GLOBAL: 'Django Unchained' Outpacing 'Inglourious Basterds'; 'Life of Pi' Nears $500 Million; 'Les Miserables' Posts #1 Debut In India; 'Hansel and Gretel' Tops Russian Box Office on January 20, 2013

django.jpgDjango Unchained is off to a great start with $48.1 million in 54 markets. Globally, Django has $186.5 million in the bank. Key stats from Sony, the film's overseas distributor: 

DJANGO opening is 30% bigger than the aggregated opening weekends of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS in the same 54 markets ($37.02 million). In all, 23 of the 38 individual markets we tracked opened at #1 with just about all of them exceeding the opening of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Top markets: GERMANY launched with $9.6 million, #1 in the market and 2½ times the opening of INGLOURIOUS. FRANCE opened with $7.3 million, also #1 and 25% bigger than INGLOURIOUS. RUSSIA earned $5.4 million, #2 in the market behind HANSEL AND GRETEL... and more than double INGLOURIOUS. The UK bowed with $4.8, 2nd in the market behind LES MIZ and 54% more than the F-S-S of INGLOURIOUS. ITALY grossed $4.3 million, #1 in the market and 62% bigger then INGLOURIOUS, SPAIN tallied $3.3 million, #1 in the market and 13% less than INGLOURIOUS, AUSTRIA launched with a big $1.3 million, 68% better than INGLOURIOUS, and SWITZERLAND also bowed at #1 with $1.3 million, which is 64% more than INGLOURIOUS' standard opening weekend.

Life of Pi took in another $20.7 million from 7,944 screens in 66 markets, pushing its overseas cume to $393.9 million. Globally, the drama is up to $493 million. Key stats from Fox:

In Australia, the film has retained the top position for three weeks straight earning $2.9m with a $20m cume. The three-week-feat was repeated in Chile; while in Peru it has done it for four weeks straight. Other notable holdovers were in the UK where it made $2m taking the cume there to $39m. In Mexico, the film was #1 with $1.7m, dropping a mere 10%. The international cume stands at a healthy $393.9m, where it is poised to sail past $400m any day now.

Les Miserables grossed an estimated $19.4 million at 2,900 dates in 29 territories this weekend for an overseas cume of $150.5 million. Combined with the domestic estimated gross of $130.4 million, the global total is $280.9 million as of today. The musical will pass $300 million globally this coming week. Key stats from Universal:

LES MIS opened in 7 territories this weekend and the results are great with No. 1 openings in Estonia, India, Indonesia, Norway and Philippines and strong No. 2 openings in South Africa and Sweden.

Philippines broke records on its opening weekend as the biggest musical, biggest opening for Tom Hooper and Russell Crowe and the biggest January opening for Universal in this market.

In the U.K. and Ireland, LES MIS is holding at No. 1 for the second week in a row with a weekend estimate of $7.4M (£4.6M) at 600 dates for a 10-day total of $28.3M (£17.5M).

In Japan, LES MIS placed 2nd behind the opening of TED. LES MIS grossed an estimated $2.4M at 356 dates this weekend for an outstanding 31-day total of $38.5M.

In Korea, LES MIS is holding at No. 4 with $2.3M at 341 dates in its 5th weekend for a total of $36.5M. LES MIS admissions total 5.33M, which is 10% of the population of South Korea. We opened in IMAX this weekend and the results are great and the audiences are applauding at the end of all shows.

Australia moved up a spot to No. 4 on Sat. The weekend estimate is $1.8M at 247 dates for a 26-day total of $21.4M.

New Zealand is holding strong at No. 1 for the second week in a row with $510k at 77 dates for an 11-day total of $1.5M.

We have 35 territories to open over the next few months. Next week, we open in Croatia, Iceland, Poland and Romania.

Jack Reacher added another $11.8 million from 5,744 locations in 58 countries. The overseas total is now $98.8 million. Globally, Jack Reacher is sitting at $176 million. Key stats from Paramount:

• Korea was the new opening with an estimated solid $3.3M from 415 locations and taking the 2nd place at the local Box Office.
• Russia's second weekend is estimated at $1.2M, bringing the cume to $4.6M.
• Australia's 3rd weekend is estimated at $960k from 216 cinemas. The cume is now at $7.8M.
• France's 4th weekend made $700k from 610 locations. The cume is now $11.3M.
• The 2nd weekend in Spain made $695k from 320 cinemas, bringing the local cume to $2.5M.
• Germany's 3rd weekend made $575k from 504 cinemas pushing the cume to $5.3M.
• Brazil added $550k on the 2nd weekend; the cume after 10 days is $2.2M
• Mexico is estimated to deliver $521k on the 3rd weekend from 424 cinemas, pushing the cume to $3.8M.
• The 4th weekend in the UK is estimated at $405k from 260 cinemas. The cume is now at $14.8M.

Wreck-It Ralph took in another $8.2 million from 60 territories. The overseas cume is now $173.4 million. Globally, the animated flick is up to $354.2 million.  

