UPDATE: Saturday Box Office Report
Again, our hearts go out to the victims and there families. Howevfer, it is my duty to report the Box Office estimates. It may seem callous, but we all must move on in the face of tragedy.
While Warner Bros Pictures has decided not to release its box office results this weekend until Monday, estimates have been leaked. Also some other studios. Rentrak won’t report worldwide official estimates. That said, there can be no doubt that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is huge in terms of domestic grosses. In fact the entire moviegoing weekend should be up around +35% over last year, demonstrating the resilience of the public and their love for watching films in the shared experience of a movie theater.
On a side note, Moonrise Kingdom passed the $30 million dollar threshold this past week and will end the weekend with a cumulative gross of $36.2 million dollars. I for one pay close attention to Wes Anderson box Office numbers, because as long as they are profitable in a Woody Allen way, he will continue to find financing for his wonderfully quirky films.
Friday Box Office Report
The Dark Knight Rises prevails at the Box Office despite the heinous act of a sick man in Aurora, Colorado. Warner Brothers says there has been no slowdown in ticket sales. The film did big business Friday, grossing $77.2 million dollars domestically and $120 million dollars worldwide. The early estimates are predicting a $180 million dollar plus three day weekend.
The Dark Knight Rises is running below The Avengers first weekend, but it did better midnight numbers than Marvels smash hit. “What happened in Colorado is a tragedy, make no mistake about it. But East Coast numbers are coming in like nothing ever happened. We grossed half a million dollars by 10 AM just in Manhattan.” One reason for that is because most of today’s grosses, and a good portion of this weekend’s, consisted of $30M in pre-sales. So whether moviegoers show up or not to the theaters doesn’t matter: they still paid for their tickets. The real-time effect of the Aurora movie theater shooting likely won’t be felt at the box office until Saturday at the earliest and more likely Sunday and next week and next weekend as pre-release sales decrease. “One incident, as horrific as it is, does not necessarily cause people to want to change their patterns,” a Warner Bros exec explained. “Young people still want to go to movie theaters and they still want to see this movie.”
Meanwhile, Ice Age 4 made $7.5 million dollars on Friday and is set for a $25 million dollar weekend which would give the film a total gross of $93.4 million dollars over two weekends. The Amazing Spider-Man has finally hit the wall, grossing only $4 million dollars on Friday and is set for a $14 million dollar weekend. The Amazing Spider-Man slump was expected though, with The Dark Knight Rises stealing all the superhero fan boys and girls.
Ted Will finish fourth and inch closer to a $200 million dollar domestic cumulative gross. Its safe to say, Ted was a smash. Pixar’s Brave will round out the top 5 with a $2.5 million dollar Friday. The film did pass the $200 million dollar domestic mark earlier this week. However, by Pixar standards the film was a disappointment.
Magic Mike is stilling hanging around, pulling in $1.6 million dollars on Friday as Oliver Stone’s Savages has fallen off the map in only its third week. The drug war film starring John Travolta and Taylor Kitsch only brought in $986 thousand dollars.
Top Ten Box Office Report
1. The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros) NEW [4,404 Theaters]
Friday $77.2M, Saturday $46.2M, Weekend $163M
2. Ice Age 4 (Blue Sky/Fox) Week 2 [3,886 Theaters]
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $8.0M, Weekend $20.6M (-56%), Cume $90.1M
3. The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony) Week 3 [3,753 Theaters]
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $11.1M, Cume $229.1M
4. Ted (MRC/Universal) Week 4 [3,214 Theaters]
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.0M, Weekend $10.3M, Cume $180.7M
5. Brave (Pixar/Disney) Week 5 [2,899 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $209.3M
6. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) Week 4 [2,606 Theaters]
Friday $1.6M, Weekend $4.3M, Cume $102.1M
7. Savages (Universal) Week 3 [2,336 Theaters]
Friday $986K, Weekend $3.3M, Cume $40.0M
8. Madea’s Witness Protection (TPerry/Lionsgate) Week 4 [1,540 Theaters]
Friday $744K, Weekend $2.2M, Cume $60.3M
9. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 9 [895 Theaters]
Friday $551K, Weekend $1.9M, Cume $36.2M
10. Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Anim/Par) Week 7 [1,261 Theaters]
Friday $447K, Weekend $1.5M, Cume $207.8M
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