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Leo's biggest openings since 2002:

 

1.Shutter Island            91.930/312.230 total.

2.Inception                   85.046/421.897

3.The Revenant            84.298/???????

4.The Departed            83.918/320.000

5.Blood Diamond          64.400/232.403

6.Gangs of New York    60.000/286.000

7.Catch me if you Can  60.000/270.000

8.Wolf of Wall Street    49.676/191.497

9.Body of Lies               48.100/121.335

10.Django Unchained   43.973/154.175

11.Revolutionary Road 40.970/110.650

12.The Great Gatsby    31.129/134.098

13.Aviator                     29.000/112.000

 

Leo is a huge star in Greece. His only flop in the last 15 years that failed to do 100.000 admissions was J Edgar. I don't have numbers for The Beach (2000) but I'm sure it also got over 100.000.

 

 

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Weekend 21-24/01/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 The Revenant 84,298 N/A 84,298 1
2 Νοτιάς (Notias) 26,908 -35.8% 87,880 2
3 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 20,740 -38.9% 588,870 6
4 Un gallo con muchos huevos 8,646 N/A 8,646 1
5 The Big Short 8,354 -45.8% 58,727 3
6 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8,051 -53.8% 428,147 5
7 The Little Prince 7,708 -30.1% 88,557 4
8 The Hateful Eight 6,940 -62.7% 80,919 3
9 The Good Dinosaur 6,456 -32.8% 175,239 6
10 Steve Jobs 5,090 N/A 5,090 1

 

Greece went crazy for DiCaprio once again this weekend, with 'The Revenant' scoring the third biggest opening for a DiCaprio-starring film since 2002. This is not just a testament of DiCaprio's popularity in the country but also of the effect that Oscar nominations or awards can have on moviegoing. Thanks to Joel M for providing the list of DiCaprio openings in the above post. I wonder what numbers 'Titanic' did on its opening. I felt that 'The Revenant' made the numbers I was expecting for 'Notias' (regardless of how rational or not those expectations were). It is also one of the biggest January openings. It ranks 9th biggest since January 2003, but 11th if you count the 2nd weekends of 'The Island' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. I also think it would've been two spots lower down if 'Intolerable Cruelty' and 'National Treasure' had had 4-day weekends.

 

January openings
Rank Title Opening admisisons Release date Notes
1 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 122,000 22/01/09  
2 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 112,857 05/01/12  
3 Astérix aux jeux olympiques 110,000 30/01/08 Est.
4 The Tourist 99,212 13/01/11  
5 The Last Samurai 96,600 16/01/04 3-day weekend
6 Νήσος (Nisos; aka The Island) [GR] 96,500 07-10/01/10 2nd weekend
7 Sherlock Holmes 87,805 14/01/10  
8 Twilight 87,500 01/01/09 Thu 01 – Tue 06 Jan: 130,000
9 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 86,900 29/01/09 2nd weekend-Est.
10 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 85,000 03/01/08  
11 The Revenant 84,298 21/01/16  
12 Intolerable Cruelty 80,000 02/01/04 3-day weekend
13 Tangled 77,247 06/01/11  
14 National Treasure 76,000 14/01/05 3-day weekend
15 Το Γαμήλιο Party (Gamilio Party; aka Bang-Bang Wedding) [GR] 75,814 17/01/08  

 

'The Revenant' will have good holds from now on. I doubt the competition of the coming weekend will hurt it much. 200,000 admissions are, in my mind, a foregone conclusion and 300,000 is likely based on DiCaprio's track record.

 

'Notias' had a rather bigger drop than expected (again these expectations are too high), whereas 'Worlds Apart' continued its march to 600,000 admissions and beyond unabated. All other new openings were disappointing ('Un gallo con muchos huevos', 'Steve Jobs', 'Los héroes del mal'). 'The Big Short' and 'The Hateful Eight' had rather big drops despite their Oscar nominations. The target of 100,000 admissions is in jeopardy for both, unlike 'The Little Prince' which will likely reach that figure. The latter and 'The Good Dinsoaur' had excellent drops (less than a third). It is now almost guaranteed for 'The Good Dinosaur' to break into the 2015's Top 10. This weekend it surpassed 'Hotel Transylvania 2' to rank #12, behind 'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'). It will be facing fierce competition next week, not just because of the large number of films entering the market - and thus stealing its screens - but also because two of them are animated: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip' and 'Barbie: Spy Squad'. But even 50% drops from now on can get it into the Top 10. 'Star Wars 7' is still trailing 'Spectre' in its 5th weekend and it has become quite clear that it won't surpass that film. No big news in films below the Top 10.

