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The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier remained at the top of the charts despite significant incoming competition from newcomer Rio 2. The Captain grossed an estimated $40.9 million to the feathered flock’s $38.5 million. The session also featured two other national openers, which fought for positions three and four on the charts. Mirror chiller Oculus bowed to $11.8 million while football-themed Draft Day touched down with $10 million.

Exclusive newcomers were generally short on dynamism with albeit encouraging results for upscale vampire saga Only Lovers Left Alive generating $93,700, and war and reconciliation tale The Railway Man bowing to $62,300. Each film bowed at four stations. Also in limited release was critically-acclaimed Nicolas Cage drama Joe, which punched a soft $99,700 at 48 venues and Brit salsa import Cuban Fury that mis-stepped to $57.200 from 79 screens.

In the niches, Indian imports flooded in with the Telugu Race Gurram in the lead with $870,000. Hindi entries Disco Singh and Bhoothnath Returns followed respectively with $174,000 and 92,300.

Overall revenues for the period were roughly $140 million, ebbing back 18% from the prior weekend. Grosses perked up 19% from 2013 when freshmen entries 42 and Scary Movie 5 were top attractions, with respective grosses of $27.5 million and $14.2 million.

Tracking was strong for the animated sequel Rio 2 but pundits weren’t convinced it could open with sufficient power to surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Friday saw the feathered friend slightly ahead of its rival but the film began to molt Saturday and had to settle for the bridesmaid slot. To no great surprise the picture’s primary appeal was to families that comprised 62% of the initial audience. The gender breakdown tilted female with studio demos that identified them as 57% of the opening audience.

Rio 2 is in its third weekend internationally with a current weekend estimated at $62 million in 62 markets and a cume to date of $125 million.

Neither Oculus nor Draft Day evinced significant interest among potential viewers. The end result was OK for the low budget thriller but a disappointment for the second effort this year to revive Kevin Costner’s career as a leading man. Exit demos for Draft Day provided some surprise with a gender tilt of 51% male and a less unanticipated age bias with 82% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Exit demos were unavailable for Oculus but likely skewed male and younger.

The Raid 2 expanded nationally and failed to land a punch as it attempted to navigate appeal to both arthouse and action aficionados. More encouraging was the addition of 49 sites for daunting sci-fi thriller Under the Skin that grossed $290,000 from 53 screens.

Weekend (estimates) April 11 – 13, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 40.9 (10,390) -57% 3938 158.5
Rio 2 Fox 38.5 (9,740) NEW 3948 38.5
Oculus Relativity 11.8 (4,470) NEW 2648 11.8
Draft Day Lionsgate 10.0 (3,590) NEW 2781 10
Divergent Lionsgate 7.4 (2,390) -43% 3110 124.8
Noah Par 7.3 (2,230) -57% 3282 84.8
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 5.4 (2,910) -30% 1860 40.8
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 4.0 (2,710) -35% 1467 39.4
Muppets Most Wanted BV 2.1 (950) -65% 2261 45.6
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 1.8 (880) -66% 2001 105.2
The Raid 2 Sony Classics 1.0 (1,020) 640% 954 1.4
Race Gurram Ficus .87 (10,480) NEW 83 0.97
Non-Stop Uni .71 (930) -60% 762 89.4
Need for Speed BV .67 (1,580) -63% 613 42.1
Bad Words Focus .60 (790) -62% 763 7.1
The Lego Movie WB .46 (750) -67% 610 251.5
300: Rise of an Empire WB .42 (800) -71% 525 105
Frozen BV .37 (1,070) -8% 344 399.4
Sabotage Open Road .34 (460) -83% 751 10.1
Lunchbox Sony Classics .30 (2,310) -7% 129 1.7
Under the Skin A24 .29 (5,530) 97% 53 0.48
Son of God Fox .28 (310) -7% 905 59
Le Weekend Music Box .27 (1,910) -7% 142 1.2
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate .27 (880) -72% 305 5.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $132.85
% Change (Last Year) 19%
% Change (Last Week) -18%
Also debuting/expanding
Disco Singh Viva .17 (4,350) 40 0.17
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar WB .14 (3,900) -23% 37 0.45
Finding Vivian Maier IFC .12 (5,090) 41% 23 0.33
Joe Roadside/Lionsgate .10 (2,080) 48 0.1
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics 93,700 (23,420) 4 0.09
Bhoothnath Returns B4U 92,200 (1,650) 56 0.09
Dom Hemingway Searchlight 72,700 (1,730) 148% 42 0.12
The Unknown Known Weinstein Co. 66,500 (830) 3% 80 0.15
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 62,300 (15,570) 4 0.06
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Magnolia 42,600 (1,040) -56% 41 0.63
Cuban Fury eOne 57,200 (720) 79 0.06
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 41,100 (2,570) -18% 16 0.24
Naan Sigappu Manithan ATMUS 15,500 (910) 17 0.02
Dancing in Jaffa IFC 14,300 (7,150) 2 0.01
Hateship Loveship IFC 6,900 (6,900) 1 0.01
Hank & Asha FilmRise 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 10, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (9) 484.7 18.20%
Buena Vista (8) 387.4 14.50%
Universal (8) 380.6 14.30%
Paramount (8) 298.6 11.20%
Sony (8) 282.5 10.60%
20th Century Fox (7) 218.3 8.20%
Lionsgate (11) 215.5 8.10%
Weinstein Co. (7) 69.2 2.60%
Open Road (4) 68.7 2.60%
Fox Searchlight (4) 54.1 2.00%
Focus (3) 37.7 1.40%
FreeStyle (3) 35.6 1.30%
Relativity (3) 31.8 1.20%
eOne/Seville (100) 29.5 1.10%
Other * (100) 69.8 2.60%
2664 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – April 10, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
The Lego Movie WB 251,058,771
Frozen * BV 135,967,594
Ride Along Uni 133,996,535
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 124,907,273
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 117,608,171
Divergent Lionsgate 117,376,993
300: Rise of an Empire WB 104,579,425
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 103,389,979
Non-Stop Uni 88,704,305
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 82,622,064
Noah Par 77,421,635
The Monuments Men Sony 77,075,930
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 75,490,253
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 63,612,931
Son of God Fox 58,672,073
RoboCop Sony 57,394,688
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 56,785,897
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 50,645,982
About Last Night Sony 48,485,747
Muppets Most Wanted BV 43,477,047
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Rio 2|11.8|3948|NEW|11.8
Captain America: The Winter Soldier|11.7|3938|-64%|129.3
Oculus|4.9|2648|NEW|4.9
Draft Day|3.6|2781|NEW|3.6
Divergent|2.3|3110|-44%|119.7
Noah|2|3282|-59%|79.4
God’s Not Dead|1.6|1860|-30%|36.9
The Grand Budapest Hotel|1.2|1467|-37%|36.6
Muppets Most Wanted|0.55|2261|-63%|44
Mr. Peabody & Sherman|0.45|2001|-66%|103.8
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Also Debuting||||
Race Gurram|0.25|83||
Disco Singh|46,700|40||
Joe|28,400|48||
Only Lovers Left Alive|24,200|4||
Bhoothnath Returns|23,800|56||
The Railway Man|18,100|4||
Cuban Fury|17,700|79||
Naan Sigappu Manithan|6,500|17||
Dancing in Jaffa|4,750|1||
Hateship Loveship|3,100|1||
Hank & Asha|2,300|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier chilled the competition with a jaw-dropping debut estimated at $95.8 million. The film set a new benchmark for  biggest April box office opening and sales accounted for roughly 57% of all weekend revenues.

Rivals decided to avoid the Cap’s deluge … even the prospect of a counter-programmer. However, there was a veritable onslaught of niche newcomers including disappointing results of $350,000 for the multiple personality drama Frankie & Alice. Also struggling was the American supernatural indie Jinn with a $147,000 tally at 200 venues.

Exclusive debuts were generally dismal. The Brit gangster opus Dom Hemingway struggled to $31,300 from four screens. The sole upbeat exception was the offbeat alien saga Under the Skin that grossed an impressive $139,000, from four engagements.

Session revenues generated just shy of $170 million for a tidy 20% boast from the immediate prior weekend. Box office was also up 26% from 2013 when the launch of Evil Dead led with $25.8 million.

Tracking for the Captain America sequel was potent but pundits were cautious with estimates of $75-80 million. The film clearly defied the odds with a significant 64% male audience and 58% of the opening weekend crowd identified as couples. So clearly there was room in the marketplace for a female date movie. Roughly half the audience was aged between 18 and 35-years old with 57% overall aged 25-years and older.

Internationally, the Captain bowed last weekend to $75 million in 32 territories and upped the ante to 50 this weekend with an estimated $107 million including a $39 million bow in China and a $19 million launch in South Korea.

Holdover titles took it on the chin including a 61% decline for last week’s leader Noah. Still, the faithful continued to support the inspirational God’s Not Dead that’s been steadily adding theaters and remained in the top five with a $7.8 million gross for the frame and a $32.6 million cume.

