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Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Inside Out|12.5|4158|-17%|228.5
Jurassic World|11.7|3737|-20%|539
Terminator Genysis|10.6|3758|NEW|26
Magic Mike XXL|6.2|3355|NEW|21.2
Ted 2|4.4|3448|-67%|51.7
Max|2.6|2870|-40%|21.4
Spy|1.9|2387|-9%|94.9
San Andreas|1|1672|-29%|145.4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl|0.5|870|64%|3.2
Dope|0.45|863|-49%|13.4
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Also Debuting||||
Faith of Our Fathers|0.18|344||
Fare Thee Well|0.12|202||
Amy |0.1|5||
Papanasam|81,050|82||
Second Hand Husband|35,200|60||
Jimmy’s Hall|6,400|3||
Cartel Land|5,600|2||
Suite Francaise|4,000|6||
A Poem is a Naked Person|2,300|2||
In Stereo|1,650|7||
Robot Overlords|1,400|10||
Mala Mala|1,300|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Jurassic World took the hat trick as top viewing choice for the frame with an estimated $54.2 million and set a new speed record for a movie grossing $500 million. It now ranks fifth among all time domestic box office champs (unadjusted). And still radiating joy in second position was Inside Out with $52.2 million. Neither of the session’s new wide releases performed up to expectations with Ted 2 napping third in the lineup with $32.9 million and Max, the Afghan vet pooch, grossing $12.2 million. In the niches Punjabi Sardaar Ji had a potent start of $394,000 while new Tamil and Telugu films flamed out. Also strong was Filipino comedy Just the Way You Are that grossed $293,000.

Alan Rickman’s period tale of garden design at Versailles, A Little Chaos, had a less-than-green thumb at $184,000 from 83 playdates The best of the exclusives (cue zither) was the a long-in-the-works restoration of 1948’s The Third Man with $21,700 from two screens.

Weekend revenues generated roughly $185 million, which translated into a 27% decline from seven days ago. That marked a modest 2% rise from 2014 when the debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction led with $100 million with 22 Jump Street not quite right behind $15.8 million.

Industry anticipation and early tracking had indicated that Ted 2 would be competitive with Jurassic World and Inside Out. But as opening day approached the bar was lowered to a bit better than $40 million. Its appeal continued to erode with blistering reviews and social media response that may have affected second day box office. Core fans were disappointed and crossover business was less than brisk.

Studio exit demos identified the audience as 59% male with 51% aged 25-years and older. The film also opened in 26 international territories with an estimated $20 million box office with Germany accounting for $4 million and both Russia and Australia grossing $3.2 million.

Though superficially a callback to the days of Rin Tin Tin, Max centers on the canine war vet’s adjustment to polite society with a caring family. The saccharine content fell short of tracking estimates of $16 million to $18 million. Its opening audience was 55% female with 57% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Its intent to grab a sizeable family audience was thwarted by Inside Out.

On the alternative side Me and Earl and the Dying Girl upped its exposure but is struggling to create a significant momentum. The season has yet to find an outsider title with breakout potential.

