Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 7-9 February, 2020

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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 7-9 February, 2020

Finally, after three weeks atop the North America box office, Bad Boys For Life has been de-throned by Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. Elsewhere on the chart Oscar hopeful 1917 showed impressive legs ahead of last night’s ceremony.

Warner Bros. hit a speed bump in the road of DC Films as Birds of Prey landed atop the chart with $33.25m. Going in to the weekend the film was widely expected to gross between $50-55m although Warner Bros. insiders point to the studio looking more around the $45m mark.

Either way Birds of Prey underperformed despite impressive reviews from fans and critics (read our 9/10 review here). The film also scored a healthy B+ CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences.

The news is more encouraging on the international front where Birds of Prey raked in $48m from 72 markets. Thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak in China the film has lost any chance of gripping the Asian market which is currently in a tailspin.

Leading the way in international markets was Mexico with an estimated $4.6m launch followed by Russia ($4m), UK ($3.9m), Brazil ($2.8m), France ($2.7m), Australia ($2.7m), Indonesia ($2.4m), Korea ($1.9m), Germany ($1.8m), Taiwan ($1.5m), Italy ($1.4m) and Spain ($1.38m). Japan will be the final market to open on March 20.

Globally the film has grossed $81.25m to date from a reported $84.5m production budget.

Bad Boys For Life had to settle for second place this week. The Sony Pictures film dropped -32% for an estimated $12m three-day and pushing the domestic total to over $166m.

Internationally, the film added another $15.8m for an overseas gross totalling $170m and a worldwide total now reaching $336m. Don’t forget that a fourth entry in the franchise is now also in active development.

Continuing to show incredibly strong holdovers is Universal Pictures 1917 which takes third place on this week’s chart. The multi-Oscar nominee fell by only -5% on previous week, grossing $9m and taking it’s North America total to $132.5m.

The World War One epic continues to play strongly in international markets, bringing in around $15m this weekend. The Sam Mendes directed film has now grossed $287m and is sure to be boosted this week following its performance at last night’s Oscars ceremony.

Universal’s Dolittle finished in fourth with an estimated $6.66m, dipping just -12% as it heads in to its fourth weekend in release.

Rounding out the top five this week is Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level (reviewed here), which brought in an estimated $5.5m, dipping just -8% as it slides in to its ninth week of release. It’s domestic gross now tops $298m whilst internationally saw its international cume rise to $470m for a worldwide total of $768m.

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JOKER & PARASITE big winners at last night’s Oscars ceremony

As expected there were plenty of shocks at last night’s Oscars ceremony as Parasite took the prize for Best Picture and Best Director for Boon Joon-ho.

In a year when the lack of diversity amongst the nominee’s was the top headline, Parasite becomes the first non-English film to take the top prize in a record breaking year.

In recent days Parasite had become the favourite to take the award, overtaking original favourites Joker and 1917.

Sam Mendes 1917 had to settle for technical prizes, taking the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. The film has been experience unrivalled holdovers at the US box office, you can read all about it in our box office roundup coming later this morning.

As expected Joaquin Phoenix took the award for Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in Joker. Joker also picked up the award for Best Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir’s outstandingly haunting music. Guðnadóttir has now picked up almost every major musical score award this season.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best picture

Best actress in a leading role
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Best actor in a leading role
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Best director
Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Actress in a supporting role
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Actor in a supporting role
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best animated feature film
“Toy Story 4”

Best original song 
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

Best original screenplay
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin Won

Best adapted screenplay
“Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi

Best international feature film
“Parasite” (South Korea)

Best documentary
“American Factory”

Best visual effects

Best cinematography
“1917,” Roger Deakins

Best production design
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best costume design
“Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran

Best makeup and hair styling

Best film editing
“Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

Best original score
“Joker,” Hildur Guonadottir 

Best sound editing
“Ford v Ferrari”

Best sound mixing

Best documentary short subject
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

Best animated short film
“Hair Love”

Best live action short film
“The Neighbors’ Window”

Congratulations to all the winners!

