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The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney

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A wide mixture of chills to select from this holiday frame.

This has been an October where expectations are tough to be met, and this weekend was more of the same. An expected hit for a major studio has not hit, and people are still trying to grasp the significance of a major hit title.

There are some horror titles offered up, as well as some new dramatic offerings for the holiday, but little in the form of event pictures. So the mixed bag delivered mixed results. A slate of new arrivals is seen but these are mostly smaller features with no chance of unsettling the top of the chart this week. So here is the holdover-intensive list for the Halloween weekend.

1. JOKER – $18.9 Million
Another strong performance as it drops only -35%. After a month in release it has yet to have a weekend where it fell over -50%. We discussed the making of the film this week on The Culture Shift podcast, where we discussed how Warner Brothers actually tried to dissuade director Todd Phillips from making this, as it was considering listening to the bickering from actor Jared Leto who played the character in “Suicide Squad”. Imagine the fortunes the studio had missed out on had they listened to an actor’s ego. This weekend’s result takes the film over the $275 million level, but bigger than that — it is now globally the most successful R-rated film of all time. Ryan Reynolds, star of the previous record holders, was congratulatory.

 

2. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – $18.53m
Less than $400,000 separated the top 22 titles, but this is the newer release, with the heft of Disney behind it and is based on a significantly successful property. This one is seriously underperforming for the House of Mouse. After two weekends it has yet to match the opening for the original, which basically doubled the returns by this same stage.

3. THE ADDAMS FAMILY – $11.7m
Not doing blockbuster numbers but this is managing to attract enough interest to its front door to be considered a qualified hit. The international figures are just slightly better so United Artists has to be happy with this gloomy animated comedy.

4. ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP – $11.6m
Coming off a respectable opening this is a bit of bad drop for week-2. This plunges -68% after a decent opening, a sign that word of mouth recommendations is not carrying things enough. As of now it is pacing in line with the original film, but is expected to start lagging in the next couple of weeks.

5. COUNTDOWN – $9.0m
The small studio STX makes a bid for some quick pocketing of profits with this low budget attempt at a Halloween cash-grab. A nurse downloads a phone app that predicts when you will die. She is told she has 3 days, and learns the accuracy of the app is unique. Made for less than $15 million this return was slightly better than expected and means there is a likelihood of profit, after all of the secondary and tertiary marketss (home video, cable rights, etc.)

6. BLACK AND BLUE – $8.32m
The highest debut of the week is this police procedural set in New Orleans surrounding corrupt cops on the street, from Sony/Screen Gems. Made relatively cheap and given scant promotion means there is a minimal risk for the production. There is enough audience support (80% favorability) that in the coming weeks it should leg out to enough to justify the budget.

7. GEMINI MAN – $3.9m
It has been a disappointment stateside (just over $40 million at this point) but the hoped-for foreign money has not arrived either. While a Chinese co-production the film has not landed the audience in that country, and other foreign markets are also a letdown. It is projected that the film could end up losing $75 million to be absorbed by the numerous studios involved.

8. THE LIGHTHOUSE – $3.08m
Expanding into over 550 screens this critically praised drama-horror offering is set in the 1880s with Willem DeFoe and Robert Pattison. Shot in black-and-white it chronicles the unraveling of two souls on a remote island off the coast of New England. Call it arthouse horror.

9. THE CURRENT WAR – $2.73m
This is a drama centered on the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to control the electrical grid for society. Originally it was orphaned in the collapse of The Weinstein Company. This was the last film that Harvey Weinstein was working on when his scandal erupted in 2017, and he attempted to rush it into theaters to salvage his name, hoping it would be an Oscar contender. Eventually it fell into the hands of an investment firm, but through some contractual wrangling, the rights fell back to the director. Newly formed 101 Studios is releasing, but with little promotion behind it.

10. DOWNTON ABBEY – $1.95m
It will be interesting to see if Focus Features works to keep this in release long enough to reach the $100 million plateau. It stands at just over $92 million at this stage.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Laughing at the Competition

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Juaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips make a joke of the competition.

