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The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knights At Table: Remembering Mazursky

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a very tough crowd.

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

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

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

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It was supposed to be a horse race (notwithstanding Belmont) but at the finish line the singular teen romance The Fault in Our Stars left the competition in the dust with an estimated $48.1 million debut. Conversely, the frame’s other major release Edge of Tomorrow proved disappointing in a distant second at $28.9 million.

Exclusive newcomers were strong, including a solo Manhattan campaign of $9,400 for Citizen Koch. Much-ballyhooed abortion-themed rom-com Obvious Child proved fertile with $84,100 at four dispensaries.

In the niches, Indian import Holiday partied fair at $373,000 while Pinoy romantic comedy Maybe This Time grossed an impressive return of $552,000 on a trifling 51 screens.

Revenues for the session exceeded $160 million and ebbed 3% from last weekend’s tally. It was 8% improved from 2013 when the debut of The Purge posted $34 million and holdovers of Fast & Furious 6 and Now You See Me duked it out for place position with respective box office of $19.6 million and $19 million.

Industry tracking pitted The Fault in Our Stars against Edge of Tomorrow with the former demonstrating a slight edge as it picked up momentum toward opening day. The adaptation of John Green’s YA novel of teens who strike sparks in a cancer support group had a prognosis of $35 million.

The tide truly turned when Fault generated $8.2 million and Edge took in $1.8 million from Thursday previews. Crystal ball-gazers upped the ante to $55 million but the picture took another surprise turn with an unexpected 31% drop from Friday to Saturday business. Strong WOM in exit polling bodes well to broaden the opening weekend crowd, a predictaly 82% of women and was 79% aged 25-years and younger.

Edge of Tomorrow appeared to suffer from the amusement park factor with the movie crowd opting to skip this particular fun ride. Tracking had pegged the pic to open at between $32 million and $34 million. Reviews were upbeat for the futuristic mayhem with a Groundhog Day twist that opened a week earlier in 27 international territories to $18.7 million.

Exit demos also indicated that the sci-fier wasn’t particularly stepping on Fault’s toes with a 61% male tilt and 73% of the audience aged 25-years and older. A studio spokesman expressed confidence for a strong second weekend hold but history and upcoming competition definitely have the picture bucking considerable odds. International prospects are already ahead of Edge of Darkness’s likely final domestic tally with a second weekend estimated at $82 million that included a $25 million bow in China, $16.6 million in South Korea and Russia with $8.6 million.

Open Road’s Chef expanded effectively again, prepping $10 million domestically.

