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  1. In Greece, Joker has surpassed Endgame to become the biggest comic-book adaptation of all time. In a 'mature' market like Greece, this is truly rermarkable. Before Endgame, the record had been held for 15 years by Spider-Man 2.
  2. Weekend: 17th–20th October 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Joker 90,571 -37.7% 591,871 3 2 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 32,179 – 32,179 1 3 Hustlers 11,016 – 11,016 1 4 Adults in the Room [French-Greek] 6,109 -56.7% 64,005 3 5 Hodja fra Pjort [Danish] 5,873 -20.8% 35,835 4 6 Parasites 5,623 +632.2% 6,919 2 7 The Secret Life of Pets 2 4,577 -24.7% 154,553 8 8 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 3,600 -45.3% 11,074 2 9 Gemini Man 2,433 -68.8% 15,085 2 10 Portrait de la jeune fille en feu [French] 2,412 -42.2% 8,727 2 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-17-10-2019.html 'Joker' had a respectable drop after the craze of its first couple of weeks. As @Joel M has mentioned, the events that occurred over the weekend lead to two conclusions. Firstly, 'Joker' is a film only for the... Adults in the Room. Secondly, the headlines have been dominated by the film for the last 24 hours, which can only translate into more tickets, I presume. It will, without doubt, top 'Worlds Apart', which remains the best-selling film of the decade. 'Joker' is already the biggest Hollywood (and non-local) film of the decade and will get to 700,000 admissions. It has also eclipsed 'Avengers: Endgame' to become the biggest comic-book film of all time. Could it reach 1 million? To answer @Steven's question, I would say probably not. It would certainly be nice if it did. If the film had posted another weekend above 100K admissions, I would have said that 1 million admissions is a feasible outcome. However, next weekend is a 3-day holiday (Monday is a national holiday). It is supposed to be a busy period for cinemas, but it hasn't been for the last two years. It was indeed very busy in 2016, though. If 'Joker' does well enough to receive a boost or stay steady next weekend, then I would say 1 million would become a possibility again. 'El Greco' (2007) scored a higher third weekend (103,524 admissions). That Greek film had reached 505K admissions by its third Sunday and 767K admissions in total. 'Avatar' sold 82,332 admissions on its third weekend and had only 442,322 admissions by its third Sunday. That one reached 940K admissions in total. Based on Athenian admissions, I've estimated that 'A Touch of Spice' is estimated to have sold about 92,000 admissions nationwide on its third weekend (in total, it had reached 390K admissions by its third Sunday). Using a similar method, my estimate for 'Troy' is 150,000 admissions, for '300' it 139,600 admissions and for 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' it's 103,500 admissions. All films earned north of 950,000 admissions in total. We'll have to wait and see... Meanwhile, there were very few adults watching 'Adults in the Room'. Also, Disney's latest live-action film achieved a middling result. Was 'Maleficent 2' actually necessary? Just like most of the countless Disney live-action films that came out over the last five years, the answer is a resounding "no". However, I'm sure no one cares that this hasn't fared well. Disney has far better things happening. 'SLOP 2' has surpassed 150K admissions, but is still way behind its predecessor (208K admissions). 'Parasites' had an impressive 1,800-admission per-screen average (fromonly 3 screens). Worth keeping an eye on it.
