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Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 | 5.3 |3987 |-49% |53.3
Hail, Caesar! | 4.3 |2232 |New| 4.3
The Choice | 2.5 |2631 |New|2.5
The Revenant | 2.1 |3018 |-36%| 144.7
Pride + Prejudice + Zombies | 2 |2931 |New| 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens | 1.7 |2262| -30%|900.8
The Finest Hours | 1.5 |3143| -54%|15.2
Ride Along 2 | 1.4 |2172| -40%|74.1
Dirty Grandpa | 1.3 |2567|-40%|26.7
The Boy | 1.3 |2214|-45%| 24.1

The Monkey King 2 | 31,400 |34
Ghayal Once Again | 48,800 |80
From Vegas to Macau III | 41,200 |20
A Date with Fortune | 14,800 |4
600 Millas | 13,100 |53
Regression | 11,600 |100
Visaaranai | 8,600 |13
Sanam Teri Kasam | 7,100 |32
4th Man Out | 5,100 |10
Misconduct | 5,000 |27
Speedunnodu | 3,800 |42
Rams | 3,200 |3
Tumbledown | 3,000 |2
Fatima | 2,800 |4
I Knew Her Well (reissue) | 2,700 |2
Eisenstein in Guanajuato | 2,400 |4
Southbound | 2,350 |3
The Club | 1,550 |2

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Po was on the go as Kung Fu Panda 3 led session moviegoing with an estimated $40.6 million debut. Three other national openers struggled to get a marketplace hold. The true life heroism of The Finest Hours slotted fourth with $10.2 million while spoofy Fifty Shades of Black entered the scene with $5.9 million. Belated, entangled western Jane Got a Gun barely registered with $790,000.

No exclusive freshmen registered significant punch. The clutch of Oscar contenders saw their theater counts diminish, but per screens for the  Brooklyn, Room, The Big Short and Spotlight nonetheless improved.

In the niches the frame’s Indian imports all went flat while the Filipino rom-com Everything About Her had a solid opening of $244,000. The annual program of Oscar nominated short subjects was also off to a potent start with a $563,000 tally from 141 locations.

Revenues for the three days climbed to roughly $135 million for a jaunty 18% uptick from the prior weekend. It was a 35% improvement from 2015 when the sixth weekend of American Sniper dominated with $30.7 million and newcomer Project Almanac took second with $8.3 million.

The third installment of Kung Fu Panda was also the first for Fox domestically as DreamWorks Animation’s contract with Paramount lapsed. Tracking had predicted a stronger launch in the $45-$50 million range.

Panda opened a week earlier in China and added four international territories this weekend that’s boosted its foreign take to $75 million in 10 days. The domestic audience was 51% male with 54% of viewers aged 25-years and younger per studio exits. Some 70% of viewers were identified as families.

Expectations weren’t high for The Finest Hours based on an 1950s era rescue at sea drama despite a full-bore ad campaign and 3D and large-format complement. As with the recent In the Heart of the Sea it may find more favorable response overseas where the latter has grossed more than $70 million. Eyes for the opening weekend were 53% male and 72% aged 25-years and older.

Fifty Shades of Black appeared to be about 50 weeks late to the potential joke of its inspiration. Anticipation was that it had an excellent shot at a $10 million launch.

And Jane Got a Gun was just un-holstered from the start when original director Lynne Ramsay clashed with producers and opted not to show for the first day of filming. It didn’t help that the cash flow at Relativity dried up and it became one of the company’s selloffs to keep the doors open. Ultimately the Weinstein Co. release fired blanks.

Weekend (estimates) January 29 – 31, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 40.6 (10,260) NEW 3955 40.6
The Revenant Fox 12.2 (3,670) -24% 3330 138
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 10.6 (4,160) -24% 2556 895.2
The Finest Hours BV 10.2 (3,250) NEW 3143 10.2
Ride Along 2 Uni 8.3 (3,450) -33% 2412 70.8
The Boy STX/eOne 7.6 (2,850) -29% 2671 21.2
Dirty Grandpa Lionsgate/VVS 7.4 (2,530) -30% 2912 22.6
The 5th Wave Sony 6.9 (2,380) -33% 2908 20.1
13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Par 6.0 (2,130) -34% 2803 42.5
Fifty Shades of Black Open Road 5.9 (2,830) NEW 2075 5.9
Daddy’s Home Par 3.0 (1,750) -39% 1718 143
The Big Short Par 2.9 (2,980) -8% 983 60.8
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.7 (2,260) -2% 748 30.4
Room 424/Elevation 1.1 (1,420) -15% 795 9.8
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.1 (1,520) -14% 715 34.7
Norm of the North Lionsgate .92 (610) -76% 1506 15.9
Jane Got a Gun Weinstein Co. .79 (650) NEW 1210 0.79
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. .66 (1,310) -52% 505 52.3
Sisters Uni .65 (1,230) -63% 529 86.1
Airlift B4U .59 (4,850) -33% 122 1.8
2016 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .56 (3,990) NEW 141 0.56
Joy Fox .54 (1,210) -53% 447 55.3
Ip Man 3 Well Go .49 (4,420) -37% 111 1.6
The Forest Focus .47 (880) -72% 532 26
45 Years IFC/Mongrel .46 (4,950) 188% 97 1.3
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox .43 (940) -61% 453 83.2
Carol Weinstein Co. .42 (1,340) -35% 313 11.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $130.70
% Change (Last Year) 35%
% Change (Last Week) 18%
Also debuting/expanding
Anomalisa Par .34 (2,030) -6% 169 1.9
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics .31 (6,240) 78% 50 0.73
Everything About Her ABS .24 (4,130) 59 0.24
The Danish Girl Focus .24 (1,070) -55% 224 10.3
Son of Saul Sony Classics .16 (2,860) 71% 55 0.71
Lazer Team Youtube 97,500 (4,060) 24 0.1
Mustang Cohen/Mongrel 92,400 (2,570) 83% 36 0.55
Saala Khados UTV 72,000 (1,040) 69 0.07
Trumbo Bleecker Street 65,800 (840) -30% 78 7.6
Irudhi Suttru ATMUS 63,200 (1,710) 37 0.06
Youth Fox Searchlight 51,300 (1,190) -37% 43 2.5
Mastizaade Eros 27,300 (590) 46 0.03
Paavada PJ 19,700 (2,810) 7 0.02
Aranmanai 2 Praneeth 15,100 (890) 17 0.02
Seethamma Andaku Ramayya Sitta Cinemas24 11,200 ((250) 44 0.01
Rabin, the Last Day Kino 5,600 (5,600) 1 0.01
Babysitting 2 A-Z Films 4,700 (470) 10 0.01
Everybody’s Fine Cheng Cheng 4,300 (860) 5 0.01

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3|10.4|3955|New|10.4
The Revenant|3.2|3330|-31%|129
The Finest Hours|3.3|3143|New|3.3
Star Wars: The Force Awakens |2.4|2556|-32%|887.1
The Boy|2.3|2671|-39%|15.9
Ride Along 2|2.2|2412|-38%|64.7
Fifty Shades of Black|2.2|2075|New|2.2
Dirty Grandpa|2.2|2912|-48%|17.5
The Fifth Wave|1.9|2908|-46%|15.1
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi|1.7|2803|-38%|38.3
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Also Debuting||||
Jane Got a Gun|0.27|1210||
2016 Oscar Shorts|0.15|141||
Everything About Her|70,200|59||
Lazer Team|37,100|24||
Irudhi Suttru|24,600|37||
Saala Khados|23,500|69||
Mastizaade|10,300|46||
Paavada|4,950|7||
Aranmanai 2|5,100|15||
Seethamma Andaku Ramayya Sitta|3,500|44||
Everybody’s Fine|1,500|5||
Babysitting 2|1,400|10||
Rabin, the Last Day|1,350|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Crippling snow knocked out large parts of the nation’s Northeast Saturday, allowing The Revenant to dredge into first place with an estimated $16.8 million. The session featured three new national releases with Dirty Grandpa the marginal leader in fourth position with $11.6 million. Right behind were chiller The Boy with $11 million and the post-apocalyptic The 5th Wave grossing $10.4 million.

Exclusive freshmen largely fizzled while Oscar contenders Brooklyn, Room and The Danish Girl received major expansions with the former receiving the best commercial traction of alternative fare in the race.

