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Tuesday
May302017

Mid-Year Report: Blockbuster Bombs - Why Did They Flop?

by Séan McGovern

If 2017 is showing any consistency in audience tastes over the last few years it's that no amount of star power, budget or marketing gimmicks can force audiences to buy tickets, with news that the US Memorial Weekend was the lowest grossing since 1999. I've been told variances of the rule that for every production budget on a bockbuster, you can expect the marketing budget to be half if not equal to that - meaning that managing to break even is still a loss.

The year is noticeable once again for some high profile box office casualties - King Arthur, Ghost in the Shell, Power Rangers, Baywatch, possibly Alien: Covenant and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, which regardless of its #1 spot at the Box Office has a budget of $230m (!) to recoup and turn into profit.

There is plenty of speculation that the way we watch films is contributing to the losses, but how to explain Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel Universe - huge financial successes that tick many of the same boxes as the recent failures? If we like to believe that audiences are more selective or that we truly consider the reviews, then why do the Transformers films keep getting made? (seriously please someone explain)

Full figures (and reader speculation welcome) after the jump...

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Sunday
May282017

What are you up to this weekend?

This Memorial Day Weekend isn't on fire at the movies. Nobody much cares about Baywatch (which is neither exciting like an action movie or funny like a comedy, but can still be amply defined as an "action comedy") and a new Pirates of the Caribbean is getting only the usual flock of lemming moviegoers for an established franchise and no one else. This is, by a very wide margin, the worst opening for a Pirates sequels. Elsewhere in sequel land the news isn't much better. Alien Covenant is the least popular Alien film yet if you adjust for inflation (and dont count those Predator crossovers because why would you?). Will Wonder Woman turn things around next week for audience interest or is counterprogramming that Big Hollywood rarely does anymore what they actually needed to do this very summer?

In limited release, slightly better news. Two unconventional romcoms are performing pretty well: Israel's 'wedding without a groom' film The Wedding Plan and the unfaithful ole marrieds of The Lovers are still expanding to decent business.

Weekend Box Office (May 26-28)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
1.🔺 PIRATES (5) $62.1 
NEW
1. 🔺 THE LOVERS $665K (cum. $1.3)
(443 screens)  REVIEW
2. GUARDIANS (2) $19.8 
(cum. $333.2) REVIEW
2. LOWRIDERS $539K (cum. $5.1)
(334 screens)
3.🔺 BAYWATCH $18.1 NEW
(cum. $22.7)  
3. NORMAN $503k (cum. $3.0)
(324 screens)
4. ALIEN (6)  $10.5
(cum. $57.3)  REVIEW | FRANCHISE 
4.🔺 PARIS CAN WAIT $456k (cum. $860k)
(70 screens)

5. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING $6.1
(cum. $21.5) REVIEW

5.🔺 THE WEDDING PLAN $311k
(cum. $595K | 91 screens)
🔺 = new or added screens
numbers from box office mojo

 

What did you see this weekend? 

Sunday
May212017

Box Office: The face huggers still got it!

By Nathaniel R

It was a battle for box office dominance in outer space as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Aliens Volume 6 (shut up) faced off. The champion was those nasty acid-blooded face huggers rather than the comic bro huggers. Not that Drax and Starlord have anything to worry about having just crossed the $300 million mark domestically.

It's also worth noting that Demian Bichir has both #1 movies -- he has a small role in Alien Covenant and a big one in Lowriders, which logs a second week on top of the limited release chart. Charts and a few more comments are after the jump... 

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Thursday
May182017

Today's 4: Auntie Mame, The Breakfast Club, In the Realm of the Senses, and Laika

Another day, another chance to boost your spirits by celebrating showbiz history whilst you go about your here and now. Only four today since we decided the fifth would be better off in a beauty break style post later today. 

May 18th Showbiz History

2018 Okay this is future history but Laika has claimed this date for their next movie. We don't know what it is yet but who cares, it's Laika!

In their honor today: Rank Laika's releases thus far in the comments. They are in chronological order Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Blockbusters of 1985, Auntie Mame and more after the jump...

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Sunday
May142017

Mother's Day Weekend Box Office

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY y'all. Are you taking your mom to the movies? Does your mom even go to movies? (My mom does not unless I'm visiting her so it happens about once a year).

In its second week Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 dipped below 50% but that's par for the course for blockbusters which are super frontloaded now. It still handily took the weekend making more than the two new wide releases combined (Snatched and King Arthur). In limited release the top new films were Lowriders (starring Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria) with a good per screen average and the sniper drama The Wall which risked a nearly wide opening to uncertain results. We'll see how word of mouth goes. 

Weekend Box Office (Date)
W I D E  L I M I T E D
1. GUARDIANS VOL. 2 $63
(cum. $246.1) REVIEW
1. 🔺 LOWRIDERS $2.4 NEW
(295 screens)
2.🔺 SNATCHED $17.5 NEW
REVIEW
2. BAAHUBALI 2 $1.5 (374 screens)
(cum. $18.9)
3.🔺 KING ARTHUR $14.7 NEW
REVIEW
3. 🔺 THE WALL $891k NEW
(541 screens)
4. FATE OF FURIOUS $5.3
(cum. $215) FRANCHISE RANK
4. NORMAN $409k (153 screens)
(cum. $1.6)
5. BOSS BABY $4.6
(cum. $162.3) REVIEW
5. THEIR FINEST $290k
(258 screens | cum. $2.9)
6. BEAUTY & THE BEAST $3.8
(cum. $493.1) REVIEW | SCORE
6. SLEIGHT $285k (364 screens)
(cum. $3.6)
7. HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER 
$3.7 (cum. $26.1)
7. THE DINNER $245k (429 screens)
(cum. $1.1)
8. THE CIRCLE $1.7
(cum. $18.9) REVIEW
8. 🔺  A QUIET PASSION $199k
(116 screens | cum. $766k)
9. GIFTED $1.3
(cum. $21.4)
9. 🔺 THE LOVERS $140k (23 screens)
(cum. $229k) REVIEW
10. SMURFS: LOST VILLAGE $1.1
(cum. $42.1)
10. COLOSSAL $115k (160 screens)
(cum. $2.7) REVIEW 
11. GOING IN STYLE $1.0
(cum. $42.3)
11.🔺 PARIS CAN WAIT $101k NEW
(4 screens)
12. BORN IN CHINA $820k
(cum. $12.3)
12. 🔺 CHUCK $79k (39 screens)
(cum. $121k) REVIEW 
🔺 = new or added screens
numbers from box office mojo

 

The Lovers and Chuck, two Tribeca debuts which went immediately to theaters last weekend after the festival, charted after adding theaters this weekend. Check out the reviews in case you missed 'em linked in the chart above.

What did you see this weekend? 

Sunday
May072017

Arthouse Box Office... Go see "The Lovers"

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (reviewed) opened huge as expected, and is now #2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of this highly specific metric: Most box office improvement over the opening of the first film. Number 1 in this regard is still Captain America Winter Soldier. With the mainstream box office being totally dominated by two franchises featuring action heroes of scant relation deploying the word "family" as frequently as rounds of ammo, let's turn our attention to the films in limited release. Richard Gere is the unexpected leader with not one but two films (The Dinner and Norman) in the top five.

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