GLOBAL REPORT: 'The Force Awakens' Becomes #3 All-Time Highest Grossing Film Worldwide; Fails to Breakout in China on January 10, 2016


Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit $1.73 billion globally this weekend to become the #3 film of all-time worldwide, passing Jurassic World.

The Force Awakens finally landed in China on Saturday with an estimated two day total of $53 million making it according to Disney's spin machine, "the highest Saturday/Sunday opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time." Of course, it should also be mentioned that The Force Awakens is the only Hollywood film to have ever opened on a Saturday so those records mean almost nothing.

In addition, according to social media reports, word of mouth amongst Chinese moviegoers is mixed at best, which led to a steep 35% drop from Saturday to Sunday. IMAX screens took in $8.1M, also "far exceeding any previous 2-day opening" according to Disney.

Weekday holds will determine China's final tally, but the film appears to be struggling to find a foothold with Chinese audiences.

Among holdovers, the UK/Ireland still leads the way with an estimated total of $161.4 million and the film passed Skyfall on Friday to become the highest grossing movie ever there. Other top markets include Germany ($94.7M), France ($76.6M), Japan ($65.5M), Australia ($57.6M), Spain ($31.6M), Italy ($27.2M), Mexico ($26.2M), Russia ($25.3M), Brazil ($24.6M), and South Korea ($23.8M).

Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur rumbled into 5 new territories this weekend scoring $12.0 million and bringing the international total for the toon to $148.7 million. South Korea opened in first place with $3.3 million, while Brazil debuted on top with an estimated $2.7 million. The Good Dinosaur has grossed $266 million worldwide.

The Revenant earned $20.2 million from just 10 overseas markets in its first frame at the international box office. Russia led the way, taking the #1 spot in the market with $7.6 million. Germany ($4.3 million) and Australia ($2.9 million also opened well, just behind Star Wars. The film's early worldwide total is $59.75 million. It opens in UK/Ireland, Italy, and South Korea next weekend.

Daddy's Home found $10.2 million this weekend in 30 markets, including 15 new openings. Its international cume is now $37.9 million and the worldwide total is $154.2 million. Russia opened with $1.6 million, Indonesia debuted with $524K and the UAE bowed with $485K. Next week sees openings in Argentina, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.

The Peanuts Movie earned $8.6 million this weekend in 59 total overseas markets. Openings include Argentina ($598K), Peru ($527K), and Chile ($351K). The film has grossed $92.2 million overseas and $221.3 million worldwide. Brazil opens next weekend.

Joy rang up another $7.5 million in 45 markets this weekend at the international box office, bringing its overseas cume to $24.1 million. David O. Russell's film has grossed $70.6 million worldwide.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip drove off with an additional $5.8 million from 24 overseas territories this weekend. The toon has grossed $36.2 million overseas and $111.8 million worldwide. It opens in Russia next weekend.

The Big Short grossed $4.6 million from 24 overseas markets, including 15 new openings. The international cume is now $9.7 million and the worldwide total is $52.5 million. Openings include Italy at #2 with $1.9 million, Mexico with $482K, and Argentina at #4 with $444K. The Big Short opens in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, Indonesia, South Africa, and Taiwan next week.

Bridge of Spies netted $3.9 million in 18 markets at the international box office this weekend. Japan opened in 2nd place behind Star Wars with $1.4 million. Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller has grossed $81.1 million overseas and $151.8 million worldwide.

The Danish Girl rolled out to 8 new overseas territories this weekend grossing $3.2 million in 10 total territories for an early international cume of $7M. Openings include Germany ($779K), Germany-Switzerland ($230K), Austria ($38K), and Singapore ($102K). After 5 BAFTA nominations were announced on Friday for the period drama, UK/Ireland held strongl with $1.9M for a 10-day total of $5.5M. The Danish Girl has grossed $14.6 million worldwide. Next weekend, the film opens in Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, India, Israel, and Vietnam.

