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The Weekend Report (4-Day Estimates)

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Weekend (estimates) May 22 – 24, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Tomorrowland BV 41.8 (10,520) NEW 3972 41.8
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 38.5 (10,820) -56% 3560 126
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 31.1 (8,390) -48% 3702 95.5
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 27.9 (7,480) -46% 3727 411
Poltergeist Fox 26.5 (7,760) NEW 3240 26.5
Hot Pursuit WB 4.4 (1,720) -40% 2577 29.9
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight 2.9 (3,370) 81% 865 6.1
Furious 7 Uni 2.7 (1,650) -42% 1653 347.6
Home Fox 2.4 (1,660) -34% 1444 168.7
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 2.4 (1,270) -51% 1878 66.2
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 1.9 (1,140) -56% 1643 40.3
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel 1.8 (1,980) -37% 896 22.3
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros 1.2 (9,040) NEW 136 1.2
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 1.1 (1,690) -31% 662 30.3
Cinderella BV .46 (1,290) -41% 356 197.8
Piku Yash Raj .41 (3,690) -53% 111 2.4
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .34 (13,080) 416% 26 0.41
The Longest Ride Fox .34 (1,040) -54% 329 36.9
Get Hard WB .32 (1,270) -59% 255 89.4
Insurgent Lionsgate .32 (1,420) -42% 266 128.7
Where Hope Grows Rodside Attractions .31 (1,410) -56% 221 0.94
Kingsmen: The Secret Service Fox .24 (1,280) -8% 186 127.9
Monkey Kingdom BV .23 (800) -63% 290 15.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $186.60
% Change (Last Year) -19%
% Change (Last Week) -18%
Also debuting/expanding
La Famille Belier Seville .16 (3,410) 13% 46 0.67
Iris Magnolia .16 (2,480) -9% 65 0.65
5 Flights Up Focus .14 (1,710) -34% 80 0.72
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box .13 (2,460) 87% 54 0.25
Good Kill IFC/Remstar .12 (940) 41% 132 0.22
While We’re Young A24/Elevation .13 (1,150) -37% 114 7.3
Chocolate City FreeStyle .12 (7,870) 15 0.12
Saint Laurent Sony Classics 95,400 (1,620) 97% 59 0.2
Welcome to Me Alchemy 63,400 (2,260) -48% 28 0.52
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation 58,700 (700) -43% 84 5.6
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 57,300 (1,240) -31% 46 1.1
Wild Tales Sony Classics 55,900 (1,750) -19% 32 2.9
Oh Yaara … Ainvayi Anvayi Lut Glut Punjabi 44,200 (2,760) 16 0.04
When Marnie Was There Gkids 35,600 (17,800) 2 0.04
Sunshine Superman Magnolia 10,400 (3,470) 3 0.01
Mosagallaku Mosagadu Global 10,100 (460) 22 0.01
Farewell Party IDP 9,200 (4,600) 2 0.01
Gueros Kino 6,600 (6,600) 1 0.01
Human Centipede 3 IFC 4,100 (2,050) 2 0.01
Love at First Fight Strand 3,900 (1,950) 2 0.01
Aloft Sony Classics 2,500 (1,250) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 21, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (11) 747.4 18.70%
Warner Bros. (14) 736.4 18.50%
Buena Vista (9) 735.9 18.50%
20th Century Fox (12) 495.6 12.40%
Paramount (7) 276.5 6.90%
Lionsgate (8) 207.1 5.20%
Sony (7) 192.6 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (10) 188.9 4.70%
Fox Searchlight (5) 76.9 1.90%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.80%
Sony Classics (11) 41.5 1.10%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.85%
A24 (3) 31.5 0.80%
Open Road (4) 22.2 0.55%
Other * (161) 130.4 3.30%
3988.7 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

It was the future by a nose as Tomorrowland edged out Pitch Perfect 2 for the holiday box office crown. It opened to an estimated $32.2 million to PP2 with $30.3 million (all figures reflect 3-day$. Also bowing for Memorial weekend was the reboot of Poltergeist that generated a scary $22.7 million that slotted fourth.

The frame also saw effective expansions for both Far From the Madding Crowd and I’ll See You in My Dreams.

In the niches there was a strong start of $920,000 for Hindi Tanu Wed Manu Returns while new Telugu and Punjabi entries faltered. Exclusive debs were largely disappointing save for Chocolat City, a twist on Magic Mike that grossed $108,000 from 15 runways. 

Revenues for the holiday spree topped $150 million that translated into a 19% downturn from both the prior weekend and the 2014 holiday session. A year back the debuts of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Blended opened respectively with $84.5 million and $14.3 million.

Tomorrowland likely won’t have the franchise appeal of Pirates but at least based on tracking reports opened to unanticipated strength. An odd mix of geek and family appeal, studio exit demos identified the audience as 51% male with 56% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Roughly 30% were marked as families.

The film also opened day-and-date in 65 international venues to slightly better than $26 million with Russia leading the way with $3.6 million. Other major territory tallies included Mexico with $2.8 million, the UK with a box office of $2.1 million and $1.9 million in France.

The original Poltergeist bowed in 1982 and spawned two subsequent sequels. While the new incarnation may not win awards, it nonetheless opened to better-than-anticipated grosses. Its opening audience profile was 56% female with 59% of viewers aged 25-years and younger.

Weekend (estimates) May 22 – 24, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Tomorrowland BV 32.2 (8,100) NEW 3972 32.2
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 30.3 (8,730) -56% 3473 117.8
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 23.7 (6,390) -48% 3702 87.1
Poltergeist Fox 22.7 (7,020) NEW 3240 22.7
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 21.0 (4,900) -46% 4276 404.2
Hot Pursuit WB 3.4 (1,330) -40% 2577 28.9
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight 2.3 (2,610) 81% 865 5.4
Furious 7 Uni 2.1 (1,280) -42% 1653 347
Home Fox 1.7 (1,170) -34% 1444 168
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 1.7 (920) -51% 1878 65.5
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 1.4 (840) -56% 1643 39.8
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel 1.3 (1,480) -37% 896 21.9
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros .92 (6,780) NEW 136 0.92
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. .83 (1,250) -31% 662 30.3
Cinderella BV .37 (1,050) -41% 356 197.8
Piku Yash Raj .28 (2,540) -53% 111 2.3
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .27 (10,350) 416% 26 0.34
The Longest Ride Fox .25 (760) -54% 329 36.8
Get Hard WB .25 (980) -59% 255 89.3
Insurgent Lionsgate .22 (840) -42% 266 128.6
Where Hope Grows Rodside Attractions .20 (910) -56% 221 0.83
Kingsmen: The Secret Service Fox .18 (970) -8% 186 127.8
Monkey Kingdom BV .18 (620) -63% 290 15.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $145.55
% Change (Last Year) -19%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
La Famille Belier Seville .14 (3,010) 13% 46 0.65
Iris Magnolia .12 (1,890) -9% 65 0.61
5 Flights Up Focus .12 (1,460) -34% 80 0.7
Chocolate City FreeStyle .11 (7,200) 15 0.11
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box .10 (1,820) 87% 54 0.22
While We’re Young A24/Elevation .10 (890) -37% 114 7.3
Good Kill IFC/Remstar 92,100 (700) 41% 132 0.19
Saint Laurent Sony Classics 72,600 (1,230) 97% 59 0.18
Welcome to Me Alchemy 49,900 (1,780) -48% 28 0.51
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 46,300 (1,010) -31% 46 1.1
Wild Tales Sony Classics 44,700 (1,400) -19% 32 2.9
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation 42,500 (510) -43% 84 5.6
Oh Yaara … Ainvayi Anvayi Lut Glut Punjabi 36,800 (2,300) 16 0.04
When Marnie Was There Gkids 24,800 (12,400) 2 0.02
Sunshine Superman Magnolia 9,200 (3,070) 3 0.01
Mosagallaku Mosagadu Global 8,400 (380) 22 0.01
Farewell Party IDP 6,500 (3,250) 2 0.01
Gueros Kino 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Love at First Fight Strand 3,400 (1,700) 2 0.01
Human Centipede 3 IFC 2,600 (2,600) 1 0.01
Aloft Sony Classics 1,980 (990) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 21, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (11) 747.4 18.70%
Warner Bros. (14) 736.4 18.50%
Buena Vista (9) 735.9 18.50%
20th Century Fox (12) 495.6 12.40%
Paramount (7) 276.5 6.90%
Lionsgate (8) 207.1 5.20%
Sony (7) 192.6 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (10) 188.9 4.70%
Fox Searchlight (5) 76.9 1.90%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.80%
Sony Classics (11) 41.5 1.10%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.85%
A24 (3) 31.5 0.80%
Open Road (4) 22.2 0.55%
Other * (161) 130.4 3.30%
3988.7 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2|9.7|3560|-65%|97.1
Tomorrowland|9.6|3972|NEW|9.6
Poltergeist|9.3|3240|NEW|9.3
Mad Max: Fury Road|6.7|3702|-60%|70.1
Avengers: Age of Ultron|5.3|4276|-47%|388.5
Hot Pursuit|0.95|2577|-47%|26.4
Far From the Madding Crowd|0.6|865|70%|3.8
Furious 7|0.5|1653|-46%|345.4
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|0.4|1878|-53%|64.2
The Age of Adaline|0.4|1643|-34%|38.8
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Also Debuting||||
Tanu Weds Manu Returns|0.25|136||
Chocolate City|43,300|15||
Oh Yaara … Ainvayi Anvayi Lut Glut|9,900|16||
When Marnie Was There|7,700|2||
Sunshine Superman|3,800|3||
Mosagallaku Mosagadu|2,700|22||
Gueros|2,200|1||
Farewell Party|1,950|2||
Human Centipede 3|1,400|1||
Love at First Fight|1,050|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 hit the right note and bowed to an estimated $70.2 million to win weekend bragging rights. The session’s other wide release, Mad Max: Fury Road, also opened dynamically with $44.4 million. In limited wide release, inspirational drama Where Hope Grows had little cultivation with a $458,000 tally.

