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Leonard Klady

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
Lucy 17 3173 NEW 17
Hercules 11 3595 NEW 11
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 4.7 3668 -55% 160.4
The Purge: Anarchy 3.4 2856 -65% 44.8
Planes: Fire & Rescue 2.8 3839 -57% 28.6
Sex Tape 1.9 3062 -68% 22.8
And So It Goes 1.3 1762 NEW 1.3
Transformers: Age of Extinction 1.3 2476 -54% 233
Tammy 1.1 2562 -54% 75.8
22 Jump Street 0.8 1613 -46% 183.9
Also Debuting
A Most Wanted Man 0.71 361
The Fluffy Movie 0.51 432
Kick 0.37 179
Magic in the Moonlight 0.12 17
She's Dating the Gangster 70,000 46
Alludu Seenu 29,100 86
The Divine Move 13,000 11
Happy Christmas 4,150 4
A Master Builder 3,100 2
Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah 2,800 13
Eyjafjallajokull 1,800 4
Come Back to Me 1,500 8
A Letter to Momo 1,100 1
Very Good Girls 1,100 9
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
It was supposed to be a horse race (notwithstanding Belmont) but at the finish line the singular teen romance The Fault in Our Stars left the competition in the dust with an estimated $48.1 million debut. Conversely, the frame’s other major release Edge of Tomorrow proved disappointing in a distant second at $28.9 million.
Exclusive newcomers were strong, including a solo Manhattan campaign of $9,400 for Citizen Koch. Much-ballyhooed abortion-themed rom-com Obvious Child proved fertile with $84,100 at four dispensaries.
In the niches, Indian import Holiday partied fair at $373,000 while Pinoy romantic comedy Maybe This Time grossed an impressive return of $552,000 on a trifling 51 screens.
Revenues for the session exceeded $160 million and ebbed 3% from last weekend’s tally. It was 8% improved from 2013 when the debut of The Purge posted $34 million and holdovers of Fast & Furious 6 and Now You See Me duked it out for place position with respective box office of $19.6 million and $19 million.
Industry tracking pitted The Fault in Our Stars against Edge of Tomorrow with the former demonstrating a slight edge as it picked up momentum toward opening day. The adaptation of John Green’s YA novel of teens who strike sparks in a cancer support group had a prognosis of $35 million.
The tide truly turned when Fault generated $8.2 million and Edge took in $1.8 million from Thursday previews. Crystal ball-gazers upped the ante to $55 million but the picture took another surprise turn with an unexpected 31% drop from Friday to Saturday business. Strong WOM in exit polling bodes well to broaden the opening weekend crowd, a predictaly 82% of women and was 79% aged 25-years and younger.
Edge of Tomorrow appeared to suffer from the amusement park factor with the movie crowd opting to skip this particular fun ride. Tracking had pegged the pic to open at between $32 million and $34 million. Reviews were upbeat for the futuristic mayhem with a Groundhog Day twist that opened a week earlier in 27 international territories to $18.7 million.
Exit demos also indicated that the sci-fier wasn’t particularly stepping on Fault’s toes with a 61% male tilt and 73% of the audience aged 25-years and older. A studio spokesman expressed confidence for a strong second weekend hold but history and upcoming competition definitely have the picture bucking considerable odds. International prospects are already ahead of Edge of Darkness’s likely final domestic tally with a second weekend estimated at $82 million that included a $25 million bow in China, $16.6 million in South Korea and Russia with $8.6 million.
Open Road's Chef expanded effectively again, prepping $10 million domestically.
