Box Office Archive: North America 2012

 

Weekend Index (December 28-30, 2012)

 

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros/New Line/MGM) WBPI $32.9m ($222.7m) (1)

2. Django Unchained (TWC) Sony Pictures Releasing International $30.7m $64m (NE)

3. Les Misérables (Universal/Working Title) UPI $28m $67.5m (NE)

4. Parental Guidance (Fox) Fox International $14.8m $29.6m (NE)

5. Jack Reacher (Paramount) PPI $14m ($44.7m) (2)

 

The North American box office returned an estimated $180m over a strong weekend session, being 20% higher than the corresponding period last year, which included the lucrative 31 Dec and New Year’s Day.

 

‘The Hobbit’ survived the challenge of ‘Django’ and ‘Les Miz’ to retain its No 1 position in a lively contest.  Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga grossed a further estimated $32.9m, taking its overall tally to an estimated $222.7m after three weekends in play.

 

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ came in second after returning an impressive estimated $30.6m during its first weekend.  The controversial slave drama now stands at an early estimated $64m since its Christmas Day launch.

 

‘Les Miserables’, which won the Christmas Day battle on its debut, had to settle for third place after grossing an estimated $28m over the three days.  Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation’s overall tally still stands a tad higher than Django at an estimated $67.5m.

 

Another Christmas Day launch, the Billy Crystal/Bette Midler comedy ‘Parental Guidance’ continued to perform nicely in fourth.  It added a further estimated $14.8m over the weekend for a new estimated total of $29.6m.

 

David O Russell’s romCom with a difference, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ grossed a further $4.1m during its seventh weekend in play after expanding from 371 to 745 locations.

 

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced that 2012 has set a new record for its highest grossing year domestically after passing 2003’s previous high of $1.523bn.  GE 31 December 2012

 

 

Daily Index (December 28, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $10.73m (3)

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has crossed the $200m milestone at the North American box office, taking its worldwide tally to $573m.  After ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Django Unchained’ dominated the Christmas Day battle, Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga looks set to take the No 1 spot at the weekend box office.  It grossed an impressive estimated $10.73m on Friday and should finish the three days in the $30-32m region.

 

‘Django Unchained’ defeated Les Miserables on Friday for the first time during their four day run.  Quentin Tarantino’s western returned an estimated $9.67m in second place and it may hit the $30m mark over the weekend.

 

Not far behind, ‘Les Miserables’ added a further estimated $9.4m on Friday, leaving its overall total a tad short of $50m.  Tom Hooper’s musical, which emerged as the Christmas Day winner, should take $28 -29m over the three days.

 

The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler comedy ‘Parental Guidance’ finished fourth after grossing a strong estimated $5.05m and it is on course for a $14-15m weekend.  GE 29 December 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (December 21-23, 2012)

 

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros-New Line/MGM) WBPI $36.7m ($149.9m) (1)

2. Jack Reacher (Paramount) PPI $15.6m (NR)

3. This Is 40 (Universal) UPI $12m (NR)

4. Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount-DWks Animation) PPI $5.9m ($79.7m) (2)

5.Lincoln (DWks-Buena Vista) Fox Int’l $5.6m ($116.8m) (3)

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ grossed a solid estimated $36.7m during its second weekend in play at the North American box office.  Exceeding forecasts based on Friday’s showing, it fell by a respectable 57% after factoring in the very high starting point.  The Middle-earth adventure already stands at $149.9m domestically.

 

Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Jack Reacher’, with Tom Cruise in the title role, opened with a flat estimated $15.6m for the three days.  Adapted from Lee Child’s bestselling novel ‘One Shot’, Paramount will be hoping for a strong ‘word of mouth’ boost after positive audience ratings.

 

The second highest opener, Judd Apatow’s comedy, ‘This is 40’, fell below studio expectations with a disappointing estimated $12m.

 

Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen vehicle, ‘Guilt Trip’, only just hit the $5m mark for the weekend.  Its overall tally now stands at an estimated $7.4m since Wednesday’s debut, leaving it outside of Paramount’s predicted range of $8-10m.

 

The biggest story of the weekend came with the limited release of Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.  It grossed a staggering estimated $410,000 from five locations giving it an $82,000 per-theatre average.  Currently riding high in the awards season, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’  has already bagged nine ‘best film’ victories during the critics announcements.