Weekend (estimates) June 26 – 28, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jurassic World Uni 54.2 (12,910) -49% 4198 500
Inside Out BV 52.2 (12,640) -42% 4132 185
Ted 2 Uni 32.9 (9,550) NEW 3442 32.9
Max WB 12.2 (4,270) NEW 2855 12.2
Spy Fox 7.8 (2,440) -31% 3194 88.3
San Andreas WB 5.2 (2,000) -40% 2620 141.8
Dope Open Road/Sony 2.7 (1,440) -56% 1851 11.6
Insidious Chapter 3 Focus 2.0 (1,230) -51% 1612 49.8
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 1.7 (1,800) -43% 961 147.1
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1.6 (1,480) -43% 1097 452.4
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 1.4 (1,300) -61% 1061 181
Love and Mercy Roadside Attr/eOne 1.3 (1,750) -27% 726 9.3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .1.0 (2,770) 170% 354 1.8
Tomorrowland BV 1.0 (1,360) -56% 714 90.1
Entourage WB .79 (1,450) -59% 544 31.4
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .61 (2,100) -11% 290 5
Home Fox .41 (1,408) 29% 275 174.8
Sardaar Ji White Hill .39 (9,610) NEW 41 0.39
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony .33 (1,410) 0% 236 69.8
Furious 7 Uni .31 (1,280) -11% 242 351.9
Just the Way You Are ABS .29 (4,420) NEW 54 0.29
Cinderella BV .28 (1,180) -19% 235 200.3
Aloha Sony .25 (1,050) -37% 240 20.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $178.60
% Change (Last Year) 2%
% Change (Last Week) -27%
Also debuting/expanding
A Little Chaos Focus .18 (2,200) 83 0.18
The Wolfpack Magnolia .18 (2,230) 2% 81 0.52
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .16 (2,490) -15% 64 0.66
The Overnight Orchard .13 (2,853) 142% 45 0.19
Escobar: Paradie Lost Weinstein Co. 81,700 (780) 105 0.08
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics 65,700 (3,650) 49% 18 0.13
Batkid Begins WB 22,100 (5,520) 4 0.02
The Third Man (reissue) Rialto 21,700 (10,850) 2 0.02
Big Game Relativity 16,500 (1,500) 11 0.02
Tiger Aakah 16,300 (740) 22 0.02
Indru Netru Naalai Prime Media 13,300 (950) 14 0.01
Fresh Dressed IDP 9,400 (1,170) 8 0.01
Runoff Monterey 8,200 (8,200) 1 0.01
The Little Death Magnolia 3,900 (1,300) 3 0.01
7 Minutes Starz 3,600 (360) 10 0.01
Advantageous Film Presence 2,400 (1,200) 2 0.01
Felt Amplify 2,200 (2,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 25, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (12) 1292.5 24.10%
Buena Vista (11) 1029.4 19.20%
Warner Bros. (17) 996.9 18.60%
20th Century Fox (14) 632.6 11.80%
Paramount (7) 277.2 5.10%
Sony (8) 218.6 4.10%
Lionsgate (8) 212.6 4.00%
Weinstein Co. (11) 192.5 3.60%
Fox Searchlight (6) 86.3 1.60%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.30%
Focus (6) 63.3 1.20%
Sony Classics (13) 43 0.80%
A24 (4) 36.1 0.65%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.65%
Open Road (5) 31.6 0.60%
Other * (188) 147.8 2.70%
5366.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – June 25, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 450,785,255
Jurrasic World Uni 445,840,805
Furious 7 Uni 351,547,602
American Sniper * WB 348,797,073
Cinderella BV 200,025,513
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 179,593,760
Home Fox 174,344,711
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 163,490,094
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 145,342,822
San Andreas WB 136,595,513
Inside Out BV 132,817,010
Insurgent Lionsgate 129,896,153
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 128,240,536
Get Hard WB 90,318,324
Taken 3 Fox 89,256,424
Tomorrowland BV 89,113,016
Spy Fox 80,550,504
Paddington Weinstein Co. 76,223,578
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 71,189,164
* does not inlude 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Inside Out|15|4132|-55%|147.8
Jurassic World|14.6|4198|-50%|460.5
Ted 2|13.2|3442|NEW|13.2
Max|4.3|2855|NEW|4.3
Spy|2.1|3194|-32%|82.6
San Andreas|1.4|2620|-37%|138
Dope|0.8|1851|-66%|9.7
Insidious 3|0.65|1612|-55%|48.4
Avengers: Age of Ultron|0.45|1097|-39%|451.2
Pitch Perfect 2|0.45|1061|-65%|180
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Also Debuting||||
Sardaar Ji|0.11|41||
Just the Way You Are|93,200|52||
A Little Chaos|48,100|83||
Escobar: Paradie Lost|26,600|105||
Batkid Begins|8,400|4||
The Third Man (reissue)|5,750|2||
Tiger|4,950|22||
Big Game|4,800|11||
Runoff|2,950|1||
Fresh Dressed|2,800|8||
Indru Netru Naalai|2,700|11||
7 Minutes|1,950|10||
Felt|1,300|1||
Advantageous|1,200|1||
The Little Death |1,000|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The debut of the animated Inside Out had ‘em in the aisles clapping with an estimated $91.2 million opening. But that wasn’t quite enough as the second weekend of Jurassic World plowed ahead with $101.9 million that was seconds away from a possible record speed to a $400 million gross. The frame’s other wide newcomer – the urban high school comedy Dope – bowed to a disappointing $5.8 million.

In the niches, Hindi ABCD 2 had a soft launch of $398,000 while Telugu Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini barely registered. Exclusive debs included a couple of encouraging launches of American independents. Rom-com The Overnight grossed $51,700 at three sites and the more sober tale of manic depression Infinitely Polar Bear opened to $46,300 at five venues. The Ukrainian sign-language drama The Tribe had an OK $8,700 box office from two engagements.

Session revenues exceeded $240 million and saw a modest 13% dip from seven days earlier. It was a considerable 68% improvement from 2014 when the debut of Think Like a Man Too led with $29.2 million to 22 Jump Street’s sophomore $27.5 million result.

Since its Cannes debut, Inside Out has built momentum with early expectations of a $70 million domestic opening. The unusually sophisticated tale of animated emotions within the head of an 11-year-old girl has been a critics’ darling and had pundits pondering if it would play to a youngish crowd.

Studio exit polling proved its accessibility to all ages with 60% of the opening crowd aged 25-years and younger with children under 12 comprising the largest block of 38%. It skewed female at 56%. Families accounted for 71% of the audience and one can anticipate that the film will hold well as teens and Millennials overcome their resistance to its charm and wit. The only slight disappointment: it’s the first Pixar picture not to top the charts on opening wide release.

Internationally, the film opened day-and-date in 36 territories following last week’s sneak in Russia to an estimated $41 million. Mexico led with $8.8 million with other potent major markets including France with $5.2 million and Australia grossing $3.6 million.

Another film with fest momentum, Sundance favorite Dope, failed to ignite with tracking predictions of $10 million. The film was the festival’s most sought-after acquisition with reported guarantees and marketing support of $20 million-plus from winners Open Road and Sony. Exit demographic data was unavailable but the well-reviewed comedy reported connected in African American communities. Its future will hinge on crossover crowds.

