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

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April 25, 2010
Weekend Estimates
Domestic Market Share


The B Team ...

The entry of some short timers did little to energize the movie going bug and through the rubble How to Train Your Dragon emerged as the weekend favorite with an estimated $15.1 million. Top among newcomers was J-Lo's rom-com The Back-Up Plan that slotted second with $11.7 million. The other national debs also proved soft boiled with the action-packed The Losers posting $9.2 million and the eco-friendly doc Oceans ebbing to $5.9 million following an Earth Day (Thursday) bow of $2.5 million.

In niche and regional arenas the sole picture of note was the Quebec bow of Le Journal d'Aurelia La Flamme that was the local chart topper with $327,000 from 71 locales.

Weekend revenues experienced downturns as the industry girded for box office hosannas from the imminent release of Iron Man 2. Que la fait commence.

There certainly wasn't a great deal of anticipation for the new crop of pictures entering the current session and at least in that regard there was scant mention of disappointment. Following several unreleased or marginally exposed ventures, few expected a dramatic turnaround for Jennifer Lopez in The Back-Up Plan. Critical response was dire and her core fan base of young women turned out … just not in sufficient numbers.

Similarly it was young men that attended The Losers, a beat 'em to the gate comic book adaptation with more than a couple of similarities to the forthcoming The A Team. It proved to be a fleeting distraction until the arrival of the heavy hitters.

Ticket sales for the frame fell short of $100 million by about $3 million and fell by 20% from seven days earlier. It was 15% reduced from 2009 when the debut of Obsessed topped the charts with $28.6 million. Last year's bows also included the singularly titled Fighting, Soloist and Earth with respective box office of $11 million, $9.7 million and $8.8 million.

National holdover titles generally experienced declines of 40% to 50% and that allowed for some expansion for niche players including the recent slow builders The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and City Island. New to the fold is recent foreign-language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes that tripled its initial compliment and maintained an energetic $9,450 average at 31 venues.

-by Leonard Klady



Weekend Estimates: April 23-25, 2010

Title
Distributor
Gross (average)
% change *
Theaters
Cume
How to Train Your Dragon Par 15.1 (4,110) -23% 3665 178.1
The Back-Up Plan CBS 11.7 (3,580) - 3280 11.7
Date Night Fox 10.2 (3,090) -39% 3294 63.1
Kick-Ass Lions Gate 9.3 (3,040) -53% 3065 34.7
The Losers WB 9.2 (3,140) - 2936 9.2
Clash of the Titans WB 8.9 (2,730) -42% 3271 145.6
Death at a Funeral Sony 7.7 (3,140) -52% 2459 28.2
Oceans BV 5.9 (4,920) - 1206 8.4
The Last Song BV 3.7 (1,330) -38% 2794 55.4
Alice in Wonderland BV 2.2 (1,620) -39% 1385 327.5
Hot Tub Time Machine MGM 1.9 (1,070) -45% 1787 45.6
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fox 1.7 (1,070) -38% 1605 59.5
Why Did I Get Married Too? Lions Gate 1.7 (1,370) -58% 1251 57.5
The Bounty Hunter Sony 1.5 (960) -51% 1581 62.7
Avatar Fox .93 (2,210) -7% 421 746.4
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Music Box/Alliance .67 (3,380) 6% 198 4.1
The Ghost Writer Summit .47 (1,060) -31% 445 14
Hubble 3D WB .42 (8,940)
36%
47 3.9
Le Journal d'Aurelia LaFlamme TVA .33 (4,630) - 71 0.33
The Secret in Their Eyes Sony Classics .29 (9,450) 74% 31 0.51
City Island Anchor Bay .28 (3,600) 6% 77 1.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) - $92.30 - - -
% Change (Last Year) - -15% - - -
% Change (Last Week) - -20% - - -
Also debuting/expanding
Exit Through the Gift Shop Abramorama .13 (13,200) -23% 10 0.37
The Square Apparition 39,200 (2,180) 4% 18 0.11
Dark Crossing Amadeus 5,900 (1,970) - 3 0.01
Paper Man Vitagraph 5,800 (1,930) - 3 0.01
Behind the Burly Q First Run 4,300 (4,300) - 1 0.01
Boogie Woogie IFC 1,600 (1,600) - 1 0.01

 

Domestic Market Share: January 1 - April 22, 2010

Distributor (releases)
Gross
Market Share
Fox (7)
820.4
25.20%
Warner Bros. (12)
614.1
18.90%
Buena Vista (8)
444.5
13.60%
Paramount (6)
413.7
12.70%
Sony (12)
215.1
6.60%
Universal (7)
210.5
6.50%
Lions Gate (7)
168.8
5.20%
Overture (4)
66.6
2.00%
Fox Searchlight (3)
62.4
1.90%
Summit (5)
49.2
1.50%
MGM (1)
43.7
1.30%
Weinstein Co. (4)
34.7
1.10%
Sony Classics (9)
26.8
0.80%
Other * (117)
86.3
2.70%
* none greater than 0.4%
3256.8
100.00%


Top 2010 Domestic Grossers: To April 22, 2010

Title
Distributor
Gross
Avatar *
Fox
461,820,723
Alice in Wonderland
BV
325,272,926
How to Train Your Dragon
Par
162,995,714
Clash of the Titans
WB
136,639,377
Shutter Island
Par
125,976,678
Valentine's Day
WB
110,377,598
Sherlock Holmes *
WB
106,858,873
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Fox
98,916,096
The Book of Eli
WB
94,652,399
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Fox
87,514,717
Dear John
Sony/Alliance
79,951,246
It's Complicated *
Uni
72,506,473
The Wolfman
Uni
62,136,741
The Bounty Hunter
Sony
61,171,328
The Blind Side *
WB
59,403,995
The Tooth Fairy
Fox
59,176,700
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Fox  
57,741,944
Why Did I Get Married Too?
Lions Gate
55,756,916
Date Night
Fox  
52,871,596
The Last Song 
BV
51,698,671
* does not include 2009 box office



 

 


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