|May 8, 1963||Dr. No||$1,000,000||$16,067,035||$59,567,035|
|Apr 8, 1964||From Russia With Love||$2,000,000||$24,800,000||$78,900,000|
|Dec 22, 1964||Goldfinger||$3,000,000||$51,100,000||$124,900,000|
|Dec 29, 1965||Thunderball||$9,000,000||$63,600,000||$141,200,000|
|Jun 13, 1967||You Only Live Twice||$9,500,000||$43,100,000||$111,600,000|
|Dec 18, 1969||On Her Majesty's Secret Service||$8,000,000||$22,800,000||$82,000,000|
|Dec 17, 1971||Diamonds Are Forever||$7,200,000||$43,800,000||$116,000,000|
|Jun 27, 1973||Live and Let Die||$7,000,000||$35,400,000||$161,800,000|
|Dec 20, 1974||The Man with the Golden Gun||$7,000,000||$21,000,000||$97,600,000|
|Jul 13, 1977||The Spy Who Loved Me||$14,000,000||$1,347,927||$46,800,000||$185,400,000|
|Jun 29, 1979||Moonraker||$31,000,000||$7,108,344||$70,300,000||$210,300,000|
|Jun 26, 1981||For Your Eyes Only||$28,000,000||$6,834,967||$54,800,000||$195,300,000|
|Jun 10, 1983||Octopussy||$27,500,000||$8,902,564||$67,900,000||$187,500,000|
|Oct 7, 1983||Never Say Never Again||$36,000,000||$10,958,157||$55,500,000||$160,000,000|
|May 24, 1985||A View to a Kill||$30,000,000||$13,294,435||$50,327,960||$152,627,960|
|Jul 31, 1987||The Living Daylights||$40,000,000||$11,051,284||$51,185,000||$191,200,000|
|Jul 14, 1989||Licence to Kill||$42,000,000||$8,774,776||$34,667,015||$156,167,015|
|Nov 17, 1995||Goldeneye||$60,000,000||$26,205,007||$106,429,941||$356,429,941|
|Dec 19, 1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||$110,000,000||$25,143,007||$125,304,276||$339,504,276|
|Nov 19, 1999||The World is Not Enough||$135,000,000||$35,519,007||$126,930,660||$361,730,660|
|Nov 22, 2002||Die Another Day||$142,000,000||$47,072,040||$160,942,139||$431,942,139|
|Nov 17, 2006||Casino Royale||$102,000,000||$40,833,156||$167,365,000||$594,420,283|
|Nov 14, 2008||Quantum of Solace||$230,000,000||$67,528,882||$169,368,427||$591,692,078|
|Nov 8, 2012||Skyfall||$200,000,000||$88,364,714||$304,360,277||$1,110,526,981||Play|
|Nov 6, 2015||Spectre||$300,000,000||$70,403,148||$200,074,175||$879,620,923||Play|
|Nov 8, 2019||Bond 25||$0||$0|
Box Office History for James Bond Movies
|Feb 6, 2007||Goldeneye||$4,147,077||$4,147,077|
|Mar 13, 2007||Casino Royale||$209,236,677||$1,423,634||$210,660,311|
|Mar 24, 2009||Quantum of Solace||$53,578,202||$7,700,646||$61,278,848|
|Feb 12, 2013||Skyfall||$48,073,711||$52,509,136||$100,582,847|
|Jan 22, 2016||Spectre||$12,664,650||$23,829,024||$36,493,674|
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July 5th, 2018
It’s technically the July 4th Weekend, although July 4th was yesterday. This is a good weekend to release a film and Ant-Man and the Wasp is looking to take advantage of the holiday. Meanwhile, The First Purge already started its run with $2.5 million in previews. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 will continue to be a major presence at the box office. This weekend last year, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with $117.03 million. There’s no way Ant-Man and the Wasp is going to match that. It’s highly unlikely Ant-Man and the Wasp and The First Purge combined will match that. The depth this year is a little better, but I think 2018 will lose in the year-over-year comparison. Hopefully it will be close.
