..Gary Dretzka
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Noah Forrest
..Leonard Klady
..David Poland
..Douglas Pratt
..Ray Pride
..Kim Voynar
..Michael Wilmington

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January 28, 2007
Weekend Estimates
Domestic Market Share

Epic .. In Name Only

Epic Movie spoofed its way to the top of weekend movie going charts with an estimated $18.9 million in yet another pokey frame at cinemas. The session saw additional debuts of $14.2 for the gangster yarn Smokin' Aces in second spot and the romantic-comedy Catch and Release ranked fourth with $7.9 million.

Overall business ascended roughly 14% from the prior weekend but lagged behind this time last year by 10%. While several Oscar contenders received a box office boost, the bump paled behind the sort of utz that accompanied announcements up until just a few years ago.

While not precisely a sequel Epic Movie followed on last year's hit Date Movie and proved imitation loves flattery with superior opening numbers that topped tracking expectations. One awaits breathlessly for the ensuing pokes at film genres that are sure to be hatched.

Projections for Smokin' Aces were pretty much bang on while the previously shelved Catch and Release performed below par. Both titles were partially financed by Relativity Media that also has The Pursuit of Happyness and is emerging as a much shrewder investor than such similar bankrolling entities as Legedary and Radiant.

Weekend revenues approached roughly $115 million but the new entries were a considerable distance behind last year's $27.7 million bow of Big Momma's House 2.

Echoing 2006 concerns that there were few beneficiaries of Oscar largesse, the current crop of contenders mostly generated fair response to re-entries and expansions. The hoped for front runner position earmarked for Dreamgirls failed to materialize and while that film added 571 playdates post announcements, it continued to lose traction.

Warner Bros. took The Departed wide and added about $2.9 million to its bounty but clearly the one picture that is thriving in the spotlight is Pan's Labyrinth. The Spanish-Mexican co-production grossed $4.2 million the past weekend at 823 locations and appears to be playing particular well with Hispanic and upscale audiences.

Other films receiving an award assist include The Queen, Volver, Venus and Notes on a Scandal while both Letters from Iwo Jima and The Last King of Scotland are struggling to hold their own in the crowded field.

The session also saw a relatively wide bow for the horror romance Blood and Chocolate that generated an indifferent $2 million from 1,200 engagements while the Bollywood circuit saw strong returns of $420,000 for Salaam-E-Ishq.

Limited preems were largely disappointing including the western yarn Seraphim Falls with roughly $140,000 from 52 shoot outs and two Manhattan engagements generated a just passable near $20,000 gross for Breaking and Entering. The documentary G.I. Jesus had an OK $2,200 for an exclusive outing but it was abject catastrophe for the comedy Funny Money with an $1,100 tally from four venues.

- Leonard Klady


Weekend Estimates - January 26-28, 2007

Title
Distributor
Gross (average)
% change
Theaters
Cume
Epic Movie
Fox
18.9 (6,750)
-
2801
18.9
Smokin' Aces
Uni
14.2 (6,390)
-
2218
14.2
Night at the Museum
Fox
9.1 (2,820)
-24%
3241
216.4
Catch and Release
Sony
7.9 (4,890)
-
1622
7.9
Stomp the Yard
Sony
7.7 (3,630)
-38%
2115
50.5
Dreamgirls
Par
6.4 (2,300)
-20%
2785
86.4
The Pursuit of Happyness
Sony
4.7 (1,760)
-25%
2688
152.7
Pan's Labyrinth
Picturehouse
4.2 (5,140)
-6%
823
16
The Queen
Miramax
3.9 (2,120)
14%
1830
41.1
The Hitcher
Focus
3.4 (1,200)
-56%
2836
13.2
Freedom Writers
Par
3.4 (1,500)
-35%
2273
31.2
The Departed
WB
2.9 (1,980)
857%
1453
124.8
Notes on a Scandal
Fox Searchlight
2.5 (3,860)
111%
640
9
Babel 
Par Vantage
2.5 (2,270)
6%
1090
27.1
Children of Men
Uni
2.0 (1,540)
-47%
1276
30.7
Blood and Chocolate
MGM
2.0 (1,650)
-
1200
2
Letter from Iwo Jima
WB
1.6 (3,950)
21%
415
4.8
Arthur and the Invisibles
MGM
1.5 (880)
-51%
1718
11.3
The Last King of Scotland
Fox Searchlight
1.5 (3,070)
-4%
501
7.6
Charlotte's Web
Par
1.4 (1,820)
-40%
1345
78.8
Blood Diamond
WB
1.2 (1,670)
-34%
690
52.6
Volver
Sony Class/Seville
1.1 (1,530)
86%
691
9.5
Alpha Dog
Uni
1.0 (980)
-66%
1005
13.9
Happy Feet
WB
.88 (1,350)
-33%
650
191.9
We Are Marshall
WB
.79 (840)
-46%
940
42.2
The Good Shepherd
Uni
.68 (940)
-67%
723
58.9
The Painted Veil
WIP
.66 (2,300)
-27%
287
4.8
Rocky Balboa
MGM
.59 (730)
-63%
811
68.7
Casino Royale
Sony
.57 (1,560)
-52%
364
165.3
Happily Never After
Lions Gate
.53 (800)
-66%
660
14.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films)
$109.70
-
-
-
% Change (Last Year)
-
-10%
-
-
-
% Change (Last Week)
-
14%
-
-
-
Also debuting/expanding
Salaam -E-Ishq
Eros
.42 (4,870)
-
86
0.42
Venus
Miramax
.33 (5,640)
230%
59
0.7
Seraphim Falls
IDP
.14 (2,670)
-
52
0.14
Breaking and Entering
Weinstein Co.
19,840 (9,920)
-
2
0.02
G.I. Jesus
Wildcat
2,120 (2,120)
-
1
0.01
Funny Money
Thinkfilm
1,100 (275)
-
4
0.01

Domestic Market Share: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2006

Distributor (releases)
Gross
Percentage
% Change '05
Rank '05
Sony (33)
1718.1
18.60%
87%
5
Buena Vista (25)
1474.4
16.00%
60%
4
Fox (28)
1398.6
15.20%
3%
2
Warner Bros. (25)
1065.9
11.60%
-23%
1
Paramount (18)
949.9
10.30%
15%
6
Universal (21)
816.6
8.90%
-19%
3
Lions Gate (18)
333.8
3.60%
17%
10
New Line (13)
253.2
2.70%
-40%
7
Weinstein Co. (14)
226.5
2.40%
383%
17
Focus (13)
184.8
2.00%
15%
12
MGM (11)
166.8
1.80%
-9%
11
Fox Searchlight (14)
165.6
1.80%
62%
14
Sony Classics (23)
59.3
0.60%
-6%
15
FreeStyle (9)
56
0.60%
N/A
N/A
Other * (290)
361.6
3.90%
-9%
-
-
9231.1
100.00%
3.80%
-
* DreamWorks ranked seventh; Miramax ninth in 2005

 

 

 


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