UK: 'Captain Phillips' Takes First Place on October 30, 2013

captain_phillips.jpgCaptain 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.

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GERMANY: 'Bad Grandpa' Posts Biggest Debut in the 'Jackass' Franchise on October 30, 2013

badgrandpastill.jpgBad 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.

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OCTOBER 2013 DOMESTIC MARKET ANALYSIS: 'Gravity' Triumphs, 'Captain Phillips' Endures Ghastly Month on October 29, 2013


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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UPDATED GLOBAL: 'Gravity' Tops Overseas Box Office for Fourth Consecutive Week, Reaches $366.4M Cume on October 27, 2013

grav.pngGravity is the number one film overseas for the fourth consecutive week. Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi film brought in $37.7 million from 7,430 screens in 53 territories over the weekend, with 3D accounting for 75% of the business. Gravity’s overseas cume is now $166.8 million as the film is on the edge of crossing the $200 million mark in North America. Gravity’s global box office estimate as of Sunday stands at $366.4million.

Gravity is the #1 film in France after a $12.3 million debut from 451 screens. France is reporting that 95% of the film’s admissions came from 3D. South Korea only dropped 18% in its first hold, earning $5.9 million from 550 screens to retain the top spot at the box office. Gravity has earned a total of $15.4 million from South Korea. The director’s home nation of Mexico reports another #1 finish in its second weekend, closing the weekend with a $3.7 million hold and an $11.9 million cume. Other top markets for Gravity include Russia ($19.4M), Australia ($14.2M), Germany ($13.5M), Spain ($8.7M), Italy ($8M), and Brazil ($6.2M). The sci-fi film is scheduled to open in the United Kingdom on November 8, China on November 20, and Japan on December 18.                                                                                                             

The Jackass crew has a hit with Bad Grandpa, their geriatric spin-off starring Johnny Knoxville. Bad Grandpa opened in 16 territories this weekend for an $8.1 million bow, the biggest overseas opening for a Jackass film. The United Kingdom brought in $3.2 million of that figure from 371 sites, outgrossing Jackass 2 by 170% and Jackass 3D by 17%. The comedy’s German debut was not far behind; Bad Grandpa collected $3.1 million from 285 cinemas in Germany for a first place finish in the territory. Bad Grandpa will open in South Africa next weekend and won’t expand to another major market until its November 14 premiere in Australia.

Despicable Me 2 surpassed another major milestone, crossing the $900 million global mark after a $4.7 million weekend from 31 territories. The animated sequel is Universal’s second highest grossing film of all time behind Jurassic Park. The Minions are still #1 in Italy, claiming the top spot for the third consecutive weekend after a strong $2.9 million hold that takes its Italian cume to $17.5 million. Top markets for Despicable Me 2 include the United Kingdom ($71.7M), Mexico ($47.7m), Germany ($37.9M), France $36.3M), Brazil ($35.6M), Russia ($35.2M), and Australia ($32.6M). Despicable Me 2 has grossed a total of $542.2 million overseas and $906.5 million worldwide. 

The Fifth Estate was unable to bring in $1 million from the overseas box office in a weekend that saw new releases in top markets Russia, Italy, and Mexico. The Wikileaks film has been a global disappointment with a poor $5.74 million worldwide take in its first two weekends. The overseas numbers come in only slightly above the North American figures with a $2.9 million cume. The United Kingdom is the only overseas territory where the film has grossed above $1 million, currently reporting a $1.6 million cume. The Fifth Estate underwhelmed in Russia and Italy in the $300K range and flopped in Mexico with a debut in the $100K range.

Escape Plan added $7 million from 44 markets to its overseas total. The action flick has grossed $28.1 million overseas and $45.5 million worldwide. The Schwarzenegger/Stallone vehicle will look to add to its total by mid-week with its Chinese premiere. The timing of Escape Plan’s Chinese release is peculiar considering Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand opened in the country over the weekend. The Last Stand came in third place in China with a $4.7 million bow, a slow start for Schwarzenegger’s return to Chinese cinemas. The Last Stand will finish its theatrical run without matching its reported $65 million budget; the Schwarzenegger vehicle has grossed $33.1 million overseas and $45.1 million worldwide.

The Wolverine clawed through the competition to keep the top spot in China for a second consecutive weekend. China’s $30.2 million cume pushed the super-hero spin-off sequel past the $400 million global mark. The Wolverine has earned a total of $275.1 million overseas and $407.3 million worldwide. It is the second highest grossing film of the X-Men franchise behind X-Men 3’s $457 million global total.

Turbo posted a strong $5.7 million second weekend in France to take its cume in the territory to $11.9 million. The animated film finished the weekend as the #2 film in France and continues to post strong holds overseas. The United Kingdom reported a $2.1 million weekend and fourth place finish, bringing its U.K. total to $10 million. Spain finished its second weekend with a $1.2 million take and $3.8 million cume. Turbo had a great opening in Belgium, finishing the weekend in first place with a $1.1 million take. Turbo has now grossed a total of $164.9 million overseas and $247.7 million worldwide.

Planes is enjoy life above the $200 million global mark. The animated release has not fared as well as competing films, but a $206.9 million global cume is enough to account for its estimated $90 million budget. Planes has earned $118 million of that figure overseas. The top markets for the animated film include the United Kingdom ($13.6M), France ($9.1M), Spain ($7.8M), Mexico ($7.4M), and Germany ($7.3M).

Prisoners crossed the $100 million mark after a $5.1 million weekend from 50 markets pushed its global total to $101.5 million. The overseas numbers for Prisoners account for $42.4 million of the figure.

Now You See Me premiered in Japan over the weekend, its final theatrical opening, and posted a $1.2 million bow. Now You See Me has earned a total of $234 million overseas and collected a worldwide cume of $351.7 million.

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