In the niches, Bollywood entry Bombay Velvet was no diamond in the rough with $313,000 from 218 locations and new Tamil and Telugu entrants barely registered a pulse. Exclusive newbies were largely moribund apart from senior-appeal I’ll See You in My Dreams with $50,900 from three screens.

Overall revenues shot up to about $185 million, a sizable 41% boost from seven days back. It was also 4% improved from 2014 when the launch of Godzilla roared to $93.2 million and Neighbors’ second weekend grossed $25.1 million.

Tracking leading into the weekend clearly favored the singing sequel ahead of the kinetic one. The former was expected to gross $50 million to $55 million with the latter approximated at between $35 million and $40 million. In the end both performed better than expected.

Pitch Perfect 2 followed up on its 2012 inspiration with the sort of scenario most chapter twos aspire to but can rarely achieve – namely in its ability to capitalizing on growing its appeal with exposure on cable, satellite and other ancillaries. The first songfest, while unquestionably successful ,wound up with a $65 million domestic box office and an additional international gross of $50 million. It’s already bested its performance on the home front and expected to do the same overseas next weekend.

The film got a head start a week back with opening in Australia and New Zealand that generated a potent $9.2 million. This weekend it added an additional 27 territories and an estimated $27 million including chart-topping bows in the UK of $8 million and $4.2 million in Germany.

Studio exit polls definitively underscored that PP2 hit a bullseye with its target audience. Women comprised 75% of opening customers that were 62% aged 25-years and younger.

The long-gestating Mad Max (three decades since Thunderdome) continuation provided sufficiently time to see the original anti-hero replaced by Tom Hardy in Fury Road. It attracted the inverse Pitch Perfect crowd with a 70% male audience and 63% of eyes aged 25-year and older. It also had a higher than normal 46% attendance for 3D engagements. [ed.: paragraph corrected]

Internationally the film opened day-and-date in 68 international climes and is headed for a $35 million session. Historically Mad Max movies haven’t punched their weight in the U.S. but that could well change for Fury Road with rapturous reviews that bode well for its survival hopes in coming weeks.

Weekend (estimates) May 15 – 17, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 70.2 (20,220) NEW 3473 70.2
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 44.4 (11,980) NEW 3702 44.4
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 38.9 (9,090) -50% 4276 372
Hot Pursuit WB 5.7 (1,870) -59% 3037 23.4
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 3.6 (1,380) -31% 2632 63
Furious 7 Uni 3.6 (1,620) -33% 2238 343.8
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 3.2 (1,210) -45% 2623 37.1
Home Fox 2.6 (1,290) -16% 2006 165.5
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel 2.1 (1,220) -41% 1718 19.6
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight 1.3 (4,430) 66% 289 2.6
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 1.2 (1,350) -32% 876 28.9
Cinderella BV .63 (980) -62% 641 197.2
Piku Yash Raj .59 (4,850) -37% 122 1.8
Get Hard WB .56 (1,110) -47% 505 88.8
Unfriended Uni .54 (820) -63% 657 32.1
The Longest Ride Fox .53 (660) -61% 803 36.3
Monkey Kingdom BV .48 (710) -62% 675 15.3
Where Hope Grows Rodside Attractions .46 (1,660) NEW 276 0.46
Insurgent Lionsgate .39 (770) -50% 503 128.4
Bombay Velvet Fox Intl .31 (1,440) NEW 218 0.31
Little Boy Open Road .31 (630) -55% 490 5.9
The Water Diviner WB/eOne .26 (900) -53% 288 3.7
McFarland USA BV .20 (1,010) 28% 198 43.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $179.65
% Change (Last Year) 4%
% Change (Last Week) 41%
Also debuting/expanding
5 Flights Up Focus ,19 (1,990) -21% 94 0.51
While We’re Young A24/Elevation .18 (1,040) -39% 174 7.2
La Famille Belier Seville .14 (3,710) -16% 38 0.44
Iris Magnolia .13 (2,540) 34% 52 0.39
Welcome to Me Alchemy .10 (1,310) -47% 78 0.42
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation 79,500 (850) -41% 93 5.5
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 66,400 (1,040) -29% 64 0.96
Good Kill IFC/Remstar 65,700 (1,600) 41 0.07
Wild Tales Sony Classics 54,100 (1,420) -15% 38 2.8
36 Vayadhinile Praneeth 52,300 (1,540) 34 0.05
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street 50,900 (16,970) 3 0.05
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box 49,600 (2,070) 57% 24 0.09
Lion SLV Cinema 39,800 (610) 65 0.11
Saint Laurent Sony Classics 37,200 (2,320) 10% 16 0.09
Dancing Arabs Mongrel 18,200 (4,550) 4 0.02
Purampokku ATMUS 15,500 (820) 19 0.02
In the Name of My Daughter Cohen Media 13,700 (4,570) 3 0.01
Animals Oscilloscope 11,800 (1,180) 10 0.01
Slow West A24 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Every Secret Thing Starz 8,400 (600) 14 0.01
Dark Star: H.R. Gigers World Icarus 7,600 (1,520) 5 0.01
Hunting Elephants Ocean 6,200 (1,240) 5 0.01
Chronicles of Evil CJ 5,500 (5,500) 1 0.01
Absolution Film Arcade 4,600 (460) 10 0.01
Know How First Run 2,800 (1,400) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 14, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 684.1 18.20%
Warner Bros. (14) 667.3 17.80%
Universal (11) 658.5 17.60%
20th Century Fox (12) 491.2 13.10%
Paramount (7) 276.2 7.30%
Lionsgate (8) 202.1 5.40%
Sony (7) 188.1 5.00%
Weinstein Co. (10) 186.9 5.00%
Fox Searchlight (5) 74.9 2.00%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.90%
Sony Classics (11) 41.2 1.10%
CBS (1) 34 0.90%
A24 (3) 28.5 0.75%
Open Road (4) 21.8 0.60%
Other * (153) 125.5 3.35%
3752 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – May 14, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Furious 7 Uni 1,433,663,409
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 982,533,315
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 569,764,428
American Sniper WB 548,852,608
Cinderella BV 515,263,835
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 404,285,637
Home Fox; Dmwks 340,732,764
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 312,095,619
Big Hero 6 * BV 307,411,639
Insurgent Lionsgate 280,921,973
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 226,827,442
Jupiter Ascending WB 184,107,499
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 177,354,911
From Vegas to Macau Mega-vision 165,381,086
Paddington * Weinstein; Studio Canal 165,086,531
Focus WB 159,101,608
Penguins of Madagascar * Fox; Dmwks 157,897,976
Into the Woods BV 143,774,136
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 128,912,478
Get Hard WB 106,231,045
Chappie Sony 98,408,512
Unbroken * Uni 96,322,655
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 89,043,753
* does not include 2014 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The chase wasn’t on and Avengers: Age of Ultron easily took session viewing honors with an estimated $78.3 million. Although it had a clear field the sole wide release Hot Pursuit sputtered to $13.2 million in second spot. It was nonetheless a bonanza when put alongside the $437,000 bow for Jack Black homecoming comedy The D Train that bowed in 1009 locations.

Exclusive bows provided a string of encouraging, but not quite boffo results including the biopic Saint Laurent with $35,200 and the adaptation of the bestseller The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared grossing $32,400. Other exclusives included docs I Am Big Bird and The Seven Five and the epic restoration of The Apu Trilogy.

Activity was frantic for niche releases including a solid $823,000 launch for the Hindi Piku. There was also a good result for the Chinese import The Left Ear at 14 sites and $141,000 for the French comedy La Famille Belier in Québec on 36 screens. However, the other newcomers could only muster tepid returns including $238,000 for the apartment hunting 5 Flights Up, $231,000 for the not too inspirational Noble and $138,000 for Arnie’s dwindling army in the zombie tale Maggie.

The frame also saw significant expansions for the classic Far From the Madding Crowd and the offbeat black comedy Welcome to Me with the former strong and the latter flagging.

Revenues for the session topped $130 million, which translated into a 45% backslide from last weekend and a more modest 4% decline from 2014. Twelve months back the debut of Neighbors led with $49 million with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailing with $35.5 million.

Tracking for the comedy Hot Pursuit suggested an opening in the range of $18 million to $20 million that was not to be. A distaff take on Midnight Run, the jaunt was largely met with withering reviews from major critics that saw scant chemistry between headliners Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. Studio exit demos identified a not unsurprising 62% female tilt but a higher than expected older crowd of 82% of folk aged 25-years and older.