The weekend expansions that included Love & Mercy, I’ll See You in My Dreams, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Wolfpack were all maintaining their commercial toehold in this season of the behemoth.

Weekend (estimates) June 19 – 21, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jurassic World Uni 101.9 (23,750) -51% 4291 398.1
Inside Out BV 91.2 (23,120) NEW 3946 91.2
Spy Fox 10.4 (2,930) -33% 3558 74.3
San Andreas WB 8.2 (2,590) -24% 3177 132.2
Dope Open Road 5.8 (2,910) NEW 2002 5.8
Insidious Chapter 3 Focus 4.1 (1,610) -44% 2553 45.4
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 3.3 (1,520) -49% 2146 177.4
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 2.8 (1,950) -32% 1424 143.6
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 2.7 (1,630) -26% 1662 449.3
Tomorrowland BV 2.0 (1,140) -42% 1764 87.7
Entourage WB 1.9 (1,440) -55% 1304 29.6
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 1.6 (2,050) -2% 794 7.1
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .67 (2,330) -17% 287 4
ABCD 2 UTV .40 (2,730) NEW 146 0.4
Aloha Sony .39 (840) -60% 470 20
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .36 (5,310) 84% 68 0.65
Cinderella BV .35 (1,280) 34% 275 199.8
Furious 7 Uni .34 (1,200) -44% 282 351.4
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony .33 (1,220) 61% 267 69.3
Home Fox .32 (760) -56% 413 174.1
Far From the Madding Crowd Fox Searchlight .26 (1,000) -41% 256 11.3
Dil Dhadakne Do Eros .22 (2,000) -60% 111 2.7
Poltergeist Fox .20 (690) -71% 295 46.7
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. .19 (610) 7% 315 32.5
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .19 (2,630) 82% 72 0.42
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $236.57
% Change (Last Year) 68%
% Change (Last Week) -13%
Also debuting/expanding
The Wolfpack Magnolia .15 (3,830) 248% 40 0.22
The Overnight Orchard 51,700 (17,240) 3 0.05
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics 46,300 (9,260) 5 0.05
When Marnie Was There Gkids 36,400 (910) -56% 40 0.4
The Ark of Mr. Chow China Lion 22,500 (1,880) 12 0.02
Eden Broad Green 19,600 (6,530) 3 0.02
Manglehorn IFC 12,200 (4,070) 3 0.01
The Face of an Angel Screen Media 9,400 (720) 13 0.01
L’Affaire SK1 A-Z Films 9,600 (1,200) 8 0.01
The Tribe Drafthouse 8,700 (4,350) 2 0.01
Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini Blue Sky 6,900 (430) 16 0.01
Eli Eros 6,700 (480) 14 0.01
Antoine et Marie Alma 5,600 (1,120) 5 0.01
Balls Out Orion 5,500 (690) 8 0.01
Rubble Kings Saboteur 4,900 (1,630) 3 0.01
The Wanted 18 Kino 3,100 (1,550) 2 0.01
Burying the Ex Image Ent. 3,000 (330) 9 0.01
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Britdoc 2,500 (2,500) 1 0.01
Phantom Halo Arc Entertainment 2.200 (240) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 18, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (12) 1136.9 22.70%
Warner Bros. (16) 975.9 19.50%
Buena Vista (11) 892.1 17.80%
20th Century Fox (14) 615.1 12.30%
Paramount (7) 277.1 5.50%
Sony (8) 217.4 4.40%
Lionsgate (8) 212.2 4.30%
Weinstein Co. (10) 192.1 3.80%
Fox Searchlight (6) 85.3 1.70%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.40%
Focus (6) 56.8 1.10%
Sony Classics (12) 42.6 0.85%
A24 (4) 35.9 0.70%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.70%
Open Road (5) 23.1 0.45%
Other * (182) 140.1 2.80%
5008.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Inside Out|34.2|3946|NEW|34.2
Jurassic World|29|4291|-55%|325.2
Spy|3.1|3558|-35%|66.9
Dope|2.3|2002|NEW|2.3
San Andreas|2.2|3177|-31%|126.2
Insidious 3|1.5|2553|-45%|42.7
Pitch Perfect 2|1.2|2146|-46%|175.3
Mad Max: Fury Road|0.7|1424|-41%|141.5
Avengers: Age of Ultron|0.7|1662|-36%|447.3
Tomorrowland|0.6|1764|-47%|86.2
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Also Debuting||||
ABCD 2|0.13|146||
The Overnight|16,400|3||
Infinitely Polar Bear|11,700|5||
The Ark of Mr. Chow|8,100|12||
Eden|7,100|3||
Manglehorn|3,550|3||
The Face of an Angel|3,500|13||
Rubble Kings|2,800|2||
The Tribe|2,400|1||
L’Affaire SK1|2,350|7||
Antoine et Marie|2,200|5||
Balls Out|1,900|8||
Porch Stories|1,900|1||
Eli|1,800|14||
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets|1,450|1||
Burying the Ex|1,300|9||
The Wanted 18|1,250|2||
Phantom Halo|1,100|9||

Confessions Of A Film Fest Junkie: LAFF 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Toronto always seems to be compete with the events of the day. I can remember everything going gloomy (including the weather) when Princess Diana was killed during TIFF 1997 and it’s difficult to convey the impact of 9/11 on the Canadian metrolis all those years ago.