May 7th, 2018
Black Panther was expected to be a hit; after all, it’s part of the MCU. However, almost no one was expecting it to become the biggest hit in the MCU. It is also considered the best film in the MCU by a lot of people. Am I one of them? If not, where does it fit?
March 7th, 2016
Spectre is the latest Bond film. It is a follow-up to Skyfall, which not only earned stellar reviews, but was also the biggest box office hit in the franchise earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Spectre wasn't as strong at the box office or with critics, but I'm a long time fan of the franchise, so I will still like it, right?
February 8th, 2016
It's a strange week on the home market, as we have a monster release coming out, Spectre. There are also four or so releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week. But after that, there's a huge drop in quality and we quickly reach releases that are not even worthy of being fillers. Of the contenders, Grandma is the Pick of the Week and it is certainly worth picking up on Blu-ray.
December 13th, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 will cruise to another victory at the box office this weekend, for the simple reason that In the Heart of the Sea is having a terrible opening. Mockingjay will be down another 40% in its fourth weekend, and will pick up a relatively modest $11.3 million, taking its domestic total to $244.5 million. That confirms it as comfortably the worst-performing film in the franchise, and even a Christmas-season boost at the box office will leave it under $300 million in total. That, however, is unimaginable riches compared to the performance of Heart of the Sea.
December 6th, 2015
Krampus is providing the industry with some surprise post-Thanksgiving, pre-Holiday cheer this weekend, with an opening well ahead of expectations amongst a crowd of slightly disappointing results. Mockingjay, Part 2 will top the chart with $18.6 million, which is off a surprisingly steep 64%. With the film expected to hit $20 million or so this weekend, that’s a disappointment, and makes a final total of $300 million look just out of reach. The Good Dinosaur was expected to have the legs of a Pixar movie, and is instead looking more like a run-of-the-mill high-budget animated film, so instead of topping $20 million, it is down 60% to $15.5 million for the weekend. That left an opening for Krampus, which will take second spot overall with a $16-million debut.
November 29th, 2015
The combined forces of a 50% weekend-to-weekend decline at the box office and two strong rivals wasn’t enough to knock The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 off its perch at the top of the box office chart this Thanksgiving. With a three-day total of $51.6 million (and $75.8 million over five), the franchise-capper will finish the holiday just shy of $200 million at the domestic box office. With a reported $242.4 million overseas, the film is hurrying towards $500 million worldwide, and sits at $440.7 million as of Sunday evening.
November 25th, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 easily won the box office race on the international chart with $146.0 million in 87 markets for a worldwide opening of $248.7 million. Its biggest market was China, but it only managed third place there with $16.11 million. The film cracked $10 million in the U.K. with $14.10 million in 941 theaters and in Germany with $13.42 million on 1,002. The film's openings were lower than Part 1 managed in most markets (Germany and Latin American seem to be the biggest exceptions) but it is still doing well enough that it will break even before it reaches the home market.
November 22nd, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is about to record the most disappointing $100 million weekend ever, based on Sunday’s estimate from Lionsgate. Why disappointing? Because its $101.025 million projected opening follows the $158 million earned by Catching Fire on this weekend in 2013 (then the sixth-biggest weekend ever), and the $122 million debut of Mockingjay—Part 1 this weekend last year. That marks a decline of 20% or so from one installment of the franchise to the next, which is the worst performance of any franchise to have recorded a $100 million start. Global numbers tell a similar story: $247 million this weekend against Part 1’s $275 million. However, once we get that troubling statistic out the way, this is also a reason for celebration: $100 million domestically and $250 million globally in one weekend is still a huge amount of money, and caps a spectacularly successful franchise for Lionsgate.
November 15th, 2015
Sony are predicting a decline of just 50% for Spectre in its second weekend in theaters, putting James Bond’s latest incarnation on track for a final domestic box office in the neighborhood of $200 million. While well short of Skyfall’s $304 million, it welcome news for a film that’s probably right on the bubble as far as profitability is concerned.
