Worldwide Box Office Poised For Record $41.7B In 2018: ComScore

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As 2018 draws to a close, comScore is estimating that worldwide box office will hit a record $41.7B. That would rep a 2.7% upwards shift from last year’s $40.6B and mark only the second time ever that it’s cracked $40B. This year’s growth is largely dr…

Nielsen Names Former IBM Executive David Kenny As Its New CEO

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Measurement giant Nielsen Holdings has picked David Kenny as its new CEO, succeeding Mitch Barns, who had announced his retirement after 22 years at the company.
Kenny will join Nielsen from IBM, where he led the tech company’s Cognitive Solution…

Domestic Box Office Hits $12 Billion Within a Year for First Time Ever

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With two months still to go in 2018, the box office has already hit an unprecedented high. ComScore and the National Association of Theater Owners announced on Tuesday that domestic grosses over the past 12 months have hit $12 billion, the first time it has ever reached that mark in such a time span.

The time span tallied went from this past weekend back to the final weekend of October 2017. During that time, several major blockbuster hits have hit theaters, starting with Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” with $315 million from its release in November 2017.

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After that, Marvel films from Disney and Fox continued to drive ticket sales with “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Ant-Man & the Wasp,” all of which combined to gross $1.91 billion domestically. In total, films about superheroes have grossed $3.1 billion in the past year, roughly a quarter of all domestic grosses.

Other big contributors over the past year include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $612 million, “Incredibles 2” with an animation record $607.9 million, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with $416.7 million, and the biggest surprise, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with $404.5 million.

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“In the wake of the first $12 billion one year box office period ever, the potential for the first $12 billion calendar year in North America is strong as the Industry enjoys an 11% YTD advantage over 2017, a 6% advantage over the record year of 2016 and boasts an upcoming slate of blockbusters and awards season contenders that look to power the year to that elusive box office milestone,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian in a statement.

The holiday blockbuster season is expected to kick off in earnest in two weeks with Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which is expected to post a $65-75 million opening. Other major players in the holiday box office include Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” WB/DC’s “Aquaman,” and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

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Box Office Hits $12 Billion In One-Year Period For First Time

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ComScore and the National Association of Theatre Owners said Tuesday that North American box offices hit an unprecedented record $12 billion in the last 12 months for the first time. The period covers films released in theaters in the U.S. and Canada f…

How Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Landed Its Release Date

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When it comes to the science of dating a wide release, there are a couple of avenues a distribution head could go.
One former major studio distribution boss was known for walking the halls with a calendar in his back pocket, and when another senior exe…

Spanish Box Office Holds, Edging Down Just 0.7% in 2017

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MADRID — Marking continued recovery after its withering double-dip 2008-13 economic recession, Spain punched a fourth year of improved results at its box office after a recent 2013 trough, total box office grosses coming in at €597 million ($668.6 million), 0.7% down on 2016, according to a ComScore report, published Tuesday. Total admissions came in […]

Worldwide Box Office Hits Record $39.92 Billion In 2017: ComScore

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According to comScore figures this New Year’s Eve, the worldwide box office has hit a record $39.92B. That’s up 3% over 2016 and makes 2017 the highest-grossing year ever in global box office history.
While domestic box office is set to ring in 2018 with a close on 2017 of $11.12B, 2.3% down from 2016’s record $11.4B, the international box office helped propel the global estimated final to its own record.
With $28.8B at overseas turnstiles, 2017 was partly enhanced by a…

September Box Office Boom Grows to Summer Season Levels

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Largely off the runaway success of “It” with some help from “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” this past weekend at the box office — and September as a whole — has performed like it’s summer rather than early autumn.

According to data from comScore , this weekend’s overall gross finished at $117.9 million, including a $39 million opening for “Kingsman,” a $30 million third weekend for “It,” and a $21.2 million opening for “Ninjago.” That’s the fifth-highest grossing weekend in September box office history, two weeks after the record-breaking opening for “It” pushed that weekend’s total to an all-time best $163 million.

