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The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

A trio of new releases couldn’t unseat last weekend’s top titles, resulting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the session with estimated respective box office of $27.9 million and $24.6 million. Newcomers lined up right behind with Let’s Be Cops grossing $17.6 million, The Expendables 3 with $16.1 and  YA adaptation The Giver trailing at $12.7 million.

Best of the exclusive bows was the droll Brit The Trip to Italy with a $128,000 tally haul from six sites. Also noteworthy were the bizarre musical comedy Frank with $15,800 at a single gig and the afterlife rom-com Life After Beth grossing $17,100 from two engagements.

The Indian circuit added the Hindi Singham Returns with good returns of $623,000 from 127 screens while the Tamil Anjaan generated a disappointing $142,000 at 59 locations.

In the niches the Indian circuit added the Hindi Singham Returns with good returns of $623,000 from 127 screens while the Tamil Anjaan generated a disappointing $142,000 at 59 locations.

Weekend revenues declined 25% from the immediate prior frame but were up a slim 1% from 2013. A year back the bow of Lee Daniels’ The Butler led with $24.6 million.

Tracking indicated that last week’s leaders would remain on top though some reports gave Guardians the edge on TMNT. Third slot was generally ceded to The Expendables 3 with opening predictions ranging from $22 million to $25 million. Pundits were closer to the mark with Let’s Be Cops viewed in the $16 million to $18 million vicinity. The latter film was expected to lose steam following a Wednesday jump-start that generated $8.4 million pre-weekend.

Cops, a switcheroo of the Jump Street template, attracted a 56% male crowd with 54% of viewers aged 25-years and younger.

The third installment of The Expendables pumped up a cast list for aficionados of fading action film stars. It was even more of a boys’ movie with 61% of ticket buyers and 66% of the audience aged 25-years and older. Exit polls were strong but one suspects the picture might have had a better premiere slotted later in the calendar.

Though considered a bulwark of young adult fiction, 1993 vintage The Giver had a long, tortuous path to the big screen. Add the fact that it follows on the heels of Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent, among others, in the genre and tracking predicted a slightly-better-than-delivered $13-15 million result. Opening weekend drew in a 69% female set with 53% overall aged 25-years and younger.

On the alternative side, Boyhood may have hit its ceiling while rapid expansions of Magic in the Moonlight and What If have pretty much extinguished broader prospects. Calvary continues to struggle to find its faith as it expands. Meanwhile definitely working in its niche is South Korea’s The Admiral: Roaring Currents, the 16th-century epic naval saga that’s grossed more than $100 million on home shores and strikes a stirring note for that nation’s diaspora.

Weekend (estimates) August 15 – 17, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 27.9 (7,010) -57% 3980 117.2
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 24.6 (6,660) -42% 3697 222.2
Let’s Be Cops Fox 17.6 (5,700) NEW 3094 26.1
The Expendables 3 Lionsgate 16.1 (4,990) NEW 3221 16.1
The Giver Weinstein Co. 12.7 (4,240) NEW 3003 12.7
Into the Storm WB 7.6 (2,220) -56% 3434 31.3
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV 7.1 (3,480) -35% 2043 23.6
Lucy Uni 5.3 (2,110) -44% 2520 107.5
Step Up: All In Lionsgate 2.5 (1,200) -62% 2072 11.6
Hercules Par 2.0 (1,370) -65% 1475 68.1
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 2.0 (2,540) -1% 771 13.6
Get On Up Uni 1.9 (1,720) -63% 1101 27
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 1.9 (1,480) -57% 1262 201.8
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 1.8 (1,860) 135% 964 4.6
A Most Wanted Man Roadside 1.2 (1,830) -46% 650 12.6
Planes: Fire & Rescue BV 1.0 (1,050) -59% 960 55.7
What If CBS .82 (1,040) 512% 786 1
Singham Returns Eros .62 (4,900) NEW 127 0.62
The Purge: Anarchy Uni .61 (1,060) -73% 575 70.1
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox .53 (1,410) -23% 377 171.2
The Admiral: Roaring Currents CJ .52 (17,330) 855% 30 0.64
Calvary Fox Searchlight .40 (3,030) 64% 131 0.9
1987 Seville .36 (6,260) 46% 57 1.1
Maleficent BV .35 (1,450) -34% 244 236.8
Sex Tape Sony .34 (1,080) -69% 317 37.8
And So It Goes FreeStyle/VVS .32 (900) -73% 362 14.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $136.30
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) -25%
Also debuting/expanding
Anjaan UTV .14 (2,410) 59 0.18
The Trip to Italy IFC .13 (21,330) 6 0.13
Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? A-Z Films .12 (4,500) 65% 26 0.54
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein Co. .11 (6,330) 2050% 18 0.4
Saints amd Soldiers: The Void Purdie 29,200 (1,950) 15 0.03
Life After Beth A24 17,100 (8,550) 2 0.02
Frank Magnolia 15,800 (15,800) 1 0.02
Lovers Blue Sky 12,900 (1,430) 9 0.01
Dinosaur 13 Film Arcade 8,500 (570) 15 0.01
Abuse of Weakness Strand 7,500 (7,500) 1 0.01
Jelousy Distrib 5,400 (5,400) 1 0.01
Fort McCoy Monterey 4,500 (2,250) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Aug 14, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (14) 1177.8 17.40%
Buena Vista (14) 1100.6 16.20%
Warner Bros. (16) 1021.9 15.10%
Sony (15) 912.7 13.50%
Universal (13) 775.1 11.40%
Paramount (11) 721.1 10.60%
Lionsgate (15) 311.5 4.60%
Open Road (7) 117.6 1.70%
Relativity (6) 113.6 1.70%
Weinstein (16) 97.4 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (7) 89.9 1.30%
FreeStyle (7) 83.7 1.20%
Focus (8) 43.5 0.60%
eOne/Seville (20 39 0.60%
Other * (208) 177.3 2.60%
6782.7 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Aug. 14, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 11,650,462
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
A Most Wanted Man Roadside/eOne 11,385,048
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,697,086
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 5,973,849
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Jerusalem NationalGeo 4,917,118
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,438,438
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 4,332,660
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,213,603
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 4,146,941
Hubble 3D * Imax 3,878,913
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,769,873
Ida Music Box 3,611,559
Wish I Was Here Focus 3,507,579
Veronica Mars WB 3,322,127
Grand Seduction eOne 3,304,073
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|7.9|3980|-69%|97.2
Guardians of the Galaxy |6.9|3697|-44%|204.4
The Expendables 3|5.8|3221|NEW|5.8
Let’s Be Cops|5.6|3094|NEW|14
The Giver|4.7|3003|NEW|4.7
Into the Storm|2.3|3434|-65%|25.9
The Hundred-Foot Journey|2.1|2043|-43%|18.6
Lucy|1.6|2520|-44%|103.8
Step Up: All In|0.75|2072|-74%|9.9
Hercules|0.6|1475|-67%|66.6
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Also Debuting||||
Singham Returns|0.2|127||
Anjaan|61,500|57||
The Trip to Italy|32,600|6||
Frank |5,500|1||
Life After Beth|5,300|2||
Lovers|3,500|9||
Fort McCoy|2,600|2||
Abuse of Weakness|2,600|1||
Dinosaur 13|2,500|14||
Jelousy|1,700|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Ever try to put a stake through a turtle’s heart? Just when you thought the franchise had gone moribund, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stunned with an estimated $65.1 million debut that led session moviegoing. Three other films opened nationally to varying results. including predictable returns of $17.8 million for the tornado commandos of Into the Storm, a soupçon better than expected $11.2 million for The Hundred-Foot Journey and a franchise-killing $6.2 million for Step Up: All In.

Best of the exclusive freshmen were  rom-com What If, which generated $134,000 from 20 engagements and a $41,400 tidal wave for the single screen bow of The Admiral: Roaring Currents the sixteenth century epic naval battle that set box-office records last week in its native Korea.

In the niches, Hindi Entertainment generated a dullish $241,000 at 108 venues while Punjabi Aa Gaye Munde UK De was off to a good start of $132,000 from 29 screens. Coming-of-ager 1987 saw OK returns of $252,000 in Québec but James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge sank to the depths with a $148,000 tally from 304 playdates, returning $486 per screen to the King Of The World. Japanese anime stalwart Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was good returns, grossing $730,000 following a midweek opening that boosted its cume to $2.9 million.

Weekend biz came close to $190 million and was flat with the immediate prior frame. It was 17% improved from 2013 when newcomers Elysium, We Are the Millers and Planes bowed respectively to $29.8 million, $26.4 million and $22.2 million.

It was no April Fools joke when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bowed theatrically in 1990 and forever changed the fortunes of New Line Cinema. Despite its implacable shell, the franchise proved malleable with myriad sequels and re-inventions. This latest venture goes back to the original spirit and was anticipated to bow in the range of $42 million to $45 million. Studio exit polls identified an audience that was 61% male and 55% aged 25-years and older … the majority barely out of the cradle when the first film debuted. TMNT grossed an additional $29 million from day-and-date openings in 19 territories including a Russian debut of $11 million and $7 million in Mexico.

Both The Hundred-Foot Journey and Step Up: All In were expected to open to roughly $10 million. The former enlisted testimonials from Oprah and Spielberg and their shilling appeared to help in the yarn of dueling restaurateurs in the lap of gastronomy. It also skewed female by 59% with 87% of the finer palettes aged 25-years and older.

