Box Office – December 29-31, 2023: WONKA, AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM, MIGRATION, & More SuperNayr

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Box Office December 29-31, 2023

The theatrical movie box office results for December 29, 2023 through December 31, 2023 have been released.

The Box Office

Wonka was Number One at the United States box office over the weekend with $23.9 Million (a 33% increase from last weekend) for $134.6 Million so far. Worldwide, the film has made $379 Million.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was Second at the United States box office over the weekend with $19.5 Million (a 30% decrease from last weekend).

Migration premiered in Third Place at the United States box office for the second week in a row with $17.2 Million (a 38% increase from last weekend).

The Color Purple premiered in Fourth Place at the United States box office over the weekend with $13 Million.

Anyone But You premiered in Fifth Place at the United States box office over the weekend with $9 Million (a 50% increase from last weekend).

These films: The Boy and the Heron (which premiered this weekend), The Iron Claw, Ferrari (which premiered this weekend), The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, and The Boy and the Heron rounded out the top ten respectively.

Movies That Opened This Weekend

The films in the Top Ten that opened this weekend at the box office:

The Color Purple is a 2023 American coming-of-age musical period drama film directed by Blitz Bazawule. Marcus Gardley’s screenplay is based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Spielberg and Quincy Jones. Spielberg and Jones return as producers for the 2023 film, along with the stage musical’s producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, the latter of whom also starred in the 1985 film.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Gabriella Wilson “H.E.R.”, Halle Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, Jon Batiste, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino in the leading role of Celie. Brooks and Barrino reprise their roles from the productions of the stage musical. It tells the story of Celie, an African American woman living in the American South during the early 1900s.

The Boys in the Boat is a 2023 American biographical sports drama film co-produced and directed by George Clooney from a screenplay by Mark L. Smith, based on the 2013 book of the same name by Daniel James Brown. The film stars Callum Turner and Joel Edgerton.

Ferrari is a 2023 American biographical sports drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Troy Kennedy Martin. Based on the 1991 biography Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine by motorsport journalist Brock Yates, the film follows the personal and professional struggles of Enzo Ferrari, the Italian founder of the car manufacturer Ferrari S.p.A., during the summer of 1957. Adam Driver portrays the titular subject, and co-stars Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, Gabriel Leone, Jack O’Connell, and Patrick Dempsey.

Next Week’s Films

Next week sees the release of Mayhem, He Went That Way, Society of the Snow, and a plethora of other films. Find my predictions on this releases in the weekly The Bottom Line column. A preview: Wonka will be Number One at the box office for the second week in a row.

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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