In the niches, two Hindi films bowed, with Airlift rising to $813,000 while Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3 foundered with $24,200. Also strong was Hong Kong import Ip Man 3 with an initial punch of $79,000 following a $25 million box office since its local debut in December.

Session revenues generated close to $120 million for a 30% tumble from last weekend. It was also 26% below 2015 when the second wide weekend of American Sniper led with $64 million followed by the $14.9 million debut of The Boy Next Door. Epic inclement weather in the Northeast was estimated as having a 10-15% overall bite in biz by distribution and exhibition execs.

Though tracking pundits had marked Dirty Grandpa as weakest commercially among new releases, the public clearly opted for its outré comic perspective. Reviewers were less kind, and coming weeks will confirm or deny its humor chops. Studio exit demos identified its audience as evenly split among the sexes with 66% aged 25-years and older.

Largely bankrolled with Chinese lucre ,The Boy had OK results with an audience that tilted 62% female with an impressive under-25 crowd that swelled to 75%. Exit demos were unavailable at press time for The 5th Wave that opened a week earlier in 27 foreign climes and grossed roughly $10 million.

With Oscar just over a month away, The Revenant appears to be the only contender with significant box office traction. The rest of the field of major nominees (snow notwithstanding) is holding steady at the box office with little indication of the spotlight drawing a crossover audience.

Weekend (estimates) January 22 – 24, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Theaters Cume
The Revenant Fox 16.8 (4,530) -47% 3711 120
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 14.4 (4,270) -45% 3365 879.4
Ride Along 2 Uni 12.9 (4,050) -63% 3192 59.1
Dirty Grandpa Lionsgate 11.6 (3,970) NEW 2912 11.6
The Boy STX 11.0 (4,130) NEW 2671 11
The 5th Wave Sony 10.4 (3,590) NEW 2908 10.4
13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Par 9.6 (3,300) -41% 2917 33.4
Daddy’s Home Par 5.2 (1,880) -45% 2789 138.7
Norm of the North Lionsgate 4.0 (1,670) -41% 2411 14.2
The Big Short Par 3.5 (2,580) -34% 1351 56.7
Sisters Uni 1.9 (1,170) -59% 1602 84.9
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.8 (1,830) -2% 962 27.6
The Forest Focus 1.7 (860) -71% 2010 25
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. 1.5 (1,150) -59% 1277 51.1
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.3 (1,300) -19% 1030 33
Joy Fox 1.2 (1,230) -59% 966 54.3
Room 424/Elevation 1.2 (1,320) 64% 884 7.7
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 1.1 (890) -63% 1204 82.5
Airlift B4U .81 (6,720) NEW 121 0.81
Ip Man 3 Well Go .79 (7,640) NEW 103 0.79
Carol Weinstein Co. .65 (940) -55% 692 10.6
The Danish Girl Focus .53 (670) -25% 794 9.7
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate .52 (1,010) -54% 516 280.3
Creed WB .49 (880) -56% 558 108.3
The Good Dinosaur BV .42 (1,020) -59% 411 119.9
Anomalisa Par .38 (2,670) 25% 143 1.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $114.90
% Change (Last Year) -26%
% Change (Last Week) -30%
Also debuting/expanding
45 Years IFC .19 (4,770) 98% 40 0.71
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics .18 (5,930) 189% 30 0.32
Son of Saul Sony Classics 94,900 (2,790) -22% 34 0.5
Trumbo Bleecker Street 84,100 (620) -2% 136 7.5
Youth Fox Searchlight 74,700 (980) -50% 76 2.4
Detective Chinatown China Lion 67,500 (1,930) -76% 35 0.43
Caged No More FreeStyle 63,300 (600) 106 0.06
Mustang Cohen Media 54,700 (1,010) -54% 54 0.44
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3 B4U 24,200 (730) 33 0.02
Monster Hunt FilmRise 21,500 (540) 40 0.02
Aferim! Big World 13,100 (2,620) 5 0.01
Endorphine Seville 9,900 (1,650) 6 0.01
Exposed Lionsgate 7,200 (510) 14 0.01
Jeruzalem Epic 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Mojave A24 3,100 (150) 21 0.01
Synchromicity Magnolia 2,400 (800) 3 0.01
Bleak Street Leisure Time 1,300 (1,300) 1 0.01

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

The Revenant|4.7|3711|-49%|107.9
Dirty Grandpa|4.3|2912|New|4.3
The Boy|3.8|2671|New|3.8
Ride Along 2|3.7|3192|-69%|49.8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens |3.5|3365|-44%|686.5
The Fifth Wave|3.5|2908|New|3.5
13 Hours|2.7|2917|-54%|26.4
Daddy’s Home|1.3|2789|-46%|134.8
The Big Short|1|1351|-35%|54.2
Norm of the North|0.8|2411|-49%|10.8
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Also Debuting||||
Ip Man 3|0.23|103||
Airlift|0.22|121||
Caged No More|30,600|106||
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3|7,700|33||
Monster Hunt|5,400|37||
Aferim!|5,100|5||
Exposed|3,350|13||
Endorphine|3,000|6||
Jeruzalem|2,950|1||
Synchromicity|1,300|3||
Mojave|1,200|20||
Bleak Street|1,000|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

The debut of Ride Along 2 shifted into top gear and was ahead of the pack with an estimated $34 million (all figures reflect 3-day portion of weekend). Two other films bowed nationally for the Martin Luther King holiday frame. The based-on-headlines 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi slotted fourth with $15.7 million while the low-budget animated Norm of the North opened to $6.6 million.

Exclusive bows were largely dull, save for The Lady in the Van, which parked $68,400 in four driveways. In the niches, Indian holidays saw the debut of four Telugu movies, with strong bows for Nannaku Prematho and Soggade Chinni Nayana, with respective box office of $938,000 and $437,000. The Filipino All You Need is Pag-ibig was a disappointment with $114,000 from 59 playdates. Conversely, China import Detective Chinatown generated a potent $271,000 from 33 engagements.

Revenues for the session topped $160 million for the three days and were a near carbon copy of last weekend’s results. It was 22% diminished from 2015 when the national break of American Sniper grossed a jaw-dropping $107.2 million for the full four-day MLK holiday.

When the original Ride Along debuted two years ago, the critical community had the knives out but it cruised along to success with a breezy mix of comedy and action. The new film received comparable love and only slightly diminished commercial appeal. Studio exit demos identified the audience 52% female with 55% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. While it was no great surprise that 34% were African American, a comparable percent identified as Hispanic.

It may not go into evidence at House investigations, but 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened to reflected interest in the Libyan incident. It’s likely not to have the enduring hold of the former with the 55% male crowd and 79% that aged 25-years and older.

In the aftermath of Oscar announcements, contenders saw dramatic upticks at the box office including front-line entries Spotlight, Brooklyn and Room as well as foreign-language short-listers Son of Saul and Mustang. Though hardly a tidal wave of interest, the expansions underlined how significant Academy attention is as both promotional tool and a lever to open up screens, particularly for what we now consider alternative options.

Weekend (estimates) January 15 – 17, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ride Along 2 Uni 34.0 (10,700) NEW 3175 34
The Revenant Fox 29.6 (8,320) -26% 3559 87.8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 25.2 (6,590) -41% 3822 851.1
13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Par 15.7 (6,580) NEW 2389 15.7
Daddy’s Home Par 9.1 (2,740) -49% 3322 129.1
Norm of the North Lionsgate 6.6 (2,740) NEW 2411 6.6
The Big Short Par 5.1 (2,890) -17% 1765 50.4
The Forest Focus 5.8 (2,320) -54% 2509 21.1
Sisters Uni 4.4 (1,900) -39% 2313 80.8
The Hateful Eight Weinstein 3.3 (1,390) -48% 2385 47.5
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 2.8 (1,280) -50% 2221 79.6
Joy Fox 2.7 (1,490) -40% 1796 51.3
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.6 (2,370) 54% 687 24.6
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.5 (1,550) 65% 985 30.5
Carol Weinstein Co. 1.4 (1,730) -8% 790 9.1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 1.1 (1,370) -48% 797 279.3
Creed WB 1.1 (1,220) -29% 878 107.2
The Good Dinosaur BV 1.0 (1,210) -44% 812 118.8
Concussion Sony .96 (920) -68% 1041 33
Nannaku Prematho CineGalaxy .94 (5,300) NEW 177 1.7
Room A24 .66 (2,260) 472% 293 5.9
The Danish Girl Focus .64 (1,340) -24% 479 8.7
Soggade Chinni Nayana Blue Sky .43 (5,470) NEW 79 0.49
Point Break WB .42 (830) -81% 504 27.9
The Martian Fox .41 (1,490) 9% 275 227.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $155.20
% Change (Last Year) -22%
% Change (Last Week) 0%
Also debuting/expanding
Anomalisa Par .29 (7,760) 32% 37 0.86
Detective Chinatown Chine Lion .27 (8,210) 33 0.27
Express Raja RedHeart .21 (2,670) 79 0.26
Youth Fox Searchlight .14 (1,460) -25% 94 2.2
All You Need is Pag-Ibig ABS .11 (1,930) 59 0.11
Son of Saul Sony Classics .10 (4,960) 322% 21 0.32
45 Years IFC 94,300 (6,740) 22% 14 0.47
Mustang Cohen Media 91,700 (1,610) 339% 57 0.3
Trumbo Bleecker Street 81,500 (1,230) -29% 66 7.3
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 68,400 (17,100) 4 0.07
Dictator US Dot 37,200 (590) 63 0.1
Band of Robbers Gravitas 18,600 (1,550) 12 0.02
The Benefactor IDP 11,100 (460) 24 0.01
In the Shadow of Women Distrib 9,800 (4,900) 2 0.01
En quête de sens Chantale Page 9,700 (3,230) 3 0.01
Tharai Thappattai Ayngaran 9,500 (770) 12 0.01
Moonwalkers Alchemy 6,800 (140) 49 0.01
Remember You CJ 4,800 (2,400) 2 0.01

