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Dark Shadows (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $79,727,149Details
International Box Office $158,475,519Details
Worldwide Box Office $238,202,668
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $16,905,462 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $8,067,879 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $24,973,341
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death - turning him into a vampire, and then burying him...alive. Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard is the one person Barnabas entrusts with the truth of his identity. But his rather odd and anachronistic behavior immediately raises the suspicions of the live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman, who has no idea what kind of problems she's really digging up. As Barnabas sets out to restore his family name to its former glory, one thing stands in his way: Collinsport's leading denizen, who goes by the name Angie...and who bears a striking resemblance to a very old acquaintance of Barnabas Collins.

Metrics

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Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
37% - Rotten
Audience
46% - Spilled

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$150,000,000
Domestic Releases: May 11th, 2012 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
May 11th, 2012 (IMAX) by Warner Bros.
International Releases: May 9th, 2012 (Wide) (Belgium)
May 9th, 2012 (Wide) (France)
May 9th, 2012 (Wide) (Switzerland)
May 10th, 2012 (Wide) (Australia)
May 10th, 2012 (Wide) (Austria)
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Video Release: October 2nd, 2012 by Warner Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2219, 4/18/2012)
Running Time: 112 minutes
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Keywords: Vampire, Curses, Time Travel, Culture Clash, Unrequited Love, Dysfunctional Family, Romance, Epilogue, Voiceover/Narration, Non-Chronological, Werewolf, Mental Illness, Hauntings, IMAX: DMR, Prologue, Orphan, Suicide, Reincarnation, Dream Sequence, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Abandoned Child, 1700s
Source:Based on TV
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Productions, Infinitum Nihil, GK Films, Zancuk Company
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,862 $23,406 Aug 10, 2012 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,233 $108,838 Aug 3, 2012 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 706 $287,229 Jul 27, 2012 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 250 $1,209,814 Jul 20, 2012 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,291 $226,926 Jul 13, 2012 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,318 $304,908 Jul 6, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,428 $393,406 Jun 29, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,230 $260,447 Jun 22, 2012 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,007 $623,388 Jun 15, 2012 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,829 $1,410,207 Jun 8, 2012 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,264 $3,703,205 Jun 1, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 861 $7,504,387 May 25, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 741 $12,583,338 May 18, 2012 10
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 562 $50,721,759 May 18, 2012 10
Biggest Sunday at the Domestic Box Office 531 $9,162,239 May 13, 2012 3
Biggest May Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 120 $29,685,274 May 11, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 471 $29,685,274 May 11, 2012 3
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 678 $29,685,274 May 11, 2012 3
Widest Opening Weekend 160 3,755 May 11, 2012 3
Biggest May Day at the Domestic Box Office 348 $10,849,572 May 12, 2012 2
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 713 $10,849,572 May 12, 2012 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 685 $9,673,463 May 11, 2012 1
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 1,131 3.07 May 11, 2012 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 1,290 32.6% May 11, 2012 1

Cast

   Barnabas Collins
   Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
   Dr. Julia Hoffman
   Angelique Bouchard
   Willie Loomis
   Roger Collins
   Victoria Winters/Josette DuPres
   Carolyn Stoddard
   David Collins
Ray Shirley    Mrs. Johnson
Christopher Lee    Clarney
Alice Cooper    Alice Cooper
Ivan Kaye    Joshua Collins
Susanna Cappellaro    Naomi Collins
Josephine Butler    David's Mother
William Hope    Sheriff
Shane Rimmer    Board Member 1
Michael J. Shannon    Board Member 2
Harry Taylor    Henchman
Glen Mexted    Captain Rubberpants
Guy Flanagan    Bearded Hippie
Nigel Whitmey    Hard Hat 1
Philip Bulcock    Hard Hat 2
Sophie Kennedy Clark    Hippie Chick 1
Hannah Murray    Hippie Chick 2
Victoria Bewick    Hippie Chick 3
Sean Mahon    Collinsport Cop
Alexia Osborne    Young Victoria
Richard Hollis    Vicky's Father
Felicity Brangan    Vicky's Mother
Michael Anthony Brown    Windcliff Doctor
Charlotte Spencer    Coat Check Girl
Gabriel Freilich    Hippie 3
Justin Tracy    Young Barnabas - aged 6
Thomas Grube    Construction Worker 1
Jeff Mash    Construction Wroker 2
Raffey Cassidy    Young Angelique
Jonathan Frid    Guest
Kathryn Leigh Scott    Guest
Lara Parker    Guest
David Selby    Guest
Janine Craig    Go Go Dancer 1
Adelle Young    Go Go Dancer 2
Dominica Van Santen    Go Go Dancer 3
Josephine McGrail    Go Go Dancer 4

