an impressive $13.8 million sophomore frame, dropping just 19%, and pushing the film’s domestic cume over $38 million after just ten days in release.

Paramount and MGM‘s release of Sherlock Gnomes landed in fourth with a disappointing $10.6 million opening from 3,662 theaters, down nearly $15 million when compared to the $25.3 million debut for Gnomeo and Juliet in 2011. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and despite the lackluster performance, the studio is hoping that with Spring Break beginning next week it will help prop up weekday grosses going forward.

Sherlock Gnomes also added another $2.1 million from 19 international markets this weekend after debuting in five markets last weekend, pushing the international cume to $4.6 million.

Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros. and MGM‘s Tomb Raider with an estimated $10.4 million, dropping 56% in its second weekend, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $41 million after ten days in release. Internationally, the film brought in an additional $34.1 million this weekend from 66 markets, for an international running cume of $170 million and a worldwide tally totaling $211.7 million.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Sony and Affirm FilmsPaul, Apostle of Christ took in an estimated $5 million this weekend from 1,473 theaters. The faith-based film will join I Can Only Imagine and next weekend’s release of God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness in looking for a strong play over the Easter holiday. Paul received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Rounding out the top ten is Global Road‘s Midnight Sun with an estimated $4.1 million from 2,178 locations. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Overall, the audience was 80% female with 66% of the audience coming in under the age of 25.

And just outside the top ten is Bleecker Street‘s release of Steven Soderbergh‘s Unsane with an estimated $3.8 million debut from 2,023 theaters. The film received an “B-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Internationally the film opened in five markets with an estimated $805,086 led by $675k in the UK.

This weekend also saw the first stage in Fox Searchlight‘s platform release of Wes Anderson‘s Isle of Dogs. The film debuted in 27 theaters this weekend and brought in an estimated $1.57 million for a strong $58,148 per theater average. The film received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and slightly over 60% of the audience was under 30 years of age. Looking ahead, Searchlight will add 22 new markets next weekend while expanding in already opened cities pushing the film’s theater count to 150-175 locations for the Easter weekend. Isle of Dogs will release nationwide in mid-April.

In limited release, Hannover‘s Getting Grace brought in an estimated $107,676 from 60 locations ($1,795 PTA); Sony Classics‘s Final Portrait opened in three theaters with $28,214 ($9,405 PTA); Magnolia‘s Ismael’s Ghosts brought in $19,000 from two theaters; Music Box opened Back to Burgundy in four theaters with an estimated $12,060 ($3,015 PTA); and Abramorama‘s Summer in the Forest opened in one theater with an estimated $8,660.

Next weekend sees the release of PureFlix‘s God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness in ~1,500 locations and Lionsgate will release Tyler Perry‘s Acrimony into ~2,000 theaters. Additionally, Fox International will open Baaghi 2 into ~125 theaters and Roadside will open Finding Your Feet.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Pacific Rim: Uprising $28.0M $28.0M 1
Black Panther $16.7M $630.9M 6
I Can Only Imagine $13.8M $38.3M 2
Sherlock Gnomes $10.6M $10.6M 1
Tomb Raider $10.4M $41.7M 2
A Wrinkle in Time $8.0M $73.9M 3
Love, Simon $7.8M $23.7M 2
Paul, Apostle of Christ $5.0M $5.0M 1
Game Night $4.2M $60.8M 5
Midnight Sun $4.1M $4.1M 1
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is Now the Highest Grossing Superhero Movie Ever!!!

Marvel’s Black Panther has become even more of a box office giant than any of the industry’s wildest predictions and expectations. The film has broken record after record since hitting theaters on February 16, and now it has a new crowning achievement.

Even though Black Panther won’t be at the top of the box office for six weekends in a row, the money raked in this weekend has sent the movie past $624 million on the domestic charts. That means Black Panther has officially surpassed The Avengers total gross of $623.4 million in 2012 and it’s now the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States.

The box office update comes from The Hollywood Reporter. The trade also notes that Black Panther is doing huge business globally. As of now the movie has earned a little more than $1.2 billion worldwide, but by the end of the weekend, it will pass up Iron Man 3 to become the third biggest comic book adaptation. The only two movies ahead of it are The Avengers with $1.5 billion followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron at $1.4 billion.

As of now it doesn’t look like Black Panther has enough momentum to surpass both assemblies of The Avengers at the global box office, but the amount of money the movie has pulled in is still impressive as hell. This should prove unequivocally that Hollywood can open up movies with predominantly non-white talent and still be succcessful at the box office.

However, Black Panther may not enjoy this spot at the top of the superhero movie charts for very long. Let’s not forget that Avengers: Infinity War is just around the corner. And considering this is the first part of the culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that’s going to be quite the box office event. When tickets went on sale recently, the film broke the ticket presales record previously set by Black Panther in just six hours.

Again though, the success of Black Panther can’t be marginalized. This was a huge victory for Marvel and diversity on the big screen. Hopefully this is just the beginning of more blockbusters featuring diverse casts that take the box office by storm. At the very least, we know it’s just the beginning for Black Panther because a sequel is already in the works, and Ryan Coogler will likely return to direct as well.

Wakanda forever!

via SlashFilm

 

‘Justice League’ Ends Box Office Run as Lowest-Grossing DCEU Movie!!!

Well the numbers don’t lie—Justice League was a bust. What was intended to be Warner Bros. and DC’s answer to The Avengers instead landed with a thud when it hit theaters last November, on the heels of production issues, extensive reshoots, and the reported firing of original director Zack Snyder. The superhero team-up has now concluded its box office run, and with a worldwide total of $657,924,295, Justice League stands as the lowest grossing film of the DC Extended Universe thus far—the DCEU being the series of films that began with Man of Steel and are connected by a shared universe.

In fact, not only did Justice League finish at the bottom, it grossed over $100 million less than Snyder’s 2013 reboot Man of Steel, which itself was somewhat disappointing for WB. If Man of Steel had been a bigger hit the studio would no doubt have moved forward with a Man of Steel 2 right after, but instead—facing stiff competition from the off-to-the-races Marvel Studios—they shoehorned Batman into a follow-up.

Batman v Superman is the highest grossing title the studio has released thus far, but no doubt the negative response to that film had something to do with the lack of enthusiasm for Justice League. Indeed, Justice League isn’t an out-and-out disaster of a movie—it’s fine—but if you gauged general audience interest, it just wasn’t there.

Here’s how the current DCEU lineup stands with worldwide box office:

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $873,634,919

2. Wonder Woman – $821,847,012

3. Suicide Squad – $746,846,894

4. Man of Steel – $668,045,518

5. Justice League – $547,924,295

If we look at the domestic box office takes, Justice League is still in last place, but Wonder Woman jumps ahead by a pretty wide margin:

1. Wonder Woman – $412,563,408

2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -$330,360,194

3. Suicide Squad – $325,100,054

4. Man of Steel – $291,045,518

5. Justice League – $229,024,295

Indeed, Patty Jenkins’ well-reviewed origin story offers a glimmer of hope for the DCEU moving forward, and in hindsight I think we’ll look back on Justice League not as a massive misstep, but the end of a misguided era of DC Films. Snyder’s approach to the characters just simply wasn’t working, and Warner Bros.’ feverish desire to catch up to Marvel Studios at any cost led to subpar output.

Now, however, with some significant executive changes at the top, it feels like there’s reason to be excited for the future. James Wan’s Aquaman hits theaters this year, and the studio finally set Game Night filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct The Flash. Jenkins is due to begin production on a Cold War-set Wonder Woman 2 this year, and a number of other films are in development. And Snyder? No longer involved.

I don’t think Snyder is a bad filmmaker, I just think he was the wrong fit for the DCEU, and what we saw with his three films and even Suicide Squad was a contrast of ideas between what the studio wanted, what Snyder had envisioned, and what general audiences hoped to see. So yes, Justice League was a failure, but this is far from the end of the DCEU and I’m genuinely intrigued to see what lies ahead.

via Collider

 

‘Black Panther’ Remains King While ‘Tomb Raider’ Is Low And ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Surprises at the BO!!!

For the fifth weekend in a row, Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther is the weekend’s number one film at the domestic box office, becoming the first film to accomplish that feat since Avatar in 2009. The film is also only the seventh film to ever gross over $600 million at the domestic box office as it continues to dominate, now less than $18 million shy of topping The Avengers and becoming the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time.

As for the weekend’s new releases, WB‘s Tomb Raider performed as expected, delivering a second place finish while the big surprise of the weekend was Roadside and Lionsgate‘s release of I Can Only Imagine. The faith-based feature delivered a third place finish, defying all expectations, and topped not only Disney‘s A Wrinkle in Time in its sophomore session, but Fox‘s freshman debut, Love, Simon.

With an estimated $27 million, Black Panther finished atop the weekend box office for the fifth straight weekend, pushing the film over $605 million domestically. As a result, Black Panther joins Avatar and The Sixth Sense as only the third film to top the weekend box office for five straight weekends in the last 19 years.

Alongside its domestic achievements, Black Panther added an estimated $30 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas cume to $577.1 million for a global tally topping $1.183 billion, passing Captain America: Civil War ($1.153B) and Minions ($1.159B) to become the fourteenth largest worldwide release of all-time.

In second is WB‘s adaptation of the popular video game Tomb Raider with an estimated $23.5 million. This makes it the sixth largest opening for a video game adaptation ever, a list still topped by the original Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie, which debuted with $47.7 million back in 2001. The film received a so-so “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which broke down 56% male vs. 44% female while 68% of the overall audience was over the age of 25.

Internationally, after debuting in nine markets last weekend, Tomb Raider expanded to 65 overseas territories this weekend, delivering an estimated $84.5 million for a international cume estimated at $102.5 million. Highlights include a $41.1 million opening in China, WB‘s seventh largest opening ever in the market, along with a $4.4 million opening in Russia, $4.2 million debut in the UK, $3.2 million opening in France and $2.1 million debuts in Germany, Mexico, Australia and Brazil. The film will open this week in Japan on Wednesday, March 21.

Landing in third is the surprise of the weekend, Roadside and Lionsgate‘s I Can Only Imagine, delivering an estimated $17 million from just 1,629 locations for an impressive $10,476 per theater average. This is the seventh largest opening for a faith-based feature of all-time (fourth if you don’t count the Narnia films) and the best opening since 2014’s Heaven is for Real, which opened with $22.4 million while playing in nearly 800 more theaters. The film received an “A+” CinemaScore from opening day audience, of which 67% were female and 80% were over the age of 35.

Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how I Can Only Imagine performs over the coming weeks as Sony and its AFFIRM label will release Paul, Apostle of Christ next weekend and PureFlix will be releasing God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness the following weekend, all hoping to take advantage of the Easter holiday session.

Disney‘s A Wrinkle in Time dropped 50% in its second weekend for an estimated $16.56 million, landing in fourth position. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $61 million. Internationally, Wrinkle debuted in France, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Trinidad this weekend, delivering an estimated $3.2 million from 11 markets for an overseas cume that now stands at $10.6 million and a global tally reaching $71.7 million. The film opens in the UK and Peru next weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Fox‘s Love, Simon, delivering an estimated $11.5 million from 2,402 locations. While this is a bit below Mojo’s forecast, it falls right in line with the studio’s expectations and given the “A+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences the film could be looking to play for quite some time. Love, Simon played to an audience that was 58% female and 41% were over the age of 25.

Just outside the top five, Warner Bros.’s and New Line‘s Game Night continues to hold strong from one weekend to the next, this weekend dipping just 29% for an estimated $5.57 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $54 million. The R-rated comedy should continue to see solid numbers as it will remain the only such film in theaters until April 6 when Universal releases Blockers.

Landing in seventh is Sony‘s Peter Rabbit with an estimated $5.2 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume to $102 million as it begins its sixth week in release. Internationally, Peter Rabbit grossed an estimated $15.5 million from 22 markets for an international cume of $42.7 million. The film’s wider roll-out continues next weekend with openings in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Spain followed by releases in France in early April and South Korea and Japan in mid-May.

Sony is also celebrating as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle topped $400 million this weekend. The film is now just $3.4 million shy of Spider-Man and becoming the studio’s highest grossing release of all-time. Only problem facing Jumanji topping that mark is that it is already available on digital and On Demand and will arrive on Blu-ray on Tuesday.

