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Summer 2013: Sleeper Movie Forecast

Anyone who predicts sleeper hits ahead of the summer is either very brave or very spun. But these are the pics expected to emerge through the cracks of tentpole action: All benefit from obvious counterprogramming, festival hype, and demo-targeted storytelling. In chronological order:

IFC’s Frances Ha has high awareness among its targeted younger-skewing arthouse crowd and exhibitors. “It’s certainly getting talked about in the right places for the audience they’re going for,” one NATO member tells me. Star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach are indie darlings and scored a talked-about New Yorker piece last week that boosted their profile as a filmmaking couple. According to an IFC Films rep, it’s the sleeper they’re banking on when it releases May 17. “We think we’re going to get great word of mouth,” they tell me.

Kings Of Summer CBS Films CBS Films has two indie pickups budgeted at under $2M each that they’ve slotted into the summer. Sundance pickup Kings Of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) stars three youngsters and has TV stars Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullally supporting. The studio’s hoping for its Stand By Me-esque story to build momentum with a May 31 limited release. “It’s a movie about discovering in general — which people who see arthouse films spark to,” a studio insider tells me. “And discovery is part of what makes a sleeper hit”. CBS Films is hoping it becomes this year’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen which was a surprise success for the studio last year.

– Upstart distrib A24 is new to the summer game and has two more youth-skewing pics on tap after scoring a minor youthquake with the sexploitation Spring Breakers in March. The first is Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring will get a NY-LA limited opening June 14 two weeks after its Cannes premiere.
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HAMMOND: Woody Allen, Brad Pitt, ‘The Help’ & Cast Among Early 2011 Leading Oscar Contenders; Can They Hang On?

Pete Hammond

OK, I’ll say it: If the Oscars were held today (nearly two-thirds of the way through 2011) Woody Allen could have another Best Picture winner. Of course the 84th Academy Awards aren’t being held yet and we are still four and a half months away from the end of eligibility. But as I embark on the fall season beginning with the Venice + Telluride + Toronto film festivals it’s time to take a look at where things stand and where things are going. First up in this series of posts: Is there anything released so far in 2011 with a realistic chance to ultimately win Best Picture? Or at the very least earn a nomination? Remember, new rules say from 5 to 10 films could be nominated, meaning each nominee can’t get there without receiving at least 300 first place votes in the nominating process. Conventional wisdom is that films released in the first 8 months of the year are at a tremendous disadvantage to those coming out in the fall and holiday season. Last year no eventual winner in the top 8 categories was released before October — and 7 of those winners came out on or after Thanksgiving. Then again some recent Best Pic winners like The Hurt Locker (2010) and Crash (2005) came from the first half of their respective years. Other classic Best Pic champs like Patton, The Godfather, Read More »

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YO HO-HUM TO 3D BUT NOT OVERSEAS: ‘Pirates Caribbean 4′ Soft $90.1M Domestic; Saved By #1 Biggest 5-Day International Opening, 4th Highest Global Cume $346.4M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 7TH UPDATEArrrr, mateys, now I know why these marauders of the seas are always cranky. Because in North America this weekend, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened with only $35 million Friday and $32 million Saturday from 4,155 theaters because of weak demand for sequels and 3D. But it doesn’t matter because the action pic made it up overseas where sequels still rule and 3D is still king. It finished the weekend with the #1 biggest 5-day international opening of $256.3M (beating Harry Potter 6‘s $236M) and the #4 biggest global opening of all time with $346.4M (behind Harry Potter 6, Spidey 3, and Pirates 3). It’s now the best global, international, and domestic opening of 2011:

1. Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 3D (Disney) NEW [4,155 Theaters]
Friday $35M, Saturday $32M, Weekend $90.1M
International Cume $256.3M, Global Cume $346.4M

