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GLOBAL: 'Frozen' Continues to Dominate, Passes $500M Overseas on February 02, 2014

frozen.jpgFrozen is in contention to reach a billion dollars at the global box office. The Disney film saw a 20% boost in overseas sales over the weekend, collecting $24 million from 45 territories in its tenth week outside of North America. Frozen had seen a natural dip in form over the last three weekends, going from a $52.5 million tally in its sixth frame to a $20 million tally last weekend. The rise in sales lifts the animated film's overseas cume past the $500 million milestone to a $504 million total.

Frozen posted the highest opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Sweden with a $2.2 million debut. It is the highest grossing animated film of all time in South Korea ($44.7M) and Denmark ($7M). Frozen is currently the eighth highest grossing animated release of all time overseas (based on original runs and not including re-releases) and second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all-time, behind only Finding Nemo.

Top markets for Frozen include: the United Kingdom ($59.5M), Germany ($45.7M), France ($41.8M), Russia ($33.1M), Australia ($29.2M), Italy ($27M), Mexico ($25.1M), and Spain ($20.8M). The animated film will be released during China's New Year celebrations next weekend and in Japan on March 15. Frozen has grossed a total of $864.4 million worldwide. 

The Wolf of Wall Street became the highest grossing Martin Scorsese film in Germany and the United Kingdom after holding on to yet another #1 weekend finish in both markets. after holding on to the #1 spot Germany registered a $4.7 million hold from 623 dates for an 18-day cume of $20.1 million. The U.K. posted a $4.2 million hold from 502 dates for a 17-day total of $24.7 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street finished as the #2 film on the market over its third weekend in Spain, falling short of surpassing the opening weekend of American Hustle with a $2.4 million hold from 280 dates. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a total of $11.4 million in Spain after 17 days in release.  

New releases for The Wolf of Wall Street include a $1.5 million bow from 115 screens in Japan and a $940k debut at 72 dates in Norway.

VIY, a 3D Russian fantasty-adventure film, broke the opening weekend record for a domestic film with a $17.1 million debut after opening in Russia on Thursday. 3D continues to thrive in the market as the film dominated the box office with an estimated 71% marketshare. VIY is the fourth biggest opener of all time in Russia behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 3, and Twilight 4.

12 Years a Slave kept the top spot in France in its second weekend in the market with a $2.9 million take from 443 screens. The historical drama has also held well in the United Kingdom, where it earned an additional $2.4 million for a second place finish, and Germany, where it added $802k from 205 screens. Oscar buzz has helped the film attract audiences outside of North America. The drama opened in second place in Australia this weekend with a $1.3 million tally from 122 screens. The film collected $9.7 million from 40 overseas markets to reach a $50.6 million cume outside of North America, nearly $5 million more than the film's domestic gross.

12 Years a Slave will reach the $100 million global mark by next weekend. The film has currently grossed a total of $96.4 million worldwide.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hit the $100 million global mark this weekend. The spy film earned $9.1 million from 55 territories in a weekend that saw the thriller expand to 16 new markets.

Jack Ryan took a $1.9 million debut from 394 screens in France, an $897k bow from 67 locations in Taiwan, a $725k opening from 306 sites in Spain, and a $349k premiere for 39 locales in Belgium.

The spy film took a 45% dip in the United Kingdom to add $1.2 million from 460 locations to its $4.1 million cume. Australia added $485k from 232 sites to reach a $4.5 million total and China pulled in $300k from 2,800 screens to reach a $24.3 million cume. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has grossed a total of $61.1 million overseas.

47 Ronin dethroned I, Frankenstein for the top spot at the Mexican box office with a $2.2 million bow from 575 screens. The action flick took a #3 debut in Germany with $1.9 million from 452 dates and finished its opening weekend in Brazil in second place with $1 million from 205 dates. The new markets helped the film add $7.4 million to its overseas tally this weekend. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $92 million overseas from 44 territories and will expand to seven additional territories over the next couple of months. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $130.2 million worldwide.

The Book Thief earned $4.1 million from 1,850 screens in 28 markets. The film took a surprising #1 opening in Brazil, defeating 47 Ronin in an opening weekend box office face-off with a $1.3 million bow. The Book Thief has grossed $23.6 million overseas. The Book Thief will expand to France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore next weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs brought in $3 million from 2,286 screens in 21 markets. The animated film opened in first place in Venezuela with $794k. The film has grossed $84.2 million overseas.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took a $2.1 million haul from 2,121 screens in 39 markets. The Ben Stiller film has earned a total of $117 million overseas as it prepares to expand to Japan and Venezuela in March.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reached the $600 million milestone overseas after adding $2.7 million from 1,714 screens across 50 territories. Top markets for Smaug include: Germany ($87M), the United Kingdom ($70M), France ($50.5M), Russia ($45M), Australia ($33.4M), Spain ($23.4M), and Sweden ($20.2M). Smaug is reporting an $854.2 million global cume.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones added $2.3 million from 45 territories after opening in five new territories this weekend. Italy opened to $337k from 170 screens and New Zealand enjoyed a $122k debut from 45 locations. The Marked Ones also opened in the Philippines, where it grossed $111k from 80 locations. The horror film has now collected $53.9 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide.

