US BOX OFFICE NEWS
Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: The Warner Bros war film expanded wide in its fourth session and vaulted 20 places to top of the charts in a record wide debut for a winter release and a handful of other records.
EXCLUSIVE: Films licensed internationally through the major US-based sales agencies generated an estimated $1.152bn last year.
Liam Neeson returned to the top of the North American box office thanks to an estimated $40.4m debut in 3,594 sites via Fox, while Selma expanded wide through Paramount and soared 22 places to number two on a $11.2m weekend haul.
Fox International’s Taken 3 arrives in around 30 markets including the UK, Australia, Japan and Taiwan this weekend in a big early step for the international thriller.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies maintained its hold over the North American box office into the first session of 2015, falling 47% in its third weekend on a confirmed $21.7m through Warner Bros for $220.6m.
Lionsgate releases delivered more than $1.726bn worldwide in 2014, fuelled by a $1.032bn international tally that included $363m from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $168m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.
Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.
A lacklustre session enlivened only by an excellent limited bow for Wild saw box office for the top 12 earn $70.4m and fall 54% against last weekend and 19% against the comparable weekend in 2013.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brought in an estimated $56.9m through Lionsgate over Thanksgiving weekend to reach $225.7m after two sessions as The Imitation Game scored a sensational limited debut.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.
NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.
The independent drama starring awards contender Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance LA crime reporter dominated a weak Halloween weekend session on $11m.
It may have been a slow session, but that won’t stop Universal executives celebrating a number one berth heading into Halloween this week and top brass at The Weinstein Company feeling good about St. Vincent.
The prospect of Brad Pitt in a tank proved irresistible to North American audiences as the Second World War tale rolled into action through Sony, while Birdman delivered the result of the weekend with a massive limited launch via Fox Searchlight.
Fox/New Regency’s David Fincher mystery starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike is becoming a box office force as word of mouth kept it at number one for the second weekend in a row.
All eyes turn to Monday’s confirmed results after Fox-New Regency’s mystery claimed number one and Warner Bros’ horror debut Annabelle had to settle for second place on an estimated $37.2m.
North American audiences could not resist the reteaming of Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as action thriller The Equalizer opened top through Sony on an estimated $35m.
After six weeks the South Korean naval battle film has crossed $2.5m to overtake The Host and become the highest grossing Korean-language film in North America.
Fox’s YA adaptation beat a path to the pinnacle of the North American box office as an estimated $32.5m was enough to help the top 12 climb approximately 17% against last weekend.
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.