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The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation handily vanquished the opposition with an estimated opening salvo of $55.6 million. Vacation, the session’s other wide release, trailed in second place with $14.7 million.

Exclusive newcomers included two docs that drew well. The Buckley-Vidal match up Best of Enemies grossed $60,500 at five theaters while the solo rumination Listen to Me Marlon (Brando) netted $27,000 from two playdates. However the big noise was the true life flashback The End of the Tour with a $122,000 box office from four screens. Mr. Holmes continued its slow rollout, holding well with a current deduction of $2.3 million.

In the niches, new Indian movies saw a strong bow of $312,000 for Punjabi Angrej and an OK start for Hindi Drishyam of $249,000. Nonfiction A Lego Brickumentary proved unconstructive with $40,100 at 94 venues.

Revenues for the frame were just shy of $150 million for a 3% rollback from the immediate prior weekend. It also took a 23% dive from 2014 when the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy exploded with $94.3 million and newcomer Get On Up was not so hard working with $13.6 million.

Tracking anticipated about a $50 million opening for the fifth incarnation of the big screen Mission: Impossible. Since its stewardship with Bad Robot the franchise has acquired new vigor with the current incarnation receiving some of its best reviews. The opening weekend crowd was 62% male with a rather surprising 81% aged 25-years and older. It could prove a fast burn if it doesn’t expand its audience in the coming weeks.

Rogue Nation opened day-and-date in 40 foreign climes to an estimated $65 million. Among the top territory revenue generators were South Korea with $17.1 million, UK grossing $8.7 million and $5.1 million in Mexico.

An even older retread Vacation (sans National Lampoon) has been AWOL since 1997. Its reboot jumps forward with the now adult Griswold son Rusty taking the reins. Early tracking suggested an opening weekend of about $20 million. The film skewed female at 53% and was 64% aged 25-years plus that indicates it’s not quite finding a new generation of viewers.

Weekend (estimates) July 31 – August 2, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 55.6 (14,060) NEW 3956 55.6
Vacation WB 14.7 (4,300) NEW 3411 21
Ant-Man BV 12.7 (3,810) -49% 3322 132.2
Minions Uni 12.1 (3,390) -47% 3575 287.3
Pixels Sony 10.3 (2,770) -57% 3723 45.5
Trainwreck Uni 9.7 (3,270) -44% 2960 79.7
Southpaw Lionsgate 7.4 (2,660) -56% 2772 31.4
Paper Towns Fox 4.6 (1,510) -64% 3031 23.8
Inside Out BV 4.5 (2,360) -39% 1904 329.6
Jurassic World Uni 3.7 (1,960) -48% 1912 631.4
Mr. Holmes Roadside 2.3 (2,590) -18% 901 10.3
Terminator Genysis Par .90 (1,220) -63% 736 87.7
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros .69 (3,910) -58% 177 6.9
Magic Mike XXL WB .65 (1,160) -65% 565 64.8
Irrational Man Sony Classics .51 (3,760) 99% 135 1.1
Ted 2 Uni .47 (930) -52% 505 80.5
Amy A24/Mongrel .43 (1,750) -41% 245 6.4
Spy Fox .38 (1,020) -50% 375 108.8
The Gallows WB .35 (960) -71% 363 22.2
Angrej PVS .31 (7,610) NEW 41 0.31
The Vatican Tapes Lionsgate .31 (720) -63% 427 1.5
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .28 (920) -33% 302 152.2
Max WB .27 (770) -65% 348 40.5
Drishyam B4U .25 (2,620) NEW 95 0.25
Baahubali Blue Sky .24 (2,130) -66% 114 8.8
San Andreas WB .24 (1,150) -29% 206 152.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $140.35
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -5%
Also debuting/expanding
The End of the Tour A24 .12 (30,500) 4 0.12
The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC .12 (1,460) 100% 79 0.26
Pancake Man Media Asia .11 (5,890) -59% 19 0.53
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .11 (990) 0% 110 1.1
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 85,600 (830) -36% 103 12.2
Tangerine Magnolia 61,300 (1,860) -33% 33 0.41
The Best of Enemies Magnolia 60,500 (12,100) 5 0.06
Testament of Youth Sony Classics 44,300 (790) -51% 56 1.6
A Lego Brickumentary Weinstein Co. 40,100 (430) 94 0.04
Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet Weinstein Co. 28,300 (280) 100 0.03
Listen to Me Marlon Showtime 27,900 (13,950) 2 0.03
Wild City Well Go 15,600 (1,560) 10 0.02
Orange Mittai Prime Media 10,200 (570) 18 0.01
The Kindergarten Teacher Kino 9,800 (4,900) 2 0.01
I Am Chris Farley Virgil 8,100 (1,350) 6 0.01
Paulo Coelho’s Best Story Music Box 5,300 (1,320) 4 0.01
Counting Cinema Guild 4,500 (4,500) 1 0.01
Extinction Vertical 4,200 (220) 19 0.01
Two Step Traverse Media 2,700 (2,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 30, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (15) 1905.2 28.20%
Buena Vista (12) 1351.2 20.00%
Warner Bros. (21) 1153.6 17.10%
20th Century Fox (15) 682.7 10.10%
Paramount (9) 367.9 5.50%
Sony (9) 256.1 3.80%
Weinstein Co. (13) 217.4 3.20%
Lionsgate (9) 214.7 3.20%
Fox Searchlight (6) 92.7 1.40%
Focus (8) 79.1 1.20%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.10%
Sony Classics (15) 46.1 0.70%
A24 (5) 41.8 0.60%
Open Road (5) 39.2 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.50%
Other * (219) 194 2.90%
6747.5 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Limited Grossers (January 1 – July 30, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 12,128,402
Baahubali Blue Sky 8,539,058
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 7,971,379
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,590,951
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker St/Elevation 7,139,518
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 6,517,140
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 6,264,394
Amy A24/Mongrel 5,991,512
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,649,253
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 4,208,228
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,726,375
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,524,452
Wild Tales Sony Classics 3,109,030
Dil Dhadakne Do Eros 3,079,868
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|20.2|3956|NEW|20.2
Vacation|4.4|3411|NEW|10.3
Ant-Man|3.7|3322|-49%|123.2
Minions|3.6|3575|-47%|278.8
Pixels|3.1|3723|-66%|38.3
Trainwreck|2.9|2960|-45%|72.9
Southpaw|2.3|2772|-63%|26.4
Paper Towns|1.6|3031|-74%|20.8
Inside Out|1.3|1904|-42%|326.4
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Also Debuting||||
Angrej|85,600|41||
Drishyam|70,200|95||
The End of the Tour|43,500|4||
The Best of Enemies|17,300|5||
A Lego Brickumentary|11,900|94||
Listen to Me Marlon|9,400|2||
Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet|7,700|100||
Wild City|5,900|10||
Orange Mittai|3,600|18||
I Am Chris Farley|2,600|5||
The Kindergarten Teacher|2,200|2||
Counting|1,800|1||
Two Step|1,600|1||
Extinction|1,250|19||
Paulo Coelho’s Best Story|1,250|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The battle of the tiny bots wound up with Ant-Man ahead of incoming Pixels with respective box office of $24.7 million and $23.9 million. The session saw two other national debuts with limited punch. Rocky Southpaw slotted in fifth spot with $16 million and young adult adaptation Paper Towns was right behind at $12.4 million.

