The brothers in law are back in town! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Universal’s Ride Along 2 shot an impressive 34 million denying Star Wars: The Force Awakens to lock in their 5th week. Continuing where the first one left off, the duo of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube must work together to stay united and protect the city. Meanwhile, The Revenant continues streaking after last weekend’s Golden Globes. Should the Fox thriller be the favorite to dominate awards season Gene, can it continue its winning streak as the season reaches the target line?
Universal’s Ride Along 2 debuted in first place over the three-day portion of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with an estimated $34.04 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart debuted on the low end of expectations and 18 percent below the $41.52 million three-day start of 2014’s Ride Along. The film had been widely expected to debut a bit below Ride Along due in part to less pre-release excitement and the potential for sequel fatigue. With that said, Ride Along 2 still registered the fourth largest three-day Martin Luther King weekend debut of all-time and the eighth largest January opening ever. Universal’s current four-day estimate for Ride Along 2 is $39.51 million.
Ride Along 2 opened with $12.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.26 million from Thursday night shows), increased 13 percent on Saturday to claim $13.61 million and is estimated to decrease 38 percent on Sunday to gross $8.43 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.84 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ride Along 2 skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (55 percent). Ride Along 2 received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. While that’s a solid score, it’s also significantly softer than the A rating Ride Along received on CinemaScore and suggests that the film will be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.
Thanks in part to healthy word of mouth and its 12 Academy Award nominations; Fox’s The Revenant continued to exceed expectations with a close estimated second place take of $29.5 million over the three-day frame. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 26 percent from last weekend’s already stronger than expected debut. The Revenant has grossed an impressive $87.67 million after ten days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day start of 2010’s Shutter Island (which fell 45 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.67 million). The Revenant represents another strong performer for DiCaprio and should continue to hold up well going forward. BoxOffice currently projects a four-day take of $35.0 million for The Revenant.
After leading the weekend box office for each of the past four frames, Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $25.12 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens claimed the fourth largest fifth weekend gross of all-time (behind only 2009’s Avatar, 1997’s Titanic and 2013’s Frozen). The Force Awakens passed the $850 million mark this weekend and continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $851.05 million through 31 days of release. The film is currently running 72.5 percent ahead of the $493.25 million 31-day take of Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $590.69 million 31-day gross of last year’s Jurassic World. Disney’s four-day estimate for Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands at $31.0 million.
Paramount’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi debuted in fourth place with an estimated three-day start of $16.0 million. The Michael Bay action thriller debuted a bit below expectations. While it wasn’t expected to do so, 13 Hours was unable to deliver the type of break-out performance that other war themed thrillers such as American Sniper, Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty have delivered in recent years during the month of January. Potential for 13 Hours appears to have been weakened by the politics that have surrounded the 2012 Benghazi attack. 13 Hours opened 35 percent below the $24.48 million three-day launch of 2012’s Act of Valor. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for 13 Hours is $19.0 million.
13 Hours started with $5.93 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.90 million from Thursday night shows), decreased 2 percent on Saturday to take in $5.79 million and is estimated to decline 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.29 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.70 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (79 percent). 13 Hours received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will hold up well going forward. 13 Hours will also be receiving an expansion into Canada next weekend (the film only opened in 7 locations in Canada this weekend).
Fellow Paramount release Daddy’s Home rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated three-day take of $9.30 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a solid 38 percent. Daddy’s Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 24-day gross of $129.26 million. That places the film 30.5 percent ahead of the $99.02 million 24-day take of 2010’s The Other Guys. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for Daddy’s Home stands at $11.35 million.
Meanwhile, Norm of the North was off to a soft sixth place start this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $6.68 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated film from Lionsgate opened on the lower end of its already low expectations. Martin Luther King weekend is typically a strong weekend for family films, but Norm of the North was unable to take advantage of the holiday frame. Norm of the North opened a very underwhelming 66 percent below the $19.42 million three-day start of 2014’s The Nut Job.
Norm of the North took in $1.58 million on Friday, increased 90 percent on Saturday to gross $3.00 million and is estimated to fall 30 percent on Sunday to take in $2.10 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 4.22 to 1. Norm of the North received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore, which isn’t a good sign going forward. Lionsgate is currently estimating a four-day take of $8.80 million for Norm of the North.
Thanks in part to the five Academy Award nominations it received; Paramount’s The Big Short was down just 16 percent to claim an estimated eighth place three-day take of $5.20 million. The Adam McKay directed comedy drama passed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed $50.52 million in 38 days. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for The Big Short is $6.25 million.
To recap as we head towards MLK weekend, Ride Along 2 rides in 1st, The Revenant moves up in 2nd after notching Golden Globe wins, Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops to 3rd as the flick gets dethroned, 13 Hours debuts in 4th as Michael Bay made his return 2 weeks ago, and Daddy’s Home drops in 5th.
