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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “If I Stay” Leads Weak Friday; “Guardians” Likely to Retake Weekend

Posted August 23, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  At the beginning of the month, the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was prompting some to excitedly conclude that the box office year was now truly 52 weeks long.  But the second half of August remains a lousy time to launch a movie, a fact that’s being borne […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Avengers: Infinity War” Still Huge, “Overboard” OK, “Tully” & “Bad Samaritan” Weak

Posted May 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Marvel/Disney), with little in the way of challenge from the other studios, is flying to an easy victory in its 2nd weekend.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Infinity War fell 72% from last Friday to $30.3M, a worse drop than the parallel days for The Avengers (-64%) and Black Panther […]

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MIDNIGHT BOX OFFICE: Smaug Still Guarding His Gold From “Hobbit”

Posted December 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Warner Bros and Peter Jackson are very, very lucky that THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is a significantly better movie than last year’s An Unexpected Journey, which will give it strong word of mouth, because early box office indications are that audiences, burned by Journey, are initially dubious about spending 3 more hours […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Hidden Figures” Challenges “Rogue One” & “Sing”

Posted January 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  It’s shaping up to be a close race at the box office this weekend, and with the result likely to come down to performance on Sunday, we may not know the winner for sure until final numbers are issued on Monday.  HIDDEN FIGURES (20th) was the clear winner on Friday, with preliminary numbers at […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Pacific Rim: Uprising” Beats “Black Panther,” Other Openings DOA

Posted March 24, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (Legendary/Universal) was the right film at the right time this weekend, and although the preliminary numbers at Deadline have its opening day at $10.1M ($2.4M of it from Thursday night), just slightly ahead of the $9M for last Friday’s Tomb Raider, that should be enough to bring it to $26M for […]

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THURSDAY NIGHT BOX OFFICE: “Pacific Rim” and “Grown Ups 2” Start Well and Updated Thursday Box Office Chart

Posted July 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Given the overwhelming fanboy appeal of PACIFIC RIM (Warners/Legendary), it’s not exactly a shock that the movie started strong with shows that started at 7PM Thursday night, earning $3.6M.  It’s probably in line for a solid Friday as well–the question will be what happens when the usually frontloaded genre crowd is done and the […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Dunkirk” Battles “The Emoji Movie,” “Atomic Blonde” Non-Explosive

Posted July 29, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The box office race is likely to be tight this weekend, with contenders at either end of the quality spectrum.  THE EMOJI MOVIE (Columbia/Sony) drew first blood with a $10.2M opening day (including $900K from Thursday night), according to preliminary numbers at Deadline.  That’s $2.2M better than the first day of Captain Underpants last […]

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UPDATED: THURSDAY BOXOFFICE: Emptier Chairs At Emptier Tables For Les Miz

Posted December 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  NOTE:  THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED THROUGHOUT TO REFLECT OFFICIAL STUDIO ESTIMATES FOR THURSDAY. As is customary during Christmas-New Year’s week, the majority of the holiday movies stayed fairly stable on Thursday, varying only a few hundred thousand dollars from the day before.  The major exception, based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, was LES […]

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