In limited wide release, The Vatican Tapes exorcised $809,000. In the niches, record-setting streak of Baahubali continued, adding 50 dubbed Hindi prints and a weekend tally of $670,000 that pushed its cume to $8.3 million. Current Chinese chart topper Pancake Man had a potent debut of $267,000 from 13 creperies.

Exclusive newcomers were dull with only French import Samba dancing to an encouraging $23,700 from two halls. And Mr. Holmes doubled its complement of theaters and maintained a solid hold with $2.8 million.

Revenues for the frame generated roughly $150 million and a 24% decline from last weekend. It was also a slight 3% slip from 2014 when the launch of Lucy and Hercules topper the charts with respective bows of $43.9 million and $29.8 million.

While hardly a breakout, mixed media comedy-adventure Pixels wound up grossing what recent tracking surveys indicated and internal hopes of something closer to $30 million (and commensurate bragging rights) had to be tamped down. The opening weekend audience was 54% male with 62% of viewers aged 25-years and young that bodes well for its chances with the family crowd. Pixels opened in South Korea a week back to an OK $3.3 million and added major territories including Mexico, Russia and Spain this week for an estimated $20 million tally.

Positioned as an award contender, Southpaw was critically assessed as having a glass jaw. Tracking assessments set a $15 million ceiling that it wound up exceeding but a big question mark remains hovering over round two. Described as too violent to break out, there was at least initial hope in its 50/50 gender breakdown in opening days with another 50/50 split decision with over/under those aged 25-years old.

From the same author as last year’s hugely successful The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns was positioned to make lightning strike twice. Tracking revealed a different scenario with slightly less interest than Southpaw. Studio exit demos that identified a crowd comprised 71% female with 78% aged 25-years and younger suggest that it hit the mark with its core audience … and not much with other viewership.

Paper Towns got a two-week head start in a handful of international markets that generated about $8 million. This weekend saw the addition of 34 territories and an additional $8 million to its larder.

With the effective expansion of Mr. Holmes, the summer alternative scene has largely been dominated by Roadside Attractions that also positioned Love & Mercy for the hot months. The other major summer story has been not only the number of unusually high grossing imports from India, but the potency of Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi pictures in the marketplace simultaneously.