November 14th, 2015
Three new wide releases are all, as expected, struggling to make much headway against Spectre and The Peanuts Movie this weekend, with the two returning films sitting comfortably at the top of the chart. Spectre picked up an estimated $10.2 million on Friday for a total to date of $105.5 million, while Peanuts earned another $5.6 million, for $63.9 million so far.
November 9th, 2015
It was a good weekend at the box office, but not a great weekend. Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie opened well enough to be considered hits, but didn't quite reach the high marks I had expected. Call it irrational exuberance. Even though Spectre didn't break the record for the Bond franchise, it still did almost as well as all of the box office did last weekend. Additionally, The Peanuts Movie opened with more than $40 million, which is a great start, while its target audience should help its legs. The overall box office was $162 million, which is 115% more than last weekend. It was also 3.0% more than the same weekend last week, so the slump we've been in is officially over. Year-to-date, 2015 is now ahead of 2014 by a 4.9% margin at $8.89 billion to $8.48 billion. A $415 million lead with less than two months to go seems really safe, especially with a few more potential monster hits on the way.
November 8th, 2015
After a great night on Thursday and a very good day on Friday, Spectre has faded a bit over the weekend. After posting $28 million on Friday, the film was down about 4% on Saturday to $26.5 million, and Sony is projecting a weekend total of $73 million. Even that number may be a shade high, and it falls well behind the $80 million that looked on the cards earlier in the weekend, and even further behind Skyfall’s franchise-record $88.4 million opening. While by any measure it’s a great debut, the final number does prompt the question: what went wrong over the weekend?
November 7th, 2015
While it doesn’t look as though records will be set, Spectre and Peanuts are both giving the box office a much-needed jolt this weekend. With studio estimates for Friday in, Spectre is the clear winner for the weekend, with $28.1 million for the day, including $5.25 million at preview screenings on Thursday. That compares to Skyfall’s $32.7 million Friday with $2.2 million at previews, and suggests an opening weekend around $78 million for the latest entry in the timeless James Bond franchise.
November 6th, 2015
Bond is, as they say, back. And looking very spritely for a 52-year-old, it has to be said. The latest entry from the world’s most durable franchise launched in North American theaters at 7pm on Thursday with $5.25 million from 3,221 locations, easily a best for the franchise from preview shows, beating the $2.2 million picked up by Skyfall back in 2012. It’s a great start—among the top 50 of all time for Thursday previews—and bodes well for the weekend as a whole; but is it enough to set the film on a path for a franchise-best opening weekend?
November 5th, 2015
I've been working at The Numbers for 13 years. The past two weekends were worst back-to-back weekends that I can recall and the numbers back that up. So thank goodness October is over and November has officially begun and with that, the Holiday Box Office season has begun. There are two potential monster hits opening wide this week: Spectre and The Peanuts Movie. Both are the latest installments of long running franchises. Spectre is the 26th Bond movie (not all of which are part of the official Bond franchise). The Peanuts Movie is based on a comic strip that started officially in the 1950s and has been turned into countless TV cartoons and a handful of TV specials over the years, but it hasn't had a theatrical release for decades. These two films should dominate the market and combined they might earn twice as much as all of the films last weekend earned. There should be huge growth compared to last year, when Big Hero 6 and Interstellar earned just over $100 million combined. We've had a really bad couple of weeks, but things should really turn around this weekend.
November 5th, 2015
Spectre opened in first place with $80.4 million during its seven-day opening weekend. That doesn't seem like a huge amount, especially considering some of the opening weekends we've seen on the international stage this year. However, there is a mitigating factor. It was only playing in six markets. This includes the U.K., where the film broke records with $62.82 million in 651 theaters. This is equivalent to a $300 million opening week here, which would be the record for a seven-day box office here. We shouldn't get too ahead of ourselves, as Bond films have a natural affinity for that market. It does mean Spectre has a real shot at a $100 million opening weekend here.
