US BOX OFFICE NEWS
Box office bounced back – how could it do otherwise? – after last week’s historic low as the Screen Gems thriller starring Idris Elba beat Dolphin Tale 2 to open top on an estimated $24.5m.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy added an estimated $10.2m in its sixth weekend through Buena Vista to surge to $294.6m in the lowest box office weekend in two years.
UPDATE SEPT 1: Marvel Studios’ summer hit stayed at number one thanks to an estimated $22.2m haul over the four-day holiday weekend as the season ended on a whimper and fell approximately 15% against summer 2013 to mark the weakest summer since 2006.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has earned $245.3m internationally and $255.2m in North America.
A lacklustre session allowed Guardians Of The Galaxy to take advantage of a lightweight trio of releases to return to the top and become the leading film of the summer.
Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.
Following a loud Comic-Con presentation in July, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot took command of the North American box office in its opening session.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy stormed the North American box office, soaring to number one on an estimated $94m through Buena Vista that scored the biggest August debut and the third biggest of the year-to-date.
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the second in the sci-fi franchise to reach the global mark after Dark Of The Moon did so in 2011.
EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.
Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.
Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.
Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.
Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.
The Fox 2000 drama dislodged Maleficent and dismissed the challenge of Tom Cruise to storm to number one.
Four years since the world last saw Jolie in a lead live-action role, the star returned to winning ways in Maleficent with a career-best launch courtesy of Disney’s fantasy romp.
X-Men: Days of Future Past had a powerful but not record-breaking opening at the North American box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $90.7m over the first three days of the four day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The monster movie was unstoppable at the weekend, launching in North America on an estimated $93.2m.
Universal’s frat house comedy starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron dominated thanks to an estimated $51m debut that blew The Amazing Spider Man 2 into second place in its second session.
As expected, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dominated the domestic session thanks to an estimated $92m haul that established itself as the second biggest launch of the year-to-date behind Captain America 2.
Fox’s comedy starring the potent mix of Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann secured top spot on an estimated $24.7m.
Marvel Studios’ 2014 poster boy stayed top of the North American charts in its in third weekend in action, adding an estimated $26.6m to reach $201.5m.
Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel held on to pole position through Disney to reach $159m after two sessions and see off the challenge from Fox’s Rio 2.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier announced itself with an estimated $96.2m debut through Buena Vista that rewrote the record books for April opening weekends.
Paramount and Regency Enterprises’ epic delivered an estimated $44m number one debut in North America that exceeded expectations – now the question is will it hold.
CINEMACON: MPAA CEO and chairman Senator Chris Dodd said global box office for all films released in 2013 reached $35.9bn, marking a 4% year-on-year rise.
The pilot feature from the latest aspiring YA franchise conformed to industry predictions to open top and deliver a highly promising $56m debut.
DreamWorks Animation’s family release Mr. Peabody & Sherman climbed to the top in its second session through Fox after narrowly edging out Warner Bros’ 300 sequel with an estimated $21.2m.
Warner Bros’ 300 sequel beat off the competition from DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while Fox Searchlight capitalised on 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar glory and scored a massive limited debut on The Grand Budapest Hotel.
StudioCanal’s fully financed action film starring Liam Neeson opened top of the North American charts through Universal on an estimated $30m.
Frozen – the favourite to win the best animation Oscar – crossed $1bn at the global box office on Sunday (March 2) to reach $1.0002bn and cemented its status as the industry’s biggest non-sequel animation and the second biggest animation of all time behind Toy Story 3.
Warner Bros’ family hit The Lego Movie consolidated last weekend’s number one launch with a strong hold that relegated new arrivals About Last Night and RoboCop to second and third on the podium.
Warner Bros’ family film The Lego Movie scaled the top of the charts on an estimated $69.1m as The Monuments opened solidly in second place on $22.7m.
Superbowl Weekend allows Universal buddy comedy to make hay.
The Universal one-two held firm as Ride Along dominated the US charts with ease and Lone Survivor held on to second place. Lakeshore’s newcomer I, Frankenstein delivered a disappointing $8.3m through Lionsgate at number six.
Universal executives were celebrating as the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy grossed an estimated $41.2m to set a three-day holiday weekend record.
Peter Berg’s war film starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch climbed 37 places to number one after expanding in its second weekend through Universal and grossing an excellent $39m.
North American box office for the calendar year was set to reach new heights as the running total equalled the $10.8bn haul from 2012 on December 29, according to estimates that remained unconfirmed at time of writing.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug held firm at number one in its third session to see out the holiday period as The Wolf Of Wall Street arrived in fifth place on a mediocre $18.5m over three days.
After two weekends Warner Bros, New Line and MGM’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug trails the 2012 Hobbit release by approximately 16% at the same stage when adjusted for inflation. Dhoom 3 has become the biggest Bollywood release in North America.
Fuelled by Frozen, the studio reached $1.547bn on December 14 to establish a new company high-water mark and complete the trifecta of record domestic, international and global tallies.
While the opening session of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug trailed the $84.6m debut of The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey exactly one year ago by roughly 13%, it was still good enough to deliver the third biggest December launch.
Heading into the holidays Buena Vista’s animation climbed one place to the pinnacle of the North American charts on an estimated $31.6m for $134.3m. Inside Llewyn Davis arrived on a superb limited debut.
UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel to The Hunger Games and Thor 2 have both reached $600m at the worldwide box office.
As expected Catching Fire maintained control of the North American charts over the Thanksgiving holiday period despite a superb first wide weekend from Disney’s animation Frozen.
EXCLUSIVE: Gateway Films & Prana Studios’ 3D animated feature opened in second place at the Polish box office last week behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Catching Fire stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $161.1m to set a new November record and score the fourth biggest domestic debut of all time.
A spokesperson said on Monday (18) the studio had broken its previous best North American box office for a calendar year of $1.335bn set in 2012.
Thor: The Dark World held on to the North American crown for its third and most likely final weekend ahead of the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.