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  1. This is the thread to submit films for Year 7 of CAYOM 3.0! The release calendar is below. It's pre-filled with the IMAX films from the Advance Schedule Thread, but you will still need to make posts for those movies with details about them. You can also submit your fillers here. Note that you are not allowed to post movies in this thread until they are completed - with full cast and release info and however complete a plot summary you plan on giving them. Keep in mind that directors are limited to one major film or two small films a year and that actors should be limited to a realistic number of projects as well. To submit a film, make a post in this thread including the relevant information. Required info includes: Title: Director: Genre: Release Date: Major Cast: Theater Count: MPA Rating: Runtime: Production Budget: Plot Summary: (Can be as short or detailed as you wish) If you do not have all of this information finalized, you should not post the film in this thread until you do. You can also optionally include other relevant information like producers, composers, the name of the releasing studio (if you are using your own fictional studios), special formats for release (like IMAX or 3D), even custom taglines or posters if you wish. None of this is required to post your film and it can be added after you first post if you so choose. Limited releases are allowed, and they can expand into additional theaters on a week-by-week basis. You will need to specify when the film expands and how many theaters it goes into each week, up until the final expansion that is the widest it will go. I've included some typical midweek release dates around holidays and such. If you want to release a movie on a weekday in some other week, go right ahead and just specify it in the post for that movie. I'll add that day to the release calendar. This post will be updated regularly with new additions. If available, you can click on the title of a film in the release calendar to go straight to its post. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM EST on March 2nd, 2020. Titles listed in green are finished.
  2. Given that none of my reservations were for $200m+ blockbusters I can still swap titles out yes? If so then I am doing that. Give November 10th to Star Fox (Sci-fi/Action) (dir. Joseph Kosinski) September 8th to Earthsong Vol. II: Dynasty of the Stars (Fantasy) (dir. Julie Taymor)
  3. @Reddroast and I are doing a trade - I'm giving him the Ghost Rider and Moon Knight rights, and he's giving me Star Fox @Alpha
  4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson The Amityville Horror II, Amityville: The Final Chapter and Amityville: The Horror Returns by John G. Jones
  5. December 2-4 Hell Jingles Almost All the Way Horror-comedy Jingle Hell opened a touch under tracking, perhaps being a bit too grotesque for some audiences. Its $19.4 million start is still solid for the genre and the quiet first weekend of December. 1. Jingle Hell - $19,420,392 2. Duck Hunt - $15,348,598 (-55.2%) 3. XJ-9 Rebirth - $6,187,259 (-56.6%) 4. Off-Road - $4,927,378 (-57.5%) 5. Paradise Island - $4,048,608 (-26.3%) 6. One Big Family - $3,425,350 (-65.7%) 7. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $2,459,746 (-37.6%) 8. Voicemail - $1,724,774 (-46.2%) 9. Thirsty - $1,286,458 (-42.3%) 10. Spring Awakening - $1,265,402 (-41.1%) December 9-11 Two Action Tentpoles Duel to the (Mutual) Death Opening in fairly direct competition were the anime adaptation Bleach and the sci-fi sequel LucIId. There was some debate over which would lead the weekend, and in the end, it was a photo-finish. Bleach ultimately came out on top, but didn't emerge unscathed. While LucIId was sunk by bad reviews and awful word-of-mouth that saw it decline quite harshly from Friday thru Sunday, Bleach was handicapped by its source material - not especially well-known to a general American audience - and its odd structure. But those were nothing compared to the unfortunate timing of the release; had Bleach not opened against LucIId, it probably could have gone much higher given the underwhelming holiday slate so far. It definitely looks set to hold better than its foe in the coming weeks, but we're hearing word-of-mouth is mixed on this one too, and these types of films often have inflated openings from the fanboy audience. 1. Bleach - $31,986,561 2. LucIId - $31,057,847 3. Duck Hunt - $10,575,184 (-41.1%) 4. Jingle Hell - $9,826,718 (-49.4%) 5. Paradise Island - $4,690,176 (+15.8%) 6. Off-Road - $2,680,494 (-45.6%) 7. XJ-9: Rebirth - $2,462,529 (-60.2%) 8. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $1,483,227 (-39.7%) 9. One Big Family - $1,099,537 (-67.9%) 10. Thirsty - $811,755 (-36.9%) December 16-18 Audiences Jam Through Gateways into Theaters Animated adventure Gateways outperformed already-high expectations with an $83 million opening, powered by great reviews and word of mouth and a relative lack of serious competition. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain proved to be very solid counter-programming, also over-performing with $36.1 million. The historical chase-drama had older audiences locked up throughout the weekend and also enjoys fantastic reception. As expected, LucIId tumbled badly in its second outing, while Bleach had a much better hold considering the new openers and its subgenre. 