Weekend (estimates) July 24 – 26, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ant-Man BV 24.7 (6,380) -57% 3868 106
Pixels Sony 23.9 (6,430) NEW 3723 23.9
Minions Uni 22.0 (5,420) -55% 4066 261.6
Trainwreck Uni 17.3 (5,450) -43% 3171 61.5
Southpaw Weinstein 16.0 (5,780) NEW 2772 16
Paper Towns Fox 12.4 (4,100) NEW 3031 12.4
Inside Out BV 7.3 (2,680) -37% 2717 320.3
Jurassic World Uni 6.8 (2,590) -40% 2645 623.7
Mr. Holmes Roadside 2.8 (4,050) 14% 686 6.4
Terminator Genysis Par 2.4 (1,400) -56% 1702 85.6
Magic Mike XXL WB 1.9 (1,300) -58% 1440 63.1
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 1.6 (6,380) -37% 257 5.6
The Gallows WB 1.2 (980) -70% 1202 21.3
Ted 2 Uni .91 (1,310) -65% 696 79.6
The Vatican Tapes Lionsgate .81 (1,890) NEW 427 0.81
Spy Fox .75 (1,390) -50% 539 108.1
Max WB .74 (1,110) -61% 665 39.7
Amy A24/Mongrel .71 (1,900) -37% 370 5.5
Baahubali Blue Sky .67 (3,210) -49% 209 8.3
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .44 (2,070) -5% 214 456.7
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .41 (1,180) 6% 345 151.6
San Andreas WB .31 (1,170) -47% 266 151.9
Self/Less Focus .31 (510) -86% 608 11.9
Pancake Man Media Asia .27 (20,550) NEW 13 0.27
Irrational Man Sony Classics .25 (10,960) 44% 23 0.51
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $144.90
% Change (Last Year) -3%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
Love and Mercy Roadside/eOne .13 (1,040) -47% 126 12.1
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .10 (1,010) -48% 103 7
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .10 (1,054) -15% 96 0.96
Tangerine Magnolia 93,700 (3,030) 25% 31 0.3
Testament of Youth Sony Classics 94,100 (1,090) -24% 86 1.5
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 59,400 (1,350) -8% 44 0.25
The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC 58,300 (3,890) 55% 15 0.11
Only You China Lion 27,600 (2,120) 13 0.03
Samba Broad Green 23,700 (11,850) 2 0.02
Un Homme ideal A-Z Films 21,300 (1,640) 13 0.02
The Look of Silence Drafthouse 16,500 (8,250) 150% 2 0.03
Unexpected Film Arade 14,200 (570) 25 0.01
American Heist Saban 5,800 (530) 11 0.01
Dark Was the Night Image Ent. 4,200 (700) 6 0.01
Five Star Xlrator 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Horse Money Cinema Guild 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 23, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (15) 1831.2 28.20%
Buena Vista (12) 1300.1 20.00%
Warner Bros. (20) 1140.3 17.50%
20th Century Fox (14) 662.1 10.20%
Paramount (8) 360.5 5.50%
Sony (8) 220.7 3.40%
Lionsgate (8) 213.4 3.30%
Weinstein Co. (12) 193.3 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (6) 92.5 1.40%
Focus (8) 78.5 1.20%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.10%
Sony Classics (15) 45.3 0.70%
A24 (5) 40.3 0.60%
Open Road (5) 38.9 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.50%
Other * (216) 183.8 2.70%
6506.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – July 23, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 616,902,775
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 456,282,828
Furious 7 Uni 352,830,697
American Sniper * WB 348,797,073
Inside Out BV 312,978,811
Minions Uni 239,520,410
Cinderella BV 200,895,109
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 183,560,925
Home Fox 176,408,583
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 163,553,869
San Andreas WB 151,551,731
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 151,204,106
Insurgent Lionsgate 130,345,842
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 128,261,724
Spy Fox 107,339,775
Tomorrowland BV 91,846,801
Get Hard WB 90,411,453
Taken 3 Fox 89,256,424
Terminator Ganysis Par 83,265,614
* does not include 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Pixels|9|3723|NEW|9
Ant-Man|7.2|3868|-68%|88.5
Minions|6.7|4066|-54%|246.2
Paper Towns|6.3|3031|NEW|6.3
Southpaw|6.1|2772|NEW|6.1
Trainwreck|5.3|3171|-51%|49.5
Inside Out|2.1|2717|-37%|315.1
Jurassic World|2|2645|-39%|618.9
Mr. Holmes|0.8|686|18%|4.4
Magic Mike XXL|0.65|1440|-60%|61.9
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Also Debuting||||
The Vatican Tapes|0.27|427||
Pancke Man|92,000|13||
Only You|10,600|13||
Samba|8,100|2||
Un Homme ideal|6,500|13||
Unexpected|6,000|23||
Dark Was the Night|1,800|6||
American Heist|1,750|11||
Five Star|1,500|1||
Horse Money|1,250|1||

Leonard Klady on Claude Sautet

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

About a month ago the American Cinematheque screened what I mistook for the French filmmaker Claude Sautet’s first directing credit, Classe tous risqués. I’d seen the film relatively recently when the Los Angeles Film Critics presented Jean-Paul Belmondo with a career achievement award. It’s the tale of a gangster on the run (Lino Ventura) and his driver (Belmondo) and is largely distinguished by the two central performances, particularly the coiled spring that was the young JPL and was the point of departure for his iconic persona.