Weekend (estimates) April 4 – 6, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 95.8 (24,330) NEW 3938 95.8
Noah Par 17.1 (4,780) -61% 3571 72.4
Divergent Lionsgate 12.9 (3,560) -50% 3631 114
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 7.8 (4,400) -12% 1765 32.6
Muppets Most Wanted BV 6.3 (2,050) -44% 3052 42.1
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 6.2 (4,920) -27% 1263 33.3
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 5.3 (1,800) -42% 2931 102.2
Need for Speed BV 1.8 (1,020) -57% 1779 40.8
Sabotage Open Road 1.8 (740) -65% 2486 8.7
Non-Stop Uni 1.8 (1,060) -54% 1724 88.1
Bad Words Focus 1,6 (1,520) -36% 1074 6
300: Rise of an Empire WB 1.4 (930) -66% 1555 104
The Lego Movie WB 1.4 (1,040) -53% 1350 250.6
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 1.0 (1,480) -66% 664 4.6
Frozen BV .37 (1,150) 9% 321 398.9
Frankie & Alice Lionsgate .35 (2,060) NEW 171 0.35
Lunchbox Sony Classics .33 (3,230) 5% 103 1.3
The Single Moms Club Lionsgate .32 (760) -71% 425 15.6
Son of God Fox .31 (640) -71% 481 58.5
Le Weekend Music Box .30 (2,890) 39% 103 0.85
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .25 (870) -20% 285 63.5
Gravity WB .23 (900) 88% 255 273.6
The Monuments Men Sony .21 (740) -50% 293 76.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $162.20
% Change (Last Year) 26%
% Change (Last Week) 20%
Also debuting/expanding
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar WB .18 (4,810) 37 0.18
Main Tera Hero Eros .17 (2,160) 77 0.17
Jinn FreeStyle .15 (740) 200 0.15
Under the Skin A24 .14 (34,650) 4 0.14
The Raid 2 Sony Classics .13 (5,070) -20% 26 0.35
Finding Vivian Maier IFC 97,400 (6,090) 29% 16 0.21
Rowdy 24 Frames 87,200 (1,900) 46 0.09
Afflicted CBS 72,700 (1,650) 44 0.07
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Magnolia 71,800 (1,330) -42% 54 0.51
Main Karate ATMUS 69,600 (2,580) 27 0.07
Particle Fever Abramorama 55,400 (1,630) -20% 34 0.53
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 48,300 (3,020) 34% 16 0.16
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics 46,800 (730) -48% 64 1.5
The Unknown Known Weinstein Co. 44,200 (2,950) 15 0.04
9 mois ferme Metropole 32,600 (3,630) 9 0.03
Dom Hemingway Searchlight 31,300 (7,820) 4 0.03
La Garde Seville 17,800 (1,270) 14 0.02
Recep Ivedik 4 Camasirhane 14,700 (1,840) 8 0.01
Cas & Dylan Pacific Northwest 8,900 (1,760) 5 0.01
Something Wicked Brillstein 8,800 (8,800) 1 0.01
Watermark eOne 8,500 (4,250) 2 0.01
Ilo Ilo Film Movement 8,400 (4,200) 2 0.01
The Birder Union Pics 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
The Galapagos Affair Zeitgeist 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
In the Blood Anhor Bay 5,300 (380) 14 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 3, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (8) 479.9 19.60%
Universal (8) 377.9 15.40%
Sony (8) 281.9 11.50%
Paramount (8) 276.4 11.30%
Buena Vista (7) 259.1 10.60%
20th Century Fox (7) 211.3 8.60%
Lionsgate (10) 197.1 8.00%
Weinstein Co. (7) 69.1 2.80%
Open Road (4) 65.5 2.70%
Fox Searchlight (3) 45.6 1.90%
Focus (3) 35.5 1.40%
Relativity (3) 31.7 1.30%
eOne/Seville (10) 29.1 1.20%
FreeStyle (2) 24.8 1.00%
Other * (90) 65.4 2.70%
2450.3 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier|BVI|36.8|3938|NEW|36.8
Noah|Par|4.9|3571|-62%|60.2
Divergent|Lionsgate|4.2|3631|-48%|105.2
God’s Not Dead|FreeStyle|2.2|1765|-7%|27
The Grand Budapest Hotel|Searchlight|1.8|1263|-24%|28.9
Muppets Most Wanted|BVI|1.5|3052|-42%|37.4
Mr. Peabody & Sherman|Fox|1.3|2931|-42%|98.2
Non-Stop|Uni|0.55|1724|-53%|86.9
Sabotage|Open Road|0.55|2486|-70%|7.4
Need for Speed|BV|0.5|1779|-56%|39.5
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Also Debuting|||||
Frankie & Alice|Lionsgate|0.12|171||
Jinn|FreeStyle|54,600|200||
Main Tera Hero|Eros|51,200|77||
Under the Skin|A24|48,700|4||
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar|WB|42,100|37||
Rowdy|24 Frames|31,200|46||
Main Karate|ATMUS|28,300|27||
Afflicted|CBS|22,500|44||
The Unknown Known|Weinstein Co.|12,700|15||
Dom Hemingway|Searchlight|9,300|4||
9 mois ferme|Metropole|5,400|9||
Something Wicked|Brillstein|4,250|1||
La Garde|Seville|4,200|14||
Recep Ivedik 4|Camasirhane|4,100|8||
Watermark|eOne|3,500|2||
Cas & Dylan|Pacific Northwest|3,100|5||
Ilo Ilo|Film Movement|2,500|2||
The Birder|Union Pics|2,200|1||
Alien Abduction|IFC|2,100|13||
In the Blood|Anchor Bay|2,000|15||
Goodbye World|IDP|1,700|12||
10 Rules for Sleeping Around|Screen Media|1,550|11||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

There Will Be Flood ​

Noah provided a 6.3 tremor at the box office that translated into an estimated $44.2 million debut. Otherwise there wasn’t a deluge among new openers. The Governator was barely electable in Sabotage that bowed to $5.2 million and limited wide launch of the biopic on union organizer Cesar Chavez bore a modest crop of $3 million.

There were a couple of bright spots among incoming exclusives. Nonfiction Finding Vivian Maier clicked with $78,100 on six and the Indonesian-set The Raid 2 provided a potent $174,000 onslaught from seven locations.

In the niches Telugu Legend had an OK bow of $327,000 at 69 venues. Also fair was the $68,000 debut of local tall poppy Xavier Dolan’s fourth film, Tom à la ferme, in Québec.

Session box office revenues generated slightly better than $145 million for a slight 2% improvement from the prior weekend and a comparably slim 2% downturn from 2013. A year ago the first weekend of G.I. Joe: Retaliation led the field with $40.5 million tally with The Croods in second with $26.7 million.

Awash in alleged controversy, Noah nonetheless brought in the faithful as well as religious skeptics. Domestically, the film’s opening weekend audience was evenly split between the sexes with 74% of the crowd aged 25-years and older.

Internationally, Noah opened in Mexico and South Korea a week ago to excellent business. The current weekend count saw the addition of 18 territories that included a potent $17.2 million bow in Russia and a total estimated gross of $33.6 million.

The biggest noise overseas belonged to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which stepped out a week ahead of its North American bow in 32 countries with approximately $75 million. Early estimates have South Korea and the UK vying for bragging rights with respective estimates of $10.9 million and $10.7 million.

He may be back, but since leaving elected office Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to find the commercial footing he enjoyed back in the twentieth century. Sabotage, a tale of a DEA squad targeted by drug lords appears to be another programmer doomed to a quick theatrical hasta la vista.

The session also saw an excellent expansion for The Grand Budapest Hotel and a passable result for Bad Words. Last weekend’s freshmen class had generally good holds with the inspirational God’s Not Dead proving the most resilient of a trio that also included Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted.

This past weekend, Frozen ascended to a $1 billion plus global box office—a first for an animated feature—and now ranks as Disney’s biggest grossing non-live-action picture.

