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Estimates prematurely gave ‘American Sniper’ a new record

February 2nd, 2015 - Graham Eley

It’s never wise to rely on estimates when the margins are tight and, sure enough, the actuals for the North American weekend box office have made a complete mockery of many a headline. Ever since ‘American Sniper’ grossed $10m on Friday, it was going to be touch and go whether the Navy SEAL thriller would eclipse the $31.12m record for the highest ever Super Bowl weekend. Estimates came in at $31.85m but today’s actuals paint a very different picture with the film falling short by $0.5m. Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert’ set the existing record seven years ago.


The market had allowed a 70% drop for ‘American Sniper’ from Saturday to Super Bowl Sunday but it’s actual fall was 74% against an average 65% decline for other top ten films. It performed at the lower end of market predictions throughout the three days.


Warner Bros had expanded the film’s coverage to 3,885 theatres coming into the weekend, a new high for a R-rated title.prednisolone horses
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‘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. The Oscar nominated Navy SEAL biopic grossed a further $64.6m over the three days, taking its domestic tally to an exceptional $200.4m.


Newcomer, ‘The Boy Next Door’, starring Jennifer Lopez, also performed well in second place with a lively $14.9m at the top end of expectations. Neither shocking reviews – 13% aggregate rating on RT – nor a moderate ‘B-‘ CinemaScore seemed to have much impact on word of mouth, with the sexy thriller sub-genre establishing a momentum of its own.


Both of the other weekend wide releases performed below already scaled-down expectations, leaving ‘Strange Magic’ and ‘Mortdecai’ facing box office oblivion. They could only muster an ugly $5.5m and $4.2m respectively.prednisolone 5mg tab
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‘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. What’s more, the Navy SEAL thriller will easily cross the magic $100m milestone over the extended session, a good $40m ahead of top end market forecasts, after clocking up an astounding $90.2m by Sunday night. Clearly, Warner Bros have timed the expansion to perfection, maximising a rare ‘A+’ cinemaScore and multiple Oscar nominations, but the film’s commercial success coincides with growing concern over the ethics of its real life ‘hero’, Chris Kyle.


Somewhat overshadowed, two newcomers are fighting a close battle for second place after registering higher than expected returns of their own. Kevin Hart’s R-rated comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer’ currently stands at $24.8m, a narrow $0.5m ahead of the ‘Paddington’ adaptation, with respective ‘A-‘ and ‘A’ cinemaScores powering momentum.


The other wide newcomer, ‘Blackhat’, continues to bomb spectacularly. Michael Mann’s $70m crime drama faces box office oblivion after grossing a truly awful $4m over the three days.




Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL thriller, ‘American Sniper’, finished the MLK weekend with a record breaking $105.3m, doubling market expectations.
‘Paddington’ came from behind to take second place with $25.2m after family audiences turned out for the Michael Bond adaptation.
Kevin Hart’s R-rated comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer’ was only just behind on $24.5m after the two films were neck and neck throughout the frame.
And, Michael Mann’s $70m crime drama, ‘Blackhat, could only muster a disastrous $4.4m.
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‘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. That’s the highest ever average first weekend hold and provides another major boost to the film’s late award season surge. It goes wide on Jan 26.


J.C. Chandor’s third feature, ‘A Most Violent Year’ also caught the eye with a strong $47,000 per-location average from four theatres. The crime drama has now taken $300,000 since arriving on New Year’s Eve to secure qualification for this year’s Oscars. It’s Chandor’s follow up to ‘All Is Lost’ and remains an outside bet – at best – in the Oscar nomination race.


Another Oscar hopeful, ‘The Imitation Game’, made quite a splash of its own taking a stunning $7.7m off just 754 theatres during its sixth weekend for the best per-screen average from any film on wide release. The Alan Turing biopic has now grossed $30.8m domestically.


The top end followed a predictable course with Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ grabbing another $22m to claim its third consecutive win.


‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Unbroken’ enjoyed strong holdovers in second and third spots after earning $19m and $18.4m respectively.


And the weekend’s only new wide release, ‘The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’ over-performed in fourth. Poor reviews – 24% on RT – and a disappointing ‘C’ cinemaScore didn’t deter the resilient horror crowd as Tom Harper’s horror sequel grossed $15m from 2,602 theatres. Relatively picked it up for a bargain basement $1m.prednisolone pronunciation
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Navy SEAL thriller grabs the headlines

December 29th, 2014 - Graham Eley

The North American speciality box office grabbed the headlines over the weekend but not for the reasons expected. Sony’s limited theatrical release of political hot potato ‘The Interview’ dominated column inches when the four day session got under way but a modest performance – $2.8m from 331 independent theatres – has rendered it largely irrelevant compared to the film’s simultaneous online platform launch.