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grabbed $7.3 million in Russia from 650 locations in four days. That puts the opening 59% above the opening of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 349% above Red Riding Hood and 22% above Underworld: Awakening. 98% of the box office is from 3D screens.

Next weekend, Hansel and Gretel will hit the following territories: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Bulgaria.

Lincoln debuted to $3.3 million from 605 screens in 3 markets. The historical drama expands to 19 new markets next weekend including Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia and the UK. 

Gangster Squad took in $5.7 million from 1,530 screens in 24 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $19 million. The global total is now $51.2 million. Key stats from WB:

New Zealand grossed a very good NZ$373k (US$314k) including previews with 31k admissions from 52 screens nationwide. The results were 108% ahead of ARGO and 96% ahead of THE TOWN.

Argentina grossed Ps 1.2m (US$243k) with 37k admissions from 80 screens nationwide. These are good #'s - 50% ahead of THE TOWN and 35% ahead of ARGO, and also exceeding the openings of DEPARTED, AMERICAN GANGSTER, and COLLATERAL amongst others.

Key Market Holdovers

Australia (2nd w/e) A$1.5m (US$1.6m) with 117k admissions from 205 screens nationwide. This represents an excellent drop of 34% from the previous weekend and the cume is A$4.7m (US$5.0m).

In the UK, the industry was affected by freezing temperatures and extreme weather conditions. GS grossed an estimated £820k (US$1.3m) from 414 situations nationwide. The drop is 55% for a cume of £3.9m (US$6.3m).



Why Arnold Stumbled With 'The Last Stand' on January 20, 2013

thelaststandflop.jpgThe Last Stand, Arnold Schwarzenegger's first star vehicle since 2003's Terminator: Rise of the Machines, won't even hit $10 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. That makes it an early contender for a spot on the "Biggest Bombs of 2013" list.

So what went wrong?

For starters, Schwarzenegger should have taken some advice from Sylvester Stallone. Stallone was able to resurrect his career by bringing back beloved characters so that fans would come rushing back. 2006's Rocky Balboa became a solid $155.7 million global hit, and Stallone followed it with Rambo, a respectable $113.2 million global success. Stallone then wisely assembled a cast of aging action heros for his two Expendables films. The Expendables grossed $273 million globally and Expendables 2 improved upon that with $312.6 million. On February 1, Stallone will hit theaters again in Bullet to the Head--a film that isn't part of an established franchise--and he's poised to stumble. is currently predicting that the action flick won't gross more than $20 million during its domestic run. Imagine if Bullet to the Head was Stallone's comeback film. We would be writing the same thing about him that we are writing about Schwarzenegger now.

The lesson here is that Schwarzenegger should have held out for an established property instead of assuming that people would pay to see him in just any film. Even a sequel to Jingle All the Way or Kindergarten Cop would have been welcomed with more enthusiasm than The Last Stand

The material also hurt Schwarzenegger. To be blunt, The Last Stand looks like a movie that could have ended up as a straight-to-video release in 1989. It feels dated, and not in a good way. Stallone showed that you can bank on nostalgia for '80s actions flicks without feeling like a relic at the same time. Schwarzenegger didn't take that one to heart either. 

So does the failure of The Last Stand mean that Schwarzenegger's career is over? Of course not. It just doesn't bode well for the two films he has coming out next: The Tomb and Ten. Both films aren't based on established properties. Our advice: get Terminator 5, Triplets or The Legend of Conan made as quickly as possible.  


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, celebrates the return of John McClane with a special one-day-only event Wednesday, February 13. This movie marathon includes the complete Die Hard series along with the premiere of ‘A Good Day To Die Hard.' Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18 online and at 83 participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres.

"Regal's Die Hard marathon will begin at noon and last past midnight as fans enjoy their favorite police detective John McClane back on the big screen," stated Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Seeing all the action in this epic event will be an adrenaline-packed adventure."

"Bruce Willis continues to spark new interest in the character he first brought to life in 1988," stated Ted Cooper, Head Film Buyer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Watching his character take on the bad guys in creative ways throughout these films is an amazing journey, capped off by the premiere of an all-new installment in the Die Hard franchise."

When purchasing tickets in person at the box office, Regal Crown Club members can enjoy an exclusive offer on both tickets and snack purchases. Admission for loyalty club members is only $20 for all five movies. And with each $20 ticket sold, members receive a coupon good for a Die Hard Combo of a medium popcorn and medium drink for only $5. The industry-leading Regal Crown Club is free to join and enables frequent guests to enjoy tremendous values. For online ticket sales and for those without membership, admission is $25. For more information:


Film Community Releases Statement On Gun Violence on January 17, 2013

WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from the Independent Film & Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association on today's announcement by the White House regarding gun violence:
"We support the President's goal of reducing gun violence in this country. It is a complex problem, and as we have said, we stand ready to be part of the conversation and welcome further academic examination and consideration on these issues as the President has proposed."

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