Weekend (estimates) March 28 – 30, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Noah Par 44.2 (12,380) NEW 3567 44.2
Divergent Lionsgate 27.1 (6,880) -50% 3936 95.8
Muppets Most Wanted BV 11.4 (3,580) -33% 3194 33.3
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 9.5 (2,890) -19% 3299 94.9
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 8.8 (9,020) 30% 977 24.4
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 8.4 (7,240) -9% 1164 21.4
Sabotage Open Road 5.2 (2,100) NEW 2486 5.2
Need for Speed BV 4.3 (1,590) -46% 2705 37.7
300: Rise of an Empire WB 4.2 (1,630) -50% 2601 101.1
Non-Stop Uni 4.1 (1,620) -36% 2515 85.2
The Lego Movie WB 3.1 (1,540) -26% 2001 248.3
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 3.0 (4,550) NEW 664 3
Bad Words Focus 2.6 (3,120) 421% 842 3.6
The Single Moms Club Lionsgate 1.1 (1,000) -63% 1139 15
Son of God Fox 1.1 (850) -60% 1277 57.9
The Monuments Men Sony .44 (880) -54% 501 76.6
Frozen BV .35 (900) -53% 387 398.4
Ride Along Uni .34 (940) -47% 360 133.7
Legend 14 Reels .33 (4,740) NEW 69 0.33
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .32 (1,090) -5% 294 63.1
The Lunchbox Sony Classics .31 (4,210) 67% 73 0.9
Queen Viva .22 (3,440) -23% 64 1.2
Le Weekend Music Box .22 (4,540) 60% 48 0.47
3 Days to Kill Relativity .21 (610) -65% 340 30.2
The Raid 2 Sony Classics .17 (24,880) NEW 7 0.17
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $138.10
% Change (Last Year) -2%
% Change (Last Week) 2%
Also debuting/expanding
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Magnolia .11 (3,530) -29% 32 0.35
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics 93,600 (990) -40% 94 1.4
Finding Vivian Maier IFC 78,100 (13,020) 6 0.08
Particle Fever Abramorama 71,400 (2,230) -10% 32 0.44
Tom à la ferme Seville 68,700 (3,820) 18 0.07
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel 53,500 (1,570) -22% 34 3.5
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 34,200 (4,890) -5% 7 0.09
Mistaken for Strangers Abramorama 26,400 (4,400) 6 0.03
Breathe In Cinema Guild 14,300 (790) 18 0.01
Dishkiyaoon Eros 8,100 (7360) 11 0.01
Fiston Remstar 7,900 (1,310) 6 0.01
Greencard Warriors New World 3,500 (1,170) 3 0.01
Boys of Abu Ghraib Vertical 2,300 (290) 8 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 27, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (8) 469.6 20.70%
Universal (8) 372.1 16.40%
Sony (8) 280.8 12.40%
Buena Vista (7) 238.8 10.50%
Paramount (7) 220.8 9.70%
20th Century Fox (7) 198.2 8.80%
Lionsgate (9) 159.6 7.00%
Weinstein Co. (7) 68.8 3.00%
Open Road (3) 58.3 2.60%
Fox Searchlight (3) 34.1 1.50%
Focus (3) 31.9 1.40%
Relativity (3) 31.4 1.40%
eOne/Seville (9) 28.6 1.30%
FreeStyle (2) 13.1 0.60%
CBS (2) 10.9 0.50%
Other * (82) 50.6 2.20%
2267.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – March 27, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Frozen * BV 502,573,595
The Lego Movie WB 397,405,057
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 335,848,166
300: Rise of an Empire WB 299,217,068
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 276,077,451
RoboCop Sony 243,693,751
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 192,552,441
The Monkey King Global Star 180,124,680
American Hustle * Sony/eOne; Panorama 174,539,304
Non-Stop Uni 171,397,017
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne; Foresight 149,613,885
Ride Along Uni 147,164,217
Need for Speed BV 140,766,216
The Monuments Men Sony; Fox 140,409,284
12 Years a Slave * Fox Searchlight 135,738,586
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 134,113,605
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty * Fox 112,802,927
Dad, Where Are You Going? Enlight 112,464,023
47 Ronin * Uni 98,369,322
The Man from Macau Mega-Vision 95,075,161
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Par 88,935,785
Pompeii Sony/eOne; Lionsgate 86,833,282
Divergent Lionsgate 74,120,952
I, Frankenstein Lionsgate 73,768,830
August: Osage County Weinstein Co. 70,312,768
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box-Office Estimates

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Noah Par 14.9 3567 NEW 14.9
Divergent Lionsgate 8.3 3936 -54% 77
Muppets Most Wanted BVI 2.6 3194 -44% 24.4
The Grand Budapest Hotel Searchlight 2.3 977 22% 17.9
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 2.2 1164 -20% 15.2
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 2.2 3299 -20% 87.6
Sabotage Open Road 1.8 2486 NEW 1.8
Need for Speed BV 1.2 2705 -48% 34.6
300: Rise of an Empire WB 1.1 2601 -52% 98
Non-Stop Uni 1.1 2515 -38% 82.2
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 1 664 NEW 1
Also Debuting
Legend 14 Reels 0.12 69
The Raid 2 Sony Classics 63,700 7
Finding Vivian Maier IFC 22,300 5
Mistaken for Strangers Abramorama 8,200 5
Breathe In Cohen Media Group 4,600 18
Dishkiyaoon Eros 2,400 11
Fiston Remstar 2,100 6
Greencard Warriors New World 1,750 3
Boys of Abu Ghraib Vertical 900 8

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The much-ballyhooed debut of Divergent handily led weekend moviegoing with an estimated $56.2 million. That left newcomer Muppets Most Wanted with poor seconds of $16.5 million. But the session curve ball belonged to the inspirational God’s Not Dead that played largely heartland multiplexes and grossed a significant $8.7 million.

Results for new niche and exclusive title were largely moribund-to-fair. The controversial Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (Volume 2 opened in Canada) did little to overcome American unease with graphic sexual material with a box office of $157,000 at 24 venues. The true life chronicle of the film that never was – Jodorowsky’s Dune - was off to a good start of $35,800 from three screens.

Overall revenues for the sessions climbed to more than $140 million and an upward bump of 25%. It was a more modest 2% improvement from 2013 when freshmen entries The Croods and Olympus Has Fallen led the charge with respective bows of $43.6 million and $30.4 million.

Divergent, based on a trilogy of young fiction books aimed at female readers, with its depiction of a dystopian future was naturally viewed as a potent successor to The Hunger Games. And while it doesn’t appear to be nearly as commercially vibrant, it opened with sufficient force to buttress the decision to commit to a three-picture investment.

The film got off to a quick start with Thursday late night shows that grossed roughly $4.9 million. But its Friday to Saturday bump was just a modest 11%. Unsurprisingly the opening audience skewed 59% female with a 50/50 split at the over/under 25-year threshold.

Reinventing, or at least revitalizing the Muppets multi-generational appeal has been a daunting challenge. Muppets Most Wanted came short of that task as it fell short of tracking that anticipated an opening better than $20 million. Exit polling revealed its strongest appeal with younger viewers and families with under 25-year olds accounting for 54% of opening weekend audiences with 71% identifying as families. It tilted slightly female with 54% of the crowd.

Identifying the appeal of faith-based movies has largely been abysmal as the majors very rarely dip into that niche. So pundits largely dismissed the prospects of God’s Not Dead with grim predictions that ranged from a low of $2.5 million to dubious top end of $5 million. Admittedly its labor intensive to divine which pictures have support from the pulpit and special church projections and this latest outing must have had both to generate its box office response.

CinemaCon, the annual convention of film exhibition, gets underway tomorrow in Las Vegas and while by its nature it’s unlikely to grapple substantively with the issues that sustain an uneasy relationship between those who play and those who supply movies, these are transitional times. A new generation of viewers is watching film on platforms other than traditional theatrical outlets. The majors are anxious to capitalize on this fact with new patterns of availability for ancillary revenue streams as theater owners dig in to prevent erosion of the theatrical window that’s its bread and butter. One can expect there will be a lot of data and details tossed around to support the pro and con sides of the argument.

So it’s appropriate to invoke the words of Benjamin Disraeli: “the three things I hate most are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

 

