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Tuesday May 22, 2018

Shining City on a Hollywood Hill

Hollywood sign

It still astounds me that one of America's most successful industries is forever being disparaged by the political party that claims to care about American industry.

This is from two weeks ago on box office mojo:

Worldwide box office May 2018

Look at that. What other country can do that? None. I‘ve written about the box office of “Wolf Warrior II” and other Chinese films, as well as the fact that China is on the verge of becoming the world’s No. 1 movie marketplace. But Chinese films don't travel well. Few besides the Chinese go see them. The world goes to see Hollywood films. 

Americans don't comprehend how much Hollywood dominates the world maybe because we‘re used to it and maybe because we’re too close to it, but it's stunning and has real-world consequences. China Daily just posted an article on the number of Chinese students who come to the U.S. to study. Their lede is about a young man from Henan province who became determined to study here after seeing a Hollywood movie (“High School Musical”). He's not alone. People don't come here just because there's greater freedom, nor just because within a generation your family is American. (Cf., China.) The shining city on a hill has a Hollywood sign on it.

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Posted at 06:08 AM on May 22, 2018 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday May 20, 2018

Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Opens Down from ‘Deadpool’

Deadpool 2 opens to $125 million

“Deadpool 2” opened in a better month than “Deadpool” (May vs. Feb.) and in nearly 1,000 more theaters (4,349 vs. 3,558) but did slightly less business opening weekend ($125 million vs. $132). That's still the third-best opening of the year, after “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity,” and the 30th-best all time. Nothing to sneeze at. But it's got to be a slight disappointment for Ryan Reynolds and Fox Studios.

Meanwhile, in its fourth weekend, “Avengers: Infinity War” fell 53% to rake in another $28 mil for $595 domestically. That's slightly ahead of “Black Panther”'s numbers in its fourth weekend ($561); but “BP” was falling much less fast. It actually grossed $40 million that weekend and $26 in its fifth. Don't know if “Avengers” can catch it. Right now “BP is at $697 million and grossed another $800k the past three days. I'm sure Buena Vista will push for the magic $700 million mark, which only two domestic movies (”Star Wars: The Force Awakens“ and ”Avatar“) have ever reached. 

Speaking of magic numbers, the worldwide gross of ”Avengers“ is at $1.8 billion and climbing. That's fourth-best all-time. Ahead: ”Force Awakens“ and the two Camerons. Bigger question: Can it pass the $2 billion mark? I think it can. 

The other new releases? Not much. The awful-looking ”Book Club“ (my favorite ‘70s actresses read ”Fifty Shades of Gray“) finished in third place with $12 million; the awful-looking ”Show Dogs“ (Will Arnett + talking dogs in a police comedy) finished in sixth with $6 mil; and the intriguing-looking doc ”Pope Francis: A Man of His Word“ grossed $481k for 16th place. 

Better doc news, as Mark Harris tweeted this morning, is that for the second weekend in a row, ”RBG," the doc on SCOTUS justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, finished in the top 10. It’s grossed $3.8 mil, and is worth seeing, btw. 

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Han Solo gets into the act. 

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Posted at 12:35 PM on May 20, 2018 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday May 06, 2018

Box Office: ‘Avengers’ Keeps Roaring

Avengers Infinity War fastest to $1 billion worldwide

After 10 days, “Avengers: Infinity War” is the 15th-biggest domestic hit of all time—unadjusted—and it's just shy of the final total the subpar “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in: $450 million vs. $459.

It fell 56% from its record-setting opening but still brought in the second-biggest second weekend of all time: $112. It's also the fastest film to a billion bucks worldwide. Took eight days. It's 15th in terms of worldwide gross, too. Yes, unadjusted. $1.164 billion. “Ultron” wound up at $1.4, “Marvel's The Avengers” at $1.5. I expect this will eclipse both. 

If you adjust for inflation, “Infinity” is 110th with a bullet. It's already ahead of “Top Gun,” the No. 1 movie of 1986. 

In second place for the weekend was “Overboard,” which, last December, I called an early candidate for the worst movie of 2018. Its RT number is 30%, and that's on the backs of positive reviews of the “It's not a perfect movie by any means” type. It grossed $14.7. 

I didn't see it. The movie I saw this weekend is “RBG,” the documentary on Supreme Court Justice, and cultural icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It didn't do poorly for a doc in 36 theaters across the country, grossing $16K per for a total of $560k. “RBG” had the second best per-theater average in the country, after “Avengers.” 

Third place for the weekend, by the way, was “A Quiet Place,” which grossed another $7.6 for a domestic total of $159.8. It's now the fourth-biggest horror film of all time (unadjusted), after “It,” “The Sixth Sense,” and “The Excorcist.” 