That gives this month a running total of $592 million, approximately 20 percent ahead of the pace set last year. At this rate, the final total for the month after next weekend could reach as much as $700 million, an amount usually made in August rather than September. In fact, while this would be the first September to cross the $700 million mark, that threshold has been crossed in August four of the last six years.

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But that’s the power of the 52-week release calendar on display. While much ink was spilled over this summer’s box office being the first since 2006 to fail to gross more than $4 billion, thanks in part to an extremely weak August, September’s boom has pushed the year-to-date total from 6.3 percent less than last year at the end of August to 4.6 percent less on Sunday.

Had the August box office performed as well as this month has, the final analysis of this summer, while still concerning, wouldn’t have been as drastic. An August with $700 million would have pushed the summer total to approximately $4.1 billion. While that still would have been eight percent less than last year’s summer total, it would have been more than the $4.05 billion made in 2014.

So while August doldrums left analysts contemplating the lost strength of the summer box office, September 2017, much like this past March, is breaking records thanks to the willingness of studios to put out high-quality and highly anticipated films in release slots once considered to be dumping grounds.

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“It shows you the see-saw nature of the industry,” comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap. “We’ve heard studios talk about how they can release a big film any time, but now they’re really putting their money where their mouth is.”

Of course, the rebound of the past three weeks doesn’t completely solve the box office’s problems. Outside of “Blade Runner 2049,” the upcoming slate of films heading into October isn’t showing signs of bringing another boost to theaters on the same level as “It” or even “Kingsman.” And even if, by October’s end, the box office is in a position to get annual totals back to 2016 levels with big end-of-year blockbusters like “Star Wars,” there’s still the looming problem of declining attendance.

But for now, the growing power of pre and post-summer box office release slots shows that the summer struggles are just a part of a cyclical nature of the box office.

“2016 set a new record in annual box office revenue, and right now I think we can get to within two percent of that total this year,” said Warner Bros. President of Distribution Jeff Goldstein. “If we can get to that amount, I’d say that’s still a pretty good year.”

Nielsen Suing ComScore Over “Extended TV” Offering

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Nielsen has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York seeking an injunction against a new measurement service from rival comScore that it says makes use of Nielsen’s Personal People Meter data in violation of previous agreements between the companies.
In the latest legal skirmish between the audience measurement companies, Nielsen claims that comScore is breaching a remedial agreement for using Nielsen’s PPM data “to provide services in the ‘CrossPlatform’ market…

Nielsen Sues ComScore to Block New TV Audience Measurement Service

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Nielsen Holdings filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to block rival ComScore from offering a new service, Extended TV, that will provide TV audience data. Nielsen alleges that the ComScore service will make use of Nielsen’s own People Meter data, violating an agreement between the two companies. Nielsen is seeking an injunction that would bar ComScore… Read more »

ComScore Postpones Financial Reports To March As It Weighs Strategic Alternatives

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ComScore continues to struggle with its accounting woes: The audience measurement company’s shares are down 4.7% in mid-day trading after it said that it has a new CFO, lost seven board members, will make a “strategic review,” and — with its financial review “more complex and time-consuming than previously anticipated” — won’t file statements for 2015, 2016, and 2017 until at least March 2018.
The company had previously said the new statements would come at the end of…

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Battles to $5.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” earned $5.5 million at the Thursday box office.

“Dunkirk” was pegged by independent trackers for an opening weekend in the range of $30-40 million, with Warner Bros.’ projections on the upper end of that range.

“Dunkirk” has enjoyed social media buzz that no other film of its kind has received thanks to an unexpected periphery demographic: One Direction fans. According to comScore’s PreAct social media charts, “Dunkirk” has been one of the top 3 most talked about upcoming releases for each of the past three weeks, sharing the top spots with intensely hyped franchise staples like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” To date, “Dunkirk” has accumulated 1.35 million social media conversations on PreAct, making it the only summer movie outside of “Wonder Woman” and Disney-related IP to score over 1 million conversations on the system.