Conversely the Step Up routine was looking pretty much all out. The fifth installment of the series is in its third weekend internationally where it’s historically outdone domestic box office and has generated about $38 million. It also skewed female with a 59% tilt with 41% of the audience aged 25-years and more senior.

Into the Storm was seen as a road how retread of Twister and pundits predicted box office of $16-18 million. It too saw a majority female audience of 58% with 71% of viewers aged 25-years and beyond. International results were not available.

On the alternative side, Boyhood and Magic in the Moonlight saw significant expansions with the former starting to experience the limits of its reach. Nonetheless it’s grossed more than $10 million and remains one of the most lauded films of the year.

Weekend (estimates) August 8 – 10, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 65.1 (16,920) NEW 3845 65.1
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 41.7 (10,200) -56% 4088 176.1
Into the Storm WB 17.8 (5,180) NEW 3434 17.8
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV 11.2 (5,530) NEW 2023 11.2
Lucy Uni 9.3 (2,910) -49% 3147 97.3
Step Up: All In Lionsgate 6.2 (3,010) NEW 2072 6.2
Hercules Par 5.8 (2,000) -48% 2896 63.5
Get On Up Uni 5.0 (2,020) -63% 2469 22.9
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 4.4 (1,900) -49% 2306 197.8
Planes: Fire & Rescue BV 2.4 (1,040) -61% 2280 52.9
The Purge: Anarchy Uni 2.3 (1,420) -61% 1602 68.5
A Most Wanted Man Roadside 2.2 (2,750) -32% 808 10.4
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 2.0 (3,890) -18% 507 10.5
And So It Goes FreeStyle/VVS 1.2 (1,110) -62% 1111 13.3
Sex Tape Sony 1.2 (1,230) -67% 944 36.9
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics .78 (4,600) 6% 170 2.4
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods FUNimation .73 (2,350) NEW 310 2.9
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox .68 (1,290) -44% 526 170.1
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par .58 (1,000) -74% 580 242.9
Maleficent BV .53 (1,430) -58% 370 236
Tammy WB .50 (910) -68% 550 82.7
22 Jump Street Sony .37 (1,180) -69% 313 189.5
Chef Open Road/VVS .34 (1,400) -49% 242 29
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox .27 (1,190) 45% 227 232.1
1987 Seville .25 (3,880) NEW 65 0.4
Entertainment B4U .24 (2,230) NEW 108 0.24
Calvary Fox Searchlight .23 (5,710) 216% 41 0.34
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $181.60
% Change (Last Year) 17%
% Change (Last Week) 0%
Also debuting/expanding
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge NatGeo .15 (490) 304 0.15
What If CBS .13 (6,700) 20 0.13
Aa Gaye Munde UK De Yash Raj .13 (4,540) 29 0.13
Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? A-Z Films 71,500 (2,310) -39% 31 0.3
The Admiral: Roaring Currents CJ 41,400 (41,400) 1 0.04
Mood Indigo Drafthouse 28,500 (890) -25% 32 0.17
About Alex Screen Media 11,700 (980) 12 0.01
The Dog Drafthouse 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Fifi Howls from Happiness Music Box 2,800 (2,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Aug. 7, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 1160.6 17.80%
Buena Vista (14) 1015.6 15.60%
Warner Bros. (15) 996.2 15.30%
Sony (15) 910.3 14.00%
Universal (13) 750.3 11.50%
Paramount (11) 627.2 9.60%
Lionsgate (14) 302.3 4.60%
Open Road (7) 117.1 1.80%
Relativity (6) 113.3 1.70%
Weinstein (16) 96.9 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (7) 89.4 1.40%
FreeStyle (7) 81.7 1.30%
Focus (8) 43.3 0.70%
eOne/Seville (19) 38.1 0.60%
Other * (201) 166.7 2.60%
6509 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Aug. 7, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 259,545,867
The Lego Movie WB 257,726,852
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 242,303,575
Maleficent BV 235,514,974
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 231,799,370
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 202,718,445
Godzilla WB 200,300,724
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 193,433,624
22 Jump Street Sony 189,124,616
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 169,431,115
Divergent Lionsgate 151,341,699
Neighbors Uni 149,848,130
Frozen * BV 137,645,361
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 134,390,839
Rio 2 Fox 131,141,482
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 123,644,846
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 111,413,838
300: Rise of an Empire WB 106,679,622
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|25.5|3845|NEW|25.5
Guardians of the Galaxy |12.6|4088|-67%|147
Into the Storm|6.4|3434|NEW|6.4
The Hundred-Foot Journey|3.6|2023|NEW|3.6
Lucy|2.8|3147|-49%|90.8
Step Up: All In|2.6|2072|NEW|2.6
Hercules|1.7|2896|-47%|59.5
Get On Up|1.5|2469|-69%|19.4
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|1.2|2306|-49%|194.7
The Purge: Anarchy|0.7|1602|-61%|67
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Also Debuting||||
1987|84,800|65||
Entertainment|75,600|108||
What If|49,400|20||
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge|42,600|304||
Aa Gaye Munde UK De|33,100|29||
The Admiral: Roaring Currents|14,200|1||
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods|8,800|35||
About Alex|4,100|12||
The Dog |3,700|2||
Fifi Howls from Happiness|1,050|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Add a franchise to the list. Guardians of the Galaxy swept up roughly half of weekend box office biz with a commanding estimated $93.2 million debut. That left the other national newcomer Get On Up working hard to secure third position with $14.1 million.

Among exclusive bows there was encouraging initial response for the dark Irish walk along the Via Doloroso, Calvary, with $71,600 from four confessionals. The frame also featured noteworthy expansions for Boyhood and Magic in the Moonlight.

In the niches a couple of Indian imports were off to solid starts. The Tamil Jigarthanda grosed $138,000 at 22 venues while the Telugu Run Raja Run had a $119,000 box office from 16 playdates. In Quebec the $100 million-plus grossing French comedy Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? (What have we done, good god?) was off to good response of $132,000 at 31 locations.

Session revenues climbed to more than $185 million, expanding business 20% from last weekend. It also reversed month-long b.o. declines, with a 36% upturn from 2013. Twelve months back, the opening of 2 Guns led with $27.1 million with The Wolverine right behind with $21.3 million and the $17.5 million launch of Smurfs 3 a disappointing third.

The Marvel magic continued with Guardians of the Galaxy. While hardly one of the pulper’s better-known titles, previews and early reviews elevated interest in the film that translated into the biggest Thursday preview gross of 2014 with $11 million. Tracking for the sci-fi adventure generally pegged a potent bounty of between $85 million and $90 million and some pundits held out hope for a 9-figure opening following Thursday’s result.

The film skewed slightly male at 56% with 55% of the initial crowd aged 25-years and older. Studio exits also identified 26% of the audience as families.

Guardians also opened day-and-date in 42 international territories to an estimated $66 million. It was Putin’ on the ritz in Russia with $13 million. Other notable bows were $11 million in the UK, $6.5 million in Mexico and $4.7 million in South Korea.

Papa had a truly mixed bag for the Godfather of Soul James Brown. Critics were divided about Get On Up but regardless gave actor Chad Boseman an awards worthy thumbs up. Tracking was not encouraging and the film fell mid-way between estimates of $13 million to $15 million. Unlike Ray. the new film has an awfully long haul to award season. It also has to expand its audience from opening weekend studio demos that identified it as 70% African American. Talk about art imitating life. The film also tilted 63% female with 90% of the audience aged 25-years and older.

On the alternative side. Boyhood added 204 engagements and continued to maintain excellent per screens. There were also strong results for the expansion of Magic in the Moonlight and just OK returns for the aggressive roll out of A Most Wanted Man.