Los Angeles is divorced from reality in any event. One could hope for distraction of any sort during the Los Angeles Film Festival. The record-breaking business of Jurassic World during opening weekend (including at the Regal where the fest screens) was neither a topic of awe or derision. It might as well never have happened.

While the general quality of selection emerged as acceptable and sometimes better than that, it all seemed grim. The spotlight for such commendable work as Mekko, French Dirty, People Places Things and Fan Girl may be truly fleeting against the current realities of film exhibition.

It’s not simply the fact that apart from Fan Girl, these films have zero marquee appeal. Only People Places Things has theatrical distribution and whether or should any of this partial foursome emerge with an award when it wraps, their commercial prospects remain dismal. The folk who acquire movies are either not present or have sent junior personal to check things out. No one has been instructed to find “that” film.

The reality is that unless one premieres at one of a very select handful of film festivals, the likelihood is that an independent production of quality or cachet has already been scooped up by one of the first-tier specialized concern. And those distributors have all the films they can handle.

On any given weekend, at least a half dozen American independent movies open on U.S. screens. They shoehorn into the marketplace with the hope they’ll get a modicum of attention that might translate into a cable sale to pay off the filmmaker’s equivalent of the student loan.

Mekko, the name of the title character, is a Native American recently releases from jail for killing one of his brethren. His family has disowned him and the streets of Tulsa aren’t exactly rife with opportunity. On the surface it sounds like a dead end scenario, but the direction and story have a poetic tilt that makes this an unusually compelling story with a riveting central performance.

Playing as part of the LA Muse section, French Dirty is about young, aimless folk looking for meaning in their lives. Vincent and buddy Steve have girlfriends but their friendship is about to undergo a strain when love threatens to upend the existing balance.

People Places Things premiered at Sundance, but its low-key perspective and unflustered tale went largely unnoticed. Following the recently-separated Will (“Flight of the Conchords”’ Jemaine Clement) the movie manages to weave his unresolved relationship, commitment to his two young daughters, the prospect of a budding romance and work as a cartoonist and teacher into a sweet pastiche that’s cohesive and touching.

Finally, Fan Girl with “Mad Men”’s Kristen Shipka as the title 15-year old girl a bitobsessed with punkers All Time Low. Despite the come on of the title, the film is more involved with high school life today with the sort of authenticity one recalls from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (coincidently receiving a Live Read of Cameron Crowe’s original screenplay on LAFF’s closing night).

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

A trip to the past was well worth it as Jurassic World blew away the competition with an estimated $204.3 million debut. Roughly three of every four moviegoers that bought a ticket this weekend were watching familiar Raptors and the new monster on the block, Dominus Rex. There was no counterprogramming on the horizon.

In the niches, new Indian imports included Hindi Hamari Adhuri Kahaani with a disappointing $129,000, an okay start for Malayam Premam, with $91,600, and dismal results for Telugu Kerintha with $12,300. Exclusive bows saw SNL doc Live from New York! Fail to generate laughs or business. The Wolfpack observed buoyant results of $42,700 at two sites for the perils of feral brothers home-schooled on movies. Also strong was Sundance winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that grossed $208,000 from 15 initial playdates.

Following a month of box office downturns, weekend revenues of $270 million saw the movie experience expand by a whopping 107% from the prior weekend, and a 46% improvement from 2014, when the launch of 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 led the field with respective openings of $57.1 million and $49.5 million.

It’s been 22 years since Spielberg brought Michael Crichton’s bestseller to the screen and we were awed. And, of greater relevance, there’s been a 13 years lapse since a Jurassic sequel. Rebooting the franchise was no slamdunk and it was met with further skepticism with the announcement that the new helmer would come from the American indie scene.

Still, tracking in the past month indicated an audience rapt with anticipation. A week ago there was confidence the film would open to about $125 million to $130 million. That figure bumped up slightly as opening day approached and staggering numbers were posted in international outposts; especially China. Thursday previews and Friday matinees demonstrated a further bump that set the level up to $180 million and that escalated further with Saturday’s reports. If it continues to inflated present estimates could be smashed further with the potential of setting a new all-time opening record weekend presently held by The Avengers back in 2012 with $207 million.

With so few films ever attaining this level of opening box office potency it shouldn’t be a surprise how cautious revenue estimates were initially. Still, methodology has to take some blame for the low-balling.

The studio has an additional bit of bragging to relish by becoming the first to exceed $1 billion in box office revenues this year on Saturday. That is record speed, bettering Paramount’s former benchmark back in 2008 by nine days.

Internationally,  the picture opened just about everywhere with the exception of Japan that bows in early August. The initial overseas estimate is slightly greater than $300 million with China contributing roughly one-third of that gross. Stereoscopic engagements are at better than 50% of the tally and its 443 foreign Imax screens set a new record of $23.5 million.

It goes without saying that all ages and genders took the Jurassic ride this past weekend. Nonetheless exit demos identified the crowd as 52% male with 61% aged 25-years and older. Roughly 47% of the box office was generated by 3D exhibition.