1. Gateways - $83,031,818 2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain - $36,059,531 3. Bleach - $15,097,657 (-52.8%) 4. LucIId - $10,311,205 (-66.8%) 5. Duck Hunt - $5,033,788 (-52.4%) 6. Paradise Island - $4,917,996 (+4.9%) 7. Jingle Hell - $4,697,171 (-52.2%) 8. Off-Road - $1,359,010 (-49.3%) 9. XJ-9: Rebirth - $933,298 (-62.1%) 10. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $746,063 (-49.7%) December 23-25 (Christmas Weekend) Christmas Newcomers Can't Outshine Holdovers Gateways and The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain held firm in the top two spots over the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, the new releases all opened around the low ends of their tracking, with sci-fi comedy Guardians of the Internet at $17.4 million, horror film Thawed at $8.8 million, and Christian sci-fi The Neon Psalms earning $5.6 million from its Christmas Day release on Sunday. In holdover news, the only remarkable performance was LucIId's continuing rapid demise. 1. Gateways - $56,129,509 (-32.4%) 2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain - $26,034,981 (-27.8%) 3. Guardians of the Internet - $17,368,335 4. Bleach - $10,658,946 (-29.4%) 5. Thawed - $8,799,408 6. The Neon Psalms - $5,647,188 (Sunday only) 7. LucIId - $4,918,445 (-52.3%) 8. Duck Hunt - $4,419,666 (-12.2%) 9. Paradise Island - $3,255,713 (-33.8%) 10. Jingle Hell - $2,611,627 (-44.4%) December 30 - January 1 Top Three Repeat Over New Year's Gateways, The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain, and Guardians of the Internet all held onto their top three spots, the two features in their third weekends both seeing increases. The Neon Psalms moved up to fourth place with $7.9 million for its first three-day weekend, which isn't much more than it made on Christmas Day alone - the odd faith-based sci-fi property may have trouble drawing much of an audience now that the holiday has passed. 1. Gateways - $75,325,801 (+34.2%) 2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain - $27,701,220 (+6.4%) 3. Guardians of the Internet - $12,036,256 (-30.7%) 4. The Neon Psalms - $7,855,239 (+39.1%) 5. Bleach - $5,837,690 (-35.6%) 6. Thawed - $5,314,842 (-39.6%) 7. Duck Hunt - $5,144,491 (+16.4%) 8. Paradise Island - $3,545,472 (+8.9%) 9. LucIId - $2,449,386 (-50.2%) 10. Jingle Hell - $1,039,428 (-60.2%)
  6. November 4-6 Off-Road Stays in Gear, Spring Is Still a Bit Sleepy Ludicrous action flick Off-Road opened on target with $48.6 million for the weekend, right where projections had it. On the other hand, period musical Spring Awakening fell under tracking with $14.1 million, playing to a pretty niche audience and mediocre reviews - something that hurts this kind of movie a lot more than Off-Road. Fiesta Loca fell a steep 62.2% from opening weekend, which can be attributed to an inflated first weekend gross thanks to its Dia de los Muertos holiday tie-in. In 5 theaters, Paradise Island opened with an encouraging $69,920 average. 1. Off-Road - $48,611,943 2. Voicemail - $22,213,830 (-37.5%) 3. Spring Awakening - $14,128,465 4. Fiesta Loca - $12,421,908 (-62.2%) 5. Thirsty - $9,421,917 (-37.8%) 6. Shiverin' Gulch - $5,755,332 (-30.8%) 7. The Trapped Keeper - $4,527,265 (-30.2%) 8. Day of the Tentacle - $2,599,522 (-37.7%) 9. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $1,129,493 (-20.2%) 10. The Horn - $942,970 (-48.5%) -. Paradise Island - $349,600 November 11-13 Aeroplane Propeller Stalls Out Both of the weekend's new releases - the poorly-reviewed sci-fi Understand and the controversial true-story film In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - opened a bit below tracking. Projections foresaw a very tight race between the two, but ultimately the gulf wound up wider than expected with Understand taking the lead - though it was still only third place for the weekend. Evidently audiences are a bit more willing to shell out for a been-there-done-that genre flick than an odd and potentially offensive flick like Aeroplane. Paradise Island fell just outside of the top ten in its first expansion to just 48 theaters. 1. Off-Road - $22,701,777 (-53.3%) 2. Voicemail - $12,639,669 (-43.1%) 3. Understand - $10,953,958 4. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $9,226,648 5. Spring Awakening - $7,149,003 (-49.4%) 6. Fiesta Loca - $6,099,157 (-50.9%) 7. Thirsty - $5,634,306 (-40.2%) 8. Shiverin' Gulch - $3,361,114 (-41.6%) 9. The Trapped Keeper - $2,861,232 (-36.8%) 10. Day of the Tentacle - $1,336,155 (-48.6%) -. Paradise Island - $1,333,344 (+281.4%) November 18-20 Verbinski Drops Another Bomb on Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Following the high-profile disappointment of The Lone Ranger back in 2013, Gore Verbinski has another big flop on his hands this weekend with XJ-9: Rebirth. Like with his prior misfire, the trouble here seems to be choice of source material; this was a cartoon with a pretty short run and without a large, rabidly nostalgic fanbase. What's worse, unlike other recent cartoon adaptations from often less-than-prime material, Rebirth was positioned as a sequel to the cartoon rather than an adaptation. Even with some concessions made to introduce newcomers, such as a large time-skip, the prospect just wasn't enticing for most moviegoers, the majority of whom had probably never seen the TV show. With a $170 million production cost, this one's unlikely to see black ink even with overseas grosses. Tyler Perry's latest film performed as expected, while Paradise Island continued to expand and made it into the top ten. 1. XJ-9: Rebirth - $34,686,999 2. One Big Family - $21,384,248 3. Off-Road - $10,964,958 (-51.7%) 4. Voicemail - $5,839,527 (-53.8%) 5. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $5,591,349 (-39.4%) 6. Understand - $4,228,228 (-61.4%) 7. Spring Awakening - $3,388,628 (-52.6%) 8. Thirsty - $3,245,360 (-42.4%) 9. Fiesta Loca - $2,836,108 (-53.5%) 10. Paradise Island - $2,243,340 (+68.2%) November 23-27 (5-Day Thanksgiving Weekend) Audiences Not Too Hungry for Duck Duck Hunt opened a bit under expectations with a still-decent $34.3 million 3-day over Thanksgiving weekend. The brand didn't mean much of anything to anyone but retro gamers, and reviews weren't strong enough to drive a big turnout. Unfortunately for the animated film, it faces direct competition before Christmas from the highly-anticipated Gateways. Paradise Island went wide and cracked the top five. 1. Duck Hunt - $34,260,264 (3-day) / $48,820,876 (5-day) 2. XJ-9: Rebirth - $14,256,357 (3-day) / $20,272,540 (5-day) (-58.9%) 3. One Big Family - $9,986,444 (3-day) / $13,301,943 (5-day) (-53.3%) 4. Off-Road - $7,883,805 (-28.1%) 5. Paradise Island - $5,496,936 (3-day) / $7,376,888 (5-day) (+145%) 6. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - $3,941,901 (-29.5%) 7. Voicemail - $3,205,900 (-45.1%) 8. Thirsty - $2,229,563 (-31.3%) 9. Spring Awakening - $2,148,390 (-36.6%) 10. Understand - $2,059,147 (-51.3%)
  7. Since no one appears to have objected I will forfeit IMAX for Silent Hill: Rebirth. My new #3 priority is: August 25 He-Man V: The Stench of Evil (Fantasy/Action) (dir. McG)
  8. October 7-9 Gulch Spooks Some Life into Fall Box Office Though it came in slightly under projections, the western-horror-adventure Shiverin' Gulch netted a $47.5 million opening, very respectable given its odd premise and blend of genres. Solid reviews helped for sure, despite some criticisms of the film's depiction of native folklore. Evidently the general audience wasn't bothered by such reservations. 1. Shiverin' Gulch - $47,545,416 2. The Horn - $11,671,701 (-47.1%) 3. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $6,371,398 (-38.9%) 4. The Last Policeman - $4,767,004 (-38.2%) 5. All-Nighter - $2,523,250 (-37.3%) 6. The Girlfriend Hoax - $1,416,456 (-38.8%) 7. The Feminist - $1,244,948 (-50.7%) 8. Live2ream - $775,538 (-48.1%) 9. Hired Guns - $494,818 (-47%) 10. Turbulence - $416,273 (-51.4%) October 14-16 Pair of Quirky New Releases Can't Take the Top Slot Sci-fi comedy Day of the Tentacle and surrealistic biopic The Trapped Keeper both performed within expectations, winding up in a close race for second ultimately won by Tentacle. Thanks to iffy reviews for the Evan Goldberg feature, the pair are likely to switch places next week. Neither was a match for Shiverin' Gulch, which posted a pretty strong hold in its second weekend that suggests it is in fact playing at least somewhat to families, as the distributor intended. 1. Shiverin' Gulch - $26,197,524 (-44.9%) 2. Day of the Tentacle - $16,665,821 3. The Trapped Keeper - $15,982,626 4. The Horn - $6,337,734 (-45.7%) 5. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $3,873,810 (-39.2%) 6. The Last Policeman - $3,012,746 (-36.8%) 7. All-Nighter - $1,471,055 (-41.7%) 8. The Girlfriend Hoax - $852,706 (-39.8%) 9. The Feminist - $479,305 (-61.5%) 10. Live2ream - $412,586 (-46.8%) October 21-23 Thirsty Takes a Big Gulp Comedy Thirsty over-performed with a $26.4 million opening as the only new wide release of the weekend. Strong reviews and the general indifference towards Day of the Tentacle certainly helped it out. Shiverin' Gulch posted another solid hold, but it wasn't as good as The Trapped Keeper, which is generating some Oscar buzz. 1. Thirsty - $26,435,909 2. Shiverin' Gulch - $15,430,342 (-41.1%) 3. The Trapped Keeper - $9,637,523 (-39.7%) 4. Day of the Tentacle - $8,149,586 (-51.1%) 5. The Horn - $3,409,701 (-46.2%) 6. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $2,366,898 (-38.9%) 7. The Last Policeman - $1,940,209 (-35.6%) 8. All-Nighter - $872,335 (-40.7%) 9. The Girlfriend Hoax - $529,531 (-37.9%) 10. Live2ream - $217,433 (-47.3%) October 28-30 Pair of Halloween Releases Cannibalize One Another Voicemail and Fiesta Loca both under-performed to varying degrees this weekend. Even though one is a supernatural horror film and the other is a fantasy-comedy, the two were fairly direct competitors for holiday moviegoers and Hispanic viewers, which are one of the biggest audiences for ghostly fright flicks. Voicemail wound up on the lower end of its tracking with $35.5 million, while Fiesta Loca fell short of tracking at $32.9 million. Blame that on the inconsistent tone that the marketing couldn't hide - it wasn't clear what age group was being targeted here - and competition from the still-strong Shiverin' Gulch, which serves as a similar seasonally-appropriate adventure. 1. Voicemail - $35,542,128 2. Fiesta Loca - $32,862,190 3. Thirsty - $15,147,776 (-42.7%) 4. Shiverin' Gulch - $8,316,954 (-46.1%) 5. The Trapped Keeper - $6,486,053 (-32.7%) 6. Day of the Tentacle - $4,172,588 (-48.8%) 7. The Horn - $1,831,009 (-46.3%) 8. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $1,415,405 (-40.2%) 9. The Last Policeman - $1,171,886 (-39.6%) 10. All-Nighter - $648,145 (-25.7%)
