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    GODZILLA MINUS ONE Weekend Box Office Report – December 10, 2023

    Source: Comscore
    Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian

    Comscore has announced the official Domestic and Global box office estimates for the weekend of December 10, 2023, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.

    Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $71.0M and YTD 2023 (at $8.476B through Sunday) is up 23% vs. 2022

    Read on for the official reports from Comscore...

    Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – December 10, 2023, by Paul Dergarabedian 

    Notable Domestic Openers: 

    • Opening at number one, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON released by GKIDS comes to big screens amidst amazing reviews and a weekend gross of $12,836,313 to top the chart and delivers a PTA of $5,821 in 2,205 locations. A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. 
    • Debuting in the 8th spot is Bleecker Street’s WAITRESS: THE MUSICAL in 1,214 theaters took in $3,237,875 million for a PTA of $2,667. The film brings the Tony-nominated Broadway phenomenon to the big screen. Featuring composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles as Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose and the beauty of a well-baked pie. 
    • Searchlight reports awards contender POOR THINGS opened in 9 locations to a tremendous debut of $644k for a massive PTA of $71,556. From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. The film expands on the 15th and the 22nd
    • Freestyle’s THE OATH opened in 640 locations to a weekend debut of $280k for a PTA of $438. 400 A.D., in a forgotten time of Ancient America, a lone Hebraic fugitive must preserve the history of his fallen nation while being hunted by a ruthless tyrant, but rescuing the King's abused mistress could awaken a warrior's past. The film stars Billy Zane, Darin Scott, Karina Lombard, Eugene Brave Rock, Philip Niu, Aron Stevens, Wase Chief, Nora Dale and is directed by Darin Scott.


     Notable Domestic Holdovers:

    • In the 2nd spot, Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES now in weekend 4 took in $9.4 million this weekend in 3,665 locations for a PTA of $2,565 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $135,655,926. For a relaunched franchise with no returning original cast members, this is a great start for a franchise prequel and a great way to re-energize “The Hunger Games” brand for future installments & platform extensions like the recently announced stage play. 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, the film follows a young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film stars Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Jason Schwartzman, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Josh Andrés Rivera, & Hunter Schafer. 
    • In 3rd, Toho International’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE amidst continued fantastic reviews and audience excitement earned $8,342,719 in its second weekend (for a mere 34% drop) in 2,540 locations for a PTA of $3,285 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $25,344,044. Japan, devastated after the war, faces a new threat in the form of Godzilla. How will the country confront this impossible situation? The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuki Yamada, Minami Hamabe and is directed by Takashi Yamazaki. 
    • In the 4th spot, Universal’s TROLLS BAND TOGETHER enjoys its 4th weekend domestically taking $6.2 million in 3,451 locations for a PTA of $1,797 and a domestic gross through Sunday of $83,081,775.This holiday season, get ready for an action-packed, all-star, rainbow-colored family reunion like no other as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return for the new chapter in DreamWorks Animation's blockbuster musical franchise. After two films of true friendship and relentless flirting, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are now officially, finally, a couple (#broppy)! As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past.  
    • Rounding out the Top 5, Disney’s WISH now in weekend 3 earned $5.3 million in 3,410 locations for a PTA of $1,554 for a domestic cume through Sunday of $49,412,846. In “Wish,” Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force--a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe--the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico--to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. 
    • In 6th, Variance and AMC Distribution reports RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ now in weekend 2 earned $5.0 million in 2,542 locations for a PTA of $1,967 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $28,051,164. Directed, written, produced, and starring Beyoncé, the film marks the second straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office from AMC Theatres Distribution. 
    • In 7th, Sony’s NAPOLEON earned $4.2 million in its 3rd weekend in 3,350 theaters for a PTA of $1,254, bringing its total domestic gross to $53,094,572 through Sunday. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby and directed by Ridley Scott, the film is an original and personal look at Napoleon's origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The film captures Napoleon's famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary. 


    Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global/International Weekend Box Office Roundup – December 10, 2023

    Notable Global Openers:

    • Warner Bros. reports WONKA is the #1 film of the weekend Globally and Internationally taking in an excellent $43.2 million in 37 markets total. Domestic and another 40 international markets release this coming weekend. The film was Ranked as the #1 film in 32 of the 37 opening markets and estimated weekend admissions came in at an excellent 6.6m from 22,009 screens with IMAX box office results generating $2.3M from 846 screens. 
    • GKIDS' THE BOY AND THE HERON earned $15,305,313 this weekend globally while opening at #1 in the domestic (U.S. & Canada) market for a global cume to date of $114,242,313. 
    • China title THE INVISIBLE GUEST opened this weekend to $12.534M for a cume to date of $12.722M. 
    • Universal reports MIGRATION began its International rollout this weekend across more than 11,200 screens and 9,300 locations in 18 Wave 1 markets including China, France, and Italy. Wave 1 markets opened with $6.5M ($5.5M excl. China), just off Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in the same markets. MIGRATION will release in 64 further international markets staggered through December-April, setting the title up to play through each market’s optimal holiday period. Reviews and WOM have been outstanding so far, setting the film up for a strong playout through the holiday season. 


