Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Claims Second Win; I, FRANKENSTEIN Struggles

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As expected, Ride Along easily claimed a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  The Universal comedy took in an estimated $21.1 million this weekend, or more than twice the amount credited to the week’s sole new release: I, Frankenstein.  The Lionsgate release pulled in an estimated $8.2 million in its first three days – falling below the very low bar set by the studio’s last feature, The Legend of Hercules, just two weeks ago.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $21,162,000 $75.4
2.  Lone Survivor $12,601,000 $93.6
3.  The Nut Job $12,316,000 $40.2
4.  Frozen $9,035,000 $347.8
5.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $8,800,000 $30.1
6.  I, Frankenstein $8,275,000 $8.2
7.  American Hustle $7,100,000 $127
8.  August: Osage County $5,041,000 $26.5
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $5,000,000 $98
10.  Devil’s Due $2,750,000 $12.8

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Sets New MLK Record with $41.2 Million Debut

by     Posted 94 days ago


Ride Along has established a new record for the three-day MLK Day weekend.  Estimates put the comedy at $41.2 million after three days.  That tops the former record of $40 million, established by Cloverfield back in 2008.  Surpassing even its most optimistic early projections, Ride Along has also secured the best January debut of all time while effectively eclipsing the frame’s other debuts, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $41,200,000 $41.2
2.  Lone Survivor $23,200,000 $74
3.  The Nut Job $20,550,000 $20.5
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17,200,000 $17.2
5.  Frozen $11,971,000 $332.6
6.  American Hustle $10,600,000 $116.4
7.  Devil’s Due $8,500,000 $8.5
8.  August: Osage County $7,592,000 $18.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $7,500,000 $90.2
10.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,147,000 $75.3

Weekend Box Office: LONE SURVIVOR Clears $38.8 Million: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES Looks Less Than Legendary

by     Posted 101 days ago


Lone Survivor easily dominated in its first weekend in wide release.  The real-life war drama took in an estimated $38.8 million from 2,876 locations – doubling its studio’s pre-release projection of $19 million.  Along with its surprising windfall, Lone Survivor now claims the second-highest January opening of all time, behind the $40 million of 2008’s Cloverfield.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lone Survivor $38,511,000 $38.8
2.  Frozen $15,070,000 $317.6
3.  The Wolf of Wall Street $9,000,000 $78.5
4.  The Legend Of Hercules $8,600,000 $8.6
5.  American Hustle $8,600,000 $101.5
6.  The Hobbit 2 $8,015,000 $242.2
7.  August: Osage County $7,315,000 $7.8
8.  Saving Mr. Banks $6,578,000 $68.9
9.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6,300,000 $28.4
10.  Anchorman 2
$6,100,000 $118.5

More box office news after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: FROZEN Claims Top Spot over a Wintry Weekend, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Debuts at Number Two

by     Posted 108 days ago


For a moment, it looked as if this week’s only wide-release debut, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, would be winning 2014′s first weekend box office.  Not so fast.  Disney’s animated feature Frozen took advantage of a wintry weekend to reclaim the top spot well over a month after its release.  Other 2013 blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are still going strong, with the year’s end releases filling out the rest of the list.

While it sets a debut-weekend box office low for the Paranormal Activity franchise, the spin-off still managed to bring in over $18 million on a reported budget of only $5 million, and without a Halloween release date to boost sales.  As a financial polar opposite, the Universal write-down 47 Ronin has fallen out of the top ten after another dismal showing.  Here’s the top ten films from this weekend’s box office:

Title  Weekend Total
1.  Frozen $20,722,000 $297.8
2.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18,200,000 $18.2
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16,250,000 $229.6
4.  The Wolf of Wall Street $13,400,000 $63.3
5.  American Hustle $13,200,000 $88.7
6.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $11,100,000 $109.2
7.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,057,000 $59.3
8.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8,200,000 $45.7
9.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7,400,000 $407.5
10.  Grudge Match $5,410,000 $25.0

Friday Box Office: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Debuts at Top Spot, FROZEN Holds at Number Two, HOBBIT Holds off WOLF and HUSTLE

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While it remains to be seen whether or not the spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones can match other opening weekend totals in the horror franchise, Friday’s box office indicates that it should at least win this weekend’s top spot.  No real surprise considering that it’s the only new debut to open in wide release on 2014′s first weekend.  What would be surprising is a possible sub-$20 million debut for the horror installment, which is notable since the series’ previous installment, Paranormal Activity 4, set a franchise low at $29 million.  Inclement winter weather may have played a factor, along with the timing of The Marked Ones‘ release date; all of the previous films were released near Halloween.  We’ll see if the franchise is still a lucrative one when Paranormal Activity 5 debuts October 24th of this year.  Here’s a look at the other top spots for Friday’s box office:

Title Friday Total
1.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $8,700,000 $8.7
2.  Frozen $6,750,000 $283.9
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $5,120,000 $218.5
4.  The Wolf of Wall Street $4,314,000 $54.2
5.  American Hustle $4,165,000 $79.7

Cinemath: Year-End Report on the 2013 Box Office

by     Posted 111 days ago


2013 box office stats

I love diving deeper into box office numbers whenever I get the chance.  Ideally, the market would let me wait until March or so, when the final tallies for the holiday fare are locked in.  But the window for year-end coverage is nearly shut, so today I present a report on the 2013 box office for Cinemath.

