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‘Tomorrowland’ Earns $725,000, ‘Poltergeist’ Scares Up $1.4 Million on Thursday Night

Post by Nicky80 on Sat 23 May 2015, 10:56

‘Tomorrowland’ Earns $725,000, ‘Poltergeist’ Scares Up $1.4 Million on Thursday Night

Disney’s “[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]” has opened with $725,000 in Thursday night preview screenings at 701 locations in the U.S., while MGM-Fox’s “[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]” has scared up $1.4 million at 2,500 sites.
Disney opted to limit the Thursday showings of the George Clooney sci-fier to what it dubbed “movie palaces” in order to highlight director Brad Bird’s vision. It noted that “Tomorrowland” scored a $1,077 theater average, which would have given it $2.7 million had it played on 2,500 screens and $3.2 million if it had been launched at 3,000 theaters — placing it in the same range as “World War Z” and “Tron: Legacy” with $3.6 million, “X-Men: First Class” at $3.3 million, “Inception” at $3 million, and “Interstellar at $2.7 million.
“Tomorrowland,” which carries a $180 million pricetag, opens Friday at 3,972 U.S. locations. It’s on track to debut to $40 million for the three-day weekend and around $50 million for the four-day period. “Tomorrowland” also opens in 65 foreign markets.
“Poltergeist,” a remake of the 1982 haunted house classic, was co-financed by MGM and Fox 2000 for $35 million and is expected to do $20 million to $25 million for the four-day frame. Its launch is comparable to those of “Dracula Untold” with $1.3 million in previews and a $23.3 million opening weekend, and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” with $1.2 million in previews and an $18.3 million opening weekend.
Universal’s second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2″ is looking at roughly $40 million for the four-day period while the sophomore session of Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” should do approximately $30 million during the long weekend.

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Post by Katiedot on Sat 23 May 2015, 12:34

It seems an interesting opening strategy.  Let's see how this progresses. I'm assuming that Poltergeist want to get as many people in the theatres the opening weekend as possible before bad word of mouth kills it, whereas the Tomorrowland team are confident that people will continue to keep coming over the weeks once they hear about it?
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Post by Nicky80 on Sat 23 May 2015, 17:39

Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' Imagines Weak $9.7M Friday, 'Poltergeist' Scares Up $9.35M

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Tomorrowland earned $9.737 million on its opening Friday. That includes $725k from limited Thursday previews. Long-story short, that’s not a great number. The $190m original fantasy stars Britt Robertson, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], Raffey Cassidy, and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in a story about a young girl who stumbles upon a secret alternate world which resembles the would-be futuristic utopias dreamed about back in the 1950′s and 1960′s. The film is the biggest wholly original live-action entry in the summer season, and in no small irony it will do battle with a nostalgia-targeted horror remake Poltergeist over the Memorial Day weekend, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The somewhat cryptic marketing campaign has struggled to sell the film to kids and parents based mostly on George Clooney’s star power and the promise of unrevealed treasures to be revealed. More importantly, the film was hit by surprisingly negative reviews, with few raves and even the mixed-positive reviews (like mine) bending over backwards to praise the intent if not the execution, while all-but-admitting that the so-called mystery [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wasn’t hiding anything beyond merely unspoiled story beats.

The good news is that it’s a Disney family film, one whose previews got splashed before the likes of Cinderella and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Mouse House did something interesting a couple weeks ago, whereby they invited a select group of “[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]” to the world premiere in Anaheim’s Disneyland park and had them participate in the junket interview process. I don’t pretend to be an expert in said blogging sub-genre, but the end result is that the film got some comparatively in-depth coverage in outlets that reach audiences beyond the film nerds and general talk show/magazine crowd. Said strategy certainly helped sell the film as a family-friendly offering (my daughter is finally seeing it on Saturday, since I couldn’t take her to the screening due to a scheduling conflict), and I will be curious to what extent that affects the demographics this weekend. But I would wager Disney is less concerned about demos than total weekend box office at this juncture.
The Mouse House had to be hoping to be able to trumpet a nice round $50 million Fri-Mon weekend gross. That’s probably not going to happen, and I’d argue this is a case where reviews hurt a would-be blockbuster. The kindest comparisons are arguably the 4.26x four-day weekend multiplier for Bruce Almighty back in 2003 ($20m Friday/$85m weekend), or perhaps the 4.5x multiplier for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($15.6m/$70m) in 2009. Said multipliers for the family-friendly comedy would give the Brad Bird fantasy a $33m Fri-Sun weekend and a $41m Fri-Mon weekend haul or a $34m/$44m respective haul. That it isn’t insanely anticipated means that the worst case scenarios, say the 2.7x multiplier for X-Men: The Last Stand, the 3.11x multiplier for X-Men: Days of Future Past, or the 3x for Fast & Furious 6, aren’t a factor unless families reject the picture over the weekend.



