‘Ride Along 2’ #1, ‘Revenant’ Holds Strong and ‘Star Wars’ Crosses $1 Billion Internationally

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Ride Along 2 was unable to top its predecessor but an estimated $34 million is enough to top the weekend box office, followed closely by Fox’s The Revenant, which dropped only 26% in its second weekend in wide release. Both films finished ahead of domestic box office king Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which fell to third in its fifth weekend in release while becoming only the fifth film to ever cross a major international milestone.

Meanwhile Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi performed just slightly under expectations while Lionsgate’s animated pick-up Norm of the North exceeded our most pessimistic of expectations. A selection of this past Thursday’s Oscar nominees also added a few theaters, delivering results worth taking a look at.

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Starting at the top, 2014’s Ride Along debuted with a whopping $41.5 million over the three-day weekend and $48.6 million for what was a four-day, Martin Luther King weekend record. The action/comedy sequel, which sees stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube return, fell a bit short of the original with an estimated $34 million and what will likely end up being a $39 million four-day weekend. While this falls short of the first film, it’s still enough to challenge for a spot as one of the the top five all-time Martin Luther King weekend openings. It will need to put in a little work over the coming weekends, however, if it’s to top $100 million domestically as word of mouth might not be as strong for this one considering its “B+” CinemaScore compared to the first film’s “A”.

As was pointed out in the weekend preview, there are examples on both sides of the comedy sequel trend to support a big drop as well as big gains when compared to their predecessors. As it turns out, Ride Along 2 joins the likes of Think Like a Man Too, Horrible Bosses 2, Anchorman 2 and Ted 2 by falling short of the first film as well as our weekend predictions.

Coming in second is The Revenant, which lead the 2015 Oscar nominations with twelve and follows up its excellent wide release last weekend with an estimated $29.5 million this weekend. That’s a mere 25.9% drop, which is actually better than American Sniper’s impressive, 27.6% second weekend drop last year. Fox is predicting $35 million for the four-day holiday weekend, enough to become one of the all-time top ten Martin Luther King weekends. Add to that, the film brought in another $31.5 million internationally, bringing its worldwide cume to over $151 million.

Falling from the weekend top spot for the first time since its December 18 release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in an estimated $25.1 million for the three-day weekend and is looking at $31 million for thefour-day as its domestic cume has now grown to $856.9 million. Meanwhile, it has become the fifth highest grossing release internationally and only the fifth film to bring in over $1 billion from overseas territories. It’s international cume has now grown to $1.012 billion, resulting in over $1.8 billion worldwide. It currently sits only $4.1 million shy of Jurassic World’s overseas gross and will soon top Furious 7’s $1.16 billion for third place on the list.

Landing in fourth position is another one of the weekend’s new wide releases, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, which tallied an estimated $16 million for the three-day weekend with Paramount estimating $19 million for the four-day. This is Bay’s first film to gross less than $20 million in its first three days since The Island back in 2005. Budgeted at $50 million, it should push to end up grossing somewhere right around $45-50 million for its domestic run, perhaps lower than the $49.8 million Pain and Gain brought in back in 2013.

Lionsgate’s Norm of the North managed to perform a little better than expectations, which has to be a welcome result for the studio, which is on the hook only for the cost of distribution rights and it’s limited marketing spend. The film ended up grossing an estimated $6.6 million over the three-day and is estimated to finish around $8.8 million for the four-day weekend.

Looking over the list of Oscar nominees, The Big Short had the best hold in the top ten, dropping 15.8% this weekend, despite shedding 764 theaters. Playing in 1,765 theaters the five-time Oscar nominated film finished in eighth position with an estimated $5.2 million over the three-day weekend.

Brooklyn added 393 theaters and brought in $1.66 million for a 57.3% bump compared to last weekend. Right behind it was fellow Best Picture nominee, Spotlight, which expanded its reach by 617 theaters, playing in just shy of one thousand overall cinemas and bringing in an estimated $1.5 million. Additionally, A24’s Room brought in an estimated $700,000 from 293 theaters for a 504% bump, the weekend’s largest increase.

Paramount’s animated Oscar nominee, Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa added 20 theaters and is now playing in 37 theaters across the country where it grossed an estimated $290,000.

The weekend’s per theater winner was Sony Classics’ The Lady in the Van, which had a two theater Academy run in December, but is now considered officially released, pulling in an estimated $72,264 from four theaters for a $18,066 per theater average.