  3. Daily admissions for Joker Day Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Daily admissions 22,508 26,150 28,237 44,419 * ** – – +16.18% – +7.98% – +57.31% – Cumulative admissions 22,508 48,658 76,895 121,314 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 36,929 25,247 32,534 54,150 29,614 30,992 47,418 -16.86% – -31.63% – +28.86% – +66.44% +140.58% -45.31% +13.25% +4.65% +9.76% +53.00% +6.75% 158,243 183,490 216,024 270,174 299,788 330,780 378,198 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday 37,313 18,862 22,253 44,641 -21.31% +1.04% -49.45% -25.29% +17.98% -31.60% +100.61% -17.56% 415,511 434,373 456,626 501,267 * % change since yesterday ** % change since same day last week Previews: 22,508 Week 1: 247,569 admissions Week 2: 231,088 admissions (-6.7%) Comments: Wednesdays are discount days, which justifies the huge jumps from Tuesday. A 20% drop this weekend would result in a 109,000-admission 3rd weekend and a 610,000-admission total by Sunday. Reaching 'Worlds Apart's' (669,000 admissions) total would be a foregone conclusion by then, becoming the biggest film of the decade (2010-2019). Sources: http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-joker-is-killing-it/ http://freecinema.gr/greek-audience-goes-nuts-over-joker-movie/ http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-joker-just-got-bigger/ http://freecinema.gr/joker-admissions-keep-shocking-greek-market/
  4. Weekend 10th–13th October 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Joker 145,337 +7.1% 415,473 2 2 Adults in the Room [French-Greek] 14,098 -39.8% 50,991 2 3 Gemini Man 7,795 – 7,795 1 4 Hodja fra Pjort [Danish] 7,413 -29.6% 29,267 3 5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 6,578 – 6,578 1 6 The Secret Life of Pets 2 6,081 -17.0% 149,177 7 7 Portrait de la jeune fille en feu [French] 4,172 – 4,389 1 8 Rambo: Last Blood 3,937 -42.9% 42,979 3 9 Nomis 2,700 – 2,700 1 10 Werk ohne Autor [German] 2,458 – 2,458 1 Sources: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4824/box-office-magemeno-apo-ton-joker-surreei-kata-xiliades-to-elliniko-koino http://flix.gr/news/box-office-10-10-2019.html In what was indubitably the most seismic result of the last decade, 'Joker' INCREASED from its already huge opening, to post what is (probably) the biggest second weekend of the last decade. '300' holds the all-time record, with a 285,000-admission sophomore frame, which represents an 11% drop from its record 320,000-admission opening (still a record). 'Joker' has already eclipsed all superhero films except 'Endgame', which will soon be overtaken, since it stands at 538,000 admissions. 'Joker' seems poised to get there by next Sunday. This is a result beyond any imagination. Word-of-mouth has worked wonders for this film and the timing of its release is ideal for Greek cinemagoing habits. All major summer releases had opened by early September, leaving enough breathing space for 'Joker' and there is little else of interest in the coming weeks. Of course, the content seems to be the major driver here, rather than the absence of competition. Once 'Joker' obliterates 'Endgame' and 'Skyfall' (579,681 admissions), it will become the biggest Hollywood film of the last decade (2010-2019). Whne inlcuding Greek films, it only trails 'Worlds Apart', which was released during the 2015 Christmas period and reached 669,000 admissions. Even that number is within reach if this insane holding power continues. However, there does exist a trend of certain big films achieving a small drop on their second weekend, before dropping hard on subsequent weekends. I wonder if this will be the case for 'Joker', although it is rather an unlikely. Here is a list of second weekends that sold more than 100K admissions. I have managed to collect the data over the years (plus some of my own estimates). It is in no way exhaustive and there may be many missing films, since my search has not been very extensive and a lot of data have not been reported. Ranking Title 2nd-weekend admissions Release date Comments 1 300 285,000 Thu 8 Mar 07 2 Troy 151,600 Fri 14 May 04 1 3 Λούφα και Παραλλαγή: Σειρήνες στο Αιγαίο (Loufa kai Parallagi: Seirines sto Aigaio) [GR] 150,300 Tue 5 Dec 06 1 4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 149,500 Wed 17 Dec 03 1 5 The Da Vinci Code 146,400 Thu 18 May 06 1 6 Joker 145,337 Thu 3 Oct 19 7 El Greco [GR] 128,163 Thu 18 Oct 07 8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 117,900 Thu 24 Aug 06 1 9 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 117,400 Thu 24 May 07 1 10 Μόλις Χώρισα (Molis Horisa) [GR] 115,000 Thu 14 Feb 08 11 Clash of the Titans 114,484 Sun 4 Apr 10 12 Avatar 108,500 Thu 17 Dec 09 13 Avengers: Endgame 107,133 Wed 24 Apr 19 14 2012 105,000 Thu 12 Nov 09 1 15 Skyfall 104,530 Thu 1 Nov 12 16 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 102,200 Thu 24 Nov 05 1 1: National estimate based on Athenian second-weekend admissions 'Adults in the Room' did not achieve a respectable hold for the genre. Other films were of, frankly, no interest at all. Cumulative admissions reached 210,190, which is the biggest number of the last two-and-a-half years and the biggest outside the Christmas holiday period since 'Finding Dory' opened (214,692 admissions).
