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Box Office: The Holidays are ‘Just Getting Started’

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For the second weekend of December, the new blockbusters have backed off for that awkward dead zone between Thanksgiving and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With two major comic book movies, two word-of-mouth indie comedies and a stellar Disney animated film on the menu, it’s not surprising that few studios would want to bring something new to this weekend.

The only new film this week debuting with a wide release is the Morgan Freeman/Tommy Lee Jones comedy Just Getting Started. And the results are not good. For being released in over 2,000 theaters, the film brought in an abysmal $3 million, placing it at #10 for the weekend. The only other new release is the Tonya Harding movie I, Tonya but it’s currently only playing in 4 theaters.

The Disaster Artist, the comedy biopic about terrible filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, has expanded this weekend and is starting to make a more significant dent. The critically acclaimed picture that stars James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen has been added over 800 more theaters and did an excellent job bringing in roughly $6.4 million. Word of mouth has been getting around fast about the film and coming in at #4 for the weekend with such a theater account is rather impressive.

Another expanding indie comedy is the coming-of-age story, Lady Bird, expanding to another 300 theaters. In its sixth week, it has only dropped one slot from last week, bringing in $3.5 million and placing its total gross at $22 million. Time will tell if it sticks around for the rest of the month.

A surprise improvement in the rankings has come with Sony’s The Star, an animated religious family movie, moving up a slot after expanding into an additional 150 theaters and earning $3.6 million. It’s total gross after four weeks has been $32 million, not too shabby for a film that cost Sony $20 million to make.

Comic book movies continue to linger. After over a month in the theaters, Thor: Ragnarok remains in the top 10, now crossing over $300 million for its domestic gross. This weekend saw the Marvel hero picture take in $6.2 million, dropping only one slot in the ranking. Justice League may not have been a critical success, but it’s still hanging in there for another week in the #2 spot. The DC Comics long-awaited ensemble picture brought in another $9.5 million, bringing its domestic gross to $212 million. Not terrible, but very underwhelming for what should be considered the crown jewel of the DCEU.

No surprise for remaining at #1 for its third weekend in a row is Coco, Pixar’s latest film about the mythology of the Day of the Dead. Its earnings for the weekend were $18.3 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $135 million. Much like with Justice League, this feels a little underwhelming for what is easily one of Pixar’s most celebrated films to date. It will hopefully have enough appeal to carry it through into the holiday season when going up against the likes of Blue Sky’s Ferdinand. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it will be dominated by Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend.

The full box office stats are listed below.

Coco ($18,303,000)
Justice League ($9,595,000)
Wonder ($8,450,000)
The Disaster Artist ($6,435,514)
Thor: Ragnarok ($6,291,000)
Daddy’s Home 2 ($6,000,000)
Murder on the Orient Express ($5,100,000)
The Star ($3,675,000)
Lady Bird ($3,547,469)
Just Getting Started ($3,181,568)

Next weekend, expect to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the #1 slot with its weekend total in the high triple digits, somewhere between $150 million and $250 million. Coco will most likely hold steady at #2 with Ferdinand nipping close behind.


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Ocean’s 8 Snatches Box Office Top Slot

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Box Office Report June 8-10, 2018

Ocean’s 8, the all-female remake of the heist picture Ocean’s 8, made a strong debut for its first weekend. The film starring the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway brought in $41.5 million. Considering the budget of $70 million, the movie still has a few weeks to go before breaking even.

Summer tentpoles are still lingering and are certainly not going to be leaving the top 10 any weekend soon. Solo: A Star Wars Story, despite a surprisingly low debut gross, remains at #2 with a weekend gross of $15.1 million, bringing its total to $176 million. Not bad for your average summer film, but significantly disappointing for a Star Wars movie that usually brings in a hefty sum. Just beneath it in the rankings is Deadpool 2, the superhero satire starring Ryan Reynolds, making $13.6 million for a total so far of $278 million. And Avengers: Infinity War continues to stay in the top 10 with another $6.8 million, adding to its already epic total amount of $654 million. It may be well on its way to toppling 2018’s other superhero blockbuster, Black Panther, which as it happens is just one million away from making $700 million domestic. Infinity War is, however, only $2 million away from reaching $2 billion worldwide.

The two other new films this weekend were lost in the dust, though they may gain a small following. Hereditary, a surprising new horror form studio A24, debuted in under 3,000 theaters but came in at #4 for the weekend with a $13 million gross. Considering the good word of mouth the film has been getting, and an electrified ad campaign of being the “scariest movie ever”, it may be sticking around in the top 10 for quite some time. Also debuting much lower is the sci-fi noir picture, Hotel Artemis, coming in at #8 with a small $3.1 million take.