Just behind Jumanji is Focus‘s 7 Days in Entebbe, which debuted in 838 theaters with an estimated $1.6 million. The film played to an audience that was 59% female and 41% male.

Also of note, IFC‘s The Death of Stalin expanded into 32 locations (+28) this weekend and delivered an estimated $580,576, once again delivering a weekend-best per theater average of $18,143.

Among limited releases The Orchard‘s Flower opened in three theaters with an estimated $57,851 ($19,284 PTA); Good Deed‘s Journey’s End brought in $12,700 from two theaters; and FilmBuff‘s Ramen Heads opened in two theaters with an estimated $7,014.

Next weekend Universal will debut Pacific Rim Uprising into ~3,700 theaters; Paramount will open Sherlock Gnomes into ~3,500 locations; Open Road is looking to release Midnight Sun in over 2,000 theaters; Sony will be looking for success with Paul, Apostle of Christ in ~1,400 locations; and Bleecker will be releasing Unsane is an as-yet undisclosed number of theaters.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross  Weeks
Black Panther $27.0M $605.4M 5
Tomb Raider $23.5M $23.5M 1
I Can Only Imagine $17.1M $17.1M 1
A Wrinkle in Time $16.6M $61.1M 2
Love, Simon $11.5M $11.5M 1
Game Night $5.6M $54.2M 4
Peter Rabbit $5.2M $102.4M 6
The Strangers: Prey at Night $4.8M $18.6M 2
Red Sparrow $4.5M $39.6M 3
Death Wish $3.4M $29.9M 3
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Black Panther’ Remains Box Office King As New Releases Open Low at the BO!!!

On top of eclipsing $1 billion worldwide, Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther has now achieved what no other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has accomplished as it remained #1 at the weekend box office for its fourth straight weekend in a row since release. The superhero repeat means Disney‘s A Wrinkle in Time opened in second place followed by Aviron‘s The Strangers: Prey at Night while both Amazon Studios‘s Gringo and Entertainment Studios‘s The Hurricane Heist struggled mightily.

With an estimated $41.1 million, Black Panther topped the weekend box office for the fourth straight week in a row following it release. The last time a film managed that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film’s domestic cume now stands at a massive $562 million making it the second highest grossing superhero release of all-time and the seventh largest overall domestic release of all-time. In addition to Black Panther‘s four weekend streak at #1, the film’s performance this weekend is the third largest fourth weekend of all-time just behind Force Awakens ($42.3m).

Internationally, Black Panther debuted in its final major market this weekend, China, where it opened with an estimated $66.5 million. Overall, the film’s international weekend added an estimated $100 million to its bottom line, pushing the overseas total to $516.6 million for a global tally that now totals $1.078 billion. Black Panther is the fifth film in the MCU to reach this mark and is just shy of cracking the top 20 all-time.

Disney‘s A Wrinkle in Time landed in second with an estimated $33.3 million over its opening weekend. The result is just below the $35 million the studio was expecting and well below Mojo‘s aggressive forecast. Reasoning for the film’s lackluster debut will most likely focus on Black Panther‘s continued dominance within the marketplace as well as the mixed reviews the film received heading into the weekend. Time will tell how well Wrinkle will be able to hold on over the coming weekends as the “B” CinemaScore suggests it could go either way. As of now the pre-weekend comparisons to Tomorrowland, which also opened with $33 million in 2015, appear to be holding up. That film went on to gross $93.4 million domestically.

Internationally, A Wrinkle in Time debuted with $6.3 million in approximately 14% of the international marketplace. Leading the way was Russia with $4.1 million followed by Spain with $1 million. The film will debut in France this coming Wednesday followed by a release in the UK on March 23 with openings in Italy, Australia, Brazil and Mexico at the end of the month.

Aviron‘s The Strangers: Prey at Night debuted in third place with an estimated $10.2 million, on par with expectations. Opening weekend demographics saw the film play to an audience that was 51% female and opening weekend auds scored the film with a “C” CinemaScore.

Fox‘s Red Sparrow landed in fourth position, dropping a top ten worst 51.6% with an estimated $8.15 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $31.1 million after ten days in release. The film also added $15.7 million internationally this weekend raising its worldwide cume to $82.9 million.

Rounding out the top five is WB‘s release of New Line‘s Game Night, dropping just 24% for an estimated $7.9 million three-day. The R-rated comedy’s domestic cume is now up to $45 million as it enters its third week in release. Internationally the film added another $5.4 million this weekend bringing its overseas cume to $24.7 million for a global cume just shy of $70 million.

Outside the top five we find The Hurricane Heist, which opened this weekend in 2,402 theaters with a mere $3.1 million. The film played to an audience that was 55% male and of the overall audience 73% were over the age of 25. The film received a “B-” CinemaScore.

The Hurricane Heist wasn’t the only new wide release to struggle as STX‘s release of Amazon Studios‘s Gringo missed out on a place in the top ten with an estimated $2.6 million from 2,404 locations. The two films delivered per theater averages among the worst all-time for films opening in more than 2,000 theaters with Gringo placing 27th, averaging just $1,094 per theater.

Gringo also debuted in eight international territories this weekend with an estimated $850k.

Elsewhere, Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle added another $2.75 million to its bottom line for a domestic cume that now totals $397.2 million. The film continues to inch closer and closer to the $400 million mark and is now just $6.5 million away from becoming Sony‘s highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

We must also be sure and mention Fox‘s The Greatest Showman, which fell out of the weekend top ten for the first time after 12 straight weekends. The film added an estimated $1.77 million this weekend for a domestic cume that now totals over $167 million. It currently ranks as the fourth largest musical of all-time and is $3.2 million shy of eclipsing 2002’s Chicago. The film also added $5.2 million to its overseas total this weekend for a global tally just shy of $389 million.

This weekend also saw Fox Searchlight‘s Best Picture winning The Shape of Water expand back into 1,552 locations (+720) and bring in an estimated $2.4 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $61 million. Adding to its total, the film brought in $11.3 million internationally this weekend for an overseas cume of $87.4 million and a worldwide total just shy of $150 million.

In moderate release this weekend, Focus debuted their 2017 Sundance acquisition Thoroughbreds into 549 theaters where it brought in $1.2 million.

In limited release IFC‘s The Death of Stalin delivered an impressive $181,308 from just four theaters for a weekend best $45,327 per theater average. Sony Classics released The Leisure Seeker into 28 theaters where it brought in an estimated $119,573 ($4,270 PTA); Cinema Guild‘s Claire’s Camera brought in $11,843 from one theater; and new studio Greenwich Entertainment opened the documentary Itzhak into two locations where it brought in an estimated $14,442 ($7,221 PTA).

Next weekend sees the release of Tomb Raider into 3,600+ North American theaters. The film got a jump start on its release this weekend debuting in nine Asian markets where it brought in an estimated $14.1 million. Leading the way was South Korea with $2.9 million followed by Indonesia ($2.4m), Taiwan ($2m), Malaysia ($1.6m), Hong Kong ($1.2m), Thailand ($1.2m) and Philippines ($1.1m). Along with its North American release next weekend the film will expand into an additional 45 markets including China, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

Additional new releases next weekend include Fox‘s Love, Simon opening in approximately 2,400 locations; Focus will debut 7 Days in Entebbe in 800 locations; and Roadside will open I Can Only Imagine.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Black Panther $41.1M $562.0M 4
A Wrinkle in Time $33.3M $33.3M 1
The Strangers: Prey at Night $10.5M $10.5M 1
Red Sparrow $8.2M $31.1M 2
Game Night $7.9M $45.0M 3
Peter Rabbit $6.8M $93.5M 5
Death Wish $6.6M $23.9M 2
The Hurricane Heist $3.2M $3.2M 1
Annihilation $3.2M $26.1M 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $2.8M $397.3M 12
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Black Panther’ Poised to Cross $1 Billion Worldwide This Weekend!!

Next Friday, Marvel’s Black Panther celebrates one month since its domestic release. This weekend, Ryan Coogler‘s superhero film should cross the $1 billion-mark at the international box office. That’s crazy. If it crosses that mark this weekend, the film will be in great company as one of the fastest billion-dollar earners ever. The worldwide tally will be helped out in a big way by the film’s last major international opening date in China today where early estimates point to a $22.7 million frame. Black Panther currently sits at $940.3 million as of last night’s ticket sales, so a strong international debut and a solid domestic performance should be enough to bump Marvel’s latest superhero movie into the 10-figure club.

If China’s box office estimate holds, that’ll make Black Panther the third-highest opening day ever for any MCU/super-hero title there, behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War; it’s also right around the same mark as Spider-Man: HomecomingBlack Panther just passed that particular film on the international box office level as of yesterday, as well. Even with a 50-60% drop from last week’s domestic weekend total, Black Panther could still bring in between $26.5 to $33 million; a similar performance on the international market would net another $23.1 to $28.9 million. Add in China’s expected estimate, and the film should easily cross $1 billion this weekend. The only question left is, just how high will it climb?

via Collider

 

‘Black Panther’ Box Office Passes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Land at #9 on All-Time List!!!

In case you were wondering, Black Panther is still absolutely destroying at the box office. The Marvel Studios film got more than a couple shoutouts at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday and for good reason: ABC no doubt hopes the Academy sparks to this worldwide phenomenon in the wake of record-low ratings for the Oscars telecast. While that’s a ways off and Black Panther is far from an awards season sure thing, the film is showing no signs of slowing down at the box office.

Yesterday saw Black Panther’s domestic box office total hit $506.4 million, passing the live-action Beauty and the Beast’s $504 million to take the #9 slot on the all-time domestic chart. It now seems entirely possible that the film could overtake the domestic grosses of Rogue One and The Dark Knight to potentially nab the #7 slot on the list, and could it possibly go as high as $623 million to become the highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time?

For reference, here’s the list of the Top 10 domestic box office grosses of all time:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $934.6 million

2. Avatar – $760.5 million

3. Titanic – $659.4 million

4. Jurassic World – $652.3 million

5. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623.4 million

6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $619.1 million

7. The Dark Knight – $534.9 million

8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $532.2 million

9. Black Panther – $506.4 million

10. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $504 million

On the world’s stage, Black Panther also continues to soar. With a worldwide gross of $909.8 million, the film has now surpassed the worldwide grosses of Thor: Ragnarok ($854M), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($864M), Batman vs Superman ($874M), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880M) and Spider-Man 3 ($891M). That puts it in the #46 position, but with a China opening set for this weekend and a lot of leg room to go, expect the film to crack $1 billion in short order.

via Collider

 

‘Black Panther’ Tops $500 Million, As ‘Death Wish’ and ‘Red Sparrow’ Open Modest at the BO!!!

It was yet another monster weekend for Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther as the superhero feature became the third fastest film to ever reach $500 million domestic. Meanwhile, the weekend’s new wide releases came up just a bit short of Mojo’s pre-weekend forecast with Fox‘s Red Sparrow taking runner-up position behind Black Panther and MGM’s Death Wish landing in third. It’s also Oscar Sunday, which means we’ll end this recap with a brief look at this some of year’s nominees and how they stack up at the box office.

With an estimated $65.7 million, Disney and Marvel Studios‘s Black Panther topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend, becoming only the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to accomplish that feat over its first three weeks in release, the others being Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers. As noted above, the film also topped $500 million domestic, becoming the third fastest film to do so, bringing in $501.1 million in just 17 days, tied with Jurassic World and one day behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Black Panther‘s performance so far has it ranked as the tenth highest grossing domestic release of all-time, third highest grossing comic book adaptation and superhero film and it has now found a spot within the all-time top 50 worldwide. This weekend’s performance was also the third largest third weekend of all-time and should the past two weekends be any indication, it could leapfrog Avatar for second largest if actuals come in ~$2.8 million higher than estimates.

Speaking of worldwide, Black Panther added another $56.2 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas cume of $396.6 million for a global tally just shy of $900 million. This weekend saw the film open in Japan with an estimated $2.4 million ($4.2M including previews), besting Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok. The UK still leads all international markets with nearly $50 million followed by South Korea ($41.4 million). Black Panther will open in China, its final international market, next weekend.

