Reports are suddenly surfacing that Warner Bros finished 2010 atop the leader board among studios in box office marketshare. Deadline covered this on January 1. In case you missed it, here’s what Nikki Finke wrote two days ago:
Overall, the movie industry domestic box ended the year at $10.3 billion, down from $10.6B in 2009. As I previously reported, Warner Bros will three-peat (a record) in winning the domestic market share for the 3rd year in a row with $1.885 billion, followed by Paramount, then Fox. ”A lack of strong commercial product at Christmas was the reason that the 2010 box office could not close strong,” one top studio exec emails me. However, the final movie industry international box office cume will definitely be a record. The final figure isn’t available yet, but the international numbers look like a tie between Warner Bros and Fox with $2.290 billion, so that gives Warner Bros the crown for worldwide market share for 2010 with $4.804 billion. That’s the 2nd year in a row. As I’ve already reported, Disney’s international total for 2010 was its biggest ever with $2.3 billion. And domestic cume will end the year its second biggest year ever with $1.49 billion. Thank its three 3D titles, Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story 3 and Tangled. Here are official numbers from the studios for New Year’s weekend box office with daily and cume estimates. More bad news: overall grosses this weekend look to be $158M, which is -28% down from last year.
Today, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is expected to cross the $1 billion box office mark in global grosses. The film is already the world’s largest animated release of all time and the 7th biggest motion picture. That makes Disney the first studio in history to release two $1 billion films in a single year. Its Alice In Wonderland is the 5th biggest title in global box office history after taking $1.0243 billion in worldwide grosses. Of course, both films were 3D and able to charge higher ticket prices.
UPDATE: Here is the Disney news release –
BURBANK, Calif. – August 27, 2010 – Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt
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That’s a rise of 3% year-on-year. And the best is yet to come this month and next, with the release of Toy Story 3 – tipped to be the biggest movie of the year – adult must-see Inception and Twi-hard threequel Twilight: Eclipse. Around 25 million people are expected to go to the cinema in July and August alone, says trade body Film Distributors’ Association.
But the movie marketplace continues to grow, creating headaches for distributors. Overcrowding is the biggest problem facing the industry. Distributors released 288 titles between January and June, 18 more than in the first six months of 2009. Producers complain that movies are pushed off screens before they’ve had a chance.
MONDAY PM UPDATE: Sources tell me that Monday’s grosses of $18M for Summit Entertainment’s Eclipse and $13.5M for Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3 were “huge”, while the $11.7M for Paramount’s The Last Airbender moved it down to 3rd place for the first time since the M Night Shyamalan pic’s opening day. Sony Pictures’ Grown Ups took in $7.1M Monday, Fox’s Knight And Day $3.8M, and Sony’s Karate Kid $3.1M. (I’ll update all the numbers in the morning.)
MONDAY AM: Here’s the Top 10:
1. Newcomer The Twilight Saga: Eclipse looked like a record-breaker after opening to $68.5M Wednesday from 4,468 dates for a fast start. Then third pic in the franchise, and the best-reviewed, went on to make $24.2M Thursday, $28.6M Friday, $23.9M Saturday, $13.7 Sunday, and an estimated $16.4M Monday. So that’s a non-record-breaking $69M for the 3-day weekend, and $82.5M for the 4-day July Fourth Holiday, $162 for the first 5 days, and a total $175.3M for the full 6-day release. No, it didn’t beat New Moon‘s $179M over a Thanksgiving weekend. But don’t forget that Fourth Of July is a dramatically down day for movie attendance. Nor could Eclipse beat Spider-Man 2 which still holds the 6-day July 4th holiday record with $180M. Despite all that, Eclipse made gobs of money, so Summit is ecstatic – especially because the threequel made inroads with males (65% female/35% male) compared to the sequel (only 80%/20%). And it received an “A” Cinemascore. Overseas, comparing … Read More »