Box Office

North America - Weekend Index

  • Estimates prematurely gave ‘American Sniper’ a new record

    February 2nd, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Actuals reveal that 'American Sniper' fell short of the Super Bowl weekend record by $0.5m.

  • ‘American Sniper’ goes from strength to strength

    January 26th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood's controversial 'American Sniper' went from strength to strength at the North American box office with the highest ever January weekend holdover and an extraordinary $17,444 per theatre average.

  • ‘American Sniper’ smashes MLK weekend record

    January 19th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood’s controversial R-rated 'American Sniper' smashed the North American box office record books over the weekend with the highest ever January three day opening and has already surpassed the previous Martin Luther King holiday four day high with Monday still to come.

  • ‘American Sniper’ rewrites box office record books

    January 5th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood's Navy SEAL thriller, 'American Sniper', rewrote the record books at the North American speciality box office with a sensational $160,000 per-location average from four theatres during its second weekend in play.

  • Navy SEAL thriller grabs the headlines

    December 29th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood's R-rated 'American Sniper', starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, grabbed the headlines at the North American box office after bagging a sensational $212,000 average off four theatres and an exceptionally rare 'A+' CinemaScore from first night audiences.

  • ‘Five Armies’ revives box office

    December 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Peter Jackson’s 'The Hobbit : The Battle Of Five Armies' enlivened the North American box office with a strong $90.6m five-day opening above expectations off 3,875 theatres and should play well over the Christmas period after receiving a powerful 'A- CinemaScore from first night audiences.

  • Soft win for ‘Exodus’

    December 15th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Ridley Scott’s $140m 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, won the North American weekend box office with a $24.5m haul but there is no course for celebration at Fox.

  • ‘Mockingjay’ takes advantage of limited competition

    December 8th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' easily won the North American weekend box office for the third time but there was little by way of competition.

  • Outstanding launch for Oscar contender

    December 1st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Serious Oscar contender, 'The Imitation Game', made a massive splash at the North American weekend speciality box office where it averaged a massive $120,000 from four theatres , two apiece in New York and Los Angeles.

  • ‘Mockingjay’ falls below expectations

    November 24th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Lionsgate’s 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1', starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, grossed $123m at the North American weekend box office for the year's highest opening but trailed the franchise's first two instalments by $29m and $35m respectively with a higher than expected drop.

  • WW2 drama wins weekend box office

    October 20th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    David Ayer’s R-rated WW2 drama, 'Fury', starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, comfortably won the North American weekend box office after debuting with an impressive $23.5m from 3155 theatres.

  • Rare R-rated repeat win

    October 13th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Gone Girl’ became the first R-rated film since Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' to claim a repeat win at the North American weekend box office after coming from behind on Friday night for the second consecutive week.

  • ‘Gone Girl’ wins titanic box office battle

    October 6th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    David Fincher’s Oscar hopeful, ‘Gone Girl’ defeats low-budget horror, 'Annabelle’ by just $0.4m at the top of the North American weekend box office.

  • ‘The Equaliser’ sets new record

    September 29th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Sony's TV reboot, 'The Equaliser', became September's highest ever R-rated debut at the North American weekend box office after grossing a powerful $35m from 3,236 theatres.

  • ‘The Maze Runner’ easily wins domestic weekend box office

    September 22nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox’s YA sci-fi thriller, ‘The Maze Runner’, starring Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter, celebrated a commanding $32.5m opening weekend from 3,604 North American theatres at the high end of market expectations.

  • ‘No Good Deed’ excels at the North American box office

    September 15th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Sony's PG13-rated, 'No Good Deed', starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, defied market analysts with a comfortable win at the North American weekend box office, the third of the year for producer Will Packer.

  • Superhero extravaganza recaptures No.1 spot

    August 25th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Disney/Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' returned to the No.1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing a strong $17.5m over the three days.

  • Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’ arrives at No.1

    July 28th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Luc Besson's R-rated sci-fi adventure, 'Lucy', starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, grossed a powerful $44m from 3,173 theatres during its opening weekend at the North American box office.

  • ‘Boyhood’ enjoys strong expansion

    July 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The speciality market grabbed the headlines at the North American weekend box office with Richard Linklater's early Oscar hopeful, 'Boyhood', grossing a stunning $1.2m after expanding from five to 34 theatres during its second weekend in play.

  • Fox’s reboot ‘Apes’ sequel smashes forecasts

    July 14th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    As the weekend's only wide release at the North American box office, Fox's reboot sequel, 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes', capitalised on a powerful 'A-' CinemaScore and outstanding reviews to smash studio and analyst projections.

  • ‘Transformers 4′ to strong for newcomers

    July 8th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ was too strong for the holiday new releases during a quiet session at the North American weekend box office and becomes the first film since ‘Captain America 2′ to retain the No.1 position.

  • ‘Transformers 4’ sets new 2014 high

    June 30th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Michael Bay's blockbuster, 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, is not only the year's highest North American opener but also hit the $100m weekend milestone to boot.

  • Close battle at the North American box office

    June 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Tim Story's $28m niche feature, 'Think Like a Man Too', starring Kevin Hart, won the battle of Sony comedy sequels at the North American weekend box office - just.

  • 2nd highest ever R-rated comedy opening

    June 16th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Phil Lord's and Christopher Miller's 22 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, grossed a stunning $60m from 3,306 theatres for the North American weekend box office's second highest ever R-rated comedy opening.

  • Against the grain distribution pays off for young adult drama

    June 9th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fan girls turned out in droves for Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars, when it arrived at the North American box office with a stunning $48.2m weekend.

  • ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ on a par with other May tentpoles

    May 27th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ opened in North America with $91.4m over the three day session and $111m during the Memorial Day weekend as a whole, which is on a par with 'Godzilla' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', the other two tentpoles to arrive in the territory during the last month.

  • ‘Godzilla’ just short of year’s highest opening

    May 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Godzilla finished its opening weekend at the North American box office just $1.8m short of Captain America 2's year high but still exceeded studio expectations by a whopping $23m.

