Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 Wuxi Finger Hold's the Box Office

(Sorry, I had to throw in a Kung Fu Panda reference)

The third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, Kung Fu Panda 3, easily topped ($41 million) the weekend box office. It is a smidgen lower than Kung Fu Panda 2's $47.7 million, which was released back in 2011. However, it's $57 million opening in China, set the country's record for biggest opening for an animated film.  Which makes sense, since this is the first US-China co-production.

There were other movies that came out this weekend, but they all underwhelmed: The Finest Hours $10.3 million and Fifty Shades of Black ($6.2 million).

This is the first weekend where there is nothing to report for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as it nears $900 million domestically and $2 billion worldwide.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Kung Fu Panda 3
2) The Revenant
3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4) The Finest Hours
5) Ride Along 2
6) The Boy
7) Dirty Grandpa
8) The 5th Wave
9) Fifty Shades of Black
10) 13 Hours
$41 million
$12.4 million
$10.8 million
$10.3 million
$8.3 million
$7.9 million
$7.6 million
$7 million
$6.2 million
$6 million
$41 million
$138.2 million
$895.4 million
$10.3 million
$70.8 million
$21.5 million
$22.8 million
$20.2 million
$6.2 million
$42.6 million
$145 million
$135 million
$200 million
$70 million
$40 million
$10 million
n/a
$38 million
$5 million
$50 million

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 vs The Finest Hours vs Fifty Shades of Black

A few new movies hit theaters this January weekend.

Kung Fu Panda 3
Hit Factor: Positive early reviews (89% Tomatometer)
Flop Factor: The other Kung Fu Panda movies were released in the Summer.



The Finest Hours
Hit Factor: The Perfect Storm did really well.
Flop Factor: A weird date to release a big budget film.



Fifty Shades of Black
Hit Factor: There is no Fifty Shades of Grey this year.
Flop Factor: I wonder if people will see this because they think it's a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey?



My Predictions:

Movie
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Finest Hours
Fifty Shades of Black
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$43
$11
$10
$10
$9




Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Revenant Claims Top Spot at Box Office

The Revenant managed to hit the spot ($16 million) at the box office in it's 3rd weekend of wide release.  Which may be fitting considering the Eastern seaboard is currently being hit by a major snow storm, forcing a lot of theaters to close for the weekend.

Newcomers, Dirty Grandpa ($11.5 million), The Boy ($11.3 million) and The 5th Wave ($10.7 million) managed to pick up 4th through 6th place.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' worldwide total now stands at $1.94 billion, edging ever so closer to Titanic's $2.187 billion... the second highest grossing movie of all time.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Revenant
2) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3) Ride Along 2
4) Dirty Grandpa
5) The Boy
6) The 5th Wave
7) 13 Hours
8) Daddy's Home
9) Norm of the North
10) The Big Short
$16 million
$14.3 million
$13 million
$11.5 million
$11.3 million
$10.7 million
$9.8 million
$5.3 million
$4.1 million
$3.5 million
$119.2 million
$879.3 million
$59.1 million
$11.5 million
$11.3 million
$10.7 million
$33.5 million
$138.8 million
$14.3 million
$56.7 million
$135 million
$200 million
$40 million
n/a
$10 million
$28 million
$50 million
$50 million
$18 million
$28 million

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dirty Grandpa vs The 5th Wave vs The Boy

A few new movies hit theaters this January weekend.

Dirty Grandpa
Hit Factor: Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro
Flop Factor: This comes off a little like Efron's last movie We Are Your Friends... and we all know how that did.



The 5th Wave
Hit Factor: Young Adult fanfare is still around.
Flop Factor: An apocalyptic future setting seems too familiar with all these YA novels turned into movies.



The Boy
Hit Factor: Not much competition in the Horror movie genre.
Flop Factor: Seems like a lot of other Horror movies.




My Predictions:

Movie
The Revenant
Ride Along 2
Dirty Grandpa
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The 5th Wave
Weekend Gross (millions)
$20
$18
$15
$15
$11




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ride Along 2 Dethrones Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the Top Spot

Well, the record breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($25.1 million) managed to only stay at the top of the box office for four weekends in a row as newcomer, Ride Along 2 ($34 million), rolled right in.  However, despite winning the box office, Ride Along 2's opening weekend is significantly lower than it's predecessor ($41.5 million).

The Revenant held on to a strong second place finish ($29.5 million), most likely due to it's Golden Globe wins and Oscar buzz.

The Michael Bay movie, 13 Hours, managed a decent 4th place ($16 million), though it's a pretty low opening for a Michael Bay movie... with only The Island ($12.4 million) and his first movie Bad Boys ($15.5 million) being lower.

