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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- 1/14/18


 

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT FOR 1/14/18

 

It was a merry enough MLK holiday boxoffice weekend to keep January's boxoffice momentum going.

 

comScore's Paul Dergarabedian projected a 4-day boxoffice take of $187M to $190M through Monday. Anything better than last year's $187.371M will make this the 6th best MLK weekend ever on comScore's chart. Topping that list is 2015's $250.2M.

 

Insiders were estimating good 4-day showings for: Sony's "JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE" ($34.5M/$290.6M cume); Fox's "THE POST" (opening to $22.2M/$26.7M cume); Lionsgate's "THE COMMUTER" (pictured – Liam Neeson/opening to $16M); "STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI" ($14.7M/$595M cume); Fox's "THE GREATEST SHOWMAN" ($14.5M/$97.3 cume); and WB's "PADDINGTON 2" (also opening to about $14.5M).

 

Disney said Sunday that "JEDI" has passed "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST's" $1.263.5B "to become the #10 global release of all-time, as well as the #1 global release of 2017, with an estimated $1,264.9M through today." It's now the #6 domestic release ever with about $591.5M through Sunday.

 

Last weekend's 3-day ticket sales of $153.1M, per comScore, were up 1.4% from $151M last year. 2018 to date is up 6.1% from 2017 vs. up 6.3% a week ago.

 

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The Oscar race is heating up with Golden Globes & Critics Choice wins and BAFTA & DGA noms, but there's still no best picture frontrunner.

 

"THREE BILLBOARDS..." (pictured) won 4 GG, including: picture & actress/drama (Frances McDormand). 9 BAFTA noms, including: film & director (DGA nom Martin McDonagh). CC: 6 CC noms/won 2: actress & supporting actor (Rockwell).

 

"THE SHAPE OF WATER" won 2 GG: director (DGA nom Guillermo del Toro) & score. 12 BAFTA noms, including: film, actress (Sally Hawkins) & director. CC: 14 CC noms/won 4, including: picture & director.

 

"LADY BIRD" won GG for picture & actress/musical comedy (Saoirse Ronan). BAFTA noms: original screenplay (DGA nom Greta Gerwig) & actress. It had 8 CC noms and no wins.

 

"GET OUT" had 2 GG noms, but no wins. BAFTA noms: original screenplay (DGA nom Jordan Peele) & actor (Daniel Kaluuya). CC: 5 noms/won original screenplay.

 

"DUNKIRK" had 3 GG noms, but no wins. Its 8 BAFTA noms include picture & director (DGA nom Christopher Nolan). CC: 8 noms/won (tie) editing.

 

"THE POST" struck out with GG, BAFTA, CC & DGA, but is still alive with its Producers Guild picture nom.