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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Top Memorial Day Weekend Box Office as ‘Baywatch’ Struggles – Box Office Mojo


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‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ To Top Weekend Box Office – Box Office Mojo

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Guardians 2 stays on top with 63 million, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword falls short; The loud House season 1 heads to DVD May 23, Animation Block celebrates 10 years of DreamWorks Bee Movie


The Guardians prevail once again! Gene Scallop here on this week’s box office report. Star Lord started off strong last weekend at the box office with 145 million smackers as they continue thwarting everything in their way as they did so when they added 63 million smackers this weekend as Warner Bros. newest flick King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped badly. With the Galaxy Guardians still strong for another week ahead, let’s check what happened with King Arthur.


It ended up a lighter weekend than expected, mostly due to the struggles of the weekend’s two new wide releases as both King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched fell below Mojo’s forecast. In the case of King Arthur it opened well below our estimation as the $175 million budgeted feature couldn’t even crack $15 million over the three-day. Meanwhile, at #1 it was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is already flirting with $250 million domestically after ten days in release and has now topped $630 million worldwide.

For the second weekend in a row it’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the top of the weekend box office as it delivered an estimated $63 million for a domestic cume over $246 million. While this falls below our $69.9 million forecast, the 57% drop is an improvement on the average for first sequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and better than the second weekend holds for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. Added to that, don’t be surprised to see it climb a little once actuals come in tomorrow and possibly improve on the 56.6% second weekend drop for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Internationally, Guardians 2 opened in its final international market, pulling in an estimated $3 million in Japan as it delivered an estimated $52.2 million from 56 markets this weekend. The film’s international gross has now climbed over $380 million for a global cume that now stands at $633 million.

In second was Fox’s release of the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy Snatched bringing in an estimated $17.5 million. Headed into the weekend industry estimates were for an opening in the mid-teens and our basement projection was $18 million, which Snatched could still hit if it sees a little more support over Mother’s Day than currently projected. That said, the film was unable to pop the way Schumer’s Trainwreck did when it dramatically outperformed expectations, pulling in a $30 million opening in 2015.

In terms of demographics, Snatched played to an audience that was 77% female vs. 23% male with 72% of the overall audience coming in 25 years or older. Further breakdown shows the audience was 64% Caucasian, 16% Hispanic, 10% African American and 6% Asian. Opening day audiences gave the film a “B” CinemaScore, which isn’t exactly wonderful news as compared to the “A-” for Trainwreck, but with limited genre competition next weekend it could show some legs, though with a $42 million budget this isn’t exactly a stellar start.

Next we come to Warner Bros.’ King Arthur, a $175 million budgeted feature that was expected to kick off a franchise of films and it floundered upon release, generating an estimated $14.7 million from 3,702 theaters. Industry expectations heading into the weekend were around $23-25 million and even those numbers were somewhat alarming given the money spent on the production. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences of which 59% were male vs. 41% female and of the overall audience, 56% were under the age of 35.

Now attention turns to the international performance where the film would need to do quite well to recoup production costs, but after an estimated $29.1 million from 51 markets this weekend and a worldwide opening just shy of $44 million things aren’t looking too bright. Looking ahead, the film opens in France, UK and South Korea on May 17, followed by Australia a day later on the 18th.

Also opening this weekend, BH Tilt’s Lowriders did quite well in limited release, pulling in an estimated $2.4 million from only 295 theaters for a $8,180 per theater average and an eighth place finish. Comparatively, Roadside’s release of Doug Liman‘s The Wall brought in a mere $891k from 541 theaters for a disappointing $1,648 per theater average. As a result, The Wall debuted in 14th position, well below our expectations if you read our weekend preview.

The weekend’s top limited performer was Paris Can Wait, from Eleanor Coppola, making her feature-length writing and directorial debut. That said, it would appear filmmaking is simply in the Coppola blood as the film brought in an estimated $101,825 from just four theaters for an impressive, $25,456 per theater average. Paris Can Wait will remain in limited release over the next couple weeks before going wide on June 16.

Other limited releases include Roadside’s The Wedding Plan, which brought in an estimated $33k ($4,130 PTA); FilmRise’s Manifesto with an estimated $10,500 from one theater; Abramorama’s The Last Shaman with $7,040 from one theater; and FilmRise’s release of Dead Awake, which brought in $6,000 from 12 locations.

Next weekend sees the release of Alien: Covenant, which could make for an interesting finish next weekend. The latest film in the Alien franchise will be looking at a #1 opening, but with early tracking two weeks ago anticipating a $30 million debut it’s not certain that would be enough to take down Guardians 2, which is likely to drop around 50% or so new weekend.

