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NORTH AMERICA: 'Noah' Sails Along at #1 with $2.6 Million on Wednesday on April 02, 2014

noah.png4/3 Update: Paramount reports that Noah earned $2.61 million on Wednesday, off 28 percent from Tuesday. That brings Darren Aronofsky's film up to $53.04 million domestically through 6 days of release--18 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Robin Hood.

Divergent claimed second place again yesterday as it dropped 20 percent from Tuesday to $1.56 million. That figure is also off 53 percent from the same day last week. Divergent has tallied $99.55 million domestically through 13 days of release.

Freestyle's God's Not Dead added $0.77 million to its take yesterday, easing 5 percent from Tuesday and just 21 percent from the same day last week. The film's domestic total thus far is $24.1 million.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel raked in $0.71 million on Wednesday for a 12 percent drop from Tuesday and 4 percent week-to-week increase. Hotel has amassed $26.4 million domestically.

Muppets Most Wanted rounded out the top five on Wednesday with $0.65 million. That's off 16 percent from Tuesday and 43 percent from Wednesday of last week, bringing the sequel's cume to $35.2 million after 13 days.

Meanwhile, David Ayer's Sabotage mustered up $0.365 million yesterday, giving it a $6.55 million 6-day total. The film is off the pace of fellow Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand by 20 percent.

4/2 Update:

By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Noah grossed $3.60 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. In the process, the Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe surpassed the $50 million mark. Noah was up a solid 16 percent over Monday's performance. With a five-day start of $50.43 million, Noah is currently running 5 percent behind the $53.13 million five-day take of 300: Rise of an Empire and 75 percent ahead of the $28.86 million five-day gross of Son of God. With Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier entering the marketplace on Friday, it is especially important for Noah to gross as much as it can this week.

Divergent held steady in second place with $1.94 million. Lionsgate's young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley increased 17 percent over Monday and was down 54 percent from last Tuesday. With a twelve-day take of $97.98 million, Divergent is set to reach the $100 million domestic milestone on Thursday. Divergent is currently running 20 percent behind the $122.66 million twelve-day gross of 2008's Twilight.

God's Not Dead grossed $0.812 million to remain in third place. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was up 11 percent over Monday and down a slim 19 percent from last Tuesday. God's Not Dead has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $23.29 million in twelve days. That places the film 36 percent ahead of the $17.18 million twelve-day gross of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel claimed fourth place with $0.806 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film increased 16 percent over Monday and 11 percent over last Tuesday (when it was playing in significantly fewer locations). The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed a healthy $25.67 million through 26 days of release.

Muppets Most Wanted rounded out Tuesday's unchanged top five with $0.774 million. The latest Muppets film from Disney was up 15 percent over Monday and down 45.5 percent from last Tuesday. Muppets Most Wanted has grossed $34.56 million in twelve days, which places the film an underwhelming 39 percent behind the $56.36 million twelve-day gross of 2011's The Muppets.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman placed in sixth with $0.681 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 12 percent from Monday and down 45 percent from last Tuesday. Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed a respectable $95.77 million in 26 days, which leaves the film just $4.23 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic mark.

Open Road's Sabotage continued to claim seventh place with $0.473 million. The action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was up just 8 percent over Monday. Sabotage has grossed a disappointing $6.18 million in five days, which places the film 20.5 percent behind the already soft $7.77 million five-day start of last year's The Last Stand.

NORTH AMERICA: 2014 First Quarter Up 5.5 Percent from Last Year; March Sets 3-Year Low on April 02, 2014

mar14.pngBy Shawn Robbins

2014's first quarter is in the books, and business for the first three months of the year was up 5.5 percent over the same period in 2013. This year's box office haul stood at $2.396 billion through March 31.

Unfortunately, March itself lost ground as grosses dipped 3 percent to $803 million from $828 million last year.

The good news: last month was buoyed by a collection of films rather than the top-heavy March 2013, which was carried by Oz: The Great and Powerful. This time around, 300: Rise of an EmpireDivergent, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman gave March three films topping the $95 million mark. Non-Stop, Son of God, The LEGO Movie's holding power, and Noah's opening weekend also contributed healthy performances. In the end, though, last month was the lowest grossing March since 2011 ($682 million) and fell short of March 2012's record $942 million.

