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Tuesday
Dec182018

100 Most Popular Foreign Films of 2018 + the Oscar Hopefuls!

Our year in review party begins TODAY. A different list each day! Here's Nathaniel R...

Time for an annual look back at subtitled fare in cinemas. As with 2017 and the year before India, China, Mexico, and South Korea dominate with a smattering of Oscar contenders and random other countries faring much less well in the American marketplace. Much of the imbalance is due to dedicated distributors who saw a underserved market and focus specifically on it. Here in Manhattan, it's interesting to watch how this plays out. Generally speaking some big multiplexes reserve one or two screens for super specific distributors (Bollywood and mainstream Asian features for example are often at the Empire in Times Square which has 25 screens). Meanwhile the traditional "arthouse theaters" continue to rely on the decades-long practice of programming festival hits, docs, and arthouse style cinema which leans heavily European with a few buzzy Asian titles thrown in; in other words they're Oscar-aligned in their tastes.

For the purposes of the following list we skipped documentaries and animated films to keep the list more focused (and avoid arguments about dubbed versions or whatnot). The numbers are pulled from Box Office Mojo.

TOP 100 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS FOR 2018
Domestic Box Office Grosses Only - Figures as of December 16th

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Tuesday
Dec112018

2018 Review: Top Ten Hits in Nine Categories!

Soon we'll start daily 'year in review' parties, but here's an early one...

It's time for a special box office report AND the kick off to our year in review party. Yes, yes, everyone knows that Disney/Marvel owned the domestic and international box office with Black Panther and Infinity War, respectively. Yet there is far more to the story of ticket sales than just one studio and superhero films in general.

It's much more interesting to break it down into types of films and see which films most interested the ticket-buying public. We'll have separate reports on foreign films and documentaries but for now nine other categories!

๐Ÿ”บ = means that the film is still in release so its place in these rankings is not yet settled. All figures are as of December 9th, 2018

TOP ORIGINALS
NOT PRE-EXISTING  / NOT (YET) A FRANCHISE

 

01 A Quiet Place  (Paramount) $188 (April 6th)
02 ๐Ÿ”บBohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $173.7 (Nov 2nd)

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Sunday
Dec022018

Ralph and Queen Anne Rule Again

Weekend Box Office Estimates
Nov 30th- Dec 2nd๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanded Theater Count
W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $25.7 (cum. $119.2)
1.๐Ÿ”บThe Favourite $1.1 on 34 screens
(cum. $1.6) ReviewPodcast, BIFA Wins 
2. The Grinch $17.7 (cum. $203.5) Posterized 
2. Boy Erased $590k on 660 screens (cum. $5.5) Podcast, Soundtracking, Nicole at TIFF
3. Creed 2 $16.8 (cum. $81.1) Michael B Jordan Podcast
3.Can You Ever Forgive Me? $350k on  screens (cum. $6.5) ReviewPodcast

 

As suspected with no real new competition the charts were virtually the same as last week so we're skipping the usual report. The good news is that The Favourite and Shoplifters , easily two of the best films this year, both had fine results with second weekend expansions.

What did you see this weekend? I saw Mary Poppins Returns (grinned stupidly the whole time - Emily Blunt is โค๏ธ) and caught If Beale Street Could Talk a second time... to sadly the same reaction; tried to love it but just didn't apart from three inspired supporting performances (Regina King, Colman Domingo, and Brian Tyree Henry are all on fire) and some craft elements. Perhaps it'll work better for all of you when it opens in two weeks!?

Monday
Nov262018

Movies gobbled up tickets on Thanksgiving Weekend

by Nathaniel R

What did you see over the long holiday weekend? Some of the movies got a two day headstart opening on Wednesday, others on Friday but awards season is most definitely upon us; almost everything has now screened for someone and there's only one month of the year left to get through.  We've expanded the two charts to include all 14 films in wide release (over 800 screens) and the corresponding top players in limited release. There's a glut of titles out there at the moment.

Here's how the box office went down for the holidays. There is a lot to ponder after the jump...

Weekend Box Office (ACTUALS)
(Nov 23rd-25th)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Ralph Breaks the Internet $56.2 on 4017 screens (cum. $84.7) *NEW*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Boy Erased $1.5 on 672 screens (cum. $4.5) Podcast
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Creed 2 $35.5 on 3441 screens (cum. $56) *NEW* Michael B Jordan,  Podcast
Can You Ever Forgive Me $598k on 426 screens (cum. $6) ReviewPodcast โค๏ธ

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Tuesday
Nov202018

A rough weekend for Oscar hopefuls at the Box Office

by Nathaniel R

What did you see over the weekend? Though a lot of Oscar hopefuls struggled, this weekend was but the preamble to a big holiday weekend so this coming week will tell a much broader story of which films the public is responding too. More commentary after the jump...

Weekend Box Office 
(Nov 16-18)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1 ๐Ÿ”บ   Fantastic Beasts 2 $62.1 on 4163 screens *NEW*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Boy Erased $1.3 on 409 screens (cum. $2.6) Podcast 
Dr Seuss' The Grinch $38.5 on 4141 screens (cum. $126.9) Posterized 
2๐Ÿ”บ Can You Ever Forgive Me $893k on 555 screens (cum. $5) ReviewPodcast

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Sunday
Nov112018

Can You Ever Forgive the Box Office?

by Nathaniel R

Dear readers, we don't know why we relay the box office charts each week because they can be depressing. Films that should be giant hits are not and vice versa. With great regularity. We've learned to adjust our expectations so that now films that seem like giant hits made for adults are actually just modest hits if you compare them to year's past and so on. But for what it's worth here are this week's charts... 

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(Nov 9-11)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1  Dr Seuss the Grinch $66 on 4141 screens *NEW* Posterized
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Can You Ever... $1.4 on 391 screens (cum. $3.6) ReviewPodcast

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