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
September 16th, 2015
This week's home market releases are insane, so I'm going to have to be a lot more judicious in pruning the list. If I were to include all releases that are big enough to include, if they were released during a slow week, there would be more than 100 releases on this week's list (including secondary Blu-rays, but not VOD releases). I have to pare that back to a more reasonable number. Why are there so many releases? Firstly, it is the beginning of the Christmas Shopping season and we have two monster hits on this week's list. Secondly, it is the last week before the fall season begins in earnest, so it is the last week for a lot of shows to come out on DVD before they are running into competition from the new season. It should come as no surprise that the best releases on this week's list are in the TV on DVD categories, including Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2. Both of which are co-winners of the Pick of the Week.
May 27th, 2015
It was a busy week on the home market with a seven new releases that charted this week, including Paddington. It led the Blu-ray sales chart helping the overall market grow when compared to last week, by 9.9% in terms of units and 4.4% in terms of revenue. The market was mixed when compared to last year, as 3.3% more units were sold, but 10% less revenue was generated. This is better than the overall DVD market performed, which helped the overall Blu-ray share rise to 37%. I would like this to be 40%, but it is close enough that I'm not worried.
April 30th, 2015
The Avengers: Age of Ultron got its international run underway a week before its domestic debut and it was an explosive start, with the film earning $200.2 million in 44 markets. These 44 markets represent about 55% of the total international marketplace, while the $200.2 million represents a 44% increase over the first film's debut in those markets. The biggest weekend result came in the U.K. where it pulled in $27.84 million on 583 screens. In South Korea, the film's total opening was $27.97 million on 1,876 screens with $23.05 million of that coming over the weekend. Its U.K. opening was a record for the month of April and the biggest opening of the year so far, but it was less than 10% more than its predecessor's debut there. On the other hand, it more than doubled the original's debut in South Korea.
April 4th, 2015
Riding a wave of solid reviews and audience approval, Universal will report an estimated $67.3 million at the box office on Friday for Furious 7, based on early tallies. That includes $15.8 million from early shows on Thursday evening, making Friday itself a $50 million day for the film. If the $67.3 million figure holds, it will be the 11th-biggest day reported by a studio, and land just marginally ahead of The Hunger Games’ $67.26 million as the biggest day outside of the Summer and Thanksgiving holidays.
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
December 2nd, 2013
The Jack Ryan franchise is a strange one. There have been four films so far, with a fifth on the way, and during that time, four different actors will have played the titular role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters in mid-January, so it is a perfect time to release the four earlier movies on a Blu-ray box set. (Or to be more accurate, re-release the 2008 Blu-rays in one box set.) How many of these earlier films are worth checking out? And is the box set good value?
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, this year seems weaker than years past. Last year the biggest new release was The Avengers, which was also one of the best reviewed wide releases of the year. This year the biggest release is Iron Man 3, which earned good reviews, but not great reviews. Last year there were a ton of franchise box sets. This year has been pretty barren. In fact, I think the only franchise box set that's truly new and really worth picking up is...
October 1st, 2013
This list is a little short and a little late, because WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE INTERNET? The past three days, the internet has been slow as hell. There are a number of interesting releases coming out this week, several of them have screeners that are on their way. Unfortunately, only one screener did arrive on time. Fortunately, it was The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray Combo Pack and it, or the 3D Combo Pack, are worthy of Pick of the Week.
March 27th, 2013
It is a shallow week on the home market. Lincoln is coming out and should dominate the sales chart, but after that, there's almost nothing to talk about. Given its reviews and its Awards Season success, it is the easy choice for Pick of the Week, right? Not so fast. I'm still waiting for the screener. Speaking of late reviews, Skyfall finally showed up and despite not coming out this week, or this month, I'm giving the Blu-ray Combo Pack Pick of the Week honors.
March 24th, 2013
Skyfall was the latest Bond movie to come out and while nearly everyone thought it would be a hit, almost no one thought it would be this big of a hit. It earned more than $300 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide. Had it made half that, it would have been a monster hit. Was it also better than expected? Did it truly deserve this success?
