Everyday is like a Saturday. Because it’s summer. That’s why distributors are beaming, and they’re extra giddy about this weekend, which looks to be another monster after Universal’s Jurassic World set more records last weekend for best second frame, highest title in its franchise and the fastest film ever to cross $400M.
Among top third weekends, Fox’s Avatar owns that record with $68.49M. The industry’s thoughts are that Jurassic World will post a decline somewhere in the 40% range, taking No. 1 with $60M. That would make JW second among top third frames. Imax screens are increasing by two locales for a count of 365. Imax repped 10.2% of JW‘s opening weekend, then 11.3% of its second weekend. The outlook is that its share will get another bump during the film’s third FSS.
How far will this JW phenomenon go? Asserted one rival studio chief this morning with confidence, “I think it’s gonna make $600 million at the domestic box office.” That would put JW fourth on the all-time domestic grossers list behind Avatar ($760.5M), Titanic ($658.7M) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($623.4M). Worldwide this weekend, Imax’s JW tally will hit $100M globally, which is 10 days faster than any previous film showing in the format.
Business is so strong right now for exhibs that Disney Pixar’s Inside Out is also looking for a second weekend with a similar decline to JW, putting it at No. 2 with $50M-52M. Yesterday, Inside Out flew past the century mark.
Uni is also continuing its march on the box office with Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 this weekend at 3,441 theaters. The R-rated bawdy comedy arrives in the market four weeks after 20th Century Fox/Chernin’s Spy which currently counts $78M. The first Ted opened to $54.4M on June 29, 2012, and the industry thinks the sequel will take third with as much as $45M-$50M. Odds are that it falls in the upper part of that range. Ted made $218.8M stateside with $549.4M worldwide. Media Rights Capital co-financed Ted 2. The foul-mouth teddy bear sequel’s budget is reportedly at $85M. Mark Wahlberg returns for the sequel. Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and Giovanni Ribisi are along for the ride, which centers around Ted having to prove he’s a person in court, so he can have a baby with his g.f. Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).
MGM financed, developed and produced Max. It’s the story about a Belgian Malinois (not a German Shepherd) who served in Afghanistan with the Marines and returns home to the U.S. where he is adopted by his late handler’s grieving family. Rated PG, industry projections have Max at $10M, but even if it comes in under that, it will benefit from a strong mid-day multiple thanks to summer. Warner Bros. is releasing in 2,850 locations.
Warner Bros. is also starting its run of New Line’s feature doc Batkid Begins which will play in three cities with two theaters in San Francisco and a venue each in LA and NY. Batkid follows how one city in one day came together to grant Miles Scott, a five-year-old cancer patient, his wish. The doc explores how this story went viral, and moved the world.
Focus World is bowing Alan Rickman’s period romantic comedy A Little Chaos which stars Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Rickman in 83 locations and on VOD. Focus is looking at luring women 35+ and arthouse goers. Film tells the story of a female landscape-gardener who is awarded the assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles during King Louis XIV’s reign.
Fox Searchlight’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl will expand from 68 to 350 venues. By July 1, their Sundance acquisition looks to be in 750 theaters. Current cume for the film is $759K.