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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: Deadpool led the Facebook new likes charts for the past week, its third consecutive weekly crown. I've been focusing on its amazing run thus far on social media for the past few months and it appears as though its going to be getting a lot more coverage until its release early in 2016. Largely underutilized in his first big screen appearance in Wolverine, everyone's favorite anti-hero looks ready to live up to the hype in the upcoming installment. With a social media clinic being displayed by all involved it is using both Twitter and Facebook better than any first time film I have ever seen to drive interest. These levels of hype this far are simply unprecedented. It is fun watching the rollercoaster ride here and I look forward to seeing just how high it can climb before release in the coming months.

Next up was the latest film from M. Night Shyamalan The Visit which had a hefty climb of 74k next likes last week. Shyamalan has his fair share of detractors but his box office results have been strong throughout his career with his lowest opening weekend being $18 million for Lady In The Water. With that being said, The Visit is the first micro-budgeted Shyamalan film (budget was reportedly $5 million and bankrolled by Shyamalan himself), and first to open outside of the Summer or Winter blockbuster season. With such a small budget it really doesn't need to pull in a massive take to be profitable and one can't help but think that Shyamalan is out to prove he still has 'it' rather than looking to create the next box office smash. Early social media buzz on Facebook has been solid as it is a ways ahead of both The Gallows and even Poltergeist. The early reviews will be key here for its ultimate potential and I'll be sure to monitor its Twitter positive to negative ratio to see when/if the public decides to turn on the film (Fantastic Four comes to mind).

War Room is heading into its release with more Facebook likes than both Heaven Is For Real and Courageous. Faith-based films have done very well in general at the box office in recent years and War Room's director Alex Kendrick is one of the most successful directors in the genre. His last two films both flirted with $35 million overall and based on these Facebook numbers I'd say something similar or better could be in store for War Room.

The Martian has been doing really well on Twitter ever since its first trailer release but its Facebook numbers have been less than impressive up to this point. With a 70+% jump last week its starting to turn that around though and should be able to easily cross the 255k likes that director Ridley Scott's last sci-fi film Prometheus managed before release.  

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday August 23rd

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 02/12/16 Deadpool 1,123,127 1,028,958 94,169 9.15%
2 09/11/15 The Visit (2015) 390,977 316,308 74,669 23.61%
3 08/28/15 War Room 513,495 459,338 54,157 11.79%
4 10/02/15 The Martian 92,078 53,230 38,848 72.98%
5 09/11/15 The Perfect Guy 131,726 95,055 36,671 38.58%

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Universal's official Press Release

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, August 24, 2015—Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that with last week’s box office receipts, UPI has grossed $3.78 billion to set a new industry record for the highest-grossing year ever at the international box office.  UPI overtakes the record previously set by 20th Century Fox’s 2014 year-end international grosses of $3.73 billion by more than four months.  The announcement was made by Duncan Clark, President Distribution, UPI.

 

“2015 continues to be an outstanding year for Universal, and we are very proud of the overwhelming success we have had at the international box office,” said Clark.  “There are countless people who contribute to this level of success. First and foremost our studio executive ranks, led by Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, then of course our filmmakers and talent.  This record-breaking milestone is also a testament to the tireless work of those invaluable team members at our head offices in Los Angeles and London as well as those in our operating companies, joint ventures and local distributors around the world.  With nine titles on our main slate still awaiting release, we are excited at what the remainder of the year has to offer.”

 

Some 2015 international highlights to date include:

 

·         The studio has had four of the top five highest-grossing films of the year:  No. 1 Fast & Furious 7 ($1.162 billion), No. 2 Jurassic World ($983.5 million), No. 4 Minions($670.2 million) and No. 5 Fifty Shades of Grey ($404.1 million);

 

·         Universal has had four No. 1 worldwide openings, and has been No. 1 at the international box office for 10 weeks, more than any other studio.

 

·         Universal Pictures has set records for the fastest a studio has ever reached $2 billion and $3 billion at the international box office.

