Box Office News
1:22 PM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
In our podcast, Binh Ngo and I made some predictions for this week’s openers. Binh’s pretty high on both films, but he’s giving the edge to “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” just because it’s opening in 3,638 theaters, about a thousand more than “Straight Outta Compton.” His numbers are $35M for “U.N.C.L.E.” and $30M for “Compton.” I have $15M and $25M for those films respectively, with “Compton” on top. It looks like I’m right with the positioning of “Compton,” but Binh’s closer to the actual gross.
3:32 PM 8/7/2015 by Senh Duong
Things just went from bad to ugly for Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. After being panned by critics before opening today (9% on Rotten Tomatoes), the studio was hoping that it would at least open to decent numbers at the box office. Their expectations were already low, in the $40M range (the previous two opened to $56M and $58M, respectively).
Belated Weekend Box Office: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" Exceeds Expectations; "Vacation" Misses
12:46 PM 8/4/2015 by Senh Duong
During the predictions portion of our my podcast with Binh Ngo, I was predicting that “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” would gross $70M for the weekend and “Vacation” $5M. I knew that the former would do better than expected and the latter worse. Although I was correct in that regard, I was way too high on “Rogue Nation” and way too low on “Vacation.”
12:17 PM 7/30/2015 by Senh Duong
According to Variety and its sister site Deadline, Ed Helm’s latest comedy “Vacation” isn’t meeting expectations at the box office. New Line’s’ reboot of Chevy Chase’s 1983 hit took in $3.8M on Wednesday, which includes $1.2M from Tuesday’s evening screenings.
8:32 PM 7/29/2015 by Senh Duong
According to Variety, “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” is tracking to open at only $40M at the box office, which would make it the weakest of the Tom Cruise franchise. I’m not counting the previous film “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” though because it had a platform release.
11:35 AM 7/26/2015 by Senh Duong
“Pixels” drew $24M worth of quarters this weekend in theaters, continuing Adam Sandler’s slide at the box office despite having “Harry Potter’s” Chris Columbus at the helm. Generally speaking, that’s a decent figure for a comedy, but it’s got a couple of things working against it. First, during the comedian’s heyday, each of his films routinely opened in the $40M range.
1:27 PM 7/25/2015 by Senh Duong
To no one’s surprise, Adam Sandler’s new film “Pixels” topped the box office on Friday with $9.2M. Although that’s in line with what most in the industry were expecting, it’s a bit below my expectations. Like I said in my latest podcast with Binh Ngo, I was expecting a weekend opening in the neighborhood of $45M, which would translate to $15M on Friday.
Specialty Box Office: 'Ex-Machina' Explodes To Year's Best Indie Debut; 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Strong Too
fb.indiewire.com – A24 sure is having a good few weeks. Less than a month after Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" had 2015's best limited debut so far, the distributor's last film "Ex-Machina" eclipsed it. Directed by Alex Garland, the British sci-fi thriller managed to gross a stunning $250,000 from just 4 theaters, averaging $62,500. 20 weeks 2 days ago via donnieyen
fb.indiewire.com – Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" continued to suggest its potential as one of 2015's first specialty breakouts in its second weekend. The A24 release expanded from 4 to 34 theaters and jumped 117%, taking in $493,000 for a very healthy $14,500 per-theater-average. That's the best second weekend average of Baumbach's career, topping "Frances Ha," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale" -- all of which averaged around $10,000 in a similar amount of theaters. 21 weeks 2 days ago via brucelee
5:17 PM 3/31/2015 by Senh Duong
Binh and I were on target with our predictions for “Get Hard,” but were in a different ballpark when it comes to “Home.” We discuss why the Dreamworks Animation production did so much better than what we and the industry had predicted. We try to figure why the “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is holding up so well, week after week, despite direct competition from the action crowd from “Run All Night, “ “The Gunman,” and “Insurgent.” Is it the exploding heads? How did indie horror film “It Follows” do after its nationwide expansion?