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By Alex Edghill

Jurassic World reigned supreme on Facebook over the last week as it jumped by a smidge under 700,000 likes. This was on the heels of its first trailer which was a decided hit by social media enthusiasts. When this is released next Summer it will be 14 years removed from the last installment in the franchise and many (myself included) were curious if the one-time record holder of top opening weekend ever still had what it took to be a mega-blockbuster. I think the early word is a resounding yes! Its easy to forget but the first film in the series held the top opening weekend record for over two years starting in Summer 1993 ($47 million) before being eclipsed by Batman Forever. Then its sequel The Lost World reclaimed the record with $72 million in 1997, a record which stood for over 4 years. Its true that the third installment was a relative bust ('only' $50 million in 2001), but even with that in mind you have to think that the 14 year gap has recharged the fanbase and even drawn in a much wider audience thanks to TV reruns and merchandising which still are strong.

Perhaps the most surprising part of last week on Facebook was not Jurassic World but the fact that the new Star Wars trailer netted a relatively anemic 140k like increase. Yes its true the total likes the franchise has is huge at ~13 million, but other recent high profile trailers (50 Shades of Grey and Furious 7 come to mind) have managed to see jumps of over 1 million likes despite having huge existing fan bases. Many pundits thought the trailer was underwhelming given how long fans have been frothing at the mouth waiting for the film to be release, and I believe these numbers are a reflection of that. There was nothing much new here to appeal to non-fan boys of the franchise. As such its Facebook like increase on the week doesn't even put it in the top 20 increases on the year. Let's hope its second trailer leaves a more lasting impression.

Third spot on the week in terms of like increases went to the very promising Minions. Its like total now stands at a staggering 27,297,259 and considering that this page is a new page and not a piggyback off of Despicable Me it makes the number even more impressive. In fact Despicable Me 'only' has 18 million likes despite its massive successes worldwide. I had commented a few times in recent weeks that The Penguins Of Madagascar were really struggling on social media and this past weekend proved they appeared to have a hard time generating enough interest outside of the Madagascar franchise to warrant a sizeable opening. Minions appears to be the opposite and given its uptake in recent weeks it might even have a shot of surpassing the franchise that spawned it next Summer.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday November 30th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 06/12/15 Jurassic World 5,542,418 4,843,203 699,215 14.44%
2 12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13,057,322 12,916,499 140,823 1.09%
3 07/10/15 Minions 27,297,259 27,175,646 121,613 0.45%
4 05/15/15 Pitch Perfect 2 4,363,825 4,278,486 85,339 1.99%
5 04/03/15 Furious 7 54,011,374 53,938,707 72,667 0.13%
6 05/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,546,649 12,491,377 55,272 0.44%
7 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 6,660,874 6,613,559 47,315 0.72%
8 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,827,543 20,780,851 46,692 0.22%
9 01/09/15 Taken 3 5,048,235 5,009,024 39,211 0.78%
10 03/20/15 The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3,844,580 3,810,378 34,202 0.90%
11 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,283,260 14,253,174 30,086 0.21%
12 01/16/15 Paddington 454,151 426,579 27,572 6.46%
13 12/25/14 Unbroken 229,401 208,077 21,324 10.25%
14 12/12/14 Exodus: Gods and Kings 127,567 109,352 18,215 16.66%
15 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,621,789 3,604,896 16,893 0.47%

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mockingjaypart1.pngThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $67 million overseas this weekend and crossed the $250 million benchmark outside of North America. The second sequel in the franchise is currently reporting an overseas cume of $254.4 million from 86 markets. The UK was the weekend's top earner with $8.2 million, lifting its market total up to $32.8 million. Germany follows with a $7 million weekend and $23.4 million cume. The film has grossed a total of $480 million worldwide.

A $44.4 million weekend launches Interstellar's overseas cume up to $395.2 million. Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic is the highest grossing MPA 2D title of all time in China after finishing the weekend at #1 for the third consecutive occasion. China has accounted for more than a quarter of Interstellar's overseas cume, bringing in a total of $106 million. IMAX continues to bring good value for the film, representing $49 million of the film's overseas haul. Interstellar has kept the #1 spot in South Korea for four consecutive weeks and is currently reporting a $61 million cume. Other top earners include the United Kingdom ($28.6M), France ($18.8M), and Germany ($15.4M). Interstellar has grossed $542.2 million worldwide.

Penguins of Madagascar played on 7,596 screens in 44 markets, grossing $36 million. The animated film had already racked up more than $20 million from its release in China three weeks ago before this weekend's larger expansion. The weekend brought in $36 million, taking the film's global haul up to the $100 million milestone. China continues to lead all overseas markets with $33 million after 17 days in release. Opening weekends in Russia ($8.2M), Italy ($4.6M), and Germany ($4.2M) also contributed to the weekend tally. The Penguins will expand to 8 more markets next weekend, including Belgium, Holland and the United Kingdom.

