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The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Barnum or H.L. Mencken or an unnamed Chicago journalist observed that “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” Authorship aside the latest confirmation is certainly Dumb and Dumber To and it took on all comers to top weekend movie going with an estimated $38 million debut.

The session’s other major release The Star is Born-ish romance Beyond the Lights ranked third with a disappointing $6 million bow. Also soft were a couple of medium wide  openers. The politically charged Rosewater grossed $1.2 million while the Kirk Cameron’s evangelical uplifter Saving Christmas was far from a stocking stuffer with a $1.1 million tally.

There were also a couple of significant exclusive newcomers including the Western trek The Homesman that had a solid $46,200 box office from four rides and the near capacity bow of award’s contender Foxcatcher with a staggering $277,000 from six screens.

In the niches the most potent of the new Indian imports was the Punjabi Baaz with $55,700 at eight sites while both the Hindi Kil Dil and the Telugu Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham had dullish debuts. The U.S. made Filipino romance Edsa Woolworth was also weaker than most titles in that sector while there was an excellent $103,000 launch for the Chinese Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 from 10 screens.

The frame also saw significant broadening for Whiplash and The Theory of Everything with the latter maintaining a very strong hold.

Adding it all session revenues were close to $150 million for a 7% decline from seven days prior. It was also 14% improved from 2013 when the second weekend of Thor: The Dark World beat out the bow of The Best Man Holiday with respective grosses of $36.6 million and $30.1 million.

After a two decade hiatus the Dumb and Dumber boys returned older but not wiser and audiences appeared to forgive them a lot. Tracking indicated a tight race with the holdover Big Hero 6 but opening day box office provided the belated sequel with an edge and well on the way with pundit estimates of $35 million to $40 million. The film skewed 55% male with 57% of viewers aged 25-years and older according to studio exits that also pegged the audience as a significant 38% Hispanic.

Dumb and Dumber To also bowed in seven international territories including Germany and Spain and grossed a tidy $3.2 million.

The well-received Beyond the Lights hoped to translate its kudos into crossover business that anticipated a $10 million debut. However, it wound up playing to its core with a crowd dominated by older female African Americans that’s likely to limit broader word-of-mouth.

Weekend (estimates) November 14 – 16, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Dumb and Dumber To Uni 38.0 (12,050) NEW 3154 38
Big Hero 6 BV 35.8 (9,490) -36% 3773 111.5
Interstellar Par 28.9 (8,120) -39% 3561 97.5
Beyond the Lights Relativity 6.4 (3,590) NEW 1789 6.4
Gone Girl Fox 4.6 (2,350) -26% 1959 152.7
St. Vincent Weinstein Co. 3.9 (1,660) -28% 2332 33.1
Fury Sony 3.8 (1,590) -33% 2382 75.9
Ouija Uni 3.0 (1,270) -48% 2382 48.1
Nightcrawler Open Road/Elevation 2.9 (1,390) -45% 2103 24.9
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.4 (2,830) 5% 857 11.6
John Wick Lionsgate 2.3 (1,290) -45% 1758 39
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 1.5 (940) -58% 1633 62.3
Rosewater Open Road/SEF 1.2 (3,180) NEW 371 1.2
Saving Christmas IDP 1.1 (2,610) NEW 410 1.1
The Judge WB 1.0 (1,290) -41% 803 44.4
The Book of Life Fox .94 (940) -66% 1006 47.3
Whiplash Sony Classics .76 (1,820) 139% 419 2.4
The Theory of Everything Focus .73 (17,780) 249% 41 1
The Best of Me Relativity .64 (890) -54% 722 25.7
The Maze Runner Fox .63 (1,200) -49% 524 100.1
The Equalizer Sony .45 (1,210) -51% 375 98.9
Dracula Untold Uni .35 (920) -67% 383 55.7
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .31 (1,310) -27% 233 330.5
Chaar Sahibzaade White Hill .29 (8,160) 58% 36 0.72
Foxcatcher Sony Classics .28 (46,170) NEW 6 0.28
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $140.50
% Change (Last Year) 14%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Dear White People Roadside Attractions .19 (1,830) -51% 106 3.9
Kil Dil Yash Raj .17 (2,250) 77 0.17
Citizenfour RADiUS .17 (2,280) -17% 75 0.94
Edsa Woolworth ABS .11 (2,170) 49 0.11
Force Majeure Magnolia .10 (2,200) -12% 46 0.42
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 ASIA .10 (10,320) 10 0.1
Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham Praneeth 60,900 (1,420) 43 0.06
Baaz Roadside 55,700 (6,960) 8 0.06
The Homesman Roadside 46,200 (11,550) 4 0.05
Elsa & Fred Millennium 42,600 (1,580) -34% 27 0.14
Mary’s Land Infinito 24,400 (8,130) 3 0.02
Goodbye to Language Kino 18,800 (9,400) -7% 2 0.09
Matthew 18 Adopt 16,200 (390) 42 0.02
Le jour se lève (reissue) Rialto 12,500 (4,170) 3 0.01
Les Combattants K-Films 7,700 (770) 10 0.01
Wolves Ketchup 6,300 (525) 12 0.01
The Sacrifice Kino 4,900 (4,900) 1 0.01
Dilli 1984 Sukha 3,200 (360) 9 0.01
Always Woodstock Gravitas 2,100 (300) 7 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 13, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1563.1 17.60%
Buena Vista (16) 1416.7 16.00%
Warner Bros. (22) 1306.8 14.70%
Sony (21) 1173.8 13.20%
Universal (18) 955.1 10.80%
Paramount (14) 901.8 10.10%
Lionsgate (21) 418.6 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (25) 190.6 2.10%
Relativity (9) 162.6 1.80%
Open Road (8) 140.5 1.60%
Fox Searchlight (9) 112.7 1.30%
FreeStyle (10) 104.1 1.20%
Focus (11) 95.4 1.10%
eOne/Seville (29) 53.4 0.60%
Other * (310) 285.8 3.20%
8881 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Nov. 13, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 23,919,735
A Most Wanted Man Roadside/eOne 17,237,855
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,726,630
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 10,522,921
Birdman Fox Searchlight 9,125,367
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 7,981,025
Cantinflas Lionsgate 6,382,924
Jerusalem NationalGeo 5,830,140
Meet the Mormons Purdie 5,724,851
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions 5,179,980
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 4,847,393
Hubble 3D * Imax 4,663,700
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 4,563,650
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,438,438
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,231,500
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To|14.2|3154|NEW|14.2
Interstellar|8.4|3561|-50%|77
Big Hero 6|8|3773|-49%|83.7
Beyond the Lights|2.3|1789|NEW|2.3
Gone Girl|1.3|1959|-28%|149.4
St. Vincent|1.1|2332|-31%|30.3
Fury|1.1|2382|-34%|73.2
Ouija|1|2382|-48%|46.1
Nightcrawler|0.9|2103|-47%|22.8
Birdman|0.7|857|3%|9.8
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Also Debuting||||
Rosewater|0.39|371||
Saving Christmas|0.35|410||
Foxcatcher|75,600|6||
Kil Dil|58,200|77||
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2|35,100|10||
Edsa Woolworth|28,500|49||
Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham|17,000|43||
The Homesman|13,200|4||
Mary’s Land|10,600|3||
Matthew 18|6,100|42||
Les Combattants|3,650|10||
Le jour se lève (reissue)|3,200|3||
Wolves|2,300|12||
The Sacrifice|1,450|1||
Dilli 1984|1,200|9||
Always Woodstock|1,100|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The weekend was expected to be highly competitive between the spaced-out Interstellar and the cuddly animated robot of Big Hero 6. When the dust cleared the tilt went friendly with BH6 grossing an estimated $56 million and the sci-fi eye-popper close behind with $48.3 million. The two films accounted for roughly 66% of the session’s box office. Similarly, it was dreare among the new exclusive with the notable exception being the Stephen Hawking origin story The Theory of Everything with a potent $206,000 box office from five screens.

In the niches it was another lap around the circuit (albeit four decades on) for the motorcycle bible On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter that crossed the finish line with $363,000. New imports from India were largely moribund save for the Punjabi Chaar Sahibzaade that grossed $123,000 at 24 sites and the critically-auded elder romance Elsa & Fred had a disappointing $61,700 tally from 34 engagements.

Session revenues expanded upward to roughly $160 million and a bouncy 65% rise from seven days back. It was nonetheless a 7% decline from 2013 when the opening of Thor: The Dark World led with $85.7 million.

There was little doubt that on the cusp of Thanksgiving movie going would benefit from a couple of highly anticipated films; particularly if they appealed to different sectors of the audience. The family-centric Big Hero 6 appeared to have a slight edge and indeed that proved correct. The only question that remained was how lofty would the films fly. Pundits put the ceiling at around $60 million.

Studio exits pegged the big galoot crowd evenly split between the sexes and 72% identified as families. It was 58% comprised of folk aged 25-years and younger. The film is already in its third week in Russia and added 15 international territories including India and Indonesia for an estimated weekend gross of $7.6 million.

Interstellar received the full court press but critical response was mixed and there was decided anxiety about its near three hour running time. The film got a weekend head start with large screen engagements only that rendered about $2.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday and the desire to see it in its FULL glory was palpable with 36% of its box office coming from those screens.

The film’s orbit was 52% male with 75% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

It was not unexpected that the initial Interstellar international response would supersede the domestic box office and weekend estimates for its 62 territory launch are expected to be $80 million. It opened in all major arenas except China and Japan with Imax engagements accounting for roughly 9% of its box office.

The frame also featured an expansion for Birdman that maintained the picture’s momentum. Laggies also added screens but failed to clear the next platform hurdle.