There are lots of 3.5x-4x multipliers to compare to (Men In Black 3The Day After Tomorrow, MadagascarThe Lost World: Jurassic Park, etc.) in terms of Fri-Mon Memorial Day debuts, and I’d have to wager that the debut weekend will fall on the higher end of said scale. I’ll be curious how it plays to kids (like my hyper-aware daughter who will ask all of the questions I was asking to myself during the press screening), as the picture seems like a family adventure pitched to adult-level nostalgia and is just grim enough to concern kids and/or their parents. But that’s a conversation for tomorrow when we see the demos and I can report back on my own kid’s review. But barring some strong legs and/or overseas might, neither of which I am ruling out, this isn’t promising for the ambitious original in a sea of sequels and reboots.
The other big release this weekend was 20th Century [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Poltergeist. The remake of the classic 1982 Steven Spielberg Tobe Hopper-directed haunted house thriller was supposed to debut on February 13th of this year before getting bumped to July 24th and then bumped again to May 22nd. That’s not a knock against the picture, as Fox slotted the guy-centric Kingsman: The Secret Service against Fifty Shades of Grey and then moved Spy from this weekend to June 5th to get out of the way of Pitch Perfect 2. The $35 million-budgeted picture got a solid start with a $9.35 million Friday gross, which includes $1.4m worth of Thursday previews. The film got mixed-negative reviews (I have not seen it yet, so [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]), but it’s that rare somewhat big-budget horror film.
Of course it’s fitting that studios would spend this much on a remake as opposed to an original, but that’s why the “okay” Of course it’s fitting that studios would spend this much on a remake as opposed to an original, but that’s why the “okay” box office figures posted by It Follows made me a little cranky a couple months ago, so on that note I hope Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak does big business this October for Universal. Anyway, I don’t mean to pick on Poltergeist (there are a ton of good actors like Sam Rockwell, Jane Adams, and Jared Harris involved), so let’s just do the numbers.
The film earned $9.5m on its first day, which seems to be pointing toward a $23m Fri-Sun and $30m Fri-Mon. Obviously horror as a genre tends to be frontloaded, and frankly there aren’t a ton of horror films to compare it to for this weekend. Granted, Poltergeist II: The Other Side came out on this weekend in 1986 and earned $12m over the Fri-Mon weekend, but that was a whole different time in box office history. The most recent example is the somewhat fluky (and very small-scale) release of Chernobyl Diaries in 2012.

After that Warner Bros./Time Warner “found footage” release (and the semi-limited release of William Friedkin’s fantastic Bug in 2007)  you have to go back over 15-20 years for the likes of The Thirteenth FloorTales from the Hood, and uh, Casper?  Anyway, the which earned $9.5m Fi-Mon off a $3.5m Friday. A similar 2.6x weekend multiplier would give Poltergeist $24m for the long weekend, which is a little on the lower side of realistic expectations but not remotely tragic for a $35m PG-13 horror film. But a halfway decent 2.75x would get the movie to $26m while a 3x gets it to $28m.
And that’s the new release news for the day. Join me tomorrow for weekend estimates and the like.