 

Disney revealed on Saturday that, for only the second time, it had crossed the $1.5b milestone for the year.  The previous occasion was in 2003.

 

 

Daily Index (December 21, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $10m (2)

 

There was disappointment at the North American box office on Friday with takings down 20% from the start of the corresponding weekend last year.

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ fell by 70% from last week’s opening but its estimated gross of $10m was still reasonable after allowing for the high starting point.  Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth adventure should exceed $30m over the weekend taking its running total close to $150m.

 

Paramount’s Lee Child adaptation ‘Jack Reacher’, staring Tom Cruise, did not set the world alight with an opening $5m on Friday and seems set for a three day tally of approximately 15m.

 

Another opener, Judd Apatow’s comedy, ‘This is 40’, grossed an estimated $3.7m, which should leave Universal with an average $13m for the weekend.

 

Paramount’s Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen vehicle, ‘Guilt Trip’, could only muster a disappointing $1.5m and the comedy will struggle to reach $5m over the three days.

 

The big talking point at the start of the weekend, though, was Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, which grossed $23,095 per-screen average from five locations, taking its early tally to $344,000 since opening on Wednesday.  Zero Dark Thirty has already secured nine ‘best film’ victories during the critics section of the awards season.  GE 22 December 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (December 14-16, 2012)

 

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros-New Line/MGM) WBPI $84.8m (NR)

2. Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount-DWks Animation) PPI $7.4m ($71.4m) (2)

3. Lincoln (DWks-Buena Vista) Fox Int’l $7.2m ($107.9m) (4)

4. Skyfall (Sony/MGM/Eon) SPRI/MGM $7m ($272.4m) (1)

5.  Life Of Pi (Fox) Fox Int’l $5.4m ($69.6m) (5)

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ smashed the North American box office record for a December weekend opening but fell short of the $90-100m that seemed possible after it took a huge $37.5m on Friday.  In the end, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic grossed an estimated $84.8m over the three days, including an impressive $10.1m North American opening December high for IMAX.  ‘An Unexpected Journey’ is the first part of a trilogy with the second instalment due to arrive during December 2013.

 

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’, favourite to win this year’s best film Oscar, passed the $100m milestone on Thursday, before grossing a further estimated $7.2m over the weekend after six weekends in play.  Another awards contender, David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, returned an estimated $2.1m from limited locations (371) during its fifth weekend.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (December 14, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $37.5m (NR)

 

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, grossed an estimated $37.5m on Friday for a new North American December opening day record.  New Line/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will be looking for approximately $95m over the weekend but it has a shot at exceeding the $100m milestone.  ‘The Hobbit’ is the first of the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations to arrive in 3D.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (December 7-9, 2012)

 

1. Skyfall (Sony/MGM/Eon) SPRI/MGM $11m $261.6m (2)

2. Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount-DWks Animation) PPI $10.5m $61.9m (3)

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2(Summit-Lionsgate) Summit/Lionsgate Int’l $9.2m $268.7m (1)

4. Lincoln (DWks-Buena Vista) Fox Int’l $9.1m $97.3m (4)

5.Life Of Pi (Fox) Fox Int’l $8.3m $60.9m (5)

 

As expected, ‘Skyfall’ returned to the top position at the North American box office after grossing a strong estimated $11m during its fifth weekend for a new estimated running total of $261.6m.

 

‘Rise Of The Guardians’ grossed a further estimated $10.5m over the three days, taking its estimated tally to a disappointing $61.9m after three weekends in play.

 

Steven Spielberg’s serious award contender ‘Lincoln’ continued to impress at the box office after adding an estimated $9.1m for a new estimated total of $97.3m.

 

And FilmDistrict’s rom-com ‘Playing For Keeps’, starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, came in sixth after estimating a weak $6m during its opening weekend.

 

 

Daily Index (December 7, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Skyfall – $3.1m (-36%)

 

‘Skyfall’ is set for a return to the No 1 spot at the North American box office after grossing an estimated $3.1m on Friday.  It represents a modest fall of 36 percent and Sony /MGM will be expecting a return in excess of $10m by the end of the weekend.  The 23rd James Bond movie has earned an impressive $253.7m after 29 days in play.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (N0vember 30 – December 2, 2012)

 

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Summit-Lionsgate) Summit/Lionsgate Int’l $17.4m $254.6m (1)

2. Skyfall (Sony) SPRI/MGM $17m $246m (2)

3. Lincoln (DreamWorks-Buena Vista) WDSMPI $13.51m $83.7m (3)

4. Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount-DWKs Animation) PPI $13.5m $48.9m (4)

5. Life Of Pi (Fox) Fox Int’l $12m $48.4m (5)

 

There was no change at the top of the North American box office after an expected quiet weekend in the wake of last week’s Thanksgiving five-day frenzy.  The Twilight finale, ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ crossed the $250m milestone after grossing an estimated $17.4m.