Weekend (estimates) August 1 – 3, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 93.2 (22,850) NEW 4080 93.2
Lucy Uni 18.3 (5,710) -58% 3202 79.6
Get On Up Uni 14.1 (5,700) NEW 2468 14.1
Hercules Par 10.7 (2,980) -64% 3595 52.4
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 8.7 (2,640) -48% 3283 189.3
Planes: Fire & Rescue BV 6.4 (1,970) -33% 3241 47.5
The Purge: Anarchy Uni 5.5 (2,080) -47% 2656 62.9
Sex Tape Sony 3.5 (1,410) -42% 2500 33.9
And So It Goes FreeStyle/VVS 3.2 (1,780) -30% 1816 10.4
A Most Wanted Man Roadside Attract 3.0 (4,090) 11% 729 6.7
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 2.4 (7,680) 36% 311 7.4
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 2.2 (1,260) -54% 1732 241.1
Tammy WB 1.6 (1,110) -55% 1415 81.5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 1.2 (1,410) -45% 861 168.6
Maleficent BV 1.2 (1,800) -33% 681 234.7
22 Jump Street Sony 1.2 (1,410) -55% 828 188.4
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics .,74 (11,440) 81% 65 1.3
Begin Again Weinstein Co. .67 (920) -57% 727 13.8
Chef Open Road/VVS .66 (1,890) -14% 350 28.3
Wish I Was Here Focus .61 (810) -47% 753 3.1
Edge of Tomorrow WB .57 (1,420) 9% 402 98.6
The Fluffy Movie Open Road .50 (1,160) -62% 432 2.3
Earth to Echo Relativity .46 (860) -67% 536 37
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV .39 (2,110) 187% 185 259.3
Kick UTV .38 (2,210) -64% 174 2
America Lionsgate .36 (760) -60% 478 14.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $180.15
% Change (Last Year) 36%
% Change (Last Week) 20%
Also debuting/expanding
Jigarthanda Sun Pictures .14 (6,280) 22 0.14
Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? A-Z Films .13 (4,250) 31 0.13
Run Raja Run Great India .12 (7,440) 16 0.12
She’s Dating the Gangster ABS .11 (2,580) -55% 43 0.57
Calvary Fox Searchlight 71,600 (17,900) 4 0.07
I Origins Fox Searchlight 68,400 (560) -11% 122 0.23
Child of God Well Go 36,400 (3,640) 10 0.04
Mood Indigo Drafthouse 29,300 (1,542) 21% 19 0.11
Finding Fela Kino 13,100 (6,550) 2 0.01
Rich Hill Orchard 8,600 (8,600) 1 0.01
4 Minute Mile Gravitas 6,500 (720) 9 0.01
Louder Than Words ARC 4,700 (470) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 24, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 1144.6 18.30%
Warner Bros. (15) 991.5 15.90%
Sony (15) 902.5 14.50%
Buena Vista (14) 880.3 14.10%
Universal (12) 696.5 11.20%
Paramount (10) 603.3 9.70%
Lionsgate (14) 301.7 4.80%
Open Road (7) 115.3 1.80%
Relativity (6) 112.5 1.80%
Weinstein (16) 95.7 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (6) 89.1 1.40%
FreeStyle (7) 77 1.20%
Focus (8) 42.4 0.70%
eOne/Seville (17) 37.5 0.60%
Other * (196) 152.7 2.50%
6242.6 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy|37.6|4080|NEW|37.6
Lucy|5.5|3202|-68%|66.8
Get On Up|4.9|2468|NEW|4.9
Hercules|3.2|3595|-71%|44.8
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|2.4|3283|-49%|183.1
The Purge: Anarchy|1.8|2656|-49%|59.2
Planes: Fire & Rescue|1.8|3241|-37%|42.9
Sex Tape|1.1|2500|-44%|31.4
And So It Goes|0.9|1816|-33%|8
A Most Wanted Man|0.85|729|17%|4.6
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Also Debuting||||
Jigarthanda|37,500|22||
Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu?|36,700|31||
Run Raja Run|23,300|12||
Calvary|18,950|4||
Child of God|13,800|10||
Finding Fela|5,350|2||
Rich Hill|3,450|1||
4 Minute Mile|2,750|9||
Louder Than Words|1,600|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Lucy had the brains and the brawn to lead weekend box office with an estimated debut of $44 million. That left that other new muscleman Hercules in the bridesmaid slot with $29 million. The third national release—Rob Reiner’s senior rom-com And So It Goes—took $4.4 million.

There was also strong response for the spy vs. spy of A Most Wanted Man of $2.6 million from 361 engagements and OK yucks for the comic antics of “Fluffy” Iglesias of $1.3 million for his The Fluffy Movie. And despite often blistering critical response, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight played effectively to his base with a $418,000 box office from 17 initial playdates.

There was also torrid activity from niche and limited newcomers. Hindi Kick bowed well with a $1.1 million tally while the Tamil Alludu Seenu proved disappointing at $86,200 from 86 engagements. Filipino comedy She’s Dating the Gangster grossed an impressive $222,000 at 48 venues and South Korean thriller The Divine Move had a good start of $46,700 at 11 screens.

Overall revenues for the session topped $150 million for a virtual carbon copy cume from the immediate prior weekend. But it was a 13% decline from 2013 when the debut of The Wolverine grossed $53.1 million and the second weekend of The Conjuring followed with $22.2 million.

Both Lucy and Hercules, though tracked to lead weekend business, exceeded expectations. Lucy, an actioner predicated on enhanced brain power, was pegged at between $35 million and $39 million but previews and opening day box office quickly ramped up the ante. The presence of Scarlet Johansson in the title role no doubt contributed to attracting a crowd evenly split between the sexes, but it drew a decidedly older crowd that was 65% aged 25-years and older. Ironically, exit polls demonstrate that a younger crowd had a considerably more positive response to the sometimes daunting scientific aspects of the film and its open-ended conclusion. The film starts its international roll out next weekend.

Hercules had top-end expectations of $25 million and there was natural trepidation in light of the lackluster response to The Legend of Hercules back in January. Studio exit polls identified an opening crowd that was 58% male and it also skewed older with 64% of viewer 25-years and older.

Hercules also unchained an estimated $29 million from day-and-day engagements internationally. The picture opened in 26 territories including Russia with a Herculean $12 million and Australia grossing $3.5 million and the UK at $2.5 million.

Exit demos were unavailable for And So It Goes but the combo of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton was unlikely to draw a younger crowd.

Boyhood added 73 screens and continued to maintain strong averages but remains largely in exclusive release in the top 25 markets. Conversely the rapid expansion of Wish I Was Here put a pin in its commercial balloon and one remains guarded about the widening plans for A Most Wanted Man.

Weekend (estimates) July 27 – 29, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Lucy Uni 44.0 (13,860) NEW 3173 44
Hercules Par 29.0 (8,070) NEW 3595 29
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 16.4 (4,460) -55% 3668 172.1
The Purge: Anarchy Uni 9.9 (3,460) -67% 2856 51.3
Planes: Fire & Rescue BV 9.3 (2,410) -47% 3839 35.1
Sex Tape Sony 5.9 (1,920) -60% 3062 26.8
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 4.5 (1,830) -54% 2476 236.3
And So It Goes FreeStyle 4.4 (2,520) NEW 1762 4.4
Tammy WB 3.4 (1,320) -54% 2562 78.1
A Most Wanted Man Roadside Attractions 2.6 (7,280) NEW 361 2.6
22 Jump Street Sony 2.5 (1,570) -46% 1613 185.7
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 2.1 (1,570) -46% 1358 165.6
Maleficent BV 1.8 (1,640) -45% 1077 232.1
Boyhood IFC 1.7 (15,610) 43% 107 4.1
Begin Again Weinstein Co. 1.6 (1,250) -40% 1244 12.3
Earth to Echo Relativity 1.3 (1,010) -61% 1272 35.4
The Fluffy Movie Open Road 1.3 (2,960) NEW 432 1.3
Wish I Was Here Focus 1.1 (1,780) 130% 625 1.8
Kick UTV 1.1 (5,980) NEW 179 1.1
America Lionsgate .86 (1,130) -49% 760 13.2
Chef Open Road/VVS .73 (1,800) -34% 405 27.2
Edge of Tomorrow WB .51 (1,440) -54% 353 97.7
Jersey Boys WB .46 (990) -62% 462 45.6
The Fault in Our Stars Fox .45 (1,170) -44% 387 122.7
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics .42 (24,590) NEW 17 0.42
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $146.00
% Change (Last Year) -13%
% Change (Last Week) 0%
Also debuting/expanding
She’s Dating the Gangster ABS .22 (4,620) 48 0.22
Alludu Seenu Classics 86,200 (1,020) 86 0.09
Grand Seduction eOne 75,300 (1,140) -40% 66 3.1
I Origins Searchlight 71,400 (940) 158% 76 0.11
Ida Music Box 59,200 (1,320) -5% 45 3.5
Obvious Child A24 55,800 (1,270) -68% 44 2.8
The Divine Move CJ 46,700 (4,240) 11 0.05
Land Ho! Sony Classics 29,600 (2,110) -15% 14 0.13
Mood Indigo Drafthouse 23,500 (2,610) -11% 9 0.06
Happy Christmas Magnolia 8,100 (2,020) 4 0.01
Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah ATMUS 7,800 (600) 13 0.01
Eyjafjallajokull Seville 7,500 (1,500) 5 0.01
A Master Builder Abramorama 7,300 (3,650) 2 0.01
A Letter to Momo Gkids 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Come Back to Me FreeStyle 3,100 (390) 8 0.01
Very Good Girls Well Go 2,700 (300) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 24, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 1113.7 18.50%
Warner Bros. (15) 983.1 16.40%
Sony (15) 887.5 14.80%
Buena Vista (12) 850.2 14.10%
Universal (12) 621.4 10.30%
Paramount (10) 556.5 9.30%
Lionsgate (14) 300.3 5.00%
Open Road (6) 112.4 1.85%
Relativity (6) 110.2 1.85%
Weinstein (16) 92.9 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (5) 88.8 1.50%
FreeStyle (6) 70 1.20%
Focus (8) 40.7 0.70%
eOne/Seville (17) 37.2 0.60%
Other * (188) 141.6 2.40%
6006.5 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – July 24, 2014)
Title Distributor Market Share
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 933,998,850
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 739,520,019
Frozen * BV 721,292,384
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 712,724,640
Maleficent BV 701,549,924
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 706,490,877
Rio 2 Fox 492,964,011
Godzilla WB 490,302,950
The Lego Movie WB 471,621,796
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 390,313,874
Noah Par 362,047,545
Edge of Tomorrow WB 360,923,657
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par; Red Granite 350,418,304
300: Rise of an Empire WB 331,624,640
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 279,769,837
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 277,256,540
Divergent Lionsgate 275,905,774
22 Jump Street Sony 272,141,747
Neighbors Uni 255,423,135
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 253,019,664
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 251,930,562
RoboCop Sony 243,433,366
Non-Stop Uni; Studio Canal 211,077,704
Need for Speed BV; Mister Smith 205,882,387
The Other Woman Fox 194,010,690
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Lucy|17|3173|NEW|17
Hercules|11|3595|NEW|11
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|4.7|3668|-55%|160.4
The Purge: Anarchy|3.4|2856|-65%|44.8
Planes: Fire & Rescue|2.8|3839|-57%|28.6
Sex Tape|1.9|3062|-68%|22.8
And So It Goes|1.3|1762|NEW|1.3
Transformers: Age of Extinction|1.3|2476|-54%|233
Tammy|1.1|2562|-54%|75.8
22 Jump Street|0.8|1613|-46%|183.9
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Also Debuting||||
A Most Wanted Man|0.71|361||
The Fluffy Movie|0.51|432||
Kick|0.37|179||
Magic in the Moonlight|0.12|17||
She’s Dating the Gangster|70,000|46||
Alludu Seenu|29,100|86||
The Divine Move|13,000|11||
Happy Christmas|4,150|4||
A Master Builder|3,100|2||
Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah|2,800|13||
Eyjafjallajokull|1,800|4||
Come Back to Me|1,500|8||
A Letter to Momo|1,100|1||
Very Good Girls|1,100|9||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Simple simian says Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rules again with an estimated $35.8 million. However, a trio of new wide releases lined up right behind it. Best of the bunch was the shocker sequel The Purge: Anarchy that bowed to $28.3 million. Both the animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue and the rom-com Sex Tape entered below expectations with respective grosses of $17.9 million and $14.9 million.