Even with Furious and Ultron carving up the global scene, it still doesn’t quite feel summery at the box office. Next weekend promises a close race between new installments for Mad Max and Pitch Perfect.

Weekend (estimates) May 8 – 10, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 78.3 (18,320) -59% 4276 314
Hot Pursuit WB 13.2 (4,400) NEW 3003 13.2
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 5.5 (1,800) -11% 3070 31.5
Furious 7 Uni 5.3 (1,750) -21% 3004 338.4
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 5.2 (1,620) -12% 3201 58.1
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel 3.4 (1,710) 50% 2004 15.7
Home Fox 2.9 (1,170) -16% 2495 162
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. !.6 (1,510) 1% 1080 26.9
Cinderella BV 1.5 (1,490) -44% 1034 196.1
Unfriended Uni 1.4 ((820) -36% 1701 30.9
The Longest Ride Fox 1.3 (880) -24% 1464 35.2
Monkey Kingdom BV 1.2 (820) -4% 1431 14.3
Get Hard WB 1.1 (1,120) -10% 955 87.8
Piku Yash Raj .82 (6,970) NEW 118 0.82
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight .76 (7,670) 360% 99 1
Insurgent Lionsgate .73 (870) -20% 843 127.6
Little Boy Open Road .57 (740) -35% 775 5.2
The Water Diviner WB/eOne .52 (1,350) -22% 385 3.2
The D Train IFC .44 (430) NEW 1009 0.44
While We’re Young A24/Elevation .24 (940) -45% 258 6.9
5 Flights Up Focus .24 (2,740) NEW 87 0.24
Noble Aspiration .23 (1,320) NEW 175 0.23
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .23 (800) 18% 289 127.1
Welcome to Me Alchemy .19 (1,410) 436% 133 0
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $125.30
% Change (Last Year) -4%
% Change (Last Week) -45%
Also debuting/expanding
La Famille Belier Seville .14 (3,920) 36 0.14
Maggie Roadside Attractions .14 (1,750) 79 0.14
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .12 (740) -44% 166 5.3
The Left Ear Media Asia .11 (8,060) 14 0.11
Dior and I Orchard 94,300 (990) -39% 95 0.67
Iris Magnolia 85,600 (2,590) 49% 33 0.19
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 83,700 (1,050) -3% 80 0.83
Wild Tales Sony Classics 48,900 (1,110) -21% 44 2.7
Saint Laurent Sony Classics 35,200 (8,800) 4 0.04
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box 32,400 (4,050) 8 0.03
Sister Code GVN 25,800 (650) 40 0.03
The Seven Five IFC 15,900 (7,950) 2 0.02
The Apu Trilogy (reissue) Janus 14,700 (14,700) 1 0.01
I Am Big Bird TriBeCa 9,300 (9,300) 1 0.01
Playing It Cool Vertical 5,700 (440) 12 0.01
Heaven Adores You Eagle Rock 3,400 (1,130) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 7, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (10) 645.3 18.10%
Warner Bros. (12) 643.1 18.00%
Buena Vista (9) 582.6 16.30%
20th Century Fox (12) 485.1 13.60%
Paramount (7) 276.1 7.70%
Lionsgate (8) 193.1 5.40%
Weinstein Co. (10) 184.3 5.10%
Sony (7) 181.6 5.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 73.6 2.10%
Relativity (6) 71.6 2.00%
Sony Classics (10) 40.9 1.10%
CBS (1) 33.9 0.95%
A24 (3) 23.5 0.65%
Open Road (4) 20.8 0.60%
Other * (142) 119.1 3.30%
3574.6 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – May 7, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 6,641,696
Foxcather * Sony Classics 5,399,596
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,229,700
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,502,202
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,581,073
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,513,146
Four Blood Moons Fathom 2,851,880
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 2,674,600
Wild Tales Sony Classics 2,652,452
The Interview Sony 2,577,980
2015 Oscar Short Films Magnolia 2,412,593
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron|21.4|4276|-63%|257.1
Hot Pursuit|4.1|3003|NEW|4.1
The Age of Adaline|1.5|3070|-32%|27.4
Furious 7|1.4|3004|-35%|334.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|1.2|3201|-31%|54.1
Ex Machina|0.95|2004|29%|13.2
Home |0.6|2495|-29%|159.7
The Longest Ride|0.4|1464|-37%|34.3
Woman in Gold|0.35|1080|-22%|25.7
Cinderella|0.35|1034|-63%|194.9
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Also Debuting||||
Piku|0.21|118||
The D Train |0.16|1009||
Noble|0.11|175||
5 Flights Up|62,900|87||
Maggie|45,300|79||
The Left Ear|40,500|14||
La Famille Belier|33,500|36||
Sister Code|9,500|40||
Saint Laurent|9,200|4||
The 100-Year Old Man…|7,100|8||
The Seven Five|5,000|2||
I Am Big Bird|2,300|1||
Heaven Adores You|1,900|2||
Playing It Cool|1,750|12||

(NOTE: Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s drop from last Friday’s preview-included number is 74%.)

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived with kapow! results that are estimated at $186.4 million and rank it as the second biggest domestic box office debut of all time. The film also accounted for roughly 82% of the session’s total gross business.

While no one dared to consider an alternative programmer the competition was fierce Saturday night as the Mayweather-Pacquiao title bout delivered some powerful body blows to moviegoing.

In the niche markets Indian imports included Uttama Villain (in Tamil and Telugu versions) that bowed to OK results of $509,000 and the Hindi Gabbar is Back with a $254,000 debut that was slightly less potent. Exclusive newcomers provided encouraging results of $52,400 for the doc portrait Iris at five sites and a $37,200 tally for the offbeat comedy Welcome to Me at two screens. More dynamic was the Hardy bow of Far From the Madding Crowd with nearly $170,000 from 10 playdates.

Propelled by Avengers Deux business ballooned 140% from the immediate prior frame and by 49% alongside 2014 biz. A year ago the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reboot opened to $91.6 with the second weekend of The Other Woman in the bridesmaid slot with $14.4 million.

The anticipation for Avengers: Age of Ultron was palpable with pundits spurring on hopes of the sequel surpassing the original Avengers’ record breaking debut of $207.4 million. The scrutiny was intense as previews and Friday matinees of the new outing exceeded its inspiration. But it couldn’t withstand the comparably hyped clash of the titans in Las Vegas that inflicted a bruising on a significant part of the audience for the comicbook foray.

Avengers 2 got a jump start a week earlier in 44 international markets that generated weekend revenues of $200 million. Its second weekend overseas added 44 additional territories including a potent $25 million launch in Mexico for an estimated $168 million frame that spurred overseas grosses to about $440 million.

Domestically the film skewed 59% male with a like number 59% aged 25-years and older. Studio exit demos also identified 22% of viewers as families.

The Marvel juggernaut pretty much put a damper on any significant expansions and holdover titles generally weathered 60% box-office hits. Ouch!

Weekend (estimates) May 1 – 3, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 186.4 (43,610) NEW 4276 186.4
Furious 7 Uni 6.1 (1,850) -66% 3305 330.5
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 6.0 (2,020) -54% 2991 23.2
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 5.5 (1,540) -63% 3548 51.1
Home Fox 3.3 (1,150) -59% 2852 158.1
Cinderella BV 2.4 (1,710) -13% 1411 193.7
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel 2.1 (1,660) -60% 1279 10.8
Unfriended Uni 2.0 (890) -68% 2221 28.5
The Longest Ride Fox 1.7 (790) -61% 2115 33.2
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 1.6 (1,440) -52% 1126 24.5
Get Hard WB 1.1 (760) -71% 1465 86.1
Monkey Kingdom BV 1.1 (660) -67% 1732 12.4
Insurgent Lionsgate ,89 (690) -70% 1291 126.5
Little Boy Open Road .77 (740) -72% 1045 4.1
The Water Diviner WB .64 (2,010) -47% 320 2.3
Uttama Villain Prime Media .51 (3,490) NEW 146 0.6
American Sniper WB .41 (980) 10% 422 348.8
While We’re Young A24/Elevation .39 (1,040) -64% 374 6.4
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC .27 (1,570) 21% 173 1
Gabbar is Back Eros .25 (2,370) NEW 107 0.25
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .18 (580) -67% 316 126.9
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .17 (840) -61% 204 5.1
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight .17 (16,6340) NEW 10 0.17
True Story Fox Searchlight .16 (550) -86% 296 4.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $222.10
% Change (Last Year) 49%
% Change (Last Week) 140%
Also debuting/expanding
Dior and I Orchard .14 (1,360) -2% 101 0.48
Auriele Laflamme – les pieds sur terre Telefiction .11 (1,850) -45% 61 0.38
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 82,700 (1,030) -22% 80 0.68
Wild Tales Sony Classics 60,900 (1,320) -34% 46 2.6
Iris Magnolia 52,400 (10,480) 5 0.05
Brotherly Love FreeStyle 51,500 (460) -78% 113 0.38
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck HBO 39,400 (13,130) -72% 3 0.24
Welcome to Me Alchemy 37,200 (18,600) 2 0.04
Ride Screen Media 4,700 (2,350) 2 0.01
Preggoland Mongrel 3,900 (980) 4 0.01
Any Day Gravitas 2,300 (210) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 30, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 639.6 19.30%
Universal (10) 633.5 19.20%
20th Century Fox (12) 478.1 14.40%
Buena Vista (9) 369.2 11.20%
Paramount (7) 275.8 8.30%
Lionsgate (8) 183.1 5.50%
Weinstein Co. (9) 181.5 5.50%
Sony (7) 174.2 5.30%
Fox Searchlight (4) 72.9 2.20%
Relativity (6) 71.5 2.20%
Sony Classics (10) 40.5 1.20%
CBS (1) 33.9 1.00%
Open Road (3) 19.6 0.60%
FreeStyle (3) 19.4 0.60%
A24 (3) 16.1 0.50%
Other * (134) 99.1 3.00%
3308 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – April 30, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
American Sniper * WB 347,088,249
Furious 7 Uni 324,424,355
Cinderella BV 191,293,370
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,104,010
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 162,146,814
Home Fox 154,832,277
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 126,674,860
Insurgent Lionsgate 125,567,024
Taken 3 Fox 89,211,680
Get Hard WB 85,018,009
Paddington Weinstein Co. 75,634,921
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 71,150,607
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 65,570,462
The Wedding Ringer Sony 64,587,373
Into the Woods BV 63,940,268
Focus WB 53,811,491
Unbroken * Uni 53,341,730
Selma * Par 50,872,921
Jupiter Ascending WB 47,340,105
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 45,636,396
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron *|82.8|4276|NEW|82.8
The Age of Adaline|2.2|2991|-55%|19.4
Furious 7|2.1|3305|-56%|326.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|1.8|3548|-53%|47.4
Home |0.85|2852|-54%|155.7
Unfriended|0.75|2221|-62%|27.3
Cinderella|0.75|1411|10%|192
Ex Machina|0.7|1279|-58%|9.4
The Longest Ride|0.6|2115|-56%|32.1
Woman in Gold|0.45|1126|-48%|23.4
||||
||||
Also Debuting||||
Uttama Villain|0.18|146||
Gabbar is Back|77,500|107||
Far From the Madding Crowd|54,100|10||
Iris|15,700|5||
Welcome to Me|12,800|2||
Ride|2,000|2||
Preggoland|1,200|4||
Any Day|1,000|11||
||||
* includes previews||||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

