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‘Minions’ No. 1 With $116.4 in Global Box Office

“It’s fitting that Universal’s ‘Minions’ tops the global box office chart this weekend since the studio is celebrating yet another record with the fastest spring to $5 billion in worldwide revenue in industry history. For Disney it is another great weekend as well with their debut of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ to a not very ant-like $114.4 million performance in 38 territories around the globe including North America,” said Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 19, 2015, are below.
1. Minions – Universal – $116.4M
2. Ant-Man – Disney – $114.4M
3. Monster Hunt – Multiple – $72.0M
4. Jian Bing Man – Multiple – $61.0M
5. Inside Out – Disney – $33.0M
6. Trainwreck – Universal – $30.2M
7. Terminator Genisys – Paramount Pictures – $27.6M
8. Jurassic World – Universal – $23.7M
9. Monkey King: Hero is Back – Multiple – $22.5M
10. Magic Mike XXL – Warner Bros. – $10.3M
11. Ted 2 – Universal – $10.2M
12. Gallows – Warner Bros. – $6.1M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 19, 2015, are below.
1. Ant-Man – Disney – $58.0M
2. Minions – Universal – $50.2M
3. Trainwreck – Universal – $30.2M
4. Inside Out – Disney – $11.7M
5. Jurassic World – Universal – $11.4M
6. Terminator Genisys – Paramount – $5.4M
7. Magic Mike XXL – Warner Bros. – $4.5M
8. Gallows – Warner Bros. – $4.0M
9. Ted 2 – Universal – $2.7M
10. Mr. Holmes – Roadside Attractions – $2.5M
11. Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Eros Entertainment – $2.4M
12. Self/Less – Focus Features – $2.3M
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ remains number one

“Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ remains a staggering worldwide phenomenon with $486.2 million to date after adding nearly $50 million from 60 global territories this weekend. The modestly budgeted erotic drama is expected to cross the $500 million mark later this week making it one of the most profitable films released over the past year. Notably, with $139.1 million to date, Warner Bros.’ ‘American Sniper’ now ranks as the highest grossing Clint Eastwood directed film internationally with a total that is closing in on the $500 million threshold worldwide,” said Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 1, 2015, are below.
1. Fifty Shades Of Grey – Universal – $46.9M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $37.5M
3. Focus – Warner Bros. – $31.3M
4. American Sniper – Warner Bros. – $27.2M
5. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $25.4M
6. Big Hero 6 – Disney – $22.1M
7. From Vegas to Macau II – Multiple – $22.0M
8. Wolf Totem – Multiple – $17.0M
9. Dragon Blade – Multiple – $12.5M
10. Lazarus Effect, The – Multiple – $10.6M
11. Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The – 20th Century Fox – $9.4M
12. McFarland, USA – Disney – $7.8M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 1, are below.
1. Focus – Warner Bros. – $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $11.8M
3. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades Of Grey – Universal – $10.9M
5. Lazarus Effect, The – Relativity Media – $10.6M
6. McFarland, USA – Disney – $7.8M
7. American Sniper – Warner Bros. – $7.7M
8. DUFF, The – Lionsgate – $7.2M
9. Still Alice – Sony Pictures Classics – $2.7M
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Paramount – $2.4M
11. Jupiter Ascending – Warner Bros. – $2.1M
12. Birdman – Fox Searchlight – $2.0M
For more box office numbers www.rentrak.com

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wins Box Office with $73 Million

Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Optimus Prime and the Autobots continue their international box office success with “Transformers: Age of Extinction” adding another $102 million in 50 territories & in the process propels the international total past the $500 million mark and the worldwide box office to a now staggering $736 million. Meanwhile “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is still breathing fire in a whopping 62 family-friendly markets as it crosses $345 million in global revenue. In just 26 international territories this weekend’s debut of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is off to a rousing $31.1 million start.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 13, 2014, are below.
1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $73.0M
2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Paramount – $16.5M
3. Tammy – Warner Bros. – $12.9M
4. 22 Jump Street – Sony – $6.7M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 2 – 20th Century Fox – $5.9M
6. Earth To Echo – Relativity Media – $5.5M
7. Deliver Us From Evil – Sony – $4.7M
8. Maleficent – Disney – $4.2M
9. Begin Again – The Weinstein Company – $2.9M
10. Jersey Boys – Warner Bros. – $2.5M
11. Think Like A Man Too – Sony – $2.5M
12. America – Lionsgate – $2.5M
To read more about Box Office numbers go to www.rentrak.com

Tom Cruise’s new film, “Edge of Tomorrow,” doing good overseas

As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Warner Bros. “Edge of Tomorrow” puts the international marketplace on “Cruise” control topping the chart with $82 million in 63 markets while Disney’s “Maleficent” reaches $335 million worldwide. Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in just 17 territories draws $17.1 million in its first weekend. Notably, Sony’s “22 Jump Street” gets a jump on the North American release with $8.8 million.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 8, 2014, are below.
1. Fault In Our Stars, The – 20th Century Fox – $48.2M
2. Maleficent – Disney – $33.5M
3. Edge Of Tomorrow – Warner Bros. – $29.1M
4. X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 20th Century Fox – $14.7M
5. Million Ways To Die In The West, A – Universal – $7.2M
6. Godzilla – Warner Bros. – $6.0M
7. Neighbors – Universal – $5.2M
8. Blended – Warner Bros. – $4.0M
9. Chef – Open Road – $2.6M
10. Amazing Spider-Man 2, The – Sony – $1.9M
11. Million Dollar Arm – Disney – $1.8M
12. Belle – Fox Searchlight – $0.8M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office go to
www.rentrak.com

