Deadpool 2 represents this week’s headline addition to Long Range Tracking. The anticipated sequel is slated to hit North American theaters on May 18, alongside Open Road’s Show Dogs and Paramount’s Book Club. Two years ago, the first Deadpool shattered February box office records (recently eclipsed by Black Panther) when it wowed the industry with a $132 million
Update: Universal reports this morning that Pacific Rim: Uprising earned a solid $2.35 million from Thursday night’s opening shows at 7pm in 2,850 theaters. That comes in 35 percent behind last year’s Power Rangers as well as the original 2013 Pacific Rim, each of which earned $3.6 million on Thursday evening. The sequel remains on target
March’s penultimate weekend should again be a fairly quiet one compared to this time last year when a string of blockbusters and overperformers were dominating the market. Still, this weekend boasts a handful of new releases that will look to attract a variety of audiences ahead of Easter next week.
Monday Update: Disney’s Black Panther became only the second film of the 21st century to spend five weekends at #1, with a confirmed $26.6 million frame. The last film to spent five weekends at #1 was Avatar, released in 2009 and achieving the feat in early 2010. The previous film before that was
Saturday Update: Tomb Raider led the way on Friday with an estimated $9.055 million opening day, including Thursday’s early shows. That’s 18 percent ahead of Ghost in the Shell‘s $7.66 million opening day last spring, while also posting a similar Thursday night-to-Friday multiple (4.31x versus Ghost‘s 4.26x). Warner Bros. reports the film earned a
This week’s report sees the addition of Life of the Party and Breaking In, both currently set for release on Friday, May 11 ahead of Mother’s Day. The weekend has proven to be a solid launching pad for female-targeted films over the years, although with varying degrees of box office and critical success.
March 15 Update: Signs continue to look up in a noticeable way for I Can Only Imagine as social media activity heats up in the final hours before opening day. Group sales reports from various ticketing outlets are also quite robust. Faith-based films are notorious for being difficult to track even this close
Monday Update: Disney’s Black Panther spent its fourth weekend at #1 with $40.8 million, a very rare feat accomplished by only one other film in the past two years: Jumanji, which did so just last month. In fact, it may even be possible given current projections that Panther could reach five weekends at #1 next
Saturday Update: Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time bowed to an estimated $10.214 million on opening day Friday, including Thursday night’s $1.3 million haul. That gives the film an opening day 5 percent ahead of Tomorrowland ($9.72 million), although it proved more front-loaded to early shows with a 7.85x multiplier from Thursday night to Friday’s overall
Following last week’s big release date move from Disney and Marvel, the weekend of May 4 was left without any wide releases until Lionsgate/Pantelion decided to push back the Overboard remake from its planned April release to the first weekend of May. It’s a smart move for the studio hoping to counter-program what