In the comics, like many superhero teams, the titular group has seen a change in roster. This particular cast features Fraser as Robotman, Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Dalton as Dr. Nobody, Matt Bomer as Negative Man (who couldn't attend the panel because he was shooting scenes for the show in Atlanta) and Wade as Cyborg, who was previously portrayed by Ray Fisher in the Justice League film. Niles Caulder, Tudyk as Mr. With the many iterations of the DC Universe, Doom Patrol's relationship to the cinematic iteration comes into question — and Schecter says there is none.
In the sizzle reel of highlights from DC Universe's forthcoming comic series, we hear a voiceover say "This is what the world looks like when we try to live in it." The series parallels Marvel's X-Men and is about outcasts saving a world that doesn't accept them — a theme that speaks to today's cultural climate. When it comes to distinguishing this ragtag group of superhero misfits from other DC properties, Fraser explained it best by punctuating the panel saying, "This ain't the Justice League."” />
She adds that in the comics, there are multiple versions of different characters — like Cyborg. "DC has made a decision, quite smartly, to separate the cinematic world and the television world," Schecter says.
15 and comes from the comics based on a group a downtrodden team of superheroes who received their superhuman powers via horrific accidents that left them traumatized, lonely and/or disfigured and all of them fight to save a world that ostracizes and fears them. The new series, which is the second original series from DC Universe, premieres on Feb. It was Doom Patrol day at TCA Saturday as stars from the forthcoming DC Universe series Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Alan Tudyk, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, and Joivan Wade were joined on stage by executive producers Jeremy Carver and Sarah Schecter.
Wade points out that there is the CW universe and the DC universe and these different iteration allows us to live in in a world we haven't seen "It’s a different version of any other version and an opportunity for me to have my take on it," Wade says of Cyborg. "It’s an earlier cyborg — he's coming into his powers and a long way off to the Justice League. There's a distinction between this version others."
Members of the Doom Patrol made their first live-action appearance in the fourth episodes of Titans, but Carver says that it will have elements introduced, but will still maintain its own continuity. When it comes to adhering to the comics, Carver, who also serves as showrunner, says "The show is dipping into different versions of the Doom Patrol over the years." He continues to say that the series is "a great jumping off point is the Grant Morrison comics and the Silver Age." He also teases that certain characters from the comics such as the Beard Hunter, Celsius, Lodestone, and Danny the Street are coming to the series.
But get this: Domestic 2018 box office is at $11.8 billion, which beat 2016's all-time high of $11.38B last weekend. All-in, the pre-New Year's weekend grossed an estimated $185M per ComScore, -5% from the same frame a year ago.
Aquaman drew $10M globally on Imax screens, for a $65M running total. In U.S./Canada, the large format exhibitor made $6.2M off Aquaman, for a running total of $25M, or 13% of the domestic total. On Screen Engine/ComScore's PostTrak, which continues to poll into a film's second weekend, found that women over 25 at 21% are still Jason Momoa's biggest fans, giving Aquaman its best gender score of 84%. Moms are out-numbering dads in attendance, 52% to 48%, and they're smitten with this DC superhero by a wide gap, 82% to 60%. Families are repping close to a third of the crowd, and guys under 25 make-up the biggest portion of moviegoers at 31%.
On the limited side, Annapurna's Destroyer is up to $56K at three NY/LA sites over three days while Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex is at $776K over the same period at 33 theaters after a Thursday of $160K, -8%.
One film finance source believes Poppins is in fine shape and will profit; it won't be a money-loser like Solo, Wrinkle in Time, or Nutcracker.
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Nicole Kidman appearance at Q&As last night drove sold-out sales. Other notables: Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex is looking at a FSS of $689K, for a six-day of $1.5M. The Felicity Jones-Armie Hammer drama can boast the best screen average of the weekend of $20,8K from 33 locations. Destroyer is just beginning its run and over six days, the pic boasts a screen average of $38.6K. Sony Pictures Classics is opening Stan & Ollie at five NYC and LA locations, with a projected 3-day of $79.6K, or $15.9K screen average. Annapurna's Nicole Kidman LA cop noir Destroyer at the Arclight Hollywood and New York's Landmark 57 and Angelika grossed $58K over FSS for a $19.4K screen average and a running six-day cume of $116K.
The animated Marvel superhero property (not part of Disney's MCU) counts $85.5M and is bound for a third weekend of $16M, with a running total of $101.5M. Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had a great hold, nearly even, between Thursday and Wednesday with yesterday taking in close to $5.9M for third place.
STX's Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act ranked 10th on Thursday with $1.95M, -5% from Wednesday for a first week of $14.55M. As we wrote previously, the Robert Zemeckis-directed film will lose around $60M. Universal/DreamWorks' Welcome to Marwen still unwelcome in 14th place with a $655K Thursday, -11% and a first week of $5.5M.
The doc ranked 5th yesterday coming in ahead of this week's openers Holmes & Watson from Sony ($2.4M yesterday in 7th, -29% from Wednesday for a 3-day cume of $12.4M) and Vice from Annapurna (8th place with $2.2M, -22% for a near $10M over 3-days). Warners also had success last night with Peter Jackson's WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old which broke another Fathom Events record with $3.375M from around 1,000 theaters off two showtimes yesterday to become the company's best single-day ever for a documentary, and one of the top-grossing single-night presentations of any kind for Fathom. The pic will be released in limited engagement on Jan. 11 in New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC with a further expansion on Feb. 17 showing. Both Christmas Day wide entries are looking at FSS of $9M. 1. Yesterday's tally for They Shall Not Grow Old breaks the $2.3M Fathom record earned from the doc's Dec.