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Seth Grahame-Smith
Story Creator    John August
Story Creator    Seth Grahame-Smith
Producer    Richard D. Zanuck
Producer    Graham King
Producer    Johnny Depp
Producer    Christi Dembrowski
Producer    David Kennedy
Executive Producer    Chris Lebenzon
Executive Producer    Nigel Gostelow
Executive Producer    Tim Headington
Executive Producer    Bruce Berman
Based on the television series created by    Dan Curtis
Director of Photography    Bruno Delbonnel
Production Designer    Rick Heinrichs
Editor    Chris Lebenzon
Co-Producer    Katterli Frauenfelder
Composer    Danny Elfman
Costume Designer    Colleen Atwood

2012 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part IV

December 19th, 2012

There are only a few days left till Christmas and we are officially in the panic zone for gift shopping. This week we have our final installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Part I dealt with first run releases, Part II dealt with TV on DVD releases, Part III dealt with limited releases, foreign titles, and classics. This week, we deal with some music, books, games, as well as releases from the first three parts that I forgot the first time around. As always, there are quite a few in that last category. (I also use this time to burn off some releases that arrived late. This way I can get through all of the late reviews quicker than normal and actually have enough time to celebrate Christmas.) More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 30th, 2012

October 30th, 2012

It's not a great week on the home market. The best first run release is The Campaign, but while the movie is good, the DVD and the Blu-ray Combo Pack don't have enough extras. There are a few limited releases that piqued my interested as far as Pick of the Week was concerned. Safety Not Guaranteed on DVD or Blu-ray, Ruby Sparks on DVD or Blu-ray, and Polisse on DVD were all contenders. However, in the end I went with Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. The Blu-ray box set is awesome. More...

DVD Sales: Prometheus Tops Chart, But Starts Slow

October 26th, 2012

Prometheus was one of eight new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD Sales Chart. It led the way with 348,000 units / $5.92 million. This is lower than expected, but it did do much better on Blu-ray. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Avengers Continues Cinderella Story

October 21st, 2012

The Avengers remained in top spot on the Blu-ray sales chart with 824,000 units / $20.61 million for the week giving it totals of 4.21 million / $88.30 million after two. The number of Blu-rays that have sold more units can be counted on the fingers of one hand. More...

DVD Sales: Averages Too Bright for Dark Shadows

October 21st, 2012

The Avengers remained on top of the DVD sales chart selling an additional 664,000 units and generating $12.69 million more in revenue. After two weeks of release, the film has sold 2.75 million units and generated $48.10 million in total revenue giving it fourth place on the 2012 chart. More...

Contest: Marketplace of Predictions: Winning Announcement

October 17th, 2012

The winner of our Marketplace of Predictions contest was determined and it is... More...

Blu-ray Sales: Avengers Begin To Rewrite Record Book

October 12th, 2012

The Avengers became one of the best selling Blu-rays of all time after just one week of release. Its opening week sales were outstanding at 3.39 million units / $67.69 million. This was by far the biggest new releases of the week and it crushed the competition on the Blu-ray sales chart. In fact, it was easily the best single week on the chart and places the Blu-ray in the top ten on the all-time list. (More on that next week.) Its opening week Blu-ray share was 62%. I suspect by the end of the Christmas shopping season, a 60% opening week Blu-ray share will be the norm for any major release. More...

Contest: Marketplace of Predictions

October 5th, 2012

There are three wide releases coming out next week, and another opening semi-wide. Here Comes the Boom could win the box office race, especially if Kevin James returns to his earlier box office success. Sinister could be a low-level hit, especially if horror fans are excited by Halloween, but it doesn't have the hype to compete for first place. Seven Psychopaths might win an Oscar given its reviews, but it is opening in less than 2000 theaters and likely won't reach the top five. This leaves Argo as the most likely candidate for number one film next weekend. (Here Comes the Boom does have a shot, while Taken 2 might repeat on top of the chart during its second weekend of release.) Argo is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Argo. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), regardless if they go over or under, will win a copy of Dark Shadows on Blu-ray Combo Pack. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Contest: In the Loop: Winning Announcement

October 2nd, 2012

The winners of our In the Loop contest were determined and they are... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 2nd, 2012

October 2nd, 2012

It's the first week of the month and there is a wide variety of releases worth checking out, but not exactly a strong selection of best sellers. The biggest first-run release is Dark Shadows and while I'm looking forward to possibly reviewing the Blu-ray Combo Pack, I don't think it will be a huge hit. New Girl: Season One and The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray look great, but I'm waiting for the screeners to make final decisions. I won't get a chance to review Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, but it is a contender for Pick of the Week. The winner of that honor is Cinderella Blu-ray, which is a classic, even if it is a little old-fashioned. More...

International Box Office: Madagascar Tops Another Milestone

June 27th, 2012

For the third weekend in a row, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted earned top spot on the international chart, this time pulling in $35.43 million on 9,499 screens in 43 markets for a total of $214.17 million internationally and $371.26 million worldwide. Its best market of the weekend was Mexico, where it remained in first place with $3.81 million on 1,612 screens over the weekend for a total of $20.78 million after three. Meanwhile in Russia, the film has amassed a total of $43.05 million, including $3.41 million on 1,485 screens this past weekend. The film's next major market is Spain, but it doesn't open there till the end of July. It doesn't finish its run till October when it opens in the U.K. More...