Instead, Clint Eastwood’s R-rated ‘American Sniper’, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, was the talk of the town after bagging a sensational $212,000 average off four theatres and an exceptionally rare ‘A+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences. Perhaps, for the first time, the Navy SEAL thriller looks like doing more than making up the numbers in this year’s awards season.


At the other end of the scale, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ enjoyed an expected repeat weekend win but with a much higher than forecast $55m.


But, wide weekend openers, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ over-performed by even more with a jaw dropping $47m and $46m respectively.prednisolone is used for
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‘Five Armies’ revives box office

December 23rd, 2014 - Graham Eley

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit : The Battle of the 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. The Middle Earth finale earned a high $7.2m off Premium Large Format screens and set a new December record in taking a thumping $13.6m from 360 IMAX locations. Virtually half of the proceeds came from 3D screenings.


‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ opened in second place with $17.3m between Friday and Sunday, a good $2m below low end market predictions. It carries a huge $127m production budget and needs a push from a solid ‘B+’ CinemaScore.


It was better news for the weekend’s other wide opener, ‘Annie’. The Broadway adaptation arrived with $16.3m over the three days notwithstanding the hacked copy leak. This is slightly above analyst forecasts and, like ‘Five Armies’, it has the benefit of strong word of mouth from an ‘A- CinemaScore’.prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension
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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.  The studio was expecting over $10m more from the debut session and the biblical epic faces a difficult Christmas period after receiving bad reviews – 25% on RT (and 35% with TC’s) – and a below par ‘B- CinemaScore from first night audiences.  By contrast, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ enjoyed a $47m opening earlier this year from a similar target audience but carried a lower $125m budget.  Fox is already relying on the international markets to mitigate the damage.


The weekend’s other wide release, ‘Top Five’, grossed a strong $7.2m from a low 979 theatres.  It’s Chris Rock’s third feature in the director’s chair and found favour with the critics, registering 89% on RT (and a stunning 95% with TC’s).


But pride of place this weekend belongs to Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’, which made a massive splash in the speciality market with a stunning $66,000 per-screen average from five theatres.  It goes wide on January 9.prednisolone for babies
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‘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.  There were no new releases with distributors steering clear of the traditional Christmas shopping weekend, and other holdovers remained off the pace.  The Y.A. blockbuster took advantage with a solid $21m hold but its overall tally of $257.7m is comparatively disappointing and almost $80m below predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’ at the same stage.  It remains to be seen whether the franchise’s final instalment, ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’, can counter franchise temovate cream
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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.  It’s the second-best limited opening of the year, behind Berlin opener, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which arrived last March.  Crucially, it also boasted an ‘A+’ CinemaScore, reinforcing the film’s already powerful word-of-mouth as the awards season gets into gear.  The Weinsteins will retain it in the speciality market next weekend before expanding wide on Dec 12.


At the other end of the scale, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ held on to the No.1 spot, which has been a foregone conclusion since the start of the Thanksgiving session last Wednesday.  The YA blockbuster grossed $82.6m over the five days for a solid hold but the film is still running comfortably behind its predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’.


The weekend’s other wide openers, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2’, both disappointed with $36m and $22.6m to order zithromax online
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‘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.


The east coast freeze may have kept some at home, particularly early in the session, but, for the most part, franchise fatigue seems to account for the comparative underperformance.


On the positive side, first night audiences awarded it a powerful ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, only just below the other instalments and word-of-mouth should assist with a strong holdover during the Thanksgiving weekend.


Critics were less enthusiastic – 68% on RT against a high 84% and 89% for the first two – but reviews were still strong enough to avoid an adverse impact moving forward.temovate for sale
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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 an impressive $23.5m debut from 3155 theatres.  The Pitt factor ensured a more even gender mix than is normal for this genre with women contributing 40% towards the total, giving the film some date movie status, particularly on Saturday night.  Positive word of mouth from strong reviews – 80% on RT – and a powerful ‘A-‘ CinemaScore should help keep it in the public eye as the award season builds momentum.


The Guillermo del Toro produced animation adventure, ‘The Book of Life’, also received a significant boost from an ‘A- CinemaScore’.  Hispanics accounted for almost a third of the audience as families drove it to a solid $17m opening weekend from 3,071 theatres.


