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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

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The revenge actioner Snitch debuted to $12.9 million but that put it in the bridesmaid slot behind returning champ Identity Thief that topped session charts with an estimated $14 million. Thief is poised to become the first 2013’s release to hit a $100 million domestic gross. The frame’s only other incoming national release was the alien terror yarn Dark Skies that opened to $8.6 million to rank sixth overall.

In the niches Bollywood served up Kai Po Che to an excellent $540,000 at 111 venues. Other Indian imports were largely moribund. In Québec, the latest Asterix and Obelisk adventure from France was off to a good start of $284,000 at 79 locations but local production Roche papier ciseaux (Rock Paper Scissors) failed to cut it with box office of $30,200 from 23 encounters.

New exclusive entries were also disappointing with Camp’s $8,400 single screen bow displaying any sign of hope.

Weekend revenues pushed to roughly $105 million for a 27% erosion from seven days past. It was also the fifth consecutive week to see declines from 2012 with the current session 21% off last year’s pace. Twelve months ago the debuts of Act of Valor and Good Deeds were top placed with respective box office of $24.5 million and $15.6 million.

Off campus the 85th Academy Awards will air ce soir. Contenders in the marketplace certainly appear to have benefited from Oscar fever and that could prove a key factor in determining 2014’s air date in light of an absence of a February slot due to playoffs in the sporting arena.

The Academy certainly is pushing (eventually) toward a late January broadcast but may not be logistically ready for that next year with glitches to fix in its first kick at the can at electronic voting.

Personally I’m just hoping that tonight’s presentation will have a smattering of surprises … pleasant ones.

Weekend (estimates) February 22 – 24, 2013)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Identity Thief Uni 14.0 (4,360) -41% 3222 93.6
Snitch Lionsgate 12.9 (5,150) NEW 2511 12.8
Escape from Planet Earth Weinstein Co. 11.0 (3,290) -31% 3353 35.2
Safe Haven Relativity 10.6 (3,300) -50% 3223 48.1
A Good Day to Die Hard Fox 9.8 (2,760) -60% 3555 51.6
Dark Skies Weinstein Co. 8.6 (3,720) NEW 2313 8.6
Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Co. 6.0 (2,970) -4% 2012 107.4
Warm Bodies Lionsgate 4.8 (1,800) -46% 2644 58.2
Side Effects Open Road/eOne 3.5 (1,680) -55% 2070 25.2
Beautiful Creatures WB 3.4 (1,160) -55% 2950 16.4
Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Alliance 2.2 (1,870) -25% 1197 91.6
Argo WB 1.9 (2,400) -12% 802 129.8
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Par 1.6 (1,130) -54% 1425 52.9
Life of Pi Fox 1.5 (2,660) -3% 572 113.4
Lincoln BV 1.5 (1,690) -10% 875 178.6
Quartet Weinstein Co. 1.2 (2,610) -9% 456 8.9
Mama Uni/eOne 1.1 (980) -58% 1163 70.2
Django Unchained Weinstein Co. 1.0 (1,500) -35% 659 158.8
Amour Sony Classics .77 (2,350) -10% 328 5.2
Wreck-It Ralph BV .63 (1,570) -21% 402 186.7
Les Miserables Uni .58 (1,250) -33% 462 146.6
Kai Po Che UTV .54 (4,860) NEW 0.54
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB .53 (1,360) -47% 388 300.9
Bless Me Ultima Arenas .45 (1,720) NEW 263 0.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $99.65
% Change (Last Year) -21%
% Change (Last Week) -27%
Also debuting/expanding
Asterix & Obelix au service de sa majeste Alliance .28 (3,600) 79 0.28
The Gatekeepers Sony Classics .14 (7,440) 148% 19 0.39
The Berlin File CJ Entertainment .12 (5,400) -35% 23 0.37
No Sony Classics 77,800 (12,960) -14% 6 0.19
Jabardasth 7 Seas 57,300 (1,330) 43 0.06
Roche papier ciseaux Filmoption 30,200 (1,310) 23 0.03
Zila Ghaziabad Showman 24,900 (800) 31 0.02
Aadhi Bhagavan Anbu 14,400 (1,030) 14 0.01
Camp FreeStyle 8,400 (8,400) 1 0.01
Doctor Bello Black Ivory 6,800 (390) 20 0.01
11 Flowers First Run 3,800 (1,900) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – February 21, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Gross Percentage
Universal (5) 247.2 18.70%
Weinstein Co. (6) 194.5 14.70%
Warner Bros. (8) 159.4 12.10%
20th Century Fox (6) 128.7 9.70%
Lionsgate (9) 126.3 9.60%
Paramount (8) 117.2 8.90%
Sony (4) 99.6 7.60%
Buena Vista (5) 66.9 5.10%
Open Road (3) 59.9 4.50%
Relativity (2) 46.2 3.50%
Film District (3) 18.9 1.40%
Alliance/eOne (6) 15.4 1.20%
Focus (3) 13.7 1.00%
Other * (50) 26.8 2.00%
1320.7 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

 

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