Despite some hubbub over Chinese censorship behind the country’s release of Skyfall, the film is a hit in the region following a terrific $5.1 million Monday opening. Currently standing at $1.04 billion worldwide, the film should bolster its total over the next month thanks to a respondent country who prefers British spies over Batman. While an estimate is yet to be suggested, one could imagine that a performance like this on a typically dry day of the week could result into a hefty box office draw capable of bringing the film another $55 million minimum. Continue Reading
After Friday’s $260,000 take, Skyfall has finally ventured to where no other Bond film before it has come close, passing $300 million at the domestic box office. A while back, the Sam Mendes-directed feature made headlines for exceeding $1 billion worldwide (also a franchise first,) so this is icing on the cake as local dollars exceed foreign revenue in pure worth for any studio and therefore add significantly to a film’s profitability. In other words, Sony and MGM made a mountain of cash off the latest installment of the long-running spy series. Continue Reading
We heard a while back that the Skyfall duo of director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan were working on a high-concept drama. While originally many did not know what to expect, now we know they are shooting for the moon with this one as they took their long-form show to a variety of premium networks and Showtime stepped up. The series is being billed as a psychological horror drama with literary underpinnings. Deadline says Dr. Frankenstein and his creature will make an appearance, but that is kind of a tough thing to go off of without solid context. All we really know for sure is that the deal, being finalized at the moment, will include a straight-to-series order opposed to the traditional pilot-first pickup. Continue Reading
It took about two months’ time, but Skyfall finally did it. The Sam Mendes-directed Bond film has passed to where few have gone before–into the realm of the ten figures. Daniel Craig’s latest has officially become the third blockbuster of the year to do so, hitting a billion with the help of a strong foreign box office. What may be most impressive about this is the pic is the only film released in 2012 which managed to get into this historical category without the benefit of IMAX footage or 3D. While the flick did undergo an IMAX makeover and land in those theaters 24 hours prior to a nationwide debut, the 50th anniversary of 007 was not filmed in the format which might explain why those first Thursday receipts were largely unimpressive. Continue Reading
Skyfall continues to destroy franchise standards as today it was announced that the latest Bond flick is now at $918 million worldwide, performing 53% above the series’ previous high water mark established six years ago with Casino Royale ($599 million.) This is very impressive news a mere four days after it was announced that the Sam Mendes-directed feature has surpassed all other films in the UK with $152 million since opening day in late October. Continue Reading
This weekend is the calm before the holiday storm in the world of box office tracking. Nothing of note is going on, and Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly is certainly making sure of that by bombing as we anticipated. As Deadline put it, no film has opened past $10 million for this week-after-Thanksgiving since 2005′s Aeon Flux, so you have to wonder if this was just a dump off from TWC.
Here is your top ten for November 30-December 2, 2012:
- Twilight – $17.4 M / $254.6 M
- Skyfall – $17.0 M / $246.0 M
- Lincoln – $13.5 M / $83.7 M
- Rise of the Guardians - $13.5 M / $38.4 M
- Life of Pi - $12.0 M / $48.4 M
- Wreck-It Ralph - $7.0 M / $158.3 M
- Killing Them Softly – $7.0 M / $7.0 M
- Red Dawn – $6.6 M / $31.3 M
- Flight – $4.5 M / $81.5 M
- The Collection – $3.4 M / $3.4 M
There is a new top dog atop the spy genre at the North American box office as James Bond’s Skyfall has just passed The Bourne Ultimatum this week in box office receipts. The line now stands at $233.9 million versus $227.5 million which technically means two swapped positions on Thursday considering Friday’s total for Bond was under $5 million. Forgive the internet for being late to the party on this one because we did not realize spy films were so weak and therefore were not anticipating such a record. Continue Reading
A few major milestones have just been hit that the box office watchers among us might be interested to hear. Both revolve around the recent cinematic blockbusters that came out earlier in the month, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2. The bigger of the tandem is Bond 23 which has passed $800 million for the first time in the franchise’s history with $223 million of that coming from North America. This is where Sony suspected it would land, but now we know to anticipate a larger total when it is all said and done. Whether that number can reach $1 billion is anyone’s guess as that will hinge on the film’s retention abilities going forward. Continue Reading
Last weekend’s box office report had Breaking Dawn 2 handily beating 007 for the gold, but this week things seemed more up for grabs as the latest Twilight film was predictably hit with a sizable drop-off (-69%.) The Summit-produced series added another $43.1 million to its war chest, bringing its total to $227 million. Skyfall found $36.0 million during the same period which is only down 12% over the week prior.
