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Entries in box office (274)

Sunday
Jul172016

Box Office: Ghostbusters, Sultan, Cafรฉ Society

Though the new Ghostbusters couldn't defeat the very family friendly Secret Life of Pets to take the box office crown, it was still a win for Paul Feig & Melissa McCarthy company (their best opening yet, just beating their previous best for The Heat). Other winners this weekend: Sultan, the Bollywood sports drama starring Salman Khan, is now the #1 foreign language release of the year, jumping over the Chinese hits The Mermaid and Ip Man 3; Woody Allen's Café Society experienced more demand in its opening weekend than of his films since Blue Jasmine; and, finally, the provocative survivalist family drama Captain Fantastic led by a typically sterling Viggo Mortensen expanded fairly well. Next weekend will be key for Captain Fantastic with word of mouth; there's neither anything like it in the marketplace nor really anything to compare it to in ages (since maybe The Mosquito Coast in the Eighties?) but unfortunately that much originality in topic and purpose usually hurts movies at the box office in this era of intense branding.

TOP WIDE
800+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Secret Life of Pets $50.5 (cum. $203.1) 
๐Ÿ”บ02 Ghostbusters $46 NEW Review 
๐Ÿ”ป03 The Legend of Tarzan $11.1 (cum. $103) Review 
๐Ÿ”ป04 Finding Dory $11 (cum. $445.5)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ05 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $7.5 (cum. $31.3) Review
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Purge: Election Year $6 (cum. $71)
๐Ÿ”ป07 Central Intelligence $5.3 (cum. $117.5)
๐Ÿ”บ08 The Infiltrator $5.2 (cum. $6.7) NEW Review
๐Ÿ”ป09 The BFG $3.7 (cum. $47.3) Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 Independence Day: Ressurection $3.4 (cum. $6.7) 

Sultan is now the #1 foreign hit of the yearTOP LIMITED
Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”ป01 Sultan $985K (cum. $5.2)
๐Ÿ”ป02 Hunt for the Wilderpeople $563K ($1.4) Review 
๐Ÿ”บ03
 Cafe Society $355K NEW Review

๐Ÿ”บ04 Captain Fantastic $277K (cum. $406K) Review
๐Ÿ”ป05
Swiss Army Man $262K (cum. $3.7) Halfway Mark Achievements


What movies did you catch this week?

Beyond Captain Fantastic and Ghostbusters, I Netflixed it bingeing Stranger Things (we'll talk about it soon) and finally finishing Grace and Frankie Season 2, and I apologize that I didn't have Estelle Parsons on my Guest Actress ballot for Comedy and that Emmy didn't nominate her either. This is why they need blue-ribbon panels; there are just too many eligible shows that voters aren't taking seriously that contain better specific performances than the shows they vote for reflexively in all categories as we saw all over the Emmy nominations.

Sunday
Jul102016

Box Office: Dory Keeps Swimming as Other Pets Rise.

This weekend Dory swam easily past Captain America to become the biggest grossing US hero of the year. (Captain America still leads internationally by a lot, which is funny if you think about it). That's quite impressive for a forgetful blue tang who could have gone 'straight to video' -- Wait, are we still saying that? If not, what's the new phrase. I'm scared of what this means for the future with all those cheapie animated sequels but it is what happened. The current top ten of 2016 includes only two originals (Zootopia & Central Intelligence) but otherwise it's all brand extensions / revisions. It didn't use to be this way but it's been a slow erosion. Consider by comparison: 2006's top ten had 5 originals; 1996 had 6; 1986 had 7. Since we get less original hits every year how soon until we have none?

It should be noted that an original won the weekend but since The Secret Life of Pets famously steals so shamelessly from the Toy Story template, and since it's been promoting itself for what seems like YEARS already it feels like it's a sequel to itself so should it count? Animated films continue to be the safest box office bets.

Mike and Dave performed fairly well in its opening weekend and The Legend of Tarzan had a strong second weekend. In platform release Captain Fantastic had a decent debut with a teensy tiny theater count: not terrible, not great. Will it win strong word of mouth? We deserve more Viggo in our lives but if we don't support his movie we won't get it.

