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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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron *|82.8|4276|NEW|82.8
The Age of Adaline|2.2|2991|-55%|19.4
Furious 7|2.1|3305|-56%|326.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|1.8|3548|-53%|47.4
Home |0.85|2852|-54%|155.7
Unfriended|0.75|2221|-62%|27.3
Cinderella|0.75|1411|10%|192
Ex Machina|0.7|1279|-58%|9.4
The Longest Ride|0.6|2115|-56%|32.1
Woman in Gold|0.45|1126|-48%|23.4
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Also Debuting||||
Uttama Villain|0.18|146||
Gabbar is Back|77,500|107||
Far From the Madding Crowd|54,100|10||
Iris|15,700|5||
Welcome to Me|12,800|2||
Ride|2,000|2||
Preggoland|1,200|4||
Any Day|1,000|11||
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* includes previews||||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

It was a four-peat as Furious 7 shifted down a gear and still finished ahead of the pack with an estimated $18.2 million. The sessions only wide national release was the saga of eternal love The Age of Adaline that opened third with $13.3 million. Two other films opened in limited wide to fair results. World War II-set Little Boy bowed to $2.7 million while Russell Crowe’s World War I saga The Water Diviner grossed $1.2 million. Considerably better was the national expansion of Ex Machina that held strong with $5.3 million at 1255 locations.

Exclusive bows were dull except for the enduring appeal of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck that hit a potent commercial Nirvana with $152,000 from a mere three screens.

In the niches, Telugu Dohchay had limp results of $135,000 and high school basketball drama Brotherly Love failed to make a break with a $250,000 tally. In Québec,  romcom sequel Aurelie LaFlamme: Les pieds sure terre still had some juice with a $229,000 opener from 66 venues. Filipino Kid Kulafu claimed only $88,800.

Weekend biz barely hit $100 million that translated to a 19% decline from seven days prior and a comparable 16% drop from 2014. A year ago the launch of The Other Woman was tops with $24.8 million.

It’s still a week to the start of summer with the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron that could bow to a staggering $200 million when it launches domestically. But for now, the Marvelous sequel took advantage of May Day celebrations internationally with openings in 44 territories that generated an estimated $200 million. South Korea and the UK led with respective bows of $28.2 million and $27.3 million. The behemoth still has China, Japan and Mexico to open among major markets.

Star-crossed or otherwise The Age of Adaline was expected to appeal to an older female audience and gross in the low teens. With exit polls identifying the crowd as 75% distaff with 58% of viewers aged 25-years and older it definitely achieved its goal and grossed its perceived appeal… or perhaps slightly better.

Eyes were on Russell Crowe’s fiction directorial debut The Water Diviner that tells the semi-factual story of a father’s search for the bodies of three sons killed in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. While of admittedly limited appeal domestically the verdict is he acquitted himself well in an ambitious first venture. And with a $19 million box office from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey (and $26 million international cume) he should have no problem getting another shot behind the camera.

Weekend (estimates) April 24 – 26, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 18.2 (4,790) -37% 3808 320.5
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 15.3 (4,220) -46% 3633 43.8
The Age of Adaline Lionsgate 13.3 (4,440) NEW 2991 13.3
Home Fox 8.3 (2,510) -22% 3311 153.8
Unfriended Uni 6.2 (2,240) -61% 2775 25.1
Ex Machina A24 5.3 (4,230) 564% 1255 6.8
The Longest Ride Fox 4.3 (1,380) -38% 3140 30.4
Get Hard WB 3.9 (1,700) -22% 2276 84
Monkey Kingdom BV 3.6 (1,780) -22% 2012 10.3
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 3.5 (1,760) -24% 1981 21.6
Insurgent Lionsgate 3.0 (1,460) -26% 2086 124.8
Cinderella BV 2.8 (1,400) -30% 2019 190.6
Little Boy Open Road 2.7 (2,620) NEW 1045 2.7
The Water Diviner WB 1.2 (3,840) NEW 320 1.2
True Story Fox Searchlight 1.2 (1,380) -39% 856 3.8
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 1.0 (1,290) -32% 762 5.6
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .55 (1,290) -19% 425 126.5
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .43 (1,100) -50% 396 4.7
American Sniper WB .37 (920) 24% 403 348.3
It Follows Weinstein Co. .34 (850) -58% 401 14
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .29 (1,010) -20% 287 162.1
Brotherly Love FreeStyle .25 (1,250) NEW 200 0.25
Auriele Laflamme – les pieds sur terre Telefiction .23 (3,470) NEW 66 0.23
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC .22 (2,960) 29% 74 0.59
Child 44 Lionsgate .19 (380) -69% 510 1.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $94.35
% Change (Last Year) -16%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck HBO .15 (50,730) 3 0.15
Dohchay CineGalaxy .13 (1,520) 89 0.13
Dior and I Orchard .12 (3,400) 165% 36 0.26
Wild Tales Sony Classics .10 (1,790) -11% 58 2.5
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 94,300 (2,010) 12% 47 0.52
Kid Kulafu ABS 88,800 (3,550) 25 0.09
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 73,500 (1,080) -22% 68 3.5
La French Seville 53,900 (2,990) 18 0.05
Kung Fu Killer Well Go 43,600 (1,980) 22 0.04
Blackbird Image Ent. 42,300 (3,530) 12 0.04
Adult Beginners Weinstein Co. 33,700 (3,370) 10 0.03
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Argot 14,200 (7,100) 2 0.01
Just Before I Go FreeStyle 8,900 (4,450) 2 0.01
24 Days Menemsha 8,700 (620) 14 0.01
Road to Juarez Mouse Trap 7,600 (950) 8 0.01
Emptying the Skies Music Box 5,100 (2,550) 2 0.01
Misery Loves Comedy TriBeCa 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 23, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 632.2 20.00%
Universal (10) 603.7 19.10%
20th Century Fox (12) 462.4 14.60%
Buena Vista (8) 333.3 10.50%
Paramount (7) 275.5 8.70%
Weinstein Co. (9) 176.1 5.60%
Lionsgate (7) 161.8 5.10%
Sony (7) 156.9 5.00%
Relativity (6) 71.4 2.30%
Fox Searchlight (4) 71.1 2.30%
Sony Classics (9) 40.1 1.30%
CBS (1) 33.8 1.10%
Open Road (3) 16.1 0.50%
FreeStyle (3) 15.6 0.50%
Other * (126) 106 3.40%
3156 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
International Market Share (Q1 2015)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox 997.5 15.40%
Warner Bros. 837.3 12.90%
Universal Pictures International 670.6 10.40%
Buena Vista International 589.5 9.10%
Bona International 263 4.10%
Huayi Brothers 228.6 3.50%
Lionsgate 200.4 3.10%
Paramount International 164.2 2.50%
Toho 158.6 2.40%
DreamWorks (Animation) 145.9 2.30%
Sony 140.8 2.20%
Wild Bunch 133.9 2.10%
Studio Canal 132.7 2.10%
Europa/Reliance 116.1 1.80%
Enlight 101.3 1.60%
CJ 96.9 1.50%
Pathe 58 0.90%
Misc. Chinese 273.7 4.20%
Misc. Indian 179 2.80%
Misc. British 176.8 2.70%
Misc. French 161.2 2.50%
Misc. American Independents 121 1.90%
Misc. Other European 108.7 1.70%
Misc. Other Korean 69.3 1.10%
Misc. Eastern European 62.7 0.95%
Misc. Other Asian 54.5 0.85%
Rest of the World 228.5 3.50%
6470.7 100%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

The Age of Adaline|Lionsgate|4.9|2991|NEW
Furious 7|Uni|4.8|3808|-42%
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|Sony|3.8|3633|-48%
Unfriended|Uni|2|2775|-71%
Home |Fox|1.8|3311|-25%
Ex Machina|A24|1.7|1255|501%
The Longest Ride|Fox|1.4|3140|-43%
Little Boy|Open Road|1.2|1045|NEW
Monkey Kingdom|BV|1.1|2012|-31%
Get Hard|WB|1|2276|-29%
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Also Debuting||||
The Water Diviner|WB|0.37|320|
Brotherly Love|FreeStyle|79,500|200|
Auriele Laflamme |Telefiction|71,600|66|
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck|HBO|53,700|3|
Dohchay|CineGalaxy|45,950|89|
Kid Kulafu|ABS|29,000|25|
Adult Beginners|Weinstein Co.|16,300|10|
Blackbird|Image Ent.|13,800|11|
Kung Fu Killer|Well Go|13,700|22|
La French|Seville|11,900|18|
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten|Argot|4,950|2|
Just Before I Go|FreeStyle|2,900|2|
24 Days|Menemsha|2,400|14|
Road to Juarez|Mouse Trap|2,300|8|
Emptying the Skies|Music Box|1,600|1|
Misery Loves Comedy|TriBeCa|1,250|1|

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Furious 7’s VIN number remained at the front of the pack with an estimated $29 million but the competition was closing in with newcomer Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 grossing $23.9 million. The frame also saw a potent $16 million bow for the modestly-budgeted cyber-chiller Unfriended.