For months there has been outrage leveled towards the new version of the presentation of the character of The Joker, compared to the less new version seen in “Suicide Squad”, and that seen in “The Dark Knight”. For some reason a character prone to violence and murder was not considered an offensive threat previously, but NOW…!

Despite all of the outrage, or because of it, the film was a smash and set some new records. Long expected to be a hit things became more impressive as the weekend went along. There was a spillover benefit for the holdovers as well, as the rest of the top-5 titles had drops of less than -50%. The crowds seem motivated to hit the theaters if there is something approximating quality offered on screen.

1. JOKER – $93.5 Million
A very impressive opener that may climb even higher once the actuals are reported on Monday afternoon. The original projections were something of a moving target, looking anywhere between $50-70 million for the weekend. Reasons for the inexactitude was how much the controversy may have tamped interest, whether reports about people walking out in anger were accurate (they were not), and there were reported security concerns at theaters. All of that proved to be overblown. Records fell as this effort topped previous October records set by “Venom”, including biggest debut, biggest global opening ($234 million – $207 million) and largest Thursday preview total – $13.3 million. This delivered as well the biggest openings for all concerned, including topping director Todd Phillips’ “Hangover 2” opening of $85.9 million. Though there are a number of new arrivals next weekend none appear to be in direct competition, so the drop off should be minimized.

2. ABOMINABLE – $12.0m
Last week’s top film did not drop too deeply, with a decent hold of -42%. The Universal/Dreamworks animated venture is doing respectable business if not impressive, and so far the global returns have been matching those of North America. Overall there should be a profit realized once the complete run is finished.

3. DOWNTON ABBEY – $8.0m
The conversion of the famed British TV drama to the big screen is continuing to draw a passionate audience. It has taken in almost $75 million after three weekends.

4. HUSTLERS – $6.3m
Another crime-centric film that curiously has not generated any of the concern over inspiring copycat crimes, and it too has been popular. It is a surprise that this one is approaching the $100 million plateau.

5. IT: CHAPTER TWO – $5.35m
Still a top-5 film after 5 weeks it has crossed over the $200 million mark with this return.

6. AD ASTRA – $4.55m
Just as “Abominable” echoes another animated snowman film “Smallfoot” from last year, so too does this space opera mimic last fall’s “First Man”, both in its astral content and in it coming in with an underperformance with little attraction from the awards season crowd.

7. JUDY – $4.45m
The Judy Garland biopic added 1,000 screens as it is attempting to platform its release and create some awards buzz, particularly for Renee Zellweger.

8. RAMBO LAST BLOOD – $3.55m
Taking a steeper -59% drop here in week-3 as it sheds over 700 screens.While it is still pacing slightly better than the last “Rambo film that was 11 years ago, and this one opened on almost 1,000 more screens.

9. WAR – $1.58m
A Bollywood action piece that climbs into the top ten in a top-heavy list where a number of older holdovers had large drops of theaters allowing for it to creep up.

10. GOOD BOYS – $800,000
A sign of how large the business was at the top of this weekend, this title takes the last spot with under one million earned.

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Snowman Drifts to the Top of the Mountain

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A warm reception for a cool character

The box office has been warming up the past few weeks with quality efforts drawing respectable numbers, and with a slight lull one studio found a crevasse in the schedule and managed to earn a decent return. Many are looking ahead to next week when “Joker”, amid all of its social-concern hype, gets released, but in the meantime here is the windfall from this weekend.

1. ABOMINABLE – $20.86 Million

Universal/Dreamworks combined to find this slot in the calendar for a family-oriented film as studios are holding back on adult options in light of “Joker” expected to hog all the attention.The snowman managed a decent enough performance as a result. This slightly beat most predictions though it does lag slightly behind the performance of last year’s “Smallfoot”, another yeti-based animated film that opened with $23 million. The studios shared the production cost with the Chinese animation studio Pearl so there is some expected international boost that looks to bring this to profitability.

2.  DOWNTON ABBEY – $14.5m
Strong weekday numbers and a respectable drop of -53% has this British drama based on the hit TV series already taking in close to $60 million.