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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 24 May 2015, 19:50

Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' Tops Slow Memorial Day Weekend With $32.2 Million


LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Variety.com) - There weren't as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer "Tomorrowland" disappointed with a $32.2 million debut.
The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" renown. The Disney release is expected to pull in a lackluster $40.7 million for the four-day period.
That's still good enough for a first place finish, with Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" coming in a close second with an estimated $30.3 million three-day haul and a projected $37.9 million for the four days. The acappella comedy's domestic total stands at $125.4 million.
"Tomorrowland" had been expected to generate $40 million over the three-day period and $50 million over the four-day stretch. With a $180 million price tag, Disney faces an uphill climb to profitability. Not helping matters, overseas figures were an underwhelming $26.7 million.
Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis predicted that the film would pick up steam as schools let out, noting it is the only PG-rated release in the month of May.
"The trade off when you're taking a bit of a chance on a new piece of [intellectual property] is that... it takes audiences a little longer to find a film," he said, adding, "This one is going to find its audience."
"Tomorrowland" appears to have been dinted by middling reviews and an overly secretive marketing campaign that left too many plot details under wraps. The film's opening weekend crowd was 51% male, with adults making up 61% of ticket-buyers and families comprising 30% of customers. It received a mediocre B CinemaScore, indicating mixed word-of-mouth.
Hollis said consumers initially seemed to respond to marketing materials that teased the film's plot elements while keeping plot information close to the chest, but the studio would comb over exit data to see if the strategy backfired.
"We wanted it to be something that was cool and edgy and mysterious," he said.
The weekend's other new wide release, "Poltergeist," pulled in $23 million from 3,240 locations for the three days and will make roughly $27.7 million for its first four days. The horror remake cost an economical $35 million to produce and was backed by Fox 2000 and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" had a solid hold, adding $23.8 million in its second weekend and pushing its domestic total to $87.3 million. It will do approximately $30 million worth of business over the four-day weekend. Still, with a budget of $150 million, plus promotion and marketing costs, the apocalyptic adventure has a lot of ground left to cover before it pushes into the black.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" rounded out the top five, with the superhero sequel nabbing $20.9 million and driving its stateside haul to $404.1 million.
Among art house releases, Fox Searchlight's "Far From the Madding Crowd" expanded from 289 theaters to 865 locations, picking up $2.3 million in the process. The adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel has earned $5.4 million.
The overall box office will likely trail last year's Memorial Day weekend, when "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opened to $90.8 million, by 19%. It also won't even crack the top ten Memorial Day weekends of all time.
"All it takes is one big movie to power a Memorial Day weekend, and we didn't have that," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.


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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 24 May 2015, 20:24

Even though I didn't think this movie was that great I hope it does rake in some big $$ over the next few weeks.  If most of the country is enjoying nice weather this holiday weekend that could keep some people/families away. It is a solid family film and as schools let out hopefully that will help up the numbers.  I still think it's worth seeing and visually is terrific, especially on IMAX.  Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 24 May 2015, 21:29

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Post by Nicky80 on Tue 26 May 2015, 17:31

OK I know this is Lainey but there is a sentence in the artile I have a question about:

while the movie topped the box office for Memorial Day weekend, the actual number isn’t great. The number will need to grow overseas in order for it not to be considered a loss. That’s true for almost all movies these days though, isn’t it? Hollywood needs the foreign money. Movie stars need the foreign fans. What would Johnny Depp be without it?

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Why need Hollywood foreign Money. Do the Americans not go to the Cinema anymore? I mean not like this anymore like in the past? or what happen?
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 26 May 2015, 17:37

Well, not sure about this, Nicky, but I think it's because the films are so expensive to make that they wouldn't make any profit if it wasn't for foreign investment and ticket sales. 

It would be really interesting to know what profits Disney generates from international sales in comparison to domestic ones.

They also get tax breaks from other countries for filming there and investing their money in jobs overseas as well as at home. In fact you may find that foreign technicians are cheaper and maybe more innovative as well.........

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 26 May 2015, 17:58

I also think that not as many Americans go to the movies today because of the cost.  It is so expensive for a family of four to go to the movies, get popcorn and sodas.  So many just wait for movies to come out on DVD.  I think some celebrities also generate as much or more success overseas and foreign ticket sales reflect that.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 May 2015, 18:23

In Manhattan a movie is 15 dollars that is 60 for a family of 4 and don't even think of pop corn and a snack. these prices are ridiculous.

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Post by Nicky80 on Tue 26 May 2015, 21:04

thanks guys. Interesting.

$15 is a lot for a ticket. you pay this in Berlin only if you go to the City centre to the big movie Screen and visit the eveining Show on a Friday or Saturday.