  9. September 2-5 (4-day Labor Day weekend) Turbulence Endures Rocky Labor Day Opening Dwayne Johnson's latest action flick fell short of tracking with a $25.6 million 3-day. This was a bad movie at a slow time of year which was simply trading on its star's marquee power, and clearly some of his fans saw through this and decided to wait for a rental. The Girlfriend Hoax entered the top ten as it expanded into 109 theaters. The Feminist opened in four theaters with a $15,604 PTA, which is not the most encouraging number in the world for the faith-based period piece. 1. Turbulence - $25,638,889 (3-day) / $31,612,750 (4-day) 2. Hired Guns - $12,213,343 (-26.8%) 3. De Blob - $4,970,165 (-11.1%) 4. Broadway Selects: Network - $4,433,330 (3-day) / $5,652,496 (4-day) (-25.7%) 5. The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats - $3,179,395 (-36.8%) 6. Borrasca - $3,158,543 (-26.8%) 7. Wolves - $2,857,731 (-20.3%) 8. Tommy - $2,365,628 (-29.8%) 9. Schadenfreude - $2,232,364 (-30.4%) 10. The Girlfriend Hoax - $1,063,840 (+105.2%) -. The Feminist - $62,416 September 9-11 Live2ream Broadcasts to Underwhelming Viewership Tracking suggested the thriller Live2ream might be able to cash in on a cult following to open with a big increase, but that didn't pan out this weekend. Instead the gimmicky potboiler opened very similarly to its predecessor, barely snagging first place from Turbulence with $10.7 million. Elsewhere on the chart, The Girlfriend Hoax and The Feminist both continued their gradual expansions. 1. Live2ream - $10,661,003 2. Turbulence - $10,640,139 (-58.5%) 3. Hired Guns - $6,021,178 (-50.7%) 4. De Blob - $2,216,694 (-55.4%) 5. Broadway Selects: Network - $2,203,365 (-50.3%) 6. Borrasca - $1,841,431 (-41.7%) 7. The Girlfriend Hoax - $1,366,060 (+28.4%) 8. The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats - $1,170,017 (-63.2%) 9. Wolves - $1,148,808 (-59.8%) 10. Tommy - $1,104,748 (-53.3%) -. The Feminist - $135,450 September 16-18 Last Policeman Doesn't Doom the Box Office The Last Policeman opened on the low end of tracking at $26.6 million. The well-reviewed mystery-thriller has Oscar buzz, but isn't flashy blockbuster material - despite the backstory, we're not looking at Armageddon here, but something more akin to September 2013's Prisoners. Seasonal family film All-Nighter performed as expected with $10.9 million but faces direct competition for families next weekend. The Girlfriend Hoax finally entered wide release and made it into the top five. 1. The Last Policeman - $26,551,736 2. All-Nighter - $10,873,136 3. Live2ream - $5,191,908 (-51.3%) 4. Turbulence - $4,947,665 (-53.5%) 5. The Girlfriend Hoax - $3,831,834 (+180.5%) 6. Hired Guns - $3,263,479 (-45.8%) 7. De Blob - $1,487,401 (-32.9%) 8. Broadway Selects: Network - $1,218,461 (-44.7%) 9. Borrasca - $1,064,347 (-42.2%) 10. The Feminist - $1,051,050 (+676%) September 23-25 Baseball Boy Hits a Double, Not a Home Run As expected, Baseball Boy: The Base Thief managed to outperform its predecessor on opening weekend, though the $17.7 million debut is a bit short of tracking, which had it closer to $20 million. It was still good for first place for the weekend. The Feminist entered wide release with an underwhelming $1.6 million - it goes into saturation bookings next weekend, but at this point, that hardly seems justified. Perhaps a Mother's Day wide opening with a targeted church-group marketing push could have made this some money. 1. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $17,734,389 2. The Last Policeman - $14,231,730 (-46.4%) 3. All-Nighter - $6,480,389 (-40.4%) 4. The Girlfriend Hoax - $3,153,229 (-17.7%) 5. Live2ream - $2,762,095 (-46.8%) 6. Turbulence - $2,340,245 (-52.7%) 7. Hired Guns - $1,785,123 (-45.3%) 8. The Feminist - $1,594,600 (+51.7%) 9. De Blob - $876,079 (-41.1%) 10. Borrasca - $641,801 (-39.7%) September 30 - October 2 Pirates Raid the Box Office Action-thriller The Horn met modest expectations with its $22.1 million opening, good for a clear first-place finish on a quiet early autumn weekend. The Feminist's final expansion nudged it up into the top five, but the $2.5 million it made is nothing to cheer about for the $30 million production, which, like most Christian films, is extremely unlikely to make it up overseas. 1. The Horn - $22,063,707 2. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief - $10,427,821 (-41.2%) 3. The Last Policeman - $7,713,598 (-45.8%) 4. All-Nighter - $4,024,322 (-37.9%) 5. The Feminist - $2,525,250 (+58.4%) 6. The Girlfriend Hoax - $2,314,470 (-26.6%) 7. Live2ream - $1,494,294 (-45.9%) 8. Hired Guns - $933,619 (-47.7%) 9. Turbulence - $856,530 (-63.4%) 10. De Blob - $527,400 (-39.8%)