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Posted at 08:32 AM on May 06, 2018 in category Movies - Box Office
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Monday April 30, 2018

Box Office: Moviegoers Assemble for ‘Avengers’

Avengers: Infinity War sets box office records

Sorry. Hulk faster than that. 

And it belongs to “The Avengers” once more.

Records are made to be broken, and what goes around comes around, and what came around this past weekend was the lastest (and last?) installment of Earth's Mightiest Superheroes, the Avengers, in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which—shocking me anyway, since I thought we were kinda done with them—opened to $257.7 million. That's the new record. it broke the opening-weekend record (domestic, unadjusted) set two and a half years earlier by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened to $247.9 million . That broke “Jurassic World”'s record of $208, which just nipped the record set three years earlier by, yes, “The Avengers.” Sorry. “Marvel‘s The Avengers.”

It’s the 10th time this century that a new opening weekend record (domestic, unadjusted) has been set. Chronologically: 

Rnk Movie Opening % of Total Thtrs Total Release
65 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $90.2 28% 3,672 $317.5 11/16/01
38 Spider-Man $114.8 28% 3,615 $403.7 5/3/02
24 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $135.6 32% 4,133 $423.3 7/7/06
18 Spider-Man 3 $151.1 45% 4,252 $336.5 5/4/07
14 The Dark Knight $158.4 30% 4,366 $533.3 7/18/08
11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $169.1 44% 4,375 $381.0 7/15/11
5 Marvel's The Avengers $207.4 33% 4,349 $623.3 5/4/12
4 Jurassic World $208.8 32% 4,274 $652.2 6/12/15
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247.9 26% 4,134 $936.6 12/18/15
1 Avengers: Infinity War $257.6 n/a 4,474 $257.6 4/27/18

You know what's interesting about this list? Every one of these movies wound up the biggest movie of their respective years. Even the movies that burst out of the gate and kinda died. Your “Spider-Man 3”s and “Harry Potters and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”s. Even those.

But becoming the biggest movie of the year is much tougher for this “Avengers” since another film in the MCU, “Black Panther,” has already become the third-highest grossing film of all-time (domestic, unadjusted). So for “Infinity War” to beat it, it has to do what “Marvel's The Avengers” did back in 2012: gross three times its opening weekend gross. It can't burst out of the gate and kinda die. It can't be “Spider-Man 3.” 

I know. It already isn't.

Interesting list. Which movie on it would you see again? Which three would you choose for a film festival? None are exactly “Casablanca.”

I see “Infinity War” tomorrow. Wish me luck. 

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Posted at 07:25 PM on Apr 30, 2018 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday April 15, 2018

Box Office: ‘Rampage’ Opens with a Quiet Win; 'A Quiet Place' Continues to Rampage

Dwayne Johnson's giant ape movie “Rampage” opened to a soft $34 million win this weekend, but what's in an opening? Last April, his “The Fate of the Furious” opened to $98 and grossed a total of $226, while last December his “Jumanji” opened to a tepid $36 (admittedly, the week before Xmas) and wound up grossing $401. That's a rarity but never underestimate The Rock's appeal. Last thing my wife wants to see is a giant ape movie. But with The Rock? She's there. 

It's also the third-biggest opening for a video game adaptation ever—after the first “Lara Kroft” in 2001 ($47.7) and “Angry Birds” two years ago ($38). Those are the only VG adapts that ever grossed north of $100 mil, and “Kroft” topped out at $131. I'm pretty sure “Rampage” will beat that. We‘ll see. 

Meanwhile, John Kransinski’s “A Quiet Place,” which grossed $50 mil last weekend, dropped only 35% to add $32 to its coffers, for a grand total of $99.6. It also added something equally important. For some reason, last weekend, under its genre, Box Office Mojo simply listed one. No, not “horror.” Not “thriller.” Just this: “Off-Screen Couples On Screen.” WTF, right? How can we gauge how it's doing against other horror films if it's not listed as one? This weekend, they fixed that. It now ranks 13th all-time in horror and 11th in “Off-Screen Couples On Screen.” The top three of those are “Twilight” movies. 

And for the record, its opening was the third-best for a horror film—after “It” and “Paranormal Activity 3.” 

In third place, another horror film, “Truth or Dare,” which earned $19. Apparently the Trump administration isn't enough for some people.

“Black Panther” earned another $5 mil, and is at $673 (third-best ever domestically) and $1.3 billion worldwide (10th-best). Even if you adjust for inflation, “BP,” a Feb. release, is 33rd all-time, just behind “The Dark Knight” and “Thunderball.” 

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Posted at 08:46 PM on Apr 15, 2018 in category Movies - Box Office
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