‘Cinderella’ Counts $337.3M At Global Ball; ‘Insurgent’ Secures $178.2M Worldwide – Int’l B.O. Update
UPDATE, 8:15 PM Monday: DreamWorks Animation’s Home and Disney’s Cinderella both pulled in better than expected grosses from their overseas markets this past weekend, with Home tipping its worldwide take just past $100M. Despite better-than-expected numbers on its international frame, Wall Street continues to be wary of endorsing DreamWorks Animation stock given that the company’s box office numbers have not been in line with analysts’ expectations. That, despite the… Read
‘While We’re Young’ Springs To Lively Debut For Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.”
The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… Read
‘Insurgent’ Rises To $47M Abroad; Strong Market Growth Vs ‘Divergent’ – Update
2ND UPDATE, WRITETHRU, SUNDAY, 9:32 AM PT: Coming in shy of what was an industry-projected $50M+ international weekend, Lionsgate’s Insurgent posted an estimated $47M in 76 markets in its overseas debut. Currency fluctuations that are proving problematic for Hollywood abroad will have contributed to the slightly lower-than-expected bow, but Insurgent is nevertheless up an impressive 33% on a dollar basis versus Divergent‘s opening last year in the same group of markets… Read
Wild Bunch Sets E-Distribution Slate With ‘Department Q’ Pics, Jason Blum Titles
An increasing bottleneck in the European exhibition sector — especially in France — sees as many as 15 theatrical releases a week, giving few movies the chance to separate themselves from the crowd, build and play out. French sales, finance and distrbution powerhouse Wild Bunch is eyeing a solution. In October, the company said it was launching Europe's first "e-distribution" company to acquire titles for VOD release throughout Europe (or day-and-date with theatrical… Read
‘Cinderella’ Tops International Box Office As ‘Fifty Shades’ Joins Uni’s Top 10 – Final
UPDATED, Monday, 4:18 PM: All grosses below have been updated with final tallies with better than anticipated performances from Paramount Picture’s latest in their Spongebob Squarepants series, Fox’s Oscar winning Birdman and a great opening for Disney’s Into the Woods in Japan. Meanwhile Big Hero 6 and Fifty Shades of Grey hit records for their prospective studios.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cinderella (DIS) is belle of the ball at $63.7M; Run All Night from WB hits a higher than… Read
National CineMedia And Screenvision Scrap Merger Plan
National CineMedia shares are down more than 8% in post-market trading after the two leading movie theater ad sales companies decided it wasn’t worth what they called “the ongoing cost and distraction” of fighting the Justice Department, which in November sued to block their merger on antitrust grounds. The trial was scheduled to take place April 13.
“While I am disappointed that our shareholders and our advertising clients and exhibitor partners will not realize the… Read
Audiences Tracking ‘It Follows’ Closely In 2015’s Best Specialty Debut
The RADiUS indie thriller It Follows found lots of audience members tracking it into theaters in its debut weekend, opening in four locations to 2015’s best limited-release debut so far, at nearly $41,000 per theater. The strong numbers are all the more impressive given the relatively crowded box office.
Among other films, IFC Films opened Ethan Hawke‘s documentary Seymour: An Introduction in a pair of locations with a decent start. Unison/Paladin’s New Zealand vampire… Read
Carmike Puts “For Sale” Sign On Its Marquee: Report
The share price has spiked more than 10.5 % today after Reuters reported that the exhibition chain hired JPMorgan Chase to look for a buyer — and has already talked to some of its rivals to see if they want to make a deal. Carmike declined to set its shareholders straight, saying it doesn’t comment on… Read
Alex Gibney Scientology Documentary Highlights Specialty Box Office Weekend
Oscar-winner Alex Gibney has taken on organized religion before but his latest documentary, Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, has turned into a head-on collision with church officials. The film bows this weekend in limited theatrical release by HBO, and is the most notable of the weekend’s new specialty releases.
Another high-profile documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, bows from actor/director Ethan Hawke, who met his subject at a dinner party… Read
MPAA Report: China Propelled 1% Global BO Growth To $36.4B In 2014
Global box office sales hit $36.4 billion in 2014, a 1% increase, with $4.8 billion coming from China — making it the first global market to exceed $4 billion — the MPAA says today in its latest annual state-of-the-industry report. Last year was the first time revenues from Asia surpassed other regions as defined by the trade group.
Domestic sales at $10.4 billion were down 5% vs 2013, due in part to a 2 percentage point drop in 3D sales to $1.4 billion. Some 229.7… Read
‘Jupiter’ Ascends To Top Of International B.O.; ‘Chappie’ Lively In Asia – Monday Update
UPDATE, Monday: Final actuals have been logged below for 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., and the Weinstein Co.
HIGHLIGHTS: Jupiter Ascending (WB) rises in China; Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX) passes $150M; It’s a tie for Fifty Shades (UNI) and Focus (WB); Big Hero 6 (DIS) & American Sniper (WB) pass global milestones; Chappie (SONY) switches on in Asia; Unfinished Business drums up $1.88M; The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (PAR) splashes up record… Read
‘Chappie’ Presides Over Listless Frame, Vince Vaughn At Career Low – Monday Actuals
Update, Monday Actuals: No real big swings here in the actuals with Sony’s Chappie coming in on target with its Sunday FSS estimate of $13.3M. Together with overseas the Neill Blomkamp film made $27M worldwide over the weekend, with a notable turnout in Asia. Total weekend came in slightly higher than what Rentrak saw yesterday with $88.789M, but it’s still a downer overall with the frame being the first to chart below $100M since Dec. 12-14 last year. That figure is… Read