TOP WIDE
800+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
๐Ÿ”บ01 Secret Life of Pets $103.1 NEW 
๐Ÿ”ป02 The Legend of Tarzan $20.6 (cum. $81.4) Review 
๐Ÿ”บ03 Finding Dory $20.3 (cum. $422.5) Review
๐Ÿ”บ04 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $16.6 NEW 
๐Ÿ”บ05 The Purge: Election Year $11.7 (cum. $58.1) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Central Intelligence $8.1 (cum. $108.3)
๐Ÿ”ป07 Independence Day: Resurgence $7.7 (cum. $91.4)
๐Ÿ”ป08 The BFG $7.6 (cum. $38.7)  Review
๐Ÿ”ป09 The Shallows $4.8 (cum. $45.8) Costume Honors
๐Ÿ”ป10 The Conjuring 2 $1.7 (cum. $99.3) Heroes and Villains
๐Ÿ”ป11 Now You See Me 2 $1.3 (cum. $62.2)
๐Ÿ”ป12 Free State of Jones $1.3 (cum. $19.2)

TOP LIMITED
Less than 800 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Sultan $2.2 (cum. $3.2) NEW
๐Ÿ”บ02 Our Kind of Traitor $731K ($2.2)
๐Ÿ”ป03
 Swiss Army Man $690K ($3.1) Best Actor

๐Ÿ”บ04 Hunt for the Wilderpeople $413K (cum. $754K)  Review 
๐Ÿ”ป05
Love & Friendship $326K (cum. $12.9) ReviewPodcast, Best Picture  
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Lobster $309K (cum. $8) ReviewishPodcast 
๐Ÿ”ป07
Maggie's Plan $180K (cum. $2.9) Review

๐Ÿ”บ08 Cold War 2 $165K NEW

๐Ÿ”บ09 The Music of Strangers $144K (cum. $566K)

๐Ÿ”บ10
 Weiner-Dog $105K (cum. $288K)
๐Ÿ”บ11
 Captain Fantastic $98K NEW Review
๐Ÿ”ป12
 Genius $80K (cum. $1.2) Review


What movies did you catch this week? Remember to watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Netflix for Tuesday night's "Best Shot" party.

Tuesday
Jul052016

The Long Box Office Weekend: Finding Tarzan 

How was your holiday weekend? I took a rare break from blogging for a long 4th of July weekend with two friends I hadn't seen in far too long. We didn't hit the movies but for a couple of post meal watches on shared couches (The Intern & 10 Cloverfield Lane). But movies are always big business on this weekend, even without our help. It was a tough opening weekend for The BFG but both the new Tarzan and The Purge did well, Despite three major new films and a big expansion for a others like Swiss Army Man, cinemas were still under the sea. Finding Dory remains at #1 and will soon be the top grossing film of the whole year. Haven't all the fish been found by now?

TOP FIVE WIDE
1000+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
โ–ซ๏ธ01 Finding Dory $50.1 (cum. $380.5) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 The Legend of Tarzan $45.5 NEW Review
๐Ÿ”บ03 The Purge: Election Year $34.7 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ04 The BFG $22.2 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ05 Independence Day: Resurgence $20.2 (cum. $76.3)  Roland Emmerich

TOP FIVE LIMITED
Less than 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Swiss Army Man $1.7 (cum. $1.8) 636 screens 
๐Ÿ”บ02 Our Kind of Traitor $1.2 NEW 372 screens 
๐Ÿ”ป03
 Love & Friendship $512K (cum. $12.6) 185 screens ReviewPodcast  

๐Ÿ”ป04 The Lobster $425K (cum. $7.6) 151 screens ReviewishPodcast 
๐Ÿ”บ05
Maggie's Plan $400K (cum. $2.7)  Review

 

What did you see/do this weekend?

Friday
Jul012016

Scarlett Johannson is the grossest actress ever

...as in, the cumilative box office grossings of the films she's starred in!