Weekend (estimates) June 12 – 14, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jurassic World Uni 204.3 (47,810) NEW 4274 204.3
Spy Fox 16.0 (4,300) -45% 3715 56.9
San Andreas WB 10.8 (3,060) -58% 3535 119.1
Insidious Chapter 3 Focus 7.3 (2,420) -68% 3014 37.4
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 6.0 (2,230) -21% 2677 170.7
Entourage WB 4.3 (1,370) -59% 3108 25.8
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 4.1 (1,820) -48% 2234 138.5
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 3.6 (1,680) -42% 2156 444.7
Tomorrowland BV 3.4 (1,350) -52% 2540 83.6
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/e1 1.7 (2,910) -21% 573 4.7
Aloha Sony 1.0 (680) -70% 1423 19
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .81 (3,300) 46% 245 3
Home Fox .70 (1,200) -16% 584 173.2
Poltergeist Fox .67 (620) -75% 1069 46.1
Dil Dhadakne Do Eros .57 (2,970) -57% 192 2.3
Furious 7 Uni .55 (1,540) 26% 357 350.8
Far From the Madding Crowd Fox Searchlight .43 (1,180) -38% 366 10.6
Cinderella BV .27 (990) -12% 270 199.3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .21 (13,890) NEW 15 0.21
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony .20 (870) -39% 234 68.8
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel .19 (1,000) -46% 194 24.7
Insurgent Lionsgate .18 (840) -29% 217 129.6
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. .18 (900) -18% 198 32.2
Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Fox Intl .13 (1,930) NEW 67 0.13
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $265.80
% Change (Last Year) 46%
% Change (Last Week) 107%
Also debuting/expanding
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .11 (6,680) 114% 16 18
Premam Great India 91,600 (3,660) 25 0.09
When Marnie Was There Gkids 81,200 (1,480) 5% 55 0.31
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box 50,300 (1,050) -15% 48 0.63
The Wolfpack Magnolia 42,700 (21,350) 2 0.04
Papa ou maman AZ Films 38,700 (1,210) 32 0.04
Live from New York! Abramorama 34,500 (1,050) 33 0.03
Madame Bovary Alchemy 21,400 (1,430) 15 0.02
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting … Magnolia 18,400 (4,600) -27% 4 0.05
Kerintha Great India 12,300 (340) 36 0.01
The Yes Men Are Revolting Orchard 10,100 (1,260) 8 0.01
Caprice K-Films 5,300 (1,060) 5 0.01
Vendetta Film Arcade 3,400 (340) 10 0.01
Perfect Proposal CJ 1,800 (1,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 11, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (16) 947.4 20.50%
Buena Vista (10) 876.8 18.90%
Universal (12) 848.8 18.30%
20th Century Fox (14) 589.5 12.70%
Paramount (7) 276.9 6.00%
Sony (8) 215.4 4.70%
Lionsgate (8) 211.8 4.60%
Weinstein Co. (10) 191.8 4.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 84.3 1.80%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.60%
Focus (6) 45.5 1.00%
Sony Classics (11) 42.3 0.90%
A24 (4) 35.5 0.75%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.75%
Open Road (4) 22.6 0.50%
Other * (175) 133.6 2.90%
4628 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – June 11, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Furious 7 Uni 1,510,511,259
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1,354,645,440
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 569,861,185
American Sniper WB 549,543,780
Cinderella BV 535,777,436
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 405,201,505
Home Fox; DmWks 373,599,223
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 325,542,552
San Andreas WB 325,035,210
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 314,186,290
Big Hero 6 * BV 307,694,083
Insurgent Lionsgate 281,667,831
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 255,110,538
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 227,043,625
Jupiter Ascending WB 184,212,267
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 177,547,088
Tomorrowland BV 176,817,204
From Vegas to Macau Mega-vision 165,381,086
Paddington * Weinstein; Studio Canal 165,294,163
Focus WB 160,658,767
Penguins of Madagascar * Fox; Dmwks 157,897,976
Into the Woods BV 143,774,136
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 129,066,831
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Title|Gross|Thtr|% Chng|Cume
Jurassic World *|82.8|4274|NEW|82.8
Spy|4.8|3715|-54%|45.7
San Andreas|3.1|3535|-59%|111.4
Insidious 3|2.7|3014|-74%|32.7
Pitch Perfect 2|1.9|2677|-25%|166.6
Entourage|1.4|3108|-62%|22.9
Mad Max: Fury Road|1.2|2234|-49%|135.7
Tomorrowland|1.1|2540|-50%|81.3
Avengers: Age of Ultron|1|2156|-43%|442.2
Love and Mercy|0.45|573|-26%|3.5
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* includes Thursday previews||||
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Also Debuting||||
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl|69,200|15||
Hamari Adhuri Kahaani|43,100|67||
Premam|21,900|25||
Papa ou maman|13,500|32||
Live from New York!|10,200|33||
The Wolfpack|9,100|2||
Madame Bovary|6,350|15||
Kerintha|3,900|36||
The Yes Men Are Revolting|3,800|8||
Caprice|1,450|5||
Vendetta|1,400|10||
Perfect Proposal|1,000|1||

Confessions of a Film Festival Junkie: LAFF 2015

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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The Los Angeles Film Festival opened Wednesday with the premiere of Grandma, a cross-generational day trip with Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner.