February 12th, 2013
It's a busy week, not only in terms of big selling DVDs and Blu-ray, but also in terms of quality. Skyfall will be the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray of the week, plus it is a contender for Pick of the Week. It is not the only contender, as The Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack); The Sessions (DVD or Blu-ray); Bully (DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack); Nurse Jackie: Season Four (DVD or Blu-ray) and The Thieves (DVD or Blu-ray) were all contenders. In the end, I went with Skyfall, but it was close.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
January 6th, 2013
Producers Guild of America announced their nominations this week, including the three theatrical categories. There were a number of films on the list that have been mentioned time and time again this awards season, like Zero Dark Thirty, but there were also a few surprises.
January 3rd, 2013
We are still stuck with studio estimates, but it is clear The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey repeated on the top of the international box office chart this past weekend. It earned $106.5 million in 62 markets for totals of $464 million internationally and $686 million worldwide. Its biggest opening of the weekend was from Australia where it earned $18.6 million on 560 screens. This is the biggest opening in the franchise. It also remained strong in Germany with $17.17 million on 888 screens over the weekend, which represented an 11% increase and pushed its total to $61.14 million after three weeks of release. It was also able to earn more than $10 million in the U.K. with $11.18 million on 596 screens over the weekend for a total of $58.51 million after three weeks of release. The film has yet to open in a few markets, so getting to $1 billion worldwide is still the main target.
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.)
December 12th, 2012
SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories.
December 10th, 2012
Skyfall returned to the top of the box office chart, which is fitting, because it was the last film released that truly beat expectations at the box office. The only wide release this week, Playing For Keeps, barely remained above the Mendoza Line and failed to reach the top five. The overall box office fell 30% to just $80 million. Ugh. There are a couple of pieces of good news we should focus on. Firstly, $80 million is still 7% higher than this weekend last year. Secondly, it was enough to push 2012 over the $10 billion market. At the moment, the total box office for 2012 is $10.02 billion, which is 6% higher than 2011 had managed at the same point in the year. By this time next week, 2012 might be ahead of 2011's final figure of $10.28 billion.
November 29th, 2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 held firm in first place with $104.21 million on 12,818 screens in 73 markets for a two-week total of $365.46 million intentionally and $592.83 million worldwide. By this time next week, it should be the biggest hit in the franchise. This past weekend, the film opened in Germany earning first place with $12.82 million on 765 screens for a total opening of $16.67 million. Its best holdover was in the U.K. where it made $8.56 million on 559 screens over the weekend for a total of $43.22 million. This is a strong result, but it was down 66%, which is troubling. It was better in Russia down 62% to $8.30 million on 1,380 screens for a total of $36.28 million after two. A 62% decline is actually average for the market, more or less. The film has very few markets left to open in, but it is already profitable, so the studio should be very happy.
November 26th, 2012
The Thanksgiving long weekend was stronger than anticipated with nearly every film topping predictions, some by pretty big margins. In fact, some earned more over three days than they were expected to earn over five days. Despite this, the box office was actually down 17% from last weekend to $208 million over the three-day portion of the weekend. This was 26% higher than the three-day portion of last year's Thanksgiving long weekend. Over five days, the box office pulled in $291 million, which is the most ever for a Thanksgiving weekend and 25% higher than last year. Year-to-date, 2012 has pulled in $9.75 billion, which is 5.5% higher than last year's running tally of $9.24 billion. If 2012 can simply match 2011 the rest of the way, then we will set a new all-time yearly box office total with about $10.7 billion.
November 25th, 2012
As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 and Skyfall are dominating the Thanksgiving charts, and, with some help from three new releases and two strong holdovers, will produce the most lucrative Thanksgiving holiday in history. All told, we should see something a little over $200 million in revenue for the three-day portion of the weekend, placing it in the top 20 weekends of all time. Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is tracking about in line with Part 1 at this point in its run. In contrast, Skyfall is well ahead of James Bond's previous outing, and has become the first Bond movie to top $200 million domestically (before adjusting for inflation).
November 23rd, 2012
This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. Unlike most years, I'm only halfway done with my Christmas shopping. So what recent, and not so recent releases are prime candidates for the perfect gift this year? Over the next month, we will go over several dozen possibilities with our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is divided into into four sections. This week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on...