Sautet had been an assistant director and screenwriter who along with the likes of Jose Giovanni and Jacques Deray were associated with genre films, especially policiers. So following 20 years of working in the trenches it was a shock that his breakthrough would come with Les Choses de la vie (1970), a meditation on life that was uncompromising and devastating. And although he would occasionally return to the thriller format, it’s sagas of the bourgeoisie that he’s most identified with and provides his legacy.

Five of those films have been restored and are touring with the Los Angeles dates beginning this weekend at the Laemmle Royale. In addition to Les Choses de la vie, the program focuses on his work in the early 1970s, Cesar et Rosalie, Max et les farrailleurs, Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres and his final film (Sautet died in 2000) Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud released in 1995.

On a personal note, those “early” films shaped my attitude toward the French. His characters were recognizably flawed but not unbowed. They were elegant, witty, impeccably mannered and struggled to do the right thing. They did in the clinch unless wholly unforeseeable elements prevailed. I rarely encountered them when I began to travel to France. It was a tremendous disappointment only somewhat placated by the release of a new film by M. Sautet.

His work is readily embraceable. He was an elegant filmmaker with a precise, unfussy visual sensibility. Characters emerged into the sunshine and he allows his performers to play or rather stretch often well worn screen personalities. He essentially reinvented Romy Schneider who appears to have been his muse. The brittleness of the German-born ingénue evolved into the quintessence of the mature, sexy and conflicted Frenchwoman.

In César and Rosalie, Schneider is the elusive object of desire for Yves Montand. He cannot help his compulsion as much as she cannot accept his kindness and decency and makes bad decisions that involve her former lover. It is a film about not committing with elements of surprising friendships and twists that suggest that any one the principle characters might just make a radical change.

In re-viewing Sautet’s oeuvre I was struck by his ability to impose a thriller-like structure to his human dramas without losing the emotional potency of the material. He was consumed by reversals; he had a rat-trap perspective of “this is” and “what if” and it all flowed organically from the people that populated his stories.

In a fashion he was drawn to a sort of drawing room structure whether that literally transpired in a room or at a countryside outing. Again and again characters seek to recapture something of their past through someone that’s seemingly unattainable. It’s an aspect that intensified as his career progressed and was central to Un Coeur en hiver (not part of the series) and Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud. In the latter the title folk are a young woman in a miserable marriage and an old businessman that befriends her. Arnaud (the ever brilliant Michel Serrault) extends her a kindness and once she extricates herself from the shackles of her daily travails he asks her to assist in the writing of his memoirs.

Without the trope of endless flashbacks, Nelly manages to convey the past and in so doing Arnaud appears to believe he is that young man. Obviously untrue but never sentimentalized, it is the stirring of old emotions that she retains immunity to as she carries on her own life. It’s bittersweet like so much of Sautet’s work without losing its sense of humor or the undying affection he instilled in his work.

 

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Ant-Man swarmed to the top of session moviegoing with an estimated $57.8 million. And a a better-than-anticipated bow for Trainwreck of $30.2 million landed the comedy third on the chart. And in limited wide release the latest spin on the redoubtable Sherlock, Mr. Holmes, was off to a better-than-elementary start of $2.4 million.

Exclusive newcomers included an excellent $38,200 gross for The Stanford Prison Experiment from two exercise yards and near-capacity biz of $182,000 for Woody Allen’s Irrational Man at five campuses.

In the niches, Bollywood was back with a potent $2.5 million start for Bajrangi Bhaijaan while Tamil Maari sputtered with $84,600 at 44 venues. On an historic note, the rarely screened Pakistani cinema opened Bin Roye to record numbers of $116,000. Also off to a fast start was South Korean Northern Limit Line with $94,700 from 12 engagements.

Revenues for the frame were close to $200 million for a decline of 9% from the immediate prior weekend and a 32% boost from 2014. A year back the second weekend of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led with $36.2 million and newcomer The Purge: Anarchy bowed with $29.8 million.

Tracking had indicated that Ant-Man would arrive with about $60 million and it came close to prognostications. The latest in the Marvel movie superhero lineup promised something a bit more satiric and antic and that may have created some confusion for the fan base. Scientists were more puzzled by gender issues. Regardless spinoffs and sequels are likely to hew to a more traditional view of the tiny dynamo.

The film opened day-and-date in 37 overseas territories including major ports in the U.K., France and Russia to studio estimates of $56 million.

Domestically Ant-Man attracted a 58% male crowd with 55% of opening viewers aged 25-years and older. Efforts to market it as a family friendly outing were fitfully successful with studio exit demos pegging that sector at 28% of the audience.