International Box Office: Madagascar is Wanted Worldwide

June 13th, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted led the way on the international chart with $77.28 million on 10,877 screens in 28 markets. Its best single market was Russia, where it pulled in $9.80 million on 1,670 screens, which was easily enough for first place. It was also dominant in France with $7.96 million on 685 screens. A pair of Latin American markets also contributed to its overall success with it earning $7.53 million on 890 screens over the weekend in Brazil, for a total opening in that market of $10.85 million. In Mexico, it earned $6.98 million on 1,965. The studio is going with a spread out release schedule, so it doesn't have a whole lot of major markets in the coming weeks, while it doesn't end its international run till October when it debuts in the U.K. More...

International Box Office: International Men of Money

June 7th, 2012

Men in Black 3 held on extremely well during its second weekend of release on the international scene earning an easy first place with $78.67 million on 20,554 screens in 90 markets for a total of $275.17 million internationally. This is already more than Men in Black 2 made during its entire run. Worldwide the film has $386.25 million, which is higher than the high end of the film's reported budgets. It's on track to reach between $500 million and $600 million worldwide, which is enough to put it on track to earn a profit sometime on the film's home market run. Amazingly, the film actually held on well in China, where it was down less than 30% to $15.4 million on 5,200 screens over the weekend for a total of $51 million after two. Perhaps it will reach the century mark there. In Germany, it grew by 3% to $5.32 million on 742 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.44 million. It also grew by 3% in the U.K., but fell to third place with $4.69 million on 533 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.30 million after two. In Britain, it was the Jubilee Holiday, so that explains the growth. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Snow White and the Holdovers

June 4th, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman not only earned first place on the weekend box office chart, it did so with ease, topping all but the most bullish predictions. In fact, it even topped last year's opening of X-men: First Class, which means the film nearly helped 2012 back in the winning circle. The overall box office did fall 7% when compared to last weekend, but it was the post-Memorial Day weekend, so that's a very strong finish. The year-over-year decline was 11%, which normally would be really disappointing, but the previous weekend, the decline was over 30%, so this represents a huge recovery and bodes well for the next few weeks. 2012's lead over 2011 has shrunk to just under 10% at $4.47 billion to $4.07 billion, but even if the overall box office is flat for the rest of the year, a $400 million increase over the full year would be worth celebrating. More...

Weekend Predictions: Black and White

May 31st, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman is the only new wide release of the weekend and it is looking to overthrow Men in Black 3 on the top of the chart. It should have a pretty easy time winning, if not, the box office is in serious trouble. It is more important to compare its opening to that of X-men: First Class, which opened this weekend last year. Asking Snow White to make $55 million is probably asking too much, while the holdovers won't be able to match last year's crop, so June will likely start off on a low note when compared to last year. After an amazing start to the year, 2012 is starting to really struggle. Hopefully it is just a minor bump in the road. More...

International Box Office: Will International Numbers Get Men Into the Black?

May 30th, 2012

After Men in Black 3 missed expectations domestically, its international numbers became a lot more important. I have good news and bad news. The good news is, it opened in first place with $126.31 million on 22,195 screens in 103 markets over the weekend for a total opening of $135.29 million earning first place in 101 of those markets. The bad news is, it has nowhere else to go. It's going to need to rely on strong legs to keep going. In a lot of international markets, films tends to have better legs than they have here. For instance, Japan. But the opposite is true in places like Russia and China, where pump and dumps rule. Speaking of which, the film's best single market was China where it made $20.6 million on 6,073 screens, which was just ahead of The Avengers' opening there, but that film had to deal with a massive local hit. MiB3's second biggest market was Russia, with $16.92 million on 1,549 screens, which was also more than The Avengers managed. Unfortunately, those were the only two major markets where that was true. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Men are Back But Avengers Still Top Story

May 29th, 2012

While the latest installment of the Men in Black franchise topped the box office over the Memorial Day long weekend, it was The Avengers that continued to be the big story of the year. Men in Black 3's opening was merely average given the release date, and well below average given the film's production budget. On the other hand, The Avengers continued to break records. Overall, the box office was up by 7% from last weekend reaching $153 million over the three day portion of the weekend. However, that's 31% lower than Memorial Day last year. Ouch. Over four days, the weekend pulled in $194 million, which was 30% lower than last year. Again, ouch. Year-to-date, 2012 is still ahead of 2011, but the lead is down to 12.5% at $4.28 billion to $3.85 billion. More...

