Weekend record for Aug. B.O.

A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million.

The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to Kill” took the stand with $13.3 million.

Last year at this time, the Olympics had become a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom: fearing the Games, distributors avoiding releasing high-profile pics and the late-summer B.O. went into a tailspin.

This year, late-summer entries such as “Air Force One” and “Spawn” have gone a long way toward making up for the season’s slow start.

It now appears that with the help of such upcoming films as WB’s “Conspiracy Theory,” Miramax’s “Cop Land,” Paramount’s “Event Horizon,” and BV’s “G.I. Jane,” summer ’97 will leave soon leave summer ’96 in the dust.

Swinging times

Among holdovers, Buena Vista’s “George of the Jungle” continues to hang in, as does WB’s “Contact,” Paramount’s “Face/Off” (which passed the $100 million-mark Saturday) and Sony’s “Men in Black” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

The picture is considerably less rosy in the specialized arena, however. Last year at this time, “Lone Star,” “Emma” and “Trainspotting” had already opened. Those films went on to cume $12.4 million, $22.2 million and $16.5 million, respectively.

So far this year, Orion’s two-month-old “Ulee’s Gold” remains the top grosser among arthouse pics with a cume of $6.3 million.

Smaller successes include CFP’s “The Pillow Book” ($2.1 million) and “The Day Trippers” ($2 million),

Currently, Miramax’s “Shall We Dance” is on a roll, with a $2 million gross after just 24 days in platform release.

Good ‘Company’

This weekend, Sony Pictures Classics’ controversial “In the Company of Men” debuted to $100,000 in eight theaters in New York and L.A., for a promising $12,500 average .

But Paramount’s venture into the specialized arena, the gay-themed “Kiss Me, Guido” grossed a disappointing $121,149 on 29 screens, just $4,178 per site, in its third weekend.

Similarly Trimark’s “Box of Moonlight” failed to shine, with just $26,834 in four theater in the top two markets.

More Film

  • Gaumont's Christmas Comedy Santa & Cie

    Gaumont's French Christmas Comedy 'Santa & Cie' Set for Massive Roll-Out in China

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • Get Hard

    Writer Claims 'Get Hard' Ripped Off His 'Prison 101' Idea

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • Charles Rivkin

    CineAsia: Charles Rivkin Looks to Asia as Locomotive for Theatrical Cinema

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • Tax Plan Strikes Fear Among Below

    Hollywood's Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • Detective Pikachu

    Film News Roundup: Live-Action 'Detective Pikachu' Gets 2019 Release

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in

    Movie Chain AMC Exploring Investment in Saudi Arabia

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

  • SPENCER LOCKE as Melissa Rainier in

    CineAsia: Sony Applies Haptic Technology to 'Insidious: The Last Key' (EXCLUSIVE)

    A commanding hold by Beacon and Sony’s “Air Force One,” and better-than-expected debuts by New Line’s “Spawn” and Fox’s “Picture Perfect,” helped boost weekend ticket sales to an August high of $107.5 million. The tally, which encompasses the top-60 grossers, represents a 32% leap over the equivalent 1996 frame when Warner Bros.’ “A Time to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content