Weekend (estimates) November 7 – 9, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Big Hero 6 BV 56.0 (14,900) NEW 3761 56
Interstellar Par 48.3 (13,570) NEW 3561 50.5
Gone Girl Fox 6.1 (2,760) -28% 2224 145.5
Ouija Uni 6.0 (2,240) -44% 2680 43.6
Fury Sony 5.5 (1,950) -37% 2834 69.3
St. Vincent Weinstein 5.5 (2,250) -23% 2455 27.2
Nightcrawler Open Road 5.4 (1,960) -48% 2766 19.7
John Wick Lionsgate 4.1 (1,890) -49% 2152 34.7
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 3.5 (1,470) -47% 2381 59.2
The Book of Life Fox 2.8 (1,280) -66% 2166 45.2
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.2 (4,850) -6% 462 8
The Judge WB 1.7 (1,430) -48% 1215 42.6
The Best of Me Relativity 1.3 (1,200) -51% 1110 24.4
The Maze Runner Fox 1.2 (1,210) -46% 1012 98.9
Dracula Untold Uni 1.0 (1,230) -66% 830 54.9
The Equalizer Sony .87 (1,410) -51% 616 98
Annabelle WB .53 (840) -73% 630 83.5
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .41 (1,390) -27% 296 330
On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter Hanover .36 (1,570) NEW 231 0.36
Dear White People Roadside .34 (1,950) -54% 175 3.5
Addicted Lionsgate .33 (1,360) -51% 241 17
Before I Go to Sleep FreeStyle .33 (400) -82% 820 3
Whiplash Sony Classics .32 (3,660) 25% 88 1.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .26 (1,090) -17% 236 190.9
Laggies A24 .22 (790) 218% 281 0.42
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $152.00
% Change (Last Year) -7%
% Change (Last Week) 65%
Also debuting/expanding
The Theory of Everything Focus .21 (41,260) 5 0.21
Citizenfour RADiUS .21 (3,580) 9% 59 0.57
Chaar Sahibzaade White Hill ,12 (5,120) 24 0.12
Force Majeur Magnolia .11 (3,460) 38% 33 0.28
Elsa & Fred Millennium 61,700 (1,810) 34 0.06
The Shaukeens Viva 54,900 (840) 65 0.05
My Old Lady Cohen/D-Film 54,600 (1,190) -52% 46 3.7
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 53,700 (1,990) -24% 27 0.33
Henri Henri Christal 48,700 (1,870) 26 0.05
Pride CBS/Remstar 47,200 (890) -54% 53 1.4
Gemma Bovery Metropole 37,400 (3,740) 10 0.04
Maps to the Stars eOne 26,500 (600) -62% 44 0.15
The Way He Looks Strand 22,300 (2,480) 9 0.02
Goodbye to Language Kino 20,700 (10,350) -22% 2 0.07
Wayward: The Prodigal Son Cedar Fort 20,200 (420) 48 0.02
Brother of Bommali CineGalaxy 14,400 (460) 31 0.01
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Menemsha 14,100 (1,690) 8 0.01
Jessabelle Film Arcade 10,600 (880) 12 0.01
National Gallery Zipporah 8,900 (8,900) 1 0.01
Joru CineGalaxy 7,700 (270) 29 0.01
Sex Ed Marvista 7,400 (820) 9 0.01
Occupy the Farm Ignite 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Vitagraph 6,200 (6,200) 1 0.01
Actress Cinema Guild 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Viva la Liberta Distrib 4,700 (2,350) 2 0.01
The Better Angels Amplify 4,600 (2,300) 2 0.01
The Invisible Front Aspectus 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
The Historian Devolver 3,800 (1,900) 2 0.01
Fugly! 108 Media 2,800 (2,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 6, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1548.3 17.90%
Buena Vista (15) 1335.2 15.40%
Warner Bros. (22) 1302.9 15.00%
Sony (21) 1164.5 13.40%
Universal (17) 944.1 10.90%
Paramount (14) 837.7 9.70%
Lionsgate (21) 412.1 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (25) 182.5 2.10%
Relativity (9) 160.7 1.90%
Open Road (8) 133.5 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (9) 109.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (10) 103.7 1.20%
Focus (10) 94.8 1.10%
eOne/Seville (28) 53.1 0.60%
Other * (303) 280.5 3.20%
8663 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Nov. 6, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 329,589,099
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 259,788,645
The Lego Movie WB 257,760,692
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 245,439,076
Maleficent BV 241,222,842
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 233,921,534
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 208,444,587
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 202,870,044
Godzilla WB 200,710,493
22 Jump Street Sony 191,530,183
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 190,606,517
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 176,734,149
Divergent Lionsgate 151,341,699
Neighbors Uni 150,203,932
Frozen * BV 137,645,361
Gone Girl Fox 139,328,422
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Rio 2 Fox 131,538,435
Lucy Uni 126,573,960
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Interstellar|16.7|3561|NEW|18.9
Big Hero 6|15.7|3761|NEW|15.7
Ouija|1.9|2680|-44%|39.4
Gone Girl|1.8|2224|2%|141.2
Nightcrawler|1.7|2766|-47%|15.9
Fury|1.7|2834|-13%|65.5
St. Vincent|1.6|2455|-5%|23.2
John Wick|1.2|2152|-32%|31.9
Alexaander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day|0.9|2381|1%|56.6
The Book of Life|0.7|2168|-39%|43.1
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Also Debuting||||
On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter|0.14|231||
The Theory of Everything|60,750|5||
Chaar Sahibzaade|22,700|24||
The Shaukeens|16,900|65||
Elsa & Fred|16,200|34||
Henri Henri|12,450|26||
Gemma Bovery|10,050|10||
Wayward: The Prodigal Son|7,600|45||
The Way He Looks|6,500|9||
Brother of Bommali|4,200|31||
Occupy the Farm|3,700|1||
Jessabelle|3,600|12||
Sex Ed|3,450|9||
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain|3,200|1||
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker|3,000|7||
National Gallery |2,650|1||
Joru|2,480|29||
Actress|2,450|1||
The Historian|2,400|2||
The Better Angels|1,900|2||
The Invisible Front|1,800|1||
Fugly!|1,300|1||
Viva la Liberta|1,200|2||

Confessions of a Film Festival Junkie: AFI 2014

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Gary Essert spent close to a decade raising money and fighting industry resistance before the curtain rose on FilmEx back in 1971. It was the first truly international and substantial celebration of global cinema in the city that thinks of itself as the movie capital of the world. Now Los Angeles has two such events (and myriad specialty/niche movie showcases).  AFI Fest gets underway Thursday with the world premiere of A Most Violent Year kicking off the show. For the record AFI connects back to FilmEx as the institution came aboard shortly after the latter’s board forced Essert out and that panel proved incapable of running the operation.

AFI Fest is slightly more international and glitzier than the LA International Film Fest that unspools in the summer. The differences between the two extravaganzas don’t appear to reflect mandate, constituency or gestalt. It’s simply about the calendar.

The summer positioning of LAIFF has provided the inclusion of several summer blockbusters to pump up attention. It’s sandwiched between Cannes in May and pre-fall behemoths Toronto and Venice resulting in that most of the vaunted Cannes titles prefer to wait until the Canadian festival to launch a North American offensive and the other yet to premiere anticipated films do likewise.

The current festival is in some respects the first major salvo of Los Angeles’ award season. It’s dotted with the likes of such critical darlings as Inherent Vice, Mr. Turner and closing night selection Foxcatcher. There are also several handfuls of Oscar foreign-language submissions and many documentary entries that clearly hope to find favor with the Academy membership.

All the above, regardless of the quality of selection, invariably tilts AFI FEST toward a festival of festivals rather than a festival of discovery sensibility. It’s not so much a bias as an inevitable perception. There are a sufficient number of films arriving with a pedigree or a marquee value that acts like a magnet for the media and public. And that just makes it a little bit harder for the selections from yet unheralded filmmakers and national cinemas to emerge from the fray.

One can persuasively argue that the local audience (neither event attracts much of an out-of-town crowd) isn’t as adventurous about film as similar events in Seattle, San Francisco or Chicago. It therefore follows that it’s wise to program pre-tested movies and keep one’s fingers crossed that the tom toms will beat melodiously for a few films yet to have gained a reputation.

AFI Fest runs simultaneous with the American Film Market and there have been frustrating attempts in the past to marry these respective purveyors of “show” and “business.” However with one situated in Hollywood and the other in Santa Monica there’s no convenient method of bringing the two together or reducing a commute of more than an hour during peak traffic periods.

On a more positive note the event is putting a bright spotlight on Sophia Loren and that’s certainly a warm and deserved celebration. In the coming days there will be tips and anecdotes that hopefully will make the event a slighter smoother ride.

DAY 2

Feast or famine?

Far from the worst thing you could do today is plunk down in cinema 6 of the Chinese and catch a triple bill beginning at 2 p.m. with Gett, The Trial of Vivianne Amsalem. Israeli’s Oscar submission is a gripping yarn of a woman seeking divorce and thwarted in her pursuit by her faith’s rabbinical laws.

It’s followed by the comparably depressing Two Days, One Night, the story of woman whose job is on the line when the company she works for downsizes. From Belgium’s exemplary filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard it truly makes you wonder about that country’s labor laws. The workers are given the choice of either taking a bonus or forfeiting the money in favor of allowing Cotillard’s Sandra to retain her position. She has the weekend to plead her case to her fellow employees prior to the vote. It’s not the Brothers best work and the actress’s presence is sometimes distracting in light of their penchant to use non-professionals. Nonetheless its facility to convey outrage, humiliation and pathos packs a real wallop.

Thankfully the trio’s conclusion is the Argentine Wild Tales (also Oscar submitted), as black a black comedy as one would hope to savor and outrageously hilarious. It’s comprised of a handful of vignettes that begin in the most ordinary or idyllic of circumstances with each tale evolving as matters go radically askew. Pedro Almodovar is one of the film’s producers and one can just feel him encouraging writer-director Damian Szifron to fly without a net.

Saturday’s other prospects include ’71, a late edition from the United Kingdom that focuses on a young soldier posted in Belfast in that fateful year. It was recently nominated for major awards including best feature at the British Independent Awards.