Weekend (estimates) March 21 – 23, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Divergent Lionsgate 56.2 (14,280) NEW 3936 56.2
Muppets Most Wanted BV 16.5 (5,160) NEW 3194 16.5
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 11.7 (3,250) -46% 3607 81
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 8.7 (11,200) NEW 780 8.7
300: Rise of an Empire WB 8.4 (2,730) -56% 3085 93.5
Need for Speed BV 7.7 (2,470) -57% 3115 30.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 6.7 (21,910) 83% 304 12.9
Non-Stop Uni 6.3 (2,140) -40% 2945 78.6
The Lego Movie WB 4.1 (1,640) -47% 2501 243.3
The Single Moms Club Lionsgate 3.1 (1,630) -61% 1896 12.9
Son of God Fox 2.6 (1,230) -52% 2139 55.6
The Monuments Men Sony .96 (1,020) -53% 938 75.7
Frozen BV .73 (680) -66% 1069 397.7
Ride Along Uni .60 (930) -56% 650 133.1
3 Days to Kill Relativity .57 (760) -67% 752 29.7
Bad Words Focus .49 (5,630) 334% 87 0.64
Veronica Mars WB .46 (1,330) -77% 347 2.8
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .44 (840) -64% 522 56
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .31 (930) -35% 335 62.6
Queen Viva .28 (5,160) -6% 55 0.9
American Hustle Sony/eOne .24 (840) -61% 281 149.8
RoboCop Sony .23 (700) -73% 328 57.1
Gravity WB .21 (670) -61% 320 273.1
About Last Night Sony .20 (930) -70% 214 48.3
Enemy eOne/A24 .19 (2,070) -25% 93 0.56
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $135.35
% Change (Last Year) 2%
% Change (Last Week) 25%
Also debuting/expanding
Lunchbox Sony Classics .18 (5,040) 104% 36 0.42
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Magnolia .16 (6,550) 24 0.16
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics .16 (1,220) -22% 129 1.2
Le Weekend Music Box .13 (5,500) 203% 24 0.19
Les Garcons et Guillaume Seville .10 (4,340) 183% 24 0.16
Particle Fever Abramorama 84,200 (4,010) -6% 21 0.32
50 to 1 Ten Furlongs 79,500 (3,970) 20 0.08
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel 77,400 (1,230) -44% 63 3.3
Anita IDP 45,300 (6,470) 7 0.05
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 35,800 (11,930) 3 0.04
A Birders Guide to Everything Screen Media 23,900 (2,990) 8 0.03
Blood Ties Roadside 28,200 (1,010) 28 0.03
Maina Equinoxe 18,600 (1,430) 13 0.02
Ragini MMS 2 White Hill 16,700 (840) 20 0.02
John Doe: Vigilante Main Street 12,400 (690) 18 0.01
Rob the Mob Millennium 11,200 (11,200) 1 0.01
Cheap Thrills Drafthouse 10,600 (10,600) 1 0.01
Just a Sigh Distrib Films 10,200 (5,100) 2 0.01
Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 Mongrol 8,300 (2,770) 3 0.01
It Felt Like Love Variance 8,100 (8,100) 1 0.01
The Missing Picture Strand 6,400 (2,130) 3 0.01
Thread of Lies CJ 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Gang of Ghosts Eros 3,850 (210) 18 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Januruary 1 – March 20, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (8) 450.5 21.70%
Universal (8) 362.2 17.40%
Somy (8) 278.4 13.40%
Paramount (7) 220.4 10.60%
Buena Vista (6) 204.5 9.80%
20th Century Fox (7) 178.2 8.60%
Lionsgate (8) 86.5 4.10%
Weinstein Co. (7) 68.3 3.30%
Open Road (3) 57.8 2.80%
Focus (3) 31 1.50%
Relativity (3) 30.5 1.50%
eOne/Seville (8) 28 1.30%
Fox Searchlight (3) 23.9 1.20%
CBS (2) 10.9 0.50%
Other * (76) 46.9 2.30%
2078 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – Marh 20, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Nebraska * Par 11,596,814
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,070,131
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,064,844
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 6,210,519
The Wind Rises BV 4,342,709
Jerusalem NationalGeo 3,016,178
The Great Beauty * Janus/Mongrel 2,483,637
Veronica Mars WB 2,264,744
2014 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,345,501
Gloria Roadside/Mongrel 1,939,285
Starting Over Again ABS 1,741,838
1 (Nenokkadine) Ficus 1,471,088
Gimme Shelter Roadside Attractions 1,359,910
Bride for Rent ABS 1,281,815
Jai Ho Eros 1,267,820
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Divergent|22.8|3936|NEW|22.8
Muppets Most Wanted|4.6|3194|NEW|4.6
God’s Not Dead|2.8|780|NEW|2.8
Mr. Peabody & Sherman|2.7|3607|-51%|72
300: Rise of an Empire|2.4|3085|-59%|87.5
Need for Speed|2.2|3115|-67%|24.8
The Grand Budapest Hotel|1.9|304|69%|8.1
Non-Stop|1.8|2945|-42%|74.1
The Lego Movie|1|2501|-53%|240.3
The Single Moms Club|0.9|1896|-71%|10.7
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Also Debuting||||
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1|50,100|24||
50 to 1|25,800|20||
Anita|15,100|7||
A Birders Guide to Everything|12,200|8||
Jodorowsky’s Dune|9,450|3||
Blood Ties|8,600|28||
Maina|5,900|13||
Ragini MMS 2|5,300|20||
Cheap Thrills|5,100|1||
Rob the Mob|4,000|1||
John Doe: Vigilante|3,900|18||
It Felt Like Love|3,500|1||
Nymphomaniac: Volume 2|3,200|3||
Just a Sigh|2,650|2||
The Missing Picture|2,150|3||
Thread of Lies|1,550|1||
Gang of Ghosts|1,250|18||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

 

There may have been a Need for Speed in the marketplace but the cross-country carnage came up short of top gear and finished with the bronze and an estimated $17.7 million. The session’s top dog was in fact the animated canine Mr. Peabody & Sherman which posted $21.4 million.

The frame’s only other national deb was the urban comedy The Single Mom’s Club which performed to expectations with an $8.4 million box office. Among the limited openings the big screen version of TV cult favorite Veronica Mars was off to a good start with a $2 million tally from 291 locations while the psychological thriller Enemy grossed a fair $233,000 from 53 playdates. Neither the rom-com Better Living Through Chemistry nor the caper yarn The Art of the Steal evinced much of a commercial pulse and the Bollywood newcomer Bewakoofiyaan was off to a disappointing start.

Dipping a toe in the multiplex, the darkly comic Bad Words had a very encouraging start of $122,000 on six screens and the Brit marital comedy Le Weekend had an OK $28,900 from two engagements. Cesar winner Les Garcons et Guillaume bowed at two Quebec venues to a solid $37,600.

Overall weekend revenues inched toward $115 million for a 23% dip from seven days earlier and saw a modest 5% bump from 2013. A year ago the second weekend of Oz: the Great and Powerful led with $41.3 million with newcomers The Call and Burt Wonderstone in the distance with respective bows of $17.1 million and $10.2 million.

Tracking had pegged the opening of Need for Speed at roughly $25 million and predicted the film would be the top weekend attraction. And while the car caper led on Friday, Saturday business expanded by just 1%. The news overseas was considerably rosier with early estimates of $45 million from 27 territories including roughly $21 million from China where it was breaking good.

Studio exit polls identified the domestic audience as 70% male with couples repping 66% of viewers. The crowd was 55% aged 25-years and older.

The latest from Tyler Perry, The Single Moms Club, continued the filmmaker’s box office consistency without demonstrating any signs of a developing crossover audience. Its opening weekend audience was 79% female with 80% of viewers aged 25-years and upward.

The session also saw a potent expansion for The Grand Budapest Hotel that posted $3.6 million as it added 62 venues to its initial four theater break.

The other notable weekend start belong to Veronica Mars that translated its fan based into an effective Kickstarter campaign and mounted a simultaneous theatrical/pay-per-view scheme. While that limited its exposure on the big screen, the fact that a major was behind the venture could well see more studio experiments of this nature much to the chagrin of the exhibition chains.

Weekend (estimates) March 14 – 16, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 21.4 (5,420) -34% 3951 63.4
300: Rise of an Empire WB 18.9 (5,410) -58% 3490 78.1
Need for Speed BV 17.7 (5,670) NEW 3115 17.7
Non-Stop Uni 10.6 (3,330) -33% 3183 68.8
The Single Moms Club Lionsgate 8.4 (4,420) NEW 1896 8.4
The Lego Movie WB 7.6 (2,510) -30% 3040 236.9
Son of God Fox 5.5 (1,830) -47% 2990 50.9
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 3.6 (55,300) 350% 66 4.8
Frozen BV 2.1 (1,430) -29% 1466 396.3
Veronica Mars WB 2.0 (7,010) NEW 291 2
The Monuments Men Sony 2.0 (1,270) -34% 1594 73.8
3 Days to Kill Relativity 1.7 (1,070) -44% 1566 28.4
Ride Along Uni 1.4 (1,360) -31% 1024 132.1
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight 1.2 (1,260) -45% 925 55
RoboCop Sony .84 (870) -58% 965 56.5
About Last Night Sony .67 (1,070) -59% 624 47.8
American Hustle Sony/eOne .59 (1,170) -44% 503 149.3
Pompeii Sony/eOne .58 (860) -64% 671 22.4
Gravity WB .52 (1,630) -42% 320 272.6
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .46 (1,140) 46% 405 62.1
The Wind Rises BV .41 (1,340) -55% 305 4.1
The Wolf of Wall Street Par .40 (1,400) -42% 286 116.3
Philomena Weinstein Co, .40 (790) -42% 502 36.6
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .36 (1,290) -41% 281 26.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $107.30
% Change (Last Year) 5%
% Change (Last Week) -23%
Also debuting/expanding
Enemy A24 .23 (4,380) 53 0.23
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics .20 (1,860) 20% 109 0.89
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .14 (1,400) -33% 101 3.2
Bad Words Focus .12 (20,350) 6 0.12
Lunchbox Sony Classics 92,600 (5,140) -19% 18 0.31
Particle Fever Abramorama 82,500 (5,890) 92% 14 0.17
Gloria Roadside Attract. 72,300 (990) -37% 73 1.9
Bewakoofiyaan Yash Raj 69,400 (1,010) 69 0.07
Omar Adopt 54,200 (1,150) -49% 47 0.64
Bethlehem Adopt 51,800 (1,790) -24% 29 0.15
Better Living Through Chemistry IDP 47,300 (770) 61 0.05
Les Garcons et Guillaume Seville 37,600 (18,800) 2 0.04
The Art of the Steal Weinstein Co. 37,400 (620) 60 0.04
Le Weekend Music Box 28,900 (14,450) 2 0.03
Tiger & Bunny 11Arts 15,500 (3,100) 5 0.02
Shirin in Love Sideshow 13,700 (1,710) 8 0.01
On My Way Cinema Guild 10,100 (10,100) 1 0.01
Teenage Oscilloscope 7,800 (7,800) 1 0.01
Big Men Abramorama 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
The Husband A71 4,900 (4,900) 1 0.01
The Retrieval Variance 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Down River Indiecan 4,200 (4,200) 1 0.01
Monster CJ 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 13, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (7) 410.9 21.30%
Universal (8) 345.8 17.90%
Somy (8) 272.1 14.10%
Paramount (7) 219.5 11.40%
Buena Vista (5) 178.3 9.20%
20th Century Fox (7) 143.2 7.40%
Lionsgate (7) 76.1 3.90%
Weinstein Co. (6) 67.4 3.50%
Open Road (3) 57.2 3.00%
Focus (2) 30.3 1.60%
Relativity (3) 28.1 1.50%
eOne/Seville (7) 27 1.40%
Fox Searchlight (3) 17.1 0.90%
CBS (2) 10.9 0.60%
Other * (67) 43.6 2.30%
1927.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – March 13, 2014) *
Title Distributor Box Office
The Lego Movie WB 229,226,928
Frozen “ BV 131,146,202
Ride Along Uni 130,721,465
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 124,115,563
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 81,225,094
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 74,482,979
The Monuments Men Sony 71,818,692
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 61,608,555
300: Rise of an Empire WB 59,205,553
Non-Stop Uni 58,189,810
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 56,015,347
RoboCop Sony 55,670,531
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 50,147,644
About Last Night Sony 47,145,900
Son of God Fox 45,474,708
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 41,979,916
Saving Mr. Banks * BV 38,949,909
August: Osage County * Weinstein Co. 37,114,738
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues * Par 36,742,677
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Par 32,489,719
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Need for Speed|6.6|3115|NEW|6.6
300: Rise of an Empire|5.8|3490|-67%|65
Mr. Peabody & Sherman|5.5|3951|-31%|47.5
The Single Moms Club|3.2|1896|NEW|3.2
Non-Stop|3.2|3183|-32%|61.4
The Lego Movie|2|3040|-19%|231.3
Son of God|1.5|2990|-45%|46.9
The Grand Budapest Hotel|1.1|66|319%|2.2
Veronica Mars|1|291|NEW|1
The Monuments Men|0.6|1594|-33%|72.4
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||||
Also Debuting||||
Enemy|72,200|53||
Bad Words|37,900|6||
Bewakoofiyaan|24,400|69||
Better Living Through Chemistry|15,200|61||
The Art of the Steal|12,800|60||
Le Weekend|7,500|2||
Shirin in Love|5,100|8||
Teenage|3,200|1||
On My Way|2,700|1||
The Husband|2,300|1||
Big Men|2,200|1||
Down River|2,000|1||
The Retrieval|2,000|1||
Monster|1,300|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Liberty, mostly in terms of historic fact, could not withstand the charge of 300: Rise of an Empire as it debuted at the top of the charts with an estimated $44.9 million. The frame’s other incoming national freshman Mr. Peabody & Sherman received the bark of approval in second spot with $32.3 million.