Next weekend sees the release of Sony’s sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave, which actually opened in some international territories this weekend and pulled in $8.2 million from over 1,900 screens. Additionally, the PG-13 horror The Boy from STX will hit theaters next weekend along with the Robert De Niro and Zac Efron comedy Dirty Grandpa, all of which will be playing in around 2,600-2,800 theaters.

You can check out the three-day estimated results from this weekend right here and we’ll be back tomorrow with a full list of estimated results for the four-day weekend.

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Messi wins Ballon D’or 2015 and Ronaldo Reveals The One Quality He Would Take From Messi!

Messi is the 2015 Ballon D’or Winner!

The Argentina and Barcelona has done it for the FIFTH time. What a machine!

The iconic player says: “Good evening again. It’s a very special moment for me to be back, here on this stage, winning another Ballon d’Or, after being there in the audience winning Ronaldo win it two years in a row. It’s incredible. My fifth. It’s more than anything I dreamed of as a kid. I want to thank my team-mates, without them none of this would have been possible. I want to thank football in general – for the bad and the good.

Luis Enrique is the best Coach.

Women’s World Player of the Year award goes to Carli Lloyd!

Cristiano Ronaldo has been asked to pick one quality he’d like from Lionel Messi – and he’s given an honest answer.
The Real Madrid star, along with his Barcelona rivals Messi and Neymar, was speaking at the Ballon d’Or pre-award show press conference on Monday where the Argentine is heavily expected to win the trophy for the fifth time in his career.

Both Messi and Ronaldo were asked which quality they would take from each other, and the Portugal international admitted: “Yes, his left foot his really good, I would like to have that!”

Messi, meanwhile, was a bit more vague.

“What Cristiano has is lots of quality, lots of good things that every player would like as well,” said the Barcelona forward.

“But I am the way I am, and he is the way he is. We each have individual personalities and we have both very good things that everybody should have as footballers.”

Neymar was a bit more humble and admitted he would like to have feet from both Messi and Ronaldo.

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Golden Globes 2016: The Revenant Wins Big!

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The Revenant took home the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama while The Martian won the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

On the drama side, The Revenant beat out Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room andSpotlight.

“I cannot say how surprised I am and how proud I am to have survived this film with all these fellows,” the movie’s director, Alejandro Iñárritu said in his acceptance speech.

The movie’s win came just minutes after the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio won the award for Best Actor in a Drama Movie.

In the comedy category The Martian beat out The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spyand Trainwreck to win the award.

Director Ridley Scott spoke on behalf of the film and during his/her acceptance speech he thanked the film’s star Matt Damon for bringing his “special brand of humor and grace” to the movie.

Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

* “The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“Joy”

“Spy”

“The Big Short”

* “The Martian”

“Trainwreck”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

* Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

* Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

* Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

* Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

* Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best director, motion picture

* Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

* Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

* Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

* Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Best motion picture, animated

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

* “Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”

“See You Again,” “Furious 7”

“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

* “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Best motion picture, foreign language

“The Brand New Testament”

“The Club”

“The Fencer”

“Mustang”

* “Son of Saul”

Best television series, drama

“Empire,” Fox

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

* “Mr. Robot,” USA

“Narcos,” Netflix

“Outlander,” Starz

Best television series, musical or comedy

“Casual,” Hulu

* “Mozart in the Jungle,” Amazon Video

“Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix

“Silicon Valley,” HBO

“Transparent,” Amazon Video

“Veep,” HBO

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

“American Crime,” ABC

“American Horror Story: Hotel,” FX

“Fargo,” FX

“Flesh and Bone,” Starz

* “Wolf Hall,” PBS

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama

* Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Wagner Moura, “Narcos”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

* Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”

Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Idris Elba, “Luther”

* Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”

David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”

Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”

Ben Mendelson, “Bloodline”

Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”

* Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful

* Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”

Joanna Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Regina King, “American Crime”

Judith Light, “Transparent”

* Maura Tierney, “The Affair”

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”

* Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Queen Latifah, “Bessie”

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

* Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Tops Thanksgiving Box Office

Box Office: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Wins Thanksgiving Weekend.

The box office had a nice bump as the Thanksgiving weekend saw three movies gross more than $40 million over the five-day extended weekend, although Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 still dominated over all of them with an additional $75.8 million and $51.6 million over the three-day weekend, down 50% from its opening. That’s a better hold than Mockingjay Part 1, which earned $57 million over Thanksgiving last year, down 53% from its bigger opening. After ten days, it has grossed $198 million at the domestic box office, which is down from where Part 1 was at with $225.7 million in the same time frame. 