 

It was a disappointing weekend for Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly’, starring Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta, which opened with only $7m.  The Weinstein Co was anticipating a boost from Dominik’s outstanding previous film, the revisionist Western, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (30 November, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $5.6m (-68%)

 

Summit/Lionsgate’s ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ is on course to retain the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing an estimated $5.6m during a quiet Friday.  After 15 days in play, it currently stands at an impressive $242.8m, a ‘Twilight’ franchise record for this stage of the release.

 

‘Skyfall’ grossed a further estimated $4.88m on Friday and it is set to pass $240m during the three-day period. The 23rd James Bond movie is already the most commercially successful of the franchise.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (November 23-25, 2012)

 

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Summit-Lionsgate) Summit/Lion Int’l $43.1m ($226.9m) (1)

2. Skyfall (Sony) SPRI/MGM $36m ($221.7m) (2)

3. Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount-DWKs Animation) PPI $32.6m (NE)

4.  Lincoln (DreamWorks-Buena Vista) WDSMPI $25m ($62.2m) (3)

5.Life Of Pi (Fox) Fox Int’l $22m $30.2m (NE)

 

The five-day US Thanksgiving holiday weekend box-office returned a record-breaking $288m for the period, comfortably beating the previous high of $258.6m set in 2009 even when allowing for inflation.  ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’, the final part of Summit’s ‘The Twilight Saga’ lead the way during its second weekend, grossing a further $43.1m.  The 23rd James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’, has been in play a week longer and it crossed the $200m milestone after a weekend tally of $36m.  DreamWorks/Paramount’s animation, ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ was the highest new entry on $32.6m.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (23 November, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $17.4m

 

The final part of the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 2, is set to retain its No 1 position at the North American box office after grossing an estimated $17.4m on Friday and should be close to reaching $65m over the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, already the most commercially successful of the franchise, grossed a further estimated $14.7m and could register over $50m during the five day haul.

 

Steven Spielberg’s awards contender, Lincoln, returned an estimated $10m in another very strong performance and DreamWorks will be hoping for around $35m during the weekend period.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (N0vember 16-18, 2012)

 

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Summit-Lionsgate) Summit/Lionsgate Int’l $141.3m (NE)

2. Skyfall (Sony) SPRI/MGM $41.5m ($161.3m) (1)

3. Lincoln (DreamWorks-Buena Vista) WDSMPI $21m ($22.4m) (15)

4. Wreck-It Ralph (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $18.3m ($121.5m) (2)

5. Flight (Paramount) PPI-Sierra/Affinity $8.6m ($61.3m) (3)

 

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ smashed studio forecasts, grossing an estimated $141.3m upon its launch at the North American weekend box office.  The final part of the saga performed stronger than expected after Friday’s debut, making it the second most successful opening weekend for the franchise, slightly behind New Moon on ‘$142.8m’.  The return marked a significant milestone for Lionsgate, which passed $1bn for the first time in the domestic market.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (16 November, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $71.2m

 

The fifth and final part of the ‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’, grossed an estimated $71.2m on Friday at the North American weekend box office for the sixth highest opening of all time but still fell short of two others from the franchise.  Summit Entertainment is currently forecasting $135m for the three days.