And there is, of course, P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice that premiered at the recent New York Film Festival. Based upon the novel by the reclusive Thomas Pynchon the 1960s-set film noir is unconventional as one would anticipate from both the filmmaker and the enigmatic writer.

Sunday’s slate also provides some choice options including Mike Leigh’s sublime Mr. Turner on England’s masterful 19th century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Timothy Spall deservedly received top acting honors at the most recent Cannes festival and has to be considered for an Oscar. Focusing on Turner’s life after he achieved acclaim it’s a masterful meditation on class and taste and the mores of the day and arguably the filmmaker’s career masterwork.

Echoing Saturday one could camp out at the Chinese 1 and enjoy a trio of treats. Leviathan—Russia’s Oscar submission—is a refreshingly frank drama set in a small coastal town where a less than peerless protagonist is facing expropriation. In the throes of personal dilemmas, the rampant corruption of local authority soon melds into an absorbing nightmare that threatens to turn tragic at every turn.

Then stay put for The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado’s unconventional and penetrating portrait of the great photographer Sebastiao Salgado. It’s difficult to explain but the visuals and narrative and Wenders’ laconic, elliptical approach manage to capture the soul of an artist in a most potent fashion.

Wrapping up the day is Haemoo (yes, South Korea’s Oscar submission), based on a real life incident involving a smuggling operation that seriously went wrong. Set in a small fishing village circa 1998 it centers on a trawler captain who can’t make ends meet legitimately and takes the job of coyote for Chinese immigrants. Anchored by a variegated performance by Kim Yun-seok, the film conveys a quiet desperation and an inevitable cataclysm from the consequences of bad decisions.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Halloween said si to Ouija as the spooky yarn edged out newcomer Nightcrawler for top spot at the box office. Respective estimates were $10.9 million and $10.7 million. The session’s other wide release, chiller Before I Go to Sleep, grossed a disappointing $1.9 million.

Holiday-timed retreads of Saw and The Nightmare Before Christmas also failed. In the niches,  Horns failed to spike with a $107,000 tally at 96 venues.

In Canada, Cannes-prized Maps to the Stars was off the chart with $78,500 at 49 locations and Ceci n’est pas un polar eked out $18,300 from 17 screens. Incoming exclusives failed to register save for two-screen preem of Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D puzzler Goodbye to Language, at $25,200.

While hardly the Super Bowl, Halloween night traditionally takes a bite out of moviegoing and it’s particularly noticeable when the holiday falls on a weekend. Session grosses that were shy of $100 million attest to the fact and translated into an 18% decline from the prior weekend. It was a steeper 24% drop from 2013 when the bow of Ender’s Game led with a $27 million launch.

Pundits were unanimous in pegging Nightcrawler, the creepy tale of a freelance tabloid purveyor of shmutz, as the weekend champ with estimates of $13 million to $15 million. Generally positive reviews appeared to bolster its prospects but its potential audience appeared to prefer viewing sleaze at home and without undue editorial commentary.

The weekend slump  puts a crimp in recent post-Labor Day holiday momentum with the year to date lagging behind 2013 by 3.5%.

As with Christmas distributors are hoping to widen the Thanksgiving holiday period with highly anticipated releases of Interstellar and Big Hero 6 next week. That gives those pictures a two week lead on The Hunger Games finale that many are already anticipating as the biggest box-office grosser of the year.

Weekend (estimates) October 31 – November 2, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ouija Uni 10.9 (3,750) -45% 2899 34.9
Nightcrawler Open Road 10.7 (3,880) NEW 2766 10.7
Fury Sony 9.1 (2,740) -32% 3313 60.4
Gone Girl Fox 8.6 (3,030) -22% 2834 136.4
The Book of Life Fox 8.2 (2,940) -18% 2794 40.4
John Wick Lionsgate 8.0 (3,080) -45% 2589 27.5
St. Vincent Weinstein 7.6 (2,970) -2% 2552 19.3
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 6.7 (2,320) -7% 2896 53.9
The Judge WB 3.4 (1,770) -21% 1942 39.6
Dracula Untold Uni 2.9 (1,530) -33% 1913 52.8
The Best of Me Relativity 2.6 (1,130) -43% 2327 21.8
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.4 (10,560) 77% 231 4.9
The Maze Runner Fox 2.2 (1,350) -7% 1620 96.9
Annabelle WB 2.0 (1,160) -39% 1755 82.5
Before I Go to Sleep FreeStyle 1.9 (990) NEW 1935 1.9
The Equalizer Sony 1.8 (1,650) -34% 1108 96.5
The Boxtrolls Focus .74 (910) -21% 812 48.6
Dear White People Roadside .71 (1,850) -43% 384 2.8
Addicted Lionsgate .66 (1,1190) -56% 555 16.4
Saw 10th Anniversary (reissue) Lionsgate .64 (310) NEW 2063 0.64
Happy New Year Yash Raj .62 (2,570) -69% 241 3.1
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .53 (1,590) -4% 334 329.4
Whiplash Sony Classics .25 (4,110) 1% 61 1.1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .19 (730) -49% 265 190.4
Citizenfour Weinstein Co, .19 (5,080) 49% 37 0.37
This is Where I Leave You WB .18 (700) -5% 261 33.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.90
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) -18%
Also debuting/expanding
Horns Weinstein Co. .11 (1,110) 96 0.11
Pride CBS/Remstar .10 (1,050) -35% 93 1.3
Mommy Seville 92,600 (2,100) -23% 44 2.7
My Old Lady Cohen/D-Film .10 (1,220) -24% 84 3.6
Force Majeure Magnolia 88,700 (3,690) 280% 24 0.12
The Trial ABS 86,400 (2,700) -61% 32 0.46
Maps to the Stars eOne 78,500 (1,600) 49 0.08
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 70,800 (2,620) 9% 27 0.24
Laggies A24 65,300 (4,080) -15% 16 0.16
Current Theega 24 Frames 40,800 (1,050) 39 0.04
Blood Ransom Tectonic 27,500 (1,200) 23 0.03
Goodbye to Language Kino 25,200 (12,600) 2 0.03
Super Nani Eros 22,700 (530) 43 0.02
Ceci n’est pas un polar K-Films 18,300 (1,080) 17 0.02
Point and Shoot Orchard 6,600 (6,600) 1 0.01
ABCs of Death 2 Magnolia 4,100 (290) 14 0.01
Showrunners Submarine 2,750 (2,750) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 30, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1523.3 17.90%
Buena Vista (15) 1325.6 15.50%
Warner Bros. (22) 1295.1 15.20%
Sony (21) 1149.3 13.50%
Universal (17) 926.6 10.90%
Paramount (13) 832.4 9.80%
Lionsgate (20) 399.3 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (24) 171.7 2.00%
Relativity (9) 156.7 1.80%
Open Road (8) 121.1 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (9) 106.1 1.20%
FreeStyle (9) 100.8 1.20%
Focus (10) 93.7 1.10%
eOne/Seville (27) 52.5 0.60%
Other * (300) 274.8 3.20%
8529 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Ouija|3.4|2899|-59%|27.5
Nightcrawler|3.2|2766|NEW|3.2
Fury|1.9|3313|-53%|53.3
John Wick|1.8|2589|-67%|21.4
Gone Girl|1.8|2834|-48%|129.6
St. Vincent|1.7|2552|-34%|13.1
The Book of Life|1.1|2794|-53%|33.3
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day|0.9|2896|-55%|48
The Judge|0.85|1942|-35%|37
Dracula Untold|0.8|1913|-38%|50.7
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Also Debuting||||
Before I Go to Sleep|0.57|1935||
Saw 10th Anniversary (reissue)|0.32|2063||
The Nightmare Before Christmas (reissue)|79,200|211||
Horns|31,100|96||
Maps to the Stars|20,800|49||
Current Theega|11,900|39||
Blood Ransom|6,600|22||
Goodbye to Language|5,700|2||
Super Nani|5,500|43||
Ceci n’est pas un polar|4,200|17||
ABCs of Death 2|2,160|14||
Point and Shoot|1,400|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Audiences proved game for Ouija and placed it at the top of the charts with an estimated $20.1 million. That left the session’s other incoming wide release, the actioner John Wick, with the consolation prize of $14.2 million.

In regional release the inspirational high school football yarn 23 Blast failed to score with a $347,000 tally from 617 scrimmages. Another flood of incoming exclusives provided a few encouraging (and better) results including Swedish Oscar submission Force Majeure that entered with $23,400 from two screens. The American indie comedy Laggies also opened well with $81,700 at six sites and the Edward Snowden affair provided Citizenfour with an excellent $117,000 box office from five engagements.

The Diwali festival saw the bow of several high profile Indian imports. The Hindi Happy New Year opened to a solid if unspectacular $1.8 million while the Tamil Kaththi is setting records internationally with the U.S. providing $343,000 to the trove. And the Telugu Karthikeya grossed $143,000. On the Filipino circuit The Trial was also off to a good start of $191,000.

Weekend revenues pushed close to $120 million and an 11% decline from seven days back. It was still 11% improved from 2013 when the $32 million opening of Bad Grandpa usurped Gravity’s three week run at the top.

On the heels of The Purge: Anarchy, Ouija arrived just in time for Halloween and proved that one can adapt an oh so venerable bored game. Industry tracking had tapped the teen horror tale to take the crown with estimates in the $20 million to $22 million range. Still it initially looked like a tight race with John Wick having comparably strong Thursday sneaks and potent Friday matinees.

Studio exit polls showed Ouija with a 61% female audience with 75% of viewers aged 25-years and younger … scary stuff indeed. The film also opened in five secondary foreign climes in Asia and Europe and grossed an OK $1.3 million.

Expectations for John Wick were less than buoyant despite the casting of Keanu Reeves in the title role of a vengeful hit man. It exceeded low ball numbers drawing in a 60% male crowd but failed to bring in a younger crowd based on polling that pegged the audience as 77% aged 25-years and older.