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Ride Along 2|12|3175|New|12
The Revenant|9.3|3559|-35%|67.5
Star Wars: The Force Awakens |6.3|3822|-41%|832.3
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi|5.9|2389|New|5.9
Daddy’ Home|2.4|3322|-42%|122.4
The Forest|1.7|2509|-66|17.1
Norm of the North|1.6|2411|New|1.6
The Big Short|1.5|1765|-19%|46.8
Sisters|1.3|2313|-40%|77.8
The Hateful Eight|1|2385|-49%|45.1
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Also Debuting||||
Nannaku Prematho|0.28|177||
Soggade Chinni Nayana|0.11|79||
Detective Chinatown|0.1|33||
Express Raja|49,500|78||
All You Need is Pag-Ibig|28,400|57||
The Lady in the Van|16,100|4||
Dictator|13,900|63||
Band of Robbers|7,000|11||
The Benefactor|3,300|24||
In the Shadow of Women|3,200|2||
En quete de sens|2,700|2||
Tharai Thappattai|2,600|11||
Moonwalkers|1,800|49||
Remember You|1,200|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Weekend (estimates) January 8 – 10, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 41.6 (10,060) -54% 4134 812
The Revenant Fox 38.2 (11,310) 8422% 3375 39.7
Daddy’s Home Par 15.0 (4,310) -49% 3483 116.3
The Forest Focus 13.1 (5,330) NEW 2451 13.1
Sisters Uni 7.2 (2,500) -44% 2864 73.9
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. 6.3 (2,150) -60% 2938 41.4
The Big Short Par 6.2 (2,440) -32% 2529 42.7
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 5.4 (1,820) -55% 2972 75.5
Joy Fox 4.4 (1,770) -57% 2513 46.5
Concussion Sony 3.0 (1,460) -61% 2056 30.9
Point Break WB 2.1 (1070) -69% 1981 26.7
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 2.1 (1,690) -55% 1227 277.4
The Good Dinosaur BV 1.7 (1,400) -59% 1190 117.4
Carol Weinstein Co. 1.5 (2,820) 25% 525 7
Creed WB 1.5 (1,530) -59% 1001 105.6
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.0 (3,500) -18% 294 22.4
Spotlight Open Road/eOne .93 (2,530) -22% 368 28.6
The Danish Girl Focus .81 (1,940) -48% 417 7.6
Wazir Big Pictures .56 (4,890) NEW 114 0.56
Spectre Sony .40 (1,060) -45% 379 198.5
The Martian Fox .36 (1,320) -37% 271 226.5
The Peanuts Movie Fox .27 (940) -48% 286 129.1
Bajirao Mastani Eros .25 (2,440) -67% 104 6.6
Anomalisa Par .22 (13,120) 65% 17 0.5
Youth Fox Searchlight .19 (1,970) -47% 95 2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $152.60
% Change (Last Year) 25%
% Change (Last Week) -29%
Also debuting/expanding
The Masked Saint FreeStyle .13 (260) 482 0.13
Mr. Six China Lion .12 (3,970) -58% 31 1.3
Trumbo Bleecker Street .11 (1,190) -38% 90 7.2
My Bebe Love ABS .10 (6,530) 16 0.1
The Himalayas CJ .10 (2,800) -33% 36 0.43
Room A24 92,100 (1,000) -2% 92 5.2
45 Years IFC 85,400 (9,490) -3% 9 0.35
Son of Saul Sony Classics 27,300 (6,820) -17% 4 0.2
Trust Fund Transatlantic 15,400 (3,850) 4 0.02
The Treasure IFC 13,700 (4,570) 3 0.01
Lamb Orchard 2,600 (1,300) 2 0.01

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The Revenant|14.3|3375|9301%|15.8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens |10.8|4134|-69%|781.2
The Forest|4.9|2451|New|4.9
Daddy’s Home|4.2|3483|-63%|105.5
Sisters|2.8|2864|-54%|69.5
The Hateful Eight|1.9|2938|-71%|37
The Big Short|1.8|2529|-46%|38.4
Joy|1.4|2513|-65%|43.5
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip|1.1|2972|-75%|71.2
Concussion|1|2056|-68%|28.9
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Also Debuting||||
Wazir|0.17|114||
The Masked Saint|41,600|482||
My Bebe Love|29,600|16||
Trust Fund|8,300|4||
The Treasure|2,265|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens remained the top title in the universe with an estimated $88.8 million. There were no new national releases but The Hateful Eight expanded and shot up third with $16 million.

Exclusives included the reissue Orson Welles’ 1966 Shakespeare adaptation, Chimes at Midnight, with $13,200 from a solo turn and a four-screen start for the adult  Anomalisa thata nimated a potent $138,000.

Domestic box office for 2015 set a new record of $11.2 billion, a 7.3% revenue bump from 2014.

Niche newcomers included Telugu Nene Sailaja with a solid $422,000 while Hindi Ho Mann Jahaan struggled to $68,300 on 18. China’s Devil and Angel was soft with a $43,800 tally.

The first weekend of the New Year generated roughly $220 million and dipped 27% from a week back. It was nonetheless 42% improved from 2015 when the third weekend of The Hobbit finale led with $21.7 million.

In the rearview, 2015 rallied with the release of a rebooted Star Wars and a year that featured 27 movies that grossed in excess of $100 million. Jurassic World was the individual winner by a nose with $652.3 million, about $300,000 better than Force as of December 31.

Disney also closed the gap with Universal in market share with both companies having individual calendars in excess of $2 billion. Universal finished with $2.45 billion and Disney grossed $2.28 billion and respective market share of 21.8% and 20.3%.

Still we all know that market share only reveals so much. Though third place Warner Bros. saw a slight 3% increase in 2015 it also released five more films than it had in 2014 and had a slate that was rife with disappointments. Sony, still reeling from the computer hack, had a dismal Q1 and Q2 but finished strong with the likes of Spectre and Hotel Transylvania 2. And the media’s favorite punching bag, Paramount, managed to plod along on the strength of a few strong commercial releases.

For the majors, half the managements appear to be in solid shape while their brethren struggle with issues such as new platforms, the ongoing issue of “windows” and the availability of product in ancillary venues. While China continues to expand, other major territories, especially in Europe, are, at best, holding their own. It’s a time of transition though the release lineup for the next two years gives no impression of game change. The sense of flux is likely to see new buyers eyeing a number of these entertainment behemoths including the aforementioned Chinese.

The situation is no less tumultuous of the independents with both Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co. receiving attention from the press about future viability. Relativity filed for bankruptcy protection and it’s far too early in the game to predict the on-going fortunes of such newcomers as Bleecker Street, STX and Broad Green.

Not a single indie, nor any of the specialized divisions of the studios had a banner year.

