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Overview of the US business for the week of October 19th.

Honest Thief starring Liam Neeson took top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, earning $3.7M while playing at 2,125 locations across North America. The action/revenge thriller marks the return of Open Road Films to theatres, in partnership with Briarcliff Entertainment.  The War with Grandpa starring Robert De Niro dropped down from its perch as last week's top performer, earning $2.5M in week two and a cume of $7.3M after 10 days. Warner Bros.' Tenet earned $1.7M,&...

Overview of the US business for the week of October 12th

Box office analysis for the week of October 12th.  Happy Columbus Day.    Our partners at The Numbers offer this list of top Columbus Day film openings of all time, led by Taken 2 (2012) starring Liam Neeson and Meet The Parents (2000) starring Robert DeNiro. Both actors are active in the box office this October, with DeNiro starring 101 Studio's The War with Grandpa which opened this weekend and Neeson starring in next weekend's opener Honest Thief from Open Road ...

Box Office analysis for the week of September 28th

Tenet continues to lead the box office in North America and globally.   Warner Bros. reported $3.4M in weekend ticket sales across the Domestic market, now adding up to $41.2M after 4 weeks in theatres. Tenet's worldwide cume of $283.2M is even more impressive, showing the relative strength of the recovery in international markets. The New Mutants from 20th Century Studios earned $1.1M in its 5th week, Unhinged from Solstice Studios earned $1M in its 7th week and Break the Sil...

Overview of the US business for the week of September 21st, celebrating the remarkable career of actress Frances McDormand

Overview for the week of September 21st. The box office from North American theatres was driven again by Tenet in its third week. The Warner Bros. spy thriller from director Christopher Nolan reeled in $4.7M in ticket sales this weekend, and $36.1M over 18 days since its debut on 9/3.  Rounding out the top performers of the weekend was The New Mutants from 20th Century Studios with $1.6M in its 4th week, Infidel from Cloudburst Entertainment with $1.5M in its debut weekend, and ...

Overview of the US business for the week of September 14th

Highlights from the week of September 14th.   Boxoffice news focused on week two results from Tenet in US theatres and the further recovery of International markets, as one indicator of what may occur in the Domestic market over the weeks and months ahead. Tenet produced another $6.7M in ticket sales this weekend, adding up to $29.5M cume in North America after 11 days playing in US theatres and 20 days in Canada. Globally, the Christopher Nolan thriller has generated a whopping $...

Overview of the US business for the week of August 31st. Celebrating Ingrid Bergman

Each week, Comscore provides more details on the return of the North American box office. This weekend, The New Mutants took top spot with $7M in ticket sales for its opening weekend, playing in 2,412 locations across North America. Adding returns from 10 international markets, the teenage superhero Mutants took in a total of $9.9M. Solstice Studios' thriller Unhinged starring Russell Crowe delivered a strong second week, grossing $2.6M additional after last weekend's $4M opening w...

Overview of the US business for the week of August 24.

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Overview for the week of August 24th.  We celebrate the return of studio wide releases and weekend box office reports, thanks to our partners at Comscore. The top earner in theatres this weekend was Unhinged, the road-rage thriller from Solstice Studios starring Russell Crowe. It generated over $4M while playing on 1,823 screens across North America, making it the top opening for any film in the Domestic market over the last five months.  Be sure to watch our new video featur...

Overview of the business for the week of August 17th

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 Our Popcorn Previews video feature highlights Unhinged, the thriller starring Russell Crowe that will open in US theatres on Friday 8/21.  This marks the beginning of the much-anticipated flow of new releases from Hollywood studios and distributors. Our Industry News Summary begins with an article on the restart of filming for Universal's upcoming blockbuster, Jurassic World: Dominion. We offer a perspective on the career of the Sumner Redstone and his impact on the film and ...

Overview of the US business for the week of August 10th Celebrating 100th anniversary of AMC founder's birthday

  Our Industry News Summary begins with coverage of the substantial changes last week in the theatrical release calendar. Understandably, exhibitors are anxious about Disney's decision to convert Mulan into a Labor Day release on Disney+, coming on the heels of its successful release of Hamilton over the July 4th holiday weekend.  Mulan was expected to be one of the top grossing theatrical releases of 2020.  Meanwhile, Warner Bros. appears committed to its ...

Overview of the US business for the week of July 27th

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Our Industry News Summary covers the shifting sands of the studio release calendar and the impact it is having on exhibitors. Last week, many studios announced changes to their upcoming film release schedule, most notably Warner Bros. which moved Tenet off its planned 8/12 opening and Disney which moved Mulan out of 8/21.  Exhibitors had been planning their theatre re-openings to be up and running in time for these tentpole releases.  As a result, most exhibitors are pushing back their...

Overview of the US business for the week of July 11th

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This week's news summary begins with The Hollywood Reporter's comprehensive look at the Box Office of Summer of 2020, what it was supposed to be, what it has actually been, and what it may still become.  This overview includes comments from numerous industry executives, representing the perspectives of both studios and exhibitors. We report on AMC's successful negotiations with investors to secure the funding it needs to sustain itself through the extended period when theat...

Overview of the US business for the week of July 6th and a happy birthday to Tom Cruise

Screendollars Newsletter for the week of July 6th.  It's the season for Independence Day celebrations, with Canada Day on July 1st, American Independence Day on July 4th, and French Bastille Day on July 14th among others.   We have the whole year to plan next year's parades. Our summary of Notable Industry News begins with an update on the legal tussle between Cineworld and Cineplex over their aborted merger.  Cineplex is crying foul at Cineworld's ...