 

‘Skyfall’, which got off to flyer last weekend, disappointed with an estimated $12.35m but remains on course to become the most successful film of the Bond franchise this week.  Friday’s return represented a 60 percent fall.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (November 9-11, 2012)

 

1, Skyfall (Sony) SPRI/MGM $87.8m $90m (NE)

2, Wreck-It Ralph (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $33.1m ($93.7m) (1)

3, Flight (Paramount) PPI-Sierra/Affinity $15.1m ($47.8m) (2)

4, Argo (Warner Bros) WBPI $6.7m ($85.7m) (3)

5, Taken 2 (Fox/EuropaCorp) Fox Int’l / EuropaCorp $4m ($131.3m) (5)

 

‘Skyfall’ exceeded studio expectations by grossing $87.8m at the North American weekend box office to set a new record for a James Bond opening.  After factoring in international returns, the latest 007 adventure has already grossed $518m worldwide, well on its way to becoming the most commercially successful instalment of the franchise.  This latest No 1 is Sony’s ninth of the year.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (9 November, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Skyfall – $30.8m

 

‘Skyfall’ got off to a flyer at the North American box office with a new opening day record for a Bond movie.  After grossing a particularly strong $30.8m on Friday, Sony’s projection for the weekend at almost $80m seems a little light.  The previous 007 outgoing, ‘Quantum of Solace’, returned $27m on its first day.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (November 2-9, 2012)

 

1, Wreck-It Ralph (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $49.1m (NE)

2, Flight (Paramount) PPI-Sierra/Affinity $25m (NE)

3, Argo (Warner Bros) WBPI $10.25m ($75.9m) (1)

4, The Man With The Iron Fists (Universal) UPI $8.2m (NE)

5, Taken 2 (Fox/EuropaCorp) Fox Int’l / EuropaCorp $6m ($125.7m) (6)

 

Disney’s video game animation, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, easily won the North American weekend box office after opening with an impressive estimated $49.1m.  Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Flight’, which debuted in half the locations, grossed an estimated higher than expected $25m in second place and seems set for a long run on the back of its award season credentials.  Another early awards season contender, Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’, came in third on an estimated $10.25m after another strong hold during its fourth weekend in play.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (2 November, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Wreck-It Ralph – $13.4m

 

The latest Disney animation, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, made an impressive start at the North American box office.  After debuting on Friday with an estimated $13.4m, it has a realistic shot at clearing $50m by the end of the three day period.

 

Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Flight’ also opened strongly, taking an estimated $8.2m from approximately 50% of the locations.  Studio predications suggest a weekend haul just short of $ 25m.

 

Another opener, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’, disappointed in third spot.  It seems on course for a $7-8m weekend after an estimated Friday return of $3m.

 

 

Daily Index (October 26, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Argo – $3.96m

 

Argo, benefiting from strong word of mouth and solid award season credentials, topped the North American box office on Friday when entering its third weekend.  Ben Affleck’s third feature fell by a mere 22% to an estimated $3.96m taking its overall tally to an impressive estimated $52.4m.

 

Cloud Atlas could only muster an estimated $3.46m in third place but still seems set to be Argo’s main challenger for the No. 1 spot at the end of the three days.  The Tom Tykwer/Andy Wachowski collaboration is likely to need over $13m to emerge as the winner.

 

Another new release, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, came in second on $3.5m but seems likely to fall away over the weekend.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (October 19-21, 2012)

 

1. Paranormal Activity 4 (Paramount) PPI $30.2m (NE)

2. Argo (Warner Bros) WBPI $16.6m ($43.2m) (2)

3. Hotel Transylvania (Sony) SPRI $13.5m ($119m) (4)

4. Taken 2 (Fox/EuropaCorp) Fox Int/ EuropaCorp $13.4m )$105.9m) (1)

5. Alex Cross (Summit) QED Int’l $11.8m (NE)

 

‘Paranormal Activity 4’ easily claimed No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office despite a comparatively disappointing opening performance.  The estimated tally of $30.2m is approximately $22m lower than the debut weekend for the third instalment, which hit the market at the same time last year.

 

Ben Affleck’s third feature, ‘Argo’, had an outstanding hold during its second weekend, falling only 15% to an estimated $16.63m.  The Iranian hostage drama, currently standing at an estimated $43.2m, is likely to enjoy a strong run on the back of its award season credentials.

