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Should that estimate hold, “American Sniper” will become the 87th film to pass the $250 million mark. That should happen during Super Bowl Sunday. That level of business would represent a decline of only 44% from the second weekend, signalling that the Bradley Cooper vehicle will continue generating solid business in coming weeks.
It would not be an enormous surprise should “American Sniper” wrap up the weekend with over $40 million. It’s overperformed significantly from studio projections on its first two weekends in the wake of six Oscar nominations.
“The playability of ‘American Sniper’ has not diminished one bit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “This film was never trying to be a blockbuster but it’s performing like one. »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is expected to continue to dominate this weekend with approximately $35-$36M, off 44%, despite the fact that Super Bowl Sunday will steal away a number of male auds. Years ago, the studios use to consider the Big Game frame to be a deathtrap at the box office, however, distrib execs’ attitudes have changed in recent years as certain films geared toward females and teens have broken through to notables openings, i.e. the two highest openings over Super Bowl weekend are 2008’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds concerts ($31.1M) and 2010’s Dear John ($30.5M). Even a male-demo pic has a chance during Super Bowl weekend with most of its business being frontloaded on Friday and Saturday. Case in point: During the Super Bowl weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2010, Avatar in its eighth weekend did $22.9M, while 2009’s Taken drew in guys with a $24.7M Fss. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Boy Next Door Director: Rob Cohen Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth Synopsis: "A psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes too far." Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Cast: Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Jennifer Aniston, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Adriana Barraza Synopsis: "While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (16 reviews) The Loft Director: Erik Van Looy Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra Synopsis: "The story of five guys who »
- Steve Greene
Open Road’s upcoming film The Loft opens in theaters on January 30, and Wamg is giving away a The Loft prize pack in celebration! Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra, this suspenseful, sexy thriller tells the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble in this relentless thriller.
One winner will receive a The Loft themed prize pack including the following items:
- Melissa Howland
4 items from 2015
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