It was a four-peat as Furious 7 shifted down a gear and still finished ahead of the pack with an estimated $18.2 million. The sessions only wide national release was the saga of eternal love The Age of Adaline that opened third with $13.3 million. Two other films opened in limited wide to fair results. World War II-set Little Boy bowed to $2.7 million while Russell Crowe’s World War I saga The Water Diviner grossed $1.2 million. Considerably better was the national expansion of Ex Machina that held strong with $5.3 million at 1255 locations.

Exclusive bows were dull except for the enduring appeal of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck that hit a potent commercial Nirvana with $152,000 from a mere three screens.

In the niches, Telugu Dohchay had limp results of $135,000 and high school basketball drama Brotherly Love failed to make a break with a $250,000 tally. In Québec,  romcom sequel Aurelie LaFlamme: Les pieds sure terre still had some juice with a $229,000 opener from 66 venues. Filipino Kid Kulafu claimed only $88,800.

Weekend biz barely hit $100 million that translated to a 19% decline from seven days prior and a comparable 16% drop from 2014. A year ago the launch of The Other Woman was tops with $24.8 million.

It’s still a week to the start of summer with the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron that could bow to a staggering $200 million when it launches domestically. But for now, the Marvelous sequel took advantage of May Day celebrations internationally with openings in 44 territories that generated an estimated $200 million. South Korea and the UK led with respective bows of $28.2 million and $27.3 million. The behemoth still has China, Japan and Mexico to open among major markets.

Star-crossed or otherwise The Age of Adaline was expected to appeal to an older female audience and gross in the low teens. With exit polls identifying the crowd as 75% distaff with 58% of viewers aged 25-years and older it definitely achieved its goal and grossed its perceived appeal… or perhaps slightly better.

Eyes were on Russell Crowe’s fiction directorial debut The Water Diviner that tells the semi-factual story of a father’s search for the bodies of three sons killed in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. While of admittedly limited appeal domestically the verdict is he acquitted himself well in an ambitious first venture. And with a $19 million box office from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey (and $26 million international cume) he should have no problem getting another shot behind the camera.

Weekend (estimates) April 24 – 26, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 18.2 (4,790) -37% 3808 320.5
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 15.3 (4,220) -46% 3633 43.8
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 13.3 (4,440) NEW 2991 13.3
Home Fox 8.3 (2,510) -22% 3311 153.8
Unfriended Uni 6.2 (2,240) -61% 2775 25.1
Ex Machina A24 5.3 (4,230) 564% 1255 6.8
The Longest Ride Fox 4.3 (1,380) -38% 3140 30.4
Get Hard WB 3.9 (1,700) -22% 2276 84
Monkey Kingdom BV 3.6 (1,780) -22% 2012 10.3
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 3.5 (1,760) -24% 1981 21.6
Insurgent Lionsgate 3.0 (1,460) -26% 2086 124.8
Cinderella BV 2.8 (1,400) -30% 2019 190.6
Little Boy Open Road 2.7 (2,620) NEW 1045 2.7
The Water Diviner WB 1.2 (3,840) NEW 320 1.2
True Story Fox Searchlight 1.2 (1,380) -39% 856 3.8
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 1.0 (1,290) -32% 762 5.6
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .55 (1,290) -19% 425 126.5
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .43 (1,100) -50% 396 4.7
American Sniper WB .37 (920) 24% 403 348.3
It Follows Weinstein Co. .34 (850) -58% 401 14
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .29 (1,010) -20% 287 162.1
Brotherly Love FreeStyle .25 (1,250) NEW 200 0.25
Auriele Laflamme – les pieds sur terre Telefiction .23 (3,470) NEW 66 0.23
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC .22 (2,960) 29% 74 0.59
Child 44 Lionsgate .19 (380) -69% 510 1.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $94.35
% Change (Last Year) -16%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck HBO .15 (50,730) 3 0.15
Dohchay CineGalaxy .13 (1,520) 89 0.13
Dior and I Orchard .12 (3,400) 165% 36 0.26
Wild Tales Sony Classics .10 (1,790) -11% 58 2.5
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 94,300 (2,010) 12% 47 0.52
Kid Kulafu ABS 88,800 (3,550) 25 0.09
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 73,500 (1,080) -22% 68 3.5
La French Seville 53,900 (2,990) 18 0.05
Kung Fu Killer Well Go 43,600 (1,980) 22 0.04
Blackbird Image Ent. 42,300 (3,530) 12 0.04
Adult Beginners Weinstein Co. 33,700 (3,370) 10 0.03
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Argot 14,200 (7,100) 2 0.01
Just Before I Go FreeStyle 8,900 (4,450) 2 0.01
24 Days Menemsha 8,700 (620) 14 0.01
Road to Juarez Mouse Trap 7,600 (950) 8 0.01
Emptying the Skies Music Box 5,100 (2,550) 2 0.01
Misery Loves Comedy TriBeCa 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 23, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 632.2 20.00%
Universal (10) 603.7 19.10%
20th Century Fox (12) 462.4 14.60%
Buena Vista (8) 333.3 10.50%
Paramount (7) 275.5 8.70%
Weinstein Co. (9) 176.1 5.60%
Lionsgate (7) 161.8 5.10%
Sony (7) 156.9 5.00%
Relativity (6) 71.4 2.30%
Fox Searchlight (4) 71.1 2.30%
Sony Classics (9) 40.1 1.30%
CBS (1) 33.8 1.10%
Open Road (3) 16.1 0.50%
FreeStyle (3) 15.6 0.50%
Other * (126) 106 3.40%
3156 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
International Market Share (Q1 2015)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox 997.5 15.40%
Warner Bros. 837.3 12.90%
Universal Pictures International 670.6 10.40%
Buena Vista International 589.5 9.10%
Bona International 263 4.10%
Huayi Brothers 228.6 3.50%
Lionsgate 200.4 3.10%
Paramount International 164.2 2.50%
Toho 158.6 2.40%
DreamWorks (Animation) 145.9 2.30%
Sony 140.8 2.20%
Wild Bunch 133.9 2.10%
Studio Canal 132.7 2.10%
Europa/Reliance 116.1 1.80%
Enlight 101.3 1.60%
CJ 96.9 1.50%
Pathe 58 0.90%
Misc. Chinese 273.7 4.20%
Misc. Indian 179 2.80%
Misc. British 176.8 2.70%
Misc. French 161.2 2.50%
Misc. American Independents 121 1.90%
Misc. Other European 108.7 1.70%
Misc. Other Korean 69.3 1.10%
Misc. Eastern European 62.7 0.95%
Misc. Other Asian 54.5 0.85%
Rest of the World 228.5 3.50%
6470.7 100%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

The Age of Adaline|Lionsgate|4.9|2991|NEW
Furious 7|Uni|4.8|3808|-42%
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|Sony|3.8|3633|-48%
Unfriended|Uni|2|2775|-71%
Home |Fox|1.8|3311|-25%
Ex Machina|A24|1.7|1255|501%
The Longest Ride|Fox|1.4|3140|-43%
Little Boy|Open Road|1.2|1045|NEW
Monkey Kingdom|BV|1.1|2012|-31%
Get Hard|WB|1|2276|-29%
||||
||||
Also Debuting||||
The Water Diviner|WB|0.37|320|
Brotherly Love|FreeStyle|79,500|200|
Auriele Laflamme |Telefiction|71,600|66|
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck|HBO|53,700|3|
Dohchay|CineGalaxy|45,950|89|
Kid Kulafu|ABS|29,000|25|
Adult Beginners|Weinstein Co.|16,300|10|
Blackbird|Image Ent.|13,800|11|
Kung Fu Killer|Well Go|13,700|22|
La French|Seville|11,900|18|
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten|Argot|4,950|2|
Just Before I Go|FreeStyle|2,900|2|
24 Days|Menemsha|2,400|14|
Road to Juarez|Mouse Trap|2,300|8|
Emptying the Skies|Music Box|1,600|1|
Misery Loves Comedy|TriBeCa|1,250|1|

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Furious 7’s VIN number remained at the front of the pack with an estimated $29 million but the competition was closing in with newcomer Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 grossing $23.9 million. The frame also saw a potent $16 million bow for the modestly-budgeted cyber-chiller Unfriended.