The other weekend wide opener, ‘Best of Me’, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, finished the three days at the low end of market predictions on $10.2m from 2,936 theatres for the worst ever debut by a Nicholas Sparks adaptation.  Truly atrocious reviews – 8% on RT – went some way to minimising the impact of a good ‘B+’ CinemaScore’.


And last weekend’s No.1, ‘Gone Girl’, enjoyed another strong hold, grossing a further $17.8m in second place.  It now stands on $107m domestically after three weekends in play.azithromycin cost at target
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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.  Riding high on a serious award season buzz, it had slightly too much in the tank for newcomer, ‘Dracula Untold’ and finished Sunday night just over $26m, a good $4m above market expectations.  This takes the mystery drama to an impressive $80m domestically and it looks set for a sustained run at just the right time, falling a mere 29.5% from last week.


Universal’s ‘Dracula’ reboot, starring Luke Evans, made a flying start with a noteworthy $8.9m Friday and went on to take a strong $23.4m over the weekend after an ‘A-’ CinemaScore from the tough marking horror crowd mitigated against the usual genre front-loading.  It did, nevertheless, have the benefit of a full IMAX run, which earned a huge $4m for the second highest October tally ever behind last year’s ‘Gravity’.


Disney’s PG-rated adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 bestseller, ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’, also received an ‘A-’ CinemaScore on its way to a $19.1m opening weekend, marginally above market predictions.  Unsurprisingly, families accounted for over two thirds of the audience and Disney will be expecting a decent domestic run.


And generous weekend audiences made it ‘A-’ CinemaScores for all wide openers with the ‘The Judge’ completing the hat trick.  But it was not enough to counter disappointing reviews – currently 47% on RT – or compete against the same mature audience as ‘Gone Girl’, and, in the end, David Dobkin’s Toronto opener could only muster a soft $13.2m over the three days.  Warner Bros. will be hoping that the film’s strong cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga, will provide some momentum moving cheap generic zithromax
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‘Gone Girl’ wins titanic box office battle

October 6th, 2014 - Graham Eley

In a rarity for the North American weekend box office, two R-rated openers, David Fincher’s Oscar hopeful, ‘Gone Girl’ and the low-budget horror, ‘Annabelle’, fought a titanic battle at the top, both massively exceeding market expectations.


With its target mature audience turning out in droves, 75% was over 25, ‘Gone Girl’ had just enough to claim the win after grossing a stunning $37.5m over the three days, a good $14m more than Fox’s estimate.  A triumphant New York Film Festival world premiere and strong reviews – currently 87% on RT – powered word of mouth but the film’s lower than expected ‘B’ CinemaScore remains a slight concern for long term momentum and the awards campaign.


‘Annabelle’, New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ spin-off, defied the usual horror front loading trends, and simply carried on going after enjoying a bumper $15.5m Friday.  A powerful ‘B’ CinemaScore from the notoriously hard marking horror crowd – an ‘A-‘/’B+’ equivalent elsewhere – and a very quiet year for the horror genre generally, drove it to within $O.4m of ‘Gone Girl’.  This is against a $6.5m production budget and market forecasts around the $20m mark.


The weekend’s other wide opener, Freestyle’s bestseller adaptation, ‘Left Behind’, proved true to the film’s title in sixth place.  It could only muster an abysmal $6.3m after failing to connect with the film’s target ‘faith’ audience.


And last weekend’s No.1, ‘The Equalizer’, came third with a strong $18.7m for a modest 45% week-on-week fall.  It takes Sony’s TV reboot to an impressive $65m after two weekends in play.zithromax fast shipping
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‘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, comfortably ahead of the studio’s overcautious estimates and the market’s more realistic pre-release tracking.  The action thriller continues the ‘Training Day’ director/actor collaboration of Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington and the pair could be working together again in the near future as Sony bashes ahead with the proposed sequel.  It received a boost from wide coverage on premium large format and IMAX screens, accounting for most of the film’s top locations, and the first night audiences’ ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, which proved far more influential than the critics’ mixed reviews .  The gender mix, only 52% male suggests that, up to a point, it played as a dating movie.


The weekend’s other wide launch, ‘The Boxtrolls’, also made a confident start with a higher than expected $17.2m from 3,464 theatres following a ‘B+’ CinemaScore and solid reviews, currently 71% on RT.  It’s the latest stop-motion animation from Laika and opened higher than the studio’s ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’, providing a nice foundation for future momentum.


