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OSCAR WATCH: Which Best Picture Nominees Did People Rush Out To See This Weekend? on February 24, 2013

slposcar.jpgOfficial weekend estimates:

Silver Linings Playbook: $6.1 million from 2012 locations for $107.5 million domestic total

Zero Dark Thirty: $2.25 million for a domestic total of $91.6 million

Argo: $2 million from 802 locations for a $129.8 million domestic total

Lincoln: $1.5 million for a domestic total of $178.6 million.

Life of Pi: $1.5 million from 572 locations for a $113.5 million domestic total

Django Unchained: $1.04 million from 659 locations for a $158.8 million domestic total

Amour: $817K from 328 screens for a North American total of $5,25 million

Les Miserables: $657K for a domestic total of $146.6 million

(Note: 20th Century Fox did not report a weekend gross for Beasts of the Southern Wild)

GLOBAL: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Finishes First In 18 Markets on February 24, 2013

bruce.pngA Good Day To Die Hard grossed another $35.7 million from 10,404 locations in 67 markets, pushing its overseas total to $133 million. The action flick is confirmed #1 in 18 markets. A Good Day To Die Hard's global total is now $184.8 million. Key stats from Fox:

New openers France ($5.5m from 650) and Brazil ($2.6m from 531) jump right to #1, with India ($1.4m from 663) enjoying the Top MPA title honors, as well as the 6th highest Fox opener ever in the market. Great Holds mark the weekends in Germany ($3.1m from 706), UK($2.8m from 711), Japan ($2.75m from 643), Mexico ($1.45m from 914) and Spain ($1.35m from 400). 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened in China to roughly $17.8 million. The overseas total is now up to $679 million. Globally, the fantasy flick has $979.9 million in the bank.

Les Miserables added another $9.3 million from 3,580 locations in 49 territories, pushing its overseas total to $248.2 million. The global total is now $394.9 million. An opening in China is set for February 28. 

Django Unchained added $8.5 million from 3,855 locations in 61 markets, pushing its overseas total to $221.6 million. The global total is now $380.4 million. 

Mama tacked on another $5.5 million from 1,500 locations in 19 territories for an overseas total of $5.5 million. The global total is now $97.6 million. 

Flight added $5.1 million, pushing its overseas total to $53.1 million. 

Lincoln tacked on $5 million from 2,977 locations in 48 markets for an overseas total of $66.5 million. The global total is now $245.1 million. 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed another $4.8 million for an overseas total of $110.4 million. The action flick's global total is now $163.3 million.

Jack Reacher tacked on another $3 million overseas for a total of $133.6 million. The global total is now $213.1 million.

UPDATED GROSSES: Life of Pi $471 million overseas/$584.5 million global.

Russian Minister of Culture Raises Eyebrows on February 21, 2013

Last month, Russia's Minister of Culture Vladimir Mendinsky caught the country's attention when he announced that Russia's new $170 million cinema fund came with a few restrictions. Among them were 12 topics would get special preference for being deemed as "socially relevant," an umbrella that includes period drama, commemorative films and war pictures. The approach is similar to the height of Communist film-making, which produced several masterpieces and dozens of less-good, but legendary films, which touted the Russian values of hard work and community. The restrictions, of course, have their critics. One of the loudest is producer Yevgeny Gindilis, who told Variety that he fears "it will be almost impossible for independent producers to access state funding for international co-production projects through the Ministry of Culture." Mendinsky countered such accusations at a press conference, saying, ""If a film is a commercial product, you can make whatever film you want -- we do not have censorship....If you want money from the state, we have to know what is in that film, what it is about."

The Oscar Bump: How Much Have Best Picture Nominees Made Since Nominations Were Announced? on February 20, 2013

zdtgrosses.jpgSony's Zero Dark Thirty probably won't walk away with the Best Picture Oscar this coming Sunday, but it's a winner in another way. Director Kathryn Bigelow's controversial look at the hunt for Osama Bin Laden has grossed more money than any other Best Picture nominee since the nominations were announced on Thursday, January 10. Sony timed the film's wide expansion on January 11 to capitalize on Oscar attention.

Silver Linings Playbook has also benefited immensely from the nominations. Harvey Weinstein's team masterfully orchestrated the quirky dramedy's release schedule to capitalize on Oscar buzz. David O. Russell's film still has a decent amount of life left in it. 

Django Unchained, Lincoln, Les Misérables, Life of Pi and Argo were already hits before the nominations were announced, but they all got a nice shot of adrenaline anyway. Lincoln in particular has displayed amazing staying power.

Thanks to five nominations, Amour has officially become the foreign film that even people who hate foreign films will go see. Michael Haneke's stark drama should do well even after the ceremony as its run in arthouses across North America continues. 

Unfortunately, Beasts of the Southern Wild opened in the summer and it wasn't able to truly capitalize on the Oscar bump. A re-release did yield modest returns.