The session also saw a handful of new titles from India but only Queen displayed modest strength with a $147,000 tally at 38 venues. And among exclusive newcomers one of the few upbeat surprises was the science-fact Particle Fever that grossed $36,400 from three engagements.

But the big noise among new entries belonged to The Grand Budapest Hotel that bowed with $828,000 on just four screens following last weekend’s potent international debuts in France and Switzerland.

Weekend revenues post-Oscar rose to roughly $145 million for a stolid 16% boost from the prior session and a modest improvement from 2013. A year (not so far) back the debut of Oz: the Great and Powerful led the field with a $79.1 million opening.

Purists howled over the inaccuracies of the first 300 but the film shot back with a $450 million plus global theatrical gross. The sequel 300: Rise of an Empire continued to fail the classroom test but exceeded industry expectations that capped at $40 million. Similar to the prior foray the opening audience skewed 62% male and was 65% aged 25-years and older. It also rang up an impressive Imax and 3D crowd with 63% of revenues attributed to stereoscopic engagements.

Internationally the film grossed an estimated $88 million from simultaneous openings in 58 territories. The prior film out-performed the domestic box office by 17% and initial signs are that the spread between the two solitudes will be even greater. The top foreign territory was Russia with roughly $9.2 million with no indication the studios will be imposing future cinematic sanctions. Ukrainian box office date should be available Monday.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman had already bowed internationally last month and has amassed more than $40 million in about 20 foreign climes. The beloved animated character also exceeded industry tracking in its domestic debut and proved an appropriate counter-programmer to the sword and shenanigans. Its audience tilted 56% female and was 52% aged 25-years and older. Figures for the percentage comprised of families were unavailable but had to be considerable.

The myth of the impact of an Oscar theatrical bump post-broadcast need not be overly scrutinized. Theatrical and ancillary windows have changed radically in the past two decades and there can be no question winners and nominees see enhanced revenues by rubbing up to the golden statue. Domestically 12 Years a Slave more than doubled its screen count and experienced a comparable box office boost and the same can be said proportionally for Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club.

Weekend (estimates) March 7 – 9, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
300: Rise of an Empire WB 44.9 (12,950) NEW 3470 44.9
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 32.3 (8,210) NEW 3934 32.3
Non-Stop Uni 15.3 (4,930) -47% 3113 52.1
The Lego Movie WB 10.8 (3,290) -48% 3290 224.8
Son of God Fox 9.8 (2,990) -62% 3271 41.3
The Monuments Men Sony 3.0 (1,510) -39% 2001 70.5
3 Days to Kill Relativity 3.0 (1,370) -40% 2348 25.5
Frozen BV 2.9 (1,760) -19% 1660 393
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight 2.2 (2,050) 123% 1065 53.1
Ride Along Uni 2.0 (1,500) -34% 1323 130
RoboCop Sony 2.0 (1,170) -55% 1714 54.8
About Last Night Sony 1.6 (1,510) -52% 1074 46.5
Pompeii Sony/eOne 1.6 (960) -63% 1658 21.1
American Hustle Sony/eOne 1.1 (1,790) -44% 605 148.4
Gravity WB .91 (2,370) 2% 384 271.8
The Wind Rises BV .86 (1,730) -43% 496 3.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight .83 (207,100) NEW 4 0.83
The Wolf of Wall Street Par .69 (1,920) -44% 359 115.7
Philomena Weinstein Co, .68 (1,010) -44% 670 35.9
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .63 (2,010) 45% 312 26.2
Endless Love Uni .43 (800) -72% 536 23.1
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne .41 (860) -60% 472 124.1
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug WB .33 (1,010) 56% 333 257.4
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .31 (630) -53% 490 61.4
Repentence Lions Gate .29 (1,830) -43% 157 0.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $137.10
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) 16%
Also debuting/expanding
Her WB .26 (1,690) -38% 155 25
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .24 (2,240) 94% 106 3
Nebraska Par .20 (1,120) -48% 180 17.5
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics .17 (2,570) 29% 65 0.71
Queen Viva .15 (3,870) 38 0.15
Lunchbox Sony Classics ,12 (9,100) 166% 13 0.18
Omar Adopt .10 (1,680) -34% 58 0.52
Gloria Roadside Attract. 91,700 (1,220) -36% 75 1.75
Total Siyapaa Big Pictures 82,200 (1,550) 53 0.08
Bethlehem Adopt 70,600 (2,820) 25 0.07
Gulaab Gang Viva 61,300 (1,280) 48 0.06
Particle Fever Abramorama 36,400 (12,130) 3 0.04
No Clue eOne 27,500 (1,720) 16 0.03
The Face of Love IFC 23,200 (7,730) 3 0.02
Avant l’hiver Metropole 15,100 (2,520) 6 0.02
Tabloid Truth CJ 6,700 (6,700) 1 0.01
Missing William FreeStyle 5,300 (530) 10 0.01
Journey to the West Magnolia 5,100 (1,280) 4 0.01
In Fear Anchor Bay 4,200 (840) 5 0.01
Bunker Seville 2,700 (670) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 6, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (7) 337.7 19.50%
Universal (8) 320.5 18.50%
Somy (8) 259.2 14.90%
Paramount (7) 217.8 12.50%
Buena Vista (5) 172.5 9.90%
20th Century Fox (6) 86.9 5.00%
Lionsgate (7) 75.4 4.30%
Weinstein Co. (6) 66.1 3.80%
Open Road (3) 56.8 3.30%
Focus (2) 29.5 1.70%
eOne/Seville (7) 25.9 1.50%
Relativity (3) 23.8 1.40%
CBS (2) 13.1 0.75%
Fox Searchlight (2) 10.8 0.65%
Other * (60) 40.2 2.30%
1736.2 100%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire|17.3|3470|NEW|17.3
Mr. Peabody & Sherman|7.8|3934|NEW|7.8
Non-Stop|4.6|3113|-54%|41.4
Son of God|2.7|3271|-72%|34.2
The Lego Movie|2.5|3290|-44%|216.4
3 Days to Kill|0.85|2348|-41%|23.4
The Monuments Men|0.85|2001|-42%|68.4
Frozen|0.65|1660|-12%|390.7
12 Years a Slave|0.55|1065|156%|51.5
Ride Along|0.55|1323|-36%|128.5
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Also Debuting||||
The Grand Budapest Hotel|0.26|4||
Queen|32,500|38||
Total Siyapaa|23,700|53||
Gulaab Gang|17,400|48||
Bethlehem|15,400|25||
Particle Fever|9,600|3||
No Clue|9,400|16||
The Face of Love|7,100|3||
Avant l’hiver|4,000|6||
Tabloid Truth|2,200|1||
Missing William|1,550|9||
Journey to the West|1,400|3||
In Fear|1,300|5||
Bunker|1,000|4||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

A Message on High        

It was a race but Non-Stop always held the lead and finished at the top of the heap with an opening estimated $30 million. That still left an impressive $26.5 million for the debut of Son of God.

The frame also featured several limited newcomers including the suspenseful Repentance that bowed to $524,000 at 152 venues. 3-D Russian war epic Stalingrad opened at 308 IMAX battlegrounds to a disappointing $492,000 while Bollywood’s Shaadi Ke Side Effects grossed $578,000 from 109 engagements. Also in the niches Miraculum appeared to cull from the weekend’s top grosser with its inspirational tale of airline crash survivors and grossed $94,300 at 39 sites in Québec.