The ultra low-budget Unfriended also out-performed expectations that suggested perhaps a $10 million to $12 million result. Commercially reminiscent of the response to the original The Purge, the new outing had a great premise that hit a nerve with a younger audience. Studio exit demos identified viewers as 60% female with 74% aged 25-years and younger.

On the alternative side both While We’re Young and Ex Machina continued slow rollouts that maintained strong per screens. Also strong in its initial expansion was Clouds of Sils Maria.

The session also saw wide debuts for the in cold bloodish True Story and the CSIishsky Child 44. Neither film posted box office sufficient to see broader prospects.

In the niches a handful of new Indian imports arrived but only the multiple language OK Kanmani (OK Bangaram in Telugu) registered with a solid $661,000 from 111 venues. In Quebec the critically acclaimed drama Corbo grossed a disappointing $32,600 from 15 sites and South Korea’s Twenty was also soft with a $54,300 tally from 25 screens. Exclusive bows were largely dull with the best of the bunch Quebec multi-cultural Felix and Meira providing an encouraging $14,300 at a solo playdate.

Session revenues generated roughly $120 million for a 10% drop for both the prior weekend and the comparable 2014 frame. A year back the third weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier led with $25.6 million and newcomers Heaven is for Real and Transcendence opened respectively to  $22.5 million and $10.9 million.

The continuation of 2009 hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop was tracking to do place holder business with top end estimates of $20 million. Still, there was sufficient faith in the bumbling security guard to thrust it into the international marketplace a week ago where it generated an OK $2.3 million from four territories.

Domestically audiences skewed slightly female with 51% with 65% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The studio also identified the crowd as 41% families which were a major part of its marketing push.

Weekend (estimates) April 17 – 19, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 29.0 (7,310) -51% 3964 294.3
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 23.9 (6,570) NEW 3633 23.9
Unfriended Uni 16 (5,840) NEW 2739 16
Home Fox 10.2 (2,760) -45% 3703 142.5
The Longest Ride Fox 6.9 (2,040) -47% 3366 23.5
Get Hard WB 4.8 (1,810) -41% 2655 78.3
Monkey Kingdom BV 4.6 (2,310) NEW 2012 4.6
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 4.5 (2,220) -18% 2011 15.8
Insurgent Lionsgate 4.1 (1,630) -38% 2542 120.6
Cinderella BV 3.8 (1,590) -46% 2414 186.3
True Story Fox Searchlight 1.9 (2,310) NEW 831 1.9
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 1.3 (1,880) 11% 713 3.9
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .84 (1,300) -43% 648 3.8
Ex Machina A24 .80 (20,620) 239% 39 1.1
It Follows Weinstein Co. .79 (840) -59% 941 13.2
OK Kanmani/Bangaram Prime/Great India .66 (5,950) NEW 111 0.66
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .63 (1,130) -52% 556 125.6
Child 44 Lionsgate .58 (1,140) NEW 510 0.58
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .34 (1,050) 49% 328 161.7
American Sniper WB .35 (800) -40% 445 347.7
Do You Believe? Pure Flix .33 (740) -64% 449 12.2
You’re My Boss ABS .32 (5,910) -40% 54 1.2
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight .30 (850) -52% 350 32.1
McFarland, USA BV .20 (750) -52% 271 43
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $115.30
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -10%
Also debuting/expanding
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC .16 (5,260) 110% 31 0.28
Wild Tales Sony Classics .11 (1,390) -27% 81 2.4
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .10 (1,070) -34% 92 3.4
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 78,900 (1,979) 4% 40 0.37
Twenty CJ 54,300 (2,170) 25 0.05
Still Alice Sony Classics 49,500 (410) -54% 120 18.6
Nanak Shah Fakir B4U 45,300 (780) 58 0.05
Dior and I Orchard 41,800 (10,450) -9% 4 0.11
Corbo Seville 32,600 (2,170) 15 0.03
Patta Patta Singham Da Vairi White Hill 32,400 (1,160) 28 0.03
Beyond the Reach Roadside 29,600 (1,060) 28 0.03
Mr. X Fox Intl 27,100 (620) 44 0.03
1915 Bloodvine 24,300 (4,860) 5 0.02
Felix and Meira Oscilloscope 14,300 (14,300) 1 0.01
Salad Days Circus Road 8,300 (4,150) 2 0.01
Alex of Venice Screen Media 6,600 (730) 9 0.01
Full Moon in Paris (reissue) Film Movement 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
The Squeeze Arc Entertainment 4,800 (440) 11 0.01
Tangerines IDP 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 16, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 624.3 20.80%
Universal (9) 547.7 18.20%
20th Century Fox (12) 438.8 14.60%
Buena Vista (7) 320.9 10.70%
Paramount (7) 275.1 9.20%
Weinstein Co. (9) 167.9 5.60%
Lionsgate (6) 155.6 5.20%
Sony (6) 128.3 4.30%
Relativity (6) 71.3 2.40%
Fox Searchlight (3) 68.1 2.30%
Sony Classics (9) 39.6 1.30%
CBS (1) 33.6 1.10%
Open Road (3) 16.1 0.50%
FreeStyle (3) 15.1 0.50%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.50%
Other * (116) 83.4 2.80%
3000.3 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – April 16, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Furious 7 Uni 932,561,276
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 568,419,620
American Sniper WB 547,492,108
Cinderella BV 418,551,185
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 395,538,411
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 327,944,741
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
Big Hero 6 * BV 306,564,092
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 304,944,220
Insurgent Lionsgate 254,530,135
Home Fox 250,845,964
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 226,041,103
Jupiter Ascending WB 183,446,794
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 176,053,384
From Vegas to Macau Mega-vision 165,380,086
Paddington Weinstein; Studio Canal 164,249,987
Penguins of Madagascar Fox; Dreamworks 157,352,859
Focus WB 151,125,466
Into the Woods * BV 142,270,545
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 127,844,181
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Furious 7|8.3|3964|-56%|273.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|7.2|3633|NEW|7.2
Unfriended|6.7|2739|NEW|6.7
Home |2.4|3488|-57%|134.7
The Longest Ride|2.4|3371|-56%|19.1
Monkey Kingdom|1.5|2012|NEW|1.5
Get Hard|1.4|2655|-45%|74.9
Woman in Gold|1.3|2011|-26%|12.7
Insurgent|1.2|2542|-44%|117.6
Cinderella|1|2414|-55%|183.5
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Also Debuting||||
True Story|0.7|831||
Child 44|0.22|510||
OK Kanmani/Bangaram|0.2|111||
Twenty|18,350|25||
Beyond the Reach|12,100|28||
Nanak Shah Fakir|12,000|58||
1915|9,330|5||
Mr. X|7,200|44||
Patta Patta Singham Da Vairi|7,000|24||
Corbo|5,200|14||
Felix and Meira|3,700|1||
Salad Days|2,600|1||
Alex of Venice|2,100|9||
The Squeeze|2,000|11||
Full Moon in Paris (reissue)|1,800|1||
Tangerines|1,400|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Without a lot of competition, Furious 7 held on to top spot among movie goers with an estimated $60.5 million. The sole incoming national bow was the Nicholas Sparks weepie The Longest Ride, with an OK $13.3 million that ranked third overall.

The temporary lull in the release schedule provided a rare opportunity for alternative fare to get a toehold prior to the onslaught of summer blockbusters. Woman in Gold, Danny Collins and While We’re Young all seized the opportunity to add a significant number of playdates with the last title maintaining the greatest stamina of the trio.

Among exclusive launches both Dior and I and Olivier Assayas’ English-language Clouds of Sils Maria got off to strong starts. However, A.I. yarn Ex Machina machined an eye-popping $247,000 from a mere four labs.

In the niches there was an aggressive bow for the Telugu Son of Satyamurthy with a Wedneday bow that provided about $450,000 pre-weekend and added $849,000 for the current frame. Also potent was the Filipino You’re My Boss that grossed $446,000. Conversely, the inspirational Freetown failed to ignite with a $153,000 box office from 122 screens.

