Welcome to the Comic-Con 2015 edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today.
It was a close race last Sunday, as Jurassic World was well ahead of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out in the box office by 30 million smackers in the box office on the verge of nailing a 5th weekend win. But did the Feelings Team beat the dinos to end the rampaging streak to win July 4th weekend Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Firework champs Inside Out and Jurassic World beat new entries Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL to top the holiday in their third and fourth weekends, respectively.
On Sunday, Universal had Jurassic World winning the weekend with $30.9 million, but final numbers show Inside Out topping the holiday chart with $29.8 million. Jurassic World came in at $29.2 million for a domestic total of $556.5 million — the fourth-best showing of all time in North America and eclipsing The Dark Knight ($534.9 million). Inside Out earning $30.1 million for a domestic cume of $245.9 million.
Either way, the duo trounced the new two entries, both of which opened Wednesday and did notably less business than expected. It’s never good when the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday, but overall revenue for the weekend was still up narrowly over last year, or by more than 3 percent.
Terminator: Genisys — which never expected Jurassic World to still be so strong — placed No. 3 with an estimated weekend gross of $28.7 million for a five-day debut of $44.1 million, a poor start that threatens the revival of the storied franchise (two other installments are already dated).
Coming in No. 4 was Magic Mike XXL with a $12.8 million weekend and five-day debut of $27.9 million, compared to the $39.1 million opening of Magic Mike. The sequel played almost entirely to females, who made up 96 percent of the audience, an unheard of number and compared to 73 percent female for the first film.
Genisys clearly has far more at stake, considering its $155 million production budget. Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance partnered on the film, which had hoped to at least hit $55 million in its North American launch. Instead, it has been hampered by poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, although the movie did pick up somewhat as the long holiday wore on.
The good news for Genisys is that it is doing well overseas, where it grossed $74 million this weekend from 60 percent of the international marketplace (or 46 territories) for an early foreign total of $85.5 million and global cume of $129.6 million. It has yet to open in major markets including China, Japan, Germany, Italy and Spain, and could ultimately earn $300 million-$400 million overseas, three to four times its domestic take.
“There is no question that the U.S. market got affected by reviews, but through the weekend, we actually played above what people thought we would. And the international numbers are spectacular,” said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.
Alan Taylor directed Genisys, with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as Terminator. He stars opposite Emilia Clarke, who plays John Connor’s mother, Sarah, and Jason Clarke, who plays John Connor. Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons co-star. This time out, John Connor sends Kyle Reese (Courtney) back in time to protect his mother, but things soon go awry.
Males made up 62 percent of the audience, while 65 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25.
Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike XXL had hoped to clear $45 million-$50 million for the five days. The sequel had won Wednesday, thanks to female fans rushing out to see the movie, but fell fast after that.
Magic Mike XXL, the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s sleeper hit, fared well with critics and even better with moviegoers, who gave it an A- CinemaScore.
The sequel was made this time without Matthew McConaughey, who played an undeniable role in turning Magic Mike into a sleeper hit in summer 2012. But Channing Tatum, himself a popular star and whose early career as a male stripper inspired the film series, did return, alongside Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Gregory Jacobs directed.
“I’m definitely down, but not out. When you have a movie that plays this strongly to women, it should begin over-indexing this week as females settle in after the holiday,” said Warners domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman. “And the film will be profitable, it’s just a question of how high we go. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet.”
Rounding out the top five was Ted 2, another R-rated comedy sequel that has underwhelmed since debuting last weekend. The film tumbled a steep 67 percent to $11 million for a domestic total of $58.3 million.
Some industry insiders suggest it is difficult to make sequels to a films like Magic Mike or Ted, both of which were unique concepts.
Internationally, Genisys knocked Jurassic World from the top spot, although the latter still racked in a hearty $42 million from 66 markets for a foreign total of $826.9 million and global haul of $1.385 billion. Inside Out took in $18.6 million from only 42 markets for an early foreign cume of $117.3 million and global total of $363.5 million.
Making headlines at the U.S. specialty office was BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, chronicling the life and death of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. The indie film, launching in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles, opened to $222,015 for a location average of $37,002, one of the top averages of all time for a documentary. To boot, it scored one of the top openings overall for a doc opening in less than 10 theaters, joining a club that includes An Inconvenient Truth and Capitalism: A Love Story.
A24 films, which is handling Amy in the U.S., will expand the film nationwide next weekend.
Looks like Arnie’s on the lookout as the minions come to the box office. Will they beat the terminator this weekend? Find out in our box office report.
The mouse continued its Disney classic live action reboot plans this week. So far, they finished Maleficent and Cinderella 2015 this year. They upped the ante this time as they plan to bring back all the Disney Princes but for what reason Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Disney is continuing its push into live-action fairy tales, closing a deal for a feature project centering on Prince Charming.
Matt Fogel wrote the script, while David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV as well as Tripp Vinson are on board to produce.
Disney pioneered the recent and lucrative trend of taking either old animated classics or fairy tales and spinning them into live-action features.
And since no other studio has done more to ensconce the idea of Prince Charming into the public mind — with movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella — it is most appropriate the studio take a close look at the man as well.
Details are being kept behind a moat, but the script is described as a revisionist take on the fairy tales.
Mandeville’s Alex Young will executive produce.
Mandeville is production on Disney’s live-action take of its 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast that stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Vinson was an exec producer on New Line’s summer hit San Andreas and has the Colin Farrell-Anthony Hopkins thriller Solace in the can.
Fogel was the assistant to Phil Lord and Chris Miller when the filmmaking team worked on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He also worked on the most recent draft of Bob: The Musical, the long-in-the-works project set up at Disney. He is repped by UTA.
Cartoon Network’s originals were cut in half at the last Comic-Con leaving Gumball out of the picture. Just in time for this year Perch, have all of their shows have given an extra season?
Perch Perkins (via Toon Zone)- The Hollywood Reporter has just received word in advance of San Diego Comic-Con that Adventure Time, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence have all been renewed by Cartoon Network for another season.
For Adventure Time and Regular Show this will mark season eight. Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa are currently going through their second seasons and are now guaranteed a third. According to the Hollywood Reporter, nearly all five of these shows have consistently ranked #1 in the ratings with children 6-11. Steven Universe in particular is a rising star with a rapidly growing fanbase.
We should find out more about these upcoming seasons and future plot tidbits thereof at SDCC. The Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa panels will take place Friday at 10 a.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, Adventure Time and Steven Universe panels will happen one hour later at the same place, and Clarence will host a Pajama Party at 8 p.m. in Room 7AB.
As for when these shows broadcast new episodes on Cartoon Network (from the seasons currently airing), new episodes of Steven Universe will air the week of July 13, Clarence episodes will run the week of July 20, and new Uncle Grandpas will air during a currently unscheduled future week after that. The particular week we’re in is occupied with new episodes of Gumball, but there was no mention of that show’s fate yet.
Teen Titans Go! was also not mentioned, but I’m assuming that has been already renewed through the year 2045.
We’ll recheck their actual run of Teen Titans Go! fresh off their 100th episode.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,569 fans sign in as The Feeling Team derails Jurassic World’s winning streak as July 4th champs.
We’ll bring you Comic-Con coverage tomorrow all the way to Sunday as more surprises are expected. In the meantime, see you soon for the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.