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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE – 3/7/14

Posted March 8, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (Warners/Legendary) did well in late-night shows, raising its Friday estimate to $17.7M, which may bring its opening weekend to $43M or more.  That’s still not in a league with the original 300 and its $28.9M/70.1M start (especially since the 2007 movie didn’t have 3D ticket prices or Thursday […]

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Behind the Friday Box Office: 3/28/14

Posted March 29, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  NOAH (Paramount/Regency) got the start it wanted and needed with $15.2M on Friday ($1.6M of that from Thursday night), which–unless word of mouth sinks the ark–should mean a $40M weekend.  The darkly revisionist biblical spectacle also has $28.3M overseas, where it’s still in just 21 markets, so for now it’s on track to […]

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BIJOU BOXOFFICE: FRIDAY STUDIO SCORECARD – 11/18/11

Posted November 19, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> BREAKING DAWN PART 1:  Christmas comes but once a year, and for Summit that day is the 24 hours after a Twilight movie opens.  (A little credit to the studio, too, for not fudging the numbers, which would have been easy enough to do since they’re so close, in order to claim a franchise […]

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Boxoffice Footnotes – 4/22/11

Posted April 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>Among Tyler Perry movies that feature his Madea character, BIG HAPPY FAMILY is looking relatively weak, but it may have a big Easter Sunday. Other pictures likely to benefit from family crowds include RIO, HOP and SOUL SURFER. On the other hand, the teen girl crowd typically turns out opening night, which could give WATER FOR […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOXOFFICE – 9/28/12

Posted September 29, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  What was that about Adam Sandler having career trouble? OPENINGS:  Sony‘s decision to open HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA a week before Disney’s Frankenweenie turned out to be a brilliant move, as Hotel is on track for the biggest September opening in history, close to $40M, not to mention Sony’s biggest animation hit ever.  And just to add whipped […]

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Behind the Friday Box Office – 2/14/14

Posted February 15, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Valentine’s Day is an enormous moviegoing event each year, so it remains to be seen whether Friday’s brisk business will translate to the rest of the holiday weekend. OPENINGS:  ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Screen Gems/Sony) barely missed 1st place with $13M on Friday, beaten by $30K, but it’s off to an impressive start, especially when […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE – 7/12/13

Posted July 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  What kind of summer movie season has it been, really?  For the past several weeks, business has been consistently up, erasing the losses from a soft spring, and even with 3D, Imax and inflation taken into account, more tickets are being sold.  But this marks the fourth consecutive weekend that an expensive, high-profile summer […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE – 10/18/13

Posted October 19, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  When Paramount pushed the next Paranormal Activity to 2014, it seemed to give CARRIE (Screen Gems/Sony/MGM) an open field to own the Halloween movie season.  But audiences weren’t interested, and Carrie managed only a $6.6M opening day on the way to a likely $15M weekend, a major disappointment considering the auspices (the classic […]

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