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“Dunkirk” tells the story of the Dunkirk Evacuation, a famous moment from the early stages of World War II in which over 300,000 Allied soldiers were rescued after being surrounded by Nazi forces in Frances. Nolan is writer-director on the film, and produced it with his wife, Emma Thomas. The film’s cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, and Cillian Murphy.

EuropaCorp’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” grossed $1.7 million from approximately 2,600 theaters on Thursday. In comparison, 2015’s “Jupiter Ascending” earned $1 million in previews and went on to earn $18 million its opening weekend.

Going into the weekend, projections had the film making $18-22 million in its opening weekend against a reported $150 million budget. That means the film will need a strong performance from Europe, where the graphic novel the film is adapted from, “Valerian and Laureline,” is more well-known.

“Valerian” stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a pair of 28th century intergalactic agents tasked with investigating a crisis that is threatening the City of a Thousand Planets, a massive space colony that was once the International Space Station and has since moved out into space and become a cultural exchange for thousands of alien species. Their adventure leads them to uncover a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of their organization. The film also stars Clive Owen, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, and Rihanna. Besson wrote and directed the film, as well as co-produced it with his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla.

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Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” also earned $1.7 million in previews on Thursday night from 2,195 theaters.

This number is significantly better than the preview performance of Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night,” which, similarly to “Girls Trip,” focused on a group of friends going on a vacation. “Rough Night” hit theaters one month ago and earned $700,000 in previews.

“Girls Trip” stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett SmithQueen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who bond on a trip to New Orleans filled with both tender moments and wild partying. Malcolm D. Lee directed the film from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, and produced the film with Will Packer.

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Box Office Busts: Memorial Day Weekend Totals Lowest Since 1999

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Once upon a time, Memorial Day weekend was seen by box office analysts and distribution chiefs as the big kickoff to the summer blockbuster season. After the rise of the Marvel movie juggernaut, that kickoff date was pushed back to the start of May, but Memorial Day was still seen as a major release slot and a big weekend for moviegoers.

But after this year’s new releases, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch,” performed below expectations, this year’s box office totals for the four-day weekend have been the lowest since the start of the 21st century. According to numbers from comScore and Box Office Mojo, the 2017 Memorial Day weekend totals only amounted to $180.6 million, down 12 percent from the $205.4 million made last year and 43 percent from the record-setting $314 million made in 2013.

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To find a Memorial Day result lower than this, you have to go all the way back to the $142.5 million made in 1999, when studios gave “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” a wide berth. “Phantom” was the top film of that weekend in its second frame, grossing $66.9 million over four days. That weekend’s new release, “Notting Hill,” finished a distant second with $27.6 million.

The No. 1 film of the weekend this year, the fifth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise made $78.2 million over four days, a step below the $79.8 million of last year’s top film, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Last year saw a new release, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” take No. 2 with just $33.5 million, but this year’s No. 2 was a fourth-week film: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” with $27.1 million. “Baywatch” was forced to settle for third with just $23.1 million over four days.

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Back in 2013, Memorial Day weekend brought moviegoers out in droves thanks to “Fast & Furious 6” and “The Hangover Part III,” which combined for a four-day opening of $167 million. 2014 failed to match that one-two punch, but still had a big winner with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which posted a four-day opening of $110.5 million. But “Pirates” and “Baywatch” were duds with critics and failed to attract audiences, while last week’s No. 1 hit, “Alien: Covenant,” made only $13.1 million, showing a lack of heavy interest in the film outside of the horror franchise’s hardcore fanbase.

