Half Two’ Combat For No. 1


SATURDAY AM: w/chart…Common/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 is now seeking to pull in forward of Legendary/Warner Bros.’ third body of Dune: Half Two, $31.5M to $28M-$29M. Wonderful holds by each films in a starved market that’s been overwhelmed up by the strike.

All in, that spells for a weekend the place all pics are grossing round $92.4M — about the identical consequence as the identical weekend a yr in the past, when Warner Bros/DC’s Shazam: Fury of the Gods nosedived to a $30.1M opening. Subsequent weekend, we’ll see some nuclear protons in Sony’s Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire, which is anticipated to do between $47M-$52M.

Lionsgate/eOne/Tucker Tooley Leisure / Canton Leisure / Municipal Footage manufacturing’s Mark Wahlberg sports activities canine film, Arthur the King, will get an A CinemaScore and 4 1/2 stars/75% particular suggest on ComScore/Display screen Engine’s PostTrak. However it’s coming in on the backside of its projection vary of $8M after a $3M Friday. One other “man’s finest buddy” film, MGM’s Canine, starring Channing Tatum, opened to $14.8M again in February 2022. Hmmm.

Even cut up between women and men, with 36% of those that purchased tickets between 18-34 and one other 40% over 45. The largest demos for the film had been 25-34 at 23% and people over 55 at 22%. Ladies over 25 at 40% gave the film its finest grades of 90% whereas males over 25 at 40% gave it 87%. Range demos had been 52% Caucasian, 25% Latino and Hispanic, 8% Black and 10% Asian. Arthur the King is taking part in finest within the West and South, with the Harkins Estrella Falls in Arizona the best-grossing venue at $11K.


A24’s Love Lies Bleeding did $1.1M yesterday in its leap from 5 theaters to 1,362 theaters. This may end in a $2.75M vast break and $2K per theater. I’m instructed that’s not nice, however not an entire catastrophe. At that degree, the opening is increased than the debut of A24’s Zola ($1.2M at 1,468 theaters), nonetheless, that film opened in a summer time when everybody was nonetheless coming again to the theaters. Nonetheless no viewers rating on RT for this Kristen Stewart film, which isn’t a very good signal. However there’s PostTrak, and it’s not fairly at 3 1/2 stars and 78% constructive. Ladies confirmed up at 60% (83% grade) to males at 40% (72% grade). Bulk of ticket consumers are 18-34 at 73%. Finest grades got here from girls beneath 25, 28% of the viewers, who gave the Rose Glass-directed film an 87% grade. Males beneath 25 at 9% graded it an 86%. This although critics love this neo-noir concerning the romance between a feminine health club supervisor and an beginner, crazed feminine bodybuilder at 92% licensed recent.

Focus Options’ The American Society of Magical Negroes at 1,147 places is doing lower than Love Lies Bleeding, with a $1.25M opening in ninth place and $1K theater common. No CinemaScore, however PostTrak is low at 70% and a 51% particular suggest. Pretty even male to feminine at 51% to 49%. The 18-34-year-olds made up simply over half the viewers, with the 25-34 quad being the biggest at 36%. Range demos are 50% Black, 31% Caucasian, 11% Latino and Hispanic, and 5% Asian. Pic’s cash is coming from the East, South and West. AMC Empire 25 is the title’s top-grossing venue with $6K thus far.

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Right here’s an attention-grabbing story — and I haven’t even obtained grosses on the film but, solely business estimates. What do you do when the studio hasn’t given a ton of cash to advertise your film? For those who’re an actor, you get out on Hollywood Blvd. with an indication to market your film. That’s what actor Conor Sherry did yesterday on Hollywood Blvd. for his teen comedy opening this weekend, Snack Shack from Rian Johnson’s T-Avenue, MRC and Republic Footage. The pic is 75% recent with critics, and is at present 100% with audiences (however with lower than 50 rankings). Booked in fewer theaters than Magical Negroes at 437, it’s placing up a barely higher theater common at $1,2K in what’s trying like a $529K opening after a $170K Friday. Good job, Conor. The Adam Rehmeier-directed and written comedy follows two finest buddies in Nebraska Metropolis 1991 as they get the prospect to run the swimming pool snack shack that later involves be the proper situation for transgression, enjoyable, private discovery, and romance.