Sisters partied to an additional $3.4 million in 21 territories this weekend with a $2.5 million debut Down Under. The UK/Ireland held with $213K in its 3rd weekend for a 22-day total of $3.9M. Sisters has grossed $8.2 million overseas and $82.1 million worldwide, and will open in Peru and Russia next weekend.

Spectre raked in another $3.2 million this weekend from 53 total markets. Germany delivered $800K in its 10th weekend in release, pushing the local total to $71.8 million. Spectre is the highest grossing film Bond film of all-time in Germany. Spectre has grossed $872.1 million worldwide.

Films earning less than $2 million overseas this weekend and local language films

Babysitting 2 (France)
Overseas Weekend: $1.0M
Overseas Total: $20.5M
Global Total: $20.5M

Hotel Transylvania 2
Overseas Weekend: $0.86M
Overseas Total: $296.8M
Global Total: $465.6M

Spanish Affairs (Spain)
Overseas Weekend: $0.68M
Overseas Total: $36.5M
Global Total: $36.5M

Crimson Peak
Overseas Weekend: $0.12M
Overseas Total: $43.4M
Global Total: $74.5M

NORTH AMERICA: Platform Watch: 'Anomalisa' Takes $221K in Expansion; '45 Years' Claims $91K in NY/LA; 'Carol' Registers $1.47M in Limited on January 10, 2016


By Daniel Garris

With Fox's The Revenant taking off in wide release, it was fairly quiet on the platform front this weekend.

Paramount's Anomalisa took in an estimated $221,000 from 17 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed stop motion animated film directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson a per-location average of $13,000. Upon expanding into an additional 13 locations this weekend, Anomalisa was up 63 percent over last weekend's performance. In comparison, 2008's Synecdoche, New York took in $99,363 in its second weekend while remaining in nine locations for a per-location average of $11,040. The twelve-day platform total for Anomalisa stands at $490,532.

45 Years grossed an estimated $90,567 from nine locations in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-location average of $10,063. The critically acclaimed drama from IFC Films' Sundance Selects division starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay was up a slim 3 percent from last weekend (when the film was playing in six locations). 45 Years has grossed $354,720 in 19 days of release. IFC Films plans to expand 45 Years into additional markets on January 22.

The Weinstein Company's Carol registered an estimated $1.47 million from 525 locations. The critically acclaimed Todd Haynes directed romantic drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara was up a modest 25 percent upon expanding into additional 336 locations this weekend. Carol had a per-location average of $2,808 for the frame. The 52-day total for Carol stands at $6.99 million.

Focus' The Danish Girl took in an estimated $0.83 million from 417 locations. The Tom Hooper directed drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander was down 46 percent from last weekend. That represented a concerning hold, especially since the location count for The Danish Girl only decreased by 32 this weekend. The Danish Girls has grossed $7.59 million in 45 days.

As they continue to play in limited release, Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn and Open Road's Spotlight took in respective estimated grosses of $1.05 million and $0.94 million. Brooklyn was down just 16 percent from last weekend, while Spotlight decreased by 21 percent. Respective 66-day grosses for the awards season hopefuls stand at $28.56 million for Spotlight and at $22.43 million for Brooklyn.

Janus Films' re-issue of Chimes at Midnight continued to play well at Film Forum in New York with an estimated $19,000. The Orson Welles directed 1965 film was essentially unchanged from last weekend's performance. The ten-day total for Chimes at Midnight stands at $53,824. Janus Films will expand Chimes at Midnight throughout the winter.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Estimates: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Zooms Past $800M After Leading with $41.6M; 'The Revenant' Breaks Out with $38.0M Second Place Take; 'The Forest' Opens in Fourth with Solid $13.1M on January 10, 2016


Sunday Update: Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $41.63 million to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise claimed the second largest fourth weekend gross of all-time; behind only the $50.31 million fourth weekend take of Avatar back in January of 2010. The Force Awakens was down a sharp 54 percent from last weekend, as the film having been seen by so many moviegoers, the end of the holidays and the added presence of The Revenant in the marketplace all took a toll this weekend.