A Disney exec told me Friday that IMAX grosses were “very solid” for the film, but Saturday morning he admitted that 3D had turned “very soft” in the U.S. and Canada. Maybe people are sick of wearing those dumb glasses. That translated into a $90.1M weekend domestic – a far cry from the $100M weekend which Disney was expecting or the $114M which Pirates 3 did in 2007 for the first 3 days of the Memorial long weekend. I hear Pirates 4 cost in the neighborhood of $250 million to make and another $170M to market worldwide. But a derivative and lackluster U.S. promotional campaign didn’t help. (Recruited to help newbie MT Carney was vet Valerie Van Galder, a mistake.) Then again, reviews for Rob Marshall’s direction ranged from bad to mediocre after fans were already disappointed with the threequel from Gore Verbinski (who helmed the Pirates trilogy). However, CinemaScore was a B+, indicating moviegoers liked #4. Or maybe just those mermaid scenes.

For over 2,000 midnight locations, Pirates 4 opened to a hefty $4.7M, beating the previous midnights for Disney’s own Alice In Wonderland and well as new Summer 2011 blockbusters Fast Five and Thor. Disney released On Stranger Tides into 4,155 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, of which 2,747 are 3D locations including 256 IMAX (an IMAX domestic record). But interestingly, a survey by big online movie ticketseller Fandango found 61% of more than 2,000 ticketbuyers picked Johnny Depp’s new love interest Penelope Cruz as primary reason to attend, while only 29% selected 3D as a main factor. It won’t help that the new installment will have to contend with Hangover Part 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 this coming Memorial weekend so rival studios think Pirates 4 will have a tough road to reach the $300M domestic of all three prior films.

That may not matter because Disney is confident it can pass the $670M of Pirates 3 now that Pirates 4 scored the best 5-day international opening of the franchise and the 4th biggest global cume. As a Disney exec acknowledged to me, “It’s a summer popcorn four-quadrant pic and U.S. audiences know what they’re getting. But internationally, there’s no denying it’s more important than ever and Johnny’s global appeal will definitely help us as well as the addition of Penelope in Europe (and the rest of world) certainly won’t hurt.”

The 2011 Summer Movie Season began its blockbuster rollout overseas with both Fast Five and Thor opening first abroad and establishing their box office bonafides before coming to North America. Disney did the same — and foreign saved this pic. Pirates 4‘s international grosses overwhelmed the results of Pirates 3 in most of the 70 foreign markets where Russia had the biggest opening day ($5M) and the biggest opening weekend ($28.6M) of all time but also big grosses in China, India, Brazil, Latin America Middle East, Norway, & Turkey. Russia is where 3D continues to play huge and star Johnny Depp showed up for the premiere. In the first 3 days of release, the film took in foreign of $92.1M which was 8% higher than Pirates 3, as Wednesday opened in 33% of the international market, Thursday 32%, and Friday 35%. Adding in Saturday and Sunday, the foreign total expanded into not just the biggest opening of 2011 but the #1 biggest 5-day international opening of $256.3M (beating Harry Potter 6‘s $236M) and the #4 biggest global opening of all time with $346.4M (behind Harry Potter 6, Spidey 3, and Pirates 3). This shattered the IMAX global record with $16.7 million on 394 screens.

2. Bridesmaids (Universal) Week 2 [2,937 Theaters]
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $8.2M, Weekend $21M (-20%), Cume $59.5M

Universal’s R-rated female comedy Bridesmaids is enjoying an exceptional hold at the start of its 2nd weekend. Elated Universal execs reached all the way back to New Line’s The Wedding Crashers to find an R-rated comedy with anywhere near a comparable hold.

3. Thor 3D (Marvel/Disney/Paramount) Week 3 [3,924 Theaters]
Friday $4.3M, Saturday $6.5M, Weekend $15.5M (-54%), Cume $145.4M

The Norse god came into its 3rd weekend with $238M international. Paramount grossed another $9M for Thor this weekend from 60 overseas markets bringing the foreign cume to $247M after 4 weekend in release. The movie’s opening in Japan is still to come this July. The biggest contribution this weekend came from China, UK & Ireland, and Mexico.

4. Fast Five (Universal) Week 4 [3,622 Theaters]
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $10.6M, Cume $186.2M

This streetracing turned heist film crossed $300M at the international box office on Friday and $500M worldwide on Sunday for a global cume of $506.2M for Fast Five in 61 territories. It held strong in 2nd place overseas with what the studio said were smaller drops than expected.