Overall revenues for the session approached $137 million for a sizeable 40% drop from seven days prior. It was a less precipitous 3% decline from 2014 when the second weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier edged out newcomer Rio 2 with respective tallies of $41.3 million and $39,3 million.

Furious 7 added openings in China and Russia this weekend that generated box office records in the former with a $70 million launch. The second weekend international tally of just shy of $200 million gives the current edition of the turbo-charged franchise an $800 million cume in less than two weeks  of release.

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel The Longest Ride generated expected returns. While its target audience is decidedly female and younger there were hopes for a stronger male response based on its macho milieu. It was not to be as studio exit polls identified the audience as 73% female with 54% aged 25-years and younger. It played best in the heartland and historically it’s a film type with higher than average multiples based on opening gross.

Weekend (estimates) April 10 – 12, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 60.5 (15,050) -59% 4022 252.5
Home Fox 19.1 (5,160) -29% 3703 129.7
The Longest Ride Fox 13.3 (3,960) NEW 3366 13.3
Get Hard WB 8.5 (2,720) -35% 3132 71.1
Cinderella BV 7.2 (2,390) -29% 3025 180.8
Insurgent Lionsgate 6.9 (2,210) -32% 3118 114.9
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 5.7 (3,810) 174% 1504 9.2
It Follows Weinstein Co. 2.6 (1,590) 3% 1633 12.4
Danny Collins Bleecker Street 1.5 (2,050) 337% 739 2.4
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 1.3 (1,290) -28% 1013 124.5
While We’re Young A24 1.3 (5,410) 175% 246 2.3
Do You Believe? Pure Flix .91 (870) -41% 1042 11.5
Son of Satyamurthy Classics .85 (5,270) NEW 161 1.4
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight .63 (850) -42% 741 31.5
American Sniper WB .61 (990) -3% 616 347.2
McFarland, USA BV .46 (880) -26% 518 42.6
You’re My Boss ABS .45 (7,960) NEW 56 0.45
Focus WB .29 (690) -35% 424 53.3
Run All Night WB .28 (670) -55% 422 25.9
Ex Machina A24 .25 (61,750) NEW 4 0.25
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .24 (770) -7% 308 161.3
Chappie Sony .21 (740) -12% 280 31.1
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .18 (630) -27% 284 165.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $130.90
% Change (Last Year) -3%
% Change (Last Week) -40%
Also debuting/expanding
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yash Raj .16 (2,050) -52% 79 0.58
La Passion d’Augustine Seville .16 (3,070) 25% 53 1.2
Freetown Purdie .15 (1,260) NEW 121 0.22
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .15 (1,250) -23% 119 3.2
Wild Tales Sony Classics .17 (1,490) -24% 113 2.2
Still Alice Sony Classics .10 (570) -42% 174 18.4
Let’s Get Married China Lion 93,700 (2,530) -48% 37 0.36
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 83,200 (3,080) 25% 27 0.26
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC 86,100 (28,700) 3 0.09
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 56,800 (1,210) -44% 54 0.4
Dior and I Orchard 44,600 (22,300) 2 0.04
Desert Dancer Relativity 42,500 (1,850) 23 0.04
Broken Horses Reliance 25,300 (530) 48 0.03
T.S. Spivet eOne 22,400 (2,240) 10 0.02
Lost River WB 20,100 (6,700) 3 0.02
Kill Me Three Times Magnolia 16,400 (1,020) 16 0.02
About Ely Cinema Guild 13,300 (13,300) 1 0.01
Black Souls Vitagraph 6,200 (3,100) 2 0.01
The Sisterhood of Night FreeStyle 5,300 (530) 10 0.01
Rebels of the Neon God Big World 4,600 (2,300) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 9, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 611.6 21.60% *
Universal (9) 473.8 16.70%
20th Century Fox (11) 398.4 14.10%
Buena Vista (7) 311.4 11.00%
Paramount (7) 274.7 9.70%
Weinstein Co. (9) 157.3 5.60%
Lionsgate (6) 147.1 5.20%
Sony (6) 127.9 4.50%
Relativity (5) 70.9 2.50%
Fox Searchlight (3) 67.1 2.40%
Sony Classics (9) 39.1 1.40%
CBS (1) 33.6 1.20%
Open Road (3) 15.9 0.50%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.50%
Other * (111) 88.7 3.10%
2832 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – April 9, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,521,265
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 3,450,898
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,417,559
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,058,137
Four Blood Moons Fathom 2,851,880
The Interview Sony 2,577,980
2015 Oscar Short Films Magnolia 2,412,593
Ode to My Father CJ 2,221,256
Wild Tales Sony Classics 2,042,219
Cake FreeStyle/D Film 1,963,608
P.K. * UTV 1,946,505
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Furious 7|18.1|4022|-66%|210.7
Home |5.6|3703|-51%|116.1
The Longest Ride|5.5|3366|NEW|5.5
Get Hard|2.6|3132|-48%|65.2
Cinderella|2.2|3025|-45%|175.8
Insurgent|2.2|3118|-45%|110.2
Woman in Gold|1.8|1504|190%|5.2
It Follows|0.6|1655|-33%|10.4
Danny Collins|0.45|739|342%|1.4
While We’re Young|0.4|246|519%|0.978
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Also Debuting||||
Son of Satyamurthy|0.16|161||
Ex Machina|84,300|4||
Freetown|52,700|121||
Clouds of Sils Maria|23,300|3||
Dior and I|15,600|2||
Desert Dancer|13,500|23||
Lost River|10,600|3||
Broken Horses|9,100|48||
Kill Me Three Times|5,200|15||
About Ely|3,900|1||
T.S. Spivet|3,800|10||
The Sisterhood of Night|2,300|10||
Black Souls|1,650|2||
Rebels of the Neon God|1,600|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Furious 7 (or Furious Seven per screen credit) arrived with an estimated record $143.8 million debut that cornered close to two-thirds of all weekend ticket sales. The closest thing to counter-programming was a mid-range release of the history-based Woman in Gold that grossed a strong $2 million at 258 galleries.

Session box office nudged to $220 million for a sizeable 48% expansion from seven days earlier. It was also a 33% improvement from 2014 (not Easter/Passover weekend) when Captain America: The Winter Soldier bowed to $95 million and skipper Noah followed with $17 million.

In the niches there were good returns for Hindi Detective Byomkesh Bakshi with a $354,000 box office and Chinese import Let’s Get Married with a $191,000 opener. On the flip side the Brit drama Effie Gray fizzled with a $160,000 bow from 201 locations. Exclusive newcomers generally generated blah results.

The anticipation for Furious 7 was palpable and pundits and trackers (with an insufficient data base to make comparisons) were conservative with albeit still potent estimates of between $120 million and $125 million. That changed upward with Thursday previews of $15.8 million reported.

The list of record-breaking returns both on the domestic and international front is close to endless. On the home front it is the biggest April bow ever and Universal’s all-time top debut. It also has the distinction of having the largest spread between first and second place grossers ($116.6 million if numbers hold). Internationally with estimates of $240 million from 63 territories it registered all-time opening records in a couple of dozen climes. It also clocked in as the fourth biggest global opener behind two Harry Potter entries and Marvel’s The Avengers. Estimates include a $20.8 million bow in Mexico and $19 million from the UK with China, Japan and Russia set to release in upcoming weeks.

Studio exit polls identified the audience as 51% male with 56% of viewers aged 25-years and older. With this sort of stratospheric heights it’s safe to say the film vacuumed up filmgoers across all sectors as only a few films annually are able to accomplish and that puts considerable pressure on the upcoming release of The Avengers sequel.

Furious 7 received generally favorable reviews and kudos for its non-maudlin nod to Paul Walker. Albeit out-sized and sometimes silly, the film delivers the thrills and humor of an unexpected franchise that’s covered unbelievable commercial ground.

Despite the considerable dominance of the gear-shifting dynamo, the frame still saw strong returns for family and alternative fare. Pundits were prognosticating little more than a $1 million return for Woman of Gold and slow roll outs for While We’re Young and Danny Collins continued to hold well … at least until next month’s march of summer behemoths. Home and Cinderella also appear well planted in the coming weeks.