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1st Update Friday 8:09AM: Warner Bros./DC's Aquaman finally swam past Justice League with a first week of $137.2M (that includes previews) after a Thursday of $14.6M, -13% from Wednesday.
He is expected to take in $21M in weekend two for a 10-day north of $67M. Paramount's Bumblebee was fourth yesterday with $5.7M and a first week with previews of $46.2M.
As we wrote before, film finance sources say that this $200M DC movie will profit in its theatrical window. Overall, we hear that Aquaman will beat the the global take of Justice League this weekend ($657.9M); Nancy Tartaglione will have more details soon. after Furious 7 ($353M). Second weekend projections for the James Wan-directed film are at $54M which will bring the superhero to $191.2M stateside by Sunday. Today, Aquaman will beat Wan's The Conjuring ($137.4M) to become his second-highest grossing film of all-time at the domestic B.O.
Will Ferrell and John C. Both stars' appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live drew 3.8M views. Reilly don't have any social media handles, but they took advantage of the late night talk show circuit, which, in turn, raised their social media profile in promoting this last-minute comedy of the year. The clip hit 6.1M views on YouTube. For example, Ferrell participated in a 'Spill Your Guts' bit on The Late Late Show, where he had to answer embarrassing questions or eat disgusting foods.
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Bumblebee should be able to drive past $100M-plus, but the bigger question is whether he makes more than the last Transformers movie, The Last Knight, which is the lowest-grossing performer of the franchise at the domestic B.O. Meanwhile, Spider-Verse hit $103.6M. with $130.1M. Paramount's Bumblebee beat Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for 3rd place, each respectively grossing $20.5M and $18.3M. The VW bug is being stalled by too much fanboy clutter and needs to breath. Bumblebee through 10 days should total $66.8M, which, versus the first 10 days of Last Knight, is 26% behind. But remember, with Transformers movies, it's all about China in the end. Rivals say that a film like Bumblebee, which has a great 4 1/2 stars among general audiences on PostTrak and fantastic reviews with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, should be elsewhere on the calendar, especially if Paramount was trying to revamp this brand.
Justice League made $130.8M in its first week which included the Thanksgiving holiday in November last year.
Aquaman propels Warner Bros. worldwide for 2018 past $5.3 billion. The DC's fish man hit $748.8M WW, eclipsing the entire global life of Justice League ($657.9M) and Marvel's Doctor Strange ($677.7M). Yes, it's true: Warners has resuscitated DC.
Exits are great for the Barry Jenkins-directed movie with 84% positive in the top two boxes and a huge 72% definite recommend. Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk jumped 60 screens to 65 for a $760K third weekend and the biggest surge for any title in the top 25 with +595%. Female are leading at 66% and the movie is drawing a 53% African American audience, which is bigger than the share for Jenkins' best picture Oscar winner Moonlight. Beale Street will next expand to the top 70 markets in roughly 325 theaters or more.
The studio says the pic cost a $42M net before P&A, and it's highly unlikely that this movie breaks even down the road. than the lifetime cume of Alcon/Warner Bros.' disastrous comedy from last holiday season, Father Figures ($17.5M). Since Holmes & Watson is a comedy, it relies on stateside ticket sales. Sony's Holmes & Watson is battling with a first FSS of $7.3M, in 7th place with a six-day take of $19.7M. However, Sony is trying to make the most money it can by booking it in this money-making period (we heard that the studio tried to unload the feature to Netflix, but the Bird Box streaming service didn't bite). The film, unfortunately, was destined to fail. The only nice thing to say here is that Holmes & Watson has already made more at the domestic B.O. We heard test scores were quite poor, and that's not a surprise, since the movie earned one star and a 30% recommend in its PostTrak exits, and a D+ CinemaScore.
is calling the pre-New Year's weekend of Aquaman at $51.6M, -24%, for a 10-day running of $188.8M. The DC superhero is expected to hit $200M by EOD tomorrow, and $215M by New Year's Day at the domestic B.O. 4th Update Sunday 9:35AM final after Sunday 8AM and previous weekend posts w/chart: Warner Bros. $232.6M), and 7% ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy (final B.O. Unlike Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve day isn't a downer day at the B.O.; some people include the movies as part of their year-end festivities. That's 10% ahead of Justice League at the same point in time (which ended its run at $229M), 24% ahead of the ten-day cume of Doctor Strange (final B.O. $333.1M).
Disney's Mary Poppins Returns stayed planted in second with $10.1M, -7% from Wednesday for a running total of $70.9M. Yes, the film is ahead of The Greatest Showman by 112% in its first nine days at the B.O., but the sequel to the 1964 Oscar-winning film also cost more than the original Fox musical, $130M to $84M. United Kingdom numbers weren't stupendous last weekend with $10.3M and industry analysts believe what was intended to be a big Disney IP play will have to rely on stateside results. Industry projections are at $25M for Poppins' second weekend, which will float her close to the century mark.
Those over 25 are the biggest crowd at 78%, and they're enjoying it with a 74% positive, while Men over 25 at 41% give the pic a 77% positive, its best grade among males and females. Vice is a movie about a notorious Republican power figure, so the fact that it's dividing audiences is to be expected.
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Annapurna's Dick Cheney movie Vice, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay, made $7.8M over FSS in 6th place. Downside: The movie cost a reported $60M before P&A, about twice as much as McKay's Oscar-winning star ensemble comedy The Big Short, and that's a big hole for Vice to climb out of.
