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NORTH AMERICA: 'Maleficent' Surpasses the $75M Mark on Monday on June 03, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Maleficent took in $6.21 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie was down 68 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Maleficent surpassed the $75 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $75.64 million through four days of release. That is on the very high end of the film's lofty pre-release expectations. Maleficent is currently running 23 percent ahead of the $61.59 million four-day start of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman and 11.5 percent behind the $85.43 million four-day take of last year's Oz The Great and Powerful.

X-Men: Days of Future Past claimed second place with $3.16 million. Fox's 3D superhero sequel was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 84 percent from last Monday's inflated Memorial Day performance. X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to perform towards the lower end of its massive expectations with an eleven-day take of $165.18 million. That places the film 64 percent ahead of the $100.75 million eleven-day take of 2011's X-Men: First Class and 7 percent behind the $178.28 million eleven-day gross of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.

Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West placed in third with $1.63 million. The western comedy directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane was down a very solid 62 percent from Sunday, though it should be noted that R rated comedies tend to experience strong first-Monday holds, especially during the summer season. A Million Ways to Die in the West has grossed a disappointing $18.43 million in its first four days. The film is currently running 11 percent behind the $20.74 million four-day take of 2009's Land of the Lost.

Godzilla took fourth place on Monday with $1.15 million. Warner's 3D sci-fi action remake was down 66 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 85 percent from last Monday. Godzilla continues to display poor holding power on the heels of its stronger than expected opening weekend performance. Godzilla has grossed $175.59 million in 18 days and will need to start stabilizing soon if it is to reach the $200 million domestic milestone.

Universal's Neighbors rounded out Monday's top five with $0.911 million. The successful modestly budgeted comedy was down just 57 percent from Sunday and down 71 percent from last Monday. Neighbors has grossed $129.88 million in 25 days and is set to surpass the $130 million mark today.

Fellow comedy Blended finished in sixth with $0.709 million. The Warner Bros. release starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore fell 64 percent from Sunday and 79.5 percent from last Monday. Blended surpassed the $30 million mark on Monday and has grossed a softer than expected $30.06 million in eleven days.

'The Fault In Our Stars' Breaks Record As Fandango's Biggest Pre-Selling Love Story In Company History on June 03, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -- The highly-anticipated romance, "The Fault in Our Stars" opens this Friday, but according to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, it has already broken the record for the biggest pre-selling love story in the company's 14-year history, besting the previous record-holder, the 2012 Channing Tatum-Rachel McAdams drama, "The Vow." (This Fandango record does not include genre romances such as "Twilight" and "Divergent," or romantic comedies like "Valentine's Day.")

Also opening this weekend, the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt sci-fi adventure, "Edge of Tomorrow" is outperforming Tom Cruise's previous sci-fi epic, "Oblivion" and Matt Damon's futuristic "Elysium" at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 "Fault" ticket-buyers on Fandango:

· 95% have been looking forward to a heartfelt, big-screen love story;

· 81% read the novel by John Green;

· 80% plan to see it with a group of friends;

· 77% saw "Divergent," the previous Shailene Woodley-Ansel Elgort teaming, on the big screen;

· 64% picked star Shailene Woodley as a motivating factor in buying a ticket.


"'Fault' already has an army of fans, thanks to John Green's phenomenally successful novel," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Strong buzz for the film and its young stars are turning the big-screen adaptation into that rare summer hit that's neither a sequel nor a superhero story."

 

'The Fault In Our Stars' On Track To Smash All Twitter Records on June 03, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: The Fault In Our Stars has taken Twitter by storm over the last few months and driven levels of buzz that have simply never been seen before. For instance its Sunday and Monday numbers here are by far the largest ever on record over the last five years. Its Monday number was almost double the next best, The Twilight Saga: New Moon's 94,789. Not that long ago I thought the Twilight tweet records were untouchable but the appeal of this film seems to be resonating with a massively wide female demographic which is very vocal about the film and their support/eagerness to see it. To put its 190k Monday into perspective, Divergent had just 54,315 on the same day before release. I think it is going to have no trouble besting New Moon's tweet record mark for the entire week given this start and regardless of how this translates to box office (though I have a hard time seeing this not break out massively), this level of interest means that John Green has become the new Nicolas Sparks and his other books and future books will be much sought after commodities by studios.