The best of the exclusive newcomers included France’s Oscar animation nominee Ernest & Celestine in a solo L.A. flight of $15,500 and India’s acclaimed Lunchbox that grossed $48,700 from three screens. The genre yarn The Bag Man also got an OK start of $28,200 from two playdates.

The frame also had an interesting curiosity in the re-launch of Anchorman 2 in a cut with—according to the studio—763 new jokes (no claim on additional laughs). It did a respectable $1.3 million.

Weekend revenues climbed to roughly $130 million and a 14% bump from seven days ago. It was also 16% improved from 2013 when the bow of Jack the Giant Killer held top spot with $27.2 million.

Industry trackers generally gave the edge to Non-Stop though frankly seemed adrift about how to gauge the opening appeal of Son of God. The high flying tale of an air marshal pitting wits against a mysterious killer eight miles aloft seemed an ideal fit for the macho appeal of Liam Neeson and performed slightly better than anticipated. Studio exits polls identified a slight female tilt of 51% with 65% of the audience aged 25-years and old that was in keeping with the actor’s recent efforts.

While the on-going draw of faith-inspired films is unquestioned Son of God‘s gravitational pull was in question as it re-purposed the History Channel’s series The Bible (including excised scenes) and potentially its core audience. Tracking didn’t address those that were small screen habitués but strong quotients included heartland audiences as well as the Hispanic sector (200 engagements were Spanish-language DCPs). Overall the film skewed 62% female with 82% of the audience 25-years and older.

With the Oscars at hand,  contenders and wannabees fought for possibly the last drop of commercial juice. Apart from the new to the marketplace anime The Wind Rises the slate generally held firm or received a slight bump with moviegoers hoping to get a fresh insight for home and office pools. The exception was a sizeable 48% b.o. jump for Dallas Buyers Club.

And on a sad note the singular filmmaker Alain Resnais passed away at the age of 91 years. Just last week on my radio show, I cited his movie Last Year at Marienbad as the film that most changed my perception of cinema.

Weekend (estimates) February 28 – March 2, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Non-Stop Uni 30.0 (9,710) NEW 3090 30
Son of God Fox 26.5 (8,120) NEW 3260 26.5
The Lego Movie WB 21.2 (5,630) -32% 3770 209.5
The Monuments Men Sony 5.1 (1,690) -36% 3002 65.8
3 Days to Kill Relativity 4.9 (1,710) -60% 2872 20.7
RoboCop Sony 4.5 (1,550) -55% 2885 51.2
Pompeii Sony/eOne 4.2 (1,590) -59% 2658 17.7
Frozen BV 3.6 (2,060) -18% 1746 388.7
About Last Night Sony 3.4 (1,890) -55% 1804 43.8
Ride Along Uni 3.1 (1,640) -34% 1869 127.3
American Hustle Sony/eOne 1.9 (2,020) 10% 945 146.7
Endless Love Uni 1.7 (890) -58% 1874 22.3
The Wind Rises BV 1.6 (3,190) 403% 496 2
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Par 1.3 (1,000) 1317 126.5
Philomena Weinstein 1.2 (1,100) 1% 1097 34.6
The Wolf of Wall Street Par 1.2 (2,450) -5% 505 114.6
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 1.0 (1,010) -48% 1017 123.3
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .89 (2,170) 79% 411 50.3
Gravity WB .87 (2,560) 3% 340 270.5
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne .63 (840) -41% 752 60.8
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Eros .58 (5,300) NEW 109 0.58
That Awkward Moment Focus/VVS .56 (930) -59% 608 25.1
Repentence Lionsgate .52 (3,450) NEW 152 0.52
Stalingrad Sony .49 (1,600) NEW 308 0.49
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $120.95
% Change (Last Year) 16%
% Change (Last Week) 14%
Also debuting/expanding
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .44 (2,040) 48% 216 25.3
Her WB .42 (1,690) 3% 250 24.6
Nebraska Par .41 (1,420) -3% 289 17.1
Gloria Roadside .17 (1,620) -29% 103 1.6
Omar Adopt .16 (2,510) 8% 63 0.37
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics .14 (2,610) 60% 53 0.5
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .11 (1,670) -12% 67 2.6
Miraculum Seville 94,300 (2,420) 39 0.09
Lunchbox Sony Classics 48,700 (16,230) 3 0.05
The Past Sony Classics 47,400 (720) -42% 66 1.2
The Bag Man Cinedigm 28,200 (14,100) 2 0.03
Ernest & Celestine Gkids 15,500 (15,500) 1 0.02
Bheemavaram Bullodu Blue Sky 11,500 (550) 21 0.01
Thegidi Prime 10,200 (1,280) 8 0.01
Jaatishwar Big Pictures 4,900 (700) 7 0.01
The Hypnotist Remstar 4,200 (1,050) 4 0.01
Odd Thomas Image 4,100 (410) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – February 27, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (6) 306.1 19.50%
Universal (8) 277.2 17.60%
Sony (7) 233.6 14.90%
Paramount (7) 213.2 13.60%
Buena Vista (5) 165.1 10.50%
Lionsgate (6) 74.2 4.70%
Weinstein (6) 63.9 4.10%
Open Road (3) 56.1 3.60%
20th Century Fox (5) 55 3.50%
Focus (2) 28.4 1.80%
eOne/Seville (6) 23.6 1.50%
Relativity (3) 17.1 1.10%
CBS (2) 11.5 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (2) 10.8 0.70%
Other * (54) 35.8 2.20%
1571.6 100%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – February 27, 2014) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Frozen * BV 434,846,679
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 313,109,624
The Lego Movie WB 289,532,519
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 232,712,346
The Monkey King Global Star 178,839,391
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 158,279,553
RoboCop Sony/MGM 152,535,058
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 139,361,253
Ride Along Uni 128,635,692
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 127,811,090
Dad, Where Are We Going? Enlight 112,464,023
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty * Fox 108,688,961
47 Ronin * Uni 95,431,737
The Monuments Men Sony 91,128,591
The Man from Macau Mega-Vision 90,340,792
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Par 88,900,951
I, Frankenstein Lionsgate 70,777,843
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 65,876,873
August: Osage County * Weinstein 58,263,473
Saving Mr. Banks * BV 57,150,868
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Non-Stop|10|3090|NEW|10
Son of God|9.4|3260|NEW|9.4
The Lego Movie|4.4|3770|-40%|192.7
3 Days to Kill|1.4|2872|-64%|17.2
The Monuments Men|1.4|3002|-36%|62.2
Pompeii|1.2|2658|-65%|14.6
RoboCop|1.1|2885|-56%|47.8
About Last Night|1|1804|-55%|41.4
Ride Along|0.85|1869|-35%|125
Frozen|0.7|1746|-33%|385.8
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Also Debuting||||
Shaadi Ke Side Effects|0.18|109||
Repentence|0.17|152||
Stalingrad|0.15|308||
Miraculum|28,100|39||
The Bag Man|10,560|2||
Lunchbox|9,700|3||
Bheemavaram Bullodu|7,500|21||
Thegidi|2,300|8||
The Hypnotist|1,550|4||
Old Thomas|1,500|10||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Lego Movie (and the Canadian hockey team) got the hat trick as it once again commanded session moviegoing with an estimated $31.5 million.

That left fair to poor results for a couple of new national releases. The thriller 3 Days to Kill performed pretty much to expectations with a $12.2 million bow but the historically explosive Pompeii was left to stew with a disappointing $10.1 million.

In limited release In Secret, based on the venerable “Thérèse Raquin,” failed to translate with a $247,000 debut. Bollywood newcomer Highway was just OK with a $319,000 tally but Filipino newcomer Starting Over Again was boffo with a $650,000 gross from a trifling 52 screens.

Two Oscar shortlisted animated features also had preems. Japan’s The Wind Rises (with an English dub) generated an impressive $300,000 at 21 venues, and in Québec France’s Belle & Sébastien was short of a statue with $128,000 from 39 playdates. Also tepid was Oscar short-listed foreign-language entry Omar from Palestine that entered with a $137,000 box office from 50 theaters.

The clutch of exclusive newbies were less than encouraging with the exception of the portrait film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me that opened with $26,500 at two Manhattan boites.

The weekend frame generated a bit better than $110 million that translated into a 39% decline from seven days prior. It was a slight 6% improved from 2013when the third weekend of Identity Thief inched ahead of newcomer Snitch’s $13.2 million with a $14 million box office.

Kevin Costner’s return to leading man status in 3 Days to Kill was respectable but way short of A-list levels. Exit polling wasn’t available but the film had all the earmarks of a decidedly older viewer.

That was also the case for Pompeii that according to studio exits had an opening crowd that 62% aged 30-years and older. However, the marriage of disaster movie and pagan drama could not stir Vesuvius to more than a smolder. The lava was eyed by an audience that skewed 52% male.

The Olympics are over and the Oscar is counting down from 175 hours. The longer than usual wait has left the major contenders a marginally significant aspect of the marketplace (the current top box office nominee is Frozen). Certainly the more mainstream short listers have benefited theatrically around the globe but the niche movies have struggled through the season and those yet to plant a firm flag overseas are apt to be disappointment following next Sunday’s results.

