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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Light Between Oceans,” “Morgan” Flop On Labor Day Weekend

Posted September 3, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Although it’s possible for a horror or action movie to make some money over Labor Day weekend, no studio opens a movie it cares about for the holiday that repels moviegoers.  This weekend’s openings won’t change that rule.  THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (DreamWorks/Reliant/Participant/Touchstone/Disney) was probably envisioned as an awards-worthy project when it was originally […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Little Relief From Slow Summer Ticket Sales

Posted July 20, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  There were no miracles on Saturday to lift the faltering box office, although preliminary numbers at Deadline and elsewhere suggest that the holdovers did better than the newcomers. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th) will take its 2d consecutive weekend title easily.  It earned around $15M on Saturday, down about 40% from […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOXOFFICE: Still Great and Powerful

Posted March 17, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Nothing changed very much from Friday to Saturday at the boxoffice.  OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (Disney) will more than double its nearest competition, following its $11.4M Friday with, according to preliminary numbers at Deadline, a $18.8M Saturday.  If that number holds, it’ll be a 65% Saturday bump, better than the 56% Alice In […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Strong Saturday for “No Good Deed,” “Dolphin Tale 2″” and “The Drop”

Posted September 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  NO GOOD DEED (Screen Gems/Sony) held better than expected on its 2d day of release and better than Obsessed did in 2009, and that guarantees the Idris Elba/Taraji P. Henson thriller the weekend win.  Based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, No Good Deed rose by about 15% on Saturday to $10M, compared to the […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Rogue One” & “Sing” On Top Again, “La La Land” To Become 2016’s #1 Indie

Posted December 31, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  There were no new openings for New Year’s weekend, and not much in the way of surprises among the returning titles.  ROGUE ONE (Lucasfilm/Disney) continued its ride through the holidays with $18.1M on Friday according to preliminary numbers at Deadline.  That’s up about 8% from Thursday, and business should go down on New Year’s […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Moana” Stays On Top, “Jackie” Starts Strong

Posted December 3, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The negligible horror cheapie INCARNATE (High Top/Blumhouse/Universal) is the only new wide opening of the post-Thanksgiving weekend, and with just $800K on Friday according to preliminary numbers at Deadline and a weekend that may not break $2M, even the ultra-low budget Blumhouse division may not be able to find any shred of profit from […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “War” Unspectacular, “Spider-Man” Drops, “Big Sick” Expands

Posted July 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Despite some of the best reviews of the year for any movie, big studio or indie, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (TSG/20th) is off to a merely OK start.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, it had a $21.1M opening day (including $5M from Thursday night), putting it 24% behind the $27.6M […]

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THE BIJOU: Early Weekend Boxoffice With Benefits – 7/23/11

Posted July 24, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Deadline has rough estimates for the weekend boxoffice, and they’re pretty much in keeping with Friday’s numbers.  The biggest surprise, if the number holds, would be that Paramount is estimating CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE FIRST AVENGER at $65.5M, slightly below its own Thor debut of $65.7M.  The explanation may be that Saturday’s number is looking […]

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