 

·         Jurassic World had the biggest opening weekend of all time internationally, domestically and worldwide, opening No. 1 in 69 territories where the film was released.  It was the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide after only 13 days of release and is currently the third-highest-grossing film worldwide ever, behind only Avatar and Titanic.   

 

·         Fast & Furious 7 is the highest-grossing film ever in China ($391.2 million) and became the third film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office, making Universal only the second studio ever to achieve this milestone.  It is also the fifth-highest-grossing film worldwide ever.  Fast & Furious 7 opened No.1 in 66 territories. 

 

·         Illumination Entertainment’s Minions has opened No. 1 in 56 territories—and counting—and is the highest-grossing animated film of the year; the highest grossing animated film of all-time in Latin America; the fourth-highest-grossing animated film internationally and third-highest-grossing animated film worldwide.

 

Universal continues to charge ahead with an outstanding 2015 slate, including Straight Outta Compton, which opened in Slovenia and Norway last week, the astonishing story of the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A, which is directed by F. Gary Gray; The Visit, the original new thriller from writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan in which he returns to the genre that launched his career; Everest, an epic adventure from Universal, Working Title, Cross Creek and Walden Media, inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain that is directed by Baltasar Kormákur; Steve Jobs, the drama from Oscar®-winning director Danny Boyle and Oscar®-winning writer Aaron Sorkin; Crimson Peak, the gothic romance from Legendary directed by Guillermo del Toro; By the Sea, the new drama from writer/director/producer Angelina Jolie Pitt, starring Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt; andKrampus, the horror-comedy from Legendary.  

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Straight Outta Compton easily remained in first place this weekend with $26.36 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic was down a sizable 56 percent from last weekend, but in the bigger picture continues impress in a big way. Straight Outta Compton surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a very strong $111.09 million in ten days. That places the film 47 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day take of last year's Ride Along (which fell 49 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.30 million). With not much expected out of next weekend's new wide releases, Straight Outta Compton is highly likely to remain in first place next weekend.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in second place with $11.45 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up very well this weekend, as it was down just 33 percent. Rogue Nation continues to be aided by its strong word of mouth and strong critical reviews. The 24-day total for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stands at $157.51 million. The film is currently running a healthy 38 percent ahead of the $114.27 million 24-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 6 percent ahead of the $148.67 million 24-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Focus' Sinister 2 debuted in third place with $10.54 million. While the low-budget horror sequel from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was the weekend's top new release, the film was still off to a softer than expected start. Sinister 2 appears to have been hurt by its poor critical reviews, the break-out performance of Straight Outta Compton and by the overall marketplace slowing as the summer box office season nears its end. Sinister 2 opened a lackluster 41.5 percent below the $18.01 million launch of 2012's Sinister. Sinister 2 did receive a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is quite respectable for a horror film, but on the other hand has a current Flixster audience score of just 42 percent.

Fox's Hitman: Agent 47 opened in fourth with $8.33 million. The video game based action film opened on the very low end of its modest pre-release expectations. Like Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 was likely also hurt by poor critical reviews and by the tough competition from Straight Outta Compton. Hitman: Agent 47 debuted 37 percent below the $13.16 million three-day start of 2007's Hitman (which opened on a Wednesday) and performed more in line with the $6.32 million start of last year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Hitman: Agent 47 received a solid B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.32 million. While the Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy from Warner Bros. was down a solid 45.5 percent from last weekend's debut, the film is still significantly under-performing with a ten-day start of just $26.53 million. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is running 13 percent behind the $30.45 million ten-day take of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which fell 41 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.08 million).

Lionsgate's American Ultra arrived softly with a sixth place start of $5.45 million. The action comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg opened below its modest expectations. While American Ultra had an interesting advertising campaign, that campaign ultimately wasn't effective enough to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. American Ultra opened just below the $5.72 million debut of 2009's Adventureland, which is especially underwhelming given that Stewart and Eisenberg are both more well-known now than they were back when Adventureland was released. American Ultra received a so-so B- rating on CinemaScore.