In the bigger picture Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed the $800 million mark this weekend and continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $812.01 million in 24 days of release. The Force Awakens is currently running 88.5 percent ahead of the $430.85 million 24-day take of Avatar and 46 percent ahead of the $556.54 million 24-day gross of last year's Jurassic World. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in twelfth place on the all-time adjusted domestic list, as the film moved past the lifetime adjusted grosses of Return of the Jedi, The Exorcist and The Empire Strikes Back this weekend.

Fox's The Revenant had a terrific expansion into wide release with an estimated second place take of $38.0 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio exceeded its rising expectations and claimed the fifth largest January opening weekend of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). It was especially important for The Revenant to get off to a strong start this weekend with the film's expensive price tag in mind. The Revenant marks another strong performer for DiCaprio and opened just below the $41.06 million start of 2010's Shutter Island. This weekend's performance for The Revenant was just ahead of the $37.85 million debut of 2014's Lone Survivor and was an impressive 55.5 percent stronger than the $24.44 million Zero Dark Thirty took in its first weekend of wide release back in January of 2013.

The Revenant opened with an estimated $14.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 6 percent on Saturday to take in $15.20 million and is estimated to fall 44 percent on Sunday to gross $8.45 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.65 to 1. After an additional two weeks of platform release, The Revenant has grossed $39.56 million in 17 days. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts a strong 87 percent audience score on Flixster. The Revenant will hope to hold up well going forward, thanks in part to its awards season buzz.

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu recently spoke with BoxOffice on the film's themes and its ambitious production, which aims to harness the full potential of the big screen experience. That interview can be read here.

Paramount's Daddy's Home claimed third place with an estimated $15.0 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a sizable 49 percent from last weekend, as the end of the holiday season and the stronger than expected performance of The Revenant affected holdovers in general this weekend. Even with the decline this weekend, Daddy's Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 17-day take of $116.31 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the $88.25 million 17-day take of 2010's The Other Guys (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to gross $10.16 million).

The Forest debuted in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $13.09 million. The PG-13 horror film from Focus and Gramercy starring Natalie Dormer exceeded pre-release expectations and was off to a solid start with its modest $10 million reported production budget it mind. January tends to be a good month to open horror films and that trend continued this weekend for The Forest. The film opened 13 percent below the $15.03 million start of last year's The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, but going forward likely won't be quite as front-loaded as that film was.

The Forest launched with $4.98 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.52 million from Thursday evening shows) and had an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.63 to 1. The Forest received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable for a horror film. On the other hand, the film has received a soft 34 percent audience score on Flixster. Regardless of word of mouth, The Forest should be front-loaded given its genre and the upcoming direct competition from STX Entertainment's The Boy beginning on January 22.

Sisters rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.17 million. Universal's R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler declined 44 percent, which represented one of the weekend's stronger percentage holds among wide releases. Sisters continues to impress with a 24-day gross of $73.88 million. That already gives the film a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.31 to 1. Sisters is currently running 20 percent ahead of the $61.44 million 24-day gross of 2012's This Is 40.

The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight and Paramount's The Big Short are in a close battle for sixth place with respective estimated takes of $6.35 million and $6.30 million. The break-out performance of The Revenant clearly took a toll on both films this weekend, as The Hateful Eight was down a very sharp 60 percent despite adding 464 locations and The Big Short was down 30 percent despite adding 941 locations. Respective total grosses stand at $42.85 million for The Big Short in 31 days and at $41.47 million for The Hateful Eight in 17 days.