If I visit my Cinema around the Corner (which is still centre) I pay 6 Euros which is around $6,50 Very Happy
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Post by Nicky80 on Tue 26 May 2015, 21:05

party animal - not! wrote:Well, not sure about this, Nicky, but I think it's because the films are so expensive to make that they wouldn't make any profit if it wasn't for foreign investment and ticket sales. 

It would be really interesting to know what profits Disney generates from international sales in comparison to domestic ones.

They also get tax breaks from other countries for filming there and investing their money in jobs overseas as well as at home. In fact you may find that foreign technicians are cheaper and maybe more innovative as well.........

Yes this would be interesting to know. Hope they publish numbers soon...
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Post by fava on Tue 26 May 2015, 23:08

The price of the movie tickets in U.S. may be a small part of it, but I think it is in large part due to  the wide range of entertainment options people can now enjoy in their own homes --on a large screen if they chose--any time that is convenient for them.

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 27 May 2015, 01:39

On the one hand, we can think of several logical reasons that the movie opened 'soft,' even something as simple as the weather was either too good or too bad in a huge swath of the country this past weekend, and then decry the overemphasis on opening weekend numbers.

On the other, this is what studio executives will point to when they're asked about the dependence on franchise/superhero/sequel/remake movie fare. Original movies are a huge risk. Audiences - the younger ones, at least - nowadays respond to pre-built characters, not the actors who can bring a new creation to life. People who go to movies for original stories don't flock to the movieplex on opening Friday. They curl up on the sofa with Amazon Prime.

I think this movie will find its audience, given a chance. But it's already being called a "disappointment," so some who may have planned to see it will wait until they can watch it at home. Which is a shame, because this scenario is part of what's killing creativity in the movie business. IMHO, of course.

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Post by Katiedot on Wed 27 May 2015, 04:56

I think it's a mix of things: ticket prices, yes. Also the fact that there are so many entertainment options competing with cinema (audiences are falling each year in most countries), plus the fact that films are so expensive to make - 20 years ago, how many films cost $170m to make?

On the other hand, there are new revenue streams and more ways of making money from films so I don't think this'll lose money. It's just a shame that it wasn't the runaway success that we were all hoping for.
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Post by lionheart on Wed 27 May 2015, 09:28

I think the price is around that amount (US$15) for big cities. But I believe if the movie is good, most people wont mind the price. Like for example, Gravity.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 27 May 2015, 11:56

For me they need to lower the prices 15 for a movie is ridiculous especially when it is a treat for the family, and the snacks can cost more than the movies. The theaters don't like you to bring your own it's just way too expensive for a lot of people. How many fans of George have children and would want to see this film. Kids and teens tend to want to see films with the super hero's and subject matter they know.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 27 May 2015, 12:31

I think all the reasons everyone is giving are good ones, but I lay the blame for the soft opening squarely on Disney. First, for not letting Bird and Lindelhof know that the the film needed some more work before pronouncing it ready for release - don't they screen for studio execs? Don't those guys have any say at all about a film before it is released? Can't they tell when something isn't quite working?

Secondly, the publicity for the film was ridiculous. You don't put on a full court press for a film that needs it because you want to be hip and mysterious? Are they 2 year olds? It's business! Who cares if you look hip? Make the sell!

(PS - Annemarie, I saw the movie in a neighborhood theater where admission was $8 for adults and $4 for kids. Not a fancy place - no IMAX or anything - but relatively affordable.)
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 27 May 2015, 13:40

Has anyone seen many trailers for Tomorrowland  this week?  I don't watch much network TV.  I haven't seen any on the channels I watch.  Seems like Disney should keep this movie in the public eye for a couple of weeks to get people out to see it.  I would think at least the Disney channel is still promoting it.

Even with mediocre reviews if the movie-going public thinks it looks good they'll see it.  

Like Lizzy said I'm not sure the PR for this film was handled in a way to maximize box office sales.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 27 May 2015, 15:42

LIzzyNy, was that in Manhattan? I know in certain areas in Brooklyn it is 13.50 a ticket.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 27 May 2015, 17:08

Annemarie - It was in Brooklyn - not in one of the yuppi-fied neighborhoods, though, and not in a multi-plex. Just a good old-fashioned neighborhood theater.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 27 May 2015, 17:31

Thanks Lizzy.

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 28 May 2015, 04:04

The Guardian gave Tomorrowland a really positive review last week but .....