The female-skewing musical is filing an estimated second weekend of $28M, which is one of the few films in the top 10 to make huge gains in its second weekend, with +19%. A lot of rivals' animosity stems from the fact that they believed a few months ago that Poppins would be a real threat at the holiday box office. However, Poppins is a Disney double that others can envy. Rivals snipe that the Poppins package is too British, too Caucasian in its draw (on PostTrak, that demo reps 70% of the general audience), and that there was a missed opportunity here by not having Hamilton Tony and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda pen the songs. with $3 billion-plus). Industry sources do not consider Disney's $130M musical sequel Mary Poppins Returns a home run, but rather a double for the studio of franchise hits (the Burbank lot set an industry record this year at the domestic B.O.
Essentially, the tagline to the social effort has been, 'It’s Christian Bale with his typical zeal for authenticity, it’s Adam McKay’s comedy, and it’s a host of comedic actors contributing to a great film – enjoy.' That said, the social media metrics are on-par or above for the movie’s opening. RelishMix notices that Vice is being sold on Christian Bale's sublime transformation into Cheney. "Vice has been pretty straightforward with its social media campaign since its first trailer’s debut in early October. "The movie has that mix of comedy and authentic presentation of historical chapters that have piqued most of the audience’s interest," says Relish Mix. The movie’s viral video rate of 30:1 is far ahead of the typical 14:1 for an indie drama," says the social media agency, adding that "the campaign’s messaging (with a social media universe of 55M) has worked, as Vice has earned positive-skewing discussion," with fans shouting out about Bale and Amy Adams performances.
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On PostTrak, Vice is beating other awards contenders, with 3 1/2 stars and a 49% definite recommend, to Fox Searchlight's The Favourite (2 1/2 stars, 37% definite recommend) and Focus Features' Mary Queen of Scots (2 1/2 stars and 38% definite recommend). The Golden Globe and SAG-nominated movie has been over-indexing on both coasts and performing well in major cities. On the upside, the first six days of Vice at $17.7M is pacing ahead of the first six wide release days of The Big Short, which made $16.4M and Oliver Stone's W. Bush. ($12.8M, $25.5M final) about former President George W.
Still, TBD on how well this property fares overseas in the end. Should Poppins land key Oscar noms, that's another cloud that will lift her at the B.O. (By the way, that's for original song musicals, not jukebox biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody). Poppins cost $46M more than the Greatest Showman. Greatest Showman earned 60% of its $434M WW total abroad. with $200M, behind Beauty and the Beast ($504M), if not third with $175M. Really, what's to complain about here? Poppins could wind up the second-highest grossing musical at the domestic B.O.
Poppins will easily cross $100M by tomorrow in its 13th day. Despite all this naysay, it's a musical, which means it's a sleeper, and Poppins, with a $98.9M running cume, remains 102% ahead of The Greatest Showman's $49M at the same point in time. She is also close to even with the first 12 days of Les Miserables ($99.3M, final domestic $148.8M).
Social media monitor RelishMix noticed that the movie had mixed buzz, leaning negative, heading into the weekend: "There are legions of Ferrell and Reilly fans and they don’t care about reviews or 'haters' disparaging comments about the movie, they’re going. Some of the moviegoers who saw the film did enjoy the typical show from Ferrell and Reilly, but these voices are in the minority. However, for the majority of holiday moviegoers and comedy fans, Holmes & Watson looks like a disappointing effort. For example, several note that all the funny parts are in the trailer [Editor's note: Sony took out ads on Facebook showing hysterical bits], and the rest of the film is a slog." And for those who have already seen it, they are taking to social to voice their frustration.
In another maneuver to pull in women, Kidman launched an "Aquamom" series as part of her premiere social take over on Bustle. While Momoa counts 8.1M Instagram followers, Kidman is "the social star" per RelishMix with 13.4M across Instagram and FB who has been sharing materials and talking up the film on talk shows.
For Amber Heard's character Mera, Warners created a bespoke Hispanic campaign that focused on her character, Mera. From mid-October to opening, Aquaman had a heavy presence in iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Sponsorship, Latin American Music Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Premios Deportes, NBA, and UFC and Spanish language Network/Cable with additional African American targeting. Hispanic audiences repped 22% of Aquaman's moviegoers who gave the movie its best diversity demo score of 87% positive to Caucasian and African American's 81% and Asian audience's 79%. La Mera Mera is Spanish slang which literally means “The Boss of Bosses,” but is commonly used to refer to someone as the best and/or person in charge.
hooked female moviegoers with Wonder Woman, the studio lured that demographic again for Aquaman, but under a different guise. Similar to how Warner Bros.
Of note, AT&T ran an in-theater ticket campaign at 10K screens nationwide over the last month and a half. Coldstone Creamery since the end of November featured custom film-inspired ice cream creations at over 1K locations with in-store signage. Overall, Aquaman counted 70 promotional partners worldwide, and 10 stateside, which fueled over $40M in promotional support. Meanwhile Burger King throughout December and into January has a worldwide kid’s meal program with six premiums in 90+ territories and 13K+ locations. Non-profit org Oceana ran a “Be an Ocean Hero” PSA TV spot featuring Patrick Wilson.
When it came to Warners attracting women to Aquaman, it was all about the hunk factor in leading man Jason Momoa, not to mention selling the maternal and romance storylines of Nicole Kidman's Atlanna character. With Wonder Woman, female audiences finally had a superhero they could claim as their own. Diana Prince's image easily sold the virtues of female empowerment and strength.