    Notable Global Holdovers:

    • Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES grossed an estimated $20.4M globally from 88 territories this weekend, taking the international cume to an estimated $143.3M. and the global cume to $278,955,926. 
    • Sony reports Apple Original Films produced/Sony Pictures distributed action epic NAPOLEON elevated its worldwide cume to $170.8M with international markets representing $117.7M. The pic continues to captivate overseas audiences, delivering $16.1M this weekend from 12,800+ screens in 64 total markets. South Korea kicked off with a 5-day total of $1.0M, which is more than double the opening of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and HOUSE OF GUCCI.  
    • Indian title ANIMAL added $18.365M this weekend in 35 global territories for a global cume to date of $84,5872,377. 
    • Disney reports  WISH with impressive holds everywhere, has grossed an estimated $105.5M globally by the end of its third weekend ($49.4M Domestic and $56.1M International). Internationally: Third-weekend markets held by -34% overall, and just -30% excluding China. Significant markets showing strong holds include Germany (+0%), Spain (-7%), France (-23%) and UK (-40%). Looking at this weekend’s new openers, Wish opened at #1 in Denmark and Sweden and #3 in Norway (non-local). Denmark’s opening is +92% up vs Elemental (+114% up incl. previews) which had the benefit of summer holidays. It is still yet to open in Italy, Australia, Japan, Korea and Brazil. 
    • South Korean title 12:12: THE DAY (SEOUL SPRING) had a weekend gross of $12,572,300 for a cume to date of $46.943M. 
    • Toho International’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE took in $8,971,710 this weekend for a global total to date of $52,307,244.
    • Universal’s TROLLS BAND TOGETHER opened in 2 new markets this weekend. The film added $2.7M for a cume through Sunday of $90.7M, performing just below the first film at the same point. Its estimated global cume through Sunday is now at $173.799 million.
    • Universal Reports FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S added $1.0M this weekend to reach an International cume of $151.4M, the biggest Blumhouse film of all-time Globally, Internationally, and in 44 International markets. Performance is well above ANNABELLE COMES HOME, INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR and SMILE. Its global gross is now at a whopping $288.603M.
    • Paramount reports KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON from Apple Original Films and Paramount Pictures, grossed $400K in 44 markets on the 8th international weekend. The cume stands at $83.1M and the holdovers are off 50% from last week. Italy (distributed by Leone) has grossed $5.5M. The combined international cume is $88.6M. The Global Cume is $155.5M.
    • Paramount reports PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE grossed $300K this weekend, off 45% from last weekend, across 39 markets. The international cume now stands at $130.4M. The Global Cume is $195.6M. Final market to open: Japan releases on December 15.


    IMAX Domestic/Global Highlights (Courtesy of IMAX)

    • IMAX crosses US$1 Billion GBO for 2023! 
    • For only the third time ever, IMAX has crossed US$1 Billion global box office in 2023, joining 2019 ($1.11B) and 2018 ($1.03B).  
    • IMAX reaching the $1B threshold in 2023 is made even more impressive by these facts: 
    • 2019 had 9 titles cross US$1B global box office versus 2 in 2023 
    • The US Dollar has strengthened against international currencies since 2019, reducing 2023 IMAX international box office in US$. 
    • IMAX has since closed 50 screens in Russia which earned US$30m in 2019 
    • OPPENHEIMER ($185m IMAX GBO) and AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER($110m IMAX GBO in 2023) have been the top IMAX performers this year.  
    • IMAX has already delivered a record $231M year-to-date from local language titles — almost double the local language total in 2019 ($131m). 
    • IMAX delivers $7.5 Million for the weekend! 
    • Across a variety of titles this weekend, IMAX worldwide weekend GBO is $7.5M 
    • GKIDS’ release of Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON leads the way with $2.55M on 300 x IMAX screens worldwide. The Domestic result ($2.4M on 291 x locations) accounts for an impressive 20% of the North American opening. 
    • On the international network, Warner Bros.’ WONKA begins its IMAX rollout on 846 x screens to the tune of $2.3M.  
    • Next weekend, WONKA will expand to another 518 screens in a further 43 territories including North America. Studio Pono’s animated THE IMAGINARY opens on the Japan network (49 screens). Two titles in China – the crime thriller ENDLESS JOURNEY and DETECTIVE CONAN: BLACK IRON SUBMARINE will share the network with WONKA on 747 screens.
    • As it continues its global release, Toho’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE will reach IMAX audiences in Brazil, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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