OPENING: 3 Days to Kill (REL) opens in second for an est. $12.2M 3-day; Pompeii (SONY) takes No. 3 with $10.3M. The Wind Rises (DIS) very strong in limited release. NOTEWORTHY: Oscar-nominated films still in theaters held well.
UPDATED: MONDAY, 1:34 PM: Final numbers are in. Everything looks as expected with one, two, three is The Lego Movie, 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii. In their second weekend out, About Last Night and RoboCop got nudges upwards and Endless Love faltered from previous estimates but Winters Tale was done before it began. The Wind Rises ended up with a very strong $14,941 per screen this weekend in limited release for Disney. The animated picture from writer/director Hayao Miyazaki was only on 21 screens as the studio is releasing slowly and is expected on 500 screens this weekend.
Other openers on Oscar weekend will be 20th Century Fox’s Son of God, reality TV king’s Mark Burnett’s theatrical version (clipped together with footage from The Bible series on the History Channel and new footage). Burnett is smartly and heavily promoting through Christian groups. In fact, he is working with a company called Compassion International which is buying up tickets and giving away parishoners to churches in 40 U.S. cities. Will be interesting to see how this film is received in light of two other Bible-themed films coming out this year including the Russell Crowe-starring Noah epic from Paramount next month and the Christian Bale-starring Exodus also from Fox around the Christmas holiday. Also bowing this coming weekend is Universal’s Non-Stop with Liam Neeson in an action thriller set on a plane. Also Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues from Paramount is being re-launched into theaters (for one week) in the U.S. and the U.K. under an R-rating touting over 700 new jokes in a marketing move to squeeze more out of the box office. The Will Ferrell-starring comedy has grossed$169.2M worldwide ($125.1M came domestically). Sony is also releasing in 300 locations, the Russian hit Stalingrad in 3-D IMAX. Here is this weekend final chart:
1). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,890 theaters (+115) / 3-day cume: $31.3M (-37%) / Per screen average: $8,048 / Total cume: $183M / Wk 3
2). 3 Days to Kill (REL), 2,872 theaters / 3-day cume: $12.2M / Per screen: $4,263 / Wk 1
3). Pompeii (SONY) 2,658 theaters / 3-day cume: $10.3M/ Per screen: $3,890 / Wk 1
4). RoboCop (SONY/MGM) 3,372 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $9.8M (-55%) / Per screen: $2,908 / Total cume: $44M / Wk 2
5). Monuments Men (SONY) 3,064 theaters (-19) / 3-day cume: $7.9M (-49%) / Per screen: $2,582 / Total cume: $57.8M / Wk 3
6). About Last Night (SONY), 2,253 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $7.5M (-71%) / Per screen: 3,344 / Total cume: $38.2M /Wk 2
7). Ride Along (UNI), 2,186 theaters (-331) / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-47%) / Per screen: $2,115 / Total cume: $123.1M / Wk 6
8). Frozen (DIS), 1,891 theaters (-210) / 3-day cume: $4.4M (-29%) / Per screen: $2,329 / Total cume: $384.1M / Wk 14
9). Endless Love (UNI), 2,896 theaters (+3) / 3-day cume: $3.9M (-70%) / Per screen: $1,370 / Total cume: $19.8M / Wk 2
10). Winter’s Tale (WB) 2,965 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (-70%) / Per screen: $733 / Total cume: $11.2M / Wk 2
UPDATED, SUNDAY 10:10 AM: Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed $423.6M to date, now stepping into the Top Ten highest-grossing film of all time domestically, it was announced by Lionsgate. The film just flew past Jack Sparrow as Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest was the previous record holder with $423.3M to take the tenth spot. The total worldwide cume on the Catching Fire is now $863M after this weekend, which is 25% higher than the first Hunger Games. This is the first time that the first two installments of a franchise have grossed over $400M.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY 8:25 AM: All pictures played out pretty much as expected as the dust cleared this morning with Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie continuing to hold onto audiences to take in far and above any other offering with a $31.4M estimated gross. Accounting for its continued success is that the picture has crossed demos and is playing to older kids as well as to the family audience. The family films, across the board whether in the top ten or not, as always get huge boosts on Saturday with Lego up 99%, Disney’s Frozen up 100% and Open Road Films’ The Nut Job up 131% (No. 16 on the chart, but by far the highest jump of any other title in the Top 20; its est. gross now is almost $60M). Of the two newcomers, Relativity/EuropaCorp’s international spy thriller, 3 Days to Kill‘s (with a budget the company says is $28M plus marketing and distribution costs) opened better than Pompeii, (which is said to have been a $100M picture) which was financed by Constantin with marketing and distribution costs from FilmDistrict film. The love story set against the backdrop of an erupting Vesuvius was released by Sony and is only expected to gross only $10M and change. The opening of 3 days to Kill comes only two days after Deadline broke news of an $130M, six-year distribution deal between EuropaCorp. and Relativity. It looks like this one will make a profit.
Sunday morning estimates for the $100M+ budgeted RoboCop are slightly up from a day earlier as its clear the weekend was dominated by testosterone. The second weekend for all the romancers — About Last Night, Endless Love and Winter’s Tale — all sank by roughly 70%. That’s rough. Frozen and Ride Along (in its ninth week) swapped positions. Ride Along is now at $123.1M. Winter’s Tale edged out Lone Survivor to round out the Top Ten this morning, doing negligibly better on Saturday night. Meanwhile, RoboCop is traveling well overseas but the question is will the re-envisioned remake break even? Remember they also have to recoup marketing and distribution costs both domestically and internationally and it’s currently at $43.8M here (of which exhibitors get roughly half). With over $17.7M internationally from this weekend, worldwide right now (updated this morning) is about $143.8M (budget is about $106M). Still to open in the big market of China, but that’s a lot of dough to recoup. So don’t know how MGM isn’t going to lose its shirt on this one. Hope it breaks even. Word is it may do $240M to $250M.
