Split
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Split” On Top, Shyamalan’s Return Beats “XXX” and Xander Cage

Posted January 21, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  After years in the wilderness, M. Night Shyamalan returned to profitability with last year’s The Visit, and based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, SPLIT (Blumhouse/Universal) will build on that success.  Opening day was $13.5M (including $2M from Thursday night), far ahead of Visit‘s $9.2M, and the weekend could be as high as $35M, a […]

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Patriots Day
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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: MLK Weekend Goes Splat For “Patriots Day,” “Live By Night,” “Monster Trucks” and More

Posted January 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Half a dozen films entered wide release over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, and none of them is likely to chart higher than 5th place, most ranging from major disappointments to outright disasters. The most unpleasant surprise may be PATRIOTS DAY (CBS/Lionsgate), a piece of populist history with Mark Wahlberg in the lead […]

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Hidden Figures
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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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Rogue One
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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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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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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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