International Box Office: Avengers Crack Top Five All-Time

May 23rd, 2012

The Avengers remained on top of the international chart for the fourth weekend in a row and that helped it reach fourth place on the all time worldwide chart. Over the weekend it pulled in $59.1 million giving it totals of $726.4 million internationally and $1.18 billion worldwide. To put this into perspective, if the film had earned $700 million worldwide, it would have been considered a smash hit and it would have broken even before the home market. The film was pushed into second place in the U.K. with $4.45 million on 496 screens over the weekend, but it has $71.11 million in that market, making it the film's biggest single intentional market. China is right behind with $69.3 million. It has also topped $50 million in Mexico ($3.27 million on 1,757 screens over the weekend for a total of $53.53 million) and in Brazil ($5.40 million on 915 screens over the weekend for a total of $50.49 million). The film has yet to open in Japan and by the time it does, it will likely have overtaken Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II for third place on the all-time chart. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Battleship Mothballed

May 21st, 2012

The Avengers continued its monster run and it crushed Battleship, The Dictator, and What to Expect When You're Expecting. In fact, The Avengers made more than the three new releases made combined. This is partially due to the film's strong hold, but in large part due to the newcomers' weaknesses, and this led to a 16% decline from last week to $143 million. Unfortunately, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides didn't show this weakness when it opened and the overall box office was a 15% lower than this weekend last year. 2012 still has a massive 16% lead over 2011 at $4.03 billion to $3.49 billion. Hopefully this is just a momentary blip and 2012 gets back to its winning ways very soon. More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Sink Battleship

May 20th, 2012

The Avengers will continue as the undisputed hit of the Summer this weekend, as it has proved to be too much competition for another contender. After defeating Dark Shadows last weekend, the superhero movie has crushed Battleship in its domestic debut. The nautical action movie will earn an estimated $25.35 million this weekend, according to Universal, a drop in its $209 million (according to the studio) production budget. With $55 million, Avengers will pass $450 million in its 17th day in release, marking another record. More...

Weekend Predictions: Avengers Look to Complete the Hat Trick

May 17th, 2012

For the first time all month, there is more than one new release coming out. However, despite this, it looks like The Avengers will still reign on top of the box office chart. Only Battleship has a real shot at beating it, while The Dictator and What to Expect When You're Expecting combined probably won't make as much as The Avengers will over the weekend. This is a little worrisome, as last year saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which opened with $90 million. There's almost no chance any film will make that much this weekend. In fact, the top two films might not make that much combined. So will 2012 lose on the year-over-year comparison? Probably not, as this year has a little more depth. It could be uncomfortably close though. More...

International Box Office: Avengers are Billionaires

May 16th, 2012

The Avengers reached the $1 billion worldwide milestone in a mere 19 days, tying the record set by Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. However, this is even more impressive, as The Avengers opened domestically one week later than it opened internationally. Over the weekend the film added $93.8 million on 17,104 screens in 54 markets for totals of $635.1 million internationally and $1.01 billion worldwide. It is the first Marvel film to reach this milestone, but amazingly the fifth Disney movie to do so. There have only been twelve films to reach $1 billion worldwide, and Disney have made five of them. More...

Contest: Hiding in the Shadows: Winning Announcement

May 15th, 2012

The winners of our Hiding in the Shadows were determined and they are... More...

Per Theater Chart: New Releases Are Overshadowed

May 15th, 2012

No new releases managed to earn a spot in the $10,000 club on this week's per theater chart. That doesn't mean it was empty, as The Avengers remained potent with an average of $23,696 during its second weekend of release. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was arguably even more impressive, as it expanded into more than 150 additional theaters, but its per theater average only fell to $15,012. It did well enough to grab eighth place overall, and with this average, it will certainly expand more. On the other hand, the best new release was Dark Shadows with an average of $7,906. This is good, but not great. The best limited release was Girl in Progress. That was was playing in more than 300 theaters and managed an average of $4,298. That's a good start, but I don't think it will expand greatly. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Avengers Begin New Century Club

May 15th, 2012

For the first time ever, a film earned more than $100 million during its sophomore stint. The Avengers again led the way at the box office and again broke records. It wasn't all good news as Dark Shadows missed modest expectations and the overall box office slid 34% from last weekend to $171 million. That is still 22% higher than the same weekend last year, while 2012's lead over 2011 grew to 17.5% at $3.83 billion to $3.26 billion. I don't know how long The Avengers can keep 2012 ahead in the year-over-year comparison, but it sure is helping build up its lead in the short term. More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Piles on the Records

May 13th, 2012

A second-weekend drop-off of 50% for a major release is considered a very respectable performance these days. But when it occurs for a film that opened with over $200 million, that puts the performance into a different league. Those legs will mean The Avengers will cruise to another major record this record, with its predicted $103.2 million the biggest second weekend in history. The film will have $373 million by the close of the day on Sunday, according to Disney, and about $1 billion worldwide. More...