3. HUSTLERS – $11.47m
With newer films dropping lower this stripper heist film is showing serious longevity. A -30% dip in week three means this will have legs for quite a few more weeks, and a $100 million total is basically assured by this point.

4. IT: CHAPTER TWO – $10.4m
Has taken in close to a very impressive $200 million, but in comparison to the original film at this stage this sequel is lagging by $100 million.

5. AD ASTRA – $10.14m
The Brad Pitt space epic had a decent second frame falling only -46%, but it needed a far better opening, and the reliance now will be on a hefty foreign box office to take this to profits.

6. RAMBO: LAST BLOOD – $8.57m
To this point it is slightly outpacing the last entry in the “Rambo” franchise, but that is a severely qualified success. The previous film was released 11 years ago, and on nearly 1,000 fewer screens.

7. JUDY – $3.09m
Renee Zellwegger is a bit of a surprise casting choice for a biopic about the life of Judy Garland, but the choice seems to be paying off. This has landed in the top-10 despite playing on a scant few screens – 461. The $6,706 screen average was easily the highest of any movie this week. Roadside Attractions will certainly be exPanding this release in the coming weeks.

8. GOOD BOYS – $2.01M
The kids are starting to gradually shed screens, but the $80 million haul after 7 weeks is making Universal happy.

9. THE LION KING – $1.6m
Oh yea, it is still lingering after the entire summer.

10. ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $1.53m
Gerard Butler is about to leave the building…

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Large Crowd Checks In for The Weekend

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A flurry of new releases battles some strong holdovers, and much was unsettled.

We have entered into the stronger fall season already and this weekend shows it with multiple new releases arriving and making for a crowded marketplace. While there was no monster opening among them some very strong numbers were spread around for a very healthy frame. That some strong ongoing titles were also involved meant there was some fierce competition on the board.

Most notable in this competitive mix is that the top-5 titles are all unique in what is brought to the table. Period drama, sci-fi, action, horror, and female dramas are seen, and the battle was a strong one, with questions on how the slots would fill out. Here is the scorecard to help you sort out the finish.

1.  DOWNTON ABBEY – $31.0 Million  
The smash British television drama has been highly anticipated after it was announced that there would be a transfer to the big screen, but this manages to even exceed the hoped-for expectations, 40-50%. This makes for a record best opening for studio Focus Features. A long run could be in store as the exit scores were a strong “A”. The story behind the success is the audience makeup. One third of ticket buyers were 55-up, and one half 45+. This led to a curious result in the schedule, as many theaters reported strong sales all the way to 8:00pm viewings, but then a dropoff in the later showtimes.

2. AD ASTRA – $19.21m  
Many have been talking in advance of this title but it appears there was much working against a higher return, the first being a crowded weekend. Brad Pitt in a space drama is a draw, but the title is a bit of a mystery, and the marketing was also struggling to get the gist of the plot sold without spoiling the film. Then ad in this was a Fox production with marketing shifting after the Disney merger. There were a number of release date changes as well, partly due to reshooting scenes and the studio takeover. Overall it is a $100 million production, and there is looking to be a struggle ahead for business, as critics raved over this (80% on Rotten Tomatoes) but audience CinemaScore is low at a “B-”. A heavy reliance on the foreign sales is ahead.

3. RAMBO: LAST BLOOD – $19.01m
Pacing very closely with Brad Pitt but this is a bit lower than projections. We covered this Stallone feature on our podcast this week and word is that it appears like a much more gory version of the “Taken” films than the “Rambo” series. However there is an upside here compared to “Ad Astra”. It cost about half as much, has a slightly better audience score of “B”, and Lionsgate only bought in to the rights for the US and Britain, so it has little exposure and needs a modest return to see any profits.

4. IT: CHAPTER TWO – $17.24  
Still drawing some attention although it falls -62% this weekend. At this same stage in its release the sequel is lagging behind the original by about $60 million, but it should still easily float past the $200 million mark in a couple of weeks, and then squeeze out more dollars on the way to Halloween.

5. HUSTLERS – $17.01m
The hit female drama with J-Lo heading a group of strippers on a white collar heist is maintaining its strong presence. Taking less than a -50% drop amid heavy competition is a sure sign of strength. The ladies should be swinging to success for quite a few weeks.

