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‘Angels & Demons’ and Dollars

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Armin Mueller-Stahl as Straus and Ewan McGregor	 as Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca in Columbia Pictures' 'Angels & Demons'

Angels & Demons beat the Vulcans and Romulans in a box-office death match as Star Trek is nudged out of the top spot in a very close race.A terrific opening for Sony/Columbia’s Angels & Demons as the summer-movie season keeps marching toward that revenue record I’ve been talking about for a couple of months. Great product is driving this incredible momentum as evidenced by the miniscule summer blockbuster second weekend drop of Star Trek of only 45 percent! This is almost unheard of for a film that opened so huge, but with a level of quality that transcends the genre, the film will have “legs” — or as Spock would say: “live long and prosper” at the box office.

Angels & Demons, the action-packed follow-up to 2006’s mega-hit The Da Vinci Code, earned $48 million this weekend with $16.6 million on Friday, $17.8 million on Saturday and $13.6 million on Sunday. Back on May 19 of 2006, The Da Vinci Code opened with a massive $77 million and went on to earn $217 million in domestic receipts and over $750 million worldwide! Da Vinci captured the zeitgeist of the moment and carried with it the momentum of the massive sales of the Dan Brown novel. Still, this is a great result for Angels, and it also does not hurt that Tom Hanks is back (and with a better haircut) along with director Ron Howard, hot on the heels of his amazing direction of Frost/Nixon.

Star Trek landed in second in a near-photo finish as the well-reviewed and well-liked film beamed up another $43 million in intergalactic loot, closing in on the $150 million mark domestically. A “tribble-sized” second weekend drop made it a formidable competitor in this robust marketplace, and it should continue to generate solid returns in the weeks to come.

In third is Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine with an impressive third weekend take of $14.8 million and a domestic cume of $151.1 million. After a steep 69 percent second weekend drop, just a 44 percent third weekend drop indicates that audiences are enjoying the X-Men ride as part of their summer movie diet.

Matthew McConaughey just will not budge out of the top five as Warner’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past continues to reap the benefits of being a very non-summer-style film amidst the season; the number-four flick rang up another $6.8 million, reaching the $40 million plateau.

Rounding out the top five is Sony/Screen Gems’ Obsessed, which audiences seem to be obsessed with as it remains a mainstay in rank. Its fourth weekend of release draws an impressive $4.5 million against a tiny 31 percent drop and a total of $62.6 million for the hugely profitable adult drama.

No discussion of this weekend would be complete without a mention of one of my favorite films of the year, Summit Entertainment’s The Brothers Bloom. Released in just four theaters, the film earned $82,000 and posted an impressive per-theater average of $20,500. The film expands into a wider release on the 22nd and the 29th of May, and I urge everyone to go see this unique and hugely entertaining comedic romp.

The second “up” weekend in a row puts the year-to-date box office at a solid 16 percent advantage at this point over last year and attendance at 13.25 percent ahead as we look forward to another huge weekend as Warner’s Terminator Salvation and Fox’s Night at the Museum 2 prepare to continue this massive winning streak at the nation’s theaters.

May 10: ‘Star Trek’ Beams Up Millions

Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek'

As expected, Paramount’s well-reviewed reboot of the Star Trek franchise took the number-one spot with a stellar $72.5 million. An incredible Friday to Saturday uptick shows that the film is resonating with audiences. After a strong showing of $4 million in pre-midnight Thursday screenings, the film went on to a solid $26.8M on Friday, $27.4M on Saturday and $18.3M on Sunday for a Friday through Sunday total of $72.5 million and a total cumulative of $76.5 million including the Thursday previews. The film will show major “legs” in the comings weeks with strong word-of-mouth propelling it well beyond the opening weekend. The J.J. Abrams crowd-pleaser boasts a terrific new cast (including Chris Pine as James T. Kirk) that nails the essence of the classic characters while giving them their own unique spin.IMAX showings of Star Trek set a new record for the large-screen giant with $8.2 million for the weekend (beating The Dark Knight‘s previous record of $6.3 million). Ninety percent of IMAX screenings of Trek were sold out for the entire weekend!

