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Universal Announces 'Jurassic World' for June 12, 2015 on September 10, 2013

JURASSIC_WORLD.pngThe week of announcements continues: Universal Pictures will release Jurassic World, the fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, on Friday, June 12, 2015. The sequel will be shot in 3D. No other films are currently slated to open on that date.

From Universal:

Steven Spielberg returns to produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, JURASSIC WORLD. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers.

GLOBAL: China Leads 'Elysium' to $212.7M on September 08, 2013

Elysium-still.jpgA first place opening in China propelled Elysium to reach a $127.1 million overseas cume. The sci-fi flick brought in a total of $21.2 million outside of North America over the weekend. China accounted for an $11.7 million debut over its first four days in release, meaning that Elysium's Chinese debut came in 11% ahead of the Oblivion premiere. Elyisum has grossed $212.7 million worldwide.

Despicable Me 2 is on its way to hitting the $500 million overseas mark with eight territories left, including top markets Italy, Japan, and South Korea. The film has grossed $475.2 million overseas and $832.2 million worldwide.

Monsters University is quietly adding to its $724.4 million global cume, making strides at the global box office despite being overshadowed by the blockbuster run of Despicable Me 2. The animated prequel has collected a total of $459.2 million from the overseas box office. The leading markets for Monsters University are Japan ($88.8M), the U.K. ($44.4M), Mexico ($38.2M), China ($30.4M), Argentina ($23.7M), Australia ($22.4M), and Russia ($20.9M). The last remaining territory for Monsters University is South Korea, where it will open on September 12.

The Smurfs 2 is days away from a major overseas milestone after raking in $7.3 million over the weekend to reach a $199.2 million cume. The film has grossed $267.4 million worldwide. The sequel will open in Australia and China this week.

One Direction: This is Us added another $7.6 million to its overseas total, bringing the cume to $26 million. Italy led the weekend with $2.1 million from 350 screens, beating the debuts of Michael Jackson's This is It and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The concert film reached a $9.1 million cume during its second weekend in the United Kingdom. One Direction: This is Us has grossed $50 million worldwide.

The Conjuring scared its way to a $124.5 million overseas total following an $8.5 million weekend from 47 markets. The Conjuring became the highest grossing horror film of all time in Mexico after reaching a $15 million cume during its third consecutive weekend atop the box office. Other top markets for the thriller include the United Kingdom ($15.7M), Russia ($10M), and Australia ($8M). The Conjuring has grossed $259 million worldwide.

We're the Millers made $9.9 million from 41 markets, reaching a $55.1 million overseas total. The comedy has grossed $171 million globally. 

Planes reached a $121.2 million global cume after taking in $11.3 million from 31 overseas territories, including openings in Lebanon, Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. The overseas total for the animated film is $41.9 million, with $10.8 million of that figure coming from the United Kingdom. Planes will have a chance to boost its numbers next weekend with big openings in Brazil and Mexico.

The Lone Ranger is on the verge of salvaging a $250 million worldwide take in what has an amounted to a disastrous box office run. The film is buoyed by a $154.5 million overseas take that takes its current global total to $243.3 million. An October 6 opening in China could push the global cume to the $300 million range.

Michael Bay isn't used to scoring low box office numbers. Pain and Gain, the director's long-time true-crime/comedy passion project, was  has grossed an overseas total of $25 million, taking the global total to a very modest $74.8 million.

World War Z is winding down in its 12th weekend overseas, taking in $1 million from 865 locations across 31 markets for a $335 million overseas cue. The global total for Brad Pitt's zombie thriller is $535.9 million.

Jurassic Park 3D has been a surprise hit for Universal. The 3D re-release has grossed $69.1 million overseas, led by a fantastic $52.1 million from 20 days in China. The film's global gross is $114.5 million.

Fast 6 is in the closing moments of its theatrical run. The blockbuster action film has grossed $549.3 million overseas and $788 million worldwide.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters reached a $93.2 million overseas total this weekend after bringing $6 million from 49 markets. The film relinquished the top spot in Brazil, finishing in second place and reporting a $10.1 million cume. Other top earners for the film include France ($11.5M) and Russia ($11.4M). Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will open in Argentina, Italy, Spain, and South Korea next weekend. The sequel has grossed $150.6M worldwide.