Weekend Predictions: Avengers Overshadows New Releases

May 10th, 2012

There is one wide release this week, Dark Shadows, plus a busy slate of limited releases. However, the only film most people are talking about is The Avengers. There is a chance that by the end of business this weekend, it will be the biggest hit of the year, overtaking The Hunger Games. Even if Dark Shadows makes $50 million over the weekend, it will be a mere footnote at the box office compared to The Avengers' sophomore stint. Dark Shadows probably won't match the combined openings of last year's two wide releases, Bridemaids and Priest 3D (about $41 million), but it could be close. However, since there are some that are predicting The Avengers will earn more than last year's top five earned (about $110 million), 2012 should easily walk away with the win. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Avengers Assemble a New Record Book

May 7th, 2012

Expectations for The Avengers were high, record-breakingly high among some people. However, as high as they were, reality was higher. Records were not just broken, but destroyed beyond recognition. The overall box office was in the top five combined biggest weekends with $258 million, which was 134% higher than last weekend. 134%. It was 55% higher than the same weekend last year. Like I've said before, this kind of year-over-year change usually only happens when there is a misalignment in holidays. The victory erases all of the losses from April, and then some, giving 2012 a $500 million lead over 2011 at $3.58 billion to $3.08 billion. This is an amazing start for the summer and with with roughly 25 million people seeing movies this weekend, upcoming films got a ton of free publicity and added hype. More...

Contest: Hiding in the Shadows

May 4th, 2012

The only wide release opening next weekend is Dark Shadows, which could be a huge hit, or one of Tim Burton's rare misses. (I'm a little worried it might be a little too strange for mainstream audiences and it could have a Sweeney Todd-like run.) Despite my concerns, it is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Dark Shadows. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Spongebob Squarepants: Vs. The Big One on DVD, which features Johnny Depp. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Spongebob Squarepants: Runaway Roadtrip on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2012 Preview: May

May 1st, 2012

There's good news / bad news going forward into May. First the bad news, April was really weak. It was weak compared to the previous month and weak compared to last year. For the first time all year, we had losses for a month on the year-over-year comparison. As for the good news... it could have been worse? Maybe there wasn't good news with regards to April, but there is certainly good news going forward. Every weekend in May has at least one film with the potential to hit $100 million, while there are a couple that could hit $200 million, and one that, pie in the sky, could reach $400 million. That one film is The Avengers, or as it is officially called, Marvel's The Avengers. I guess they don't want people reminded of the 1998 TV adaptation. While there are four films that should reach $100 million, there are only three other films opening wide, maybe two, maybe four. (More sources have Chernobyl Diaries opening wide than in limited release, but it is not a sure thing either way. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for LOL.) Additionally, there are a couple films opening in limited release this month with a real potential to expand wide: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and God Bless America. By comparison, last year had no film reach $300 million, but it had five films reach $100 million. If we are going to earn the win this year, we need strength from the top. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 2 $29,685,274   3,755 $7,906   $29,685,274 3
2012/05/18 4 $12,583,338 -58% 3,755 $3,351   $50,721,759 10
2012/05/25 6 $7,504,387 -40% 3,404 $2,205   $62,987,283 17
2012/06/01 8 $3,703,205 -51% 3,002 $1,234   $70,677,046 24
2012/06/08 11 $1,410,207 -62% 1,550 $910   $73,785,840 31
2012/06/15 14 $623,388 -56% 680 $917   $75,156,016 38
2012/06/22 22 $260,447 -58% 302 $862   $75,753,107 45
2012/06/29 20 $393,406 +51% 365 $1,078   $76,280,764 52
2012/07/06 23 $304,908 -22% 303 $1,006   $76,860,879 59
2012/07/13 29 $226,926 -26% 239 $949   $77,268,188 66
2012/07/20 12 $1,209,814 +433% 412 $2,936   $78,620,974 73
2012/07/27 21 $287,229 -76% 222 $1,294   $79,350,529 80
2012/08/03 34 $108,838 -62% 132 $825   $79,628,024 87
2012/08/10 53 $23,406 -78% 45 $520   $79,711,678 94

