A $10.7 million bow launched Gravity to the top of the French box office. The sci-fi film played in just 398 screens and collected an out-of-this-world $27,039 per-screen average. Gravity overshadowed two competing premieres, both of which grossed considerably less despite playing in more screens. The Family took $3.3 million from 460 screens and domestic film Le Coeur des Hommes 3 posted a $1.8 million tally from 486 screens.
Turbo finished the weekend in second place but won’t be complaining after a 50% boost in box office from the previous weekend. Turbo picked up $6.2 million in its second frame to reach a $12.8 million cume. 9 Mois Ferme also posted a strong hold-over performance, finishing its second frame 16% below its debut weekend. The $3 million hold for 9 Mois Ferme brings the film’s total to $8 million.
Planes broke the $10 million mark in France after a $2.7 million showing in its third frame. The animated film boosted its box office take from the previous weekend by 60% to take its cume in the market to $10.3 million. Domestic comedy Eyjafjallajokull is still earning after four weeks in release. The film reached a $13.2 million total after the weekend’s $1.9 million take.
Top Ten Films in France.
Captain Phillips climbed up to first place in its second weekend at the U.K. box office with a $3.9 million weekend. The Paul Greengrass film averaged $5,259 from 752 screens to reach a $12.7 million cume in the market.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 settled for a second place debut in the shadow of Captain Phillips. The animated sequel earned $3.4 million from a market-leading 928 screens in its debut weekend, a step above the original’s $2.5 million bow. Cloudy 2 finished the weekend with a $5.9 million cume when factoring in previews. Bad Grandpa finished its weekend in the United Kingdom in third place with a $3.1 million bow. Bad Grandpa posted the best per-screen average among all the films playing in the United Kingdom with an $8,448 tally from 372 screens.
Turbo slowed down in the face of a packed release calendar, following up its successful opening weekend with a $2.1 million hold from 547 screens. The 66% slide is steep but the animated film showed resiliency in a competitive market where it has now reached the $10 million mark.
Ender’s Game took a $1.8 million mid-table finish in its opening weekend. Fellow opener One Chance also finished the weekend with a mid-table debut; the biopic opened in sixth place with a $1.1 million take from 403 screens.
Top Ten Films in the United Kingdom.
Bad Grandpa roared into German theaters over the weekend, bringing in a $3.1 million first place finish. The geriatric spin-off posted the best opening in the Jackass franchise in Germany. Bad Grandpa played in 285 screens, less than a third of the screens dedicated to fellow opener Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The Cloudy sequel posted a $2.9 million debut in Germany, improving upon the $1.6 million bow of the original.
Gravity fell to fourth place in its fourth weekend in release with a $1.5 million take from 598 screens. The sci-fi film is already a hit in Germany with a $13.5 million cume. Turbo has grossed a total of $8.4 million over the same timespan. Ender’s Game disappointed with a debut in the bottom half of the table. The latest adaptation of a young adult literary series opened in 409 screens to a $796K bow, averaging $1,948 per-screen.
Top Ten Films in Germany
By Shawn Robbins
2013's fourth quarter is approaching full swing with the holiday box office season on our doorstep. Unfortunately, however, the beginning of the year's end didn't fare well: October is projected to finish with around $627 million from the domestic market--down nearly 7 percent from October 2012.
The big winner of the month was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. After the Warner Bros. flick's stellar $55.8 million debut became the best-ever October opening, the word-of-mouth phenom showed excellent staying power as the first movie to claim the top spot over three straight weekends since WB's own The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Gravity also held first place for 21 consecutive days, the longest streak since the studio's The Dark Knight Rises accomplished the same feat in Summer 2012.
Overall, Gravity has earned $201.2 million through October 28--making it the first October release to ever cross the $200 million benchmark. Based on its current trajectory, the film has a great shot at eclipsing $250 million before the end of its run.
Captain Phillips was the other big story of the month with its $70.8 million tally through Monday. The Tom Hanks-led thriller is also posting healthy legs since its $25.7 million bow just under three weeks ago. Hanks had been lacking a major box office hit over the last few years, but Phillips proves he still boasts drawing power.
Rounding out the month's top three was a holdover from September in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The animated sequel brought in $65.7 million in October, bringing its domestic total to $101.1 million through Monday. That flick has performed generally in line with its 2009 predecessor, but noticeably behind last year's Hotel Transylvania. Still, Sony claims the second- and third-highest grossers of the month--a welcome showing for the studio after their rough summer.
Beyond the top three, October 2013 was mostly grim. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa's solid $34.9 million debut this past weekend aside, only Carrie and September's Prisoners will have accumulated at least $20 million each for the month. That makes for a total of just 6 films to cross that mark (October 2012 had 10). The result is the second-lowest October market gross since 2008, the fewest tickets sold in October since 2007, and the overall second least-attended October since 1996. Poorly reviewed flops such as Runner Runner, Escape Plan, The Counselor, Machete Kills, and The Fifth Estate contributed to the disappointing month.
The year's total market gross is projected to stand at $8.8 billion through October 31. That's still enough to keep ahead of last year's pace, but only by 0.4 percent (roughly $32 million). Running neck-and-neck with 2012 and 2010's $8.786 billion through October, the race for a record annual gross by the end of December has tightened up again.
Adjusting for inflation, 2013 now trails last year's admissions by an estimated 2 percent.
Looking ahead: With a rough October almost behind us, November should bring some good news for the industry. Headlining the month are November 22's hugely anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and November 8's Thor: The Dark World, both of which are expected to inject blockbuster life into the marketplace.
Unfortunately, the in-between weekends are lacking high profile releases--especially with Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leo DiCaprio, having recently been bumped from its original November 15 date to Christmas Day. Excluding Disney's Frozen, the Thanksgiving weekend slate also looks tepid. Thor and Catching Fire will have to perform on par with, or beyond, expectations if the coming month hopes to live up to November 2012's record numbers driven by Skyfall, the Twilight finale, and Wreck-It Ralph. Stay tuned to BoxOffice in the days and weeks ahead for further analysis on the holiday season's biggest titles.
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