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    GODZILLA MINUS ONE/THE BOY AND THE HERON Weekend Box Office Report – December 17 2023

    Source: Comscore
    Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian

    Comscore has announced the official Domestic and Global box office estimates for the weekend of December 17, 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 $77.8M and YTD 2023 (at $8.583B through Sunday) is up 22% vs. 2022.

    Read on for the official reports from Comscore...

    Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – December 17, 2023, by Paul Dergarabedian 

    Notable Domestic Openers: 

    • Warner Bros.’ WONKA is the golden ticket this weekend taking the top spot in its domestic debut with $39.0 million in 4,203 locations for a PTA of $9,279. “Wonka” took in $53.6M this weekend internationally and $92.6M globally for a global cume to date of $151.4M in 78 markets total. The film is based on characters by Roald Dahl, inspired especially by one of Dahl's most beloved characters, Willy Wonka, and takes place before the events of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and features an amazing cast including Timothée Chalamet in the title role, Rowan Atkinson, Tom Davis, Sally Hawkins, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman, Matt Lucas, Simon Farnaby, Keegan-Michael Key and is directed by Paul King. 
    • Fathom Events released CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN on Tuesday and this weekend in 2,094 theaters earned $2,931,927 for a PTA of $1,400 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $4,670,519. The film blends The Messengers and The Shepherd into one special remastered and re-scored story. Plus, a never-before-seen performance from Andrea and Matteo Bocelli highlights seven musical performances and two beautiful new monologues. 
    • Trafalgar released SEVENTEEN TOUR 'FOLLOW' TO JAPAN: LIVE VIEWING on Saturday and earned $733,654 for that day alone for a PTA of $1,568. 
    • MGM reports AMERICAN FICTION opened in 7 locations to a debut weekend of $227,119 for a solid PTA of $32,446. Starring Jeffrey Wright, the film is Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who is fed up with the establishment profiting from 'Black' entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. 
    • A24’s ZONE OF INTEREST had a terrific first weekend grossing $124,791 on only 4 screens in NY/LA for an impressive per screen of $31,198, including sell outs at LA’s historic Vista Theater. The film will remain on 4 screens in NY and LA throughout the holiday season with nationwide expansion set to begin in January. This historical drama tells the story of the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig as they strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. The film stars Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller, Ralph Herforth, Freya Kreutzkam, Max Beck and is directed by Jonathan Glazer. 


     Notable Domestic Holdovers:

    • In the 2nd spot, Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES now in weekend 5 took in $5.8 million this weekend in 3,291 locations for a PTA of $1,762 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $145,238,861. 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, Legendary director Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON released by GKIDS now in weekend 2 earned $5,172,802 for a PTA of $2,225 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $23,143,485. 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. 
    • In the 4th spot, Toho International’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE amidst continued fantastic reviews and audience excitement earned $4,880,000 in its third weekend (for a mere 43% drop) in 2,622 locations for a PTA of $1,861 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $34,257,586. 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. 
    • Rounding out the Top 5, Universal’s TROLLS BAND TOGETHER enjoys its 5th weekend domestically taking $4.0 million in 3,157 locations for a PTA of $1,267 and a domestic gross through Sunday of $88,662,895. 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.  
    • In the 6th position, Disney’s WISH now in weekend 4 earned $3.2 million in 3,100 locations for a PTA of $1,032 for a domestic cume through Sunday of $54,274,572. 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 8th, Sony’s NAPOLEON earned $2.225 million in its 4th weekend in 2,601 theaters for a PTA of $855, bringing its total domestic gross to $57,025,044 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. 
    • In the 9th spot, Variance and AMC Distribution reports RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ now in weekend 3 earned $2.0 million in 1,723 locations for a PTA of $1,161 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $30,886,297. Directed, written, produced, and starring Beyoncé, the film marks the second straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office from AMC Theatres Distribution. 
    • Rounding out the Top 10, Searchlight reports awards contender POOR THINGS now in weekend 2 added 73 theaters for a total of 82 taking in $1.275 million for a PTA of $15,549 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $2.221,764. 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 further on the 22nd. 



    Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global/International Weekend Box Office Roundup – December 17, 2023

    Notable Global Openers:

    • China title ENDLESS JOURNEY debuted to a weekend gross of $20,450,300 for a global cume to date of $34,572,400. 
    • China title WOLF HIDING debuted to a weekend gross of $11,177,000 for a global cume to date of $12,155,200. 
    • Universal reports THE HOLDOVERS began its staggered international release this weekend in France and French-speaking Switzerland, opening to $0.3M and when combined with the domestic cume of $17.197M the global cume is now at $17.511M. The title is positioned to take advantage of Christmas holidays in these Wave 1 markets, before continuing to roll out across International through January-March.