Fans of cable comic Amy Schumer were anxious that Trainwreck would damp down on her small screen persona. And while that is arguably true, she wasn’t reinvented or unrecognizable and the film bested top-end estimates of $25 million. The audience was unsurprisingly 66% female with 63% of viewers aged 30-years and older. It’s going out gingerly internationally with initial playdates next weekend in smaller territories including Greece and Israel.

On the alternative side Amy continues to expand effectively and this weekend’s launch of Mr. Holmes was a refresher for audiences that didn’t embrace Love & Mercy and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Weekend (estimates) July 17 – 19, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ant-Man BV 57.8 (14,980) NEW 3856 57.8
Minions Uni 50.2 (11,640) -57% 4311 216.7
Trainwreck Uni 30.2 (9,560) NEW 3158 30.2
Inside Out BV 11.6 (3,550) -34% 3263 306.3
Jurassic World Uni 11.3 (3,640) -38% 3117 611.1
Terminator Genysis Par 5.4 (1,910) -61% 2814 80.6
Magic Mike XXL WB 4.5 (1,730) -53% 2577 58.6
The Gallows WB 4.0 (1,480) -59% 2720 18
Ted 2 Uni 2.7 (1,230) -53% 2171 77.4
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 2.5 (9,610) NEW 256 2.5
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 2.4 (6,580) NEW 363 2.4
Self/Less Focus 2.3 (960) -58% 2353 10.3
Max WB 1.9 (1,280) -46% 2088 37.9
Spy Fox 1.5 (1,610) -50% 939 106.6
Baahubali Blue Sky 1.1 (5,310) -69% 209 7.1
Amy A24/Mongrel 1.1 (2,480) -40% 435 4.2
San Andreas WB .57 (1,420) -54% 402 151.2
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .48 (1,640) 5% 292 456
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .38 (1,420) -38% 268 151
Dope Open Road/Sony .29 (1,330) -53% 220 16.1
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .23 (990) -65% 235 6.2
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni .22 (850) -18% 262 183.5
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne .20 (1,010) -54% 197 11.7
Home Fox .19 (910) -12% 212 176.2
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .19 (1,150) -47% 163 6.8
Irrational Man Sony Classics .18 (36,460) NEW 5 0.18
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $191.55
% Change (Last Year) 32%
% Change (Last Week) -9%
Also debuting/expanding
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .12 (1,180) -31% 104 1.4
Bin Roye B4U .12 (4,840) 24 0.12
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .11 (1,400) -33% 80 0.8
Northern Limit Line Well Go 94,700 (7,890) 12 0.09
Maari ATMUS 84,600 (1,920) 44 0.08
Tangerine Magnolia 65,800 (4,110) 8% 16 0.15
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 57,900 (1,350) 48% 43 0.15
The Wolfpack Magnolia 54,100 (1,230) -44% 44 1.1
The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC 38,200 (19,100) 2 0.04
Lila & Eve IDP 20,900 (1,040) 20 0.02
Ardor Participant 13,700 (980) 14 0.01
The Look of Silence Drafthouse 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Twinsters Ignite 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
Gloria Picturehouse 5,400 (1,800) 3 0.01
Court Zeitgeist 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
I Am Potential American Family 3,500 (1,750) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 16, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (15) 1694.2 27.20%
Buena Vista (12) 1205.9 19.40%
Warner Bros. (20) 1122.2 18.00%
20th Century Fox (14) 659.4 10.60%
Paramount (8) 352.5 5.70%
Sony (8) 220.4 3.50%
Lionsgate (8) 213.3 3.40%
Weinstein Co. (12) 193.2 3.10%
Fox Searchlight (6) 92.1 1.50%
Focus (8) 75.3 1.20%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.20%
Sony Classics (14) 44.6 0.70%
A24 (5) 39.3 0.65%
Open Road (5) 38.5 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.55%
Other * (209) 170.9 2.70%
6227.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Ant-Man|22.4|3856|NEW|22.4
Minions|14.5|4311|-65%|181
Trainwreck|10.6|3158|NEW|10.6
Inside Out|3.3|3263|-40%|298
Jurassic World|3.2|3117|-42%|602.9
Magic Mike XXL|1.6|2577|-55%|55.8
Terminator Genysis|1.5|2814|-63%|76.7
The Gallows|1.3|2720|-71%|15.3
Ted 2|0.75|1582|-57%|75.5
Bajrangi Bhaijaan|0.75|256|NEW|0.75
Mr. Holmes|0.65|363|NEW|0.65
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Also Debuting||||
Irrational Man|52,500|5||
Maari|34,700|44||
Northern Limit Line|29,200|12||
Bin Roye|26,500|24||
The Stanford Prison Experiment|10,100|2||
Lila & Eve|6,100|20||
Ardor|3,100|14||
The Look of Silence|2,150|1||
Gloria|2,100|3||
I Am Potential|1,400|2||
Court|1,100|1||
Twinsters|1,000|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

They may be pint-sized in every other aspect but Minions are box office gold with a domestic debut estimated at $115.1 million. That left poor seconds for two other national newcomers. The horror entry The Gallows was left hanging with a $9.8 million bow and the sci-fi drama Self/Less had to cope with the latter at $5.4 million.