Weekend (estimates) June 6 – 8, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Fault in Our Stars Fox 48.1 (15,160) NEW 3173 48.1
Maleficent BV 33.6 (8,520) -52% 3948 127.5
Edge of Tomorrow WB 28.9 (8,280) NEW 3490 28.9
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 14.9 (4,090) -54% 3639 189
A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni 7.2 (2,270) -57% 3160 30.1
Godzilla WB 6.0 (1.920) -50% 3110 185.1
Neighbors Uni 5.2 (1,940) -36% 2674 137.8
Blended WB 4.0 (1,370) -51% 2928 36.5
Chef Open Road 2.5 (1,940) 32% 1298 10.3
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 1.9 (1,290) -46% 1481 196.3
Million Dollar Arm BV 1.8 (1,120) -49% 1643 31.4
Belle Searchlight .75 (1,580) -40% 476 7.6
Rio 2 Fox .72 (1,030) -35% 702 125.6
Maybe This Time ABS .55 (10,820) NEW 51 0.55
The Other Woman Fox .48 (980) -65% 489 83.2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV .43 (1,360) -31% 317 255.9
Holiday Big Pictures .37 (2,590) NEW 144 0.37
Heaven is for Real Sony .37 (830) -54% 446 88.8
Words and Pictures Roadside Attractions .29 (2,940) 269% 98 0.54
Grand Seduction eOne .28 (3,020) -13% 97 0.82
The Lego Movie WB .26 (960) -5% 274 255.8
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight .24 (1,280) -37% 185 57.8
Ida Music Box .21 (2,540) -10% 84 1.3
The Immigrant Weinstein .19 (1,320) -39% 145 1.4
Divergent Lionsgate .19 (650) -43% 298 149
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $156.60
% Change (Last Year) 8%
% Change (Last Week) -3%
Also debuting/expanding
Fed Up Weinstein Co. 83,600 (950) -49% 88 1.2
Obvious Child A24 84,100 (21,030) 4 0.08
Cold in July IFC 68,900 (970) -38% 71 0.25
Night Moves Cinedgm 48,500 (1,520) 126% 32 30,800
Lunchbox Sony Classics 50,700 (1,100) -9% 46 4.1
Filmistaan UTV 35,500 (1,480) 24 0.04
WolfCop Echolands 34,900 (4,360) 8 0.03
Ping Pong Summer Gravitas 26,400 (1,760) 15 0.03
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Weinstein Co. 23,200 (5,800) 4 0.02
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics 22,800 (760) -53% 30 1.6
Tracks Mongrel 13,800 (2,760) 5 0.01
Citizen Koch Variance 9,400 (9,400) 1 0.01
Trust Me Paladin 5,100 (565) 9 0.01
Burning Blue Film Arcade 4,600 (380) 12 0.01
The Case Against 8 Submarine 4,300 (1,430) 3 0.01
Test Variance 2,400 (800) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – June 5, 2014)
Distributor Box Office Market Share
Warner Bros. (12) 728.5 16.80%
Buena Vista (11) 677.1 15.60%
20th Century Fox (11) 615.2 14.20%
Sony (11) 577.7 13.30%
Universal (10) 540.5 12.50%
Paramount (8) 322.2 7.40%
Lionsgate (13) 285.4 6.60%
Open Road (6) 95.1 2.20%
Fox Searchlight (5) 83.7 1.90%
Weinstein Co. (12) 76.5 1.80%
Relativity (5) 75.5 1.80%
FreeStyle (6) 68.9 1.60%
Focus (6) 39.2 0.90%
eOne/Seville (14) 35.3 0.80%
Other * (142) 107.9 2.60%
4328.7 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (Jan. 1 – June 5, 2014) *
Title Distributor Box Office
The Lego Movie WB 255,590,340
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 255,447,104
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 194,388,396
Godzilla WB 179,093,006
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 174,401,266
Divergent Lionsgate 148,811,524
Frozen * BV 137,534,677
Ride Along Uni 134,965,071
Neighbors Uni 132,600,495
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
Rio 2 Fox 124,909,565
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 110,162,081
300: Rise of an Empire WB 106,601,189
Noah Par 100,950,258
Maleficent BV 93,846,968
Non-Stop Uni 91,869,306
Heaven is for Real Sony 88,412,645
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 82,661,672
The Other Woman Fox 81,725,819
The Monuments Men Sony 78,132,865
* does not include 2013 Box Office

Friday Estimates

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Godzilla *|WB|38.4|3952|NEW|38.4
Neighbors|Uni|8.4|3311|-57%|73.9
The Amazing Spider-Man 2|Sony|4.5|3991|-55%|159.9
Million Dollar Arm|BV|3.4|3019|NEW|3.4
The Other Woman|Fox|2|3054|-28%|67.4
Heaven is for Real|Sony|1.2|2893|-25%|79.1
Captain America: The Winter Soldier|BV|1|2271|-34%|247.9
Rio 2|Fox|0.85|2371|-24%|115.1
Mom’s Night Out|Sony|0.6|1048|-51%|6
Legends of Oz|FreeStyle|0.45|2578|-56%|5.1

Also Debuting
Le Regne de la beaute|Seville|34,900|78
Romeo Ranjha|White Hill|17,100|27
The Immigrant|Weinstein 11,800|3
Amazonia|eOne|3,900|13
Foxfire|eOne|2,350|2
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case|Intl Film Circuit|2,200|1
Half of a Yellow Sun|Monterey|1,850|1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The antic comedy Neighbors debuted at the top with an estimated $51 million tally. That didn’t leave a lot for the session’s two other freshmen. Faith-based family comedy Moms’ Night Out slotted in position seven with $4.1 million while  animated family yarn Legends of Oz was right behind with $3.7 million.

There was considerable heat generated from other exclusive openings including fourth generation Coppola Gia with generational drama Palo Alto, which grossed $76,300 at four venues. Also strong was the nutritional documentary Fed Up that digested $126,000 from 19 diners and keeping with the foodie theme there was Chef gorging $198,000 from a mere six food truck.

Overall revenues for the frame approached $140 million for a 12% dip from seven days back. It was also 14% off the 2013 session when the second weekend of Iron Man 3 deposited $72.5 million and newcomer The Great Gatsby opened to $50.1 million.