The Wolverine reached a $223.8 million overseas total ahead of its Japanese premiere next weekend. The superhero spin-off sequel has grossed $362.5M worldwide.

Grown Ups 2 reached an $83 million overseas cume over the weekend, taking its worldwide total to $213.6 million. The ensemble sequel surpassed the original in Russia after only ten days in release, where it is currently reporting a $7.2 million gross. Grown Ups 2 will open in France next weekend.

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Weekend Estimates: 'Riddick' Takes First Place with $18.7M Debut; 'Instructions Not Included' Holds Up Well with $8.1M (4th Update) on September 06, 2013

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Sunday Update: As was widely expected, Universal's Riddick debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $18.67 million. However, the third installment of the Vin Diesel led sci-fi franchise did open below expectations (which tended to range from $20 million to $25 million). Riddick also opened below the $24.29 million start of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick (which stands at $31.92 million when adjusting for ticket price inflation). With that said, it should also be noted that with a reported production budget of $38 million, Riddick was far less expensive than The Chronicles of Riddick. Riddick did outpace the $11.58 million three-day start of 2000's Pitch Black (which stands at $17.53 million when adjusting for inflation); though Riddick is highly likely to be significantly more front-loaded than Pitch Black was.

Riddick took in $7.3 million on Friday (which included an estimated $900,000 from late night shows that began at 8 p.m. on Thursday), fell 1 percent on Saturday to gross $7.2 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $4.17 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.56 to 1. The audience breakdown for Riddick skewed towards male moviegoers (59 percent) and moviegoers over 30 (53 percent). The film received a modest B rating on CinemaScore. That isn't a very promising sign going forward; nor is the upcoming competition the film will face from the release of FilmDistrict's highly anticipated Insidious Chapter 2 next weekend.

After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Lee Daniels' The Butler fell to second place this weekend with an estimated $8.90 million. The early awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey was down a respectable 40 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. The Butler has grossed an impressive $91.90 million through 24 days of release; leaving the film just $8.10 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Lionsgate's Instructions Not Included held up very nicely this weekend with an estimated third place take of $8.1 million. The low-budget Eugenio Derbez comedy vehicle from Pantelion films was up 3 percent over last weekend's surprise debut. Strong word of mouth (the film received an A+ rating on CinemaScore) and expanding into an additional 369 locations this weekend both helped out the film in a big way. Instructions Not Included continued to claim the highest per-location average in the top 10, as it averaged $11,297 from 717 locations. The film took in $1.64 million on Friday, jumped 102 percent to take in $3.32 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 5 percent on Sunday to gross $3.14 million. Instructions Not Included has grossed $20.31 million through ten days of release and has a very strong chance of continuing to hold up well going forward.

We're the Millers took in an estimated $7.93 million to place in fourth. Warner's break-out comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis was down 38 percent from last weekend, which represents a healthy post-Labor Day weekend hold. With a $123.84 million 33-day take, We're the Millers has now out-grossed the $117.54 million total gross of 2011's Horrible Bosses and continues to pad its status as one of the larger surprise hits of this summer.

Disney's Planes claimed fifth place this weekend with an estimated $4.27 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated film was down 45 percent and has now grossed $79.28 million in 31 days. Planes continues to benefit from the lack of new competition for family audiences and will continue to do so until Sony's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is released on September 27.

Meanwhile, Sony's One Direction: This Is Us was down a massive 74 percent to land in sixth with an estimated $4.1 million. After a strong opening day performance last weekend, the 3D concert documentary has remained largely in free fall since then. With that said, One Direction: This Is Us has still grossed a solid $23.99 million in ten days. That places the film 42 percent ahead of the $16.84 million ten-day start of 2009's Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, but 50 percent behind the $48.18 million ten-day take of 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Saturday Update: Universal reports Riddick grabbed $7.3 million on Friday, lower than initial estimates had suggested would be possible earlier on Friday. The opening day figure for Vin Diesel's sequel was down a noticeable 26 percent from the $9.9 million first day take of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick. That puts the film on target for a modest $18.1 million opening frame.

Not even the addition of IMAX or Vin Diesel's career comeback could help muster up a stronger debut for the dormant franchise. Opening on the first weekend after a very crowded summer where audiences had their fill of action movies is also proving to have been a strategic misstep.

