Monday, September 02, 2013

Box Office RESULTS August 30, 2013 - September 1, 2013




Alright ladies and gents, here are the latest box office results. The conversation for a lot of the summer has revolved around how bad so many of this year's movies have been and yet, Exhibitor Relations reports it was a record summer at the domestic box office with this year's crop of films estimated to have brought in $4.75 billion (10.5% over 2012) with 582 million tickets sold, the highest number of tickets since 2007.

Leading the charge on this final weekend was Morgan Spurlock's One Direction: This is Us concert documentary, which opened with an estimated $17 millionand received an "A" CinemaScore from the groupies in attendance. Expectations are for the film to cross $20.5 million by the end of the four day weekend.
Moving on to the Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez thriller Getaway I have to wonder, what kept fans away? Was it the 2% RottenTomatoes rating or were the trailers enough? Maybe it was simply word of mouth as opening night audiences gave it a "C+" CinemaScore, which pretty much translates to an "F" and for good reason, the movie is terrible and it reflects in its $4.5 million opening.
The biggest news of this weekend, however, is the staying power of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which only dropped 11% in its second weekend for $14.7 million, bringing its domestic cume to $74 million. Oscar talk may be ramping up with screenings out of Telluride and Venice, but The Butler is putting money where its mouth is and has assured us it will be part of the conversation over the coming award season. 
Below that we have Focus' new thriller Closed Circuit, which the studio opened on Wednesday and played in only 862 theaters this weekend and it wasn't playing to full houses. The film brought in an estimated $2.5 million and it's likely the last time we'll even hear of it.
Just below Closed Circuit is Wong Kar Wai's Grandmaster, which expanded into 749 theaters this weekend and brought home $2.4 million. Check out the list below for the remainder of the top 12 films in theaters. 


TW
LW
Title
Studio
Weekend



1
-
TriStar Pictures (Sony)
$17,000,000



2
1
The Weinstein Company
$14,742,000



3
2
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
$12,610,000



4
5
Walt Disney Pictures
$7,756,000



5
-
Lionsgate (Pantelion Films)
$7,500,000



6
7
TriStar Pictures (Sony)
$6,300,000



7
3
Screen Gems (Sony)
$5,200,000



8
4
Focus Features
$4,759,000



9
-
Warner Bros. Pictures
$4,505,000



10
8
20th Century Fox
$4,425,000



11
10
Sony Pictures Classics
$4,021,000



12
6
Lionsgate
$4,000,000



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