Will Smith’s Friday Is Out Of ‘Focus’ – Late Night Box Office Estimates
2:18AM: Will Smith’s latest film Focus, a romance con-artist noir co-starring Margot Robbie, is set to post a $6.76M Friday per industry estimates. That’s one of the actor’s lowest opening days, charting just below the $7.1M first day of his notorious 1999 disaster Wild Wild West, and just above his 2008 melodrama Seven Pounds ($5.2M Friday, $14.85M FSS). Tonight's weak outing puts Focus on the lower end of its weekend projections with an estimated $20.2M. It's quite… Read
Julianne Moore Leads ‘Maps To The Stars’ Into Theaters: Special B.O. Preview
In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. The film will screen in a surprisingly large number of theaters for a day-and-date release. Pantelion/Lionsgate is heading out with romantic-comedy A La Mala, which will… Read
‘Focus’ Still Staring At $21M-23.6M Weekend – Friday Afternoon Box Office Update
UPDATE, 3:24 PM: Industry sources see Will Smith’s R-rated romance noir Focus doing between $7.5M-$8M tonight, putting the Warner Bros. film with a FSS between $21M-23.6M at 3,323 venues in the top spot. This is according to mid-day estimates. Focus’ Friday includes Thursday previews of $839K (updated). Relativity/Blumhouse/Mosaic’s The Lazarus Effect is showing $3.8M for today, inclusive of $344K Thursday previews, which would put the horror title on a course to do… Read
‘American Sniper’ Poised To Take Katniss Out As Top Grossing 2014 Release – Domestic B.O.
Two months after its Christmas day release, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is still going strong at the domestic box office. By the second week of March, if not sooner, the film is expected to overtake Lionsgate’s November opener The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as the highest-grossing release of 2014. Mockingjay‘s domestic B.O. stands at $336.45M through yesterday, while American Sniper has amassed $322.59M.
Heading into its 10th weekend, American Sni… Read
‘Insurgent’ Tracking To Post $57M March Opening At Domestic Box Office
Tickets just went on sale yesterday at Fandango and MovieTickets.com for Lionsgate’s sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent, however, sources tell Deadline that the film is heading for a $57M three-day box office opening during its March 20-22 weekend. The estimate does not take into account advance ticket sales, but is based off industry tracking. Total awareness is high across men and women, however, females under 25 are showing the strongest interest at 83%. Total… Read
Lunar New Year Box Office Sets China Record; ‘Kingsman’ Royal In Korea: Update
UPDATE, THURSDAY AM PT: The official New Year numbers are in from Chinese watchdog SAPPRFT with total box office for the February 19-24 period in the Middle Kingdom registering a record 1.73B yuan ($276.4M). The tally for last year’s holiday was 1.39B yuan. According to China Daily, SAPPRFT also said the first day of the Lunar New Year set a record for one-day ticket sales in China at over 360M yuan ($48.9M). Dragon Blade (trailer above) led the week with 451M yuan… Read
‘Hamilton’ Musical Unveils Post-Tony Broadway Opening After Sold-Out Run, Rave Reviews
UPDATE, 3:45 PM: The Public Theater announced this afternoon that Jonathan Groff has been cast as Brian d’Arcy James’ replacement as King George in Hamilton. Groff (HBO’s Looking, Fox’s Glee) joins the cast next Tuesday, March 3, at the Public Theater. The show moves to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in July.
PREVIOUS, TUESDAY, 2:30PM with more information throughout. The hit rap-based musical Hamilton is moving from the Public Theater to Broadway this summer, the… Read
Will Smith Has Upper Hand Over Mr. Grey At Weekend Box Office – B.O. Preview
Will Smith is set to push Fifth Shades Of Grey out of the top spot at the weekend box office. The star’s latest Warner Bros. film Focus, about a con man whose life is taken for a ride by a femme fatale played by Margot Robbie, is looking to gross $20M-$25M this weekend at 3,323 theaters. Thursday previews will hit about 2,000 theaters, and the pic will get an extra boost from 800 premium large-format and IMAX playdates. As of Monday, the R-rated noir comedy was tracking… Read
Nathan Lane To The Rescue, Returns To Broadway’s ‘It’s Only A Play’
Nathan Lane is returning to Terrence McNally’s Broadway hit It’s Only A Play beginning March 31, taking over from Martin Short who took over from Lane when the latter departed last month to honor a previous commitment to a limited run of The Iceman Cometh. It’s Only A Play has already been extended twice since its smash October 9 opening and quickly recouped its $3.9 million capitalization — but box office hasn’t been the same since Lane left and Short took on the role of… Read
‘Fifty Shades’ Still Sexy At Overseas Box Office; Chinese New Year Festive For ‘Kingsman’ – In’tl B.O.Update
5TH UPDATE, TUESDAY 3:56 AM PT: More actuals are now in with figures updated below on Big Hero 6, American Sniper, Jupiter Ascending, Traumfrauen, Boyhood and Shaun The Sheep (the latter in the market snapshots).
4TH UPDATE, MONDAY 11:40 AM PT: Updates to Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey, Unbroken and Seventh Son have been made below. Also for Fox International’s Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman, as well as Book of Life, Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Fault In Our Stars, Pen… Read
‘Fifty Shades’ Lower With $22.26M; ‘Hot Tub 2’s Tracking Off – Monday B.O. Update
UPDATE, MONDAY 3-DAY ACTUALS: Fifty Shades of Grey recorded a second weekend in B.O. actuals of $22.26M, 4% off from its projected FSS estimate yesterday. That lower figure for the E.L. James BDSM story is now 74% down from its opening weekend with a 10-day running stateside total of $129.16M. As Nancy Tartaglione detailed, Fifty Shades’ testosterone continues to rage abroad with a global total to date of $405.1M.
Both 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret… Read
Will Oscar’s Best Picture Winner See Box Office Gains?
If Birdman or even Boyhood wins best picture at the Oscars tonight, don't look for a big uptick in their domestic box office. During the past 10 years, an Oscar Best Picture win has translated into a 20% increase in a film's total cume following the ceremony, but achieving that hike depends on whether the distributor wants it.
After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moved the Oscars to the end of February in 2004, it shortened the theatrical play window for… Read