Weekend (estimates) January 1 – 3, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 88.8 ((21,480) -41% 4134 740.8
Daddy’s Home Par 29.2 (8,740) -25% 3342 93.9
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. 16.0 (6,470) 247% 2474 29.4
Sisters Uni 12.6 ((4,220) -11% 2978 61.7
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 11.8 (3,410) -10% 3474 67.4
Joy Fox 10.4 (3,550) -39% 2924 38.7
The Big Short Par 9.0 (5,690) -14% 1588 33
Concussion Sony 8.1 (2,840) -23% 2841 25.4
Point Break WB 6.8 (2,340) -31% 2910 22.4
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 4.6 (3,090) -13% 1485 274.2
The Good Dinosaur BV 4.0 (2,320) 6% 1735 114.7
Creed WB 3.9 (2,840) -11% 1375 103.5
The Danish Girl Focus 1.5 (3,320) -3% 449 6
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.3 (4,460) 19% 285 20.8
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.2 (3,090) 10% 385 27.1
Carol Weinstein Co. 1.2 (6,300) 9% 189 5
Krampus Uni .81 (1,220) -63% 663 42.3
Spectre Sony .79 (2,120) -11% 372 197.9
Bajirao Mastani Eros .73 (4,450) -45% 164 6.1
In the Heart of the Sea WB .71 (1,040) -29% 685 23.9
The Martian Fox .57 (2,020) 17% 282 225.9
The Peanuts Movie Fox .54 (1,690) 20% 320 128.8
The Revenant Fox .43 (108,250) -9% 4 1.3
Nene Sallaja iDream .42 (6,290) NEW 66 0.42
Youth Fox Searchlight .34 (2,370) -2% 144 1.6
Dilwale UTV .30 (2,350) -67% 129 4.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $214.55
% Change (Last Year) 42%
% Change (Last Week) -27%
Also debuting/expanding
Mr. Six China Lion .28 (10,070) -15% 28 0.97
Beauty and the Beastie ABS .24 (6,690) -3% 36 0.62
Trumbo Bleecker Street .17 (1,910) -3% 90 7
Anomalisa Par .14 (34,600) 4 0.21
The Himalayas CJ .14 (5,720) 252% 25 0.29
Mojin: The Lost Legend Well Go .12 (6,780) -51% 18 1.1
Room A24 .11 (1,210) 25% 92 5
45 Years IFC 93,400 (15,570) 42% 6 0.23
Ho Mann Jahaan Eros 68,300 (3,790) 18 0.07
Macbeth Weinstein Co. 51,300 (2,050) 14% 25 0.91
Devil and Angel China Lion 43,800 (3,650) 12 0.06
Son of Saul Sony Classics 35,500 (8,870) 4% 4 0.16
The Tiger CJ 18,100 (9,050) 2 0.01
Chimes at Midnight (reissue) Janus 13,300 (13,300) 1 0.01
Only Yesterday Gkids 13,200 (13,200) 1 0.01
Abbayitho Ammayi Global 4,100 (340) 12 0.01
Yosemite Monterey 3,500 (1,750) 1 0.01
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 1,670,438,719
Furious 7 Uni 1,516,981,608
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1,404,649,117
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 1,331,162,190
Minions Uni 1,158,382,220
Inside Out BV 855,826,634
Spectre Sony; MGM 851,059,367
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 682,138,894
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 622,604,571
The Martian Fox 595,661,276
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 571,257,486
American Sniper WB 549,569,608
Cinderella BV 542,013,849
Ant-Man BV 519,842,308
San Andreas WB 494,414,787
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony 458,354,554
Terminator Ganysis Par 440,329,877
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 414,351,546
Monster Hunt Edko 395,715,476
Home Fox; DmWks 385,085,573
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 381,034,329
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 323,909,153
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 315,337,505
* does not include 2014 box office
2015 Market Share (January 1 – December 31, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Gross (millions) Mkt Share % Change Rank ’09
1 Universal (25) 2447.3 21.80% 121% 5
2 Buena Vista (15) 2280.1 20.30% 41% 2
3 Warner Bros. (31) 1597.4 14.30% 3% 3
4 20th Century Fox (24) 1302.9 11.60% -27% 1
5 Sony (19) 965.7 8.60% -23% 4
6 Paramount (15) 675.7 6.00% -39% 6
7 Lionsgate (20) 601.5 5.40% -19% 7
8 Weinstein Co. (20) 302.8 2.70% 32% 8
9 Focus (13) 123.7 1.10% 3% 12
10 Fox Searchlight (10) 117.7 1.10% -20% 11
11 Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.75% -52% 9
12 Open Road (7) 66.9 0.60% -56% 10
13 Sony Classics (22) 62.5 0.55% 52% 15
14 STX (2) 59.2 0.55% N/A N/A
15 CBS (2) 58.1 0.50% 414% N/A
16 A24 (9) 50.8 0.45% 354% N/A
Other (431) 413.7 3.70% N/A N/A
11212 100% 7%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens |34.8|4134|-29%|686.7
Daddy’ Home|11.5|3271|-27%|76.2
The Hateful Eight|6.4|2474|236%|19.7
Sisters|4.7|2978|2%|53.9
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip|4.4|3474|21%|60
Joy|4|2924|-42%|32.3
The Big Short|3.4|1588|-10%|27.4
Concussion|3.1|2841|-28%|20.4
Point Break|2.7|2910|-35%|18.3
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2|1.7|1485|14%|269.6
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Also Debuting||||
Nene Sallaja|0.16|66||
Anomalisa|53,900|4||
Ho Mann Jahaan|25,800|15||
Devil and Angel|20,600|12||
The Tiger|7,600|2||
Chimes at Midnight (reissue)|4,600|2||
Abbayitho Ammayi|2,600|12||
Yosemite|1,850|1||

Remembering Haskell Wexler

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

haskellI was thinking about Haskell about a week ago. It might have been a movie or poster, it could have been one of any number of associations. He was certainly a part of our lives, especially my wives going back to the early 1970s.

In Los Angeles and the film industry you tend to lose contact with people for extended periods and neither of us had contact with him in a couple of years. He was indomitable and having survived literal and figurative close calls with mortality, death never really figured into one’s thinking about Haskell.

My wife worked with him on American Graffiti and I think I first met him with Connie Hall – another great eye – a few years later when they were partners in a company that made some of the great commercials of that long-ago era.

Haskell was famously difficult but that wasn’t my experience. He was combative and in your face and one can well imagine how unpleasant it would be to be on his bad side. haskell2I suspect my wife saw some of that on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where he clashed with Milos Forman to the point that he got fired. But he’d shot enough of the film that regardless of who came in to complete it, it would be necessary to maintain his visual template.

Kazan also remembered his experience with Haskell on America, America as uniquely unpleasant. He vented about him in his autobiography but conceded in so many words that the sonofabitch did brilliant work. And his son Mark turned the camera on him in the documentary Tell Them Who You Are, a portrait that reflected a truly ambivalent relationship. There was love and respect, just not the sort or degree that he felt was appropriate.

Haskell always had a singular vision and that legacy can be seen in his Oscar wins Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, as well as In the Heat of the Night, Coming Home and The Secret of Roan Inish. Directors who adored him like Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby and John Sayles gave him the space and authority he needed to work .

Unquestionably he wanted to direct his “own” movies and made fewer fiction films than he hoped, as well as a good number of documentaries. There was the moment in the late 1960s when Paramount opened the gates a crack let him in to do Medium Cool. Influenced by the work of Jean-Luc Godard. It has deservedly grown in stature over time and has influenced generations of filmmakers since.

I appeared Who Needs Sleep, one of the later doc. I’d written on sleep deprivation and its effect on productivity and functionality but was still surprised when Haskell called about being a talking head in the movie he was doing on the subject. He just said something like, when can I pop by? He showed up with his camera, looked around, showed me where to sit (presumably so he could best use available light) and curled up with his camera. It didn’t feel like I was being recorded. It was more like a friend coming over to jaw.

One of my wife’s tasks during American Graffiti was getting Haskell to the set each day. The production as filming nights in San Rafael and Petaluma outside San Francisco, and he was shooting commercials in Los Angeles during the day. So, she’d get him on a plane in the late afternoon in L.A. and he’d work until daylight and get back on a plane and be filming ads in the morning. It went on for weeks and, considering the perils he outlined in the documentary, never appeared to flag.

