Thanksgiving box-office down 46% vs 2019
ESPN distribution takes a big hit vs 2020 / Movie theater stocks take Omicron hit / LICORICE PIZZA has huge NY - LA debut weekend
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY November 29, 2021.
Where if you’ve often seen The Rock in his pickup truck on his social channels… you won’t anymore - he gave it away to a deserving fan as a surprise after a “Red Notice” showing last week. See? The things you just don’t get in streaming…
AND - He was also able to throw some INSTA shade at a (likely former) company he worked with on “Red Notice”.
My original idea was to give away the Porsche Taycan, that I drive in the movie, Red Notice.
So we reached out to Porsche, but they said no.
But I still said, yes 😉
I’ll do one better.
ALSO: Pretty light weekend as one would expect… so this’ll be quick. Which gives me plenty of time to enjoy the 90 days of free AMAZON MUSIC that I got for buying one $30 item on Black Friday weekend (I currently do not have a PRIME account, so AMAZON is really just giving this away to everyone it seems).
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
“Encanto” : $40 Million ($70 Million global)
An OK number… but nowhere near “Coco” or especially “Frozen” numbers, although it didn’t seem like DISNEY gave it the marketing budget of either
52% of audience was Latino
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” : $35 Million ($88 Million US, $116 Million global)
Positive T-Giving showing, and no new competition next weekend either. Global numbers could use a pop tho.
Only $7.5 Million total is IMAX (hence the shift back to “Dune” this Friday)
“House of Gucci” : $22 Million ($35 Million global)
Audience was 60% female
“Eternals” : $11 Million ($160 Million US, $368 Million global)
“Resident Evil: Racoon City” : $9 Million ($14 Million global)
“Clifford the Big Red Dog” : $7 Million ($43 Million US)
“King Richard” : $5 Million ($11.5 Million US, $16.6 Million global)
No huge Thanksgiving weekend bump… WB won’t come close to even making back Will Smith’s payday alone on this one.
ELSEWHERE AT THE BOX OFFICE
“Dune” crossed $100 Million in the US
“Licorice Pizza” had a huge $84k per screen average… across 4 screens. Had a $335k total
“Belfast” hit $1.3 Million, now at $5 Million US total.
“The French Dispatch” hit $853k, now at $14.4 Million US total
“Spencer” looks like it’ll top out around $7 Million, but is also now avail on PVOD.
Weekend Box Office was down 46% vs 2019 Thanksgiving (led by “Frozen 2” and “Knives Out”).
📺 THE TV SET
Quiet day. Thanks Ross. But a couple of ratings numbers:
CBS had the biggest audience for a regular season NFL game since 1990 - initial fast estimate is 38.5 Million watched the tight COWBOYS vs RAIDERS game at 430p on Thanksgiving. The game also had the most penalties of any game since 2016. /Yahoo Sports
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
More startling, it was in 84 Million Cable TV (and digital streaming bundle) households just one year ago (this is 76 Million number is as of October according to a company filing). Any bets where it’s at come 2030?
The company now has 17 Million ESPN+ streaming subscribers globally to go with the 76 Million Cable/streaming bundle households, but makes far more per cable customer vs streaming customer. /Deadline
Other losses from Oct 2020 to Oct 2021:
ESPNU went from 62 Million to 51 Million
ESPN NEWS from 62 Million to 59 Million
(ESPN CLASSIC is RIP as of Jan 1)
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
LIONSGATE was down 4.5% ($14.84)
AMC NETWORKS down almost 5% ($39.26)
IMAX down 7% ($17.17), CINEWORLD down 8% ($.67), CINEMARK down %5 ($16.00). #ThanksOmicron!
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
ESPN Monday Night Football - SEAHAWKS at WASHINGTON starts at 815p
ABC “CMA Country Christmas” at 8p
NBC “That’s My Jam” - new Jimmy Fallon led music competition show at 10p
If you were sent this newsletter or… just kinda found it:
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
NBC “This Is Us” final season trailer - Premieres Thu Jan 4
EPIX “From” series trailer - Small town in middle America that traps anyone who enters. Except for the creatures that come out at night - they seem to come and go as they like. Premieres Sun Feb 20
PARAMOUNT+ “Rumble” trailer - About an underdog wrestler (Will Arnett) in a monster wrestling league. Was previously slated for theaters last summer, now dropping on the PAR+ on Wed Dec 15.
🕵️♂️ THE WEEK AHEAD
TUE - Mel Brooks memoir “All About Me!” hits shelves
WED - NBC Rockefeller Christmas Tree at 8p, followed by a Kelly Clarkson Christmas special
THU - PEACOCK “Baking It” holiday food competition series premieres, hosted by Maya Rudolph & Andy Samberg
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
FOGHAT“Slow Ride” - This one goes out to producer Don Phillips who died over the weekend at 80 years old - an influential casting director and producer who either discovered or fostered a lot of young talent in the 80’s and 90’s, including on “Dazed & Confused”, giving big early roles to McConaughey and Affleck in the same pic.
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