Weekend Report: 'Cinderella' Shines, 'Run' Stumbles
by Ray Subers
March 15, 2015
Earning more than the rest of the field combined, Disney's Cinderella (2015) easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend.
Liam Neeson's Run All Night got off to a very slow start, while indie horror flick It Follows had a great debut in limited release.
Playing at 3,845 locations, Cinderella opened to $67.9 million. That ranks seventh all-time among March debuts. Compared to Disney's recent live-action fantasies, Cinderella's opening was roughly on par with Maleficent ($69.4 million), though it was noticeably lower than Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). It also opened well above Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million).
This is all the more impressive considering Cinderella's budget was a modest $95 million, which is around half as much as the rest of those movies cost.
Cinderella's audience was 66 percent female and 66 percent families. The movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore; combine that with great reviews, and this should hold well over the next few weeks. A final total north of $200 million is virtually guaranteed at this point.
Liam Neeson's Run All Night opened in a distant second place with $11 million. That's a fraction of Non-Stop's $28.9 million debut, and is also lower than A Walk Among the Tombstones's poor $12.8 million start.
Run All Night's audience was 52 percent female—oddly high, considering this is an action movie with an all-male cast—and 86 percent over the age of 25. They awarded the movie an "A-" CinemaScore, which suggests word-of-mouth will be solid. Still, it would be surprising if this made it past $30 million.
For full analysis of Cinderella and Run All Night, check the weekend forecast here.
Kingsman: The Secret Service eased 25 percent to $6.2 million, which was enough to reclaim a spot in the Top Three. The comic book adaptation has so far earned $107.4 million, and now appears on its way to over $120 million total.
In its third weekend, Focus (2015) fell 43 percent to $5.74 million. The Will Smith/Margot Robbie flick has now grossed $44 million.
Chappie rounded out the Top Five with $5.7 million. That's off 57 percent from opening weekend, which is a bit steeper than Elysium (54 percent) and District 9 (51 percent). Through 10 days, the Neill Blomkamp sci-fi movie has taken in a weak $23.3 million.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel eased 33 percent to $5.7 million. It was playing in an additional 449 theaters, which likely helped contribute to that light decline. The comedy sequel has now earned $18.05 million.
Radius-TWC released indie horror movie It Follows at four locations this weekend, where it earned $160,089. That translates to a very strong $40,022 per-theater average. Expect this to expand aggressively in the next few weeks; it's unlikely that it makes it nationwide, but it should top out with at least 200 locations.
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• 'Cinderella' Set to be Belle of the Box Office Ball This Weekend
• 'Chappie,' 'Business' Flop, 'Sniper' Passes 'Mockingjay'
This Timeframe in Past Years:
• 2014 - 'Mr. Peabody' Races Past 'Need for Speed'
• 2013 - 'Oz' Leads, 'Call' Exceeds, 'Burt' Bombs
• 2012 - Audiences Report to '21 Jump Street'
• 2011 - 'Limitless' Leads Listless Lot
• 2010 - 'Alice' Stays Green, 'Green Zone' Opens in Red
• 2009 - 'Witch' Blasts Off, 'Watchmen' Burns Out
• 2008 - 'Horton' Hits It Big
• 2007 - '300' Bleeds But Leads
• 2006 - 'V for Vendetta' Bombards the Top Spot
• 2005 - 'Ring Two' Opens Well
• Weekend Box Office Results
• 2015 Domestic Box Office