US BOX OFFICE NEWS
APRIL 27 UPDATE: Universal’s global smash, which crossed $1bn at the international box office on Sunday and stands at $1.321bn worldwide, retained pole position in North America in its fourth session.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Universal’s smash action release, which this weekend became the studio’s biggest global hit of all time on $1.152bn, held on to North American pole position on $29.2m for a confirmed $294.5m after three weekends.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: Universal’s global blockbuster – now at $801.5m – soared to $251.5m on the back of a confirmed $59.6m second weekend number one hold.
Universal’s North American portion of global domination generated a confirmed $147.2m as the action release stormed to the top.
Fox’s number one debut gave beleaguered DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg some breathing room as the film posted the best opening for his studio in nearly three years.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel opens roughly on par with its predecessor; Open Road’s The Gunman takes soft $5m on debut.
UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney’s live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.
Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.
Public sentiment aligned with critical disapproval for Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi spectacle as Chappie delivered an anaemic estimated $13.3m debut via Columbia Pictures.
There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.
American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.
Paramount’s children’s comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water arrived in grand style thanks to an estimated $56m that scored the fifth biggest February launch of all time.
Clint Eastwood’s war film held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $31.9m looks to have set a new record for the weekend and boosted the running total through Warner Bros to $248.9m.
The Sundance 2014 release has reached $4.4m in the US since its release on October 17 2014 – which its representatives said was a new high-water mark for a crowd-funded film.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: 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.