 

Sony Picture Animation’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ continued its impressive  performance in third place.  It grossed an estimated $13.5m, taking the overall tally to $119m.  GE 22 October 2012

 

 

Daily Index (October 19, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Paranormal Activity 4- $15m

 

‘Paranormal Activity 4’ is on course to take the top spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing $15m from Friday and late Thursday screenings.  This figure is disappointing within the context of the franchise’s previous openings and Paramount has only estimated $33.5m for the weekend, a fall of $20m from that of the previous instalment.  GE 20 October 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (October 12-14, 2012)

 

1. Taken 2 (Fox/EuropaCorp) Fox Int’l / EuropaCorp $21.9m ($86.1m)(1)

2. Argo (Warner Bros) WBPI $19.5m (NR)

3. Sinister (Summit Entertainment) IM Global $18m (NR)

4. Hotel Transylvania (Sony) SPRI $17.2m ($102.1m) (2)

5. Here Comes The Boom (Sony) SPRI $11.8m (NE)

 

‘Taken 2’ saw off a strong challenge from new releases, ‘Argo’ and ‘Sinister’, in remaining No 1 at the North American weekend box office.  The action thriller grossed a further $21.9m during its second weekend, taking the overall tally to an impressive $86.1m.  ‘Argo’, Ben Affleck’s third feature, came in second on $19.5m, which exceeded studio expectations.  ‘Sinister’ performed strongly one place behind on $18m but it will be in direct competition with ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ as from next weekend, making it a potentially tricky hold.  October continues to be strong, currently 37% higher than the corresponding month last year.  GE 16 October 2012

 

 

Daily Index (October 12, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Taken 2 – $7m

 

‘Taken 2’ grossed an estimated $7m on Friday at the North American box office and remains on course to retain the top spot notwithstanding a drop of 62% from its opening.  Another new entry, ‘Sinister’, recorded higher estimates in the official figures with $7.4m but they include Thursday and midnight screenings.  It is likely to finish the weekend at approximately $17m, around $6m less than ‘Taken 2’.  The other major opener, Ben Affleck’s Toronto hit ‘Argo’ returned an estimated $5.9m and may take second place in a close race.  GE 13 October 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (October 5-7, 2012)

 

1. Taken 2 (Fox/EuropaCorp) Fox Int’l / EuropaCorp $49.5m (NE)

2. Hotel Transylvania (Sony) SPRI $27 m ($76.7m) (1)

3. Pitch Perfect (Universal) UPI $14.8m ($21.6m) (6)

4. Looper (TriStar) FilmNation $12.1m ($40.2m) (2)

5. Frankenweenie (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $11.4m (NE)

 

‘Taken 2’ became the third most successful October new release ever at the North American box office when it grossed $49.5m over the weekend.  Last week’s No 1, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, had a decent hold in second place on $27m, taking its overall tally to an impressive $76.7m.  ‘Pitch Perfect’ went wide after a strong limited release and now stands at $17.4m after taking a further $14.8m.  The weekend marked a further recovery for the box office with it being 35% higher than the corresponding one last year.  GE  8 October 2012

 

 

Daily Index (October 5, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Taken 2 – $18.6m

 

‘Taken 2’ had an outstanding opening at the North American box office, grossing an estimated $18.6m on Friday en route to a possible three-day weekend haul of $50m.  Last weekend’s winner, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, took an estimated $6.5m in second place, which would represent a 41% fall in line with expectations.  ‘Pitch Perfect’ went wide after an excellent per-theatre average of $15,552 on a limited release last weekend and disappointed slightly with estimated returns of $4.9m.  Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion animation, ‘Frankenweenie’, failed to make an impression after grossing an estimated $3.27m.  GE 6 October 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (September 28-30, 2012)

 

1.  Hotel Transylvania (Sony) SPRI $43m (NE)

2. Looper (TriStar) FilmNation $21.2m (NE)

3. End Of Watch (Open Road) Exclusive $8m $26.2m (1)

4. Trouble With The Curve (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.5m $23.7m (3)

5. House At The End Of The Street (Relativity) FilmNation $7.2m $22.2m (2)

 

Sony’s family animation, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, took control of the North American weekend box office with an unexpected $43m from its three day haul; being the highest opening since ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ arrived over two months ago.  Rian Johnson’s, gangster sc-fi combo, ‘Looper’, another Sony release, also exceeded expectations in second place with a $21.2m return.  The highest per-theatre average of the weekend belonged to ‘Pitch Perfect’  with an excellent $15,552 after Universal made the unusual move of releasing it in 335 locations before going wide next week.  Overall, the box office  was 20% ahead of the corresponding weekend last year and provided a welcome boost following a disappointing September.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (September 28, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Hotel Transylvania – $11m

 

‘Hotel Transylvania’ revived the North American box office by taking an estimated $11m yesterday, ahead of expectations.  The animated family movie, with voices from Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi and Andy Samberg, opened in 3,349 theatres for the weekend’s widest release.  It is currently on course for a three-day tally close to $40m for an easy weekend win.