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ICYMI: JOKER wins three BAFTA awards, loses top honour to 1917

eOne’s (and Universal outside the UK) 1917 was the big winner at Sunday’s BAFTA awards ceremony here in London. The film took home seven of the nine prizes it was nominated for including the top honour of Best Film.

1917 was also handed awards for Best British Film, Best Director for Sam Mendes, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.

Warner Bros. Joker was nominated in a record 11 categories and was able to walk away with three prizes on the night. Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir picked up another award for her outstanding score for the film and now has Oscar glory in her sights.

Joker also picked up the new award for its cast. The new category aims to highlight the work of casting departments across the industry who bring together the amazing casts we regularly see on the big screen.

Joaquin Phoenix also walked away with the prize for Leading Actor, further cementing his chances at taking the top acting prize at next week’s Oscars ceremony.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, also starring are Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

For all our Joker coverage head to our archive!

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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 1-3 February, 2020

For the third straight weekend Sony Pictures Bad Boys For Life has topped the North American box office. The film faced little competition a new releases this week fell below expectations.

Bad Boys For Life topped the box office with an estimated $17.7m this weekend. The film’s domestic gross now tops an impressive $148m, easily making it the highest grossing release in the Bad Boys franchise. A fourth film is now in development.

Internationally, Bad Boys continued to perform well bringing in an estimated $30.8m and elevating the film’s international cume to $142.7m for a franchise best, $271m global total.

Holding on strong in second place was Universal’s 1917 delivering an estimated $9.66m  this weekend. That pushes the film’s domestic total to just shy of $120m.

Internationally, 1917 brought in an estimated $20.9m from 61 markets, this week included openings in Russia, Taiwan, Sweden, and Thailand. The international gross currently stands at $129.8m.

According to BoxOfficeMojo, Universal also took third place with Robert Downey Jr. vehicle Dolittle. Unfortunately the film is performing much like its name, bringing in just $7.7m.  The struggling $175m production has now managed to gross just over $55m domestically as it kicks off its third week in release.

Internationally Dolittle has now grossed over $71m after bringing in an estimated $17.7m this weekend from its 63 markets. The film’s global cume now stands at $126.6m with releases in France, here in the UK, Brazil, Russia and Japan yet to come along with a release date for China not yet set.

Rounding out the top five this weekend were United Artists Gretel & Hansel which grossed an estimated $6m and STXfilms’s The Gentlemen which also grossed in the region of $6m.

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1917 (eOne Entertainment)

Two new 1917 featurettes released ahead of BAFTA ceremony

eOne is celebrating three weeks at the top of the UK box office for Sam Mendes 1917. The film is nominated for nine BAFTA’s and with the ceremony set to take place on Sunday many are watching the film to see how well it competes alongside the likes of Joker and The Irishman.

First up is the Every Step of the Journey featurette:

Next up we take a look at one of the most stunning visual sequences in the film in the Lighting By Flares featurette:

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary RoadAway We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins ReturnsSkyfall) and Brian Oliver (RocketmanBlack Swan). 

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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 24-27 January, 2020

Sony Pictures Bad Boys For Life held on to the top spot in North America this week with a strong holdover in its second weekend frame. The film held off competition from holdovers 1917 and Dolittle, plus the opening of Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen which had to settle for forth place.

Bad Boys For Life closed out the weekend with an estimated $34m, bringing its domestic total up to a respectable $120m after ten days in release and dipping just -46% from its opening weekend. The film is now only $20 shy of becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, a fourth Bad Boys entry is now in the works.

Internationally, Bad Boys added a further 19 markets and grossed $42m this weekend. That pushes the international tally to $95m and brings a global cume estimating around $215m. According to BoxOfficeMojo, the weekend’s top market was Russia where the film brought in an estimated $4.7m. This is closely followed by France ($4.1m), Belgium ($1.4m), Netherlands ($1.5m), Ukraine ($1.1m), Colombia ($1.1m) and South Africa ($1m). Our home market in the UK remains the film’s top overseas market where it has grossed $10.7m to date.