The knockabout comedy Neighbors was expected to be competitive with The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s sophomore session. But there were a lot of ifs in what was supposed to be a nose-to-nose horse race starting with whether the webslinger would hold with no more than a 60% slide (it did). In that scenario Neighbors was pegged the bridesmaid with high end estimates of $35 million.

Neighbors was off to a solid start with $2.7 million from Thursday previews but the picture became clear when Saturday estimates showed the Seth Rogen-Zac Efron vehicle nearly doubling (with previews) the costumed crimefighter’s box office. It surprised the studio landing second (behind Ted) among biggest-ever-opening R-rated comedies. A spokesperson could only offer that a paucity for raunchy comedy contributed to its better than expected results. The opening audience was 53% female with again 53% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

The film previewed a week ago in Australia where it out-grossed the competition and added an equally unexpected $34 million estimate this weekend in 29 primarily European territories including the UK and Germany.

The film’s additionally unexpected female tilt put the kibosh on the counter-programmed Moms’ Night Out.

On the alternative side Belle, Locke and Fading Gigolo continued to add playdates and do better than hold their own.

Weekend (estimates) May 9 – 11, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Neighbors Uni 51.0 (15,550) NEW 3279 51
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 37.1 (8,580) -59% 4324 147.8
The Other Woman Fox 9.3 (2,810) -36% 3306 61.8
Heaven is for Real Sony 6.4 (2,110) -25% 3048 74.7
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 5.6 (2,060) -28% 2701 245
Rio 2 Fox 5.1 (1,730) -34% 2974 113.2
Moms’ Night Out Sony 4.1 (3,890) NEW 1044 4.1
Legends of Oz FreeStyle 3.7 (1,480) NEW 2525 3.7
Divergent Lionsgate 1.6 (1,320) -25% 1233 144.9
Brick Mansions Reliance/VVS 1.6 (800) -58% 1954 18.4
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 1.5 (1,970) -15% 770 53.8
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 1.2 (1,190) -33% 1000 57.5
Bears BV 1.0 (800) -42% 1243 16
Draft Day Lionsgate .79 (960) -43% 820 27.7
The Quiet Ones Lionsgate .76 (670) -62% 1133 8
Fading Gigolo Millennium .75 (2,210) 55% 340 22
The Lego Movie WB .50 (1,240) 118% 401 253.7
Belle Searchlight .46 (10,310) 334% 45 0.6
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. .44 (2,430) -13% 181 2.3
Noah Par .42 (880) -53% 477 99.8
Transcendence WB .32 (630) -72% 515 22.2
Non-Stop Uni .32 (1,370) 108% 232 91.1
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox .32 (890) -21% 357 108.9
A Haunted House 2 Open Road/VVS .31 (590) -71% 526 16.8
Lunchbox Sony Classics .24 (1,590) -8% 153 3.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $132.00
% Change (Last Year) -14%
% Change (Last Week) -12%
Also debuting/expanding
Locke A24 .21 (3,270) 56% 64 0.5
Chef Open Road .20 (33,020) 6 0.2
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics .19 (2,080) -1% 92 1.1
Under the Skin A24 .13 (1,580) -24% 82 2.1
Fed Up Weinstein Co. .13 (6,640) 19 0.13
Finding Vivian Maier IFC .11 (1,380) -25% 83 1.2
Ida Music Box .10 (12,520) 81% 8 0.19
Palo Alto TriBeCa 76,300 (19,070) 4 0.08
The German Doctor IDP 68,500 (1,900) 55% 36 0.18
Un été en Provence Metropole 31,200 (1,560) 20 0.03
The Hornet’s Nest FreeStyle 27,100 (6,770) 4 0.03
Tarzan Lions Gate 22,800 (580) 39 0.02
God’s Pocket IFC 21,600 (7,200) 3 0.02
Aberdeen Asia Film 16,400 (1,640) 10 0.02
The Double Magnolia 14,300 (7,150) 2 0.01
The Devil’s Knot Image Ent. 7,700 (770) 10 0.01
Broken CJ 7,500 (7,500) 1 0.01
Stage Fright Magnolia 2,700 (450) 6 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 8, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Buena Vista (9) 533.7 15.70%
Warner Bros. (10) 511.8 15.00%
Sony (10) 463.5 13.60%
Universal (9) 386.2 11.40%
20th Century Fox (9) 384.9 11.30%
Paramount (8) 320.6 9.40%
Lionsgate (13) 276.8 8.10%
Open Road (5) 86.4 2.50%
Relativity (5) 71.9 2.10%
Fox Searchlight (5) 71.7 2.10%
Weinstein Co. (10) 71.6 2.10%
FreeStyle (4) 56.8 1.70%
Focus (5) 39.1 1.20%
eOne/Seville (12) 32.1 1.00%
Other * (125) 94.9 2.80%
3402 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – May 8, 2014) *
The Lego Movie WB 253,178,106
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 239,377,745
Divergent Lionsgate 143,323,919
Frozen * BV 137,292,838
Ride Along Uni 134,644,485
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 110,700,722
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 108,620,691
Rio 2 Fox 108,040,244
300: Rise of an Empire WB 106,091,502
Noah Par 99,375,542
Non-Stop Uni 90,775,935
American Hustle * Sony/eOne 82,661,672
The Monuments Men Sony 77,873,921
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 75,490,253
Heaven is for Real Sony 68,220,039
The Nut Job Open Road/eOne 64,251,541
Son of God Fox 59,646,236
RoboCop Sony 58,350,837
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 56,821,026
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Neighbors|19.5|3279|NEW|19.5
The Amazing Spider-Man 2|10.3|4324|-63%|121
The Other Woman|2.8|3306|-42%|55.3
Heaven is for Real|1.6|3048|-33%|69.9
Captain America: The Winter Soldier|1.5|2701|-31%|240.7
Mom’s Night Out|1.2|1044|NEW|1.2
Rio 2|1.2|2973|-34%|109.2
Legends of Oz|1|2525|NEW|1
Brick Mansions|0.5|1954|-57%|17.3
Divergent|0.45|1233|-29%|143.8
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Also Debuting||||
Chef|53,300|6||
Fed Up|37,300|19||
Palo Alto|23,500|4||
Un été en provence|9,900|20||
The Hornet’s Nest|7,400|4||
God’s Pocket|7,000|3||
Tarzan|6,500|39||
Aberdeen|5,700|10||
The Double|4,400|2||
The Devil’s Knot|2,400|10||
Broken|1,800|1||
Stage Fright|1,500|6||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Webutante