  10. August 5-7 Tommy Just Misses High Score It was an extremely close race for #1 this weekend, but De Blob held just well enough to bounce ahead of the rock opera Tommy, which opened in line with tracking at $23.3 million. There was clearly a limited audience for this remake of the bizarre classic rock epic. Borrasca posted another great hold, albeit not as great as last weekend's - we're not looking at a Sixth Sense run here. Outside the top ten, foreign drama Schadenfreude debuted with $524,475 from 37 theaters, for a $14,175 per-theater average. 1. De Blob - $23,576,920 (-41.2%) 2. Tommy - $23,314,386 3. Borrasca - $17,561,416 (-37.7%) 4. Plus One - $5,549,817 (-37.8%) 5. God of War: Kingdom Come - $3,414,183 (-52.8%) 6. Hoops 2 - $2,745,494 (-38.6%) 7. USS SeaWolf - $1,488,658 (-34.7%) 8. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $1,467,650 (-51.2%) 9. The Academy - $857,549 (-50.7%) 10. Rhino Riders - $716,352 (-51.1%) -. Schadenfreude - $524,475 August 12-14 Ancient Magus Proves Cursed at the Box Office Though it still easily topped the charts, the manga adaptation The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats opened well below projections with $21.5 million. To those unfamiliar with the source material - i.e., the vast majority of American audiences - it looked like a more fantasy-tinged Twilight also-ran, raising similar and perhaps more intense questions on the agency of its female lead and depiction of gender relations and romance. It did at least outperform such Twilight cash-ins as Beautiful Creatures and The Host. In #5, horror sequel 3:38 AM opened with slightly less than its predecessor at $6.3 million; expect it to fall off the charts quickly. Schadenfreude expanded into 238 theaters and broke into the top ten. 1. The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats - $21,522,397 2. De Blob - $14,759,152 (-37.4%) 3. Tommy - $12,543,140 (-46.2%) 4. Borrasca - $11,239,306 (-36%) 5. 3:38 AM - $6,277,885 6. Plus One - $3,346,540 (-39.7%) 7. Schadenfreude - $1,970,640 (+275.7%) 8. God of War: Kingdom Come - $1,713,920 (-49.8%) 9. Hoops 2 - $1,411,184 (-47.6%) 10. USS SeaWolf - $917,013 (-38.4%) August 19-21 Hired Guns' Aim Is True Western film Hired Guns opened in line with tracking at $32.6 million, taking a wide lead at the box office. Given the questionable popularity of Westerns in the current marketplace, this is a very good result. Nature documentary Wolves had a typical performance for its breed, while Schadenfreude expanded into wide release in 791 theaters. 1. Hired Guns - $32,587,686 2. The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats - $10,287,706 (-52.2%) 3. De Blob - $9,180,192 (-37.8%) 4. Wolves - $6,739,869 5. Borrasca - $6,721,105 (-40.2%) 6. Tommy - $6,334,286 (-49.5%) 7. Schadenfreude - $3,285,023 (+66.7%) 8. 3:38 AM - $2,536,266 (-59.6%) 9. Plus One - $2,044,736 (-38.9%) 10. Hoops 2 - $753,572 (-46.6%) August 26-28 Guns Win Shoot-Out with News Cameras The weekend's only new wide release, Broadway Selects: Network, opened somewhat softly with about $6 million. An up-to-date remake of the original film likely would have done much better - there's certainly plenty of raw material to work with in the modern, hyperpartisan 24-hour news cycle. Sports documentary The Girlfriend Hoax had a solid limited opening in 16 theaters with a $32,399 average. 1. Hired Guns - $16,684,895 (-48.8%) 2. Broadway Selects: Network - $5,966,797 3. De Blob - $5,590,737 (-39.1%) 4. The Ancient Magus' Bride & the King of Cats - $5,030,688 (-51.1%) 5. Borrasca - $4,314,949 (-35.8%) 6. Wolves - $3,586,610 (-46.8%) 7. Tommy - $3,369,840 (-46.8%) 8. Schadenfreude - $3,207,420 (-2.4%) 9. Plus One - $1,335,212 (-34.7%) 10. 3:38 AM - $1,095,667 (-56.8%) -. The Girlfriend Hoax - $518,384
  11. July 1-4 (4-day Independence Day Weekend) He-Man Has More Power in Fourth Bow He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent opened to $76 million for the 3-day weekend, a new high for the franchise and a bit above where tracking had it. The Friday-through-Monday performance was frontloaded, though, suggesting poor holds ahead. Bummer Camp managed nearly $29 million across its five-day rollout, but fell just short of tracking in the three-day frame with $19.1 million. In limited release in just four theaters, Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt earned $68,456 over three days for a $17,114 per-theater average. 1. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $76,006,119 (3-day) / $88,623,135 (4-day) 2. Bummer Camp - $19,110,238 (3-day) / $28,875,570 (5-day Thu-Mon) 3. USS SeaWolf - $13,772,079 (-39.7%) 4. Rhino Riders - $12,753,196 (3-day) (-39.2%) / $15,895,899 (4-day) 5. Forgiveness - $10,538,044 (3-day) (-38.9%) / $13,046,098 (4-day) 6. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $2,379,432 (-37.4%) 7. Green Arrow - $1,829,850 (-52.1%) 8. The App: The Jeremy Renner App - The Movie - $1,576,360 (-62.7%) 9. Double Chronomance - $1,075,144 (-43.4%) 10. Pikmin - $1,029,203 (-55.7%) -. Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt - $68,456 July 8-10 He-Man Stumbles Mightily, But Lance Garrett Still on Top Plus One opened on the low end of tracking with $38.7 million, but perhaps the bigger story is the major drop suffered by He-Man IV. Fans clearly rushed out to see the supposed final chapter over Independence Day weekend and weren't compelled by what the saw to bother returning; word-of-mouth for this one isn't great. 1. Plus One - $38,666,296 2. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $27,058,178 (-64.4%) 3. Bummer Camp - $10,204,867 (-46.6%) 4. USS SeaWolf - $8,841,675 (-35.8%) 5. Rhino Riders - $7,932,488 (-37.8%) 6. Forgiveness - $6,660,044 (-36.8%) 7. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $1,315,826 (-44.7%) 8. Green Arrow - $1,017,396 (-44.4%) 9. The App: The Jeremy Renner App - The Movie - $621,086 (-60.6%) 10. Pikmin - $490,930 (-52.3%) -. Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt - $144,150 (+110.6%) July 15-17 Kratos Bleeds Out, the Academy Loses Its Endowment God of War: Kingdom Come opened to a series-low $37.9 million, well below tracking and off 17.2% from its predecessor's debut. Tracking had this one performing about the same as the second installment, but was likely affected by fanboy hype for the finale; general audiences didn't bother to show up this time around. That means some harsh drops are likely in its future as well, and the $170 million production will need to do very well overseas to turn a profit. The Academy opened in line with the higher end of tracking at $13.9 million, also a poor start for the $60 million sci-fi flick. 1. God of War: Kingdom Come - $37,931,774 2. Plus One - $23,277,110 (-39.8%) 3. The Academy - $13,878,627 4. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $12,338,529 (-54.4%) 5. USS SeaWolf - $5,640,988 (-36.2%) 6. Rhino Riders - $4,838,818 (-39%) 7. Bummer Camp - $4,194,200 (-58.9%) 8. Forgiveness - $4,009,346 (-39.8%) 9. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $786,864 (-40.2%) 10. Green Arrow - $407,976 (-59.9%) -. Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt - $395,076 (+174.1%) July 22-24 Borrasca Digs Up First Place, Hoops 2 Shoots and Misses Mystery-thriller Borrasca was a bit short of highly optimistic tracking at $39.4 million for the weekend, but that number is still excellent for the genre and positive word of mouth means it could hold very well. Hoops 2 predictably opened lower than its predecessor with $7.7 million, though for some reason tracking for the pointless sequel hadn't suggested this. God of War 3 tumbled 60.6%, a worse drop than the second film's but at least not as bad as He-Man IV. 1. Borrasca - $39,424,431 2. God of War: Kingdom Come - $14,945,119 (-60.6%) 3. Plus One - $13,919,712 (-40.2%) 4. Hoops 2 - $7,682,970 5. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $5,885,478 (-52.3%) 6. The Academy - $5,593,087 (-59.7%) 7. USS SeaWolf - $3,480,490 (-38.3%) 8. Rhino Riders - $2,850,064 (-41.1%) 9. Forgiveness - $2,132,972 (-46.8%) 10. Bummer Camp - $1,623,156 (-61.3%) -. Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt - $879,900 (+122.7%) July 29-31 Blob Bounces to Top Animated family film De Blob opened with $40.1 million, coming in just under tracking but performing quite solidly given the obscurity of the source material. It can likely thank the sorry state of the family film scene this summer for that. Borrasca had a phenomenal hold and made $28.2 million in its second weekend; apparently that ending isn't driving people away via word-of-mouth. Finally expanding into wide release, Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt barely made it into the top ten with $1.2 million from 1,249 theaters. 1. De Blob - $40,096,802 2. Borrasca - $28,188,468 (-28.5%) 3. Plus One - $8,922,535 (-35.9%) 4. God of War: Kingdom Come - $7,233,438 (-51.6%) 5. Hoops 2 - $4,471,489 (-41.8%) 6. He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - $3,007,480 (-48.9%) 7. USS SeaWolf - $2,279,721 (-34.5%) 8. The Academy - $1,739,450 (-68.9%) 9. Rhino Riders - $1,464,933 (-48.6%) 10. Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt - $1,246,502 (+41.7%)
  12. MONTHLY PREVIEW - JULY Summer looks to heat back up a bit this month with a few big titles and some potential sleeper hits. June 30 - Bummer Camp - 3,736 theaters Getting a jump on the holiday weekend is this seasonal Adam Sandler comedy. PROS: +Adam Sandler, inexplicably, still has a dedicated fanbase. +It's been about a month since the last adult-oriented comedy. CONS: -Sandler doesn't have nearly the box office power he used to in the late 90s or early 2000s. -Reviews are (predictably) very bad. Tracking: $20-22 million (3-day) July 1 - He-Man IV: The Sons of the Serpent - 4,010 theaters (Including IMAX) The fourth film in the franchise will pick up right where the third left off and - according to ads, at least - conclude the series. PROS: +The prime release date, exceptionally weak June, and finale factor will hope to contribute to an OW boost. +The series has been a pretty consistent performer at the box office and in its (admittedly mediocre) reviews. +A bit of tongue-in-cheek cross-promotion with Plus One could help. CONS: -The film is the worst-reviewed of the series, albeit by a small margin. -The finale factor - and relative strength of July compared to June - could lead to harsher-than-expected drops. -It faces more or less direct