The image that burns in my mind is a photo of Haskell and my wife close dancing during a break in filming on American Graffiti. You can feel the tenderness and warmth in the beautifully silhouetted moment. I can’t think of a better way to remember him … or anyone.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated holiday moviegoing with a second weekend estimated at $154.6 million. A quartet of Christmas Day releases favored comedy Daddy’s Home, ranking second with $38.7 million. Also strong was bio-ish Joy at $17.3 million while hardhitting Concussion and action remake Point Break got lost in the crush of holiday options with respective bows of $10.9 million and $9.9 million.

The 70mm exclusive 100-screen launch of The Hateful Eight arrived with both barrels blazing and a $4.5 million bounty.

In the niches, Telugu Bhale Manhi Roju bowed with an OK $80,300, andFilipino Beautie and the Beastie grossed $126,000. More potent was the Chinese Mr. Six with $282,000 from 30 engagements.

Exclusives pushing to get in under the wire for award consideration included a strong showing for marital challenge 45 Years of $60,800 from three engagements and a near-capacity $466,000 return for the immersive The Revenant at four ravines.

Session revenues topped $300 million and flickered downward 4% from last weekend’s Awakening. It was an eye-popping 45% jump from 2014 when the second weekend of The Hobbit finale grossed $40.9 million and newcomers Into the Woods and Unbroken followed with $31 million and $30.6 million respectively.

Noel accounting for taste as the silliness of Daddy’s Home (and the solid hold of Sisters) provided cheap laughs. Studio exit polls identified the crowd as 52% male and 61% aged 25 and older.

The offbeat Joy and The Big Short went wide, mitigating challenging material with appealing casts. Joy’s audience was 66% female with 77% aged 25-and-older while Short skewed 52% male and was 86% aged 25-and-older.

Concussion, the season’s sober-sided offering, was not a first choice for filmgoers. But award consideration should provide good ground movement through the holiday and award season. Will Smith’s past popularity contributed to a 50/50 audience gender split and a crowd that was 62% aged 25-years and older.

Point Break, based on Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 camp favorite, opened three weeks ago in Asia where it’s grossed almost $50 million, including about $38 million in China. Domestically, the surf is rougher, attracting a 56% male crowd with 67% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Christmas weekend also brought the news of the death of iconic cinematography-filmmaker and family friend Haskell Wexler. His passing leaves a void that will not be filled.

Weekend (estimates) December 25 – 27, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 154.6 (37.400) -38% 4134 545.7
Daddy’s Home Par 38.7 (11,840) NEW 3271 38.7
Joy Fox 17.3 (5,800) NEW 2986 17.3
Sisters Uni 13.9 (4,680) 0% 2962 37.1
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 12.6 (3,470) -12% 3705 39.3
Concussion Sony 10.9 (3,830) NEW 2841 10.9
The Big Short Par 10.4 (6,590) 2662% 1585 15.9
Point Break WB 9.9 (3,410) NEW 2910 9.9
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 5.2 (2,890) -8% 1813 264.6
Creed WB 4.5 (2,990) -9% 1518 96.3
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. 4.5 (44,490) NEW 100 4.5
The Good Dinosaur BV 3.6 (1,700) -17% 2134 105.2
Krampus Uni 2.2 (1,930) -46% 1152 40.5
The Danish Girl Focus 1.5 (3,390) 172% 440 3.2
Bajirao Mastani Eros 1.5 (6,140) -15% 243 4.4
Carol Weinstein Co. 1.1 (5,980) 363% 179 2.8
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.1 ((2,210) -26% 480 24.8
Brooklyn FxSearch/Mongrel 1.0 (3,400) -17% 288 18.3
In the Heart of the Sea WB 1.0 (1,430) -72% 685 22.3
Dilwale UTV .94 (3,550) -51% 265 3.9
Spectre Sony .88 (2,360) -39% 372 196.3
The Martian Fox .48 (1,718) 6% 279 224.8
The Revenant Fox .47 (116,520) NEW 4 0.47
The Peanuts Movie Fox .46 (1,290) -14% 359 127.6
Youth Fox Searchlight .34 (2,300) 42% 149 1
Mr. Six China Lion .28 (9,400) NEW 30 0.37
Mojin: The Lost Legend Well Go .22 (9,250) -8% 24 0.88
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $297.80
% Change (Last Year) 45%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Trumbo Bleecker Street .17 (1,460) -59% 116 6.7
Beauty and the Beastie ABS .13 (3,080) 41 0.13
Bhale Manchi Roju 70mm Ent. 80,300 (3,210) 25 0.08
Room A24 66,800 (760) -63% 88 4.7
45 Years IFC 60,800 (20,270) 3 0.06
The Himalayas CJ 47,200 (19,070) 240% 3 0.08
Surprise – Journey to the West Media Asia 44,500 (3,420) -68% 13 0.28
Macbeth Weinstein Co. 41,700 (1,390) -69% 30 0.78
Son of Saul Sony Classics 32,400 (8,100) -15% 4 0.1
Soukyam Isha 6,700 (200) 33 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 20, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (25) 2405.3 23.00%
Buena Vista (15) 1861.7 17.80%
Warner Bros. (30) 1565 14.90%
20th Century Fox (22) 1229 11.70%
Sony (18) 942.5 9.00%
Paramount (13) 588.3 5.60%
Lionsgate (20) 586.1 5.60%
Weinstein Co. (19) 287.1 2.70%
Focus (13) 120.5 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (10) 114.5 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.80%
Open Road (7) 64.1 0.60%
Sony Classics (21) 62.5 0.60%
STX (2) 59.1 0.55%
CBS (2) 57.6 0.55%
A24 (9) 50.6 0.50%
Other * (382) 394.1 3.80%
10474 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Dec. 20, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 22,803,219
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 17,737,636
Brooklyn Searchlight/Mongrel 16,495,006
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 12,556,192
Baahubali Blue Sky 9,329,136
Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate 9,080,818
Amy A24/Mongrel 8,406,687
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F FUNimation 8,369,893
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 8,185,833
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,590,951
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker St/Elevation 7,449,681
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 6,758,416
Trumbo Bleecker St/eOne 6,270,123
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,649,253
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
90 Minutes in Heaven IDP 4,842,699
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
Suffragette Focus 4,612,137
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens |49.7|4134|-58%|439.5
Daddy’s Home|15.6|3271|NEW|15.6
Joy|6.8|2896|NEW|6.8
Sisters|4.6|2962|-6%|27.9
Concussion|4.3|2841|NEW|4.3
Point Break|4.1|2910|NEW|4.1
The Big Short|3.7|1586|3603|9.2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip|3.6|3706|-13%|30.3
The Hateful Eight|1.9|100|NEW|1.9
Creed|1.5|1518|13%|93.3
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Also Debuting||||
The Revenant|0.17|4||

2015’s Best, Alphabetically

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The ritual of “best” lists for the Seventh Art is a perennial. Those of us from the fifth estate privileged to ply this arena get to trot out “good taste.” The passage of time may validate one’s options; conversely, looking in the rearview mirror could  metamorphose us all into pillars of salt.

Ten is the usual number for the exercise but there have been times when I couldn’t muster steam to get past seven or eight, and on the flipside, have cited more than the traditional minyan. And long ago I gave up on ranking because of the diversity and challenge of the hundreds of films released each year.

Amy: With this portrait of Ms. Winehouse let us also embrace What Happened Miss Simone and Janis: Little Girl Blue. All three documentaries focus on iconic songstresses and forego the sort of talking head style that mummifies a subject. All three are tribute films, although clearly the details involve tragedy, repression, self doubt and the business of the business. Still, music and talent prevail and each has a joyous quality.

Ant-Man: This film has the distinct advantage of not being a sequel. Setting aside what was an apparently tortuous development and production history, the end result has a feisty, thumb-your-nose at standard superhero movies attitude. At once in full embrace of the genre it casts an unconventional actor in the title role, spices the narrative and dialogue with irony and ladles on eye-popping production design to exploit the talent of a diminutive warrior. It’s an unabashed amusement ride with a sneaky punch that its myriad brethren largely lacked last year.

The Assassin: Superficially this tale of a female martial artist sent to eliminate a ninth Century Chinese warlord has all the familiar twists and turns of so many Asian potboilers. But where the similarly skilled Wong Kar-wai heightened the tropes in The Grandmaster, Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien makes only scant nods to the familiar. It’s mesmerizing not for the set pieces and choreography (though both are formidable) but for its ruminative tone and facile visual grace. He’s a filmmaker that knows the power of stillness and can subtly coax out resonances in the historic saga that are all the more psychologically disturbing in such a richly sumptuous environment.

