Saturday Morning Update: This weekend, mid-week, Disney/20th Century Studios/Lightstorm’s Avatar: Waterway Easily surpassed The Avengers 10th highest grossing film of all time in the US/Canada with $623.3M. Directed by James Cameron, the film is expected to be a box office hit $14M-$16M Seventh straight no. 1 weekend series. Avatar 2‘s seven-weekend run tied the original at No. 1 Avatar and the Henry Fonda-Katherine Hepburn multi-Oscar winning film At the Golden Pond.
This weekend, at the high end, Avatar at $620.9M Seems to fly past Star Wars: The Last JediIt took in $620.1M domestically, making it the 11th-highest-grossing film of all time in the US/Canada. It has now taken over worldwide $2.074 billion, Avatar 2 4th-highest worldwide release of all time, passed The Force Awakens’ $2.07 billion puts Cameron in the top three of the top 4 movies of all time: Avatar No. 1 ($2.9 billion), Titanic No. 3 ($2.19 billion) and water way No. 4. Avengers: Endgame 2nd worldwide with $2.799B.
Out of all the Best Picture nominations for this year’s Oscars, it was nominated 4x Avatar 2 It’s the only movie expected to make buckets of money heading into Oscar night on March 12 — and given its blockbuster momentum, that’s really organic. Avatar 2 Still its all Imax and a big chunk of PLF. I heard they are giving up their dolby screens to universal Tap into the cabin Next weekend, the film will hopefully give a slight lift to the sleepy winter box office with a $17M-$20M opening. The domestic box office for 2023 is headed for hype with a $120M 4-day opening over the Presidents Day weekend. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania.
With no major studio-wide theatrical releases this weekend, all films take in around $71.2M, up +103% from a year ago, when the market was capped by Omicron, where all titles grossed $35M.
Those distributors and films using a frame that lacks new major studio titles:
Yash Raj’s Indian spy film Pathan To be opened from Siddharth Anand $5.75M 694 locations in 162 markets. The film in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu was launched on Wednesday and should be filed $8.4M By Sunday. The film saw very strong numbers in Toronto, NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Vancouver, San Francisco and Seattle. The film follows an Indian spy who takes on the leader of a mercenary force who have sinister plans to target his homeland.
Neon’s Sundance midnight premiere Infinity pool An Eye from Brandon Cronenberg $3M Opening in 1,835 theatres. The Sundance director’s cut is an NC-17 with frolicking scenes, breastfeeding scenes and more scenes shy of R. That $3M opening was better than David Cronenberg’s Papa David Cronenberg’s $1.1M opening for the Cannes premiere last summer. future crimes, Even with Neon , that’s better than that film’s lifetime domestic haul of $2.4M.
Despite an 88% freshman rating among critics, the Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman film earned a C- CinemaScore with audiences and a 52% ComScore/ScreenEngine PostTrack 28% recommendation among viewers. Mostly here 60% and 67% are guys aged 18-34. Diversity demos are 57% Caucasian, 24% Latino and Hispanic, 11% Asian/Other, and 8% Black. The film did its business on the beaches with nine out of the top ten theaters. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin ranked 7th. I said ticket sales were down looking at top markets like NYC, LA, Chicago, Dallas and Philly.
Deep Events’ Left: Rise of the Antichrist Kevin Sorbo watches from $2.3M In 1,362 theaters. The film played in the confidence belt of the South and Midwest, where eight of the top ten runs came. Burbank was the only LA theater to make the list. Lockline: After the world has fallen into chaos the only light is a handsome new leader who rises to head the UN. But does he offer hope for a better future? Or the end of the world?
Launch of WellGoUSA’s Chinese sequel Wandering Earth II NYC, LA, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver had solid numbers among 61 markets. $1.3M. The movie closed close to $70M last weekend at the start of the Lunar New Year. The film grossed $352 million in its first week in China. Aha.
Publication of Trafalgar Billie Eilish: Live at the 02 has the same size with $1.29M-$1.3M 600 locations in 143 markets. The film was released in and outside the major cities.
- Avatar 2 (Dis) 3,600 (-190) theaters Fri $3.57M (-24%), 3 Day $14M-$16M (-20% high), totaling $620.9M/Wk
2. Puss in Boots 2 (Uni) 3,452 (-159) theaters Fri $2.4 (-13%), 3-day $10.5M (-11%), total $140.7M/Wk 6
3.) A man called Otto (Sony) 3,957 (+155) theaters, Fri $1.95M, 3-day $6.3M (-28%), $45.6M total, Wk 5
4.) M3GAN (Uni/Plum) 3,416 (-212) theaters, Fri $1.63M (-39%), 3-day $6M (-38%), $81.9M/Wk 4 total
5.) Pathan (Yash) 694 theaters, Fri $1.87M, 3 days $5.75MTotal $8.4M/Wk 1
6.) missing (Sony) 3,025 theaters Fri $1.55M (-54%), 3-day $5.075M (-45%), $16.9M/Wk 2 total
7.) Airplane (LG) Fri $1.06M (-32%), 3 Day $3.5M (-33%), Total $25M/Wk 3
8.) Infinity pool (NEON) 1,835 theaters Fri $1.1M, 3 days $3M/week 1
9.) Left: Rising…(FATH) 1,362 theaters, Fri $1.3M, 3 days $2.3M/week 1
10.) Wandering Earth II (OK) 160 theaters, Fri $372K, 3-day $1.3M/Week 1
11.) Billie Eilish (Draft) 600 silver $1.29M-$1.3M, 3 days $1.29M-$1.3M/week 1