THE LION KING – $2.57m  
It has just now barely dropped under showing on 2,000 screens after 10 weeks. This is beginning to fade at the perfect time for Disney, as it is going to start falling away in time for the release of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” next month.

GOOD BOYS – $2.51m  
Another title showing resilience, although this is more of a surprise. This bawdy pre-teen comedy has been out six weeks and is still showing on 2,025 screens.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $2.40m
Gerard Butler is also hanging around as his latest action piece has moved ahead of the sequel “London Has Fallen” in total returns.

OVERCOMER – $1.51m  
Just now beginning to shed screens this faith-based film from Alex Kendrick is approaching the levels of his successes “Fireproof”, and “Courageous”.

10. HOBBS & SHAW – $1.46m  
The buddy film from the “Fast & Furious” franchise just hit the $750 million mark globally. Expect a sequel, of this spinoff, from the sequels of that franchise.

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Hustle to Challenge the Clown

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Arrivals from Toronto deliver mixed results

It was all but concluded that this weekend would see a repeat champion at the top, but an upstart release with some strong word-on-the-street was threatening things. It is a sign we may have crawled from the post-summer doldrums like emerging from a sewer.

So in the ramping up of the Halloween frame and moving towards the holiday season here are this weekend’s performance figures.

IT: CHAPTER TWO – $40.7 Million
No shock at all that a repeat was to be had with the monster hit from last week. The second balloon ride was actually slightly better than expected. Horror films are notorious for being first-weekend performers and having a quick drop off, even more so if it has a stronger opening. There was a sign of strength here as this weekend is around a -55% dip, much better than the predicted -60,65% drop. Saturday was a stronger than anticipated return, propping up an already powerful performance. This follows close to the original, that also had a stronger second week than predicted. To date this sequel has drawn $150 million already.

HUSTLERS – $32.1m
A highly raved-about film that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival has been getting all kinds of attention. Jennifer Lopez is getting rave reviews as she heads a cast of actresses who have impressed in this tale of strippers who conduct a heist on their rich clientele. The predictions on this title have been constantly scaled upwards and some speculated it had the chance to dethrone the money-making Pennywise. This opening is the best ever seen by Jennifer Lopez, and the best for the studio, STX Entertainment.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $4.2m
A slight recovery, after the monstrous opening of IT last weekend, sees Gerard Butler dipping only -29% this week. Soon this second sequel will have earned more than LONDON HAS FALLEN.

GOOD BOYS – $4.1m
Universal continues to see good returns, as this has now climbed over the $70 million mark.

THE LION KING – $3.6m
The clear king of the summer is still a fixture as we enter into Fall.

HOBBS & SHAW – $2.77m
Globally the boys who despise physics have taken in $760 million.

OVERCOMER – $2.7m
The little faith-based-movie-that-could has been chugging along, now earning $30 million in its run.

THE GOLDFINCH – $2.6m
Here is proof that not every awards-hopeful movie to come out of the Toronto Film Festival is gold. This one got beat up a little bit at TIFF and it flamed out. A $50 million co-production between Warner Brothers and Amazon Studios it has Nicole Kidman heading an all-star cast in an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Not only is this a dismal debut on that budget but it was a wide-release disaster. This stands as a top-10 worst opening for a film that debuted in at least 2,500 screens.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $1.9m
On the other side of the arthouse spectrum is this film with Shia Labeouf. Given a low and gradual rollout and adding screens with each successful week it has tacked on just under another 200 screens this weekend to take its run now to almost 1,500. Along the way it has gently built up a respectable $15 million haul for this small picture.

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $1.85m
Lost might be the key word in that title. It will be interesting to see how much gold Paramount may end up losing on this venture.

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The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around

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An anticipated sequel floats well above the competition.

A sign of an impending blockbuster is the other studios getting out of the way and avoiding a major release. No other big titles were released in the past couple of weeks with the arrival this weekend of a major horror sequel and the players were wise in the decision. Apart from the top movie no other title earned money even in the double-digits.

