Saturday, March 17, 2012

Philippine Box Office Roundup 4

Here's my 4th edition of my Philippine Box Office Roundup and you can read my previous recap here. And as always here are some notes with regards to my box office roundup:
  • The following box office stats are from the ever awesome Box Office Mojo's Philippine Box Office Index. Thus, my box office comparisons and analysis are only limited to what Box Office Mojo has in its records
  • Studios and local distributors sometimes issues press releases about the box office performance of their movies and there are instances that they do not exactly match the data Box Office Mojo have in hand. I'm not sure how wide Box Office Mojo's scope is with our local theaters but for the purposes of a consistent discussion and analysis I will only focus on the numbers posted at Box Office Mojo.
  • I added some stuff like the Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol box office for 2012 since Box Office Mojo does not include that 2011 holdover on their Top Movies 2012 list. Meanwhile the box office numbers for the holdovers from the MMFF last year are not on BOM's list so they're not on here as well.
  • Box Office Mojo does not have the numbers for Ayala Cinemas Exclusive My Week with Marilyn so it's not on the charts below

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Unofficially Yours continues to lead the Philippine Box Office 2012 as the movie raked in 157 million PHP / $3,704,457 as of March 11. The movie already lost a lot of screens since there are 2 local movies that opened this week (Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang and My Kontrabida Girl) but I think the movie could still earn good enough to cross 160 million pesos but it's not assured yet. Anyway, the movie is miles ahead of the other movies on the chart but as the Hollywood Blockbuster season begins we could see movies that could topple it in the succeeding weeks.

The first large-scale Hollywood flick to enter this year is Disney's John Carter which debuts on the chart at #10 earning 34,976,041 PHP / $823,935 since its release last March 9. The movie faltered in the US Box office but in the country it did fine. The other new release is the Oscar-nominated movie Moneyball which like the previous "Oscar" movies didn't earn that much with only $49,958 / 2,120,717 PHP gross since its release last March 7. The movie is tough sell despite the presence of a major star Brad Pitt as the movie is about baseball and statistics (two things not exactly popular subject matter here for a movie) but I personally enjoyed it despite my lack of baseball knowledge. I'm grateful that it had the chance to be screened here unlike the other "Oscar" movies.

Moreover, only 6/9 Best Picture nominees were released here and only The Tree of Life was released in 2011. Last year 8 / 10 of the Best Picture nominees were shown here in commercial theaters . The Help initially had a screening date here but it was pulled out and went straight to video instead while Midnight in Paris was never shown here nor is it available on original video. Oscar winner The Artist could still be shown here maybe as an Ayala Cinemas Exclusive like last year's winner The King's Speech but that remains to be seen since the other nominated movies with bigger names attached struggled in the local box office so what more a black and white silent film? I'm personally hoping a local distributor picks it up and get a release here because I want to feel how is it like to watch a silent film on the big screen. Here's the box office performance of the Oscar-nominated movies:

  1. Hugo - 4,407,536 PHP / $103,206
  2. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - 3,643,823 PHP / $85,838
  3. The Descendants - 3,166,812 PHP / $74,601
  4. Moneyball - 2,120,717 PHP / $49,958
  5. War Horse - 2,032,464 PHP / $47,879
  6. The Tree of Life - 841,947 / $19490

Elsewhere on the chart, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance surpasses Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to be the 3rd highest grossing movie of the year while The Vow moves up to 6th place placing Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked down to #7. One for the Money earns enough to get out of last place and is now ahead of 5 movies.

The much anticipated movie adaptation of The Hunger Games opens on March 21 and I'm very excited to see how it fairs on the box office. It will be huge for sure but how huge is the questions ;)

Here are the Philippine Box Office charts (both in dollars and pesos) as I originally posted at BoxOffice.com forums

Top Movies for 2012 To Date (as of March 11, 2012)

Dollars

  1. (local) ├ťnOfficially Yours - $3,704,457
  2. Underworld Awakening - $2,391, 207
  3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - $1,649,022
  4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - $1,573,345
  5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - $1,460,261
  6. The Vow - $1,359,338
  7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - $1,323,682
  8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol* - $1,187,103*
  9. Chronicle - $832,097
  10. John Carter - $823,935
  11. The Darkest Hour - $812,183
  12. This Means War - $712,169 -
  13. (local) A Mother's Story - $574,764
  14. (local) My Cactus Heart - $542,331
  15. The Devil Inside - $337,173
  16. Safe House - $332,694
  17. Jack and Jill - $311,551
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - $223,225
  19. Contraband - $214,284
  20. (local) Hitman - $135,636
  21. We Bought a Zoo - $131,497
  22. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (in 3D) - $107,913
  23. Hugo - $103,206
  24. The Grey - $94,296
  25. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - $85,838
  26. The Descendants - $74,601
  27. The Woman in Black - $61,869
  28. Haywire - $55,483
  29. Moneyball - $49,958
  30. J.Edgar - $49,059
  31. War Horse - $47,879
  32. One For the Money - $42,007
  33. Beauty and the Beast 3D - $39,070
  34. Man on a Ledge - $37,513
  35. Breaking Wind - $31,914
  36. Coriolanus - $27,332
  37. 11-11-11 - $26,362
*Overall gross: $3,969,223. It went back to theaters on Jan. 8 and the only foreign movie holdover from 2011

Pesos

  1. (local) UnOfficially Yours - 157,254,200 PHP
  2. Underworld Awakening - 102,119,364 PHP
  3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - 70,000,984 PHP
  4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - 66,788,495 PHP
  5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 61,951,573 PHP
  6. The Vow - 57,703,898 PHP
  7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - 56,157,209 PHP
  8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol* - 50,696,658 PHP*
  9. Chronicle -35,486,025 PHP
  10. John Carter - 34,976,041 PHP
  11. The Darkest Hour - 34,477,168 PHP
  12. This Means War - 30,231,574 PHP
  13. (local) A Mother's Story - 24,815,781 PHP
  14. (local) My Cactus Heart - 23,008,393 PHP
  15. The Devil Inside -14,312,994 PHP
  16. Safe House - 14,122,860 PHP
  17. Jack and Jill - 13,225,340 PHP
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 9,475,901 PHP
  19. Contraband - 9,151,255 PHP
  20. (local) Hitman - 5,757,748 PHP
  21. We Bought a Zoo - 5,568,319 PHP
  22. Star Wars Episode 1 3D - 4,595,572 PHP
  23. Hugo - 4,407,536 PHP
  24. The Grey - 4,000,508 PHP
  25. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - 3,643,823 PHP
  26. The Descendants - 3,166,812 PHP
  27. The Woman in Black - 2,624,792 PHP
  28. Haywire - 2,365,429 PHP
  29. Moneyball - 2,120,717 PHP
  30. J.Edgar -2,092,195 PHP
  31. War Horse - 2,032,464 PHP
  32. One For the Money - 1,783,197 PHP
  33. Beauty and the Beast (3D) - 1,666,199 PHP
  34. Man on a Ledge - 1,588,510 PHP
  35. Breaking Wind -1,359,086 PHP
  36. Coriolanus - 1,180,075 PHP
  37. 11-11-11 1,125,821 PHP
* for 2012 only. Total box office: 168,442,905 PHP

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