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 2 $9,673,463   3,755 $2,576   $9,673,463 1
2012/05/12 2 $10,849,572 +12% 3,755 $2,889   $20,523,035 2
2012/05/13 2 $9,162,239 -16% 3,755 $2,440   $29,685,274 3
2012/05/14 2 $2,311,455 -75% 3,755 $616   $31,996,729 4
2012/05/15 2 $2,611,208 +13% 3,755 $695   $34,607,937 5
2012/05/16 3 $1,841,116 -29% 3,755 $490   $36,449,053 6
2012/05/17 3 $1,689,368 -8% 3,755 $450   $38,138,421 7
2012/05/18 5 $3,820,203 +126% 3,755 $1,017   $41,958,624 8
2012/05/19 4 $5,311,706 +39% 3,755 $1,415   $47,270,330 9
2012/05/20 4 $3,451,429 -35% 3,755 $919   $50,721,759 10
2012/05/21 4 $1,255,159 -64% 3,755 $334   $51,976,918 11
2012/05/22 4 $1,303,235 +4% 3,755 $347   $53,280,153 12
2012/05/23 4 $1,051,401 -19% 3,755 $280   $54,331,554 13
2012/05/24 4 $1,151,342 +10% 3,755 $307   $55,482,896 14
2012/05/25 7 $2,075,426 +80% 3,404 $610   $57,558,322 15
2012/05/26 5 $2,832,814 +36% 3,404 $832   $60,391,136 16
2012/05/27 5 $2,596,147 -8% 3,404 $763   $62,987,283 17
2012/05/28 6 $1,934,859 -25% 3,404 $568   $64,922,142 18
2012/05/29 8 $761,174 -61% 3,404 $224   $65,683,316 19
2012/05/30 7 $628,309 -17% 3,404 $185   $66,311,625 20
2012/05/31 7 $662,216 +5% 3,404 $195   $66,973,841 21
2012/06/01 8 $1,069,165 +61% 3,002 $356   $68,043,006 22
2012/06/02 8 $1,663,157 +56% 3,002 $554   $69,706,163 23
2012/06/03 8 $970,883 -42% 3,002 $323   $70,677,046 24
2012/06/04 9 $408,058 -58% 3,002 $136   $71,085,104 25
2012/06/05 9 $458,130 +12% 3,002 $153   $71,543,234 26
2012/06/06 8 $401,114 -12% 3,002 $134   $71,944,348 27
2012/06/07 8 $431,285 +8% 3,002 $144   $72,375,633 28
2012/06/08 11 $432,591 n/c 1,550 $279   $72,808,224 29
2012/06/09 11 $584,954 +35% 1,550 $377   $73,393,178 30
2012/06/10 11 $392,662 -33% 1,550 $253   $73,785,840 31
2012/06/11 11 $181,043 -54% 1,550 $117   $73,966,883 32
2012/06/12 11 $206,145 +14% 1,550 $133   $74,173,028 33
2012/06/13 11 $181,241 -12% 1,550 $117   $74,354,269 34
2012/06/14 11 $178,359 -2% 1,550 $115   $74,532,628 35
2012/06/15 14 $189,061 +6% 680 $278   $74,721,689 36
2012/06/16 14 $254,576 +35% 680 $374   $74,976,265 37
2012/06/17 14 $179,751 -29% 680 $264   $75,156,016 38
2012/06/18 14 $79,483 -56% 680 $117   $75,235,499 39
2012/06/19 14 $91,379 +15% 680 $134   $75,326,878 40
2012/06/20 14 $81,328 -11% 680 $120   $75,408,206 41
2012/06/21 14 $84,454 +4% 680 $124   $75,492,660 42
2012/06/22 - $82,055 -3% 302 $272   $75,574,715 43
2012/06/23 - $108,624 +32% 302 $360   $75,683,339 44
2012/06/24 - $69,768 -36% 302 $231   $75,753,107 45
2012/06/25 - $34,538 -50% 302 $114   $75,787,645 46
2012/06/26 - $37,461 +8% 302 $124   $75,825,106 47