Read the full top 10 below:
Ocean’s 8 ($41,500,000)
Solo: A Star Wars Story ($15,154,000)
Deadpool 2 ($13,650,000)
Hereditary ($13,037,336)
Avengers: Infinity War ($6,836,000)
Adrift ($5,050,000)
Book Club ($4,200,000)
Hotel Artemis ($3,151,118)
Upgrade ($2,220,000)
Life of the Party ($2,105,000)

Next weekend’s new films will include Pixar’s long-awaited superhero sequel The Incredibles 2, the based-on-a-true-story comedy Tag, and the modern remake of blaxploitation classic Superfly. Considering the wealth of fans for The Incredibles, the 4,200 theaters it will be debuting in, and the projected massive take, it’s clear as crystal who will be next weekend’s winner of the top slot.


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Solo Box Office Dwindles in the Second Weekend

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A Star Wars film usually brings about a strong box office, from the groundbreaking blockbuster of the 1977 original to even the prequel films of the early 2000s. But Solo: A Star Wars Story is shaping up to be the most underwhelming of Star Wars pictures, with the exception of 2008’s animated Clone Wars movie. In its second weekend, the Star Wars side-story prequel pulled in $29.2 million, a steep drop of 65% from the previous weekend. This brings the domestic total up to $148 million, considerably low for a Star Wars movie, especially when the last Star Wars Story entry made $286 million in this amount of time.

Solo’s low box office could also be attributed to the butting up of other blockbusters. Deadpool 2, Marvel’s silly anti-hero in its third weekend, brought in $23 million to bring its domestic total to $254 million. Marvel’s other superhero juggernaut, Avengers: Infinity War, made $10 million to boost its beefy domestic total to $642 million. Despite strong openings from these two films, it’s looking as though their box office takes are going to be hindered by the coming weeks of more chart-stealing summer movies.

The new movies for the weekend blanketed the box office chart in various positions. Adrift, the survival drama starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin came in at #3 with a weekend total of $11.5 million. Upgrade, the bloody sci-fi horror from Blumhouse, arrived at #6 with $4.4 million. And all the way down at #9 is Action Point, the slapstick comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, making only $2.3 million in its debut.

Full box office results are listed below.

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Movie ($29,296,000)
  2. Deadpool 2 ($23,325,000)
  3. Adrift ($11,510,000)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War ($10,371,000)
  5. Book Club ($6,800,000)
  6. Upgrade ($4,458,000)
  7. Life of the Party ($3,455,000)
  8. Breaking In ($2,815,000)
  9. Action Point ($2,315,000)
  10. Overboard ($1,975,000)

Next weekend will feature another plentiful crop of films vying for the top slot. Ocean’s 8, the all-female remake of the classic heist film, will smash into 4000 theaters. Hotel Artemis, an all-star cast of a futuristic action picture, will sneak into 2000 theaters. And A24’s sleeper horror hit Hereditary will also be targeting many theaters.


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Deadpool Dethrones Avengers With Triple-Digit Debut

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The first film to knock down Marvel Studio’s towering juggernaut of Avengers: Infinity War from the #1 slot has arrived. It’s no surprise that it would indeed be another superhero movie, but it is surprising by how much it overtook. Deadpool 2, Fox’s Marvel property of a fourth-wall breaking anti-hero that satirizes comic book movies, premiered to a huge first weekend of $125 million domestic. Despite being just a few million dollars short of its previous film, it’s still an impressive achievement for an R-rated Marvel movie that keeps the momentum going both in comedy and box office. Even more impressive is it’s worldwide gross that is currently sitting at a beefy $301 million. Expect it to stick around for such a successful first weekend.

With such a high take from Deadpool, Avengers: Infinity War naturally took a big hit. Dropping by 53%, the blockbuster made only $28.6 million in fourth weekend. It’s still standing tall with a domestic total of $595 million, but it’s doubtful at this point that it’ll reach the same heights as Marvel’s earlier 2018 blockbuster of Black Panther. Other debuts this week were not so lucky with such limited takes. The all-female comedy Book Club premiered at #3 for the weekend with a $12.5 million domestic gross. The family comedy Show Dogs placed at #6 with $6 million in its domestic take.

Returning films are weathering the Marvel storm decently with expected drops. A Quiet Place is still hanging in there with the lowest drop of the weekend, bringing in another $4 million to boost its domestic total up to $176 million, still an amazing gross for the $17 million horror movie that could. The giant monster movie Rampage is clinging to the top 10 in its #9 slot, but it’s not looking good for such expensive blockbuster still so far away from meeting its budget. And RBG, the documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg, remains in the #10 spot from last weekend with its domestic total now up to $3.8 million.

View the full top 10 for the weekend below.

Deadpool 2 ($125,000,000)
Avengers: Infinity War ($28,672,000)
Book Club ($12,500,000)
Life of the Party ($7,725,000)
Breaking In ($6,470,000)
Show Dogs ($6,034,770)
Overboard ($4,725,000)
A Quiet Place ($4,040,000)
Rampage ($1,500,000)
RBG ($1,280,000)

Next weekend will pit Deadpool against another anti-hero in Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Star Wars side story on Han Solo. It will indeed be interesting to see how a Star Wars movie plays in the summer as the previous three Disney Star Wars productions have all been massive blockbusters in December. For debuting in 4,200 theaters, the pressure is on to see Star Wars topple Marvel.


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