Saidi’s Take – 10/11/2022

Hello everyone,

  • This past weekend last weeks #1 “Smile” stayed at #1 with $17.6 million which makes it’s 2 week total an impressive almost $50 million.  #2 was the new animated release “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” with $11.5 million.  #3 was the disappointing “Amsterdam” with only $6.5 million.  Overall the weekend was around $62 million which is 60% lower than the same weekend in 2019 and it was also 52% lower lower than the same weekend in 2021 which had the opening of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”.  Hopefully, the box office will improve this coming weekend with “Halloween Ends” and then the week after the box office is expected to go back to the higher numbers when the DC “Black Adam” and the romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise” open.
  • One impressive sign over this past weekend is the opening of “Tár” in just a couple theaters in New York and Los Angeles.  It had a per theater average of approx. $40,000 per theater (I’m not sure if they’re including the cancelled show at the AMC Century City theater I was in on Friday morning) for a total of $160,000.
  • Internationally, “Ticket to Paradise” is still doing fairly strong.  Strong enough push the total box office for the 5 Julia Roberts/George Clooney movies to over $1 billion worldwide.  2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven” made $451.5 million worldwide, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (which he directed, and they both had small parts in) made $36.9 million, “Ocean’s Twelve” made $364.3 million, “Money Monster made $93.9 million, and current release Ticket to Paradise has made $60.6 million so far (without even opening in the US yet) for a collective $1.007B. 
  • The final bit of news is todays announcement that John Fithian, the longtime head of NATO (the National Association of Theater Owners – not the other NATO), will be retiring next year after heading the organization for over 2 decades.  He was the head through the conversion to digital cinema, through the birth of Netflix and the other streaming sites, and through the pandemic where he lobbied the government to help small theater owners survive. 

Little bit of humor….

This is REAL:

THE MOVIE WAS PLAYING ON A CABLE CHANNEL TODAY (Columbus Day) but it’s not about him AT ALL.  I actually watched a little bit of the movie.  I knew what the storyline was because I’ve seen parts of it before – not a bad movie although it’s REALLY REALLY SLOW.  

“Columbus” is about “A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.”