Argo crossed the $100 million domestic benchmark over the weekend. The press release from Warner Bros.:
WARNER BROS. PICTURES' ACCLAIMED HIT "ARGO"
STRIKES BOX OFFICE GOLD, SURPASSING $100 MILLION
BURBANK, CA - December 2, 2012 - Ben Affleck's widely acclaimed dramatic thriller
"Argo" has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, it was announced today by
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution. One of the best
reviewed films of the year, "Argo" has earned an estimated $101 million, domestically, to date.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, "‘Argo' is one of those rare cinematic
achievements that has been equally and enthusiastically embraced by both critics and audiences.
Its success at the box office, combined with categorical raves from critics everywhere, is a
testament to the talents behind the film, beginning with its remarkable director and star, Ben
Affleck. We congratulate him and everyone involved in ‘Argo' on this milestone."
"Argo" has been applauded by moviegoers and hailed nationwide by critics, a number of
whom have called it one of the best films of the year, among many other accolades. At the box
office, "Argo" accomplished the extremely rare feat of climbing to number one in its third
weekend in release. Overall, it remained solidly in the top ten for seven weeks, including four
weeks in the top three.
Word of mouth has been unabated, which will carry the film through the holiday season,
while the buzz surrounding "Argo" has continued to build throughout the fall, heading into
awards season. In October, the cast won the Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year.
"Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans-
spearheaded by the CIA's heroic exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez-which unfolded behind
the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. The drama focuses on the little-known role that the CIA
and Hollywood played, information that was not declassified until many years after the event.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm
the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six
Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken
Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the
Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top
"exfil" guy, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the
country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck ("The Town," "Good Will Hunting") directed and
stars in "Argo," produced by Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov ("Good Night, and Good Luck."),
Affleck, and Oscar® winner George Clooney ("Syriana"). The screenplay is by Chris Terrio,
based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired
Magazine article "The Great Escape," by Joshuah Bearman. David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky,
Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King and Tim Headington served as executive producers,
with Amy Herman co-producing.
"Argo" also stars Bryan Cranston, Oscar® winner Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"),
and John Goodman. The main cast also includes Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall,
Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography
Rodrigo Prieto ("Brokeback Mountain"), production designer Sharon Seymour ("The Town");
Oscar®-nominated editor William Goldenberg ("Seabiscuit," "The Insider"); and Oscar®-
nominated costume designer Jacqueline West ("The Social Network," "The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button"). The music is composed by four-time Oscar® nominee Alexandre Desplat
("The King's Speech," "The Queen").
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with GK Films, a Smokehouse Pictures
production, "Argo." The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner
Bros. Entertainment Company. "Argo" has been rated R for language and some violent images.
Saturday (1/19/13) Update: Skyfall took in an estimated $260,000 on Friday, its 71st day in release, to cross the $300 million domestic milestone (the current estimate is $300.147 million). The 23rd James Bond movie sits at #42 on the all-time domestic chart and could surpass The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($300.53 million) for #41 by the end of this weekend.
Skyfall is the highest grossing Bond movie in both domestic and worldwide history, as well as the franchise's biggest domestic ticket seller since Thunderball and Goldfinger.
Wednesday (12/12) Update: With $888,168 in its first place finish on Monday, Skyfall surpassed The Amazing Spider-Man ($262.03 million) as Sony's highest grossing domestic film of 2012. The 007 flick's new total stands at $262.29 million and counting.
Worldwide, Skyfall has grossed $919 million through last weekend, good enough for #23 all-time. The Amazing Spider-Man made $753.9 million.
Friday (11/30) Update: With $1.864 million on Thursday and a new domestic haul of $229 million, Skyfall has overtaken The Bourne Ultimatum ($227.5 million) as the highest-grossing spy genre movie in domestic box office history.
Previously, Skyfall climbed past Mission: Impossible II, Austin Powers in Goldmember and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol to join the top five over Thanksgiving weekend.