Weekend (estimates) February 21 – 23, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Movie WB 31.5 (8,100) -37% 3890 183.2
3 Days to Kill Relativity 12.2 (4,260) NEW 2872 12.2
Pompeii Sony 10.1 (3,780) NEW 2658 10.1
RoboCop Sony 9.2 (2,730) -58% 3372 43.4
The Monuments Men Sony 8.1 (2,640) -48% 3064 58
About Last Night Sony 7.4 (3,300) -71% 2253 38.2
Ride Along Uni 4.6 (2,120) -47% 2186 123.2
Frozen BV 4.4 (2,350) -29% 1891 384.1
Endless Love Uni 4.3 (1,480) -68% 2896 20.1
Winter’s Tale WB 2.1 (710) -71% 2965 11.2
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 2.0 (1,330) -51% 1516 121.8
American Hustle Sony/eOne 1.7 (1,930) -29% 903 144.1
That Awkward Moment Focus/VVS 1.4 (1,150) -60% 1208 24.1
The Wolf of Wall Street Par 1.3 (2,060) -33% 627 112.8
Philomena Weinstein 1.2 (1,170) -23% 1004 32.7
The Nut Job Open Road/ eOne 1.0 (800) -46% 1235 59.8
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par .84 (1,040) -62% 807 49.3
Gravity WB .81 (2,330) -22% 348 269.2
Starting Over Again ABS .65 (12,440) 52 0.67
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .50 (1,440) -8% 347 49.1
Nebraska Par .41 (1,940) -25% 210 16.5
Her WB .41 (1,640) -32% 250 24
August Osage County Weinstein .38 (720) -57% 525 36.6
Highway UTV .32 (3,260) NEW 98 0.32
The Hunger Games Lionsgate .32 (1,320) -41% 240 423.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $105.30
% Change (Last Year) 6%
% Change (Last Week) -39%
Also debuting/expanding
The Wind Rises BV .30 (14,490) 21 0.3
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .28 (1,580) -26% 175 24.7
In Secret Roadside .25 (930) 266 0.25
Gloria Roadside .21 (1,890) -42% 112 1.3
Omar Adopt .14 (2,740) 50 0.14
Belle et Sebastien Seville .13 (3,290) 39 0.13
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .12 (1,880) 21% 66 2.5
Beijing Love Story China Lion .10 (8,180) -30% 12 0.32
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics 89,500 (4,070) 55% 22 0.33
The Past Sony Classics 88,700 (1,180) -11% 75 1.1
Le Coq de St-Victor Equinoxe 58,500 (1,080) 54 0.06
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me IFC 26,500 (13,250) 2 0.03
Child’s Pose Zeitgeist 12,700 (6,350) 2 0.01
Barefoot Roadside 10,900 (610) 18 0.01
1983 LJ Films 6,200 (1,240) 5 0.01
The Scapegoat Little Big Film 5,700 (1,900) 3 0.01
Southern Baptist Sissies Beard Collins 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
Angels in Stardust Arc Entertainment 2,900 (320) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – February 20, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (6) 264.3 18.50%
Universal (7) 263.5 18.50%
Paramount (7) 209.3 14.70%
Sony (6) 186.8 13.10%
Buena Vista (4) 158.6 11.10%
Lionsgate (6) 73.4 5.20%
Weinstein (5) 60.9 4.30%
Open Road (3) 55.1 3.90%
20th Century Fox (5) 54.5 3.80%
Focus (2) 26.6 1.90%
eOne/Seville (6) 21.1 1.50%
CBS (2) 10.7 0.75%
Fox Searchlight (2) 10.7 0.75%
Other * (51) 29.3 2.00%
1424.8 100%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The Lego Movie|7.3|3890|-43%|159
3 Days to Kill|4|2872|NEW|4
Pompeii|3.3|2658|NEW|3.3
RoboCop|2.6|3372|-62%|36.8
About Last Night|2.3|2253|-82%|33
The Monuments Men|2.2|3064|-55%|52.2
Endless Love|1.5|2896|-80%|17.3
Ride Along|1.3|2186|-61%|119.8
Frozen|1|1891|-40%|380.7
Winter’s Tale|0.65|2965|-82%|9.7
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Also Debuting||||
Highway|95,100|98||
The Wind Rises|82,100|21||
In Secret|77,300|266||
Omar|36,200|50||
Belle et Sebastien|32,100|39||
Le Coq de St-Victor|15,000|54||
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me|8,000|2||
Barefoot|3,900|18||
Southern Baptist Sissies|3,200|1||
Child’s Pose|3,100|2||
1983|2,200|5||
Angels in Stardust|1,850|9||
The Scapegoat|1,550|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Despite considerable incoming heat (or because of it) The Lego Movie retained top spot during the Presidents’ Day holiday session with an estimated $48.9 million (all figures reflect the 3-day portion of the session).

The new crew included a potent $26.7 million start for a contemporized version of About Last Night in second spot; fair returns of $20.5 million for a re-engineered RoboCop and disappointment for a new embrace of 1981’s Endless Love and the weekend’s sole screen original Winter’s Tale with respective openers of $13.4 million and $7.5 million.

The new Bollywood entry Gunday was off to OK start of $512,000 at 159 venues and among exclusive debuts the Chinese import Beijing Love Story registered the best response with a $133,000 from a modest nine-screen bow.

Weekend revenues generated about $179 million (projected $210 million for four-day portion) for an impressive 16% uptick from the immediate prior session. It was also 6% improved from 2013 when the launch of A Good Day to Die Hard opened to $24.8 million and Identity Thief edged out freshman Safe Haven with a $23.7 million box office.

After a lull in its release schedule Sony opened two new titles (following on last weekend’s The Monuments Men) to albeit markedly different target audiences. About Last Night, loosely based on an early David Mamet play, was a movie hit back in 1986 with a Brat Pack cast and the new urbanized view looks to repeat that success. Studio exit polls revealed an opening crowd decidedly female with 63% of viewers and 57% aged 30-years and older.

The original RoboCop surfaced in 1987 and a quarter century later, the future law enforcement officer proved to be more brutal in an increasingly grimmer tomorrow. The film got a Wednesday jump start on the competition and entered the weekend with $4.75 million advance. Unsurprisingly it skewed male with 62% of the crowd but attracted an especially older crowd with 64% of buyers aged 25-years and older.

The original Endless Love solidified Brooke Shield’s popularity (and provided Tom Cruise with an early flashy turn) but won’t see a comparable result for Gabriella Wilde. The youthful romance drew in a lopsided 80% female audience with 76% aged 25-years and younger.

The supernatural love story Winter’s Tale got lost in the weekend mix. Its poor performance shouldn’t be attributed specifically to an audience desire to see the familiar. Reviews for the yarn were largely dismissive.