  • ‘Neighbours’ cruises to easy win

    May 12th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's R-rated comedy, 'Neighbours', blew away the opposition at the North American box office with a spectacular $51m opening weekend, a good $10m above market expectations.

  • ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ does enough

    May 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' landed in North America with a reasonable $92m weekend haul, which fell $10m short of the top end predictions but was high enough not to derail Sony's long term plans for the franchise.

  • ‘The Other Woman’ over-performs during quiet session

    April 27th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Nick Cassavetes’ PG-13 rated ‘The Other Woman’, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, easily won a quiet North American weekend box office after grossing a strong $25.4m from 3,240 theatres over the three days.

  • Turturro’s new comedy off to a flyer

    April 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The speciality market grabbed the headlines at the North American box office when John Turturro’s new comedy, 'Fading Gigolo', starring Woody Allen, massively exceeded expectations at the weekend with the second best limited debut of the year so far.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes advantage of Rio 2’s stumble

    April 14th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' comes from behind to win the North American weekend box office as Rio 2 fails to sustain strong start.

  • ‘Captain America 2′ destroys opposition

    April 6th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, dominated the North American box office, comfortably exceeding market expectations with a commanding $96m opening weekend from a market-high 3,938 theatres.

  • ‘Noah’ takes market by surprise

    March 31st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Darren Aronofsky's controversial Old Testament adaptation, 'Noah', comfortably exceeded expectations at the North American box office with a strong $44m weekend.

  • Divergent’s opening sets up franchise

    March 24th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Neil Burger’s ‘Divergent’, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, opened with a $56m weekend at the North American box office, being slightly off the pace for hitting top end forecasts but setting up a potentially strong run after receiving an 'A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences.

  • Comfortable win for ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’

    March 10th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros '300: Rise Of An Empire', starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, easily won the North American weekend box office with a strong $45m from 3470 theatres.

  • Stunning opening for ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    March 9th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' debuted in North America's speciality market with a stunning $200,000 per screen average.

  • ‘Non-Stop’ wins weekend battle

    March 3rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal continued its strong year at the North American box office with 'Non-Stop' becoming the studio's third film to open in top position following 'Lone Survivor' and 'Ride Along'.

  • New releases are no match for ‘The Lego Movie’

    February 24th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros expansion of the 'The Lego Movie' from 3,375 to 3,890 theatres paid off at the North American weekend box office with the animated comedy grossing a powerful $31.4m over the three days.

  • Sensational opening for Lego animation

    February 10th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros struck gold with their first animation feature for three years, 'The Lego Movie', after a Saturday flurry powered it to a sensational $69m opening weekend from 3,375 theatres at the North American box office.

  • Strong second weekend hold for ‘Ride Along’

    January 27th, 2014 - admin

    Universal's ‘Ride Along’ easily retained the No. 1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing a further $21.1m over the three days.

  • ‘Ride Along’ smashes record

    January 20th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Tim Story's 'Ride Along' smashed the MLK weekend record on its North American launch, grossing a whopping $48.1m from 2,663 theatres over the extended four-day session.

  • ‘Lone Survivor’ massively over performs

    January 13th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor’, starring Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch, grossed a stunning $38.5m upon going wide to easily win the North American weekend box office.

  • Slight increase for North American box office

    January 1st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The North American box office grossed $10.763b for the year ending December 29, 2013 being a 0.8% ($90m) increase on the corresponding period last year.

  • Close box office win for ‘Hobbit 2’

    December 30th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    For the second consecutive weekend, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' overturned a slight Friday deficit to win the North American box office.

  • ‘The Hobbit 2’ retains top spot after Saturday push

    December 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ came from behind after Friday to retain the No.1 spot at the North American weekend box office.

  • ‘American Hustle’ off to a flyer

    December 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The speciality market grabbed the headlines at the North American weekend box office when David O Russell's 'American Hustle' opened in six theatres with a whopping $115,000 per-site average.

  • ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ smash Thanksgiving record

    December 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Both 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen' have smashed the existing $82m Thanksgiving record of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone' as the North American box office enjoyed a bumper session.

  • Hunger Games 2 catches fire after quiet Friday

    November 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuted on $161m at the North American weekend box office in line with more conservative market forecasts.

  • Outstanding launch for ‘The Best Man Holiday’

    November 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Best Man Holiday' exceeded market expectations by more than $10m upon its North American release, finishing the weekend on an outstanding $30.5m from just 2,024 theatres.

  • ‘Ender’s Game’ makes solid start

    November 4th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Gavin Hood's sci-fi adventure, 'Ender's Game', starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford, grossed a respectable $28m to win the North American weekend box office.

  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa topples Gravity

    October 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, starring Johnny Knoxville, grossed a solid $32m at the North American weekend box office to end Gravity's three week reign in the No. 1 spot.

  • Strong opening for ’12 Years A Slave’ in the speciality market

    October 21st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Fears surrounding the marketability of Steve McQueen's award season contender, '12 Years A Slave', fell away over its opening weekend in the North American speciality market.

  • ‘Gravity’ in complete control

    October 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Gravity’ continued to control the North American box office, after grossing a commanding $31m during its third weekend in play.

  • ‘Gravity’ over performs during second weekend

    October 13th, 2013 - admin

    Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ enjoyed a stunning $44.3m second weekend hold at the North American box office, representing a much lower than expected 21% fall.

  • ‘Gravity’ rockets to No.1

    October 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' made a flying start at the North American weekend box office, exceeding market expectations by $15m to set a new October record.

  • Solid win for ‘Meatballs 2’

    September 30th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' grossed $35m in line with Friday's revised estimates to easily win the weekend's North American box office.

  • Strong reviews and word of mouth drive ‘Prisoners’

    September 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Denis Villleneuve’s Toronto hit, ‘Prisoners', starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, opened with an imposing $21.4m at the North American weekend box office but remains a difficult film to predict.

  • ‘Riddick’ flaters to deceive

    September 9th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The Vin Diesel-vehicle, 'Riddick', easily won the North American weekend box office but with no other wide releases and Lee Daniels’ 'The Butler' entering its fourth week, it is more a reflection on the lack of competition than a strong performance.