5. Rio 3D (Blue Sky Studio/Fox) Week 6 [2,593 Theaters]
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $2M, Weekend $4.6M, Cume $131.6M

6. Priest 3D (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [2,864 Theaters]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.9M, Weekend $4.6M (-69%), Cume $23.7M

7. Jumping The Broom (TriStar/Sony) Week 3 [1,472 Theaters]
Friday $1M, Saturday $1.7M, Weekend $3.7M, Cume $31.3M

8. Something Borrowed (Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,606 Theaters]
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.4M, Cume $31.4M

9. Water For Elephants (Fox 2000/Fox) Week 5 [1,894 Theaters]
Friday $660K, Saturday $900K, Weekend $2.1M, Cume $52.4M

10. Madea’s Big Happy Family (Lionsgate) Week 5 [912 Theaters]
Friday $280K, Saturday $476K, Weekend $1M, Cume $51.7M

Meanwhile, Woody Allen’s newest romantic comedy, Midnight In Paris, scored an awesome per screen average of $92,457 total from just 6 locations for Friday’s tally of $171K and Saturday $213K. Weekend is $564K for Sony Pictures Classics. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson’s acting comeback movie wasn’t. The Beaver from Summit Entertainment and Participant Media presentation in association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi is starting to expand in North American but made only $190K playing at 168 theaters this weekend for a paltry per theater average of $1,131. Estimated cume to date is $582K in limited release.

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MONDAY UPDATE: Sony’s ‘Takers’ Wins Nailbiter Weekend Vs Lionsgate’s ‘Last Exorcism’

MONDAY 2ND UPDATE: Here are the actuals for this weekend. Sony/Screen Gems’ Takers won despite a 668 locations advantage in The Last Exorcism‘s favor. I hear Joe Drake at Lionsgate phoned Jeff Blake this morning to congratulate him.

#1 Takers (Screen Gems/Sony) -32% Sunday for $20.5M
#2 The Last Exorcism (Lionsgate) -45% Sunday for $20.3M
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‘Expendables’ Easy #1 Again This Weekend

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: There is now a clear consensus over which motion picture was No. 1 at the box office this weekend. Sly Stallone’s action holdover The Expendables for Lionsgate is the easy winner after a nailbiter Friday. It was followed closely by a newcomer, another of those cheap Fox spoofs, Vampires Suck, which opened Wednesday. In fact, the order of the entire Top 10 kept changing more than usual day to day because no studio could agree on the grosses. In all, there were 5, count ‘em, new films opening in North America to almost close out the summer. Yet none of them could break $12.5M by end of Sunday.

Dimension/Weinstein Co’s horror pic Piranha 3D underperformed at the box office despite those higher ticket prices. Warner Bros’ urban comedy Lottery Ticket did a better per screen average considering its middling release. With a CinemaScore of only “B”, The Switch from Miramax (with production costs shared by Mandate/Lionsgate which has foreign) showed size does matter when it comes to theater count and box office order. Jason Bateman steals this rom-com but it’s not likely to stay in play long enough for people to even see his performance. Working Title’s Nanny McPhee Returns barely made a dent in the box office despite an “A-” CinemaScore, but North America is one of the last markets to debut. Universal began opening it internationally in April to grosses over $62.9 million on a $35M budget (with tax incentives).

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Nolan’s ‘Inception’ #1 For 3rd Weekend; Carell’s ‘Dinner For Schmucks’ Opens #2; But Zac Efron’s ‘Charlie St Cloud’ Only #6

SUNDAY AM: As July ended, three opening studio movies — Dinner For Schmucks, Charlie St Cloud (which collapsed 32% from Friday to Saturday because Zac Efron’s High School Musical fans frontloaded the grosses), Cats & Dogs 3D: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore – made for a crowded summer box office what with holdovers Salt, Inception, and Despicable Me still going strong. Here are Friday, Saturday, weekend, and cume U.S. and Canada grosses. This weekend will be the first since June 4th without a $30+ million grossing pic. But overall ticket sales still look to total $135M a point or two ahead of last year:

1. Inception (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,545 Dates]
Friday $8.1M, Saturday $10M, Weekend $27.5M (-36%), Cume $193.3M

Look at those dreamy legs… Chris Nolan’s original film for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures just keeps going, and going, with great holds. It’s the No. 1 movie for the 3rd straight weekend after briefly giving way to Dinner With Schmucks Friday.