  5. Weekend: 3rd–6th October 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Joker 135,735 – 158,243 1 2 Adults in the Room [French-Greek] 23,429 – 23,429 1 3 Hodja fra Pjort [Danish] 10,536 +13.1% 20,888 2 4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 7,330 -11.2% 142,041 6 5 Rambo: Last Blood 6,894 -59.1% 32,972 2 6 Ad Astra 3,491 -62.6% 49,210 3 7 Angry Birds 2 3,404 -8.7% 43,023 5 8 It Chapter Two 2,819 -47.2% 150,715 5 9 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 1,508 -44.7% 137,907 6 10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 1,434 -76.1% 11,487 2 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-3-10-2019.html http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4806/box-office-to-fainomeno-joker With cumulative admissions reaching 205,752, we hadn't seen such numbers (outside the Christmas holiday period) since November 2017, when another DC film, 'Justice League', and 'Murder on the Orient Express' boosted the weekend to 206,306 admissions. 'Joker' has confirmed once again that DC's fanbase in Greece is far wider and more loyal than Marvel. The MCU has evolved into a cultural phenomenon worldwide but its box-office performance is very variable in Greece, with opening weekends ranging from 18,674 admissions ('Ant-Man') to 129,549 admissions ('Infinity War'). On the other hand, DC has scored opening weekends quite consistently above 50,000 admissions. In this case, 'Joker' scored the second-biggest superhero opening weekend ever, only behind 'Spider-Man 3'. If we take into account previews, it is in third place, behind 'Spider-Man 3' and 'Endgame' (171,478 admissions from Wednesday to Sunday) (Reminder: 'Endgame' opened on Wednesday before Easter, with most cinemas closed on Good Friday and Saturday, which is probably why it doesn't hold the OW record.) Superhero openings (since 2003) Rank Title Opening weekend Total Release date Multiple 1 Spider-Man 3 159,000 366,987 03/05/07 2.31 2 Joker 135,735 158,243 03/10/19 1.17 3 Avengers: Infinity War 129,549 363,487 26/04/18 2.81 4 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 122,428 276,311 24/03/16 2.26 5 Captain America: Civil War 101,800 215,155 05/05/16 2.11 6 The Dark Knight 100,000 339,520 17/07/08 3.40 7 Avengers: Age of Ultron 94,250 224,334 30/04/15 2.38 8 Avengers: Endgame 93,217 537,690 24/04/19 5.77 9 Deadpool 2 82,773 221,697 17/05/18 2.68 10 Spider-Man 2 82,300 385,700 07/07/04 3.86 11 Deadpool 77,774 217,832 18/02/16 2.80 12 The Avengers 75,755 242,565 26/04/12 3.20 13 The Dark Knight Rises 74,530 346,585 21/08/12 4.65 14 Venom 66,795 206,763 04/10/18 3.10 15 Iron Man 3 66,278 206,006 25/04/13 3.11 How far will 'Joker' reach? Well, if it follows the precipitous trajectory of 'Batman v Superman', it would still get to 330,000 admissions. If it followed the trajectory of 'Infinity War', which still had quite harsh drops during its first few weekends, it would reach 380,000 admissions. It only needs to get to 386,000 admissions in order to out-gross 'Spider-Man 2', to become the second-biggest superhero film of all time, behind 'Endgame'. The numbers and the ongoing controversy surrounding it suggest that it could make it. It is in no case guaranteed. It would however be quite impressive if the superhero all-time record, a record that was held by 'Spider-Man 2' since 2004, was broken twice in the same year, fifteen years later. 'Adults in the Room' did not manage to get many adults into the room. Despite the controversy surrounding it, it was probably drowned by the far more appealing entertainment offered by the 'Joker'. Maybe a better release date would have suited it. Maybe the negative comments did indeed have a negative effect, instead of increasing curiosity. It was otherwise business as usual, with animated films and the occasional arthouse production scoring good holds, while the rest dropped the usual 50% or more.
  6. Weekend: 19th–22nd September 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Ad Astra 20,272 – 20,272 1 2 It Chapter Two 11,978 -46.1% 133,646 3 3 The Secret Life of Pets 2 10,638 -21.8% 123,046 4 4 Angel Has Fallen 7,780 -52.7% 32,817 2 5 Goldfinch 5,426 – 5,426 1 6 Angry Birds 2 5,392 -21.4% 35,030 3 7 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 5,308 -42.9% 129,677 4 8 Downton Abbey 4,077 -75.2% 28,095 2 9 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 3,001 -58.6% 226,488 5 10 The Lion King 2,685 47.0% 288,097 10 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4785/box-office-o-mprant-pit-stin-korufh-alla-ta-astra-tou-8ampa-kai-makrina Weekend: 26th–29nd September 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Rambo: Last Blood 16,869 – 16,869 1 2 Ad Astra 9,345 -53.9% 42,071 2 3 Hodja fra Pjort [Danish] 9,317 – 9,317 1 4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 8,258 -22.4% 133,797 5 5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 5,989 – 5,989 1 6 It Chapter Two 5,337 -55.4% 145,867 4 7 El amor menos pensado [Argentinian] 4,161 – 4,161 1 8 Angel Has Fallen 4,003 -48.5% 42,554 3 9 Angry Birds 2 3,730 -30.8% 39,329 4 10 The Lion King 2,909 +8.3% 291,219 11 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4793/box-office-i-epistrofh-tou-rambo Two weekends with virtually the same number of total tickets (86,506 for the prior and 86,386 for the latter) finished off the month of September with extremely unimpressive mediocrity. 