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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Not with a Wimper … But a Bang

Anticipation … The finale of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, had the fans lining up around the block and circling the globe with a domestic estimate of $141.5 million. As with last weekend’s Bond launch the competition steered clear of the onslaught … kinda. Lincoln expanded nationally, taking on bloodsuckers (déjà vu?) and carving out a sizeable $20.6 that ranked third in the lineup.

In the niches, the Hindi Diwali festival saw the launch of two major releases expected to be closely competitive but Jab Tak Hai Jaan emerged the favorite over Son of Sadaar both in India and the U.S. The former had an opening weekend of $1.2 million to the latter’s $318,000 in North America. The Tamil Thuppakki also proved strong with a $242,000 tally at 43 locations.

In exclusive and limited release a couple of award contenders were off to solid starts. Silver Linings Playbook notched up $449,000 at 16 sites and the new Anna Karenina grossed $313,000, also at 16 locations.

Overall weekend revenues shot up to roughly $250 million and a significant 43% box office boost. It was also 13% improved from 2011 when Breaking Dawn – Part 1 bowed to $138.1 million and Happy Feet 2 was a distant second with $21.2 million.

Tracking was torrential for the closing chapter of The Twilight Saga and the picture indeed debuted at the top end of prognostications. About the only surprise in the mix was that the film played ever so slightly older and less feminine than past excursions. Company tracking revealed an opening weekend 50/50 split for the plus/minus 25 year-olds and an audience that was “only” 79% women.

Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also opened day-and-date in most of the rest of the world (except major Asian markets) with initial estimates just shy of $200 million. It’s definitely a franchise that will be difficult to replicate … until the next sensation reveals itself.


Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 15, 2012
Distributor (releases)     Gross     Market Share
Sony (24)     1599.4     17.30%
Warner Bros. (25)     1397.2     15.10%
Buena Vista (16)     1322.9     14.30%
Universal (15)     1207.1     13.00%
Lions Gate (19)     948.3     10.20%
20th Century Fox (17)     897.3     9.70%
Paramount (19)     709.5     7.60%
Relativity (6)     202     2.20%
Weinstein Co. (16)     145.1     1.60%
Open Road (6)     136.5     1.50%
Focus (7)     131.6     1.40%
Fox Searchlight (9)     108.3     1.20%
CBS (4)     89.6     1.00%
Summit (4)     47.1     0.50%
Sony Classics (19)     46.3     0.50%
Other * (323)     271.1     2.90%
9259.3     100.00%

* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – Nov. 15, 2012) *
Title     Distributor     Gross
The Avengers     BV     1,515,790,726
The Dark Knight Rises     WB     1,102,844,698
Ice Age: Continental Drift     Fox     873,391,233
The Amazing Spider-Man     Sony     753,862,936
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted     Par     735,303,171
The Hunger Games     Lions Gate     695,361,897
Men in Black III     Sony     665,412,064
Skyfall     Sony/MGM     579,451,963
Brave     BV     536,888,501
Ted     Uni     500,277,964
Prometheus     Fox     403,332,979
Snow White and the Huntsman     Uni     378,922,954
Taken 2     Fox/Europa     351,147,486
Titanic 3D (reissue)     Fox/Par     349,995,427
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax     Uni     349,704,637
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol *     Par     344,943,089
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     WB     329,080,786
The Expendables 2     Lions Gate/NuImage     318,344,185
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows *     WB     316,944,418
Wrath of the Titans     WB     305,139,409
Battleship     Uni     304,430,879
John Carter     BV     281,891,994
Intouchables *     Gaumont/Alliance     278,994,852
Hotel Transylvania     Sony     275,421,147
The Bourne Legacy     Uni     272,726,781
* does not include 2011 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 39.5 4151 NEW 56.4
Big Hero 6 4.5 3650 -44% 120.1
Dumb and Dumber To 4.3 3188 -70% 48
Interstellar 4.2 3415 -49% 109.8
Gone Girl 0.8 1609 -41% 154.8
Beyond the Lights 0.8 1766 -66% 8.3
St. Vincent 0.65 1707 -43% 34.9
Fury 0.55 1720 -52% 77.8
Birdman 0.5 862 -27% 13.1
The Theory of Everything 0.4 140 86% 1.7
Also Debuting
Happy Ending 62,300 126
Rowdy Fellow 7,900 44
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 7,350 2
Food Chains 7,000 14
Monk with a Camera 4,000 1
Happy Valley 1,650 3
Me 1,600 1
Little White Lie 1,450 1
Heartbeat 1,150 1
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