  • ‘The Butler’ mounts astonishing recovery

    September 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Butler' comes from behind to beat ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ after a late push at the North American box office

  • Easy win for Lee Daniel’s The Butler during quiet weekend

    August 26th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Lee Daniels' The Butler' easily won the North American box office, grossing a further $17m for a strong second weekend hold.

  • ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ off to a flying start in North America

    August 19th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Lee Daniels’ The Butler' grossed an outstanding $25m over the weekend, fully justifying Weinstein’s decision to launch the historical drama in a high 2,933 theatres, rather than the more usual 'slow burn' platform release for award contenders.

  • ‘Elysium’ falters at the box office

    August 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ grossed $30.4m to take the No.1 spot at the North American box office but, with competition from three other wide releases, it finished almost $5m below Sony's expectations.

  • Universal retains grip on domestic box office

    August 5th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Universal continued its strong year with '2 Guns' becoming its seventh No.1 at the North America box office from nine releases.

  • ‘Blue Jasmine’ off to a flyer

    July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Woody Allen grabbed the headlines at the North America weekend box office when his latest comedy, 'Blue Jasmine', became only the sixth film in history to debut with a per-screen average in excess of $100,000.

  • James Wan’s low budget horror flick destroys expensive rivals

    July 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Conjuring' exceeded all expectations at the North American box office with an outstanding $41.5m debut during a weekend that witnessed two more high budget failures.

  • ‘Pacific Rim’ falters on its North American opening

    July 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Guillermo del Toro’s space adventure, 'Pacific Rim' became another victim of the summer's overcrowded tentpole market, grossing a lukewarm $38.3m on its North American debut.

  • Despicable Me 2 has record breaking debut

    July 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Despicable Me 2 toppled Toy Story 3's record for an animated film's highest ever five-day opening at the North America box office, grossing a whopping $142.1m over the extended Independence Day weekend.

  • Strong turnout for ‘Monsters University’

    July 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Pixar's 'Monsters University' enjoyed a strong second weekend hold, grossing a further $46.2m to retain the No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

  • ‘Monsters University’ excels at the North American box office

    June 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Pixar boasted its 14th consecutive No. 1 opening weekend at the North American box office after 'Monsters University' grossed an outstanding $82m following its Friday release.

  • Superman reboot sets new record

    June 17th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Zach Snyder’s 'Man of Steel' made a flying start at the North American weekend box office with the highest ever June debut.

  • ‘The Purge’ grosses twelve times its production budget

    June 10th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Universal cashed in at the North American weekend box office when its home-invasion thriller ‘The Purge’, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley, claimed the No. 1 spot with an outstanding $36.4m.

  • ‘After Earth’ fails to make impression

    June 3rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Fast & Furious 6' had an easy win at the North American weekend box office when 'After Earth' failed to mount its expected challenge.

  • Strong openings for indie films in the speciality market

    May 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight' made a stunning impact on the domestic speciality market, opening in five locations for an outstanding $64,400 average.

  • ‘Fast & Furious 6’ drives box office to a new US holiday weekend high

    May 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Fast & Furious 6 almost doubled The Hangover Part III's tally over the Memorial weekend as the two franchises came head to head with high profile openings at the North American box office.

  • ‘Iron Man 3′ takes North America by storm

    May 6th, 2013 - admin

    ‘Iron Man 3′ exploded into the top spot of the North American box office with the second highest opening weekend of all time.

  • Weekend Index (April 26-28, 2013)

    April 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain', starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, won the North American weekend box office but its $20m return was below market expectations.

  • Weekend Index (April 19-21, 2013)

    April 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    As the only wide opener, Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' was always going to win the North American weekend box office but its $38.2m tally was far higher than pre-release projections.

  • Weekend Index (April 12-14, 2013)

    April 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The Jackie Robinson biopic, ’42′, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, gave Warner Bros some welcome respite from a disappointing year at the North American box office, when it massively over-performed during the weekend.

  • Weekend Index (April 5-7, 2013)

    April 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The 'Evil Dead' reboot, starring Jane Levy, won the North American weekend box office, after grossing an impressive $26m.

  • Weekend Index (March 29-31, 2013)

    April 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'G.I. Joe: Retaliation', starring Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum, won the North American weekend box office after grossing a commanding $41.2m.

  • Weekend Index (March 15-17, 2013)

    March 19th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The big story of the weekend belonged to Harmony Korine's crime comedy, 'Spring Breakers', which averaged a walloping $90K per screen average during its limited three theatre opening.

  • Weekend Index (March 1-3, 2013)

    March 4th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The first tentpole of the year, 'Jack the Giant Slayer', failed to justify its mega-budget when returning a lacklustre $28m during the film's opening weekend at the North American box office.

  • Weekend Index (February 22-24, 2013)

    February 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Universal's 'Identity Thief' returned to the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing an impressive $14.1m.

  • Weekend Index (February 15-17, 2013)

    February 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'A Good Day to Die Hard', starring Bruce Willis, made a recovery from a lacklustre Friday to finish the weekend on $25m.

  • Weekend Index (February 8-10, 2013)

    February 11th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Identity Thief' overcame the elements to gross $36.6m in dominating the North American weekend box office.

  • Weekend Index (February 1-3, 2013)

    February 4th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Summit’s 'Warm Bodies' easily won the North American weekend box office, grossing $19.5m over the three days.

  • Weekend Index (January 25-27, 2013)

    January 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters', starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, grossed a reasonable $19m to take the top spot at the North American weekend box office.

  • Weekend Index (January 18-20, 2013)

    January 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Andy Muschietti’s debut feature, 'Mama', took control of the North American weekend box office, grossing a huge $28.1m over the three days, far higher than market expectations.

  • Weekend Index (January 11-13, 2013)

    January 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty', easily claimed the top spot at the North American weekend box office after expanding from 60 to 2,937 sites ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.

  • Weekend Index (January 4-6, 2013)

    January 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Texas Chainsaw 3D' has claimed the No 1 spot from 'The Hobbit' at the weekend North American box office after grossing $23m for a $8,785 per site average.

