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February 28, 2016

The race up the charts for two recent movies

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 7:59 pm

In recent times Jurassic World and Star Wars VII (The Force Awakens) have respectively become the fourth and third biggest movies of all time worldwide (behind Avatar and Titanic). Here is how they ranked in the all-time US/Canada charts day by day (using data from boxofficemojo.com).

Day Jurassic World Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1 786 464
2 275 183
3 143 96
4 108 68
5 79 40
6 69 29
7 54 22
8 37 11
9 28 6
10 18 5
11 15 5
12 11 5
13 10 4
14 9 3
15 7 2
16-19 5 2
20-21 5 1
22-44 4 1
45+ 3 1

I was amazed by Jurassic World’s summer run and then that of The Force Awakens simply blew my mind. 🙂

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February 28, 2015

Large US+Canada box office openings

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 1:38 pm

The site boxofficemojo.com lists the opening weekend grosses of movies in the US and Canada dating back to the early 1980s. Via this page on top opening weekends, I worked out movies that at their time of release attained the n’th highest grossing opening weekend where n ranges from 1 to 10 (all dollar amounts in $US). It gives a perspective on how big some movies were at the time. It also shows how movie grosses have grown through inflation and more frontloading over the years. Note that only opening weekends are shown here – for example Superman’s third weekend was once the largest grossing weekend at the time, but is not listed here.

 

n=1 (i.e. current and previous record-breaking openings):

Title Opening Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
Marvel’s The Avengers $207,438,708 5/4/2012
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $169,189,427 7/15/2011
The Dark Knight $158,411,483 7/18/2008
Spider-Man 3 $151,116,516 5/4/2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $135,634,554 7/7/2006
Spider-Man $114,844,116 5/3/2002
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $90,294,621 11/16/2001
The Lost World: Jurassic Park $72,132,785 5/23/1997
Batman Forever $52,784,433 6/16/1995
Jurassic Park $47,026,828 6/11/1993
Batman Returns $45,687,711 6/19/1992
Batman $40,489,746 6/23/1989
Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 6/16/1989
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $29,355,021 5/24/1989
Beverly Hills Cop II $26,348,555 5/20/1987
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $25,337,110 5/23/1984
Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 5/25/1983
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $14,347,221 6/4/1982
Superman II $14,100,523 6/19/1981
Star Trek: The Motion Picture $11,926,421 12/7/1979
Every Which Way But Loose $10,272,294 12/20/1978

 

n=2 (i.e. the second largest opening at the time)

Title Opening Date
Iron Man 3 $174,144,585 5/3/2013
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $108,435,841 5/19/2005
Shrek 2 $108,037,878 5/19/2004
The Matrix Reloaded $91,774,413 5/15/2003
Planet of the Apes (2001) $68,532,960 7/27/2001
The Mummy Returns $68,139,035 5/4/2001
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $64,820,970 5/19/1999
Independence Day $50,228,264 7/3/1996
Lethal Weapon 3 $33,243,086 5/15/1992
Terminator 2: Judgment Day $31,765,506 7/3/1991
Rocky III $12,431,486 5/28/1982
The Cannonball Run $11,765,654 6/19/1981
Smokey and the Bandit II $10,883,835 8/15/1980
The Empire Strikes Back $10,840,307 6/20/1980

 

n=3:

Title Opening Date
The Dark Knight Rises $160,887,295 7/20/2012
The Hunger Games $152,535,747 3/23/2012
The Twilight Saga: New Moon $142,839,137 11/20/2009
Shrek the Third $121,629,270 5/18/2007
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $93,687,367 6/4/2004
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $88,357,488 11/15/2002
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $80,027,814 5/16/2002
Hannibal $58,003,121 2/9/2001
Mission: Impossible II $57,845,297 5/24/2000
Toy Story 2 $57,388,839 11/24/1999
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me $54,917,604 6/11/1999
Men in Black $51,068,455 7/2/1997
The Lion King $40,888,194 6/24/1994
Rambo: First Blood Part II $20,176,217 5/22/1985
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock $16,673,295 6/1/1984

 

n=4:

