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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Turtles” Stay In Shells, “Me Before You” Fair, “Popstar” Never Starts

Posted June 4, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The latest underperforming franchise entry is TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (Nickelodeon/Movie Media Group/Alibaba/Paramount).  Preliminary numbers at Deadline have opening day at $11.6M, down 55% from the $25.6M start for the rebooted TMNT 2 years ago.  That suggests a weekend that may not hit $30M, and a US total under $100M.  […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Panther” Claws “Sparrow,” “Death Wish” Blown Away

Posted March 3, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  For the third consecutive weekend, BLACK PANTHER (Marvel/Disney) is having its way with the box office.  Preliminary numbers at Deadline have Panther down 43% from last Friday to $16.3M, which should give it a $62M weekend, bringing its US total close to $500M.  That will put its 17-day total well ahead of the $457.7M […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 12.2.2018

Posted December 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  At $6.5M, THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE (Screen Gems/Sony) performed adequately for a low-budget horror item placed in one of the lower-grossing weekends of the year.  Possession also earned $4.1M in 17 international territories, the start of a release that will extend into early 2019.  It has around $30M in production and worldwide […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: The Force Stays With “Rogue One,” “Sing” Tuneful, “Passengers” & “Assassin’s Creed” Lag Behind

Posted December 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  We’re now officially in the Christmas-to-New-Year’s holiday box office period, and the general form is going to follow 2015 fairly closely, with a Star Wars installment clearly in the lead (albeit much less lucratively than last year’s), a family vehicle in 2d place, and an assortment of also-rans behind them. Comparisons between ROGUE ONE […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 4.22.2018

Posted April 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  I FEEL PRETTY (Voltage/H Brothers/STX) became the first Amy Schumer movie to dip on its 2nd day of release, indicating weak word of mouth.  Its $16.2M weekend put it in 3rd place for the weekend, with uncertain prospects.  STX only has the film in the US, with reported costs of $45M, which may […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7/24/16

Posted July 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  STAR TREK BEYOND (Skydance/Alibaba/Huahua/Paramount) had a tepid start, claiming a $59.6M opening weekend in the US.  Even if that number holds (it includes an extremely aggressive Sunday estimate), it would be 20% below the $75..2M 2009 franchise reboot, and even below the $70.2M earned by Star Trek Into Darkness, which opened on a […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Terminator” Battery Low, “Magic Mike” Soft As Holdovers Rule

Posted July 4, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  With July 4th falling on a Saturday for the 1st time since 2009, this was fated to be a slow holiday at the box office.  Nevertheless, the weekend’s openings were supposed to be able to overtake titles that have already been in the market for 3-4 weeks.  Based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, however, […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6/5/16

Posted June 5, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (Nickelodeon/Movie Media Group/Alibaba/Paramount) opened 46% below the TMNT reboot 2 years ago at $35.3M.  That suggests a $100M US total, and with $250M+ in production/marketing costs, the bulk of that will have to be recovered overseas.  So far, it’s earned $34M in 40 territories, not […]

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