'Ad Astra' and 'Rambo 5' had nothing to say and audiences were not willing to pay. 'The Lion King' has now been in the Top 10 for 10 weekends in total (8 consecutive). After the comeback of the last two weekends, all bets are off: the 300,000-admission milestone is back in the game. Just to keep things in perspective, it still the best live-action film produced by Disney, outside the 'Pirates of the Caibbean' franchise (all five have made more than 310,000 admissions). 'Pets 2' is trying to save face. 'It 2' had no chances anyway of getting close to its predecessor's total, but it has had better holds so far. Despite opening to 50% less, it is now running 43% behind. Not an eye-popping recovery but not bad either. 'Once Upon a Time' has made it to 230K admissions, but will not get much farther. Leo can't be disappointed about this one. Next weekend will witness the arrival of 'Joker'. As a DC film, it has the potential to do well in Greece. Nothing more can be said, as I have no idea about presales. Furthermore, this weekend is the premiere of 'Adults in the Room'. Directed by Greek-turned-French Costas Gavras and based on former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis' homonymous book, this is meant to be a big-screen version of the author's experiences during the eventful five-month negotiation period between Greece and its international creditors in early 2015. A topic that few of you know about and fewer care; nevertheless, Varoufakis had earned the biggest number of votes among all members of parliament, during the January 2015 national election, and many Greeks still see him as heroic figure who refused to capitulate to the creditors' demands. Many others see him as a traitor or a lunatic or an incompetent person who just wanted his claim to fame. In any case, there has been a lot of controversy, which escalated to the point that people started rating the movie on IMDb without having seen it. All you could see was reviews scoring it with a 10/10 and other reviews scoring it with a 1/10 (annoyingly for them, 0/10 was not an option). Yes, this is the image Greeks like to promote internationally. We are so polarised that we cannot even handle a movie about someone we dislike. And if we like him, we cannot handle a speck of criticism. Anyway, to be fair, it does sound a lot like what's happening with Donald Trump in the US. So, in comparison, it's maybe not that bad. Nevertheless, as the saying goes, 'bad advertising is still advertisement'. Whether this will translate into many tickets, I don't know. Sorry for the looooong digression and see you next week.
  7. Weekend 12th–15th September 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 It Chapter Two 22,203 -57.0% 109,102 2 2 Angel Has Fallen 16,448 – 16,448 1 3 Downton Abbey 16,413 – 16,413 1 4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 13,598 -36.4% 109,984 3 5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 9,296 -53.4% 119,698 3 6 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 7,248 -56.0% 219,645 4 7 Angry Birds 2 6,859 -56.8% 28,693 2 8 A Rainy Day in New York 5,130 -36.8% 90,557 4 9 Ready or Not 4,171 – 4,171 1 10 Where'd You Go, Bernadette 2,372 -78.1% 17,829 2 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-12-9-2019.html http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-it-still-counts/ The weekend was met by another packed movie schedule that fewer and fewer people seem to care about. The 109,103 people who honored Greece's cinemas were as much as last year, but with so many high-profile releases this year, we should be seeing bigger numbers. With the exception of 'Secret Life of Pets 2', the rest of the last week's Top 5 dropped more than 50%. Even 'Pets', however, is not having a good time, since it has fallen behind its predecessor at the same point in its run, despite its larger opening. The original sold 15,190 admissions on its 3rd weekend, for a 127,888-admission total. 'It 2' had a drop in the same league as its predecessor's (-54%) but has only sold about half the number of tickets, at the same point in its run (202K vs 109K admissions). 'Hobbs & Shaw' has already registered a higher multiplier than most other 'Fast & Furious' films but its total is only ahead of 'Tokyo Drift'. Perhaps the only truly positive achievement is 'Once Upon a Time's' total, which has reached the average number for a Leonardo DiCaprio film. Even so, the initial enthusiasm from 3 weeks ago, fueled by 'Once Upon a Time's' opening-weekend numbers and by expectations of a busy September, has quickly dissipated. New openers were as pathetic as usual. 'Angel Has Fallen' is supposedly the threequel of the 'Fallen' franchise, in case you hadn't noticed... It started with a smaller opening than its predecessors – 25,557 admissions for 'London Has Fallen' and 19,266 admissions for 'Olympus Has Fallen'. In total, the prior, which is the second film of the franchise, sold 122,529 admissions, while the original only got to 74,345 admissions. 'Downton Abbey' was close behind but hardly a success compared to the TV series. Last but not least, I wanted to mention Woody Allen's 'Rainy Day', which is about to beat 'Irrational Man' and will probably finish near 'Café Society' and 'Magic in the Moonlight', among recent Allen films. These may not be huge numbers but it is a feat in itself to have such consistent and loyal followers.