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dominated the box office with an estimated $91.8 million opening that accounted for roughly 55% of all weekend sales. The webslinger was the sole national newcomer … imagine that.

Among exclusive openers there were a couple of bright lights. The Brit import Belle centering on true-story historical racial discrimination scored a solid $104,000 launch at four locations while acclaimed Polish drama Ida grossed $51,300 at three convents.

It was relativity quiet in the other sectors with dull results for a trio of new films from India barely registering a ripple. The limited bow of the comedic Walk of Shame couldn’t muster more than a giggle with a $36,700 tally from 51 screens.

Session revenues topped $155 million that expanded nicely from last weekend by 33%. It was conversely 30% lagging 2013 figures when the opening salvo of Iron Man 3 unleashed $174.1 million in ticket sales.

The critics generally responded with a tepid response to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and tracking pundits sensed viewer skepticism to the re-boot sequel that reined in expectations to about $90 million. Nonetheless the film received a solid Thursday midnight advance of $8.7 million and saw a very positive 24% Friday to Saturday boost in box office.

Spider-Man 2 skewed 61% male with 51% of the crowd aged 25-years old and younger. Studio exit polls also identified 33% of the audience as families and that has to give a new spin to superhero movies. The film is in its third weekend internationally where it amassed about $155 million plus $55 million for the current frame.

On the alternative side the likes of Fading Gigolo and Only Lovers Left Alive continue slow roll outs as they prepare for the onslaught of summer tentpoles. The hot season has been a fertile period for adult movies and 2014 ought to continue that trend in light of the aging of the core moviegoing crowd.