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12 hours ago, quigquag33 said:

Weekend 21-24/01/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 The Revenant 84,298 N/A 84,298 1
2 Νοτιάς (Notias) 26,908 -35.8% 87,880 2
3 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 20,740 -38.9% 588,870 6
4 Un gallo con muchos huevos 8,646 N/A 8,646 1
5 The Big Short 8,354 -45.8% 58,727 3
6 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8,051 -53.8% 428,147 5
7 The Little Prince 7,708 -30.1% 88,557 4
8 The Hateful Eight 6,940 -62.7% 80,919 3
9 The Good Dinosaur 6,456 -32.8% 175,239 6
10 Steve Jobs 5,090 N/A 5,090 1

 

Greece went crazy for DiCaprio once again this weekend, with 'The Revenant' scoring the third biggest opening for a DiCaprio-starring film since 2002. This is not just a testament of DiCaprio's popularity in the country but also of the effect that Oscar nominations or awards can have on moviegoing. Thanks to Joel M for providing the list of DiCaprio openings in the above post. I wonder what numbers 'Titanic' did on its opening. I felt that 'The Revenant' made the numbers I was expecting for 'Notias' (regardless of how rational or not those expectations were). It is also one of the biggest January openings. It ranks 10th biggest since January 2003, but 11th if you count the 2nd weekend of 'The Island'. I also think it would've been two spots lower down if 'Intolerable Cruelty' and 'National Treasure' had had 4-day weekends.

Titanic 3-day OW - 60.108 tickets

 

http://www.tovima.gr/culture/article/?aid=95883

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Weekend 28-31/01/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 The Revenant 61,478 -27.1% 193,494 2
2 Creed 20,744 N/A 20,744 1
3 The Boy 18,380 N/A 18,380 1
4 The Danish Girl 16,250 N/A 16,250 1
5 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 14,633 -29.4% 616,444 7
6 Νοτιάς (Notias) [GR] 12,801 -52.4% 112,947 3
7 Un gallo con muchos huevos 6,472 -25.1% 16,356 2
8 Barbie: Spy Squad 5,851 N/A 5,851 1
9 The Little Prince 5,778 -25.0% 95,559 5
10 The Brand New Testament 5,728 N/A 5,728 1

 

Sources: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/2907/i-epistrofh-tou-leonarnto-xana-stin-korufh-tou-box-office

http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-the-revenant-is-strong/

 

There were no holidays this weekend, since the day of the Three Holy Hierarchs (January 30), on which all schools and universities close, fell on a Saturday. Nevertheless, most films had minor drops despite the big number of new releases. DiCaprio had no difficulty holding on to first place with an impressive sub-30% hold. Crossing 300,000 admissions will be a breeze for the Oscar contender. Its second weekend was on par with that of 'Inception', 'Shutter Island' and 'The Departed'. It is also leading the latter two in total admissions in the same time in their run, but not the prior because it had previews. I think a final total around 350,000 admissions is the most likely outcome, which is great for the first blockbuster of the year.

 

The performance of newcomers was also quite surprising: 3 of them scored between 16,000 and 21,000 admissions and 5 of them finished in the Top 10 (with another at #11). 'Creed' led the pack, despite earning less than some hoped for. It is generally true though that films with black leads rarely break out in Greece. The most impressive newcomer was definitely 'The Brand New Testament' which scored the biggest per-theater average of the weekend (636 admissions per theater) from 9 theaters. The most disappointing was 'Alvin 4', which finished at #11 and was even out-grossed by 'Barbie'. It is a well-deserved position for the film though, as this franchise has carried on for far too long.

