Jupiter Ascending descended on 65 overseas territories, claiming a $51.5 million day-and-date debut globally. The overseas tally amounted to $32.5 million, including strong starts in Russia ($4.7M), France ($2.5M), South Korea ($2.1M), and the UK ($2M). IMAX screenings outside of North America contributed $2.7 million from a total of 207 screens. The sci-fi flick expands to Australia on February 19, China on March 6, and Japan on March 28.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water fished out $16.2 million from 25 territories, 5.5 times better than the performance of the original Spongebob film across the same markets. The film opened at #1 in Brazil, where it delivered a strong $4.6 million debut at 508 sites. Spain also opened at #1 with $1.9 million from 329 cinemas. The Spongebob movie has grossed a total of $26.8 million overseas and $79.8 million globally.
Big Hero 6 crossed the $500 million mark globally this weekend, becoming the fourth 2014 Disney release to reach the milestone. It is the second consecutive year that four Disney films cross the half-billion mark at the global box office. Big Hero 6 marks the fifth occasion that a Walt Disney Animation Studios title crosses the $500 million mark. The film earned $12.7 million in its latest frame, including a third consecutive weekend as the #1 film in South Korea ($16.3M Cume) and second straight week as the top film in the UK ($11.4M Cume). Japan continues to lead overseas territories with $66.7 million. Big Hero 6 has grossed a total of $286.6 million overseas and $505.1 million worldwide.
Taken 3 brought in $11.2 million from 50 markets, taking its overseas cume up to $183.8 million. The action flick has grossed $268.9 million globally.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earned $9.7 million over the weekend. The film has grossed a total of $113 million in China, making it the second highest grossing WB film of all time in the market. The final piece of the Hobbit trilogy has grossed $939.3 million worldwide.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened in 5 new markets this weekend, including a $2.9 million debut form 630 screens in France. The film took in a total of $7.8 million from 21 markets this weekend. The film has grossed a total of $215.5 million overseas and $316 million worldwide.
Kingsman: The Secret Service earned $7.7 million from 4 markets, lifting its overseas/global total to $17.7 million. The film expands to North America and 35 additional overseas markets next weekend.
American Sniper took $6.5 million from 30 holdover markets, taking the cume outside of North America to $79 million. The surprisingly strong run of the film in North America lifts its worldwide total to $362.1 million.
The Theory of Everything earned $5.3 million from 44 territories to net an overseas cume of $59.1 million. The film has grossed a total of $90.1 million globally with 12 territories left to release.
Birdman is still riding high from awards buzz, taking in $4 million from 39 markets -with $1 million of that figure coming from its debut across 189 screens in Italy. The film has grossed a total of $34 million overseas and $69.1 million globally.
Penguins of Madagascar took $3.5 million over the weekend, raising its overseas cume to $264 million. The animated film has grossed $345.8 million worldwide.
Into the Woods took $3.4 million over the weekend, lifting its overseas cume to $45.9 million. The United Kingdom continues to lead overseas territories with a $13.4 million cume. The musical has grossed $171.6 million worldwide.
Unbroken made $3.2 million from 50 territories to reach an overseas total of $42.8 million. The film has grossed $156.9 million worldwide with 8 territories left on its schedule.
Sunday Update: Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water surprised in a big way this weekend with a very strong debut of $56.0 million. The 3D animated live-action hybrid film based on the long running animated series blew past pre-release expectations. The film opened 75 percent stronger than the $32.02 million debut of 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened just 19 percent below the $69.05 million start of last year's The LEGO Movie, which was certainly unexpected. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water delivered the fifth largest opening weekend ever for the month of February (behind only 2004's The Passion of the Christ, The LEGO Movie, 2001's Hannibal and 2010's Valentine's Day).
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened with $15.02 million on Friday, increased a healthy 62 percent on Saturday to gross $24.31 million and is estimated to decline 31 percent on Sunday to take in $16.68 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.73 to 1. That was noticeably stronger than the 3.35 to 1 ratio of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The film did receive a so-so B rating on CinemaScore, though younger moviegoers under the age of 18 (who made of 50 percent of the film's audience) did give the film an A- score. With no real competition for family audiences throughout the month of February, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water should be able to hold up much better going forward than The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie did back in 2004.