The weekend also featured small platform boosts for Oscar hopefuls Birdman and Whiplash with both films staying on track early in the seasonal admiration race.

Weekend (estimates) October 24 – 26, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ouija Uni 20.1 (7,030) NEW 2858 20.1
John Wick Lionsgate 14.2 (5,480) NEW 2589 14.2
Fury Sony 13.2 (4,160) -44% 3173 46.2
Gone Girl Fox 11.1 (3,580) -37% 3106 124.1
The Book of Life Fox 9.8 (3,140) -43% 3113 29.9
St. Vincent Weinstein 7.8 (3,430) 1077% 2282 9
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 7.0 (2,250) -39% 3117 45.5
The Best of Me Relativity 4.7 (1,610) -53% 2936 17.6
The Judge WB 4.3 (1,660) -45% 2610 34.4
Dracula Untold Uni 4.3 (1,810) -58% 2364 48.2
Annabelle WB 3.3 (1,320) -58% 2505 79.5
The Equalizer Sony 2.7 (1,670) -49% 1636 93.7
The Maze Runner Fox 2.2 (1,490) -50% 1496 94
Happy New Year Yash Raj 1.8 (7,100) NEW 255 1.8
Addicted Lionsgate 1.5 (1,540) -58% 956 15.3
Birdman Fox Searchlight 1.4 (28,600) 237% 50 2.1
Dear White People Roadside Attractions 1.3 (3,360) 271% 384 1.7
The Boxtrolls Focus .87 (790) -68% 1107 47.6
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .53 (1,320) -45% 402 328.6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .36 (850) -32% 300 190.1
23 Blast Ocean Avenue .35 (560) NEW 617 0.35
Kathhi MM Media .34 (3,730) NEW 92 0.6
Left Behind FreeStyle/eOne .26 (800) -72% 320 13.5
Whiplash Sony Classics .24 (5,300) 23% 46 0.72
Meet the Mormons Purdie .22 (1,720) -61% 129 5.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $112.10
% Change (Last Year) 14%
% Change (Last Week) -11%
Also debuting/expanding
The Trial ABS .19 (3,670) 52 0.19
Pride CBS/Remstar .15 (1,220) -27% 124 1.1
Karthikeya Movie Arts .14 (3,760) 38 0.14
My Old Lady Cohen/D-Film .14 (1,350) -37% 103 3.4
Mommy Seville .13 (2,420) -33% 55 2.6
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions .12 (1,200) -55% 102 4.9
Citizenfour Weinstein Co, .12 (23,460) 5 0.12
Laggies A24 81,700 (13,620) 6 0.08
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 64,800 (3,240) 18% 20 0.14
Listen Up Philip TriBeCa 57,500 (2,610) 147% 22 0.09
Force Majeur Magnolia 23,400 (11,700) 2 0.02
1,000 Times Good Night Film Movement 21,200 (920) 23 0.02
Pelican Dreams Shadow 7,700 (3,850) 2 0.01
Exists Film Arcade 7,400 (620) 12 0.01
Pooja Vendhar 7,100 (420) 17 0.01
White Bird in a Blizzard Magnolia 6,200 (1,550) 4 0.01
Revenge of the Green Dragon A24 5,300 (2,650) 2 0.01
Low Down Oscilloscope 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Love Project Seville 3,000 (600) 5 0.01
The Heart Machine Film Buff 2,100 (2,100) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 23, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1493.1 17.80%
Buena Vista (15) 1315.9 15.70%
Warner Bros. (22) 1283.8 15.30%
Sony (21) 1126.9 13.50%
Universal (17) 897.4 10.70%
Paramount (13) 831.8 9.90%
Lionsgate (20) 378.7 4.50%
Weinstein Co. (23) 160.9 1.90%
Relativity (10) 151.1 1.80%
Open Road (7) 120.6 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (9) 104.2 1.20%
FreeStyle (9) 100.5 1.20%
Focus (10) 92.3 1.10%
eOne/Seville (26) 52.1 0.60%
Other * (290) 266.4 3.30%
8375.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Oct. 23, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 1,083,765,020
Maleficent BV 757,191,367
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 746,224,744
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 740,207,192
Frozen * BV 724,322,158
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 713,778,940
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 709,012,447
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 707,186,596
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 616,700,299
Godzilla WB; Toho 523,345,942
Rio 2 Fox 498,670,793
The Lego Movie WB 472,173,863
Lucy Uni; Europa 414,332,197
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 382,094,732
Edge of Tomorrow WB 368,667,083
Noah Par 362,164,780
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par; Red Granite 350,418,304
300: Rise of an Empire WB 331,624,640
22 Jump Street Sony 328,715,034
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 304,021,005
Divergent Lionsgate 289,044,408
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 277,256,540
Neighbors Uni 270,048,602
The Maze Runner Fox 260,223,044
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox: Dmwks 253,379,783
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Ouija|8.2|2858|NEW|8.2
John Wick|5.4|2589|NEW|5.4
Fury|4.1|3173|-54%|37.1
Gone Girl|3.5|3106|-37%|116.5
St. Vincent|2.5|2282|1247%|3.6
The Book of Life|2.4|3113|-51%|22.5
Alexander and the Terrible … Day|2|3117|-38%|40.5
The Best of Me|1.6|2936|-62%|14.5
The Judge|1.3|2610|-47%|31.3
Dracula Untold|1.2|2364|-59%|45.3
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Also Debuting||||
Happy New Year|0.58|255||
Kaththi|0.11|92||
23 Blast|0.1|617||
The Trial|52,780|50||
Karthikeya|37,250|38||
Laggies|31,800|6||
Citizenfour|31,400|5||
1,000 Times Good Night|6,560|23||
Force Majeure|6,150|2||
Pelican Dreams|3,850|2||
Exists|3,650|12||
Revenge of the Green Dragon |2,500|2||
White Bird in a Blizzard|2,400|4||
Pooja|2,400|17||
Low Down|1,800|1||
Love Project|1,050|5||
The Heart Machine|1,050|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The Second World War thundered into multiplexes in the form of Fury and topped the charts with an estimated $23.6 million opening salvo. The two other national bows included Guillermo Del Toro-produced animated fiesta The Book of Life slotting third with $16.9 million and the three-hankie The Best of Me striking few Sparks, remaining a few sniffles behind at $10.2 million. Platformers ranged from a drop dead $310,000 result for Jason Reitman’s sixth moral tale, Men, Women & Children, at 608 lecterns, to a tempo-setting $202,000 bounce for the percussive stamina test Whiplash at 21 venues.

In the niches Telugu Oka Laila Kosam was off to a good start with $187,000 from 61 venues. However, the big thunder came rom a spate of new exclusives; many positioning for the autumnal awards run-up. Japanese anime The Tale of the Princess Kaguya opened to $49,500 from three screens while epic Chinese Oscar submission The Golden Era grossed $53,100 at 15 sites. Considerably more potent were the discomfortingly humorous race relations satire Dear White People with $351,000 from just 11 playdates and a staggering $422,000 for fine-feathered black comedy Birdman in only four nests.

Frame revenues inched toward $135 million, registering a 12% dip from the prioer weekend. However, it was an impressive 28% upturn from 2013 when the third weekend of Gravity secured the hat trick with $30 million and the top opener was the Carrie remake with a $16.1 million entry.

None of the newcomers attained heights anticipated by trackers, including the well-reviewed Fury, which fell short of predictions that ranged from $30-33 million. The saga of a WWI Itank crew recalled the intensity of the submariners of Das Boot and emulated the similar The Beast of even more distant memory. Studio exit polling indicated an unsurprising 60% male tilt with an older audience estimated at 81% aged 25-years and older. The latter factor proved bonecrushing and suggested a new generation unwilling to embrace a once popular genre that’s only been successfully revisited by Inglouriuous Basterds of late.

The backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead provided an ironic slant for The Book of Life and its colorful, flamboyant style was expected to generate between $18-20 million. The opening crowd tilted 57% female with families dominating and 54% of the opening crowd aged 25-years and younger. Polling also indicated that the audience was a significant but not overwhelming 30% Hispanic which bodes well for its longevity. The film also bowed day and date in 19 foreign climes; primarily in Latin territories familiar with the celebration and grossed an estimated $8.5 million led by Mexico and Brazil with respective openings of $3.8 million and $2 million.

The Nicholas Sparks franchise appears to be fading with his sixth entry in six years, The Best of Me, falling short of $15-16 million expectations. The picture’s performance suggests an audience of fans and scant interest for converts. Sparks’ patented format traditionally plays heavily to women and an older crowd that this weekend opted for other choices.