The good news is that next year’s Memorial Day might get a major rebound, as it will feature the release of the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film, which Disney has moved out of the December slot it has used to release “Star Wars” films starting with “The Force Awakens” in 2015. As for the rest of this summer, the weak results in May beyond “Guardians of the Galaxy” has put the summer season in a hole, with May totals down 22 percent from last year. Studios will now look to June for a rebound, starting with “Wonder Woman,” which is currently projected by trackers for a $90-95 million opening this weekend.

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Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Man Down’ Sold Only 1 Ticket in UK Release

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“Man Down,” a war thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, grossed a just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore. That’s the equivalent of selling a single ticket, given that the U.K. Cinema Association puts the average movie admission cost in the country at £7.21.

“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

“Man Down” played in just one location, Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month, according to the Guardian.

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After starring in big studio blockbusters such as “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” LaBeouf has focused on more indie projects with mixed success. He earned strong reviews for last year’s “American Honey,” but other work, such as “The Company You Keep” and “Charlie Countryman” have barely registered with critics or audiences.

Instead, the media has focused on LaBeouf’s off-screen behavior, such several alcohol-related arrests (he has since become sober), and performance art that recently saw the actor participate in an art installation protesting Donald Trump’s presidency.

“Man Down” reunited LaBeouf with Dito Montiel. The two previously worked together on 2006’s “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”

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From ‘Pirates’ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Which Movie Trailer Won the Super Bowl?

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What movie is the Tom Brady of Super Bowl movie trailers? By two measures, the trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” got the best buzz during the big game. But by other indications, “Transformers: The Last Night” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” were MVPs.

The films were just a few of the many that tried to build anticipation with new trailers during the biggest TV program of the year. Super Bowl LI also featured trailers for “Logan,” “Baywatch,” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

A Fandango survey provided exclusively to TheWrap said the “Guardians” trailer was the most popular among viewers. The ticketing company surveyed more than 1,000 moviegoers.

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ComScore’s PreAct, a social media tracking service, also said “Guardians” got the most buzz. The trailer sparked 47,800 conversations on Twitter after airing during the pregame, according to the PreAct chart, which is based on Twitter volume stemming from the official hashtags from the trailer, as well as other keywords associated with the films.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” started 24,200 conversations on Twitter after airing in the second quarter of the matchup between Brady’s New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” was the third most popular trailer on social media, with 19,700 mentions. “The Fate of the Furious,” “Logan,” Baywatch,” “Ghost in the Shell” and “Life” followed.

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But what did people search? A Google Trends comparison of “Guardians,” “Transformers,” “Logan,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Baywatch” showed that “Transformers” scored the biggest spike in audience interest, followed by “Logan” and “Baywatch.” Their searches surged at different times, depending on when they debuted.

“The Fate of the Furious” was the third most popular, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming in fourth.

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On YouTube, “Pirates” ruled. The trailer for Johnny Depp’s “Pirates” was the most popular, scoring over 2 million views on YouTube (and counting) since its debut on Sunday.

Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell” followed, but that video clip was released three days before the Super Bowl. In total, the film has over 1.77 million views on the video platform. “Guardians” came in close behind, with 1.72 million views at the time of publication.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Super Bowl Spot Is All The Talk On Twitter: PreAct’s Most Buzzed About Movies

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Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 generated the most Twitter chatter following its pregame Super Bowl spot yesterday earning close to 48K conversations before the New England Patriots tied the game and finally won. While the TV spot for the May 5 summer kickoff looks like it’s all blasts, booms and belly laughs, some of the big hints in yesterday’s trailer included that the GoG team is (conceivably) standing on Ego the Planet in the final frame –who is Peter…

ComScore Shares Hammered As It Faces Nasdaq Delisting

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ComScore’s accounting woes continue to weigh on the audience measurement company: Its shares are down nearly 26% in mid-day trading after it disclosed that it will not meet Nasdaq’s February 23 deadline to update its financial reports to deal with questionable “accounting judgments and estimates for transactions that occurred during 2013-2016.”
As a result, comScore says, its shares “may be suspended from trading and delisted from Nasdaq.” The company says that it would…