Lone Survivor battled opened in fourth place in the United Kingdom with a $1.3 million bow from 389 dates.

Devil's Due took a $1.1 million opening from 675 screens in Mexico and added a total of $3 million from 2,196 screens in 20 markets to its overseas tally. The horror film has now grossed $9.5 million overseas and $24.2 million worldwide.

Anchorman 2 fell below the million dollar mark overseas this weekend, as the film added $967k from 760 locations in 8 territories. Anchorman 2 has grossed a total of $43.4 million overseas and $167.8 million worldwide.

Despicable Me 2 is finishing out its overseas run. The animated film added $450k from 600 dates in its two remaining territories, raising its cume outside of North America to $602 million. Despicable Me 2 is only the fourth film to have crossed the $600 million mark overseas, a figure it was able to reach after adding $48.5 million from 24 days in China.

Despicable Me 2 is the fourth highest grossing animated film overseas, behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($718.3M), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($690.1M), and Toy Story 3 ($648.2M). It ranks #3 in terms of all time global box office for an animated film with a $970 million worldwide cume, behind Toy Story 3 ($1.1B), and The Lion King ($987.8M).

Saving Mr. Banks improved to a $17.9 million overseas cume. The Disney-approved biopic will reach the $100 million global mark in the coming days after finishing the weekend with a $98.9 million worldwide cume.

 

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Weekend Estimates: 'Ride Along' Remains #1 Over Super Bowl Weekend with $12.3M; 'Frozen' Holds Up Well with $9.3M; 'That Awkward Moment' Settles for #3 with $9.0M; 'Labor Day' Debuts with Soft $5.3M (4th Update) on January 31, 2014

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Sunday Update: Universal's Ride Along took in an estimated $12.3 million this weekend to remain in first place for a third consecutive weekend. The break-out comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was down 42 percent from last weekend, which represents a very solid hold over Super Bowl weekend. Ride Along continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day take of $92.96 million. That leaves the film just $7.04 million away from becoming the first release of 2014 to reach the $100 million domestic milestone.

Thanks in part to the release of a Sing-A-Long version of the film on Friday, Frozen took second place with an estimated $9.31 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster was up 2 percent from last weekend, which is an especially impressive hold over Super Bowl weekend. The Sing-A-Long version of the film was responsible for an estimated $2.2 million (23.6 percent) of this weekend's overall gross. Based on that figure, the Sing-A-Long version of the film appears set to help increase the already tremendous holding power displayed by Frozen. Frozen has now grossed a massive $360.01 million to date, which leaves the film just $8.06 million away from surpassing the $368.07 million final gross of Despicable Me 2 to become the third highest grossing release of 2013 domestically.

Focus' That Awkward Moment debuted in third place with an estimated $9.01 million. The low-budget Zac Efron led comedy opened a bit below expectations and may have been limited a bit by its R rating. That Awkward Moment opened an underwhelming 27 percent below the $12.38 million start of 2010's Charlie St. Cloud. The film took in $3.94 million on Friday, fell 5 percent on Saturday to gross $3.75 million and is estimated to fall 65 percent on Super Bowl Sunday to take in $1.31 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.29 to 1, which is an early sign of front-loading. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (64 percent) and towards moviegoers under 25 (61 percent). That Awkward Moment received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.

The Nut Job placed in fourth with an estimated $7.61 million. The 3D computer animated film from Open Road was down 37 percent from last weekend. The Nut Job will be passing the $50 million domestic mark on Sunday and will have grossed $50.25 million by the end of the weekend. The Nut Job has outpaced expectations nicely thus far, but could lose a lot of steam next weekend with the unleashing of Warner's The LEGO Movie on Friday.

Universal's Lone Survivor placed in fifth this weekend with an estimated $7.2 million. In the process the Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg surpassed the $100 million domestic mark. Lone Survivor has grossed a stronger than expected $104.89 million after 24 days of wide release. The film was down a respectable 44 percent from last weekend, especially when considering that it will likely take a more direct hit from Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday than most other wide releases.

Paramount's Labor Day debuted in seventh place with an estimated $5.3 million. The Jason Reitman directed drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin opened towards the lower end of its very modest pre-release expectations. Labor Day did open just ahead of the $5.19 million Revolutionary Road grossed in its first weekend of wide release back in 2009 (albeit from only 1,058 locations, as opposed to 2,584 for Labor Day). Labor Day opened with $1.93 million on Friday, increased 25 percent on Saturday to take in $2.41 million and is estimated to fall 60 percent on Sunday to take in $0.96 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.75 to 1. Labor Day received a B- rating on CinemaScore. That isn't a promising sign going forward, nor is the film's per-location average of just $2,051 this weekend.

Saturday Update: Universal's Ride Along remained in first place for a fifteenth consecutive day on Friday with an estimated $4.0 million. That was down 37 percent from last Friday and will keep the break-out comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in first place for a third consecutive weekend. BoxOffice is currently projecting a weekend take of $12.0 million for Ride Along, which would represent a solid 44 percent decline from last weekend and bring the film's 17-day total to a strong $92.7 million.