 

Among other holdovers, it is important to note that 'Worlds Apart' moved ahead of 'Notias' in weekend earnings, rounding up the Top 5. It also crossed 600,000 admissions last Wednesday and will almost definitely surpass 650,000 admissions by the end of its run. On the other hand, Tasos Boulmetis's 1st directorial effort since 'Touch of Spice' plummeted more than 50% in its third weekend and may not even reach 150,000 admissions. Animated holdovers had excellent drops of less than 30%. 'The Little Prince' will surpass 100,000 admissions next week and 'The Good Dinosaur' surpassed 'Spongebob', to rank as the third biggest animated film of 2015. By next weekend, it will also surpass 'Jurassic World' to enter 2015's Top 10. 'The Big Short', 'Star Wars 7' and 'The Hateful Eight' all had drops around 50%.

 

Next week will see the release of the first Greek 3-D film, 'Μαγικός Καθρέφτης' ('Magic Mirror') and 'Fifty Shades of Black' among others. I have my reservations for both, not limited to the continued popularity of 'The Revenant', but it will be interesting to see if either of them will become a success.

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Weekend 04-07/02/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 The Revenant 32,952 -46.4% 258,041 3
2 Μαγικός Καθρέφτης (Magikos Kathreftis; aka Magic Mirror) [GR] 14,274 N/A 14,274 1
3 Room 13,945 N/A 13,945 1
4 The Boy 13,926 -24.2% 46,297 2
5 The Danish Girl 13,718 -15.6% 42,011 2
6 Creed 12,777 -38.4% 47,501 2
7 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 9,590 -34.5% 635,393 8
8 Fifty Shades of Black 9,470 N/A 9,470 1
9 Νοτιάς (Notias) [GR] 6,895 -46.1% 125,825 4
10 Barbie: Spy Squad 5,859 +0.1% 12,717 2

 

Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/2916/triti-sunexomeni-ebdomada-stin-korufh-gia-tin-epistrofh-tou-iniaritou

http://flix.gr/news/box-office-4-02-16.html

 

'The Revenant' scored a hat trick at the Greek box office, to no one's surprise, as the new releases failed to generate traction. However, it had a relatively high drop of 46%, compared to its excellent second-weekend hold. It is still ahead of 'The Departed' and 'Shutter Island' but trailing 'Inception' in the same time in their run. We had a trio of new openings. 'Magikos Kathreftis' scored the biggest opening of the three but was almost surpassed, unexpectedly, by 'Room', which had less than a third of the theaters but three times the per-theater average. 'Fifty Shades of Black' was at the very least underwhelming.

 

A nice quartet of holdovers had decent, if not exceptional, drops, with the best being that of 'The Danish Girl'. The latter, along with 'The Boy' and 'Creed' will all surpass 50,000 admissions and if they maintain their current dynamic, could even approach 100,000 admissions. 'Worlds Apart' continued its extraoridnary run: by next weekend it will move ahead of 'The Da Vinci Code' and could give 'Brides' a run for its money (with sources putting the final admission count around 700,000). 'Notias' stumbled along while surpassing 'Ouzeri Tsitanis' (116,606 admissions). 'Barbie' actually increased from its opening and most films in positions 11-20 had good holds (sub-40%). 'The Good Dinosaur' finally reached 2015's Top 10 and will soon rank #9 ahead of 'Imitation Game' and behind 'Age of Ultron'. I have started contemplating the possibility that it reaches 200,000 admissions, which are excpetionally amazing legs - even for a Pixar film.

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[UPDATED: I have found the grosses as well as more accurate admissions. Admissions are rounded to the first decimal.]

 

I have finally found results, albeit provisional, about the Greek box office for 2015.

 

Year Admissions (millions) Gross (million euros) Average ticket price
2008 11.83 91.2 7.71
2009 12.29 96.1 7.82
2010 11.71 94.6 8.08
2011 10.84 89.2 8.23
2012 10.12 70.2 6.94
2013 9.01 59.3 6.58
2014 8.97 58.0 6.47
2015 9.80 63.4 6.47

Source: http://www.mediasalles.it/


The increase in admissions was 9.4%. Furthermore, the total box-office gross for 2015 was 63.4M€, compared to 58.0M€ for 2014, a 9.3% increase. It turns out that the prediction mentioned in a Variety article late last year was accurate (http://variety.com/2015/biz/global/greece-box-office-increases-2015-1201665056/) but not enough to send admissions above the 10-million mark, which the market hasn't reached since 2012. The reason for that is, to a significant extent, if not exclusively, the ongoing financial crisis.