We look at the domestic and worldwide grosses of 143 wide releases with a few questions in mind: How dominant are sequels and remakes at the top of the charts?  Which movies had greater appeal overseas?  Which releases had “legs,” and kept audiences coming back week after week?  After the jump, I break down the past year in box office by total gross, international earning, staying power, studio, release date, and MPAA rating.  From About Time ($15.3 million) to World War Z ($202.4 million):

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT 2 Back on Top on 2013′s Final Weekend

by     Posted 115 days ago


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled off a narrow victory over Disney’s Frozen on 2013’s final frame, making it just the second title of the year to spend three weeks on top of the domestic box office.  Smaug now equals the Christmas run (by ranking at least) of An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in The Hobbit trilogy.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $29,850,000 $190.3
2.  Frozen $28,845,000 $248.3
3.  Anchorman 2 $20,150,000 $83.6
4.  American Hustle $19,550,000 $60
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street $18,510,000 $34.3
6.  Saving Mr. Banks $14,020,000 $37.8
7.  Secret Life of Walter Mitty $13,000,000 $25.5
8.  Catching Fire $10,200,000 $391.1
9.  47 Ronin $9,870,000 $20.5
10.  A Madea Christmas $7,400,000 $43.7

Christmas Box Office: THE HOBBIT 2 Stays Ahead of New Releases; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Both Open Strong

by     Posted 118 days ago


Movie fans needed a spreadsheet to keep track of all the Christmas releases this year.  A total of nine new features opened nationwide in the last eight days (there were seven in the same period last year), joining blockbuster holdovers like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen on the holiday top ten.

Even with all the new blood, overall earnings on Christmas Day did not top 2012 – mainly because last year’s big holiday debuts (Les Miserables and Django Unchained) proved to be much bigger draws than either The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Both films had good starts, however – as did 47 RoninGrudge Match?  Not so much.  Estimates show that The Wolf of Wall Street just missed taking down Bilbo on Christmas Day (we’ll update you if those rankings change).  But, at this point, the race for 2013’s final weekend is still The Hobbit’s to lose.




1.  The Hobbit 2 $9,320,000 $149.9
2.  The Wolf of Wall Street $9,150,000 $9.1
3.  Anchorman 2 $8,100,000 $56.6
4.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $7,825,000 $7.8
5.  American Hustle $7,400,000 $34.1
6.  47 Ronin $7,000,000 $7
7.  Frozen $6,340,000 $210.4
8.  Saving Mr. Banks $5,330,000 $19.1
9.  Grudge Match $3,965,000 $3.9
10.  A Madea Christmas $3,050,000 $34.1

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Stays on Top with $31.4 Million; ANCHORMAN 2 in Second with $26.7 Million

by     Posted 122 days ago


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have pulled off a (very narrow) victory on Friday, but the weekend treasure remained in Bilbo’s hands.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was down 57% from its debut, earning an estimated $31.4 million and a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  Anchorman 2 came in second with $26.7 million: a softer launch than the sequel’s omnipresent marketing suggested.  Meanwhile, American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks made their first appearances in the top ten, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World hit important milestones.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 $127.5
2.  Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 $40
3.  Frozen $19,163,000 $191.5
4.  American Hustle $19,100,000 $20.2
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 $9.9
6.  Catching Fire $8,750,000 $371.7
7.  A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 $28.3
8.  Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 $7.3
9.  Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 $3.3
10.  Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 $200.7

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Claims $73.7 Million in US and $205 Million Worldwide

by     Posted 129 days ago


One year after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set new records for a December release, The Desolation of Smaug is opening in line with expectations – without setting a new record, in other words.  The second chapter in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy earned an estimated $73.7 million from 3,903 locations, or the fourth-highest December debut of all time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $73,675,000 $73.7
2.  Frozen $22,184,000 $164.3
3.  Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas $16,000,000 $16
4.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $13,150,000 $356.9
5.  Thor: The Dark World $2,700,000 $198.1
6.  Out of the Furnace $2,320,000 $9.4
7.  Delivery Man $1,872,000 $27.9
8.  Philomena $1,756,000 $11
9.  The Book Thief $1,675,000 $14.8
10.  Homefront $1,637,000 $18.4