Driving the bulk of the year-to-date improvement was February's $699 million market gross--up 13 percent from February 2013 ($617 million), but it was mostly due to the "awesome" success of The LEGO Movie (which accounted for over one-quarter of the monthly figure). January's $893 million gross also represented the strongest January in four years, when Avatar was enjoying its phenomenal run in early 2010. Key contributors in early 2014 included Frozen's remarkable legs, plus Universal's back-to-back hits in Ride Along and Lone Survivor.

April could be a recovery month for the market, though. Disney/Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier has its eye on becoming one of, if not *the*, top April performer in history while Rio 2 looks to continue the success of its 2011 predecessor. Neither of those films will face direct competition until May (or later, in the case of Rio 2).

March 2014's Top 10 Grossing Films:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire - $101.5 million
2. Divergent - $96 million
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $95.1 million
4. Non-Stop - $75.3 million
5. The LEGO Movie - $55.7 million
6. Son of God - $48.5 million
7. Noah - $46.8 million
8. Need for Speed - $38 million
9. Muppets Most Wanted - $33.8 million
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $24.9 million

Q1's Top 10 Grossing Films (January through March):

1. The LEGO Movie - $248.5 million
2. Frozen - $135.3 million
3. Ride Along - $133.7 million
4. Lone Survivor - $124.8 million
5. 300: Rise of an Empire - $101.5 million
6. Divergent - $96 million
7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $95.1 million
8. Non-Stop - $85.4 million
9. American Hustle - $82.5 million
10. The Monuments Men - $76.6 million 

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NORTH AMERICA: 'Noah' Leads the Way on Monday with $3.11M on April 01, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Noah took in $3.11 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe fell 72 percent from Sunday. Noah continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $46.83 million. Compared to other recent films, Noah is currently running a slim 4 percent behind the $48.92 million four-day start of 300: Rise of an Empire and 81 percent ahead of the $27.07 million four-day take of Son of God. With Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier entering the marketplace on Friday, it is especially important for Noah to gross as much as it can this week.

Divergent placed in second with $1.66 million. Lionsgate's young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was down 72 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 53.5 percent from last Monday. Divergent continues to display very solid holding power for a young adult adaptation. With an eleven-day take of $96.04 million, Divergent is now just $3.96 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone. Divergent is currently running 21 percent behind the $121.18 million eleven-day take of 2008's Twilight.

God's Not Dead grossed $0.730 million to take third place. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 74 percent from Sunday and down just 15 percent from last Monday. God's Not Dead has grossed a stronger than expected $22.48 million in eleven days. That places the film 34 percent ahead of the $16.75 million eleven-day gross of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel claimed fourth place with $0.696 million. The Wes Anderson directed film was down 69 percent form Sunday and up 11 percent over last Monday (when it was playing in significantly fewer locations). The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed a healthy $24.87 million through 25 days of release.

Muppets Most Wanted rounded out Monday's top five with $0.673 million. The latest Muppets film from Disney was down 80 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Muppets Most Wanted has grossed $33.79 million in eleven days, which places the film an underwhelming 36 percent behind the $53.13 million eleven-day gross of 2011's The Muppets.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman placed in sixth with $0.606 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 76 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed a respectable $95.08 million in 25 days, which leaves the film $4.92 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic mark.

Open Road's Sabotage landed in seventh place with $0.438 million. The action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was down 68 percent from Sunday. Sabotage continues to perform poorly with a four-day start of just $5.71 million. The film is currently running 21 percent behind the already soft $7.21 million four-day start of last year's The Last Stand.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Noah' Lands in First with $43.7M on March 31, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Noah landed comfortably in first place this weekend with $43.72 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe exceeded its already lofty pre-release expectations. A strong marketing campaign, mostly good critical reviews and the recent resurgence in faith themed films all aided Noah this weekend. Noah may have also received a bit of a boost from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier enters the marketplace this coming Friday. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Noah delivered the 14th largest opening weekend performance ever for the month of March. Compared to other recent films, Noah opened just below the $45.04 million debut of 300: Rise of an Empire (despite not having the advantage of higher priced 3D tickets that Rise of an Empire had) and 71 percent stronger than the $25.60 million start of Son of God.

