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‘Creed’ Fights Its Way to the Top as Week’s No. 1 TV Ad Spend

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in ad spending with “Creed.”

A spin-off of the “Rocky” franchise, “Creed” saw an estimated $5.8 million spent on national TV ads, bringing its lifetime total through Sunday to $12.6 million. Debuting in second place on the chart is Warner Bros.’ “In the Heart of the Sea.” The Ron Howard whaling drama saw $5.4 million spent on 402 national airings across 42 networks, led by CBS and NBC.

Making a secure hold on the top three, Warner Bros. also claims the third spot this week with “The 33,” with $4.9 million spent on TV ads, bringing its lifetime total to date to $11 million.

Columbia Pictures’ holiday comedy “The Night Before” follows in fourth place, with $3.9 million spent on 663 national airings across 30 networks, led by ESPN and Fox. And rounding out the list is CBS Films’ holiday humor-filled “Love the Coopers,” with $3.6 million spent on 748 national airings across 26 networks, led by CBS and ABC.

Overall, the movie industry spent an estimated $45.9 million on TV advertising last week through Sunday. Warner Bros. led the spending with 35.8% of that total, followed by Columbia Pictures at 15.7% and Twentieth Century Fox at 12.4%. CBS saw the most advertising dollars from studios, with an estimated $6.6 million take, while NFL Football led the way in programming with over $6.4 million spent among the various games.

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Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV Spend

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$5.78M – Creed

Creed
Online Activity: 3.81% within the movie category*
National Airings: 935
Networks: 45
Most Aired On: FOX, ESPN, CBS
Creative Versions: 21
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.57M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 09/14/15

$5.37M – In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea
Online Activity: 1.27% within the movie category*
National Airings: 402
Networks: 42
Most Aired On: CBS, NBC, FOX
Creative Versions: 9
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.22M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 09/24/15

$4.94M – The 33

The 33
Online Activity: 1.13% within the movie category*
National Airings: 986
Networks: 51
Most Aired On: ABC, CBS, NBC
Creative Versions: 18
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 10/18/15

$3.81M – The Night Before

The Night Before
Online Activity: 1.85% within the movie category*
National Airings: 663
Networks: 30
Most Aired On: ESPN, FOX, Comedy Cerntral
Creative Versions: 11
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.57M
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Started Airing: 10/03/15

$3.61M – Love the Coopers

Love the Coopers
Online Activity: 1.62% within the movie category*
National Airings: 748
Networks: 26
Most Aired On: CBS, NBC, ABC
Creative Versions: 9
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.44M
Studio: CBS Films
Started Airing: 10/13/15

1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 11/02/2015 and 11/08/2015.
* Percent of digital activity captured across online video, social media, and search activity that was stimulated by these movie trailers and measured in comparison to all online activity in the movie category.

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