Weekend (estimates) February 14 – 16, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Movie WB 48.9 (12,950) -29% 3775 129.2
About Last Night Sony 26.7 (11,840) NEW 2253 26.7
RoboCop Sony 20.5 (6.070) NEW 3372 25.4
The Monuments Men Sony 15.1 (4,890) -32% 3083 43.7
Endless Love Uni 13.4 (4,620) NEW 2896 13.4
Ride Along Uni 8.7 (3,470) -9% 2517 116.1
Winter’s Tale WB 7.5 (2,540) NEW 2965 7.5
Frozen BV 5.9 (2,820) -14% 2101 376.1
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 4.1 (2,020) -27% 2013 118.4
That Awkward Moment Focus/VVS 3.4 (1,760) -35% 1922 21.4
American Hustle Sony/eOne 2.5 (2.300) -20% 1072 141.5
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 2.3 (1,790) -35% 1278 47.7
Vampire Academy Weinstein Co. 1.9 (710) -52% 2676 6.6
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 1.8 (940) -52% 1918 57.6
The Wolf of Wall Street Par 1.8 (2,450) -29% 751 110.6
Philomena Weinstein Co, 1.4 (1,160) 78% 1225 30.5
Labor Day Par 1.3 (760) -60% 1664 12.5
Gravity WB 1.0 (2,760) -41% 355 267.9
August Osage County Weinstein Co. .83 (820) -44% 1010 35.7
Her WB .59 (2,320) -19% 255 23.3
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate .53 (1,640) -19% 326 423.1
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .53 (1,370) -35% 386 48.2
Gunday Yash Raj .51 (3,220) NEW 159 0.51
Nebraska Par .51 (1,560) -28% 324 15.8
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug WB .50 (1,750) -27% 285 256.1
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .40 (1,780) -35% 223 24.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $172.20
% Change (Last Year) 6%
% Change (Last Week) 16%
Also debuting/expanding
Gloria Roadside .30 (3,070) 20% 97 0.94
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .14 (1,920) -8% 75 2.4
Beijing Love Story China Lion .13 (14,790) 9 0.13
The Attorney Well Go .11 (4,450) -48% 25 0.41
The Past Sony Classics .10 (1,250) -7% 77 1
Tim’s Vermeer Sony Classics 54,100 (4,510) 39% 12 0.2
Girl on a Bicycle Monterey 33,800 (820) 41 0.03
Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal ATMUS 27,900 (1,640) 17 0.03
The Invisible Woman Sony Classics 27,400 (620) -54% 44 1.04
Starting Over Again ABS 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
Venus Talk CJ 5,500 (5,500) 1 0.01
Date and Switch Film Arcade 4,600 (460) 10 0.01
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer Kino 4,300 (2,150) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – February 13, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Universal (6) 231.1 19.50%
Paramount (7) 200.6 17.00%
Warner Bros. (5) 180.6 15.30%
Buena Vista (4) 148.2 12.50%
Sony (5) 102.4 8.70%
Lionsgate (6) 71.8 6.10%
Weinstein Co. (5) 54.6 4.60%
20th Century Fox (5) 53.6 4.50%
Open Road (3) 52.4 4.40%
Focus (2) 22.5 1.90%
eOne/Seville (5) 20 1.70%
CBS (2) 10.5 0.90%
Fox Searchlight (2) 9.8 0.80%
Other * (48) 24.4 2.10%
1182.5 100%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – February 13, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 114,137,838
Ride Along Uni 107,373,795
Frozen * BV 107,098,566
The Lego Movie WB 80,302,930
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 71,502,071
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 67,297,197
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 55,750,656
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 54,083,299
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 45,446,861
Saving Mr. Banks * BV 37,924,912
August: Osage County * Weinstein 34,627,788
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues * Par 34,314,662
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Par 32,406,910
The Monuments Men Sony 28,668,667
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire * Lionsgate 27,049,114
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty * Fox 25,775,674
Her * WB 20,852,461
The Legend of Hercules Lionsgate 18,445,280
That Awkward Moment Focus/VVS 18,062,946
I, Frankenstein Lionsgate 17,864,878
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The Lego Movie|13|3775|-24%|93.3
About Last Night|12.8|2253|NEW|12.8
Endless Love|7.3|2896|NEW|7.3
RoboCop|6.8|3372|NEW|11.8
The Monuments Men|5|3083|-28%|33.7
Winter’s Tale|3.6|3647|NEW|3.6
Ride Along|3.4|2517|30%|110.8
Frozen|1.7|2101|23%|371.9
That Awkward Moment|1.6|1922|-10%|19.6
Lone Survivor|1.2|2013|-11%|115.6
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Also Debuting||||
Gunday|0.18|159||
Beijing Love Story|55,350|9||
Girl on a Bicycle|12,400|41||
Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal|9,700|17||
Starting Over Again|2,800|1||
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer|1,750|2||
Venus Talk|1,700|1||
Date and Switch|1,250|10||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Weekend (estimates) February 7 – 9, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Lego Movie WB 68.8 (18,230) NEW 3775 68.8
The Monuments Men Sony 22.1 (7,180) NEW 3083 22.1
Ride Along Uni 9.4 (3,350) -22% 2800 105.1
Frozen BV 6.9 (2,820) -23% 2460 368.7
That Awkward Moment Focus/VVS 5.4 (1,930) -38% 2809 16.7
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 5.3 (1,840) -26% 2869 112.6
Vampire Academy Weinstein Co. 4.0 (1,480) NEW 2676 4
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 3.8 (1,250) -48% 3004 55
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 3.5 (1,640) -34% 2139 44.4
Labor Day Par 3.1 (1,210) -39% 2584 10.1
American Hustle Sony/eOne 3.0 (1,850) -27% 1640 138.1
The Wolf of Wall Street Par 2.5 (2,170) -25% 1167 107.8
Gravity WB 1.6 (2,340) -21% 701 266.4
August Osage County Weinstein 1.5 (1,100) -51% 1327 34.3
I, Frankenstein Lionsgate 1.4 (970) -63% 1427 17.4
Philomena Weinstein .79 (1,570) -18% 504 28.7
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .78 (1,150) -46% 678 47.3
Her WB .72 (1,570) -39% 457 22.4
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug WB .70 (1,300) -43% 537 255.4
Nebraska Par .69 (1,310) -40% 525 14.9
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate .66 (1,250) -30% 529 422.4
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Mongrel .61 (1,250) -55% 488 23.7
Saving Mr. Banks BV .42 (870) -60% 485 81.9
Hasee Toh Phasee Big Pictures .32 (3,610) NEW 88 0.32
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $147.25
% Change (Last Year) 48%
% Change (Last Week) 80%
Also debuting/expanding
Gloria Roadside .22 (3,450) 32% 65 0.53
The Attorney Well Go .18 (7,010) 26 0.18
The Great Beauty Janus/Mongrel .14 (1,850) -23% 75 2
The Past SPC .10 (1,520) -7% 67 0.84
The Invisible Woman SPC 53,800 (730) -66% 74 0.98
Paisa Blue Sky 45,700 (1,580) 29 0.05
Tim’s Vermeer SPC 36,200 (5,170) -27% 7 0.12
Kids for Cash SenArt 34,200 (8,550) 4 0.03
Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Qube 23,900 (1,590) 15 0.02
Afternoon of a Faun Kino 14,100 (7,050) 2 0.01
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage Giant Flick 12,600 (480) 26 0.01
The Last of the Unjust Cohen Media 10,500 (2,100) 5 0.01
Alphaville (reissue) Rialto 7,400 (7,400) 1 0.01
Someone Marry Barry FreeStyle 6,700 (740) 9 0.01
Welcome to the Jungle Cinedigm 6,200 (480) 13 0.01
7 Boxes Breaking Glass 5,500 (1,380) 4 0.01
A Field in England Drafthouse 5,400 (450) 12 0.01
Nurse Film Arcade 4,700 (4,700) 10 0.01
The Fantastic Fear of Everything Cinedigm 3,300 (370) 9 0.01
The Outsider Image 2,700 (2,700) 10 0.01
Not for Human Consumption Bosch 2,400 (1,200) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – February 6, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (6) 212.7 21.50%
Paramount (6) 186.9 18.90%
Buena Vista (4) 138.7 14.00%
Warner Bros. (4) 96.1 9.70%
Lionsgate (6) 68.7 7.00%
Sony (3) 64.9 6.60%
20th Century Fox (5) 52.6 5.30%
Open Road (3) 48.5 4.90%
Weinstein Co. (4) 46.5 4.70%
eOne/Seville (5) 19.5 2.00%
Focus (2) 16.1 1.60%
CBS (2) 10.3 1.00%
Fox Searchlight (2) 8.7 0.90%
Other * (44) 18.8 1.90%
989 100%

The Lego Movie snapped the industry to attention with a record-breaking estimated debut of $68.8 million. The bridesmaid slot went to another freshman, fact-based Second World War caper The Monuments Men. with a sterling $22.1 million. Third national opener Vampire Academy sucked the wrong way with a $4 million bow that drains its franchise prospects.

Exclusive newcomers were generally unimpressive with the exception of the nonfiction Kids for Cash with $34,200 from four screens, and a single screen revival of Godard’s 1965 Alphaville that posted $7,400.

In the niches, Bollywood launched Hasee Toh Phasee to OK results of $317,000 but new Telugu and Tamil movies fizzled. Also strong on the specialized circuit was Korea’s The Attorney, which billed $182,000 from 26 venues.

Overall revenues for the frame edged toward $155 million for a boisterous 80% jump from the prior weekend. It was also an impressive 48% boost from 2013 when the launch of Identity Thief led with $34.6 million and newcomer Side Effects slotted third with $9.3 million.

Industry expectations were high for The Lego Movie despite skepticism that the malleable toy wasn’t a natural fit for the big screen. Nonetheless tracking was positive and pundits predicted a $60 million debut. It handily exceeded those expectations and set a new benchmark for a February animated release that’s likely to spawn a sequel that was heretofore penciled in for Xmas 2016.

The brawny toy store durable skewed 55% male with an audience that was 59% aged 18-years and older. Internationally it launched day-and-date in 34 markets (excluding preview engagements) with early estimates of $18 million including a torrid $4 million debut in Mexico and $2 million from Spain.

Despite generally tepid reviews for The Monuments Men, trackers anticipated a high-end $20 million opening thanks to its cast and clever marketing campaign. The reverse art heist yarn skewed slightly female with 52% of the opening crowd but was decidedly older with 75% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Its initial foreign engagements roll out next weekend.

While not exactly Hogwarts, Vampire Academy had the earmarks for a series to emulate its printed page origins. Opening expectations weren’t high … but considerably better than the posted results.

Friday Estimates

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

The Lego Movie|WB|17|3775|NEW|17
The Monuments Men|Sony|6.8|3083|NEW|6.8
Ride Along|Uni|2.6|2800|-36%|98.3
That Awkward Moment|Focus/VVS|1.7|2809|-57%|13
Lone Survivor|Uni/eOne|1.4|2869|-30%|108.7
Vampire Academy|Weinstein Co.|1.4|2676|NEW|1.4
Frozen|BV|1.4|2460|-39%|263.1
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit|Par|0.9|2139|-50%|41.8
Labor Day|Par|0.9|2584|-54%|7.8
American Hustle|Sony/eOne|0.75|1640|-44%|135.8
Also Debuting
Hasee Toh Phasee|Big Pictures|91,600|88
The Attorney Well Go|52,800|26
Paise|Blue Sky|16,200|29
Pannaiyarum Padminiyum|Qube|7,300|14
Kids for Cash|SenArt|6,150|4
Afternoon of a Faun|Kino|4,470|2
Someone Marry Barry|FreeStyle|4,100|9
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage|Giant Flick|3,800|26
The Last of the Unjust|Cohen Media|3,000|5
Alphaville (reissue)|Rialto|2,100|1
Welcome to the Jungle|Cinedigm|1,900|11
Nurse|Film Arcade|1,900|10
7 Boxes|Breaking Glass|1,850|4
Not for Human Consumption|Bosch|1,300|2
A Field in England|Drafthouse|1,200|8
The Fantastic Fear of Everything|Cinedigm|1,000|9