In second is Fox‘s Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the first novel in Jason Matthews‘ trilogy starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Francis Lawrence. Debuting in 3,056 locations, the film brought in an estimated $17 million, which is in line with the studio’s expectations while a bit behind Mojo‘s pre-weekend forecast. The film received a “B” CinemaScore and played to an opening weekend audience that was 53% female vs. 47% male and of 79% of its overall audience was over the age of 25.

Red Sparrow also brought in an estimated $26.5 million internationally this weekend. Leading the way was Taiwan with $2.4 million followed by Spain ($2m), Italy ($1.5m) and Hong Kong ($762K). Upcoming markets include Japan (Mar 30), France (Apr 4) and Russia (May 31).

Looking ahead, it’s tough to determine just how well this film will perform based on pre-weekend comparisons, which had us looking at Atomic Blonde and Ghost in the Shell, both of which debuted with over $18 million and, like Sparrow, received a “B” CinemaScore. Neither of those films, however, played to a majority female audience with Atomic‘s 51% male audience being the closest while Ghost in the Shell joined Sparrow in playing to an older audience at 76% over the age of 25. Averaging the two films out would point toward a $45 million domestic run for Sparrow, which seems like a reasonable high-end at this point.

Landing in third is MGM‘s Death Wish, a remake of Charles Bronson‘s 1974 classic starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth. The film debuted in 2,847 locations and delivered an estimated $13 million over its opening weekend. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 57% male vs. 43% female and 53% of the overall audience was over the age of 35. Looking ahead, the debut is relatively in line with our pre-weekend comp to The Foreigner, which opened with $13.1 million and ended its domestic run just shy of $35 million. The Foreigner, however, received a “A-” CinemaScore and was better received by critics suggesting an overall domestic performance right around $30 million may be a better bet.

WB‘s release of New Line‘s Game Night held on strong in its second weekend, delivering an estimated $10.7 million, signaling a 37% drop as the film’s cume reached $33.5 million in its first ten days in release. Internationally the film added $8.4 million, pushing its worldwide cume just shy of $50 million.

Rounding out the top five is Sony‘s Peter Rabbit, which dropped just 22% and delivered an estimated $10 million in its fourth weekend in release for a domestic cume that now stands at $84 million. Additionally, the film landed in its first major international market this weekend, bringing in an estimated $12.7 million in China. The film’s overall international weekend topped $14 million for a worldwide box office that now tops $101 million. Over the coming weeks the film will launch in Mexico (Mar 16), UK (Mar 16), Australia (Mar 22), Brazil (Mar 22), Germany (Mar 22), Italy (Mar 22), Russia (Mar 22) and Spain (Mar 23).

Outside the top five Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued its impressive run with an estimated $4.5 million, pushing its domestic gross to $393.2 million. Added to that, Jumanji brought in an estimated $1.9 million internationally, pushing its global cume to $928.9 million. The film will launch in Japan, its final international market, on April 6.

In limited release Sony Classics‘s Foxtrot debuted in four locations with an estimated $36,786 ($9,197 PTA) and Hannover‘s Death House opened in one theater with an estimated $10,295.

Finally, considering it is Oscar Sunday, of this year’s Oscar nominees The Greatest Showman is the only nominee that remains in the weekend top ten, having done so for 11 consecutive weeks and it was yet another standout weekend as the film dropped less than 22% for the ninth time out of ten weekends, delivering an estimated $2.67 million for a domestic cume just shy of $165 million. Now here’s a look at the year’s nine Best Picture nominees in order of overall domestic box office performance:

  • Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) – $188.05M
  • Get Out (Universal) – $176.04M
  • The Post (Fox) – $80.37M
  • The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – $57.39M
  • Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – $55.42M
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) – $52M
  • Lady Bird (A24) – $48.29M
  • Phantom Thread (Focus Features) – $20.13M
  • Call Me by Your Name (Sony Classics) – $17.05M

Of the nine Best Picture nominees, Steven Spielberg‘s The Post has made the most since being nominated, bringing in nearly $34 million, followed by the year’s top nominee The Shape of Water with nearly $26 million.

Next weekend sees four new wide releases hitting theaters including Disney‘s A Wrinkle in Time in ~3,800 locations; STX‘s Gringo in 2,400 theaters; Entertainment StudiosThe Hurricaine Heist in 2,500 theaters; and Aviron will debut Strangers: Prey at Night in approximately 2,400 locations.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross  Weeks
Black Panther $65.7M $501.1M 3
Red Sparrow $17.0M $17.0M 1
Death Wish $13.0M $13.0M 1
Game Night $10.7M $33.5M 2
Peter Rabbit $10.0M $84.1M 4
Annihilation $5.7M $20.6M 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $4.5M $393.2M 11
Fifty Shades Freed $3.3M $95.6M 4
The Greatest Showman $2.7M $164.6M 11
Every Day $1.6M $5.3M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Black Panther’ Still Dominates As ‘Game Night’ Opens Well While ‘Annihilation’ Gets Annihilated at the BO!!!

Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther continued its box office domination this weekend, becoming only the fourth film to ever deliver over $100 million in its second weekend as well as joining Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. Meanwhile, the weekend’s new wide releases finished mostly as expected with WB‘s release of New Line‘s Game Night leading the way with a second place finish while Paramount‘s Annihilation landed in fourth and Orion‘s Every Day finished within the top ten.

With an estimated $108 million, Black Panther delivered the second largest second weekend of all-time, improving on Jurassic World‘s $106.5 million second weekend back in June 2015. Black Panther‘s domestic gross now stands at $400 million, which places it alongside Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. However, given the way Black Panther has been outperforming estimates since release, don’t be surprised to see these domestic numbers climb once actuals come in on Monday afternoon.

So far, Black Panther is already the fifth highest grossing title domestically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will shortly pass both Captain America: Civil War ($408m) and Iron Man 3 ($409m). The film is also now one of the top 30 domestic releases of all-time after just ten days of release.

Black Panther also continues to surge internationally where it has now brought in $304 million thanks to an estimated $83.8 million this weekend from 55 markets, pushing the film’s worldwide total over $700 million, placing tenth within the MCU. The weekend’s new releases included Russia ($2.6m), where the film only opened in IMAX and Deluxe theaters so far and will go wide tomorrow, and Vietnam ($2.5m). The UK remains the film’s top overseas market, bringing in an estimated $41.2 million so far. Black Panther has yet to open in Japan where it will debut next weekend, followed by a March 9 opening in China.

Warner Bros.’s release of New Line‘s R-rated comedy Game Night finished in runner-up position with an estimated $16.6 million from 3,488 locations ($4,759 PTA). The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and opening weekend demographics show the film playing to an audience that was 56% female vs. 44% male and a healthy 80% of the overall audience was over the age of 25. Given the film’s opening weekend performance, look for this one to finish around $50 million or so, plus/minus $5 million on either side based on comps.

Game Night debuted in 22 markets internationally this weekend and brought in an estimated $5.2 million. Leading the way was Australia with an estimated $1.5 million followed by Russia ($1.3m) and the Netherlands ($570k). The film expands to another 23 markets next weekend including the UK and Germany.

Sony‘s Peter Rabbit outperformed Mojo‘s pre-weekend forecast, holding on strong and dropping just 28% in its third weekend, bringing in $12.5 million and pushing the film’s domestic cume over $70 million.

Finishing in fourth is Paramount‘s Annihilation with an estimated $11 million. The debut lines up with Paramount’s expectations, but a “C” CinemaScore doesn’t necessarily bode well for the film’s future prospects, though the average audience rating on RottenTomatoes is positive and the 8/10 rating on IMDb.com is another good sign. However, with Black Panther‘s continued success and the release of Red Sparrow next weekend, competition is going to be stiff. The film’s opening weekend breakdown saw it play to an audience that was 58% male and 67% of the overall audience was over the age of 25.

Internationally, Paramount struck a deal with Netflix last year for international rights to stream Annihilation on its subscription service 17 days after the film’s domestic release. Paramount does retain the rights to release the film in China and in VOD and home entertainment.

Universal PicturesFifty Shades Freed rounded out the top five with an estimated $6.9 million and also added another $22.3 million internationally as the film crossed $320 million at the worldwide box office this weekend.

Outside the top five, Fox‘s The Greatest Showman continues its tremendous run, bringing in another $3.4 million this weekend for a domestic cume that now stands at $160.7 million. Additionally, the film brought in an estimated $7.7 million internationally this weekend for an international cume that now tops $200 million, for a global tally of $361.2 million. The film currently ranks as the fourth highest grossing musical of all-time domestically.

Finishing in ninth place with an estimated $3.1 million from 1,661 locations ($1,868 PTA) is Orion‘s Every Day. Carrying a budget just below $5 million, this is the first theatrical release for the relaunched Orion films and the result is a solid start and right in line with expectations and what the studio was targeting. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 67% female.

In limited release, Well Go‘s Operation Red Sea delivered an estimated $510,000 from 45 locations ($11,333 PTA); The Orchard’s The Young Karl Marx brought in an estimated $28,599 from three theaters ($9,533 PTA); IFC released The Cured in three theaters where it brought in an estimated $5,332 ($1,777 PTA); and Oscilloscope‘s November opened in one theater with an estimated $4,300.

Next weekend sees the release of Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence in ~2,900 locations and the Bruce Willis-led Death Wish will open in ~2,700 theaters.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title
Weekend
Gross Weeks
Black Panther $108.0M $400.0M 2
Game Night $16.6M $16.6M 1
Peter Rabbit $12.5M $71.3M 3
Annihilation $11.0M $11.0M 1
Fifty Shades Freed $6.9M $89.6M 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $5.7M $387.3M 10
The 15:17 to Paris $3.6M $32.3M 3
The Greatest Showman $3.4M $160.8M 10
Every Day $3.1M $3.1M 1
Early Man $1.7M $6.8M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

 

‘Black Panther’ Box Office to Cross $500 Million Today!!

The Black Panther box office train keeps on rollin’. The Marvel Studios film bowed to record-breaking numbers last weekend, scoring over $200 million in just three days, and now the film is poised to cross the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office today. The film finished with an MCU-best $14.5 million Wednesday, surpassing The Avengers’ previous Wednesday record of $13.6 million. That is very, very good news as we head into the film’s second weekend of release, where it looks like Black Panther is going to have a very strong hold on the box office throne. Moreover, the film is going to pass the final worldwide gross of Ant-Man ($519 million) in a single week.

With this $500 million marker, Disney as a whole has crossed the $1 billion mark for 2018 in just 52 days. Under CEO Bob Iger’s reign, he’s brought Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm all into the Disney fold, and the result is a 2019 slate that includes Avengers 4, Toy Story 4, Star Wars: Episode IX, and Frozen 2, not to mention highly anticipated live-action remakes of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo which are sure to soar. So yeah, Disney is sitting pretty.

Back to Black Panther, it’ll be really interesting to see where this movie ends up. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the highest-grossing “inaugural” film for a Marvel character at $880.1 worldwide, but Black Panther is already at $500 million and it hasn’t even opened in Japan or China yet. It doesn’t seem too big of a stretch to imagine it overtaking that total. Moreover, I’m starting to think—domestically at least—Black Panther is going to outgross the May sequel Avengers: Infinity War. It’s already at $277 million heading into its second weekend. Time will tell, but this thing is huge and the numbers aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

via Collider

 

‘Three Billboards’ Defies Odds in its 15th Weekend at the Specialty BO!!!

In its fifteenth weekend in release, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri continued to impress at the Presidents Day weekend box office, growing its domestic total to $48.4 million and its international tally to $63.8 million for a worldwide total of $112.2 million to date.

Such is the power of awards season — and particularly an Oscar best picture nomination — for fall specialty films that might otherwise fade from theaters after the year-end holidays.

Three Billboards grossed an estimated $1.9 million from 708 theaters over the four-day holiday weekend, not that far behind the estimated $2.1 million earned by Guillermo Del Toro‘s The Shape of Water from 957 cinemas in its twelfth outing (both films are from Fox Searchlight). Three Billboards — which won top honors at the Golden Globes last month and at Sunday night’s BAFTAs — is notable for the fact that it first went nationwide in early December, while fellow best-picture nominees Shape of Water and Joe Wright‘s Darkest Hour waited until January to do so.