Title Opening Date
X-Men: The Last Stand $102,750,665 5/26/2006
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $102,685,961 11/18/2005
X2: X-Men United $85,558,731 5/2/2003
Austin Powers in Goldmember $73,071,188 7/26/2002
Rush Hour 2 $67,408,222 8/3/2001
Pearl Harbor $59,078,912 5/25/2001
Mission: Impossible $45,436,830 5/22/1996
Twister $41,059,405 5/10/1996
Back to the Future Part II $27,835,125 11/22/1989
Rocky IV $19,991,537 11/27/1985
Beverly Hills Cop $15,214,805 12/5/1984
Jaws 3-D $13,422,500 7/22/1983
Superman III $13,352,357 6/17/1983

 

n=5:

Title Opening Date
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $138,122,261 11/18/2011
Iron Man 2 $128,122,480 5/7/2010
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $114,732,820 5/25/2007
How the Grinch Stole Christmas $55,082,330 11/17/2000
Interview with the Vampire $36,389,705 11/11/1994
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $31,126,882 11/20/1992
Bram Stoker’s Dracula $30,521,679 11/13/1992
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home $16,881,888 11/26/1986
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas $11,874,268 7/23/1982
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $11,835,389 6/11/1982

 

n=6:

Title Opening Date
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $158,074,286 11/22/2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 $125,017,372 11/19/2010
Alice in Wonderland (2010) $116,101,023 3/5/2010
The Passion of the Christ $83,848,082 2/25/2004
Monsters, Inc. $62,577,067 11/2/2001
X-Men $54,471,475 7/14/2000
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls $37,804,076 11/10/1995
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves $25,625,602 6/14/1991
Total Recall $25,533,700 6/1/1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $25,398,367 3/30/1990
Ghostbusters $13,578,151 6/8/1984
Staying Alive $12,146,143 7/15/1983

 

n=7:

Title Opening Date
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $108,966,307 6/24/2009
Spider-Man 2 $88,156,227 6/30/2004
Batman and Robin $42,872,605 6/20/1997
Lethal Weapon 2 $20,388,800 7/7/1989
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier $17,375,648 6/9/1989

 

n=8:

Title Opening Date
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $141,067,634 11/16/2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $72,629,713 12/17/2003
Godzilla $44,047,541 5/20/1998
The Flintstones $29,688,730 5/27/1994
Gremlins $12,511,634 6/8/1984

 

n=9:

Title Opening Date
Finding Nemo $70,251,710 5/30/2003
The Mummy $43,369,635 5/7/1999
Deep Impact $41,152,375 5/8/1998

 

n=10:

Title Opening Date
Toy Story 3 $110,307,189 6/18/2010
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $100,137,835 5/22/2008
Iron Man $98,618,668 5/2/2008
Dick Tracy $22,543,911 6/15/1990

(To create the above lists the movie lists in decreasing order of gross were pasted into Excel and the opening weekend date was converted to a number by creating a new column with formula =–TEXT(,”mm/dd/yyyy”). This was then converted to a rank by a countif formula to count the number of occurrences with higher gross that predated each movie. Finally a filter was applied to select ranks 1 to 10.)

March 28, 2014

Catching Fire vs Frozen

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 5:35 am

The movies Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen have lit up the box office recently – worldwide they are the fifth and second biggest releases of 2013. Interestingly they were both released on the same day in the US and Canada (though in only one theatre in the case of Frozen) and the graph below shows the different rates at which they accumulated their totals.

catching fire vs frozen

Catching Fire followed a trajectory largely typical of large blockbusters: an opening weekend of $158m (6th largest ever unadjusted) leading to a gross around $425m corresponds to a multiplier of 2.7. It still made significant money during the Christmas break with a gross exceeding $10m in its sixth weekend which is rare. The course of Frozen started off similarly in terms of second weekend drop, but had a smaller opening weekend in wide release of $67m. Funnily they had an identical second weekend drop of 53.1% which impressive for both movies given the size of the first weekend for Catching Fire and the fact that it was post-Thanksgiving weekend for Frozen’s second weekend. Following Thanksgiving weekend, Catching Fire in fact had the 3rd largest gross after 10 days, behind only Avengers and The Dark Knight.