 

Another Sony release, ‘Looper’, came in second yesterday after grossing an impressive $6.9m.  Rian Johnson’s gangster sc-fi combo, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, opened the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

 

Fox’s high school drama, ‘Won’t Back Down’, missed the mark with a very disappointing $921,000.  GE 29 September 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (September 21-23, 2012)

 

1. End Of Watch (Open Road) Exclusive $13.5m (NR)

2. House At The End Of The Street (Relativity) FilmNation $12.3m (NR)

3. Trouble With The Curve (Warner Bros) WBPI $12.2m (NR)

4. Finding Nemo 3D (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $9.6m ($30.1m (2)

5. Resident Evil: Retribution (Sony / Sc Gems) SPRI $6.7m ($33.5m) (1)

 

After estimates indicated a tie for first place at the North American weekend box office, actuals revealed that ‘End Of Watch’ had beaten ‘House At The End Of The Street’ to take the top spot.  The two films grossed $13.5m and $12.3m respectively, against $13m estimates, and the performances were in line with expectations.  Clint Eastwood’s latest, ‘Trouble With The Curve’, disappointed with a final three day tally of $ 12.2m.  GE

 

 

Weekend Update (September 21-23, 2012)

 

We shall have to wait for the actual figures to determine the winner of the North American weekend box office with the estimates indicating a dead heat between Mark Tonderai’s horror thriller, ‘House at the End of the Street’ and David Ayer’s police drama, ‘End of Watch’.  The estimated three-day tally of $13m for both films was in line with realistic expectations but ‘End of Watch’ achieved a higher per-theatre average having opened in less locations.  Clint Eastwood’s latest feature, ‘Trouble with the Curve’, which began the weekend as favourite, has under-performed to the tune of $5-6m with a disappointing estimate of $12.7m.  GE 23 September 2012

 

 

Daily Index (September 21, 2012) #1 Movie

 

House at the End of the Street – $4.64m

 

Three new releases are battling for top spot at the North American weekend box office with the eventual winner being too close to call.  Clint Eastwood’s latest feature, ‘Trouble with the Curve’, started the weekend as favourite but may have to settle for third place after disappointing with an estimated $4.17m gross on Friday.  Mark Tonderai’s horror thriller, ‘House at the End of the Street’, starring in demand Jennifer Lawrence, grossed an estimated $4.64m in No 1 position, being only $0.04m higher than David Ayer’s third film in the director’s chair, ‘End of Watch’.  Both of these films performed in line with realistic expectations.  GE 22 September 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (September 14-16, 2012)

 

1. Resident Evil: Retribution (Sony / Screen Gems) SPRI $21.1m (NE)

2. Finding Nemo 3D (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $17.5m (NE)

3. The Possession (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $5.8m $41.2m (1)

4. Lawless (TWC) FilmNation $4.2m $30.1m (2)

5. ParaNorman (Focus Features) FFI $3.039m $49.3m (5)

 

The North American box office performed below par last weekend, the second worst of the year so far, notwithstanding two high profile new releases.  Resident Evil: Retribution’s final three-day tally of $21.05m left the sc-fi horror a disappointing $5.7m short of its precessor.  This continues a wider trend throughout the summer of sequels struggling to achieve expectations, pointing to a demand for more original content.  Now that the 3D novelty factor is wearing off, there is also a noticeable corresponding fall in box-office performance in the 3D re-release market.  Finding Nemo (3D), at $16.7m, only came in marginally higher than half of the earnings for the The Lion King’s 3D re-release on the corresponding weekend last year.  GE 18 September 2012

 

 

Daily Index (September 14, 2012) #1 Movie

 

Resident Evil: Retribution – $8.4m

 

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ is set to claim the top spot at the North American box office this weekend after grossing $8.4m on Friday. Sony is estimating a three-day haul of around $22.5m, which would leave it $4m short of the opening weekend for the franchise’s previous instalment, ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’.