Now onto Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which managed third place this weekend.  However, it has now surpassed $1 billion internationally, with a worldwide total of $1.86 billion... inching closer to Titanic's $2.19 billion.  From the looks of it, Avatar's record (standing at $2.79 million), is still relatively safe... though, I don't want to speak too soon.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Ride Along 2
2) The Revenant
3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4) 13 Hours
5) Daddy's Home 
6) Norm of the North
7) The Forest
8) The Big Short 
9) Sisters
10) The Hateful Eight
$34 million
$29.5 million
$25.1 million
$16 million
$9.3 million
$6.7 million
$5.8 million
$5.2 million
$4.4 million
$3.5 million
$34 million
$87.7 million
$851.1 million
$16 million
$129.3 million
$6.7 million
$21.1 million
$50.5 million
$81.9 million
$47.6 million
$40 million
$135 million
$200 million
$50 million
$50 million
$18 million
$10 million
$28 million
$30 million
$44 million

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ride Along 2 vs 13 Hours vs Norm of the North

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend to dethrone Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot.

Ride Along 2
Hit Factor: The first film opened to $42 million
Flop Factor: The first film's reviews topped out at a 18% Tomatometer, which, somehow, is currently better than Ride Along 2's 7% Tomatometer.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Hit Factor: Michael Bay
Flop Factor: Can Michael Bay do justice to a real life story? We all know how Pearl Harbor did.

Norm of the North
Hit Factor: Ummm...
Flop Factor: I have know idea what this is.


My Predictions:

Movie
Ride Along 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
13 Hours
The Revenant
Daddy's Home
Weekend Gross (millions)
$36
$25
$25
$23
$10




Sunday, January 10, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tops 4th Weekend in a Row

New records have been made this weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped the box office for the fourth weekend in a row ($41.6 million).  Though, it wasn't an easy battle as newcomer, The Revenant, outperformed expectations ($38 million) for a very strong second place finish.   The Force Awakens probably wont come close to beating Titanic's (15) or even Avatar (7) most weekends at number one, but it doesn't have to.  The Force Awakens is now the first movie to cross the $800 million mark domestically ($812 million). In China, The Force Awakened to a record $53 million, the biggest ever for a movie there. Which helped raise the grand total to $1.73 billion. Thus, surpassing Jurassic World's $1.67 billion worldwide mark to become the 3rd biggest movie of all time. Now, we will wait and see if it can catch up to Avatar ($2.78 billion) and Titanic ($2.19 billion).


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
2) The Revenant
3) Daddy's Home
4) The Forest
5) Sisters 
6) The Hateful Eight
7) The Big Short
8) The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 
9) Joy
10) Concussion
$41.6 million
$38 million
$15 million
$13.1 million
$7.2 million
$6.4 million
$6.3 million
$5.5 million
$4.5 million
$3.1 million
$812 million
$39.6 million
$116.3 million
$13.1 million
$74.9 million
$41.5 million
$42.8 million
$75.6 million
$46.6 million
$31 million
$200 million
$135 million
$50 million
$10 million
$30 million
$44 million
$28 million
$90 million
$60 million
$35 million


Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Revenant vs The Forest vs Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A couple of new movies hit theaters this January weekend, looking to come close to dethroning Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Revenant
Hit Factor: Getting a lot of awards Season buzz.
Flop Factor: It's harsh grittiness may turn away the average movie goer.



The Forest
Hit Factor: Ummm...
Flop Factor: Early January is usually a dumping ground for new movies that don't have a target audience, unless (of course) it's an Awards contender that is expanding locations.




My Predictions:

Movie
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant
Daddy's Home
The Hateful Eight
The Forest
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$25
$15
$10
$8




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rings in 2016 Breaking New Records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily rang in the New Year at the top spot with $90.2 million with a total of $742.2 million domestically.  It should surpass Avatar's  $760.5 million fairly soon.  Worldwide, it's $1.54 billion (as of Monday) has surpassed Furious 7 ($1.52 billion) and The Avengers ($1.53 billion) to move into 4th place of all time.  This huge December Box office helped 2015 to become the biggest box office year ever with both domestic (hitting $11 billion) and worldwide ($38 billion).

There were other movies in theaters this past weekend, and Daddy's Home surprisingly held on strong to second place ($29.2 million).  Tarantino's The Hateful Eight pulled in a decent $15.7 million for third place. However, analysts were betting a bit higher since Django Unchained ($30.1 million) and Inglourious Basterds ($38.1 million) both debuted much much higher.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
2) Daddy's Home
3) The Hateful Eight
4) Sisters
5) The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 
6) Joy
7) The Big Short
8) Concussion
9) Point Break
10) HG: Mockingjay - Part 2
$90.2 million
$29.2 million
$15.7 million
$12.8 million
$12.1 million
$10.2 million
$9.1 million
$7.8 million
$6.8 million
$4.6 million
$742.2 million
$93.9 million
$29 million
$62.9 million
$67.6 million
$38.5 million
$33.1 million
$25.3 million
$22.7 million
$274.2 million
$200 million
$50 million
$44 million
$30 million
$90 million
$60 million
$28 million
$35 million
$105 million
$160 million