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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Jigsaw” Doesn’t Scare, “Thank You For Your Service” & “Suburbicon” Flop

Posted October 28, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Rebooting an aged horror franchise can be tough.  Recent attempts to bring back Alien, Scream and Friday the 13th have faltered, and now Saw, rechristened as JIGSAW (Lionsgate), isn’t off to much of a start.  Preliminary numbers at Deadline have opening day at $7.5M, much lower than the $10.7M for Saw 3D, the last […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 10.22.2017

Posted October 22, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (Lionsgate) took the weekend with $21.7M, down 24% from last year’s first Boo.  That puts it behind all the previous Madea openings except A Madea Christmas, which had the entire holiday corridor for its run.  Last year’s installment had an exceptionally good Weekend 2 hold, down just 40% […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Boo 2″” Tops Weak “Geostorm,” “Only The Brave” & “Snowman”

Posted October 21, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  It’s a busy but not particularly big weekend at the multiplex.  The weekend’s winner will be BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (Lionsgate), which did a fairly good job of holding the audience for last year’s original Boo.  Deadline reports a preliminary $7.5M opening day, down 21% from Boo‘s start.  If that percentage holds, the […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 10.15.2017

Posted October 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  HAPPY DEATH DAY (Blumhouse/Universal) opened so well at $26.5M that inevitably, despite the fact that it appears to tell a completely closed-end story, talk of a franchise has started.  You can’t blame them:  Death Day isn’t quite at the blockbuster level of Blumhouse’s Split ($40M) or Get Out ($33.4M), but it’s starting better […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Happy Death Day” Indeed; “The Foreigner” Soft; “Blade Runner 2049″” Fades

Posted October 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HAPPY DEATH DAY (Blumhouse/Universal) continued a remarkable year for Blumhouse, following the giant successes of Split and Get Out.  Deadline has its Friday at a preliminary $11.3M (including $1M from Thursday night), and its 68% Rotten Tomatoes score is comparable to Split‘s 74%.  That film had a 2.7x weekend multiple, and even if Happy […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 10.8.2017

Posted October 8, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  Coming into this weekend, the discussion about BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Alcon/Sony/Warners) was mostly about whether with its critical raves it could exceed expectations by 20% or so and become October’s #1 opening.  But things went in the other direction, and its current $31.5M estimate doesn’t even put it in the month’s Top 20.  […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Blade Runner 2049″” Slow, “My Little Pony” & “Mountain Between Us” Moderate

Posted October 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Alcon/Sony/Warners) was a high-risk bet, with roughly $300M in production and worldwide marketing wagered on an extremely serious 164-minute sequel to a 35-year old film that only became legendary after it was itself a sizable flop in theatres.  Reportedly, the bulk of that investment rested with Alcon, while Sony (international) and […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 10.1.2017

Posted October 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  We won’t really know the order of the weekend’s closely-bunched Top 3 movies until final numbers are released tomorrow, but since the default position of any studio with a new opening is to claim victory, the fact that AMERICAN MADE (Cross Creek/Universal) is currently in 2nd place with $17M can’t be a good […]

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