 

Weekend (estimates) May 2 – 4, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 91.8 (21,240) NEW 4324 91.8
The Other Woman Fox 14.4 (4,440) -42% 3238 47.5
Heaven is for Real Sony 8.7 (2,960) -40% 2930 65.6
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 7.7 (2,430) -52% 3179 237.1
Rio 2 Fox 7.6 (2,300) -45% 3314 106.5
Brick Mansions Reliance/VVS 3.5 (1,310) -64% 2647 15.4
Divergent Lionsgate 2.2 (1,320) -41% 1639 142.6
The Quiet Ones Lionsgate 2.0 (1,000) -48% 2027 6.8
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 1.8 (2,000) -28% 884 51.5
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 1.7 (1,290) -39% 1330 55.5
Bears BV 1.6 (910) -56% 1790 14.3
Draft Day Lionsgate 1.4 (1,040) -49% 1354 26.4
Transcendence WB 1.1 (630) -74% 1775 21.3
A Haunted House 2 Open Road/VVS 1.0 (780) -68% 1328 16.1
Noah Par .87 (940) -62% 929 99
Oculus Reliance/VVS .73 (830) -67% 884 26.7
The Railway Man Weinstein .51 (3,110) -12% 164 1.6
Fading Gigolo Millennium .49 (4,450) 63% 110 1.1
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox .36 (880) -34% 410 108.5
Lunchbox Sony Classics .28 (1,860) -14% 149 3.1
Muppets Most Wanted BV .24 (630) -58% 376 49.8
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics .23 (3,490) 16% 67 0.83
The Lego Movie WB .21 (970) -40% 220 253.1
2 States UTV .19 (2,010) -56% 95 2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $149.10
% Change (Last Year) -30%
% Change (Last Week) 33%
Also debuting/expanding
Under the Skin A24 .17 (1,350) -38% 125 1.8
Finding Vivian Maier IFC .15 (1,810) 0% 81 0.93
Locke A24 .14 (5,540) 71% 25 0.25
Walking with the Enemy Liberty .13 (1,000) -61% 129 0.62
Blue Ruin Weinstein .12 (1,970) 263% 60 0.17
Belle Searchlight .10 (25,950) 4 0.1
Le Weekend Music Box 94,900 (1,100) -37% 86 2
Ida Music Box 51,300 (17,100) 3 0.05
Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar Viva 50,400 (2,290) 22 0.05
The German Doctor IDP 44,100 (3,150) 29% 14 0.09
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 43,800 (720) -10% 61 0.46
Water and Power AMC 37,600 (2,350) 16 0.04
Walk of Shame Focus World 36,700 (720) 51 0.04
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage Abramorama 24,700 (8,230) 3 0.02
Kotha Janta Blue Sky 24,500 (720) 34 0.02
Anaamika Viva 15,700 (310) 50 0.02
Decoding Annie Parker eOne 13,800 (1,610) 13 0.01
Farmland D & E 5,900 (1,470) 4 0.01
Documented CNN 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
The M Word Rainbow 4,800 (600) 8 0.01
Bad Johnson Gravitas 4,700 (470) 10 0.01
For a Woman Film Movement 4,500 (2,250) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 1, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Buena Vista (9) 520.7 16.20%
Warner Bros. (10) 509.4 15.80%
Universal (8) 383.1 11.90%
20th Century Fox (9) 355.9 11.10%
Sony (10) 349.6 10.90%
Paramount (8) 319.4 9.90%
Lionsgate (13) 269.5 8.40%
Open Road (5) 84.9 2.60%
Weinstein (8) 70.5 2.20%
Fox Searchlight (4) 69.1 2.20%
Relativity (5) 66.7 2.10%
FreeStyle (4) 54.3 1.70%
Focus (3) 39 1.20%
eOne/Seville (12) 31.8 1.00%
Other * (123) 90.6 2.80%
3214.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2|35.3|4324|NEW|35.3
The Other Woman|4.8|3238|-48%|38
Heaven is for Real|2.4|2930|-41%|59.3
Captain America: The Winter Soldier|2.1|3179|-53%|231.4
Rio 2|1.7|3703|-47%|100.6
Brick Mansions|1.1|2647|-69%|13
The Quiet Ones|0.65|2027|-57%|5.4
Divergent|0.6|1639|-44%|141.1
God’s Not Dead|0.5|1330|-40%|54.3
The Grand Budapest Hotel|0.5|884|-28%|50.3
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Also Debuting||||
Belle|30,700|4||
Water and Power|15,600|16||
Walk of Shame|14,000|51||
Ida|13,500|3||
Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar|9,700|17||
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage|8,400|2||
Kotha Janta|7,900|34||
Anaamika|5,200|50||
Decoding Annie Parker|4,650|13||
Farmland|2,650|4||
Documented|2,400|1||
Bad Johnson|2,100|10||
The M Word|1,700|8||
For a Woman|1,500|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Other Woman was the top choice at the weekend box office with a debut estimated at $24.8 million. Two other films also entered the marketplace at a lower threshold. Actioner Brick Mansions slotted fifth with an OK $9.6 million while chiller The Quiet Ones hardly nudged the thermostat with an opening gross of $3.9 million.