The award tomtoms beat loudest for Birdman and Whiplash. While neither is at pitched at a best-picture decibel level, each could secure major acting honors for, respectively, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons in the supporting category. Keaton faces what should be a fiercely-contested competition with the lineup that includes Eddie Redmayne channeling physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Timothy Spall painting his Mr. Turner and Benedict Cumberbatch embodying real life code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Weekend (estimates) October 17 – 19, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Fury Sony 23.6 (7,440) NEW 3173 23.6
Gone Girl Fox 17.8 (5,480) -33% 3249 107.1
The Book of Life Fox 16.9 (5,510) NEW 3071 16.9
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 12.0 (3,890) -35% 3088 36.8
The Best of Me Relativity 10.2 (3.470) NEW 2936 10.2
Dracula Untold Uni 9.9 (3,420) -58% 2887 40.7
The Judge WB 7.9 (2,640) -40% 3003 26.8
Annabelle WB 7.9 (2,740) -50% 2878 74.1
The Equalizer Sony 5.4 (2,390) -44% 2262 88.1
The Maze Runner Fox 4.5 (2,080) -40% 2155 90.8
Addicted Lionsgate 3.4 (3,320) -54% 1037 12.8
The Boxtrolls Focus 2.6 (1,170) -60% 2251 46
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 1.0 (1,360) -45% 730 327.8
Left Behind FreeStyle/eOne .91 (990) -68% 923 12.8
St. Vincent Weinstein .67 (9,880) 511% 68 0.8
Meet the Mormons Purdie .58 (1,820) -77% 317 4.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .53 (1,420) 44% 372 189.6
This is Where I Leave You WB .51 (1,010) -68% 502 33.2
Kill the Messenger Focus .49 (1,150) -48% 427 1.8
Birdman Fox Searchlight .42 (105,500) NEW 4 0.42
Dear White People Roadside .35 (31,900) NEW 11 0.35
Dolphin Tale 2 WB .33 (650) -74% 502 40.8
No Good Deed Sony .32 (1,070) -66% 296 52.3
Men, Women & Children Par .31 (510) 595% 608 0.47
The Skeleton Twins Roadside .29 (1,860) -32% 155 4.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $126.80
% Change (Last Year) 28%
% Change (Last Week) -12%
Also debuting/expanding
My Old Lady Cohen Media .21 (1.630) -32% 129 3.2
Pride CBS/Remstar .20 (1,760) -8% 115 0.86
Whiplash Sony Classics .20 (9,620) 50% 21 0.21
Mommy Seville .19 (2,570) -13% 75 2.3
Oka Laila Kosam Blue Sky .19 (3,070) 61 0.19
The Good Lie WB .17 (1,230) -69% 135 2.1
Breakup Buddies China Lion 91,400 (3,810) -53% 24 0.7
The Two Faces of January Magnolia 63,300 (1,320) -27% 48 0.32
The Golden Era China Lion 53,100 (3,540) 15 0.05
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 49,500 (16,500) 3 0.05
Rudderless IDP 34,700 (1,930) 18 0.03
Tracks Weinstein Co. 33,200 (920) -48% 36 0.41
Listen Up Philip TriBeCa 24,900 (12,450) 2 0.02
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (reissue) Rialto 17,800 (3,560) 5 0.02
Guardian Angel Richmond Media 11,400 (5,700) 2 0.01
Watchers of the Sky Music Box 8,500 (1,700) 5 0.01
My Love, My Bride CJ 7,550 (7,550) 1 0.01
Diplomacy Zeitgeist 6,900 (6,900) 1 0.01
Life Inside Out Circus Road 6,500 (3,250) 2 0.01
Felony Gravitas 4,200 (420) 10 0.01
Lakay 4 Features 3,660 (610) 6 0.01
The Hacker Wars Vitagraph 3,300 (3,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 16, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1443.7 17.60%
Buena Vista (15) 1302.6 15.90%
Warner Bros. (22) 1261.1 15.40%
Sony (21) 1087.2 13.20%
Universal (16) 882.9 10.80%
Paramount (13) 830.6 10.10%
Lionsgate (19) 373.3 4.50%
Weinstein (22) 159.9 1.90%
Relativity (9) 137.9 1.70%
Open Road (7) 120.6 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (8) 103.5 1.30%
FreeStyle (9) 99.3 1.20%
Focus (9) 88.3 1.10%
eOne/Seville (25) 51.6 0.60%
Other * (281) 260.9 3.20%
8203.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Oct. 9, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 23,622,687
A Most Wanted Man Roadside/eOne 17,185,345
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,726,630
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 10,457,171
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 7,673,312
Cantinflas Lionsgate 6,382,924
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
Jerusalem NationalGeo 5,299,866
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 4,717,904
Snowpiercer Weinstein 4,561,255
Hubble 3D * Imax 4,441,348
The Railway Man Weinstein 4,438,438
The Skeleton Twins Roadside 4,427,667
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,231,500
Meet the Mormons Purdie 3,952,235
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,769,873
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Fury|8.8|3173|NEW|8.8
Gone Girl|5.6|3249|-32%|94.8
The Book of Life|4.9|3071|NEW|4.9
The Best of Me|4.1|2936|NEW|4.1
Alexaander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day|3.2|3088|-39%|28
Dracula Untold|2.9|2900|-67%|33.8
Annabelle|2.5|2878|-52%|68.7
The Judge|2.4|3003|-45%|21.3
The Equalizer|1.6|2262|-44%|85.3
The Maze Runner|1.3|2155|-39%|87.7
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Also Debuting||||
Birdman|0.13|4||
Dear White People|0.12|11||
Oka Laila Kosam|60,200|61||
The Golden Era|19,000|15||
The Tale of Princess Kaguya|13,600|3||
Rudderless|9,200|18||
Listen Up Philip|7,350|2||
Guardian Angel|5,950|2||
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (reissue)|5,250|5||
Watchers of the Sky|3,100|4||
Life Inside Out|3,050|2||
Lakay|2,100|6||
Diplomacy|2,100|1||
The Hacker Wars|2,000|1||
My Love, My Bride|1,800|1||
Felony|1,300|9||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Despite considerable heat from new releases, Gone Girl held onto the top spot for the current frame with an estimated $26.8 million. Four new films entered the marketplace with Dracula Untold coming closest with $23.4 million. The remaining trio included family-friendly Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day that grossed $18.9 million, courtroom/bedroom drama The Judge at $13.3 million and the steamy Addicted fogging up an impressive $7.5 million.

In limited wide release Meet the Mormons played extremely well to believers with a $3.2 million opener while ripped-from-headlines Kill the Messenger managed to smuggle $920,000.

Exclusive bows ranged from out-of-luck One Chance, which streamed for free on Yahoo! Movies last week, with a $33,100 tally at 43 venues to the decidedly on-tempo Whiplash with a $138,000 box office from six  gigs and a potent $119,000 for the curmudgeonly St. Vincent at only four locations.

Also of note was the two-day $3.2 million tally for the concert film One Direction: Where We Are Now.

Revenues for the session surpassed $152 million that provided a 2% bump from seven days back. It was an impressive 31% boost from 2013 when the second weekend of Gravity prevailed with $43.2 million with the bow of Captain Phillips on deck with $25.7 million.

Gone Girl was expected to lead weekend sales though Dracula Untold clearly built interest in the days leading up to release. Tracking pundits were predicting the Impaler would debut between $20 million and $22 million and trail the leader by several million dollars. Most of this week’s estimations also appear to have underestimated the impact of Canadian Thanksgiving.

Dracula Untold got a jump start on domestic with a hefty $21 million box office in 25 territories. Its domestic bow also got a boost from IMAX and other “Premium Large Screens” that accounted for roughly 27% of its business. The film skewed male at 57% with an audience that was 61% aged 25-years and older.

Also weighing in above expectations was Alexander…, based on a kidlit fave, that most pundits saw trailing The Judge with a $15 million opener. Studio exit polls identified the crowd as 67% families with a 54% female tilt. The audience was 56% aged 25-years and younger.

While tracking was far from enthusiastic for The Judge, its star power was perceived to translate into a $16 million to $18 million box office launch. It also skewed female with 55% of the audience but wound up with a very high older crowd that was 85% aged 25-years and older.

The biggest surprise was clearly Addicted that many were skeptical would even draw strongly from a targeted Afro-American audience and was given no more than a $5 million bow from industry analysts. The audience was significantly urban at 72% per its distributor and 82% female and skewing oldish.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Gone Girl Fox 26.8 (8,150) -29% 3284 78.3
Dracula Untold Uni 23.4 (8,120) NEW 2887 23.4
Alexande… Day BV 18.9 (6,120) NEW 3088 18.9
Annabelle WB 16.1 (5,010) -54% 3215 61.9
The Judge WB 13.3 (4,420) NEW 3003 13.3
The Equalizer Sony 9.6 (3,090) -49% 3117 79.8
Addicted Lionsgate 7.5 (8,910) NEW 846 7.5
The Maze Runner Fox 7.3 (2,380) -37% 3072 83.7
The Boxtrolls Focus 6.7 (2,600 -44% 3270 41.1
Meet the Mormons Purdie 3.2 (1,050) NEW 317 3.2
One Direction: Where We Are Now Fathom 3.1 (4,910) 635 3.1
Left Behind FreeStyle/eOne 2.8 (1,500) -55% 1887 10.8
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 1.8 (1,390) -40% 1291 326.1
This is Where I Leave You WB 1.6 (1,050) -60% 1511 32.1
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 1.3 (850) -63% 1505 39.9
No Good Deed Sony .94 (1,170) -62% 801 51.7
Kill the Messenger Focus .92 (2,470) NEW 374 0.92
The Good Lie WB .54 (1,160) -36% 461 1.7
Bang Bang Fox Intl .45 (1,690) -65% 265 2.2
The Skeleton Twins Roadside .42 (1,570) -41% 268 4.2
A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni/eOne .38 (680) -81% 558 25.7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .36 (840) -51% 429 188.9
My Old Lady Cohen Media .32 (1,600) -34% 198 2.8
Let’s Be Cops Fox .30 (950) -59% 319 81.5
Mommy Seville .24 (3,300) -33% 73 2
Pride CBS/Remstar .22 (2,290) 78% 97 0.55
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $145.80
% Change (Last Year) 31%
% Change (Last Week) 2%
Also debuting/expanding
Breakup Buddies China Lion .19 (8,080) -16% 24 0.53
Whiplash Sony Classics .14 (23,000) 6 0.14
St. Vincent Weinstein .12 (29,820) 4 0.12
Hector and the Search for Happiness Relativity/eOne .10 (1,010) -56% 100 0.8
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 93,200 (1,290) -35% 72 23.6
The Two Faces of January Magnolia 86,400 (2,100) 97% 43 0.22
Tracks Weinstein 64,100 (1,010) -31% 64 0.34
Love is Strange Sony Classics 53,600 (770) -53% 70 2.1
Men, Women & Children Par 43,700 (1,560) -9% 28 0.13
One Chance Weinstein 33,100 (770) 43 0.03
La belle et la bête Niagara 23,400 (1,380) 17 0.02
Christian Mingle Rocky Mountain 22,900 (1,530) 15 0.02
The 100 Year Old Man … Metropole 22,500 (3,210) 87% 7 0.04
Awake: The Life of Yogananda Abramorama 16,200 (16,200) 1 0.02
Tu veux ou tu veux pas? Remstar 11,900 (1,700) 7 0.01
You’re Not You eOne 9,100 (1,820) 5 0.01
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Well Go USA 6,300 (480) 13 0.01
The House October Built Image 6,100 (610) 10 0.01
Automata Millennium 5,600 (560) 10 0.01
The Overnighters Drafthouse 4,500 (4,500) 1 0.01
I Am Ali Focus 4,500 (410) 11 0.01
The Devil’s Hand Roadside 4,350 (260) 17 0.01
#Stuck GoDigital 4,300 (480) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 9, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (16) 1394.7 17.40%
Buena Vista (14) 1272.6 15.90%
Warner Bros. (21) 1216.1 15.20%
Sony (20) 1071.1 13.40%
Universal (16) 852.6 10.70%
Paramount (13) 829.9 10.40%
Lionsgate (18) 363.7 4.60%
Weinstein (21) 159.3 2.00%
Relativity (8) 137.3 1.70%
Open Road (7) 120.5 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (8) 103.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (9) 95.6 1.20%
Focus (9) 77.9 1.00%
eOne/Seville (25) 50.9 0.60%
Other * (278) 248.8 3.10%
7994.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Oct. 9, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 324,269,904
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 259,788,645
The Lego Movie WB 257,760,692
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 245,439,076
Maleficent BV 240,660,849
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 233,921,534
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 207,943,345
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 202,870,044
Godzilla WB 200,710,493
22 Jump Street Sony 191,164,392
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 188,559,771
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 176,144,220
Divergent Lionsgate 151,341,699
Neighbors Uni 150,203,932
Frozen * BV 137,645,361
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Rio 2 Fox 131,538,435
Lucy Uni 125,911,715
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 124,872,350
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Dracula Untold|8.9|2887|NEW|8.9
Gone Girl|8.1|3284|-38%|59.6
Annabelle|15.4|3215|-60%|51
Alexander… Day|5.2|3088|NEW|5.2
The Judge|4.4|3003|NEW|4.4
Addicted|3|846|NEW|3
The Equalizer|2.8|3117|-50%|72.9
The Maze Runner|2.1|3072|-40%|78.4
The Boxtrolls|1.7|3270|-39%|36
Meet the Mormons|1.2|317|NEW|1.2