Focus' That Awkward Moment debuted in a very close second on Friday with an estimated $3.94 million. However, the Zac Efron led comedy will likely be quite front-loaded towards Friday given the history of Efron's previous films. BoxOffice is currently projecting a second place take of $10.0 million for the weekend. That would be on the lower end of pre-release expectations and 19 percent softer than the $12.38 million debut of 2010's Charlie St. Cloud. Potential for That Awkward Moment appears to have been limited a bit by the film's R rating.

With a boost from the unleashing of a Sing-A-Long version of the film on Friday, Disney's Frozen was up an impressive 10 percent over last Friday to gross an estimated $2.24 million yesterday. Frozen is on pace to place in third with an estimated $9.5 million this weekend. That would represent a 4 percent increase over last weekend and bring the film's domestic total to a massive $360.2 million. The Sing-A-Long version of the film appears set to help increase the already tremendous holding power displayed by Frozen.

Paramount's Labor Day debuted with an estimated $1.93 million on Friday. The Jason Reitman directed drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin is on pace to land in sixth place for the weekend with a soft $5.5 million. That would be in line with the film's very modest expectations and 6 percent ahead of the $5.19 million Revolutionary Road grossed in its first weekend of wide release back in 2009 (albeit from only 1,058 locations, as opposed to 2,584 for Labor Day).

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice That Awkward Moment is looking at a $12 million weekend based on Friday business. The Frozen Sing Along is pacing to land around $10 million, while Labor Day could pull in a $7 million weekend.

Friday Update #1: Variety reports That Awkward Moment grossed $246,000 from Thursday night's premiere shows. By comparison, last year's Warm Bodies pulled $500,000 in its Thursday night debut as it headed toward a $20.4 million Super Bowl weekend.

That Awkward Moment is similarly targeting young female audiences with the likes of Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan in the R-rated rom-com, although it could potentially draw a higher ratio of date night business on Friday and Saturday.

Should Awkward hold close to Warm Bodies' post-Thursday business trend, it will struggle to top $10 million for the weekend.

Domestic Market Review: 'Ride Along', 'Lone Survivor', & 'Frozen' Drive Best January In Four Years on January 28, 2014

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Update: The final January market gross rang in at $892.52 million.

Previously: 2014's box office has kicked off in a very positive way for the industry as January could top $900 million for the first time in four years.

That figure would mark a 10 percent improvement over January 2013's $827 million, 9.6 percent over 2012's $831 million, and 21 percent over 2011's $755 million. The month's non-inflation-adjusted revenue will represent the third best ever for January.

In fact, even when adjusting for inflation, this month has seen higher attendance levels since Avatar was dominating the market four years ago. The estimated number of tickets sold this month is up a projected 8 percent from last year, based on NATO's most recent report that the average ticket price in the final quarter of 2013 reached a record $8.35.

Contributing to this month's success have been two of the three best January openings in history. The popularity of Kevin Hart and veteran Ice Cube helped Universal's Ride Along ($41.5 million) top Cloverfield ($40.1 million) for the three-day January weekend record, as well as the four-day Martin Luther King weekend record ($48.6 million versus $46.2 million, respectively). Not to be forgotten is Lone Survivor, also from Universal, which bagged $37.9 million in its wide expansion earlier in the month. Lone's debut was good enough for the third best ever January opening after Ride Along's record is taken into consideration.

This was the first time since 2009 that more than one film joined the list of top ten January openings. To date, Ride Along has amassed $76.9 million, while Lone Survivor stands at $94.8 million through Monday, January 27.

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Outside of Universal's headliners, January releases fared modestly as a whole. The Nut Job has performed surprisingly well with $40.7 million through Monday. Behind it are franchise under-performers Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ($31.3 million) and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($32.1 million). The Legend of Hercules ($17.1 million), Devil's Due ($13.1 million), and I, Frankenstein ($9.2 million) represent the month's poorest new releases. These totals are current and exclude projections for the remainder of the month.

Carrying some of the usual post-holiday weight have been various Oscar-nominated films and holdover blockbusters. Disney's Frozen stands out from the bunch with an incredible $85.5 million (projected) over the January 1-27 period, and it's on pace to overtake Despicable Me 2 ($368 million) in February as 2013's highest grossing animated release. Meanwhile, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street have continued to ride their star power and awards buzz. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug rounds out the list of films which will have earned over $50 million this month.

Looking ahead to February, the box office should continue to ring up solid business through the likes of The LEGO Movie, George Clooney's ensemble-driven The Monuments Men, and Liam Neeson's latest action flick, Non-Stop (although its Feb. 28 release means March will carry the most benefit from its release). Kevin Hart's hot streak could also carry over into Valentine's weekend with the About Last Night remake. Underdogs, wild cards, and expected low-level performers of the month include Vampire Academy, the Robocop reboot/remake, Endless Love, Winter's Tale3 Days to Kill, Pompeii, Son of God, and Welcome to Yesterday. So long as one or two of those films perform reasonably well, in addition to the aforementioned four coming close to expectations, topping Feburary 2013's 11-year low $616 million market performance shouldn't be difficult.

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