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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “The Heat” Scores, “White House” Really Is Down

Posted June 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Preliminary box office numbers at Deadline have THE HEAT (20th) overperforming with a $15M Friday, which could give it a $40M opening weekend, almost as much as the movie cost to produce.  That means the first 3 days for the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy pairing may nearly match the first 4 days of The Hangover […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “50 Shades” of Box Office Domination Begins

Posted February 14, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Universal/Focus) had the giant box office start that’s been anticipated since the movie was announced.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, it earned $31M on Friday (that includes $8.6M from Thursday evening shows), and if that number holds up, it would be the 2d biggest one-day February gross (and the […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: How Hot Is “Catching Fire”?

Posted November 23, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Early numbers at Deadline have the opening day (including Thursday night) of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Lionsgate) at $67.5M, $200K above the launch of the original Hunger Games.  That makes it slightly puzzling that the weekend estimates, at Deadline and elsewhere, peg the weekend at around $145M, $7M or so less than Hunger […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: It’s “Dawn” of the Box Office of the Apes

Posted July 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Early numbers at Deadline and elsewhere make DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th) the runaway winner at the Friday box office with $26-27M.  That could give it a weekend as high as $70M, at the high end of expectations and breezing past Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its $54.6M […]

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UPDATED: CHRISTMAS BOXOFFICE: Can You Hear the People Sing?

Posted December 26, 2012 by Mitch Salem

NOTE:  THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT OFFICIAL STUDIO ESTIMATES FOR CHRISTMAS DAY. There was plenty under the tree for Hollywood this Christmas Day.  The major tinsel came from LES MISERABLES (Universal), which is projected to have an enormous, overperforming $18.2M opening day.  That would be a blockbuster pace if the movie can keep […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Godzilla” Stomps on Expectations

Posted May 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The moviegoer love affair with CG spectacles continues in full force, as GODZILLA (Warners/Legendary) appears, on the basis of preliminary numbers at Deadline and elsewhere, to be headed for a $36M Friday (including $9.3M from Thursday night).  If that number holds, it’ll be midway between the $35.2M opening day for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 […]

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THE BIJOU BOXOFFICE: Hurricane Edition – UPDATED

Posted August 26, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> UPDATE:  The Reporter has some early Friday numbers, and the storm’s effect can already be seen at the boxoffice.  THE HELP seems likely to win the weekend as expected, but with a lower-than anticipated $12-13M.  COLOMBIANA was in second on Friday, heading for a weekend of perhaps $10M.  DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK […]

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THURSDAY NIGHT BOXOFFICE: “Oz” Gets Its First Yellow Bricks

Posted March 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Reading fragmentary Thursday night tea leaves to predict weekend boxoffice is a dicey business, particularly because in our post-Aurora era, those numbers now include showings as early as 9PM in addition to the once-traditional 12:01AM screenings.  So the $2M earned by OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (Disney) last night can be parsed in several […]

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