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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “22”” Jumps High, “Dragon” A Bit Lower

Posted June 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  22 JUMP STREET (Sony/Columbia) is having the start merited by a sequel to a huge hit that’s getting ecstatic reviews in its own right.  Based on preliminary numbers at Dateline and elsewhere, it had a $23-24M opening day (that includes $5.5M from Thursday night).  That’s considerably better than the $19.6M start for Neighbors, which […]

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HARRY POTTER: The Boxoffice Begins

Posted July 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> The Hollywood Reporter has the early numbers on Wednesday’s international opening days for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART 2), and they’re even more sensational than expected.  In only 26 markets (more will open today, and by tomorrow the film will be everywhere except China, where it opens August 4), the movie has […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: More Duds Than Sparklers As “Transformers” Dominates July 4th

Posted July 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  As holidays go, the 4th of July isn’t a bright one for moviegoing, and when it falls on a Friday, the result is a weekend no better than usual (the days before and after compensate for the holiday itself).  That held true this year as well, especially because the other studios showed more deference […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: Everything Is Awesome For “The Lego Movie”

Posted February 8, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  2014 has its first smash hit, as preliminary numbers at Deadline give THE LEGO MOVIE (Warners) a huge $18M Friday.  Since Saturday matinees should only boost the family-oriented animated comedy-adventure, that should bring it over $60M for the weekend, and with the Presidents Day holiday dead ahead and no other family movie on the […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Venom” Drops, “A Star Is Born” Holds, “First Man” Sluggish

Posted October 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  There may be a pair of tight races at the box office this weekend.  Based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, VENOM (Tencent/Columbia/Sony) has the early lead with $9.5M on Friday, down 71% from last week’s opening day.  That’s much worse than the 54% Friday-to-Friday drop for Doctor Strange and the 57% for Justice League, […]

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WEDNESDAY BOX OFFICE: “Mortal Instruments” Very Mortal Indeed

Posted August 22, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Be sure to read Mitch Metcalf’s Weekend Box Office Predictions. Momentum was lacking for THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (Screen Gems/Sony), as the studio kept the movie from critics until the last possible instant and didn’t even have night-before screenings for audiences–one of the only films of the summer to wait till 12:01AM […]

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THE BIJOU: Early Friday Boxoffice – 10/14/11

Posted October 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> What was expected to be a slow weekend at the boxoffice is proving to be exactly that.  The Hollywood Reporter has preliminary numbers for Friday, and they show FOOTLOOSE in the lead with $5.5M, heading for probably $17M or so for the weekend.  THE THING is way behind, with $3.5M for Friday that may […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Ghostbusters” No Scare For “Pets”

Posted July 16, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The $17.1M opening day (including $3.4M from Thursday night) for GHOSTBUSTERS (Columbia/Sony) reported in preliminary numbers at Deadline would be fine if the movie were at the same budget level as previous Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy collaborations The Heat or Spy.  But Ghostbusters cost 2-3x as much, $275M+ including production and global marketing, and a […]

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