In last week’s entertainment report, we recapped highlights from the Golden Globes including The Revenant who nailed the most important wins including best flick as we awaited for the academy to reveal the Oscar nom’s. We got them this week at the time we reported the Globes recap. Is the Fox thriller in the Oscar race Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- Fox’s Leonardo DiCaprio frontier thriller The Revenant and Warner Bros’ wild ride Mad Max: Fury Road led nominations this morning for the 88th Oscars. The list revealed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a healthy mix of the expected and surprises as the 2016 awards season has officially hit its peak.
The Revenant earned a leading 12 noms, including Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is back in both the Best Picture and director race for the second year in a row after winning both categories in 2015 for Birdman. This year’s director race is as interesting for who didn’t make the list as for who did: The Martian’s Ridley Scott and Bridge Of Spies’ Steven Spielberg are both major names absent, though both films are up for Best Picture.
Also on the Best Pic list: Mad Max, which roared to nine noms overall including director for George Miller and a host of craft categories. That movie seemed to get the most applause from the crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater where the noms were unveiled.
The rest of the Best Picture noms: Paramount’s The Big Short, Disney/DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies, Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn, A24’s Room and Open Road’s Spotlight. The latter had been considered a front-runner most of the season and picked up six noms today, including supporting acting for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Director for Tom McCarthy and original screenplay with co-writer Josh Singer.
Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Room‘s Brie Larson landed Best Actress noms along with Cate Blanchett for Carol, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
The Big Short (Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)
Brooklyn (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers)
The Martian (Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers)
The Revenant (Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers)
Room (Ed Guiney, Producer)
Spotlight (Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers)
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Micheal Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
The Big Short, Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller
The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room, Lenny Abrahamson
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
A War (Denmark)
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams
Bridge Of Spies
The Danish Girl
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Animated Feature Film
Boy And The World
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone
Winter On Fire: Ukraine
Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
50 Shades Of Gray
The Hunting Ground
Animated Short Film
Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
We Can’t Live without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt
Live Action Short Film
Everything Will Be OK
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bridge Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1 week towards the new year, Disney was very concerned about The Good Dinosaur and more importantly, its perfect record for high box office numbers. We thought that the mouse survived Krampus’ wrath last year. But this year, it appeared that the boogieman had done his job! What did The Good Dinosaur make since November 2015 and what does it mean for the streaking studio Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Wrap) – The Good Dinosaur’ shows they’re human over there at Pixar Animation after all. The 3D family film is pacing to be the first loser at the box office for the company, which has had an all-but perfect record over nearly three decades.
“The Good Dinosaur” is the Pixar’s 16th release and could be the studio’s lowest-grossing ever. It has taken in $118 million since opening domestically on Nov. 25, and with $149 million from overseas its worldwide haul is $266 million. That’s not terrible, but it doesn’t offset the movie’s $200 million budget or measure up to Pixar’s unparalleled box office track record. The previous low-earner was the $362 million global haul of the original “Toy Story” in 1995, so it’s in some pretty good company.
Pixar movies have brought in more than $6.9 billion and averaged more than $600 million in global grosses since 1986. They’ve also picked up 12 Academy Awards along the way, including Best Animated Feature seven times for “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”, “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3” and “Brave.”
“The Good Dinosaur” took a rocky road to its release. Production began in 2009 with Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn as co-directors and targeted a Thanksgiving 2013 release. That date was pushed ahead one year in 2012, and the following year, story problems prompted Pixar President Ed Catmull to make Sohn the director and bring in Denise Ream as producer.
In the summer of 2014, Disney pushed the movie to its current date, giving Pixar two releases in one year for the first time. The original voice cast was replaced about five months before its release, and Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn and Frances McDormand were among those who came aboard. The critics were OK with it (76 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes) and the fans that did go gave it an “A” CinemaScore.
“It’s not like they didn’t see this coming,” said Exhibitor Relation media analyst Jeff Bock, referring to the director switch and a storyline shift. “It didn’t seem to have the creativity or gravitas of previous Pixar releases. But in the long run they may learn something from this experience, and they’re going to be fine.”
Pixar began as the computer division at Lucasfilm and was spun out in 1986 with funding from Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. When Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Jobs became Disney’s biggest shareholder and a board member.
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Clearance returns this week with 5 brand new episodes, plus more new episodes of Nexo Knights, Adventure Time, Gumball, and Teen Titans Go! The vampires are on the attack once again as they vow vengeance against Marcy the vampire hunter! Can she beat them yet again? Find out in the Adventure Time special, Stakes. This is Realistic Fish Head saying to the vampires, get ready for round 2!