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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Domestic box office hit $10 billion and the week after Thanksgiving—traditionally one of the lowest grossing weekends of the year—posted the best-ever revenues for the period in recorded history. However, that was hardly the result of new blood.

The top grossing movies were all holdovers. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 held top spot for the third consecutive frame with an estimated $17.2 million. It was followed again by Skyfall with $16.9 million and Lincoln with $13.5 million.

It’s been decades since a major release has opened in early December as movie goers cannot be deterred from flood the malls for early holiday shopping. So it’s not surprising that new national releases were targeted to genrephiles. The freshmen class ranked further down the list with the offbeat hitman saga Killing Me Softly slotting seventh with $7 million and the grisly shocker The Connection just out of the top 10 with $3.1 million.

The results in the niches were markedly better. On the Indian circuit the Hindi Talaash bowed to a potent $1.6 million at 171 venues and the Telugu Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum was also strong with a $244,000 tally from 31 screens. Good results were due the Pinoy 24/7 in Love with $130,000 at 25 theaters but Quebec’s Esimesac proved disappointing with a $146,000 gross at 65 sites.

Imports also fared well in the exclusive openings. The Chinese Back to 1942 ringing up $103,000 from 20 engagements; Mexico’s Hecho en Mexico attracted $71,400 from a dozen playdates; and Korea’s A Werewolf Boy’s initial quartet generated $26,600.

Weekend revenues fell slightly shy of $120 million for a not unexpected post-turkey 45% decline. However, it was a significant 46% improvement from 2011 when the $27.8 million second weekend box office of Rise of the Planet of the Apes edged out the $26 million opening of The Help. Going into the home stretch box office revenues are 6% improved year-to-year at this moment.

The waning days of 2012 will be stuffed with a slew of award contenders vying to take the spotlight away from the likes of Argo, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook. Additionally the late year entries suggest strong appeal across the quadrants with an eclectic mix that includes Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Guilt Trip. Light the Yule log and bring on the egg nog.

Weekend (estimates) November 30 – December 2, 2012
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Lionsgate 17.2 (4,290) -61% 4008 254.4
Skyfall Sony 16.9 (4,890) -52% 3463 246
Lincoln BV 13.5 (6,700) -47% 2018 83.7
Rise of the Guardians Par 13.4 (3,660) -44% 3672 48.8
Life of Pi Fox 12.1 (4,130) -46% 2928 48.5
Wreck-It Ralph BV 7.1 (2,170) -57% 3259 158.3
Killing Them Softly Weinstein Co. 7.0 (2,900) NEW 2424 7
Red Dawn Film District 6.6 (2,410) -54% 2725 31.4
Flight Par 4.5 (1,720) -46% 2638 81.5
Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Co. 3.3 (8,840) -25% 371 10.9
The Collection LD Entertainment 3.1 (2,200) NEW 1403 3.1
Anna Karenina Focus 2.2 (5,750) 147% 384 4.1
Argo WB 2.0 (1,930) -48% 1043 101
Talaash Big Pictures 1.6 (9,240) NEW 171 1.6
Taken 2 Fox .46 (930) -52% 496 137.2
Pitch Perfect Uni .41 (1,010) -43% 403 63.1
Hitchcock Fox Searchlight .40 (7,960) 38% 50 0.78
The Sessions Fox Searchlight .32 (1,430) -55% 226 4.6
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum 7 Seas .24 (7,870) NEW 31 0.24
Here Comes the Boom Sony .23 (670) -54% 344 42.4
Cloud Atlas WB .22 (1,150) -47% 194 26.2
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Lions Gate .20 (1,070) -49% 189 16.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $110.50
% Change (Last Year) 45%
% Change (Last Week) -46%
Also debuting/expanding
Esimesac Alliance .15 (2,250) 65 0.15
24/7 in Love ABS .13 (5,200) 25 0.13
Back to 1942 China Lion .10 (5,160) 20 0.1
Chasing Ice National Geo 88,200 (1,110) -2% 40 0.36
A Late Quartet eOne 84,300 (1,140) -37% 74 0.87
Hecho en Mexico LionsGate 71,400 (5,950) 12 0.07
The Other Son Cohen Media 58,700 (1,400) -26% 42 0.88
A Royal Affair Magnolia 55,900 (1,400) -39% 40 0.37
The Central Park Five IFC 31,500 (5,250) 3% 6 0.07
A Werewolf Boy CJ Entertainment 26,600 (6,650) 4 0.03
Therese Desqueyroux Metropole 26,500 (1,660) 16 0.03
Rust and Bone Sony Classics 23,700 (11,850) -13% 2 0.06
Beware of Mr. Baker SnagFilms 11,800 (5,900) 2 0.01
Dragon Weinstein Co. 10,200 (730) 14 0.01
Silent Night Anchor Bay 9,600 (870) 11 0.01
King Kelly GoDigital 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
California Solo Strand 4,400 (4,400) 1 0.01
Young and Wild IFC 3,700 (1,850) 2 0.01
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Magnolia 2,900 (970) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 28, 2012)
Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Sony (24) 1713.4 17.40%
Buena Vista (16) 1441.3 14.60%
Warner Bros. (26) 1411.2 14.30%
Universal (15) 1211.4 12.30%
Lions Gate (19) 1157.9 11.70%
20th Century Fox (18) 937.4 9.50%
Paramount (20) 770.9 7.80%
Relativity (6) 202.3 2.10%
Weinstein Co. (17) 153 1.50%
Open Road (6) 137.1 1.40%
Focus (8) 133.8 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (10) 111 1.10%
CBS (4) 89.9 0.90%
Summit (4) 47.1 0.50%
Sony Classics (19) 46.5 0.50%
Other * (328) 302.8 3.00%
9867 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 – Nov. 28, 2012)
Title Distributor Box Office
The Avengers BV 623,444,910
The Dark Knight Rises WB 448,052,931
The Hunger Games Lions Gate 408,043,896
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony 262,083,357
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Lions Gate 237,182,504
Brave BV 236,974,220
Skyfall Sony 229,029,189
Ted Uni 218,795,265
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Par 216,509,794
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni 214,571,106
Men in Black III Sony 179,199,159
Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox 160,832,229
Snow White and the Huntsman Uni 155,326,249
Wreck-It Ralph BV 151,236,263
Hotel Transylvania Sony 143,555,525
21 Jump Street Sony 138,591,227
Taken 2 Fox 136,695,579
Prometheus Fox 126,477,084
Safe House Uni 126,367,263
The Vow Sony 125,074,813

2 Responses to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Daniella Isaacs says:

    Once again, someone talks about the big films of the year still to come “an eclectic mix that includes Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Guilt Trip” and doesn’t say a word about “The Hobbit”. Do I smell a bomb (or at least a vastly underperforming film)? What would the precursor for that be? It seems like I vaguely remember a “long awaited” sequel/prequel, or reboot finally coming out only to have everyone go “meh,” but I can’t remember what it was.

  2. Samka says:

    Just saw a screening of The Guilt Trip today. This will be a big hit. Sweet and funny and perfect for the holidays. Streisand gives a terrific performance.

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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