Exclusive newcomers included several encouraging single screen bows including the non-fiction political road trip There’s No Place Like Utopia with $28,500 as well as the Italian import A Five Star Life with a $16,700 box office. France’s Mood Indigo tallied $27,400 from two venues and the contemplative I Origins grossed $28,300 from four initial showcases. But everything was dwarfed by the second week expansion of Boyhood that added 29 playdates and generated a per screen average of $34,410.

In the niches, Tamil import Velaiyilla Pattathari was off to a solid start of $203,000 from 31 screens. Also off to a good start was dramedy Wish I Was Here with a $497,000 tally from 68 engagements.

Overall session revenues generated roughly $150 million for a slim 1% downturn from the immediate prior weekend. It was a considerably steeper 24% slide from 2013 when the $41.8 million bow of The Conjuring usurped the $24.9 million third weekend of Despicable Me 2.

An unexpected hit 14 months ago, the low-budget thriller The Purge spawned a sequel that appears to be headed in the same direction, albeit on a slightly lower plane. Pundits had pegged its opening prospects at between $28 million and $30 million and it performed pretty much to those expectations. The opening audience skewed slightly female at 52% with an impressive $61% of viewers aged 25-years and younger in light of its R rating.

The prospects for the other two films are dimmer. Sex Tape fell well below expectations of $20 million to $22 million that would have ranked third in the lineup. Its $1.1 million Thursday previews were the first indication of a diminished result. The film attracted a 53% female audience with 59% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Targeted at a family audience the Planes sequel was slightly below expectations of a $20 million launch. Studio exit demos pegged families as 78% of viewers unsurprisingly with a 50/50 split between the sexes. The film also opened in roughly two dozen territories with an emphasis on South America and grossed an estimated $9 million including Mexico with $1.8 million and Brazil grossing $1.5 million.

On the alternative side, Begin Again added 363 screens. The question now is just how far can Boyhood penetrate into the marketplace. Its weekend gross of $1.2 million from 34 screens in exclusive engagements in top urban markets is truly impressive. Nonetheless it will need sustained TLC and vigorous promotion to assure its embrace in second- and third-tier locales in order to reach a broad audience and secure its position as an early awards contender.

Weekend (estimates) July 18 – 20, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 35.8 (9,020) -51% 3969 138.8
The Purge: Anarchy Uni 28.3 (10,100) NEW 2806 28.3
Planes: Fire & Rescue BV 17.9 (4,670) NEW 3826 17.9
Sex Tape Sony 14.9 (4,880) NEW 3062 14.9
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 9.4 (2,930) -42% 3224 226.6
Tammy WB 7.4 (2,180) -41% 3402 71.1
22 Jump Street Sony 4.6 (2,080) -29% 2229 180.4
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 3.8 (1,770) -37% 2169 160.7
Earth to Echo Relativity 3.3 (1,330) -40% 2450 32
Maleficent BV 3.2 (2,100) -23% 1541 228.3
Begin Again Weinstein Co. 2.6 (2,020) -7% 1302 9.3
America Lionsgate 1.7 (1,630) -29% 1030 11.4
Deliver Us from Evil Sony 1.5 (1,030) -68% 1491 29.2
Jersey Boys WB 1.2 (1,190) -53% 1003 44.4
Boyhood IFC 1.2 (34,410) 201% 34 1.8
Think Like a Man Too Sony 1.1 (1,770) -54% 628 64
Edge of Tomorrow WB 1.1 (1,810) -40% 602 96.6
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.1 (1,970) -13% 552 25.9
Persecuted Millennium .92 (1,250) NEW 736 0.92
The Fault in Our Stars Fox .81 (1,450) -46% 557 121.6
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox .63 (1,630) -39% 387 230.5
Godzilla WB .53 (1,620) 115% 326 199
Wish I Was Here Focus .50 (7,310) NEW 68 0.5
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. .44 (2,100) -31% 211 3.4
Rio 2 Fox .28 (1,080) -29% 256 130.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.55
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) -1%
Also debuting/expanding
Velaiyilla Pattathari ATMUS .20 (6,550) 31 0.2
Grand Seduction eOne .12 (1,450) -2% 82 2.9
Obvious Child A24 .12 (1,390) -47% 84 2.6
Third Person Sony Classics .12 (770) -50% 154 0.79
Life Itself Magnolia .11 (1,360) -19% 84 0.52
Ida Music Box .11 (1,510) -24% 75 3.3
Land Ho! Sony Classics 34,800 (4,970) 1% 7 0.08
There’s No Place Like Utopia Rocky Mtn 28,500 (28,500) 1 0.03
I Origins Searchlight 28,300 (7,080) 4 0.03
Mood Indigo Drafthouse 27,400 (13,700) 2 0.03
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein Co. 23,500 (2,130) -31% 11 0.21
A Five Star Life Music Box 16,700 (16,700) 1 0.02
Alive Inside Projector 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
Video Games Variance 4,900 (700) 7 0.01
An American in Hollywood AMC 4,400 (1,100) 4 0.01
Among Ravens Gravitas 2,900 (720) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 17, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 1051.3 18.20%
Warner Bros. (15) 966.7 16.70%
Sony (15) 855.8 14.80%
Buena Vista (11) 818.5 14.20%
Universal (11) 579.4 10.00%
Paramount (9) 539.8 9.30%
Lionsgate (14) 297.6 5.20%
Open Road (6) 110.8 1.90%
Relativity (6) 104.8 1.80%
Fox Searchlight (5) 88.6 1.50%
Weinstein (16) 88.1 1.50%
FreeStyle (6) 70 1.20%
Focus (6) 39.6 0.70%
eOne/Seville (17) 37.1 0.60%
Other * (185) 135.9 2.40%
5784 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – July 17, 2014)
Title Distributor Market Share
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,337,684
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Jerusalem NationalGeo 4,694,984
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 4,459,128
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,438,438
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,188,578
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,769,873
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 3,559,615
Veronica Mars WB 3,322,127
Hubble 3D * Imax 3,321,598
Ida Music Box 3,216,064
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 3,001,423
The Great Beauty * Janus/Mongrel 2,837,275
Grand Seduction eOne 2,811,707
The Raid 2 Sony Classics/eOne 2,627,209
Under the Skin A24/Mongrel 2,572,228
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy|12.9|2806|NEW|12.9
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|10.4|3969|-62%|113.4
Planes: Fire & Rescue|6.3|3826|NEW|6.3
Sex Tape|5.6|3062|NEW|5.6
Transformers: Age of Extinction|2.7|3224|-45%|219.9
Tammy|2.3|3402|-45%|65.9
22 Jump Street|1.4|2229|-31%|177.2
How to Train Your Dragon 2|1.1|2169|-40%|157.9
Earth to Echo|1|2450|-44%|29.7
Maleficent|0.9|1541|-27%|226
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Also Debuting||||
Persecuted|0.31|736||
Wish I Was Here|0.15|68||
Velaiyilla Pattathari|61,800|31||
Mood Indigo|10,400|2||
There’s No Place Like Utopia|10,300|1||
I Origins|9,500|4||
A Five Star Life|4,000|1||
Alive Inside|3,600|1||
An American in Hollywood|2,750|4||
Among Ravens|2,000|4||
Video Games|1,700|6||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Hey, Chuck, those damned dirty apes are back, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led the box office with an estimated $72.3 million debut.

The big noise among exclusive bows was unquestionably Boyhood that benefited from a sterling promotional campaign that generated a whopping $374,000 from five engagements. Also good were the grumpy old guys of Land Ho! with a $36,000 tally at four excursions.

