February 17, 2014

Holiday Weekend Box Office Scorecard Update – 2/17/14


OPENINGS:  The Robo-turtle very nearly stole the race from the rom-com hare, as ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Screen Gems/Sony) continued its post-Valentine’s Day slowdown, falling another 39% on Sunday to $4.9M and now projected to total $28.5M over the 4-day weekend.  That’s still a fine number for a moderately-budgeted movie, but not the breakout hit that Think Like A Man ($91.5M US total) proved to be.

ROBOCOP (Sony/MGM) held much better, down 20% on Sunday to $6.6M, but still unable to hurdle Last Night‘s big Valentine’s Day, with a 4-day total of $25.6M ($30.3M since its Wednesday opening).

The other two new romances stumbled after Friday.  ENDLESS LOVE (Universal) dropped 34% on Sunday to $2.3M ($15.1M over the full holiday weekend) and may not reach $40M, and WINTER’S TALE (Warners) was even worse, down 38% on Sunday to $1.4M (an awful 4-day total of $8.1M), perhaps not even to reach $20M.

HOLDOVERS:  THE LEGO MOVIE (Warners) squashed the competition after its neck-and-neck Friday, down just 17% on Sunday to $16.9M and now anticipating a 4-day weekend of $63.5M and US total to date of $143.8M.  By next weekend it should be the #2 movie ever released in February, behind only the atypical PASSION OF THE CHRIST.  The family audience continued to love FROZEN (Disney), too, which fell only 13% on Sunday and took in $8.1M for the 4-day weekend, a US total of $378.3M.

Live-action holdovers were led by THE MONUMENTS MEN (Sony), which dropped 23% on Sunday to $4.6M and a 4-day weekend of $18M ($46.2M in the US to date) and RIDE ALONG (Universal), down 34% to $2.1M and a $10M 4-day weekend ($117.4M total).  LONE SURVIVOR (Universal) with $4.7M in 4 days, AMERICAN HUSTLE (Sony) with $2.9M, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Paramount/Red Granite) with $2.3M are also holding well.



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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."