Horrible Bosses 2 rolled out to its first 42 markets, finishing its day-and-debut overseas with $11.7 million. Russia enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of the lot with a $2.3 million bow, finishing the weekend in third place. UK took a #4 finish with $2 million. Mexico's opening weekend netted $1.13 million for a third place finish. Germany opened to $1 million, finishing in fourth. The comedy finished the weekend with a global total $34.7 million.

Fury played in 48 markets over the weekend, claiming $7.9 million along the way to lift the film's overseas cume up to $89.8 million. The war film has grossed a total of $171.7 million globally.

Big Hero 6 put up another $4.8 million from 25 territories in its sixth weekend overseas. The film is the biggest Disney/Pixar release of all time in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It has also found success in Russia, where it is the second highest grossing Disney/Pixar release of all time behind Frozen. Top overseas performers include Russia ($20.2M), Mexico ($12.5M), and Malaysia ($4.4M). Big Hero 6 has pulled in a total of $56.9 million outside of North America. The film has grossed a total of $224.1 million worldwide.

 

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Sunday Update:

By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 comfortably remained in first place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $56.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence took in an estimated $82.69 million over the five-day frame. Mockingjay - Part 1 was down a very reasonable 53 percent from last weekend. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $74.18 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 zoomed past the $200 million mark this weekend and has grossed $225.69 million in ten days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is already the seventh highest grossing domestic release of 2014 so far, the film is running a significant 24 percent behind the $296.29 million ten-day take of Catching Fire.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $25.8 million over the three-day frame. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation has grossed an estimated $36.0 million in its first five days, which is below pre-release expectations. Compared to previous Thanksgiving family releases, Penguins of Madagascar opened 11 percent ahead of the $32.34 million five-day start of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 13 percent below the $41.52 million five-day start of 2012's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar is set to mark another underwhelming domestic performer for DreamWorks Animation; as it joins the likes of 2012's Rise of the Guardians, 2013's Turbo and to a lesser extent this year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Penguins of Madagascar received an A- rating on CinemaScore.

Horrible Bosses 2 was off to an even softer start this weekend with an estimated $15.7 million fifth place take over the three-day frame. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. took in an estimated $23.01 million over the five-day frame, which was well below expectations (which had already been scaled back a bit due in part to the film's poor critical reviews). Horrible Bosses 2 opened 36 percent behind the $36.13 million five-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday) and 50 percent behind the $46.05 million five-day Thanksgiving start of 2008's Four Christmases. Horrible Bosses 2 was clearly hurt by its poor reviews, though the film may be going over a bit better with moviegoers, as it received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore.

The combined performances of Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 this weekend argue very strongly that moviegoers continue to have sequel fatigue in 2014.

Thanks in part to the softer than expected starts of both Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2, Disney's Big Hero 6 and Paramount's Interstellar both held up very nicely this weekend. Big Hero 6 placed in third for the weekend with an estimated $18.77 million, which was down a very slim 7 percent from last weekend. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios took in an estimated $26.01 million over the five-day frame. Big Hero 6 has grossed $167.21 million through 24 days of release. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $149.28 million 24-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

Interstellar claimed fourth place over the weekend with an estimated $15.8 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up a terrific 3 percent over last weekend. Interstellar took in an estimated $22.01 million over the five-day frame and has grossed $147.09 million through 24 days of release. While Interstellar continues to perform below expectations, the film is displaying very solid holding power, due in part to good word of mouth, continued IMAX grosses and from skewing heavily towards older moviegoers.

Universal's Dumb and Dumber To took sixth place with an estimated $8.3 million over the three-day frame. Despite the poorer than expected performance of Horrible Bosses 2, Dumb and Dumber To still took a hit this weekend, as it was down a sharp 41 percent from last weekend. Dumb and Dumber To took in an estimated $11.6 million over the five-day frame and has grossed a solid $72.21 million in 17 days.

The Theory of Everything had a very promising expansion this weekend with an estimated $5.08 million over the three-day weekend. That placed the awards season hopeful from Focus in seventh place among all films this weekend. The Theory of Everything earned a per-location average of $6,337 from 802 locations. The film has grossed $9.60 million in 24 days and should continue to hold up well going forward.

Fellow awards season hopeful The Imitation Game was off to a very strong start this weekend with an estimated $482,071 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Weinstein Company drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch generated a massive per-location average of $120,518 for the frame. That represents the second largest per-location average for platform releases thus far in 2014 (behind only The Grand Budapest Hotel). The Imitation Game looks to be in store for a lengthy box office run throughout the awards season.

Saturday Update:

By Shawn Robbins

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to the holiday weekend. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday, December 1.

Lionsgate reports The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $24.1 million on Black Friday, bringing its 8-day domestic haul to $192.7 million. Although pacing 24 percent behind its predecessor, the penultimate franchise chapter is on pace to easily win its second consecutive weekend. BoxOffice projects $56.6 million 3-day and $81.9 million 5-day frames.

Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar pulled another $10.5 million in second place yesterday, giving the animated spin-off $20.7 million in the bank through three days of release. Early word of mouth is decent for the target audience, generating a 74 percent Flixster user score so far. The flick is trending 16 percent ahead of the most recent Thanksgiving release from DreamWorks, Rise of the Guardians. BoxOffice projects 3-day and 5-day openings of $26.9 million and $37.1 million, respectively.

