Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Force Obliterates (The Competition)

Now with Add On.

The latest Star Wars episode appears to have a bit of traction:


1.) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (DIS), 4,232 theaters / $104M-$105M Fri (includes $45M previews)/3-day cume: $216-220M/Wk 1

2.) Ferdinand (FOX), 3,621 theaters / $3.6M Fri (includes $350k previews)/3-day cume: $12.3M/Wk 1

3.) Coco(DIS), 3,155 theaters (-593) / Fri: $2.23M / 3-day cume: $9.2M(-50%)/Total: $150M / Wk 4

4.) Wonder (Lionsgate), 3,047 theaters (-472) /$1.48M Fri /3-day cume: $5M (-40%)/ Total: $108.8M/Wk 5

5.) Justice League (WB), 2,702 theaters (-806)/$1M Fri / 3-day cume: $3.9M (-60%)/Total: $219.2M/ Wk 5

6) Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 2,493 theaters (-770) /$911K Fri / 3-day cume: $3.3M (-44%)/ Total: $96.1M/Wk 6

7). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 1,895 theaters (-1,152) / $769K Fri/ 3-day cume: $2.82M (-55%) / Total cume: $306.1M / Wk 7

8.) The Disaster Artist (A24), 1,010 theaters (+170) / $749K Fri/3-day cume: $2.43M (-62%)/Total: $12.7M/Wk 3

9) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 1,923 theaters (-1,116)/ $669K Fri / 3-day cume: $2.29M (-56%)/Total: $97.1M/ Wk 6

10). Lady Bird (A24), 947 theaters (-610) /$548K Fri /3-day cume: $1.9M (-44%)/ Total cume: $25.8M / Wk 7

If you're keeping score (and why would you not?), a live-action movie with tons of animated VFX is #1, animated features sit at #2 and #3. Then you have a pair of super hero movies, also with lots of animated visual effects, occupying spots #5 an #7.

The latest Disney/Lucasfilm space opera sucking up most of the oxygen isn't too surprising. The latest SW scored high with audiences ... and I knew something was up when I traipsed past the AMC 16 in downtown Burbank at 7:30 this morning and there were double lines stretched back to San Fernando Road, one labeled "Disney 2D" and one labeled "Disney 3D" (both for Star Wars).

There's a whole of of animating going on, any way you slice it. And as an industry site notes:

... Star Wars: The Last Jedi, looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million. ...

Fox, which now is part of Disney, was looking to counter-program the space epic with a cartoon about a flower-loving bull, but its first weekend won't be strong. Maybe it could push nort of $70 million at the domestic box office, but it would have to do a multiple higher than five and that's a tall order. (But who knows? Ferdinand's CinemaScore was "A", so maybe it'll have some legs. (The movie earned a 74% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.)

Add On: The trades report that Disney-Fox corralled a huge part of the weekend box office:

... Currently, total domestic ticket sales look to gross $280M this weekend per ComScore, and Disney and Fox films combined are generating 90% of that total ... or $252.1M.

Not shabby, here in our ever more corporate Corporatist State.

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