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North America - Friday Index

  • Highest Feb opening for ‘Fifty Shades’

    February 15th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Universal's 'Fifty Shades of Grey' grossed an outstanding $30.2m at North America's Friday box office for the highest ever February opening.

  • ‘American Sniper’ on course for another record

    February 1st, 2015 - Graham Eley

    All eyes are on Clint Eastwood’s controversial 'American Sniper' after it grossed a further $10m at Friday's North American box office, giving it a realistic shot at heading for the highest ever Super Bowl weekend.

  • ‘American Sniper’ enjoys another bumper Friday

    January 25th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood's controversial 'American Sniper' continued to grab the headlines with another spectacular Friday at the North American box office.

  • ‘American Sniper’ sets new record with wide release

    January 18th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Multiple Oscar nominations and powerful word of mouth since its limited release in the speciality market have propelled Clint Eastwood’s 'American Sniper' to a stunning $30.5m record breaking January single day after going wide on Friday at the North American box office.

  • ‘Selma’ under-performs after wide expansion

    January 11th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Selma's disastrous week continued when Paramount expanded Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama from 22 to 2,179 theatres at the North American box office.

  • ‘The Woman In Black’ sequel enjoys strong Friday

    January 4th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Tom Harper's 'The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death' exceeded expectations at the North American box office with a strong $7.7m opening Friday from 2,602 theatres (including $1.5m off Thursday previews).

  • ‘Five Armies’ heading for repeat win

    December 28th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' is heading for a repeat weekend win at the North American box office after enjoying a strong $15.6m Friday.

  • ‘Five Armies’ on pace for bumper weekend

    December 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Peter Jackson’s 'The Hobbit:The Battle Of Five Armies' grossed another $16.5m at the North American Friday box office, taking its tally to a strong $50.9m after just three days in play.

  • ‘Exodus’ disappoints during opening Friday

    December 14th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Ridley Scott’s biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, grossed a lacklustre $8.6m during its opening Friday at the North American box office, including $1.2m from Thursday previews.

  • Solid hold for ‘Mockingjay’

    December 7th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' grossed a reasonable $6.5m at Friday's North American box office as it continued to hold well on the back of an 'A-' CinemaScore after a comparatively disappointing opening weekend.

  • Box office race is a foregone conclusion

    November 30th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' is heading for an easy win at the North American Thanksgiving weekend box office after grossing $24m on Friday.

  • Mixed messages for ‘Mockingjay’

    November 22nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Lionsgate’s 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' made a comparatively slow start on Friday at the North American box office but there is still time to recover.

  • ‘Fury’ on pace for a $25m weekend win

    October 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    David Ayer’s R-rated WW2 drama, 'Fury', starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, is heading for an easy win at the North American weekend box office after a strong $8.8m opening Friday (inc $1.2m Thursday night takings) from 3155 theatres.

  • ‘Dracula Untold’ sets up another close battle

    October 12th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's horror reboot, 'Dracula Untold', starring Luke Evans, arrived at the North American box office with an outstanding $8.9m Friday to set up another close contest for the weekend crown.

  • ‘Gone Girl’ on pace for Fincher record

    October 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Oscar hopeful, ‘Gone Girl’, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is on course for David Fincher’s highest ever North American weekend debut but faces stiff competition from low budget R-rated horror ‘Annabelle’.

  • ‘The Equaliser’ off to a flyer

    September 27th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Sony's R-rated TV reboot, 'The Equaliser', enjoyed a bumper $12.6m opening Friday at the North American box office from 3,236 theatres (inc $1.45m from Thursday night previews).

  • Strong opening for YA sci-fi thriller

    September 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox’s YA sci-fi thriller, ‘The Maze Runner’, starring Dylan O'Brien,  Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter, enjoyed a strong opening Friday at the North American box office, grossing $11m from 3,604 theatres.

  • ‘Guardians’ on course for easy repeat win

    August 30th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Marvel/Disney 's superhero extravaganza, 'Guardians of the Galaxy', is set to retain the top spot at the North American box office after five weekends in play.

  • Close race at the top

    August 24th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    YA adaptation newcomer and superhero extravaganza go neck and neck during a soft weekend at the North American box office.

  • Besson’s scifi thriller enjoys bumper Friday

    July 26th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Luc Besson's sci-fi thriller, 'Lucy', starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, got off to a flyer at the North American box office with an outstanding $17m opening Friday from 3,173 theatres.

  • ‘Apes 2’ to retain top spot

    July 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox's 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' grossed an impressive $10.4m at Friday's North American box office, slightly ahead of already high expectations.

  • ‘Transformers 4’ heading for easy win

    July 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ will be the first film since 'Captain America 2' to retain the No.1 position at the North American weekend box office but there is little by way of competition.

  • ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ on pace for highest opening of the year

    June 28th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Michael Bay's latest blockbuster, 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, is on course for the highest opening of the year so far at the North American weekend box office after grossing a powerful $41.3m on Friday (including Thursday previews).

  • Lord/Miller directing duo catches markets off-guard for 2nd time this year

    June 15th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are heading for their second opening weekend of the year that massively exceeds expectations at the North American box office after '22 Jump Street' arrived with a stunning $25m on Friday.

  • Social media buzz drives ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

    June 8th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fan girls' huge social media buzz translated into box office success as Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s bestseller, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, landed in North America with a spectacular $26m opening Friday (including late Thursday previews).

  • Confident opening for ‘Maleficent’

    May 31st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Disney’s $180m Black Beauty update, 'Maleficent’, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, enjoyed a powerful $24.2m opening Friday (inc Thursday night previews) at the North American box office.

  • Market absorbs tentpole saturation

    May 25th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' is the third tentpole to arrive in North America during the last month and looks set for a similar opening weekend as the others.

  • Giant lizard remake mauls the opposition

    May 18th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' Godzilla has a shot at beating Captain America 2's $95m highest opening weekend of the year after landing in North America with a jaw dropping $38.5m Friday (including $9.3m from Thursday night previews).

  • R-rated comedy enjoys spectacular opening

    May 10th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's R-rated comedy, 'Neighbours', starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, has hugely exceeded expectations at the North American box office with a stunning $19.5m opening Friday.

