Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Defends Second Weekend

Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien's final Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies easily defended it's top spot at the box office this Christmas weekend ($41.4 million), while Unbroken ($31.7 million) and Into the Woods ($31 million) battled for second place.  The Battle of the Five Armies has so far made $168.5 million domestically and a grand total of $573.6 million worldwide.

If you're wondering about The Interview, it made $1.8 million from just over 300 theaters which is pretty good considering most of those theaters are art house theaters and have very limited seating.  Still, it's no where near the $30 million or so analysts were predicting before it was pulled.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Battle of the Five Armies  
2) Unbroken
3) Into the Woods
4) Night at the Museum 3
5) Annie
6) HG: Mockingjay Part 1
7) The Gambler
8) The Imitation Game
9) Exodus: Gods and Kings
10) Wild
$41.4 million
$31.7 million
$31 million
$20.6 million
$16.6 million
$10 million
$9.3 million
$7.9 million
$6.8 million
$5.4 million
$168.5 million
$47.3 million
$46.1 million
$55.3 million
$45.8 million
$306.7 million
$14.3 million
$14.6 million
$52.5 million
$16.4 million
$250 million
$65 million
$60 million
$127 million
$65 million
$125 million
$25 million
$15 million
$140 million
n/a

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Unbroken vs Into the Woods vs The Gambler

A few new movies hit theaters in wide release this Christmas weekend… Also, The Interview gets put back into theaters, but limited.


Unbroken
Hit Factor: Looks like a formulaic story of hope that's ripe for the Holidays.
Flop Factor: Seeking awards contention but just might outside of that group.



Into the Woods
Hit Factor: After watching The Battle of Five Armies, families may want to watch this film. Going for the Alice in Wonderland crowd.
Flop Factor: Looks somewhat expensive.



The Gambler
Hit Factor: For the adults that don't want to see Unbroken.
Flop Factor: Seems like a movie that should have come out in September or October.




My Predictions:

Movie
Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
Into the Woods
Unbroken
Night at the Museum 3
Annie
Weekend Gross (millions)
$40
$30
$22
$14
$13




Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Conquers Pre-Christmas Weekend


In a rather unsurprising move, the final film from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit franchise easily debuted in the top spot this weekend with about $56.2 million and $90.6 million total since opening Wednesday.  The Battle of the Five Armies already has a worldwide total of $355.6 million since it opened internationally a week ago.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ($17.3 million) and Annie ($16.3 million) round out the top three.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, slips more than 66% to $8.1 million this weekend ($38.9 million total) which doesn't fare well for the reported $140 million epic.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Battle of the Five Armies  
2) Night at the Museum 3 
3) Annie
4) Exodus: Gods and Kings
5) HG: Mockingjay Part 1
6) Wild
7) Top Five
8) Big Hero 6
9) Penguins of Madagascar 
10) P.K.
$56.2 million
$17.3 million
$16.3 million
$8.1 million
$7.8 million
$4.2 million
$3.6 million
$3.6 million
$3.5 million
$3.5 million
$90.6 million
$17.3 million
$16.3 million
$38.9 million
$289.2 million
$7.2 million
$12.5 million
$190.4 million
$64.2 million
$3.5 million
$250 million
$127 million
$65 million
$140 million
$125 million
n/a
$12 million
$165 million
$132 million
$14 million

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies vs Annie vs Night at the Museum 3

The final Hobbit film battles a bunch of other pre Holiday movies.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Hit Factor: The end to the very successful Hobbit franchise.
Flop Factor: Still not as good as the Lord of the Rings franchise.



Annie
Hit Factor: Family friendly fare
Flop Factor: Early reviews are less than stellar (21% Tomatometer)



Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Hit Factor: Franchise strong enough to warrant a third film.
Flop Factor: Does it really warrant a third film?



My Predictions:

Movie
Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
Night at the Museum 3
Annie
Exodus: Gods and Kings
HG: Mockingjay Part 1
Weekend Gross (millions)
$65
$26
$16
$15
$8




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings Debuts on top of the Box Office

It was an easy box office win for Exodus: Gods and Kings, mainly because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has already reached it's fourth weekend.  Exodus still has a long way to go to recoup it's reported $140 million budget... and though the upcoming Holiday weeks may help, it also brings along a slew of other big budget films that tear into its audience.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Exodus: Gods and Kings 
2) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
3) Penguins of Madagascar
4) Top Five
5) Big Hero 6
6) Interstellar
7) Horrible Bosses 2 
8) Dumb and Dumber To
9) The Theory of Everything 
10) Wild
$24.5 million
$13.2 million
$7.3 million
$7.2 million
$6.1 million
$5.5 million
$4.6 million
$2.8 million
$2.5 million
$1.6 million
$24.5 million
$277.4 million
$58.8 million
$7.2 million
$185.3 million
$166.8 million
$43.6 million
$82.1 million
$17.1 million
$2.4 million
$140 million
$125 million
$132 million
$10 million
$165 million
$165 million
$42 million
$40 million
$15 million
n/a


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings vs Top Five vs Mockingjay Part 1

A couple of new movies hit theaters this weekend.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Hit Factor: A big budget Gladiator meets The Ten Commandments.
Flop Factor: Director Ridley Scott's last few movie release track record has been spotty at best… also getting mediocre reviews (43% Tomatometer).



Top Five
Hit Factor: Low budget… 93% Tomatometer.
Flop Factor: Trailer has the I'll wait for Netflix vibe.



My Predictions:

Movie
Exodus: God and Kings
HG: Mockingjay Part 1
Top Five
Penguins of Madagascar
Big Hero 6
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$16
$12
$7
$6



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Easily Tops Third Weekend in a Row

With no new movies hitting theaters in wide release this weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ($21.6 million) easily took the top spot for the third weekend in a row. It has already made $257.7 million domestically and will surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7 million) in the next day (or so) to become the second highest grossing film (domestically) of 2014.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
2) Penguins of Madagascar 
3) Horrible Bosses 2
4) Big Hero 6
5) Interstellar
6) Dumb and Dumber To
7) The Theory of Everything 
8) Gone Girl
9) The Pyramid
10) Birdman
$21.6 million
$11.1 million
$8.6 million
$8.1 million
$8 million
$4.2 million
$2.7 million
$1.5 million
$1.4 million
$12 million
$257.7 million
$49.6 million
$36.1 million
$177.5 million
$158.7 million
$78.1 million
$13.6 million
$162.9 million
$1.4 million
$18.9 million
$125 million*
$132 million
$42 million
$165 million
$165 million
$40 million
$15 million
$61 million
n/a
$18 million

*Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 reported budget is $250 million together.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Set to Top Third Weekend in a Row

No new movies hit theaters in wide release this weekend. So, expect The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 to stay on top the box office for the third straight weekend.


My Predictions:

Movie
Mockingjay Part 1
Penguins of Madagascar
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Horrible Bosses 2
Weekend Gross (millions)
$27
$15
$13
$10
$8