Last weekend’s No.1, ‘The Maze Runner’, split the two newcomers in second place after grossing a strong $17.5m from a market high 3,638 theatres.  This represents a modest 46.3% week-on-week fall after two weekends in zithromax next day delivery
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‘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 North American weekend debut, grossing $32.5m from 3,604 theatres at the high end of market expectations.  A powerful ‘A-‘ CinemaScore propelled word of mouth to counter front loading from its young audience with under 25’s accounting for 63% of the turnout.  It set a new September record for giant screens where comprehensive coverage on Premium Large Format and IMAX theatres gave it an impressive $3.8m.  As widely predicted, Fox announced a sequel on Sunday and it should arrive next September.


Universal’s new R-rated thriller, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, starring Liam Neeson, failed to connect with its mature target audience and finished the weekend on an underwhelming $13.1m from 2,712 theatres.  A flat  ‘B-‘ CinemaScore off-set decent reviews, currently 73% on RT.


And it was a slow start for the weekends other wide release, ‘This is Where I Leave You’, which finished on a disappointing $11.8m.  Warner Bros’ siblings comedy will be hoping for some momentum from its ‘B+’ CinemaScore during the next few weeks but lacklustre reviews – 43% on RT – could be an tadapox canada online
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‘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.  The $13m home thriller arrived with an excellent $24.5m from a modest 2,175 theatres, a good $7m above pre-release predictions.  As expected, a positive ‘B+’ CinemaScore had more influence than abysmal reviews – currently 13% on RT – as the film connected with its African-American target audience, which comprised 70% of the total.


The other wide weekend release, ‘Dolphin Tale 2’, failed to impress notwithstanding solid reviews – 73% on RT – and an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore.  Charles Martin Smith’s family drama grossed a soft $16.5m over the three days from a market high 3,656 theatres, against market forecasts around $20m.  Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson all returned from the original, which earned $19m during its opening weekend.


Last weekend’s No.1,  Guardians Of The Galaxy’, added a further $8m from 3104 theatres in third place but, more importantly, became the year’s first film to cross the $300m domestic milestone.  The superhero extravaganza has now been in play for seven weekends.azithromycin price at cvs
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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 $17.6m over the three days.  The superhero extravaganza took its overall domestic tally to an impressive $251.9m after four weekends in play and became the summer season’s most successful film along the way.


Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, sneaked second place after being behind most of the weekend.  Paramount’s reboot grossed a so-so $16.7m during its third weekend and now stands on a domestic $145.5m.


R.J. Cutler’s big screen version of Gayle Forman’s YA bestseller, ‘If I Stay’, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, could not secure the top spot notwithstanding a lively start and an ‘A- CinemaScore’ from first night audiences.  It opened on a slightly disappointing $16.35m.


Sony TriStar’s sport drama, ‘When the Game Stands Tall’, also received an ‘A- CinemaScore’ that failed to make much impact beyond the genre faithful and it debuted in fifth place with $8.75m, fractionally below market expectations.


And the other wide weekend opener, Frank Miller‘s and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill’, bombed.  The ‘R’-rated sequel failed to connect after a nine year delay since the original and could only muster an abysmal $6.35m.  A disappointing ‘B- CinemaScore’ did nothing for the film’s sildalis France
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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 after surviving a disappointing first night’ ‘C+’ CinemaScore with minimal impact on word-of-mouth.  It was enough to give Johansson her best ever opening in a lead role and finish $4m above its production budget and $9m higher than market expectations.


Brett Ratner’s fantasy adventure, ‘Hercules’, made a decent start in second place with a $29m weekend from 3,595 theatres and should enjoy a solid hold after receiving a ‘B+’ CinemaScore.  Although $4m above pre-release forecasts, the film’s $100m production spend leaves it relying heavily on the international markets for an acceptable return.


‘Hercules’ edged it with critics – 4% higher than ‘Lucy’  on RT at a 63% aggregate – but reviews didn’t influence the films’ box office performances either way.


The other wide weekend release – but in a more modest 1,768 theatres – failed to connect.  Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, ‘And So It Goes’, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, had to settled for a poor $4.5m in eighth place as a ‘B+’ CinemaScore could not overturn a critical mauling, which left it facing an appalling 15% RT overall rating.


Once again, the speciality market continued to make headlines.  Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré’s bestseller, ‘A Most Wanted Man’, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last major role, cracked the top ten with a strong $2.7m from just 361 theatres after excellent reviews gave it 90% on RT.  And Woody Allen’s yearly release, ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, did better than expected with a $25,059 average from a limited 17 theatre release following lukewarm propecia and rogaine
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‘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.  This follows last weekend’s exploits when the family drama became this year’s second-highest limited opening on the back of a huge $71,800 per-screen average.  Linklater spent twelve years making the film with the same cast and won best director at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.