Best of the exclusive newbies was the American indie Tangerine with $61,200 from five screens. Following last weekend’s bow, biomusical Amy effectively added 344 playdates and posted a potent $1.8 million weekend.

In the niches,  Telugu epic Baahubali, part one of the most expensive Indian film ever made, took a record-breaking $3.4 million in the U.S. as well as a record opening day in India of $8 million. That didn’t deter the Punjabi Hero from posting a decent $82,400 from 22 venues. Also strong were the Filipino The Breakup List with a $312,000 debut and the Chinese Forever Young (based on the U.S. rom-com Only You) with $72,300 from 14 engagements. In Québec, native Ego Trip failed to swell heads with $95,200 from 55 sites.

The frame generated roughly $215 million that ballooned box office by 60% from the prior weekend and was 44% improved from 2014. Twelve months back the launch of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led with $72.6 million.

Domestic box office crossed $6 billion on Saturday; about 13 days earlier than in 2014. The year to date is roughly 7% ahead of last year’s pace and 4% faster than 2013.

Pundits calculated that the Despicable Me sidekicks might do as much as $100 million as headliners. That proved to be a little low as Minions bowed to the biggest opening day ever for an animated feature, but is likely to fall short of Shrek the Third’s $121.6 million first weekend. The audience tilted 59% female and was 55% aged 25-years and younger with 60% of viewers pegged as families. It appears to be working marginally better with the youngest demographic than Inside Out.

Minions‘ international roll out began two weeks ago and had amassed a sizeable $177 million from 26 territories. The current weekend saw the addition of 30 nations with record-breaking bows for an animated feature in France, Russia, Mexico and Thailand. The estimated overseas weekend is $124 million.

Low-budget chiller The Gallows was expected to open with a $12-$14 million tally but proved to be a lesser evil to the “yellow” peril. It swung 52% female with 53% of viewers aged 25-years old and younger.

Self/Less, reportedly an update of John Frankenheimer’s much-admired 1966 sci-fi thriller Seconds, was pretty much on target with low hanging tracking. Exit demos were unavailable.

Baahubali, marketed as the most expensive film in Indian cinema history, nonetheless proved to be a gamble that paid off handsomely. It’s all the more remarkable as (dubbed versions notwithstanding) it was produced outside the dominant Hindi sector of the industry. A second part to the epic will open in a year.