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

Terminator: Genisys jumped back into the #1 spot at the overseas box office thanks to China and its love of all things Schwarzenegger. The fifth and no-longer final installment in the Terminator franchised pulled in an impressive $26.6 million from its Sunday opening which included $2.12 million from midnight shows. That gives Genisys the fourth highest-grossing opening day on the Mainland behind Transformers 4, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Furious 7. Genisys opened on 42% of China’s screens and bowed with 49K showtimes. Overall, the film has grossed $264 million overseas and $353.1 million worldwide. 

 

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation took in $25.2 million (-45%) from 63 territories in its third frame of overseas release this weekend. The Tom Cruise-led action film has grossed $280.8 million at the international box office and $438.563 million worldwide. Rogue surpassed Mission: Impossible’s international total and ranks third behind MI:2 ($331M) and MI: Ghost Protocol ($485.3M). China opens on September 8.

 

Fantastic Four grossed $16.2 million from 65 territories this weekend. The Fox superhero bomb has grossed $80.8 million overseas and just $130.4 million worldwide after 3 weekends of release. Venezuela ($3.8M), Russia ($2.5M), and Spain ($1.1M) all opened at #1 in their respective markets. Other openers include South Korea ($1.96M), India ($1.0M), Ukraine ($217K), Chile ($207K), Egypt ($75K), and Slovenia ($10K).

Inside Out opened in several SE Asian territories and Norway this weekend and grossed $10.7 million (-6%) from 60 total overseas territories. The Pixar original is up to $347.5 million overseas and $689.924 million worldwide. Among openers, the Philippines bowed in first place and registered the biggest Disney/Pixar opening ever in the market (the specific gross wasn’t provided by Disney). Inside Out is the 5th highest grossing Pixar release worldwide behind Up ($731.3M). Next up is Italy on September 16 and Germany on October 1. China has yet to set a release date. 

 

Minions grossed $8.8 million (-41%) across 57 territories this weekend, lifting the overseas cume to $669.4 million and the worldwide gross to $989.4 million. The global hit is now the 3rd highest-grossing animated film of all-time worldwide behind Toy Story 3 ($1.0632B) and Frozen ($1.2742B). Minions will open in China on September 13 and could gross $150M+ pushing the Universal and Illumination Entertainment film into 2nd all-time.

 

Hitman: Agent 47 opened day-and-date to $8.5 million in 20 smaller markets, opening #1 in 7 of them including Malaysia ($1.3M), Thailand ($782K), Singapore ($630K), Puerto Rico ($228K), Greece ($81K), Jamaica ($31K), and Indonesia (unreported). Combined with NA’s opening weekend, the action flick grossed $16.7 million worldwide in its opening frame. Hitman opens in France, UK/Ireland, Germany, and Brazil next weekend.

 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. grossed $8.0 million this weekend from 39 overseas markets, bringing the international total to $26.0 million and the worldwide total to $52.64 million. Among openers, the UAE launched with $684K on 58 screens. For holdovers, Russia leads ($1.5M/$6.0M cume) followed by UK/Ireland ($1.3M/$5.3M cume), Australia ($649K/$2.3M cume), Spain ($388K/$1.6M cume), and Germany ($333K/$1.3M cume). The Cold War-era spy flick opens in Italy on September 2, Brazil on September 3, Mexico on September 4, and France on September 16.

 

Vacation drove off with $6.9 million from 37 territories this weekend. The R-rated comedy has earned $15.5 million overseas and $67.78 million globally. Australia opened in the top spot with $1.2 million on 299 screens. Other openers include UK/Ireland ($893K), France ($616K), Germany ($597K) and Spain ($477K). Vacation opens in Russia next weekend and in Brazil on September 10.