Also Debuting

Kill the Messenger|Focus|0.31|374
Whiplash|Sony Classics|37,200|6
St. Vincent|Weinstein|30,900|4
Christian Mingle|Rocky Mountain|10,700|15
One Chance|Weinstein|8,900|43
La belle et la bête |Niagara|6,500|17
Awake: The Life of Yogananda|Abramorama|6,050|1
Tu veux ou tu veux pas?|Remstar|3,200|7
You’re Not You|eOne|2,700|4
#Stuck|GoDigital|2,500|9
The House October Built|Image|2,200|10
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead|WellGo|2,100|10
I Am Ali|Focus|1,600|10
Automata|Millennium|1,600|10
The Overnighters|Drafthouse|1,550|1
The Devil’s Hand|Roadside|1,300|13

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The session proved to be a horse race between Gone Girl and horror prequel Annabelle. Initial estimates gave the fatal housewife of the former a slight edge of $38.1 million with the less than cuddly title doll not far behind with $37.1 million. The frame’s other wide debut, the less-than-Rapturous Left Behind, grossed a less-than-inspirational $6.7 million.

The ripped-from-headlines saga of Sudanese refugees in The Good Lie bowed in 461 theaters to a disappointing $920,000. Other limited misses  included the animated The Hero of Color City with $23,300 at 68 venues and the saga of Simon Bolivar in The Liberator with a $66,100 tally from 78 screens.

Holidays in India saw torrid activity in that niche with Bang Bang at the top with $1.2 million and Haider also solid with $504,000. The Telegu Govindudu Andarivadele got hurt by the competition and finished with $352,000.  Chinese import Breakup Buddies generated a buoyant $243,000 from a mere 20 locations.

Exclusive newcomers were largely DOA including internet scare tale Men, Women & Children that bowed to $47,800 at 17 sites.

Overall the frame generated roughly $152 million for a sizable 42% boost from the prior weekend. It was also 20% better than the 2013 session when Gravity bowed to $55.8 million with the second weekend of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in the bridesmaid spot with $20.9 million.

Leading up to the weekend one could see the gap narrowing between Gone Girl and Annabelle in tracking studies and some pundits pondered the notion of an upset. However in the end the bestseller took bragging rights with numbers of the high side of expectations. Studio exit polling identified an opening crowd that was 60% female with 75% of the audience aged 25-years and older.

Gone Girl also opened in 39 international territories with initial estimates of more than $24 million.

Annabelle’s prequelling of The Conjuring clarified pundit crystal balling that set its opening at no higher than $30 million. It showed a slight 51% female tilt but attracted a considerably younger demo with 54% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. It also stepped out internationally in 21 nations and grossed $20 million.

Gone Girl provided the narrative of the upcoming award season with a vibrant start and set a high bar for the flood of movies to follow.

Weekend (estimates) October 3 – 5, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Gone Girl Fox 38.1 (12,630) NEW 3014 38.1
Annabelle WB 37.1 (11,660) NEW 3185 37.1
The Equalizer Sony 18.7 (5,770) -45% 3236 64.2
The Maze Runner Fox 12.0 (3,320) -31% 3605 73.9
The Boxtrolls Focus 12.4 (3,590) -28% 3464 32.6
Left Behind FreeStyle 6.7 (3,660) NEW 1825 6.7
This is Where I Leave You WB 4.0 (1,460) -42% 2735 29
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 3.5 (1,260) -26% 2790 38
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 3.0 (1,590) -20% 1894 323.4
No Good Dead Sony 2.5 (1,570) -45% 1580 50.1
A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni/eOne 2.0 (890) -52% 2226 24.5
Bang Bang Fox Intl 1.2 (4,580) NEW 265 1.4
The Good Lie WB .92 (2,000) NEW 461 0.92
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .74 (890) -49% 834 188.3
Let’s Be Cops Fox .73 (940) -52% 781 80.9
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions .71 (1,540) -42% 461 3.5
Haider UTV .50 (4,230) NEW 119 0.54
My Old Lady Cohen Media .47 (1,780) -18% 263 2.2
If I Stay WB .40 (720) -58% 555 49.8
Goviindudu Andarivadele CineGalaxy .35 (2,550) NEW 138 0.65
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV .31 (870) -49% 360 53.2
Mommy Seville .31 (3,790) 47% 82 1.5
The Drop Fox Searchlight .26 (600) -75% 429 10.4
The Giver Weinstein Co. .25 (680) -40% 371 44.2
Breakup Buddies China Lion .24 (12,150) NEW 20 0.24
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $144.80
% Change (Last Year) 20%
% Change (Last Week) 42%
Also debuting/expanding
Hector and the Search for Happiness Relativity .22 (1,200) 7% 183 0.6
The Song IDP .21 (610) -63% 340 0.9
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel .15 (1,070) -34% 138 23.4
Pride CBS/Remstar .12 (3,560) 22% 34 0.26
Love is Strange Sony Classics .12 (870) -35% 134 2
The Trip to Italy IFC/eOne 94,600 (680) -55% 139 3.3
Tracks Weinstein Co. 92,800 (1,390) 31% 67 0.23
Jimi: All is By My Side Xlrator 91,500 (1,220) -6% 75 0.23
The Liberator Cohen Media 66,100 (850) 78 0.07
Men, Women & Children Par 47,800 (2,810) 17 0.05
The Two Faces of January Magnolia 41,700 (2,450) -3% 17 0.1
Nas: Time is Illmanic TriBeCa 29,300 (5,860) 5 0.11
16 Stones Candlelight 25,400 (1,020) 25 0.03
The Hero of Color City Magnolia 23,300 (340) 68 0.02
The Blue Room IFC 21,200 (7,030) 3 0.02
A Good Marriage Screen Media 8,300 (640) 13 0.01
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window … Metropole 7,200 (1,800) 4 0.01
Slow Video Fox Intl 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
The Decent One Kino 4,600 (4,600) 1 0.01
Copenhagen Level 33 3,700 (1,850) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 2, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (16) 1328.5 17.00%
Buena Vista (14) 1267.8 16.30%
Warner Bros. (20) 1160.6 14.90%
Sony (20) 1042.8 13.40%
Universal (15) 848.3 10.90%
Paramount (12) 828.6 10.60%
Lionsgate (18) 363.3 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (20) 158.6 2.00%
Relativity (8) 137.1 1.80%
Open Road (7) 120.5 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (8) 102.9 1.30%
FreeStyle (8) 87.6 1.10%
Focus (9) 63.7 0.80%
eOne/Seville (25) 49.5 0.60%
Other * (270) 241.8 3.10%
7801.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Annabelle|WB|15.4|3185|NEW|15.4
Gone Girl|Fox|13.2|3014|NEW|13.2
The Equalizer|Sony|5.6|3236|-55%|51.1
The Maze Runner|Fox|3.5|3605|-34%|65.4
The Boxtrolls|Focus|2.7|3464|-44%|22.8
Left Behind|FreeStyle|2.4|1825|NEW|2.4
This is Where I Leave You|WB|1.2|2735|-45%|26.2
Dolphin Tale 2|WB|0.8|2790|-37%|35.2
Guardians of the Galaxy |BV|0.8|1894|-23%|321.1
No Good Deed|Sony|0.75|1580|-46%|48.4
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Also Debuting|||||
Bang Bang|Fox Intl|0.35|265||
The Good Lie|WB|0.3|461||
Haider|UTV|0.13|119||
Goviindudu Andarivadele|CineGalaxy|0.11|138||
Breakup Buddies|China Lion|83,300|20||
The Liberator|Cohen Media|16,900|78||
Men, Women & Children|Par|13,200|17||
16 Stones|Candlelight|12,900|25||
Nas: Time is Illmanic|TriBeCa|10,700|5||
The Blue Room|IFC|5,700|3||
A Good Marriage|Screen Media|3,000|13||
The Hero of Color City|Magnolia|3,000|55||
Slow Video|Fox Intl|1,700|1||
100 Yr Old Man Who Climbed…|Metropole|1,400|4||
Copenhagen|Level 33|1,350|2||
The Decent One|Kino|1,200|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

The Equalizer vanquished the opposition with an opening tally estimated at $35.2 million. The session’s other national deb, Laika’s stop-motion animation The Boxtrolls, bowed to $17.3 million, ranking third overall.