Sunday (12/9) Update: Paramount is reporting a solid 30 percent drop from international holdover territories this weekend for Rise of the Guardians. The film claimed the #1 spot in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Mexico while opening at #1 in Iceland and Israel.
The film took in $26 million from 58 markets, increasing the international tally to $90.5 million. Guardians will open in Australia next week.
Key notes from Paramount:
· France strikes over its 2nd weekend landing the top spot at the French box office with a drop of 35% gathering a strong $3M from 665 locations. Local cume is now at $8.4M.
· The UK is also holding strong and is estimated to be #1, dropping just 17% from its opening with a robust $2.6M from 495 cinemas leading the cume to $6.5M.
· The Italian market made $2.5M in its 2nd weekend, dropping just 16% and holding at #1. The cume is now at $5.9M.
· Mexico made a solid $2.2M over its 2nd weekend from 575 cinemas, dropping 33% and held onto the top spot. Estimated cume is now at $6.5M.
· Rise of the Guardian's 2nd weekend in Brazil made an estimated $2.1M from 400 locations (dropping 17%). The cume is at $6.3M.
· Korea is estimated to have added another $1.8M to the cume which has now reached $4.9M. The film dropped 19% from its opening and screened at 553 cinemas.
· Russia's 3rd weekend is estimated to have made $1.7M from 700 cinemas. The cume is now at $13.2M.
· Spain impressed with a jump of 13% to $1.7M over its 2nd weekend from 540 locations, pushing the cume to $4M.
· Germany is estimated to have dropped 32% in its 2nd weekend with $950k pushing the cume to $2.9M (552 locations).
Sunday (12/2) Update: Paramount reports that Rise of the Guardians pulled an estimated $40 million from 8,708 locations in 55 countries overseas this weekend. 20 of this weekend's openings were at #1, and the cume now stands at $57 million internationally. The film will open in Israel, Iceland and South Africa next weekend.
Key notes from Paramount:
· France was the highest new entry, with a very good $4.7M from 620 locations taking the 1st place in the local Box Office. This is on a par with How To Train Your Dragon and 120% above Megamind.
· Mexico's opening is estimated at an excellent $3.7M from 577 cinemas. Estimated ranking is at #1. This is 39% above How To Train Your Dragon and 51% above Megamind.
· Rise of the Guardian's debut in Brazil made an estimated very solid $3.1M from 397 locations. This is 22% above How To Train Your Dragon and 42% above Megamind.
· The Italian opening is estimated at an excellent $3.1M from 510 cinemas. This is 119% above How To Train Your Dragon and 193% above Megamind.
· The UK's opening added a strong $3M from 487 locations.
· In Korea the film is estimated at $2.7M from 471 cinemas.
· Germany is estimated to have opened at $1.6M from 560 locations.
· In Spain, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $1.4M from 616 locations.
· The Philippines opened at $841k from 113 locations at #1.
· In Belgium, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $673k from 50 locations.
· Chile is estimated to have opened at an excellent $425k from 48 cinemas to make it the biggest non-franchise DWA animation opening of all time. The estimated ranking is at #1.
Sunday (11/25) Update: Rise of the Guardians added another $10 million 3,869 overseas locations for an international cume of $13.5 million after two weekends. Next week, the animated flick rolls out to 50 more territories.
Key stats from Paramount:
• Russia was the highest new entry, with a solid $5.85 million from 800 locations taking the first place in the local box office. This is 11% above Wreck-It Ralph and 4% above Brave.
• Rise of the Guardian's debut in Colombia made a strong $937k from 115 locations. This is 100% above How To Train Your Dragon, and 58% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• Argentina's opening added $668k from 110 locations. This is 101% above How To Train Your Dragon, and 43% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• Singapore's opening is estimated at $593k from 50 cinemas.
• Malaysia is estimated to have opened at $574k from 94 locations. This is 30% above Hotel Transylvania, and 37% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• In the Ukraine, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $552k from 110 locations.