 

Jurassic World continued its excellent run in Japan this weekend and grossed $5.7 million (-23%) at the overseas box office. Japan has earned a 17-day total of $48 million. Universal dino blockbuster is the 4rd highest grossing film of all-time overseas with $983.3 million and the 3rd highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide with $1.62 billion.

 

Paper Towns located $4.8 million this weekend thanks to a $3.2 million #1 opening in the UK/Ireland from 481 screens. The teen mystery/drama has grossed $42.6 million overseas and $73.75 million worldwide. 

 

Trainwreck earned $3.6 million (-50%) from 29 territories this weekend for an overseas total of $19.9 million. Combined with its impressive NA run, the R-rated comedy has grossed $122.3 million worldwide. Australia placed #3 in in its third week for $352K and a 17-day total of $8.1 million. The UK/Ireland grossed $273K for a 9-day total of $3.1 million. There are still 21 more territories to open with Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Lebanon, Netherlands, Peru and the Philippines opening next weekend.

 

Ted 2 is still eking out some dough overseas, grossing $3.0 million (-46%) for a $98.4 million international total and a worldwide cume of $179.6 million. The R-rated sequel opened on top in Panama and Central America. Ted 2 has only grossed a third of its predecessor’s $550 million worldwide total. 

 

Ant-Man carried off with $2.9 million (-48%) from 51 territories in its sixth weekend of overseas release. The diminutive Marvel superhero has now grossed $196.5 million overseas and $361.024 million worldwide. It is currently the second-lowest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of The Incredible Hulk ($263.4M WW) but behind Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6M WW). Ant-Man opens in South Korea on September 3 and in Japan on September 19. A China release date has still not been confirmed.

 

Films grossing less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

Go Away, Mr. Tumor (China) - $12.8M/$66.1M/$66.1M

Bride Wars (China) - $8.9M/$23.5M/$23.5M

Monster Hunt (China) - $6.6M/$364.6M/$364.6M

El Clan (Argentina) - $2.8M/$8.3M/$8.3M

Brothers (India) - $1.2M/$17.2M/$17.2M

The 33 (Chile) - $1.0M/$4.2M/$4.2M

The Little Prince (France) - $0.611M/$8.4M/$8.4M

Straight Outta Compton - $0.15M/$0.17M/$111.65M

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Sunday Update: Universal's Straight Outta Compton easily remained in first place this weekend with an estimated $26.76 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic was down a sizable 55.5 percent from last weekend, but in the bigger picture continues impress in a big way. Straight Outta Compton surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a very strong $111.48 million in ten days. That places the film 48 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day take of last year's Ride Along (which fell 49 percent in its second weekend to gross $21.30 million). With not much expected out of next weekend's new wide releases, Straight Outta Compton is highly likely to remain in first place next weekend.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation held steady in second place with an estimated $11.70 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 32 percent. Rogue Nation continues to be aided by its strong word of mouth and critical reviews. The 24-day total for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stands at $157.76 million. The film is currently running a healthy 38 percent ahead of the $114.27 million 24-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 6 percent ahead of the $148.67 million 24-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Focus' Sinister 2 debuted in third place with an estimated $10.63 million. While the low-budget horror sequel from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was the weekend's top new release, the film was still off to a softer than expected start. Sinister 2 appears to have been hurt by its poor critical reviews, the break-out performance of Straight Outta Compton and by the overall marketplace slowing as the summer box office season nears its end. Sinister 2 opened a lackluster 41 percent below the $18.01 million launch of 2012's Sinister. Sinister 2 did receive a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is quite respectable for a horror film, but on the other hand has a current Flixster audience score of just 45 percent.

Fox's Hitman: Agent 47 opened in fourth with an estimated $8.20 million. The video game based action film opened on the very low end of its modest pre-release expectations. Like Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 was likely also hurt by poor critical reviews and by the tough competition from Straight Outta Compton. Hitman: Agent 47 debuted 38 percent below the $13.16 million three-day start of 2007's Hitman (which opened on a Wednesday) and performed more in line with the $6.32 million start of last year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Hitman: Agent 47 received a solid B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.42 million. While the Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy from Warner Bros. was down a solid 45 percent from last weekend's debut, the film is still significantly under-performing with a ten-day start of just $26.64 million. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is running 12.5 percent behind the $30.45 million ten-day take of last year's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which fell 41 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.08 million).

