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January 7, 2014 - box office

by Ray Subers
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 


 December 22, 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues had a plain entrance this weekend, yet it wasn’t clever adequate to take initial place divided from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Among a other new releases, American Hustle got off to a good start, while Saving Mr. Banks and Walking with Dinosaurs disappointed.

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Overall, it was a really good weekend during a box officethe Top 12 warranted $137.3 million, that is adult a whopping 37 percent from a same weekend final year. Unless all 5 Christmas Day releases bomb, a 2013 box bureau is now guaranteed to tip final year’s $10.84 billion record.

In a second weekend in theaters, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sum an estimated $31.4 million. That’s off 57 percent from final weekend, that is matching to a initial Hobbit‘s dump during a same point. Smaug has so distant warranted $127.5 million, that is off 15 percent from a initial movie’s pace.

Playing during 3,507 locations, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues non-stop to $26.8 million this weekend. That’s subsequent a initial Anchorman‘s $28.4 million debut, yet it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison: Anchorman 2 burnt off some direct with a Wednesday start, and opening weekends in Dec are historically most reduce than those in Jul (when a initial film opened).

For a five-day frame, Anchorman 2 warranted an estimated $40 million. Both of a Meet a Parents sequels also non-stop on a Wednesday before ChristmasMeet a Fockers brought in $70.5 million, while Little Fockers warranted $45.1 million.

Anchorman
‘s opening was generally in line with Paramount’s expectations, yet it does seem like a film should have finished a bit better. It really wasn’t an recognition problem: interjection to relentless, destined marketing, a normal moviegoer positively knew that a Channel 4 news group was behind on a large shade this weekend.

Instead, a somewhat underwhelming entrance can be chalked adult to a few factors. First, a fanbase for a strange substantially isn’t as extended as creatively thought: a assembly this weekend was 62 percent male, that is an scarcely high series for a comedy. Also, while there were copiousness of advertisements, they relied too heavily on a few jokes (in particular, Brick with a immature shade was used ad nauseum).

It’s critical to remember that cinema that open on a weekends before Christmas tend to have lower-than-expected openings before personification good by a holidays. Even with a unsatisfactory “B” CinemaScore, it’s still probable that Anchorman 2 hangs on good over a subsequent dual weeks, and a final sum north of $120 million is likely.

In a fourth weekend, Disney Animation’s Frozen eased 15 percent to $19.5 million, that is some-more than newcomers Saving Mr. Banks and Walking with Dinosaurs warranted combined. Frozen has now grossed $191.6 million, that is forward of Wreck-It Ralph ($189.4 million) and usually a bit behind Tangled ($200.8 million). It now looks like Frozen will be a go-to film for family audiences over a holiday season, and it could be on a approach to over $300 million by a finish of a run.

After a week in singular release, David O. Russell‘s star-studded ABSCAM film American Hustle stretched to 2,507 locations and warranted a illusory $19.1 million. In comparison, Russell’s The Fighter took in $12.1 million when it stretched on a same weekend in 2010. With a handful of Oscar nominations on a way, it’s a foregone finish that this closes north of $100 million.

Saving Mr. Banks
also stretched nationwide, yet it usually mustered $9.3 million from 2,110 locations. That’s worse than Charlie Wilson’s War ($9.7 million), that non-stop on a same weekend in 2007 and also had Tom Hanks portraying a chronological figure. With an “A” CinemaScore and an assembly of comparison women (57 percent female, 61 percent 35 years of age and up), Banks should reason improved than Charlie Wilson ($66.7 million), yet $100 million is now out of a question.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
has now warranted $371.8 million, that ranks second in 2013 forward of Despicable Me 2 ($367.5 million). The blockbuster supplement stays on gait to acquire over $400 million by a finish of a run.

In eighth place, Walking with Dinosaurs non-stop to a really bad $7.3 million. That’s reduction than half of Yogi Bear‘s entrance during a same time in 2010. Dinosaurs will be a plain choice for families over a Christmas holiday, yet it’s doubtful it earns most some-more than $50 million or so.

At usually 236 locations, Dhoom 3 set a new Bollywood record with $3.3 million. While Bollywood cinema tend to be really front-loaded, there’s a possibility that a holidays assistance Dhoom 3 eventually get past $10 million.

Spike Jonze‘s Her (2013) non-stop during 6 theaters this weekend and warranted a plain $258,000. That translates to a $43,000 per-theater average. The well-reviewed sci-fi intrigue expands in to 47 locations on Christmas Day, and is approaching to go national on Jan 10th.

Around-the-World Roundup


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
once again dominated a abroad box bureau this weekend. The film fell 43 percent to $96 million, and has so distant warranted $276.3 million. According to Warner Bros., that’s on standard with An Unexpected Journey opposite a same bucket of territories.

The Hobbit
‘s usually vital new marketplace was Russia, where it set a Warner Bros. opening weekend record with $18.8 million. The film expands in to Australia on Thursday, afterwards reaches China and Japan in February.

Already a prodigy during a domestic box office, Frozen also looks staid to be a outrageous strike overseas. The Disney Animation crack sum $35.1 million this weekend for a new sum of $152.6 millionand a usually personification in 61 percent of a general marketplace. It had clever start in Mexico ($5.5 million) and Italy ($2.9 million), both of that were forward of identical film Tangled.

Coinciding with a unsatisfactory domestic debut, Walking with Dinosaurs non-stop to $13.6 million from 40 unfamiliar markets. Its tip domain was a U.K., where it brought in a decent $1.6 million.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
debuted to $13.4 million in 6 unfamiliar markets. In comparison, a strange Anchorman usually done $5.3 million in a whole general run. The film had a clever $7.4 million five-day start in a U.K., and also did good in Australia ($5.2 million).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
sum $11 million for a new sum of $393.6 million. It reaches a final unfamiliar marketplace (Japan) subsequent Saturday.

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Forecast:
Great Odin’s Raven! ‘Anchorman 2’ Set for Strong Start

Last Weekend
‘Smaug’ Sets Fire to Box Office, Misses First ‘Hobbit’s Mark

This Weekend in Past Years:
2012 – ‘Hobbit’ Plummets, Holds Off Slew of Newcomers

2011 – ‘M:I-4’ Sizzles Over Solid Christmas Weekend
2010 – ‘Fockers’ Fester, ‘Grit’ Has Gumption
2009 – Christmas Booms with ‘Avatar,’ ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Alvin’
2008 – ‘Marley’ Retrieves Box Office Luster Over Christmas
2007 – ‘National Treasure’ Leads Christmas Rush
2005 – ‘King Kong’ Clings to Christmas Top Spot Over ‘Chronicles’

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