  8. Weekend: 5th–8th September 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 It Chapter Two 51,634 – 51,634 1 2 The Secret Life of Pets 2 21,382 -49.2% 88,481 2 3 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 19,942 -53.5% 96,689 2 4 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 16,484 -55.1% 203,933 3 5 Angry Birds 2 15,865 – 15,865 1 6 Where'd You Go, Bernadette 10,807 – 10,807 1 7 A Rainy Day in New York 8,117 -54.4% 81,876 3 8 Une Intime Conviction [French] 2,876 – 2,876 1 9 The Lion King 2,154 -46.7% 282,273 8 10 Les Rivières Pourpres (2000) [French re-release] 719 – 719 1 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4760/box-office-to-auto-epistrefei-gia-ti-rebans Admittedly, I found this past weekend's box office traffic extremely disappointing. The tickets sold across Greece were only 151,818. This was the same as last weekened and the same time last year, when 'The Nun' opened to a strong 76,026 admissions. Despite 5 high-profile releases featuring in the Top 5, this weekend wasn't even close to beating, for example, the weekend when 'Thor: Ragnarok' was released (170,987 admissions). Or 'Despicable Me 3' (161,832 admissions). Or 'Maze Runner 3'... Oh well. 'It Chapter Two' opened with a tad more than half of its predecessor's opening-weekend admissions. Despite opening on par to 'It' everywhere else, Greeks were peculiarly unimpressed by the return of the clowns. Meanwhile, both 'SLOP 2' and 'Hobbs & Shaw' had big drops, but at least it was expected for the latter. The prior may have been affected by the arrival of 'Angry Birds 2', although that is a cheap excuse. This very promising franchise (I mean, 'Pets') seems to have missed its chance to become the next big success story for Illumination Entertainment (after of course the 'Despicable' franchise). Speaking of which, 'Angry Birds 2' also opened to about half of its predecessor's opening. When I recall claims that this franchise would allow Rovio to set up its own movie studio that would antagonise Disney, I can't help but laugh. Hard. 'Once Upon a Time' continued its rather steep decline but has made it to the blockbuster level of 200K admissions. DiCaprio's average over the last 15 years is about 220K admissions, which the film will easily reach. Otherwise, there is not much news. How desperate could Greek distributors be if they have resorted to re-releasing films from the year 2000?
  9. Weekend: 29th August–1st September 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 42,858 – 42,858 1 2 The Secret Life of Pets 2 42,074 – 42,074 1 3 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 36,682 -48.8% 164,023 2 4 A Rainy Day in New York 17,802 -40.6% 64,240 2 5 The Lion King 4,043 -36.3% 276,972 7 6 Duelles [French–Belgian] 2,494 – 2,494 1 7 Spider-Man: Far from Home 844 -30.4% 188,791 9 8 Midsommar [American–Swedish] 527 -79.5% 5,857 2 9 Toy Story 4 511 -71.3% 175,276 11 10 Escape Plan: The Extractors 394 -20.7% 9,852 5 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4745/box-office-ena-fast-furious-didumo-odigei-tin-koursa-ton-tameion In what was an interestingly close call, car enthusiasts and pet lovers fought for seats this weekend, as two established franchises vied for the top spot. 'Once Upon a Time' came in at a (safely) distant third with a sizeable but dignified drop. 200K admissions are guaranteed at this point and if it continues on the same trajectory, it should reach 240K admissions by the end of tis run. Fast and Furious series Title Opening weekend Release date Total Multiple Furious 7 137,711 Thu 2 Apr 15 370,599 2.69 Fast Five 93,377 Thu 5 May 11 222,232 2.38 Fast and Furious 90,900 Thu 2 Apr 09 230,007 2.53 Fast & Furious 6 62,021 Thu 23 May 13 181,682 2.93 The Fate of the Furious 54,454 Thu 13 Apr 17** 304,891 5.60 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 42,858 Thu 29 Aug 19 – – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 35,600 Thu 13 Jul 06 115,400* 3.24 2 Fast 2 Furious 26,000 Fri 18 Jul 03 152,000* 5.85 *Total when they left the Top 10 **Easter weekend In contrast to 'Hobbs & Shaw's' mediocre performance, 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' topped its predecessor, which had opened to 37,254 admissions back in August 2016. However, a 5.6x multiplier and a 207K-admission total is a lot to live up to. Greece is one of the only countries where this film out-grossed its predecessor (mainly due to the strategic release date) and I doubt that word of mouth will be at all exceptional, judging from its trajectory elsewhere. Nevertheless, it is pretty clear that, although the 'Fast & Furious' prequel won the weekend, 'SLOP 2' will beat it when all is done and dusted. Meanwhile, Woody Allen's 'Rainy Day' had a solid hold and reaching 100K admissions should be a breeze. 'The Lion King' continues its stroll. 'Far From Home' had another small drop, despite the arrival of 'Hobbs & Shaw'. The same cannot be said for 'Toy Story 4' which fell sharply due to the arrival of 'Pets 2'. The best drop of the Top 10 was achieved by 'Escape Plan 3', which has so far fared slightly better than the miserable second part of the trilogy (8,018 admissions). Both, however, pale to utter insigificance compared to the original's 65,185-admission total. With 'It: Chapter Two' and 'Angry Birds 2' coming out next week, it's gonna be a bloodbath, albeit one we will certainly enjoy.
