US BOX OFFICE NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alcon Entertainment’s crime thriller Prisoners rounded out a superb month following rave reviews at Telluride and Toronto with a number one debut in North America on an estimated $21.4m through Warner Bros.
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.