Next week also sees for Fox releasing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Warner Bros. will be hoping to bounce back from this weekend’s rough release of King Arthur with the drama Everything, Everything.

To recap, Guardians 2 still leads in 1st, Snatched swipes in 2nd, King Arthur fights in 3rd, Fast 8 revs in 4th, and Boss Baby moves 5th.

After 2 seasons so far on Nick, Lincoln Loud and the rest of the family head to DVD this week. For those of you guys not familiar with the new Nicktoon, it premiered back in 2016 alongside Pig Goat Banana Cricket as the new age of Nicktoons got underway. For new fans of The Loud House Danny, what will they see on this DVD?

Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Meet the Loud family — a family full of love, chaos, and craziness, all under one roof. One thing is for sure: there is never a dull moment in the Loud house! Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution are teaming up to release the first season of The Loud House on DVD. The brand-new DVD set, Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1, introduces Lincoln Loud, an 11-year-old boy who is the middle child of 10 sisters.


The Loud House follows Lincoln and his sisters for an inside look at what it takes to survive in a huge family. Lincoln remains the man with the plan to stay one step ahead of the chaos, but whether his schemes work is the question that drives the series.

This two-disc release of Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1, with a running time of 305 minutes, contains the first 13 episodes of the first season and is full of family fun. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1 is available on DVD May 23 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Inspired by creator and executive producer Chris Savino’s (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) life growing up in a family of 10 kids, The Loud House is the first series to be greenlit out of Nickelodeon’s annual Animated Shorts Program. Season two is currently airing on Nickelodeon, home to TV’s top two animated kids’ shows, with Kids 2–11 and 6–11, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House.


Look for Volume 2 to be released later this year.


Last week, Animation Block Party celebrated a decade of DreamWorks’ Bee Movie, one of the biggest flicks from the post SKG era. With the party coming up soon Dan, what will participants be on the lookout there?


Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party, the largest animation festival on the East Coast, will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the theatrical debut of Jerry Seinfeld’s 2007 animated Bee Movie as a special program feature this July.

Seinfeld co-wrote and starred in the film as Barry B. Benson, a honey bee whose disillusionment with the honey-making profession ultimately leads to his lawsuit against humanity for stealing honey.


In recent years, Bee Movie has enjoyed renewed life as an internet meme, which may explain Animation Block’s choice to feature the movie choice despite a 51 percent “rotten” rating on The viral popularity of the film was acknowledged in the Vanity Fair article “How Bee Movie Won 2016.”

Reactions to the announcement on the Animation Block Party Facebook page ranged from Katy Hargrove’s comment, “Can’t tell if real or if trolling,” to Ron Yavnieli’s desire to know whether Seinfeld would be making a guest appearance. Speaking about sequel potential following the renewed interest in the property, Seinfeld had this to say in a Reddit AMA: “If you have any idea what animation is, you’d never do it.”

Animation Block Party’s special presentation of Bee Movie will take place this July at BAMcinématek. The 14th annual Animation Block Party runs July 27-30, 2017 at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek.


On TV this week on Nick, catch 4 new episodes of the Loud House. Then on CN, the ninja return in an all new season of Ninjago: The Hands of Time. The new season coincides with the Ninjago movie coming this fall.


Hot off the presses! SpongeBob season 12 is ready to set sail! This will follow the same format as season 11 as Steven Hillenburg returns to the fold during SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water. As for SpongeBob Movie 3, the flick will make room for the rest of season 10 and towards season 11. This is Gene Scallop saying, see you next edition of Gene Scallop’s box office report.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earns 145 million achieving estimates; Nick launches animation lab; Sprout rebrands as Universal Kids joining Netflix animation library as network expands lineup


Star Lord and the Galaxy Guardians are here to save the galaxy once again! Gene Scallop here on this week’s box office report. It’s been 2 years since the guardians made their way in the MCU. Now they’re here again as they zoom towards box office estimates with 145 million smackers. This is the unofficial start of summer movie season as the sequel to the 2015 box hit gives last summer’s biggest flick Cap America: Civil War a well deserved boost. Let’s see if Star Lord can score another hit as summer movie season approaches.


Accounting for over 79% of the cumulative top ten gross, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topped the domestic box office, showing a 54% increase compared to the 2014 original and giving Disney the top two openers of 2017 so far. Additionally, the film expanded its reach overseas, including openings in South Korea and China, the latter of which delivered the fourth largest opening in China to date for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the film’s global cume has now topped $425 million in 13 days.