November 21st, 2012
It's the beginning of Thanksgiving long weekend tonight, which means it is a busy day for new releases. There are three new releases opening wide, plus another film that is expanding wide enough that is has a shot at the top ten. Unfortunately for the new films, there's little hope any of them will top The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 over the weekend. In fact, there's a chance none of them will top Skyfall for second place. Rise of the Guardians is the only one with a real shot at second place, while Life of Pi and Red Dawn will be in a tough battle for fifth place. Finally, Silver Linings Playbook is expanding to more than 400 theaters and could grab tenth place. The box office last year looks very similar to the box office potential this year. With a little luck, there will be mostly pleasant surprises rather than serious disappointments and 2012 will have another solid win.
November 21st, 2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 opened internationally and dominated the chart with $199.45 million on 13,400 screens in 61 markets during its first weekend of release. It opened in a number of major markets, scoring first place in all of them. In the U.K., the film made $25.20 million on 558 screens, while it also topped $20 million in Russia with $21.97 million on 1,366. In France, the film pulled in $16.56 million on 823 screens, while in Brazil it earned $12.24 million on 1,213 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $17.87 million. In Spain it made $11.76 million on 1,052 screens over the weekend and $12.11 million including previews. It earned $10.58 million on 856 screens over the weekend in Italy for a total opening on $13.34 million. Mexico was close behind with $9.94 million on 2,642 screens over the weekend and $12.29 million in total. It didn't hit the $10 million market in South Korea; in fact, it barely earned first place there with $5.91 million on 665 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $7.17 million. A local hit, A Werewolf Boy was right behind, but more on that below.
November 19th, 2012
While The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 wasn't quite as strong as predicted, it still had a monster opening. Likewise, the two big holdovers both fell a little further than anticipated. The only film in the top five that really beat expectations was Lincoln. Fortunately, all of the films in the top five came close enough to matching the predictions that the overall box office was still very strong. Compared to last week, the box office grew by 44% to just under $250 million. Compared to last year, the box office grew 12%, which is a much more important number. Year-to-date, 2012 has pulled in $9.41 billion and is now 4.8% above last year's pace. It is still technically possible that 2012 will fail to match last year at the box office, but it is ferociously unlikely.
November 18th, 2012
The beginning of the end for the Twilight franchise is here, and, as expected, big money is being made by Lionsgate/Summit. While this installment doesn't look like it will break franchise records, Lionsgate is predicting a $141.3 million opening weekend, which will be the 8th-best of all time, assuming it holds up. New Moon will most likely remain the top opener for the franchise with $142.8 million, although it will be a close-run thing. Twilight will most likely end up the 5th-highest-grossing franchise at the domestic box office, behind only the "box office gods", Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman and James Bond.
November 15th, 2012
For the third weekend in a row, Skyfall remained in first place on the international chart with $89.08 million on 11,909 screens in 80 markets for a total of $429.63 million. This is the biggest international total for the franchise and it is very close to topping the worldwide total of all of the pre-Daniel Craig Bond films. Worldwide, the film has $520.19 million and is on pace to add at least $200 million more, likely $300 million to its worldwide total before it is done. There were no major market openings this weekend, but the film did become the biggest non-3D release in the U.K. with $114.50 million, including $16.61 million on 589 screens this past weekend. It is fifth on the all-time chart in that market, but it likely overtook Toy Story 3 ($116 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ($117 million) already. Up next is Titanic at $127 million and Avatar at $149 million. I wouldn't be willing to bet money it would become the all time leader, but I also wouldn't bet money against it.
Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.
|Lois Maxwell||14||Miss Moneypenny||$1,904,694,995||$1,921,519,624||99.1%|
|Roger Moore||7||James Bond||$1,190,527,960||$1,460,321,473||81.5%|
|Sean Connery||7||James Bond||$792,167,035||$3,101,506,320||25.5%|
|Daniel Craig||4||James Bond||$3,176,260,265||$5,251,889,977||60.5%|
|Pierce Brosnan||4||James Bond||$1,489,607,016||$3,966,744,743||37.6%|
|Samantha Bond||4||Miss Moneypenny||$1,489,607,016||$1,490,268,237||100.0%|
|Joe Don Baker||3||Jack Wade||$887,134,217||$1,700,850,487||52.2%|
|Timothy Dalton||2||James Bond||$347,367,015||$1,961,865,575||17.7%|
|Naomie Harris||2||Eve Moneypenny||$1,990,147,904||$5,142,186,293||38.7%|
|Giancarlo Giannini||2||Rene Mathis||$1,186,112,361||$1,832,634,088||64.7%|
|Jeffrey Wright||2||Felix Leiter||$1,186,112,361||$4,848,531,047||24.5%|
|Ralph Fiennes||2||Gareth Mallory||$1,990,147,904||$9,438,168,387||21.1%|
|Caroline Bliss||2||Miss Moneypenny||$347,367,015||$347,367,015||100.0%|
|Burt Kwouk||2||Mr. Ling||$236,500,000||$575,966,417||41.1%|
|Jesper Christensen||2||Mr. White||$1,471,313,001||$1,776,174,305||82.8%|
|Robbie Coltrane||2||Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky||$718,160,601||$10,067,666,398||7.1%|
|Martin Campbell||2||Airport Worker||$950,850,224||$950,850,224||100.0%|
|Colin Salmon||2||Charles Robinson||$793,672,799||$1,936,378,959||41.0%|
|Michael G. Wilson||2||Chief of Police||$1,026,362,422||$1,026,362,422||100.0%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in the franchise.
|Albert R. Broccoli||16||
Executive Producer (1)
|Michael G. Wilson||15||
Executive Producer (3)
Special Effects (6)
Special Effects Supervisor (5)
Special Effects Coordinator (2)
Visual Effects Supervisor (1)
Associate Producer (2)
Story Creator (2)
Story Creator (2)
|Debbie McWilliams||6||Casting Director (6)||$2,963,648,222||$3,458,545,772||85.7%|
|John Glen||5||Director (5)||$882,794,975||$1,193,763,646||74.0%|
Line Producer (2)
Executive Producer (2)
Associate Producer (1)
|David Arnold||5||Composer (5)||$2,319,289,436||$6,318,563,032||36.7%|
Executive Producer (3)
Unit Production Manager (2)
|Lindy Hemming||5||Costume Designer (5)||$2,084,027,299||$7,607,889,230||27.4%|
Production Manager (2)
Production Supervisor (2)
Unit Production Manager (U.K.) (1)
|Guy Hamilton||4||Director (4)||$500,300,000||$537,453,189||93.1%|
|Peter Lamont||4||Production Designer (4)||$1,744,523,023||$4,318,031,418||40.4%|
|Gerry Gavigan||4||Assistant Director (4)||$1,489,607,016||$4,542,986,488||32.8%|
|John Hayward||4||Re-recording Mixer (4)||$1,489,607,016||$1,529,037,991||97.4%|
|Richard Roberts||4||Set Decorator (4)||$1,489,607,016||$11,792,864,278||12.6%|
|Graham V. Hartstone||4||Re-recording Mixer (4)||$1,489,607,016||$2,002,260,690||74.4%|
Production Sound Mixer (3)
|Janet Hirshenson||4||Casting Director (4)||$1,522,033,713||$14,001,583,460||10.9%|
|Jane Jenkins||4||Casting Director (4)||$1,522,033,713||$14,049,204,846||10.8%|
|Colin Jamison||4||Hairstylist (4)||$1,489,607,016||$3,255,800,960||45.8%|
|Dina Eaton||4||Music Editor (4)||$1,727,597,358||$2,277,577,714||75.9%|
|Bruce Feirstein||3||Screenwriter (3)||$1,057,664,877||$1,057,664,877||100.0%|
|Michael Ford||3||Set Decorator (3)||$703,796,956||$4,675,522,560||15.1%|
Associate Producer (1)
Production Manager (1)
Unit Production Manager (1)
Production Supervisor (1)
Production Manager (2)