  10. Yes, good reminder. I purposefully used the term "belong", in which there is some gray area, instead of using "distributed" or "produced", which would have defeinitely been inaccurate. 😋
  11. Weekend: 1st–4th August 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 The Lion King 17,226 -51.8% 211,669 3 2 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 7,980 -28.3% 86,654 4 3 The Fall of the American Empire 6,114 – 6,114 1 4 Jusqu'ici tout va bien [French–Belgian] 5,009 – 5,009 1 5 Celle que vous croyez [French] 4,288 -44.2% 16,463 2 6 Spider-Man: Far from Home 3,714 -33.7% 175,512 5 7 La misma sangre [Argentinian–American] 3,564 – 3,564 1 8 Escape Plan: The Extractors 2,460 – 2,460 1 9 Yuli [Spanish–Cuban–British–German] 2,001 – 2,001 1 10 8 ½ (1963) [Italian–French] 1,953 – 1,953 1 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-01-8-2019.html http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4716/box-office-o-simpa-kai-oi-filoi-tou-paramenoun-stin-korufh Weekend: 8th–11th August 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 El reino [Spanish] 12,189 – 12,189 1 2 The Lion King 10,734 -37.7% 236,609 4 3 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 5,208 -34.7% 94,561 5 4 The Kitchen 3,445 – 3,445 1 5 Le clan des Siciliens (1969) [French] 2,195 – 2,195 1 6 Spider-Man: Far from Home 2,063 -44.5% 180,107 6 7 Un homme pressé [French] 1,792 – 1,792 1 8 Jusqu'ici tout va bien [French–Belgian] 1,712 -65.8% 9,034 2 9 Toy Story 4 1,612 -11.5% 167,159 8 10 Yesterday 1,487 +57.0% 57,747 7 Source: http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-once-upon-a-time-at-our-village/ Weekend: 15th–18th August 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions (by Wed, 21st Aug) Week 1 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 8,785 – 8,785 0 2 The Lion King 7,598 -29.2% 260,171 5 3 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 5,070 -2.6% 104,739 6 4 El reino [Spanish] 4,997 -59.0% 28,215 2 5 Spider-Man: Far from Home 1,834 -11.1% 185,538 7 6 Toy Story 4 1,620 +0.5% 172,034 9 7 Mrs. Mills 1,223 – 2,246 1 8 Mi obra maestra [Argentinian–Spanish] 1,089 N/A 17,093 6 9 Driven 1,072 – 1,863 1 10 The Mule 896 N/A 162,924 33 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4735/box-office-o-tarantino-stin-korufh-apo-ta-apoduthria Weekend: 22th–25th August 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 71,583 +714.8% 80,368 1 2 A Rainy Day in New York 29,980 – 29,980 1 3 The Lion King 6,347 -16.5% 266,518 6 4 Midsommar [American–Swedish] 2,568 – 2,568 1 5 Toy Story 4 1,782 +10.0% 173,816 10 6 Il piccolo diavolo (1988) [Italian] 1,621 – 1,621 1 7 Spider-Man: Far from Home 1,213 -33.9% 186,751 8 8 Murder by Death (1976) 626 -27.5% 20,957 9 9 El reino [Spanish] 620 -87.6% 28,835 3 10 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 617 -87.8% 105,356 7 Source: http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-once-upon-a-time-at-our-village/ Sorry for the veeeeery long break since my last post. It was mainly because Greek distributors had not reported numbers for the August 8–11 weekend until a few days ago (despite reporting results for the August 15–18 weekend two weeks ago). I was still hoping that one of the Greek box-office websites would eventually report these results, which happened 2 days ago, thanks to freeciname.gr. Hopefully, this marks a return to normality after a very quiet summer. Early August is generally the most quiet period of the year for Greek cineams. This year was not exception. The weekend of the 15th–18th was the quietest weekend of the year, thanks to the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which is a public holiday and everyone's –literally everyone's– excuse to escape their routine in search for a beach or their parents' and grandparents' village. These were the cumulative admissions for each of the above four weekends: Weekend Admissions August 1st–4th 65,657 August 8th–11th 52,902 August 15th–18th 43,028 August 22nd–25th 120,209 Early August was therefore dominated by July leftovers: 'The Lion King' and French comedy sequel 'Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu?'