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ With $262 Mil Global Box Office

The 7th installment in the X-Men franchise grossed an estimated $262 Mil Global. However, it’s lower than ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ debut eight years ago.
The X-Men film series consists of superhero films based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.
Below estimated Domestic Box Office for weekend of May 23-25:
1 X-Men: Days Of Future Past, 20th Century Fox $90,700,000
2 Godzilla, Warner Bros. $31,425,000
3 Blended, Warner Bros. $14,245,000
4 Neighbors, Universal $13,945,820
5 Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony $7,800,000
6 Million Dollar Arm, Disney $7,093,000
7 Other Woman, 20th Century Fox
8 Rio 2, 20th Century Fox $2,500,000
9 Chef, Open Road $2,260,000
10 Heaven Is For Real, Sony $1,950,000
11 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney $1,722,000
12 Belle, Fox Searchlight $1,700,000
to read more go to www.rentrak.com

Godzilla Opens to a Fantastic $93.2 Million Weekend Box Office

Godzilla opens to a great weekend box office. It’s Warner Bros largest-ever May opening.
The rumor is that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are already developing a sequel.
Below the top 5 domestic titles box office.
TOP 5 DOMESTIC TITLES – Weekend of May 16-18
1 Godzilla $93.2
2 Neighbors $26.0
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $16.8
4 Million Dollar Arm $10.5
5 The Other Woman $6.3

“Justice League” Just Focus on Heros

So here’s the $250 million question… Even if Warner Bros. eventually gets its proverbial act together and finds a decent script and a willing director how exactly do they make Justice League more than just ‘the one that came second’?
Warner Bros. is now in the unenviable position of trying to follow up what is basically the superhero team-up film that everyone always wanted to see. Oh sure, you can argue that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are bigger and more iconic characters than Thor or Iron Man, but Marvel did the work and kudos to them for herding the necessary cats in order to make it happen.
The irony is of course that Warner Bros. and DC Comics already have the ingredients to make Justice League matter in a movie world that has already seen The Avengers. They have the ingredients, and the manner in which they mix them will potentially allow Justice League to be different enough and unique enough to stand on its own. They just have to be willing to do what Marvel has so far been unwilling to do, which is to focus on heroes that aren’t quite the ones you’d expect to take center stage.
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Veronica Mars Film Coming Next Summer

30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period yesterday, and thus we will be getting a Veronica Mars movie sometime next summer.
Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell used Kickstarter to basically prove to Warner Bros. that there is indeed an interest in a continuation of the cult detective drama that ran for three low-rated seasons on the CW back in 2004-2007.
The deal was basically to raise $2 million in a month and Warner Bros. would agree to distribute and market the film, giving it a limited theatrical release and the various home-viewing options. They hit their target at 5:55 pm this evening. I made a bitchy joke earlier in the day about raising money to find domestic ‘food insecurity’ among American children by calling such an initiative ‘Save Firefly!’ or something to that effect. My first instincts were ones of priorities and what this said about our ‘entitlement culture’. Upon reflection (I purposely didn’t write anything immediately), I’m still not sure how I feel about this. This is indeed very interesting, it may even be *news*. But is it good news overall.
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Christopher Nolan’s “INTERSTELLAR” will be co-produced and distributed by Paramount Picts and Warner Bros

Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures jointly announced today that writer/director Christopher Nolan’s “INTERSTELLAR” will be co-produced and distributed by the two studios, with Paramount Pictures handling Domestic distribution and Warner Bros. Pictures distributing the film Internationally. “INTERSTELLAR” will be released beginning November 7, 2014, in theaters and IMAX®.
Directed and written by Academy Award-nominee Nolan (“INCEPTION,” “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”), “INTERSTELLAR” is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce. The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.
Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures said, “As a filmmaker and storyteller, Chris has continuously entertained the world with his extraordinary and unparalleled talents. I am pleased beyond measure to welcome him to the Paramount Pictures family. Partnering with Chris, Emma, Lynda and Warner Bros. to release this original idea next November is the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving and holiday movie season for audiences around the world.”
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said, “Christopher Nolan is truly one of the great auteurs working in film today, and we’re extremely proud of our successful and ongoing collaboration with him and Emma Thomas. We are excited to be teaming with Paramount, and look forward to working with the Nolans, and producer Lynda Obst, on this extraordinary new project.”
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Delaying the inevitable – “Jack the Giant Slayer”

As most of you know, Warner Bros. intended to release Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer in June of 2012 before pulling it from release, ordering reshoots and the like, and calling it a more kid-friendly Jack the Giant Slayer.
I don’t know what the film’s budget was prior to the date change and related reshoots, but it was probably a lot less than the $195 million that they ended up with. And for what? The film opened this weekend to $28 million.
If patterns hold for this kind of release, it’ll likely top out at $70 million domestic at best and around $250 million worldwide as a best case scenario. But point being, how much better of an opening could Warner Bros. expecting for a half kid-friendly/half dark-and-violent retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk starring absolutely no one of any box office worth? How much worse of an opening would Warner Bros. be looking at had it just gone ahead and opened it in June of 2012 as they intended?
Is it really worth the extra tens-of-millions of dollars that they ended up spending on the picture? Delaying the inevitable oftentimes merely gets you the same result at a greater cost.
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