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Bob Morris



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Us opened at $70.2M. Big opening weekend for Jordan Peele's latest horror film.

The comparison, right now, would be with the Halloween film that came out last year, which opened at $75M and finished at $159M.

But when you consider that Us has been as strongly reviewed as Get Out and A Quiet Place -- both horror films that had great legs -- you have to wonder if Us might be a threat for $200M.

Get Out made it to $176M while A Quiet Place finished at $188M, so if Us has similar legs, look out.

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Captain Marvel added $35M to its take. That still keeps it ahead of Hunger Games, though it's falling off the pace of Dark Knight (another film Mojo compared it to).

Captain Marvel is at $321M right now. Hunger Games had $105M left at this point, so Captain Marvel isn't going to make it to $500M. But it does have a $19M edge on Hunger Games, so $425M is definitely in play.

If it keeps about a $20M edge, it might approach $450M, but that's the ceiling at this point.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$45M opening weekend for Dumbo. The studio was projecting $50M. Probably looking at $130M or so for domestic gross.

Us dropped 52 percent for its second opening weekend, so this isn't going to be the phenom that Get Out and A Quiet Place were -- meaning $200M is out of the picture.

However, it did better than the 2018 Halloween film did for its second weekend, so $150M remains a lock and it looks like it should reach $160M (Halloween got to $159M).

Captain Marvel broke $350M, though it fell slightly behind Hunger Games for the first time. Still, it has $17M up on Hunger Games, so it's still in line for $400M.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$53M estimated weekend opening number for Shazam.

That would probably make Ant-Man the comp -- Ant-Man finished at $180.2M, meaning Shazam isn't likely to get to $200M, especially with Avengers Endgame on the way.

$150M seems like a reasonable estimate, though. That's not bad, considering it's a lesser-known DC property and with Marvel putting out two anticipated films in a span of less than three months.

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Captain Marvel will pass $375M this week, if not during the weekend should its fifth weekend actuals come in higher than the estimates.

It's falling behind Hunger Games' pace, though it still has a $17M cushion to work with. Captain Marvel will still reach $400M, but $410M is looking more like its ceiling.

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Us continues to stay ahead of the pace of the 2018 Halloween film. Again, I don't see this one reaching the levels that A Quiet Place and Get Out reached, but $160M is a lock and $165M is still in play.

Still, it's nowhere near the phenom that those two were.

So there's been some modest successes at the box office, but nothing earth shattering thus far. Perhaps that changes when Avengers Endgame arrives.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess now is as good a time as any to look at the summer box office and figure out what films are going to be the most notable franchises and which, if any, will be a top performer.

Avengers: Endgame: Here we are -- this is the favorite to win the summer box office crown, Infinity War pulled in $678.8M, so anything less than $675M for Endgame would be considered a disappointment. You would think the studio is hoping for at least $700M, given this is likely the end for at least a couple of characters in the MCU.

John Wick: Chapter 3: Though not a huge draw, the second film doubled its take from the first film. Lionsgate might be thinking that its mid-May release will be the right time to avoid Avengers cutting into its tally and perhaps get a $100M domestic take. We'll see.

Aladdin: Another live-action adaptation of a popular animated film from the 1990s. Part of me thinks the studio is rushing these out too quickly and that burnout will set in. I don't think it will hit the levels of Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast, but perhaps it will do better than Dumbo, which is going to struggle to reach $100M. I'll guess $150M, because maybe Aladdin gets received well enough to draw interest.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters: The 2014 film drew $200M. It's being released Memorial Day weekend, at the point when interest in Avengers will be dwindling. If this Godzilla film gets well received, it could reach $200M, too.

Dark Phoenix: The film's release was delayed, there's controversy surrounding the director and Disney buying Fox Studios means the company is lukewarm at best when it comes to promoting previous X-Men films. This makes me believe this will be one of the lowest drawing films of the series. First Class drew $146.4M, so I'll project $140M here.

Secret Life of Pets 2: The first film was a massive hit at $368M. I suspect Universal is hoping this one will be just as big. Since it's not going to have much competition right away, it seems like $300M is a safe bet as long as it's well received, but then again...

Toy Story 4: The last film got to $415M. Can this one reach those heights? I don't bet against Pixar that much, but it's hard to say whether or not people want to see more of these characters after what was supposed to be the closure in the third film. I'll project $300M for the time being, which I think recognizes Pixar's efforts in making this franchise work, while accounting for people who may be ready to move on from it, plus interest in another film which I'll get to later.

Spider-Man: Far From Home: The Fourth of July week release. It ties into the MCU and we'll find out whether the storyline takes place before or after the events of Infinity War (which has been the subject of debate). Homecoming was good for $334M, so I'd say $300M is a safe bet for the next Spidey film.

The Lion King: I think Disney made a mistake by rolling this one out, along with live-action Aladdin and Toy Story 4, in the same summer box office period. It's understandable that competing studios will release animated films in the same period, but the same studio putting out a live-action version of a beloved 1990s animated flick so soon after an installment of a popular Pixar property and another live-action film -- I don't think that was a good idea.

But with Lion King being as loved as it was, it may have enough to overcome that and be a $400M film, perhaps pushing for $500M, because there will be more anticipation for this one than for Aladdin or Toy Story 4.

New Mutants: Another film in the X-Men series that keeps getting delayed. I haven't even seen much in the way of trailers for it. This has all the makings of a bomb. Probably doesn't even break $100M.

I don't see much else among summer releases, but there's usually one or two that do surprisingly well.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I remember, the big emotional moment in TOY STORY 3 was the fact that it was the last one. Now we got #4, with a story that resembles the others. "Lets do it for the money! The corporation needs a payday! The stockholders need their money & we are out of new ideas."---Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second weekend estimates:

Shazam: $25.1M
Ant-Man: $24.9M

Shazam is still $12M behind Ant-Man's total take but its second weekend dropoff was slightly lower.

I think this gives Shazam a better shot at $150M domestic, particularly if it can capitalize on Easter weekend before Avengers comes along.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve will be happy that Hellboy bombed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel like there is justice in the world.--Yohe
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