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Wkd BO 10•28-30•16 - Audiences over Dr. Langdon, want Dr. Strange ($86m intl. open)

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xaosslug

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tomatometer:
24% Boo! A Madea Halloween
20% Inferno
32% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
51% The Accountant
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil
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n/a Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

metacritic:
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‘Inferno’ Fizzles With $15 Million As ‘Madea’ Pulls Off Victory

This is how a franchise ends.

“Inferno,” the latest big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty $15 million. That’s a fraction of the $46.2 million that “Angels & Demons,” the previous film in the series, earned when it debuted in 2009, and it pales in relation to “The Da Vinci Code’s” $77.1 million opening way back in 2006.

“Inferno” couldn’t muster a strong enough debut to capture the top spot on the domestic box office chart. Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” nabbed first place for the second consecutive weekend, picking up $16.7 million to bring its stateside total to $52 million. The Tyler Perry comedy’s victory is an upset. Heading into the weekend, “Inferno” was expected to kick off to well north of $20 million — a figure that easily would have secured a first place finish.

“Inferno” finds Harvard cryptologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) grappling with amnesia as he tries to piece together clues in order to prevent the release of a global pandemic. Reviewers vivisected the film, leaving it with a 20% “rotten” rating on critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Strong foreign grosses could be enough to pull “Inferno” out of the red. The film has earned roughly $150 million overseas. Sony, the studio behind the film, also reined in “Inferno’s” production budget. The picture cost $75 million to make, half the budget of “Angels & Demons.”

Still, the results are disappointing, particularly for director Ron Howard, who could use a hit. Once a reliable purveyor of popcorn fare with a certain prestige sheen — films such as “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind” — the director’s commercial radar has been faulty, of late. His recent efforts, such as “In the Heart of the Sea,” “The Dilemma,” and “Rush” all lost money. “Angels & Demons” was his last major studio movie to turn a profit.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” snagged third place with roughly $9.6 million. The Tom Cruise thriller has earned $39.7 million in two weeks of release.

Fourth place went to Warner Bros.’ “The Accountant,” which added $8.5 million to its $61.3 million haul. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” rounded out the top five, earning $7.1 million to bring its domestic total to $24.6 million.

In its second weekend, “Moonlight,” a critically acclaimed coming-of-age story, expanded nicely from four to 36 screens, earning $900,826 in the process. The A24 release is expected to be an Oscar contender. It has earned $1.5 million so far.

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kswiston

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From @ERCboxoffice on Twitter

DOCTOR STRANGE's $86M debut overseas is comparatively higher than many recent Marvel flicks. +49% ANT-MAN, +37% GotG, +23% CA: WS.
 

Strictly

Member
My Dr Strange viewing was perhaps the oldest crowd for an MCU movie to date. Older people must really love them some Cumberbatch!
 
Moonlight should be opening near me next week, so I'm very excited for that. I'm a little sad that Mandrake hasn't done a write up on I'm Not Ashamed.

Should I see Desierto on a lark with nothing else to do?
 

kswiston

Member
Worldwide updates:

Inferno - $147M (89.8% overseas)
Jack Reacher - $94M
Storks - $160M
The Accountant - $82M
Bridget Jones' Baby - $192M
Kubo and the Two Strings - $67M
Secret Life of Pets - $867M
The Girl on the Train - $70M
Ouija 2 - $44M

Finding Dory is at $1.021B, about $3M behind Zootopia.
 

AHA-Lambda

Member
Inferno bombed? I'm in no way surprised, at all. There is just no demand for this as a franchise.

Yet another Sony blunder.
 

odiin

My Apartment, or the 120 Screenings of Salo
From @ERCboxoffice on Twitter

DOCTOR STRANGE's $86M debut overseas is comparatively higher than many recent Marvel flicks. +49% ANT-MAN, +37% GotG, +23% CA: WS.

Those films were all well and good, but clearly international audiences have been yearning for... Stranger Things.
 