2012/06/27 - $29,644 -21% 302 $98   $75,854,750 48
2012/06/28 - $32,608 +10% 302 $108   $75,887,358 49
2012/06/29 - $117,139 +259% 365 $321   $76,004,497 50
2012/06/30 - $156,037 +33% 365 $427   $76,160,534 51
2012/07/01 - $120,230 -23% 365 $329   $76,280,764 52
2012/07/02 - $62,569 -48% 365 $171   $76,343,333 53
2012/07/03 - $71,202 +14% 365 $195   $76,414,535 54
2012/07/04 - $73,527 +3% 365 $201   $76,488,062 55
2012/07/05 - $67,909 -8% 365 $186   $76,555,971 56
2012/07/06 - $97,852 +44% 303 $323   $76,653,823 57
2012/07/07 - $119,366 +22% 303 $394   $76,773,189 58
2012/07/08 - $87,690 -27% 303 $289   $76,860,879 59
2012/07/09 - $40,681 -54% 303 $134   $76,901,560 60
2012/07/10 - $46,717 +15% 303 $154   $76,948,277 61
2012/07/11 - $44,755 -4% 303 $148   $76,993,032 62
2012/07/12 - $48,230 +8% 303 $159   $77,041,262 63
2012/07/13 - $67,603 +40% 239 $283   $77,108,865 64
2012/07/14 - $90,374 +34% 239 $378   $77,199,239 65
2012/07/15 - $68,949 -24% 239 $288   $77,268,188 66
2012/07/16 - $34,165 -50% 239 $143   $77,302,353 67
2012/07/17 - $38,289 +12% 239 $160   $77,340,642 68
2012/07/18 - $35,809 -6% 239 $150   $77,376,451 69
2012/07/19 - $34,709 -3% 239 $145   $77,411,160 70
2012/07/20 11 $406,134 +1,070% 412 $986   $77,817,294 71
2012/07/21 10 $548,323 +35% 412 $1,331   $78,365,617 72
2012/07/22 12 $255,357 -53% 412 $620   $78,620,974 73
2012/07/23 - $103,693 -59% 412 $252   $78,724,667 74
2012/07/24 - $131,444 +27% 412 $319   $78,856,111 75
2012/07/25 - $116,630 -11% 412 $283   $78,972,741 76
2012/07/26 - $90,559 -22% 412 $220   $79,063,300 77
2012/07/27 - $90,350 n/c 222 $407   $79,153,650 78
2012/07/28 - $128,632 +42% 222 $579   $79,282,282 79
2012/07/29 - $68,247 -47% 222 $307   $79,350,529 80
2012/07/30 - $40,266 -41% 222 $181   $79,390,795 81
2012/07/31 - $44,102 +10% 222 $199   $79,434,897 82
2012/08/01 - $40,338 -9% 222 $182   $79,475,235 83
2012/08/02 - $43,951 +9% 222 $198   $79,519,186 84
2012/08/03 - $32,532 -26% 132 $246   $79,551,718 85
2012/08/04 - $42,179 +30% 132 $320   $79,593,897 86
2012/08/05 - $34,127 -19% 132 $259   $79,628,024 87
2012/08/06 - $16,575 -51% 132 $126   $79,644,599 88
2012/08/07 - $17,401 +5% 132 $132   $79,662,000 89
2012/08/08 - $13,439 -23% 132 $102   $79,675,439 90
2012/08/09 - $12,833 -5% 132 $97   $79,688,272 91
2012/08/10 - $6,826 -47% 45 $152   $79,695,098 92
2012/08/11 - $8,750 +28% 45 $194   $79,703,848 93
2012/08/12 - $7,830 -11% 45 $174   $79,711,678 94
2012/08/13 - $3,637 -54% 45 $81   $79,715,315 95
2012/08/14 - $3,927 +8% 45 $87   $79,719,242 96
2012/08/15 - $3,670 -7% 45 $82   $79,722,912 97
2012/08/16 - $4,237 +15% 45 $94   $79,727,149 98

