‘Coco’ Cooking $71M+; ‘Justice League’ At $59M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $31M+: Black Friday Update
Black Friday Writethru: While Friday was definitely a great day at the box office with the top 25 films making approximately $72M to last year’s $71M Black Friday, still everything came in a little lighter. Industry estimates now see Disney/Pixar’s Coco at $19.7M for Friday, on a path to a $49M 3-day and a $71.7M 5-day. That’s still ahead of Pixar’s Good Dinosaur ($15.5M Fri, $39.1M FSS, $55.4M 5-day) two years ago (and that bombed), and a few steps behind last year’s Moan… Read
Exhibition Stocks Rise In Short Trading Session On Holiday Box Office Optimism
Exhibition, a sector under heavy pressure on Wall Street in recent months, saw stocks rise across the board during today’s abbreviated trading session, reflecting investor bargain-hunting and optimism about holiday box office.
AMC shares led all gainers, increasing nearly 5% to finish at $13.65. That’s still far below where they began the year ($33.80), but the stock has steadily improved since hitting a 52-week low of $10.80 on Nov. 13.
Regal Cinemas shares also added… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits Tracking & A $200M Opening Would Come As No Surprise
Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi aka Episode VIII arrived on tracking this morning with similar polling points to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Unaided awareness – that part of movie polling which indicates how powerful a film property is among those who aren’t prodded to mention a pic’s title in a survey — is at 35 to Force Awakens’ 36. It’s a telling stat that tells studios how much non-fans are aware of a pic’s property, and depending on how a movie… Read
‘Justice League’ Flies Past $101M; ‘Wonder’ Sparks $31M+ As Thanksgiving Week Warms Up
So it took four days, not three, for Warner Bros’ Justice League to crack $100 million. Keeping in line with what we saw yesterday, the DC movie earned $7.5M Monday thanks to 35% K-12 schools being off, raising its running domestic cume to $101.3M. The super friends weren’t the only ones benefiting from the holiday break: Liongate’s family pic Wonder posted close to $4M for a $31.5M four-day gross.
That percentage of K-12 schools on break will remain steady today and… Read
‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $93M+ Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Final
Monday Final Weekend Writethru: Warner Bros./DC’s Justice League‘s estimates slid all weekend long to a final stand still of $93.8M. After declining 31% on Sunday to $22.7M, greater than the $24.1M projected, the Zack Snyder-directed movie should finally see $100M tomorrow after what many are projecting to be a $6.5M-$7M Monday. Still a huge upset for what was expected to be a high point for the DC universe, especially when you consider that tracking had this movie at a… Read
Can ‘Coco’ Whip ‘Justice League’ For Top Spot Over Thanksgiving Stretch? – Box Office Preview
In a short period of time, four films originally slotted to play the five-day Thanksgiving Week period fled — Dimension’s Polaroid, MGM’s Death Wish, STXfilms’ Molly’s Game and Entertainment Studios’ Chappquiddick — leaving Disney/Pixar’s Coco largely alone as the one uber wide release in 3,987 theaters. The Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina animated musical, which follows young boy Miguel’s journey to the other side where he meets his dead relatives and discovers great secrets… Read
‘Justice League’ Lassos $185M Overseas, $279M WW; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $739M Global – International Box Office
UPDATE, Monday writethru with actuals: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185 million at the international box office in its debut session this weekend, $500K down from the Sunday estimate. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 46,660 screens in 65 markets, with China leading at a slightly improved $51.8M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $279M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets… Read
Fandango Reports Sensational Advance Group Ticket Sales For ‘Wonder’
EXCLUSIVE: Despite a behemoth like Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League in the marketplace this weekend, which is poised to make north of $110 million, many are betting that Lionsgate’s Wonder overperforms.
Even though it chalked up a $740,000 Thursday night preview from 7 PM showtimes, there’s been a huge amount of advance group sales, fueled by Lionsgate’s outreach to schools. Fandango reports that Wonder is the No. 2 ticket-seller for today and the weekend, behind Justice Le… Read
Paramount Pictures Launching First Virtual Reality Movie Theater
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has just created another platform — or maybe even a new distribution window — to display its feature content.
The studio, in partnership with Bigscreen, is collaborating with several tech companies leading efforts in the virtual reality space — Oculus, Samsung, HTC and Microsoft, among others — to launch a first VR movie theater. A viewer puts on a VR headset and sits in a “theater” in front of a huge screen watching a movie as you would in… Read
‘Coco’s Otherworldly Mexico Run Lands Pixar Toon As Market’s #1 Movie Ever
As of this past Sunday, Disney/Pixar’s Coco was already the highest-grossing animated movie ever in Mexico. Today, it’s adding the title of the No. 1 film of all time there on a local currency basis. Through yesterday, its first 19 days of release drew 824M pesos ($43.1M). With today’s numbers folded in, it will pass 827M pesos and knock stablemate Marvel’s The Avengers from its top-ranked perch.
The performance of Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, has been… Read
‘Justice League’ To Prevail Around The World With $325M+ Start – Box Office Preview
Theatrical moviegoing will be at its zenith for a third weekend in a row as Warner Bros’ 10-years-in-the-making DC superhero teamup Justice League finally opens. It’s expected to score $325 million-$355 million worldwide in its opening frame at the box office, propped by 4,040 stateside locations and a day-and-date global launch that includes China.
Among all-time global openings, Justice League‘s projection lands it above the debuts of Warner Bros/DC’s Suicide… Read
Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Advance Ticket Buyers Gripe They Haven’t Been Reimbursed
After The Orchard canceled the November 17 theatrical release of Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy due to the comedian’s alleged sexual misconduct, some of C.K.’s fans are complaining that they haven’t received word about being reimbursed for the movie tickets they purchased in advance.
Essentially, the comedian set up an interface through his fan website louisck.net whereby fans could buy advance tickets to I Love You, Daddy. In a note sent out to fans well in advance of… Read