Similar to Gal Gadot with Wonder Woman, Momoa delivered a relentless passion in tub-thumping Aquaman, thus creating social media events. One of the biggest splashes two weeks prior to release was the Game of Thrones star performance of a ceremonial Māori Haka dance on the Aquaman Hollywood premiere red carpet. Social Media monitor RelishMix reports that the stunt was "the cherry on the sundae" of the pic's marketing driving close to 6M YouTube views (across two videos) for "a social media campaign that was already pacing very well." Overall, Aquaman counts over half billion followers on social media across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and what's remarkable about that number is that it's all organic, without any boosts from other DC-related properties such as Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Warners noticed early on in test screenings that the James Wan-directed feature played well with women who gave the pic a 90% score in the top two boxes. And even though the studio was building a four-quad event for the holiday season, completely sold on its own merits as a standalone DC film, the Warners marketing team led by Blair Rich, took a talent-led approach with Aquaman, leveraging Momoa as well as Kidman and star Amber Heard, who respectively play the two strong female characters at the heart of the film.
And given the global audience response to Aquaman this month, which counts close to $557M to date, you could say that Warner's next phase of DC is off to a great start. Hiring edgy storytellers like Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman and its upcoming sequel, Conjuring architect James Wan on Aquaman, and now James Gunn to write and possibly direct the next Suicide Squad has been key for the Burbank lot. to evolve the DC cinema brand and that began earlier this year with the appointment of New Line horror exec Walter Hamada as the overseer of DC films. Superman and Justice League, it's been a priority for Warner Bros. Coming away from the upset that fans and critics expressed over big DC pics Batman v.
Moms turned out in greater numbers than Dads, 56% to 44% and enjoyed Aquaman more, 91% to 85%. Warners' marketing plan worked: Aquaman grossed $105.7M over the five-day holiday (including previews), winning females over in a big way with F25+ giving the DC superhero pic its best gender score of 84% on ComScore/Screen Engine's PostTrak plus its best definite recommend of any gender demo at 71%. Women also graded Aquaman with an A- CinemaScore, a number that was equal to men.
Overall, per RelishMix, Aquaman official videos have churned out a huge viral rate of 60:1 well ahead of the superhero movie's average 45:1. The cast's takeover of Hall H, which included a five-minute video and the pic's first trailer; that package yielded an amazing 156M views in one week. As early as San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Warners had unofficially crowned Momoa their Robert Downey, Jr. At last July's SDCC, Momoa kicked off Warner's Aquaman campaign with a selfie-style video ocean cliff dive with a "Trailer Tomorrow" tease. In regards to search, Aquaman was 2x greater than such pics as Justice League, Venom, Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnorak. Per Warners, Aquaman saw record search results and social engagement due to their made-for-digital content strategy. Much like that Iron Man actor would lead the charge into Hall H for Marvel's annual mega movie panel, Momoa, fiery hair and all, was starting the for the studio at SDCC. Social volume grew double digits week over week starting in early November.
Other marketing highlights for Aquaman which were targeted toward fanboy and four-quad crowds included early TV spots around SDCC and consistently since October on such programs as Conan at Comic-Con, CW DC Crossover, the Supergirl premiere, Arrow premiere, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premiere, The Walking Dead finale, and the Gamers Choice Awards.
Partners for the event included Bustle and IMomSoHard. As part of the stunt, mommy bloggers attended an advance screening at the Grove with a surprise appearance by Momoa, complete with t-shirts and schwag. Similar to how Warners infused a sense of humor into their marketing for Meg, they also had some fun with Aquaman, capitalizing on Momoa's allure and initializing the social media trend #MOMSFORMOMOA. This was in response to Warners noticing a viral meme that grew among moms online: They yearned to take their kids –or anyone's kids– to Aquaman as an excuse to see Momoa.
Fans are likening this Arthur Curry origin story to that film, saying that Aquaman is righting Warner Bros.' DC ship." Says RelishMix about the current buzz for Aquaman online, "DC comics fans have been frustrated with previous movies in the series, with the exception of the beloved Wonder Woman.
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Looking back at the China comps for Aquaman, BVS in 2016 delivered the then-biggest opening day of all time for a WB film with $20M (RMB 128.7M). In the Middle Kingdom it finaled at $95.8M with the UK, Brazil, Mexico and Australia rounding out the Top 5 for an ultimate $543M international box office cume.
Local scores see Maoyan holding at 9.5, Taopiaopiao at 9.2 and Douban at 8.4. The Trident of Neptune wielded 85% Middle Kingdom market share on Saturday, built off great word of mouth.
The DCEU has not had the draw in China that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoyed, but Aquaman is poised to hit a high-water mark for the DC brand with a possible $80M+ debut weekend. PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman took his first strokes in China today, grossing an estimated $24.6M (RMB 169.5M). The studio has been pulling out the stops locally as the Middle Kingdom is launching the Jason Momoa-starrer two weeks ahead of its domestic release.
This is a big win for the DCEU in the Middle Kingdom which leans into Marvel but has so far been a bit wishy-washy on DC. With today’s numbers factored, the James Wan-directed Aquaman has already surpassed the opening weekends of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League in dollar values and in just two days.
The two-day cume has also topped that of WB's own Ready Player One from last spring by 71%. Aquaman is currently tracking ahead of BVS by 54%, Justice League by 69% and more than double Wonder Woman.