The Big Short: A tale of the financial meltdown back at the start of the new millennium sounds like an arid landscape. But in evolves as one of the few successfully audacious American films of recent time as it navigates the story through the eyes of a handful of generally unconnected analysts and observers that saw it coming. Following Anchorman and Step Brothers, one has to conclude that director-co-writer Adam McKay was itching to make something more substantive. He pulls out all the stops with asides that break the fourth wall and actually go a long way to explain the situation and circumstances as its principals go from disbelief to shock and ultimately outrage. It’s quite possibly the most riotous cautionary tale in American movie history.

Brooklyn: A seemingly simple saga of an Irish lass that winds up in the Manhattan borough during the immigration wave of the 1950s. However this well observed saga has considerably more to digest. What if her migration were ambivalent? Circumstance brings her back to the Emerald Isle and the tug of the past is pitted against the prospects of the future. It’s the sort of narrative that threatens to tumble into maudlin sentiment or woefully improbable conclusions.

Inside Out: Easily the most sophisticated conceit ever from Pixar and a testament to what can be realized in animation. This coming-of-age story finds an 11-year-old girl adjusting to radical geographic relocation as well as budding maturity. “Inside” are five controlling emotions – anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness – that grapple with her moods in a visual inventive manner as she and they struggle to find order in the chaos. One more than respects the serious underpinnings and the consummate skill at exacting a truly singular entertainment.

Love & Mercy: The life of Beach Boy frotnamn Brian Wilson emerges as an anti-traditional biopic. Rather like Steve Jobs, it’s strategic rather than chronological or comprehensive. The intertwined threads are the early days of the group leading up to the creation of the seminal “Pet Sounds” LP and the later period where the beached genius is over medicated, under the thrall of a pseudo-psychologist and his struggle to break away with the assistance of an exceedingly resourceful and insightful woman. The music is unquestionably an asset with the recording sessions providing a rare and plausible insight into the creative process. The decision to cast different actors to play younger/older Brian is also smart and inspired. And though we think we know this story its greatest strength is providing the “don’t know” and context that validates an optimistic conclusion.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Few things frighten me more than adaptations of young adult novels. Regardless of whether they reflect personal experience or observation, it’s a genre that tends to descend into saccharine conclusions. In this instance the title trio is comprised of a movie-obsessed nerd, his accomplice and the seemingly doomed heroine. Again it’s fraught with potential disintegration. Yet it manages to confront very sober sided issues such as class, race and mortality with a breezy resolve that’s disarming, honest and effective and at the top of the list… unexpected.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: It’s daunting to describe any of the all too few films Swedish auteur Roy Andersson has made. Pigeon, like the others, is an absurdist sequence, loosely knitted by a pair of intrepid if clueless and dead pan salesman of questionably amusing novelty items. They travel through the contemporary and historic byroads of their nation in a stream of conscious fashion that befits the attitude of the piece. Suffice it to say that Andersson is one of the few filmmakers (Buñuel and Kieślowski would also be on the short list) that speaks to me.

The Revenant: As with The Assassin, this tale of brutality and revenge finds its strength in visual majesty that enhances and intensifies the drama. The period is the French-Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century and the title character is a frontiersman/scout for a military hunting party. The tale turns when the scout is mauled by a bear and subsequently left for dead by men assigned to ensure his safety. Largely devoted to survival in a ferocious and unrelenting environment that’s been unexplored since the likes of Man in the Wilderness and A Man Called Horse, the film is graphic without unduly exploiting the inherent violence and cruelty. The symmetry between beauty and barbarism is organic and compelling.

Truth: With Spotlight ,it was a good year for journalism on screen. I take the minority position that Truth is the better of the two, and not to get too analytical, because it leaves you debating with what the title puts forward. At issue is a “60 Minutes” segment on George W. Bush’s military service in the Texas Air National Guard and the subsequent internal investigation into questionable reporting by Dan Rather and his producer, Mary Mapes. Though based on producer Mapes’ book, the film, while slanted, doesn’t come off as overtly biased. Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford as Mapes and newsman Rather are adroit in conveying flawed characters who nonetheless are putting forth best efforts in what evolves into an inescapable quagmire.

Wild Tales: These are six stories that begin as routine situations and escalate into nightmarish scenarios with truly acidic comedic consequences. The Argentine production leaves you gasping as your inner voice fluctuates between “they’re not going to do that” to “push it further.” It brings out the devil albeit in the safe environs of a darkened room and is the sort of escapist fare with a true kinship to bygone smart screwball comedies that lamentably are too infrequent in the contemporary movie landscape.

Here are a handful of close calls with  brief descriptions: Carol, the haunting adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s forbidden love; Room, the ultimate captive tale; Mustang in which five Turkish sisters find their modern values largely thwarted by religious traditions; The Second Mother, an ingenious tale of class and ambition in contemporary Brazil; and the Red Planet portions of The Martian.

And one more you’re unlikely to see: Spear: A tale of a young aboriginal brought up traditionally who finds life in the big city to be rife with prejudice and overcomes obstacles through the strength of his upbringing. The twist is that acclaimed stage director Stephen Page’s first film is told entirely through movement and a tiny bit of narration mixing real locations, studio sets and musical pieces in a seamless blend of verite, humor and compassion.

 

The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t blink as it opened to an estimated $239.4 million and corralled roughly 78% of weekend revenues. The frame’s other two national newcomers followed in the distance with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip grossing $14.2 million and the raucous Sisters right behind with $13.4 million.

Also entering the fray was the acclaimed Oscar foreign-language short-listed Son of Saul on three screens for a $36,800 tally. The season’s other Oscar contenders experienced screen loss with the exception of The Danish Girl and Youth which both expanded to good results.

A pair of Indian imports cracked the top 10. Dilwale entered with a potent $1.9 million while Bajirao Mastani closely followed with $1.6 million. Also solid were the Chinese entries Mojin: The Lost Legend and Surprise – Journey to the West with respective openings of $228,000 and $134,000.

Session revenues ballooned to about $305 million and 303% uptick from seven days prior. It was 126% improved from 2014 when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies led with $54.7 million and freshmen Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie debuted respectively with $17.1 million and $15.9 million.

The anticipation for Star Wars: Episode VII was palpable with advance ticket sales in excess of $100 million setting records and the likely prospect of a debut littered with new box office benchmarks. Its Friday opening (including Thursday box office) of $120 million and weekend gross of $239.4 million set records for biggest single day and weekend debut besting prior levels held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 of $91.1 million and Jurassic World’s $208 million launch earlier this year.

The film opened day-and-date in most international territories with the notable exception of China (January 9) to an estimated $280 million that ranked third all-time behind Jurassic World and the Harry Potter finale. The UK was the top territory with $49 million where it is now the record holder for best opener. It set the same record in first tier nations including Germany, Australia and Russia… and not to forget it also received positive reviews from top critics.

Studio exit demos identified the domestic audience as 58% male and 63% aged 25-years and older. Additional 20% were families. It also scored high on 3D with 47% taking that option and 19% buying large format (including Imax) tickets. Unquestionably more records will tumble in subsequent weeks.

On the counterprogramming side, both Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Sisters opened to tracking estimates in the low to mid-teens. Alvin skewed slightly female at 52% with 54% of the audience aged 25-years and younger. Its family audience component was not unsurprisingly 70%. Sisters befittingly had a 79% female crowd with 58% aged 30-years and younger.

Holdovers generally experienced drops of 50% to 60% and lost hundreds and hundreds of engagements.