LAFF, for the uninitiated, is a “discovery” festival. Not a glitzy affair like Cannes or Toronto, or what one might anticipate from the movie capital of the world, it’s largely fueled by first and second works by filmmakers yet to acquire the cachet that secures invites to the A-list parties.

Both the L.A. Film Fest and the fall-dated AFI Fest (both targeted at a wide range of humanity) have learned to play the game as it exists in Tinseltown. That is program the best possible show under the circumstance and through developed relationships and suasion secure a couple of high profile studio movies to give the event the splash that ensures media attention.

It’s been a rough year for the LAFFers in respect to the latter element. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out was screened the day before the official start as part of a focus on animation with director Pete Docter. On Sunday filmmaker Jonathan Demme will receive a tribute alongside his latest film Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep as an aging rock star coping with the family she abandoned for the road. And one can only assume that the last-minute announcement that the closing night “movie” would be a live read of Cameron Crowe’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High under the direction of Eli Roth was a fallback for something that didn’t pan out.

The festival is also hampered by timing in respect to securing vaunted foreign films that have either already popped up at Cannes or Berlin or are scheduled for fall premieres at Toronto and Venice.

It sounds like a harvest of sour grapes and that’s not at all the intention. The Los Angeles Film Festival – which come under the umbrella of Film Independent – took a look at a festival topographical map and considered the needs of its core membership and made some sage decisions. The program is chock-a-block with films by members and other indies. Ideally there ought to be a prize somewhere in this box of crackerjack. Despite the fact that many of these movies failed to make the Sundance cut (no one is infallible) the sheer volume demands that a couple of hitherto unknown gems will emerge.

It’s the equivalent of panning for gold. I’ve only seen a handful of the 74 features programmed and while they’re fest-worthy, I’ve yet to hit the motherlode. It’s really no different or rewarding than trolling through the general release schedule or trolling a large multiplex.

What may well be the festival’s greatest challenge is creating the environment of discovery that will make the Los Angeles Film Festival the movie event the city needs. It had that sense of community when it was located in Westwood but as screens shuttered there was unable to sustain the physical demands of the program regrettably. And while Downtown and the Staples Center environs is a growing destination area; situating your guest area on the roof of a parking lot falls short of creating a warm, inviting and casual breeding ground where one can expect the unexpected to occur.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

It was a close race between the week’s newcomers with action-comedy Spy pulling ahead with an estimated $29.8 million to horror franchise Insidious Chapter 3 grossing $22.9 million. The third national newbie, Entourage, got a jump start on the weekend with a Wednesday launch that generated a sturdy $7.4 million two-day tally but lost steam going forward with an additional $10.4 million box office. Openingi n limited release, the unconventional Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy bowed to $2.1 million.

Best of the exclusive preems were the First World War costumer Testament of Youth with $51,700 at four manses and Venice prize winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence from iconoclast Swede Roy Andersson grossing $18,100 at two installations.

In the niches, Hindi Dil Dhadakne Do opened to a solid $1.44 million while Telugu Asura foundered with $26,300. Filipino rom-com You’re Still the One was also soft with an $88,700 box office, while inspirational The Corkville Miracle generated good results of $181,000 from 52 venues.

The session also saw effective expansions for I’ll See You in My Dreams and British period adventure Beyond the Mask.

Revenues for the frame approached $140 million and a 4% decline from the prior weekend. It was additionally 17% behind the 2014 session when the debut of The Fault In Our Stars led with $48 million with Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow following with respective grosses of $34.3 million and $28.8 million.

Spy was anticipated to lead the weekend, but with a healthier opening gross according to tracking. Nonetheless, it prevailed and studio exit demos that revealed a 60% female audience with 65% aged 25-years and older indicate that it reached its core audience.

The film is in its third weekend internationally having opened in 10 markets two weeks ago, generating $30 million in 14 days. The current weekend saw the addition of 44 territories and an estimated $25 million.

Insidious Chapter 3 led the pack on opening day but wasn’t expected to sustain. It exceeded expectations that predicted top end results of $20 million. The film also hit its target audience with the opening crowd composed 54% female and 69% aged 25-years and younger.

The synergy between Warner Bros. and HBO was put to the test with the theatrical Entourage that picks up the story after its cable demise. With an audience that was 64% male and 71% aged 25-years and older it has to tap into a wider crowd if it hopes to retain screens.

The biggest question mark this weekend was Love & Mercy, which opened to soft numbers but some major endorsements that at this early stage could translate into major award consideration … if it can hold out a la last year’s Boyhood. It demands significant marketing support that may be unparalleled for past indie award contenders.