Saturday Update: Launching into wide release yesterday was Fox's The Revenant, and early returns are excellent as it's the first movie to unseat Star Wars: The Force Awakens from first place on the daily chart. The strongly buzzed-about film from Oscar-winning Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu earned an estimated $14.4 million on Friday following an excellent $1.56 million two-week platform in four theaters. That's on par with 2014's Lone Survivor, which also pulled a $14.4 million opening day in wide release after a strong limited run over the holidays. Revenant did earn a bit more of its cash on Thursday night compared to that film ($2.3 million versus $1.5 million), so it's possible the weekend will be slightly more front-loaded for Revenant. That said, continuing awards buzz, raves for Leonardo DiCaprio's master performance, very positive word of mouth (87 percent on Flixster) and reviews (81 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and the big screen scope of the film are expected to drive it in the long run. Look for a weekend around $36.5 million (which should put it behind Star Wars for the overall frame) and healthy legs thereafter.

Disney reports that Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned another $10.76 million in second place on Friday, bringing its record-breaking North American total up to $781.14 million through 22 days of release. The blockbuster phenom was off around 68 percent from New Year's Day last Friday, continuing to follow the day-to-day pattern of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King a bit more closely (it dropped 65 percent from Friday, January 2 to January 9, 2004). On track to become the first film in history to topple the $800 million domestic benchmark sometime on Sunday, The Force Awakens is eyeing a fourth straight weekend first place finish with around $41 million.

The Forest debuted with a decent $4.975 million opening on Friday, generally matching pre-release expectations. The film, reportedly shot for around $10 million, isn't generating positive buzz though with weak scores of 37 percent on Flixster and 13 percent among RT critics. An overall opening weekend around $11.9 million.

Meanwhile, Daddy's Home tacked on another $4.2 million yesterday for a new total of $105.5 million as it eyes a $14.2 million weekend. Sisters rounded out the top five with $2.26 million on Friday, bringing its take up to $69.97 million as it heads toward $7.2 million this weekend.


Friday Update: Sources report that The Revenant pulled an estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening shows in 2,501 locations. That's a strong start for the heavily buzzed-about film, topping the $1.5 million Thursday night start of Lone Survivor on this same weekend two years ago. Following a $1.5 million, 13-day run in four NY/LA theaters, audiences nationwide are anticipating the latest film from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (who took home Oscars for last year's Birdman) and, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio's award-contending lead performance.

DiCaprio has a recent history of leading films that exceed expectations in wide release (if not outright over-perform). His villainous turn in Django Unchained was a significant drawing factor for the Quentin Tarantino film three years ago. A few months later, he drove Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby well beyond pre-release box office predictions.

It seems unlikely that Revenant will follow the Thursday night-to-weekend multiplier of Lone Survivor (which bagged a $37.85 million wide opening weekend after also playing in limited release). However, last year's American Sniper earned more than 16 times its Thursday night wide release ($5.3 million) over the course of its three-day expanded opening weekend ($89.3 million). A similar pattern for Revenant would translate to over $38 million this weekend.

It's possible Revenant could end up even more front-loaded depending on how well play the atmospheric film plays with casual moviegoers in its early hours of release, but the selling power of DiCaprio, an Oscar-winning director, awards buzz, and Tom Hardy in a supporting role has us confident in a strong run ahead.

For now, we're projecting the film will score $35 million this weekend with potential to go higher. That would land it in a strong second place showing behind the presumed four-peat of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is aiming for another weekend close to $50 million.

Meanwhile, The Forest pulled $515,000 from 1,700 theaters last night, comparing favorably to last year's The Lazarus Effect ($350K Thursday / $10.2 million weekend). A similar weekend finish is probably in store for Forest.