competition in week three from God of War. Tracking: $67-73 million (3-day) July 8 - Plus One - 3,863 theaters This romantic comedy hopes to offer very strong summer counter-programming. PROS: +Reviews are excellent. +It's been a very long time since there was a really big rom-com hit. +A bit of tongue-in-cheek cross-promotion with He-Man IV could help. CONS: -Do romantic comedies have the drawing power they used to? Tracking: $38-$43 million July 15 - The Academy - 2,781 theaters This centuries-spanning sci-fi flick looks like a misfire in the making. PROS: +There hasn't been a straight sci-fi film since Mass Effect 2. CONS: -Reviews are quite poor. -It's opening in the strongest section of summer. -The focus on drama over action limits its blockbuster potential severely. Tracking: $12-14 million July 15 - God of War: Kingdom Come - 4,205 theaters The third and allegedly final chapter in the R-rated, video-game based fantasy action series will be fighting to maintain audience interest. PROS: +The R rating could help set it apart somewhat from He-Man IV. +Like He-Man IV, ads are touting this as the final chapter and hoping to boost the opening. CONS: -It's the worst-reviewed in a series that hasn't exactly been heaped upon with praise. -The second film already showed a sharp decline in box office returns from the first, suggesting audiences aren't especially enthralled. -Opening two weeks after fellow action-fantasy He-Man IV was a bizarre decision that may hurt it. Tracking: $46-50 million July 22 - Borrasca - 3,602 theaters (Including IMAX) This grim mystery-thriller hopes to lure audiences into its trap. PROS: +It's one of the best-reviewed films of the year. +It's been a long time since there was a really solid thriller. +Marketing may lure in under-served horror audiences as well, though they might leave disappointed. CONS: -Being an adaptation of a relatively obscure online novella rather than a bestselling book limits it fanbase. -Could the controversial ending hurt word of mouth? Tracking: $42-46 million July 22 - Hoops 2 - 2,879 theaters This basketball sequel is going in for the slam dunk. PROS: +It's a much more grounded movie than Rhino Riders. CONS: -Reviews are poor. -The first film wasn't a big hit or especially memorable; does anyone actually care about a sequel? Tracking: $9-11 million July 29 - De Blob - 3,912 theaters Yet another in the string of video game adaptations aimed at family audiences. PROS: +Reviews are decent. +The colorful visuals and broadly uplifting premise could help family appeal. +It's the first animated kids' movie since Pikmin and the first with mainstream appeal since Lumberjanes. CONS: -The source material is relatively obscure and unlikely to provide much of a fan boost. Tracking: $42-46 million Platform Release - Yolanda Dreams of Yogurt Opening in just four theaters on the first and expanding throughout the month is this documentary about a small business owner and her creamy treats. It'll be interesting to see if it can maintain enough interest to justify its slow, wide roll-out. Note: Actuals will not be posted until tomorrow.
  13. June 3-5 Green Arrow Repeats Over Tiny Seedlings Pikmin was too weird and not kid-friendly enough to draw in big family audiences, opening well below projections at $14.4 million. Blame the lack of jokes or dialogue, the languid pace, and the stop-motion animation. Teyonnah and the Renegades made it into the top ten in just 15 theaters with a PTA of $39,469 for the weekend. 1. Green Arrow - $24,963,351 (-53.4%) 2. Pikmin - $14,448,889 3. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $12,986,852 (-43.6%) 4. Double Chronomance - $8,842,181 (-47.7%) 5. Mass Effect: Ascension - $7,183,814 (-44.8%) 6. Children of Eden - $1,357,295 (-35.6%) 7. Facepaint - $977,501 (-52.2%) 8. The Thin, the Phat and the Felon - $927,848 (-43.7%) 9. Teyonnah and the Renegades: A Righteous Sextet - $592,035 10. Jane and Tony - $278,303 (-50.4%) June 10-12 Teyonnah Bombs on Awful Weekend The sole new wide release was the expansion of Teyonnah and the Renegades, which crashed and burned on its wide rollout with a $6.3 million debut for the anthology feature. Even on a modest $25 million budget it's looking pretty bad. This was good news for the holdovers, but overall weekend business was still in a major slump. 1. Green Arrow - $15,127,790 (-39.4%) 2. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $8,610,283 (-33.7%) 3. Pikmin - $8,337,009 (-42.3%) 4. Teyonnah and the Renegades: A Righteous Sextet - $6,327,461 (+968.8%) 5. Double Chronomance - $5,287,624 (-40.2%) 6. Mass Effect: Ascension - $3,900,811 (-45.7%) 7. Children of Eden - $902,601 (-33.5%) 8. The Thin, the Phat and the Felon - $501,966 (-45.9%) 9. Facepaint - $486,795 (-50.2%) 10. Jane and Tony - $151,119 (-45.7%) June 17-19 SeaWolf Stays Afloat, But Doesn't Break the Surface USS SeaWolf was far and away the winner of the weekend - and at this point almost certainly the month - but it did open a touch under tracking with $40.6 million. Expect it to hold fairly well thanks to strong reviews and adult audience appeal. Jeremy Renner's bizarre app movie opened to $10.6 million, also a bit under tracking, and is much less likely to have staying power. 