Among the raft of new exclusives by far the best mileage went to the vehicular man-lost-at-sea Locke with an $84,300 box office from four screens.

In the niches there was a solid bow of $174,000 for the Punjabi action-comedy Jatt James Bond while other new films for the Indian diaspora withered. In Québec, Cédric Klapisch’s French romantic comedy Casse-tête chinoise (Chinese Puzzle) was off to a good start of $112,000 at 23 venues. Limited and regional releases were less fortuitous with $306,000 at 258 venues for Holocaust drama Walking with the Enemy, and the blend of golf and race in From the Rough in at below par with $153,000 at 195 screens.

Weekend biz was slightly shy of $120 million, which amounted to 14% decline from Easter seven days earlier. However, it expanded 27% from 2013 when the launch of Pain and Gain led with S20.2 million to sophomore entry Oblivion at $17.8 million.

The Other Woman, a tale of relationships and revenge that recalls the bygone The First Wives Club, was tipped to overtake Captain America based on industry tracking that suggested a debut in the low 20s. It proved to be a dish served hotter as a result of its appeal to the largely underserved femme audience. The film had already opened in four international territories the prior weekend to solid results.

The Cameron Diaz headliner was unsurprisingly more potent among women, who comprised 65% of the opening audience. A comparable 65% of the crowd was aged 25 years and older with 44% identified as between 18 and 34-years old.

Brick Mansions, based on the excellent 2004 French genre yarn Banlieue 13, and also produced by Luc Besson, was played up as the late Paul Walker’s final completed screen assignment (with Fast and Furious 7 as yet unfinished).

The session also featured good expansions for both The Railway Man and Only Lovers Left Alive and an even better result for Fading Gigolo with the winning comedic pairing of John Turturro and Woody Allen.

