Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: February 9th

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First and foremost, news bits:

Netflix has released the first Daredevil trailer, which the consensus around the WPR offices is that it looks dark, very gritty, and like it has a lot of potential.  We will be watching with anticipation.  Here is the trailer if you haven’t already watched it a few times.

Doctor Who and LEGO® fans around the world received exciting news last week as The LEGO Group announced that it would be producing a LEGO Doctor Who set.  The concept for a Doctor Who set came from the LEGO® IDEAS website where fans can submit ideas for a set and vote for their favorite idea to be produced.  A licensing agreement between BBC Worldwide and The LEGO Group will see the new set available in all of The LEGO Group’s key markets before the end of the year.  This is sure to show up on countless christmas lists, including my own.  The Doctor Who LEGO sets are expected to be released around the same time as the Wall-E sets are due.  Personally I think LEGO just wants all my money.

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon is set for a reboot in 2016, and The Wrap has reported that Karl Urban has just joined the cast.  The current cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight, Jurassic World), Robert Redford (hail hydra), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, Interstellar), Oakes Fegley (he is a kid, you probably won’t recognize him).  Urbans role has not been announced, and it is not currently know if this will be a musical like the original.  This film is due out in 2016, directed by David Lowery.  This was a favorite of mine as a kid, I am interested to see a modern version of this story.

Lastly, Marvel cut a deal with Sony, and Spider-Man will enter the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. …

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This past weekend at the Box Office American Sniper fell victim to a rampaging sea-sponge named Bob as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water pulled in an impressive $56 million.  Jupiter Ascending  floundered pulling in $19 million, which for a $176 million movie is disappointing.  The almost inexplicably enjoyable Seventh Son inexplicably bombed with only $7 million.  Black or White  and The Boy Next Door both plummeted to the bottom of the list as they failed to regain the audience, while The Imitation Game is still running strong, and still in seventh place.  Next weekend, the Bob-Sponge has to contend with the erotic wildcard Fifty Shades of Grey, and a film already being called the best film of 2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service, neither of which are suitable for children.  


TW LW Title  Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 N The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $56,000,000 3,641 $15,380 $56,000,000 $74 1
2 1 American Sniper WB $24,165,000 -21.2% 3,885 $6,220 $282,265,000 $58.8 7
3 N Jupiter Ascending WB $19,000,000 3,181 $5,973 $19,000,000 $176 1
4 N Seventh Son Uni. $7,101,000 2,875 $2,470 $7,101,000 1
5 3 Paddington W/Dim. $5,365,000 -35.1% 2,888 -415 $1,858 $57,268,000 4
6 2 Project Almanac Par. $5,330,000 -35.9% 2,900 +7 $1,838 $15,759,000 $12 2
7 7 The Imitation Game Wein. $4,881,000 -2.6% 1,963 -439 $2,487 $74,740,000 11
8 6 The Wedding Ringer SGem $4,800,000 -15.6% 2,138 -682 $2,245 $55,100,000 $23 4
9 4 Black or White Rela. $4,520,000 -27.3% 1,823 $2,479 $13,123,000 2
10 5 The Boy Next Door Uni. $4,101,000 -32.6% 2,193 -422 $1,870 $30,850,000 $4 3

New to theatres this week:

Fifty Shades of Grey

Please don’t make us tell you what this film is about. … Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

New to Blu-Ray and DVD this week: (the links will take you to Amazon)

That’s all I have for this week, next week should be interesting, if we all survive.

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