The wave of incoming exclusives largely got washed away with only a pair of Brit imports posting encouraging results. The twisty thriller The Two Faces of January, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, generated $41,100 from six screens while the fact-based Pride—an odd but effective mix of gay rights and the 1984 Welsh miner’s strike—grossed $106,000 from 12 engagements.

In limited wide release, The Song didn’t quite find a voice, with a $670,000 debut while Mexican spooky import Mas Negro Que la Noche had limited success with a $530,000 box office. The frame’s Indian imports Loukyam and Madras  opened to just OK business with $144,000 and $88,400, respectively. And early Hendrix proved disappointing with Jimi: All is By My Side grossing $98,300 from 34 venues.

Overall revenues for the weekend rose to roughly $110 million for a modest 5% boost from seven days back. It was an even slimmer 2% down from 2013 when the opening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 led all comers with a $34 million initial rainfall.

The new, more graphic and decidedly more physical The Equalizer proved attune to contemporary tastes and exceeded pundit predictions that had pegged opening numbers in the low $30 million range. The film skewed ever so slightly female at 52% with 65% of the audience aged 30-years old and mature according to studio exit polling.

The allegorical The Boxtrolls also topped estimates that predicted a $15 million top end. A stop-motion yarn with adult appeal, it tilted female at 57%.

The opening of Jimi: All is By My Side provided an interesting contrast to another recent musical bio, Get On Up. Both films deserve a critical thumbs up but obviously the ability to reach the largest possible audience differs greatly for a small indie distributor and a major. It also affects media exposure, especially in regard to the award worthy performance of Andre Benjamin that unfortunately is apt to be swamped by considerably more aggressive campaigns for performances and performers who had less demanding challenges.

Weekend (estimates) September 26 – 28, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Equalizer Sony 35.2 (10,870) NEW 3236 35.2
The Maze Runner Fox 17.4 (4,780) -47% 3638 57.9
The Boxtrolls Focus 17.3 (4,990) NEW 3464 17.3
This is Where I Leave You WB 7.0 (2,430) -40% 2868 22.5
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 4.8 (1,420) -46% 3376 33.6
No Good Dead Sony 4.6 (2,150) -53% 2130 46.6
A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni/eOne 4.2 (1,550) -54% 2714 20.9
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 3.8 (1,550) -28% 2451 319.2
Let’s Be Cops Fox 1.5 (990) -44% 1534 79.6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 1.4 (900) -46% 1585 187.2
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions 1.3 (3,300) 194% 385 2.4
The Drop Fox Searchlight 1.1 (950) -48% 1131 9.7
If I Stay WB .93 (730) -50% 1272 49.1
The Song IDP .67 (1,980) NEW 340 0.67
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV .61 (850) -47% 719 52.6
My Old Lady Cohen Media .56 (2,210) 16% 255 1.5
Mas Negro Que la Noche Lionsgate .53 (2,990) NEW 178 0.53
When the Game Stands Tall Sony .50 (630) -54% 794 29.2
The Giver Weinstein Co. .43 (610) -55% 702 43.8
Lucy Uni .36 (740) -51% 488 125.5
Dr. Cabbie eOne .33 (5,840) -49% 57 1.3
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel .28 (1,290) -34% 215 23
Tusk A24 .26 (440) -69% 602 1.4
Mommy Seville .25 (3,910) -42% 65 0.97
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox .22 (940) -18% 232 207.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $103.40
% Change (Last Year) -2%
% Change (Last Week) 5%
Also debuting/expanding
The Trip to Italy IFC/eOne .21 (1,050) -32% 200 3.1
Hector and the Search for Happiness Relativity .20 (2,110) 383% 94 0
Love is Strange Sony Classics .19 (1,400) -9% 138 1.8
Loukyam Dream Media .14 (2,530) 57 0.14
Pride CBS/Remstar .11 (8,850) 12 0.11
Jimi: All is By My Side Xlrator .10 (2,890) 34 0.1
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co, 93,500 (670) -47% 139 0.44
Madras ATMUS 88,400 (2,390) 37 0.09
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 72,700 (650) -47% 111 10.3
Tracks * Weinstein Co. 71,300 (2,550) 241% 28 0.1
The Guest Picturehouse 52,200 (2,480) -38% 21 0.2
The Two Faces of January Magnolia 41,100 (6,850) 6 0.04
Field of Lost Shoes Bosch Media 28,600 (1,100) 26 0.03
A Matter of Faith Five & Two 27,300 (4,550) 6 0.03
Believe Me Headline 19,300 (1,280) 15 0.02
Two Night Stand eOne 14,000 (2,800) 5 0.01
Maria Leonora Teresa ABS 8,500 (2,830) 3 0.01
Days and Nights IFC 7,600 (7,600) 1 0.01
Advanced Style Bond 360 6,300 (3,150) 2 0.01
La Ritournelle Metropole 4,400 (880) 5 0.01
The Little Bedroom Cinema Libre 3,150 (3,150) 1 0.01
Print the Legend Netflix 2,200 (1,100) 2 0.01
Hellaware Factory 25 1,500 (1,500) 1 0.01
Top Global Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Sept. 25, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 1,082,174,859
Maleficent BV 756,154,669
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 746,192,697
Frozen BV 724,189,603
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 713,778,940
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 708,705,271
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 688,757,717
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 635,785,520
Godzilla WB; Toho 523,345,942
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 522,580,413
Rio 2 Fox 496,560,792
The Lego Movie WB 472,173,863
Lucy Uni; Europa 382,736,598
Edge of Tomorrow WB 368,667,083
Noah Par 362,164,780
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par; Red Granite 350,418,304
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 337,481,848
300: Rise of an Empire WB 331,624,640
22 Jump Street Sony 324,846,706
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 301,972,452
Divergent Lionsgate 289,044,408
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 277,256,540
Neighbors Uni 269,789,190
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox: Dmwks 253,379,783
RoboCop Sony 243,433,366
* does not include 2013 box office
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Sept. 25, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (15) 1303.1 17.00%
Buena Vista (14) 1261.6 16.50%
Warner Bros. (19) 1141.9 14.90%
Sony (19) 990.7 12.90%
Universal (15) 842.1 11.00%
Paramount (12) 826.5 10.80%
Lionsgate (17) 362.4 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (20) 157.7 2.10%
Relativity (8) 136.6 1.80%
Open Road (7) 120.5 1.60%
Fox Searchlight (8) 101.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (8) 87.6 1.10%
eOne/Seville (25) 47.6 0.60%
Focus (8) 43.5 0.60%
Other (254) 233.8 3.10%
7657 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

 

 

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The Equalizer|12.5|3236|NEW|12.5
The Maze Runner|5.2|3638|-54%|45.7
The Boxtrolls|4.9|3464|NEW|4.9
This is Where I Leave You|2.2|2868|-43%|17.7
No Good Deed|1.4|2130|-54%|43.4
A Walk Among the Tombstones|1.3|2714|-73%|17.9
Dolphin Tale 2|1.2|3376|-43%|30.1
Guardians of the Galaxy |1|2451|-27%|316.4
Let’s Be Cops|0.45|1534|-43%|78.6
The Skeletom Twins|0.4|385|208%|1.5
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Also Debuting||||
The Song|0.22|338||
Mas Negro Que la Noche|0.17|178||
Loukyam|45,000|57||
Madras|30,200|35||
Jimi: All is By My Side|30,050|34||
Pride|28,300|12||
The Two Faces of January|10,600|6||
Field of Lost Shoes|10,100|26||
Believe Me|8,600|14||
A Matter of Faith|7,800|5||
Days and Nights|4,100|1||
Two Night Stand|3,200|5||
Maria Leonora Teresa|2,500|3||
Advanced Style|2,300|2||
Print the Legend|1,400|2||
The Little Bedroom|1,200|1||
Hellaware|1,100|1||
La Ritournelle|1,000|5||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

It was a week of sweeping out the old and welcoming the new, starting with a trio of new national releases. Youth-targeted adventure The Maze Runner topped the frame with an estimated $32.3 million while the competition played below expectations. Downbeat thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones bowed with $13.1 million while Shawn Levy’s R-rated dramedy of a grieving family, This is Where I Leave You, bantered to $11.7 million.

Kevin Smith was back with Canada-set comic chiller Tusk, which failed to scare up an audience with an $840,000 tally at 602 venues. Also north of the border, Canada’s likely Oscar submission and Cannes-prized Mommy opened with a tempestuous $391,000 in Québec.

There was also a ferocious wave of new exclusive runs with most crashing on the shores. Exceptions included a single screen launch of $23,200 for the Korean gambling comedy Tazza 2 and an impressive $47,700 start for Hector and the Search for Happiness at two locations. Tracks, the Australian saga of author Robyn Davidson’s memoir of crossing Oz’s arid Outback solo, grossed $20,800 following a Canadian release that chalked up $200,000 plus. In the niches there were a handful of Indian imports, including strong starts of $1.1 million for the Telugu Aagadu and the Hindi Khoobsurat with $332,000. Dr. Cabbie, the comedy about an Indian doctor reduced to driving a hack in Toronto, was hitting all the pistons with a $739,000 debut from 55 screens.

Session box office generated roughly $105 million for an 18% boost from seven days earlier. It was also  23% improved from 2013 when the $20.8 million debut of Prisoners topped the charts.