Shape of Water, which is up for a leading 13 Academy Awards nominations, has grossed $53.7 million domestically and another $38.7 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $92.4 million to date. Del Toro’s film has rolled out more slowly overseas than either Three Billboards or Focus Features’ Darkest Hour.

Among the specialty films vying for top Oscar honors, Darkest Hour is the top earner to date, commanding $53.6 million at the U.S. box office and $78 million for a global total of $131.6 million. Its domestic gross over Presidents Day, its thirteenth weekend, was $1.1 million from 602 cinemas.

At its widest, Shape of Water played in 2,341 locations, followed by Darkest Hour in 1,733 cinemas and Three Billboards in 1,726.

Darkest Hour, Shape of Water and Three Billboards all saw their location counts reduced significantly over the holiday weekend, albeit to varying degrees, as theater owners gave screen time to Black Panther and other newer films. That was also the case for the remaining specialty titles competing in the race for best picture: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread (Focus), Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me by Your Name (Sony Classics) and Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird (A24).

Phantom Thread took in roughly $910,000 from 335 theaters in its eighth weekend for a domestic total of $17.9 million. The largest number of theaters it played in was 1,186 locations. Overseas, the period drama has earned $10 million from its first batch of markets for a $27.9 million cume.

Call Me by Your Name grossed approximately $657,000 from 332 theaters in its thirteenth outing for a domestic total of $15 million and $26 million globally. At its widest, the movie played in 815 cinemas.

Lady Bird, which first opened in select theaters four months ago, followed Call Me by Your Name with roughly $606,000 from 407 locations for a domestic tally of $46.3 million. The dramedy debuted in its first 10 international markets over the weekend, earning $1.9 million, including $1.2 million in Australia. Like Three Billboards, Lady Bird first expanded nationwide in early December.

Steven Spielberg‘s The Post, a major studio film from 20th Century Fox, is another best picture contender that’s still in theaters. The movie has earned $134.7 million since debuting over Christmas, including $77.1 million domestically.

This year’s Oscar ceremony is set for Sunday, March 4.

Among new specialty titles making a play over the Presidents Day frame, Sally Potter‘s British black comedy The Party scored one of the top location averages of the holiday weekend ($15,003) as it grossed an estimated $45,010 from three theaters. Roadside Attractions is handling the film, which is currently competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Russian film Loveless, which is vying for the best foreign-language film Oscar, took in $40,222 from three cinemas for a location average of $13,407 for Sony Classics.

 

via The Hollywood Reporter

 

‘Black Panther’ to Top ‘Justice League’ Total U.S. Box Office in Just 4 Days!!!

Black Panther” is going to have such a big opening weekend that its four-day start alone will make more money than the first ever movie with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

Through 91 days in theaters, the DC team-up film “Justice League” made $228 million domestically, a total that would be good for many other films but was below the $412.5 million made by “Wonder Woman” and below what was expected for a movie that aimed to be DC’s answer to the “Avengers.” “Black Panther” has already more than doubled the three-day opening made by “JL,” with a $201.7 million start compared to $95 million made by “JL” back in November.

Now, all “Black Panther” needs to eclipse the entire domestic run of “JL” is $27 million on President’s Day, a goal it is expected to easily reach. Disney is projecting a $33.3 million Monday to give the film a $235 million start, which would also be bigger than the four-day starts for “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.” If the four-day start can pass $241 million, it will be the second-highest four-day start of all-time passing the start of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Down the road, “Black Panther” could soon leave several major releases in the dust. A $100 million second weekend is a possible feat for this film, as next weekend’s releases, “Game Night” and “Annihilation,” aren’t expected to open to more than $25 million. At that pace, “Black Panther” could pass the domestic run for “Thor: Ragnarok” as early as this coming Sunday and pass the domestic run for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the week after. The sky is truly the limit for Wakanda.

 

via The Wrap

‘Black Panther’ Opens Huge With $192 million at the BO!!

Dominating the weekend and delivering one of the largest opening weekends of all-time, Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther topped the President’s Day weekend box office, outperforming its nearest competitor by nearly $175 million based on estimates. As a result, fellow new wide releases were left in the dust with both Lionsgate‘s Early Man and PureFlix‘s Samson struggling in the low single digits. The weekend did, however, have other notable performances such as Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which became the studio’s second highest grossing domestic release of all-time, and Fox‘s The Greatest Showman, which has now topped $150 million at the domestic box office.

Atop the weekend box office with an estimated $192 million for the three-day weekend, Black Panther delivered the fifth largest three-day domestic opening in history and is currently expected to finish around $218 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is also the largest February opening of all-time, the largest President’s Day weekend opening of all-time and gives Disney eight of the top ten domestic openings of all-time. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is the eighteenth release in the franchise and the ninth to open with over $100 million. It’s also the second largest opening in the MCU, behind only The Avengers ($207.4m) and topping the $191 million debut for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

From an audience standpoint, Black Panther received an “A+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% male vs. 45% female, of which 61% were over the age of 25.

Internationally, Black Panther brought in an estimated $169 million from 48 markets for a global, three-day debut of $361 million, the fifteenth largest global opening weekend of all-time. The film managed this feat despite not debuting in China (March 9), Japan (March 1) or Russia, where the film will open next weekend along with Vietnam, Trinidad, Peru and Venezuela. Overall, South Korea leads all markets where the film brought in an estimated $25.3 million followed by the UK ($24.8m), Mexico ($9.6m), Brazil ($9.4m) and Australia ($9.2m).

Sony‘s Peter Rabbit finished second with an estimated $17.25 million for the three-day, which is expected to bloom to $22+ million for the four-day holiday weekend. The film’s domestic cume currently stands at $48 million after ten days in release.

In third is last weekend’s #1 pic, Universal‘s Fifty Shades Freed, which dipped an expected 56%, finishing with an estimated $16.9 million for the three-day and expected to finish around $19 million for the holiday. The film also added another $47.7 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas cume over $190 million for a worldwide total that now stands at $268.9 million.

Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle lands in fourth position with an estimated $7.9 million for the three-day and is expected to climb over $10 million for the four-day weekend. The film’s domestic cume now stands at over $377.6 million making it Sony‘s second highest grossing domestic release of all-time, surpassing Spider-Man 2 and now opening the question as to whether it can top Spider-Man‘s $403.7 million to take over the top spot.

Jumanji also added an estimated $4.8 million internationally this weekend, bringing the film’s overseas cume to $527 million for a worldwide total to $904.6 million, which makes the film the studio’s second highest worldwide release of all-time, behind only Skyfall‘s $1.1 billion total. Jumanji will open in Japan on April 6.

Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros.’s release of Clint Eastwood‘s The 15:17 to Paris, which dropped 39% for an estimated $7.7 million over the three-day and is expected to finish around $9 million for the four-day with a domestic cume approaching $27 million after eleven days in release. The film also added another $2.8 million internationally this weekend from 27 markets, pushing the international running cume to $10.7 million.

Just outside the top five for the first time since opening in late December we find Fox‘s The Greatest Showman with an estimated $5.1 million, dropping just 21% for a cume that now stands at $154 million. The film is expected to deliver $6.3 million for the four-day weekend.

In seventh position we come to the second of the weekend’s new wide releases, Lionsgate‘s release of Aardman‘s Early Man, which brought in an estimated $3.15 million for the three-day and is expected to finish around around $4.2 million for the four-day weekend. This puts the film below the mid-single digit pre-weekend expectations, and short of Shaun the Sheep‘s $4 million debut back in August 2015. The film received a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to an audience that was 51% male and 62% over the age of 25.

Rounding out the top ten we find the weekend’s third and final new wide release of the weekend, PureFlix‘s Samson, which fell well short of Mojo‘s expectations, delivering just $1.97 million for the three-day and is expected to finish around $2.3 million for the four-day. Indicators heading into the weekend suggested Samson might be able to challenge some of the studio’s top openers, but instead is settling below even Same Kind of Different as Me, which delivered a $2.5 million three-day back in October 2017, a performance that was also short of expectations.

The weekend’s limited releases include WB‘s Detective Chinatown 2 with an estimated $677k from 115 theaters ($5,887 PTA); Cohen Media‘s Double Lover brought in $69,176 from 48 locations ($1,441 PTA); Roadside‘s The Party debuted with an estimated $36,334 from three theaters ($12,111 PTA); Sony Classics‘ release of the Oscar nominated Loveless brought in $30,950 from three theaters ($10,317 PTA); Bleecker‘s Nostalgia also opened in three locations, pulling in an estimated $20,667 ($6,889 PTA); and FilmRise‘s The Boy Downstairs brought in an estimated $6,000 from one location.

One last limited release was Lionsgate‘s release of Monster Hunt 2, which brought in an estimated $335,000 from 69 theaters. The big news surrounding this follow-up to 2015’s original, which delivered over $385 million worldwide, is the sequel’s debut in China where it reportedly set a single day record with over $85 million on its opening day, ultimately bringing in an estimated ~$190 million for the weekend. We’ll have more on that front on Tuesday.

Overall, the three-day weekend saw the top twelve nearly double the same weekend last year, delivering a combined $260.4 million and if some rival estimates hold true, look for Black Panther‘s three-day cume to climb once actuals arrive, pushing that combined total even higher.

Next weekend sees the release of Paramount‘s Annihilation into ~2,000 locations; Orion will open Every Day into ~1,650 theaters and WB has the widest release of the weekend in Game Night, which is targeting 3,300+ theaters.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Black Panther $192.0M $192.0M 1
Peter Rabbit $17.3M $48.2M 2
Fifty Shades Freed $16.9M $76.1M 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $7.9M $377.6M 9
The 15:17 to Paris $7.7M $25.4M 2
The Greatest Showman $5.1M $154.5M 9
Early Man $3.2M $3.2M 1
Maze Runner: The Death Cure $2.5M $54.0M 4
Winchester $2.2M $21.9M 3
Samson $2.0M $2.0M 1
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Leads New Releases as Franchise Tops $1 Billion at the Worldwide BO!!

The weekend delivered mostly on expectations with the week’s three new wide releases taking the top three spots at the box office. Leading the way was Universal‘s Fifty Shades Freed, pushing the Fifty Shades franchise over $1 billion globally. Sony‘s release of Peter Rabbit actually topped expectations while Clint Eastwood‘s The 15:17 to Paris was a little late arriving in the station, coming up a bit short of Mojo‘s pre-weekend forecast.

With an estimated $38.8 million, Universal‘s Fifty Shades Freed topped the weekend box office. While the number is almost spot on with Mojo‘s pre-weekend expectations it once again shows a decline within the franchise from one film to the next, coming up short of the $46.6 million opening for Fifty Shades Darker one year ago. By the end of its run, Darker pulled in $114.5 million domestically and should Freed deliver a similar multiplier it would be looking at a domestic run right around $95 million based on this weekend’s estimate.

Opening weekend audiences gave Freed a “B+” CinemaScore, which is right on par with Darker. The opening weekend audience, however, saw the highest ratio of female to male audience members yet in the franchise, with women making up 75% of the opening weekend moviegoers. Of the overall audience, 55% were under the age of 30.

Internationally, Freed brought in an estimated $98.1 million from 57 markets led by Germany with an estimated $10.7 million for the weekend. This puts the film’s worldwide opening at $136.9 million enough to push the franchise over $1 billion combined.

Coming in second is Sony‘s Peter Rabbit with an estimated $25 million, right on the high end of Mojo‘s pre-weekend forecast and well ahead of Sony‘s highly conservative $16 million expectations. The film received a “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences with the weekend overall playing to a crowd that was 58% female and 63% over the age of 25. The film should play well over the coming weeks, with little in the way of animation competition until Sherlock Gnomes at the end of March, and it will begin hitting a small number of international markets next weekend, expanding worldwide over the coming months.

Clint Eastwood‘s The 15:17 to Paris pulled into third place with an estimated $12.6 million, finishing within tracking, but short of Mojo‘s forecast. The film wasn’t necessarily well received by opening day audiences either, receiving just a “B-” CinemaScore. Opening weekend demos saw the audience nearly split along gender lines, leaning slightly female at 51%, and overall 86% of the total audience was 25 years of age or older.

