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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Black Panther” Stays Superpowered, “Game Night” OK, “Annihilation” Perishes

Posted February 24, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK PANTHER (Marvel/Disney) is now in competition only with the loftiest movie hits.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, its 2nd Friday was $28.4M (down 63% from last week), behind just The Avengers‘ $29.2M in the Marvel universe (down 64% from its own opening day), as well as The Force Awakens ($49.3M, down 58%) […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Boss Baby” vs. “Beauty” & “Smurfs” vs. “Going In Style”

Posted April 8, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There are two neck-and-neck races at the top of the weekend box office, but neither is especially thrilling. The #1-2 slots will be fought between holdovers.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, THE BOSS BABY (DreamWorks Animation/20th) had a $6.8M Friday, and BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Disney) earned $6.6M.  That should put both of […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Turtles, Guardians Hold Their Lead

Posted August 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  There wasn’t much shift in position among the top titles at the Saturday box office.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Nickelodeon/Paramount) kept its $1M edge over GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel/Disney), roughly $11M to $10M.  For Turtles, that’s down about 50% from last Saturday, and suggests it will end […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “A Quiet Place” Drowns Out “Rampage,” “True Or Dare” OK, “Beirut” Fizzles

Posted April 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Even with a new horror movie in the market, A QUIET PLACE (Paramount) continued to over-perform, down just 46% from last Friday according to preliminary numbers at Deadline to $10.2M, putting it on track for a $35M 2nd weekend.  That’s the same hold as last year’s Split, and with higher numbers, suggesting that Quiet […]

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Friday Box Office: “Dunkirk” Victorious, “Girls Trip” Strong, “Valerian” Crashes

Posted July 22, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There’s a reason why Christopher Nolan may be, along with James Cameron, the last filmmaker who can truly demand blank checks from Hollywood.  His WWII recreation DUNKIRK (Warners), devoid of name stars (apologies to Harry Styles) but riding a tide of Oscar-level reviews, is already overperforming expectations with a $19.8M opening day (including $5.5M […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Spider-Man” Slips But Still Dominates

Posted May 4, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (Sony) didn’t succeed in outperforming other recent superhero movies in its Saturday matinees, and probably won’t supplant Captain America 2 as the year’s #1 opening to date, but it’s still rolling in money.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Amazing 2 dropped 4-6% on Saturday (by comparison, Captain 2 fell […]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Lucy” Holds Its Lead Over “Hercules”

Posted July 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Allaying concerns about word of mouth, LUCY (Universal) held quite well in its 2d day of release, down 10% from Friday to $15M+ (better than some of the summer’s blockbusters, which fell 15% or more), according to preliminary numbers at Deadline and elsewhere.  That should give it a weekend of $43M+.  (The studios, as […]

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New Year’s Box Office: Big Day At the Multiplex; “Wolf” Zooms

Posted January 2, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Everything went up at the New Year’s Day box office (bringing to an end the holiday bounty), but to wildly varying degrees.  Business should fall today and rise tomorrow and Saturday, but not to a point equal to New Year’s, with weekend totals for holdovers a bit more than double their numbers from yesterday. […]

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