The ultra low-budget Unfriended also out-performed expectations that suggested perhaps a $10 million to $12 million result. Commercially reminiscent of the response to the original The Purge, the new outing had a great premise that hit a nerve with a younger audience. Studio exit demos identified viewers as 60% female with 74% aged 25-years and younger.

On the alternative side both While We’re Young and Ex Machina continued slow rollouts that maintained strong per screens. Also strong in its initial expansion was Clouds of Sils Maria.

The session also saw wide debuts for the in cold bloodish True Story and the CSIishsky Child 44. Neither film posted box office sufficient to see broader prospects.

In the niches a handful of new Indian imports arrived but only the multiple language OK Kanmani (OK Bangaram in Telugu) registered with a solid $661,000 from 111 venues. In Quebec the critically acclaimed drama Corbo grossed a disappointing $32,600 from 15 sites and South Korea’s Twenty was also soft with a $54,300 tally from 25 screens. Exclusive bows were largely dull with the best of the bunch Quebec multi-cultural Felix and Meira providing an encouraging $14,300 at a solo playdate.

Session revenues generated roughly $120 million for a 10% drop for both the prior weekend and the comparable 2014 frame. A year back the third weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier led with $25.6 million and newcomers Heaven is for Real and Transcendence opened respectively to  $22.5 million and $10.9 million.

The continuation of 2009 hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop was tracking to do place holder business with top end estimates of $20 million. Still, there was sufficient faith in the bumbling security guard to thrust it into the international marketplace a week ago where it generated an OK $2.3 million from four territories.

Domestically audiences skewed slightly female with 51% with 65% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The studio also identified the crowd as 41% families which were a major part of its marketing push.

Weekend (estimates) April 17 – 19, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 29.0 (7,310) -51% 3964 294.3
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony 23.9 (6,570) NEW 3633 23.9
Unfriended Uni 16 (5,840) NEW 2739 16
Home Fox 10.2 (2,760) -45% 3703 142.5
The Longest Ride Fox 6.9 (2,040) -47% 3366 23.5
Get Hard WB 4.8 (1,810) -41% 2655 78.3
Monkey Kingdom BV 4.6 (2,310) NEW 2012 4.6
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 4.5 (2,220) -18% 2011 15.8
Insurgent Lionsgate 4.1 (1,630) -38% 2542 120.6
Cinderella BV 3.8 (1,590) -46% 2414 186.3
True Story Fox Searchlight 1.9 (2,310) NEW 831 1.9
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 1.3 (1,880) 11% 713 3.9
Danny Collins Bleecker/Elevation .84 (1,300) -43% 648 3.8
Ex Machina A24 .80 (20,620) 239% 39 1.1
It Follows Weinstein Co. .79 (840) -59% 941 13.2
OK Kanmani/Bangaram Prime/Great India .66 (5,950) NEW 111 0.66
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox .63 (1,130) -52% 556 125.6
Child 44 Lionsgate .58 (1,140) NEW 510 0.58
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .34 (1,050) 49% 328 161.7
American Sniper WB .35 (800) -40% 445 347.7
Do You Believe? Pure Flix .33 (740) -64% 449 12.2
You’re My Boss ABS .32 (5,910) -40% 54 1.2
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight .30 (850) -52% 350 32.1
McFarland, USA BV .20 (750) -52% 271 43
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $115.30
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -10%
Also debuting/expanding
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC .16 (5,260) 110% 31 0.28
Wild Tales Sony Classics .11 (1,390) -27% 81 2.4
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .10 (1,070) -34% 92 3.4
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 78,900 (1,979) 4% 40 0.37
Twenty CJ 54,300 (2,170) 25 0.05
Still Alice Sony Classics 49,500 (410) -54% 120 18.6
Nanak Shah Fakir B4U 45,300 (780) 58 0.05
Dior and I Orchard 41,800 (10,450) -9% 4 0.11
Corbo Seville 32,600 (2,170) 15 0.03
Patta Patta Singham Da Vairi White Hill 32,400 (1,160) 28 0.03
Beyond the Reach Roadside 29,600 (1,060) 28 0.03
Mr. X Fox Intl 27,100 (620) 44 0.03
1915 Bloodvine 24,300 (4,860) 5 0.02
Felix and Meira Oscilloscope 14,300 (14,300) 1 0.01
Salad Days Circus Road 8,300 (4,150) 2 0.01
Alex of Venice Screen Media 6,600 (730) 9 0.01
Full Moon in Paris (reissue) Film Movement 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
The Squeeze Arc Entertainment 4,800 (440) 11 0.01
Tangerines IDP 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 16, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 624.3 20.80%
Universal (9) 547.7 18.20%
20th Century Fox (12) 438.8 14.60%
Buena Vista (7) 320.9 10.70%
Paramount (7) 275.1 9.20%
Weinstein Co. (9) 167.9 5.60%
Lionsgate (6) 155.6 5.20%
Sony (6) 128.3 4.30%
Relativity (6) 71.3 2.40%
Fox Searchlight (3) 68.1 2.30%
Sony Classics (9) 39.6 1.30%
CBS (1) 33.6 1.10%
Open Road (3) 16.1 0.50%
FreeStyle (3) 15.1 0.50%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.50%
Other * (116) 83.4 2.80%
3000.3 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – April 16, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Furious 7 Uni 932,561,276
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 568,419,620
American Sniper WB 547,492,108
Cinderella BV 418,551,185
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 395,538,411
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 327,944,741
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
Big Hero 6 * BV 306,564,092
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 304,944,220
Insurgent Lionsgate 254,530,135
Home Fox 250,845,964
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 226,041,103
Jupiter Ascending WB 183,446,794
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 176,053,384
From Vegas to Macau Mega-vision 165,380,086
Paddington Weinstein; Studio Canal 164,249,987
Penguins of Madagascar Fox; Dreamworks 157,352,859
Focus WB 151,125,466
Into the Woods * BV 142,270,545
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 127,844,181
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Furious 7|8.3|3964|-56%|273.6
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2|7.2|3633|NEW|7.2
Unfriended|6.7|2739|NEW|6.7
Home |2.4|3488|-57%|134.7
The Longest Ride|2.4|3371|-56%|19.1
Monkey Kingdom|1.5|2012|NEW|1.5
Get Hard|1.4|2655|-45%|74.9
Woman in Gold|1.3|2011|-26%|12.7
Insurgent|1.2|2542|-44%|117.6
Cinderella|1|2414|-55%|183.5
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Also Debuting||||
True Story|0.7|831||
Child 44|0.22|510||
OK Kanmani/Bangaram|0.2|111||
Twenty|18,350|25||
Beyond the Reach|12,100|28||
Nanak Shah Fakir|12,000|58||
1915|9,330|5||
Mr. X|7,200|44||
Patta Patta Singham Da Vairi|7,000|24||
Corbo|5,200|14||
Felix and Meira|3,700|1||
Salad Days|2,600|1||
Alex of Venice|2,100|9||
The Squeeze|2,000|11||
Full Moon in Paris (reissue)|1,800|1||
Tangerines|1,400|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Without a lot of competition, Furious 7 held on to top spot among movie goers with an estimated $60.5 million. The sole incoming national bow was the Nicholas Sparks weepie The Longest Ride, with an OK $13.3 million that ranked third overall.

The temporary lull in the release schedule provided a rare opportunity for alternative fare to get a toehold prior to the onslaught of summer blockbusters. Woman in Gold, Danny Collins and While We’re Young all seized the opportunity to add a significant number of playdates with the last title maintaining the greatest stamina of the trio.

Among exclusive launches both Dior and I and Olivier Assayas’ English-language Clouds of Sils Maria got off to strong starts. However, A.I. yarn Ex Machina machined an eye-popping $247,000 from a mere four labs.

In the niches there was an aggressive bow for the Telugu Son of Satyamurthy with a Wedneday bow that provided about $450,000 pre-weekend and added $849,000 for the current frame. Also potent was the Filipino You’re My Boss that grossed $446,000. Conversely, the inspirational Freetown failed to ignite with a $153,000 box office from 122 screens.