Weekend (estimates) June 5 – 7, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Spy Fox 29.8 (8,040) NEW 3711 29.8
San Andreas WB 26.5 (6,940) -52% 3812 99.1
Insidious Chapter 3 Focus 22.9 (7,630) NEW 3002 22.9
Entourage WB 10.4 (3,350) NEW 3108 17.8
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 8.0 (2,940) -44% 2720 130.8
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 7.7 (2,270) -48% 3403 161
Tomorrowland BV 7.2 (2,390) -50% 3012 76.4
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 6.3 (2,540) -45% 2471 438.1
Aloha Sony 3.3 (1,180) -66% 2815 16.4
Poltergeist Fox 2.7 (1,220) -66% 2229 44.3
Love and Mercy Roadside Attr/eOne 2.1 (4,370) NEW 483 2.1
Dil Dhadakne Do Eros 1.4 (6,050) NEW 238 1.4
Home Fox .84 (1,170) -33% 715 171.9
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight .73 (1,200) -50% 610 9.9
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .53 (3,210) -1% 165 1.8
Hot Pursuit WB .43 (810) -69% 537 33.4
Furious 7 Uni .42 (890) -59% 471 350
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel .38 (1,250) -52% 302 24.3
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony .32 (880) -59% 368 68.4
Cinderella BV .30 (1,000) -39% 302 198.8
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros .28 (2,750) -61% 102 2.7
Insurgent Lionsgate .24 (980) 91% 250 129.2
Beyond the Mask FreeStyle .24 (2,180) 111 1
The Corkville Miracle Excel .18 (3,480) NEW 52 0.18
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. .22 (800) -55% 277 31.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $130.40
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
You’re Still the One ABS 88,700 (1,970) 45 0.09
When Marnie Was There Gkids 75,200 (2,590) 87% 29 0.18
Iris Magnolia 63,500 (910) -51% 70 1
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box 58,400 (1,060) -46% 55 0.55
Testament of Youth Sony Classics 51,700 (12,930) 4 0.05
5 Flights Up Focus 43,600 (700) -35% 62 0.94
Asura Classics 26,300 (630) 42 0.03
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting … Magnolia 18,100 (9,050) 2 0.02
The Nightmare Gravitas 14,200 (840) 17 0.01
Une Nouvelle amie Metropole 11,900 (1,490) 8 0.01
Freedom Arc Entertainment 5,100 (510) 10 0.01
Charlie’s Country Monument 4,800 (1,200) 4 0.01
Dawn Patrol Alchemy 2,800 (280) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 4, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (16) 884.9 20.00%
Buena Vista (10) 855.8 19.40%
Universal (11) 818.2 18.50%
20th Century Fox (13) 543.1 12.30%
Paramount (7) 276.9 6.30%
Lionsgate (8) 211.1 4.80%
Sony (8) 209.9 4.70%
Weinstein Co. (10) 191.4 4.30%
Fox Searchlight (5) 83.1 1.90%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.60%
Sony Classics (11) 42.1 0.95%
A24 (4) 34.9 0.80%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.75%
Open Road (4) 22.6 0.50%
Other * (173) 140.7 3.20%
4420.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – June 4, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,516,691
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,637,066
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 4,102,261
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,691,428
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,524,452
Wild Tales Sony Classics 2,965,832
Four Blood Moons Fathom 2,851,880
Piku Yash Raj 2,610,662
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros 2,459,904
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Insidious 3|10.4|3002|NEW|10.4
Spy|10.2|3711|NEW|10.2
San Andreas|7.6|3812|-58%|80.2
Entourage|3.7|3108|NEW|11.1
Pitch Perfect 2|2.5|3403|-45%|155.8
Mad Max: Fury Road|2.3|2720|-40%|125.1
Tomorrowland|2.2|3012|-43%|71.4
Avengers: Age of Ultron|1.8|2471|-37%|433.6
Aloha|1.1|2815|-69%|14.1
Poltergeist|0.85|2229|-67%|42.5
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Also Debuting||||
Love and Mercy|0.63|483||
Dil Dhadakne Do|0.42|238||
Beyond the Mask|95,100|111||
The Corkville Miracle|74,700|50||
You’re Still the One|27,900|45||
Testament of Youth|13,900|4||
Asura|6,700|42||
The Nightmare|6,000|17||
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting …|5,400|2||
Une Nouvelle amie|4,650|8||
Freedom|1,800|10||
Charlie’s Country|1,600|4||
Berkshire County|1,200|1||
Dawn Patrol|1,000|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

The earth moved but there was no fault line for San Andreas as it buried the competition in the rubble with an estimated $53 million debut. The other national newcomer Aloha lei-ed an egg with a $9.8 million opening.

Revenues for the frame came up just shy of $140 million and taking a 12% dip from last weekend’s 3-day portion of the Memorial holiday. It sank a further 18% from 2014 when the bow of Maleficent led with $69.4 million and A Million Ways to Die in the West trailed with $16.8 million.

Holidays in India saw a handful of new releases including good openings for Masss of $267,000 and a $126,000 bow for Gadaar – The Traitor. In general the wave of new product blunted individual film’s grossing potential. Exclusive newcomers saw only American indies Results and Heaven Knows What displaying encouraging openings.

Reviewers delighted in the scientific anomalies of the trembler San Andreas. However, audiences were taken with the yarn of a supe quake that tracking reports had suggested would open between $40-44 million. Ironically it performed strongest on the U.S. West Coast where it’s set with 19 or the top 20 best engagements.

Studio exit demos identified the opening audience as 51% female with 70% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The potency of the debut was also credited to headliner Dwayne Johnson who scored 38% as the prime reason for seeing the picture among attendees. The subject matter was close behind at 37%.