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 01 Jun 2015, 04:03

According to Vulture Tomorrowland made $13.8m this weekend - a 58% drop from last weekend.  Worldwide to date $130m.
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Spy edged out San Andreas to claim the number one spot at the box office this weekend. The critically acclaimed Melissa McCarthy action-comedy made approximately $29 million in ticket sales, beating out the Dwayne Johnson disaster movie, which came in second place and earned approximately $25 million. San Andreas, which took the box office crown last weekend, is on track to hit the $100 million mark in total cumulative gross this weekend.

Nabbing third place was the horror film Insidious: Chapter 3, which opened strong with $23 million. Entourage, the film adaptation of the popular HBO TV show had a disappointing opening, coming in fourth place with just $11 million. The highly anticipated movie has been hampered by poor reviews.

The Anna Kendrick musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 secured fifth place with $8.5 million, continuing to attract filmgoers in its fourth week. The action-adventure film Max Max: Fury Road also stayed strong, taking home $8.3 million for sixth place.
George Clooney’s mystery-adventure movie Tomorrowland slipped down to seventh place with $8.2 million, while Avengers: Age of Ultron came in eighth place, grossing approximately $6.9 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were the Bradley Cooper romantic-comedy Aloha with $3.9 million in ninth place and the horror remake Poltergeist with $2.7 million. What did you see this weekend?
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Post by Katiedot on Sun 07 Jun 2015, 10:35

Ooh, I went to see Spy as well. Really funny.
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Post by LornaDoone on Sun 07 Jun 2015, 22:57

Loved Spy. Katie did you stay till the end of the credits? Final scene was funny and will definitely be in the blooper reel I'm sure!
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Post by lionheart on Wed 10 Jun 2015, 20:01

Loved Melissa McCarthy on Gilmore Girls. Glad she's doing well.

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 10 Jun 2015, 20:16

lionheart wrote:Loved Melissa McCarthy on Gilmore Girls. Glad she's doing well.

I did too lionheart.  I really liked Gilmore Girls.  My daughter got me into watching it.
Melissa is a good actress.  Some of her movies I like (Bridesmaids and St. Vincent) and some I feel she has been typecast.  Spy has gotten really good reviews.  And I read that Melissa's character is more of a departure from her usual roles.  Don't know if I will see it in the theater.  It's not a "George" movie.  Sorry Missa.  Couldn't help myself.

I know George will recover from Tomorrowland's poor showing but I'm so disappointed for him.  And I guess the young actresses too.  Even though the writing fell short I think this movie would have done so much better if it had been marketed wisely.  And if the critics hadn't analyzed it to its grave.
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Post by melbert on Thu 11 Jun 2015, 02:05

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Disney Could Lose $140 Million on 'Tomorrowland' Flop
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This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
If ever there was a studio that could withstand a serious stumble, it's Disney, home of Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. And stumble it has with Tomorrowland, the Brad Bird-directed fantasy adventure. Sources say the film will lose $120 million to $140 million by the time it finishes its global rollout, becoming Disney's first major financial misfire since The Lone Ranger prompted a $190 mil­lion write-down two summers ago.
It's also the third big-budget original tentpole of 2015 to bomb after Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son, highlighting the risky nature of nine-figure filmmaking at a time when relatively lower-budget hits such as Spy and Pitch Perfect 2 are causing studios to look closely at the costs of creating franchises.
Tomorrowland, which cost $180 million to produce plus a marketing spend of $150 million or more, had everything going for it: a hot filmmaker in Bird, 57 (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol), and a global star in George Clooney, 54. But it debuted to weak reviews (was it for kids or adults?) and a soft $42.7 million during the long Memorial Day weekend. As of June 8, the film had earned $76.4 million domestically and $93.5 million overseas for a global total of $169.9 million. It might not gross much more than $200 million, far from enough to cover Disney's costs.
China, ravenous for American event movies, has been a particularly harsh blow. Tomorrowland bowed to $13.8 million there in early June, getting trounced by the $38.3 million opening of the Japanese animated title Stand by Me Doraemon.