  • ‘Spidey 2’ makes Sony sweat

    May 4th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Sony's 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, arrived in North America with a so-so $35.5m opening Friday (including $8.7m for late Thursday screenings) in line with expectations after market analysts revised forecasts downwards.

  • Another box office failure for Johnny Depp

    April 20th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The Easter holiday is traditionally a difficult one at the North America box office but nobody could have anticipated Transcendence's catastrophic opening, which marks Johnny Depp's fourth consecutive box office failure.

  • ‘Rio 2’ establishes early lead

    April 13th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox's Rio 2 had the slenderest of leads over Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Friday when both films over-performed in the battle for the weekend No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

  • ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ blitzes domestic box office

    April 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The latest Marvel/Disney tentpole, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, landed in North America with a whacking $37m on Thursday night (starting at a comparatively early 20.00) and Friday.

  • Strong Friday opening for ‘Noah’

    March 30th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah', starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins, grossed a strong $15.2m at Friday's North American box office, leaving it on pace for a $39m opening weekend.

  • ‘Divergent’ builds platform for franchise success

    March 22nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Neil Burger's 'Divergent', starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, did enough on Friday at the North American box office for Lionsgate to continue with its proposed three film franchise and, with an 'A' CinemaScore from first night audiences, the Veronica Roth adaptation has built a decent platform notwithstanding missing out on high end forecasts.

  • ‘Need For Speed’ crashes at North American box office

    March 16th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    DreamWorks' PG-13 rated 'Need For Speed', starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, fell flat on Friday at the North American box office when it grossed a soft $6.6m from 3,115 theatres with huge 3D 'premium rate' coverage.

  • ‘300’ sequel heading for easy win

    March 8th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros '300: Rise Of An Empire' grossed $17. 7m on Friday at the top end of market forecasts as it heads for an easy win at the North American weekend box office.

  • ‘Non-Stop’ makes strong start

    March 1st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's 'Non-Stop', starring Liam Neeson, comfortably exceeded expectations on its opening Friday at the North American box office, grossing a strong $10.6m from 3,090 theatres.

  • Toy blockbuster builds momentum

    February 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Lego Movie' grossed an impressive $7.3m at Friday's North American box office, putting it on pace for a higher than expected $32m over the three days.

  • ‘The Lego Movie’ off to a flyer

    February 9th, 2014 - admin

    Warner Bros' first animation feature for three years, 'The Lego Movie', grossed a whopping $17m from 3,375 theatres on its Friday launch to take market analysts by surprise.

  • Ride Along challenges MLK weekend record

    January 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    After grossing a sensational $14.4m on its Friday opening at the North American box office, Ride Along has a shot at beating Cloverfield's $46.1m MLK weekend record, which has stood for over 5 years.

  • Navy SEAL drama excels at the domestic box office

    January 12th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor', starring Mark Wahlberg as real life war hero, Marcus Luttrell, massively exceeded studio and market predictions by grossing a mighty $14.4m on Friday at the North American box office.

  • Franchise spin off takes a slight lead

    January 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Paramount's low budget horror spin off, 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' led the North American box office on Friday but only received a 'C' CinemaScore.

  • ‘Frozen’ excels at the North American box office

    December 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Disney's 'Frozen' cashed in on the family audience to gross a spectacular $10.2m from 3,335 theatres during a busy Friday at the North American box office.

  • Close battle for the weekend No.1 spot

    December 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Paramount's 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' edged ahead of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' at Friday's North American box office by the smallest of margins but will probably have to settle for second place over the weekend session once the family audiences turn out during Saturday and Sunday.

  • ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ takes control

    December 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth sequel, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, took control of the North American box office with a $31m opening Friday, including Thursday's midnight screenings, which puts it on pace for a $76m weekend.

  • ‘Hunger Games 2’ breaks record at the North American box office

    December 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' will smash the Thanksgiving five-day weekend record after grossing a further $31.2m on Friday.

  • Catching Fire on pace for the second highest launch of the year

    November 24th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Hunger Games: Catching Fire grossed $70.5m on its Friday debut at the North American box office and seems likely to finish the weekend within the same ballpark as the original's $152.5m.

  • ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in box office sensation

    November 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Malcolm D. Lee's sequel, 'The Best Man Holiday', took the market by surprise with an outstanding $10.7m opening Friday at the North American box office.

  • Solid launch for ‘Thor’ sequel

    November 10th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Thor: The Dark World' grossed $31.6m at the North American box office upon its Friday opening, which fell short of market predictions but was higher than the studio's modest expectations.

  • ‘Ender’s Game’ overcomes boycott

    November 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Gavin Hood's sci-fi adventure, 'Ender's Game', performed stronger than market expectations upon its North American launch to overcome the social media boycott campaign.

  • ‘Gravity’ set for third consecutive box office win

    October 19th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Gravity' grossed $9m on Friday for another outstanding start to the weekend at the North American box office.

  • Gravity massively exceeds expectations

    October 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    A combination of awards buzz and strong reviews propelled Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller to an astonishing $17.5m Friday (and late night Thursday) and takes it into potentially record breaking territory.

  • Confused market analysis could conceal strong performance

    September 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Extravagant predictions of a $43-45m opening weekend at the North American box office for 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' look widely inaccurate.

  • Strong opening for Toronto hit

    September 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Denis Villleneuve’s Toronto hit, 'Prisoners', starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, overcame its R-rating and 253mins running time to gross a strong $7m Friday debut at the North American box office.

  • Lightning strikes again at the North American box office

    September 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    ‘Saw’ director, James Wan, has done it again; blowing box office projections out of the water with his latest low budget horror flick.

  • ‘Riddick’ fails to set box office alight

    September 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    As the only major wide release, there was little doubt that Riddick, the third part of David Twohy's sci-fi trilogy, would win the North American weekend box office but, after Friday's $7.3m return, the margin will be less than some market predictions but in line with Universals' distribution expectations.

  • Morgan Spurlock’s boy band concert doc hits the mark at the box office

    September 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Sony's 'One Direction: This Is Us' has gained control of the North American box office, grossing a high $8.9m on its Friday debut.