At the other end of the scale, Fox’s ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ retained the No. 1 spot with a strong $36m second weekend hold.  Its 51% week-on-week fall (48% after stripping out its opening Thursday previews) is comfortably below the average for this summer’s blockbusters.


Universal’s ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ was the only weekend wide release to offer any resistance.  The horror sequel exceeded expectations with a strong $28.3m after a receiving a B’ CinemaScore – high for the notoriously hard marking horror crowd – against a $9m production budget.  It was the best horror opening of the year so far.


‘Cars’ spinoff ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ came third with a satisfactory $18m but Disney will be looking for a sustained run after first night audiences awarded the family animation an ‘A’ CinemaScore.


Sony’s $40m R-rated ‘Sex Tape’, the other wide weekend opener, never recovered from a damaging ‘C+’ CinemaScore and finished the weekend on a poor $15m, a good $10m below market forecasts.


The critics didn’t particularly care for any of the new releases.  ‘Anarchy’ scored the highest on RT with 54%, being 8% higher than ‘Planes’ and over twice ‘Sex Tapes’ abysmal aggregate rating.


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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 – 176 giving a 91% RT average – to smash studio and analyst projections with a stunning $73m over the three days from a market high 3,967 theatres (including $4.1m taken during late night Thursday previews).


This provides some relief for the summer box office, which is running around 20% down on last year and still reeling from last week’s sleepy 4th July holiday weekend.


It also goes some way to justifying an increased production budget from $93m for the original to a whopping $170m this time around, with the sequel enjoying a $19m higher domestic weekend opening, but Fox is still relying heavily on the international markets.


Apart from Andy Serkis, who returns as Caesar, it’s all change for the sequel with Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell joining the cast in lead roles and Matt Reeves, best known for the Gotham nominated ‘Let Me In’, taking over the directorial duties.


Fox has already announced another ‘Apes’ reboot for 2016.
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‘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.


Michael Bay’s latest tentpole grossed a so-so $36.4m for the Friday-Sunday period being a week on week 60% fall (after stripping out Thursday night previews) and $53m for the full five days.


Market analysts were expecting the latest Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle, ‘Tammy’ to offer some competition at the top but it struggled to generate positive word- of-mouth after lousy reviews – 28% on RT – and a poor audience ‘C+’ CinemaScore.  In the end, Warners had to settle for a soft $21.1m and $32.9m three and five day totals.


Scott Derrickson’s horror thriller, ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ could only muster a five day $15m in third place against a production budget of $30m.  The film did receive a ‘B-’ CinemaScore – not bad for the notoriously tough marking ‘horror’ crowd – but it was never going to provide meaningful word-of-mouth momentum after a flat opening.


The other wide opener, ‘Earth To Echo’ looked like it might overtake ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ at one point but had to settle for sixth spot.  Dave Green’s debut feature took $13.5m during the five day period in line with expectations but an impressive ‘A-’ CinemaScore’ should sustain a reasonable run.generic cialis made in indiabuying cialis from australia cialis tablets cost safe place to order cialis online buy cialis 5mg canada price cialis daily use buy cialis dubai

‘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.


An ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences had far more impact on word-of-mouth than abysmal reviews – currently 18% on RT – and propelled it to a strong $23,623 per-theatre average.  Imax contributed an impressive 10% towards the overall tally from 353 screens.


The sci-fi adventure is the fourth instalment of the franchise and the first not to feature Shia LaBeouf.  It finished slightly higher than its immediate predecessor, ‘Dark of the Moon’, but couldn’t equal the franchise high $108.9m from the second film, ‘Revenge of the Fallen’.


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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.  The battle-of-the-sexes extravaganza gave the Story/Hart collaboration its second No. 1 of the year after setting a new MLK weekend record with ‘Ride Along’ during January but the film proved slightly more front loaded than expected after a strong Friday opening; something that raises concerns over possible market saturation.  In the end, it grossed a so -so $30m to finish $3m lower than the original’s debut and the market’s revised forecast for the sequel.


As expected, a strong female following – 63% of the audience – turned out in droves and enjoyed it far more than the critics; an ‘A- CinemaScore’ against a poor 23% RT critical rating.  59% of the audience were 30 or over.


Last weekend’s No.1,’ 22 Jump Street’, had a decent hold in second place and finished only $1m behind over the three days.  This represents a 54.5% week-on-week fall after stripping out the opening Thursday previews.


The other weekend wide opener, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Broadway’s Four Season’s musical ‘Jersey Boys’, starring Christopher Walken and John Lloyd Young, earned a disappointing $13m in fourth place.  It struggled to attract a mainstream audience notwithstanding another ‘A- CinemaScore’, which proved less influential than indifferent reviews and a current 55% RT critical rating.  Its target older age groups dominated the audience but the film needs wider appeal to justify the $40m production budget.


And DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ came in third after a solid $25.3m hold.generic cialis tabs cialis online nabp buy cialis ebaygeneric cialis effectiveness buy generic cialis online australia buying cialis online canada cialis daily cost canada

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.  A powerful Friday launch, strong reviews – currently 83% on Rotten Tomatoes – and an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore propelled word of mouth over the session, leaving the 21 sequel $5m higher than the very top end market forecasts.  It’s the second time this year that the filmmaking duo have exceeded market expectations after their The Lego Movie massively over performed during its February debut.


At one stage, $65m looked a possibility; particularly as an even gender split suggested that it was playing as a date movie.  But it was front loaded in keeping with the genre’s sequels, and slowed down slightly more than anticipated on Saturday.


The weekend’s other wide opener, How to Train Your Dragon 2, earned $50m from a market high 4,253 theatres – huge for an animated feature – which was in line with the low end of already high market projections.  It’s ‘A’ CinemaScore and exceptional reviews – 92% on RT – should lay the foundations for a strong summer run.


If there was no downward revision to Dragon 2’s tally, it would be only the fourth time that two films have debuted at $50m or over during the same weekend.  They have all fallen in June including last years Monsters University and World War Z.


And both films accounted for 60% of the top ten’s overall tally.cost of prednisone 10mg
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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.  Boosted by high social media interest, strong reviews – currently 82% on Rotten Tomatoes – and an ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences, the tragic young adult romance exceeded pre-release expectations to the tune of $11m.  A whacking 82% of the audience were female and an almost equal percentage came from the under 25 age group as the second No.1 in a row played to a male minority.  It’s Boone’s second feature following ‘Stuck in Love’ two years ago and stars in demand Shailene Woodley alongside Ansel Elgort.


The other wide release, Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, grossed a soft $29.1m over the three days notwithstanding outstanding reviews – 89% on RT – and a respectable ‘B+’ CinemaScore.  Carrying the burden of a huge $178m production budget, compared to The Fault in Our Stars’ modest $12m, Warner Bros and Village Roadshow are already looking towards the international markets for stronger returns.  Unsurprisingly, the sci-fi adventure played to a 65% male audience.


Last weekend’s No.1, ‘Maleficient’, came from behind on Friday night to finish second after a strong $33.8m second weekend hold.  This represents a low 52% week on week fall for the genre.price of propecia at walgreens
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‘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.  Strong reviews – currently 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes – an ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences and a stellar cast, including, amongst many others, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Ellen Page, boosted word of mouth.


The Jennifer Lawrence factor seems to have also impacted on the gender range with a surprisingly high 44% of the audience being female, a new record for the franchise.  Unsurprisingly, the majority of the audience – 61% – came from the 17 to 34 age group.


The other wide weekend opener, ‘Blended’, proved a massive disappointment for Warner Bros.  With Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore renewing their partnership from the ‘Wedding Singer’ and ’50 First Dates’, the studio was expecting a $30m haul over the four days.  Although first night audiences liked the romantic comedy far more than critics, awarding it an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore against an appalling 15% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film could only muster a soft $17.5m over the extended weekend (and $14m for the three day session).  The days of Adam Sandler comedy vehicles being critic-prof are starting to look like a distant memory.


Last weekend’s No.1, ‘Godzilla’ spilt the two openers in second place.  The giant lizard remake took a heavy 67% week-on-week fall on comparable three day sessions after grossing $31m during its second weekend in play.  Its four day tally was just under $39m.cost of prednisone prescription
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‘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 $95m year high but still exceeded studio expectations by a whopping $23m.  Fan boy front-loading had boosted the giant lizard remake to the year’s highest Friday and the film sustained its strong performance after attracting the mainstream with a surprisingly high 60% of the audience coming from those over 25.  Strong reviews – currently 72% positive on Rotten Tomatoes – and a healthy ‘B+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences would have helped propel word of mouth.


The film enjoyed a $14.1m boost from Imax screens and easily topped Captain America 2’s corresponding $9m tally.  Unsurprisingly, it set a new high for the year. 


Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros co-produced with a high $160m budget and Gareth Edwards was in the director’s chair for his second feature after the critical success of Monsters four years ago.  The film’s early running total alone should make a sequel a dead cert and the producers are already moving into gear.


Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson head the cast.
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‘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.  This was due in part to a higher than anticipated female audience, being a remarkable 53% of the whole, with Seth Rogen’s co-star, Zac Efron, proving a decisive factor.  In the end, solid reviews, currently standing at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, had more impact than a slightly disappointing ‘B’ CinemaScore from first night audiences.


Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, grossed $37.2m for a 60% fall from last weekend’s debut.  It is not out of line with ‘Captain America 2’, which fell by 57% last month, but the film carries a higher budget and had a slightly inferior starting position.  The superhero sequel has performed stronger overseas, being a relief to Sony, which still has two further mega-budget instalments in the pipeline.lexapro cost assistance
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‘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 stakes were high for Sony with the film having to justify a combined production and marketing budget around the $450m mark.  In the end, it came within $3m of this year’s strongest opening so far, set by ‘Disney’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.


A ‘B+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences (and an A- amongst the important under 25 group) countered disappointing reviews – currently 54% on Rotten Tomatoes – and gave a welcome boost to word of mouth before family audiences turned out on Saturday and Sunday.  As it transpired, families accounted for a crucial 33% of the tally.


The film grossed a powerful $27,000 average from 353 Imax screens for a tad over 10% of the overall takings.  Unsurprisingly, Imax claimed all top five locations over the session.


Filmmaker, Marc Webb, who made his name with the indie comedy, ‘500 Days of Summer’, returns from the original.  Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone again play the leads and Jamie Foxx joins them as the villain.can you buy prednisone over the counter
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‘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 $24.7m from 3,240 theatres.  After a dearth of female comedies during recent months, women turned out in droves and propelled the final tally to $7m more than market expectations.  A ‘B+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences helped mitigate against bad reviews – currently 39% on Rotten Tomatoes – and little social media pre-release interest.


Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, now entering its fourth week on release, returned a further $16m in second place.  First weekend holdover, ‘Heaven Is For Real’, looked set to mount a challenge after a close Friday but, in the end, finished $2.2m behind.


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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.  Boosted by a strong leap from Friday to Saturday as word of mouth kicked-in, it arrived with a spectacular $39,600 per site average from five theatres.  Millennium will commence its expansion next weekend in line with a standard platform release strategy.


At the other end of the scale, it was a disastrous opening for the $100m budget, ‘Transcendence’, which could only muster a putrid $11.2m over the session.  With shocking reviews – 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating – and an equally bad ‘C+’ CinemaScore, it seemingly faces almost immediate box office oblivion.  The sci-fi adventure is the directorial debut of Oscar winning cinematographer, Wally Pfister (‘Inception’), and signals troubling times for the film’s star, Johnny Depp, with it being his fourth consecutive box office failure.


There is no change at the top where ‘Captain America’ and ‘Rio’ sequels remain No. 1 and 2 after grossing $26.6m and $22.5m respectively.  ‘Captain America 2’ slightly over-performed after winning the battle of the Saturday and Sunday weekend family cialis online overnight shipping cialis 5mg online kaufen ohne rezept cheap cialis online canadian pharmacy order cialis online mastercard buy cialis daily generic cialis tadalafil 20mg usacialis online india

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

April 14th, 2014 - Graham Eley

When ‘Rio 2’ finished Friday with a slender lead over ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, it looked set for a comfortable win at the North American weekend box office, anticipating a likely boost from Saturday and Sunday family audiences and strong word of mouth following an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences.  But things did not pan out that way when the animation comedy only grew by a soft 28% on Saturday and it was left trailing in second place on $39m from a market high 3,948 theatres at the end of the three day session.  It was only just below the market’s pre-release expectations but missed Friday night’s revised forecast by $6m.


Meanwhile, ‘The Winter Soldier’ over-performed during the entire session and finished Sunday night on $41.4m from 3,938 theatres, a good $3m above the market’s original projections.  The superhero sequel has now grossed an impressive $159m domestically after two weekends in play.lexapro price drop
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‘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.  Speculation that it could hit the $100m mark after a stunning Thursday night and Friday launch was always wide of the mark but the tentpole sequel did claim the highest April opening of all time, beating Universal’s current record-holder ‘Fast Five’ by $10m.  An ‘A’ CinemaScore from first night audiences and strong reviews, combined with a blistering start overseas, laid the foundations for powerful word of mouth, which will sustain another lengthy run for the Disney/Marvel superhero series.


It was a disappointing second weekend hold for Darren Aronofsky’s  controversial ‘Noah’, coming off a confident debut.  The biblical epic fell by almost 60% – partly following negative publicity from religious groups – in grossing a lukewarm $17m from 3,571 theatres, being $4m below more modest market forecasts.