Overview of the US business for the week of June 15 Honoring Freedom Day 'Juneteenth'

Our roundup of Notable Industry News begins with an announcement by Marcus Theatres of their schedule to reopen their theatres.  Beginning on Friday, six Marcus theatres will re-open to the public, followed by all remaining 90 theatres by the end of July.   We report the anullment of the planned marriage between UK-based Cineworld, one of the largest exhibitors worldwide and parent company to Regal Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment, Canada's largest exhibitor. The me...

Overview of the US business for the week of June 8 Honoring Kathleen Kennedy for her birthday

Screendollars Newsletter for the week of June 8th. Our Notable Industry News continues to explore the many aspects of how the film industry is planning for its re-opening. Last week, NATO announced that it expects 90% of US cinemas to be open and operating on July 17th, when Warner Bros.' Tenet hits theatres. A story from BoxofficePro reports on the renewed emphasis by theatres to rent their auditoriums to private parties, as a way for small groups to enjoy the movies and celebra...

Overview of the US business for the week of June 1 Honoring Clint Eastwood's 90th birthday

Our industry news roundup covers various articles on the re-opening of cinemas in the US and around the world. We point to two profiles of New York drive-ins that began their 2020 season shortly after the state gave the green light for drive-ins - but not yet indoor theatres - to re-open to the public. Cineworld/Regal announced plans to open up their theatres in early July, timed so they are fully operational with updated ticketing and sanitization procedures before the major Hollywood releases ...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 25 Honoring 40 year anniversary of the Star Wars release

This week's newsletter begins with the results of our 2020 Film Industry Survey. More than 350 of our readers provided their perspective on the current state of affairs in the industry and on what future may hold, particularly in the area of theatrical releasing. It's the perfect time to gather this feedback, while in the midst of theatre shutdowns and everyone is considering its impact on the movie business. Our industry news roundup begins with analysis of the release strategy a...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 18 Honoring George Lucas

The industry news roundup begins with an encouraging announcement by indie distributor Solstice Studios that it will open its Russell Crowe psychological thriller Unhinged in theatres on July 1.  Solstice is betting that enough theatres will have re-opened by the July 4th weekend to make this mid-summer release date successful.  We report positive returns from a cautious re-opening of theatres in Norway last week, while observing new rules to maintain social distancing among thea...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 11 Honoring Katherine Hepburn's career

This week's newsletter focuses on the ins and outs of re-opening theatres. Governments and communities are working together to lay out plans for safely re-opening business, including venues that provide public entertainment such as movie theatres. We highlight a new product called Cielo QR, a straight forward - and FREE - service to help exhibitors implement policies for enhanced cleaning and sanitization while informing and reassuring the public. In our roundup of Industry News, T...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 4

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This week Screendollars is publishing the 2020 Film Industry Survey, available here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/film2020survey.  Our survey was created in collaboration with Stephen Follows, the UK-based Film Research analyst.  We encourage all our readers and film industry professionals to take five minutes to share your current experience working in the industry and opinions about the future of film and entertainment.  Results will be published in two weeks. ...

Overview of the business for the week of April 27th ... happy Birthday Barbara Streisand

This week's Industry News Summary focuses on stories about planning for the eventual re-opening of the film and exhibition industry after the coronavirus pandemic has relented.  One article discusses planning at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, OK to re-open their doors "sometime in May", after completing significant changes in their operations. It's interesting to consider what changes they are making to their producedures for ticketing, concessions and seating and will...

Overview of the business for the week of April 20th.

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We begin our industry news summary by highlighting a new video series from the US Chamber of Commerce entitled, "Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work". This twice-per-week series kicked off last week, focused on topics to "help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy."  We discuss a report published recently by Ernst & Young (with the support of NATO) that measures the impact that a film's sch...

Screendollars April 13th Newsletter reports on Disney+ launch

Our weekly news summary begins with discussion about Universal's release of its animated family film Trolls World Tour to Premium VOD, prompting many to wonder if this straight-to-streaming release by a major studio is an anomaly due to the current closure of movie theaters or a sign of times to come. For the moment, streaming is the only game in town, as evidenced by an explosion in subscriber numbers and downloads. Disney reported last week that Disney+ had passed 50M paid subscribers, les...

US Box Office: analysis for the week end of March 6 - 8

Disney earned top spot at the weekend box office with its opening of Onward.  The PG-rated animated family film from Pixar Studios brought in $40M on 4300+ screens in North America. Universal and Blumhouse Productions' The Invisible Man continued to perform well in its second week in theatres, earning $15.2M for the weekend and a $52.7M cume after 10 days. Warner Bros. opened The Way Back, an R-rated drama starring Ben Affleck in a story of the destructive power of addition and the...

US Box Office: analysis for the week end of Feb 21-23

SO... who s on top? Sonic crossed the 100M$ mark in second week! Box Office Analysis for the week of February 24th. We send four times the number of happy birthday wishes to all Leaplings who will celebrate their once-every-four-year birthday next Saturday, February 29th. At the box office, Paramount's Sonic The Hedgehog is showing that the video game hero is a real star, and likely a franchise in the making. The Fantasy Sci-Fi film starring Jim Carrey earned $26.3M in its second...

US Box Office: analysis for the week end of Feb 14-16

Box Office Analysis for the week of February 17th. Monday is President's Day, completing a long, holiday weekend of movie going. President George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  It is said that he could not tell a lie. President Abraham Lincoln - also known as "Honest Abe" - was born on February 12, 1809 in Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky. A flock of new films opened in theatres to capitalize on the long weekend. Paramount toppe...

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