Overall revenues for the session approached $137 million for a sizeable 40% drop from seven days prior. It was a less precipitous 3% decline from 2014 when the second weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier edged out newcomer Rio 2 with respective tallies of $41.3 million and $39,3 million.

Furious 7 added openings in China and Russia this weekend that generated box office records in the former with a $70 million launch. The second weekend international tally of just shy of $200 million gives the current edition of the turbo-charged franchise an $800 million cume in less than two weeks  of release.

The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel The Longest Ride generated expected returns. While its target audience is decidedly female and younger there were hopes for a stronger male response based on its macho milieu. It was not to be as studio exit polls identified the audience as 73% female with 54% aged 25-years and younger. It played best in the heartland and historically it’s a film type with higher than average multiples based on opening gross.

Weekend (estimates) April 10 – 12, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 60.5 (15,050) -59% 4022 252.5
Home Fox 19.1 (5,160) -29% 3703 129.7
The Longest Ride Fox 13.3 (3,960) NEW 3366 13.3
Get Hard WB 8.5 (2,720) -35% 3132 71.1
Cinderella BV 7.2 (2,390) -29% 3025 180.8
Insurgent Lionsgate 6.9 (2,210) -32% 3118 114.9
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 5.7 (3,810) 174% 1504 9.2
It Follows Weinstein Co. 2.6 (1,590) 3% 1633 12.4
Danny Collins Bleecker Street 1.5 (2,050) 337% 739 2.4
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 1.3 (1,290) -28% 1013 124.5
While We’re Young A24 1.3 (5,410) 175% 246 2.3
Do You Believe? Pure Flix .91 (870) -41% 1042 11.5
Son of Satyamurthy Classics .85 (5,270) NEW 161 1.4
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight .63 (850) -42% 741 31.5
American Sniper WB .61 (990) -3% 616 347.2
McFarland, USA BV .46 (880) -26% 518 42.6
You’re My Boss ABS .45 (7,960) NEW 56 0.45
Focus WB .29 (690) -35% 424 53.3
Run All Night WB .28 (670) -55% 422 25.9
Ex Machina A24 .25 (61,750) NEW 4 0.25
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .24 (770) -7% 308 161.3
Chappie Sony .21 (740) -12% 280 31.1
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .18 (630) -27% 284 165.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $130.90
% Change (Last Year) -3%
% Change (Last Week) -40%
Also debuting/expanding
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yash Raj .16 (2,050) -52% 79 0.58
La Passion d’Augustine Seville .16 (3,070) 25% 53 1.2
Freetown Purdie .15 (1,260) NEW 121 0.22
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .15 (1,250) -23% 119 3.2
Wild Tales Sony Classics .17 (1,490) -24% 113 2.2
Still Alice Sony Classics .10 (570) -42% 174 18.4
Let’s Get Married China Lion 93,700 (2,530) -48% 37 0.36
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 83,200 (3,080) 25% 27 0.26
Clouds of Sils Maria IFC 86,100 (28,700) 3 0.09
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 56,800 (1,210) -44% 54 0.4
Dior and I Orchard 44,600 (22,300) 2 0.04
Desert Dancer Relativity 42,500 (1,850) 23 0.04
Broken Horses Reliance 25,300 (530) 48 0.03
T.S. Spivet eOne 22,400 (2,240) 10 0.02
Lost River WB 20,100 (6,700) 3 0.02
Kill Me Three Times Magnolia 16,400 (1,020) 16 0.02
About Ely Cinema Guild 13,300 (13,300) 1 0.01
Black Souls Vitagraph 6,200 (3,100) 2 0.01
The Sisterhood of Night FreeStyle 5,300 (530) 10 0.01
Rebels of the Neon God Big World 4,600 (2,300) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 9, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 611.6 21.60% *
Universal (9) 473.8 16.70%
20th Century Fox (11) 398.4 14.10%
Buena Vista (7) 311.4 11.00%
Paramount (7) 274.7 9.70%
Weinstein Co. (9) 157.3 5.60%
Lionsgate (6) 147.1 5.20%
Sony (6) 127.9 4.50%
Relativity (5) 70.9 2.50%
Fox Searchlight (3) 67.1 2.40%
Sony Classics (9) 39.1 1.40%
CBS (1) 33.6 1.20%
Open Road (3) 15.9 0.50%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.50%
Other * (111) 88.7 3.10%
2832 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – April 9, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,521,265
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 3,450,898
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,417,559
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,058,137
Four Blood Moons Fathom 2,851,880
The Interview Sony 2,577,980
2015 Oscar Short Films Magnolia 2,412,593
Ode to My Father CJ 2,221,256
Wild Tales Sony Classics 2,042,219
Cake FreeStyle/D Film 1,963,608
P.K. * UTV 1,946,505
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Furious 7|18.1|4022|-66%|210.7
Home |5.6|3703|-51%|116.1
The Longest Ride|5.5|3366|NEW|5.5
Get Hard|2.6|3132|-48%|65.2
Cinderella|2.2|3025|-45%|175.8
Insurgent|2.2|3118|-45%|110.2
Woman in Gold|1.8|1504|190%|5.2
It Follows|0.6|1655|-33%|10.4
Danny Collins|0.45|739|342%|1.4
While We’re Young|0.4|246|519%|0.978
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Also Debuting||||
Son of Satyamurthy|0.16|161||
Ex Machina|84,300|4||
Freetown|52,700|121||
Clouds of Sils Maria|23,300|3||
Dior and I|15,600|2||
Desert Dancer|13,500|23||
Lost River|10,600|3||
Broken Horses|9,100|48||
Kill Me Three Times|5,200|15||
About Ely|3,900|1||
T.S. Spivet|3,800|10||
The Sisterhood of Night|2,300|10||
Black Souls|1,650|2||
Rebels of the Neon God|1,600|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Furious 7 (or Furious Seven per screen credit) arrived with an estimated record $143.8 million debut that cornered close to two-thirds of all weekend ticket sales. The closest thing to counter-programming was a mid-range release of the history-based Woman in Gold that grossed a strong $2 million at 258 galleries.

Session box office nudged to $220 million for a sizeable 48% expansion from seven days earlier. It was also a 33% improvement from 2014 (not Easter/Passover weekend) when Captain America: The Winter Soldier bowed to $95 million and skipper Noah followed with $17 million.

In the niches there were good returns for Hindi Detective Byomkesh Bakshi with a $354,000 box office and Chinese import Let’s Get Married with a $191,000 opener. On the flip side the Brit drama Effie Gray fizzled with a $160,000 bow from 201 locations. Exclusive newcomers generally generated blah results.

The anticipation for Furious 7 was palpable and pundits and trackers (with an insufficient data base to make comparisons) were conservative with albeit still potent estimates of between $120 million and $125 million. That changed upward with Thursday previews of $15.8 million reported.

The list of record-breaking returns both on the domestic and international front is close to endless. On the home front it is the biggest April bow ever and Universal’s all-time top debut. It also has the distinction of having the largest spread between first and second place grossers ($116.6 million if numbers hold). Internationally with estimates of $240 million from 63 territories it registered all-time opening records in a couple of dozen climes. It also clocked in as the fourth biggest global opener behind two Harry Potter entries and Marvel’s The Avengers. Estimates include a $20.8 million bow in Mexico and $19 million from the UK with China, Japan and Russia set to release in upcoming weeks.

Studio exit polls identified the audience as 51% male with 56% of viewers aged 25-years and older. With this sort of stratospheric heights it’s safe to say the film vacuumed up filmgoers across all sectors as only a few films annually are able to accomplish and that puts considerable pressure on the upcoming release of The Avengers sequel.

Furious 7 received generally favorable reviews and kudos for its non-maudlin nod to Paul Walker. Albeit out-sized and sometimes silly, the film delivers the thrills and humor of an unexpected franchise that’s covered unbelievable commercial ground.

Despite the considerable dominance of the gear-shifting dynamo, the frame still saw strong returns for family and alternative fare. Pundits were prognosticating little more than a $1 million return for Woman of Gold and slow roll outs for While We’re Young and Danny Collins continued to hold well … at least until next month’s march of summer behemoths. Home and Cinderella also appear well planted in the coming weeks.

