OPENING: 300: Rise of An Empire (WB) commands $43M to $45M and ended on the high end; Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX) $29M to $31M and made $32.5M; Son of God (FOX) dropped 61% in its second weekend. NOTEWORTHY: Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave (FOX) re-upped to 1,065 screens and breaks back into the top ten. The Grand Budapest Hotel on four screens in L.A. and N.Y. a phenomenal, record-breaking per screen for a live-action film of $192,250 and might climb to $200,000.
4TH UPDATE, SUNDAY, 8:30 AM: 300: Rise Of An Empire pulled out an estimated $45M this weekend for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. The film, starring Sullivan Stapleton this time, is traveling strong around the world now and as of today took in $87.8M in 58 markets. The budget for this 3D actioner is said to have been $110M-plus, so currently the studio and Legendary has $132.8M worldwide in just a few days. It’s playing equally well between young females and males. Fox/DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody And Sherman, which has already been playing internationally for weeks, debuted in the states to an estimated $32.5M on a $145M budget. Updated international numbers are $66M gross in 52 markets for $98.5M worldwide. “I think with the reviews coupled with the audience response, we will broaden well beyond the family audience,” said Fox distribution president Chris Aronson. Non-Stop looks to take in about $15.4M this weekend (Uni says but others have it higher at $15.8M) and last week’s phenom Son Of God dropped 61% in its second weekend, for a cume of $41.5M. Frozen is still in the Top Ten this weekend on its 16th weekend out, making it the first time since 2002 that any film has done so. The Academy Award-winning musical Chicago and the Chicago-set My Big Fat Greek Wedding were last films to do it. Interestingly, Universal, which released Ride Along, has Sony/MGM’s RoboCop rounding out the top 10 , but others have it at No. 11 with Ride Along nailing the No. 10 spot. Truly, too close to tell until final numbers come in tomorrow. (UPDATE, 9:53 AM: Charts now updated with three-day weekend estimates per distribs.)
NOTEWORTHY: Now, let’s talk about The Grand Budapest Hotel – $769,000 to $800,000 on four screens for a whopping $192,250 to $200k per screen average, making it not only the biggest per screen opening for a live-action film to date, but also the biggest opening weekend ever for director Wes Anderson, having surpassed Moonrise Kingdom’s $130,749 per opening weekend. The previous live-action record holder was The Master which, in limited release made $147,262K per its opening weekend. “I give a big shout out to the theater owners who gave us the seats this weekend,” said Fox Searchlight’s head of distribution Frank Rodriguez. “Wes has a legion of fans. This film has got a great cast and Wes is a force and people have been waiting two years to see a film from him.” That great cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel (breathe), Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Owen Wilson (breathe again), Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, to name a few. Fox Searchlight is expanding to 65 to 70 theaters in 17 new markets and expansions within current plays in N.Y. and L.A. See our specialty box office coverage from Brian Brooks. A big shout out to Fox Searchlight, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year with the Budapest Hotel phenom and the Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, which in No. 9 this week for a domestic cume of $53.1M. Congrats to all over there.
Also, if any of you saw the full-page ad in our local newspaper touting Cinedigm’s Bag Man‘s claim as being “the top grossing movie in the country,” they need a reality check as its numbers are actually nowhere on the charts. In small type it says based on per screen numbers. Anyone hear of it? Let’s see, last weekend, it had a $14K a run on 2 screens and this weekend, it had 15 runs and made a blip of $18K cume for a per screen of only $1,173. Total gross to date is $49,000 (probably barely enough to cover that full-page ad). Let me see, where does it rank? 14? No. 18? No. 20? No. Um, guys can I have the top 50 chart? Oh no, it’s not there in either. Top 100 chart, anyone? Oh wait, there it is! No. 68. Updated chart:
1). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 3,470 theaters / $17.5M Fri. / $16.2M Sat. / $11.2M Sun. / 3-day cume: $45M / Per screen: $13,006 / Wk 1
2). Mr. Peabody and Sherman (FOX) 3,934 theaters / $8M Fri. / $14.4M Sat. (+80%) / $10M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $32.5M / Per screen: $8,268 / Wk 1
3). Non-Stop (UNI), 3,113 theaters (+23) / $4.7M Fri. / $7.1M (-42%) / $4.2M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $15.3M (-47%) / Per screen: $4,940 / Total cume: $52.1M / Wk 2
4). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,290 theaters (-480) / $2.5M Fri. / $5.1M Sat.(+104) / $3.3M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $11M (-47%) / Per screen: $3,345 / Total cume: 224.9M / Wk 5
5). Son Of God (FOX), 3,271 theaters (+11) / $2.68M Fri. / $4.1M Sat. (+56%) / $3.1M Sun (-25%) / 3-day cume: $10M (-61%) / Per screen: $3,058 / Total cume: $41.49M / Wk 2
6). Monuments Men (SONY), 2,001 theaters (-1,001) / $870K Fri. / $1.4M Sat. (+69%) / $760K Sun. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $3.1M (-37%) / Per screen: $1,549/ Total cume: $70.6M / Wk 5
7). 3 Days To Kill (REL), 2,348 theaters (-543) / $870K Fri. / $1.3M Sat. (+58%) / $822K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $3M (-39%) / Per screen: $1,304 / Total cume: $25.5M / Wk 3
8). Frozen (DIS), 1,660 theaters (-86) / $630K Fri. / $1.3M Sat. (+117%) / $889K Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $3M (-17%) / Per screen: $1,739 / Total cume: $393.1M / Wk 16
9). 12 Years A Slave (FSL) 1,065 theaters (+654) / 585K Fri. / $975K Sat. (+67%) / 577K Sun. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (+125%) / Per screen: $2,042 / Total cume: $53.1M / Wk 21
10/11). RoboCop (SONY) 1,714 theaters (-1,171) / $515K Fri. / $930K Sat. (+80%) / $555K Sun. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-55%) / Per screen: $1,180 / Total cume: $54.7M / Wk 4
Ride Along (UNI), 1,323theaters (-546) / $560K Fri. / $955K Sat. (+68%) / $489K Sun. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,515 / Total cume: $129.9M / Wk 8 Read More »