After leading the box office for the past three weeks, Warner's American Sniper fell to second place this weekend with an estimated $24.17 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down just 21 percent from last weekend's performance, which was obviously deflated by the Super Bowl. This weekend's hold for American Sniper was especially impressive given that the film lost its IMAX screens to Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son. American Sniper has grossed a massive $282.27 million after 24 days of wide release. That ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically and leaves the film just $17.73 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Jupiter Ascending debuted in third place with an estimated $19.0 million. The expensive 3D sci-fi film from The Wachowskis starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis debuted towards the lower end of already relatively modest expectations. Jupiter Ascending was originally scheduled to open last July, but pushing the film back to February ultimately made little difference at the box office and likely even hurt the film's potential a bit. The opening weekend performance of Jupiter Ascending was quite similar to the $18.56 million start of 2008's Speed Racer.
Jupiter Ascending opened with $6.39 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.0 million from evening shows on Tuesday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to take in $7.63 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $4.98 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.97 to 1. Jupiter Ascending received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to be significantly front-loaded due in part to fans of The Wachowskis rushing out on opening weekend. The audience breakdown for Jupiter Ascending skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (82 percent) and towards male moviegoers (57 percent). The film grossed $2.18 million from IMAX locations, which represented 11.5 percent of the film's overall gross. 3D grosses made up 52 percent of the film's overall gross.
While Jupiter Ascending at least had a presence at the box office this weekend, Universal's Seventh Son didn't. The pricey and long delayed fantasy film (which was originally to be released by Warner Bros.) stumbled out of the gate with an estimated fourth place debut of $7.1 million. Seventh Son debuted on the low end of expectations and represents yet another early 2015 release that audiences simply had no interest in (joining the likes of Blackhat, Mortdecai and Strange Magic). It should be noted that Seventh Son has had much more of a box office presence overseas.
Seventh Son opened with $2.3 million on Friday, increased 30 percent on Saturday to gross $3.0 million and is estimated to fall 40 percent on Sunday to gross $1.8 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.09 to 1. Like Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son also received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (68 percent) and towards male moviegoers (61 percent). Seventh Son grossed $0.67 million from IMAX locations, which represented 9.4 percent of the film's overall gross.
Paddington rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.37 million. The well received family film from The Weinstein Company was down 35 percent from last weekend, which represented a very solid hold, especially given the stronger than expected launch of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Paddington has grossed $57.27 million through 24 days of release.
Project Almanac followed closely behind in sixth place with an estimated $5.33 million. The low budget sci-fi thriller from Paramount was down just 36 percent from last weekend. Despite the nice second weekend hold, Project Almanac is still performing below pre-release expectations with a ten-day start of $15.76 million.
Saturday Update: Paramount reports this morning that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened to a stellar $15.1 million on Friday, easily claiming first place. The sequel blew past its 2004 predecessor's (The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie) $9.6 million first day, even topping the $12.8 million inflation-adjusted opening day figure of that film. Given the '04 movie's relatively short legs for a kiddie flick (it earned $85.4 million in all after a $32.0 million opening weekend), it makes Sponge Out of Water's debut all the more surprising. Its opening day also ranks as the second best ever for an "animated" film in February, only behind last year's The LEGO Movie ($17.1 million).
Entering the weekend, industry expectations had SpongeBob pegged for a debut in the mid-30s range, while social media activity didn't indicate significant buzz until the final days before release. The sequel's CinemaScore registered as a "B", although Paramount notes that 50 percent of the audience was under the age of 18 -- that portion gave it an "A-." Meanwhile, critics have given it a solid 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes score while that site's audience vote is an equally solid 78 percent. BoxOffice is projecting a $53 million opening weekend, which would put it in the all-time top five February debuts as well as the top three (led only by The Passion of the Christ and LEGO) in February without the aid of a holiday.
