Thanks for the info Linda. The actual numbers are finally in.|
It looks like we lost about 700 screens (from 2500 down to 1815). We ended up being number 12 for the 4-day weekend (15-18) with 4.55M, with the total box office being $148.5M. These numbers were actually much better than I expected. With three of my local theaters losing ABL, I thought we would be lucky to bring in $3M last weekend.
Even with the good numbers, I don't think it's very likely we'll see much more than $160M for the domestic run. Disney has to make room for "My Favorite Martian" which opens in Feb. 12. I'm looking for a domestic take of $160M-$165M, unless we get multiple Oscar nominations.
ABL will have a nomination for Randy Newman for Best Original Score (IMHO), and perhaps a technical nomination, but it would be great to see a Best Picture nomination. With all the animated movies coming out the Academy should have a Best Animated Picture category. And we know who would win that! Oscar nominations could give ABL a second wind, pushing it past $175M.
By the way, did anyone notice that we've blown past Merill Lynch's "low estimate" for worldwide box office? We're now at $189M worldwide, $3M above Merill's low estimate of $186M, and we haven't even opened in Europe yet!