In second place, Universal’s 1917 held on strong grossing a further $15.8m, dipping just -28% on the previous weekend. The war epic’s domestic total now sits at an estimated $103.8m. Internationally, 1917 added an estimated $23.7m from 50 markets, including new openings in Brazil, Italy, Norway, Indonesia and Colombia with the international cume now close to $97m. For those doing the math, that’s a global tally that now tops $200m.

Rounding out the US domestic top five is Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level which brought in an estimated $7.9m and pushing the sequel’s domestic performance over $283m. The film added a further $9.6m this weekend internationally, bringing the global total to $738m. Though it looks unlikely to reach the $1 billion mark, Jumanji: The Next Level is still a huge success for the studio.

For those keeping a close eye on the performance of The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth film in the main Star Wars saga has this week become only the fifteenth film to cross $500m at the US box office. Its current total sits at $501.5m with a further $544.6m internationally. That brings the J.J. Abrams directed picture to $1.04b globally.

Until next week Super Friends…

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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 17-19 January, 2020

The weekend saw a tight race for the top spot at the box office, with Sony Pictures Bad Boys For Life taking the top spot in North America. It’s worth noting it was Martin Luther King weekend in the US meaning it was a four-day holiday for many.

According to Box Office Mojo, the third entry in the Bad Boys franchise took Will Smith and co-star Martin Lawrence back to the top of the charts with an estimated $68.1m. If that figure holds (or grows) in the final numbers that will deliver the second biggest Martin Luther King weekend box office of all time. Across the usual weekend frame Bad Boys For Life grossed an estimated $59.17m.

The film has received solid backing from critics and currently holds a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was granted a lucrative “A” CinemaScore from moviegoers over the weekend.

Internationally, Bad Boys for Life brought in an estimated $38.6m from 39 markets. Germany is leading the way with a $5.1m debut. Mexico and Spain kicked in $3.8m and $2.2m respectively while 12 markets in the Middle East generated a combined $5.1m. Upcoming key releases included France (Jan 22), Russia (Jan 23), Brazil (Jan 30), Japan (Jan 31) and Italy (Feb 20).

Robert Downey Jnr. returned to the box office this weekend with the release of Dolittle. The film has been critically mauled and currently only holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 19% but that didn’t stop the $175m Universal production from grossing an estimated $30m across the four-day weekend.

The film was given a “B” CinemaScore from fans across the weekend and holds a respectable 75% audience score when compared to that 19% from critics.

In international markets, the film got its start last week in four markets and rolled out to a total of 46 markets this weekend, bringing in an estimated $17.2m for a global tally that sits just under $50m. Leading the way is Australia with a $2.36m debut followed by Indonesia with a $2.1m opening. The film’s top market is Korea where it has brought in $10.6m as it enters its second week in release. A number of markets are left to open, those include Argentina (Jan 23), Spain (Jan 24), Vietnam (Jan 25), Germany (Jan 30), Italy (Jan 30), Mexico (Jan 31), France (Feb 5), the UK (Feb 7), Brazil (Feb 20), Russia (Feb 20), China (Feb 21) and Japan (Mar 20).

Universal also occupies third place on the chart with the outstanding 1917 directed by Sam Mendes. The film brought in a further $27m for a domestic total of $81.6m. The film received a weighty ten Oscar nominations last week and is riding a wave of success following the Golden Globe Awards.

Internationally, 1917 added an additional $26m this weekend from 37 Amblin and Universal international markets, bringing the international cume to $62m through Sunday and a global total reaching $143.5m.

Sony returns to the char in fourth place with Jumanji: The Next Level. The film grossed an estimated $12.57m across the four-day holiday weekend, bringing its domestic total to $273.48m after five weeks in release.

Internationally the film added another $17m, bringing its overseas total up to an impressive $438m. Globally the film now stands at $709m.

Finally, rounding out the top five is Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which added an estimated $10.6m over the holiday weekend and bringing its domestic total up to $495m. That figure puts the final film in the so-called Skywalker Saga in the top 15 all-time domestically. Internationally, the film added another $10.9m, bringing the overseas cume to $534.6m for a global tally topping $1.026b.

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