Lionsgate's American Ultra arrived softly with an estimated sixth place start of $5.50 million. The action comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg opened below its modest expectations. While American Ultra had an interesting advertising campaign, that campaign ultimately wasn't effective enough to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. American Ultra opened just below the $5.72 million debut of 2009's Adventureland, which is especially underwhelming given that Stewart and Eisenberg are both more well-known now than they were back when Adventureland was released. American Ultra received a so-so B- rating on CinemaScore.

Saturday Update: Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton pulled $8.3 million in first place on Friday, off 66 percent from its opening day last weekend. With an excellent $93 million in the domestic bank so far, the N.W.A. biopic is pacing 30 percent ahead of where 8 Mile stood at the same point and continues to benefit from strong reviews and word of mouth. The studio's official weekend projection is $27.8 million, which will easily land it a repeat weekend victory.

Opening in second place yesterday, Sinister 2 scored an estimated $4.7 million. Unfortunately, that's 37 percent below the original film's October 2012 opening day. The disappointing start isn't helped by early buzz either, with critics giving the horror sequel a 13 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and Flixster users chiming in at just 49 percent as of this morning. BoxOffice is projecting a $10.5 million opening frame.

Claiming third place, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation added $3.35 million for a healthy 32 percent Friday-to-Friday decline. With $149.4 million earned through 22 days domestically, the Tom Cruise franchise sequel is eyeing an $11.7 million fourth weekend for another likely second place finish.

Hitman: Agent 47 bowed in fourth place yesterday with an estimated $3.085 million. That's about 30 percent less than the first film's Wednesday opening in 2007, and just 18 percent ahead of last August's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Once again, word of mouth is on the poor side of things with a 57 percent Flixster score and dismal 7 percent Rotten Tomatoes showing. For the weekend, BoxOffice projects the video game adaptation sequel will net close to $7.5 million.

In fifth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. slid 55 percent from opening day to $2.185 million yesterday. The adaptation's eight-day haul is $21.4 million, 11 percent behind Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $7.6 million sophomore weekend.

Debuting in sixth place, American Ultra posted $2.1 million. The stoner comedy came in on par with 2009's Adventureland ($2.16 million opening day), which also starred Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, while registering 57 percent less than Eisenberg's 30 Seconds or Less ($4.85 million) back in August 2011. Critics have given the pic a 46 percent rating, with audiences voting it at 59 percent. BoxOffice projects $5.7 million for opening weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: According to sources, here is how the weekend is shaping up:

Straight Outta Compton: $28 million
Sinister 2: $14 million
Hitman: Agent 47: $10 million
American Ultra: $8 million 

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Sinister 2 bowed to an estimated $850,000 from early shows on Thursday night. Unfortunately, that's just over half of what Insidious Chapter 3 took in ($1.55 million) with its early launch earlier this summer, pointing to what looks more and more like an opening weekend at or under $15 million.

Meanwhile, Hitman: Agent 47 posted a lackluster $600,000 with its early start. By comparison, last year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For pulled $480,000 on Thursday night toward a $6.3 million weekend. Kick-Ass 2 more than doubled both films two Augusts ago with $1.3 million as it ended up landing around $13.3 million for the overall frame. The Hitman sequel is on track for an opening weekend around $6-8 million should it hold up like those two fims.

Lastly, American Ultra took in $425,000. The stoner comedy is also looking an opening weekend south of $10 million, although the consolation may be that it could top Hitman: Agent 47 for the weekend if the former proves to be less front-loaded than the video game adaptation sequel.

Meanwhile, Straight Outta Compton will easily score a repeat victory atop the box office this weekend as strong word of mouth has continued to drive it since opening last Friday.

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