  • North American box office faces quiet weekend

    August 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    An end of summer lull has hit the North American box office with the weekend's three wide releases failing to make an impact, leaving 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' on course to easily retain the No.1 spot.

  • ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ exceeds expectations at the North American box office

    August 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Lee Daniels' The Butler' fully justified Weinstein's decision to release the awards contender in a high 2,933 theatres, grossing a fabulous $8.3m on Friday for a $8,300 per-screen average.

  • ‘Elysium’ leads openers during crowded box office

    August 10th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Neill Blomkamp’s 'Elysium' led the pack of four wide openers at the North America box office after grossing $11.2m on Friday but its tally was still a tad below expectations.

  • ‘2 Guns’ exceeds expectations

    August 4th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Baltasar Kormákur's '2 Guns', starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, made a strong start at the North America box office, grossing an unexpected $10m on Friday.

  • ‘The Wolverine’ dominates on North American opening but falls short of expectations

    July 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    James Mangold's 'The Wolverine', the sixth instalment of the X-Men film franchise, grossed an average $21m during its North American opening on Friday and late Thursday.

  • Low budget ‘The Conjuring’ leaves tentpoles standing

    July 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Conjuring' took market analysts by surprise, grossing an outstanding $17m during an overcrowded Friday at the North American box office for new releases.

  • Del Toro’s fantasy adventure disappoints on its North American debut

    July 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Guillermo del Toro’s high-budget 'Pacific Rim' fell short of market expectations at the North American box office, grossing $14.6m on its Friday (and late Thursday) debut.

  • ‘Despicable Me 2’ on pace for $136m extended domestic weekend

    July 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Despicable Me 2' grossed a further $30m at Friday's North American box office, taking its running total to an outstanding $89.5m since Wednesday's release.

  • ‘The Heat’ too hot for ‘White House Down’ to handle

    June 30th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'The Heat' exceeded expectations at the North American box office, finishing a mere $0.7m behind 'Monsters University' on Friday, but from 822 less theatres.

  • New releases over perform at the North American box office

    June 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Monsters University' and 'World War Z' both exceeded expectations on their North American openings, leaving the weekend box office in line for a bumper weekend.

  • Superman reboot makes flying start

    June 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The first Superman movie for seven years, 'Man of Steel', exceeded market expectations on its North American debut when grossing an excellent $44m during Friday.

  • ‘The Purge’ breaks out

    June 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Universal’s $3m micro-budget home-invasion thriller 'The Purge', starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley, has taken the North American box office by storm, grossing a sensational $16.7m on its Friday debut.

  • ‘Fast & Furious 6’ looks set for weekend win

    June 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Fast & Furious 6' should easily retain its No. 1 spot at the North American weekend box office with 'After Earth' failing to justify Sony's high budget expectations.

  • ‘Fast & Furious 6’ sets the pace

    May 26th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Fast & Furious 6', which made a flying start in the UK last week, took control of the North American box office on Friday with an excellent $38m domestic debut.

  • Daily Index (May 3, 2013) #1 Movie

    May 5th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    There was only one show in town on Friday night as 'Iron Man 3' dominated the North American box office with a scintillating $68m debut.

  • Daily Index (April 26, 2013) #1 Movie

    April 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' under-performed at the North American box office, returning $7.5m on its Friday debut.

  • Daily Index (April 19, 2013) #1 Movie

    April 21st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    After a flying start at the international box office last weekend, Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' continued in the same vein during its North American debut, grossing a strong 13.3m on Friday.

  • Daily Index (April 12, 2013) #1 Movie

    April 13th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The Jackie Robinson biopic '42', made a flying start at the North American box office, grossing $9.1m on Friday.

  • Daily Index (April 5, 2013) #1 Movie

    April 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Safety in recycling the past continued at the North American box office with the weekend's two wide releases being a remake and a 3D re-release.

  • Daily Index (March 29, 2013) #1 Movie

    March 31st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'G.I. Joe: Retaliation', starring Dwayne Johnson, grossed a strong $15.5m on Good Friday to secure control of the North American box office.

  • Daily Index (March 15, 2013) #1 Movie

    March 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Harmony Korine's crime comedy, 'Spring Breakers', provided the main talking point, grossing a massive $32,000 per screen average during Friday's limited opening, ahead of next weekend's expansion.

  • Daily Index (March 8, 2013) #1 Movie

    March 10th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Sam Raimi's 'Oz the Great and Powerful', starring James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, made a solid start at the North American box office, grossing $24.1m on Friday.

  • Daily Index (March 1, 2013) #1 Movie

    March 3rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Jack the Giant Slayer' disappointed on its North American opening Friday but still had enough to claim the box office's top spot.

  • Daily Index (February 22, 2013) #1 Movie

    February 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Identity Thief', starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, could return to the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office.

  • Daily Index (February 15, 2013) #1 Movie

    February 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'A Good Day to Die Hard' marginally finished top of Friday's North American box office but its $7.2m return was at the lower end of expectations.

  • Daily Index (February 8, 2013) #1 Movie

    February 9th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Seth Gordon's 'Identity Thief', starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, grossed a strong $11.2m on its Friday opening to take control of the North American box office.

  • Daily Index (February 1, 2013) #1 Movie

    February 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Summit's 'Warm Bodies' took control of the North American box office after grossing a higher than expected $8.1m on its Friday opening.

  • Daily Index (25 January 2013)

    January 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters', starring Jeremy Renner, grossed a luke warm $6.02m on its Friday opening.

  • Daily Index (18 January 2013)

    January 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Mama' massively exceeds expectations on Friday launch

  • Daily Index (11 January 2013)

    January 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Sony went nationwide with 'Zero Dark Thirty ' on Friday and comfortably took the No 1 spot.

  • Daily Index (4 January 2013)

    January 5th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Lionsgate's 'The Texas Chainsaw 3D' topped the North American box office on its Friday debut after grossing a respectable estimated $10.2m in line with expectations.