The potential competition decided to sit this one out but there was activity in the niches, including a couple of new titles from India. The Hindi Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was off to a fair start of $383,000 as was the Telugu Drushyam that grossed $214,000. In Quebec, three local titles bowed including a concert film with local sensation Marie-Mai that didn’t translate. The other two titles were better but … not by much.

Session revenues were slightly better, translating into a 15% bump from last weekend. It was nonetheless a 24% decline from 2013 when the second weekend of Despicable Me 2 grossed $43.9 million and edge out newcomers Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim that bowed respectively with $41.5 million and $37.3 million.

Like the Bond franchise, POTA, has proved both its malleability and ongoing popularity and trackers were pretty much in the ballpark with prognostications of $70 million to $75 million. Dawn followed up nicely from Rise of the Planet of the Apes with an apt moral fable and sufficient digital effects to provide a handful of video games with ample fodder. Roughly 8% of its box office came from Premium Large Format engagements but the studio was unable to sync a deal with IMAX … unfortunately.

The opening weekend audience per studio exit polling was 58% male with 55% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The film opened day-and-date in 26 international markets including Australia and South Korea but holding back in major territories undoubtedly glued to today’s World Cup final. It tallied up an estimated $31 million.

On the alternative front, Begin Again expanded to national level, but appears to have run out of steam. Chef also added a few playdates and its $24 million gross will be impossible to overtake, though the likes of Ida, Obvious Child and The Grand Seduction have all surpassed the expectations of less optimistic pundits.

Weekend (estimates) July 11 – 13, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 72.3 (18,230) NEW 3967 72.3
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 16.5 (4,220) -55% 3913 209.1
Tammy WB 12.9 (3,720) -40% 3465 57.3
22 Jump Street Sony 6.6 (2,360) -32% 2811 171.9
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 5.9 (2,040) -34% 2885 152.1
Earth to Echo Relativity 5.5 (1,700) -34% 3230 24.6
Deliver Us from Evil Sony 4.6 (1,520) -53% 3049 24.9
Maleficent BV 4.2 (2,010) -32% 2077 222
Begin Again Weinstein Co. 2.9 (3,110) 132% 939 5.3
Jersey Boys WB 2.5 (1,270) -52% 1968 41.7
Think Like a Man Too Sony 2.4 (1,980) -50% 1231 61.8
America Lionsgate 2.4 (2,210) -11% 1105 8.2
Edge of Tomorrow WB 1.8 (1,680) -49% 1103 94.5
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 1.5 (1,470) -42% 1002 119.6
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.3 (1,840) -24% 701 24.1
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 1.0 (1,570) -46% 655 229.2
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 0.6 (1,710) -39% 356 2.6
Rio 2 Fox .40 (1,390) 7% 285 129.6
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Big Pictures .38 (3,790) NEW 101 0.38
Boyhood IFC .37 (74,800) NEW 5 0.37
Neighbors Uni .35 (1,300) -17% 267 148.6
Blended WB .34 (1,020) 4% 335 44.7
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony .33 (1,360) -28% 244 201.6
Third Person Sony Classics .24 (1,070) 49% 227 0.56
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni .23 (1,200) -20% 188 42.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $144.90
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) 15%
Also debuting/expanding
Obvious Child A24 .22 (1,790) -41% 124 2.8
Drushyam iDream .21 (3,290) 65 0.21
Ida Music Box .14 (1,620) -41% 85 3.1
Life Itself Magnolia .12 (2,160) -9% 55 0.31
Grand Seduction eOne .11 (1,290) -32% 88 2.7
Le Vrai du faux Seville 80,400 (1,040) 77 0.08
Les Vacances du petit Nicols Metropole 42,700 (1,190) 36 0.04
Land Ho! Sony Classics 36,900 (9,220) 4 0.04
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein Co. 33,900 (2,420) -28% 14 0.16
The Perfect Wave Mission Pictures 28,200 (2,560) 11 0.03
Marie-Mai Live au Centre Bell TVA 18,700 (405) 46 0.02
Underwater Dreams 50 Eggs 5,700 (2,850) 2 0.01
Rage Image Ent. 5,300 (530) 10 0.01
Closed Curtains Variance 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Where Was God? TRU Media 3,850 (3,850) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 10, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (15) 939.1 16.90%
20th Century Fox (13) 936.5 16.80%
Sony (14) 832.5 15.00%
Buena Vista (11) 810.6 14.60%
Universal (10) 575.8 10.40%
Paramount (9) 515.2 9.30%
Lionsgate (14) 293.4 5.30%
Open Road (6) 108.9 1.90%
Relativity (6) 95.1 1.70%
Fox Searchlight (5) 88.2 1.60%
Weinstein (16) 82.7 1.50%
FreeStyle (6) 70 1.30%
Focus (6) 39.1 0.70%
eOne/Seville (16) 37.1 0.60%
Other * (176) 131.8 2.40%
5556 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 – July 10, 2014)
Title Distributor Market Share
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 258,044,754
The Lego Movie WB 257,257,169
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 228,137,071
Maleficent BV 217,824,808
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 201,241,570
Godzilla WB 198,108,951
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 192,531,298
22 Jump Street Sony 165,261,139
Divergent Lionsgate 150,947,895
Neighbors Uni 148,278,485
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 146,203,361
Frozen * BV 137,638,201
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Rio 2 Fox 129,234,812
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 118,123,484
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 111,192,223
300: Rise of an Empire WB 106,679,622
Noah Par 101,416,757
Edge of Tomorrow WB 92,685,092
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|27.7|3967|NEW|27.7
Transformers: Age of Extinction|4.9|3913|-54%|197.4
Tammy|4|3465|-37%|48.5
22 Jump Street|2|2811|-20%|167.3
Earth to Echo|1.8|3230|-33%|20.9
How to Train Your Dragon 2|1.7|2885|-37%|147.9
Deliver Us from Evil|1.6|3049|-39%|21.9
Maleficent|1.2|2077|-32%|219.1
Begin Again|0.8|939|93%|3.2
Think Like a Man Too|0.75|1231|-43%|60.2
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Also Debuting||||
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania|0.12|101||
Boyhood|0.1|5||
Drushyam|77,500|65||
Le Vrai du faux|25,700|77||
Les Vacances du petit Nicols|16,000|32||
The Perfect Wave|10,400|10||
Land Ho!|10,300|4||
Marie-Mai Live au Centre Bell|9,100|46||
Underwater Dreams|4,400|2||
Where Was God?|2,450|1||
Rage|1,800|10||
Closed Curtains|1,600|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

There was a lot to celebrate during the Independence holiday span … but it wasn’t at the multiplex. Weekend business hit its lowest point for the period in the past decade.

Leading the pack for a second weekend was Transformers: Age of Extinction, with an estimated $36.2 million during the three-day skirmish. The raucous comedy Tammy was second and best of a trio of newcomers with $21.2 million. The other freshmen were exorcism chiller Deliver Us from Evil, which grossed $9.5 million and family-targeted Earth to Echo that wasn’t all that <b>E.T.</b>-ish at $8.2 million.

In the niches, My Illegal Wife from the Philippines had a solid bow of $164,000 at 29 venues while Hindi Hyderabad-set detective farce Bobby Jasoos struggled to $139,000 from 74 locations. Beatlemania lacked a fiftieth-century wind with the A Hard Day’s Night reissue on a backbeat with $133,000. Still, there was at least one thumb up for Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, scribbling $121,000 from 22 playdates.

Revenues for the session were slightly shy of $130 million for a 29% tumble from the prior weekend. It was a considerably steeper 45% plunge from 2013 when debuts of Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger led with respective box office of $83.5 million and $29.2 million.

Leading up to the holiday session tracking was as high as $40 million during the 5-day portion for Melissa McCarthy as a working-class Tammy. Expectations were pared back as interest flagged and the film ultimately settled at $33 million. The R-rated comedy attracted a 58% female audience according to studio exit polls and was 66% aged 25-years and older.

Deliver Us from Evil was more on target to expectations with a $15 million tally. It tilted ever-so-slightly male at 51% and was also 51% aged 25-and-older.

Earth to Echo underperformed at $13.5 million. Exit demos were unavailable but it’s hard to imagine it dominated by any auds other than families.

The frame also featured a number of expansions including the “what-if” political screed America from controversial rabblerouser Dinesh D’souza that had OK results of $2.6 million for the weekend. Also adding up were the sci-fi actioner Snowpiercer to fair returns and good response for the Once-lite musical rom-com Begin Again.

Ida, The Grand Seduction and Words and Pictures continued to maintain a toehold among  alternative fare in the marketplace.

