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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.14.2024

  OPENINGS:  LONGLEGS (Neon) captured the zeitgeist, successfully delivering the marketing message that it was the scariest horror movie in recent memory.  The result was  a$22.6M weekend, which set a new Neon record by a wide margin, and also marked the year’s highest non-franchise start for the genre.  Production and marketing costs for Longlegs reportedly […]

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Behind The US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7.7.2024

  OPENINGS:  DESPICABLE ME 4 (Illumination/Universal) arrived at the high end of expectations with a $75M 3-day weekend and $122.6M since its July 3 opening.  That was a tad below 2013’s Despicable Me 2, which also opened on a Wednesday July 3 with $83.5M/$143.1M.  Despicable 4 should pass $300M in the US, which would put […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.30.2024

  OPENINGS:  A QUIET PLACE: DAY ONE (Paramount) handily exceeded expectations with $53M in the US, better than its predecessors ($50.2M and $47.5M respectively, although Part II earned $57.1M over its 4-day holiday launch).  It was particularly impressive because Day One featured a different cast and creative team for the most part, suggesting that A […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.23.2024

  OPENINGS:  THE BIKERIDERS (Regency/Focus/Universal) seized the opportunity to open on a prime summer weekend without any new tentpole releases, and the studio estimate (which assumed the strongest Sunday hold in the Top 10) was $10M, in line with expectations.  The question is how well the indie will hold up next week against new action […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.16.2024

  OPENINGS:  INSIDE OUT 2 (Pixar/Disney) overdelivered massively compared to expectations with $155M in the US, a remarkable $65M higher than the start for 2015’s original Inside Out, and depending whether you count the “live-action” CG remake of The Lion King ($191.8M) as animated, either the #2 or #3 US opening for an animated feature […]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.9.2024

  OPENINGS:  Hollywood breathed a collective sign of relief as BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE (Columbia/Sony) arrived moderately above expectations with $56M.  That was down just 10% from 2019’s Bad Boys For Life (although that film opened on a holiday weekend, totaling $73M in 4 days).  Ride or Die faces no direct competition for weeks, […]