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 2 $38,138,421   3,755 $10,157   $38,138,421 7
2012/05/18 4 $17,344,475 -55% 3,755 $4,619   $55,482,896 14
2012/05/25 5 $11,490,945 -34% 3,404 $3,376   $66,973,841 21
2012/06/01 8 $5,401,792 -53% 3,002 $1,799   $72,375,633 28
2012/06/08 11 $2,156,995 -60% 1,550 $1,392   $74,532,628 35
2012/06/15 15 $960,032 -55% 680 $1,412   $75,492,660 42
2012/06/22 25 $394,698 -59% 302 $1,307   $75,887,358 49
2012/06/29 21 $668,613 +69% 365 $1,832   $76,555,971 56
2012/07/06 24 $485,291 -27% 303 $1,602   $77,041,262 63
2012/07/13 30 $369,898 -24% 239 $1,548   $77,411,160 70
2012/07/20 13 $1,652,140 +347% 412 $4,010   $79,063,300 77
2012/07/27 21 $455,886 -72% 222 $2,054   $79,519,186 84
2012/08/03 37 $169,086 -63% 132 $1,281   $79,688,272 91
2012/08/10 49 $38,877 -77% 45 $864   $79,727,149 98

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Argentina 6/21/2012 $0 0 61 198 $2,913,199 12/11/2015
Australia 5/10/2012 $3,853,347 369 369 1381 $10,258,495 12/10/2015
Austria 5/10/2012 $360,780 59 65 487 $1,342,872 12/11/2015
Belgium 5/9/2012 $551,587 46 46 340 $1,882,815 12/11/2015
Bolivia 6/21/2012 $30,611 6 6 26 $95,196 12/11/2015
Brazil 6/22/2012 $1,181,241 270 270 830 $4,884,632 12/12/2015
Bulgaria 5/11/2012 $0 0 15 104 $124,521 12/11/2015
Chile 6/14/2012 $268,836 45 45 183 $1,413,186 12/11/2015
Colombia 6/22/2012 $0 0 59 64 $1,538,400 12/11/2015
Croatia 5/10/2012 $26,337 11 14 96 $128,366 12/11/2015
Czech Republic 5/10/2012 $150,125 61 61 164 $402,512 12/10/2015
Denmark 5/10/2012 $300,138 72 77 265 $842,400 12/10/2015
Ecuador 6/22/2012 $176,938 37 37 118 $488,250 12/11/2015
Egypt 5/16/2012 $29,011 5 5 39 $187,434 12/11/2015
Estonia 5/11/2012 $26,853 3 3 21 $86,236 12/10/2015
Finland 5/11/2012 $214,937 69 69 314 $909,316 12/11/2015
France 5/9/2012 $4,891,523 474 520 2829 $14,978,871 12/10/2015
Germany 5/10/2012 $2,126,925 441 476 3870 $8,689,212 12/11/2015
Greece 5/17/2012 $480,857 85 85 299 $1,276,685 12/10/2015
Hong Kong 5/10/2012 $885,646 59 59 186 $2,104,083 12/10/2015
Hungary 5/10/2012 $135,834 30 30 240 $341,239 12/10/2015
Iceland 5/11/2012 $21,629 5 5 23 $61,981 12/10/2015
India 5/11/2012 $112,747 35 35 78 $248,759 12/10/2015
Indonesia 5/11/2012 $372,746 67 68 186 $1,339,417 12/10/2015
Israel 5/17/2012 $80,776 13 18 55 $217,030 12/10/2015
Italy 5/11/2012 $2,630,111 518 541 2072 $8,153,647 12/11/2015
Japan 5/19/2012 $5,050,897 571 572 2557 $27,084,868 12/10/2015
Kenya 5/18/2012 $11,008 8 8 30 $24,450 12/10/2015
Latvia 5/11/2012 $30,848 7 7 35 $101,448 12/10/2015
Lebanon 5/10/2012 $0 0 7 12 $87,700 12/10/2015
Lithuania 5/11/2012 $25,921 10 10 38 $68,799 12/10/2015
Malaysia 5/10/2012 $722,043 88 88 336 $1,943,194 12/11/2015
Mexico 6/22/2012 $2,548,570 934 934 961 $8,978,331 12/11/2015
Netherlands 5/10/2012 $511,760 69 76 244 $1,507,497 12/10/2015
New Zealand 5/10/2012 $434,393 85 85 406 $1,194,300 12/10/2015
Norway 5/11/2012 $200,697 47 49 122 $485,342 12/10/2015
Peru 6/21/2012 $288,371 57 68 137 $1,649,486 12/11/2015
Philippines 5/10/2012 $627,310 116 116 353 $1,629,342 12/10/2015
Poland 5/18/2012 $0 0 104 463 $1,141,422 12/10/2015
Portugal 5/10/2012 $286,206 53 62 317 $997,182 12/11/2015
Romania 5/18/2012 $100,770 32 32 119 $374,250 12/10/2015
Russia (CIS) 5/10/2012 $0 0 985 1510 $10,929,205 12/10/2015
Serbia and Montenegro 5/10/2012 $20,642 9 9 171 $99,374 12/11/2015
Singapore 5/10/2012 $613,223 34 34 122 $1,681,396 12/10/2015
Slovakia 5/10/2012 $53,530 27 27 70 $145,418 12/10/2015
Slovenia 5/10/2012 $14,534 6 6 36 $56,176 12/10/2015
South Africa 5/11/2012 $91,794 44 44 164 $314,713 12/10/2015
South Korea 5/10/2012 $2,098,269 386 386 656 $3,602,164 12/10/2015
Spain 5/11/2012 $2,421,398 340 346 2312 $7,620,332 12/11/2015
Sweden 5/11/2012 $599,289 129 129 411 $1,686,187 12/11/2015
Switzerland 5/9/2012 $0 0 7 7 $773,345 12/10/2015
Taiwan 5/11/2012 $667,492 59 66 273 $2,701,515 12/10/2015
Thailand 5/10/2012 $490,193 77 77 211 $1,134,141 12/10/2015
Turkey 6/15/2012 $174,270 61 61 237 $908,936 12/11/2015
Ukraine 5/10/2012 $251,916 78 78 289 $619,047 12/10/2015
United Arab Emirates 5/17/2012 $461,172 34 34 73 $857,770 12/10/2015
United Kingdom 5/11/2012 $3,899,575 510 517 1709 $10,894,619 12/10/2015
Uruguay 6/22/2012 $33,568 6 7 19 $144,952 12/11/2015
Venezuela 9/28/2012 $380,387 48 48 215 $1,787,749 12/12/2015
Vietnam 5/11/2012 $111,173 21 21 59 $342,115 12/10/2015
 
International Total$158,475,519 12/12/2015

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/7/20122427,573 427,573$6,396,492$6,396,4921
10/14/20125157,252-63% 584,825$2,352,490$8,748,9822
10/21/20128104,934-33% 689,759$1,569,813$10,318,7953
10/28/20121261,850-41% 751,609$898,062$11,216,8574
11/4/20127108,095+75% 859,704$1,153,374$12,370,2305
11/11/20121633,962-69% 893,666$508,072$12,878,3026
11/18/20122917,841-47% 911,507$266,901$13,145,2037

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/7/20123188,813 188,813$4,393,674$4,393,6741
10/14/2012657,294-70% 246,107$1,430,050$5,823,7242
10/21/20121021,173-63% 267,279$528,466$6,352,1903
10/28/20121413,938-34% 281,218$335,215$6,687,4054
11/4/2012932,425+133% 313,642$530,142$7,217,5475

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