Weekend (estimates) December 18 – 20, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 239.4 (57,920) NEW 4134 239.4
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 14.2 (3,890) NEW 3653 14.2
Sisters Uni 13.4 (4,560) NEW 2962 13.4
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 5.6 (2,120) -51% 2653 254.4
Creed WB 5.0 (2,060) -51% 2433 87.8
The Good Dinosaur BV 4.2 (1,530) -59% 2755 96.5
Krampus Uni 3.8 (1,590) -55% 2371 34.8
In the Heart of the Sea WB 3.4 (1,100) -69% 3103 18.6
Dilwale UTV 1.9 (7,020) NEW 268 2
Bajirao Mastani Eros 1.6 (5,460) NEW 304 1.6
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1,4 (1,730) -43% 825 22.8
Spectre Sony 1.3 (1,090) -67% 1225 193.8
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 1.2 (1,920) -40% 614 16.5
The Night Before Sony 1.1 (900) -73% 1235 41.4
The Danish Girl Focus .54 (6,680) 106% 81 1.3
The Peanuts Movie Fox .53 (690) -80% 771 126.3
The Martian Fox .45 (910) -69% 493 223.9
Trumbo Bleecker Street .39 (1,420) -54% 273 6.3
The Big Short Par .35 (44,120) -50% 8 1.3
Love the Coopers CBS/eOne .29 (490) -79% 593 25.5
Youth Fox Searchlight .25 (4,030) 130% 61 0.52
Mojin: The Lost Legend Well Go .23 (11,400) NEW 20 0.23
Carol Weinstein Co. .22 (13,940) -34% 16 1.6
Bridge of Spies BV .22 (870) -63% 258 69.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $298.60
% Change (Last Year) 126%
% Change (Last Week) 303%
Also debuting/expanding
Room A24 .15 (890) -42% 171 4.5
Surprise – Journey to the West Media Asia .13 (5,360) 25 0.13
Macbeth Weinstein Co. .13 (1,380) -48% 97 0.65
Legend Uni/Elevation .13 (1,490) -61% 85 1.7
Chi-Raq Roadside Attractions .11 (1,520) -81% 74 2.4
Thanga Magan Wunderbar 94,800 (1,930) 49 0.09
Son of Saul Sony Classics 36,800 (12,270) 3 0.04
Hitchcock/Truffaut Cohen Media 26,200 (1,190) -47% 22 0.16
Loafer iDream 19,800 (660) 30 0.02
The Himalayas CJ 10,500 (3,500) 3 0.01
Extraction Lionsgate 8,300 (640) 13 0.01
He Never Died Vertical 6,400 (640) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 17, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (24) 2387.1 23.40%
Buena Vista (15) 1666.1 16.30%
Warner Bros. (30) 1556.3 15.20%
20th Century Fox (21) 1213.6 11.90%
Sony (18) 939.5 9.20%
Paramount (13) 587.9 5.70%
Lionsgate (20) 580.3 5.70%
Weinstein Co. (19) 286.7 2.80%
Focus (13) 119.9 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (10) 113.2 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.85%
Open Road (7) 62.6 0.60%
Sony Classics (21) 62.5 0.60%
STX (2) 58.9 0.60%
CBS (2) 57.3 0.55%
A24 (9) 50.4 0.50%
Other * (377) 388.2 3.80%
10216.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 – Dec. 17, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 652,308,704
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 459,029,868
Inside Out BV 356,461,711
Furious 7 Uni 353,125,507
American Sniper * WB 348,797,073
Minions Uni 336,045,770
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 248,788,774
The Martian Fox 223,429,423
Cinderella BV 201,151,353
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 195,257,225
Spectre Sony 192,476,132
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 184,446,466
Ant-Man BV 180,202,163
Home Fox 177,397,510
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony 167,604,319
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 163,553,869
Straight Outta Compton Uni 161,246,861
San Andreas WB 155,190,832
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 153,636,354
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens *|118.5|4134|NEW|118.5
Sisters|4.9|2962|NEW|4.9
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip|4.1|3653|NEW|4.1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2|1.5|2563|-54%|250.3
Creed|1.4|2433|-54%|84.2
Krampus|1.2|2371|-75%|32.2
The Good Dinosaur|1.1|2755|-53%|93.4
In the Heart of the Sea|1|3103|–|16.1
Dilwale|0.59|268|NEW|0.7
Bajirao Mastani|0.45|304|NEW|0.45
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* includes Thursday||||
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Also Debuting||||
Mojin: The Lost Legend|77,050|20||
Surprise – Journey to the West|51,250|25||
Thanga Magan|46,050|49||
Son of Saul|10,500|3||
Loafer|6,600|30||
The Himalayas|3,200|3||
Extraction|2,900|13||
He Never Died|2,300|10||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 made it four in a row at the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $11.2 million. The session’s sole incoming national newcomer, historical whaling saga In the Heart of the Sea, was just behind with $10.9 million with just $1.1 million separating the top four movies in the marketplace.

Exclusive freshmen met tepid response with the exception of awards contender The Big Short, bowing to a potent $713,000 from eight swaps. In the niches the Telugu Bengal Tiger struggled to a $206,000 debut while South Korean Inside Men dipped into warm waters with a $23,600 gross from two screens.

In another grim moviegoing frame, revenues barely exceeded $75 million and box office sank by 24% from seven days back. It was also 10% less than the 2014 session when the launch of Exodus: Gods and Kings led with $24.1 million. The domestic box office passed the $10 billion benchmark this week and the 2015 pace remains a slim 4% ahead of last year.

There was a bygone quality to In the Heart of the Sea that did not click with modern audiences. The historic tragedy of the nineteenth century whaling ship Essex (a reported inspiration for Melville’s “Moby Dick”) wasn’t tracking well, although estimates of $12-14 million tagged it a likely weekend leader. The film opened a week ago in 36 overseas markets to a spotty response of $18 million that left an unease for its domestic launch and the likelihood of major writedown. Studio exit demos showed a slight 54% male tilt with 68% of the audience aged 35-years and older.

With announcements of SAG and Golden Globe nomination slates this week, pundits eyeing box office to determine momentum. With most holdovers slipping a third to a half and most hopefuls unable to expand, Spotlight, Brooklyn, Trumbo, Carol and The Danish Girl stayed steady.

It also provided an eye-popping opening for the satiric take on 2008’s financial meltdown, triggered by housing loans, ably etched in The Big Short. Exit demos tagged the crowd at 53% female with 56% of viewers aged 35-years old and older.

At Christmas, releases of Joy, The Hateful Eight and The Revenant will get close scrutiny. And next week’s opening of the still-unseen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (until now not deemed award-worthy) might shake the holiday tree.

Weekend (estimates) December 11 – 13, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 11.2 (3,080) -40% 3651 244.4
In the Heart of the Sea WB 10.9 (3,520) NEW 3103 10.9
The Good Dinosaur BV 10.3 (2,860) -33% 3606 89.5
Creed WB 10.1 (2,880) -33% 3502 79.3
Krampus Uni 8.0 (2,730) -51% 2919 28.1
Spectre Sony 4.0 (1,510) -28% 2640 190.8
The Night Before Sony 3.9 (1,470) -22% 2674 38.2
The Peanuts Movie Fox 2.6 (990) -27% 2653 124.9
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 2.4 (2,220) -14% 1089 20.2
Brooklyn FxSearch/Mongrel 1.9 (2,060) -20% 947 14.3
The Martian Fox 1.4 (1,330) -14% 1041 222.8
Love the Coopers CBS/eOne 1.3 (830) -12% 1610 24.6
The Secret in Their Eyes STX/eOne 1.2 (720) -37% 1661 19.2
Trumbo Bleecker Street .81 (1,460) -15% 554 5.5
The Big Short Par .71 (89,120) NEW 8 0.71
Bridge of Spies BV .58 (1,070) -15% 540 69.4
Chi-Raq Roadside Attractions .55 (1,940) -54% 285 2.1
Carol Weinstein Co. .33 (20,810) 130% 16 1.2
The Letters FreeStyle .32 (410) -43% 779 1.4
Legend Uni/Elevation .30 (2,790) 7% 107 1.4
The Danish Girl Focus .25 (10,580) 144% 24 0.65
Macbeth Weinstein Co. .25 (2,330) 260% 108 0.35
Room A24 .24 (1,190) 6% 204 4.2
A Second Chance ABS .21 (2,660) -59% 80 1
Bengal Tiger Supreme .21 (1,860) NEW 111 0.29
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $71.85
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
Youth Fox Searchlight .10 (5,940) 29% 17 0.21
Suffragette Focus .10 (840) -35% 166 4.5
Hitchcock/Truffaut Cohen Media 44,700 (2,480) -56% 18 0.1
Inside Men CJ 23,600 (12,800) 2 0.02
Yellow Day Idyllic 19,900 (9,950) 2 0.02
Don Verdean Lionsgate 10,400 (320) 33 0.01
The Boy and the World Gkids 6,500 (3,250) 2 0.01
Bleeding Heart Gravitas 5,300 (590) 9 0.01
The Girl in the World FreeStyle 4,900 (490) 10 0.01
La Derniere lecon Axia 4,200 (1,050) 4 0.01
Body Oscilloscope 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 10, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (24) 2375.9 23.60%
Buena Vista (14) 1595.1 15.90%
Warner Bros. (29) 1526.9 15.20%
20th Century Fox (21) 1207.7 12.00%
Sony (18) 927.3 9.20%
Paramount (12) 586.9 5.80%
Lionsgate (20) 564.3 5.60%
Weinstein Co. (19) 285.8 2.80%
Focus (13) 119.4 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (10) 110.3 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.90%
Sony Classics (21) 62.4 0.60%
Open Road (7) 59.6 0.60%
STX (2) 57.3 0.55%
CBS (2) 55.5 0.55%
A24 (9) 50.1 0.50%
Other * (372) 381.7 3.80%
10052.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – Dec. 10, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 1,670,256,236
Furious 7 Uni 1,515,406,318
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1,404,649,117
Minions Uni 1,157,463,774
Inside Out BV 855,055,987
Spectre Sony; MGM 800,439,066
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 682,138,894
The Martian Fox 577,694,811
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 570,536,817
American Sniper WB 549,569,608
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 540,581,673
Cinderella BV 542,013,849
Ant-Man BV 519,842,308
San Andreas WB 494,414,787
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony 442,415,662
Terminator Ganysis Par 440,329,877
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 414,351,546
Monster Hunt Edko 395,654,235
Home Fox; DmWks 385,085,573
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 381,034,329
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 320,764,088
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 315,194,283
Big Hero 6 * BV 307,976,246
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea|3.8|3103|NEW|3.8
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2|3.3|3651|-42%|236.5
Creed|2.9|3502|-35%|72.2
Krampus|2.5|2919|-58%|22.6
The Good Dinosaur|2.2|3606|-35%|81.4
The Night Before|1.2|2674|-23%|35.5
Spectre|1.1|2640|-30%|187.9
Spotlight|0.7|1089|-15%|18.5
Brooklyn|0.6|947|-22%|12.9
The Peanuts Movie|0.55|2653|-30%|122.9
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Also Debuting||||
The Big Short|0.22|8||
Bengal Tiger|67,500|103||
Yellow Day|6,900|2||
Inside Men|6,500|2||
Don Verdean|3,100|31||
Bleeding Heart|2,440|9||
Body|1,850|1||
The Boy and the World|1,600|2||
The Girl in the World|1,450|10||
La Dernière leçon|1,100|4||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 sealed the hat trick atop weekend movie going with an estimated $18.5 million. Christmas-themed horror Krampus slotted second with a better than anticipated $16 million debut. The first December weekend is traditionally one of the slowest of the calendar and 2015 was no exception with most films dropping by half. Still, early estimates could well make it the best-grossing in history for this particular three-day.