Weekend (estimates) April 3 – 5, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Furious 7 Uni 143.8 (35,910) NEW 4004 143.8
Home Fox 27.2 (7.160) -48% 3801 95.4
Get Hard WB 12.8 (3,980) -62% 3212 56.9
Cinderella BV 10.3 (3.020) -40% 3404 167.2
Insurgent Lionsgate 9.9 (2,880) -54% 3442 103.3
It Follows Weinstein Co. 2.4 (1,470) -36% 1655 8.5
Woman in Gold Weinstein Co. 2.0 (7,640) NEW 258 2.1
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 1.7 (1,270) -43% 1327 122.2
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 1.4 (1,170) -38% 1218 9.7
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 1.0 (970) -51% 1060 30.1
American Sniper WB .62 (1,000) -29% 623 346
Run All Night WB .61 (600) -72% 1015 25.3
McFarland, USA BV .56 (800) -50% 703 41.7
While We’re Young A24 .51 (14,980) 123% 34 0.73
Focus WB .42 (670) -67% 625 52.8
The Gunman Open Road/Elevation .37 (360) -82% 1027 10.1
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yash Raj .35 (4,210) NEW 84 0.35
Danny Collins Bleeker Street .32 (3,880) 47% 83 0.71
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .24 (640) -56% 381 165.5
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .23 (480) -62% 482 160.8
Chappie Sony .22 (680) -72% 329 30.8
Wild Tales Sony Classics .22 (1,790) -26% 122 1.9
Paddington Weinstein Co. .19 (570) -29% 340 75
Let’s Get Married China Lion .19 (4,890) NEW 39 0.19
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .19 (1,440) -26% 131 2.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $214.80
% Change (Last Year) 33%
% Change (Last Week) 48%
Also debuting/expanding
Still Alice Sony Classics .17 (720) -54% 235 18.2
Effie Gray Adopt .16 (800) 201 0.16
La Passion d’Augustine Seville .14 (3,130) -28% 45 0.85
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 94,100 (1,330) 7% 71 0.28
71 Roadside Attract. 88,700 (930) -51% 95 1.9
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 64,300 (3,570) 50% 18 0.14
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 63,700 (1,380) -36% 46 0.43
David and Goliath River Rain 59,500 (1,750) 34 0.06
Boychoir Mongrel 55,700 (2,420) 91% 23 0.11
Komban Studio Green 40,200 (820) 49 0.04
Nannbenda Praneeth 18,400 (660) 28 0.02
5 to 7 IFC 17,100 (8,550) 2 0.02
Lambert & Stamp Sony Classics 13,300 (4,420) 3 0.01
Last Knights Film Arcade 5,500 (460) 12 0.01
Manos Sucias Film Collaborative 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Cheatin’ Interior 13 3,200 (3,200) 1 0.01
Ned Rifle Possible 2,600 (870) 3 0.01
Superfast! Ketchup 1,900 (480) 4 0.01
Cut Bank A24 1,800 (900) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 29, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (11) 578.2 23.40% *
20th Century Fox (11) 335.6 13.60%
Buena Vista (7) 285.4 11.60%
Universal (8) 280.8 11.40%
Paramount (7) 273.7 11.10%
Weinstein Co. (8) 148.1 6.00%
Sony (6) 127.1 5.20%
Lionsgate (6) 124.9 5.10%
Relativity (5) 70.6 2.90%
Fox Searchlight (3) 64.1 2.60%
Sony Classics (9) 37.7 1.50%
CBS (1) 33.2 1.30%
Open Road (3) 14.6 0.60%
Focus (4) 14.5 0.60%
Other * (101) 76.9 3.10%
2465.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – April 2, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
American Sniper * WB 344,428,774
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 165,217,235
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 160,585,605
Cinderella BV 156,961,118
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 120,560,250
Insurgent Lionsgate 93,384,814
Taken 3 Fox 89,002,682
Paddington Weinstein Co. 74,835,099
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 70,715,128
Home Fox 68,170,742
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 65,571,488
The Wedding Ringer Sony 64,409,119
Into the Woods * BV 63,862,338
Unbroken * Uni 53,296,154
Focus WB 52,376,484
Selma * Par 50,730,869
Jupiter Ascending WB 46,785,342
Get Hard WB 44,079,317
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 43,858,998
McFarland, USA BV 41,155,498
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Furious 7 *|Uni|67.1|4004|NEW|67.1
Home |Fox|11.4|3801|-27%|79.6
Get Hard|WB|5|3212|-61%|49
Cinderella|BV|4.1|3404|-14%|161
Insurgent|Lionsgate|4|3442|-42%|97.4
It Follows|RADiUS-Weinstein|0.9|1655|-35%|7
Kingsman: The Secret Service|Fox|0.65|1327|-24%|121.2
Woman in Gold|Weinstein|0.6|258|NEW|0.6
Do You Believe?|Pure Flix|0.55|1218|-20%|8.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|Searchlight|0.35|1060|-43%|29.4
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Also Debuting|||||
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi|Yash Raj|0.1|84||
Let’s Get Married|China Lion|72,100|39||
Effie Gray|Adopt|52,700|201||
David and Goliath|River Rain|26,000|33||
Komban|Studio Green|13,300|49||
Nannbenda|Praneeth|6,100|28||
5 to 7|IFC|5,200|2||
Lambert & Stamp|Sony Classics|5,100|3||
Last Knights|Film Arcade|2,500|12||
Manos Sucias|Film Collaborative|2,100|1||
Cheatin’|Interior 13|1,700|1||
Superfast!|Ketchup|1,100|4||
Ned Rifle|Possible|1,100|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A stranded, adorable alien found Home at the top of weekend moviegoing, with an estimated debut of $53.6 million. The session’s other national bow, gay-panic comedy Get Hard, proved canny counterprogramming, brunching to $34.6 million. A national expansion for critically lauded-horror fable It Follows  grossed an OK $3.6 million to rank fifth overall.

Exclusive bows included a potent debut for Noah Baumbach’s Brooklyn-centric cross-generation comedy While We’re Young, with $224,000 from just four artisanal cafes.

In the niches, Telugu Jil had a fair start of $171,000 while newcomer distrib Park Side’s American indie A Girl Like Her failed to find favor with $118,000 tally at 175 venues. Also soft was the years-delayed release of  Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence period drama Serena that grossed $104,000 from 60 screens.

Session revenues expanded to more than $150 million for an 18% uptick from seven days prior and a 9% improvement from 2014. Twelve months back, the launch of Noah floated $43.7 million followed by Divergent at $25.6 million.

As as Friday figures rolled in it was clear that the family targeted Home would prevail over Get Hard by a significant degree and finish with more than a $50 million gross.

Studio exit polling identified Home’s opening crowd as 60% female, and unsurprisingly heavily comprised of family filmgoers with 57% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The DreamWorks Animation entry opened a week earlier in nine foreign climes with 46 new territories coming on this weekend, adding an estimated $24 million to the pic’s pantry.

Comic star power appeared to have propelled Get Hard to deliver on-target results. Critical response ranged from withering to loudly expressed discomfort, but the intended audience wasn’t expecting a politically correct outing. The picture skewed 54% male with 61% of the audience aged 25-years and older.

On the alternative side, Bleecker Street Films’ debut release, the sentimental Al Pacino rock fantasy Danny Collins expanded to 29 sites and continued strong per-screens that bode well for its national release next week.