Weekend (estimates) July 10 – 12, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Minions Uni 115.1 (26,770) NEW 4301 115.1
Jurassic World Uni 18.1 (5,250) -38% 3441 590.6
Inside Out BV 17.2 (4,730) -42% 3644 283.8
Terminator Genysis Par 13.6 (4,590) -50% 3783 68.6
The Gallows WB 9.8 (3,620) NEW 2720 9.8
Magic Mike XXL WB 9.6 (2,850) -25% 3376 48.3
Ted 2 Uni 5.5 (2,550) -51% 2171 71.5
Self/Less Focus 5.4 (2,280) NEW 2353 5.4
Baahubali Blue Sky 3.4 (14,310) NEW 239 4.9
Spy Fox 3.1 (1,110) -40% 1457 103.5
Max WB 3.4 (1,650) -48% 2088 33.7
Amy A24/Mongrel 1.8 (5,230) 724% 350 2.2
San Andreas WB 1.2 (1,620) -57% 756 150
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .66 (1.160) -47% 570 5.5
Dope Open Road/Sony .63 (1,660) -44% 380 15.5
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .61 (1,800) -40% 338 150.3
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .44 (1,310) -50% 338 455.2
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne .43 (1,450) -42% 296 11.3
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .34 (1,610) -37% 212 6.4
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni .34 (1,190) -40% 284 183.1
The Breakup List ABS .31 (4,950) NEW 63 0.31
Home Fox .21 (910) -27% 233 175.9
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .18 (1,950) 8% 91 1.2
Tomorrowland BV .17 (900) -55% 192 91.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $209.10
% Change (Last Year) 44%
% Change (Last Week) 60%
Also debuting/expanding
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .16 (2,150) -13% 76 0.6
Cartel Land Orchard .11 (4,300) 790% 25 0.13
Ego Trip Seville 95,200 (1,730) 55 0.16
The Overnight Orchard 98,200 (690) -70% 143 0.91
Faith of Our Fathers IDP 89,600 (590) -80% 154 0.89
The Wolfpack Magnolia 83,900 (1,250) -38% 67 0.97
Hero: Naam Yaad Rakhi Punjabi 82,400 (3,750) 22 0.08
Forever Young China Lion 72,300 (5,160) 14 0.07
A Little Chaos Focus 48,100 (860) -59% 56 0.5
Tangerine Magnolia 61,200 (12,240) 5 0.06
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 39,700 (3,610) 100% 11 0.07
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot Magnolia 20,300 (5,070) 4 0.02
What We Did on Our Holiday Film Arcade 16,600 (1,350) 12 0.02
Strangerland Alchemy 15,700 (710) 22 0.02
Do I Sound Gay? IFC 10,300 (10,300) 1 0.01
Tap World Vitagraph 10,200 (3,400) 3 0.01
10,000 km Broad Green 9,400 (1,380) 7 0.01
Boulevard Starz 7,100 (3,550) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 9, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (13) 1490.2 25.30%
Buena Vista (11) 1170.1 19.80%
Warner Bros. (19) 1084.8 18.40%
20th Century Fox (14) 654.3 11.10%
Paramount (8) 332.3 5.60%
Sony (8) 220.1 3.70%
Lionsgate (8) 213.2 3.60%
Weinstein Co. (12) 193.1 3.30%
Fox Searchlight (6) 90.8 1.50%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.20%
Focus (7) 67.6 1.10%
Sony Classics (13) 43.9 0.75%
Open Road (5) 37.5 0.65%
A24 (5) 36.7 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.60%
Other * (200) 161.6 2.80%
5902 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – July 9, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Furious 7 Uni 1,514,002,197
Jurrasic World Uni 1,426,827,712
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1,382,785,927
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 569,872,143
American Sniper WB 549,569,608
Cinderella BV 541,312,278
San Andreas WB 460,951,287
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 405,741,564
Inside Out BV 393,508,998
Home Fox; DmWks 381,626,543
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 364,202,046
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 314,647,753
Big Hero 6 * BV 307,976,246
Insurgent Lionsgate 292,611,041
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 279,481,846
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb * Fox 227,154,859
Spy Fox 213,343,664
Tomorrowland BV 205,348,997
Jupiter Ascending WB 184,240,533
Minions Uni 177,549,975
The Imitation Game * Weinstein; CAA 177,547,088
Paddington * Weinstein; Studio Canal 165,403,291
From Vegas to Macau Mega-vision 165,381,086
* does not inlude 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Minions|46.1|4301|NEW|46.1
Inside Out|5.3|3644|-58%|271.8
Jurassic World|5.3|3441|-55%|577.8
The Gallows|4.9|2720|NEW|4.9
Terminator Genysis|4|3783|-63%|59
Magic Mike XXL|3.6|3376|-42%|42.3
Self/Less|1.9|2353|NEW|1.9
Ted 2|1.7|2171|-61%|67.8
Baahubali|1.2|239|NEW|1.2
Max|1.1|2088|-59%|31.4
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Also Debuting||||
The Breakup Playlist|0.1|63||
Ego Trip|34,100|55||
Forever Young|29,100|14||
Hero: Naam Yaad Rakhi|24,500|22||
Tangerine|18,500|4||
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot|6,800|4||
Strangerland|4,900|22||
What We Did on Our Holiday|4,200|12||
Do I Sound Gay?|3,800|1||
Tap World|2,800|3||
Boulevard|2,700|2||
10,000 km|2,500|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Despite new franchise entries, once again Jurassic World and Inside Out led the frame with respective weekend estimates of $30.9 million and $30.2 million. The Independence holiday freshmen followed with Terminator Genisys grossing $28.2 million and Magic Make XXL stripping off $11.8 million.

Exclusive newcomers were dominated by the launch of Amy, the documentary on the late singer Winehouse. It bowed to a potent $241,000 at six sites. There were also OK results for UK import Jimmy’s Hall and nonfiction Cartel Land.

In the niches, the inspirational Faith of Our Fathers failed to rally the troops with a $451,000 tally and Tamil Papanasam had a soft bow of $222,000. Hindi Second Hand Husband was comparably bland.

The holiday session generated close to $140 million and sank 26% from seven days earlier. It was nonetheless 6% improved from 2014 when the second weekend of Transformers: Age of Extinction led with $37.1 million and newcomer Tammy opened to $21.6 million.

With the 4th of July falling on a Saturday, distribution and exhibition collectively girded for a mid-weekend downturn that proved to be even more severe than anticipated. The last time the holiday configured this way was 2009 and box office was 15% better notwithstanding then-lower ticket prices.

The last incarnation of The Terminator was also in 2009 and the franchise has certainly tilted toward “I’ll be back” rather than “Hasta la vista, baby” during its three-decade history. The new creative team brought back Arnold Schwarzenegger and much of the story and characters of the original. Tracking had it competitive and likely dominant in its debut and its Wednesday bow generated a pre-weekend box office of $15.5 million.