The top ten for November 23rd-25th are as follows:
1. Breaking Dawn 2 - $43.1 M
2. Skyfall - $36 M
3. Lincoln - $25 M
4. Rise of the Guardians - $24 M
5. Life of Pi - $22.0 M
6. Wreck-It Ralph - $16.8 M
7. Red Dawn $14.6 M
8. Flight - $8.6 M
9. Silver Linings Playbook (limited: 367 theaters) – $4.6 M
10. Argo - $3.9 M
Wednesday does not say much, but the official figures are out for the box office lineup going into Thanksgiving Weekend. The top ten are as follows:
1. Breaking Dawn 2 – $12.8 M
2. Skyfall – $7.5 M
3. Rise of the Guardians – $4.9 M
4. Lincoln - $4.2 M
5. Red Dawn $4.2 M
6. Wreck-It Ralph - $3.7 M
7. Life of Pi – $3.7 M
8. Flight – $1.3 M
9. Silver Linings Playbook (limited: 367 theaters) – $0.7 M
10. Argo – $0.6 M
The box office is about to take off for Thanksgiving Weekend with three nationwide arrivals in the form of Red Dawn, Life of Pi, and Rise of the Guardians, but we already have our first bit of box office news for the holiday as holdovers Skyfall and Twilight are still rewriting the record books.
As of Tuesday’s receipts, Skyfall is now the top performing Bond film ever on the domestic level with $170.6 million through 13 days. The Sam Mendes-directed feature is expected to do well these next few days which means that the latest 007-starrer will be opening up a sizable lead in the franchise record books. This news follows Sunday’s reveal that the movie already grossed over $600 million globally which is also a high-water mark.
In regards to Breaking Dawn 2, the film set a series record for a Tuesday with $11.8 million. The previous leader was 2009′s New Moon which found $11.3 million during its first Tuesday. While this may be viewed as a consolation prize by many, it is still a very impressive five-day start for the last Twilight movie of this generation. Breaking Dawn 2 is now at $162.9 million on the domestic level with $362.5 million worldwide.
Stay tuned for numbers tomorrow afternoon concerning the new arrivals.
Today has given us a little more Bond news despite the fact that the next one will not be out for at least two years. While we were not expecting information on the directorial side of things anytime soon, we might already have some as Sam Mendes could conceivably follow-up Skyfall with another MI6-centered production. How do we know this? Exiting franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have released the following statement: “We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.” Continue Reading
The weekend studio estimates are now out, and the data shows that Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 did fall short of a franchise best. Many will be wondering what the problem was, but all-in-all $141.3 million, only $1.5 million short of the record, is not at all bad for the month. Of course, New Moon had the luxury of attracting new audiences that were unfamiliar with the brand whereas now we know exactly what to expect from the series, so that could be another factor.
In other words, overall quality was not up to snuff and that resulted in some abandoning ship over the series’ theatrical life. The plus side to all this is that if the franchise gets an early reboot, there is somewhere to go even though these movies played out over the course of four years. Continue Reading
Everything remains very much in flux for the weekend figures at the moment, so for today’s Friday box office report we will provide a little interpretation on what is going on with the three-day totals. Under that assumption, we take a look at the rock star-like beginning for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. The movie is said to be the last in the series for at least a long while, causing the industry to salivate at the notion of a finale bump.
To achieve such a feat, it would have to best New Moon’s $72.7 million opening day record set three years prior. That did not happen as Breaking Dawn 2 only managed $71.2 million even with the benefit of 10 p.m. Thursday showings which is still unbelievably good. The problem with that is various metrics suggest Friday will clearly be the best day by a mile for this movie, possibly more so than previous outings which suggests doing something on par with Breaking Dawn 1 might result in a meager $135 million. This would be a bit short of the $150 million Hollywood anticipated; however, we also want to note today that these big numbers often lend themselves to larger than average corrections, so there is always a shot that Saturday could make a world of difference. Continue Reading