The session also saw a limited launch for the Mother Teresa bio The Letters with more prayer than hope at $712,000. Considerably better was the maiden theatrical effort of Amazon Studios, Spike Lee’s modernized Lysistrata, Chi-Raq, with a $1.2 million gross at 305 venues.

In the niches Indian imports were soft with the Telugu Shankarabaranam grossing $40,500 and the Hindi Judge Singh LLB trailing with $26,300. The Filipino A Second Chance scored a potent $513,000 while the Chinese Fall in Love Like a Star had a decent opener of $133,000. Brit A Royal Night Out set on V-E Day stumbled with $101,000.

Exclusive freshmen saw award contender titles strongest including the Cannes premiered Youth with $78,800 from four screens, the Bard’s Macbeth (aka The Scottish play) grossing $66,300 at five venues and the Hitchcock/Truffaut doc with $28,700 from four playdates.

Overall business for the frame looks to be just shy of $100 million for a 47% decline from seven days prior. It was also a 28% improvement from 2014 when the initial Hunger Games: Mockingjay led with $22 million.

 

Expectations for Krampus were in the low teens that suggested a fourth place finish in the lineup. It wound up the weekend bridesmaid with second weekend biz for last weekend debs Creed and The Last Dinosaur a modicum less potent than initial projections. The slightly raffish seasonal horror tale saw an even split between the sexes with 51% of the audience aged 21-years and younger per studio exit demos. It also bowed in 24 foreign markets with an estimated $3.3 million. The character apparently is of Austrian origin … like Beethoven.

 

Getting a jump on its domestic debut the whaling saga In the Heart of the Sea launched in 38 international markets on Thursday. Opening day estimate was a ship-shape $2.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) December 4 – 6, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 18.5 (4,540) -64% 4086 227
Krampus Uni 16.0 (5,500) NEW 2902 16
Creed WB 15.2 (4,440) -49% 3424 64.8
The Good Dinosaur BV 15.1 (4,040) -61% 3749 75.6
Spectre Sony 5.4 (1,910) -58% 2840 184.5
The Night Before Sony 4.9 (1,760) -41% 2794 32
The Peanuts Movie Fox 3.5 (1,210) -63% 2917 121.4
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 2.9 (2,970) -34% 980 16.6
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 2.5 (2,730) -37% 906 11.3
The Secret in Their Eyes STX/eOne 1.9 (880) -57% 2147 17.2
The Martian Fox 1.6 (1,390) -51% 1140 220.8
Love the Coopers CBS/eOne 1.5 (900) -52% 1639 22.7
Chi-Raq Roadside 1.2 (3,840) NEW 305 1.2
Trumbo Bleecker Street 1.0 (1,490) -39% 660 4.2
The Letters FreeStyle .71 (800) NEW 886 0.71
Bridge of Spies BV .70 (1,300) -49% 536 68.6
Victor Frankenstein Fox .68 (240) -72% 2797 5
A Second Chance ABS .51 (6,410) NEW 80 0.51
Tamasha UTV .34 (2,110) -67% 160 2
Legend Uni .26 (4,250) -13% 61 0.9
Goosebumps Sony .25 (580) -66% 433 78
La Guerre des tuques Seville .21 (3,250) -29% 65 2
Room A24 .20 (1,140) -38% 175 3.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $93.80
% Change (Last Year) 28%
% Change (Last Week) -47%
Also debuting/expanding
Suffragette Focus .15 (770) -44% 193 4.3
Carol Weinstein Co. .14 (36,020) -27% 4 0.81
Fall in Love Like a Star China Lion .13 (3,700) 36 0.13
The Danish Girl Focus .10 (26.050) -44% 4 0.35
A Royal Night Out Atlas/eOne .10 (600) 168 0.1
Youth Fox Searchlight 78,800 (19,700) 4 0.08
Our Times Media Asia 77,800 (4,580) -54% 17 0.75
Macbeth Weinstein Co. 66,300 (13,260) 5 0.07
Janis: Little Girl Blue FilmRise 58,300 (2,430) 167% 24 0.09
The Priests CJ 49,600 (3,820) 117% 13 0.08
Christmas Eve KEB 47,800 (1,230) 39 0.05
Shankarabaranam SkyHigh 40,500 (490) 82 0.04
Hitchcock/Truffaut Cohen Media 28,700 (7,180) 4 0.03
Judge Singh LLB Viva 26,300 (1,050) 25 0.03
She Remembers, He Forgets Media Asia 12,200 (1,020) 12 0.01
Life Cinedigm 7,100 (470) 15 0.01
Night Owls Orion 4,900 (610) 8 0.01
The World of Kanako Drafthouse 4,600 (660) 7 0.01
MI-5 Saban 4,100 (410) 10 0.01
The Wannabees Orion 3,900 (300) 13 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 3, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (23) 2355.1 23.70%
Buena Vista (14) 1575.3 15.90%
Warner Bros. (29) 1506.6 15.20%
20th Century Fox (21) 1199.9 12.10%
Sony (18) 911.7 9.20%
Paramount (12) 586.9 5.90%
Lionsgate (20) 539.4 5.40%
Weinstein Co. (18) 285.5 2.90%
Focus (13) 119.9 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (9) 106.7 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.90%
Sony Classics (21) 62.4 0.60%
Open Road (7) 55.9 0.55%
STX (2) 54.7 0.55%
CBS (2) 53.6 0.55%
A24 (9) 49.7 0.50%
Other * (359) 372.7 3.75%
9922 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Dec. 3, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 17,737,636
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 13,705,697
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 12,556,192
Baahubali Blue Sky 9,329,136
Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate 9,080,818
Brooklyn Searchlight/Mongrel 8,780,023
Amy A24/Mongrel 8,399,491
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F FUNimation 8,369,893
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 8,185,833
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,590,951
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker St/Elevation 7,449,681
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 6,758,416
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,649,253
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
90 Minutes in Heaven IDP 4,842,699
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Fox Intl 4,364,639
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 4,209,762
* does not include 2014 box office