Pundits have been itching to put the nail in the coffin on YA adventure fare but Maze Runner defied their grim assessments that ranged from $25-30 million. The picture get a head start a week back with a solid $8.5 million gross from five international territories and expanded solidly to an estimated $37.5 million box office in 50 foreign climes.

Domestically, Maze Runner attracted an almost even gender split with women at 51% and 64% of viewers aged 25-years and younger per studio exit polling. It also amped up the stakes with 712 enhanced format engagements that accounted for about 9% of the opening box office.

While expectations weren’t overboard for the adaptation of Lawrence Block’s dark thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, the presence of Liam Neeson pegged expectations of $15-16 million. The film also tilted slightly female at 51% but considerably older with 77% of the crowd aged 25-years and upward.

The ensemble of This is Where I Leave You weren’t sitting shiva as the film opened pretty much on target with its tracking and studio cruncher bottom lines. Exit demos were also on the mark with 63% of the audience composed of women and 86% aged 25-years and more senior.

Weekend (estimates) September 19 – 21, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Maze Runner Fox 32.3 (8,960) NEW 3604 32.3
A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni 13.1 (4,830) NEW 2712 13.1
This is Where I Leave You WB 11.7 (4,090) NEW 2868 11.7
No Good Dead Sony 10.1 (4,640) -58% 2175 40
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 9.0 (2,460) -44% 3656 27
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 5.2 (1,820) -36% 2846 313.7
Let’s Be Cops Fox 2.7 (1,160) -39% 2312 77.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 2.6 (1,120) -46% 2348 186
The Drop Fox Searchlight 2.0 (1,710) -48% 1192 7.7
If I Stay WB 1.8 (770) -54% 2371 47.7
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV 1.1 (900) -53% 1253 51.5
Aagadu Great India 1.1 (8,170) NEW 131 1.1
When the Game Stands Tall Sony 1.1 (620) -55% 1702 28.3
The Giver Weinstein Co. .95 (590) -63% 1607 43
Tusk A24 .84 (1,400) NEW 602 0.84
Dr. Cabbie eOne .74 (13,440) NEW 55 0.74
Lucy Uni .72 (920) -53% 788 124.8
The November Man Relativity/VVS .68 (460) -75% 1478 24.4
As Above/So Below Uni .67 (630) -68% 1070 20.6
My Old Lady Cohen Media .47 (2,780) 278% 170 0.67
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions .43 (8,710) 12% 49 0.94
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel .41 (1,210) -53% 335 22.6
Mommy Seville .39 (6,300) 62 0.39
Khoobsurat UTV .33 (5,820) 57 0.33
Into the Storm WB .32 (560) -65% 570 46.4
The Trip to Italy IFC/eOne .28 (1,440) -43% 197 2.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $98.40
% Change (Last Year) 23%
% Change (Last Week) 18%
Also debuting/expanding
Daawat-e-Ishq Yash Raj .23 (2,250) 101 0.23
Love is Strange Sony Classics .22 (1,980) -35% 112 1.6
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co, .17 (1,230) 151% 136 0.26
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics .15 (730) -65% 203 10.2
A Most Wanted Man Roadside Attractions .12 (640) -72% 193 16.9
The Zero Theorem Amplify 85,400 (1,360) 63 0.09
The Guest Picturehouse 84,300 (4,440) 19 0.08
The Pirates Well Go 75,800 (4,210) -36% 18 0.3
Hector and the Search for Happiness Relativity 47,700 (23,850) 2 0.05
Pump Submarine 36,600 (12,200) 3 0.04
Yellow Day Providence 30,400 (30,400) 1 0.03
Tazza 2: The Hidden Card CJ 23,200 (23,200) 1 0.02
Art and Craft Oscilloscope 21,300 (10,650) 2 0.02
Tracks * Weinstein Co. 20,800 (5,200) 4 0.02
Not Cool Starz 14,100 (14,100) 1 0.01
Aranmanai ATMUS 13,900 (1,160) 12 0.01
Keep on Keepin’ On Weinstein Co. 11,300 (5,650) 2 0.01
20,000 Days on Earth Drafthouse 10,200 (5,100) 2 0.01
Fort Bliss Phase4 5,400 (1,800) 3 0.01
Iceman Well Go 3,300 (660) 5 0.01
Holidaysburg Starz 1,800 (1,800) 1 0.01
Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Sept. 18, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 22,153,916
A Most Wanted Man Roadside/eOne 16,784,447
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,726,630
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 10,043,581
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 7,309,433
Cantinflas Lionsgate 5,824,372
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Jerusalem NationalGeo 5,112,550
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 4,552,877
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 4,535,541
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,438,438
Hubble 3D * Imax 4,261,073
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,231,500
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,769,873
Ida Music Box 3,698,434
Wish I Was Here Focus 3,591,299
* does not include 2013 box office
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Sept. 18, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (14) 1258.3 16.70%
Buena Vista (14) 1252.6 16.60%
Warner Bros. (18) 1112.6 14.80%
Sony (19) 976.7 13.00%
Universal (14) 824.6 11.00%
Paramount (12) 822.6 10.90%
Lionsgate (17) 361.7 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (20) 155.9 2.10%
Relativity (7) 135.6 1.80%
Open Road (7) 120.3 1.60%
Fox Searchlight (8) 98.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (8) 87.5 1.20%
eOne/Seville (23) 44.2 0.60%
Focus (8) 43.5 0.60%
Other (247) * 226.2 3.00%
7520.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

The Maze Runner|11.2|3604|NEW|11.2
A Walk Among the Tombstones|4.7|2712|NEW|4.7
This is Where I Leave You|3.8|2868|NEW|3.8
No Good Deed|2.9|2175|-67%|32.8
Dolphin Tale 2|2.1|3656|-50%|20.2
Guardians of the Galaxy |1.4|2846|-35%|309.9
Let’s Be Cops|0.75|2312|-41%|75.3
The Drop|0.65|1192|-56%|6.3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|0.6|2348|-47%|183
If I Stay|0.55|2371|-54%|46.4
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Also Debuting||||
Aagadu|0.39|121||
Tusk|0.37|602||
Dr. Cabbie|0.36|55||
Khoobsurat|0.11|57||
Mommy|0.11|62||
Daawat-e-Ishq|70,700|101||
The Guest|25,400|19||
The Zero Theorem|28,400|55||
Hector and the Search for Happiness|16,900|2||
Yellow Day|11,700|1||
Pump|11,600|3||
Art and Craft|8,550|2||
Tazza 2: The Hidden Card|6,550|1||
Aranmanai|5,200|11||
Not Cool|5,000|1||
20,000 Days on Earth|3,800|2||
Keep on Keepin’ On|3,100|2||
Fort Bliss|1,650|3||
Holidaysburg|1,200|1||

Confessions of a Film Festival Junkie: It’s a Wrap

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Officially there were 366 features shown at the just completed edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. I saw about 30. So it should come as no surprise that few of this year’s public and jury prize winners managed to elude my grasp.

The Audience award went to The Imitation Game, the tragic saga of mathematician Alan Turing who cracked the  Enigma Code during World War II and fell into disrepute in the following decade when he was convicted of homosexual acts. Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is already being touted for award’s consideration.

Among juried winners were Time Out of Mind and its star Richard Gere portraying a homeless man and the emotional love story Felix and Meira set in Montreal’s Hasidic community which received the prize as best Canadian feature of the fest.

Biography seemed a significant aspect of TIFF’s selections. Two that I caught were a testament to its challenge. In Love & Mercy, Paul Dano and John Cusack play, respectively, the younger and older Beach Boy Brian Wilson. The parallel intertwining stories focus on the already successful musician quitting touring and concentrating on writing and producing what would become the group’s most accomplished work. The later period deals with his recovery from emotional and physical meltdown, his relationship with the Svengaliesque Eugene Landy (a vampirish Paul Giamatti) and the flowering of a new relationship. Unquestionably bold and nuanced, Love & Mercy nonetheless hasn’t found the balance between its two realms. It’s at its best in scenes with younger Wilson creating in the studio and maybe that deserves a film all of its own.

The Theory of Everything is the story of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane beginning with their meeting as students. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the balance of his genius as a physicist countered with his physical deterioration would render something emotionally potent. The accomplishment is that neither the filmmakers nor the performers push the drama inherent in the situation. And it’s hard to imagine that Eddie Redmayne who plays Hawking won’t be on the circuit come award season.

Mention was made in an earlier column about TIFF’s Telluride position and the prospect of a less front loaded Canadian event. To some extent that did occur but the industry was quick to react with a spate of private screenings targeted primarily at acquisition folk during the opening days.

By Tuesday morning one could sense the absence of buyers as well as junket press in the corridors and screening rooms just as has occurred for decades in Toronto. I got out of “Dodge” Wednesday evening just as the rains literally arrived and temperatures shifted from summer to fall.

The consensus was that it was not a banner film year for TIFF and that appeared to be less the result of selection than simply what was available to be screened. One of the last film’s I caught prior to flight time was Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler that might best be described as a trainwreck. Adam Sandler plays a fourth generation shoe repairman that discovers he can transform into the possessor of the clogs he repairs with an ancient stitching machine. It’s a bit of whimsy not unlike the comic’s similarly themed Click but the notion of walking in someone else’s shoes … proves to be a strained metaphor. It runs right off the cliff in a horrid fashion that’s unique to intelligent and accomplished filmmakers making very bad decisions.

Let me wrap it up with Electric Boogaloo, a documentary on the making and unmaking of Cannon Films, the brainchild of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus that had Hollywood on its ear for a healthy chunk of the 1980s. From Chuck Norris to John Cassavetes, this was a company that churned out movies like stuffed sausage. Golan was systematic of someone that realized he was losing money on most pictures but believed he could compensate for that with volume. Ultimately it caught up with him and this valentine is enormous fun even if it can’t quite come to grips with how the patients took over the insane asylum. It reminds me of the motto of fictional Miracle Pictures: “If It’s a Good Picture, It’s a Miracle.”