2. Dinner For Schmucks (Paramount) NEW [2,911 Dates]
Friday $8.4M, Saturday $8.3M, Weekend $23.3M

TParamount, DreamWorks, and Spyglass all financed a third of the $62M budget. (This is the first movie new DreamWorks invested in.) Paramount has worldwide distribution and will roll out international in the fall. The behind the scenes maneuvering to turn this comedy from a mediocre grosser to average moneymaker makes for an always interesting but far from atypical story. Back on June 9th, I reported that the buzz had been “it’s not working” on this pic so Paramount, DreamWorks, and Spyglass delayed Dinner For Schmucks originally … Read More »

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‘Inception’ Dreams Up $60.4M Opener; ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Nightmare $17.3M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Friday, Saturday, and weekend numbers for North America’s Top 5 movie grosses:

inception poster1. What an impressive start for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures mind-bending scifi thriller from 3,792 theaters, with Friday’s $21.6 million (including $3M midnight shows in 1,600 locations) and Saturday’s $21.5 million. The studio pegged the weekend opening at $60.4M, solid for a 2D film, against a $150M budget. Audiences rated it an overall ”B+”  Cinemascore, with the under-25 crowd giving it an “A”. Then again, this is Summer 2010′s most anticipated film because of Chris Nolan’s incredible track record for critically acclaimed big box office actioners (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) as well as smaller psychological dramas (Memento and Insomnia) films — and Inception represents both genres. (By the way, have you seen Inception’s comic book preview? This rather innovative marketing gimmick is  here.) This gives star Leonardo DiCaprio his biggest debut ever, out-grossing the mid-February opening of his Shutter Island with Marty Scorsese. Also, the IMAX screenings of Inception accounted for 12% of the weekend gross with an amazing $7 million in 197 locations: the best ever for an IMAX 2D title.

But I’ve rarely seen Hollywood all over the map when it came to a movie’s expected 3-day weekend grosses like this time. That’s because this was an original film not easily explained in a 30-second spot. Rival studios gave me predictions ranging from a low of $40sM to a high of $60M — and everything inbetween. Especially because, surprisingly, tracking didn’t jump quite … Read More »

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IT’S GOOD TO BE BAD! ‘Despicable Me 3D’ Doubles Expectations For $60.1M Weekend; R-Rated ‘Predators’ On Target With $25.3M; ‘Eclipse’ Global Cume Now $456M; See How This Hollywood Summer Is Doing Overseas

SUNDAY AM: It was a great weekend at the box office with the total tally $202M, up an impressive +41.4% from last year. And that doesn’t factor in next week which features the most anticipated movie of the summer, Chris Nolan’s Inception. Year to date, 2010 revenues are running $5.9M, that up 5.06% over last year. But attendance is down 1.42%. Summer 2010′s grosses are even more important internationally than domestic for a lot of motion pictures. So in this extended report I’ve included additional detail on the overseas releases all heavily impacted by World Cup play:

despicable_me_movie_poster_02-550x8741. North American box office numbers show that Universal Pictures is enjoying something it hasn’t had in a very long time: a big fat hit film. That’s because weeks of great parent-kid family tracking for Despicable Me 3D translated into what even rival studios told me was ”amazing” attendance of Friday’s $21.7 million and Saturday’s $21.3M for a $60.1M weekend opening despite having two other 3D family films in the marketplace. Still, Despicable Me found 3,476 theaters, of which 1,551 locations were in 3D, and managed to double Universal’s expectations of opening domestic grosses. Exit polling data showed the film received an “A” Cinemascore and the audience was 55% kids 12 years and under and parents.