Internationally, 15:17 to Paris debuted in 23 overseas markets with an estimated $5.3 million. Italy was the highest grossing foreign market, delivering an estimated $1.5 million followed by snow-covered France with $1.4 million.

Finishing in fourth is Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which dropped a measly 10% and delivered an impressive $9.8 million in its eighth weekend in release. This pushes the film’s domestic cume to $365.6 million, less than $8 million behind Spider-Man 2 as it will soon become the studio’s second highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

Internationally, Jumanji delivered another $7.5 million, pushing its overseas total to $516.1 million and a worldwide cume topping $880 million. This makes the film the studio’s third largest worldwide release of all-time, passing Spectre ($880.7m) and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.4m).

Rounding out the top five is Fox‘s The Greatest Showman, which, like Jumanji, is also entering its eighth week in release and dropped just 16.8% for an estimated $6.4 million weekend. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $146.5 million. Since debuting on December 20, Greatest Showman has yet to see a weekend drop higher than 19.4% and, like Jumanji, hasn’t dropped out of the top five.

In limited release this weekend, Lionsgate and Pantelion‘s La Boda de Valentina delivered an estimated $1.12 million from 331 theaters ($3,399 PTA); Sony‘s Pad Man debuted in 125 locations with an estimated $760,000 ($5,000 PTA); Magnolia and Shorts International released the 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films in 180 theaters with an estimated $615,000 ($3,417 PTA); Gravitas‘s Bomb City delivered an estimated $31,444 from 17 theaters ($1,850 PTA); Vertical‘s Golden Exits delivered an estimated $12,210 from one theater; IFC‘s The Female Brain opened with $7,006 from two locations; and Central Square‘s The Peacemaker kicked things off in one location with an estimated $4,400.

Overall, the weekend ended up mostly as expected with the top twelve delivering a combined $118.4 million, down 32% compared to last year, but next weekend should more than make up for the deficit as Disney and Marvel‘s Black Panther leads the way, opening in 3,800+ locations. Additional new releases include Lionsgate‘s release of Aardman‘s Early Man into ~2,400 theaters and Pure Flix will release Samson in an estimated 1,200 locations.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Fifty Shades Freed $38.8M $38.8M 1
Peter Rabbit $25.0M $25.0M 1
The 15:17 to Paris $12.6M $12.6M 1
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $9.8M $365.7M 8
The Greatest Showman $6.4M $146.5M 8
Maze Runner: The Death Cure $6.0M $49.0M 3
Winchester $5.1M $17.2M 2
The Post $3.5M $72.8M 8
The Shape of Water $3.0M $49.8M 11
Den of Thieves $2.9M $41.0M 4
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ Crosses Rs. 600 Cr in 18 days at the China BO!!!

Aamir Khan’s latest release Secret Superstar may have released in India a while back, but in the Chinese market the film hit screens just 18 days ago. Directed by Advait Chandan the film that also stars Zaira Wasim has been well received by the Chinese audience propelling the total collections of the film at the box office in China past the Rs. 600 Cr mark.

In fact, the business of Secret Superstar despite seeing a decline in collections still manages to rule the roost of newer releases even on its 18th day running. Collecting yet another USD 2.30 million [Rs. 14.80 cr] the total collections of the film at the China box office are currently pegged at a massive USD 93.62 million [Rs. 602.67 cr]. However, when compared to Aamir Khan’s previous release Dangal, though Secret Superstar led the collections charts in its first week, the business of the film now lags far behind the actor’s earlier release that had collected a massive USD 128.77 million [Rs. 829.21 cr] in eighteen days.

While on one hand the business of Secret Superstar at the box office in China will not be able to surpass the collections of Dangal, on the other hand the film has performed better than other releases like the Hollywood flick Maze Runner: Death Cure and the local Chinese film Till the End of the World. If that wasn’t all, given the fact that Secret Superstar still continued to run in the Chinese market expectations are that the business of the film will manage to make it past the Rs. 650 Cr mark by the end of the week.

Secret Superstar China Box Office at a glance

Day 1 – USD 6.79 million [Rs. 43.35 cr] with 15,75,597 admission

Day 2 – USD 10.49 million [Rs. 66.95 cr] with 22,82,300 admissions

Day 3 – USD 9.80 million [Rs. 62.68 cr] with 20,98,190 admissions

Day 4 – USD 4.97 million [Rs. 31.74 cr] with 10,69,470 admissions

Day 5 – USD 4.84 million [Rs. 30.81 cr] with 10,52,715 admissions

Day 6 – USD 4.35 million [Rs. 27.62 cr] with 9,38,146 admissions

Day 7 – USD 4.21 million [Rs. 26.75 cr] with 9,00,642 admissions

Day 8 – USD 4.83 million [Rs. 27.34 cr] with 10,18,896 admissions

Day 9 – USD USD 7.56 million [Rs. 48.07 cr] with 15,52,779 admissions

Day 10 – USD 6.95 million [Rs. 44.18 cr] with 14,32,713 admissions

Day 11 – USD 3.12 million [Rs. 19.89 cr] with 6,70,993 admissions

Day 12 – USD 3.20 million [Rs. 20.39 cr] with 6,86,581 admissions

Day 13 – USD USD 3.17 million [Rs. 20.16 cr] with 6,78,139 admissions

Day 14 – USD 2.79 million [Rs. 17.88 cr] with 5,81,559 admissions

Day 15 – USD 2.80 million [Rs. 17.95 cr] with 5,70,823 admissions

Day 16 – USD 4.70 million [Rs. 30.14 cr] with 9,37,594 admissions

Day 17 – USD 11.63 million [Rs. 74.97 cr] with 8,72,731 admissions

Day 18 –USD 2.30 million [Rs. 14.80 cr] with 4,78,344 admissions

Eighteen Day Total – USD 93.62 million [Rs. 602.67 cr]

via Bollywood Hungama

 

‘Jumanji’ Takes Back #1 Spot as ‘Winchester’ Opens at #3 at the BO!!!

Super Bowl weekend 2017 is looking mostly as expected with Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returning to the weekend top spot after a one week hiatus with a domestic cume topping $350 million and a worldwide total over $855 million. Meanwhile, the weekend’s lone new wide release, the gothic thriller Winchester, delivered on expectations with a third place finish while several Oscar contenders continued to play well. Overall, Super Bowl weekend is traditionally one of the slowest of the year and this year was no different as the top twelve delivered a combined $71.4 million, down 11.6% compared to last year.

Delivering an estimated $11 million for the weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took the weekend top spot, adding to a domestic cume that now totals $352.6 million. Jumanji is only the third film in Sony‘s history to top that mark as it continues to close in on Spider-Man 2‘s $373.5 million from 2004 in hopes of becoming the studio’s second highest grossing film of all-time.

Internationally, Jumanji added an estimated $12.6 million this weekend from 93 markets, bringing the film’s international total to $503.1 million for a global tally topping $855 million. The film now ranks as the 60th highest grossing worldwide release of all-time, surpassing Thor: Ragnarok. Jumanji hits theaters in Japan on April 6.

In second is last weekend’s top title, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which dipped 56% in its sophomore frame delivering an estimated $10.2 million. The film’s domestic total now stands at just shy of $40 million after ten days in release.

Finishing in third, Lionsgate and CBS Films‘s Winchester delivered on pre-weekend expectations, delivering an estimated $9.25 million in 2,480 locations. The gothic thriller starring Helen Mirren earned a “B-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which broke down 58% female vs. 42% male, of which 64% of the overall audience was over the age of 25.

In fourth position is Fox‘s The Greatest Showman, which continues its impressive domestic run, dipping just 16% as it kicks off its seventh week in release. The Oscar-nominated musical brought in an estimated $7.8 million over three-day for a domestic cume now totals $137.5 million, ranking as star Hugh Jackman‘s second highest-grossing non-X-Men, live action title ever, closing in on the $148.8 million for 2012’s Les Miserables. International results for this weekend were not yet available as of publication.

Rounding out the top five is Entertainment Studios‘s Hostiles, which dipped 45% in its second weekend following last week’s wide release, bringing in an estimated $5.5 million. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $21.2 million.

Two of the remaining five films in the top ten (with another knocking on the door) are among this year’s top Oscar nominees, starting with Steven Spielberg‘s The Post, which brought in an estimated $5.2 million, bringing its domestic cume to $67 million. Additionally, the film added $11 million internationally, which brings its worldwide cume to $107.3 million.

Fox Searchlight found success this weekend as it had two films occupying over 4,000 theaters for the first time in the studio’s history. First there’s The Shape of Water, which added another $4.3 million to its domestic cume, which now stands at $45 million while the studio’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is in a tight race with Paddington 2 to round out the top ten after delivering an estimated $3 million, bringing its domestic cume to $41.8 million.

Oscar nominees continued to make waves outside the top ten, beginning with I, Tonya, which expanded into 1,450 theaters this weekend (+490) and brought in an estimated $2.5 million as it’s cume climbs to $22.6 million. Focus‘s Phantom Thread brought in an estimated $2.1 million domestically to go along with its international rollout into 21 markets with an estimated $3.1 million for a worldwide cume totaling $17.4 million.

Focus also saw the Oscar-nominated Darkest Hour push beyond $100 million worldwide after an estimated $2.4 million domestically and another $9.8 million internationally.

Next weekend sees the end of the Fifty Shades franchise with the release of Fifty Shades Freed in ~3,700 locations; Sony will debut the live-action/animated hybrid adaptation of Peter Rabbit, also in ~3,700 locations; and Clint Eastwood‘s The 15:17 to Paris opens in over 2,950 theaters.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $11.0M $352.6M 7
Maze Runner: The Death Cure $10.2M $39.8M 2
Winchester $9.3M $9.3M 1
The Greatest Showman $7.8M $137.5M 7
Hostiles $5.5M $21.2M 7
The Post $5.2M $67.2M 7
12 Strong $4.7M $37.3M 3
Den of Thieves $4.7M $36.3M 3
The Shape of Water $4.3M $44.6M 10
Paddington 2 $3.1M $36.3M 4
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

 

‘Black Panther’ Bounds Toward Huge $150 Million Presidents Day Weekend Opening at the BO!!

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend, updated tracking is showing.

That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the Chadwick Boseman tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the Feb. 16-19 period. “Black Panther” could break the Presidents Day weekend record of $152 million, set in 2016 by “Deadpool.” It will easily top the second-highest debut for the four-day holiday, set in 2015 when “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened with $93 million.

Black Panther” has been gaining steam this week. Fandango reported Wednesday that “Black Panther” is outpacing all superhero movies in advance ticket sales for Fandango’s online tickets service, eclipsing 2016’s “Batman v Superman.” It topped Fandango’s daily ticket sales in the wake of its world premiere and first screenings two days earlier.

The newest tracking showed total awareness of “Black Panther” at 88%, unaided awareness at 43%, and definite interest at 57%. Boseman stars as T’Challa, who takes over as the king of Wakanda after his father T’Chaka is killed, as shown in “Captain America: Civil War.” The film also stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Michael B. Jordan. Ryan Coogler directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

Initial tracking on Thursday also showed that Warner Bros.’ comedy “Game Night” is projecting an opening in the $15 million to $20 million range on Feb. 23-25, while Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Annihilation” should debut in the $12 million to $15 million area during the same weekend.

Game Night,” directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a murder mystery. Supporting cast includes Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, and Jeffrey Wright.

Annihilation,” based on Jeff VanderMeer’s horror sci-fi novel, is directed by Alex Garland from his own script. The story follows a biologist, played by Natalie Portman, who embarks on a four-person expedition into a territory cut off from civilization while searching for clues about her husband’s disappearance. While there, she must deal with a contamination, vanishing colleagues, a deadly animal, and a creature known as the Crawler. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson also star.

Paramount made a deal with Netflix in December for the streaming service to handle the international release of “Annihilation.”

 

via Variety

 

‘Maze Runner’ Dethrones ‘Jumanji’ From #1, as ‘Showman’ Continues Strong at the BO!!!

Despite a 25% decline compared to the opening for its predecessor, Fox‘s Maze Runner: The Death Cure still managed a #1 finish at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, Entertainment Studios saw Hostiles deliver a solid performance as it expanded nationwide, Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman continue to hold strong, The Shape of Water expands with strong numbers on the heels of its 13 Oscar nominations and Viacom‘s Padmaavat secures a spot in the top ten despite playing in just 324 theaters. All told, the weekend’s top twelve was still down ~7% compared to last year as January has slowed to a crawl.