Ridley327

Member
I'm surprised there wasn't a better Halloween movie for the weekend before Halloween

Rings got pushed back to February (though it looks entirely dire), and despite the solid reviews, the Ouija prequel doesn't seem like it's connected with audiences relative to its critical assessment.

Oh well, at least there's a new Saw film next October!
 

vinnygambini

Why are strippers at the U.N. bad when they're great at strip clubs???
Jack Reacher will probably reach $55M domestically and maybe $100M internationally - it ain't playing too well there either.

People want that MI action
 
The Accountant is turning into another WB movie that looked like a sure flop but winds up doing okay. Like a mini Tarzan. It should break even at the box office and then wind up decently profitable with the secondary revenue streams.
 

vinnygambini

Why are strippers at the U.N. bad when they're great at strip clubs???
Regardless of being based on a Chris Rock joke, or shot in a few days, it looks like A Madea Halloween will end up being the second highest grossing Madea film after Madea goes to jail.

1st smart decision of Lionsgate in 2016.
 

Grizzlyjin

Supersonic, idiotic, disconnecting, not respecting, who would really ever wanna go and top that
Inferno will be fine. Those movies are designed to play well with international audiences. It's interesting to see that nobody in the US really cares anymore. Maybe they're like me. I was able to enjoy the other films, but they're not good enough for me to go out to the theater for. Total "I'll catch it on HBO" viewing.

I think the big lesson is to reign your fucking budgets in, Hollywood. Movies don't sell on big name stars alone anymore. The big winners on that list are made on the cheap, Madea and Ouija: Origin of Evil. They won't learn though. They'll keep throwing money at movies like Tarzan and then act surprised when nobody goes to see it. I could have told you that project was dead before $1 was spent.
 

linkman26

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Rings got pushed back to February (though it looks entirely dire), and despite the solid reviews, the Ouija prequel doesn't seem like it's connected with audiences relative to its critical assessment.

Oh well, at least there's a new Saw film next October!

There is?! Where was this confirmed?
 

Ridley327

Member
The Accountant is turning into another WB movie that looked like a sure flop but winds up doing okay. Like a mini Tarzan. It should break even at the box office and then wind up decently profitable with the secondary revenue streams.

It does strike me as the kind of film that's going to get a lot of basic cable play in the future.
 

DeathyBoy

Banned
Inferno will be fine. Those movies are designed to play well with international audiences. It's interesting to see that nobody in the US really cares anymore. Maybe they're like me. I was able to enjoy the other films, but they're not good enough for me to go out to the theater for. Total "I'll catch it on HBO" viewing.

I think the big lesson is to reign your fucking budgets in, Hollywood. Movies don't sell on big name stars alone anymore. The big winners on that list are made on the cheap, Madea and Ouija: Origin of Evil. They won't learn though. They'll keep throwing money at movies like Tarzan and then act surprised when nobody goes to see it. I could have told you that project was dead before $1 was spent.

Tom Hanks should've played Thanos.
 

vinnygambini

Why are strippers at the U.N. bad when they're great at strip clubs???
Inferno will be fine. Those movies are designed to play well with international audiences. It's interesting to see that nobody in the US really cares anymore. Maybe they're like me. I was able to enjoy the other films, but they're not good enough for me to go out to the theater for. Total "I'll catch it on HBO" viewing.

I think the big lesson is to reign your fucking budgets in, Hollywood. Movies don't sell on big name stars alone anymore. The big winners on that list are made on the cheap, Madea and Ouija: Origin of Evil. They won't learn though. They'll keep throwing money at movies like Tarzan and then act surprised when nobody goes to see it. I could have told you that project was dead before $1 was spent.

Tarzan did pretty well for itself if it weren't for that outlandish budget of $180M
 

kswiston

Member
Damn, similar territories to those others?

Can't wait to see it.

I think they are trying to match up territories, yes.

Doctor Strange was pretty huge in South Korea, earning around $18M there during its opening weekend.

Here are some other South Korea Marvel openings for comparison.