Weekend (estimates) July 4 – 6, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 36.2 (8,560) -64% 4233 174.6
Tammy WB 21.2 (6,120) NEW 3465 32.9
Deliver Us from Evil Sony 9.5 (3,110) NEW 3049 15
22 Jump Street Sony 9.3 (2,800) -41% 3324 158.8
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 8.7 (2,640) -34% 3297 140
Earth to Echo Relativity 8.2 (2,530) NEW 3230 13.5
Maleficent BV 6.1 (2,540) -28% 2389 213.8
Jersey Boys WB 5.2 (1,970) -33% 2630 36.7
Think Like a Man Too Sony 4.8 (2,790) -53% 1729 57.1
Edge of Tomorrow WB 3.6 (2,350) -33% 1538 90.8
America Lionsgate 2.6 (2,380) 6640% 1105 4
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 2.4 (1,280) -54% 1865 115.8
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 1.8 (1,740) -45% 1044 227
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.7 (2,490) 3% 686 22.1
Begin Again Weinstein 1.3 (7,540) 885% 175 1.9
Snowpiercer Weinstein 1.0 (3,880) 467% 250 1.5
Godzilla WB .41 (1,160) -56% 352 197.9
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony .40 (1,380) 24% 289 200.8
Neighbors Uni .39 (1,240) -50% 315 148
Blended WB .36 (1,170) -40% 305 44.2
Rio 2 Fox .35 (1,120) -20% 311 128.9
Obvious Child A24 .34 (1,820) -38% 188 1.9
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV .33 (1,320) -18% 251 257.8
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni .27 (1,180) -52% 227 42.3
Ida Music Box .22 (2,220) -16% 100 2.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $123.5
% Change (Last Year) -45%
% Change (Last Week) -29%
Also debuting/expanding
Grand Seduction eOne .17 (2,040) -28% 84 2.5
My Illegal Wife ABS .16 (5,660) 29 0.17
Bobby Jasoos Big Pictures .14 (1,880) 74 0.14
A Hard Day’s Night (reissue) Janus .13 (1,730) 77 0.13
Life Itself Magnolia .12 (5,500) 22 0.12
Third Person Sony Classics .11 (3,280) 49% 34 0.28
Words and Pictures Roadside 96,300 (1,660) -29% 58 1.9
Venus in Furs IFC/Seville 37,200 (2,190) 13% 17 0.18
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein 36,500 (3,650) 52% 10 0.08
The Breakup Guru China Lion 34,700 (3,470) -45% 10 0.14
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil Eros 14,400 (290) 50 0.01
Ra Ra Krishnayya CineGalaxy 9,600 (870) 11 0.01
School Dance Film Arcade 7,800 (350) 22 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – June 29, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 893.7 17.10%
Warner Bros. (14) 871.9 16.60%
Buena Vista (11) 793.4 15.10%
Sony (13) 774.1 14.80%
Universal (10) 574.1 11.00%
Paramount (9) 422.6 8.10%
Lionsgate (13) 287.2 5.50%
Open Road (6) 105.7 2.00%
Fox Searchlight (5) 87.5 1.70%
Weinstein (15) 78.3 1.50%
Relativity (5) 76 1.40%
FreeStyle (6) 69.9 1.30%
Focus (6) 39.9 0.80%
eOne/Seville (16) 36.7 0.70%
Other * (168) 124.5 2.40%
5235.5 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

Knights At Table: Remembering Mazursky

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Something seemingly ordinary changed my life in 1988. I was working at the Los Angeles Times and preparing to do an interview with Paul Mazursky. A couple of days prior to the meeting I was asked whether I could do it early in the morning at the Farmer’s Market on Fairfax. The Market was about five minutes from my house at the time.

On the appointed day I made my way toward Bob’s Donuts and could hear laughter and boisterous banter well before I reached my destination. When I finally spied Mazursky I could see him at the center (not literally) of a group of about eight people—the loud folk I’d heard from a distance. I approached cautiously and as I neared he waved me over.

I’ve long forgotten exactly how I was introduced but most certainly it was with humor. The group was rife with writers including Leon Capetanos, a frequent Mazursky collaborator, his then-girlfriend Kathy Cohen, Roger Simon and David Freeman; an agent, a production executive, a computer geek and sportswriter Allan Malamud.

This wasn’t the ideal setting for an interview (I did manage to fake a piece) and I don’t particular recall being a significant contributor to the conversation. But when people started to peel off Mazursky looked at me and announced, “You can come back anytime.” I’d passed the non-audition, audition.

I’m pretty certain that I didn’t come back the next day. It didn’t matter that I missed a day’s repartee for I would most certainly catch up with whatever was pertinent in the subsequent quarter-century-plus.

It was usually referred to as “the Mazursky table” and he was the headline act. Nonetheless the secondary and supporting players were integral to the drama. And with any good story the plot had lots of twists that ranged from the banal to the unexpected. The core group morphed as folk moved away, passed away or reached a satiation point. New people came aboard and the list of guest stars was a veritable who’s-who.

The daily drill was generally predictable for the regulars. We talked about whatever was in the news, the sports scoreboard, medical ailments and what we’d seen at screenings. There was considerable ogling and an unending stream of jokes, largely juvenile, unprintable and repeated again and again but almost never improved despite ongoing tinkering.

On his first or second visit veteran producer George Schlatter said he wasn’t going to leave until everyone else had not only departed but was at home or work. He knew that we were unsparing with our japes whenever a participant was out of earshot.

It was a very tough crowd.

But in a town without a hub we had found our meeting venue. It is and remains a place of comfort and pain. We’ve shared all the things that mark the passage of time—the highs and lows of life and career including the ultimate exit.

We shared in everyone’s accolades as boosters and agonized at the setbacks. And as time took its toll we soldiered on and held vigil when a member found himself on the brink of the precipice. There was a moment a few years back when Charlie (artist Bragg) took a turn for the worse and one has to credit his rebound in part on all the new stories he’d have in his quiver when he returned.

When Paul’s health began to falter, his dialysis treatments took precedence over daily visits. Nonetheless he remained a constant presence and the rest of the week he’d appear at the Market undiminished in his caustic observation, wit and humanity. The other day his daughter Jill was talking about his ferocity to continue his daily routine to the very end. The prior week nothing could dissuade him from going to lunch with a more glittery set of buddies that includes Mel Brooks, Dick Donner and Mike Gruskoff. He was also with our gang that week and talking about what he was reading and watching on TCM.

Over at Betsy’s yesterday David Freeman (now the table’s longest resident) wondered how Paul’s death would change our routine. I’m not sure it will; we need our community and as long as we’re still kicking we’ll have Mr. Mazursky. He got the party started and left a sufficient, nay abundant, legacy to cherish when the jokes inevitably descend to the lowly trough we so enjoyed drinking from.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Mere quibbling! Transformers: Age of Extinction pretty much hit its target with an estimated $99.2 million that consumed roughly 55% of the marketplace and set the benchmark for 2014 opening debuts. And to no great surprise, its brethren majors opted not to set up a sacrifice title as counter-programming.

New titles in exclusive bows also registered some potent starts including dystopian sci-fier Snowpiercer with a torrid $163,000 at eight railways and the musical romcom Begin Again tuning up $143,000 at five gigs. Biopic Yves Saint Laurent fashioned $23,700 from two screens and the fanciful historical rewrite America summed up to $36,300 from four playdates.

The frame coincided with the start of Ramadan and a trio of new Indian releases. Best of the bunch was the Hindi Ek Villain with a $441,000 gross at 104 locations but comparably potent was Punjabi 1984 with a $254,000 tally from 58 engagements. The love just wasn’t there for  Telugu Autonagar Surya with a $96,300 box office from 77 venues.

Weekend biz hovered around $180 million that expanded revenues 21% from the immediate prior session. Nonetheless it was 8% off of the 2013 pace when the second weekend of Monsters University led with $45.6 million with the launch of The Heat in the bridesmaid spot with $39.1 million.

The fourth installment in The Transformers’ franchise changed up the cast and ramped up the mayhem and that combo appears to have gotten the thumbs up from fans domestic and foreign. Tracking pegged its North American debut at between $95 million and $100 million and following Thursday advance screening of $8.8 million it progressed to an inevitable commercial conclusion.

Studio exit polls also painted an anticipated picture with a 64% male tilt and a crowd that was 58% aged 25-years and older.

Internationally Tranformers: AOE bowed day and date in 37 foreign climbs and also set the year’s opening best with an estimated $201 million including a $90 million bow in China that ranks as the biggest ever for a non-local movie. Its $21.7 million tally in Russia ranks as the second biggest opener there and the film set all-time opening debuts figures in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malayasia.

Domestic holdovers generally were transformed with 50% declines though alternative fare virtually appeared un-tussled by the appearance of a commercial behemoth. Such titles as Chef, Ida and The Grand Seduction experienced little more than a flutter and the expansion of Obvious Child held up well and slotted in the frame’s top 20.

