Monday, April 29, 2013

IRON MAN 3 Powers Weekend Box Office Pass US$4m!

29 Apr 2013

SINGAPORE - IRON MAN 3 opened on 99 screens (including 3D and IMAX 3D) and set a new record for the highest one-day box office gross with US$1.38m (S$1.7m) on its opening day. By the end of its first weekend, the film had grossed a total of US$3,761,476. That's more than what THE AVENGERS managed over its opening weekend (US$3,441,766) on a higher 124 screen count.  

A clearer picture between the two films may only be formed next week as THE AVENGERS had already grossed a higher US$5,766,054 by the end of its first weekend with an earlier opening on the Labour Day holiday which fell on a Tuesday. IRON MAN 3 opened on a Friday with evening sneaks on Thursday with the Labour Day holiday falling on an approaching Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


24 Apr 2013

SINGAPORE - OBLIVION and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN hold off against a slew of new releases to rule the box office.

With no new major blockbusters in release, Golden Village Pictures unleashes JUDGMENT DAY - the 9th domestic release of the year, which debuts at no. 3 on the box office chart compiled by CFEA. The film is missing from Box Office Mojo but is reported in a Straits Times article on 24 Apr to have grossed S$200,000 (US$161,699) as of Monday (22 Apr).

Last month's domestic release GHOST CHILD debuts with US$179,396 from 23 screens and wrapped up its run with US$422,147 while TAXI! TAXI! collected US$373,460 from 21 screens during its opening weekend and finished with US$1,168,419. JUDGMENT DAY opens on 14 screens and may end up with around US$380,000.

Monday, April 15, 2013

OBLIVION takes hold of no. 1

15 Apr 2013

SINGAPORE - OBLIVION opens at no. 1 with US$1,152,146 from 52 screens, including IMAX for a strong US$22,157 screen average. It's the 4th film this year to collect more than US$1m over its opening weekend.  

Last year this time, BATTLESHIP opened on 65 screens with a mighty US$1,668,591 (including sneaks) and a slightly higher weekend screen average of US$24,207. BATTLESHIP ended its 8-week run with US$4,189,981. 

The Tom Cruise led MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (2011) grossed US$5,037,487 while JACK REACHER (2012) took in only US$1,383,532. OBLIVION is directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose previous film TRON: LEGACY (2010) grossed US$2,019,304. OBLIVION is likely to finish with around US$2.8m.

Monday, April 8, 2013

G.I. JOE keeps GENERAL YANG from No. 1

8 Apr 2013

SINGAPORE - G.I. JOE: RETALIATION grossed an additional US$828,338 in its second weekend - enough to hold on to the top spot despite a hefty 64.9% drop. This is similar to CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010) - another March blockbuster that opened big above US$2m on 70+ screens but dropped a hefty 68% in its second weekend. If it follows the same trajectory as CLASH, a US$4-US$4.4m final tally seems more likely rather than the US$5m predicted last week. So far, RETALIATION has amassed US$3,688,782. The road ahead will be rocky when OBLIVION - the next big budget action film starring Tom Cruise opens this week.

Making a huge debut in the runner-up spot is SAVING GENERAL YANG - it grossed US$545,158 for an amazing US$19,470 average from 28 screens. It's the highest screen average this week and the biggest debut for a China/Hong Kong release so far this year.

Monday, April 1, 2013

RETALIATION debuts with massive US$2.42m haul over 5 days!

1 Apr 2013

SINGAPORE - Opening twice as strongly as the first film and stomping its way to the top of the box office (with 3D and IMAX options), G.I. JOE: RETALIATION proved to be one of the biggest opening films in the last five years. The film gobbled up US$2,358,814 during its opening weekend across 78 screens for a mighty US$30,241 screen average. Add in Wednesday sneak previews and the total stands at US$2,428,150.

It's the 8th biggest opening film since 2007 when Box Office Mojo's data started being published, behind THE AVENGERS (2012) (US$5,766,054*), TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011) (US$4,162,564*), TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (2009) (US$3,155,292*), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 (2011) (US$3,020,290), THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)  (US$2,650,244), THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (US$2,647,533*) and KUNGFU PANDA 2 (2011) (US$2,627,425). [* includes sneaks]