Age of Ultron - $23M ($78M total)
Civil War - $21M ($63M total)
Iron Man 3 - $16.5M ($64M total)
Ant-Man - $9.3M ($21M total)
Winter Soldier - $8.9M ($30M total)
Thor 2 - $6.1M ($21M total)
Guardians of the Galaxy - $3.8M ($10M total)

So basically, Strange is the biggest MCU solo debut of all time there, and not too far under the Avengers level films. South Korea spent over $8M watching Sherlock: The Abominable Bride in theatres (second to China in the territories where it was released). I wonder if that has some influence on things.
 

kswiston

Member
I think the big lesson is to reign your fucking budgets in, Hollywood. Movies don't sell on big name stars alone anymore.

Inferno actually did have a big budget reduction. The Da Vinci code was a $125M film. Angels and Demons was $150M. This one was $75M.

Sony can't win even when they start smartening up.
 

Sesha

Member
Inferno will be fine. Those movies are designed to play well with international audiences. It's interesting to see that nobody in the US really cares anymore. Maybe they're like me. I was able to enjoy the other films, but they're not good enough for me to go out to the theater for. Total "I'll catch it on HBO" viewing.

I think the big lesson is to reign your fucking budgets in, Hollywood. Movies don't sell on big name stars alone anymore. The big winners on that list are made on the cheap, Madea and Ouija: Origin of Evil. They won't learn though. They'll keep throwing money at movies like Tarzan and then act surprised when nobody goes to see it. I could have told you that project was dead before $1 was spent.

That should be the lesson to take from Deadpool (in terms of the higher budgeted fare). That some of these movies have 2-3 times the budget of that movie is just silly.
 

Grizzlyjin

Supersonic, idiotic, disconnecting, not respecting, who would really ever wanna go and top that
Tarzan did pretty well for itself if it weren't for that outlandish budget of $180M

Good point. It was setup for disaster with a budget that size and it actually did better than people were expecting. It's just shocking that they could let the budget on a modern Tarzan movie balloon to that range. And even if it really was just a project to keep Yates happy...is he really worth that much of a risk? He's reliable, but they could get Fantastic Beasts off the ground without him.
 
I'm not going to see Inferno, but does it have anything ridiculously stupid in it like the son of the deceased Pope parachuting out of an exploding helicopter? Or, is it just boring?
 

BumRush

Member
I think they are trying to match up territories, yes.

Doctor Strange was pretty huge in South Korea, earning around $18M there during its opening weekend.

Here are some other South Korea Marvel openings for comparison.

Age of Ultron - $23M ($78M total)
Civil War - $21M ($63M total)
Iron Man 3 - $16.5M ($64M total)
Ant-Man - $9.3M ($21M total)
Winter Soldier - $8.9M ($30M total)
Thor 2 - $6.1M ($21M total)
Guardians of the Galaxy - $3.8M ($10M total)

So basically, Strange is the biggest MCU solo debut of all time there, and not too far under the Avengers level films. South Korea spent over $8M watching Sherlock: The Abominable Bride in theatres (second to China in the territories where it was released). I wonder if that has some influence on things.

Is Korea similar to china in its studio take, or more like europe?
 

DeathyBoy

Banned
Good point. It was setup for disaster with a budget that size and it actually did better than people were expecting. It's just shocking that they could let the budget on a modern Tarzan movie balloon to that range. And even if it really was just a project to keep Yates happy...is he really worth that much of a risk? He's reliable, but they could get Fantastic Beasts off the ground without him.

I think it's more that Yates directed huge HP films back to back without a nervous breakdown, went straight from LOT to Beasts, and promoted Beasts while editing LOT.

The guy might not be the greatest director, but holy shit is he the guy you want on your rent or films. Whedon made two Avemgers films and nearly broke down, Yates and Snyder are God damn machines with no capacity for exhaustion.
 

Sesha

Member
I'm not going to see Inferno, but does it have anything ridiculously stupid in it like the son of the deceased Pope parachuting out of an exploding helicopter? Or, is it just boring?

I briefly read that as "the deceased son of the Pope" and immediately thought that I needed to see this movie.
 
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