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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Things That Go Thud in the Night

The national launch of Zero Dark Thirty led weekend box office with an estimated $23.9 million. The controversial Oscar touted film edged out two debuting movies. The spoofish A Haunted House bowed to $18.5 million while the period yarn of lawlessness Gangster Squad garnered $16.7 million.

In the niches a clutch of Indian films opened for local holidays with Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu making the loudest noise with a $1.44 million tally. Also solid were Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola with $357,000 at 116 venues, Telegu Naayak grossing $166,000 from 55 playdates and Saadi Love Story with $92,500 from 27 engagements.

Among exclusives the Oscar-excluded yarn of aging Brit opera folk Quartet was off to a good start of $48,600 from two screens.

Overall box office generated a little better than $140 million for a 4% dip from the prior weekend. It was 7% improved from 2012 when debuts of Contraband and Beauty and the Beast 3D topped the charts with respective debuts of $24.4 million and $17.6 million.

The critics were withering in regard to the Aurora-delayed Gangster Squad. Compared unfavorably to the likes of L.A. Confidential it drew a 50/50 split among the genders and roughly 65% of the crowd was aged 25-years and older according to studio exit polling.

Also largely dismissed was A Haunted House that appeared to be channeling the Scary Movie franchise … with albeit fuzzy reception. Commercially the best one could say was that it appeared to be less effected by football playoffs than other new and holdover titles in wide release.

Though well-repped in major Academy categories, Zero Dark Thirty had been receiving the most ink for the absence of a best direction nomination. It attracted an audience 59% composed of males and was 62% aged 30 years old and over.

Though the era of big Oscar bumps has largely evaporated, it should come as no great surprise that some films have benefited from the spotlight by dent of strategic release patterns. That said Silver Linings Playbook got an out-sized lift with the modest addition of 65 screens. Otherwise the likes of Lincoln and the Life of Pi were steady and Les Misérables took a dip consistent with early January.

And unquestionably the Austrian-French Amour received considerably more love with nominations in the picture, direction and actress categories in addition to its anticipated slot among foreign-language contenders.

Weekend (estimates) January 11 – 13, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Zero Dark Thirty Sony 23.9 (8,130) 786% 2937 29.4
A Haunted House Open Road 18.5 (8,550) NEW 2160 18.5
Gangster Squad WB 16.7 (5,390) NEW 3103 16.7
Django Unchained Weinstein Co. 11.1 (3,690) -44% 3012 125.4
Les Miserables Uni 10.1 (3,420) -37% 2927 119.2
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB 8.9 (2,960) -49% 3012 278
Lincoln BV 6.3 (3,130) 17% 2027 152.6
Parental Guidance Fox 6.1 (2,070) -37% 2957 60.7
Texas Chainsaw Lionsgate 5.2 (1,940) -76% 2659 30.8
Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Co. 5.1 (6,260) 40% 810 41.4
Jack Reacher Par 4.9 (1,820) -46% 2707 72.7
This is 40 Uni 4.5 (1,930) -46% 2320 61.6
The Impossible Lionsgate 2.6 (3,190) -6% 808 6.9
Life of Pi Fox 2.6 (3,390) -9% 757 94.7
The Guilt Trip Par 1.9 (1,210) -56% 1605 34.5
Monsters Inc. (reissue) BV 1.6 (1,440) -59% 1127 30.5
Skyfall Sony 1.5 (1,870) -50% 823 299.3
Seethamma Vakitio Sirimalle Chettu Ficus 1.4 (14,690) NEW 98 1.4
Promised Land Focus 1,3 (800) -67% 1647 6.9
Argo WB 1.2 (1,980) 56% 621 111.3
Rise of the Guardians Par 1.0 (1,130) -62% 905 98.7
Hyde Park on Hudson Focus .71 (2,860) -31% 248 4.3
Wreck-It Ralph BV .63 (1,320) -47% 476 179.3
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Lionsgate .61 (1,130) -56% 542 290.1
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart Par .44 (1,020) -66% 430 11.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $138.35
% Change (Last Year) 7%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Matru Ki Biji Ka Mandola Fox Intl .35 (3,080) 116 0.35
Amour Sony Classics .26 (17,160) 330% 15 0.64
Rust and Bone Sony Classics .18 (2,320) 12% 79 1.1
Naayak Uni Media .17 (3,030) 55 0.17
Saadi Love Story Eros 92,500 (3,430) 27 0.09
Quartet Weinstein Co. 48,600 (24,300) 2 0.05
Kanna Laddu Thinna Assaiya Viva 31,400 (4,490) 7 0.03
Alex Pandian Vendhar 21,800 (1,450) 15 0.02
$ellebrity Run Rampant 16,200 (520) 31 0.02
Struck by Lightning TriBeCa 16,100 (2,010) 8 0.02
Clandestine Childhood Film Movement 5,700 (2,850) 2 0.01
Fairhaven Dada 5,200 (2,600) 2 0.01
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012) *
Title Distributor Box Office
The Avengers BV 1,515,790,726
The Dark Knight Rises WB 1,102,844,698
Skyfall Sony/MGM 1,005,282,714
Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox 875,643,882
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Lionsgate 814,419,891
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony 753,862,936
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Par 736,295,066
The Hunger Games Lions Gate 695,361,897
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB 684,133,612
Men in Black III Sony 665,412,064
Brave BV 538,744,214
Ted Uni 503,033,195
Prometheus Fox 403,332,979
Snow White and the Huntsman Uni 400,598,021
Taken 2 Fox 367,878,521
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni 350,218,287
Titanic 3D Fox/Par 349,995,427
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol * Par 334,943,089
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB 329,080,786
The Expendables 2 Lions Gate/NuImage 319,189,044
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows * WB 316,944,418
Hotel Transylvania Sony 308,909,598
Wrath of the Titans WB 305,139,409
Battleship Uni 304,430,879
Intouchables * Gaumont/Alliance 293,804,969
* does not include 2011 box office

2 Responses to “The Weekend Report”

  1. chandra says:

    Please check the spelling Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu it is. Also it’s a Telugu film, not a Hindi film.

  2. Ray Pride says:

    Thank you.

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
No Good Deed Sony 8.8 2175 NEW
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 4.2 3656 NEW
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 2.1 3104 -23%
The Drop Searchlight 1.4 809 NEW
Let's Be Cops Fox 1.3 2755 -19%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 1.2 2957 -22%
If I Stay WB 1.2 3040 -27%
The November Man Relativity/VVS 0.85 2702 -34%
The Giver Weinstein Co, 0.75 2253 -25%
When the Game Stands Tall Sony 0.7 2435 -26%
Also Debuting
Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Atlas 0.17 242
Finding Fanny Fox Intl 0.17 121
Power CineGalaxy 0,11 88
The Skeleton Twins Roadside 0.1 15
My Old Lady Cohen Media 33,300 11
Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo Speed 31,800 27
The Pirates Well Go 26,800 25
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co, 21,000 4
The Gifted ABS 12,200 20
Take Me to the River Abramorama 9,900 11
Believe Excel 8,400 37
The Green Prince Music Box 7,000 4
Born to Fly Aubin 2,950 1
The Quitter Goodface 2,900 1
108 Stitches FreeStyle 2,200 12
Anukshanam Vega 2,200 13
Bird People IFC 1,950 1
Honeymoon Magnolia 1,700 2
I Am Eleven Intl Film Circuit 1,550 2
Smiling Through the Apocalypse First Run 1,500 1
The Man on Her Mind Paladin 1,100 7
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