So here is our off-ramp into the fall season with the first arrival of a major title. In a couple of weeks more notables will arrive, but in the meantime get the greasepaint out.

1.  IT: CHAPTER TWO – $92.0 Million
The numbers here are really only slightly off from the performance of the first film, so no complaints at all are being heard from New Line/Warner Brothers. There were hints at this one landing near the $100 million mark, but just shy is just fine. This performance still stands as second-best in a number of categories that were topped by the shocking performance of the first film. The real surprise in all of this is that the studios did not expand this version into a “Chapter 3”. Part of the reason this total is lower is the number of possible screenings was truncated by the two hour-fifty minute showing. A trimmed run time would have made for more screenings and allowed for an additional release. Also considering the budget here was double that of the original ($79 million versus $35 million) the costs would have been evened out and profits greater. But then, I’m not studio boss.

2. ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $6.0m
The fun action thriller from Gerard Butler has crossed over $50 million. This second sequel is on track to perform better than “London Has Fallen”.

3. GOOD BOYS – $5.39m
This surprise comedy hit continues to linger near the top. There is not as much money to be had these days but the lads are still gathering some cash.

4.  THE LION KING – $4.2m
The undisputed king of the summer is still around. At this stage it is the 13th highest earner ever, in North America, and globally the film has hauled in 1.6 billion to stand as 7th-highest all time.

5.  OVERCOMER – $3.75m
The small faith-based film for Sony/Affirm is continuing to defy the soft projections. To date it has earned $25 million on just a $5 million production budget.

6.  HOBBS & SHAW – $3.72m
Now has taken in over $700 million globally, and in the U.S. it is fifth in the Fast & the Furious franchise.

7.  THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $2.27m
This Shia LaBeouf arthouse release about a young man with Downs Syndrome who travels on an adventure has been out five weeks and expanding gradually. It enters the top-10 in a softened field for the first time as it now plays on over 1,300 screens.

8.  SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $2.26m
The Lionsgate release has been a decent hit as it has earned more than the “Dora The Explorer” film, which opened the same week with double the budget.

9.  READY OR NOT – $2.23m
A class warfare satire packaged in a horror film this has been managing to grind out a respectable return of 4225 million on its meager 46 million budget. Critics and audiences have favored this, just not to the levels you would like to see for that much affection.

10.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $2.17m
Another indicator of how poorly this has performed is that it opened on 1,500 more screens than “Scary Stories”, and now is playing on 300 fewer screens.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Gerard Butler Works the Labor Day Weekend

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Gerry manages to rise up with “Fallen” yet again.

As I have stated prior, this stretch of the calendar is looked at by Hollywood as a lull in the schedule and this weekend proves that true. Despite the labor day weekend providing an extra day there are no major new releases, as traditionally families travel or look to many other activities.

The weekend total of the top-10 films combined makes for the third-lowest of the year. This makes for the third weekend in the month of August to register in the ten-weakest weekends of the year. These low fortunes will change by next week when the second chapter of the massively successful “It” arrives in theaters. Here are the films that did a bad job on Labor Day.

ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $11.57 Million
This third installment of the Gerard Butler franchise continues to exceed expectations. After doing better than projections last weekend the weekday totals were actually better than the second film, “London Has Fallen”. It seems assured to end up earning more than the final total for “London” of $62 million. The second-week drop of -46% is a strong performance against a decent opening and strong audience scores mean there should be more life ahead for this title. We can take some of the credit, as our month-long #ButlerFest on Twitter certainly helped launch this film to new heights!

GOOD BOYS – $9.19m
This Seth Rogan-produced bawdy youth comedy has been more than resilient, becoming a legitimate hit. It has earned almost $60 million to date, a bit more than expected and it is lingering near the top of the chart. This unique comedy about pre-teen boys has found the perfect niche in a soft schedule.

THE LION KING – $6.7m
Still printing money for Disney, this one is becoming a historical performer. $500 million earned stateside, and another $1 billion in international markets has moved this title to #7 all-time in global box office earnings.