 

2016 has started on a high note thanks to holdovers 'Worlds Apart' and 'Star Wars 7' as well as newcomer 'The Revenant'. There are many tentpoles that could make 2016 return to 2012 levels, but I find it quite unlikely, since the country's financial situation seems to be worsening for the time being or, in a best-case scenario, not improving.

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4 hours ago, quigquag33 said:

I have finally found results, albeit provisional, about the Greek box office for 2015. I have also updated some previous figures:

 

Year Admissions (millions)
2008 9.7
2009 13.5
2010 11.6
2011 10.9
2012 10.2
2013 below 10M
2014 9.0
2015 9.8

 

The increase in admissions was 9.4%. Furthermore, the total box-office gross for 2015 was 63.4M€, compared to 58.0M€ for 2014, a 9.3% increase. It turns out that the prediction mentioned in a Variety article late last year was accurate (http://variety.com/2015/biz/global/greece-box-office-increases-2015-1201665056/) but not enough to send admissions above the 10-million mark, which the market hasn't reached since 2012. The reason for that is, to a significant extent, if not exclusively, the ongoing financial crisis.

 

Source: http://www.unic-cinemas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/UNIC-Update-on-Cinema-Going-in-20151.pdf

 

2016 has started on a high note thanks to holdovers 'Worlds Apart' and 'Star Wars 7' as well as newcomer 'The Revenant'. There are many tentpoles that could make 2016 return to 2012 levels, but I find it quite unlikely, since the country's financial situation seems to be worsening for the time being or, in a best-case scenario, not improving.

Comparing it to here, wow, the difference in ticket prices is pretty big. 11.1 M tickets were sold in Romania in 2015, yet the BO gross in Euros was only 47M. 

What do you expect for this year? I think here the admissions will land somewhere between 12.5 - 13M (another high, just like every year). 2016 is currently running 16% ahead of 2015 in adm and the difference will only get bigger this weekend with Deadpool recording one of the best OWs ever. 

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10 hours ago, James said:

Comparing it to here, wow, the difference in ticket prices is pretty big. 11.1 M tickets were sold in Romania in 2015, yet the BO gross in Euros was only 47M. 

What do you expect for this year? I think here the admissions will land somewhere between 12.5 - 13M (another high, just like every year). 2016 is currently running 16% ahead of 2015 in adm and the difference will only get bigger this weekend with Deadpool recording one of the best OWs ever. 

 

When you say that it's running 16% ahead of 2015, I assume you're talking about Romania, right? Romania has a population of 20 million compared to 11 million in Greece, so there is much more potential for growth.

As for Greece, I don't think there will be any significant growth. There are a lot of 2016 movies belonging to franchises that are popular in Greece. Here I'll mention the ones whose predecessors(s) have earned more than 200,000 admissions: Batman vs Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Captain America 3, Alice in Wonderland 2, Finding Dory, Ice Age 5, Inferno, Fantastic Beasts, Rogue One. This doesn't include Greek films, since I don't know which ones are coming out. Among 2015 films, the only ones that had predecessors with over 200,000 admissions were Avengers 2 and Spectre. There may be an increase thanks to all these films, or it could be that people will go to these films and spend less money on others with the net effect being no increase at all. We'll see though.

Talking particularly about Deadpool, I doubt it can break out in Greece. Imo, anything above a 100,000 admission total will be a major success. Superhero films are not as popular as the US and only the really big ones (Avengers 1 & 2, Dark Knight and TDKR, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 2 & 3 but not TASM 1 & 2) have managed to cross 200,000 admissions.

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44 minutes ago, quigquag33 said:

 

When you say that it's running 16% ahead of 2015, I assume you're talking about Romania, right? Romania has a population of 20 million compared to 11 million in Greece, so there is much more potential for growth.

As for Greece, I don't think there will be any significant growth. There are a lot of 2016 movies belonging to franchises that are popular in Greece. Here I'll mention the ones whose predecessors(s) have earned more than 200,000 admissions: Batman vs Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Captain America 3, Alice in Wonderland 2, Finding Dory, Ice Age 5, Inferno, Fantastic Beasts, Rogue One. This doesn't include Greek films, since I don't know which ones are coming out. Among 2015 films, the only ones that had predecessors with over 200,000 admissions were Avengers 2 and Spectre. There may be an increase thanks to all these films, or it could be that people will go to these films and spend less money on others with the net effect being no increase at all. We'll see though.

