Box Office November 17-19, 2023
The theatrical movie box office results for November 17, 2023 through November 19, 2023 have been released.
The Box Office
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes premiered in the Number One spot at the United States box office over the weekend with $44 Million so far.
Trolls Band Together premiered in Second Place at the United States box office over the weekend with $30 Million so far.
Thanksgiving premiered in Third Place at the United States box office with $10.3 Million so far.
The Marvels was Fourth at the United States box office over the weekend with $10.1 Million, a 78% drop from last weekend. With that box office take, this is the worst second week drop for any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. With a reported combined production and marketing budget between $300-$400 Million, The Marvels has no chance of turning a profit, let alone earning its various budgets back. The Marvels is officially another in a string of losses for Disney.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was Fifth at the United States box office over the weekend with $3.5 Million (a 61% drop from last weekend) for $132.6 Million so far. Worldwide, the film has made $271.8 Million.
Movies That Opened This Weekend
The films in the Top Ten that opened this weekend at the box office:
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is a 2023 American dystopian action film directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt. It is based on the 2020 novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games (2012), and is the fifth installment in The Hunger Games film series. The film stars Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, and Viola Davis. Set 64 years before the events of the first film, its plot follows the events that eventually lead a young Coriolanus Snow on the path to becoming the tyrannical leader of Panem, including his relationship with the Hunger Games tribute Lucy Gray Baird during the year of the 10th Hunger Games.
Trolls Band Together is a 2023 American animated jukebox musical comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, based on the Good Luck Trolls dolls from Thomas Dam. It serves as the sequel to Trolls World Tour (2020), and the third installment in the Trolls franchise. The film was directed by Walt Dohrn, co-directed by Tim Heitz, and written by Elizabeth Tippet. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Icona Pop, Anderson .Paak, Ron Funches, Kenan Thompson, Kunal Nayyar and Dohrn reprise their voice roles from its predecessors, with newcomers Eric André, Kid Cudi, Daveed Diggs, Troye Sivan, Camila Cabello, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, RuPaul and Zosia Mamet joining the ensemble voice cast. In the film, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake), who are officially a couple, attempt to rescue Floyd (Sivan) while reuniting Branch’s brothers after the boyband phenomenon, BroZone, was disbanded.
Thanksgiving is a 2023 American slasher film directed by Eli Roth, from a screenplay written by Jeff Rendell and a story by Roth and Rendell, who produced with Roger Birnbaum. It is based on Roth’s mock trailer of the same name from Grindhouse (2007). It is the fourth feature-length film to be adapted from one of the mock trailers in Grindhouse after Robert Rodriguez’s Machete (2010), the sequel Machete Kills (2013) and Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). The film stars Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Nell Verlaque, Rick Hoffman, and Gina Gershon.
Next Goal Wins is a 2023 American biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris. It is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison about Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen’s efforts to lead the American Samoa national football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Rongen, alongside Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, and Elisabeth Moss.
Next Week’s Films
Next week sees the release of Napoleon, Wish, Deep Sea, and a plethora of other films. Find my predictions on this releases in the weekly The Bottom Line column. A preview: Napoleon will be Number One at the box office.
The History of Box Office (and Profit Measurement)
“A box office or ticket office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to an event. Patrons may perform the transaction at a countertop, through a hole in a wall or window, or at a wicket.
By extension, the term is frequently used, especially in the context of the film industry, as a metonym for the amount of business a particular production, such as a film or theatre show, receives. The term is also used to refer to a ticket office at an arena or a stadium.
Box office business can be measured in the terms of the number of tickets sold or the amount of money raised by ticket sales (revenue). The projection and analysis of these earnings is greatly important for the creative industries and often a source of interest for fans. This is predominant in the Hollywood movie industry.
To determine if a movie made a profit, it is not correct to directly compare the box office gross with the production budget, because the movie theater keeps nearly half of the gross on average. The split varies from movie to movie, and the percentage for the distributor is generally higher in early weeks.
Usually the distributor gets a percentage of the revenue after first deducting a “house allowance” or “house nut”. It is also common that the distributor gets either a percentage of the gross revenue, or a higher percentage of the revenue after deducting the nut, whichever is larger. The distributor’s share of the box office gross is often referred to as the “distributor rentals”, especially for box office reporting of older films.”
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