Follow BoxOffice for more weekend updates beginning Saturday morning with weekend projections based on official Friday estimates from the studios.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Reaches $770M After Leading Thursday with $5.97M; 'Daddy’s Home' Passes $100M After $1.48M Daily Take on January 08, 2016


By Daniel Garris

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $5.97 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 74 percent from last Thursday's New Year's Eve performance. In comparison, 2009's Avatar fell 12 percent on its third Thursday to gross $6.09 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the weekly box office with $118.41 million. That was down 55 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a record breaking $770.38 million. In addition to being the highest grossing film ever domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation; The Force Awakens has now moved into 15th place on the all-time domestic list when adjusting for ticket price inflation (the film moved past the lifetime adjusted gross of Jurassic Park on Thursday). Star Wars: The Force Awakens will zoom past the $800 million mark this weekend.

Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $9.0 million on Thursday. The film has now grossed $821.3 million overseas and $1.592 billion globally.

Paramount's Daddy's Home held steady in second place with $1.48 million. In the process, the PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell passed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday. Daddy's Home declined 4 percent from Wednesday and 75 percent from last Thursday. Daddy's Home placed in second for the week with $36.63 million. The film was down 43 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $101.31 million in two weeks.

The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight took in $1.29 million to remain in third. The Quentin Tarantino directed western was down a sharp 10 percent from Wednesday, but still down a respectable 59 percent from last Thursday. The Hateful Eight took third place for the week with $21.78 million. That was below expectations and brings the film's two week total to $35.12 million. The Hateful Eight is expanding into an additional 464 locations this weekend, but will also be facing new direct competition from Fox's The Revenant (which took in a strong estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening shows).

Sisters grossed $1.10 million to continue to claim fourth place. Universal's R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 52 percent from last Thursday. Sisters placed in fourth for the week with $17.59 million. The film was down just 34.5 percent from the previous week and has grossed a very healthy $66.71 million through three weeks of release. That already gives Sisters a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.79 to 1.

Paramount's The Big Short and Fox's Joy claimed fifth and sixth place with respective grosses of $0.791 million and $0.789 million. The Big Short fell 9 percent from Wednesday, while Joy was down 8 percent. Joy placed in sixth for the week with $13.75 million and The Big Short finished closely behind in seventh with $12.55 million. Respective total grosses stand at $42.06 million for Joy in two weeks and at $36.55 million for The Big Short in four weeks. The Big Short is expanding into an additional 941 locations this weekend.

Twitter Futures - 'Revenant' Poised For Breakout on January 08, 2016


By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: Deadpool took top spot in mentions on Twitter over the past week as expected. With Star Wars now slamming box office records left and right  Deadpool has inherited the Twitter fanboy upcoming film title, a position it should be able to lock down tight until its release next month barring any huge trailers being dropped for one of the other tentpoles. 

This upcoming weekend The Revenant attempts to successfully expand to wide release (over 3,300 screens) and do what its director Alejandro González Iñárritu amazingly never did with his last acclaimed film Birdman, have a weekend of over $3 million dollars. Yes The Hateful Eight might snipe some of its business or even Star Wars but there is more than enough to go around and the buzz here. A solid marker here is that The Hateful Eight opened in wide release last weekend yet The Revenant still managed to secure more buzz than it over the past week (Hateful Eight had 81,823 tweets). We have predicted a $30 million opening for Leo and friends this weekend.

Juggernauts X-Men and Captain America secured third and fourth respectively without any major news just based on the laurels of their franchises. Disney sneaked into the fifth spot as well with Zootopia which has generated a surprising amount of buzz considering its younger target demographic and that its an original film rather than an adaptation or sequel. Kung Fu Panda 3 for instance was way back in 13th spot on the week with just over 16,000 tweets. I suspect I'll be talking about Zootopia a lot more in coming week as its release approaches.

Twitter Top 5 Movies for the week of January 1st to January 7th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
2/12/16 Deadpool 125,655 1 (+1) -49.17%
1/08/16 The Revenant (2015) 92,012 2 (+3) 74.85%
5/27/16 X-Men: Apocalypse 73,076 3 (+1) -5.15%
5/06/16 Captain America: Civil War 54,428 4 (+4) 46.01%
3/04/16 Zootopia 44,239 5 (+10) 81.20%

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