Noah opened with $15.18 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.6 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $17.60 million and declined by 38 percent on Sunday to take in $10.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very solid 2.88 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was evenly split between female and male moviegoers and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 and over (74 percent). Noah received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which signals that the film is dividing audiences and could point towards potential front-loading.

Lionsgate's Divergent fell one spot to place in second with $25.62 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was down 53 percent from last weekend, which represents a relatively strong second weekend hold for a young adult adaptation. In comparison, 2008's Twilight fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $26.34 million, while last year's Ender's Game fell 62 percent to gross $10.26 million. Divergent has grossed a healthy $94.38 million through ten days of release. That places the film 21 percent behind the $119.71 million ten-day start of Twilight and 114 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of Ender's Game. This weekend's hold strongly suggests that Divergent is helping greatly expand the already existing fanbase for the Divergent property as a whole.

Family fare occupied third and fourth places this weekend, as Disney's Muppets Most Wanted took third with $11.28 million and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed fourth with $9.07 million. Muppets Most Wanted was down a very solid 34 percent from last weekend's debut, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman re-stabilized very nicely this weekend by declining just 23 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a respectable $94.48 million for Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 24 days and at a softer than expected $33.12 million for Muppets Most Wanted in ten days. Clearly, Muppets Most Wanted has taken a hit from arriving so soon after Mr. Peabody & Sherman (as well as after Warner's The LEGO Movie).

God's Not Dead held up very well upon expanding this weekend. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix placed in fifth with $8.798 million from 1,178 locations. That gave God's Not Dead a healthy per-location average of $7,468 for the frame and represented a very slim decline of 5 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was especially impressive given the added presence of Noah in the marketplace. God's Not Dead continues to exceed expectations with $21.75 million in ten days. That places the film 35 percent ahead of the $16.16 million ten-day take of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel also performed well upon expanding into wider release this weekend. The Wes Anderson directed film placed in sixth with $8.54 million from 977 locations. That represented a 26 percent increase over last weekend and gave the film a per-location average of $8,741 for the frame. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed an impressive $24.17 million through 24 days of release. At this rate, it shouldn't be all that long before The Grand Budapest Hotel surpasses the $45.51 million final gross of 2012's Moonrise Kingdom.

The news was nowhere near as good for Open Road's Sabotage. The action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger opened a bit below its already modest expectations with a seventh place start of just $5.27 million. Schwarzenegger simply hasn't been a draw at the box office since returning to the big screen last year. Sabotage only furthers the trend, as the film debuted under the respective $9.89 million and $6.28 million openings of last year's Escape Plan and The Last Stand. Sabotage did receive a solid B rating on CinemaScore, but that won't mean much going forward after this weekend's soft start.

In moderate release, neither Lionsgate's Cesar Chavez nor Focus' Bad Words lit up the box office this weekend. Pantelion Films release Cesar Chavez took in $2.86 million from 664 locations (for a respectable per-location average of $4,310). Bad Words only managed $2.56 million from 842 locations (for a so-so per-location average of $3,041) and has now grossed $3.48 million to date. Potential for both films was ultimately limited in part by the strong performance of Noah this weekend, while Bad Words has also suffered from taking a clear back seat to The Grand Budapest Hotel on the platform front.

GLOBAL: 'Captain America' Takes $75.2M Debut Ahead of North American Release; 'Noah' on the Verge of Hitting $100M; 'Frozen' is the Top Animated Film of All Time; 'Rio 2' Takes Record Breaking Brazilian Debut to Climb to $29.7M on March 30, 2014

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- Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes $75.2M debut from 32 territories ahead of its North American release.

- Noah posts big opening weekend numbers in North America and Russia to finish the weekend on the verge of hitting the $100 million global mark.

  • Frozen becomes the highest grossing animated film of all time with a $1.072 billion global cume.

     

    - Rio 2 records the biggest opening weekend of the year in Brazil.