 

Paul Thomas Anderson’s much discussed ‘The Master’, which won a best director Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival last weekend, grossed an extraordinary $48,400 per theatre average when opening in five locations yesterday. It is on course for achieving the best ever opening weekend theatre average for a live-action movie.  GE 16 September 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (September 7-9, 2012)

 

1. The Possession (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $9.5m $33.3m (1)

2. Lawless (TWC) FilmNation $6m $23.5m (2)

3. The Words (CBS Films) Parlay Pictures $5m (NE)

4. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $4.8m $75.4m (3)

5. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) UPI $4m $103.7m (4)

 

The start of the NFL season alone could not account for the appalling attendance levels at the weekend’s North American box office with the top twelve films only grossing a meagre $51.9m.  Without any kind of serious challenge from new releases, Sam Rami-produced The Possession secured the No 1 position for the second weekend after earning $9.5m over the three days.  No other film cleared the $5m mark other than John Hillcoat’s Cannes title, Lawless.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (September 7, 2012) #1 Movie

 

1.Possession – $2.88m

2.Lawless – $1.78m

3.The Words – $1.66m

 

‘Possession’ seems set to retain its No 1 position at the North American weekend box office after new releases failed to make an impact on Friday.  The Sam Rami-produced supernatural thriller grossed an estimated $2.88m and should finish the three days around $10m for a reasonable hold.  John Hillcoat’s Cannes title, ‘Lawless’, should remain in second place after taking an estimated $1.78m and seems on course for a higher than expected weekend haul of $6m.  ‘The Words’, starring Bradley Cooper, was the highest of the openers in third spot with a disappointing $1.66m, which gives a revised three day forecast of $5m.  GE 8 September 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (August 31 – September 3, 2012)

 

1. The Possession (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $21.3m (NE)

2. Lawless (TWC) FilmNation $13.0m $15.1m (NE)

3. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $11.2m $68.5m (1)

4. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) UPI $9.4m $98.4m (2)

5.ParaNorman (Focus Features) FFI $9.0m $40.5m (3)

 

New releases grabbed the two top spots at the North American box office during the traditionally quiet Labor Day weekend.  Sam Rami-produced ‘The Possession’ grossed a solid $21.3m for its four-day tally, comfortably seeing off the more independently- minded Cannes title, ‘Lawless’.  Liongate’s ‘The Expendables 2’ will pass the $70m mark this week after taking a further $11.2m in third place but still falls a long way short of the original.  GE

 

 

‘The Possession’ takes control (September 2, 2012)

 

Sam Rami-produced ‘The Possession’, starring Natasha Calis, is set to claim the No 1 spot at the North American box office over the Labor Day weekend.  After debuting on Friday with a respectable $6.05m, the supernatural thriller has consolidated its position with an estimated $17.7m for its opening three days and should comfortably pass $20m by tomorrow night.  John Hillcoat’s Prohibition-era thriller, Lawless, which opened last Wednesday, has grossed an estimated $9.67m so far this weekend, taking its five day tally to $11.8m.  Its return is broadly in line with realistic expectations.  GE

 

 

Daily Index (August 30, 2012) #1 Movie

 

1. The Expendables 2 – $1,052,413

2. Lawless – $1,006,363

3. 2016 Obama’s America – $754,399

 

The Weinstein Company has opted for a six-day opening for John Hillcoat’s hard-edged Prohibition-era thriller, ‘Lawless’, starring Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain.  Having led the North American box office on its Wednesday debut grossing $1.14 million, its slight fall on Thursday suggests that it does not have the legs to head the box office after the Labour Day weekend.  With no other obvious challenges, the door seems open for the Sam Rami produced ‘The Possession’ to take the honours.  It opened yesterday and falls back on the Freudian girl possessed theme familiar to the supernatural genre.  The experienced Ole Bornedal (Just Another Love Story, Nightwatch) was in the director’s chair.  GE

 

 

Weekend Index (August 24-26, 2012)

 

1. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $13.4m ($52.2m) (1)

2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) UPI $9.3m ($85.5m) (2)

3. ParaNorman (Focus Features) FFI $8.6m (28.2m) (3)

4. The Campaign (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.4m (64.5m) (4)

5. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.2m ($422.2m)

 

The top three remained the same at the North American box office during the weakest grossing weekend of the year.  Expendables 2 fell by 53% in the No 1 spot to a disappointing $13.4m during its second weekend with the overall tally of $52.2m being significantly less than its predecessor at the same stage.  The Bourne Legacy, in second place, is set to be lowest performer of the franchise after a $9.34m return took its total to a mediocre $85.5m after 17 days.  Focus will be reasonably satisfied with ParaNorman’s $8.64m gross in third position, a dip of just 39% after its debut weekend.  The highest opener, Premium Rush, could only muster $6.03m to finish eighth.

