US BOX OFFICE NEWS
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.
Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $86.1m to produce the ninth biggest November debut in history.
Ender’s Game debuted top of the North American charts through Lionsgate-Summit to deliver a timely success for the independent space heading into the AFM this week.
A muscular launch for Paramount’s comedy generated the second biggest launch in the Jackass family as Fox’s The Counselor flopped and Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave broke into the top ten in its second session.
The studio’s combined grosses for the year-to-date have crossed the $2bn milestone for the fifth consecutive year and the seventh year overall — both achievements are industry records.
Gravity remained top for a third consecutive week as the latest pretender to its throne, Carrie, had to settle for a number three debut. DreamWorks’ The Fifth Estate stumbled badly in its opening session.
Audience demand kept Warner Bros’ all-categories Oscar contender at the top of the North American charts as an estimated $44.3m in the second session boosted the running total to $123.4m.
Warner Bros’ space epic from Alfonso Cuaron starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney reached for the stars at the weekend with an estimated $55.5m launch that set a new October mark.
In its fifth weekend, Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included has become the highest grossing Spanish-language release at the US box office on $38.6m.
Box office climbed 34% over the previous session as Sony’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 stormed to the top on an estimated $35m.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) top brass announced the company has crossed $2bn within a calendar year for the first time in its 101-year history.
A sensational number one launch for Insidious: Chapter 2 through FilmDistrict put the horror sequel immediately in profit for the filmmakers and established James Wan unquestionably as the preeminent commercial horror director following summer smash The Conjuring.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler restored supremacy at the top of the North American charts as a record four-day Labor Day weekend wrapped up a record $4.7bn summer.
The summer session neared a conclusion over Labor Day Weekend as One Direction: This Is Us, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the UK-Irish pop sensation, opened top on an estimated $17m through Sony’s TriStar label over three days.
Lee Daniel’s The Butler held on to top spot at a lacklustre box office weekend that marked the penultimate session of blockbuster season.
A Haunted House 2 is scheduled to kick off production on Monday  through IM Global’s Octane genre division. Open Road will distribute in the US on Mar 2014.
Sony Pictures Classics announced that it will expand Woody Allen’s box office hit Blue Jasmine this weekend from 229 screens to more than 1,200, making the awards contender Allen’s widest ever release.
Lee Daniel’s The Butler dominated a weak session in North America thanks to an estimated $25m opening weekend through The Weinstein Company.
Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 independently financed sci-fi action film launched at number one in North America thanks to an estimated $30.4m opening weekend through TriStar that consigned a trio of studio openers to lower top five finishes.
Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi international hit has reached $218m and is favourite to hold on to the international crown this weekend.
The independent action comedy starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg led a decent session in North America, scoring an estimated $27.4m through Universal.
The projected opening day for Pacific Rim in China (Rmb 54.3m) set a new record for Warner Bros and scored the second biggest debut of a Hollywood release behind Iron Man 3 for the year-to-date.
Sony Pictures Classics will increase the theatre count on Before Midnight to 226 screens this weekend. Separately, FilmBuff and release IPF Productions said they will release SXSW entry Rewind This! exclusively on iTunes.
Fox’s X-Men tale put a lot of space between itself and the competition as the action release debuted top in North America on an estimated $55m, even though the result will have disappointed studio executives. TWC’s awards hopeful Fruitvale Station vaulted seven places to number 10.
UPDATED JUL 22: Pacific Rim stole past Despicable Me 2 to rule the international box office on $35.3m according to confirmed numbers issued on Monday  by Warner Bros Pictures International executives.
Warner Bros’ horror story starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson pulled off a mighty feat to open in North America on an estimated $41.5m ahead of Despicable Me 2 and new release Turbo.
Fox International launches DreamWorks Animation’s latest family fare day-and-date with North America in approximately 28 territories. There are significant new launches too for Pacific Rim, White House Down and Universal’s R.I.P.D.
Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi tentpole Pacific Rim delivered an encouraging $53m first foray outside North America but it was not quite enough to usurp Despicable Me 2 as the reigning champion generated $55.5m to climb to $243.2m. Fast & Furious 6 roared past $700m worldwide.
Universal’s Despicable Me 2 led a strong weekend and stayed top in its second session as an estimated $44.8m beat Sony’s number two arrival Grown Ups 2 on $42.5m and a relatively mediocre $38.3m haul by Warner Bros’ Pacific Rim in third place.
In-form Universal maintained winning ways as the family sequel Despicable Me 2 amassed $82.5m over three days and $142.1m over the four-day July Fourth weekend, while Disney’s The Lone Ranger flopped in second place.
Universal’s Despicable Me 2 is heading into a huge Fourth Of July weekend after it grossed $59.5m in the first two days in North America. By contrast Buena Vista’s The Lone Ranger, the other major tentpole release over this long holiday weekend, has returned mediocre numbers.
Disney/Pixar’s sequel adds estimated $46.2m to stay number one; Fox’s The Heat debuts strongly with $40m.
Pixar’s sequel scores estimated $82m opening to dethrone Man of Steel; World War Z impresses with $66m.
Iron Man 3 has become Disney’s fifth release to reach $400m in North America after crossing the threshold on Tuesday .
Superman shot to the top of the North American charts on a record June launch thanks to an estimated $113.1m three-day haul that swelled to $125.1m since Thursday midnight screenings. Meanwhile another superhero tale, Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, will cross $400m any day now through Buena Vista.
Universal’s annus mirabilis continued apace as low budget horror The Purge opened top on $36.4m and Fast & Furious 6 ensured a one-two finish as it crossed $200m in its third weekend.
Following the disappointing launch of Sony’s sci-fi in North America, the weekend ahead will reveal whether Will Smith has retained his lustre at the international box office.
Universal Pictures’ action thriller has become the fastest film to reach $500m worldwide in the studio’s history and should reach $600m within the week.
Fast & Furious 6 held on to its number one berth in a second weekend for Universal while Lionsgate’s mystery Now You See Me arrived in second place and Sony had to settle for third with Will and Jaden Smith starrer After Earth.
Universal Pictures International has reached $1bn at the international box office in record time for the studio, crossing the target on May 31 to beat the previous mark of Jul 17.
UPDATED MAY 27: Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 scored a rip-roaring $120m over a record four-day Memorial Day weekend at the North American box office that also set a new benchmark for a US holiday weekend.
The Great Gatsby has crossed $100m at the North American box office on its 14th day of release, Warner Bros announced on Friday .
Stark Trek Into Darkness stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $70.6m opening weekend.
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 is on the verge of crossing $1bn after Disney executives reported on Wednesday  it had reached $980.3m worldwide.
Warner Bros’ The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio arrived in style ahead of Wednesday’s  Cannes opening night screening as Iron Man 3 held on to number one on an estimated $72.4m.
The Marvel Studios blockbuster merited a mention by Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger in Tuesday’s  earnings call and has reached $711.3m worldwide and $525.8m internationally.