. The prior has become the second-biggest film of the year. By Wednesday, August 28, it reached 272,929 admissions, having surpassed 'Alice in Wonderland' (243,710 admissions) and even 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' (272,700 admissions) to become the biggest live-action Disney film outside none other than... the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Depending on how well it holds, it may even cross the 300K-admission milestone, but it will probably finish around 290K admissions. Despite posting small drops, 'Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait 2' has lost all hope of topping its predecessor (130.4K admissions), in what was one of the bigger disappointments of the summer. Then, however, came the big surge thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'. Many of you may remember that DiCaprio's most recent film, 'The Revenant', had become the highest-grossing foreign film in Greece in 2016. His track record has been very consistent in Greece. Leonardo DiCaprio Title National OW Release date Total admissions Multiple Shutter Island 91,930 Thu 25 Feb 10 312,230 3.40 Inception 85,046 Tue 24 Aug 10 421,897 4.96 The Revenant 84,298 Thu 21 Jan 16 332,339 3.94 The Departed 83,918 Thu 23 Nov 06 320,000 3.81 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 71,583 Thu 22 Aug 19 127,341 1.78 Blood Diamond 64,400 Thu 25 Jan 07 232,403 3.61 Gangs of New York 60,000 Fri 24 Jan 03 289,500 4.83 Catch Me If You Can 60,000 Fri 28 Feb 03 275,000 4.58 The Wolf of Wall Street 49,676 Wed 25 Dec 13 209,681 4.22 Body of Lies 48,100 Thu 20 Nov 08 121,335 2.52 Django Unchained 43,973 Thu 17 Jan 13 154,175 3.51 Revolutionary Road 40,970 Thu 15 Jan 09 110,650 2.70 The Great Gatsby 31,129 Thu 16 May 13 137,411 4.41 Aviator 29,000 Fri 21 Jan 05 112,000 3.86 J. Edgar 21,728 Thu 19 Jan 12 55,549 2.56 With 'Hobbs & Shaw' coming out next weekend and 'It: Chapter Two' the weekend after, it is unclear how well 'Once Upon a Time' will hold. However, it is hard to imagine it end with fewer than 240,000 admissions. If it remains relatively unaffected by the above films, it could even reach 300,000 admissions. Let's wait and find out! As for Woody Allen's 'A Rainy Day in New York', it scored an opening slightly lower his most recent 15-year average (34K admissions). To reach the 15-year average for total admissions, the film would have to reach about 125,000 admissions – certainly not an impossible feat, but by no means a guarantee either. Clearly, Leo is the more popular of the two... Woody Allen Title National OW Release date Total admissions Multiple A Rainy Day in New York 29,980 Thu 22 Aug 19 46,438 1.55 Wonder Wheel 13,844 Thu 7 Dec 17 40,377 2.92 Café Society 34,981 Thu 25 Aug 16 105,415 3.01 Irrational Man 30,479 Thu 27 Aug 15 92,224 3.03 Magin in the Moonlight 36,186 Thu 28 Aug 14 105,926 2.93 Blue Jasmine 35,534 Thu 29 Aug 13 160,013 4.50 To Rome with Love 39,401 Thu 6 Sep 12 166,676 4.23 Midnight in Paris 57,143 Thu 6 Oct 11 212,965 3.73 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger 38,526 Thu 28 Oct 10 101,000 2.62 Whatever Works 24,509 Thu 19 Nov 09 85,021 3.47 Vicky Christina Barcelona 57,039 Thu 9 Oct 08 246,548 4.32 Cassandra’s Dream 17,331 Thu 29 Nov 07 71,812 4.14 Match Point 27,000 Thu 19 Jan 06 200,000+ – As for other films, 'Toy Story 4' has had good late legs, althought it will fail to reach its 'Toy Story 3 (202,242 admissions), and 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' has also enjoyed a better-than-average run for a Marvel film. It will still finish behind 'Captain Marvel' (202,622 admissions) but it finished above every other MCU film outside of the 'Avengers' films, 'Iron Man 3' and 'Captain America 3'. It is, of course, nowhere near the Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, whose films scored north of 300,000 admissions. Random FYI: 'The Mule' re-entered the Top 10 on its 33rd weekend (it was released in January) with 896 admissions... The 2018–2019 season finished with 7.3% fewer admissions than the 2017–2018 season. However, if we compare years instead of seasons, the first seven-and-a-half months of 2019 are trailing the same period of 2018 by only 2.9%, thanks to a better summer. Cinema owners must be worshipping Disney by now, since the top 5 summer titles belong to them: 'Endgame', 'The Lion King', 'Far From Home', 'Toy Story 4' and 'Aladdin'. These numbers do not take 'Once Upon a Time' into account, which has helped close the difference between 2018 and 2019 even more. Next weekend will be an interesting competition between 'Once Upon a Time', The Secret Life of Pets 2' and 'Hobbs & Shaw'. Stay tuned...