    Notable Global Holdovers:

    • Warner Bros. reports WONKA took in $53.6M this weekend internationally and $92.6M globally for a global cume to date of $151.4M in 78 markets total. It was the #1 film of the weekend Internationally and Globally! Generated an amazing $53.6M on 22,237 screens and from 7.4M admissions. Crossed the $100m mark internationally at $112.4m and ranked as the #1 film in 60 of the 77 markets in release. 
    • Disney reports WISH With impressive holds everywhere, WISH has grossed an estimated $126.2M globally by the end of its fourth weekend ($54.3M Domestic and $71.9M International) Internationally: Looking at this weekend’s new openers, the film opened at #1 in Japan with an estimated $4.4M, making it the second highest non-local animated opening of 2023. Fourth weekend markets held by -38% overall (excluding new openers). Significant markets showing strong holds include Germany (-17%), France (-29%), Spain (-42%) and the UK (-45%). Wish remains #2 in Germany, France (non-local) and Spain (non-local) and is still yet to open in Italy, Australia, Korea and Brazil. 
    • Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES will cross $300 million worldwide today after taking in an estimated $5.8 million this weekend in North America and an additional $6.5 million overseas. The cume to date for North America is $145.24 million and overseas the film has grossed $155.3 million.  
    • South Korean title 12:12: THE DAY (SEOUL SPRING) had a weekend gross of $10.595M for a cume to date of $62,657,400. 
    • Japanese title DETECTIVE CONAN: THE BLACK SUBMARINE expanded to more markets for a weekend gross of $10.258M and now has a global cume of $129,071,300. 
    • Sony reports Apple Original Films produced/Sony Pictures distributed action epic NAPOLEON lifted its global gross to $188.4 million. The international weekend of $8.0 million from 8,400+ screens in 65 markets pushed the overseas cume to $131.4 million. Holdover markets continue to play well and were down 51% as a group. Notable holds include: Germany (-29%), Belgium (-37%), Mexico (-38%), Poland (-41%), Austria (-41%), Netherlands (-42%), UK (-48%), Denmark (-48%), and France (-53%).  
    • GKIDS THE BOY AND THE HERON earned $7,291,802 this weekend globally for a global cume to date of $126,491,885.
    • Toho International’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE took in $6,718,200 this weekend for a global total to date of $65,444,586. 
    • Universal reports MIGRATION added $5.2M this weekend for a cume of $12.3M. This weekend the title opened in 8 markets, including Mexico, collectively performing just off Wish, Encanto and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish excl. previews. 
    • Universal’s TROLLS BAND TOGETHER added $2.0M this weekend for an International cume of $94.5M. Performance is just off the first film at the same point and in line with PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE. Its estimated global cume through Sunday is now at $183.138 million. 
    • Paramount reports PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE grossed $1.6M this weekend across 26 markets. The international cume now stands at $132.2M and the holdovers are off 40% from last week. The worldwide cume is $197.3M. New opening: Japan opened at #4 grossing an excellent $1.4M at 241 locations. This result is 181% above PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE. 
    • TriStar Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s original horror film, THANKSGIVING, grossed $1.1 million this weekend from 2,900+ screens in 55 markets for an international gross of $14.1 million ($45.5 million globally). Upcoming key market: Japan (29-Dec). 
    • Paramount reports KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON from Apple Original Films and Paramount Pictures, grossed $210K in 25 markets this weekend and the cume stands at $83.5M. The holdovers are off 52% from last week. Italy (distributed by Leone) has grossed $5.5M. The combined international cume is $89.0M and the worldwide cume is $150.6M.


    IMAX Domestic/Global Highlights (Courtesy of IMAX)

    • WONKA helps IMAX to an $8.7m Global Weekend! 
    • Warner Bros.’ WONKA earns $5.3m in IMAX this weekend, including $3.3m from the Domestic opening weekend total. International markets contribute $2m in the movie’s 2nd weekend overseas, lifting the IMAX international total to $5.5m and the Global cume to $8.7m.  
    • Alibaba’s ENDLESS JOURNEY finds $2m while sharing the IMAX China network with fellow opener, Toho’s DETECTIVE CONAN: THE BLACK SUBMARINE, which opens to $700K
    • Toho’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE reaches $7.1m IMAX global box office, adding $300K this weekend. 
    • This week finds the global debut of WB/DC’s AQUAMAN & THE LOST KINGDOM, opening on 1,540 IMAX screens in 78 markets. Toho’s SPY X FAMILY: CODE WHITE launches in Japan, while Lotte’s NORYANG: THE SEA OF DEATH sets sail in South Korea. Hombale Film’s SALAAR opens on 52 IMAX screens in 9 markets, including India, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand, fulfilling its astrological destiny.

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