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"Yes, they took a miss with Tomorrowland, but there are so many things working for Disney," says analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners, noting that Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron has earned nearly $1.35 billion worldwide since May. "And coming up, there's Inside Out (June 19), Ant-Man (July 17) and Star Wars (Dec. 18). Disney will do just fine this year."
That's why Tomorrowland hasn't stirred media or shareholder uproar as did Lone Ranger and John Carter ($200 million write-down). (Disney stock hasn't budged.) But it has raised the issue of whether studios will spend at this level on original tentpoles. Even the hit San Andreas, which Warner Bros. has marketed as an event pic, cost "only" $110 million.
"There's a reason you're seeing more sequels, prequels and known properties because you never know how films like Tomorrowland or Jupiter Ascending are going to turn out," says Handler. Jupiter was a pricey miss for Warners, Village Roadshow and other partners who paid nearly $180 million to make the sci-fi fantasy, which topped out at $181.9 million worldwide and lost about $120 million all-in.
Despite the flop, few fault Disney for taking a chance on a director like Bird. Says a rival executive, "When a guy like that comes to you with an original idea, and Clooney is part of the package, you'll take the swing."

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Re: ‘Tomorrowland’ Earns $725,000, ‘Poltergeist’ Scares Up $1.4 Million on Thursday Night

Post by melbert on Thu 11 Jun 2015, 02:13

PA-N's article:

Revealed: George Clooney's Tomorrowland is Disney's biggest summer flop in two years and heading for a $140 million LOSS

  • The big budget film cost about $330 million to produce and market. Global ticket sales to date are $170 million 
  • The Hollywood Reporter says it's Disney's worst summer flop since 2013's The Lone Ranger 

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Published: 16:06 EST, 10 June 2015  | Updated: 16:35 EST, 10 June 2015

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Even the newly-married, headline-grabbing George Clooney couldn't save Tomorrowland.
The Disney big budget fantasy adventure based on one of is signature theme park rides is set to lose the studio between $120 and 140 million, according to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Wednesday.
It's the biggest summer flop for the Mouse House since Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger in 2013 which also failed big time to connect with audiences, costing Disney $190 million. 



Lackluster: George Clooney's Tomorrowland is set to be Disney's worst-performing summer release in two years and it's poor performance is set to cost the studio about $140 million
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Flop: Clooney, 54, has his name above the title in Disney's Tomorrowland but it wasn't enough to save the poorly-reviewed fantasty adventure film inspired by the signature theme park ride
Directed by Brad Bird, and co-starring Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, the movie cost $180 million to make and had a marketing budget upwards of $150 million.
But its global ticket sales to date are just under $170 million, according to THR.com.

It's not Disney's biggest flop ever though.
That title still belongs to the 2012 film John Carter which did so poorly it cost the studio an unprecedented $200 million, the worst write down in the history of Hollywood.
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Wife by his side: The actor took bride Amal with him for the film's premieres around the globe as a way to drum up publicity. But despite fan excitement, the ploy failed to get audiences into movie theatres to see the film




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Family friendly: The couple brought along Amal's niece Mia Alamuddin to the LA premiere of Tomorrowland
The first sign Tomorrowland was in trouble came when it struggled to entice audiences into movie theatres over the long Memorial Day weekend opening with a weak $42.7 million over four days.

And despite the global star power of leading man Clooney, overseas audiences didn't warm to it much either.
In China, where American movies are eagerly anticipated, Tomorrowland opened this month with $13.98 million, lagging far the $38.3 million opening of Japanese animated film Stand by Me Doraemon.
It is likely another blow for Clooney who took wife Amal Clooney with him to the film's red carpet premieres in the hope of generating as much publicity as possible.

The Oscar-winning actor, 54, hasn't had a huge box office hit in a leading role for some time.
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Star status: While he's one of the most famous men in the world, the Oscar winner hasn't headlined a huge box office hit in years. He did have a supporting role in Sandra Bullock's acclaimed movie Gravity in 2013
In the Sony email hack last December, the star was revealed to be fretting over his 2014 World War Two drama The Monuments Men which he co-wrote, directed and starred in.
On January 29, just ahead of the film's February release, Clooney sent an email to studio head Amy Pascal with the subject line: 'It's getting worse.'
'I need some protection from all the reviews,' he wrote. 'Let’s just make it a hit. I haven’t slept in 30 hours. And it’s 7 am.'
Pascal responded via email: 'We will protect you by making money… that’s the best revenge.'
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Self-doubt: Hacked Sony emails in December 2014 revealed Clooney was worried that The Monuments Men, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in, would be a box office flop. He's seen here in a scene from the film with co-star Hugh Bonneville
Disney is likely to move on from Tomorrowland's disappointing performance, coming as it does off the back of the hugely successful 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron that has just passed the $1 billion mark.