HOBBS & SHAW – $6.28m
It crossed the $150 million level this week, and with more than $500 million in foreign business it is moving towards a $700 million global haul. That should be enough to generate further titles with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham teaming up for future outlandish adventures.

OVERCOMER – $5.7m
The faith-based offering was discounted at the release but it has steadily drawn audiences during the weekdays and quietly has reached $20 million already. Sony has seen some consistent success in partnering with Affirm Films, tapping into a steady religious audience with low-budget titles that turn a profit.

READY OR NOT – $5.61m
Following a disappointing opening, the arthouse effort has managed to steady itself and is finding some interest. Steady interest and a small drop of -30% has seen a bit of a recovery and has drawn $20 million to this point.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $5.0m
This was likely influenced because of “It”. What would seem like a natural Halloween frame release was instead brought out a month ago, and Lionsgate has been proven wise. It has drawn over $60 million to date which looks better than most predictions had been for this small horror offering for the younger set.

8. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $4.26m
This success has likely been the reason behind the recent feud between Marvel and Sony, The two studios had agreed upon shared rights to the character on film, but following the “Avengers” run, and the last two independent releases being huge Marvel has wanted a larger piece of the profits. Sony, which has the rights to the character has since pulled back. As a sign as to why, It has a chance at becoming the most successful “Spider-Man” release, and is about to move into the top-10 all-time of Marvel titles. This title has been out for 9 weeks and is still showing on over 3,000 screens.

9. DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $4.14m
A sign of how far below expectations this is performing it has now been out a month and has yet to crawl over the $50 million plateaux.

10. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 – $4.11m
Another underperforming release, so far it has not even earned one-third of the original movie’s total, nor one half of its production budget. It is doing better internationally, but not gangbusters.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Kids Are More Than All Right

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A bit of a surprise hit as summer winds down.

Hollywood is entering a torpid segment of the release calendar. The post-summer lull is coming upon theaters and this becomes a bit of a dumping ground for the next few weeks as we are likely to see projects studios were unsure what to do with or have given up on entirely.

There was a batch of new titles released this weekend as schools have begun to draw the attention once again of the primary ticket buyers, with only one doing anything approaching impressive business. So here are some of the toss-away titles released on their own recognizance while the studios are busy counting up their haul from the blockbuster season.

1. GOOD BOYS – $20.9 Million
This was a surprise for a number of reasons, the first being it is a straight-forward and R-rated comedy. A ribald tale of preteen youths having a bawdy adventure with girls on the brain this was projected to earn in the neighborhood of $12 million, but it managed to connect with the young male target audience. Critics also helped by giving this an approval of roughly 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. The feeling of a “Superbad”-type romp is valid, given this is from the mind of Seth Rogan. This makes for Universal having its sixth title to open at #1, with only Disney having more.

2. HOBBS & SHAW – $14.14m
The brain-free action epic continues to run on its momentum, dropping only -44% on its way to $130 million to this point. Globally is has already drawn $400 million, and should see Universal easily turning a profit on this extension of the “Fast & The Furious” franchise.

3. LION KING – $11.9m
The King of Hollywood has ruled over the box office for years and this release only helps it spread its kingdom further. This will take its tally stateside to just about $500 million, and globally it will be hitting $1.5 billion soon enough. Just ridiculous type of figures we have not seen in theaters…since about four months ago — but still, damned impressive.

4. ANGRY BIRDS 2 – $10.5m
The previous film was a moderate hit that did really well in foreign markets, so a sequel was inevitable. However after seven years there was little in the way of demand for this follow up, so Sony will be REALLY banking on that international interest to see this one get into profitability. The original was one of the very few video game adaptations to make it to the $100 million mark. This one will be severely challenged to earn one-third of that total, as this franchise appears to be crashing like the buildings in the game itself.

5. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $9.7m
Showing some decent strength for a horror option as it drops -52% in week 2, a not bad figure for the genre. Factor in the top movie was aimed at a similar demographic then this is looking even a little bit better.

