Neeson Beats Jesus, ‘Frozen’ Hits $1 Billion This Weekend

March 4, 2014 - box office

by Ray Subers
Non-Stop 


 March 2, 2014

Non-Stop and Son of God ruled a box bureau over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson movement film took initial place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an considerable runner-up.

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Meanwhile, Disney Animation’s Frozen became a 18th film ever to acquire over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it’s usually a fifth film ever to strike that miracle that’s not a supplement or prequel. With an opening in Japan on a way, Frozen will approaching finish a run in a Top 10 all-time.

Playing during 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led a approach with $28.9 million. That’s a poignant step adult from new Neeson cinema Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It’s also on standard with identical cinema like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million).

Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is a third film from Universal Pictures to open in a tip mark this year. Even some-more considerable is a fact that all 3 of these cinema are totally strange (i.e. not sequels or reboots).

Universal strike all a right records with a Non-Stop selling campaign. They put a movie’s singular grounds front-and-center, while also showcasing a kind of movement that Neeson’s fanbase expects. They were also sincerely assertive in removing a summary out therefor example, Universal requisitioned copiousness of ad space during NBC’s Winter Olympics.

Universal is stating that Non-Stop‘s assembly lopsided womanlike (51 percent) and comparison (65 percent over a age of 25). They gave a film a plain “A-” CinemaScore. There is some foe entrance adult in a subsequent few weeks, nonetheless it’s still approaching that Non-Stop earns during slightest $80 million by a finish of a run.

Son of God
non-stop in second place with $25.6 million. That entrance is miles forward of identical Christian cinema like Courageous ($9.1 million), The Nativity Story ($7.8 million) and Fireproof ($6.8 million). However, it’s not in a same joining as The Passion of a Christ, that warranted over $26 million in a initial day.

Son of God
was never approaching to perform in line with The Passion, though, and for what it is this is a large success. Son of God told a quintessential story of a Christian faiththe life, genocide and rebirth of Jesus of Nazarethand as a outcome connected with a organisation of moviegoers that’s mostly neglected by Hollywood. Still, back-of-the-envelope math suggests that reduction than 5 percent of unchanging Christian churchgoers finished adult indeed saying a film this weekend.

Son of God
‘s success reinforces a idea that people go to a cinema for some-more reasons than only a calm on screen. In this case, scarcely all of Son of God already aired on TV around The History Channel’s The Bible mini-series. Audiences incited adult anyway, though, given there’s something special about experiencing a film in a dim room, on a large screen, with a throng of people.

Son of God
‘s assembly was 62 percent female, and 82 percent were 25 years of age of older. They gave a film an “A-” CinemaScore. Without a fashion for a film like this, though, it’s misleading accurately how good Son of God will reason in a entrance weeks.

After heading a box bureau for three-straight weeks, The LEGO Movie took third place with $20.8 million. Among fourth weekends, LEGO‘s ranks 16th all-time. On Saturday, The LEGO Movie became a initial 2014 recover to pass $200 million; if it can reason adult opposite Mr. Peabody Sherman subsequent weekend, there’s a possibility that it eventually gets to $300 million.

The Monuments Men
hold fifth place this weekend. The George Clooney film eased 38 percent to $4.94 million, and has so distant warranted a plain $65.6 million.

Last week’s new releases both fell tough this weekend. 3 Days to Kill plummeted 60 percent to $4.95 million, while Pompeii forsaken 58 percent to $4.3 million.

Hayao Miyazaki‘s Oscar-nominated charcterised film The Wind Rises stretched to 496 locations this weekend and warranted a decent $1.52 million. Other new releases enclosed a R-rated cut of Anchorman 2 ($1.36 million), Lionsgate/Codeblack’s Repentance ($501,290 from 152 theaters) and Russian IMAX film Stalingrad ($510,846 from 308 theaters).

On Oscar weekend, a Best Picture nominees warranted $7.6 million. The tip film was American Hustle with $1.9 million; given nominations were announced on Jan 16th, Hustle has led a approach among a contenders with $42.1 million. Overall, a 9 Best Picture nominees have warranted over $790 million during a domestic box office.

Around-the-World Roundup

The Robocop reconstitute took in $30 million this weekend, many of that came from an considerable $20.5 million entrance in China. Indicative of how most this marketplace has grown in new years, RoboCop warranted some-more in a initial weekend than a strange Iron Man warranted in a whole run. RoboCop has $136 million so far, and expands in to Japan in dual weeks.

Playing in 48 markets, Pompeii combined $16.4 million this weekend. Its biggest new marketplace was Germany, where it warranted a diseased $1.5 million. Through dual weeks, Pompeii has taken in $47.7 million overseas.

A week forward of a U.S. debut, Mr. Peabody Sherman stretched in to a handful of vital unfamiliar markets and grossed $15.4 million. New territories enclosed Mexico ($3 million), Germany ($2.4 million) and Brazil ($1.6 million). The DreamWorks Animation film has so distant banked $39.5 million, and opens in a U.S., Russia and Spain subsequent weekend.

Frozen
is approaching to in. past $1 billion worldwide on Sunday; to date, it has warranted $388.7 million during a domestic box bureau and $611.5 million overseas. Its tip markets are South Korea ($76.2 million), a U.K. ($63.5 million), Germany ($47.7 million), France ($42.6 million) and China ($42.6 million). In dual weeks, it finally opens in Japan, that could spin out to be another outrageous marketplace (animated cinema and musicals are both really renouned there).

Excluding The Phantom Menace and Jurassic Park (which got to $1 billion around 3D re-releases), Frozen is a 16th film to acquire over $1 billion. Seven of those 16 were expelled by Walt Disney Pictures; a others are Pirates of a Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, Pirates of a Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Note: As of noon on Sunday, abroad box bureau was not nonetheless accessible for The LEGO Movie and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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Forecast:
‘Non-Stop,’ ‘Son of God’ to End ‘LEGO’s Reign This Weekend

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