Josh here to quickly talk earnings. Scarlett's cumulative box office grossings earn her the title of highest grossing actress ever in the USA according to Box Office Mojo. This title is a little misleading as it's not exactly just Scarlett drawing people to all those Marvel movies that she isn't even the lead of (shame!). Along with the Marvel cinematic universe, her massive tally includes her 5 seconds of voice work in The Jungle Book and actual star vehicle Lucy. This puts her ahead of Cameron Diaz, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts (who is the only lady on the list not propped up massively by a mega-franchise).

The top ten and more facts about the cashed up list after the jump

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Sunday
Jun262016

Water Sports with Dory, Blake, and Dead Daniel

Moviegoers were content to keep swimming with Dory this weekend as the new releases didn't stir audiences. Well that's not wholly true. Moviegoers turned out for other water sports like water skiing on Daniel Radcliffe's corpse in Swiss Army Man (crowded houses but only available in NY & LA) and shark dodging with Blake Lively in The Shallows which had a solid per screen average, a low budget, and surprisingly good reviews. That triple combo could signify big profits for The Shallows ahead if the film finds legs in July, especially if it doesn't lose momentum over the 4th of July holiday week frenzy when The BFG, Tarzan, and The Purge 3 are all newly available to moviegoers. 

The two films that had the toughest time this weekend were the 20 years later (aka way too late) sequel Independence Day Resurgence and the horror/fashion/noir/thriller/satire/whatsit/drama Neon Demon, which risked a nearly wide opening (just under 800 theaters) but couldn't fill theaters -- Elle Fanning isn't bankable yet. Whatever happened to Dakota? *sniffle*

TOP TEN WIDE
1000+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
โ–ซ๏ธ01 Finding Dory $73.2 (cum. $286.5) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Independence Day: Resurgence $41.6 NEW 
โ–ซ๏ธ03 Central Intelligence $18.3 (cum. $69.3)
๐Ÿ”บ04 The Shallows $16.7 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ05 Free State of Jones $7.7 NEW 
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Conjuring 2 $7.7 (cum. $86.9) 
๐Ÿ”ป07 Now You See Me 2 $5.6 (cum. $52)
๐Ÿ”ป08 X-Men Apocalypse $2.4 (cum. $151.1) ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป09 TMNT: Out of the Shadows $2.4 (cum. $77.1)
๐Ÿ”ป10 Warcraft $2.1 (cum. $43.8) Six Questions

Fan Art by The Glitchway. Click here for more

TOP TEN LIMITED
Less than 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Neon Demon $606K NEW
๐Ÿ”ป02 Love & Friendship $490K (cum. $11.8) ReviewPodcast  
๐Ÿ”ป03
 The Lobster $436K (cum. $7) ReviewishPodcast 

๐Ÿ”ป04 Maggie's Plan $297K (cum. $2.2)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ05
Genius $216K (cum. $807K) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Weiner $115K (cum. $1.2)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ07
Swiss Army Man $114K NEW Review 

๐Ÿ”บ08 Dark Horse $92K (cum. $493K) Review

๐Ÿ”ป09 The Man Who Knew Infinity $88K (cum. $3.5)

๐Ÿ”ป10
The Hunt for Wilderpeople $85K NEW Review 

 

Happy Pride Weekend, Everyone!
What movies did you catch this week?

Somehow I kicked off the weekend by visiting a facade of the Psycho house (Mommy issues for everyone!) with my bestie and The Flick Filosopher who was visiting from London. But I also caught Genius, The Neon Demon and Swiss Army Man and more on those soon.

Sunday
Jun192016

Finding Treasure (with Pixar's Dory)

It will surprise you less than Dory, that she's the new queen of the box office. Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar's most beloved non-Toy based title with mainstream audiences (not with us though - we're WALL•E / Incredibles people round these parts), broke records when it swam into theaters Thursday night. The bankability of a little Hart (Kevin) and a Big Johnson (Dwayne "The Rock") made an impact in second position, as well, though it's worth noting that pairing them didn't remotely result in twice their usual opening weekend grosses (these are fairly typical for either of them. Maybe their fanbases are too similar?) Between those two movies requiring nearly 8,000 screens between them it was a rough weekend for other movies with most big and small releases losing a ton of movie houses (yes even Love and Friendship and The Lobster which both had strong momentum until they lost theaters. *sniffle*). There's a lot of summer left but there's only one last tidal wave of box office as we move towards the July 4th holiday and Independence Day, The BFG, and Tarzan soon battle for dominance.