You’ve got to credit those wonderful movie trailers and TV ads that communicated the movie’s bold originality. (Who doesn’t want minions trailing them!) Despicable Me is the first 3D CGI film from Universal’s animated/family-film production company partner, Illumination … Read More »

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‘Eclipse’ Cast To Mix With U.S. Movie Mobs


The TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE stars will be visiting theaters across the U.S. to introduce the latest film in the franchise now shattering box office records. Beginning Friday July 2nd and extending through the holiday weekend, approximately 20 cast members will be popping up in theaters all over the country “to show their appreciation for their fans, and thanking them for all of the excitement, enthusiasm and support they have shown,” Summit Entertainment said. “For more information about cast appearances and to see if one will be visiting your hometown, please visit”

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‘ECLIPSE’ KEEPS BREAKING RECORDS: Twilight Saga Threequel Sets Best Ever Wednesday Opening Of $68.5M; Thursday $24.2M; Six-Day July Fourth Holiday Estimated At $178M; Twi-Hards Mob Theaters In U.S., Canada, Overseas

twilight-saga-eclipse-poster10TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 11 PM: No. 1 at the North American box office was the Twilight Saga: Eclipse with what looks like $24.2M today for a new cume of $92.8M and $110M for 5 days with a total of $178M for the 6-day July Fouth Holiday since Wednesday. That would put the pic just shy of Spider-Man 2 which holds the July 4th holiday record with $180M.

9TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 3:30 PM: Summit Entertainment is disclosing that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: Eclipse had “an incredible start” internationally. Despite great weather and the World Cup, Eclipse launched with an estimated $19M from 22 markets. The only major territories that opened on June 30th were Italy, Brazil, and Russia. Other majors like Spain, Australia and Mexico launch today. France, Germany, S. Korea and Japan will launch in the weeks to come. Here are some highlights of opening day results: Eclipse Kicks Off Big International Run

8TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 8 AM: I can report now that the 3rd film in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga series of novels is off to a record-breaking start at the North American box office. Summit Entertainment’s ECLIPSE opened to $68.5 million today which shattered the best-ever $62 million for a Wednesday single day opening set last summer by Paramount’s Transformers 2. That $68.5M included Eclipse‘s record-setting $30M from Wednesday 12:01 AM and 3 AM showings at more than 4,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada. Eclipse also registered the biggest single day opening during the summer play period, besting The Dark Knight‘s $67.2M. But the Twilight saga’s 2nd film, New Moon, still holds the largest single day opening record of $72 million. Eclipse is playing in 4,416 domestic locations, which sets another record for the biggest ever release in Hollywood history, surpassing Iron Man 2‘s 4,380 venues. 

eclipse orange2Stay tuned for the David Slade-directed Eclipse starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner from Melissa Rosenberg’s script to set more records over this 6-day July 4th holiday weekend. I’ve learned that 57% of the audience attending opening day did so because of the “subject matter”, while 36% did so because of the actor in the lead role, and 15% because of the actress in the lead role. Eclipse received a Cinemascore overall grade of “A” with 92% of moviegoers giving the pic an A or B. Read More »

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FX Buys ‘Grown Ups’ & ‘Knight and Day’

Nellie Andreeva

grown_ups_posterEXCLUSIVE: Summer 2010′s films are all ending up at FX — or maybe it just seems that way. The basic cable network has acquired the TV rights to Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, the highest-grossing new release last weekend with $40.5 million. Additionally, FX has acquired  20th Century Fox’s Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight And Day, which finished a distant third to returning champ Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups with $20.1 million. In fact, except for Toy Story, FX has all the other films in this weekend’s Top 5, including Sony’s Karate Kid and Fox’s The A-Team. Grown Ups and Knight and Day will be available on FX in late 2012-early 2013. I hear their license fee is a standard 12% of the domestic boxoffice, currently at $45.8 million for Grown Ups and $29.6 for Knight and Day through Monday. Grown Ups will join other Adam Sandler comedies that have done solid business on FX, including The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Click, as well as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which is yet to premiere on the network. In addition to Karate Kid, other top 2010 box-office performers on FX’s roster include Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, and How To Train Your Dragon as well as the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is looking at a 6-day monster $150M Fourth of July opening weekend.