Weekend (estimates) April 3 – 5, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 143.8 (35,910) NEW 4004 143.8
Home Fox 27.2 (7.160) -48% 3801 95.4
Get Hard WB 12.8 (3,980) -62% 3212 56.9
Cinderella BV 10.3 (3.020) -40% 3404 167.2
Insurgent Lionsgate 9.9 (2,880) -54% 3442 103.3
It Follows Weinstein Co. 2.4 (1,470) -36% 1655 8.5
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 2.0 (7,640) NEW 258 2.1
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 1.7 (1,270) -43% 1327 122.2
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 1.4 (1,170) -38% 1218 9.7
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 1.0 (970) -51% 1060 30.1
American Sniper WB .62 (1,000) -29% 623 346
Run All Night WB .61 (600) -72% 1015 25.3
McFarland, USA BV .56 (800) -50% 703 41.7
While We’re Young A24 .51 (14,980) 123% 34 0.73
Focus WB .42 (670) -67% 625 52.8
The Gunman Open Road/Elevation .37 (360) -82% 1027 10.1
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yash Raj .35 (4,210) NEW 84 0.35
Danny Collins Bleeker Street .32 (3,880) 47% 83 0.71
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .24 (640) -56% 381 165.5
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .23 (480) -62% 482 160.8
Chappie Sony .22 (680) -72% 329 30.8
Wild Tales Sony Classics .22 (1,790) -26% 122 1.9
Paddington Weinstein Co. .19 (570) -29% 340 75
Let’s Get Married China Lion .19 (4,890) NEW 39 0.19
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .19 (1,440) -26% 131 2.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $214.80
% Change (Last Year) 33%
% Change (Last Week) 48%
Also debuting/expanding
Still Alice Sony Classics .17 (720) -54% 235 18.2
Effie Gray Adopt .16 (800) 201 0.16
La Passion d’Augustine Seville .14 (3,130) -28% 45 0.85
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 94,100 (1,330) 7% 71 0.28
71 Roadside Attract. 88,700 (930) -51% 95 1.9
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 64,300 (3,570) 50% 18 0.14
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 63,700 (1,380) -36% 46 0.43
David and Goliath River Rain 59,500 (1,750) 34 0.06
Boychoir Mongrel 55,700 (2,420) 91% 23 0.11
Komban Studio Green 40,200 (820) 49 0.04
Nannbenda Praneeth 18,400 (660) 28 0.02
5 to 7 IFC 17,100 (8,550) 2 0.02
Lambert & Stamp Sony Classics 13,300 (4,420) 3 0.01
Last Knights Film Arcade 5,500 (460) 12 0.01
Manos Sucias Film Collaborative 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Cheatin’ Interior 13 3,200 (3,200) 1 0.01
Ned Rifle Possible 2,600 (870) 3 0.01
Superfast! Ketchup 1,900 (480) 4 0.01
Cut Bank A24 1,800 (900) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 29, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 578.2 23.40% *
20th Century Fox (11) 335.6 13.60%
Buena Vista (7) 285.4 11.60%
Universal (8) 280.8 11.40%
Paramount (7) 273.7 11.10%
Weinstein Co. (8) 148.1 6.00%
Sony (6) 127.1 5.20%
Lionsgate (6) 124.9 5.10%
Relativity (5) 70.6 2.90%
Fox Searchlight (3) 64.1 2.60%
Sony Classics (9) 37.7 1.50%
CBS (1) 33.2 1.30%
Open Road (3) 14.6 0.60%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.60%
Other * (101) 76.9 3.10%
2465.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – April 2, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
American Sniper * WB 344,428,774
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 165,217,235
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 160,585,605
Cinderella BV 156,961,118
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 120,560,250
Insurgent Lionsgate 93,384,814
Taken 3 Fox 89,002,682
Paddington Weinstein Co. 74,835,099
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 70,715,128
Home Fox 68,170,742
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 65,571,488
The Wedding Ringer Sony 64,409,119
Into the Woods * BV 63,862,338
Unbroken * Uni 53,296,154
Focus WB 52,376,484
Selma * Par 50,730,869
Jupiter Ascending WB 46,785,342
Get Hard WB 44,079,317
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 43,858,998
McFarland, USA BV 41,155,498
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Furious 7 *|Uni|67.1|4004|NEW|67.1
Home |Fox|11.4|3801|-27%|79.6
Get Hard|WB|5|3212|-61%|49
Cinderella|BV|4.1|3404|-14%|161
Insurgent|Lionsgate|4|3442|-42%|97.4
It Follows|RADiUS-Weinstein|0.9|1655|-35%|7
Kingsman: The Secret Service|Fox|0.65|1327|-24%|121.2
Woman in Gold|Weinstein|0.6|258|NEW|0.6
Do You Believe?|Pure Flix|0.55|1218|-20%|8.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|Searchlight|0.35|1060|-43%|29.4
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Also Debuting|||||
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi|Yash Raj|0.1|84||
Let’s Get Married|China Lion|72,100|39||
Effie Gray|Adopt|52,700|201||
David and Goliath|River Rain|26,000|33||
Komban|Studio Green|13,300|49||
Nannbenda|Praneeth|6,100|28||
5 to 7|IFC|5,200|2||
Lambert & Stamp|Sony Classics|5,100|3||
Last Knights|Film Arcade|2,500|12||
Manos Sucias|Film Collaborative|2,100|1||
Cheatin’|Interior 13|1,700|1||
Superfast!|Ketchup|1,100|4||
Ned Rifle|Possible|1,100|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A stranded, adorable alien found Home at the top of weekend moviegoing, with an estimated debut of $53.6 million. The session’s other national bow, gay-panic comedy Get Hard, proved canny counterprogramming, brunching to $34.6 million. A national expansion for critically lauded-horror fable It Follows  grossed an OK $3.6 million to rank fifth overall.

Exclusive bows included a potent debut for Noah Baumbach’s Brooklyn-centric cross-generation comedy While We’re Young, with $224,000 from just four artisanal cafes.

In the niches, Telugu Jil had a fair start of $171,000 while newcomer distrib Park Side’s American indie A Girl Like Her failed to find favor with $118,000 tally at 175 venues. Also soft was the years-delayed release of  Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence period drama Serena that grossed $104,000 from 60 screens.

Session revenues expanded to more than $150 million for an 18% uptick from seven days prior and a 9% improvement from 2014. Twelve months back, the launch of Noah floated $43.7 million followed by Divergent at $25.6 million.

As as Friday figures rolled in it was clear that the family targeted Home would prevail over Get Hard by a significant degree and finish with more than a $50 million gross.

Studio exit polling identified Home’s opening crowd as 60% female, and unsurprisingly heavily comprised of family filmgoers with 57% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The DreamWorks Animation entry opened a week earlier in nine foreign climes with 46 new territories coming on this weekend, adding an estimated $24 million to the pic’s pantry.

Comic star power appeared to have propelled Get Hard to deliver on-target results. Critical response ranged from withering to loudly expressed discomfort, but the intended audience wasn’t expecting a politically correct outing. The picture skewed 54% male with 61% of the audience aged 25-years and older.

On the alternative side, Bleecker Street Films’ debut release, the sentimental Al Pacino rock fantasy Danny Collins expanded to 29 sites and continued strong per-screens that bode well for its national release next week.

Weekend (estimates) March 27 – 29, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Home Fox 53.6 (14,450) NEW 3708 53.6
Get Hard WB 34.6 (10,900) NEW 3175 34.6
Insurgent Lionsgate 21.9 (5,660) -58% 3875 86.2
Cinderella BV 17.3 (4,530) -51% 3815 149.8
It Follows Weinstein 3.6 (2,950) 940% 1218 4.3
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 3.0 (1,690) -35% 1785 119.4
Run All Night WB 2.2 (920) -57% 2377 23.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Searchlight 2.2 (1,450) -57% 1498 28.1
The Gunman Open Road 2.0 (700) -61% 2816 8.7
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 2.0 (1,460) -45% 1356 6.9
Focus WB 1.3 (1,060) -59% 1260 51.9
McFarland, USA BV 1.1 (990) -49% 1126 40.6
American Sniper WB .89 (920) -45% 970 345.4
Chappie Sony .77 (770) -71% 1002 30.1
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .59 (440) -75% 1354 160.2
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .55 (1,000) -59% 554 165
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film .46 (690) -64% 672 24.9
The Duff CBS .39 (610) -68% 651 33.2
Still Alice Sony Classics .36 (890) -24% 401 17.9
Wild Tales Sony Classics .29 (2,520) 10% 116 1.6
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .27 (1,790) -14% 151 2.4
Paddington Weinstein .27 (600) -37% 454 74.7
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elevation .25 (890) -34% 277 90.5
While We’re Young A24 .22 (56,020) NEW 4 0.22
Danny Collins Bleecker Street .22 (7,520) 201% 29 0.32
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $147.60
% Change (Last Year) 9%
% Change (Last Week) 18%
Also debuting/expanding
71 Roadside Attract. .19 (1,590) -19% 121 1
Jil Great India .17 (2,550) 67 0.17
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel .12 (1,580) -14% 75 0.75
A Girl Like Her Park Side .12 (680) 175 0.12
Serena Magnolia .10 (1,730) 60 0.1
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 88,200 (2,940) 158% 30 0.14
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 81,500 (1,630) -17% 50 0.31
Mr. Turner Sony Classics 69,800 (980) -22% 71 4
That Thing Called Tadhana ABS 55,600 (1,680) 33 0.06
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 42,700 (10,670) 4 0.04
Red Army Sony Classics 41,600 (590) -45% 71 0.58
Boychoir Mongrel 29,800 (3,730) 8 0.03
White God Magnolia 22,100 (4,420) 5 0.02
Ride the Thunder Koster 21,800 (21,800) 1 0.02
How to Fight in Six Inch Heels Wave 19,200 (3,200) 6 0.02
Man from Reno Gravitas 14,700 (3,670) 4 0.01
100 Days of Love Tricolor 13,900 (820) 17 0.01
The Riot Club IFC 13,300 (2,660) 5 0.01
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame Tekno Hut 9,200 (2,300) 4 0.01
The Barber Arc Entertainment 4,200 (380) 11 0.01
Nightlife Film Arcade 3,550 (360) 10 0.01
Kidnapping of Michel Houellebe Kino 3,300 (3,300) 1 0.01
Welcome to New York IFC 540 (540) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 26, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (10) 539.8 23.30%
20th Century Fox (10) 280.2 12.10%
Universal (8) 280.1 12.10%
Paramount (7) 273.1 11.80%
Buena Vista (7) 267.1 11.50%
Weinstein Co. (8) 143.6 6.20%
Sony (6) 126.2 5.50%
Lionsgate (6) 103.3 4.50%
Relativity (5) 70.1 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (3) 61.9 2.70%
Sony Classics (8) 36.7 1.60%
CBS (1) 32.8 1.40%
Focus (4) 14.4 0.65%
Open Road (3) 12.7 0.55%
Other * (96) 71.4 3.10%
2313.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Home |15.5|3708|NEW|15.5
Get Hard|12.8|3175|NEW|12.8
Insurgent|6.8|3875|-68%|71.2
Cinderella|4.7|3815|-50%|137.2
It Follows|1.4|1218|1267%|2.1
Kingsman: The Secret Service|0.8|1785|-36%|117.2
Run All Nigfht|0.6|2377|-56%|22.2
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|0.6|1498|-35%|26.6
The Gunman|0.6|2816|-67%|7.4
Do You Believe?|0.4|1356|-67%|5.3
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Also Debuting||||
While We’re Young|64,900|4||
Jil|62,000|67||
A Girl Like Her|41,600|175||
Serena|31,600|60||
That Thing Called Tadhana|17,700|33||
The Salt of the Earth|11,450|4||
How to Fight in Six Inch Heels|9,000|6||
Ride the Thunder|7,300|1||
Boychoir|6,500|7||
Man from Reno|4,700|4||
White God|4,300|2||
100 Days of Love|4,200|7||
The Riot Club|4,100|5||
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame|2,100|2||
The Barber |1,500|10||
Nightlife|1,400|8||
Kidnapping of Michel Houellebe|1,000|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Insurgent, the second chapter in the YA series, led weekend viewing with an estimated $53.2 million. The potent bow left little more than scraps for the counter-programmers that debuted nationally. The muscle-flexing The Gunman flabbed with a $5 million launch while the faith-based Do You Believe? had a skeptical $3.8 million box office.