Weekend (estimates) June 6 - 8, 2014
Title
Distributor
Gross (average)
% change *
Theaters
Cume
The Fault in Our Stars
Fox
48.1 (15,160)
NEW
3173
48.1
Maleficent
BV
33.6 (8,520)
-52%
3948
127.5
Edge of Tomorrow
WB
28.9 (8,280)
NEW
3490
28.9
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Fox
14.9 (4,090)
-54%
3639
189
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Uni
7.2 (2,270)
-57%
3160
30.1
Godzilla
WB
6.0 (1.920)
-50%
3110
185.1
Neighbors
Uni
5.2 (1,940)
-36%
2674
137.8
Blended
WB
4.0 (1,370)
-51%
2928
36.5
Chef
Open Road
2.5 (1,940)
32%
1298
10.3
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony
1.9 (1,290)
-46%
1481
196.3
Million Dollar Arm
BV
1.8 (1,120)
-49%
1643
31.4
Belle
Searchlight
.75 (1,580)
-40%
476
7.6
Rio 2
Fox
.72 (1,030)
-35%
702
125.6
Maybe This Time
ABS
.55 (10,820)
NEW
51
0.55
The Other Woman
Fox
.48 (980)
-65%
489
83.2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
BV
.43 (1,360)
-31%
317
255.9
Holiday
Big Pictures
.37 (2,590)
NEW
144
0.37
Heaven is for Real
Sony
.37 (830)
-54%
446
88.8
Words and Pictures
Roadside Attractions
.29 (2,940)
269%
98
0.54
Grand Seduction
eOne
.28 (3,020)
-13%
97
0.82
The Lego Movie
WB
.26 (960)
-5%
274
255.8
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fox Searchlight
.24 (1,280)
-37%
185
57.8
Ida
Music Box
.21 (2,540)
-10%
84
1.3
The Immigrant
Weinstein
.19 (1,320)
-39%
145
1.4
Divergent
Lionsgate
.19 (650)
-43%
298
149
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films)
$156.60
% Change (Last Year)
8%
% Change (Last Week)
-3%
Also debuting/expanding
Fed Up
Weinstein Co.
83,600 (950)
-49%
88
1.2
Obvious Child
A24
84,100 (21,030)
4
0.08
Cold in July
IFC
68,900 (970)
-38%
71
0.25
Night Moves
Cinedgm
48,500 (1,520)
126%
32
30,800
Lunchbox
Sony Classics
50,700 (1,100)
-9%
46
4.1
Filmistaan
UTV
35,500 (1,480)
24
0.04
WolfCop
Echolands
34,900 (4,360)
8
0.03
Ping Pong Summer
Gravitas
26,400 (1,760)
15
0.03
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Weinstein Co.
23,200 (5,800)
4
0.02
Only Lovers Left Alive
Sony Classics
22,800 (760)
-53%
30
1.6
Tracks
Mongrel
13,800 (2,760)
5
0.01
Citizen Koch
Variance
9,400 (9,400)
1
0.01
Trust Me
Paladin
5,100 (565)
9
0.01
Burning Blue
Film Arcade
4,600 (380)
12
0.01
The Case Against 8
Submarine
4,300 (1,430)
3
0.01
Test
Variance
2,400 (800)
3
0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 - June 5, 2014)
Distributor
Box Office
Market Share
Warner Bros. (12)
728.5
16.80%
Buena Vista (11)
677.1
15.60%
20th Century Fox (11)
615.2
14.20%
Sony (11)
577.7
13.30%
Universal (10)
540.5
12.50%
Paramount (8)
322.2
7.40%
Lionsgate (13)
285.4
6.60%
Open Road (6)
95.1
2.20%
Fox Searchlight (5)
83.7
1.90%
Weinstein Co. (12)
76.5
1.80%
Relativity (5)
75.5
1.80%
FreeStyle (6)
68.9
1.60%
Focus (6)
39.2
0.90%
eOne/Seville (14)
35.3
0.80%
Other * (142)
107.9
2.60%
4328.7
100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 - June 5, 2014) *
Title
Distributor
Box Office
The Lego Movie
WB
255,590,340
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
BV
255,447,104
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony
194,388,396
Godzilla
WB
179,093,006
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Fox
174,401,266
Divergent
Lionsgate
148,811,524
Frozen *
BV
137,534,677
Ride Along
Uni
134,965,071
Neighbors
Uni
132,600,495
Lone Survivor
Uni/eOne
125,026,404
Rio 2
Fox
124,909,565
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Fox
110,162,081
300: Rise of an Empire
WB
106,601,189
Noah
Par
100,950,258
Maleficent
BV
93,846,968
Non-Stop
Uni
91,869,306
Heaven is for Real
Sony
88,412,645
American Hustle *
Sony/eOne
82,661,672
The Other Woman
Fox
81,725,819
The Monuments Men
Sony
78,132,865
* does not include 2013 Box Office