Weekend (estimates) March 27 – 29, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Home Fox 53.6 (14,450) NEW 3708 53.6
Get Hard WB 34.6 (10,900) NEW 3175 34.6
Insurgent Lionsgate 21.9 (5,660) -58% 3875 86.2
Cinderella BV 17.3 (4,530) -51% 3815 149.8
It Follows Weinstein 3.6 (2,950) 940% 1218 4.3
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 3.0 (1,690) -35% 1785 119.4
Run All Night WB 2.2 (920) -57% 2377 23.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Searchlight 2.2 (1,450) -57% 1498 28.1
The Gunman Open Road 2.0 (700) -61% 2816 8.7
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 2.0 (1,460) -45% 1356 6.9
Focus WB 1.3 (1,060) -59% 1260 51.9
McFarland, USA BV 1.1 (990) -49% 1126 40.6
American Sniper WB .89 (920) -45% 970 345.4
Chappie Sony .77 (770) -71% 1002 30.1
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par .59 (440) -75% 1354 160.2
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni .55 (1,000) -59% 554 165
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film .46 (690) -64% 672 24.9
The Duff CBS .39 (610) -68% 651 33.2
Still Alice Sony Classics .36 (890) -24% 401 17.9
Wild Tales Sony Classics .29 (2,520) 10% 116 1.6
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .27 (1,790) -14% 151 2.4
Paddington Weinstein .27 (600) -37% 454 74.7
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elevation .25 (890) -34% 277 90.5
While We’re Young A24 .22 (56,020) NEW 4 0.22
Danny Collins Bleecker Street .22 (7,520) 201% 29 0.32
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $147.60
% Change (Last Year) 9%
% Change (Last Week) 18%
Also debuting/expanding
71 Roadside Attract. .19 (1,590) -19% 121 1
Jil Great India .17 (2,550) 67 0.17
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel .12 (1,580) -14% 75 0.75
A Girl Like Her Park Side .12 (680) 175 0.12
Serena Magnolia .10 (1,730) 60 0.1
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 88,200 (2,940) 158% 30 0.14
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 81,500 (1,630) -17% 50 0.31
Mr. Turner Sony Classics 69,800 (980) -22% 71 4
That Thing Called Tadhana ABS 55,600 (1,680) 33 0.06
The Salt of the Earth Sony Classics 42,700 (10,670) 4 0.04
Red Army Sony Classics 41,600 (590) -45% 71 0.58
Boychoir Mongrel 29,800 (3,730) 8 0.03
White God Magnolia 22,100 (4,420) 5 0.02
Ride the Thunder Koster 21,800 (21,800) 1 0.02
How to Fight in Six Inch Heels Wave 19,200 (3,200) 6 0.02
Man from Reno Gravitas 14,700 (3,670) 4 0.01
100 Days of Love Tricolor 13,900 (820) 17 0.01
The Riot Club IFC 13,300 (2,660) 5 0.01
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame Tekno Hut 9,200 (2,300) 4 0.01
The Barber Arc Entertainment 4,200 (380) 11 0.01
Nightlife Film Arcade 3,550 (360) 10 0.01
Kidnapping of Michel Houellebe Kino 3,300 (3,300) 1 0.01
Welcome to New York IFC 540 (540) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 26, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (10) 539.8 23.30%
20th Century Fox (10) 280.2 12.10%
Universal (8) 280.1 12.10%
Paramount (7) 273.1 11.80%
Buena Vista (7) 267.1 11.50%
Weinstein Co. (8) 143.6 6.20%
Sony (6) 126.2 5.50%
Lionsgate (6) 103.3 4.50%
Relativity (5) 70.1 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (3) 61.9 2.70%
Sony Classics (8) 36.7 1.60%
CBS (1) 32.8 1.40%
Focus (4) 14.4 0.65%
Open Road (3) 12.7 0.55%
Other * (96) 71.4 3.10%
2313.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Home |15.5|3708|NEW|15.5
Get Hard|12.8|3175|NEW|12.8
Insurgent|6.8|3875|-68%|71.2
Cinderella|4.7|3815|-50%|137.2
It Follows|1.4|1218|1267%|2.1
Kingsman: The Secret Service|0.8|1785|-36%|117.2
Run All Nigfht|0.6|2377|-56%|22.2
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|0.6|1498|-35%|26.6
The Gunman|0.6|2816|-67%|7.4
Do You Believe?|0.4|1356|-67%|5.3
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Also Debuting||||
While We’re Young|64,900|4||
Jil|62,000|67||
A Girl Like Her|41,600|175||
Serena|31,600|60||
That Thing Called Tadhana|17,700|33||
The Salt of the Earth|11,450|4||
How to Fight in Six Inch Heels|9,000|6||
Ride the Thunder|7,300|1||
Boychoir|6,500|7||
Man from Reno|4,700|4||
White God|4,300|2||
100 Days of Love|4,200|7||
The Riot Club|4,100|5||
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame|2,100|2||
The Barber |1,500|10||
Nightlife|1,400|8||
Kidnapping of Michel Houellebe|1,000|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Insurgent, the second chapter in the YA series, led weekend viewing with an estimated $53.2 million. The potent bow left little more than scraps for the counter-programmers that debuted nationally. The muscle-flexing The Gunman flabbed with a $5 million launch while the faith-based Do You Believe? had a skeptical $3.8 million box office.

Exclusive debuts ranged from an excellent $74,200 bow for Danny Collins for neophyte distrib Bleecker Street to a dismal $4,600 for Accidental Love, the remnant of David O. Russell’s 2008 production formally titled Nailed and now credited to the Smithee-esque Stephen Greene.

In the niches Telugu Yevade Subramanyam was off to a good start of $83,700. China’s Lost and Love provided an OK $87,300 opening and in Québec, local production La Passion d’Augustine provided a blessed $211,000 from 34 engagements.

Session revenues rang up roughly $130 million for a slight 1% decline from seven days back. It was also 8% behind 2014 when the Divergent opener topped the charts with $54.6 million and the bridesmaid spot went to Muppets Most Wanted with $17 million.

Tracking looked bright for the dystopian future of Insurgent with pundits predicting a $50 million or so weekend. If estimates hold the second installment will arrive at 97% of the origin story’s vibrancy. The film’s target base was out in force with exit demos identifying the crowd as 60% female, 55% aged 25-years and younger and 72% Caucasian.

The picture also opened day-and-date in 66 international climes that generated an estimated $47 million. France accounted for $5.8 million with other top returns from the UK, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

Getting a jump on next weekend’s domestic release the animated alien Home launched in nine nations with roughly a $19 million tally. The E.T.-esque yarn had a lordly $9 million in the UK and was Putin on the Ritz in Russia with $4.2 million.

Both The Gunman and Do You Believe? were expected to be distant relatives in the session’s commercial mash up. However, even so tracking prognosticators anticipated significantly better results with the former receiving top end prospects of $8 million and the latter nipping at its heels with an aggressive push via churches that proved so effective for last year’s God’s Not Dead.

Weekend (estimates) March 13 – 15, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Insurgent Lionsgate 53.2 (13,720) NEW 3875 53.2
Cinderella BV 34.6 (8,990) -49% 3848 122.2
The Gunman Open Road/Elevation 5.0 (1,760) NEW 2816 5
Run All Night WB 4.9 (1,550) -55% 3171 19.5
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 4.6 (2,080) -26% 2223 114.6
Do You Believe? Pure Flix 3.8 (2,940) NEW 1295 3.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 3.4 (1,710) -40% 2016 24.1
Focus WB 3.2 (1,580) -44% 2044 49.3
Chappie Sony 2.6 (1,070) -54% 2429 28.2
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par 2.3 (1,180) -42% 1980 158.8
McFarland, USA BV 2.2 (1,210) -39% 1816 38.5
American Sniper WB 1.6 (1,100) -43% 1456 344
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film 1.4 (1,060) -52% 1306 24
50 Shades of Grey Uni 1.3 (1,090) -55% 1171 163.8
The Duff CBS 1.2 (860) -57% 1437 32.4
Still Alice Sony Classics .46 (1,050) -49% 440 17.2
Paddington Weinstein Co. .41 (820) -42% 502 74.2
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elevation .37 (1,090) -45% 337 90.2
It Follows Weinstein Co. .33 (10,410) 108% 32 0.56
Unfinished Business Fox .32 (530) -86% 597 10
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .32 (2,290) -6% 139 2
Wild Tales Sony Classics .26 (3,190) 6% 81 1.2
71 Roadside Attract. .24 (3,650) 18% 65 0.69
Selma Par .23 (3,230) 3% 702 51.7
La Passiom d’Augustine Seville .21 (6,210) NEW 34 0.21
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $125.30
% Change (Last Year) -8%
% Change (Last Week) -1%
Also debuting/expanding
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel .14 (1,960) 51% 71 0.58
Lost and Love China Lion 87,300 (3,640) 24 0.09
Mr. Turner Sony Classics 84,800 (1,070) -19% 79 3.8
Yevade Subramanyam CineGalaxy 83,700 (6,440) 13 0.08
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 80,400 (2,510) 41% 32 0.16
Red Army Sony Classics 76,100 (910) 17% 84 0.54
Danny Collins Bleeker Street 74,200 (14,840) 5 0.07
Timbuktu Cohen Media 51,900 (1,330) -10% 39 0.9
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Amplify 34,800 (8,700) 4 0.04
Spring Drafthouse 19,500 (1,770) 11 0.02
La Spienza Kino 11,800 (11,800) 1 0.01
Zombeavers FreeStyle 7,800 (780) 10 0.01
Jauja Cinema Guild 7,200 (3,600) 2 0.01
Tracers Lionsgate 6,900 (570) 12 0.01
Can’t Stand Losing You Cinema Libre 6,800 (3,400) 2 0.01
Medeas Vladar 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Accidental Love Alchemy 4,600 (420) 11 0.01
The Walking Deceased Arc Entertainment 4,400 (340) 13 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 19, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (9) 525.7 24.60%
Universal (8) 278.1 13.00%
20th Century Fox (10) 272.8 12.70%
Paramount (7) 269.2 12.60%
Buena Vista (7) 218.5 10.20%
Weinstein Co. (7) 142.1 6.60%
Sony (6) 122.2 5.70%
Relativity (5) 68.2 3.20%
Fox Searchlight (3) 56.5 2.60%
Lionsgate (5) 38.7 1.80%
Sony Classics (8) 35.2 1.60%
CBS (1) 31.2 1.50%
Focus (4) 14.4 0.70%
Other * (86) 67.2 3.20%
2140 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Top Global Grossers * (January 1 – March 19, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 552,898,890
American Sniper * WB 515,768,005
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 322,589,282
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 292,471,786
Big Hero 6 * BV 287,176,166
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 283,269,068
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 278,879,459
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 210,576,755
Jupiter Ascending WB 173,641,431
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 169,839,068
Cinderella BV 167,987,066
From Vegas to Macau Mega-Vision 162,471,885
Paddington “ Weinstein; Studio Canal 158,493,765
Dragon Blade Huayi Brothers 124,854,773
Into the Woods * BV 124,753,742
Penguins of Madagascar * Fox 123,735,766
Wolf Totem Wild Bunch 118,473,682
Focus WB 108,460,661
Unbroken * Uni 95,880,918
The Theory of Everything * Focus; UPI 89,237,114
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Insurgent|21.2|3875|NEW|21.2
Cinderella|9.6|3848|-58%|97.2
The Gunman|1.7|2816|NEW|1.7
Run All Nigfht|1.4|3171|-64%|16
Kingsman: The Secret Service|1.3|2223|-24%|111.2
Do You Believe?|1.1|1295|NEW|1.1
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|0.95|2016|-41%|21.6
Focus|0.9|2055|-46%|47
Chappie|0.7|2429|-54%|26.3
McFarland, USA|0.6|1816|-41%|36.9
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Also Debuting||||
La Passiom d’Augustine|56,100|34||
Lust and Love|29,500|23||
Danny Collins|16,800|5||
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter|8,500|4||
Spring|6,100|11||
Yevade Subramanyam|3,500|7||
La Spienza|2,990|1||
Zombeavers|2,600|10||
Medeas|2,500|1||
Can’t Stand Losing You|2,400|2||
Tracers|2,000|12||
Jauja|1,800|2||
Accidental Love|1,700|10||
The Walking Deceased|1,400|12||