Debuting in second place yesterday was the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending as it rang up $6.4 million. While that handily tops the $3.4 million first day of Cloud Atlas back in 2012, it unfortunately is a slow start for the expensive film rumored to have a production budget around $175 million. With a "B-" CinemaScore, poor critical reviews, and a flurry of competition in the market, the film will need to rely on overseas success to recoup expenses. BoxOffice is projecting a $17.8 million weekend.
American Sniper continued to show strong staying power as it eased 37 percent from last Friday to $6.3 million yesterday. With $264.4 million in the bank so far, the film is pacing 42 percent ahead of Gravity and 3 percent behind The Passion of the Christ. BoxOffice projects a $25 million frame.
Seventh Son's first day pulled $2.3 million, well behind the $3.4 million opening day of last year's Pompeii. The oft-delayed release of the fantasy film was a sure sign of an under-performer long in advance, and unfortunately, early reviews and word of mouth don't indicate much will change. BoxOffice is projecting a $6.6 million opening frame.
Project Almanac filled out the top five on Friday as it was off 53 percent from last week to $1.49 million. With $11.9 million grossed in all so far, BoxOffice projects a $5.0 million sophomore weekend.
Meanwhile, The Imitation Game eased 21 percent from last Friday to $1.27 million. The Oscar nominee crossed the $70 million threshold and now has $71.1 million in the bank. BoxOffice projects a $4.9 million frame.
Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.
Friday Update #2: Based on early reports, BoxOffice projects that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water should end up with between $37 million-$39 million during its debut frame, which is more than enough to end American Sniper's run in first place. Sniper is headed for a low-20s haul this weekend.
Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son are off to weak starts. Jupiter looks to be on pace for $18 million-$19 million, but it could end up with even less considering that early word of mouth is toxic. Seventh Son is looking at $7 million-$7.5 million.
Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official studio figures.
Friday Update #1: Warner Bros. reports that Jupiter Ascending took in an estimated $1.0 million from Thursday night's opening shows. The latest film from the Wachowskis opens in IMAX and 3D theaters this weekend, and while last night's figure appears to be a decent start, some front-loading could be expected given the filmmakers' cult-like appeal following 2012's Cloud Atlas. By comparison, Oblivion earned $1.1 million from early shows as part of a $37.1 million weekend, while Edge of Tomorrow scored $1.8 million from Thursday shows in a $28.8 million Friday-Sunday frame last summer.
Meanwhile, sources report Seventh Son bagged $295K from its early shows last night. That's in line with Pompeii's $240K Thursday start last February, which opened to $10.3 million over its opening weekend.
Also opening this weekend, and expected to challenge American Sniper's hold on first place, is Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
More as it comes.
By Alex Edghill
Friday Morning Update: Fifty Shades Of Grey was the big winner last week as it ended up with 276,276 tweets. Not really a huge surprise considering that the marketing for it has kicked into high gear and the week also included its Super Bowl trailer which gave it a solid bump as well. Comparisons are tough here since its appeal is pretty unique: Twilight for your mom, The Expendables for women, Passion Of The Christ for housewives. Call it what you will it has taken a certain demographic of the North American population by storm, in a way which it has never been tapped into before. The best comparison I can really think of was Magic Mike, which appealed directly to this target audience. Add in millions and millions of book sales and a preceding pop culture obsession and its clear to see why this is getting so much attention. Magic Mike had 90,446 tweets the exact same period before its release for reference. Magic Mike opened to $39 million back in 2012, and based on the level of buzz for Fifty Shades I would have to say that $60 million+ is a lock here for Mr. Grey and company. With a $40 million budget (and probably a similar marketing spend) this is a lock for huge dollars for all involved. Expect to see Fifty Shades Darker scheduled for a release date within the next month.