Momoa, Heard and Wan all visited the market where WB is partnered with key online outlets and social media platforms including Weibo and WeChat. It’s still rare for a movie to debut in the Middle Kingdom ahead of domestic, but we have seen some examples of this before. Warner went hard on local promotion. Aquaman got its China release date in mid-October and leveraged that to get the word out locally.
The movie may benefit overseas from school holidays kicking in earlier while in China nothing much has made an impact recently in the wake of the outsize performance of Sony/Marvel’s Venom (which last week was granted an extended release so will still be playing this frame). BVS was a March/Easter movie, Wonder Woman played in summer and Justice League hit the domestic Thanksgiving corridor last year. Aquaman has the distinction of being the first superhero movie WB has released during Christmas.
The character dates back to 1941 in the comics; Momoa was briefly introduced as the seafaring loner with superhuman strength in Dawn Of Justice and then in a bigger role in Justice League.
The local cume is now $61.2M (RMB 421.3M) with an $85M+ opening weekend in store. SATURDAY UPDATE, writethru: Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman continued its big China splash on Saturday with an estimated $37.2M (RMB 256M), a 55% increase over Friday's strong launch.
He heads Down Under on December 26 and goes to Italy January 1 and Japan February 8. Before North America on December 21, Aquaman next session swims to 40 more overseas markets including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK. Another 28 will be added the following weekend including Korea and France.
Wonder Woman’s China bow was $38.2M for its opening frame with $90.5M through the run. Her top markets were China, Brazil, the UK, Australia and Mexico, and her final offshore gross was $409.2M.
The Middle Kingdom was ultimately the top market for each of those pics (Suicide Squad did not release there), although just Justice League cracked the $100M mark at cume. Previous DC outings Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League had full China opening frames of $57.2M, $51.8M and $38.2M, respectively and at unadjusted rates.
Directed by James Wan, the standalone sees Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman learn he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and that he must step forward to lead his people, becomiung engaged in a perilous quest for ancient secrets. Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Niocole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Djimon Hounsou and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also star.
We'll have a full update on Sunday.
It's possible that in local currency the full weekend sets a new high-water mark for the month. WB got an early China release for the Jason Momoa-starrer and took a deep dive on local promotion which is clearly hitting its mark — and more. Friday's bow (see below) set an all-time record for the studio and was the best December Day 1 ever, although the confirmed numbers ($24M/RMB 165.3M) are slightly lower than yesterday's estimate.
Online sentiment is high with a Maoyan score of 9.5, Taopiaopaio at 9.4 and Douban at 8.4. Already, the flash estimate on 30,500 screens, 100% of which are 3D, is the highest opening day ever for a WB title and the best industry opening day ever for December. The film commanded 86% market share on Friday.
Justice League did $51.8M (RMB 343.8M) for the Middle Kingdom launch weekend, taking $106M there at final. The overseas total was $429M with Brazil, Mexico, the UK and Oz falling in line behind China.
The 25 minutes of footage that was shown early locally was met with enthusiastic social response which looks to be paying off now that the film has opened.
Aquaman heads to 40 more offshore markets next weekend, then adds 28 the following frame when it also bows domestically.
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3.) Wonder (WB), 3,140 theaters (+44) /$6M Wed./$3.9M Thur/$8.75M Fri/3-day cume: $22.4M (-19%)/ 5-day: $32.3M/Total: $69.5M/Wk 2
Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 3,518 theaters (-57) / $2.7M Wed/ $2.67M/$4.9M Fri/ 3-day cume: $13M (-10%)/ 5-day: $18.2M/ Total: $72.2M/Wk 3
The Zack Snyder-directed movie is expected to take in a gross similar to Coco's with $60M over the next five days. Justice League overall has a 65% definite recommend. Warners is hoping that more of those older female Wonder Woman fans come out, just like they did for her June solo outing: Females over 25 are giving Justice League its best grades at 90%, but they're still in the minority among the pic's headcount repping only 18% of the audience. While critics have strangled Justice League with a 41% Rotten Tomatoes score, audiences are enjoying it with final PostTrak showing a 4-out-of-5-star response with males at 62% enjoying the movie with an 80% overall positive, and females at 38% giving it an 85% grade. Warner Bros/DC's Justice League led all films in regular release with a big Tuesday of $10.6M, up 41% over Monday, for a running cume of $111.9M. Leading the charge are males under 35 (32%, 78% positive), males over 25 (30%, 81% positive), and women under 25 (20% at 81% positive).
A comedic short Dante's Lunch – A Short Tail introduced the film's Xolo dog, Dante. Other trailers followed in September and November running across major pics and TV programs.
Lady Bird (A24), 741 theaters (+503) /$754K Wed/ 3-day cume: $3.88M (+52%)/ 5-day:$5.4M/ Total cume: $10.7M / Wk 4 10).
12.) The Man Who Invented Christmas (BST), 532 theaters / $198K Wed. /3-day cume: $975K /5-day: $1.4M/ Wk 1
9.) Roman J. (SONY),1,648 theaters (+1,644)/ $752K Wed. Israel, Esq. /$930K Thur/$1.8M Fri/ 3-day cume: $4.67M /PTA: $2,8K/5-day: $6.3M/Total: $6.4M/Wk 2
Focus Features' Darkest Hour from director Joe Wright is putting up a solid $43,2K currently over three-days. Sony Pictures Classics' Independent Spirit Award six-time nominee Call Me By Your Name is posting an estimated $111,5K per theater which will easily give it the best opening theater average of the year, beating Lady Bird's $91K four weeks ago.
