Box Office News
12:56 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Binh and I were off on both "Cinderella" and "Run All Night." In our previous podcast, we were wondering if audiences can have too much Liam Neeson. We have our answer. Surprisingly, more women actually went to see "Run All Night" than men. Check out the podcast to hear why:
"Chappie" Leads, "Unfinished Business" Bombs at Box Office - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/09/2015
12:37 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
"Chappie" becomes Neill Blomkamp's first dud. Vince Vaughn continues to bomb away with "Unfinished Business." "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" did decent. Binh and I experience memory loss in this episode. Click here for a list of topics you can jump to in the podcast.
12:07 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Binh and I discuss what an opening of "just" $18.7M for "Focus" means for Will Smith's career. We also got side-tracked talking about Jackie Chan's "Dragon Blade," which co-stars Adrien Brody and John Cusack. The Chinese production slashed up $54M at the box office in China, continuing Chan's hot streak in that territory. "The Lazarus Effect," made for only $3.3M, did relatively well, but continues the downward box office trend of horror films.
Specialty Box Office: David O. Russell's Shelved 'Love' Bombs; 'It Follows' Keeps Scaring Up Dollars
fb.indiewire.com – David O. Russell's long delayed "Accidental Love" (which had been known as "Nailed" for most of its troubled life) probably should have stayed shelved. Millennium released the film in 10 theaters this weekend and it took in only $4,500 -- averaging a pretty tragic $450 per theater. Made years before "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," the film was written by Al Gore's daughter Kristin and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel. 6 days 4 hours ago via brucelee
11:41 AM 3/19/2015 by Senh Duong
Binh and I were both off with our predictions for "Fifty Shades of Grey." "Kingsman: The Secret Service" also did better than we expected. "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" bombed; John Cusack opted to do "Dragon Blade" with Jackie Chan instead, and commercially, it's a good decision because that film blew up the box office in China during the Lunar New Year.
fb.indiewire.com – David Robert Mitchell's indie horror flick "It Follows" rode rave reviews to find the best per-theater-average of any 2015 release so far ("American Sniper" and "A Most Violent Year" both topped it, but they are both technically 2014 films). In four theaters, the RADiUS-TWC release -- which premiered back in Cannes last May -- managed a fantastic $163,000 gross, averaging $40,750 per theater. 1 week 6 days ago via brucelee
fb.indiewire.com – In an eerie coincidence, Janus Films' release of a restored version of Albert and David Masyles' landmark documentary "Grey Gardens" ended up coinciding with the death of Albert Masyles. Which gave New York City audiences a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the filmmaker forty years after "Gardens" first hit screens. 2 weeks 6 days ago via donnieyen
fb.indiewire.com – Yann Demange's "'71" and David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" -- both fixtures on the festival circuit for some time now (in the case of "'71" it's been over a year) -- were the most high profile debuts in a specialty market still crowded with Oscar-fueled leftovers from 2014. UK imported war drama "'71" -- which stars breakout actor Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") -- debuted in 4 theaters this weekend care of Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media and took in a solid $60,100, averaging $15,025 per theater. 3 weeks 6 days ago via jetli
fb.indiewire.com – Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Wild Tales" made an impressive box office debut, with Sony Pictures Classics timing the release to Oscar weekend itself. The Argentinian film grossed $85,100 from just 4 theaters, averaging $21,275. Exposure from tonight's ceremony should help nicely as "Tales" expands in the coming weeks (especially if it pulls off a win). Though it's one of the few specialty titles out there without Oscar nominations tied to it, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" had a very nice weekend anyway. 4 weeks 6 days ago via brucelee
fb.indiewire.com – President's Day weekend wasn't just good to "50 Shades of Grey." A few new specialty titles posted very promising results in their limited debuts, most notably Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" and Richard LaGravenese's "The Last Five Years." The former -- released by Paladin/Unison -- managed the best opening average of 2015 thus far, taking in an impressive $65,830 from two theaters in New York and Los Angeles to average $32,915. 5 weeks 6 days ago via theothersenhman