Zero Dark Thirty

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $5,202,671
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $88,530,983
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $83,328,312

Silver Linings Playbook

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $35,737,770
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $99,788,228
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $64,050,458

Django Unchained

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $112,462,679
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $157,350,147
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $44,887,468

Les Miserables

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $107,684,800
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $145,764,425
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $38,079,625

Lincoln

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $145,542,887
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $176,651,047
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $31,108,160

Life of Pi

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013: $91,796,135
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $111,376,518
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced: $19,580,383

Argo

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013:  $110,313,486
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $127,288,409
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced:  $16,974,923

Amour

North American Total as of January 9, 2013:  $370,000 (est.)
North American Total as of February 18, 2013: $4,081,541
North American Gross since nominations were announced: $3,711,541 (est.) 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Domestic Total as of January 9, 2013:  $11,249,128
Domestic Total as of February 18, 2013: $12,306,988
Domestic Gross since nominations were announced:  $1,057,860

 

 

GLOBAL: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Breezes Past $100 Million on February 17, 2013

dh5.pngA Good Day To Die Hard earned $61.5 million, pushing its overseas total to $80.1 million. Globally, the action flick is up to $113.4 million. Key stats from Fox:

Commanding the #1 market position in 32 out of 37 new openers (#1 MPA title in an additional 4 markets), John McClane has his biggest weekend ever in the international marketplace! Massive openings in the UK ($7.6m from 845 screens), Japan ($6.8m from 641 screens), Russia ($6.7m from 1,693 screens), Germany ($6.4m from 703 screens), and Mexico ($3.2m from 1,011 screens) propel the cume to date past the $80 million mark. Results from Asia Pacific, including Taiwan ($1.1m, down only 2%), Malaysia ($914K, down only 10%), Hong Kong ($848K, down only 33%), and South Korea ($1.7m, #1 MPA film in the market) are truly exceptional given the fast burning nature from this region. The Die Hard franchise shows immense growth in Latin America, as Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Central America, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic have openings greater than double that of Die Hard 4. France, Brazil, and India release next weekend, with China and Australia releases coming in March.

Django Unchained grossed $13.7 million from 4,645 locations in 62 territories, pushing its overseas total to $208.6 million. The global cume is now $365.6 million.

Wreck-It Ralph added $11.5 million from 68 territories for an overseas total of $225.6 million. The global cume is now $411.2 million. 

Les Miserables added $10 million from 2,900 locations in 48 markets, giving the musical an overseas gross of $233.3. The global total is $379 million.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters added another $9.5 million for an overseas total of $101.2 million. The global total is $101.6 million. Stats from Paramount:

Korea opened with a solid $1.3M from 287 cinemas. This is almost 50% better than Underworld: Awakening and on par with Red Riding Hood and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer.

Brazil held very well by making a fantastic $1.8M during the 4th weekend from 370 cinemas pushing the local cume to an incredible $19.3M. The drop is at just 15% and the film remains at the top spot in the local box office for the 4th consecutive week.

Australia made a solid $1.77M on the 2nd weekend from 186 cinemas, dropping just 23%, pushing the cume to $4.8M.
Mexico's 4th weekend brought in $900k from 550 cinemas, bringing the cume to $12.2M.

Flight made $7 million for an overseas total of $45.4 million. The global cume is now $139.1 million. Stats from Paramount: France opened with a solid $1.9M from 371 locations. This is slightly below Argo and Safe House and slightly above State Of Play.

Australia made $750k on the 3rd weekend from 220 cinemas, dropping a soft 32%, pushing the cume to a very good $4.7M.
Brazil did $730k on the 2nd weekend from 165 cinemas, dropping just 10%, pushing the cume to $2.5M.

Mexico made $620k from 270 locations in its 2nd weekend, pushing the cume to $2.2M.

Argentina made $273k from 50 locations over the 2nd weekend, with a cume of $818k (drop at 13%).

Lincoln made another $6.6 million from 2,843 locations in 46 territories for an overseas total of $59 million. The historical drama's global total is now $235.3 million. 

Jack Reacher grossed $5.7 million from 8,469 locations in 34 territories, pushing its overseas total to $124.5 million. Globally, the action flick is up to $203.9 million. Stats from Paramount:

China is opened at a solid $4.8M from 7,500 cinemas at #1. The opening was slightly above the Chinese opening of Bourne Legacy.

Japan's 3rd weekend is estimated at $750k from 321 cinemas. The local cume is now at $10M.

Beautiful Creatures opened to $5.4 million overseas from 1,300 screens in 20 markets. The global cume is now $15.4 million.

Warm Bodies tacked on another $4.9 million from 2,200 screens in 34 markets, pushing its overseas total to $17.7 million. The global cume is now $67.9 million.  

Life of Pi added $3.7 million from 2,817 locations in 27 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $466.3 million. Globally, the drama is up to $576.1 million.

Mama added $4.7 million from 1,200 locations in 16 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $20.5 million. The global total is now $88.8 million. 

The Impossible grossed $3 million from 1,600 screens in 42 markets for an overseas total of $143 million. The global cume is now $160.5 million. 

Gangster Squad added $2.5 million from 38 territories, bringing the overseas cume to $46.4 million. The global total is now $91.5 million.

The Hobbit tacked on another $1.3 million from 40 market for an overseas total of $659.6 million. The global total is $959.6 million.

Updated overseas totals: Rise of the Guardians $200.3 million; Argo $77.1 million


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