Disney's Big Hero 6 moved back into the top three on Friday with $7.74 million. The toon has amassed $156.2 million to-date, 12 percent more than Wreck-It Ralph through the same point. Look for respective 3-day / 5-day numbers around $19.4 million / $26.6 million.

Moving up one spot to fourth place yesterday was Interstellar. Paramount reports the Christopher Nolan epic added $6.6 million to its domestic haul, giving it $137.9 million to-date. BoxOffice projects $15.9 million for the 3-day weekend and $22.1 million for the 5-day.

Rounding out the top five on Black Friday, Horrible Bosses 2 continued to under-perform as it fell two spots and earned $6.2 million. The comedy sequel has earned $13.5 million since opening Wednesday and is off the pace of its predecessor by 52 percent. Unfortunately, with a 36 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and 64 percent Flixster score, the pic's long-term prospects aren't encouraging. BoxOffice is projecting $15.5 million for the 3-day weekend and $22.8 million for the overall 5-day opening.

In limited release, Focus Features' The Theory of Everything took in a solid $1.93 million yesterday. That brings the Stephen Hawking biopic up to $6.4 million domestically as it prepares to ride a wave of great buzz through the holiday and awards season. BoxOffice projects $5.1 million and $6.55 million for the 3-day and 5-day frames, respectively.

Last, but not least, TWC's The Imitation Game got off to an excellent start in its 4-theater debut yesterday. The Alan Turing biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch bagged $181,130 to begin its platform release--netting a stellar per-theater average of $45,283 in just one day. That bests the 4-location Black Friday opening of 2011's The Artist by a whopping 140 percent, while also eclipsing Birdman's $135,602 4-location opening day in October. Genre-wise, a noteworthy comparison is 2001's A Beautiful Mind--it earned $108,163 from 11 theaters ($9,833 per location) on opening day (however, the eventual 2001 Best Picture Oscar-winner opened four days before Christmas that year). Regardless, The Imitation Game is well-poised to enjoy a long holiday run thanks to fantastic awards buzz and early word of mouth. BoxOffice projects the film will net around $480,000 this weekend.

The projected weekend top 10 is:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($56.3 million 3-day / $81.9 million 5-day)
2. Penguins of Madagascar ($26.9 million 3-day / $37.1 million 5-day)
3. Big Hero 6 ($19.4 million / $26.6 million)
4. Interstellar ($15.9 million / $22.1 million)
5. Horrible Bosses 2 ($15.5 million / $22.8 million)
6. Dumb and Dumber To ($8.4 million / $11.7 million)
7. The Theory of Everything ($5.1 million / $6.45 million)
8. Gone Girl ($2.3 million / $3.1 million)
9. Birdman ($1.86 million / $2.4 million)
10. St. Vincent ($1.85 million / $2.4 million) 

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By Daniel Garris

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $11.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 24 percent from Thursday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 28 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $14.95 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $168.61 million through its first week of release. That places the film 24 percent behind the massive $222.12 million seven-day start of Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed an estimated $25.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be headed for a five-day weekend take in the area of $79 million based on past Thanksgiving weekend trends.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $3.95 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 37 percent from Wednesday. Family films tend to fall off sharply on Thanksgiving Day, but the daily decline for Penguins of Madagascar was even larger than usual for a family film on Thanksgiving. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed an estimated $10.20 million in two days. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $8.57 million two-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 17 percent behind the $12.28 million two-day start of 2011's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar currently appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $37 million.

Horrible Bosses 2 grossed $3.06 million to land in third. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 28 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Yesterday's percentage decline was a concerning sign, as films aimed at adult audiences tend to hold up better on Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 is off to a modest two-day start of just $7.31 million. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $14.98 million two-day start of 2008's Four Christmases. Unless Horrible Bosses 2 rebounds in an unexpectedly big way today, the film appears to be on course for a lackluster five-day debut in the area of $24 million.

Disney's Big Hero 6 followed very closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $3.056 million. That was down 27 percent from Wednesday and up 166 percent over last Thursday. Big Hero 6 placed in second for the week with $32.82 million. That was down just 18 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 21-day total to $148.44 million. Big Hero 6 is currently taking advantage of the slower than expected start of Penguins of Madagascar and has grossed an estimated $7.24 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That places the film on course for a five-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.5 million.

Paramount's Interstellar rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $3.04 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film held up much better than other films in the top five on Thursday, as it fell just 4 percent from Wednesday. Interstellar placed in third for the week with $25.69 million. That represented a 30.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $131.29 million after 21 days of wide release. Interstellar has grossed an estimated $6.21 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appears to be headed for a five-day holiday take in the area of $21 million.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Thursday with an estimated $0.727 million from 749 locations. The awards season hopeful from Focus was up 17 percent over Wednesday. The Theory of Everything has grossed an estimated $1.35 million on Wednesday and Thursday. The film's 21-day total stands at $4.52 million.

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