With an estimated $145 million opening weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topped the weekend box office and improved on the original 2014 release by 53.78%. Considering the $94.3 million opening for the original Guardians of the Galaxy was something of a surprise it’s a spectacularly impressive result considering it’s the largest jump for a second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, among all sequels in the MCU only the 88.5% increase for Captain America: Civil War over Winter Soldier is better.

The opening is just a bit below the $174 million opening for Furious 7, which went on to gross $353 million domestically. That said, the average multiplier for an MCU film is 2.73, which would put Guardians 2 right at $395 million domestically and given the 3.53 multiplier for the first film it feels safe to assume we should expect at least that much and more likely a result over $400 million.

Helping matters further is the “A” CinemaScore, which is right in line with pretty much all MCU features, and don’t be surprised to see that opening weekend total bump up a notch or two and perhaps finish right around $147 million. Audience demographics show the film playing to an audience that was 56% male vs. 44% female, and overall 22% of the audience as 25 years-old or younger and a whopping 72% of the audience were adults while only 9% were teenagers.

Internationally, Guardians 2 brought in an estimated $123.8 million this weekend as its international cume now stands at $282.6 million after 13 days. Added to the estimated opening domestically the film’s global cume totals $427.6 million, which helps push the worldwide cume for the Marvel Cinematic Universe over $11.3 billion.

Highlights internationally include an estimated $48 million opening for Guardians in China, which is 75% ahead of the first film and nearly half of the first film’s overall $96.4 million take in China. The film opened in Korea with an estimated $13.3 million and in Russia with an estimated $11.6 million. Next weekend the film will open in Japan (May 12), the film’s final international market.

Digging deeper into the numbers approximately 41% of Guardians 2‘s weekend gross came from 3D ticket sales, led by China where 99% of all moviegoers saw the film in 3D. Elsewhere, Germany saw 80% of its sales attributed to 3D, Brazil (76%), Russia (52%), Hong Kong (43%), The Netherlands (90%), Colombia (85%) and Austria (85%). Also, $25 million of the global ticket sales came from IMAX theaters as the film played on 1,088 IMAX screens in 69 markets making it the widest opening in IMAX’s history.

Universal’s The Fate of the Furious slides to second after three weeks at number one. This weekend it brought in an estimated $8.5 million, pushing its domestic cume over $205 million. Internationally the film crossed $950 million after bringing in an estimated $30.1 million this weekend from 66 territories. This pushes the global cume for the eight installment in the Fast and Furious franchise to $1.158 billion where it now stands as the 13th largest worldwide release of all-time and seventh largest international release.

Third belongs to Fox’s The Boss Baby, which has now grossed over $156 million domestically after bringing in an estimated $6.2 million in its sixth weekend in release. The film also brought in another $17 million internationally bringing its global cume to $435 million.

Lionsgate and Pantelion’s How to be a Latin Lover dropped 57% in its second weekend, delivering a fourth place finish with an estimated $5.25 million. The film’s cume now stands $20.6 million.

And rounding out the top five is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with an estimated $4.9 million as its domestic cume now stands at $487.5 million. Additionally, the film brought in another $11.9 million internationally this weekend as its global cume combs to $1.186 billion, making it the eleventh highest grossing worldwide release of all-time.

Outside the top ten, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion may have dropped 69%, but with an estimated $3.2 million from 418 theaters it still had the best per theater average among all holdovers with $7,757 per theater. The film’s cume now stands at $16.1 million in North America.

Outside the top ten, The Orchard’s release of The Dinner, starring Richard Gere, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney brought in an estimated $755,348 from 505 theaters.

In limited release A24’s The Lovers delivered an estimated $75,370 from four theaters for a strong $17,603 per theater average. The film will roll out into additional top markets next weekend and continue to expand throughout May and into the Summer months.

Additionally, Neon’s Julian Assange documentary Risk brought in an estimated $75,179 from 34 theaters ($2,211 PTA); IFC’s Chuck brought in an estimated $40,416 from four theaters ($10,104 PTA); The Weinstein’s 3 Generations brought in $20,118 from six theaters ($3,353 PTA); Janus’s re-release of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Stalker brought in an estimated $19,784 from one theater; Abramorama’s Mr. Chibbs opened with an estimated $3,640 from one location; and The Orchard’s Take Me delivered $3,258, also from one location.

Finally, this weekend also saw Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out bring in an estimated $8.3 million internationally as it expanded its reach overseas into 47 markets. This brings the international cume to $30.5 million for a global total that now tops $204 million, all on a $4.5 million budget.

