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Inside Blu-Ray: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Box Office Report: May 27-29, 2011

This article reprinted with kind permission of Awards Circuit, and originally linked at The Awards Circuit News Blog

Via Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, Deadline, and other sources:

The supposed box office slump plaguing Hollywood has vanished as this past weekend may ultimately become the biggest Memorial Day weekend of all time, paced by the 1-2 punch of “The Hangover Part II” and “Kung Fu Panda 2″.


First and foremost, the conversation starts with “The Hangover Part II” which delivered the third largest Thursday opening of all time ($31.6 million) and followed it up with the largest R-rated live action comedy opening ever. With a staggering 4-day take of $118.1 million, the film crushed the first film’s 4-day start of $52.6 million. Now granted, things are much different this time around as the first film finished up with $467 million worldwide and one of the most popular comedies of the last several years. Additionally, “The Hangover Part II” was arguably the most anticipated mainstream release of the first half of 2011.

Surviving a tepid critical response, “The Hangover Part II” seemed made of teflon and reviews of a positive or negative vibe would not and did not matter at all. With “Part II” not as fresh or as original as “Part One” and largely a retread of the story and plot from the first film, industry analysts were wondering if word-of-mouth would lead to audiences diminishing as the weekend went on. Clearly, that was and is not the case and this “Hangover” is a certifiable smash.


Receiving smaller than expected numbers, “Kung Fu Panda 2″ nonetheless brought in an estimated $53.8 million in its opening four days. This effort at counterprogramming was expected to match or exceed the opening weekend of 2008′s “Kung Fu Panda”, as that film began with $60.2 million in 3 days domestically, before earning a massive $631.7 million worldwide haul.

Interestingly, audiences overseas bested the North American box office totals, as “Panda 2″ earned $57 million across the water. The reaction internally is apparently mixed with some analysts saying that when the 5-day count concludes, the film will be precisely where they expected (approximately $65 stateside), while others reportedly felt the film would finish with a bigger figure. Budgeted at $150 million, the film will be profitable worldwide by next weekend, but may struggle to match the domestic take of the first film’s $215 million.

More updates to come through the rest of the Memorial Day weekend, but two films, released on a much smaller scale, turned heads in a big way after the cut!

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Box Office Report: May 20-22, 2011

This article reprinted with kind permission of Awards Circuit, and originally linked at The Awards Circuit News Blog

Via Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, Deadline, and other sources:

Delivering the biggest opening weekend of 2011, “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opened to an estimated $90.1 million in total receipts, easily winning the box office weekend.  While $90.1 million is never a number to discount or place in ill regard, reports declared this opening as “soft” or “underwhelming”.  Comparatively speaking with the previous “Pirates” films, this was the lowest grossing and lowest attended opening weekend for the film franchise, at least in North America.

Overseas counts told a much different story as “Pirates” amassed a staggering $256.3 million, rolling its worldwide cumulative total to $346.4 million.  Deadline reports that with the production and marketing budgets added together, this film cost $420 million to bring to the screen, a figure which is already within sight after just 5 days of being on screen.

Delving further into the “soft” opening for a moment, 2003′s “Pirates…The Curse Of The Black Pearl” started at $46.6 million in July 2003 but earned more than $300 million domestically.  The film also earned Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination and springboarded the sequel, 2006′s “…Dead Man’s Chest” to $423.3 million and a ranking as the 8th biggest grossing film of all time in North America.  The third entry, 2007′s “…At World’s End” returned closer to the numbers earned by the first film in the series, but still cleared $309.4 million.  Worldwide the films have grossed more than $2 billion dollars, not counting the sums calculated for “…On Stranger Tides”.

All of that to say, this may be the first film in history to earn $90.1 million stateside and $256.3 million overseas and be viewed as a disappointment.

“Pirates…” opened unchallenged as Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” saw its wide expansion muted to just 168 locations, a gain of 105 new sites.  However, one new film delivered a stunning opening with 6 locations hosting it.


“Midnight In Paris”, directed and written by Woody Allen, reversed Allen’s recent troubles in delivering a worthwhile opening.  Allen consistently generates a film a year and his films often are given small platform releases.  His last sizeable opening, 2008′s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, a film which earned Penelope Cruz a Supporting Actress Oscar, started at $3.8 million at nearly 700 screens, but for a platform opening, you have to go all the way back 2005′s “Melinda and Melinda” which started at $74k on 1 screen to find anything comparable to this start.  The film also earned Allen his best reviews in years and Oscar talk has started to float around the film’s screenplay.  This is Allen’s third straight film to be released by Sony Pictures Classics and has already banked $5.9 million overseas.

Additional observations after the cut including some lovely “Bridesmaids” who kept people’s attention through the weekend… Read more on Box Office Report: May 20-22, 2011…

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