(includes $2.3M previews) /$9M Thursday/ $18.66M Friday/ 3-day cume: $48.4M /5-day:$70.6M Wk 1 1.) Coco (DIS), 3,987 theaters / $13.3M Wed.
/$665k Thur/$1.6M Fri/ 3-day cume: $4.4M (+291%) /PTA: $7,4K/ 5-day: $5.9M/Total: $7.65M /Wk 3 10.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (FSL), 590 theaters (+537) / $786K Wed.
Coco rang up $9M on Thanksgiving, which again beats Good Dinosaur's Turkey Day ($6.5M), is $900K shy of Moana ($9.9M) and $2M behind Frozen's ($11M) Thanksgiving. The notion is that the latter two films had the Disney princess halo working in their favor at the box office.
2.) Justice League (WB), 4,051 theaters / $10.45M Wed/$8.5M Thursday/$16.4M Fri/ 3-day cume: $40.8M (-56%)/5-day:$59.9M/Total: $171.8M/ Wk 2
Lady Bird (A24), 741 theaters (+503) /$754K Wed/ $576K Thur/ $1.5M Fri/3-day cume: $4M (+60%)/ PTA: $5,1K/5-day:$5.3M/ Total cume: $10.6M / Wk 4 11).
6.) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 3,214 theaters (-140)/ $2.55M Wed/ 3-day cume: $13.7M (-1%)/5-day: $18.9M/Total: $74.5M/ Wk 3
That said, when it comes to launching a new line of animated characters, Disney has all the social media and vertical integration power in its TV channels and parks to raise a fresh face among its faithful.
Lionsgate/Participant/Walden Media's Wonder made $6M yesterday and is on course to do better than its opening in weekend two with an estimated $29M (+5%) and a five-day of $40.9M.
Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is looking at a $4M Wednesday, a three-day of $17.8M and five-day of $25M — still money out of Justice League's pocket. Running cume by Sunday looks to be $278.2M.
7.)The Star (SONY), 2,837 theaters / $1.64M Wed. /$1M Thur/$2.77M Fri / 3-day cume: $7.1M (-27%)/ 5-day:$9.8M /Total:$22.3M/Wk 2
5./6) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 3,214 theaters (-140)/ $2.55M Wed/$3M Thur/$5.2M Fri/ 3-day cume: $13.2M (-4%)/5-day: $18.8M/Total: $74.3M/ Wk 3
Every demo gave Coco an A+ except for the over 50 crowd (10%) who gave it an A. PostTrak showed a rare, strong five-out-of-five stars for Coco which is on par with CinemaScore's A+. A third of those who took in Coco attended with an adult family member, while 21% of all ticket buyers took a child family member. Definite recommend is at a very high 76%. 19% for Moana a year ago), and that demographic should remain strong through Sunday, making for better prospects. Caucasians repped 42% for Coco to Moana's 49%. Per PostTrak, Females under 25 were the predominant demo (30%), followed by females over 25 (29%), men over 25 (25%) and men under 25 (16%). Typically, Pixar movies going back to Frozen dip on the Saturday following Black Friday by 2%-6%, however, ComScore/Screen Engine's PostTrak shows a very strong Hispanic turnout at 39% for Coco (vs. CinemaScore's opening night audience was made up of 60% females, 40% under 18. This was a similar make-up to Moana a year ago, however, there were slightly more Dads (men over 25) than Moms (women over 25).
On the final night of ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Oct. 16 aka "Disney night", the show featured a performance by Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev singing the pic's signature song “Remember Me” penned by Frozen Oscar-winning songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez. RelishMix is also impressed with Disney's launch of the Coco soundtrack which through various songs clips counts north of 20M views on YouTube. Disney introduced the pic's main protagonist Miguel on NBC's The Voice.
Currently, the Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina film should hit $70M-plus in five days, and $47M over three days. Thanksgiving AM Update: Moviegoers love Coco: The Disney film earned an A+ CinemaScore last night, Pixar's 6th ever, and the best since Up. But given how wild Black Friday is at the box office, and the current buzz for the film, Coco could conceivably go much higher. On top of that, Coco came in much higher on its first day with an estimated $13.3M; which is behind Thanksgiving openers Moana ($15.5M) and Frozen ($15.1M) and ahead of Good Dinosaur ($9.76m) and Tangled ($11.9M).
On a three-day basis, Wonder is expected to ease 4% right now. The Stephen Chbosky-directed film will easily be Lionsgate's best of 2017, topping John Wick: Chapter Two's $92M. Wow. Lionsgate's Wonder is looking at $6M today, up 7% from Tuesday, with a current three-day outlook of $26.5M and five-day of $37.5M, heading toward $74.6M.
/ 3-day cume: $4.29M (+246%) / 5-day: $5.75M/Total: $7.5M /Wk 3 9.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (FSL), 590 theaters (+537) / $786K Wed.
Ranked by 5-day
1.) Coco (DIS), 3,987 theaters / $13.3M Fri. (includes $2.3M previews) / 3-day cume: $47M /5-day:$70M Wk 1
Industry estimates as of Thanksgiving morning for the Thanksgiving stretch of Nov. 22-26:
Many expect the Julia Roberts-Owen Wilson movie to be north of $64M by Sunday in its running domestic total. Lionsgate's Wonder chalked up an estimated $5.6M yesterday, up 43% over Monday, for a five-day total of $37.1M.
4). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 3,281 theaters (-779) / $4M Wed./$3.5M Thur/ $6.6M Fri/ 3-day cume: $16.8M (-22%) / 5-day: $24.2M/Total cume: $277.5M / Wk 4
Call Me By Your Name (SPC), 4 theaters / $161K Fri/3-day cume: $446k /PTA: $111,5k/ 5-day: $239k/ Wk 1
Superman (-69%) and August champ Suicide Squad (-67%). The Pixar movie steps on the capes of Warner Bros/DC super friends movie Justice League which earned $10.45M yesterday, -1% from Tuesday for a running total of $122.3M. Pic's 5-day is at $63.6M with three day landing at $44.1M, -53%, which again, thanks to the holiday, bests the post-Easter drop of Batman v.
and Canada. Coco opens at a sensitive time for Disney. Still, that Hollywood insider scandal isn't expected to rock Coco's prospects in the rest of the U.S. Just yesterday, Pixar boss John Lasseter said he was taking a six-month sabbatical amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Pic is running 10% ahead of Warner's Thanksgiving hit a year ago Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which churned a 3x multiple from its opening for a final cume of $234M. Fans wouldn't accuse Thor of stealing: He's just the better superhero movie. If Justice League can keep up that pace throughout December, it will end its stateside run at $257M. Still, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is still stealing away dollars from Justice League's bank account with the Son of Asgard threequel grossing $24M over five-days. This puts the pic at a $40.8M second FSS (-57%) and $59.9M 5-day for a running total that's just under $172M. Warner Bros./DC's Justice League wasn't that far behind Coco on Thanksgiving, making $8.5M, however, their gap widened on Friday with the Zack Snyder-directed title earning $16.4M.
While many have dinged Justice League for being less-than as a superhero movie, especially in its ensemble execution, the fact is that it's brought more dollars to the Thanksgiving frame than Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them a year ago: Last weekend the box office was at $200.3M, +27% higher than a year ago. This makes exhibitors happy.
11.) Roman J. Israel, Esq. / 3-day cume: $3.7M /5-day: $5.2M/Total: $5.2M/Wk 2 (SONY),1,648 theaters (+1,644)/ $752K Wed.
Today there are 74% kids off from K-12 and another 59% of colleges. That number moves up to 100% over the next two days. and Black Friday is even bigger. The night before Thanksgiving is a notable one at the B.O.
Some of this boils down to whether WB can keep close to 2K theaters like they did last year with a Star Wars on the marquee. It will be interesting to see if Justice League does the same. In addition, another note about Fantastic Beasts: Even though that movie leaned more female at 55% in weekend one, it churned a 3X multiple at the box office ending its run at $234M. By Sunday, the super friends will be pacing 12% ahead of Fantastic Beasts through 10 days with $175.4M.
Israel, Esq (Sony), 1,648 runs. Total by Sunday of $5.8M. Looks like $800K today (including $175K from Tuesday night) for 3-day of $4.1M and 5-day of $5.7M. Roman J.
Though not a marketing stunt – let's call it free publicity – Conan O'Brien had a bone to pick with Disney over the film's title soon after the first trailer dropped: The studio was using the late night host's nickname (coined originally by Tom Hanks) without his permission. The clip generated 812K views:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (FSL), 590 runs. $800,000 Wed, 3-day of $4.5M, 5-day of $6.2M. Total by Sunday of $7.96M.
Daddy’s Home 2 (Par) $2.5M Wed, 3-day $13.5M and 5-day of $18M, running come by Sunday of $72M.
is coming in higher than other notable arthouse titles on the chart such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird, the latter two movies are packing their house and putting up better theater averages with $7,4K and $5,1K to Roman's $2,8K. With $6M-plus over five days, Sony's Roman J. Over four days, Fences made $11.6M at 2,233 theaters. Even though Roman J. Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues ($4.4M) and Ricochet ($4.8M). The movie is slowed greatly by a 55% Rotten Tomatoes score, and the fact that it doesn't have the brilliant word of mouth that Denzel Washington's Fences did a year ago. On a three-day basis, Roman is down there with the Washington's 1990 openings, i.e. That movie served as solid counter-programming in a Star Wars-controlled market and won an Oscar for Viola Davis' best supporting turn. is coming in at the low end of where rivals were pegging it at $6M over five-days. Israel, Esq. The movie premiered at TIFF but then went in for an edit afterwards. Israel, Esq.
8). A Bad Moms Christmas (STX), 2,948 theaters (-639) /$1.07M Wed/$940K Thur/ $1.8M Fri/3-day cume: $4.5M (-36%) / 5-day: $6.4M/Total cume: $59.3M / Wk 4
/3-day cume: $7.35M (-25%)/ 5-day:$10.1M /Total:$22.6M/Wk 2 7.)The Star (SONY), 2,837 theaters / $1.64M Wed.
2.) Justice League (WB), 4,051 theaters / $10.45M Wed 3-day cume: $44.1M (-53%)/5-day:$63.6M/Total: $175.4M/ Wk 2
As we move along this week, it should settle down and separate the two. UPDATE, midday Friday: Disney/Pixar's Coco is looking at an opening day of $12.5 million (including last night's $2.3M) as of this point per industry estimates, which is $3M less than what Moana chalked up a year ago. Right now, because it's so early, both Coco and Warner Bros' Justice League are in a battle for No. 1 overall at the domestic box office with an estimated $47M three-day and $68M five-day each.
4). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 3,281 theaters (-779) / $4M Wed./ 3-day cume: $18M (-17%) / 5-day: $25.5M/Total cume: $278.8M / Wk 4
While we've been complaining about the film's lackluster performance in regards to the DC franchise, exhibitors could care less about that: They're rolling in concession cash, and the marketplace in the past three weeks has been a boom versus last summer's doldrums. Coco will beat Justice League today with the latter Zack Snyder movie making an estimated $10.5M, down 1% versus yesterday. If its projections hold, the DC superhero team-up will touch just under $180M.
$600K Wed, 3-day $3.4M and 5-day of $4.6M, Total by Sunday of $9.9M. Lady Bird (A24), 741 runs.
/$33K Thur/ $61K Fri/3-day cume: $173k /PTA: $43,2k/ 5-day: $240k/ Wk 1 Darkest Hour (FOC), 4 theaters / $38K Wed.
expands from four to 1,648 today. Sony's Roman J. Bleecker Street has the period piece The Man Who Invented Christmas in 500 houses, while Focus Features will open its Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour in four New York and Los Angeles theaters. Ditto on that count for Sony Pictures Classics' Spirit Award-nom leading pic Call Me By Your Name.” /> Israel, Esq.
A Bad Moms Christmas (STX), 2,948 theaters (-639) /$1.07M Wed/3-day cume: $5.4M (-23%) / 5-day: $7.5M/Total cume: $60.5M / Wk 4 8).
Other online promos included Coco as a Facebook Beta partner on an Augmented Reality mask for the FB app. In addition, there was a Pixar Artists College Tour at 60 colleges in 20-plus markets, as well as WOM screenings in 45 markets. Pixar saw its first VR experience with Coco VR which is available on Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
22-26 as of Friday night: — chart still updating as of Saturday AM Chart based on industry estimates for the Thanksgiving stretch of Nov.
/$256K Thur/ $450K Fri/3-day cume: $1.2M /5-day: $1.66M/ Wk 1 12.) The Man Who Invented Christmas (BST), 532 theaters / $198K Wed.
Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) $2.6M Wed, 3-day $13.5M and 5-day $19M, running cume by Sunday of $74.6M.
That pic racked up $15.5M on its first day. Coco is also ahead of Disney's uber hit Frozen, which made $1.2M on its first Tuesday ($15.1M Wednesday) during Thanksgiving week. Coco is also far ahead of The Good Dinosaur, considered a bomb for Pixar with $1.3M previews ($9.76M Wednesday). Coco's preview is just $300,ooo shy of Moana's $2.6M Tuesday preview a year ago.
5.) Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 3,518 theaters (-57) / $2.7M Wed/ 3-day cume: $14.3M (-1%)/ 5-day: $19.2M/ Total: $73.2M/Wk 3
3.) Wonder (WB), 3,140 theaters (+44) /$6M Wed. 3-day cume: $29M / 5-day: $40.9M/Total: $78M/Wk 2
RelishMix weighs Coco's social media universe across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube views at close to 483M, which is "well ahead of the family animated genre average SMU of 253.4M". RelishMix points out "part of the magic of The Mouse is when a film like Coco or next month’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts a trailer or any other social materials: A film has 156.8M fans and followers to reach right out of the gate." Roughly broken down such Disney pages/feeds pushing Coco include the main Disney portal (69.3M), Walt Disney Animation Studios (17.7M) and Walt Disney Studios (42.4M). The teaser trailer for Coco debuted in March and played on the biggest film of the year, Beauty and the Beast, with the first full trailer dropping in June in connection with Cars 3.
Coco carries a reported production cost in the Pixar range which is typically between $175M-$200M before P&A, however, those in the animation world believe it's much higher north of $225M. Moana grossed $56.6M in its first three days and $82M over five, making it the second-best Thanksgiving stretch debut after Frozen's $93.6M. Coco in its Dia de los muertos story doesn't have the Disney princess factor Moana possessed, which pushed down on Coco's projections prior to opening. But the film has a 95% certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, which could push its tickets sales higher; it's just one point below Moana's RT rating.
Industry estimates now see Disney/Pixar's Coco at $18.66M for Friday, on a path to a $48.4M 3-day and a $7o.6M 5-day. One analyst is pointing to Disney's Tangled as a numerical comp which earned $48.8M over three and $68.7M over five. Saturday AM Writethru following Black Friday update: While Friday was definitely a great day at the box office with the top 25 films making approximately $72M to last year's $71M Black Friday, everything still came in a little lighter. Black Friday was +105% over Thanksgiving's $35.1M this year. Exhibition stocks in response to the multiplex foot traffic were up on Friday in short trading. That's still ahead of Pixar's Good Dinosaur ($15.5M Fri, $39.1M FSS, $55.4M 5-day) two years ago (and that bombed), and a few steps behind last year's Moana and mega hit Frozen which respectively posted $82M and $93.6M over their Thanksgiving 5-day stretches.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:26 AM: Disney/Pixar's Coco began its Thanksgiving march on the box office last night with $2.3 million, with an eye on making $60M or more over the next five days.
Tears flowed at a recent AMPAS screening. Lionsgate's Wonder in third place made $8.75M on Friday which now puts the Stephen Chbosky-directed title at $22.4M over FSS, -19%, and $32.3M over five with a 10-day run of $69.5M. Pete Hammond reports that Lionsgate will give Wonder an awards season push even though the distributor's original intention was to make the movie a commercial success over the holiday.
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In addition, California Adventure, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line all featured an 11-minute sneak peek of the film this month. Disney’s California Adventure introduced "Plaza de la Familia" in September, a section of the park that celebrated Coco.