Next weekend’s wide releases include King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which WB is releasing in over 3,600 theaters, and Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, opening in ~3,300 locations. Additionally, BH Tilt will debut Lowriders while Roadside has a pair of releases in The Wall and The Wedding Plan.

To recap, Guardians 2 blasts through in 1st causing a domino effect as Fast 8 drops 2nd, Boss Baby in 3rd, Latin Lover in 4th, and Beauty and the Beast in 5th.

As new cartoons prepare to step in the spotlight next year, new animation technology is being developed as we speak. That’s why Nick’s creating an animated experiment for Nicktoons for the future. What’s the new enhancement for newbies in the toon world Danny?

Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Nickelodeon has announced the launch of its new Burbank-based Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, which will spearhead long-range research and development efforts around new technologies for Nick and its audience.

“Our Entertainment Lab is a way to give our artists and creators access to innovative tools to inspire new ways to tell stories for the next generation of kids,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “We are working with technology partners, gaming and visual effects companies and our own creators to bring our IP to new platforms, in new formats, and faster.”

The Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab will work to develop new entertainment experiences for kids by identifying and experimenting with new trends in technology and emerging platforms to create new creative capabilities and entertainment. Some of the areas Nickelodeon is currently working on include real-time rendering, virtual cinema, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality and artificial intelligence. The Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab will focus on building prototypes to test new ideas, collaborating on innovation with creators, and shaping strategy around production capabilities to fuel future content opportunities.

The Lab will be headed by Chris Young, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab. Young previously served as Executive Creative Director, Nickelodeon Animation Lab, where he focused on exploring and engineering alternative animation pipelines. Prior to that role, he held the title of Producer at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank. Young reports to Matthew Evans, Executive Vice President, Digital & New Business and James Stephenson, Senior Vice President, Original Animation.


The folks at NBC Universal have something new coming for Sprout as a major refresh is in the works this summer. This change could affect its current lineup for all cable channels nationwide. Depending on every cable provider across the U.S., what changes await for Sprout Dan, will the network change its name or will it stay the same?


Dan Barry (via Animation World)- NBCUniversal has announced that its preschool network Sprout is being rebranded as Universal Kids and expanding its lineup to include programs for kids ages six to eleven after 6:00 p.m.

Universal Kids will go live on September 9, 2017 as a destination for kids and family programming, including DreamWorks Animation television series, unscripted entertainment, live-action scripted originals and proven international hits. The DreamWorks Animation collaboration kicks off with the launch of two Emmy Award-winning series: All Hail King Julien and DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, based on the popular How to Train Your Dragon feature film franchise.

Sprout will live as a preschool destination on the Universal Kids channel and will continue to add original programming to its slate. July 2017 will mark the launch of Kody Kapow, which joins Floogals, Dot., Nina’s World, and Noddy Toyland Detective.

“We see enormous potential to grow our audience in this space and create the Universal Kids platform for families to experience together,” said NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks president Frances Berwick in making the announcement. “NBCUniversal is invested in the kids and family business, and the company believes in working together — we will benefit from promotion across our portfolio of networks and across the company through support that is unparalleled in the industry.”

Deirdre Brennan, General Manager, Universal Kids, made it clear that the expansion and rebranding are an evolution, not a replacement: “The launch of a channel that represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands with great TV content at its center makes tremendous sense for our business,” she said. “Just as children grow, Sprout is growing into Universal Kids — and we will reflect all that is universal about being a kid through connection, storytelling and entertainment.”

Universal Kids will be available in over 59 million homes. Sprout’s preschool content will live on as a daily programming block for preschoolers from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. available for kids and families across air, online, On Demand and the Sprout Now and Sprout Playground mobile apps.


Everything’s growing in May after some torrential weather conditions in April. Unfortunately, we were drenched hard after suffering technical network problems in our studio. Thankfully, we’re back in business after taking a well-deserved vacation. So without further delay, here’s some DVD’s this month:




On TV this week, Nick’s Saturday Night has new episodes of School of Rock and Game Shakers. On Cartoon Network, catch new episodes of Ben 10 and the newest Steven Universe as it concludes the Lion saga along with 4 new episodes. Don’t forget folks, Mom’s Day is next Sunday so give your Mom the best one she loves! Another reminder, don’t miss Gumball’s Mother’s Day marathon as Gumball, Darwin, and Anais give her mom the best Mother’s Day ever. This is Gene Scallop saying see you next edition on Gene Scallop’s box office report.

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