    - The LEGO Movie hits the $400 million mark worldwide.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier rolled out in 32 territories ahead of its North American debut, claiming the global box office crown for the weekend with a massive $75.2 million bow. The opening figure is all the more impressive when considering the film has just opened in around 57% of the overseas market place, with key markets like Russia, China, Japan, Brazil and Australia still on the horizon. Top openings came in from South Korea ($10.9M), the United Kingdom ($10.7M), Mexico ($8.7M), and France ($6.4M).

    The $75.2 million overseas debut is already 39% of the overseas theatrical total of the first Captain America film. Disney reports “considerable daily increases” for the film across numerous markets, suggesting strong audience satisfaction and positive word of mouth.

    South Korea’s $10.9 million bow is more than four times the original Captain America opening and is the third biggest ever Marvel weekend in the market. The United Kingdom enjoyed a $10.7 million opening, more than twice the opening figures for its predecessor in the market. The film posted an $8.7 million debut in Mexico, making it the #3 March/April weekend in the market’s history behind Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier expands to North America, Russia, Australia, and China next weekend.

    Noah packed in $33.6 million from 3,579 locations locations in 22 markets this weekend to reach an overseas cume of $51.1 million. The film’s $44 million debut in North America puts it at the cusp of reaching the $100 million mark worldwide with a $95.1 million total.

    "We are absolutely thrilled with the continued strong performance internationally and look forward to sharing the excitement over the coming weeks with the rest of the world,” said Anthony Marcoly, President of Paramount Pictures International, over email on Sunday. “Darren and team have delivered a fantastic film that audiences on every continent are turning up in volumes to see."

    Russia welcomed Noah with the biggest opening of all time for a non sequel and the #4 opening of all time in the market with a $17.2 million debut. It marks Paramount’s biggest ever opening in the market. The film’s opening weekend numbers in Russia are 181% higher than Inception and 165% above Gravity in the same market.

    Australia took a $4.3 million debut from 262 cinemas, 32% ahead of Gravity’s opening weekend results. The film gathered $27.4 million from 20 new territories this weekend.

    Mexico was the top hold-over with $3.4 million from 620 sites, down 40% from last weekend’s opening figures and bringing the local 10-day total up to $11.3 million. South Korea took $2.8 million from 578 cinemas in its second weekend, finishing its first hold in second place behind the opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The total in South Korea is up to $12.4 million.

    Noah expands to Germany, Brazil, Spain, and the United Kingdom on April 4. It will reach France on April 9, Italy on April 10, and will land in Japan on June 13.

    Rio 2 posted the biggest opening weekend of the year in Brazil and the biggest box office debut for an animated film of all time in the country after earning $7.3 million from 1,271 screens. The animated sequel slid down to second place in Russia with a $6.3 million hold from 2,478 screens, finishing its second weekend in the territory with a $21 million cume. Rio 2 expands to nine markets next weekend, including the UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Taiwan.

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman earned $17.8 million from 10,715 screens in 63 markets over the weekend, bringing its total outside of North America up to $123.9 million. The animated film took a $7.75 million debut from China and registered a positive $3.4 million bow from 460 screens in Australia. The animated duo posted strong holds in Spain ($1.2M / 427 Screens), Russia ($658K / 521 Screens), and France ($456k / 495 Screens) round out another good weekend for the Fox release. Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed a total of $218.7 million globally.

    Need for Speed didn’t open in any new markets over its third weekend in release, finishing its latest frame with a $13.3 million overseas tally. The racing film has now grossed a total of $130.4 million overseas and $168.1 million worldwide. China is on track to double the film’s North American gross, currently reporting a $57 million cume for the videogame adaptation. Russia is the film’s second biggest overseas market with $13.2 million.Need for Speed opens in Spain on April 4, France on April 16, South Korea on April 17, and Japan on June 7.

    300: Rise of an Empire brought in $8.8 million from more than 6,100 screens in 65 overseas markets in its fourth weekend. The film has now grossed a total of $213.1 million overseas and $314.2 million worldwide. Russia remains the top market with $17.4 million, followed by strong showings in Brazil ($16.2M), France ($14.5M), Mexico ($14.3M), Germany ($12.8M), South Korea ($12.5M), and the UK ($12.4M).