With an estimated $23.5 million Fox‘s Maze Runner: The Death Cure topped the weekend box office. Carrying the largest budget of the three films ($62m) in the franchise, while not an unexpected debut, it remains a disappointing one as Death Cure comes in ~$7 million behind the debut for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and $9 million behind the first film, which debuted in September 2014. Based on these numbers it becomes clear the franchise failed to gain much of an audience outside the core fanbase and the on-set injury to star Dylan O’Brien, which delayed the film’s release by nearly a year, didn’t help either.

Like Scorch Trials, Death Cure received a “B+” CinemaScore and for the most part the film played similarly across gender lines to its two predecessors with females making up 51% of the total audience. However, it did play slightly older than both the first and second film with 43% of the audience coming in at 25 years or older compared to 33% for Scorch Trials and 36% for the first film.

Internationally, Death Cure began playing overseas last weekend, bringing in $15 million from four markets. This weekend it added nearly 70 markets and brought in an estimated $62.7 million pushing its worldwide cume to $105.5 million.

Finishing in second, and showing no signs of slowing down, is Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which falls to the runner-up position after three weeks in a row atop the box office, but does it in style. The film dropped just 16% this weekend, bringing in an estimated $16.4 million as its domestic cume climbs over $338 million. Not only has Jumanji now passed Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334.2m), but it has also passed Spider-Man 3 to become Sony‘s third largest domestic release of all-time.

Internationally, the film added an estimated $17.7 million this weekend bringing its international gross to $484 million for a worldwide cume reaching a massive $822 million. From a global perspective, the film is now Sony‘s fifth largest all time, passing Spider-Man which grossed $821.7 million globally.

Landing in third and more than doubling Mojo‘s forecast is Entertainment Studios‘s Hostiles. The film expanded nationwide this weekend into 2,816 locations (+2,697) and brought in an estimated $10.2 million. While this is a bit shy of the studio’s bullish $12 million expectations, it shows some of the positive signals we were seeing in advance of release weren’t false. With only a “B” CinemaScore it will be interesting to see how the film performs looking forward, but if it can deliver this result at the same time Oscar nominees are gaining so much attention it could hold on with decent numbers next weekend, though its core demo of 25+ males might be a hard sell over Super Bowl weekend.

Fox‘s The Greatest Showman lands in fourth place and simply refuses to vacate the weekend top five. Dropping just 11% this weekend the film brought in an estimated $9.5 million bringing its domestic cume to $126.4 million. Since going wide on December 20, The Greatest Showman has remained in the top five at the weekend box office and has also delivered four consecutive weekend grosses larger than its opening weekend of $8.8 million, as word of mouth continues to spread. Internationally, the film added an estimated $10 million this weekend bringing its worldwide cume to $259.5 million.

Making it three out of top five for the studio, Fox‘s The Post rounds out the top five after bringing in an estimated $8.85 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed film was nominated for two Oscars this past week, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), and has now grossed $58.5 million domestically. The film also added five new international markets this weekend where it grossed an estimated $10.2 million, including a #1 debut in France with $3 million. The film’s international cume thus far stands at $24.5 million.

Outside the top five we find The Shape of Water, which received the year’s most Oscar nominations with 13, which certainly helped its box office prospects. The film expanded into 1,854 theaters (+1,001) and brought in an estimated $5.7 million bringing the film’s domestic total to $37.6 million. Internationally the film played in ten markets this weekend and brought in an estimated $3.2 million, pushing its worldwide cume to $51.5 million.

And rounding out the top ten is a stellar performance from Viacom‘s Padmaavat, which kicked off its weekend in 295 IMAX locations on Thursday with $507k and added another 29 locations over the weekend to finish with an estimated $4.2 million for a chart-topping average of $13,188 per theater. The film’s performance breaks the all-time record for the largest Bollywood opening in North America previously held by P.K.s $3.56 million from 2014.

Outside the top ten we find a flurry of Oscar nominees beginning with Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, which brought in an estimated $3.6 million bringing its domestic cume to $37 million; I, Tonya delivered an estimated $2.9 million from 960 locations for a domestic cume now totaling $18.8 million; Focus‘s Phantom Thread brought in $2.89 million for a cume of $10.6 million; Darkest Hour delivered $2.1 million for a cume topping $45 million; Lady Bird brought in $1.9 million as it continues to pad its lead as A24‘s highest grossing film of all-time, now totaling nearly $42 million.

Disney and Pixar‘s Best Animation contender Coco added an estimated $1.48 million to a domestic cume that now totals $202.7 million and Sony Classics‘ four-time Oscar nominee, including Best Picture, Call Me by Your Name brought in $1.34 million as its domestic total now tops $11 million. In addition to its domestic performance, Call Me by Your Name brought in $1.7 million internationally bringing its worldwide cume to $17.5 million.

Next weekend sees just one new wide release taking on the Super Bowl in Lionsgate and CBS Films‘s Winchester, which will open in ~2,300 locations.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend
Gross
Weeks
Maze Runner: The Death Cure $23.5M $23.5M 1
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $16.4M $338.1M 6
Hostiles $10.2M $12.1M 6
The Greatest Showman $9.5M $126.5M 6
The Post $8.9M $58.5M 6
12 Strong $8.6M $29.8M 2
Den of Thieves $8.4M $28.5M 2
The Shape of Water $5.7M $37.7M 9
Paddington 2 $5.6M $32.0M 3
Padmaavat $4.3M $4.8M 1
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Black Panther’ on Track for a Possible $120 Million Debut at the BO!!!

Early tracking numbers are estimating that Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther is going to enjoy a Presidents’ Day Weekend opening box office between $100 million and $120 million. That sounds impressive, but I’m of the opinion that it’s an underestimation. Sure, this is early tracking based on facts, figures, and available data, but sometimes you have to go with your gut. Even at $120 million for an opening weekend, that would put Black Panther between Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. With nothing but respect to those films, I think Black Panther will perform much better than that.

THR reports that pre-release surveys suggest a domestic debut north of $100 million, topping out at $120 million, as the first superhero tentpole of 2018. Their comparison to Doctor Strange‘s $85 million debut is a … strange one, especially considering that the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring picture was an origin story that didn’t have a character previously introduced and established in a prior MCU film. Black Panther has that advantage since Chadwick Boseman introduced the character exceptionally well in Captain America: Civil War, and anticipation for his solo outing has been building ever since.

Black Panther also has the added benefit of recognizable names both behind and in front of the cameras. Coogler’s name still carries the success of Creed, even if the general moviegoing public doesn’t also count the excellent Fruitvale Station to his credit. And even if Creed fans don’t know Coogler’s name, they probably know Michael B. Jordan; the Black Panther collaboration is the third for the duo, but the first to put Jordan on the antagonistic side of things. Then there are the Oscar-winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, with the Oscar-nominated Angela Bassett and Golden Globes-nominated Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman also starring, not to mention the awards-worthy Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.

Oh and behind the scenes are Oscar-nominated cinematographer and Coogler-collaborator Rachel Morrison, Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter, and Emmy-nominated production designer/Coogler-collaborator Hannah Beachler. I don’t expect general audience members to know their names, but their veteran experience and work ethic shows through in every single frame of the film; that quality permeates the rest of the movie. Expect those tracking numbers to go up, up, up as we get closer to the February 16th release date, especially once early reviews start to make their way online (as long as they’re positive, of course). How high can it go? The sky’s the limit, but we’re banking on something closer to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s $146.5 million debut as a low estimate based on nothing but pure gut feeling and hope.

via Collider

‘Secret Superstar’ Crosses Rs. 300 Crores In just 8 days at the China BO!!!

Zaira Wasim starrer ’Secret Superstar’ which released in China last Friday, has crossed 300 crores mark in just 8 days. That’s right. Within 8 days, the film has crossed $ 50 million mark and turned out to be the highest earning Bollywood film of 2018 from foreign markets. Till Thursday, the film managed to earn 293.18 crores and yesterday, i.e. 2nd Friday, the film pocketed $ 4.83 million, taking the grand total to $ 51.50 million i.e. Rs. 327.51 crores. Day wise collection SS in China:

  • Friday – $ 6.92 mn
  • Saturday – $ 10.59 mn
  • Sunday – $ 9.94 mn
  • Monday – $ 5.04 mn
  • Tuesday – $ 4.91 mn
  • Wednesday – $ 4.52 mn
  • Thursday – $ 4.23 mn
  • 2nd Friday – $ 4.83mn

Total: $ 51.50 million [Rs. 327.51 cr]

Aamir Khan‘s star power has definitely helped the film gain stupendous traction in the Chinese market. Before ‘Secret Superstar‘, his films like ‘Dhoom 3‘, ‘PK‘ and ‘Dangal‘ have done stupendous business in the neighboring country. Some Chinese trade experts believe that ‘Secret Superstar‘ will gross around Rs 540 crore by the end of its lifetime run. If the estimate indeed comes true then with Rs 540 crore from China and around Rs 150 crore from India and other overseas territories, ‘Secret Superstar‘ will become the biggest Bollywood grosser of 2017 worldwide.

via BollywoodMDB

‘Jumanji’ Repeats #1 Again as ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ Open Strong at the BO!!!

The weekend’s new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony‘s fifth-highest grossing film ever.

Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film’s domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film’s international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time.

In second place Warner Bros.’s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience, 79% were 25 years or older.

Not too far behind in third place is STX‘s Den of Thieves with an estimated $15.3 million from 2,432 locations. It’s a strong performance, vastly outperforming Mojo‘s weekend forecast as well as the studio’s anticipated debut in the high single digits. The R-rated heist thriller received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audience which, to no surprise, skewed male, making for 60% of the opening weekend audience. Also worthy of note, the film over indexed with African American audience members, which made up 30% of the opening day audience, double the MPAA frequent moviegoer index.

Fox‘s The Post finished in fourth as it entered its second weekend in wide release, bringing in an estimated $12.1 million. The film’s domestic cume climbs over $45 million after two weeks in wide release while it is just getting started internationally, bringing in $9.9 million so far from 23 territories with several of the larger markets opening over the coming weeks.

Fox also rounds out the top five with the continued strong performance from The Greatest Showman, which dropped just 12% this weekend, delivering an estimated $11 million as the film’s domestic cume is now approaching $115 million as it enters its fifth week in release. The musical also added an estimated $11 million overseas this weekend, bringing its global cume to $231.4 million.

Outside the top five, Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought in an estimated $6.5 million, pushing its domestic cume over $600 million becoming only the sixth film to ever cross that mark. The film also added another $9.9 million internationally this weekend as its worldwide cume now totals $1.296 billion, passing Disney‘s own Frozen to become the ninth largest worldwide release of all-time.

Rounding out the top ten was Roadside‘s new release Forever My Girl with an estimated $4.7 million from 1,115 locations. It’s a solid showing for the pic, which served as counter-programming up against two new heavily male-targeted features. The film will add approximately 500 more theaters next weekend, hoping to take advantage of the “A” CinemaScore it received from opening day audiences, which skewed heavily female at 78% and of the total audience 64% were 25 years or older.

Just outside the top ten is Focus‘s release of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread, which expanded nationwide this weekend into 896 locations (+834) and delivered an estimated $3.37 million. Also expanding nationwide this weekend was Sony Classics‘s Call Me by Your Name, which added 641 theaters for a total of 815 where it grossed an estimated $1.5 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $9 million.

Additionally, Universal‘s Pitch Perfect 3 topped $100 million domestically this weekend after pulling in an estimated $3.1 million while Disney and Pixar‘s Coco topped $200 million domestically after bringing in $1.9 million. Coco also added $18.2 million internationally this weekend as the animated film’s global cume now totals more than $655 million with a mid-March opening in Japan yet to come.

Overall, the weekend was down compared to the same weekend last year, though this weekend last year featured the break-out hit Split, which debuted with a surprising $40 million.