Leonard Klady Remembers Albert Maysles

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Certainly when I was a young man no one shaped my attitude about film and filmmaking more than Albert Maysles. This was largely because of an internship at Maysles Films and an ongoing friendship that continued for decades.

Al, his brother David and Charlotte Zwerin had a funky office space not far from Times Square and Broadway. I had ambitions and initially was drawn to film editing but received an education in all aspects of putting a film together. It was a nurturing environment; a lab in which problems were addressed, analyzed and resolved without a lot of fuss or bother.

Al made his own cameras. They were lightweight, perfectly balanced to sit on his shoulder without too much undue weight and outfitted with an “O” ring that he held and allowed him to easily turn in whatever direction the story turned. It was the sort of innovative and practical application they thrived on (David was similarly progressive in sound recording) and led to completely re-inventing the documentary format as we knew it.

What he conveyed was something very simple and essential. Be certain that your subject is strong enough to sustain someone’s interest. Do not make a feature film if the material is only compelling for 17 minutes.

I remember calling him several years later and he mentioned that Lee Radziwill had contacted him about doing a documentary on her and sister Jackie. It was a work for hire and Radizwell had provided a check list of a couple of dozen points that encompassed organizations, people of interest, family and the like.

Toward the end of the list were a couple of eccentric relatives that lived in the Hamptons. Coincidently he and David had to go out there the following weekend and decided to drop in on the Bouviers aunt and cousin, the Beales. They lived in a rundown estate and he said they were unique andunexpected. When he and David drove away he said they just looked at each other and said, “That’s the movie.”

He also said that Lee Radziwill was going to be very pissed with just a hint of a smile. I never heard him grumble about passing on a big commission and, of course, what became Grey Gardens likely was more enduring than another profile on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her sister.

On another occasion I called him and was told he was off with David shooting Grand Funk. The two were nuts about trains and I jumped to the wrong conclusion that they’d finally got a bead on how to do a document on the subject. When we talked the following Monday he just shrugged and mumbled something about endless requests to shoot rock groups post-Gimme Shelter and, in this case, Grand Funk Railway of We’re an American Band renown. But his final film, the forthcoming In Transit, may finally have fulfilled that dream project.

I also brought Al in to do workshops with young filmmakers and I’ll never forget one occasion when we were watching a film by another resource documentarian Mike Scott. The film was Whistling Smith, a portrait of a veteran beat cop in Vancouver’s drug and prostitution center that had been Oscar nominated in 1975. At one point Al leaned in and asked “are Canada’s blue laws different from the U.S.?” I didn’t know but it was obvious he was reacting to sections that had women and men with bars superimposed across their eyes.

When Mike got up after the screening to talk about the film and take questions Al asked about the “bars” and Mike said that he hadn’t bothered with clearances as he assumed no one would sign a waiver. Al, who was unquestionably unflappable, was about as agitated as I had ever seen him. “Are you crazy,” he started. “People want to tell their story; you wouldn’t have had any problem getting them to agree to be seen.” He paused and put in the final nail, “I think you’re more interested in making fiction films.”

Mike was surprisingly unfazed and replied, “you’re probably right.”

Al had an adroit way of getting right to the truth. He was also warm, non-judgmental and inquisitive without ever being intrusive. He was the fly on the wall that you wouldn’t notice or assume was watching back. But oh what he saw and the insights he provided. It’s a debt that cannot be repaid.

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Cinderella broke through the glass (slipper) ceiling to command weekend viewing with an estimated $69.1 million. The venerable partygoer put a damper on the session’s only other wide newcomer,  brooding thriller Run All Night, that came to ground with $11 million.

Exclusive and limited bows provided a couple of potent debuts as well as a sayonara for critically-excoriated The Cobbler that grossed $22,200 at 20 shoeboxes. The Wrecking Crew proved more tuneful with $57,500 from 10 gigs. The big noise was Alex Gibney’s Scientology doc Going Clear with $60,300 from three screens and a stand-out $154,000 for critically-lauded teen chiller It Follows from a mere four playdates. Hindi NH 10 had fair results of $149,000 in a disappointing first quarter for Bollywood fare.

Box office bounced back with revenues of more than $130 million. That was a 51% uptick from the immediate prior weekend and an 18% improvement from 2014. A year back the second weekend of Mr. Peabody and Sherman led with $21.8 million with Need for Speed the top newcomer at $17.8 million. The folks at Disney were only slightly on edge about its live-action Cinderella. There was no question from polling that the public were familiar with the title… but did they know there was a new, non-animated version? It arrived on the low end of pundit’s predictions that capped out around $75 million. While fears of an awkward transition dogged the production critical response was positive and studio exit profiles identified the audience as 66% families. It also tilted 66% female (there are never too many princesses) with 55% of the crowd aged 25-years and younger. The film also went out day and date in 32 international territories with China ahead of the pack with an estimated $25 million of a $69 million total. Other major bows included Russia, Italy, Japan and Mexico. Tracking wasn’t encouraging for the latest Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night despite generally favorable reviews. While expectations were modest it fell short of predictions in the $14 million to $15 million range and will doubtless induct the actor into the ranks of Will Smith and Sharlto Copley as the next cinematic Joe Bftsplk … until his next box office successs. Studio execs are head scratching about exit polls that revealed a female tilt of 52% and less surprised (but equally concerned) by an audience that was 86% aged 25-years and older.

