Posts Tagged ‘spotlight’
 

 

Behind the US/Worldwide Box Office – 5.12.2024

  OPENINGS:  After last week’s Fall Guy stumble, KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th/Disney) arrived at the high end of projections with $56.5M.   That was roughly on par with the starts for 2011’s Rise ...
by Mitch Salem
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 5.5.2024

  OPENINGS:  Pundits have been quick to celebrate the current fade of the comic book genre, but the truth is that Hollywood hasn’t yet found anything to reliably replace it at the top of the box office.  After year...
by Mitch Salem
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 4.21.2024

  OPENINGS:  ABIGAIL (Universal) launched at the low end of expectations with $10.2M, lower than the $11.8M for Night Swim and virtually the same as the $9.9M for Imaginary.  Those films are respectively at $32.5M and $2...
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 4.14.2024

  OPENINGS:  CIVIL WAR (A24) marked its studio’s biggest swing to date, with costs that will approach $100M for production and worldwide marketing.  (A24 limited its risk by pre-selling some overseas territories to...
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 4.7.2024

  OPENINGS:  MONKEY MAN (Universal) walked an odd path to theaters, originally being targeted for a Netflix release.  While the result earned strong reviews (87% on Rotten Tomatoes), there was no storybook ending at the ...
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 3.24.2024

  OPENINGS:  GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE (Columbia/Sony) played as a family movie, with a Saturday afternoon bump, and that enabled it to match projections at $45.2M, slightly higher than the $44M start for 2021’s G...
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 3.17.2024

  OPENINGS:  ARTHUR THE KING (Lionsgate) was clearly hoping to emulate the sleeper success of 2022’s Dog, which ran a $14.9M opening into $61.8M in the US.  However, the Mark Wahlberg vehicle came up very short wit...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 3.10.2024

  OPENINGS:  KUNG FU PANDA 4 (DreamWorks Animation/Universal), the first new all-ages animated release since the holiday season, arrived at the high end of projections with $58.3M, impressively above the $41.3M start for ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 3.3.2024

  OPENINGS:  DUNE: PART TWO (Legendary/Warners) landed at the high end of projections with $81.5M.  Comparisons with the 2021 Dune have little meaning, since that film was part of the studio’s controversial year of...
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.25.2024

  OPENINGS:  In what Hollywood hopes will be the last weekend of drought for a while, the TV episodes packaged as DEMON SLAYER:  KIMETSU NO YAIBA – TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING (Crunchyroll/Sony) led the newcomers with ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.18.2024

  OPENINGS:  The calendar did Hollywood a favor by placing Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, affording films a 6-day window with Presidents Day on Monday.  The chief beneficiary was BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE (Paramount), wh...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.4.2024

  OPENINGS:  ARGYLLE (Apple/Universal) arrived within blah expectations at $18M.  That makes it the third consecutive wildly expensive theatrical flop for Apple (with worldwide marketing included, costs were around $300M...
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Sundance 2024 Film Review: “A Real Pain”

  A REAL PAIN (Searchlight/Disney – TBD):  David (Jesse Eisenberg, who also wrote and directed) and Benji (Kieran Culkin) are cousins born just months apart and raised in close companionship.  Over the years, thoug...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Love Me” & “Handling the Undead”

  LOVE ME (no distrib):  A truly existential romance.  Many years after the end of the human race, seemingly due to a combination of nuclear war and a new ice age, the two remaining artifacts with any ability to communic...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Little Death” & “Good One”

  LITTLE DEATH (no distrib):  Jack Begert’s first feature (co-written with Dani Goffstein) is a diptych about Los Angeles, put together in sharply contrasting ways.  The first half is about sitcom writer Martin (Da...
by Mitch Salem