1. USS SeaWolf - $40,567,084 2. The App: The Jeremy Renner App - The Movie - $10,645,253 3. Green Arrow - $6,883,145 (-54.5%) 4. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $5,811,941 (-32.5%) 5. Pikmin - $4,985,531 (-40.2%) 6. Double Chronomance - $3,236,026 (-38.8%) 7. Teyonnah and the Renegades: A Righteous Sextet - $2,948,597 (-53.4%) 8. Mass Effect: Ascension - $1,985,513 (-49.1%) 9. Children of Eden - $707,640 (-21.6%) 10. The Thin, the Phat and the Felon - $259,516 (-48.3%) June 24-26 Rhinos Race Past Fraudsters, But SeaWolf Floats by Both Rhino Riders opened right in line with tracking at about $21 million; the lack of viable options for young boys since Mario seems to have helped offset poor reviews and the odd concept. Forgiveness opened below projections with $17.2 million. A female-led ensemble student loan drama doesn't exactly scream "opening weekend smash," though, so all eyes will be on its holds throughout the coming weeks. USS SeaWolf held pretty well, dropping under 44% in its second weekend for $22.8 million and a first place repeat. 1. USS SeaWolf - $22,839,268 (-43.7%) 2. Rhino Riders - $20,975,651 3. Forgiveness - $17,247,208 4. The App: The Jeremy Renner App - The Movie - $4,226,165 (-60.3%) 5. Green Arrow - $3,820,145 (-44.5%) 6. Lumberjanes: Secret of the Eye - $3,801,009 (-35.6%) 7. Pikmin - $2,323,258 (-53.4%) 8. Double Chronomance - $1,899,547 (-41.3%) 9. Teyonnah and the Renegades: A Righteous Sextet - $1,598,139 (-45.8%) 10. Mass Effect: Ascension - $1,080,119 (-45.6%)
  14. MONTHLY PREVIEW - JUNE Yikes. It doesn't exactly seem like summer box office will be sizzling in the final month of Q2, with a pretty barren release slate consisting largely of titles that have niche appeal at best. Expect a slow boil leading into a somewhat more promising July. June 3 - Pikmin - 2,950 theaters Another video-game-based animated film hopes to scrounge up some family cash. Pros: +The source game is likely better-remembered among current audiences than Nights into Dreams. +Reviews have been kind, if not overwhelmingly positive. Cons: -Lumberjanes just opened two weeks ago and will still be going strong. -Stop-motion animated films, for whatever reason, have a relatively dour history at the box office. -Previews and critical evaluations make it clear this is almost more of an art film than traditional family fare and may hold limited appeal for kids. Tracking: $20-24 million June 10 - Teyonnah and the Renegades: A Righteous Sextet - 2,611 theaters This socially-conscious anthology film will expand into wide release after a brief 15 theater rollout on the 3rd. Pros: +It has no competition. Cons: -Reviews are mixed. -The movie seems blunt and preachy and will likely turn off a large swath of audiences. -Anthology films tend not to set the box office on fire. Tracking: $8-10 million June 17 - The App: The Jeremy Renner App - The Movie - 3,468 theaters This bizarre meta-comedy hopes to connect with audiences over Father's Day weekend. Pros: +Reviews aren't as bad as one might expect given the title and concept. +Jeremy Renner is a recognizable star, though he's not actually the lead actor. Cons: -Renner has become somewhat more controversial recently thanks to accusations about his personal life. -This seems like another movie that could have inflated online tracking metrics from dedicated fans and ironic shitposters. -These sorts of films don't often hold especially well. Tracking: $12-14 million June 17 - USS SeaWolf - 3,511 theaters (including IMAX) Likely to be the top opener of the month is this military-themed action-drama from Numerator. Pros: +The studio has a solid track record with similar films. +A strong ensemble cast led by Matt Damon could lure audiences in. +Reviews are very good. Cons: -For whatever reason, submarine-themed films tend to under-perform among military thrillers - for example, U-571 and Phantom. You need to go back to the 90s to find hits Crimson Tide and The Hunt for Red October. -Because it's not quite a big flashy blockbuster, this film might wind up relying more on legs than a big opening weekend. Tracking: $43-47 million June 24 - Forgiveness - 3,289 theaters This student loan crime thriller hopes to generate a high interest rate with adult audiences. Pros: +Reviews are good (but not great). +The strong female ensemble could position it as a counterpoint to fellow thriller SeaWolf. Cons: -Who really wants to go to the movies to be reminded about their college debt? -Like SeaWolf, and probably to a greater extent, this seems like a movie that will need to rely on legs from good word-of-mouth. Tracking: $19-23 million June 24 - Rhino Riders - 3,050 theaters The animal-sports movie will aim to satisfy families looking for live-action summer fare. Pros: +Family sports movies are generally somewhat reliable. +The unorthodox choice of setting and animal could boost interest among young males. +At least one kid is apparently really, really excited about rhinos. Cons: -This might just be a bit too weird to achieve the same success as a more traditional film of its subgenre. -He-Man will make a play for young male audiences the following weekend. Tracking: $19-23 million
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