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‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Tracking Worse Than ‘Prince Of Persia’

sorcerers-apprentice-posterAt the same exact point, 2 1/2 weeks out, Jerry Bruckheimer’s U.S. underperformer Prince Of Persia for Disney scored 75 awareness, while his Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Disney scored 74 awareness. But Prince Of Persia scored 36 definite interest and 5 first choice, while Sorcerer’s Apprentice scored only a 29 definite interest and 3 first choice. “I’ve heard the Disney people are concerned though exhibitor screenings went well,” one rival studio exec tells me. Then again, Prince Of Persia was a North American disappointment when it opened to $30M and has now taken in $86M. But it has made 72% of its money internationally for $226M and what is now a worldwide cume of $312M. So perhaps Sorcerer’s Apprentice will, too.

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11 WRITERS LATER: How 20th Exec Alex Young Lost Control Of ‘The A-Team’

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 7:04pm PDT

a team poster2ND UPDATE (below): I can report exclusively that the Writers Guild recently decided the credits on The A-Team, the movie based on the ’80s TV show and opening this weekend. There were 11 screenwriters who worked on the film — 5 single writers and 3 teams of two: Kevin Broadbin, Bruce Feirstein, Jayson Rothwell, Laurence M. Konner and Mark Rosenthal, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, Skip Woods, Joe Carnahan & Brian Bloom, Mathew Carnahan. And that’s with the interruption of the writers strike. The final credit now reads: “Written by Joe Carnahan & Brian Bloom and Skip Woods. Created by Frank Lupo & Stephen J. Cannell.” In other words, 11 writers, and in the end, the director and his partner get first position credit. The WGA has a history of idiotic credits decisions. But the story behind these 11 writers that interests me most is how Alex Young lost control of The A-Team.

A-teamThe pic comes out Friday following almost 10 years in development, millions of dollars in script costs, all for a movie version of a forgotten TV show that 20th Century Fox already is predicting to reporters may not gross more in its opening weekend than the recent 4th installment of the Die Hard franchise. Not since examples like Sister Act and Armegeddon and G.I. Joe have so many screenwriters labored so much to produce so little. (This is not … Read More »

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‘Toy Story 3′ Should Win UK Summer Box Office

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 9:24am PDT

Toy Story 3So say UK exhibitors that I’ve talked to, handicapping this summer’s blockbusters. “We haven’t had a line-up this good since 2002 when Spider-Man, Star Wars II & l, and were released,” one UK exhibitor drools. “Even so, there will be a lot of catch-up to do in July and August because of this month’s World Cup.” This gels with an Odeon cinema chain poll that says 28% of cinemagoers are most excited about seeing Toy Story 3 3D, compared to 22% for Shrek Forever After, and 15% for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Odeon surveyed over 5,000 UK film fans.

This summer’s UK movie season starts in earnest on July 12, the day after the World Cup final. Some of June’s releases seem more about triggering that lucrative BSkyB pay-TV deal. Toy Story 3 is expected to romp home for Disney, grossing up to £50 million ($73 million) in the UK alone after its July 21 opening. Shrek Forever After, Paramount’s fourth 3D instalment of the franchise, opens on July 2. UK Exhibitors expect it to gross about £40 million. One week later Twilight: Eclipse opens for E1 Entertainment. Twilight: New Moon grossed £27 million compared with the original’s £14 million. . The UK multiplexes expect Eclipse to exceed the £30 million mark.

The UK dark horse is Christopher Nolan’s Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which Warner Bros releases on July 16. Hyped as “007 meets The Matrix”, cinema bookers predict … Read More »

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“Spontaneous” Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz

By | Thursday May 13, 2010 @ 12:25pm PDT

It was their idea to do this as viral PR for Fox’s Day And Knight summer movie:

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What’s Most Anticipated Summer Movie?