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Market Reports

  • ‘Fifty Shades’ sets new preview record

    February 13th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Universal and Focus Features’ 'Fifty Shades of Grey' recorded North America's highest ever February preview returns when it arrived on Thursday night with a spectacular $8.6m off 2,830 theatres.

  • ‘American Sniper’ heading for another easy win

    January 31st, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood’s 'American Sniper' is heading for another easy win at the North American weekend box office as Warner Bros expands it to 3,885 theatres, a new high for a R-rated title.

  • ‘The Boy Next Door’ defies shocking reviews

    January 23rd, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Rob Cohen's torrid affair thriller, 'The Boy Next Door', starring Jennifer Lopez, grossed a strong $500,000 from 1,869 theatres upon arriving at the North American box office on Thursday night.

  • ‘Taken 3’ makes solid start

    January 10th, 2015 - Graham Eley

    Fox's action thriller, 'Taken 3', starring Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace, grossed a satisfactory $1.6m from Thursday night previews at the North American box office.

  • ‘The Woman In Black’ sequel heading for a steady start

    January 3rd, 2015 - Graham Eley

    'The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death' arrives in 2,602 North American theatres this weekend and should gross around $10m over the three days.

  • ‘Unbroken’ wins Christmas Day box office

    December 26th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' has won the North American Christmas Day box office after exceeding expectations with a strong $15.6m launch from 3,131 theatres.

  • ‘Five Armies’ lifts gloom

    December 20th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Peter Jackson’s 'The Hobbit:The Battle Of Five Armies' has grossed $34.4m after two days of release, giving a much needed boost to the North American box office.

  • ‘Exodus’ struggling domestically

    December 12th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Ridley Scott’s $140m biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, arrived at the North American box office on Thursday night with a sluggish $1.2m.

  • ‘Mockingjay’ heading for third straight win

    December 6th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' is set to win the North American box office for the third consecutive weekend and should finish the session just short of $25m.

  • Mockingjay dominates box office ahead of Thanksgiving weekend

    November 28th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    YA blockbuster, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' grossed $14.55m on Wednesday to remain in control of the North American box office one day before Thanksgiving but still fell below Liongate's expectations.

  • ‘Mockingjay’ hit by weather

    November 22nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' landed in North American theatres on Thursday night with a $17m haul, falling slightly below market expectations after east coast freeze.

  • War drama makes a winning start

    October 17th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    David Ayer's Oscar hopeful, 'Fury', starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, grossed a strong $1.2m from Thursday night previews after arriving in 2,489 North American theatres at 19.00 on its way to what looks like a comfortable weekend win.

  • ‘Dracula Untold’ to challenge Oscar hopeful

    October 10th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal/Legendary’s 'Dracula Untold' is currently going neck and neck with 'Gone Girl' for the weekend's highest pre-sales as the North American box office faces another tight race.

  • ‘The Equaliser’ set for strong weekend

    September 26th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Antoine Fuqua's R-rated 'The Equaliser', starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz, grossed a strong $1.45m on Thursday night after arriving at 19.00 in 2,693 North American theatres.

  • ‘The Maze Runner’ makes a so-so start

    September 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox's YA sci-fi thriller, 'The Maze Runner', starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter, grossed a fairly solid $1.1m on Thursday night after arriving at 10 p.m. in 2,200 North America theatres.

  • ‘November Man’ makes disappointing debut

    August 29th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Roger Donaldson's spy thriller, 'November Man', starring Pierce Brosnan, arrived in North American theatres on Wednesday night with a soft $862k and had to settle for fifth spot.

  • YA adaptation heading for top spot

    August 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    R.J. Cutler's YA adaptation of Gayle Forman's bestseller, 'If I Stay', starring Chloë Grace Moretz, grossed a strong $1.1m from Thursday North American previews after arriving at 19.00.

  • ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ on pace for August record

    August 2nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Guardians Of The Galaxy' is on pace to be North America's highest ever August weekend opening after grossing an outstanding $11.2m during Thursday night previews.

  • Corbijn’s thriller eyeing top ten

    July 26th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré's bestseller, 'A Most Wanted Man' has a shot at hitting the North American weekend top ten after making a lively start in the speciality market.

  • ‘Boyhood’ looking to breakout

    July 18th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    All eyes are on the North American speciality market where Richard Linklater's early Oscar hopeful, 'Boyhood', expands from 5 to 34 theatres during its second weekend in play and should exceed $1m over the three days.

  • Quiet launch for ‘Tammy’

    July 4th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle, 'Tammy', under-performs at the North American box office.

  • Tim Story looking for 2nd No.1 of the year

    June 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Tim Story's comedy sequel 'Think Like a Man Too', starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Jerry Ferrara, grossed an impressive $1.8m from 1,825 theatres when it arrived at the North American box office at 20.00 for Thursday previews.

  • ‘Jersey Boys’ could fall short of market estimates

    June 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of Broadway’s Four Season’s musical, ‘Jersey Boys’, could struggle to hit the $15m market estimates for the North American weekend session.

  • 22 Jump Street takes commanding early lead

    June 14th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Both of this weekend's wide releases, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2, are heading for bumper sessions at the North American box office.

  • Strong Thursday for ‘Maleficent’

    May 30th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Disney's $180m 'Maleficent', starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, seems on course for a $65m+ weekend at the North American box office in line with top end market forecasts, after grossing a strong $4.2m from Thursday night previews, which got under way at 19.00.

  • Bumper Memorial Day weekend ahead for X-Men’s latest instalment

    May 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    The third mega franchise pic to arrive in North America during the last month, 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', looks set for a bumper Memorial Day weekend.

  • ‘Godzilla’ hits the mark

    May 16th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' 'Godzilla' got off to a flyer on Thursday night with a monstrous $9.3m being a good $3m higher than market forecasts.

  • Close race at the North American box office

    May 10th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's R-rated comedy, Neighbours, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, debuts at the North American box office this weekend and has a shot at claiming the top spot from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

  • ‘Spidey 2’ disappoints on Thursday night

    May 2nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    After two successful weekends internationally, 'Amazing Spider-Man 2′ disappointed in North America with a relatively modest $8.7m when it landed late Thursday night.

