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'Civil War' sees nearly $3 million in preview

'Civil War' sees nearly $3 million in preview

Friday evening: “A big number,” heralds one rival distributor regarding A24's weekend results Civil war Which will easily become the studio's biggest opening ever $23 million – $25 million after 10 million dollars Friday/Previews in 3,838 theaters. That beats the Ari Aster film's 2018 start of $13.5 million Hereditary.

It's an impressive result for a film set against the divided backdrop of a United States, and one that hits very close to home. While Blue State audiences will clearly hear the bell this film rings through the eyes of war photojournalists, will Red State moviegoers be thrilled, too? we will see. Whatever your views, Act 2 and Act 3 will pay off in IMAX.

says News Corp-owned New York Post Critic Johnny Oleksinski, “Garland's film is no more important to the discourse than 'The Purge,' and it's only about 1% more entertaining.”

A24 “Civil War”

A24

Social media monitoring report RelishMix, which measured the social media universe north of 101 million across TikTok, X, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, says: “Convo on Civil war It works in a mixed bag, like the film itself. Audiences are divided on their feelings on A24's most expensive film ever. Ahead, fans are highly anticipating director Alex Garland's next thriller: “If you look at Garland's previous work, you know this has the potential to be a very good movie.” Another spectator adds: “This is going to be so intense, I'm so excited it's in IMAX!” Hell yeah, Alex Garland! Others are excited about A24 dipping its toes further into the action genre after the fan favorite Everything, everywhere, at once: 'I think A24 is my new favorite production studio. This doesn't look like a typical big studio war picture.' But those on the opposing side feel the film is dangerously bordering on the territory of “too close to real life” for them to enjoy: “Why would I pay money when I can see the real thing for free?” Others feel the film is too divisive to be considered entertainment in our current political landscape, “Did Hollywood really think this was a good idea right now?”

What's really great about A24 is that like HBO, their brand alone can drive a solid portion of their business on the weekend; Even if their fans know nothing about the director or the movie (aka “A24 core”). I've been told that the percentage of A24 fanatics who show up varies by movie.

“Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire”

In second place is Legendary/Warner Bros. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Which will roar into the third weekend between $14 million – $15 million (-54%) after A $3.6 million Friday (-57%) in 3,847 theaters. This will lead to a Monsterverse movie $157.4 million On Sunday. this means New empire He defeated the 2021 local results Godzilla vs. Kong ($100.9 million), 2019 Godzilla, king of the monsters ($110.5 million), and $10.6 million away from acquisition Kong: Skull Island ($168 million domestic).

The third belongs to the fourth weekend of Sony Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire in 3,350 theaters with a Friday release $1.2 million3 days $4.6 million-49% and total operating by Sunday EOD $95.8 million.

The fourth and fifth belong to Universal with Monkey manSecond weekend of $4.5 million-56% after Friday $1.3 million. This will mark Dav Patel's directorial debut $18.1 million In 3037 places.

Then there's the studio's own DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 4 With the sixth weekend of $4.4 million-43% in total $172.9 million After Friday $1.1 million. The fourth part, after the continuation, kung fu panda 2, Last weekend ($165.2 million).

Friday morning: Alex Garland's political thriller from A24, Civil war, He got off to a strong start with $2.9 million Opening Thursday in 2,931 locations, the film is on track to have a $20 million-plus opening. This is the best ever in previews for an A24 film, more than double herememoirs ($1.3 million). No one, not the competitors, nor A24 are complaining about that due to the studio's most expensive picture at $50 million before P&A, which we also hear is closer to $20 million. A24 sold the majority of foreign rights early with Film Entertainment Distributors in the UK and Roadhouse in Australia/New Zealand. Other major areas go next weekend.

At 3,800 theaters, enhanced with Imax, this is A24's widest release ever. It's also the widest R-rated release for an independent studio.

Even before this weekend began, A24 per a source already had $2 million in the bank Civil war That was only for advance tickets today, not last night. The question is whether this film plays in the heartland and not the coasts. There is some confidence that the film will do well in red states as the picture has been tested in Kansas City and Dallas to great results.

Kirsten Dunst, Nick Offerman and Cailee Spaeny gave the film a score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it an 86% score.

Comp is tough on this one, however Civil war It has the feel of Oliver Stone and Kathryn Bigelow films. Far and away, these preview numbers for Civil war They are far ahead of Bigelow Detroit which grossed $525,000 and flopped to a wide opening of $7.1 million (in its second weekend). Despite the drama, Stone Snowden It saw $2.7 million in previews and an $8 million opening, however Civil war The hole is not expected to have such a title.

garland paramount futuristic thriller, extermination, Starring Natalie Portman, it grossed $900,000 in February 2018 before posting a $3.8 million first-day cume and an $11 million opening.

Nicolas Cage, Maxwell Jenkins and Jaeden Martell in the movie

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IFC Films earned its second wide entry of the weekend with Nicolas Cage's dystopian thriller, Arcadian, which had its world premiere at SXSW. The picture is north of 1,000 theaters with focus on a low single-digit start. Critics enjoyed the novelty 87%, but audiences enjoyed it 67%. Directed by Benjamin Brewer, the film follows a father and his twin teenage sons as they fight to survive on a remote farm at the end of the world.

Elsewhere, Legendary/Warner Bros Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire to make $1.5 million Yesterday in 3,948 theaters, -23% from Wednesday, ending its second week with $39.1 million and total operation $142.4 million.

worldwide Monkey man He finished his first week with $13.6 million After estimation 680 thousand dollars Thursday at 3,029 locations, -21% from Wednesday.

Sony Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire Week 3 ends with $11.3 million In 3,835 theaters after A 516 thousand dollars Estimated Thursday, -12%. Total running now $91.1 million. PIC trailed by 13% Ghostbusters: Afterlife At the same time; That pic ends her home run at $129.3 million.

20th Century Studios The first omen 3,375 locations have been booked and the first week is over $10.8 million after 528 thousand dollars Thursday -13% compared to Wednesday.

Legendary/Warner Sand Dunes: Part Two Week 6 ends with $10.1 million after 630 thousand dollars Thursday, -14% for an operating total of $267.7 million.

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