|Michael Lerman||3||Assistant Director (3)||$2,581,839,982||$6,000,552,195||43.0%|
Supervising Art Director (2)
Art Director (1)
|Fred Hole||3||Art Director (3)||$1,388,093,082||$4,138,449,259||33.5%|
Second Unit Director (3)
Second Unit Camera (1)
|Jonathan Taylor||3||Second Unit Camera (3)||$1,133,177,075||$7,743,957,282||14.6%|
|Simon Wakefield||3||Set Decorator (3)||$1,388,093,082||$2,209,314,539||62.8%|
|Mark Harris||3||Art Director (3)||$1,673,293,722||$4,582,964,076||36.5%|
Second Unit Director (3)
Stunt Coordinator (2)
|Gary Powell||3||Stunt Coordinator (3)||$2,584,568,187||$4,994,082,429||51.8%|
|Richard Pryke||3||Re-recording Mixer (3)||$1,133,177,075||$2,103,204,234||53.9%|
|Martin Evans||3||Supervising Sound Editor (3)||$1,133,177,075||$1,307,971,940||86.6%|
Dialogue Editor (3)
Sound Editor (1)
|Gilbert Lewis||2||Director (2)||$395,700,000||$395,700,000||100.0%|
|Sam Mendes||2||Director (2)||$1,990,147,904||$2,716,420,841||73.3%|
|Martin Campbell||2||Director (2)||$950,850,224||$2,027,120,389||46.9%|
Story by (1)
|Phil Meheux||2||Cinematographer (2)||$950,850,224||$2,688,415,855||35.4%|
|Stuart Baird||2||Editor (2)||$1,704,947,264||$3,530,022,786||48.3%|
|Dennis Gassner||2||Production Designer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$3,548,397,892||56.1%|
|David Pope||2||Co-Producer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$1,993,990,865||99.8%|
|Thomas Newman||2||Composer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$9,066,315,384||22.0%|
|Jany Temime||2||Costume Designer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$9,551,806,673||20.8%|
|Tim Lewis||2||Production Manager (2)||$771,446,415||$7,746,970,164||10.0%|
|Neil Lamont||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$718,160,601||$10,105,761,403||7.1%|
|Andrew Ackland-Snow||2||Art Director (2)||$718,160,601||$7,315,580,415||9.8%|
|Stephen Scott||2||Art Director (2)||$771,446,415||$1,460,567,937||52.8%|
|Chris Lowe||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,990,147,904||$2,694,669,463||73.9%|
|Anna Pinnock||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,990,147,904||$6,207,848,193||32.1%|
|Jim Morahan||2||Art Director (2)||$793,672,799||$1,330,901,745||59.6%|
|Arthur Wooster||2||Additional Photography (2)||$788,372,080||$859,306,439||91.7%|
|Steve Begg||2||Visual Effects Supervisor (2)||$1,990,147,904||$2,810,674,171||70.8%|
|Gregg Wilson||2||Associate Producer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$1,993,990,865||99.8%|
|Alan Tomkins||2||Art Director (2)||$1,026,362,422||$3,261,872,212||31.5%|
|Per Hallberg||2||Supervising Sound Editor (2)||$1,990,147,904||$7,433,108,024||26.8%|
|Scott Millan||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,990,147,904||$9,255,517,776||21.5%|
|Mara Bryan||2||Visual Effects Supervisor (2)||$793,672,799||$793,672,799||100.0%|
|John Richardson||2||Special Effects (2)||$793,672,799||$5,030,839,857||15.8%|
|John Marzano||2||Aerial (2)||$1,026,362,422||$1,144,918,952||89.6%|
|Mike Valentine||2||Underwater Photography (2)||$1,026,362,422||$1,317,329,333||77.9%|
|Linda de Vetta||2||Makeup (2)||$718,160,601||$834,882,834||86.0%|
|Michael Carter||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$701,234,936||$701,461,839||100.0%|
|Peter Bond||2||Sound Effects Editor (2)||$701,234,936||$701,234,936||100.0%|
Sound Effects Editor (1)
Music Editor (1)
|Paul Engelen||2||Makeup (2)||$1,026,362,422||$3,370,084,652||30.5%|