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|Top 10 Films: Weekend of 01/23/15|
|2||Wedding Ringer, The||1||21.00||21|
|6||Imitation Game, The||8||7.19||51|
|7||Into the Woods||4||6.54||114|
|8||Hobbit: The Battle o||5||4.86||245|
The Boy Next Door appears to have the lead on the crown for new film of the weekend if not the overall lead. JLo is back at the cinema but her appeal seems to have diminished some.
Strange Magic puts the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 3D animation. Even with that classic source material, it would be strange magic indeed if this made it much over 10 Million this weekend.
Mortdecai is roundly despised by critics and isn’t likely to win a lot of fans at the megaplexes either. The Pink Pantheresque comedy might amuse about 10 Million dollars worth of ticket buyers this weekend.
Over all, definitely an uptick over 2014.
Blackhat was clearly overwhelmed by Sniper. Not a lot was expected of it and not a lot was delivered.
Paddington on the other hand delivered more than was expected, on the strength of good reviews and word of mouth. Time was ripe for a new kid’s film to emerge.
The Wedding Ringer was the only film that really came in about on target throwing a solid 21 Million 3 Day estimate, it rounded out the weekend.
Net result my friends was a weekend delivering some 15% more than last year at the least. Good news after the disappointing fall.
The next two weekw the new films appear to promise fairly modest numbers. However given that 2014 boasted the solidly unsuccessful I, Frankenstein as the only wide opening (8.6 Million) on 1/24/14 and That Awkward Moment (8.7 Million) and Labor Day (5.2 Million) on 1/31/14, there should be no real doubt that 2015 will kick relative butt compared to last year.
After the whopping success of American Sniper and the solid openings of (read more…)
As far as the rest of the lot, holdovers were good enough, especially when it came to the Oscar contenders to keep the numbers floating. Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies continued to lead the way out of the gloom of the 4th quarter 2014, it being the one sequel this year that managed to outperform its predecessor.
Next week the reign of the little people will almost certainly be over. Taken 3 will take the crown although at the moment it looks like it is suffering from the same sort of franchise fatigue that has plagued other sequels this past 12 months. It is unlikely to repeat the success of #1 or #2, but still has a healthy enough following to make for a nice start to 2015. The equivalent week in 2014 didn’t bring much to the table with an anemic The Legend of Hercules being the only opening that broke seven figures. However 8.8 Million isn’t much of a legend.
So 1/9 should show a healthy increase over 2014, but from there it will be an interesting if bumpy ride through the first quarter.