Terminator Genisys opened a week earlier in 11 mostly second-tier territories overseas to $7 million. This weekend’s international expansion of 36 territories pumped up box office to $74 million and took the sting out of damp domestic box office. Studio exit polls identified North American viewers as 62% male with 65% aged 25-years and older.

Pre-weekend business for Magic Mike XXL was on par with industry frontrunners with a two-day tally of $15 million. But it was all downward from there as it defied tracking estimates of about $35 million for its opening five days. The rapid decline has resulted in severe studio head-scratching as both key reviews and audience response was positive. A studio spokesman said it was playing best in the heartland and underperforming in urban centers.

The gender split was unquestionably a “girls night out” with an audience described as 96% female. The last film to skew to that extreme was Sex and the City and its sequel. The audience was also 73% aged 25-years and older.

The hefty debut of Amy had one distributor envious of the avalanche of media attention accorded the potent profile. Apart from the film’s artistic qualities and marketing acumen one can well understand scribes’ desire to sink their collective teeth into something substantive in a season of predictable (and worse) onslaught of sequels, remakes amd reboots. One doesn’t have to go that far back to recall last summer’s Boyhood as an example of this phenom.

Weekend (estimates) July 3 – 5, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jurassic World Uni 30.9 (8,270) -43% 3737 558.1
Inside Out BV 30.2 (7,260) -42% 4158 246.2
Terminator Genysis Par 28.2 (7,510) NEW 3758 43.7
Magic Mike XXL WB 11.8 (3,510) NEW 3355 26.8
Ted 2 Uni 11.0 (3,190) -67% 3448 58.3
Max WB 6.9 (2,400) -43% 2870 25.6
Spy Fox 5.6 (2,330) -30% 2387 98
San Andreas WB 2.9 (1,740) -46% 1672 147.3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 1.3 (1,500) 32% 870 4
Dope Open Road/Sony 1.1 (1,240) -62% 863 14.1
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 1.0 (1,760) -44% 561 149
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .87 (1,470) -49% 589 454.2
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne .83 (1,890) -35% 440 10.6
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni .57 (1,250) -61% 454 182.3
Insidious Chapter 3 Focus .55 (840) -73% 651 51.2
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .53 (2,200) -13% 240 5.7
Faith of Our Fathers IDP .45 (1,310) NEW 344 0.64
Tomorrowland BV .38 (1,270) -64% 297 91
Home Fox .28 (1,100) 29% 257 175.4
The Overnight Orchard .27 (870) 78% 307 0.57
Amy A24/Mongrel .24 (40,210) NEW 6 0.24
Entourage WB .23 (1,050) -71% 222 31.9
Papanasam Prime Media .22 (2,710) NEW 82 0.22
Sardaar Ji White Hill .22 (5,390) -51% 41 1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $134.25
% Change (Last Year) 6%
% Change (Last Week) -26%
Also debuting/expanding
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .20 (3,150) 191% 63 0.36
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .17 (2,490) 1% 68 0.93
The Wolfpack Magnolia .14 (1,740) -28% 81 0.79
A Little Chaos Focus .12 (1,430) -32% 87 0.39
Second Hand Husband Viva .11 (1,780) 60 0.11
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 20,900 (6,970) 3 0
Suite Francaise eOne 16,800 (2,800) 6 0.02
Cartel Land Orchard 13.300 (6,650) 2 0.01
A Poem is a Naked Person Janus 5,800 (2,900) 2 0.01
In Stereo Circus Road 4,200 (530) 8 0.01
Robot Overlords Vertical 3,600 (360) 10 0.01
Mala Mala Strand 2,650 (2,650) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 2, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (13) 1423.8 25.10%
Buena Vista (11) 1117.3 19.70%
Warner Bros. (18) 1042.1 18.30%
20th Century Fox (14) 645.5 11.40%
Paramount (8) 292.7 5.20%
Sony (8) 219.4 3.80%
Lionsgate (8) 212.9 3.70%
Weinstein Co. (12) 192.9 3.40%
Fox Searchlight (6) 88.4 1.60%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.30%
Focus (7) 66.5 1.20%
Sony Classics (13) 43.4 0.75%
A24 (4) 36.2 0.65%
Open Road (5) 35.7 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.60%
Other * (192) 154 2.70%
5676.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – July 2, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 9,787,815
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,589,070
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,649,253
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker St/Elevation 5,336,609
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 4,196,641
What We Do in the Shadows Paladin/VSC 3,707,803
A La Mala Lionsgate 3,661,925
Spare Parts Lionsgate 3,645,983
Mr. Turner * Sony Classics 3,524,452
Wild Tales Sony Classics 3,086,349
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Eros 3,041,026
Dil Dhadakne Do Eros 2,976,582
Four Blood Moons Fathom 2,851,880
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 2,684,245
Piku Yash Raj 2,651,017
The Interview Sony 2,577,980
* does not inlude 2014 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

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

Confessions Of A Film Fest Junkie: LAFF 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

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

Confessions of a Film Festival Junkie: LAFF 2015

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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