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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE – 8/23/13

Posted August 24, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  THE WORLD’S END (Focus/Universal) is off to a very solid start, with a $2250 per-theatre average on Friday in just 1549 theatres, giving it a $3.5M day and a weekend that could hit $10M.  That compares well to the other entries in Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg’s “Cornetto Trilogy,” even though World’s End has the […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Wonder Woman” Becomes Summer’s Superhero; “Pirates” Collapses

Posted June 3, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  WONDER WOMAN (RatPac/Wanda/Ten Cent/DC/Warners) is proving to be exactly what its studio–and the summer box office in general–needed.  For Warners, it’s giving the embattled DC mega-franchise its first taste of critical praise since the days of The Dark Knight, which is important in itself, and that’s paying off in ticket sales.  Preliminary numbers at […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: 7/5/13

Posted July 6, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It’s a best of times, worst of times kind of weekend for the newcomers. OPENINGS:  DESPICABLE ME 2 (Universal) is everything its makers could have wanted at the box office.  With a $30.2M Friday, it should have $140M in the US by Sunday (it won’t match the $97.9M Independence Day weekend of Transformers 3, but […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Miss Bala” Drops The Ball, “Glass” & “The Upside” Top Dim Super Bowl Weekend

Posted February 2, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  MISS BALA (Columbia/Sony) is the only new opening this Super Bowl weekend, but it’s failing to take advantage of its status.  Deadline‘s preliminary numbers have Miss Bala‘s opening day at $2.7M ($650K of that from Thursday night), and with Sunday’s box office due to crash for everyone, it may not reach $7M for the […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOXOFFICE – 11/2/12

Posted November 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  WRECK IT FALPH (Disney) is proving itself to be a canny mix of kid-friendly action with a video game millieu that can appeal to adults.  It’s Walt Disney Animation’s most Pixar-ish production to date (although the divisions are separate within Disney, John Lasseter supervises both), and headed for a $50M+ opening.  What Ralph […]

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BEHIND THE FRIDAY BOX OFFICE – 8/30/13

Posted August 31, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  The $8.9M start for ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US (TriStar/Sony), which includes $2.7M from Thursday night, was behind only the Justin Bieber concert movie ($12.4M) among recent debuts in its genre, surpassing efforts devoted to Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson and The Jonas Brothers.  The Bieber picture declined on Saturday and slumped […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “The Upside” Has Some, “Aquaman” Subsides, “On The Basis of Sex,” “Beale Street” Expand

Posted January 12, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE UPSIDE (STX/Lantern) survived the wreckage of the Weinstein Company bankruptcy, and found an opening between the end of the holiday movie season and next week’s MLK weekend, poking through with what preliminary numbers at Deadline put at a Friday-winning $7M (including $1.1M from Thursday night).  That should propel it to a weekend win […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “The Last Jedi” Conquers The Cosmos, “Ferdinand” Meek, “Shape of Water” Expands

Posted December 16, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Lucasfilm/Disney) was expected to be gigantic, but not quite as huge as 2015’s The Force Awakens, which benefited from a decade of pent-up expectations.  That’s exactly where it’s heading, as preliminary numbers at Deadline have Friday at $100.4M, of which $45M is from Thursday night.  That opening day is […]

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