‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’ Fly High At International Box Office: Update
4TH UPDATE, 6:46 PM PT: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was the clear winner this weekend, targeting $152M in 85 markets and contributing largely to the $259.6M grossed across the Top 10 studio releases. That total — helped by Interstellar's $70M 3rd frame, the continued China run of Penguins Of Madagascar, and Fury's entry to that market — put this session up about $100M compared to last week's Top 10. When positioned against the same frame last year, the take was… 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
‘Imitation Game’ No Pretender At UK Box Office
The Imitation Game has played a huge part in reclaiming the priceless contribution made by Alan Turing during World War II, with Benedict Cumberbatch deservedly receiving strong notices for his performance as the brilliant and tragic scientist.
For a film that celebrates mathematical genius, it is perhaps fitting that some new analysis is revealing just how stellar its UK box office opening has been. Morten Tyldum's film outperformed expectations with its eye-catching… Read
‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings 'positive thinking' and 'self-help' to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld's actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box's Happy Valley and Kino Lorber's Monk With A Camera are among Friday's debuting documentaries.
Happy Valley, named… Read
China’s ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Fires Up $20M In Advance Ticket Sales: Report
Jiang Wen's upcoming Gone With The Bullets is on its way to blockbuster status in China — a month before its release. At a press conference this week in Beijing, China.org reports it was announced that the film has already pre-sold 120M yuan ($19.6M) worth of tickets. IMAX pre-sales have also broken the midnight premiere record of 4M yuan ($653K) set by Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It's been speculated that this film, a sequel to 2010's Let The Bullets Fl… Read
Veteran Warner Bros Japan Chief Bill Ireton To Leave Company
Bill Ireton, President and Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan is to step down from his post in March. Ireton has been with Warner Bros for 26 years and has been instrumental in its Japanese operations, including several successful local-language films. Millard Ochs will take over as head of the studio's Japanese business and will begin working with Ireton in December.
This year will be Warner Entertainment Japan's most profitable since 2009. While box… Read
‘Hunger Games’ Box Office: 2014 Needs More Bread & ‘Mockingjay’ Might Be Its Meal Ticket
Neither rain nor snow nor sleet will keep fans from braiding their hair, donning archer unitards and lining up for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. After a languid box office year that has dogged 2013 by 3.6% through this past Sunday, exhibs and even competitive distribs are looking to Katniss as their B.O. savior.
In early tracking, which becomes more accurate as we progress toward opening day Thursday, Mockingjay is expected to draw $130M–$150 million… Read