  • The Other Woman set to win box office race

    April 25th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Fox's PG-13 rated The Other Woman looks set to end Captain America 2's reign at the top of the North American box office when it lands in 3,240 theatres this weekend.

  • Choppy waters for Pfister’s first feature in the director’s chair

    April 19th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Transcendence', the debut film from Oscar winning cinematographer, Wally Pfister ('Inception'), seems unlikely to make a significant impact on the North American box office after a quiet Thursday night opening.

  • ‘Rio 2′ in close battle with ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

    April 11th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Rio 2′ arrives in North America as the early favourite to win the weekend box office but it is not a foregone conclusion.

  • Superhero adventure exceeds expectations

    April 5th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' made a flying start at the North American box office, grossing a whacking $10.2m on Thursday night.

  • Promising start for Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

    March 29th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' made a confident start at the North American box office, grossing $1.6m on Thursday night.

  • Soft Thursday debut for Veronica Roth adaptation

    March 21st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Neil Burger's sic-fi thriller, 'Divergent', starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, arrived in North American theatres on late Thursday night with a slightly disappointing $4.9m.

  • Strong start for ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’

    March 7th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' '300: Rise Of An Empire', starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, grossed a strong $3.3m on Thursday night from 3470 theatres.

  • Expansion for ‘The Wind Rises’

    February 28th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Disney is expanding Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' from 21 to 500 screens at the North American box office following last weekend's encouraging opening in the speciality market when it grossed a $14,571 per screen average.

  • Lego animation set for third straight win

    February 22nd, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' 'The Lego Movie' has expanded from 3,375 to 3,890 theatres and will easily retain the No. 1 spot at the North American weekend box office.

  • ‘The Lego Movie’ heading for a strong hold

    February 15th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' ‘The Lego Movie’ remains active in 3,375 theatres for the President’s Day four-day holiday and will easily retain the top spot at the North American weekend box office.

  • Exceptional pre-sales for ‘The Lego Movie’

    February 7th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Warner Bros' 'The Lego Movie' could exceed $45m during its debut weekend.

  • ‘That Awkward Moment’ may fall below market forecasts

    February 1st, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Early estimates indicate that 'That Awkward Moment', starring Zach Efron, may fall as high as $4m below expectations.

  • ‘Ride Along’ should debut at No.1

    January 18th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal's 'Ride Along', starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, grossed a strong $1.1m on Thursday night as the action comedy began its North American roll out ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

  • ‘Lone Survivor’ heading for No.1 at North American box office

    January 11th, 2014 - Graham Eley

    Universal had high expectations for the Navy SEAL drama, 'Lone Survivor', and it seems set to deliver after receiving strong reviews, 51% of Fandango's weekend's advance ticket sales and a lively $1.5m from 1811 theatres during Thursday's late night screenings.

  • ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ encounters hostile audience reaction

    December 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Martin Scorsese’s 'Wolf of Wall Street' had an uncomfortable ride during the first two days of the extended North American weekend box office.

  • ‘Anchorman 2’ unlikely to debut at No.1

    December 21st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues', with Will Ferrell returning as Ron Burgundy, arrived in North American theatres on Wednesday and Thursday with an early $13.2m from 3,450 theatres.

  • Eye catching opening for ‘Frozen’

    November 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Disney Animation, 'Frozen', made a flying start at the North American box office, grossing a powerful $15.2m on Wednesday as the Thanksgiving session got under way.

  • ‘The Best Man Holiday’ set to recover production cost during debut weekend

    November 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Malcolm D. Lee's sequel, 'The Best Man Holiday' with Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs all returning from the original, should recoup its modest production cost of $17m and gain a little more upon opening in North America this weekend.

  • ‘Thor’ sequel could be in line for $95m weekend

    November 9th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    After a strong showing internationally, where it stands at $152.8m after seven days in play, 'Thor: The Dark World’ Roars' arrives in North America this weekend.

  • ‘Ender’s Game’ fails to excite social media

    November 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Gavin Hood's sci-fi adventure, 'Ender's Game', has enjoyed solid reviews and lively pre-sales but surprisingly quiet pre-release social media activity could be a hinderance.

  • New No.1 for Northern American box office

    October 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The arrival of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, starring Johnny Knoxville, is set to end Gravity's domination at the North American box office.

  • ’12 Years a Slave’ begins platform release

    October 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Fox Searchlight has launched Steve McQueen’s high profile awards contender, '12 Years a Slave', at the North American box office.

  • ‘Gravity’ set for strong launch

    October 5th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    An awards buzz, strong reviews and wide social network coverage should drive Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller 'Gravity' above Warner Bros's expectations at this weekend's North American box office.

  • Market gets carried away

    September 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' seems set for a bumper weekend at the North American box office but it may fall short of the extravagant $43-45m predictions by some analysts.

  • Box office difficult to read

    September 21st, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Denis Villeneuve's Toronto hit, 'Prisoners', starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, should land No. 1 at this weekend's North American box office but the film's length, running at 253mins, could off-set the benefit of strong reviews and positive publicity.

  • James Wan’s horror sequel set for solid launch

    September 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    'Insidious 2' will easily win this weekend's North American box office, grossing in the region of $28m from 3,049 sites.

  • Clear picture for weekend box office

    September 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    A quiet weekend for major releases during the first Autumn session, leaves the Vin Diesel-vehicle, 'Riddick' as the clear frontrunner to claim the No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

  • Sundance hit starts roll out

    August 30th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    The Film Arcade will test the water this weekend, releasing 'Afternoon Delight' in two theatres, one in each of New York and Los Angeles.

  • ‘The Grandmaster’ makes move

    August 30th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    After exceeding expectations during last weekend's limited North American release, averaging a $18,894 per site average, the Weinstein Company will expand Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' today from seven to a high 749 theatres.

  • Huge expansion for Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

    August 24th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Sony Classics are looking to capitalise on the early awards buzz for Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' with a massive expansion in North America this weekend from 229 to more than 1,200 theatres.

  • Arthouse films and the VoD dilemma

    January 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

    Distinguishing between cyclical and structural market changes