6. 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED – $9.0m
2 years ago the original became a small surprise hit for the micro-distributor Entertainment Studios. Made for only $5 million it grossed over $40 million as the shark tale kept drawing interest during an extended run. This time around they more than doubled the budget ($12 million) and got less of a return — the first opened to over $11 million. There is still upside here however as ES already has the costs covered by selling the foreign rights, so there is almost no risk at all..

7. DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $10.5m
While it is a respectable hold of nearly -50% that performance is off of a disappointing opening, so it is not really much to cheer about. Paramount needs a long run with solid interest to get this up to a profit line, and that seems to be a tougher search than the titular character is having on screen.

8. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $7.6m
Soon this will move up to become Quentin Taraantino’s second-most successful release, passing “Inglourious Basterds, but will fall well shy of what “Django Unchained” earned.

9. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT – $4.45m
A Sundance FF pick up for Warner Brothers the question here is why did it fail when a very similarly-themed British pop culture ode – “Yesterday” – has been a surprise hit? Actually, that may be the reason. This time a character has his life centered around the music of Bruce Springsteen (rather than the Beatles) and the older art house crowd may have a feeling of “seen that”.

10. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN – $4.4m
A respectable drop of -45% in week two, but the soft opening means that there is still time needed for this to see a decent enough return for Fox.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Looking for the Price in the Crowd

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It was a competitive weekend with many new releases battling the strong holdovers.

As summer is about to wind down studios are hoping to get some last moment releases out to get some business before schools open and the box office takes its usual late August-September downturn. This made for a busy slate of new releases doing battle with the strong established titles, and plenty of questions coming into the weekend.

Part of the question was that some of the new films were original concepts based on established properties from other media, and the carry-over of those audiences was not assured. It led to plenty of speculation and a surprise in the end, which was a reasonable reaction; the top four films are separated by only $8 million. So here is what the kids were interested in before heading back to classes.

HOBBS & SHAW – $25.4 Million
Last week’s physics-defying champ (which we covered on our filmcast this week) did about as well as expected, but it was no assured as things opened. On Friday it was actually the #2 earner and looked like it may be toppled, but a decent Saturday showed recovery and provided a decent weekend overall. This comes in as a drop of about -58%, slightly better than anticipated with it strong open last week. The high-octane duo of The Rock and Jason Statham have already pulled in $100 million by now. This return means that for 16 consecutive weeks the #1 film has been based on an established intellectual property.

2. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $20.8m
This is a surprising return as the teen horror tale based on the book series from the 1990s was expected to be an also-ran in this weekend’s mix. On Friday it was the top earner and it played stronger than expected, beating most estimates by about 25%. The surprising aspect is that this is one of the last titles to be released by CBS Films (it is being dissolved in a merger) so you wonder if better marketing could have brought in an even better result.

3. THE LION KING – $20.0m
One month out and the pride from Disney is still making an impact. It is well on it way to making $500 million domestically (the second-highest earner for the year as swell), and well over $1 billion worldwide already.

4. DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $17.1m
As much of a surprise as “Scary Stories” was this one saw a bit of an equal amount of disappointment. The very famous “Dora The Explorer” kids program was adapted with an older Dora and there was a mystery as to how well it would be received. Making this surprising is that leading up to the weekend indicators were healthy, with decent social media presence, and critics actually favoring the film, at a 75% rate on Rotten Tomatoes. Those who went out liked the film, with a CinemaScore of “A”, so there is a chance at some longer term interest. It will maybe need a large boost in the home market to see if this becomes a franchise for Paramount.

5. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $11.6m
A true smash for Quentin Tarantino this will easily move past his “Inglorious Basterds” to become his second-highest grossing film. Time is needed to tell if it has a chance of reaching “Django Unchained”. Here is the most notable piece of trivia: This weekend sees the film crossing over the $100 million mark, and that means it becomes the ONLY film in the entire summer based on an original concept to reach that plateau.

6. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN – $8.1m
A respectable film by many measures it had a number of challenges facing it, the crowded marketplace being one. This was a product of the Fox 2000 division, which is closing down amid the Disney/Fox merger. This meant the marketing was possibly not as enthusiastic. Critics did the film no favors, with just under a 50% approval on RT. Audiences who did go scored it with a decent “A-”, so you get the sense the studio could have targeted the film a little better. It also was the third dog-based drama this year, so interest was a bit sapped.