Right here’s the chart:

1.) Kung Fu Panda 4 (Uni/DWA) 4,067 theaters, Fri $8.8M (-55%), 3-day $31.5M (-46%), Complete $109.2M/Wk 2

2.) Dune: Half Two (Leg/WB) 3,847 theaters (-227), Fri $8.15M (-33%), 3-day $28M-$29M (-38%)/Complete $205.2M/Wk 3

3.) Arthur the King (LG) 3,003 theaters, Fri $3M, 3-day $8M/Wk 1

4.) Imaginary (LG) 3,118 theaters, Fri $1.68M (-53%) 3-day $5.3M (-46%), Complete $18.8M /Wk 2

5.) Cabrini (Angel) 2,850 (+10) theaters, Fri $837K (-73%) 3-day $2.8M (-60%) Complete $13M/Wk 2

6.) Love Lies Bleeding (A24) 1,362 theaters (+1,357) Fri $1.1M, 3-day $2.75M, Complete $3M/Wk 2

7.) Bob Marley: One Love (Par) 2272 theaters (-492) Fri $680K (-38%), 3-day $2.425M (-41%), Complete $93.4M/Wk 5

8.) One Life (BST) 983 theaters, Fri $760K, 3-day $2.16M/Wk 1

9.) The American Society of Magical Negroes (Foc) 1,147 theaters, Fri $520K, 3-day $1.25M/Wk 1

10.) Peculiar Angels (LG) 1,753 (-570) theaters Fri $300K (-48%) 3-day $1M (-48%)/Complete $18.1M/Wk 4


UPDATED, Friday PM: Proper now, Common/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4s second weekend and Legendary/Warner Bros’ Dune: Half Two‘s third weekend are in an in depth name for No. 1 with round $27 million-$30 million apiece. Many expect Kung Fu Panda 4 to knock out the sandworm come tomorrow: The Friday for the animated pic is $8.1M at 4,067 venues, whereas the sci-fi epic is $7.6M at 3,847 theaters. KFP4 is off 48% from final week, whereas Dune 2 is -35%.

Dune: Half Two will turn into the primary film of 2024 to crack the two-century mark with $206.2M on the excessive finish. KFP4’s 10-day on the excessive finish is $107.7M, the second film after Dune 2 to cross $100M this yr.

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‘Arthur the King’


Lionsgate’s Arthur the King is $2.8M at this time together with Thursday previews of $825,000, which is able to are available round $7.6M at 3,003 for the body. Viewers scores are nonetheless excessive on RT at 97%.

The Santa Monica-based studio can even declare fourth with Blumhouse’s Imaginary, with a second weekend of $4.4M at 3,118 theaters, -55%, after a Friday of $1.3M. The ten-day cume by Sunday might be $17.7M.

Fifth goes to Angel Studios Cabrini with a second Friday of $750K, second weekend of $2.65M, -62%, with a 10-day complete of $12.8M.

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Kristen Stewart and Katy O’Brian in ‘Love Lies Bleeding’

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Arthouse not so sizzling, I’m instructed, with A24’s Love Lies Bleeding at 1,362 venues with a second weekend of $2.3M in a serious coastal metropolis play, whereas Focus Options’ The American Society of Magical Negroes seeing $500K at 1,147 theaters at this time for a three-day complete of $1.25M. Moviegoers aren’t wowed by the latter at 46% on RT. No viewers rating but on the Rose Glass film.

Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love at 2,272 places is a fifth Friday of $600K, a three-day of $2.28M, -44%, for a working complete by EOD Sunday of $93.3M.

