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

OBLIVION and OLYMPUS fend off JUDGMENT DAY

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]