  12. Weekend 18–21/07/2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 The Lion King 71,365 – 71,365 1 2 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 15,707 -43.6% 54,382 2 3 Spider-Man: Far from Home 6,928 -67.2% 154,391 3 4 The Dead Don’t Die 4,582 – 4,582 1 5 Anna 4,223 – 4,223 1 6 Red Joan 4,183 – 4,183 1 7 Toy Story 4 3,688 -64.1% 155,272 5 8 Stockholm 3,670 – 3,670 1 9 Annabelle Comes Home 2,883 -49.3% 80,819 4 10 Mi obra maestra [Argentinian–Spanish] 2,721 -11.7% 6,944 2 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-18-7-2019.html http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4697/box-office-to-meridio-tou-leontos 'The Lion King' roared proudly across 247 screens in Greece – the thrid biggest release ever (data are available for the last 10 years approximately). It is only behind 'Dumbo' (261 screens) and 'Aladdin' (267 screens). Its opening-weekend figure was far better than both aforementioned films. It was also the second-best opening among live-action re-imaginings of classical Disney animated films, only behind 'Alice in Wonderland's' 83,183-admission opening back in March 2010. That was when 3–D and Johnny Depp were still very popular. Nevertheless, the film is unlikely to reach the heights of the original 'Lion King', which was released in 1994 to the tune of 390,000 admissions, according to flix.gr. This piece of information, which I hadn't been able to find before, means that the film is actually the biggest animated film of all time, in Greece. As we go back in time though, the data get less and less reliable, with many theaters not having any electronic systems and a significant number of theaters not issuing receipts in order to avoid taxes. 'Qu'este-ce qu'on a fait 2' had a much higher drop than its predecessor. However, that one had opened to 6K admissions and had very small holds that led to a 130K-admission total. Such a multiplier was never going to happen for the sequel, which will be successful even if it matches its predecessor's total – an apparently achievable feat. 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' had another precipitous drop typical of comic-book films. 'Toy Story 4' was obliterated by 'The Lion King' but with no major animated opening until late August, it should manage good holds for the next few weeks. It remains to be seen whether it can match its predecessor's 202K-admission total. 'Annabelle Comes Home' will be by far the least-attended film of the franchise. Weekend 25–28/07/2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 The Lion King 35,715 -50.0% 163,788 2 2 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu? [French] 11,132 -29.1% 73,303 3 3 Celle que vous croyez [French] 7,684 – 7,684 1 4 Spider-Man: Far from Home 5,606 -19.1% 167,332 4 5 Vault 4,014 – 4,014 1 6 Toy Story 4 2,847 -22.8% 160,712 6 7 Polaroid 2,446 – 2,446 1 8 Anna 2,363 -44.0% 10,741 2 9 Mi obra maestra [Argentinian–Spanish] 2,023 -25.7% 6,246 3 10 Red Joan 1,969 -52.9% 8,340 2 Source: http://flix.gr/news/box-office-25-7-2019.html 'The Lion King' had a bigger drop than 'Aladdin' or 'Dumbo' but it has already surpassed both in total admissions. In fact, thanks to strong weekdays, it has moved ahead of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the same point in its run. That film scored a 52,853-admission sophomore frame (-36%) for a 161,751-admission 11-day total. At this point, it is possible that 'The Lion King' will surpass 'Alice's' 243,710-admission total, to become the biggest live-action re-imagining of a classical Disney animated film. 'Qu'este-ce qu'on a fait 2', 'Far From Home' and 'Toy Story 4' had strong holds, which are likely to continue throughout August. The highest per-screen average of the weekend goes to French dramedy 'Celle que vous croyez' (480 admissions).
  13. So, in terms of original run, do we know if Avatar or Endgame is ahead in worldwide gross?
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