PREVIOUSLY, Friday AM: In a body that may see Common/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 rally with a second-weekend take of round $30 million (down 48%), three vast entries hit cinemas. The largest is Lionsgate’s Mark Wahlberg canine sports activities film Arthur the King, which is eyeing $8 million-$10 million at 3,003 places. The film directed by Simon Cellan Jones made $825,000 in previews final night time, which bests the $550K in previews made by Wahlberg’s 2018 film Immediate Household, which opened in a really pre-pandemic, pre-Thanksgiving interval to $14.5M.

Rotten Tomatoes opinions are at 63% recent for Arthur the King, however the portal’s audiences find it irresistible extra at 93%.

Based mostly on a real story, pic takes performs throughout a 10-day professional journey race of 435 miles as Michael Gentle (Wahlberg) bonds with scrappy avenue canine Arthur. Gentle, determined for one final probability to win, convinces a sponsor to again him and his workforce (Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman) for the Journey Racing World Championship within the Dominican Republic. Because the workforce is pushed to their limits of endurance within the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship really imply.

The $19M characteristic manufacturing, as Deadline first reported, noticed its home rights transfer from Paramount Gamers to Lionsgate. Pic’s offshore rights had been bought throughout the Covid Cannes by way of worldwide gross sales agency Sierra/Affinity. Leisure One and Tucker Tooley Leisure co-financed.

'Love Lies Bleeding' podcast interview with director Rose Glass

(L-R) Katy O’Brian and Kristen Stewart in ‘Love Lies Bleeding’


A24’s Sundance Movie Competition premiere Love Lies Bleeding expands to 1,300 theaters this weekend from 5 NYC and Los Angeles websites with an eye fixed at $2M. The LGBTQ crime noir is 92% licensed recent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film made $167K final weekend for a per-theater common of $33,500. The movie directed by Rose Glass and starring Kristen Stewart and Katy M. O’Brian performed on the Regal Union Sq. (which led the packed final weekend), AMC Lincoln Sq., AMC Burbank, The Grove and Century Metropolis.

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(L-R) Justice Smith and David Alan Grier in ‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’

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Focus Options has Kobi Libii’s characteristic directorial debut The American Society of Magical Negroes at 1,146 theaters. The film additionally world premiered at Sundance. Critics are arduous on the characteristic at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s anticipated to open within the low single-digit thousands and thousands. The satirical comedy follows a younger man named Aren (Justice Smith) who’s recruited right into a secret society of magical Black individuals who dedicate their lives to a reason behind utmost significance: making white individuals extra comfy. Though initially enamored together with his new powers, Aren begins to query the worth of utilizing supernatural means to do the very factor he’s felt obligated to do his complete life.

RELATED: ‘The American Society Of Magical Negroes’ Overview: Kobi Libii’s Fantastical Race Comedy Has Allure If Not Focus

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Timothée Chalamet in ‘Dune: Half Two’

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Legendary Leisure/Warner Bros’ Dune: Half Two gained Thursday with $4.4M, -1% from Wednesday for a second week of $65.1M at 4,074 theaters and a working complete of $176.1M. The sci-fi ensemble, fueled by Imax and PLFs, is anticipated to be down within the -40% vary in Weekend 3 with a take of round $27M.

Kung Fu Panda 4 was very near Dune 2‘s Thursday take with $4.390M, +5% from Wednesday with a first-week haul of $77.7M at 4,035 theaters.

Third for the week is Lionsgate/Blumhouse’s Imaginary, with a primary week of $13.5M after an estimated $807K Thursday, -1% from Wednesday at 3,118 venues.

Angel Studios’ Cabrini at 2,840 theaters noticed $592K on Thursday, -11% from Wednesday, for a primary week of $10.1M.

Fifth belongs to Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love at 2,764 theaters, with a fourth Thursday estimated at $372K for a fourth week of $5.8M and working complete of $91M.