Disney•Pixar released their second movie of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, into 3,749 theaters on Wednesday and after earning $9.8 million on Wednesday and dropping on Thanksgiving day, it picked up steam for the weekend with an estimated $39.1 million over the three days and $55.6 million including Wednesday and Thursday. That weekend opening is the lowest for a Pixar Animation film since 1998’s A Bug’s Life, which grossed $33 million over the Thanksgiving weekend (after an exclusive release in a single theater the week before). Even so, it scored the fourth-biggest Thanksgiving opening for both the three-day and five-day time frames, and it should continue to do well as the only family film for the next few weeks, having received an “A” rating from audiences polled by CinemaScore.

The Good Dinosaur took in an additional $28.7 million internationally in 39 territories with the UK scoring the biggest amount with $4.3 million, followed by Mexico and France.

Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler reteamed with Michael B. Jordan for MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Creed, putting Sylvester Stallone in the role of Rocky Balboa for the seventh time, and it became one of the biggest surprise holiday hits. Released into 3,404 theaters on Wednesday, it scored $1.6 million in previews, which amounted to a $6 million opening day, but it built on that for a higher Thursday, and it’s estimated to gross $30.1 million over the three-day weekend. That’s more than the $20 million opening for Rocky IV over Thanksgiving weekend thirty years ago, although it’s not that impressive when you take into consideration thirty years of ticket price inflation. Even so, the movie ended up well above expectations with an estimated $42.6 million over the five-day weekend and it should continue to perform strong over the next few weeks going by the “A” CinemaScore.

MGM Studios also took fourth place with the 24th James Bond movie SPECTRE (Sony), which took in an estimated $12.8 million over the three-day weekend (just a 15% drop from last weekend) with $18.2 million grossed over the five-day holiday. It has earned $176.1 million in North America, which is more than the total gross for Daniel Craig’s first two Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, but less than the $221 million that the previous Bond film, Skyfall, had grossed by the end of Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios‘ animated The Peanuts Movie collected another $9.7 million over the three-day weekend, down 27% from last weekend to take fifth place, with $13.6 million over the five days and $117 million grossed so far domestically.

Sony Pictures’ R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), took sixth place with $8.2 million (down 17%) in three days and $11.5 million Wednesday and Thursday. Its $24 million domestic gross is just shy of the film’s reported $25 million production budget.

STX Entertainment‘s thriller Secret in Their Eyes, starring Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman, also dropped two places to seventh with $6 million over the five-day weekend and $14 million total.

It was neck and neck with the ensemble drama Spotlight (Open Road), starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci, which expanded nationwide into 897 theaters where it brought int $5.7 million over the five-day weekend and $4.5 million over three. It has grossed $12.3 million to date.

The Saoirse Ronan drama Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) also expanded nationwide into 845 theaters which allowed it to move into the Top 10 to ninth place with an estimated $4.9 million over the five-day weekend. It has earned $7.3 million since opening in select cities a few weeks back.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian (20th Century Fox), starring Matt Damon, retained a place in the Top 10 for the ninth weekend in a row with $4.5 million over the five-day weekend and $3.3 million Friday through Sunday. It has earned $219 million to date, making it one of the year’s blockbuster hits.

The big bomb of the weekend and probably among the biggest bombs for Thanksgiving releases was 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, which grossed an estimated $3.5 million in 2,795 theaters over the five-day weekend, just $1,234 per theater. It’s ironic that it fared worse than The Martian in its ninth weekend, considering that the movies swapped release dates earlier in the year. It also grossed less than Brooklyn in its expansion into 2,000 less theaters.

It may not be surprising, but the Thanksgiving Top 10 was up around $10 million from the same time last year when DreamWorks Animation’s animated spin-off The Penguins of Madagascaropened in second place with $36 million over the five days and the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses had to settle for fifth place with $23 million.

Focus Features’ period drama The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ben Whishaw, opened in four theaters in New York and L.A. where it grossed $185,000, or $46,250 per theater. According to exit surveys, 58% of the audience was female and 67% over 40.

Todd Haynes’ period drama Carol (The Weinstein Company), starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler, held decently in its second weekend, still playing just four theaters in New York and L.A., and it added another $203 thousand for a $588,000 total. One expects that The Weinstein Company will expand the film into more theaters and eventually wide by year’s end.

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