Talking particularly about Deadpool, I doubt it can break out in Greece. Imo, anything above a 100,000 admission total will be a major success. Superhero films are not as popular as the US and only the really big ones (Avengers 1 & 2, Dark Knight and TDKR, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 2 & 3 but not TASM 1 & 2) have managed to cross 200,000 admissions.

 

 

Superhero movies follow the same trend here but Deadpool is a freak. I could almost double the previous record holder for the highest OW for a CBM.

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Talking particularly about Deadpool, I doubt it can break out in Greece. Imo, anything above a 100,000 admission total will be a major success. Superhero films are not as popular as the US and only the really big ones (Avengers 1 & 2, Dark Knight and TDKR, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 2 & 3 but not TASM 1 & 2) have managed to cross 200,000 admissions.

 

I agree, outside of those few movies you mentioned most comic book "hits" fall in the 100-200.000 territory, GotG and Antman which were "different" CBM movies like Deadpool made less than 100.000 adm. 

 

I also can see a way where no CBM breaks 200.000 admissions in 2016.

Suicide Squad and Strange will be major successes even with 100.000 and both BvS and CA3 are far from sure mega hits. Yes Nolan's Batman was big but this is a different Batman and Man of Steel did mediocre numbers (around 130.000 adm.) 3 years ago. Also the only non-Avengers MCU movie that barely made over 200.000 was IM3 who had a big post-Avengers boost that CA3 won't have.

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On 14/2/2016 at 1:30 AM, Quigley said:
Year Admissions (millions) Gross (million euros) Average ticket price
2008 11.83 91.2 7.71
2009 12.29 96.1 7.82
2010 11.71 94.6 8.08
2011 10.84 89.2 8.23
2012 10.12 70.2 6.94
2013 9.01 59.3 6.58
2014 8.97 58.0 6.47
2015 9.80 63.4 6.47

 

I finally found info about the yearly gross at the Greek box office. I have updated my post above. As you can see, between 2011 and 2014, all three measures dropped (admissions, gross and average price). This clearly indicates an industry that is collapsing since lower prices did not manage to increase demand but actually demand dropped as hard as average ticket prices. It seems like the industry was trying to respond to decreasing demand: between 2009 and 2011 admissions were dropping dangerously, so they decided to decrease prices. It took them another 3 years to reach equilibrium though, and at a very low level of gross (the industry shrank 40% in the meantime). Only minor signs of "recovery" were observed in 2015.

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Weekend 11-14/02/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 The Revenant 16,597 -49.6% 290,075 4
2 How to Be Single 10,774 N/A 10,774 1
3 The Boy 10,582 -24.0% 66,613 3
4 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin 10,047 N/A 10,047 1
5 The Danish Girl 8,979 -34.5% 58,054 3
6 Room 8,486 -39.1% 30,463 2
7 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 7,480 -22.0% 648,515 9
8 Fifty Shades of Black 7,210 -23.9% 23,562 2
9 Μαγικός Καθρέφτης (Magic Mirror) [GR] 6,516 -54.4% 28,978 2
10 Creed 6,120 -52.1% 61,312 3

 

Sources: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/2927/enas-mhnas-me-ton-leonarnto-basilia-tou-box-office

http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-how-low-can-you-go/

 

'The Revenant' topped the box office for a 4th conescutive week. The last film to achieve this is 'Furious 7'. However, this is not necessarily good news. The weakness of new releases and of the market in general is genuinely depressing. Total admissions were down more than 20% from last weekend, despite this one having the help of Valentine's Day. The 130,000 admissions sold in total this weekend were less those earned only by last year's biggest film on Valentine weekend, 'Fifty Shades Grey', which opened to 140,443 admissions. It is at least almost certain that 'The Revenant' will surpass the final totals of 'The Departed' and 'Shutter Island', although not by much, since its weekend-to-weekend drops have been getting worse every weekend.

