You gotta love multi formats, going out on 2D, 3D, 3D 48fps and 3D IMAX certainly paved the way for the record breaking opening weekend of 3D THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY this weekend. Off 4,047 screens the film raked in $84.78m at the box office, setting a new December opening weekend record that was held by 2007’s Will Smith starrer I AM LEGEND on $77.2m. That’s a $21,000 screen average for the flick and with MONSTERS INC 3D RE-ISSUE opening wednesday and CIRQUE DE SOLEIL & JACK REACHER Friday the film should remain on top of the Box Office until Friday. In comparison to the LOTR trilogy here’s how it stands.
|Opening W/End||% Diff Previous||Lifetime Gross||% W/E Of Gross|
LOTR Fellowship Of The
LOTR Two Towers
|LOTR Return Of The Kin||$72,629,713||17.13%||$377,845,905||
|3D The Hobbit:||$84,775,000||16.72%||$353,229,167||
I’m assuming the lifetime gross will be in the mid $350m’s based on the Christmas corridor with all the pedigree releases coming in the next 5 weeks and the reduction in multi format tier pricing will drop over the weeks, inflating the opening weekend gross percentage higher than the other instalments.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (3,387 prints) held out modestly against the might of THE HOBBIT and the resurgence of LINCOLN (which almost pipped it for 2nd place). Coming in with $7.42m for the weekend RISE has now grossed $71.3m (not the big disaster that the industry slammed on it when it opened) and should be able to forge its way to $90m between now and mid January. It faces stiff competition this Wednesday, though, as MONSTERS INC 3D RE-ISSUE releases and the U.S. uptake on these are huge.
LINCOLN (2,285 prints) clicks past $107m to take 3rd in the States on $7.24m, the film just keeps sitting and earning with a screen average of $46k on its lifetime gross (the film has never been higher than about 2,500 prints since release). Here’s a look at the films of Steven Spielberg (actual unadjusted figures) and how they’ve performed in the U.S.
|Film||Release Date||Opening W/End||Lifetime Gross|
|E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial||11/06/1982||$11,835,389||$435,110,554|
|Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The C||22/05/2008||$100,137,835||$317,101,119|
|Raiders Of The Lost Ark||12/06/1981||$8,305,823||$248,159,971|
|War Of The Worlds||29/06/2005||$64,878,725||$234,280,354|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||23/05/1997||$72,132,785||$229,086,679|
|Saving Private Ryan||24/07/1998||$30,576,104||$216,540,909|
|Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade||24/05/1989||$29,355,021||$197,171,806|
|Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom||23/05/1984||$25,337,110||$179,870,271|
|Catch Me If You Can||25/12/2002||$30,053,627||$164,615,351|
|Close Encounters Of The Third Kind||16/11/1977||$5,379,460||$132,088,635|
|The Color Purple||20/12/1985||$1,710,333||$98,467,863|
|A.I. Artificial Intelligence||29/06/2001||$29,352,630||$78,616,689|
|The Adventures Of Tin Tin||21/12/2011||$9,720,993||$77,591,831|
|Empire Of The Sun||11/12/1987||$1,314,509||$22,238,696|
|The Sugarland Express||31/03/1974||$0||$7,500,000|
|Average True Story / Historical Drama||$10,054,990||$95,521,748|
LINCOLN is currently Spielberg’s 15th highest grossing feature and by the time its through it should outgross HOOK. Being its getting nominated like wildfire in all the major awards, it should kick the film along and might provide some upswing if it snags any Best Picture nods early next year. The Christmas holidays should help too.
SKYFALL (2,924 prints) takes out 4th for $7m and a lifetime gross of $272.3m. This puppy in bearing down on THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (6th), which is sitting on $276.8m lifetime and could outgross the film before it finishes in cinemas. All chances are in SKYFALL’s favour as BREAKING DAWN winds down but there’s a bit of competition coming this Friday in the release of JACK REACHER.
3D LIFE OF PI (2,548 screens) rounds out the top 5 with $5.4m for the weekend. Ang Lee’s flick has now amassed a $64.5m domestic gross in the States as it begins to wind down. A very solid performance for the upscale title.
Figures from Collider, Deadline and Box Office Mojo.
|2.||Rise of the Guardians||$7,420,000||$71.3|
|5.||Life of Pi||$5,400,000||$64.5|
|6.||Breaking Dawn Part 2||$5,175,000||$276.8|
|8.||Playing for Keeps||$3,247,000||$10.8|
|10.||Silver Linings Playbook||$2,084,000||$16.9|