TOP WIDE
arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
๐Ÿ”บ01 Finding Dory $136.1 NEW Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Central Intelligence $34.5 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ03 The Conjuring 2 $15.5 (cum. $71.7) 
โ–ซ๏ธ04 Now You See Me 2 $9.6 (cum. $41.3) 
๐Ÿ”บ05 Warcraft $6.5 (cum. $37.7) Six Questions

Jude Law & Colin Firth in GENIUSTOP  LIMITED
Under 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”ป01 Love & Friendship $797K (cum. $10.9) ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป02 The Lobster $647K (cum. $6.3)  ReviewishPodcast
๐Ÿ”บ03
 Maggie's Plan $471K (cum. $1.8)  Review

๐Ÿ”บ04 Genius $306K (cum. $442K) Review 
๐Ÿ”บ05
Weiner $144K (cum. $1) Review 

 

WHAT DID YOU SEE THIS WEEKEND? 
I caught Neon Demon (ooh boy. that's going to be tough to write about) and rewatched Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) - our 50th anniversary celebration of that classic begins tomorrow!

Sunday
Jun122016

Patrick & Vera conjure up a big opening weekend

Don't be scared, Patrick. It's just money!

While The Conjuring 2 didn't quite equal its predecessor it came close which is saying a lot in this summer of underperforming sequels. It also helped that it's budget was only $40 million so it's already well on its way to profit. Contrast that to Warcraft's $160 million budget with a $24 million opening. Ouch. Still its foreign performance (nearing $300 million) should help it turn a profit. But one is reminded of The Golden Compass, another would be franchise that chose to end on a cliffhanger rather than telling a full story. Despite doing well overseas it never got a sequel.  Maybe let your audience decide if they like your movie before ending with "to be continued..."?

None of the new limited releases did particularly well including our beloved The Fits which earned $16K in just 4 theaters. Even Love & Friendship & The Lobster appear to have peaked last weekend but we'll see if they can hold screens or expand again next week.

Expect a ton of the current movies to lose all oxygen next weekend when probable behemoth Finding Dory swims into town.

arrows indicate gaining or losing screens

TOP TEN WIDE
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Conjuring 2 $40.3 NEW 
๐Ÿ”บ02 Warcraft $24.3 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ03 Now You See Me 2 $23 NEW 
โ–ซ๏ธ04 TMNT: Out of the Shadows $14.8 (cum. $61) 
๐Ÿ”บ05 X-Men Apocalypse $10 (cum. $136.3) )  ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป06 Me Before You $9.2 (cum. $36.8) Review
๐Ÿ”ป07 Angry Birds $6.7 (cum. $98.1)
๐Ÿ”ป08 Alice Through the Looking Glass $5.5 (cum. $62.4) 
๐Ÿ”ป09 Captain America: Civil War $4.3 (cum. $396.8) Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 The Jungle Book $2.7 (cum. $352.6)

TOP TEN LIMITED
Under 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Love & Friendship $1.5 (cum. $9.5) ReviewPodcast
โ–ซ๏ธ02 The Lobster $991K (cum. $5.1)  ReviewishPodcast
๐Ÿ”บ03
 Maggie's Plan $690K (cum. $1.1)  Review

๐Ÿ”บ04 Te3n $284K NEW 
๐Ÿ”บ05
Weiner $166K (cum. $760K) Review 
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Man Who Knew Infinity $161K (cum. $3.1) 
๐Ÿ”ป07
The Meddler $135K (cum. $3.9) Review 

๐Ÿ”บ08 The Wailing $133K (cum. $551K) 

๐Ÿ”บ09 Sing Street $69K (cum. $2.9)  ReviewWho's the MVP?Podcast 

๐Ÿ”ป10
A Bigger Splash $60K (cum. $1.8) ReviewishPodcast

 

WHAT DID YOU SEE THIS WEEKEND? I caught Warcraft (don't judge) and The Conjuring 2 (fun scares and Patrick sings!!!!!) and the Lupita Nyong'o Tony-nominated play Eclipsed (heartwrenching). Busy weekend.