 

 

Daily Index (August 24, 2012) #1 Movie

 

‘The Expendables 2’ $3.7m gross

 

‘Expendables 2’ is set to retain the top position at the North American box office during a slow weekend across the board.  After grossing a disappointing $3.7m on Friday, Liongate’s action movie is now forecast to take $12.7m by the end of the weekend, which would represent a 60% fall.  The Bourne Legacy was the second highest earner on Friday with $2.7m, and weekend projections currently stand at $9.m.  GE 25 August 2012

 

 

Weekend Index (August 17-19, 2012)

 

1. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate) Lionsgate Int’l $28.8m (NR)

2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) UPI $17m ($69.6m) (1)

3. ParaNorman (Focus Features) FFI $14m (-)

4. The Campaign (Warner Bros) WBPI $13.4m ($51.7m) (2)

5. Sparkle (TriStar) SPRI $12m (NR)

 

Lionsgate’s ‘The Expendables 2’ claimed the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office but underperformed on a flat $28.8m.  During a generally quiet weekend, ‘The Bourne Legacy’ fell 55% from last week’s launch to $17m in line with Universal’s forecast after disappointing Friday returns.  ‘ParaNorman’ grossed $14m in third place, broadly in line with Focus’ expectations, but another new release, ‘Sparkle’, could only muster a below par $12m in fifth.   ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ crossed the $400m milestone after grossing another $11.1m.

 

 

Daily Index (August 17, 2012) #1 Movie

 

‘The Expendables 2’ $10.5m gross

 

‘The Expendables 2’ grossed $10.5m on Friday during its opening weekend at the North American box office and appears to be on course for a three day tally of $27m.  Although it will secure the No 1 spot, the return is almost $3m less than the original achieved on its opening day.  ‘The Bourne Legacy’ was the nearest rival but could only muster a disappointing $5.3m during its second weekend, representing a fall of 62% .  Two other new releases, ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Sparkle’, are level pegging in third place around the $4.5m mark.

 

 

Weekend Index (August 10-12, 2012)

 

1. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) UPI $40.3m (NE)

2. The Campaign (Warner Bros) WBPI $27.4m (NE)

3. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) WBPI $19.5m $390.1m (1)

4. Hope Springs (Sony) SPRI $15.6m $20.1m (NE)

5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dogs Days (Fox) Fox Int’l $8.2m $30.6m (3)

 

The Bourne Legacy topped the North American weekend box office on $40.3m in line with Saturday’s revised forecast.  Two other new entries, The Campaign and Hope Springs, both performed strongly, finishing second and fourth on $27.4m and $15.6m respectively. The Dark Knight Rises fell to third on $19.5m after three weeks at No 1, taking its overall domestic tally to $390.1 million.  Universal’s per-screen average for The Bourne Legacy was $10,749.  GE 13 August 2012

 

 

Daily Index (August 10, 2012) #1 Movie

 

The Bourne Legacy $14m gross

 

Universal’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ has exceeded expectations at the North American box office grossing $14 million on Friday.  The fourth of the franchise is set to dislodge ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ from the weekend No 1 spot with a revised forecast of $41 million.  TDKR took a respectable $5.6 million and it is likely to finish the weekend with a final tally being approximately half that for ‘The Bourne Legacy’.

 

 

Weekend Index (August 3-5, 2012)

 

1. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) WBPI $36.4m ($354.6m) (1)

2. Total Recall (Sony) SPRI $26m (NE)

3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dogs Days (Fox) Fox International $14.7m (NE)

4. Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) Fox International $8.4m ($131.9m) (2)

5.The Watch (Fox) Fox International $6.4m ($25.4m) (3)

 

Disappointing openings from the Total Recall remake and the third in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid franchise left The Dark Knight Rises the clear winner at North America’s weekend box office.

 

The Dark Knight Rises grossed slightly more than estimated with $36.4m during its third weekend, taking its overall tally to $354.6m.

 

Total Recall fell short of the expected $30m mark, finishing the weekend on $26m in second spot.

 

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dogs Days could only muster $14.7m in third place after its two predecessors both opened in excess of $20m.  GE 6 August 2012
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