Weekend (estimates) March 13 – 15, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Cinderella BV 69.1 (17,980) NEW 3845 69.1
Run All Night WB 11.0 (3,460) NEW 3171 11
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 6.2 (2,340) -26% 2635 107.3
Focus WB 5.8 (2,030) -42% 2855 44
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 5.7 (2,810) -33% 2022 18.1
Chappie Sony 5.6 (1,740) -58% 3201 23.2
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par 4.1 (1,550) -38% 2659 154.7
McFarland, USA BV 3.6 (1,480) -31% 2455 34.9
The Duff CBS 2.9 (1,270) -39% 2301 30.3
50 Shades of Grey Uni 2.9 (1,410) -48% 2039 161.4
American Sniper WB 2.9 (1,440) -35% 2001 341.5
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film 2.8 (1,370) -45% 2054 21.7
Unfinished Business Fox 2.2 (810) -53% 2777 8.6
Still Alice Sony Classics .85 (1,150) -46% 740 16.3
Paddington Weinstein Co. .69 (820) -45% 837 73.3
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elevation .65 (1,240) -42% 525 89.5
Jupiter Ascending WB .51 (1,120) -54% 454 46
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .35 (2,680) 2% 131 1.6
Crazy Beautiful You ABS .35 (6,090) -35% 58 1.2
A La Mala Lionsgate .34 (1,240) -59% 273 3.2
The Wedding Ringer Sony .25 (910) -27% 277 63.9
Wild Tales Sony Classics .24 (3,570) 71% 68 0.82
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Fox .23 (1,050) -17% 220 112.7
Selma Par .23 (980) -39% 231 51.4
Big Hero 6 BV .22 (860) -32% 259 221.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $127.50
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) 51%
Also debuting/expanding
71 Roadside Attract. .20 (3,050) 186% 65 0.37
It Follows Weinstein Co. .15 (38,550) 4 0.15
NH 10 Eros .15 (3,730) 40 0.15
Whiplash Sony Classics .13 (1,090) -51% 120 12.9
Mr. Turner Sony Classics .12 (1,360) -5% 89 3.7
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel 94,200 (2,300) 54% 41 0.4
Red Army Sony Classics 65,400 (1,130) 5% 58 0.46
Deli Man Cohen Media 64,700 (2,020) 5% 32 0.21
Going Clear: Scientology and Prisoner of Belief HBO 60,300 (20,100) 3 0.06
Timbuktu Cohen Media 58,100 (1,490) -8% 39 0.82
The Wrecking Crew Magnolia 57,500 (5,750) 10 0.06
Leviathan Sony Classics 56,200 (1,150) -23% 49 1.1
Seymour: An Introduction IFC 22,800 (11,400) 2 0.02
The Cobbler Image Ent. 22,200 (1,110) 20 0.02
The Tales of Hoffmann (reissue) Rialto 15,400 (7,700) 2 0.02
The Price We Pay Film Movement 13,600 (3,400) 4 0.01
3 Hearts Cohen Media 11,300 (11,300) 1 0.01
Eva Weinstein Co. 10,200 (205) 50 0.01
Home Sweet Hell Vertical Ent. 7,100 (650) 11 0.01
Cymbeline Film Arcade 3,550 (360) 10 0.01
Walter eOne 2,300 (1,150) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 12, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (9) 498.4 25.40%
Universal (8) 273.7 14.00%
Paramount (7) 262.7 13.40%
20th Century Fox (10) 260.1 13.30%
Weinstein Co. (7) 139.8 7.10%
Buena Vista (6) 125.2 6.40%
Sony (6) 113.7 5.80%
Relativity (5) 62.9 3.20%
Fox Searchlight (3) 47.8 2.40%
Lionsgate (5) 38.1 1.90%
Sony Classics (7) 32.9 1.70%
CBS (1) 27.4 1.40%
Focus (4) 14.2 0.70%
Other * (80) 63.8 3.30%
1960.7 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Top Domestic Grossers * (January 1 – March 12, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
American Sniper * WB 337,240,264
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 158,481,610
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 150,591,372
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 101,173,238
Taken 3 Fox 88,397,672
Paddington Weinstein Co. 72,590,178
The Imitation Game * Weinstein/Elevation 68,913,679
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies * WB 65,225,970
The Wedding Ringer Sony 63,653,081
Into the Woods * BV 63,282,826
Unbroken * Uni 53,109,285
Selma * Par 49,940,056
Jupiter Ascending WB 45,465,134
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 43,093,943
Focus WB 38,227,415
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Cinderella |22.8 |3845 |NEW |2.8
Run All Night | 3.8| 3171 |NEW| 3.8
Focus | 1.7| 2855| -41% |39.9
Kingsman: The Secret Service | 1.7 |2635 |-25%|102.8
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | 1.6 |2022 |-40%|4
Chappie | 1.5| 3201| -66%| 19.1
McFarland, USA|1 |2455 |-29%|32.3
The Duff|0.95| 2301 |-38%|28.4
SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water | 0.95 |2659| -32%| 151.5
Fifty Shades of Grey | 0.9| 2039| -48% |159.4

Also Debuting
It Follows |42,800| 4
NH 10 | 36,700 |40
Going Clear: Scientology and Prisoner of Belief | 20,000 |3
The Cobbler| 7,100| 20
Seymour: An Introduction | 5,600|2
The Price We Pay | 3,800 |4
The Tales of Hoffmann | 3,600 |2
Eva| 3,000 |50
3 Hearts  | 2,900| 1
Home Sweet Hell |2,300| 11
Walter | 1,600| 2
Cymbeline  | 1,100 |10

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Not exactly a happy Chappie but nonetheless the debut yarn of a “human” robot led session viewing with an estimated $13.1 million in an inclement frame. Two other new national releases bowed, with the Vince Vaughn comedy vehicle Unfinished Business posting dire results of $4.7 million, while The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel provided a ray of sunshine with $8.4 million.

Exclusive bows were tepid, with the best debut from the reissue of 1975 doc Grey Gardens posting $11,200 from a single screen. Coincidentally, the newly restored edition opened the morning after the passing of co-director Albert Maysles.

In the niches there was a potent $498,000 bow for Filipino rom-com Crazy Beautiful You bit disappointing results for new Indian imports including Tamil Surya vs. Surya of $45,800. Also strong was Hong Kong comedy 12 Golden Ducks, grossing $82,400 from 10 ponds.

Weekend revenues contracted to less than $90 million and dipped 17% from the prior frame. It was down an even steeper 39% from 2014 when the openings of 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody and Sherman led with $45 million and $32.2 million, respectively

Expectations were high for Chappie… until word from early previews leaked out. And as opening day crept closer, the prospect of a $20 million debut faded though pundits prognosticated in the range of $16 million to $18 million. Critical response was withering. The opening throng was identified as 60% male with 57% of viewers aged 30-years and younger.

Unfinished Business was a more pronounced sort of bomb as tracking charitably accorded it a $7 million or $8 million launch. It also skewed male with 55% of the biz and 54% of the audience aged 25-years and older. It bodes ill for Tom Wilkinson’s future prospects coupled with his demise in the original Marigold Hotel.

Meanwhile the current guest of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel slightly exceeded expectations of $7-8 million. The sequel opened solidly to $9.4 million in three foreign climes last weekend. U.S. opening exit demos revealed a 65% female tilt and a decidedly older crowd with close to 90% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Two weeks post-Oscar the winners have all but memories. American Sniper’s current weekend pushed it into first place among movies that originally bowed in 2014, albeit with 99.5% of its box office occurring in the subsequent year.