Weekend (estimates) June 27 – 29, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 99.2 (23,440) NEW 4233 99.2
22 Jump Street Sony 15.4 (4,480) -44% 3426 139.8
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 12.9 (3,450) -48% 3750 121.6
Think Like a Man Too Sony 10.4 (4,670) -65% 2225 48.2
Maleficent BV 8.2 (2,670) -36% 3073 201.8
Jersey Boys WB 7.4 (2,560) -44% 2905 27.2
Edge of Tomorrow WB 5.2 (2,040) -47% 2535 84.1
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 4.8 (1,690) -44% 2845 109.6
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 3.2 (1,600) -47% 2014 223.3
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.6 (2,030) -5% 801 19.4
Godzilla WB 1.0 (1,310) -48% 750 197.1
Neighbors Uni .72 (1,410) -47% 510 147.2
Blended WB .61 (1,280) -39% 475 43.6
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni .51 (1,060) -68% 483 41.7
Obvious Child A24 .51 (2,730) 108% 187 1.2
Rio 2 Fox .47 (1,450) 13% 322 128.2
Ek Villain Eros .44 (4,240) NEW 104 0.44
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV .38 (1,350) 92% 281 257.2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony .31 (1,140) -51% 274 200.2
Million Dollar Arm BV .30 (1,090) -44% 273 35
Punjab 1984 White Hill .25 (4,380) NEW 58 0.25
Ida Music Box .24 (1,920) -9% 127 2.5
Belle Fox Searchlight .24 (1,360) -25% 175 9.6
Grand Seduction eOne .22 (1,990) -8% 111 2.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $171.65
% Change (Last Year) -8%
% Change (Last Week) 21%
Also debuting/expanding
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. .16 (20,420) 8 0.16
Begin Again Weinstein Co. .14 (28,600) 5 0.14
Words and Pictures Roadside Attractions .13 (1,220) -40% 105 1.7
Autonagar Surya CineGalaxy 96,300 (1,250) 77 0.1
They Came Together Film Arcade 81,600 (3,020) 27 0.08
The Rover A24 79,200 (380) -84% 211 0.96
Third Person Sony Classics 77,900 (4,330) 100% 18 0.13
The Signal Focus 65,100 (360) -57% 180 0.55
The Breakup Guru China Lion 62,400 (5,200) 12 0.06
Violette Adopt 39,200 (1,510) 149% 26 0.85
America Lionsgate 36,300 (9,080) 4 0.04
Venus in Furs IFC/Seville 34,200 (2,010) -10% 17 0.11
Yves Saint Laurent Weinstein Co. 23,700 (11,850) 2 0.02
The Internet’s Own Boy FilmBuff 22,800 (1,900) 12 0.02
Whitey: USA v. James J. Bolger Magnolia 13,500 (4,470) 3 0.01
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed Outsider 9,900 (9,900) 1 0.01
La Bare Main Street 7,600 (1,090) 7 0.01
Radio Free Albemuth FreeStyle 4,600 (510) 9 0.01
Siddharth Zeitgeist 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
My Illegal Wife ABS 3,500 (3,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – June 26, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (13) 871.3 17.20%
Warner Bros. (13) 856.9 16.90%
Buena Vista (11) 783.9 15.50%
Sony (13) 747.3 14.80%
Universal (10) 572.7 11.30%
Paramount (9) 331.2 6.50%
Lionsgate (13) 287 5.70%
Open Road (6) 104.2 2.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 87.2 1.70%
Weinstein Co. (13) 77.8 1.50%
Relativity (5) 75.9 1.50%
FreeStyle (6) 69.8 1.40%
Focus (6) 39.8 0.80%
eOne/Seville (16) 36.4 0.70%
Other * (158) 121.6 2.40%
5063 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction|40.9|4233|NEW|40.9
22 Jump Street|5.1|3426|-45%|129.5
How to Train Your Dragon 2|4.1|3750|-46%|112.8
Think Like a Man Too|3.4|2225|-72%|41.1
Maleficent|2.6|3073|-35%|196.2
Jersey Boys|2.2|2905|-52%|22
The Fault in Our Stars|1.8|2845|-41%|106.6
Edge of Tomorrow|1.6|2535|-48%|80.5
X-Men: Days of Future Past|0.95|2014|-49%|221
Chef|0.45|801|-8%|18.2
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||||
Also Debuting||||
Ek Villain|0.16|104||
Punjab 1984|71,000|58||
Begin Again|38,700|5||
Snowpiercer|38,500|8||
Autonagar Surya|35,800|77||
They Came Together|26,500|27||
The Breakup Guru|16,500|12||
America|12,350|3||
Yves Saint Laurent|6,950|2||
Whitey: USA v. James J. Bolger|3,900|3||
The Internet’s Own Boy|3,300|7||
La Bare|3,300|7||
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed|3,000|1||
Siddharth|1,500|1||
Radio Free Albemuth|1,450|8||
My Illegal Wife|1,110|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Taking a breather prior to Independence Day weekend, North American box office took a sharp dip with the debut of urban comedy Think Like a Man Too pushing to the top with an estimated $29.6 million. The session’s other debutante, Jersey Boys, scatted into fourth with $13.3 million.

Weekend revenues inched toward $150 million for a 21% decline from seven day prior. It was a sharper 39% erosion from 2013 when newcomers Monsters University and World War Z topped the charts with respective bows of $82.4 million and $66.4 million.

Lower-budget buddy comedy Think Like a Man Too was tracking to do roughly $35 million or slightly better than its predecessor. Thursday sneaks of about $1.8 million were in step with the pundit’s prognostications but a dip in Friday to Saturday box office seized up on expectations. The film tilted decidedly female with 63% of its opening audience and it was also an older crowd with 66% of attendees aged 25-years and older.

In the niches the Bollywood newcomer Humshakals was also blah with a $271,000 tally from 181 venues. Additional exclusive freshmen generated tepid to frigid results including Paul Haggis’ screen original Third Person with $39,800 on five screens and Roman Polanski’s theatrical adaptation Venus in Furs grossing $36,100 at seven locations

Commercial heat for Jersey Boys despite the success of its stage incarnations and the perennial popularity of The Four Seasons catalogue was chilly. Advance polling pegged its potential at between $11 million and $13 million and its high end results were abetted by positive reviews from major critics.

Jersey Boys gender demos were not dissimilar to those of TLAMT with a crowd that was 61% female. However it ranks as one of the oldest skewing films of recent times with 92% of the audience aged 25-years and older. The good news is that it’s likely to hang in there a lot longer than the summer’s behemoths but it’s still no Mamma Mia!

On the alternative side Obvious Child continues to expand effectively and the Polish drama Ida has emerged as a stealth box office surprise. But in general the seasonal options that have secured a toehold have largely been modestly appealing to their base.

Weekend (estimates) June 20 – 22, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Think Like a Man Too Sony 29.6 (13,310) NEW 2225 29.6
22 Jump Street Sony 28.2 (8,520) -51% 3306 110.6
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 25.4 (5,960) -49% 4268 75.5
Jersey Boys WB 13.3 (4,590) NEW 2905 13.3
Maleficent BV 13.2 (3,830) -29% 3450 186.2
Edge of Tomorrow WB 10.2 (3,180) -38% 3212 74.4
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 8.2 (2,470) -44% 3340 98.4
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 6.2 (2,320) -36% 2681 216.8
Godzilla WB 1.8 (1,340) -45% 1365 194.9
Chef Open Road/VVS 1.8 (1,880) -17% 961 16.9
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni 1.6 (1,140) -50% 1417 40.3
Neighbors Uni 1.4 (1,320) -42% 1033 145.7
Blended WB 1.0 (1,230) -40% 842 42.2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony .62 (1,430) -35% 434 199.5
Million Dollar Arm BV .52 (1,170) -35% 444 34.4
The Rover A24 .51 (860) 636% 595 0.6
Rio 2 Fox .40 (1,300) -3% 310 127.4
Belle Searchlight .33 (1,340) -36% 244 9.2
Divergent Lionsgate .29 (1,010) -24% 289 150.2
Humshakals Fox Intl .27 (1,500) NEW 181 0.27
Ida Music Box .25 (2,000) -4% 125 2
Grand Seduction eOne .24 (1,940) -11% 124 1.7
Obvious Child A24 .22 (4,070) 67% 54 0.55
Words and Pictures Roadside .21 (1,210) 46% 175 1.5
The Other Woman Fox .20 (880) -16% 231 83.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.55
% Change (Last Year) -39%
% Change (Last Week) -21%
Also debuting/expanding
The Signal Focus .15 (740) -3% 204 0.4
The Immigrant Weinstein Co. 84,200 (770) -45% 110 1.9
Third Person Sony Classics 39,800 (7,960) 5 0.04
Venus in Furs IFC/Seville 36,100 (5,16) 7 0.04
No Tears for the Dead CJ 26,300 (2,020) 13 0.03
Coherence Oscilloscope 16,700 (8,350) 1 0.02
A Summer’s Tale Big World 12,400 (6,200) 2 0.01
Le Chef Cohen Media 11,900 (11,900) 1 0.01
VadaCurry Meeka 9,800 (890) 11 0.01
The Last Sentence Music Box 8,300 (4,150) 2 0.01
Code Black Lionsgate 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
The Past is a Grotesque Animal Oscilloscope 6,200 (1,240) 5 0.01
A Picture of You Medium 10 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
I’ll Follow You Down eOne 3,100 (770) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – June 19, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (13) 817.2 16.90%
20th Century Fox (12) 807.1 16.70%
Buena Vista (11) 762.2 15.80%
Sony (13) 668.1 13.80%
Universal (10) 568.1 11.80%
Paramount (8) 322.4 6.70%
Lionsgate (13) 286.6 5.90%
Open Road (6) 101.7 2.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 86.4 1.80%
Weinstein Co. (13) 77.5 1.60%
Relativity (5) 75.8 1.60%
FreeStyle (6) 69.6 1.40%
Focus (6) 39.5 0.80%
eOne/Seville (15) 34.6 0.70%
Other * (153) 118.5 2.40%
4835.3 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – June 19, 2014) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 710,505,850
Frozen * BV 703,704,083
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 702,295,977
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 674,781,475
Rio 2 Fox 472,688,437
The Lego Movie WB 469,961,304
Maleficent BV 463,344,229
Godzilla WB 455,466,181
Noah Par 351,948,210
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par; Red Granite 350,418,304
300: Rise of an Empire WB 328,272,080
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 277,256,540
Divergent Lionsgate 272,647,291
Edge of Tomorrow WB 258,435,051
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 252,674,022
RoboCop Sony 243,433,366
Neighbors Uni 233,852,665
Non-Stop Uni; Studio Canal 211,077,704
Need for Speed BV; Mister Smith 205,882,387
American Hustle * Sony/eOne; Panorama 183,941,467
The Other Woman Fox 181,278,635
The Monkey King Global Star 180,124,680
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox 163,137,977
The Monuments Men Sony; Fox 157,866,292
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne; Foresight 154,702,256
* does not include 2013 Box Office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Think Like a Man Too|12.1|2225|NEW|12.1
22 Jump Street|9.3|3306|-55%|91.8
How to Train Your Dragon 2|7.7|4268|-53%|77.5
Jersey Boys|4.6|2905|NEW|4.6
Maleficent|4|3450|-31%|177
The Fault in Our Stars|3.1|3340|-51%|93.2
Edge of Tomorrow|3|3212|-34%|67.2
X-Men: Days of Future Past|1.8|2681|-34%|212.4
Godzilla|0.55|1365|-40%|193.6
A Million Ways to Die in the West|0.5|1417|-48%|39.2
Chef|0.5|961|-21%|15.6
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||||
Also Debuting||||
Humshakals|95,200|181||
Coherence|12,100|1||
Third Person|11,500|5||
Venus in Furs|10,500|7||
No Tears for the Dead|8,600|13||
Le Chef|3,900|3||
VadaCurry|3,650|11||
A Summer’s Tale|3,500|2||
A Picture of You|3,100|1||
Code Black|2,600|1||
The Past is a Grotesque Animal|2,500|5||
The Last Sentence|2,000|2||
I’ll Follow You Down|1,100|4||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The serpent got slain by the bad boys of 22 Jump Street, which debuted in the marketplace with an estimated $60.4 million. That still left considerable coin for the opening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, with $50.1 million.

