Sunday, February 19, 2017

LEGO Batman Remains On Top With $34.2 million

The LEGO Batman Movie easily remained on top the box office this weekend with $34.2 million and has almost hit the $100 million mark domestically.

Fifty Shades Darker remained in second with $21 million (-55% from first weekend)... a more modest drop off compared to the original's 74% second weekend drop.  Overseas, the movie is still doing surprisingly well, taking in $43.7 million, making it's foreign total $187.2 million. It's worldwide total stands at $276.9 million.  How many more books are there?

The first of the newcomers, The Great Wall, placed third, with  $18.1 million.  A bit short of expectations... or a bit short against it's $150 million budget.  All is not lost, however, as The Great Wall has made $171 million in China alone and it's worldwide total, so far, is $262.7 million.

Other Newcomers, Fist Fight ($12 million) and A Cure for Wellness ($4.2 million), came in 5th and 10th...  that figure doesn't bode well for the later.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) LEGO Batman Movie
2) Fifty Shades Darker
3) The Great Wall
4) John Wick 2
5) Fist Fight
6) Hidden Figures
7) Split
8) A Dog's Purpose
9) La La Land
10) A Cure for Wellness  
$34.2 million
$21 million
$18.1 million
$16.5 million
$12 million
$7.1 million
$7 million
$5.6 million
$4.5 million
$4.2 million
$98.8 million
$89.7 million
$18.1 million
$58.7 million
$12 million
$142.6 million
$123.6 million
$50.7 million
$133.5 million
$4.2 million
$80 million
$55 million
$150  million
$40 million
$25 million
$25 million
$9 million
$22 million
$30 million
$40 million



Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Great Wall vs A Cure For Wellness vs Fist Fight vs Lego Batman

A bunch of new movies hit theaters this weekend looking to dethrone The Lego Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2.

The Great Wall
Hit Factor: Matt Damon.
Flop Factor: Trailer seems like an over-abundance of VFX and not much else.
Photo:


A Cure For Wellness
Hit Factor: The story seems kinda interesting.
Flop Factor: Trailers seems less than captivating for a big budget horror-ish flick... and getting low to mediocre reviews (38% Tomatometer) doesn't help.
Photo:


Fist Fight
Hit Factor: Charlie vs Cube
Flop Factor: Well, the title is the movie... so you know exactly what you're getting into.
Photo:



My Predictions:

Movie
Lego Batman Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
John Wick 2
The Great Wall
Fist Fight
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$24
$18
$14
$14







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lego Batman Tops Box Office with $55.6 Million

It was a crowded pre-Valentine's Day Weekend (or is this actually Valentine's Day weekend since it falls during the week?)... Nevertheless, The LEGO Batman Movie easily took the top spot with $55.6 million, a bit shy of what analysts were expecting, but still strong.  By comparison, The Lego Movie had a $69.1 million opening weekend back in 2014. Though, that probably has a little wider market.

Fifty Shades Darker came in second with $46.8 million. Which is also behind it's predecessor's (Fifty Shades of Grey) $85.2 million debut in 2015.  Darker has already grossed $147 million worldwide.

Now, the only film to do better than it's predecessor this weekend, was John Wick: Chapter Two, which grossed $30 million for a third place finish.  Albeit, the first John Wick debuted to $14.4 million back in 2014.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) LEGO Batman Movie
2) Fifty Shades Darker
3) John Wick 2 
4) Split
5) Hidden Figures
6) A Dog's Purpose
7) Rings
8) La La Land
9) Lion 
10) The Space Between Us 
$55.6 million
$46.8 million
$30 million
$9.3 million
$8 million
$7.4 million
$5.8 million
$5 million
$4.1 million
$1.8 million
$55.6 million
$46.8 million
$30 million
$112.3 million
$131.5 million
$42.6 million
$21.5 million
$126 million
$30.4 million
$6.6 million
$80 million
$55 million
$40  million
$9 million
$25 million
$22 million
$25 million
$30 million
$12 million
$30 million


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lego Batman vs John Wick 2 vs Fifty Shades Darker

A few new movies hit theaters in what could be a very crowded February weekend.

