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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.23.2017

Posted July 23, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  The Saturday hold for DUNKIRK (Warners) wasn’t as strong as those for other Christopher Nolan non-sequels, down 11% where Inception stayed steady, and Interstellar actually rose 8%, pushing the weekend studio estimate to $50.5M.  Nevertheless, that’s a terrific start for a film that was far from a sure thing as a summer blockbuster.  […]

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Friday Box Office: “Dunkirk” Victorious, “Girls Trip” Strong, “Valerian” Crashes

Posted July 22, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There’s a reason why Christopher Nolan may be, along with James Cameron, the last filmmaker who can truly demand blank checks from Hollywood.  His WWII recreation DUNKIRK (Warners), devoid of name stars (apologies to Harry Styles) but riding a tide of Oscar-level reviews, is already overperforming expectations with a $19.8M opening day (including $5.5M […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.16.2017

Posted July 16, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  The summer saga of underperforming franchise titles continued with WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (TSG/20th), with a $56.5M start that’s 22% below the $72.6M opening for Dawn 3 years ago, and just barely ahead of the $54.8M for 2011’s Rise (despite costing $60M more to produce than Rise).  Even with rave […]

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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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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.9.2017

Posted July 9, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Marvel/Columbia/Sony) was considerably more front-loaded than initial enthusiasm suggested, dropping 27% on Saturday, and pushing its weekend total to $117M.  While the weekend result was still a very big number, that Saturday decline was far steeper than the 8-9% Day 2 drops for Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Superheroic, “Despicable Me 3″” Drops, “Baby Driver” Holds Well

Posted July 8, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  It may have hurt Sony’s pride to turn SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Marvel/Columbia/Sony) over to Marvel to produce, but it proved to be a smart business move, with preliminary numbers at Deadline that put opening day at about $48M ($15.4M from Thursday night), 35% higher than the first day of 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2.  With word […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.2.2017

Posted July 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  DESPICABLE ME 3 (Illumination/Universal) is the latest franchise to underdeliver this summer, with a 3-day studio estimate of $75.4M in the US.  That’s far below the $115.7M opening of Minions, and it compares badly with Despicable 2 as well, since that title earned $83.5M over its first weekend after having already banked $59.6M […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Despicable Me 3″” Takes Holiday Weekend, “Baby Driver” A Sleeper, “The House” Burns Down

Posted July 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  DESPICABLE ME 3 (Illumination/Universal) will have no trouble holding the lead at the box office over the 5-day July 4th weekend.  Preliminary numbers at Deadline have opening day at $28.6M (including $4.1M from Thursday night), which could give it $85M by Sunday and $125M by Tuesday.  That’s still on the low side for the […]

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