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SHOWBUZZDAILY FRIDAY BOXOFFICE SCORECARD – 2/3/12

Posted February 4, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> A surprisingly strong start for 2 low-budget arrivals, although the upside is limited by tomorrow’s Super Bowl. OPENINGS:  CHRONICLE (20th) had a slight $350K edge over THE WOMAN IN BLACK (CBS Films) on Friday, and both are in frontloaded genres, appealing to young men and young women, respectively.  Young men are more likely to […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “The Great Wall,” “Fist Fight,” “Cure For Wellness” Fall to “LEGO Batman”

Posted February 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  A weak slate of newcomers is almost always good news for the holdovers in the market, and that will be the case this holiday weekend.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Warners Animation) declined a mild 45% from last week’s opening day to $8M, and should take in at least […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOXOFFICE – 1/11/13

Posted January 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  ZERO DARK THIRTY (Sony) expanded to coincide with its Oscar nominations, and the strategy worked as planned, with the acclaimed (and, in some circles, attacked) drama easily carrying Friday with $9M, on its way to $25-27M for the weekend. It’s a massive embarrassment for GANGSTER SQUAD (Warners) that it was beaten by the […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOXOFFICE – 5/24/13

Posted May 25, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  The $38.2M opening day for FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Universal) was the 28th biggest opening day of all time–not bad for a franchise that was floundering without either of its original stars 3 movies ago.  It has a chance of becoming the #2 Memorial Day opening ever, a mark currently held by the […]

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THE BIJOU: Boxofffice Smurfnotes – 7/29/11

Posted July 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> There’s no way to slice or dice the numbers for COWBOYS AND ALIENS and make them any less sad.  The picture cost at least $165M (that’s the amount Universal will admit to), plus another $150M or so for worldwide marketing, and as Mitch Metcalf notes, it’s now on track to gross less than $100M […]

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Box Office Footnotes and Weekend Review Roundup – 4/8/11

Posted April 9, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Hop and Universal should enjoy this weekend while it lasts:  on Friday, the 3D Rio arrives and that’s probably the end of Hop‘s big numbers. As Mitch Metcalf explained elsewhere on this page, the agents for Russell Brand, Danny McBride and James Franco aren’t having a great day.  Also a little nervous:  Fox, which […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Warcraft” Fights Overseas, “Conjuring” & “Now You See Me” Sequels OK

Posted June 11, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The most interesting box office story of the weekend is WARCRAFT (Legendary/Universal).  It’s a dud in the US, with $11M on Friday according to preliminary numbers at Deadline, which with its frontloaded fan audience probably means a $25M or so weekend and a domestic total that may not reach $75M.  That’s not much on […]

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Behind the Friday Box Office – 1/3/13

Posted January 4, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (Paramount) was an experiment in several ways–the first installment of the franchise to be a spin-off and not a direct sequel, the first released out of the Halloween season, and one of Hollywood’s first tries at producing and marketing a movie primarily to the Latino audience.  All of […]

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