The LEGO Batman Movie
Hit Factor: Very positive reviews (96% Tomatometer)... could get that LEGO Movie audience.
Flop Factor: The DC universe is in need of some good word of mouth... even though it's a LEGO movie.
Photo:


John Wick Chapter 2
Hit Factor: John Wick has become a cult-ish hit on video... Also very positive early reviews (97% Tomatometer).
Flop Factor: Probably the smaller of the 3 big films in wide release this weekend.
Photo:


Fifty Shades Darker
Hit Factor: The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey made $571 million worldwide despite having terrible reviews.
Flop Factor: The reviews are slow to come in (almost non-existent, yet), or the studio knows it won't be good so'll they'll blanket critics from posting them until the last minute.  But, this movie may be critic proof.
Photo:



My Predictions:

Movie
Lego Batman Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
John Wick 2
Split
Hidden Figures
Weekend Gross (millions)
$65
$43
$26
$8
$7







Sunday, February 5, 2017

Split Scares off Rings with $14.6 million

The M. Night Shyamalan thriller, Split, topped the box office for it's third weekend in a row ($14.6 million).  It's domestic total now stands just a hair short of $100 million.  With a reported $9 million budget, Split, is definitely proving to be a huge success.

Rings, the horror newcomer, had to settle for a second place finish($13 million). It is no doubt being hurt by Split's success and also horror-ificly bad reviews (5% tomatometer)...  That's even bad for a horror flick.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Split
2) Rings
3) A Dog's Purpose 
4) Hidden Figures
5) La La Land
6) Resident Evil 6
7) Sing
8) Lion
9) The Space Between Us 
10) xXx 3
$14.6 million
$13 million
$10.8 million
$10.1 million
$7.5 million
$4.5 million
$4.1 million
$4 million
$3.8 million
$3.7 million
$98.7 million
$20 million
$32.9 million
$119.4 million
$118.3 million
$21.9 million
$262.9 million
$24.7 million
$3.8 million
$40 million
$9 million
$25 million
$22  million
$25 million
$30 million
$40 million
$75 million
$12 million
$30 million
$85 million


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rings vs The Space Between Us

A couple new movies open this first weekend of February. With Split holding on strong, we could possibly see the horror/thriller flicks take the top two spots.

Rings
Hit Factor: Low-budget franchise sequel.
Flop Factor: Lost count of how many Ring movies there have been.
Photo:


The Space Between Us
Hit Factor: Low budget teen space romance film.
Flop Factor: Marketing seems a bit non existent.
Photo:




My Predictions:

Movie
Split
Rings
Hidden Figures
The Space Between Us
A Dog's Purpose
Weekend Gross (millions)
$18
$15
$10
$9
$9







Sunday, January 29, 2017

Split Remains at the Top Spot with $26.3 Million

M. Night Shyalmalan's Split, easily remained on top of the box office this weekend ($26.3 million).  In fact, it only dropped about 35% from last weekend, which is unusually good for a horror-type of flick.  It has grossed $78 million.

Newcomer, A Dog's Purpose, came in second with $18.4 million... which is actually more than I thought it would do, amidst the late controversy.  Other newcomer, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, came in 4th with $13.8 million, which is the lowest of the series.  However, it grossed $28.3 million overseas, where it will make most of it's money back.  It so far, has a worldwide total of $78.3 million.

As for the Matthew McConaughey starred film, Gold, it couldn't find any. Hah. At $3.5 million, it's actually one of McConaughey's lowest openings to date... and it is his lowest opening for a movie on more than 2 thousand screens. Which is weird because the buzz made it feel like it was only opening in limited release... I guess that was the problem.

In other news, La La Land jumped, thanks to the Academy bump and being on new screens. It has now grossed $106.5 million and $223.5 million worldwide. In fact, pretty much all the Oscar nominees received a bump.

In news from a galaxy far far away, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story became the second highest grossing film worldwide of 2016 with $1.030 billion.  It sits behind Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion). The top 5 worldwide movies of 2016 are all Disney (Captain America: Civil War, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Finding Dory, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book)... I wonder if that'll happen again in 2017.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Split
2) A Dog's Purpose
3) Hidden Figures
4) Resident Evil 6
5) La La Land
6) xXx 3
7) Sing
8) Rogue One
9) Monster Trucks
10) Gold
$26.3 million
$18.4 million
$14 million
$13.9 million
$12.1 million
$8.3 million
$6.2 million
$5.1 million
$4.1 million
$3.5 million
$78 million
$18.4 million
$104 million
$13.9 million
$106.5 million
$33.5 million
$257.4 million
$520 million
$28.1 million
n/a