After 15 days Catching Fire had made $317m, Frozen was on $109m and both movies were making comparable amounts of money on a daily basis at that point. It is remarkable then that Frozen has ended up within $30m of Catching Fire’s total. Frozen had unbelievable staying power during the holiday season as seen from the above graph, with only one weekend drop exceeding 30% from its 3rd weekend until its release on Blu-ray/DVD (when still in the top ten!). Furthermore during that weekend (1) the drop was still just 31.5%, (2) it was after a boost the previous weekend due to the new year holidays, and (3) it was back up to number one movie at the box office! This type of behaviour is hardly ever seen in this age of front-loadedness (where movies usually make the bulk of their money in early weeks).

Frozen made more than half of its money in US + Canada after its fourth weekend of wide release and was in the top ten for an amazing 16 weeks. Its multiplier of close to 6 given that size of opening weekend is the best since Avatar and perhaps no other movie since Phantom Menace (released in 1999) has a comparable multiplier for a large opener. Nobody thought it would get close to $400m after being at $134m following a $31.6m second weekend! It has been fun following its box office journey. 🙂

November 27, 2011

The popularity of the Pixar films

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 5:06 am

After an earlier post on the success of the Harry Potter films, I decided to do the same for the Pixar films. The Toy Story films is arguably the best reviewed trilogy, while many of Pixar’s other films have had extremely positive reception.

Movie Release Date Worldwide Gross (USD millions) Worldwide Gross Rank (Nov 2011) imdb rating (/10) Metascore (/100) rottentomatoes fresh reviews
Toy Story Nov-95          362.0 178 8.2 92 76/76 (100%)
A Bug’s Life Nov-98          363.4 174 7.2 77 75/82 (91%)
Toy Story 2 Nov-99          485.0 94 8 88 146/146 (100%)
Monsters, Inc. Nov-01          525.4 82 8 78 159/167 (95%)
Finding Nemo May-03          867.9 26 8.1 89 196/199 (98%)
The Incredibles Nov-04          631.4 54 8 90 222/229 (97%)
Cars Jun-06          462.0 109 7.4 73 142/193 (74%)
Ratatouille Jun-07          623.7 58 8.1 96 209/217 (96%)
WALL-E Jun-08          521.3 84 8.5 94 222/231 (96%)
Up May-09          731.3 43 8.3 88 266/271 (98%)
Toy Story 3 Jun-10       1,063.2 7 8.6 92 248/251 (99%)
Cars 2 Jun-11          551.8 74 6.5 57 73/192 (38%)

An amazing nine out of the twelve films released to date have had 95+% scores from rottentomatoes!

Here is a graph comparing the worldwide grosses, including those of the US and Canada. Note that the numbers are all in $US and do not adjust for inflation or fluctuating exchange rates.

References: boxofficemojo.com, rottentomatoes.com, imdb.com, metacritic.com

November 6, 2011

The popularity of the Harry Potter films

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 4:52 am

Never before has a series of as many as eight films had such sustained success both at the box office and while maintaining mostly positive reception among film critics and the general public. During the past decade the Harry Potter films have amassed some US$7.7 billion worldwide at the box office, more than any franchise (second is the James Bond franchise of 24 movies, followed by Star Wars – a list of highest grossing films is here), and with an average close to $1 billion worldwide per movie (second best is the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).

Movie Release Date Worldwide Gross (USD millions) Worldwide Gross Rank (Nov 2011) imdb rating (/10) Metascore (/100) rottentomatoes  fresh reviews
Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone Nov-01  974.76 11 7.2 64 148/186 (80%)
Chamber of Secrets Nov-02 878.98 24 7.2 63 170/205 (83%)
Prisoner of Azkaban Jun-04 796.69 33 7.7 82 210/232 (91%)
Goblet of Fire Nov-05 896.91 21 7.5 81 194/222 (87%)
Order of the Phoenix Jul-07 939.89 14 7.3 71 183/236 (78%)
Half Blood Prince Jul-09 934.42 15 7.3 78 212/254 (83%)
Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Nov-10 955.42 13 7.6 65 193/244 (79%)
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Jul-11 1,327.84 3 8.2 87 255/265 (96%)

That all the movies have a rottentomatoes score at least 78% is most impressive and shows large appraisal among critics.

Here is a graph comparing the worldwide grosses, including those of the three biggest markets: the US and Canada, the UK and Japan. The movie franchise is arguably more popular in the UK and Japan than the US. Note that the numbers are all in $US and do not adjust for inflation or fluctuating exchange rates.

The series sure ended well, in more ways than one!

References: boxofficemojo.com, rottentomatoes.com, imdb.com, metacritic.com

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