16th UPDATE, Monday, 2:40 PM: Here are the final gross updates for the Top 20 films of the July Fourth weekend. I’ve included both 3-day and 5-day totals for the Top Ten. The jump went to favorite son 22 Jump Street as this morning it looked like it was under Screen Gems’ Deliver Us From Evil. See below for the Monday updates. So while 22 Jump Street won the three-day weekend, it racked up a lesser per screen average than Evil which won the five-day derby. That’s a way to mix it up as they were neck in neck throughout the weekend. Overall, the Fourth of July holiday weekend was 42% lower than last year when Despicable Me 2 bowed to a whopping $83.5M. Last year, the 4th fell on a Thursday.
Interesting to see how the weather affected the box office holiday this weekend. On the Fourth, which was a Friday, Los Angeles was down only 1% night to night (which is fairly normal for the Fourth with good weather in L.A.). However, the East Coast where it was raining saw a huge jump in movie attendance — 76% up from Thursday to Friday in New York and 170% rise on Friday in Boston. When it rains in the summer, people go to the movies, esp. on a rainy holiday.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, in its second weekend dropped 63%. It also dropped 75% Friday to Friday (which included $8.75M of late night grosses) so the studio likely made their adjustments during the week or weekend. Despite what others reported, everyone knows that this industry has yet to see a picture open to $100M. Next weekend, we have Dawn of the Planet of the Apes coming from Fox, but that is not expected to do it either even though it is a high-quality film well-targeted for its demo. Expect a high CinemaScore and great word of mouth. Right now, it’s expected to surpass the opening weekend of Rise of the Planet of the Apes which bowed to $54.8M in April 2011. Dawn opens at 10 PM on July 10.
A shout out to a very high-quality film coming out this coming weekend: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood from IFC Films. It is, simply put, one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how far Tammy falls next weekend as word of mouth is going to hurt it. Here’s the finals from the studios: Read More »
Morning Report, Monday, July 7'
'Transformers: Age of Extinction' leads the lowest-grossing Independence Day frame in more than 10 years as rookie 'Tammy' finishes second, the Good Book gets some credit during the first taping of 'The View' since two co-hosts' exits were announced, and Sportsman Channel is giving viewers another season of Sarah Palin's 'Amazing America'. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.
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BOX OFFICE: July 4th Pics ‘Transformers’ And ‘Tammy’ Lead In Holiday Weekend Snorefest
Lost in a long and sleepy holiday weekend’s ennui, we couldn’t help ourselves: We’ve pulled together lines culled from the funniest/worst movie reviews so far this year, pulling out some jewels. Here’s what we came up with:
Tammy (Opened July 2, 27% Rotten Tomatoes Score)
Melissa McCarthy‘s film sees her once again working the schtick as an in-your-face femme, this time on the road with her just-as-crass granny (Susan Sarandon). Given that the film seems to be headed into a ditch after a weak open, one can’t help wondering whether the Bridesmaids thesp’s routine is aging fast.
“The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse… It’s about as funny as a liver transplant.” — New York Observer’s Rex Reed, who already had a bone to pick with McCarthy last year. Read More »
July 4th Holiday Weekend Box Office Look-Ahead
In its second week, 'Transformers 4' is expected to again be No. 1 at the weekend box office against freshmen 'Tammy', 'Deliver Us From Evil' & 'Earth To Echo', but bad weather forecast for the East Coast could make a big difference in numbers overall, Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten report.
July 4th Holiday’s ‘Tammy’, Bows To $1.3M Late Night
Morning Report, Wednesday June 2
Melissa McCarthy starrer 'Tammy' scores $1.3M in late night opening, World Cup continues to deliver record ratings for ESPN, still no contract agreement as SAG-AFTRA talks are extended for a second day. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.