Disney is seeing this animated wonder in the top ten now for 14 weeks in a row as it is in the No. 8 spot and has grossed around $384M domestically. Frozen is at $980M right now worldwide on its way to $1B. Will it make it? Disney’s marketing machine wants it bad and even created the sing-a-long version which gave it a nice financial bump domestically. Internationally, it just added another $9M. So a total increase of $13.7M altogether this weekend and one last market set to open — Japan — so it’s likely, yes. Disney’s other offering, The Wind Rises, in limited release on only 21 screens had a very strong average of $14,064 as it clearly captured writer/director Hayao Miyazaki’s fans. The animated film, which garnered an A- CinemaScore, will expand next weekend. Here are the estimates for the 3-day weekend as they look this morning:
1). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,890 theaters (+115) / $7.3M Fri. (-43%) / $14.6M Sat. (+99%) / $9.4M (-35%) / Est. 3-day cume: $31.4M (-37%) / Total cume: $183.1M / Wk 3
2). 3 Days to Kill (REL), 2,872 theaters / $4M Fri. / $5.1M (+28%) / $3.1M (-39%) / 3-day cume: $12.3M / Wk 1
3). Pompeii (SONY) 2,658 theaters / $3.3M Fri. / $4.2M (+26%) / $2.7M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $10.3M/ Wk 1
4). RoboCop (SONY/MGM) 3,372 theaters (0) / $2.6M Fri. (-62%) / $4.3M (+69%) / $2.6M (-40%) / 3-day cume: $9.6M (-56%) / Total cume: $43.8M / Wk 2
5). Monuments Men (SONY) 3,064 theaters (-19) / $2.2M Fri. (-55%) / $3.6M Sat. (+64%) / $2.1M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $7.9M (-49%) / Total cume: $58M / Wk 3
6). About Last Night (SONY), 2,253 theaters (0) / $2.2M Fri. (-82%) / $3.3M Sat. (+48%) / $1.6M Sun. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $7.3M (-71%) / Total cume: $38M / Wk 2
7). Ride Along (UNI), 2,186 theaters (-331) / $1.3M Fri. (-61%) / $2.2M Sat. (+65%) / $1.1M Sun. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-47%) / Total cume: $123.1M / Wk 6
8). Frozen (DIS), 1,891 theaters (-210) / $1M Fri. (-40%) / $2M Sat. (+100%) / $1.3M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $4.4M (-29%) / Total cume: $384.1M / Wk 14
9). Endless Love (UNI), 2,896 theaters (+3) / $1.4M Fri. (-80%) / $1.7M Sat. (+19%) / $934K Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $4.1M (-69%) / Total cume: $19.9M to $20.1M / Wk 2
10). Winter’s Tale (WB) 2,965 theaters (0) / $670K Fri. (-82%) / $970K Sat. (+44%) / $533K Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (-71%) / Total cume: $11.2M / Wk 2
PREVIOUS, SATURDAY 7:17 AM: Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie and Disney’s Frozen had the best holds on Friday night from weekend to weekend, with The Lego Movie on track for a $31M to $33M weekend as estimates are now show a $7.3M Friday night for the picture whose cume could reach $184M+ by the end of the 3-day weekend. Frozen could reach $385M. As expected, 3 Days to Kill trumped Pompeii and will end the weekend in the two-spot with approximately $12M, perhaps $2M ahead. Not good news for Pompeii but it was 100% financed by Constantin with FilmDistrict providing the marketing and distribution funds. The male demo for movie going is stronger this weekend for a reason: In their second weekend, About Last Night, Endless Love and Winter’s Tale dropped significantly in its Friday to Friday night percentage declines — all were over 80% down in a Valentine’s Day deflation. Valentine’s Day was last Friday and was a huge date night as it was the first time the holiday fell on a Friday since 2003 and first time it fell on a weekend since 2009. Winter’s Tale might even be iced out of the Top Ten as it competes with Lone Survivor to take the last spot of the chart. Bets are on Lone Survivor, which will cume a total of $121M+ by Sunday. NOTEWORTHY: The Oscar nominated movies still in theaters are holding strong. Traditionally, the weekend before the Oscars, movie goers try to cram in all they haven’t seen prior to the big show. ALSO, The Wind Rises, the animated love story from writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, is in limited release via Disney and is tracking to take in $279K on 21 screens this weekend for a strong per screen average of $13,350K. Here are the updated numbers as of Saturday morning. Estimates will be revised upwards and downwards after the big Saturday movie night:
PREVIOUS, Friday 11:07 P.M.: Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie, as expected, lorded over the box office weekend for a three-peat with an estimated $7M to $9M Friday night while the race for No. 2 was settled as older male audiences lifted the Kevin Costner-starring 3 Days to Kill to the No. 2 spot for an estimated $4M and change for Relativity. Maybe it’s just the name, but Pompeii was buried again to open in third place in its debut weekend for an estimated Friday night take of $3.3M for Sony. Both films received B CinemaScores. Sony also takes the fourth, fifth and sixth spot as it stands now with RoboCop (MGM), Monuments Men and About Last Night, respectively. Numbers and positions may change in the AM.