Rogue One
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Rogue One” Spits Out “Collateral Beauty,” “La La Land” Expands

Posted December 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ROGUE ONE (Lucasfilm/Disney) is performing as expected, massive but short of last year’s core Star Wars installment The Force Awakens.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Friday’s take was $72M (including $29M from Thursday night), 40% below Force Awakens yet still one of the Top 10 opening days of all time.  In a sign […]

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La La Land 2
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Office Christmas Party” Solid, “La La Land” Starts Huge

Posted December 10, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  With a marketplace starved of adult comedy after the failure of Bad Santa 2, and the holiday deluge of product not quite here, this weekend is proving to be good timing for the arrival of OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY (DreamWorks/Paramount).  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Office had a $6.7M Friday (including $950K from Thursday night), and depending […]

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Moana
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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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Moana 2
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Moana” Stays On Top

Posted November 26, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  There don’t appear to be many surprises in the Friday box office numbers, based on preliminary estimates at Deadline.  As usual, ticket sales declined on Thanksgiving itself (particularly for family movies), then surged on Friday, and the results were largely in line with Wednesday’s form. MOANA (Disney Animation) wasn’t able to keep up its […]

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Fantastic Beasts
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Fantastic” Not Quite Magical, “Edge of Seventeen,” “Billy Lynn” Obliviated

Posted November 19, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Warners) wasn’t expected to touch the $60-90M opening day territory of the latter Harry Potter movies, since Fantastic is a spin-off that doesn’t include any of the major Potter characters.  But preliminary numbers at Deadline have it at $29.4M, lower than any of the Potters, and even […]

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Arrival
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Arrival” Overperforms, But “Strange” & “Trolls” Take Veterans Day

Posted November 12, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Veterans Day isn’t considered one of the major Hollywood holidays, but this year it provided some 3-day weekends that boosted Friday numbers (although that may catch up with some totals over the weekend and when next week is compared to it). The other note for the weekend is that all three of the major […]

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Doctor Strange
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: Marvel On Top Again With “Dr Strange,” “Trolls” Solid

Posted November 4, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Franchises have been dropping like flies this year, but one brand name that still works is Marvel.  Its latest extravaganza DOCTOR STRANGE (Marvel/Disney) had an opening day of at least $32M according to preliminary numbers at Deadline (including $9.4M from Thursday night), which should give it a $80M+ weekend.  As the kick-off to a […]

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Inferno
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Inferno” In Ashes, “Jack Reacher” Collapses, “Moonlight” Expands

Posted October 29, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  INFERNO (LStar/Columbia/Sony) was expected to earn less than The Da Vinci Code ($217.5M US/$540.7M overseas) and Angels & Demons ($133.4M/$352.6M), which is why Sony spent $75M less to produce the new film.  But that still leaves $200M in production/marketing costs, and Inferno is flopping too badly to have much chance of profit.  According to […]

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