The studio also has Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out in December.
So far, the summer season has been the domain of smaller budget films like Pitch Perfect 2 and Spy.
The Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and  Hailee steinfeld had a budget of $29 million and to date has grossed $250 million.

Melissa McCarthy's espionage comedy Spy, co-starring Jason Statham and Jude Law, came in at number one at the U.S. box office this past weekend and has already recouped what it cost to make.
Produced for $65 million, it's already made a worldwide total of $88.5 million.



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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Thu 11 Jun 2015, 02:39

Thank you, melbert.

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Post by melbert on Sun 14 Jun 2015, 22:54

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Tomorrowland still in the top 10!!!

Jurassic World Breaks Box Office Record With $511.8 Million Opening
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Jurassic World took a ginormous bite out of the history books with a monstrous opening that broke records. The new film, the fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise, earned $204.6 million in its first week. That was more than enough to make the movie the biggest June opening of all time. It’s now the second biggest U.S. opening ever, right behind The Avengers, which remains at the top with $207.4 million. But, with an international box office of an additional $307.8 million and a total of $511.8 million, Jurassic World had the biggest opening globally in history.
Understandably, the rest of the movies this weekend earned far, far less at the box office. Coming in a distant second was Melissa McCarthy’s Spy which, as Gossip Cop reported, topped the box office last week. The film earned $16 million. Fellow former number one, Dwayne Johnson’s disaster epic San Andreas, came in third with $11 million.
Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest flick in the popular horror series, nabbed fourth place with $7.3 million. And Pitch Perfect 2 secured fifth place with $6 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were Entourage with $4.3 million, Mad Max: Fury Road with $4.1 million, Avengers: Age of Ultron with $3.6 million, Tomorrowland with $3.4 million, and Love & Mercy with $1.9 million.
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Post by it's me on Sun 14 Jun 2015, 23:06

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Post by Nicky80 on Mon 15 Jun 2015, 19:25

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 02:07

Just a side thought - Jurassic World - a movie that received awful reviews breaks the North American box office record and is the first film to go over the half billion dollar mark worldwide.  People were more than willing to shell out their hard earned cash to watch a bunch of over zealous dinos chase after dumb witted humans.  Say wha?
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Post by melbert on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 02:09

Since so many are saying that George looks so old and decrepit, maybe he should have been in the dino flick?
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 02:18

melbert wrote:Since so many are saying that George looks so old and decrepit, maybe he should have been in the dino flick?


Ouch!
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 14:43

Melbert - WTF? That's mean!!!!
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 15:35

LizzyNY wrote:Melbert - WTF? That's mean!!!!


Yeah, really.

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Post by melbert on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 02:12

Hey, I'm not the one who says it.  I think he looks WONDERFUL!  Jeez - don't shoot me!
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Post by melbert on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 11:51

Tomorrowland is still in the top 10 for the weekend.
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Post by What Would He Say on Mon 22 Jun 2015, 13:34

He was playing a part and looking the part....

May be it's just me....but I liked the look....kind of tender....Mmmm.
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Post by melbert on Sun 28 Jun 2015, 19:19

Now out of the Top 10.  I think that overall, it still made good money.  Maybe not total recoup, but...
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Post by it's me on Sun 28 Jun 2015, 22:43

the total now?
anyone?

guess the title needs to be changed...
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Post by melbert on Mon 29 Jun 2015, 02:56

I think I read about $200 million.
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 29 Jun 2015, 03:48

melbert wrote:I think I read about $200 million.

That's what I read .... actually $202 million worldwide.  Tomorrowland will have to pull in at least $400 million to break even.  The cost of marketing this film was immense and yet Disney (Bird)  blew it on selling this film to the public.  Opening weekend for any movie is crucial.  Despite the weak writing/story if Disney had at least marketed this film smartly it could have at least had a stronger opening weekend.  And maybe a couple of additional weekends of better than below average numbers.
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