BONUS TRIVIA: Chris Pine’s dad, Robert Pine, played Sgt. Joseph Getraer (Ponch and John’s boss) in the TV cop show C.H.I.P.S., which ran from 1977-1983. Interestingly enough, Chris played Bill Pullman’s son in the 2008 wine country comedy Bottle Shock and Robert and Bill Pullman co-starred in 1996’s Independence Day. Pullman played President Thomas J. Whitmore and Pine played his Chief of Staff Glenn Parness. Chris was just 16 when that movie was released.

At number two with a silver bullet is Fox’s Wolverine, which took in about $27 million and a not insignificant, but expected second weekend drop of 68 percent. The film has earned a whopping $130 million in just ten days of release and certainly met with a lot of competition from Star Trek. Thus, no surprises here.

In third is the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with $10.4 million for the weekend. The Warner Brothers film offers a safe haven to women looking to avoid the sci-fi genre and have their own “girl’s night” alternative. The Matthew McConaughey vehicle is up to $30.2 million in domestic receipts.

Number four brings Sony/Screen Gems’ Obsessed with about $6.6 million in alimony and offers another alternative to the big blockbusters; the highly profitable film now approaches the $60 million mark.

Rounding out the top five is Warner’s 17 Again as Zac Efron proves he is a box-office force to be reckoned with. Another $4.4 million has it holding strong with just a small fourth weekend drop of 31 percent and a total domestic cumulative of $54.2 million.

Finally at number six is the debut of R-rated comedy Next Day Air from Summit Entertainment. The film offered a comedy alternative in the weekend’s only other wide release debut and took in about $4 million worth of box office in the process.

A big 20 percent plus “up” weekend at the box office after last week’s slightly “down” weekend, and so begins the statistical tug-of-war for summer 2009 vs. 2008 box-office supremacy. Year to date still rockin’ at a 16.1 percent advantage in the revenue department and 13.4 percent attendance advantage as the summer-movie onslaught continues next week with Sony’s Da Vinci Code follow-up, Angels and Demons, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. In limited release, look for the amazing The Brothers Bloom from Summit Entertainment.


1. NEW! Star Trek (Paramount) – $72.5M; 3849 theaters; $18,836 PTA
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) – $27M; 3849 theaters; $7,015 PTA; -68%; $129.6M cume
3. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros.) – $10.4M; 3175 theaters; $3,291 PTA; -32%; $30.2M cume
4. Obsessed (Sony/Screen Gems) – $6.6M; 2602 theaters; $2,537 PTA; -45%; $56.2M cume
5. 17 Again (Warner Bros.) – $4.4M; 2903 theaters; $1,517 PTA; -31%; $54.1M cume
6. NEW! Next Day Air (Summit) – $4M; 1138 theaters; $3,515 PTA
7. The Soloist (Paramount) – $3.6M; 2090 theaters; $1,725 PTA; -36%; $23.5M cume
8. Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) – $3.3M; 2185 theaters; $1,546 PTA; -42%; $186.8M cume
9. Earth (Disney) – $2.4M; 1794 theaters; $1,387 PTA; -43%; $26M cume
10. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney) – $2.4M; 2301 theaters; $1,049 PTA; -42%; $74M cume


1. NEW! Angels & Demons (Sony/Columbia) – $48M; 3527 theaters; $13,609 PTA
2. Star Trek (Paramount) – $43M; 3860 theaters; $11,140 PTA; -43%; $147.6M cume
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) – $14.8M; 3892 theaters; $3,803 PTA; -44%; $151M cume
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros.) – $6.8M; 3150 theaters; $2,178 PTA; -33%; $40M cume
5. Obsessed (Sony/Screen Gems) – $4.5M; 2634 theaters; $1,727 PTA; -31%; $62.5M cume
6. 17 Again (Warner Bros.) – $3.4M; 2450 theaters; $1,388 PTA; -20%; $58.3M cume
7. Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) – $3M; 1951 theaters; $1,538 PTA; -8%; $190.5M cume
8. The Soloist (Paramount) – $2.4M; 2022 theaters; $1,199 PTA; -39%; $27.5M cume
9. Next Day Air (Summit) – $2.2M; 1139 theaters; $2,003 PTA; -45%; $7.6M cume
10. Earth (Disney) – $1.6M; 1584 theaters; $1,061 PTA; -37%; $29M cume

May 3: ‘Wolverine’ Sliced It!

Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth in 20th Century Fox's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

With baited Wolverine breath, the industry waited for the kick-off weekend of the summer-movie season amidst much anticipation as the X-Men franchise proves to be one of the most reliable and consistent at the box office. With a whopping $35 million on Friday, $29.7 million on Saturday and an estimated $22.2 million on Sunday, the $87 million opening proved that star Hugh Jackman’s appeal goes beyond his song and dance skills — and translates to major summertime superhero bucks.Of course, last year’s comparable weekend provided a very tough comparison with the $98.6 million opening of Paramount’s awesome Iron Man. However, by the closest of margins we have our sixth consecutive “up” weekend with year-to-date revenues running 16.4 percent ahead of last year with an attendance at a 13.7 percent advantage.

At number two in a perfect counter-programming move is Warner Brothers’ romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, which earned a solid $15.3 million in a similar situation to last year’s number-two film Made of Honor (Sony), which went head-to-head with Iron Man and earned $14.8 million. Shocking as it may seem, there is always a percentage of the populace that has no interest in the comic-book superhero genre and, thus, an opportunity to grab up a portion of that audience when a weekend like this presents itself.

At number three is last weekend’s highly profitable fatal romance drama Obsessed from Sony’s red-hot Screen Gems division with $12.2 million. The modestly budgeted film ($20 million production budget) is already at $47 million. Given the level of competition this weekend, this was a pretty impressive performance.

The Zac attack continues as Warner Brothers’ 17 Again earned another $6.35 million propelling its way to $50 million on domestic box-office. It proves that teen idolatry pays off in the movie business.

Rounding out the top five is Paramount’s Monsters Vs. Aliens, which scared up another $5.8 million and impressive domestic cumulative of $182.4 million.

Debuting way outside of the top 5 is Roadside Attraction’s 3-D animated Battle for Terra, which found itself on the tough end of a brutally competitive weekend with just $1 million in receipts.

Summer’s start continues the tradition of strong performances with the sixth “up” box-office weekend in a row, albeit by the slimmest of margins. In fact, if today’s estimates are on the high side. we could end up with a “down” weekend when the final numbers are tallied on Monday. Regardless, this was an incredibly strong weekend and a great way to start the summer movie season.


1. NEW! X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) – $87M; 4099 theaters; $21,225 PTA
2. NEW! Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros.) – $15.3M; 3175 theaters; $4,827 PTA
3. Obsessed (Sony/Screen Gems) – $12.2M; 2514 theaters; $4,853 PTA; -57%; $47M cume
4. 17 Again (Warner Bros.) – $6.3M; 3255 theaters; $1,952 PTA; -45%; $48.4M cume
5. Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) – $5.8M; 2626 theaters; $2,209 PTA; -32%; $182.4M cume
6. The Soloist (Paramount) – $5.6M; 2033 theaters; $2,755 PTA; -42%; $18.1M cume
7. Earth (Disney) – $4.1M; 1804 theaters; $2,319 PTA; -53%; $21.8M cume
8. Fighting (Universal) – $4.1M; 2312 theaters; $1,805 PTA; -62%; $17.5M cume
9. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney) – $4M; 2819 theaters; $1,446 PTA; -37%; $70.8M cume
10. State of Play (Universal) – $3.6M; 2445 theaters; $1,495 PTA; -47%; $30.8M cume


May 25, 2009 - Posted by | COLLECTION RECORDS

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