Super Bowl spots (or pregame spots) were big catalysts for many other films in the top 10 including Jurassic World, Furious 7, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ted 2, and Minions. At $4.5 million for 30 seconds during the game one would hope expected this type of bump for the films though. Curiously a few films which aired commercials during the game itself were absent from the list, namely Terminator Genisys and Tomorrowland which has got to sting a bit, they ended up at 18th and 23rd on the week respectively. Check out my previous column which dove indepth into the performance of the trailers that aired during the game.
Only two films made it into the top 10 without having pregame or gametime Super Bowl trailers this past week, and both had trailers to thank for the inclusion. Magic Mike XXL had a hefty 62,803 tweets on Tuesday which further cemented its place as one of the brightest stars of Summer. To show how far Magic Mike has come, the first trailer for the first film didn't even crack 7,000 tweets. Needless to say there will be little surprise here when this blows by the already hefty $39 million opening of the first film.
Second up was the Poltergeist remake which snuck in at #10, largely thanks to its 26,934 tweets yesterday after its first trailer. Decent start to begin with and definitely puts it on the map for Summer horrors as a potential break out. After having a tough year in 2014 the horror genre is alive in kicking in 2015, and with Summer seeing this, Somnia, Insidious: Chapter 3, Sinister 2, The Gallows it has the potential to be one of the biggest Summers ever.
Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of January 30th to February 5th
|2/13/15||Fifty Shades of Grey||276,276||1 (-)||100.18%|
|6/12/15||Jurassic World||136,743||2 (+13)||565.93%|
|7/01/15||Magic Mike XXL||113,178||3 (+41)||11332.12%|
|4/03/15||Furious 7||107,817||4 (+20)||854.05%|
|2/06/15||Jupiter Ascending||85,740||5 (+7)||205.15%|
|2/06/15||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water||75,207||6 (+8)||232.10%|
|5/01/15||Avengers: Age of Ultron||70,499||7 (-2)||26.27%|
|6/26/15||Ted 2||65,749||8 (-)||67.65%|
|7/24/15||Poltergeist (2015)||37,793||10 (+25)||1223.75%|
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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND MRC'S CHAPPIE, DIRECTED BY NEILL BLOMKAMP, TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® THEATRES WORLDWIDE STARTING MARCH 2015
SANTA MONICA, CA - Feb. 6, 2015 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC announced today that Chappie, the third feature film from visionary director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres domestically on March 6, 2015, following the overseas IMAX launch dates beginning as early as March 4.
Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie tells the original story of a precocious robot named Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. The film stars Sharlto Copley (Maleficent, District 9), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), South African rappers NINJA and ¥O-LANDI VI$ER, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Blomkamp produced the film along with Simon Kinberg. Ben Waisbren served as executive producer.
"With his previous films District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker with a unique voice, and we're thrilled to continue our partnership with him and Sony Pictures Entertainment to release Chappie in IMAX theatres worldwide," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
The IMAX® release of Chappie will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., February 6, 2015 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film's November 20th rollout.
"I'm thrilled Mockingjay - Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters," said director Francis Lawrence. "Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay - Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic."
"It's exciting to be back in The Hunger Games world and once again team up with our partners at Lionsgate, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik on what we believe will be a thrilling, action-packed finale to this blockbuster franchise," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "The fan enthusiasm and cultural impact that this series has generated has been truly remarkable and we are thrilled to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the last chapter in IMAX 3D."
The IMAX® 3D version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX® DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office, and it was the #1 movie of the year two years in a row domestically. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful fourth chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival -- they are for the future.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends - including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) - Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features an acclaimed cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The impressive lineup is joined by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 co-stars five-time Academy Award®-nominee Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.
ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
The first three installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have grossed more than $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office and counting. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also holds the record as the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time.
Based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of books which has already sold more than 82 million copies around the world, The Hunger Games franchise continues to expand into exciting new lines of business. Lionsgate will launch a U.S. tour of "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" in Summer 2015 and is teaming with Imagine Nation to bring The Hunger Games live theatrical experience to London in Summer 2016. Additionally, The Hunger Games Kabam video game launched in November 2014 as the #3-ranking game on Google worldwide.
The next installment of the record-breaking franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, will be released on November 20, 2015, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
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