Looking to next weekend, one thing to keep in mind beyond new releases are the upcoming Oscar nominations on Tuesday and how they may impact some of next weekend’s performances. Otherwise, next weekend’s new wide releases include Fox‘s Maze Runner: The Death Cure opening in ~3,800 locations while Entertainment Studios will go nationwide with Hostiles, expanding into ~3,000 theaters.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title Weekend Gross  Weeks
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $20.0M $317.0M 5
12 Strong $16.5M $16.5M 1
Den of Thieves $15.3M $15.3M 1
The Post $12.2M $45.2M 5
The Greatest Showman $11.0M $113.5M 5
Paddington 2 $8.2M $25.0M 2
The Commuter $6.7M $25.7M 2
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi $6.6M $604.3M 6
Insidious: The Last Key $5.9M $58.7M 3
Forever My Girl $4.7M $4.7M 1
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ Makes Rs. 188 Cr. as Profit at the BO!!

The sequel to the previously released film Ek Tha Tiger, that was titled Tiger Zinda Hai and starred Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in title roles released a while back. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films, Tiger Zinda Hai which set a record by witnessing one of the widest releases across 5825 screens (domestic 4600 + overseas 1225) has been a rage at the box office in both the domestic and international markets.

In this box office report we take a look at the overall profitability of Tiger Zinda Hai for its makers. Developed on a budget of Rs. 150 cr. (CoP Rs. 120 cr. + P&A Rs. 30 cr.) Tiger Zinda Hai apart from being one of the highest grossing films of 2017 also is one of the costliest ventures of the year. However, given the wide release pattern and of course Salman Khan’s ardent diehard fan following, Tiger Zinda Hai has not just managed to break even, but has also turned a huge profit for its makers.

With an estimated Rs. 148.50 cr. coming in as the Distributor’s share from the domestic box office collections, Rs. 15 cr. from the Music and Merchandising, Rs. 49.8 cr. as the Distributor’s share from the overseas box office, Rs. 70 cr. from the satellite rights and Rs. 55 cr. from the sale of the film’s digital rights, the makers of Tiger Zinda Hai stand to rake in a staggering Rs. 338.30 cr.

However, given the budget of Tiger Zinda Hai, which was Rs. 150 cr, Yash Raj Films at the end of the day stand to make a profit of Rs. 188.30 cr with a 125.53% rate of Return on Investment (RoI). With this massive profit, Tiger Zinda Hai might just prove to be the most successful release of 2017.

Economics of Tiger Zinda Hai:

Cost of Production – 120 Cr.

Cost of Marketing (P&A) – 30 Cr.

TOTAL COST – 150 Cr.

India Theatrical Box Office – 330 Cr. (Estimated box office)

Distributor’s share (A) – 148.50 Cr.

Music and Merchandising (B) – 15 Cr.

Overseas Theatrical  Box Office – 124.50 Cr. (Estimated box office)

Distributor’s share (C) – 49.80 Cr.

Satellite Rights (D) – 70 Cr.

Digital Rights ( E) – 55 Cr.

TOTAL RECOVERIES (A+B+C+D+E) – 338.30 Cr.

PROFIT – 188.30 Cr.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) – 125.53%

Disclaimer: The Box Office figures are compiled from various sources and our own research. The figures can be approximate and Bollywood Hungama does not make any claims about the authenticity of the data. However, they are adequately indicative of the box-office performance of the film(s).

via Bollywood Hungama

‘Pad Man’ To Lose 25-30% of its Business Due to Clash with ‘Padmaavat’!!!

Clashes have now become a part of life for Bollywood and trade. But nobody had anticipated that Akshay Kumar-starrer Pad Man, which looked exciting and easily seemed like 2018’s first Rs. 100 Crore film would have to clash with the season’s biggest controversial film Padmaavat. The historical action film was to release initially on December 1, 2017 but got pushed ahead to the Censor woes and violent protests. After the makers got a go-ahead from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the makers started looking for a date and announced that they would be arriving on Republic Day and thereby clash with Pad Man. Pad Man was in a better space earlier as it was clashing with Sidharth Malhotra-starrer Aiyaary, which was a smaller film and had limited buzz. But now, Pad Man will face the heat as Padmaavat is way bigger in terms of scale, team and obviously, the buzz.

We asked people in the trade how much Pad Man would be affected if it releases with Padmaavat. Trade analyst Atul Mohan says, “It depends what kind of welcome Padmaavat gets. As of now, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have banned the film and other states may join. Depending on where all it gets a release, we can gauge about the losses that Pad Man might face. Exhibitors are also skeptical as they fear that their properties might get damaged if they screen Padmaavat. Years ago, when Bandit Queen faced issues, the Central government had made it clear that they approve of the film and no state can ban it. As of now, the film is facing problems in those states that have a BJP rule, which is also at the Centre. Hence, Padmaavat ’s screen count might be less than Pad Man overall. Anyways, Pad Man and Aiyaary were to release and a lot of exhibitors had already committed to showing Pad Man. So in such a scenario, 10% of Pad Man’s business can get affected. And if Padmaavat gets a smooth, peaceful release pan-India, then 30% of Pad Man’s collections can be affected.”

Leading distributor Rajesh Thadani meanwhile says, “Pad Man would lose around 20-30% provided Padmaavat releases smoothly”. According to Harveen Singh, distributor from Rajasthan, “Pad Man would lose 25% of its business.” Taran Adarsh doesn’t give a number and simply says, “If Padmaavat and Pad Man release together, then not just screens and shows but even footfalls will get divided.”

Trade expert Komal Nahta also gives an in-depth analysis as he says, “It’s difficult to say how much its earnings are going to be affected but yes, it will be affected in 2 major ways. One, If Pad Man was coming with Aiyaary, then it would have got 65% of the shows and the latter would have got 35% of the shows. Now it’s going to be a reverse case of sorts. Now Padmaavat would get 60% while Pad Man will get 40% of the shows. Secondly, since Padmaavat looks like a family film, is in the news, has a more exciting star cast and is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, it will become the first choice for many audiences. Pad Man would become the second choice. With Aiyaary, Pad Man would have been the first choice.” He continues, “This does not mean Padmaavat won’t be affected. After all, the audiences will be divided. Had Padmaavat come solo and Pad Man come solo, both would have been at advantage. But the one that would be affected more is Pad Man, unless God forbid, Padmaavat is a bad film.”

One more disadvantage for Pad Man is that if certain groups vandalize theaters showing Padmaavat, then even Pad Man can get affected in these places. When asked to comment on this aspect, Komal Nahta states, “In that case, both films will get affected. People might just keep away from the cinemas. Hence, Pad Man can definitely come in the cross fire.” Komal also says, “Pad Man will have an advantage in the states where Padmaavat is not releasing.”

Harveen Singh agrees with Komal Nahta as he says, “If theatres showing Padmaavat are vandalized, even Pad Man can get affected as people would be scared to venture out. The crucial first three days might be affected then for both the movies.” Taran Adarsh’s views on this bit were on the same lines, “If disturbances do arise, then both films can get affected.” Rajesh Thadani makes a very crucial observation, “Yes, Pad Man can get affected if Padmaavat faces protests post-release. But on the other hand, it can also benefit as exhibitors might remove Padmaavat and put Pad Man instead”

Girish Johar, film trade and business analyst, emphasizes, “The situation is very peculiar this time. It’s not just two films coming together on a particular date. Padmaavat is facing issues from certain influential groups. Hence, audiences might shy away not just from Padmaavat, but also Pad Man since they don’t want to get into problems. So it’s difficult to ascertain as to will what extent will Pad Man be affected. But definitely there will be some dent in Pad Man’s collections due to it clashing with a bigger film and the expected disruptions in the screening. As of now, it’s difficult to give a number as we don’t know yet which states will not be showcasing the film.” He signs off by saying, “Eventually, the best film will run. It’s a holiday weekend and both the movies can do well. The film that would be good is bound to work in the long run. Pad Man may comparatively have a lesser start. But definitely it can catch up later on.”

As of now, it’s a wait-and-watch situation as nobody is sure about the screen-sharing ratio and also most importantly, how many states are going to allow Padmaavat to have a release. Harveen Singh says, “I guess by January 20, we’ll know what the situation is. If everything is in control, then there shouldn’t be a problem. Padmaavat is one of the biggest films of the year and even the exhibitors would want to screen it.” Taran Adarsh agrees to this and states, “As of now, no one can predict because you never know how the situation might change in the next 14 days.”

via Bollywood Hungama

 

 

 ‘Jumanji’ Stays #1 as ‘The Post’ and ‘The Commuter’ Open Strong at the BO!!!

For a second weekend in a row Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the weekend’s top spot, this time holding off three new wide releases over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend as well as Fox‘s nationwide expansion of Steven Spielberg‘s The Post, which finished in the runner-up position. As for the weekend’s three brand new releases, Lionsgate‘s The Commuter managed to exceed expectations while both Paddington 2 and Proud Mary fell a bit short. Meanwhile Fox‘s The Greatest Showman continues to attempt to make up for its soft opening, dropping just 14% in its fourth weekend in release.

With an estimated $27 million, Sony‘s holiday smash hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finished atop the weekend box office and is expected to deliver a four-day weekend approaching $34 million, which would push the film’s domestic cume near $290 million. Internationally, the film roared into China this weekend bringing in an estimated $40 million, pushing it’s worldwide cume to $667 million. Jumanji‘s final major market yet to see release is Japan, where it is scheduled to hit theaters on April 6.

Finishing in second is Fox‘s nationwide expansion of Steven Spielberg‘s The Post, which brought in an estimated $18.6 million over the three-day weekend and is expected to finish north of $22 million for the four-day. The film received an “A” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 55% female vs. 45% male and 66% of which were over the age of 35.

Delivering a third place finish over the three-day is Lionsgate‘s The Commuter, which outperformed Mojo‘s forecast, delivering an estimated $13.45 million and is expected to finish with $16 million over the holiday frame. The film received a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, playing to an audience that was 54% male vs. 46% female and of the overall audience, 83% were 25 years or older.

Finishing in fourth is Universal and Blumhouse‘s Insidious: The Last Key, dipping an expected 59% for a $12.1 million three-day and is expected to finish around $14 million for the four-day weekend, which would push its domestic cume over $50 million. The fourth film in the Insidious franchise also added another $17.7 million internationally this weekend as its worldwide cume climbs over $92 million, pushing the franchise’s worldwide total over $460 million.

Rounding out the top five is Fox‘s second film in the top five, The Greatest Showman, which continues to deliver stellar week-to-week numbers. This weekend it dipped just 14%, bringing in an estimated $11.8 million for the three-day and is expected to finish around $14.5 million for the four-day weekend, pushing its cume north of $97 million. While the film’s opening weekend was certainly soft it has shown great legs ever since, delivering the best holds each of the last three weekends among wide release holdovers in the top ten. We are still waiting on its international performance this weekend as of publication.

Disney and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi dipped even more than expected after losing 1,142 locations this weekend, down 52.5% and finishing with an estimated $11.27 million for the three-day. The film is expected to bring in ~$14.7 million for the four-day pushing its domestic cume just shy of $595 million. Additionally, with an estimated $19 million internationally the film’s worldwide cume climbs to $1.265 billion, passing Beauty and the Beast to become the tenth largest worldwide release of all-time.

It isn’t until seventh that we find WB‘s release of Paddington 2. The studio picked up the film from The Weinstein Co. as it looked to offload the picture before filing for bankruptcy protection. Unfortunately, despite a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes the film didn’t catch on in North America, delivering a meager $10.6 million for the three-day, which the studio anticipates will climb to $14.5 million for the four-day opening. The film’s opening weekend audience was 57% female and 55% was over the age of 25.

Screen GemsProud Mary also delivered a soft opening based on expectations. Finishing with an estimated $10 million for the three-day, the film is expected to deliver a $12 million four-day debut. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences of which 58% were female and 77% were 25 years or older.

Outside the top ten, Neon‘s I, Tonya brought in an estimated $3.3 million as it expanded into 517 theaters (+261) and after winning four Golden Globe awards this past weekend Fox Searchlight‘s Three Billboards outside Epping, Missouri expanded back into wide release and brought in an estimated $2.3 million for a domestic cume currently totaling $28.5 million.

After expanding into 62 theaters (+56), Focus‘s release of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread brought in an estimated $1.14 million for a chart-topping $18,468 per theater average. The film will expand nationwide next weekend with the expectation it will play on over 500 screens.

