Super Bowl Won’t Sideline ‘American Sniper': Box Office Preview
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is expected to continue to dominate this weekend with approximately $35-$36M, off 44%, despite the fact that Super Bowl Sunday will steal away a number of male auds. Years ago, the studios use to consider the Big Game frame to be a deathtrap at the box office, however, distrib execs’ attitudes have changed in recent years as certain films geared toward females and teens have broken through to notables openings, i.e. the two… Read
Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ To Hit Theaters Christmas Day
Sony Pictures announced today that it has scheduled the Will Smith drama Concussion for a Christmas Day release. The film is opening at a prime time, not only because of the holiday movie season but also just as the NFL will be preparing for the playoffs. Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth… Read
‘Friday The 13th’ & ‘Paranormal Activity 6′ Pushed Back; Paramount Dates ‘Rings’
After pushing the next installment of its Friday The 13th back eight months from March 13 to November 13, Paramount Pictures is kicking Jason again — this time to 2016 with a release on Friday, May 13. Currently occupying that slot is an untitled R-rated comedy from Universal Pictures. The latest rendition of Friday The 13th is co-written by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg. During the late aughts, when studios were updating their classic horror film franchises for… Read
IMAX Stock Buoyed By ‘Mission: Impossible’ Switch And Box Office Sales
What’s up with IMAX? Just about everything over the last week or so, it seems — contributing to an 11.7% spike in the stock price since last Wednesday. It touched a 52-week high this morning ($33.88) bringing it to its highest level since mid-2011.
IMAX likely will benefit from Paramount’s announcement yesterday that it will release Mission:Impossible 5 on July 31, ahead of the previous plan for Christmas Day. The move takes the Paramount action film out of the way of Star… Read
‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl BO
2ND UPDATE, TUESDAY 4 AM PT: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a… Read
‘American Sniper’ Higher In Actuals With $200.4M, Oscar Fare Surging – Monday Final Box Office
ACTUALS, MONDAY PM: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow was slightly higher in the three-day actuals reported today with $64.6M and a $200.4M running domestic cume in its fifth frame (vs. yesterday’s weekend estimate of $64.3M and $200.1M). Originally, Warner Bros. was expecting to make $17.28M on Sunday, but their fall from Saturday was softer than anticipated, off 38% with $17.77M. Out of all the films on the charts, American Sniper posted the best per theater with… Read
Why Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Door’ Opened, And Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Didn’t: B.O. Breakdown
It was the tale of two stars at the weekend box office, one who opened a film — Jennifer Lopez with Universal’s The Boy Next Door at $15M — and one who tanked — Johnny Depp with Lionsgate’s Mortdecai at $4.1M. The discrepancy between the two films showed one star, Lopez, who kept it cheap and met her audience's wants head-on, and another, Depp, who at a high price lost himself in a zany caricature disconnected from reality.
Universal's Blumhouse production Boy Next Door… Read
‘Cake’ Cuts Piece Of Specialty Box Office Amid Holdover Contenders
With this year’s Sundance Film Festival occupying indie minds and pocketbooks, the weekend’s specialty box office was dominated by holdovers, the lone exception Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, which had by far the weekend’s biggest debut.
Despite a relentless awards campaign, Aniston missed out on an Oscar nomination, but Cake found some icing anyway with a decent theatrical bow. The drama about a woman with chronic pain and a resulting painkiller addiction – which also… Read
‘American Sniper’ Generates Debate, Draws Crowds In Iraq And Arab World
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is proving both a big draw and talking point in Iraq and across the Arab world, where the film opened wide yesterday. In Iraq, where much of Chris Kyle’s story takes place, the film has reflected the bitter political divisions in the country. In capital city, Baghdad, the management of Iraqi Cinemas, which operates a four screen theatre there, pulled the film ahead of its scheduled bow Jan. 22 for fear of inciting protests and violence… Read
Buyers Beware: How 2014 Sundance Films Fared
As a helpful primer for buyers who are thrust into auctions when they are still trying to get used to the dizzying effects of the thin air of Park City, here’s a look at how the films that sold at Sundance Film Festival 2014 fared at the box office marketplace. As you can see, there were some that were able to cross over and do better than prestige film business, but not that many, though VOD stats haven’t been factored into this mix. Didn’t include Boyhood, which played… Read
Why Pricey, Offbeat Pics Didn’t Pay Off For DreamWorks Animation
Any good news for DreamWorks Animation at the 2014 global box office came at an exorbitant cost. While the toon studio’s slate was up 36% over last year at the global B.O. with $1.18B across three movies — Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Penguins Of Madagascar, productions costs for DreamWorks Animation surged 56% to an estimated $422M.
That was the second highest total in the studio’s history, surpassed only in 2010, when it shelled out $460M for a… Read
Jude Law & Scoot McNairy Plunge Underwater In ‘Black Sea': Specialty Preview
After a slow start to 2015 in the wake of awards-hungry titles and holiday studio offerings, the Specialty Box Office is swinging into gear with a number of new titles. Focus Features’ Kevin Macdonald-directed Black Sea with Jude Law, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn is looking to offer character-driven adventure to the marketplace in the tradition of such titles as Das Boot or men on-a-dangerous-mission pics like The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. Adding its own named… Read