‘Divergent’ also ran behind projections in the No. 3 spot, grossing an underwhelming $13m from 3,631 theatres during its third weekend in play.


‘Noah’ and ‘Divergent’ now stand at $72.3m and $114m respectively in the domestic market.escitalopram price vs lexapro
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‘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.  After a confident start on Thursday night and Friday, it significantly built up a head of steam on Saturday and finished the session an impressive $9m more than market forecasts.


This follows a misleadingly low ‘C’ CinemaScore, which had 60%+ awarding the film a higher grade.  The wide range of opinions reflected the hostile dispute over Aronofsky’s departure from the original text.


The picture carries a huge $125m budget, significantly higher than anything  Aronofsky has worked with previously, and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.escitalopram price walmart
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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.  Lionsgate will now proceed with its proposed three-film franchise and the next instalment should arrive this time next year.


Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, disappointed on its debut and fell $3.5m short of studio projections after grossing a soft $16.5m in second place.  Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell lead the cast and James Bobin directed his second film of the franchise.


There were no other wide weekend openers.
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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.  It was at the top end of market expectations notwithstanding poor reviews and an average ‘B’ CinemaScore from first night audiences.  The R-rated epic adventure is the sequel to ‘300’ with Noam Murro (‘Smart People’) taking over the directorial duties from Zack Snyder, who returns as co-writer and one of six producers.  Needless to say, the film benefited from 3D premium screenings, which accounted for 63 percent of the weekend’s takings.


The other weekend wide opener, ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ finished second after grossing $32.5m from a market high 3,934 theatres; easily exceeding market forecasts after strong reviews and an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore.  Rob Minkoff (‘Lion King’) directs the DreamWorks feature based on characters from the Sixties TV animation,  ‘Peabody’s Improbable History’, which formed part of ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.  Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick and James Earl Jones are amongst those providing the cialis paypal paymentcialis order online usacialis cost in canada buy cialis 100mg online cheap cialis 20 mggeneric cialis images cialis buy online india

Stunning opening for ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

March 9th, 2014 - Graham Eley

Wes Anderson’s Berlin opener, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan, massively exceeded expectations in North America’s weekend speciality market with a stunning $200,000 per screen average.  Fox Searchlight launched the idiosyncratic comedy on four screens, split between two theatres each in New York and Los Angeles, and will expand it to approximately seventy next weekend as part of a standard platform release.  Anderson’s previous feature, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, debuted with a $130,500 per screen average en route to grossing $68m worldwide.price of levitra in india
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‘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’.  The air bound thriller exceeded expectations by approximately $5m after grossing a stunning $30m over the three days from 3,090 theatres.  Liam Neeson players the lead alongside Julianne Moore and Sunday’s Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o.


The ‘Son of God’ came into the weekend as something of an unknown quantity with it targeting a specialist religious audience without a track record.  In the end, the shortened version of the History channel’s ‘The Bible’ earned a remarkable $26.5m from 3,255 theatres, which is far higher than the most optimistic guesstimates.


Last weekend’s No 1, ‘The Lego Movie’ returned a slightly higher than expected $21m from a market high 3,770 theatres.  It was enough to take the comedy animation over the $200m milestone domestically after four weekends in play.levitra professional online
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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.  This exceeded market forecasts and takes the film’s domestic running total to an outstanding $183m after three weekends in play.


Relativity’s ‘3 Days to Kill’, starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld, opened with $12.3m from 2,872 theatres in line with already low market expectations.  The spy thriller needed more than its average ‘B’ CinemaScore from first night audiences to make an impression with this outmoded genre.


And the same could be said of the other weekend wide opener, ‘Pompeii’, which carries a $80m production budget.  The ancient adventure could only muster a disastrous $10m from 2,658 theatres after receiving the same CinemaScore.cialis online brand best price cialis 20mg cialis price boots chemist low price cialis cost of 36 hour cialispurchase cialis on the internet buying cialis from australia

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.  This was a good $20-25m above already high market expectations, capitalising on strong reviews and an ‘A’ CinemaScore.  The animation comedy had a modest $60m budget and a sequel is already under way.


George Clooney enjoyed a solid opening with his art recovery drama, ‘The Monuments Men’, which grossed a higher than expected $22.7m from 3,083 theatres.  Audiences liked it more than critics, generating some positive word of mouth with a reasonable ‘B+’ CinemaScore.


The other wide release, ‘Vampire Academy’, bombed after receiving bad reviews and a disappointing ‘B-‘ CinemaScore.  Weinstein’s teen fantasy could only muster $4m from 2,676 theatres over the three levitra 5mg
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