San Andreas also bowed day-and-date in 60 international climes where it generated about $40 million. Mexico, Russia and UK were among the top markets with China and South Korea set to open next weekend and Japan to face the aftershock next month.

Aloha, conversely, bowed to the short goodbye. It never overcame the bad word from leaked emails that surfaced from the Sony hack. Reviews ranged from the apologetic to dire; tracking reports tagged its commercial prospects at between $10-12 million.

Those that decided to hang ($)10 or more were 64% female with 57% aged 30-years old and above.

Weekend (estimates) May 29 – 31, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
San Andreas WB 53.0 (14,030) NEW 3777 53
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 14.8 (4,040) -52% 3660 147.5
Tomorrowland BV 13.8 (3,480) -58% 3972 63.2
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 13.6 (4,170) -45% 3255 115.9
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 10.9 (3,380) -50% 3228 427.1
Aloha Sony 9.8 (3,470) NEW 2815 9.8
Poltergeist Fox 7.8 (2,400) -66% 3242 38.2
Far From the Madding Crowd Searchlight 1.4 (1,600) -37% 902 8.4
Hot Pursuit WB 1.4 (940) -62% 1446 32.3
Home Fox 1.2 (1,080) -33% 1088 170.4
Furious 7 Uni 1.0 (1,020) -57% 963 349.2
Ex Machina A24/Mongrel .76 (1,970) -46% 506 23.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony .74 (900) -60% 823 67.7
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros .73 (5,370) -27% 136 2.3
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate .56 (780) -63% 713 41.4
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .51 (6,020) 76% 85 1
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. .46 (990) -48% 464 31.4
Masss/Rakshsudu MM Media .27 (2,360) NEW 113 0.27
Get Hard WB .26 (760) -8% 303 89.7
Cinderella BV .25 (1,020) -39% 249 198.4
The Longest Ride Fox .15 (640) -47% 230 37.1
Insurgent Lionsgate .14 (700) -45% 197 128.9
Piku Yash Raj .13 (1,930) -72% 68 2.6
Gadaar – The Traitor Viva .13 (3,610) NEW 35 0.13
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $132.00
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) -12%
Also debuting/expanding
Iris Magnolia .12 (1,430) -20% 82 0.86
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed … Music Box .11 (1,640) -10% 66 0.43
Pandaga Chesko Great India .11 (1,320) 84 0.11
5 Flights Up Focus 65,200 (820) -50% 71 0.86
Saint Laurent Sony Classics 37,800 (1,020) -50% 37 0.28
When Marnie Was There Gkids 32,400 (3,600) -13% 9 0.08
Welcome 2 Karachi Big Pictures 27,700 (750) 37 0.03
Gemme Bovary Music Box 18,500 (3,700) 5 0.02
Results Magnolia 17,400 (5,800) 3 0.02
Heaven Knows What Weinstein Co. 14,700 (7,350) 2 0.01
Survivor Alchemy 10,300 (860) 12 0.01
I Believe in Unicorns Gravitas 3,600 (3,600) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 28, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 819.7 19.40%
Universal (11) 796.2 18.90%
Warner Bros. (14) 781.8 18.50%
20th Century Fox (13) 529.7 12.60%
Paramount (7) 276.7 6.60%
Lionsgate (8) 210.1 5.00%
Sony (7) 195.7 4.60%
Weinstein Co. (10) 190.5 4.50%
Fox Searchlight (5) 80.8 1.90%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.70%
Sony Classics (11) 41.9 1.00%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.80%
A24 (3) 33.8 0.80%
Open Road (4) 22.5 0.50%
Other * (168) 136.4 3.20%
4221.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – May 28, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 416,150,025
Amerian Sniper * WB 348,643,809
Furious 7 Uni 348,243,950
Cinderella BV 198,107,845
Home Fox 169,258,530
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 162,994,032
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 132,698,720
Insurgent Lionsgate 128,796,648
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 127,912,738
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 102,289,534
Get Hard WB 89,431,858
Taken 3 Fox 89,256,424
Paddington Weinstein Co. 76,074,410
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 71,189,164
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 66,931,656
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 65,570,462
The Wedding Ringer Sony 64,587,373
Into the Woods * BV 63,940,268
Focus WB 53,980,127
* does not include 2014 box office

 

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

San Andreas|18|3777|NEW|18
Pitch Perfect 2|4.5|3660|-53%|137.2
Mad Max: Fury Road|3.8|3255|-43%|106.1
Tomorrowland|3.8|3972|-61%|53.2
Aloha|3.5|2815|NEW|3.5
Avengers: Age of Ultron|2.9|3228|-46%|419
Poltergeist|2.6|3242|-72%|33.1
Far From the Madding Crowd|0.4|902|-35%|7.3
Hot Pursuit|0.4|1446|-60%|31.4
Furious 7|0.3|963|-52%|348.5
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Also Debuting||||
Masss/Rakshsudu|95,500|113||
Pandaga Chesko|37,400|84||
Gadaar – The Traitor|27,900|35||
Welcome 2 Karachi|8,300|37||
Gemma Bovary|5,300|5||
Results|5,250|3||
Heaven Knows What|4,800|2||
Survivor|3,100|12||
I Believe in Unicorns|1,800|1||

The Weekend Report (4-Day Estimates)

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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