July 4th Holiday’s ‘Tammy,’ Bows To $1.3M Late Night
World Cup Delivers ESPN’s Highest Overnight Rating Ever
SAG-AFTRA Film And TV Contract Talks Extended Again
To say that food trucks are the new means of movie and TV marketing — well, that’s just an understatement. About three weeks ago, NBC Universal and Fox drove around their donut trucks tubthumping Brooklyn Nine-Nine during the Emmy ballot period and now Warner Bros. is getting in on the action rolling out its apple pie vehicles to promote the July 2 feature comedy Tammy. Starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by her Groundlings alum hubby Ben Falcone, who is making his debut behind the camera, Tammy centers around a foul-mouthed woman who after losing her job and husband, decides to road trip with her hard-drinking, just as foul grandma played by Susan Sarandon. The whole apple pie tie-in connects to a plot point where Tammy holds up her former employer TopperJacks, a fast food joint, and collects some crust. The trucks have made stops on Good Morning America and Chelsea Lately. Follow @wbpictures and #GimmeSomePies to find out where the trucks stop.
Melissa McCarthy channels her comedic star power into Tammy, the upcoming Warner Bros summer comedy about a woman (McCarthy) pushed over the edge when she’s fired from her fast food job, finds her husband cheating, and becomes a fugitive on the run with her grandma (Susan Sarandon) bound for Niagara Falls. The July 2 pic will test McCarthy’s comedy reign that started with Bridesmaids and continued with last year’s Identity Thief and The Heat, and also marks her first foray into feature scripting alongside husband Ben Falcone, who co-wrote and directs in his helming debut. Check out the first trailer:
Four days after Sony slotted the Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel comedy Sex Tape for July 2, 2014, Warner Bros has lit the fuse on a potentially explosive faceoff with Melissa McCarthy. The Identity Thief star’s latest road-trip raunchfest Tammy will hit theaters that same Independence Day weekend, setting up an intriguing showdown. McCarthy stars in the New Line pic as a woman who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the highway for a bout of self-discovery along with her grandmother, a cussin’, diabetic boozehound. Mark Duplass last month landed a key role in the flick, which was written by McCarthy and hubby Ben Falcone; the latter stepped in as director for TV veteran Beth McCarthy-Miller, who was to make her feature helming debut. Tammy also stars Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd.
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy is getting some company on the road in her starring vehicle Tammy. The New Line comedy has cast Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Mindy Project) in a key role in the pic about a woman (McCarthy) who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the asphalt with her foul-mouthed grandmother. She meets a man (Duplass) on her trip and they develop a strange relationship. McCarthy wrote the script with husband Ben Falcone, who will direct, taking over for original helmer Beth McCarthy-Miller. Duplass just wrapped Open Road’s JFK drama Parkland and the Universal-Blumhouse horror Mercy, based on a Stephen King short story. He also stars in, produced, and co-wrote the upcoming Peachfuzz for Blumhouse, is starring in and exec producing the indie The One I Love, and is gearing up for a spring shoot on his HBO pilot with brother Jay Duplass, Togetherness. Duplass is repped by ICM.
New Line has tapped Saturday Night Live vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to helm Tammy, the comedy set up last year as a star vehicle for Melissa McCarthy. The Emmy-winning Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids star wrote the script herself to play a woman who is laid off from her fast-food job and finds her husband is cheating, and chucks her life to take a road trip of self-discovery with her foul-mouthed diabetic grandmother. It’s a hard-R effort. The comedy was set up late last year and was originally to be helmed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, but that deal never got done. McCarthy-Miller makes her feature helming debut after directing for many years on SNL, where McCarthy recently served a most memorable hosting stint. The director’s repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: There is a mad dash to get the next screen slot of Emmy-winning Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy. New Line is helping its chances by starting talks with a hot director. I’m told the studio is in talks with The Help helmer Tate Taylor to direct Tammy, a comedy that McCarthy wrote as a vehicle for herself to play a woman who gets laid off from her fast-food job and finds her husband is cheating, and chucks her life to take a road trip of self-discovery with her foul-mouthed diabetic grandmother. It’s a hard R effort, and it would team the director and the star who were major components in the two sleepers of last summer.
New Line isn’t the only one lining up projects for McCarthy. Among others, Universal has been developing ID Theft, a teaming with Jason Bateman, and there is also a reteam with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and Jon Hamm in an untitled comedy. Taylor’s repped by WME.