In limited release this weekend, Lionsgate‘s Condorito brought in an estimated $236k from 153 theaters ($1,542 PTA); Cohen Media‘s The Insult opened with $24,957 from three locations ($8,319 PTA); IFC‘s Freak Show opened in one theater with an estimated $6,024; and Music Box‘s Vazante also debuted in one location, grossing an estimated $3,511.

Next weekend Warner Bros. will release 12 Strong into 2,900+ locations; STX‘s Den of Thieves debuts in 2,400+ theaters and Roadside will release Forever My Girl. Additionally, look for Entertainment StudiosHostiles to expand nationwide into a massive 3,000+ locations. The film has so far generated an estimated $276,000 after 24 days in release.

via BoxOfficeMojo

Title
Weekend
Gross Weeks
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $27.0M $283.2M 4
The Post $18.6M $23.1M 4
The Commuter $13.5M $13.5M 1
Insidious: The Last Key $12.1M $48.4M 2
The Greatest Showman $11.8M $94.6M 4
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi $11.3M $591.5M 5
Paddington 2 $10.6M $10.6M 1
Proud Mary $10.0M $10.0M 1
Pitch Perfect 3 $5.7M $94.7M 4
Darkest Hour $4.5M $35.7M 8
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Jumanji’ Tops Weekend as ‘Insidious 4’ Scares Up a Strong Debut at the BO!!!

Heading into the weekend Sony‘s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ranked #7 on the list of movies that had never reached #1 at the weekend box office. After Friday’s estimates the film ranked fourth on the list, but as of today it no longer occupies a position after a stellar third weekend saw the action comedy lead the way at the weekend box office while topping $500 million globally. Additionally, Universal‘s release of Blumhouse‘s Insidious: The Last Key finished with a strong second place debut and even outperformed the franchise’s third installment as 2018 is officially underway and off to a solid start.

With an estimated $36 million, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finished #1 at the weekend box office for the first time since releasing on December 20. With a domestic cume that now stands at $244.3 million, the film serves as the highest grossing live action release of all-time for star Kevin Hart and is the second largest live action release for Dwayne Johnson behind only Furious 7′s massive $353 million domestic haul and it’s showing little sign of slowing down after dropping just 28% this weekend.

Internationally, Jumanji brought in an estimated $70 million, pushing its international cume to $275 million for a global tally reaching $514 million. The film now places within the top 20 among films released in 2017 with a release in China set for next weekend followed by an early April release in Japan.

In second place with an impressive $29.26 million, Insidious: The Last Key delivered the second largest debut of the franchise, topping the third chapter by over $7 million. It’s also the ninth largest opening for a Blumhouse Production, just topping the $29 million opening for Paranormal Activity 4. The franchise has now grossed over $400 million worldwide.

Looking ahead, a domestic run around $55-67 million seems likely when looking at the multipliers for previous Insidious and Paranormal Activity sequels. The Last Key received a “B-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, the lowest audience score of the franchise, and opening weekend exit polls show the film playing to an audience that was 51% female vs. 49% male, of which 41% of the audience was over the age of 25. This is similar to Chapter 3, which was 54% female and 40% were over the age of 25.

Internationally, Insidious: The Last Key brought in an estimated $20.1 million, which is the highest opening take for any of the four films for the same group of 33 markets. Leading the charge was a $4.1 million opening in Mexico followed by France ($2.2m), Germany ($2m), Malaysia ($1.6m), India ($1.3m) and Spain ($1.2m). The film opens in the UK next weekend followed by releases in Russia, Brazil and Italy on January 18, South Korea at the end of the month and Australia in early February.

Finishing third, Disney and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered an estimated $23.5 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume to $572.5 million. It remains the sixth largest domestic release of all-time and won’t challenge for a spot in the top five until it can top The Avengers‘ $623 million performance from 2012. Internationally, the film added another $64.7 million for an international gross totaling $632.7 million and a worldwide gross over $1.2 billion. The film now ranks as the 13th largest worldwide release of all-time, passing Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) and Minions ($1.159 billion) this weekend.

Notable this weekend was The Last Jedi‘s debut in China, which is estimated at $28.7 million. This ranks behind the $30 million opening weekend for Rogue One, which finished with $69.4 million in China, and well behind the $52.3 million debut for Force Awakens, which grossed nearly $125 million in China.

Fox‘s The Greatest Showman continues to hold strong, dropping just 11% this weekend for a third place finish with an estimated $13.8 million for a $75.9 million domestic total thus far. The film is now looking at a $100+ million domestic performance. Internationally, the film added another $24 million this weekend from 74 markets bringing its international cume just shy of $75 million for a global tally topping $150 million.

Universal‘s Pitch Perfect 3 rounds out the top five with an estimated $10.2 million for a domestic cume that now totals $85.9 million. Internationally the film brought in another $18.1 million this weekend for an international total reaching $55 million and a $141 million global tally.

Outside the top five, STX delivered Molly’s Game nationwide this weekend, expanding into 1,608 locations (+1,337) where it brought in an estimated $7 million, which is right on expectation. The film has benefit from strong critical reviews and just this week received PGA, WGA and ACE nominations and will be among the nominees at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards with two nominations. Molly’s Game‘s domestic total currently stands at $14.2 million after 14 days in release.

Right behind Molly’s Game is Focus’ Darkest Hour with an estimated $6.35 million as it continued to expand this weekend, playing in 1,733 theaters (+790). The film’s domestic cume currently stands at $28.3 million and is also looking to benefit from awards season as star Gary Oldman is expected to take home a Golden Globe tonight, not to mention is a strong favorite to win his first Oscar this year. The film also added six new international markets this weekend where it brought in an estimated $1.8 million bringing its worldwide cume to $35.8 million.

Outside the top ten, Neon‘s I, Tonya brought in an estimated $2.4 million after expanding into 242 theaters (+193). The film’s next expansion will see it reach ~500 locations starting January 12.

Additionally, Steven Spielberg‘s much-talked about film The Post brought in an estimated $1.7 million from just 36 locations for a chart-topping $47,222 per theater average. The film will expand nationwide next weekend into ~2,800 locations. Tracking as of a few days ago anticipated a $18-24 million expansion next weekend, but given the film’s strong performance this weekend we could see those numbers increase over the coming days.

The second best per theater average for the weekend belongs to Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread, which brought in an estimated $245,000 from six locations for a $40,833 average. Next week, the film is looking to expand into approximately 50 theaters.

One final international note finds Kingsman: The Golden Circle making its debut in Japan with an estimated $4.3 million, which pushes the film’s international cume over $300 million for a global cume over $400 million, nearly on par with the first film’s $414.3 million worldwide tally.

Looking at the weekend overall it’s a tough apples-to-apples comparison based on when New Year’s day falls. That said, looking at direct comparisons in 2007 and 2001, both saw the top twelve deliver a combined $104.4 million compared to this weekend’s $148.5 million. Of course, the conversation right now is looking closely at estimated tickets sold after 2017 finished with just 1.239 billion estimated tickets sold, placing a disappointing 26th all-time. That said, using average ticket sales, the ~16.6 million tickets for the top twelve this weekend does beat the ~15.18 million sold in 2007, but falls short of the ~18.45 million sold in 2001. Whether this is a fair assessment of the weekend overall is up for debate given the multimedia marketplace, but this weekend’s estimated 16.6 million tickets sold is the best since 2009 if you don’t include 2016 or 2010, both of which included New Year’s day.

Next weekend Liam Neeson stars in The Commuter, opening in ~2,800 locations; WB releases Paddington 2, which previously resided at The Weinstein Co.; Universal releases Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson; Fox goes nationwide with The Post and Lionsgate will release Condorito into ~150 locations.

via Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $36.0M $244.4M 3
Insidious: The Last Key $29.3M $29.3M 1
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi $23.6M $572.5M 4
The Greatest Showman $13.8M $75.9M 3
Pitch Perfect 3 $10.2M $86.0M 3
Ferdinand $7.7M $70.5M 4
Molly’s Game $7.0M $14.2M 2
Darkest Hour $6.4M $28.4M 7
Coco $5.5M $192.1M 7
All the Money in the World $3.6M $20.1M 2
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2018

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Is Performing Lower Than its Predecessors at the BO!!!

Pitch Perfect 3” may have pushed its franchise past the $500 million mark worldwide, but it’s still performing lower than previous movies in the series.

The studio made the announcement of the milestone on Tuesday, with “Pitch Perfect 3” having grossed $67.5 million domestically in its first 12 days and another $30.3 million in international grosses. It noted that the series’ third installment — with an estimated $45 million budget — is also due to cross $100 million at the global box office Tuesday and will open in eight additional markets this week including Australia and Italy.

But the performance of “Pitch Perfect 3” has been far less robust than “Pitch Perfect 2,” which had grossed $128.6 million domestically in its first dozen days in May 2015, on its way to a $184 million final domestic total. “Pitch Perfect 3” is the last movie in the series and could be suffering from franchise fatigue. The threequel garned an A- Cinemascore, but reviews were savage, with a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with 80% for 2012’s “Pitch Perfect” and 65% for “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Additionally, Universal opted to open “Pitch Perfect 3” amid formidable competition: one week after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” launched and two days after Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” “The Last Jedi” went on to take $532 million in less than three weeks and “Jumanji” grossed $186 million domestically in its first 13 days.

Pitch Perfect 3” opened slightly below expectations with $19.9 million on Dec. 22-24, then declined 17% to $16.8 million in its second weekend. But there’s still money on the table with little competition domestically this weekend, when the only new title launching is horror movie “Insidious: The Last Key.” Additionally, “Pitch Perfect 3” has opened in only 33 international markets with dozens of territories not yet launched.

Among the holiday season openers, “Pitch Perfect 3” outperformed Fox’s “The Greatest Showman,” which has grossed $54 million domestically, and a pair of films that showed little traction — Paramount’s “Downsizing” and Warner-Alcon’s “Father Figures,” which have combined for $33 million.

The original “Pitch Perfect” was a surprise success in 2012 with a $115 million worldwide gross on a $17 million budget, and then became one of the top-performing DVD, VOD and pay-cable titles of 2013. The film’s soundtrack went platinum with more than 1 million units sold, and the single “Cups” achieved triple platinum status with combined sales of more than 3 million units.

2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2” was an even bigger success, with $287 worldwide on a $29 million budget with Elizabeth Banks directing. It has the distinction of being the highest-grossing musical comedy film of all time.

Trish Sie directed “Pitch Perfect 3” from a script by Kay Cannon and Mike White, set three years after the events of “Pitch Perfect 2” in which the Bellas have graduated college, but have jobs which they all hate. Sie was previously best known for “Step Up All In,” as well as music video and commercial work.

Reprising their roles as the Bellas are Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, and Ester Dean. “Pitch Perfect 3” is again produced by Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions.

 

via Variety

‘The Last Jedi’ Passes $1 Billion at the Global BO!!!

Well, it happened. With 2018 less than 12 hours away, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has passed $1 billion at the global box office, joining an elite tier of movies from 2017 to do so, including Beauty and the Beast and The Fate of the Furious. Not exactly surprisingly, The Last Jedi has the dubious honor of being the only genuinely good movie to pass the mark this year. It’s also now the highest grossing film of 2017 domestically, beating out serious competition from Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 for the prize. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who is masochistic enough to keep an eye on these numbers.

The Last Jedi also ended up on top for the third weekend in a row, making $52.4 million at the domestic box office. It just narrowly beat Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which remained strong in second place with $50.5 million, pushing the reboot past the $150 million mark domestically. Below that, things remained the same since Friday’s showings, with Pitch Perfect 3 bringing in $17.7 million in third and The Greatest Showman bringing in some $15.2 million in fourth. The only animated movie in the top five currently, Ferdinand, held at fifth with $11.6 million.

This will likely be Ferdinand‘s last week in the top five, what with Insidious: The Lost Key hitting multiplexes next weekend. There likely won’t be a major shake-up in the top ten until Maze Runner: The Death Curse hits theaters in late January, and we likely won’t see a real box office champ until Black Panther arrives in February. For now, Star Wars and Disney are once again on top of all at the box office, as it was in 2016 and likely as it will be in 2018. See you in the new year!

 

via Collider