Early word of mouth appears to be questionable, too, with the pic's Flixster user rating down to 72 percent after having previously boasted a 98 percent anticipation score less than two days ago. As mentioned earlier, however, the overseas potential of Riddick should still be enough to send the film into successful territory. The film is reported to have cost just $35-40 million (less than half of Chronicles' production budget) before marketing expenses.

Meanwhile, Lee Daniels' The Butler and We're the Millers continue to enjoy their strong runs. Butler grabbed $2.37 million on Friday as it heads toward a projected $8.5 million frame. Millers added $2.3 million, putting it on pace for an $8 million weekend.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Riddick should earn at least $22 million during its debut frame. While that won't top the $24.3 million debut--roughly $32 million when adjusting for inflation--that Chronicles of Riddick managed in 2004, it's still a solid showing and it'll be good enough to push Lee Daniel's The Butler down to second place after a three-week run on top. Nine years makes a huge difference when it comes to the popularity of a franchise, and it's tough to expect any film to match its predecessors after such a prolonged absence.

There's little doubt that Riddick will top the $115 million global haul that Chronicles raked in. Star Vin Diesel is a marketing machine these days, and the nearly 46.6 million likes he commands on Facebook are made up of plenty of overseas fans. Look for strong numbers in key territories such as the UK, Brazil and Russia.

Check back tomorrow morning for official studio estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal reports that Riddick took in an estimated $900K from Thursday evening shows. The debut puts Riddick 33% ahead of the $665K that Resident Evil: Retribution made from midnight shows before opening to $21 million during the Sep. 14-16, 2012 frame. 

More coming later...

'Gravity' Factors Heavily In Fandango's Fall Anticipation Survey on September 04, 2013

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Glowing reviews out of Venice and Telluride are clearly helping Gravity build buzz. In a survey conducted by Fandango, the sci-fi flick held its own against bigger tentpoles coming out this fall.

The official release:

Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today revealed the results of its "Most Anticipated Fall Movie Survey," in which The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, grabbed the top spot among all films released between September and the end of November. The poll - which surveyed thousands of moviegoers on Fandango during the last week of summer - also revealed that this may be a huge season for Chris and Liam Hemsworth, who individually star in three major Fall releases.

"This fall will see the Reign of the Brothers Hemsworth," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "with Chris starring in the Thor sequel and the racing drama, Rush and Liam deservedly getting more screen time in the Hunger Games sequel. It's rare in the history of cinema for two matinee idol brothers to so completely dominate the box office in the same season."

The Five Most Anticipated Fall Movies:

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (11/22), winning with 28% of vote

2. Thor: The Dark World (11/8), 21%

3. Gravity (10/4), 15%

4. Ender's Game (11/1), 4%

5. Carrie (10/18), 4%

 

Most Anticipated Male Performance of the Fall:

1. Chris Hemsworth: Thor: The Dark World, winning with 17% of vote

2. Leonardo Di Caprio: The Wolf of Wall Street, 13%

3. George Clooney: Gravity, 13%

4. Josh Hutcherson: Catching Fire, 12%

5. Liam Hemsworth: Catching Fire, 8%

 

Most Anticipated Female Performance of the Fall:

1. Jennifer Lawrence: Catching Fire, winning with 39% of vote

2. Sandra Bullock: Gravity, 21%

3. Natalie Portman: Thor: The Dark World, 8%

4. Meryl Streep: August: Osage County, 7%

5. Jennifer Hudson: Black Nativity, 4%

UK: 'One Direction: This is Us" Reigns in its Home Market on September 04, 2013

1d3dstill.jpgOne Direction: This is Us ruled the box office in the band's home market, playing in a market-leading 1,045 screens and finishing the weekend with a $5.3 million take, including previews. The opening tally crushed the $3.7 million lifetime total of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, a film that only played in just over a third of the locations of the One Direction concert movie.

Elysium placed in second with a $1.9 million take that raises its two-week cume to $9.1 million. We're the Millers culminated its second weekend with a third place finish of $1.7 million, taking its cume to $6.3 million. Pain and Gain couldn't lift itself past a fourth place finish in its U.K. debut, settling for a $1.5 million bow.

Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom. August 30 - September 1, 2013

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