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 10:04pm PDT


Well, this is hardly surprising. More than 1,400 moviegoers voted in a poll on Fandango for the most anticipated movie of this summer – and Eclipse won with 36% of the vote. (Just to remind you, here’s a photo of the New Moon fan frenzy.) I hear tickets for the Twilight Saga threequel start selling online Friday.

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NO #1 RECORDS: But ‘Iron Man 2′ Opens With 5th Best Opening Weekend; $133.6M Domestic & $194M Overseas For $327M

By | Saturday May 8, 2010 @ 10:40pm PDT

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SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Iron Man 2 didn’t break the big Hollywood AlamoDrafthouse2record for opening day or one-day or even 3-day weekend. “Hey, it’s Iron Man, not Platinum Man,” one rival studio exec quipped in an email to me. But it did launch with an “A” Cinemascore and $133.6 million, placing at least the 5th and maybe even 4th all-time best grossing weekend. That beats Shrek 3′s $121.6M and possibly Pirates Of The Caribbean 3′s $135.6M. But not Twilight Saga 2: New Moon’s $142.8M, or Spider-Man 3‘s $151.1M, or The Dark Knight’s $158.4M.

This is the first Marvel film to be released since it was acquired by Disney. Distributor Paramount debuted IM2 in 4,380 North American theaters to $46.5M Saturday and $52.4M Friday, including $7.5 million in Thursday midnight shows at just under 3,000 locations. IM2 easily beat the original’s launch of $38.7M/$102.1M from 4,105 locations. But the sequel had reeled in the widest release in Hollywood history. IMAX logged a 3-day domestic total of $10.2M, or 8% of the film’s overall box office for an IMAX 2D opening weekend domestic record, passing Star Trek‘s $8.5M a year ago. (It also outgrossed 3D Avatar’s snow-impacted opening weekend of $9.5M.) 

Kicking off the official summer movie season, IM2 already has earned $194M overseas from almost 60 territories where it opened before the U.S. and Canada, so that’s a $327M worldwide cume. Top grossing countries were Britain and Korea with $23M each. Here’s the Top 10:

1. Iron Man 2 (Marvel/Paramount) NEW [4,380 Runs]
Friday $52.4M, Saturday $46.5M, Weekend $133.6M, Cume $327M
2. Nightmare On Elm Street (New Line/WB) Week 2 [3,332 Runs]
Friday $3.2M, Saturday $3.7M, Weekend $9.1M (-72%), Cume $48.5M
3. How To Train Your Dragon (DWA/Par) Week 7 [3,003 Runs]
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.8M, Weekend $6.7M, Cume $201.0M
4. Date Night (Fox) Week 5 [2,734 Runs]
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $5.3M, Estimated Cume $80.8M
5. The Back Up Plan (CBS Films/Sony) Week 3 [3,003 Runs]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.9M, Weekend $4.3M, Cume $29.4M
6. Furry Vengeance (Summit) Week 2 [3,002 Runs]
Friday $950K (-46%), Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $4.0M, Cume $11.6M
7. Clash Of The Titans (Warner Bros) Week 6 [2,157]
Friday $800K, Saturday $1.0M, Weekend $2.3M, Cume $157.8M
8. Death At A Funeral (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 4 [1,706 Runs]
Friday $575K, Saturday $895K, Weekend $2.1M, Cume $38.2M
9. The Losers (Dark Castle/Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,450 Runs]
Friday $600K, Saturday $755k, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $21.4M
10. Babies (Focus Features) NEW [534 Runs]
Friday $381K, Saturday $689K, Estimated Weekend $1.5M

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Chris Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Seen By Insiders

By | Wednesday May 5, 2010 @ 6:16pm PDT

This summer’s most anticipated film, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, is still unfinished with a July 16th release date. But I’ve learned it screened for the cast and their reps on Monday. And even the most cynical people who usually hate everything were knocked out. “It was beautiful.” Lots of gushing about the ”incredible work” by Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page.

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‘Losers’ Moves From Spring To Summer

By | Thursday February 11, 2010 @ 4:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros is moving The Losers from April 9th to June 4th, one week before Fox’s A-Team.

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