Box Office: ‘I, Frankenstein’ Delivers Dismal $8.3 Million

Oscar-nominated fare continue to provide sizable boosts

While Lionsgate’s “I, Frankenstein” failed to spark audience interest, delivering a dismal estimated $8.3 million in three days, the domestic box office still saw some signs of life, thanks to solid holds from such films as Universal pair, “Ride Along” and “Lone Survivor,” which led with $21.2 million and $12.6 million, respectively.

In its second outing, “Ride Along” fell just 49%, lifting its Stateside cume to a sizable $75.4 million; while “Lone Survivor,” which dropped just 43% in its fifth frame, reached $93.6 million domestically.

The B.O.’s remaining top holdovers also helped boost totals: Open Road’s soph-sesh toon “The Nut Job” estimated $12.3 million (down just 37%), for a Stateside total of $40.3 million. Meanwhile, Paramount’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” held its own after a somewhat disappointing domestic opening last weekend, grossing $8.8 million through Sunday, off 43%, with a cume of $30.3 million and counting.

Overall, domestic box office came in at a little over 3% ahead of this time last year, which isn’t necessarily saying much — “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” led the charge then, delivering $19 million-plus.

Also, typical of this time of year are solid perfs from Oscar fare, with Sony’s “American Hustle” continuing to lead the pack of fellow nominated films. This weekend, “American Hustle” claimed a projected $7.1 million, outpacing Paramount’s fellow best picture nominee, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which estimated $5 million.

“American Hustle” easily crossed the $125 million mark this weekend; “Wolf,” meanwhile, will reach nine figures on within the next few days.

For “I, Frankenstein,” which stars Aaron Eckhart as the infamously undead creation, the underperformance of what already would have been a disappointing start (the film initially was projected to gross somewhere in the low- to mid-teens) makes it the year’s biggest financial flop so far.

Budgeted for an eyebrow-raising $65 million, Lakeshore Entertainment paid for the majority of the sci-fi genre film’s production budget (Lionsgate funded a small portion, comparatively), as well as financed all of its P&A. Laskeshore will find some financial relief having pre-sold overseas rights.

The film’s domestic outlook is grim, despite a better-than-expected ‘B’ CinemaScore and a strong Imax performance. (The large-screen exhib contributed $1.5 million from 335 locations, averaging $4,478 per screen). “I, Frankenstein” loses those locations shortly, however, as “Gravity” re-opens next weekend in Imax, followed by “Robocop” on Feb. 12.

In limited release, Roadside Attractions launched Chilean film “Gloria” at three screens in New York and L.A. The film, about a woman struggling with relationships in her middle age, estimated $58,775 for a strong per-screen average of $19,445.

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change

  1. Ride Along (2): $21.2; 2,759; $7,670; $75.4; -49%
  2. Lone Survivor (5): $12.6; 3,162; $3,985; $93.6; -43%
  3. The Nut Job (2): $12.3; 3,472; $3,547; $40.3; -37%
  4. Frozen (10): $9.0; 2,757; $3,277; $347.8; -23%
  5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2): $8.8; 3,387; $2,598; $30.2; -43%
  6. I, Frankenstein (1): $8.3; 2,753; $3,006; $8.3; —
  7. American Hustle (7): $7.1; 2,304; $3,082; $127.0; -28%
  8. August: Osage County (5): $5.0; 2,411; $2,091; $26.5; -32%
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street (5): $5.0; 1,804; $2,772; $98.0; -29%
  10. Devil’s Due (2): $2.8; 2,544; $1,081; $12.9; -67%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. Frozen (9): $20.2; 52; n/a; $462.5; $810.3; -18%
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street (5): $16.6; 35; n/a; $77.1; $175.1; -19%
  3. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2): $14.3; 41; 8,169; $46.5; $76.7; -36%
  4. 12 Years a Slave (3): $8.3; 29; 485; $17.1; $60.6; +999%
  5. The Hobbit … Smaug (7): $5.6; 60; 3,300; $595.0; $847.3; -49%

*in millions of $

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