Exclusive debuts ranged from an excellent $74,200 bow for Danny Collins for neophyte distrib Bleecker Street to a dismal $4,600 for Accidental Love, the remnant of David O. Russell’s 2008 production formally titled Nailed and now credited to the Smithee-esque Stephen Greene.

In the niches Telugu Yevade Subramanyam was off to a good start of $83,700. China’s Lost and Love provided an OK $87,300 opening and in Québec, local production La Passion d’Augustine provided a blessed $211,000 from 34 engagements.

Session revenues rang up roughly $130 million for a slight 1% decline from seven days back. It was also 8% behind 2014 when the Divergent opener topped the charts with $54.6 million and the bridesmaid spot went to Muppets Most Wanted with $17 million.

Tracking looked bright for the dystopian future of Insurgent with pundits predicting a $50 million or so weekend. If estimates hold the second installment will arrive at 97% of the origin story’s vibrancy. The film’s target base was out in force with exit demos identifying the crowd as 60% female, 55% aged 25-years and younger and 72% Caucasian.

The picture also opened day-and-date in 66 international climes that generated an estimated $47 million. France accounted for $5.8 million with other top returns from the UK, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

Getting a jump on next weekend’s domestic release the animated alien Home launched in nine nations with roughly a $19 million tally. The E.T.-esque yarn had a lordly $9 million in the UK and was Putin on the Ritz in Russia with $4.2 million.

Both The Gunman and Do You Believe? were expected to be distant relatives in the session’s commercial mash up. However, even so tracking prognosticators anticipated significantly better results with the former receiving top end prospects of $8 million and the latter nipping at its heels with an aggressive push via churches that proved so effective for last year’s God’s Not Dead.

Weekend (estimates) March 13 – 15, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Insurgent Lionsgate 53.2 (13,720) NEW 3875 53.2
Cinderella BV 34.6 (8,990) -49% 3848 122.2
The Gunman Open Road/Elevation 5.0 (1,760) NEW 2816 5
Run All Night WB 4.9 (1,550) -55% 3171 19.5
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 4.6 (2,080) -26% 2223 114.6
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 3.8 (2,940) NEW 1295 3.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 3.4 (1,710) -40% 2016 24.1
Focus WB 3.2 (1,580) -44% 2044 49.3
Chappie Sony 2.6 (1,070) -54% 2429 28.2
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par 2.3 (1,180) -42% 1980 158.8
McFarland, USA BV 2.2 (1,210) -39% 1816 38.5
American Sniper WB 1.6 (1,100) -43% 1456 344
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film 1.4 (1,060) -52% 1306 24
50 Shades of Grey Uni 1.3 (1,090) -55% 1171 163.8
The Duff CBS 1.2 (860) -57% 1437 32.4
Still Alice Sony Classics .46 (1,050) -49% 440 17.2
Paddington Weinstein Co. .41 (820) -42% 502 74.2
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elevation .37 (1,090) -45% 337 90.2
It Follows Weinstein Co. .33 (10,410) 108% 32 0.56
Unfinished Business Fox .32 (530) -86% 597 10
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .32 (2,290) -6% 139 2
Wild Tales Sony Classics .26 (3,190) 6% 81 1.2
71 Roadside Attract. .24 (3,650) 18% 65 0.69
Selma Par .23 (3,230) 3% 702 51.7
La Passiom d’Augustine Seville .21 (6,210) NEW 34 0.21
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $125.30
% Change (Last Year) -8%
% Change (Last Week) -1%
Also debuting/expanding
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel .14 (1,960) 51% 71 0.58
Lost and Love China Lion 87,300 (3,640) 24 0.09
Mr. Turner Sony Classics 84,800 (1,070) -19% 79 3.8
Yevade Subramanyam CineGalaxy 83,700 (6,440) 13 0.08
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 80,400 (2,510) 41% 32 0.16
Red Army Sony Classics 76,100 (910) 17% 84 0.54
Danny Collins Bleeker Street 74,200 (14,840) 5 0.07
Timbuktu Cohen Media 51,900 (1,330) -10% 39 0.9
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 34,800 (8,700) 4 0.04
Spring Drafthouse 19,500 (1,770) 11 0.02
La Spienza Kino 11,800 (11,800) 1 0.01
Zombeavers FreeStyle 7,800 (780) 10 0.01
Jauja Cinema Guild 7,200 (3,600) 2 0.01
Tracers Lionsgate 6,900 (570) 12 0.01
Can’t Stand Losing You Cinema Libre 6,800 (3,400) 2 0.01
Medeas Vladar 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Accidental Love Alchemy 4,600 (420) 11 0.01
The Walking Deceased Arc Entertainment 4,400 (340) 13 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 19, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (9) 525.7 24.60%
Universal (8) 278.1 13.00%
20th Century Fox (10) 272.8 12.70%
Paramount (7) 269.2 12.60%
Buena Vista (7) 218.5 10.20%
Weinstein Co. (7) 142.1 6.60%
Sony (6) 122.2 5.70%
Relativity (5) 68.2 3.20%
Fox Searchlight (3) 56.5 2.60%
Lionsgate (5) 38.7 1.80%
Sony Classics (8) 35.2 1.60%
CBS (1) 31.2 1.50%
Focus (4) 14.4 0.70%
Other * (86) 67.2 3.20%
2140 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Top Global Grossers * (January 1 – March 19, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 552,898,890
American Sniper * WB 515,768,005
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 322,589,282
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 292,471,786
Big Hero 6 * BV 287,176,166
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 283,269,068
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 278,879,459
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 210,576,755
Jupiter Ascending WB 173,641,431
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 169,839,068
Cinderella BV 167,987,066
From Vegas to Macau Mega-Vision 162,471,885
Paddington “ Weinstein; Studio Canal 158,493,765
Dragon Blade Huayi Brothers 124,854,773
Into the Woods * BV 124,753,742
Penguins of Madagascar * Fox 123,735,766
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 118,473,682
Focus WB 108,460,661
Unbroken * Uni 95,880,918
The Theory of Everything * Focus; UPI 89,237,114
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Insurgent|21.2|3875|NEW|21.2
Cinderella|9.6|3848|-58%|97.2
The Gunman|1.7|2816|NEW|1.7
Run All Nigfht|1.4|3171|-64%|16
Kingsman: The Secret Service|1.3|2223|-24%|111.2
Do You Believe?|1.1|1295|NEW|1.1
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|0.95|2016|-41%|21.6
Focus|0.9|2055|-46%|47
Chappie|0.7|2429|-54%|26.3
McFarland, USA|0.6|1816|-41%|36.9
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Also Debuting||||
La Passiom d’Augustine|56,100|34||
Lust and Love|29,500|23||
Danny Collins|16,800|5||
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter|8,500|4||
Spring|6,100|11||
Yevade Subramanyam|3,500|7||
La Spienza|2,990|1||
Zombeavers|2,600|10||
Medeas|2,500|1||
Can’t Stand Losing You|2,400|2||
Tracers|2,000|12||
Jauja|1,800|2||
Accidental Love|1,700|10||
The Walking Deceased|1,400|12||