 

The bad-news train continues with only 2 of the 6 new releases in the Top 10. None of the 6 newcomers did particularly well; some we're complete disasters. The biggest performer, 'How to Be Single' barely benefited from Valentine's. I should note that it was one of three non-animated films to increase on Sunday (for animated films it is more or less the norm), the other two being 'Worlds Apart' and 'Fifty Shades of Black'. Among holdovers, 'Magic Mirror' was clearly a debacle, dropping over 50%. Most holdovers though had small drops ('Creed' excluded): the best belonging to none other than 'Worlds Apart', with 'Fifty Shades of Black' and 'The Boy' hot on its heels. The former has made nothing more than small ripples, while the latter has been doing quite well. Horror films do have a significant following undoubtedly but the idea that has stuck in my head since last week is that this one might reach 100,000 admissions. It would still need to sub-30% drops to achieve this, so we'll see. As for 'Worlds Apart', it would need sub-20% drops to reach 700,000 admissions but chances are it will make it. Among last week's openers, 'Room' moved ahead of 'Magic Mirror' both for the weekend and in total admissions.

 

Below the Top 10, we had a lot of animated films hold well. No major milestones though. Rather, we have a high likelihood that 'Star Wars 7' will miss 450,000 admissions, finishing below the sum of the admissions of the prequel trilogy (453,000 admissions) - sorry Joel M - but it nevertheless earned much more than anyone expected. Greece is yet another market where Disney has succeeded in relaunching the franchise, preparing the ground for even more Star Wars films and lucrative merchandise.

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Weekend 18-21/02/2016

 

Ranking Title Weekend admissions % Change from last weekend Total admissions Week
1 Deadpool 77,774 N/A 77,774 1
2 Hail, Ceasar! 18,748 N/A 18,748 1
3 The Revenant 9,652 -41.8% 309,290 5
4 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin [French] 6,128 -39.0% 17,551 2
5 Suffragette 5,973 N/A 5,973 1
6 The Boy 4,969 -53.0% 78,725 4
7 How to Be Single 4,779 -55.6% 23,574 2
8 Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (Enas Allos Kosmos; aka Worlds Apart) [GR] 3,891 -48.0% 657,023 10
9 Un plus une [French] 3,655 N/A 3,655 1
10 Room 3,565 -58.0% 39,071 3

 

Sources: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/2939/enas-superhero-alliotikos-apo-tous-allous-saronei-to-box-office

http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-wtf-deadpool-opening/

 

'Deadpool' surprised big time with the fifth best superhero opening since 2003. Even more impressively, it is the biggest opening for a non-sequel superhero movie (yes, Deadpool did appear in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' but that doesn't really count since this one has a new storyline and the marketing did very little to link Deadpool to the X-Men franchise). The next non-sequel in the list is 'Iron Man' at 61,400 admissions, although the list doesn't contain the original 'Spider-Man' or any other superhero films before 2003.

 

Superhero openings (4-day, since 2003)
Rank Title Admissions Release date Notes
1 Spider-Man 3 >100,000 03/05/07 85,000 in Athens only
2 Spider-Man 2 100,000 07/07/04 4-day estimate – we only have official number for 5-day weekend at 127,500
3 The Dark Knight 100,000 17/07/08  
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron 94,250 30/04/15  
5 Deadpool 77,774 18/02/16  
6 The Avengers 75,755 26/04/12  
7 The Dark Knight Rises 74,530 21/08/12  
8 Iron Man 3 66,278 25/04/13  
9 Iron Man 61,400 01/05/08  
10 Iron Man 2 61,080 29/04/10  

 

The ratio of admissions from the entire country over those from just Athens is 2.25. This is a very high number. I haven't seen anything like this as long as I've been following the Greek box office or in any of my research into past box office data. It is definitely a number that very few films of this size can achieve. Athens usually sells more admissions than the rest of the country or slightly less. In the latter case, the ratio may be a bit over 2. Reaching 2.25, though, is nearly unprecedented.

 

'Hail, Ceasar!' also had a decent opening, although the same can't be said for any other of the new releases. Holdovers had quite big drops. Obviously it was expected to some extent since last weekend Valentine's day boosted earnings, but 'Deadpool' also seems to have made all other movies bleed (too bad they're not wearing a red suit). The best hold of the Top 10 was posted by an animated film ('Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin'), followed by 'The Revenant', which has now crossed 300,000 admissions. It is now days away from surpassing 'Shutter Island' and 'The Departed', to become the third-biggest Leo-starring film after 'Titanic' and 'Inception'. All other films dropped around 50%. 'The Boy' and 'Worlds Apart' are slowly losing sight of their desired milestones: 100,000 and 700,000 admissions respectively.

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