Weekend Box Office: FROZEN Edges Out CATCHING FIRE for First; OUT OF THE FURNACE in Third

by     Posted 136 days ago


Frozen managed to climb past Catching Fire on its second weekend in theatres, giving the Disney hit its first win with an estimated $31.6 million.  The sequel to The Hunger Games was not far behind with $27 million but,  after that, box office estimates dropped precipitously on this notoriously low-grossing post-Thanksgiving frame.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Frozen $31,641,000 $134.2
2.  Catching Fire $27,000,000 $336.6
3.  Out of the Furnace $5,300,000 $5.3
4.  Thor: The Dark World $4,740,000 $193.6
5.  Delivery Man $3,775,000 $24.8
6.  Homefront $3,384,000 $15.2
7.  The Book Thief
$2,700,000 $12
8.  The Best Man Holiday
$2,673,000 $67.2
9.  Philomena $2,282,000 $8.2
10.  Dallas Buyers Club $1,458,000 $12.4

Weekend Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Set New Thanksgiving Records

by     Posted 143 days ago


It was feast or famine at this year’s Thanksgiving box office, as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen eclipsed all other offerings.  Both films did better business than forecast and each surpassed long-standing records for the holiday frame.  Homefront and Black Nativity saw the flipside of Thanksgiving’s bounty, but overall grosses were still high enough to make this the biggest Thanksgiving box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Holiday Total
1.  Catching Fire $74,500,000 $110.1 $296.5
2.  Frozen $66,713,000 $93 $93
3.  Thor: The Dark World $11,108,000 $15.49 $186.7
4.  The Best Man Holiday $8,491,000 $11.12 $63.4
5.  Homefront $6,970,000 $9.7 $9.7
6.  Delivery Man $6,931,000 $9.6 $19.4
7.  The Book Thief $4,850,000 $6.4 $7.8
8.  Black Nativity $3,880,000 $5 $5
9.  Philomena $3,789,000 $4.6 $4.7
10.  Last Vegas $2,785,000 $3.8 $33.1

Thanksgiving Box Office: CATCHING FIRE Still Red Hot; Disney’s FROZEN Heats Up

by     Posted 145 days ago


This year’s long Thanksgiving box office is off to a promising start for its two major players.  After setting a new November record with its $158 million debut last weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is now poised to break the five-day Thanksgiving record with about $95 million in projected earnings between Wednesday and Sunday.  The holiday’s previous record was $82.3 million, set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone way back in 2001.  Catching Fire passed $200 million on Wednesday, its sixth day in theatres (The Hunger Games took eight days to hit the same mark), and will top $500 million worldwide by this weekend.

In more surprising news, it looks like Catching Fire may not be the only film to break a record this Thanksgiving.  Frozen, the latest feature from Disney Animation opened on Wednesday with a very promising $15.2 million.  Frozen was originally expected to take in about $65 million in its first five days, putting it behind 2010’s Tangled in terms of successful Thanksgiving debuts.  But after a stronger than expected Thursday showing, Frozen is now tracking closer to $82 million through Sunday, which would put it ahead of both Tangled and long-time record holder Toy Story 2 on the list of Thanksgiving’s best box office openings.

We’ll have complete details on the long holiday box office this weekend.

 Title Wednesday Thursday Total
1.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $20.7 $14.9 $221.9
2.  Frozen $15.21 $11.08 $26.6
3.  Thor: The Dark World $2.34 $2.04 $175.6
4.  Homefront $1.42 $1.40 $2.8
5.  Delivery Man $1.31 $1.43 $12.5

Weekend Box Office: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Claims November Record with $161.1 Million

by     Posted 150 days ago


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surprised no one by setting a new record for a November opening.  Earning an estimated $161.1 million from 4,136 locations, the high-profile sequel easily topped the previous record of $142.8 million, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.  Perhaps more significantly, Catching Fire also managed to place fourth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, putting it ahead of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Here is what the top ten looks like, as of this morning:

Title Opening
1. Marvel’s The Avengers $207.4
2. Iron Man 3 $174.1
3. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2 $169.1
4. Catching Fire $161.1
5. The Dark Knight Rises $160.8
6. The Dark Knight $158.4
7. The Hunger Games $152.5
8. Spider-Man 3 $151.1
9. Twilight Saga: New Moon $142.8
10. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 $141

Analysis and this weekend’s top ten after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: THOR 2 Retains the Crown but THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Steals Some Thunder

by     Posted 157 days ago


Bouncing back from its second-place finish on Friday, Thor: The Dark World was back on top this weekend. That victory may have felt a bit more thunderous, however, had it not been for The Best Man Holiday. Instead of opening with the respectable $18 million that was forecast,  Holiday’s weekend estimate came closer to first place than most had imagined.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 $149.9
2.  The Best Man Holiday $30,593,000 $30.6
3.  Last Vegas $8,850,000 $46.9
4.  Free Birds $8,300,000 $42.2
5.  Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 $90.2
6  Gravity $6,280,000 $240.5
7.  Ender’s Game $6,200,000 $53.7
8.  12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 $24.9
9.  Captain Phillips $4,500,000 $97.6
10.  About Time $3,620,000 $11.5

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