World Box Office: Weak weekend overall positioned two studios on the forefront

December 18, 2019

A weak weekend overall positioned two studios on the forefront.  On the international front, Sony harvested good results from its release strategy for Jumanji: The Next Level, which hit 18 overseas markets ahead of its domestic debut and amassed $54.8 million. In 2017, the first title of the rebooted franchise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, rolled out day and date with the North American release, opening with a robust $49.5 million to a glowing $557.6 million from overseas markets, and a global $962.1 million total. Counting on Dwayne Johnson’s popularity in Asia, especially in China, the new rollout easily surpassed the mark right out of the gate, pointing to a possible bigger yield, countering possible challenges in Europe – France may be under a general strike next week, a serious blow for moviegoing audiences.


Disney had its own landmark, and a quite spectacular one: the Mouse House crossed an unheard-of record $ 10 billion at the worldwide box office, collected from all its titles – and that doesn’t include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, scheduled to hit worldwide screens between December 18 and 20. A huge part of this loot comes from the unstoppable cold front of Golden Globe-nominated Frozen 2, which at this point has a cumulative take of $ 337.6 million domestically and  $582.1 million internationally. On a weak stretch of the year, Frozen 2, on its third week out, managed to get $34.7 million from North American (the US and Canada) theaters.


New entries fared poorly on the domestic front, with STX’s family-friendly Playmobil collecting a paltry $670,000. The studio’s plan was to ride the coattails of Frozen 2,  but the animated picture, based on the eponymous toys (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy, Adam Lambert, and Daniel Radcliffe, among others) couldn’t quite make it. With a production budget of $40 million, STX and its international partners and co-financiers will have to do better overseas.


December is a good season for limited-release pictures, many of them positioned for awards. Golden Globe-nominated Portrait of a Lady on Fire did well in its ultra-limited run – two theaters in New York and Los Angeles each- amassed $ 67,105 over the weekend, with a per-screen average of $33,552, making it one of the best results for any French film in the U.S. in the last two decades. Amazon’s The Aeronauts, a late-19th century adventure piece starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones – reunited again after The Theory of Everything – yielded around $30k- $31k from 186 locations.


A series of global titles debuted this weekend in limited runs:  the thriller En Brazos De Un Asesino with an estimated $221,393 the Hindi-language war film Panipat, with $299,133 and the Chinese action pic The Whistleblower with $159,918.


Next weekend will bring Jumanji: The Next Level to North American theaters, with several titles positioned for awards following on its tail: Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, the Safdie Brothers' Uncut Gems, starring Adam SandlerTerrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, and Benedict Andrews’ Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart as Nouvelle Vague star Jean Seberg. And of course, two weeks from now, all will come to a stop with the arrival of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


Read the original article, here.

Please reload

Jenji Kohan’s New Netflix Series ‘Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters’ To Film In Atlanta, Donate To Women’s Rights Fund Amid “Heartbeat Bill” Fight

June 28, 2019

Please reload

Please reload



 TEL: (404) 633-1779   |   FAX: (404) 636-5919   |

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon

2566 Shallowford Road Suite 104, #302, Atlanta, GA 30345

Copyright © 2020, Oz Magazine. All rights reserved.