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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report: July 15, 2012

Ice Work If You Can Get It

Ice Age: Continental Shift – the fourth installment of the animated franchise – brrrrrought in an estimated $45.9 million in its debut to lead weekend movie going. It was the session’s only incoming wide national release.

In the niches a couple of Indian imports had solid bows. Bollywood’s Cocktail (unrelated to the early Tom Cruise vehicle) grossed $680,000 at 98 bars while Tamil Billa 2 opened with $115,000 from 33 screens. In Quebec Omerta, based on a popular TV series, had a potent $420,000 launch from 25 playdates following a $190,000 tally from its pre-weekend Wednesday debut.

Exclusive and limited bows included encouraging returns of $19,900 for non-fiction yarn The Imposter at a single venue as well as $71,700 at seven for French import Farewell My Queen and $23,500 for Sweden’s Easy Money at two sites. The intriguingly titled The Obama Effect, a drama set during the 2008 election, garnered $88,400 at 25 locations for an inconclusive second term.

Overall box office for the frame amassed close to $165 million that resulted in a 19% drop from last weekend. It was a sharper 39% decline from 2011 when the final installment of the Harry Potter set a record series opening of $169.2 million.

2012 box office crossed $6 billion this weekend and a little more than a half year into the calendar the pace of movie going is 10.5% ahead of last year.

Ice Age 4 is arriving on these shores after a two week head start internationally that’s generated more than $250 million. Apart from the very good news for Denis Leary – who is also featured in weekend runner-up The Amazing Spider-Man – the film debuted pretty much to expectation. Exit demos revealed a slim female bias of 50% and an audience composed equally of over/under 25 year olds; presumably some willingly in tow with their youngsters.

One Response to “The Weekend Report: July 15, 2012”

  1. Jim Mountjoy says:

    It would be nice to see a chart this week!

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Don't Breathe 9.9 3051 New 9.9
Suicide Squad 3.3 3582 -45% 274.1
Mechanic: Resurrection 2.5 2258 New 2.5
Sausage Party 2.2 3135 -55%
War Dogs 2 3258 -64% 22.5
Kubo and the Two Strings 1.9 3279 -52% 18.9
Pete's Dragon 1.8 3244 -64% 49.2
Bad Moms 1.7 2565 -33% 91.4
Jason Bourne 1.4 2445 -38% 145.5
Ben-Hur 1.3 3084 -68% 16.3
Also Debuting
Southside With You 1 813
Hands of Stone 0.62 810
Greater 0.17 340
Tunnel 48,500 36
Time Raiders 32,200 35
A Flying Jatt 21,300 81
Remember the Goal 5&2 20,200 77
Ignacio de Loyola 14,800 22
The Hollars 12,800 4
Retour chez ma mere 10,300 16
Howards End 9,500 3
The Intervention 6,100 15
25 Kille 6,100 22
Complete Unknown 5,800 2
Hav Faith 4,800 2
Daylight's End 4,500 16
Space Dogs 2,300 52
Kate Plays Christine 2,100 1
Fatima 1,850 1
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life 1,850 3
In Order of Disappearance 1,700 4
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4
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