Weekend (estimates) March 6 – 8, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Chappie Sony 13.1 (4,110) NEW 3201 13.1
Focus WB 9.8 (2,960) -48% 3323 34.4
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight 8.4 (5,360) NEW 1573 8.4
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 8.3 (2,670) -30% 3101 98
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 6.9 (2,240) -36% 3097 148.9
50 Shades of Grey Uni 5.6 (2,010) -47% 2788 156.4
McFarland, USA BV 5.3 (1,890) -33% 2792 29.4
The Lazarus Effect Relativity/D Film 5.1 (1,910) -50% 2666 17.4
The Duff CBS 4.8 (1,850) -30% 2622 26.1
Unfinished Business Fox 4.7 (1,710) NEW 2777 4.7
American Sniper WB 4.6 (1,800) -38% 2545 337.3
Still Alice Sony Classics 1.6 (1,340) -39% 1197 14.7
Paddington Weinstein Co. 1.3 (1,130) -29% 1135 72.1
Jupiter Ascending WB 1.2 (1,240) -45% 943 45.1
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Elev 1.2 (1,360) -38% 862 88.5
A La Mala Lionsgate .84 (2,190) -40% 384 2.6
Birdman Fox Searchlight .73 (940) -62% 777 41.6
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Par .53 (590) -78% 900 11.8
Crazy Beautiful You ABS .50 (10,590) NEW 47 0.5
The Wedding Ringer Sony .38 (1,220) -38% 310 63.5
Selma Par .36 (1,330) -19% 270 50.9
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .34 (3,240) 25% 105 1.1
Big Hero 6 BV .32 (1,030) -40% 310 221.3
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Fox .28 (1,060) -8% 265 112.3
Whiplash Sony Classics .27 (940) -59% 289 12.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $84.50
% Change (Last Year) -39%
% Change (Last Week) -17%
Also debuting/expanding
Wild Tales Sony Classics .14 (4,980) 27% 28 0.53
Mr. Turner Sony Classics .12 (1,060) -40% 114 3.5
Road Hard FilmBuff .10 (4,740) 22 0.1
12 Golden Ducks Media Asia 82,400 (8,240) 10 0.08
Leviathan Sony Classics 69,800 (980) -43% 71 1
’71 Roadside Attract. 68,500 (4,280) 23% 16 0.14
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Anselam Music Box/EyeSteel 64,200 (2,570) -13% 25 0.26
Maps to the Stars Focus World 63,700 (1,050) -56% 61 0.26
Timbuktu Cohen Media 62,700 (1,740) -29% 36 0.74
Deli Man Cohen Media 61,300 (2,450) 64% 25 0.12
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island CJ 50,500 (2,660) 19 0.05
Surya vs. Surya Movie Arts 45,800 (690) 66 0.05
Enakkul Oruvan Praneeth Media 26,300 (820) 32 0.03
Merchants of Doubt Sony Classics 19,600 (4,900) 4 0.02
An Honest Liar Abramorama 14,200 (7,100) 2 0.01
Grey Gardens (reissue) Janus 11,200 (11,200) 1 0.01
Chorus Fun Film 9,700 (1,610) 6 0.01
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Alchemy 6,600 (550) 12 0.01
Straight Outta Tompkins Indican 5,800 (2,900) 2 0.01
Buzzard Oscilloscope 5,900 (590) 10 0.01
Faults Screen Media 5,100 (640) 8 0.01
Allure Surla 1,800 (1,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 5, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (9) 476.9 25.90%
Universal (8) 265.6 14.50%
Paramount (7) 252.4 13.70%
20th Century Fox (9) 241.4 13.10%
Weinstein Co. (6) 136.6 7.40%
Buena Vista (6) 117.1 6.40%
Sony (5) 95.5 5.20%
Relativity (5) 57.6 3.10%
Lionsgate (5) 36.8 2.00%
Fox Searchlight (2) 34.3 1.90%
Sony Classics (7) 29.6 1.60%
CBS (1) 21.3 1.20%
Focus (4) 13.7 0.75%
Other * (72) 59.6 3.25%
1838.4 100%
* none greater than 0.5%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Chappie|4.5|3201|NEW|4.5
Focus|2.9|3323|-55%|27.4
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|2.7|1573|NEW|2.7
Kingsman: The Secret Service|2.2|3101|-29%|91.9
Unfinished Business|1.8|2777|NEW|1.8
Fifty Shades of Grey|1.8|2788|-50%|152.6
The Lazarus Effect|1.5|2666|-59%|13.8
The Duff|1.5|2559|-29%|22.8
McFarland, USA|1.4|2792|-27%|25.5
SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water|1.4|3097|-35%|143.4
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Also Debuting||||
Crazy Beautiful You|0.13|47||
12 Golden Ducks|28,500|10||
Surya vs. Surya|13,500|61||
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island|13,400|19||
Enakkul Oruvan|10,300|32||
Road Hard|7,300|10||
Merchants of Doubt|3,900|4||
An Honest Liar|3,600|2||
Grey Gardens (reissue)|3,200|1||
Straight Outta Tompkins|3,000|2||
Chorus|1,900|4||
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken|1,800|12||
Faults|1,600|7||
Buzzard|1,400|7||
Allure|1,300|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The audience enjoyed the scams of Focus as it led weekend viewing with an estimated $18.9 million. The session’s other wide newcomer The Lazarus Effect slotted fifth with $10.7 million.

In the niches the Mexican romantic comedy A La Mala opened day and date with our Southern neighbor and grossed an OK $1.5 million. The Indian circuit was relatively quiet with the Tamil Kaaki Sattai opening to $72,900. The Canadian runway rom-com After the Ball (with a one-sheet that’s a near-carbon copy of the one for A La Mala) was a traffic victim with $25,500 at 36 venues. The border crossings improved for David Cronenberg’s Cannes-prized Maps to the Stars with $141,000 box office following a $300,000 tally last year in the Great White North.

Best of the exclusive newbies was the UK indie entry ’71 about a young English soldier’s experiences during the height of The Troubles in Ireland.

Weekend revenues topped $105 million for a 10% drop from last weekend’s Oscar frame. It was also 14% drop from 2014 when the openings of Non-Stop and Son of God led with respective bows of $28.9 million and $25.6 million.

The cons of Focus were tracking to do  between $18-$20 million, and despite inclement weather in swathes of the country came in on target. The picture had a slight female tilt of 53% according to studio exit polling and was decidedly older appealing with 88% of the audience aged 25-years and older.

Similarly the bring-back-the-dead thriller The Lazarus Effect performed to tracking expectations. It too tilted female with 52% of opening weekenders with 60% of the audience aged 25-years and younger.

Though the days of the big Oscar bump ended two decades back, the small Oscar bump was evident for the likes of such winners as Birdman, Whiplash, Still Alice and The Theory of Everything that all added playdates. The quartet still have some international potential to exploit and, of course, mucho ancillary revenue in the offing.

Weekend (estimates) February 27 – March 1, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Focus WB 18.9 (5,860) NEW 3223 18.9
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 11.9 (3,620) -35% 3282 85.8
50 Shades of Grey Uni 10.9 (3,220) -51% 3383 147.7
SpongBob: Sponge Out of Water Par 10.9 (3,140) -34% 3467 140
The Lazarus Effect Relativity 10.7 (4,010) NEW 2666 10.7
McFarland, USA BV 7.8 (2,810) 44% 2765 22
American Sniper WB 7.7 (2,640) -24% 2914 331.1
The Duff CBS 7.0 (2,680) -35% 2622 19.9
Still Alice Sony Classics 2.7 (2,030) 23% 1318 12
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Par 2.4 (820) -60% 2901 10.2
Jupiter Ascending WB 2.1 (1,350) -45% 1545 43.1
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.0 (1,630) 126% 1213 40.3
The Imitation Game Weinstein/Eleva 1.9 (1,740) -24% 1103 86.8
Paddington Weinstein Co. 1.8 (1,240) -28% 1421 70.2
A La Mala Lionsgate 1.5 (3,830) NEW 384 1.5
Whiplash Sony Classics .67 (1,240) 18% 538 12.3
The Theory of Everything Focus .65 (1,060) 17% 611 35
The Wedding Ringer Sony .57 (1,060) -56% 542 63
Big Hero 6 BV ,51 (1,480) -5% 348 220.9
Black or White Relativity/D Film .46 (640) -56% 718 20.6
Selma Par .44 (1,570) -29% 283 50.4
Seventh Son Uni .31 (920) -68% 339 16.7
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Fox .29 (1,070) -16% 273 112
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC .28 (5,650) 81% 49 0.63
Taken 3 Fox .25 (850) -48% 295 88
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $102.60
% Change (Last Year) -14%
% Change (Last Week) -10%
Also debuting/expanding
Mr. Turner Sony Classics .21 (1,830) 9% 114 3.3
Asterix: Le Domain des dieux Metropole .17 (2,210) -22% 75 0.44
Maps to the Stars Focus World .14 (2,140) 66 0.14
Leviathan Sony Classics .12 (1,500) 40% 80 0.87
Wild Tales Sony Classics .11 (5,960) 30% 18 0.36
Timbuktu Cohen Media 92,500 (1,810) -23% 51 0.62
Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal Well Go 84,600 (3,520) 24 0.08
Kaaki Sattai ATMUS 72,900 (2,210) 33 0.07
Triumph in the Skies Media Asia 71,400 (5,100) -62% 14 0.33
71 Roadside Attract. 56,300 (14,080) 4 0.06
Two Days, One Night IFC/Metropole 45,900 (780) -51% 59 1.5
Deli Man Cohen Media 34,700 (2,310) 15 0.03
After the Ball Pacific Northwest 25,500 (710) 36 0.03
The Hunting Ground Weinstein Co. 24,600 (12,300) 2 0.02
Tokyo Fiancee Axia 5,800 (1,450) 4 0.01
Autrui Metropole 5,600 (1,400) 4 0.01
Everly Weinstein Co. 4,800 (250) 19 0.01
The Salvation IFC 4,200 (2,100) 2 0.01
Futuro Beach Strand 3,600 (3,600) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – February 26, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (8) 439.7 25.90%
Universal (8) 250.8 14.80%
Paramount (7) 235.1 13.80%
20th Century Fox (9) 224.8 13.20%
Weinstein Co. (6) 132.1 7.80%
Buena Vista (6) 106.2 6.20%
Sony (5) 94.6 5.60%
Relativity (4) 44.9 2.60%
Lionsgate (4) 34.6 2.00%
Fox Searchlight (2) 31.6 1.90%
Sony Classics (7) 24.3 1.40%
CBS (1) 12.9 0.75%
Focus (3) 12.7 0.75%
Other * (67) 55.7 3.30%
1700 100%
* none greater than 0.5%