Edge Of Tomorrow was miles behind with 12,657 tweets on Monday, good enough for 6th spot on the day and up 70% from Sunday's 7,458 tweets. Tom Cruise has done very well in the Sci Fi arena over his career and while his appeal with the ladies has taken a hit in recent years his draw of males (albeit now skewing much older) remains strong. By comparison, Elysium had 2,176 tweets its Monday before release while Oblivion had 4,041 tweets. Edge Of Tomorrow did open in quite a few territories this past weekend which will serve to boost its numbers but I am still liking that it is pushing 10k tweets on Monday. Last time Cruise opened a film in June was Knight & Day which limped its way to $20 million over its first weekend. Given the change of genre and how well Oblivion did for Cruise I think $25 million should probably be the basement though there is definitely potential for something more if it continues to do well buzz-wise.

Star Wars: Episode VII had a couple of casting announcements (Lupita Nyong and Gwendoline Christie) which went over really well with fans of the franchise and then on top of that photos surfaced of the Millennium Falcon which is being built for the film. This was enough to give it a huge boost to upwards of 25,000 tweets. I can only imagine how huge the first trailer will be but it wouldn't surprise me if it becomes the first 200,000 tweet trailer.

Top 15 Movies for Monday June 2nd

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 176,846 190,400 7.66%
2 (-) Maleficent 144,062 107,723 -25.22%
3 (+28) Star Wars: Episode VII 340 26,260 7623.53%
4 (-1) 22 Jump Street 54,569 25,024 -54.14%
5 (-1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 20,550 19,982 -2.76%
6 (+1) Edge of Tomorrow 7,458 12,657 69.71%
7 (-1) Godzilla (2014) 7,896 8,100 2.58%
8 (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 7,016 6,679 -4.80%
9 (-4) A Million Ways to Die in the West 9,669 6,520 -32.57%
10 (+1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 3,992 6,341 58.84%
11 (-2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 4,636 4,831 4.21%
12 (-2) If I Stay 4,071 4,459 9.53%
13 (-1) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3,463 2,912 -15.91%
14 (+3) Guardians of the Galaxy 1,393 2,356 69.13%
15 (-) Avengers: Age of Ultron 1,843 2,271 23.22%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Maleficent' Casts Box Office Spell with $69.4M; 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Soft with $16.8M on June 02, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Maleficent was off to a strong start this weekend with a first place debut of $69.43 million. The 3D fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie opened on the very high end of its lofty pre-release expectations. A strong marketing campaign, the film arriving after the massive box office success of last year's Frozen and Jolie's awaited return to the big screen all helped out Maleficent this weekend. The film may have also received a bit of a boost this weekend from moviegoers wanting to catch the film before Fox's The Fault in Our Stars arrives in the marketplace next weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Maleficent represented the largest opening weekend performance ever for Jolie (her previous best in a live action role was the $50.93 million start of 2008's Wanted). Maleficent opened 23.5 percent stronger than the $56.22 million start of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman (which didn't have the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions).

Maleficent opened with $24.29 million on Friday, which included an estimated $4.2 million from Thursday evening shows. The film increased 6 percent on Saturday to gross $25.75 million and declined 25 percent on Sunday to take in $19.38 million. That gave Maleficent an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.86 to 1, which indicates that the film has a major family component to its audience, but also isn't playing entirely like a family film. According to Disney, family audiences represented 45 percent of the film's total audience, while couples represented 38 percent. The audience breakdown for Maleficent skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (51 percent). Maleficent received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. That is a good early sign for the film going forward, though it will face tough direct competition in the weeks ahead from both The Fault in Our Stars and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Maleficent grossed an estimated $6.7 million from IMAX locations, which represented 9.6 percent of this weekend's overall gross. 3D grosses from all formats were responsible for 35 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was down one spot and a sharp 64 percent from last weekend's three-day frame to place in second with $32.55 million. Despite largely positive reactions from moviegoers and critics alike, Fox's 3D superhero sequel still fell off significantly this weekend due in part to the front-loaded nature of the X-Men franchise in general. The overall appeal of Maleficent also didn't help matters for Days of Future Past this weekend. With that said, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still performing towards the lower end of its massive expectations with a ten-day start of $162.02 million. That places the film 65 percent ahead of the $98.02 million ten-day take of 2011's X-Men: First Class (which fell 56 percent in its second weekend to gross $24.13 million) and 8 percent behind the $175.35 million ten-day gross of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand (which fell 67 percent in its second weekend to gross $34.02 million). With this weekend's decline out of the way, Days of Future Past will hope to stabilize going forward.

Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West debuted in third place with a soft start of $16.79 million. The western comedy directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane debuted significantly below pre-release expectations. Much like Blended last weekend, A Million Ways to Die in the West appears to have been hurt by audiences having been already satisfied recently by Neighbors and by largely negative critical reviews. While it was never expected to perform anywhere near as strong as 2012's Ted, the degree of the film's box office drop-off from Ted (which debuted with $54.42 million), obviously isn't good news for MacFarlane. As showcased by The Lone Ranger last year, westerns with comedic elements are currently a tough sell at the box office. Fortunately for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the film was produced for a fraction of a cost of The Lone Ranger.

A Million Ways to Die in the West opened with $6.16 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.89 million from late night Thursday shows), increased 4 percent on Saturday to take in $6.41 million and declined 34 percent on Sunday to gross $4.23 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.73 to 1. The audience breakdown for A Million Ways to Die in the West skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (72 percent). The film received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore and is likely to be at least fairly front-loaded going forward due to the initial rush out of MacFarlane's fans.

Godzilla continued to fall off quickly this weekend as it was down two spots and 61 percent from last weekend to fall to fourth with $12.01 million. In addition to being hurt by mixed word of mouth, the 3D sci-fi action remake also took a hit from losing IMAX showings to Maleficent this weekend. After greatly exceeding expectations on opening weekend, due to poor holding power Godzilla is now running towards the lower end of expectations with a 17-day take of $174.44 million. Godzilla is currently running 8 percent behind the $190.20 million 17-day take of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will need to start stabilizing soon if it is to reach the $200 million domestic milestone.

Thanks in part to the lackluster start of A Million Ways to Die in the West, fellow comedies Warner's Blended and Universal's Neighbors both held up better than expected this weekend with respective fifth and sixth place takes of $8.14 million and $8.08 million. The two films were separated by a slim $63,658 over the weekend. Blended was down 43 percent from last weekend (which represented a very respectable second weekend hold for a Memorial Day weekend release), while Neighbors fell 42 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a strong $128.97 million for Neighbors through 24 days and at a disappointing $29.35 million for Blended after ten days. Both films will hope to hold up well next weekend, before they face new direct competition from 22 Jump Street when it enters the marketplace on June 13.

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Estimates: 'Maleficent' Casts Box Office Spell with $70.0M; 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Soft with $17.1M on June 01, 2014

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Sunday Update: Disney's Maleficent was off to a strong start this weekend with a first place estimated debut of $70.0 million. The 3D fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie opened on the very high end of its lofty pre-release expectations. A strong marketing campaign, the film arriving after the massive box office success of last year's Frozen and Jolie's awaited return to the big screen all helped out Maleficent this weekend. The film may have also received a bit of a boost this weekend from moviegoers wanting to catch the film before Fox's The Fault in Our Stars arrives in the marketplace next weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Maleficent represented the largest opening weekend performance ever for Jolie (her previous best in a live action role was the $50.93 million start of 2008's Wanted). Maleficent opened 24.5 percent stronger than the $56.22 million start of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman (which didn't have the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions).

Maleficent opened with $24.25 million on Friday, which included an estimated $4.2 million from Thursday evening shows. The film increased 6 percent on Saturday to gross $25.64 million and is estimated to decline 22 percent on Sunday to take in $20.11 million. That gives Maleficent an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.89 to 1, which indicates that the film has a major family component to its audience, but also isn't playing entirely like a family film. According to Disney, family audiences represented 45 percent of the film's total audience, while couples represented 38 percent. The audience breakdown for Maleficent skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (51 percent). Maleficent received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. That is a good early sign for the film going forward, though it will face tough direct competition in the weeks ahead from both The Fault in Our Stars and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Maleficent grossed an estimated $6.7 million from IMAX locations, which represented 9.6 percent of this weekend's overall gross. 3D grosses from all formats were responsible for 35 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was down one spot and a sharp 64 percent from last weekend's three-day frame to place in second with an estimated $32.6 million. Despite largely positive reactions from moviegoers and critics alike, Fox's 3D superhero sequel still fell off significantly this weekend due in part to the front-loaded nature of the X-Men franchise in general. The overall appeal of Maleficent also didn't help matters for Days of Future Past this weekend. With that said, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still performing towards the lower end of its massive expectations with a ten-day start of $162.07 million. That places the film 65 percent ahead of the $98.02 million ten-day take of 2011's X-Men: First Class (which fell 56 percent in its second weekend to gross $24.13 million) and 8 percent behind the $175.35 million ten-day gross of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand (which fell 67 percent in its second weekend to gross $34.02 million). With this weekend's decline out of the way, Days of Future Past will hope to stabilize going forward.

Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West debuted in third place with a soft estimated start of $17.07 million. The western comedy directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane debuted significantly below pre-release expectations. Much like Blended last weekend, A Million Ways to Die in the West appears to have been hurt by audiences having been already satisfied recently by Neighbors and by largely negative critical reviews. While it was never expected to perform anywhere near as strong as 2012's Ted, the degree of the film's box office drop-off from Ted (which debuted with $54.42 million), obviously isn't good news for MacFarlane. As showcased by The Lone Ranger last year, westerns with comedic elements are currently a tough sell at the box office. Fortunately for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the film was produced for a fraction of a cost of The Lone Ranger.

A Million Ways to Die in the West opened with $6.1 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.89 million from late night Thursday shows), increased a slim 3 percent on Saturday to take in $6.3 million and is estimated to decline 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.67 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.80 to 1. The audience breakdown for A Million Ways to Die in the West skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (72 percent). The film received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore and is likely to be at least fairly front-loaded going forward due to the initial rush out of MacFarlane's fans.

Godzilla continued to fall off quickly this weekend as it was down two spots and 60 percent from last weekend to fall to fourth with an estimated $12.23 million. In addition to being hurt by mixed word of mouth, the 3D sci-fi action remake also took a hit from losing IMAX showings to Maleficent this weekend. After greatly exceeding expectations on opening weekend, due to poor holding power Godzilla is now running towards the lower end of expectations with a 17-day take of $174.66 million. Godzilla is currently running 8 percent behind the $190.20 million 17-day take of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will need to start stabilizing soon if it is to reach the $200 million domestic milestone.

Thanks in part to the lackluster start of A Million Ways to Die in the West, fellow comedies Warner's Blended and Universal's Neighbors both held up better than expected this weekend with respective fifth and sixth place estimated takes of $8.43 million and $7.7 million. Blended was down 41 percent (which represented a very respectable second weekend hold for a Memorial Day weekend release), while Neighbors fell 45 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a strong $128.59 million for Neighbors through 24 days and at a disappointing $29.63 million for Blended after ten days. Both films will hope to hold up well next weekend, before they face new direct competition from 22 Jump Street when it enters the marketplace on June 13.

Saturday Update: Disney reports that Maleficent took in $24.25 million on Friday, including Thursday's $4.2 million preview grosses. BoxOffice projects a $71 million weekend from that figure.

Early word of mouth appears fairly healthy with a 76 percent audience score on Flixster--far from glowing, but potentially strong enough among families to give it decent legs. There's no question that Angelina Jolie's star power is driving the fairy tale retelling.

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West isn't faring well. The western-comedy posted a weak $6.1 million on Friday for a projected $16.2 million opening weekend. Word of mouth won't do the film any favors with its current 54 percent Flixster score.

Meanwhile, X-Men: Days of Future Past slowed down in evening business and hauled an official estimate of $9.4 million on Friday. The sequel is on course for a $31.5 million dollar sophomore weekend.

Friday Update #5: Updated projections for Friday now point to an opening day around $23 million for Maleficent, giving it a shot at a still strong $69-73 million weekend.

A Million Ways to Die in the West is falling off as the day progresses with around $6 million expected for Friday for a likely weekend around $15-17 million.

X-Men looking at $40-42 million.

Friday Update #4: Sources now report that X-Men: Days of Future Past is looking closer to $43-45 million this weekend based on Friday matinee business.

More to come.

Friday Update #3: Sources tell BoxOffice that Maleficent is trending for an opening day north of $25 million (including Thursday's night $4.2 million), which would set it in course for an excellent $80-85 million weekend.

Sources also report that A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in around $8-10 million today for a weekend around $21-23 million.

Meanwhile, X-Men: Days of Future Past is holding up well in Friday matinees with business on track for around $15 million today. Should that figure hold, the sequel could tally for $48-50 million this weekend.

Friday Update #2: Sources report that Maleficent grossed $4.2 million from early Thursday shows, giving the Angelina Jolie-led adaptation a strong start to the weekend. The figure compares favorably against the $1.4 million midnight start of Snow White and the Huntsman two years ago this weekend, although the earlier start for Maleficent and Disney's built-in family appeal skews the comparison somewhat.

Check back later today for early Friday and weekend projections.

Friday Update: Universal reports that A Million Ways to Die in the West grabbed $891,000 from early Thursday shows last night. By comparison, Ted brought in $2.6 million from midnight shows in late June 2012. Also, 21 Jump Street earned $700k from midnight shows, while Universal notes that The Campaign posted $625k.

More to come...


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