Friday, September 26, 2014

The Projector: 140 Character Edition

We've been swamped. Between moving and waking up smack dab in the middle of the night, updating this page has been well — tough. As such, we're trying out a streamlined 140-character method of doling out our weekly Projector. Join the 5,000+ folks who've already followed @FinalCutonFilm, receiving our etched-in-stone top 5 films for the impending weekend. In fact, this weekend's Projector looks a lot like this:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Projector: Time Out Edition

After delivering box office forecasts every week for the past forever, we deserve a break. With nothing but dreck rolling into theaters over the next several weekends, it's the ideal time for a siesta, recharging the prognosticator batteries in preps for fall when things of substance finally return to the multiplex. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter as we'll still beat everyone like redheaded stepchildren update box office results as they roll in.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Projector: August Apathy Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE: America had the same apathetic reaction to this weekend's newcomers as I had with all three newbies coming up short of their modest expectations — Sin City 2 flat out tanking with one of the worst wide openings of 2014. The weekend's headline clearly belongs to Guardians of the Galaxy which surpassed Transformers 4 as the biggest box office draw this summer and is now less than $8M from taking down Captain America 2 as the biggest box office draw of the year, period. I am Groot indeed.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy $17.6M
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.8M
3. If I Stay $16.4M
4. Let's Be Cops $11M
5. When the Game Stands Tall $9M

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Projector: Ancient Actioner Edition UPDATE

Sunday UPDATE: Bank busted. We rolled the dice on a bunch of old dudes sporting ridiculously-sized weapons and then watched The Expendables 3 implode, opening to less than half the cash the original bowed to some four years ago. While piracy undoubtedly played some role in the mess, let's face facts, the young, moviegoing set has zero interest in ancient action stars — millennials identify with Matt Damon, not Mel Gibson. The weekend's other newcomers, Let's Be Cops and The Giver, had mixed results, the former beat the street with some $26M banked since its Tuesday night debut, while the latter joined the long list of YA film adaptation fails – The Host, The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures – in fifth place.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.4M
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24.7M
3. Let's Be Cops $17.7M
4. The Expendables 3 $16.2M
5. The Giver $12.8M

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Projector: Rebooted Reptiles Edition UPDATE

Sunday UPDATE: Cowabunga indeed. Those heroes in a half shell carved up the competition as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles smashed expectations with a strong $65.6M debut. With some "forecasters" predicting an opening in the mid-$30Ms, TMNT played big with two key auds: families and Gen Yers, the same demo we mentioned would be key to Turtles' success back on Thursday night. Dropping a respectable -56% to place second, Guardians of the Galaxy raised its domestic take to $175.9M, TMNT and Guardians combining for the second-best August weekend on the heels of the last weekend's record-setting frame. Into The Storm left a trail of minor debris in third, debuting a bit higher than forecasted while The Hundred-Foot Journey similarly beat the street in fourth.

(Updated with weekend actuals)

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65.6M
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $42.1M
3. Into The Storm $17.3M
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey $10.9M
5. Lucy $9.5M

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Projector: Record Setting Raccoon Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE: Record annihilated. Guardians of the Galaxy obliterated The Bourne Ultimatum's August record unleashing the third-biggest debut of 2014, its $94.3M bow behind only Transformers 4 and Captain America 2. With another $67.4M overseas, Guardians has banked $161.7M worldwide in its first three days and its A CinemaScore bodes quite well going forward with kids still on recess for the next several weeks, in many cases, until after Labor Day — next weekend's reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely take a hit from Guardians' staying power. Though Guardians success spearheaded the biggest August weekend ever, the weekend's other newbie, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, opened to a listless $13.6M.

(Updated with weekend actuals)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy $94.3M
2. Lucy $18.3M
3. Get On Up $13.6M
4. Hercules $11M
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8.7M

Friday, July 25, 2014

Scarlett Smackdown Edition UPDATE

Sunday UPDATE: Scarlett's smackdown it was. More than legitimizing her standing as a bona fide solo headliner, Scarlett Johansson's Lucy lit up the joint with $44M in its first three days, some $16M more than the similarly-marketed, Tom Cruise-toplined Edge of Tomorrow banked back in June. ScarJo ripped The Rock in the process as Hercules outmuscled expectations by a skosh in second with $29M. With its sluggish C+ CinemaScore, Lucy will suffer a severe sophomore drop, especially up against the hotly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy, a film whose buzz is building by the second.

(Updated with weekend actuals)

1. Lucy $43.9M
2. Hercules $29.8M
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16.8M
4. The Purge: Anarchy $10.5M
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue $9.5M