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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $110.5M Opening Is One Of The Best Memorial Day Debuts Ever; ‘Blended’ $17.7M; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Second Weekend Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Crosses Threshold To $116.8M

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 3:17pm PDT
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Morning Report: Tuesday, May 27

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past Wipes Up At Weekend Box Office, CBS' Les Moonves, Disney's Bob Iger Among Highest-Paid CEOS In 2013, '24: Live Another Day' Debut Gets DVR Bump In Live+7. Dominic Patten reports.

OPENING: X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) Fox’s estimates were $91.4M 3-day, $111M and it ended at $90.8M and $110.5 for the 4-day to become the No. 5 all-time Memorial Day opener; Blended (WB), we estimated $14M+ for the 3-day, $17M to $18M 4-day. WBros. had it at $18.1M and it ended at $14.2M and $17.7M.  NOTEWORTHY: Neighbors (UNI) crossed $100M; Chef (OPRD) expansion to land it in the Top Ten.

X-Men-Days-of-Future-PastFINAL UPDATE, TUES., 2:17 PM: Final numbers are in and Memorial Day weekend is off 26.8% from last year. X-Men: Days Of Future Past tallied $110.5M for the four-day Memorial Day holiday, and $90.8M for the three-day. Blended came in at $17.7M, lower than the $18.1M Warner Bros. predicted yesterday, so we’re glad we stuck to our estimates across the board for all films.  The question is what the second weekend drop for X-Men will be when Angelina Jolie arrives in Disney’s Maleficent. Without further ado, here is the final Top 10 Box office chart and will be updated to Top 20 when we receive the Rentrak numbers.

OPENING NEXT WEEKEND: Maleficent (DIS), the PG-rated film from Disney starring Angelina Jolie that is already scaring kids just on its trailer alone; A Million Ways To Die (UNI), Seth MacFarlane’s western. Mel Brooks he ain’t, but either you love him or hate him, right? Should be a fun box office weekend. Finally! Top 20 are in just in time for the 5 PM happy hour (yes, this ranks as the worst box office weekend of my life):

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘Godzilla’ Monster Hit at $93.1M

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 2:26pm PDT

OPENING: Godzilla (WB), monstrous hit with $93.1M; Million Dollar Arm (DIS), as expected with $10.5M; Chef (OPRD) expands to 72 theaters; The Immigrant (TWC) bows in 3 theaters.

godzilla-movie-poster-aaron-taylor-johnson-bryan-cranston-h-e13929226454575th UPDATE, MON. 2:26 PM: Final numbers are in and Godzilla came in at $93.1M in what was an incredible ride at the weekend box office for the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. With another $103.4M, the leaping lizard’s worldwide cume is almost $200M. Must say that this morning, it looked like Godzilla would be nearer to $93.4M to $93.8M as most other distribs had estimates higher. Neighbors came in a tad lower than Uni predicted again with $25M instead of $25.9M, dropping 49% in its sophomore frame but look at its cume: $90.5M in the U.S and worldwide $145.1M in two weeks time. The other two second weekenders were Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (which is a quality film, garnering an A CinemaScore) but fell 48%, and Mom’s Night Out fell hardest, down 59%. Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now at $172.1M; it’s overseas gross is more than double than it’s domestic take and it’s opened in all territories now. See international report on this and other films here in the international report.

Opening next weekend: X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), which is going to be huge, possibly a $100M opener; Blended (WB), a comedy that pairs old faithful Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and an expansion for Chef (OPRD) which has been performing deliciously in limited release. It stars Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara. The updated chart follows: Read More »

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BOX OFFICE UPDATE: ‘Godzilla’ Stomps Into Theaters Tonight With $9.3M; Int’l Numbers Arrive

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 7:15am PDT

Godzilla Box Office4TH UPDATE, FRIDAY, 7:15 AM: Godzilla is a monster with late-night grosses tallying a sizeable $9.3M on more than 3,400 screens, coming in much bigger than expected. Of that number, $2.1M came from IMAX screens. In comparison, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a late-night tally of $10.2M and went on to gross $95M in its opening weekend. Godzilla won’t get near that after the three-day weekend, but I expect its opening to go well over $70M — even to $80M — with a strong night tonight. Stay tuned as it rolls out today. Its midnights on the West Coast were said to be the big get.

3rd UPDATE, THURSDAY 9:44 PM: I know it’s early still, but we’re hearing that Godzilla may be exceeding expectations tonight in late-night bows and will end up north of $6M in the AM … perhaps more like $8M-$10M. Excellent news for Warner Bros. (which has one of the best distribution teams in town) and for Legendary Pictures and their principals Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni as well as Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Kudos, too, to director Gareth Edwards. The teaser marketing campaign took a page right out of the Steven Spielberg book of letting the actors’ reaction shots tell the tail … er, I mean tale. The Fiat promo spot is pretty funny as well with the disclaimer that says something along the lines of “didn’t actually happen” as the monster coughs up the car.

new_godzilla2014_pics_cranston_johnsonChecking in on social media, Godzilla stands at No. 3 across the social media universe in May with combined YouTube, Facebook and Twitter activity behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men, according to RelishMix, which tracks social engagement of the Big Three. “Star Bryan Cranston’s 1.6M FB and 1.3M Twitter followers, while not monstrous, is promoting the film heavily as is Elisabeth Olsen,” says CEO Marc Karzen, who added that fans are posting Godzilla YouTube trailers as well as reviews and spoof clips at a earned:owned ratio of 9 to 1 with a lighter footprint of international clips. In other words, the fanboys have arrived.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Godzilla’

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Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Getting Early Sneak Previews

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 10:24am PDT

MillionDollarArmDisney said today that it has added sneak previews of its Jon Hamm-starring baseball pic Million Dollar Arm on the night of Saturday, May 10. Those screenings come ahead of the planned May 16 wide release, which is unchanged. The move comes as the marketing ramps up for the based-on-a-true-story pic, about a fading sports agent (Hamm) who hatches a plot to turn a pair of Indian cricket players into major league baseball players. Disney boss Alan Horn said at CinemaCon last month that the movie scored higher than any other movie he has ever tested — either at Disney or his former home Warner Bros — and exhibitors were talking it up after a screening. Tom McCarthy wrote the script and Craig Gillespie directed.

Related: Hot Trailer: Jon Hamm In ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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CinemaCon: Disney’s Alan Horn Says ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Is Highest Testing Movie He’s Ever Had

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 5:16pm PDT
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CinemaCon2014_badgeAlthough Disney devoted a good chunk of its CinemaCon presentation today to talk of Star Wars and The Avengers and clips of upcoming movies including first looks at the live-action re-telling of Cinderella and Pixar’s Inside Out, theater owners left the near three-hour session really singing the praises of one of the lesser-known films on the slate: the May 16 release Million Dollar Arm. It stars Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who received the convention’s Excellence In Acting award from studio Chairman Alan Horn just before a full screening of the movie, which Horn told the crowd has scored higher than any movie he has ever tested Jon Hamm Alan Horn handshakeat Disney, or Warner Bros before that. “And that includes the first Harry Potter, which was so highly anticipated,” he said. Judging from the reaction in the Caesars Palace Colosseum theater and comments afterward, those test scores would seem to be justified. This is the kind of increasingly rare non-animated family film that should play across the board. “It’s comical, it’s emotional, it has great music” was what one exhibitor was heard saying as he walked out. That music, by the way, is from two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, who scored Slumdog Millionaire.

Related: Hot Trailer: Jon Hamm In ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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