Among exclusive freshmen the most impressive was the Australian futuristic revenge saga The Rover that bowed at Cannes and entered the U.S. with $66,200 from five engagements. Another fest fave Violette from France grossed $17,300 at two location.

The session also featured several arresting niche entries including the cycling drama La Petite reine that bowed to a solid $282,000 in its native Quebec. The signs weren’t as bright for SF paranoia entry The Signal that grossed $141,000 at 120 venues. But the curiosity of the frame was the re-entry of the faith-based Alone Yet Not Alone based on an 18th-century incident of women kidnapped by Native Americans. The film opened briefly last year but is only now receiving a wider release with impressive results of $620,000 from 103 screens.

Overall, business rose to about $195 million for an upbeat of 17% from the prior weekend. However box office was down 7% from 2013 when newcomers Man of Steel and This is the End held top spots with respective entries of $116.6 million and $20.7 million.

The predictive class had given the weekend edge to How to Train Your Dragon 2 with estimated for 22 Jump Street in a $55 million to $60 million range that the sequel pushed a little bit further. The TV-inspired sequel about very unconventional undercover cops received unexpectedly positive reviews with equally surprising strong response from a younger crowd. Studio exit demos identified an opening crowd equally split between men and women and with 56% of viewers aged 25-years and younger.

22 Jump Street got a head start last weekend with openings in Australia and Holland that grossed a potent $9 million.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 previewed in nine foreign climes a week back to a less fulsome $3.4 million and significantly under-performed in its domestic debut. It tilted slightly female with 53% of the audience and 56% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. While the marketplace is hardly overflowing with family fare some of the new film’s momentum was subsumed by a strong hold from Maleficent.

Internationally Dragon opened day-and-date in 25 international markets with an estimated $25 million.

On the alternative side Chef continues to hold well with its domestic cume passing $14 million. Additionally the Canadian The Grand Seduction expanded its U.S. profile as did Words and Music, with both films passing the $1 million bar.

Weekend (estimates) June 13 – 15, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
22 Jump Street Sony 60.4 (18,280) NEW 3306 60.4
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 50.1 (11,780) NEW 4253 50.1
Maleficent BV 19.1 (5,280) -44% 3623 163.6
Edge of Tomorrow WB 16.0 (4,570) -44% 3505 56.5
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 15.5 (4,750) -68% 3273 81.5
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 9.5 (3,120) -37% 3042 205.9
Godzilla WB 3.1 (1,500) -49% 2088 191.3
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni 3.1 (1,270) -58% 2413 36.9
Neighbors Uni 2.5 (1,300) -53% 1896 143.1
Chef Open Road 2.3 (2,050) -14% 1102 14.1
Blended WB 1.6 (1,030) -60% 1581 40.3
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 1.0 (1,440) -50% 682 198.4
Million Dollar Arm BV .71 (1,230) -65% 577 33.4
Alone Yet Not Alone Enthuse .62 (6,020) 103 0.62
Belle Searchlight .52 (1,530) -33% 339 8.6
Rio 2 Fox .42 (1,100) -45% 383 126.7
Words and Pictures Roadside .41 (1,900) 46% 217 1.1
Divergent Lionsgate .33 (990) 32% 336 149.6
Heaven is for Real Sony .30 (590) -24% 513 89.4
La Petite Reine Seville .28 (4,860) NEW 58 0.28
Grand Seduction eOne .27 (2,600) -6% 103 1.3
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV .25 (1,120) -40% 223 256.3
Ida Music Box .24 (2,200) 8% 111 1.7
The Lego Movie WB .24 (790) -10% 301 256.3
Maybe This Time ABS .23 (4,460) -61% 52 1.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $186.05
% Change (Last Year) -7%
% Change (Last Week) 17%
Also debuting/expanding
The Immigrant Weinstein Co. .16 (1,160) -15% 140 1.7
Obvious Child A24 .14 (7,890) 84% 18 0.26
The Signal Focus .14 (1,180) 120 0.14
The Rover A24 66,200 (13,240) 5 0.07
Night Moves Cinedigm 49,800 (900) 2% 55 0.15
Cold in July IFC 39,300 (940) -42% 42 0.37
Lunchbox Sony Classics 32,500 (1,250) -21% 26 4.1
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics 25,400 (940) 0% 27 1.7
Ivory Tower IDP 17,300 (8,650) 2 0.02
Violette Adopt 14,700 (7,350) 2 0.01
Hellion IFC 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
Mundasupatti Fox Star 6,900 (780) 9 0.01
Jump Jilani CineGalaxy 5,400 (220) 25 0.01
Policeman Corinth 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Lullaby Arc 4,500 (370) 12 0.01
All Cheerleaders Die Image 4.200 (420) 10 0.01
Coffee in Berlin Music Box 3,640 (3,640) 1 0.01
Heli Outsider 2,100 (700) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – June 12, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (13) 785.1 17.20%
Buena Vista (11) 731.9 16.00%
20th Century Fox (11) 697.5 15.30%
Sony (12) 587.1 12.80%
Universal (10) 559.5 12.30%
Paramount (9) 324.4 7.10%
Lionsgate (13) 285.9 6.30%
Open Road (6) 98.7 2.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 85.3 1.90%
Weinstein Co. (12) 77.1 1.70%
Relativity (5) 75.7 1.70%
FreeStyle (6) 69.3 1.50%
Focus (6) 39.3 0.85%
eOne/Seville (14) 33.8 0.75%
Other * (145) 114.4 2.50%
4565 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – June 12, 2014) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Belle Fox Searchlight 8,059,342
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Jerusalem NationalGeo 4,374,357
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,281,686
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,064,041
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,562,038
Veronica Mars WB 3,322,127
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 2,972,834
The Great Beauty * Janus/Mongrel 2,837,275
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 2,817,471
Hubble 3D * Imax 2,767,686
The Raid 2 Sony Classics/eOne 2,624,002
Under the Skin A24 2,458,347
2014 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,358,468
2 States UTV 2,238,174
Le Week-end Music Box 2,207,789
* does not include 2013 Box Office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

22 Jump Street|24.8|3306|NEW|24.8
How to Train Your Dragon 2|18.2|4253|NEW|18.2
The Fault in Our Stars|6.3|3273|-65%|72.3
Maleficent|5.8|3623|-43%|150.3
Edge of Tomorrow|4.5|3505|-58%|45
X-Men: Days of Future Past|2.6|3042|-43%|199
A Million Ways to Die in the West|0.9|2413|-59%|34.8
Godzilla|0.85|2088|-51%|189
Neighbors|0.8|1896|-52%|141.4
Chef|0.6|1102|-15%|12.4
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Also Debuting||||
La Petite Reine|86,400|58||
The Signal|50,300|120||
The Rover|26,900|5||
Ivory Tower|7,100|6||
Violette|3,850|2||
Hellion|3,200|1||
All Cheerleaders Die|2,400|10||
Jump Jilani|1,900|25||
Policeman|1,500|1||
Lullaby|1,500|12||
Mundasupatti|1,400|9||
Coffee in Berlin|1,300|1||
I Am I|1,000|2||