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SHOWBUZZDAILY FRIDAY BOXOFFICE SCORECARD – 3/16/12

Posted March 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Maybe JOHN CARTER should have starred Jonah Hill. OPENINGS:  21 JUMP STREET (Sony) got off to a great start, with a $13.1M Friday that should get it to around $35M for the weekend.  Expect a quick announcement that a sequel script is in development.  Although the movie’s success is of course great for Hill, […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Ghostbusters” No Scare For “Pets”

Posted July 16, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The $17.1M opening day (including $3.4M from Thursday night) for GHOSTBUSTERS (Columbia/Sony) reported in preliminary numbers at Deadline would be fine if the movie were at the same budget level as previous Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy collaborations The Heat or Spy.  But Ghostbusters cost 2-3x as much, $275M+ including production and global marketing, and a […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Spectre” and “Peanuts” Bring Hollywood Back

Posted November 7, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  After several painful weekends burdened by one high-profile flop after another, Hollywood was bailed out by two of its most venerable franchises. SPECTRE (MGM/Columbia/Sony) will be, based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, the 2d biggest opener of the Bond series.  Its $28.1M first day (which includes $5.25M from Thursday night) puts it behind only […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: Smooth Ride For “Girl On The Train,” Low Start For “Birth Of A Nation”

Posted October 8, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  From the start, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (DreamWorks/Reliance/Universal) was perceived as a lower-intensity version of the Gone Girl phenomenon, and that’s holding with the opening of its film version.  Where Gone Girl had a $13.2M Friday start on its way to a $37.5M weekend, preliminary numbers at Deadline give Train $9.3M on Friday, […]

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THE BIJOU: Friday Boxoffice Footnotes – 11/4/11

Posted November 5, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> TOWER HEIST hurts Universal on several levels.  It’s a big-budget movie (with marketing costs included, the total is likely $200M) in a genre that doesn’t necessarily travel well, and it was the studio’s big year-end release.  And just to make things worse, next week its pair of Stiller and Murphy have to face off […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Zootopia” Cages “London,” “Whiskey,” “Deadpool”

Posted March 5, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Pixar is still Pixar, but the Disney Animation division of the studio (also headed by John Lasseter) is proving that it’s a formidable creator of animated features as well, following Frozen with the smashingly imaginative ZOOTOPIA (Disney).  Based on preliminary numbers at Deadline, Zootopia had a $18M Friday (including $1.7M from Thursday night), and […]

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Behind the Friday Box Office – 10/17/14

Posted October 18, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  OPENINGS:  FURY (Columbia/Sony) should reach $25M for the weekend after a $8.8M Friday.  Sony is claiming total costs (including worldwide marketing) of $150M, and that’s probably low by at least $25M.  With a box office total of $75M probable in the US, the movie will need overseas strength to hit profit, and luckily Brad […]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “50 Shades Freed” Solid, “Peter Rabbit” OK, “15:17 To Paris” Slow

Posted February 10, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Although still down steeply from Fifty Shades of Grey, FIFTY SHADES FREED (Perfect World/Universal) is opening on par with the initial sequel Fifty Shades Darker.  According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, Freed earned $18.4M on its first day (including $5.6M from Thursday night), down 14% from Darker, which could translate into a $40M weekend, […]

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