7. THE KITCHEN – $5.51m
A female heist drama that has a number of names attached but little in the way of sustaining any interest. Part of the issue? Having two comedic actresses – Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish – taking on dramatic roles proved to repel audiences. This is the lowest debut for both actresses. This total is almost half as much as McCarthy’s fiasco from last summer, “The Happytime Murders”

8. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $5.3m
A genuine smash hit for Sony, it has passed “Aladdin” for the fifth-best return of the summer. After six weeks it is still managing to play on over 2,600 screens.

9. TOY STORY 4 – $4.4m
Recall back when it debuted and some felt it was a bit of a disappointing opening because it was not setting records? Two months later it still lands in the top-ten, and has just become the highest-grossing title in the franchise. This also places it as the third-highest in the Pixar library (sixth-best when adjusted for inflation).

10. THE FAREWELL – $2.29m
The Chinese drama has been an arthouse hit. The studio A24 expanded it once again, adding almost 300 more screens (700 in total now) in a move that few anticipated. It has managed to take in $10 million on the meager release platform, a deeply impressive return for this micro-import.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Profits In Crime

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The King is usurped by “Et Duo Brutal”

After a dominating reign of 2 weeks the ruler of the box office has been felled by a pair of rampaging steroidal action stars. In what might be considered the final big push in theaters for the summer, we may not see another assured film topping $50 million until the sequel to “It” arrives in September.

Overall the summer has seen a lower return than 2018. With the exception of Disney dominance the summer saw mostly challenges for studios, relying as they did on the familiar and flooding the market with their sequels. Audiences were split, with some major hits and just as many stalled-out releases. There is just as much interest it seemed to seek out quality original content on streaming services.

 

HOBBS & SHAW – $60.8 Million
The first spinoff from the “The Fast & The Furious” has Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in a low-octane, high-testosterone action set piece that defies physics as well as conventional plot requirements. In other words, it is a typical F&F entrant, with a “Tango & Cash” component with the two leads. The number comes in right around expectations, with a healthy open overseas as well. Between the production costs and marketing this is sitting on a studio cost of over $300 million, which means it needs to draw at least $650 million globally to start seeing a profit. The exit scores were at least respectable, an “A -” grade, which should lead to a decent run.

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2. THE LION KING – $38.24m
Continuing its summertime dominance, the animal retelling of “Hamlet” is now the second-highest earner for the year, behind only “Avengers: Endgame”. This weekend has the Disney remake streaking past $430 million in just 3 weeks. Already to this point the title has taken in over $1.2 billion globally, and in very short order it will launch into the top ten all-time for worldwide earnings.

3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $20.02m
Quentin Tarantino’s biggest open is continuing to run well, keeping pace just ahead of his hit “Inglourious Basterds”. It takes a drop of -53%, which is rather strong, and better so once you consider the heft of the competition it is facing.

4. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $7.75m
This has been an unqualified hit in the Spidey history of movies. It is the highest earner globally and is the only title to earn over $1 billion. It is approaching second-best domestic release, and even when adjusted for inflation it stands as the 4th most popular. Sony has clearly benefited from partnering with Marvel on this property.

5. TOY STORY 4 – $7.15m
Continuing its strong run the playthings have now made over $400 million. It looks assured to be the highest earner in the franchise, and there is a shot it can cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.

6. YESTERDAY – $2.44m
After 6 strong weeks it is only now beginning to drop theaters. On the verge of making it past the $70 million mark in its successful run.

7. THE FAREWELL – $2.43m
The overly successful limited run has seen an expansion into an additional 274 screens. A true arthouse hit.

8. CRAWL – $2.15m
Lingering as a modest low-budget thriller counter-programming option it just might stick around enough to see it get into profitability.

9. ALADDIN – $2.01m
After eleven weeks it has now become Disney’s fifth movie to earn $350 million in 2019, and fifth to make over $1 billion internationally.

10. ANNABELLE COMES HOME – $875,000
A severe dropoff at the end means this horror option manages to still be included.

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