Turkey Day Domestic Box Office Dips As ‘Mockingjay’ Flies Past $200M Overseas
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: As is traditionally the case, box office for Thanksgiving Thursday was softer than on Wednesday across the top films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still leads the pack, grossing an estimated $11.05M on Thursday, down from Wednesday's $14.55M. The domestic cume is now $168.6M. On the international front, however, the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer has flown past $200M for an estimated worldwide cume of $370M thus far.
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Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament
Proposed legislation that would have cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quota unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said.
Levin's announcement comes on the heels of Russian… Read
‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cashes Tuesday Paycheck: Turkey B.O. Update
Update, Wednesday 8 AM: Warner Bros./New Line's R-rated sequel Horrible Bosses 2 nabbed an early bonus last night with $1 million at Tuesday night previews. The comedy about a trio of wacky business guys who kidnap their investor's son will be playing at 3,321 locations today and expand to 3,375 on Friday. That figure outstrips the $365K chunk of cash Horrible Bosses stole from late night previews in July 2011.
Previous, Tuesday 1:18 PM: Penguins will try to carve into… Read
‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend's batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King's Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films' horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the… Read
Katniss Hot With $154.3M, ‘Interstellar’ Logs $330.6M: Int’l B.O. – Update
5TH UPDATE, MONDAY 6:05 PM PT: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend's big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of YA rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Flies In A Tad Lower In Weekend B.O. Actuals
Monday, 1:14PM: Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 generated a final weekend actual of $121.9 million, slightly lower than the distrib's projected $123M yesterday and the industry estimate of $124.8M. Nonetheless, a record for the year. Per screen for Mockingjay at 4,151 locales was $29,366. Rival distribs, thirsting for a hit in the marketplace, were bullish on the domestic results for Mockingjay, however, Lionsgate always knew they would be more… Read
‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Theory Of Everything’ Expand Strongly; Newcomers Solid
Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera - both Kino Lorber releases - bowed with solid numbers.
A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour's self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing… Read
‘Hunger Games’ Sunday Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Nests Atop Charts
While it didn't quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to eat up the weekend box office, providing an anemic year with its biggest debut yet at about $124m, though the pic may have left scraps on the table.
By almost any measure, the penultimate installment of the Y.A. juggernaut was a solid victor in the derby; the Jennifer Lawrence behemoth claimed the year's biggest opening by more than 20% over its closest rival, last summer's Tra… Read
‘Mockingjay’, Similar To Previous ‘Hunger Games’, Relaxes Saturday: Weekend B.O.
Sunday, 1:10AM: Similar to its first two installments, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 eased Saturday from its opening day Friday. This time, however, the third title dipped 23%, a bit better than the 25% slide registered by both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. After a $55M Friday opening (including previews), Mockingjay's Saturday looks to croon an estimated $42.1M on its way to a low $120Ms weekend. Saturday sophomore slump is a typical phenomenon… Read
‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update
UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Sings High Abroad, But Why Is Katniss Shooting Low At Stateside B.O.?
8:50AM: The domestic opening day estimate for Mockingjay – Part 1 looks to be $55M, the highest opening day of 2014 and the sixth highest single day bow in November. 2009's Twilight Saga: New Moon owns the month's record at $72.7M. Again, that's a healthy number. Exhibs should be happy, seeing spillover into concession sales.
2:49AM: Late night industry domestic B.O. estimates for Friday show Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $55.5M from 4,151 screens… Read
‘Hunger Games’ Box Office: Thursday’s $17M Start Kicks Off Arctic B.O. Weekend
The Eastern seaboard's deep freeze couldn't keep away those Hunger Games fanatics determined to pay $17M in tribute to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which began its pummeling of the box office competition Thursday night — though with less severity than its predecessors.
Despite a start more sluggish out of the gate than earlier Hunger Games installments, the third rendition of Lionsgate's YA juggernaut remains a social media phenom. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring… Read