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Box Office Bounces Back with Bond and Peanuts

Spectre PosterAfter two disappointing weeks in a row, the weekend box office rebounded with a strong weekend due to two films in particular. The weekend was led by SPECTRE which earned an estimated $73 million in its first week. It was followed by The Peanuts Movie which earned an estimated $45 million.

That helped boost the weekend by 6% compared to the same weekend last year, and a 148% increase from last weekend.

SPECTRE was the second highest opening for a Bond film. 2012’s Skyfall was the top one and earned $15.3 million more. So far, the film has earned $296.1 million worldwide.

The Martian dropped to third, and earned $9.3 million, and Goosebumps moved to fourth and earned $7 million.

In other geeky movies, Minions earned $190,680 and Ant-Man added $185,000 to its total. Jurassic World is out in Blu-ray, but still added $112,590.

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $652.05 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.92 million
  4. Furious 7 – $352.79 million
  5. Minions – $335.24 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6661 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5148 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1565 billion
  5. Inside Out – $850.2 million

Box-Office Sees Two Flop Weekends in a Row

The MartianLast weekend saw a string of new releases under perform in a very weak weekend, and this past weekend’s box-office is not much better. Only one debuting film wound up in the top five and two debuting films were in the top ten. All of this added up for the worst weekend of 2015 so far.

The Martian topped the box office again in its fifth week earning an additional $11.4 million at the domestic box-office. Goosebumps was second with $10.2 million and Bridge of Spies was third with $8.1 million.

In new films, Burnt earned just $5 million and Our Brand Is Crisis earned $3.4 million. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse earned $1.8 million. The other three releases were in very limited releases with a total of 45 theaters between the three of them.

In other geeky news, Jem and the Holograms continues to tank adding just $290,000 in its second week. Inside Out earned $155,000 as it nears the end of its run. Ant-Man also added $148,000 in its sixteenth week.

In a little bit better news, the latest James Bond film, Spectre, opened in six territories and earned $80.4 million so far. That includes record-breaking numbers in the UK, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and on IMAX screens.

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $651.77 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.56 million
  4. Furious 7 – $352.79 million
  5. Minions – $334.85 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6658 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5148 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1544 billion
  5. Inside Out – $842.5 million

A Weekend Flop at the Box Office

Jem-and-the-holograms-movie-cast-550x850It was a brutal weekend at the box office with four new films barely mustering $20 million between them and none breaking in to the top three spots. With that, The Martian regained the top spot in its fourth week earning an estimated $15.9 million and bringing its domestic total to $166.4 million. The film bumped the previous week’s leader Goosebumps into second place. That film earned $15.5 million to bring its domestic total to $43.7 million after two weeks. In third was Bridge of Spies which earned $11.4 million to bring its domestic total to $32.6 million after two weeks.

Now, on to the stinkers from the weekend.

The Last Witch Hunter showed that actor Vin Diesel may have issues drawing an audience when cars aren’t involved. The film came in fourth and earned just $10.8 million. A disappointment no matter how it’s spun. The Paranormal Activity franchise opened a new film that earned $8.2 million. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth film in the series and while the first film opened to much less, the newest film opened with over a $10 million difference between it and the other films of the franchise. Now, it also opened in half the theaters because the film will go to video on demand sooner than other films in a deal set up, and with a budget in the teens for millions, the film easily make its money back. Rock the Kasbah was brutalized in reviews with some of the lowest percentages of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. The film earned just $1.5 million at the box office which comes to $750 per theater.

That $750 per theater isn’t the worst performance though. Jem and the Holograms earned just $1.32 million which comes out to $547 per theater. The film has a reported budget of just $5 million, so it will likely make a profit, but that’s a brutal opening for what I’m sure was hoped to be a franchise. I had noticed advertising for the film was rather weak building up to it, which led me to believe that confidence wasn’t there. The film has the fourth worst opening in very wide releases, and 15th in per-theater averages adjusted. It was the worst opening for a film opening in more than 2,400 theaters. Still with a $5 million budget, it’s not all that bad and can easily be spun. The most likely scenario is decision makers will walk away with the wrong lessons from the film’s performance.

In other geeky films, Inside Out continues to earn adding $270,000 to its total, Ant-Man also earned $230,000.

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $651.52 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.32 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $334.60 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6655 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1540 billion
  5. Inside Out – $842.2 million

Goosebumps, bumps The Martian out of First

GoosebumpsGoosebumps did just enough to take first place this past weekend at the box-office earning an estimated $23.5 million. The previous champ of the past two weekends, The Martian, was in second adding an estimated $21.5 million.

Other new films, Bridge of Spies and Crimson Peak were third and fourth for the weekend earning an estimated $15.4 million and $12.9 million.

In other geek films Inside Out added $375,000 and Ant-Man added $73,000.

Here’s the year totals so far.

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $651.22 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $354.95 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $334.30 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6651 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1527 billion
  5. Inside Out – $831.6 million

Pan Peters Out, Martian Holds On

pan-film-posters-full-celebrity-watchdog-insertPan, the latest spin on the Peter Pan story, tanked this weekend as the film estimated to have earned just $15.5 million over the weekend.

The Martian repeated the weekend earning an estimated $37 million to bring its domestic total to $108.7 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 added $20.3 million to its total.

In other geeky news, Inside Out earned $440,000, Minions added $239,000 to its total, Jurassic World added $208,000, and Ant-Man earned $92,000.

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $651.12 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459 million
  3. Inside Out – $354.36 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $334.21 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6651 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1510 billion
  5. Inside Out – $818.8 million

The Martian Takes the Top Spot

The MartianThe Martian took the top spot at the box-office, earning $55 million. That’s just shy of the record for October which was $55.7 million. The film also earned an “A” CinemaScore, which means the film should do well for some time.

The Martian also opened in 49 international markets. There it earned $45.2 million, and that brings its total to $100.2 million. The film’s full international schedule doesn’t have it opening up in all markets until February 2016.

The other big opening was The Walk which earned $1.55 million. but that was in IMAX theaters and other premium large screens. This hasn’t really been done before, so… I guess it was good?

Last week’s box-office champ Hotel Transylvania 2 came in second and earned $33 million. Sicario came in third in its third week adding $12.1 million to its domestic total.

In other geeky movie news, Minions came in 17th and added $310,000; Jurassic World added $281,000; Inside Out added $240,000; Ant-Man added $132,000 to their totals.

Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $650.82 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458.95 million
  3. Inside Out – $353.85 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $333.91 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6638 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1453 billion
  5. Inside Out – $792.3 million
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