Weekend (estimates) April 25 – 27, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Other Woman Fox 24.8 (7,740) NEW 3205 24.8
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 15.9 (4,400) -38% 3620 224.8
Heaven is for Real Sony 13.9 (5,150) -38% 2705 52
Rio 2 Fox 13.7 (3,710) -38% 3702 96.2
Brick Mansions Relativity 9.6 (3,620) NEW 2647 9.6
Transcendence WB 4.1 (1,190) -62% 3455 18.5
The Quiet Ones Lionsgate 3.9 (1,930) NEW 2027 3.9
Bears BV 3.6 (2,100) -24% 1720 11.2
Divergent Lionsgate 3.6 (1,750) -36% 2066 139.5
A Haunted House 2 Open Road/VVS 3.0 (1,310) -66% 2310 14
Draft Day Lionsgate 2.8 (1,000) -52% 2781 24.2
God’s Not Dead FreeStyle 2.8 (1,730) -40% 1600 52.7
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 2.4 (2,390) -29% 1021 48.8
Noah Par 2.2 (1,390) -55% 1604 97.3
Oculus Reliance/VVS 2.1 (1,120) -59% 1881 25.1
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. .56 (3,590) 241% 156 0.88
Muppets Most Wanted BV .55 (970) -48% 565 49.4
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox .54 (1,150) -32% 468 108
2 States UTV .44 (3,240) -59% 136 1.8
The Lego Movie WB .36 (1,180) -10% 303 252.8
Lunchbox Sony Classics .33 (2,000) -6% 165 2.7
Fading Gigolo Millennium .31 (8,460) 73% 37 0.56
Walking with the Enemy Liberty .31 (1,190) NEW 258 0.31
Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It eOne .27 (1,780) -64% 151 1.4
Under the Skin A24 .26 (1,630) -38% 158 1.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $110.05
% Change (Last Year) 27%
% Change (Last Week) -14%
Also debuting/expanding
Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics .20 (3,850) 74% 53 0.5
Jatt James Bond Speed .17 (5,610) 31 0.17
From the Rough FreeStyle .15 (780) 195
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar WB .15 (3,970) -20% 37
Le Weekend Music Box .14 (1,180) -49% 115
Finding Vivian Maier IFC .12 (2,220) -8% 55  
Casse-tête chinoise Séville .11 (4,880) 23
Locke A24 84,300 (21,080) 4
The Raid 2 Sony Classics 82,500 (1,160) -77% 71
Dom Hemingway Searchlight 65,400 (550) -55% 119
Jodorowsky’s Dune Sony Classics 48,700 (1,190) 25% 41
Blue Ruin Weinstein Co. 30,200 (4,310) 7
The German Doctor IDP 27,600 (6,900) 4
Prathinidhi Supreme 15,100 (1,680) 9
Kaanchi B4U 14,800 (460) 32
Beneath the Harvest Sky TriBeCa 13,700 (1,710) 8
Last Passenger Cohen Media 8,800 (880) 10
Chandamama Kathalu Cinema Paradisco 8,500 (450) 19
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Red Giant 8,400 (2,100) 4
Belleville Ted Trent 6,100 (3,050) 2
Who is Dayani Cristal? Kino 5,860 (2,930) 2
Bright Days Ahead TriBeCa 4,850 (1,210) 4
For No Good Reason Sony Classics 4,700 (2,350) 2
Young and Beautiful IFC 4,300 (4,300) 1
Bicycling with Moliere Strand 3,600 (3600) 1
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 24, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Mrkt Share
Warner Bros. (10) 502.5 16.50%
Buena Vista (9) 493.9 16.20%
Universal (8) 382.7 12.60%
Sony (9) 321.7 10.50%
Paramount (8) 316.3 10.40%
20th Century Fox (8) 305.7 10.00%
Lionsgate (12) 256.4 8.40%
Open Road (5) 80.7 2.60%
Weinstein Co. (8) 69.7 2.30%
Fox Searchlight (4) 65.5 2.20%
Relativity (4) 53.2 1.70%
FreeStyle (3) 50.2 1.60%
Focus (3) 38.9 1.30%
eOne/Seville (12) 31.1 1.00%
Other * (115) 83.7 2.70%
3052.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – April 24, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 604,464,989
Frozen * BV 581,822,862
The Lego Movie WB 445,485,097
The Wolf of Wall Street * Par 350,418,304
300: Rise of an Empire WB 326,530,634
Noah Par 300,805,034
Rio 2 Fox 300,350,377
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * WB 277,256,540
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 259,863,748
RoboCop Sony 242,301,117
Divergent Lionsgate 217,927,273
Non-Stop Uni/Studio Canal 198,852,754
Need for Speed BV; Mister Smith 198,557,218
American Hustle * Sony/eOne; Panorama 183,941,467
The Monkey King Global Star 180,124,680
The Monuments Men Sony; Fox 156,709,477
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne; Foresight 154,255,104
Ride Along Uni 150,378,645
12 Years a Slave * Fox; Lionsgate 144,022,388
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par 134,651,504
The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox 121,170,532
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty * Fox 118,696,497
Dad, Where Are You Going? Enlight 112,464,023
47 Ronin * Uni 101,135,788
The Man from Macau Mega-Vision 95,075,161
* does not include 2013 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The Other Woman|9.2|3205|NEW|9.2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier|4.4|3620|-53%|213.3
Heaven is for Real|4|2705|-49%|42.1
Brick Mansions|3.5|2647|NEW|3.5
Rio 2|3.3|3703|-65%|85.8
The Quiet Ones|1.5|2027|NEW|1.5
Transcendence|1.2|3455|-74%|15.6
Bears|1.2|1720|-49%|8.7
Divergent|1.1|2486|-52%|136.9
A Haunted House 2|0.95|2310|-77%|11.9
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Also Debuting||||
Walking with the Enemy|92,100|258||
From the Rough|50,700|195||
Jatt James Bond|42,500|31||
Locke|26,300|4||
Casse-tete chinoise|24,200|23||
The German Doctor|8,800|5||
Blue Ruin|8,700|9||
Beneath the Harvest Sky|4,900|8||
Kaanchi|4,500|28||
Chandamama Kathalu|2,900|19||
Prathinidhi|2,800|9||
Last Passenger|2,500|10||
Who is Dayani Cristal?|2,300|2||
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum|2,300|4||
Belleville|1,800|2||
For No Good Reason|1,750|2||
Young and Beautiful|1,550|1||
Bright Days Ahead|1,400|4||
Bicycling with Moliere|1,200|1||