    Frozen is now the highest grossing animated film of all time with a $1.0274 billion worldwide total. The Disney film reached the summit after taking $398.4 million from North America and $674 million overseas, including an $8 million weekend from its latest overseas tally across 17 territories. Frozen is Walt Disney Studio’s seventh billion-dollar release in the studio’s history and the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    Frozen made headlines after taking the biggest Thanksgiving debut of all time in North America debut ($93.6M five-day, $67.4M three-day) before going on to finish in the top ten of its domestic market for 16 consecutive weekends, the longest run by any film since 2002, on its way to winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

    Frozen is the biggest Disney or Pixar animated film of all time in 27 territories, including Russia, China, and Brazil. A record breaking $77.1 million run in South Korea has made it the is the biggest animated film, the second biggest non-local film, and Disney’s biggest release of all time in the market. Frozen is also the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Denmark and Venezuela.

    Top overseas markets for Frozen include South Korea ($77.1M), UK ($64.4M), Japan ($50.5M), China ($48.9M), Germany ($48.1M), and France ($42.6M).

    The Monuments Men discovered another $7.8 million from 6,698 screens in 15 markets over the weekend. The film has now grossed a total of $72.1 million overseas and $148.5 million globally. The George Clooney directed ensemble piece enjoyed a $4.9 million opening from 4,000 screens in China. The film continues to hold up well in its third weekend in France ($1.1M / 613 Screens / $8.3M Cume) and Australia ($1.1M / 341 Screens / $6.1M Cume).

    The Grand Budapest Hotel earned a $7.5 million haul from 2,592 screens across 29 markets over the weekend. The Wes Anderson film has now reached a $45 million total overseas, a 170% improvement over the director’s previous top grosser overseas, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. South Korea posted a surprising 71% bump in business over last weekend, grossing $1 million from 233 screens to reach a $1.8 million cume in the market. The UK stays strong with a $1.5 million hold from 449 screens, finishing the weekend in third place behind Captain America and the Muppets and taking its local total up to $13.2 million. Other top markets for the film include France ($9.4M) and Germany ($5.2M). The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed $69.4 million worldwide.

    Spanish comedy Ocho Apellidos Vascos continues dominating its local box office. The film posted its third consecutive weekend in first place with a $7 million tally from 475 dates. The latest weekend figure is 15% ahead of last weekend, 79% above its opening weekend, and occupies 49% of Spain’s market share –more than doubling the opening numbers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Ocho Apellidos Vascos has grossed a total of $21.8 million in Spain after 17 days in the market.

    Muppets Most Wanted added $3.3 million its overseas tally this weekend, reaching a $7.5 million cume from 14 territories. The Muppets sequel has already grossed $40.7 million worldwide.

    The LEGO Movie grossed $2.6 million from over 2,400 screens in 49 markets. The animated film is now up to $152.2 million overseas. The UK is the sole overseas market above the $15 million mark, currently reporting a robust $52.5 million cume. The film has failed to gained traction outside of North America. The LEGO Movie has grossed a total of $400.5 million worldwide.

    The Book Thief took a #2 debut in Italy, grossing $1.4 million from 408 screens. The film finished the weekend with $2 million from 11 markets to take its overseas total up to $51 million and its global total to $68.4 million.

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty earned $978k from 580 screens in Japan to take its cume in the market up to $5.9 million. The Ben Stiller film has grossed a total of $126.8 million overseas and $185 million worldwide.

    Ride Along added $820k from 320 dates in 10 territories and raised its overseas total to $14.5 million. The comedy posted a good hold in Australia after last weekend’s positive debut in the market, finishing its second weekend with $584k from 128 dates for an 11-day total of $1.7 million. Ride Along expands to Ukraine on April 10 and Germany on April 24. The film has grossed $148.1 million worldwide.

    Endless Love grossed $615k from 220 dates in 5 territories to reach an overseas total of $9.1 million. Germany took a limited release debut of $565k from 182 dates, breaking into the last spot on the country’s top ten chart.Endless Love has grossed $32.5 million worldwide. The film will open in 9 more territories, including Chile, Czech Republic, and Peru on April 24 and South Africa on April 25.


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