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Sunday
Aug212016

Ben-Who? Weekend Box Office

The name "Ben-Hur" wasn't enough of a brand on its own to lure moviegoers to theaters this weekend for the remake. My guess: Those who know of Ben-Hur love the 1959 version too much to care about a 2016 version. I have zero desire to see it so if you dared the movie theater this weekend to do so, tell me this: did any of the 1925 sensuality or the 1959 homoeroticism survive in the 2016 version. Or is this just all antiseptic generic blockbuster action mode? 

Ben Hur in 1959, 2016, and 1925If you didn't see Ben-Hur, what did you see? Did you like it? More after the jump including the fate of Kubo and the Two Strings and the best thing I saw this weekend...

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Sunday
Aug142016

Box Office: 'Sausage Party' Is An Animated Adult Smash

This weekend while Suicide Squad suffered one of the biggest superhero second weekend dropoffs ever and Pete's Dragon had one of the mildest starts for a Disney remake, Sausage Party was breaking box office ground for adult animation. The high concept comedy had the biggest opening ever for animated film meant for grown-ups, passing 2007's violent Beowulf (apologies for reminding you of its existence).

While Party is unlikely to repeat the animation for grownups Oscar nomination breakthrough that Anomalisa achieved last year, this strong box office opening shows that medium doesn't need to appeal to the kiddies to be commercially viable. The most popular toons often become so partly because they are equally embraced by adults - we love animation just as much, so the rarity of one aimed squarely at us remains perplexing. Sausage Party is on track to surpass South Park - Bigger, Longer, and Uncut's business, so maybe we'll at least get more bawdy animated comedies if not the type of character dramas that Anomalisa was trying to deliver.

TOP TEN

01 Suicide Squad $43.7M (cum $222.9M) Review
02 Sausage Party $33.6M NEW
03 Pete's Dragon $21.5M NEW Review
04 Jason Bourne $13.6M (cum $126.8M) Review
05 Bad Moms $11.4M (cum $71.4M)
06 The Secret Lives of Pets $8.8M (cum $335.9M)
07 Star Trek Beyond $6.8M (cum $139.7M) Review
08 Florence Foster Jenkins $6.6M NEW Review
09 Nine Lives $3.5M (cum $13.5M)
10 Lights Out $3.2M (cum $61.1M)

Limited releases were mostly quiet this weekend, with the biggest winner being the well-reviewed Texas crime drama Hell or High Water. Led by Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster, the film grossed $592,000 at 32 theatres for the weekend's per screen average of almost $19K.

What did you see this weekend??

Sunday
Aug072016

Box Office Special: When Films are Bigger Abroad...

What did you see this weekend?

Let's ignore Suicide Squad's big box office weekend (read Lynn's review here) as that story is overworked already given the months of hoopla on the internet and the expected fact of a very big weekend (that's what happens with much-hyped superhero films). Instead for the weekend box office column, let's talk about a situation that occurs each year in terms of different preferences in blockbusters around the globe. Those differences sometimes go a long way in explaining why some franchises never die (Hello, Ice Age) even long past their natural expiration dates. Though Finding Dory has easily topped the domestic charts in the US to become 2016's champ, it couldn't reach the global power of Captain America: Civil War (#1), Zootopia (#2) or The Jungle Book (#3) worldwide. Taste and success do vary across borders.

Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid" is the 7th biggest hit of 2016... but it did only $3 million in the US

After the jump let's look at the titles from 2016 with less than a third of their treasure chests coming from the US (currently the biggest film market though China will reportedly surpass us soon). What can we learn from this list?

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Monday
Aug012016

Box Office Bourne Again

Off blog my weekend was rough so I didn't make it to the movies. But here's to hoping you did. Nostalgia for Matt Damon's return to the Bourne franchise was greeted with enthusiam by moviegoers and what suffered as a result was nostalgia for another return over at Star Trek Beyond which took a big tumble in its second weekend. Meanwhile yet another nostalgia play (it's all about revivals these days) Ghostbusters became yet another $100 million domestic hit for Melissa McCarthy (she has six of them now) though the problem with this one is that it cost far more than her other films to make.

In other box office news: Cafe Society is about to outgross Woody Allen's last feature (Irrational Man) and it's only been out for a week; The Legend of Tarzan is now the 11th most popular film of the year (but with its hefty price tag will it get a sequel?); and if you want to see Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic (which you really should because it's quite good) get to it in the next couple of days because it's per screen average didn't fare too well with this weekend's significant expansion so it's unlikely to stick around much longer; and we can maybe finally say goodbye to the Ice Age franchise on their fifth outing. Their international box office is what's been keeping the series afloat but the fifth film is significantly underperforming so cross your fingers if you're screaming "enough already" every time that once funny squirrel bounces across your movie theater screens chasing a nut in a trailer. 

TOP TWENTY
๐Ÿ”บ01 Jason Bourne $60 NEW Review 
โ–ซ๏ธ 02 Star Trek Beyond $24 (cum. $105.7) Review
๐Ÿ”บ03 Bad Moms $23.4 NEW
๐Ÿ”ป04 Secret Life of Pets $18.2 (cum. $296.1) 
๐Ÿ”บ05 Lights Out $10.8 (cum. $42.8) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Ice Age Collison Course $10.5 (cum. $42.1)
๐Ÿ”ป07 Ghostbusters $9.8 (cum. $106.1) Review
๐Ÿ”บ08 Nerve $9 NEW 
๐Ÿ”ป09 Finding Dory $4.2 (cum. $469)  Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 Legend of Tarzan $2.4 (cum. $121.8) Review
๐Ÿ”ป11 Hillary's America $2.3 (cum. $8.6)
๐Ÿ”บ12 Cafe Society $2.2 ($3.9) LIMITED RELEASE Review
๐Ÿ”ป13 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $1.4 (cum. $43.9) Review
๐Ÿ”บ14 Captain Fantastic $1 (cum. $2.4) LIMITED RELEASE Review
๐Ÿ”ป15 Central Intelligence $910K (cum. $125.3)
๐Ÿ”ป16 The Infiltrator $817K (cum. $14.3)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ17 Absolutely Fabulous $800K (cum. $3.3) LIMITED RELEASE Review, Production Design
๐Ÿ”ป18 Purge: Election Year $703K (cum. $78.3)
๐Ÿ”ป19 BFG $416K ($52.1) Review
๐Ÿ”ป20 Hunt for the Wilderpeople $350K (cum. $2.9) LIMITED RELEASE Review 

What movies did you catch this past weekend?

Next weekend Suicide Squad opens and will surely dominate the conversation and may well feel like the end of summer movie season though there are a few weeks left of that. The really interesting contest is the following week when Florence Foster Jenkins battles both Pete's Dragon and those anthropomorphic R rated food items from Sausage Party.  Tough to say which film might survive that brawl.

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?