×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pixar nails six in a row

Incredible run keeps going with $71 mil

Make it six in a row for Pixar.

The CGI studio extended its perfect streak with “The Incredibles,” which opened at $70.7 million from 3,933 theaters.

Disney set a slew of studio records this weekend. For starters, opening is the best in the studio’s history, outpacing that of the last Pixar toon, “Finding Nemo,” which bowed in May 2003 with $70.3 million.

Beyond the spectacular bow for “Incredibles,” the weekend saw some solid holds for adult fare, including the No. 2 pic “Ray,” from Universal and Bristol Bay Prods., which dipped 31% to $13.8 million in its sophomore session.

Following the biopic was Sony’s “The Grudge” with $13.5 million in its third week (sending cume to $89.6 million) and Lions Gate’s “Saw” with $11.4 million in its second week (cume: $35.7 million). Both pics were down 38%, especially modest drops in the horror genre.

Also noteworthy was Miramax’s “Shall We Dance,” which was down just 10% in its fourth week with $5.7 million. Cume is $42.1 million.

Opening weakly over the frame at No. 5 was Paramount’s “Alfie,” which drew $6.5 million from 2,215 locations.

“Everything went right,” said Disney distrib chief Chuck Viane of the “Incredibles” opening. “It’s the classic example of the historic collaboration of Disney and Pixar.”

In addition to the best Disney opening, “Incredibles,” which battles Warners’ “The Polar Express” for the family aud starting Wednesday, also set the record for the best single day for the studio with $29.4 million on Saturday.

“Incredibles” also outpaced the 2001 Pixar title “Monsters, Inc.” to become the biggest opening November toon (“Monsters” bowed to $62.6 million). Disney has dominated the November toon market, already claiming the eight highest-grossing releases in the month.

Viane said studio exit surveys showed families accounted for 62% of the weekend crowd. But, he noted, that the 38% of adults and teens attending without any children is higher than normal for a toon. “Typically, it takes a week or two for that segment to become that significant a portion of the audience,” he said.

As for “Alfie,” Paramount said its surveys found the aud was dominated by adult femmes, with 69% female and 69% over age 25.

New Line snuck “After the Sunset,” which opens on Nov. 12, at about 1,000 locations on Saturday and said it filled about 85% of its seats. Aud came in evenly split between men and women, with most over the age 30, according to its polls.

Limited appeal

On the limited side of the biz, Paramount Classics bowed Jay-Z concert reel “Fade to Black” to $475,648 from 170 screens. That made for an average of $2,798 per screen. Distrib’s “The Machinist,” in its third week, grossed $61,255 from 13 screens, averaging $4,712, while “Enduring Love” picked up $63,000 in its sophomore session from 24 engagements, averaging $2,625.

Fox Searchlight continues to have success with “Sideways” in select markets. Playing on 66 screens in its third week, pic grossed a little under $1.1 million over the three-day span, averaging $16,136 per screen. Cume is $1.9 million. Distrib head Steve Giulula said plans for expansion call for widening to 150 screens this coming Friday, to 400 on Nov. 15 and finally to a national release pattern by Thanksgiving.

Searchlight’s “I Heart Huckabees” grossed $1.1 million over the weekend from 585 screens, averaging $1,880 in its sixth week. Cume is $10.2 million.

In its fourth week, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Being Julia” grossed $388,534 from 104 screens, giving it an average of $3,736. Cume is a shade shy of $1.3 million.

Focus also saw its “The Motorcycle Diaries” break into eight digits. In its seventh week, now playing on 268 screens, it picked up $966,141 this weekend, an average of $3,605. Cume on the Che Guevera bio is $10.6 million.

“Incredibles” was not able to lift the overall box office market out of its funk, however. Nielsen EDI estimates total weekend biz at $145 million, down 6% from the comparison week in 2003, when “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Elf” opened. Year-to-date, box office is at $7.641 billion, up 2.1% from the $7.480 billion at this point last year.

More Film

  • Boots Riley arrives at the 34th

    Boots Riley: Spike Lee Yelled at Me After 'BlacKkKlansman' Criticism, But We're Good Now

    “Sorry to Bother You” director and musician Boots Riley, who wrote a scathing criticism of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for its positive representation of law enforcement, said that he and the “Do the Right Thing” auteur are good now. But it took some time (and drama) to get there. Last year, Riley called Lee’s Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” [...]

  • Dr. Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali, right)

    Read Variety's 1957 Review of 'Green Book' Pianist Don Shirley

    “Green Book” viewers who are not totally versed in the ways of ’50s and ’60s jazz may come away from the heavily Oscar-nominated movie wondering just how well known and respected the film’s central musical figure, Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali), really was in his heyday. The answer: revered enough to have picked up [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Steven Spielberg Remembers 'Friend and Early Mentor' Stanley Donen

    As news of the death of prolific director Stanley Donen spread Saturday, the industry was quick to remember the helmer of so many classic musicals. Donen directed such hits as “Singin’ in the Rain,” co-directed with and starring Gene Kelly; “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn; and “Charade,” with Hepburn and Cary Grant. “Stanley Donen was [...]

  • Aubrey Plaza Spirit Awards

    How to Watch the 2019 Spirit Awards Online

    The Spirit Awards are taking over television Saturday from Santa Monica, Calif., but viewers don’t need a TV to tune in. Hosted by “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza, this year’s Spirit Awards are set to air on IFC at 2 p.m. PT and again on Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET. However, indie lovers [...]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

    Oscars, After Repeated Tumbles, Takes Center Stage in Hollywood

    At least the weather will be sunny for Sunday afternoon’s Oscars ceremony following one of the stormiest —  and strangest — awards seasons in memory. Expectations have been turned upside down in key categories amid a historic lack of consensus among guild and critics groups. The 91st Academy Awards will be the first in three [...]

  • Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his Night

    Box Office: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million

    Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is far and away the box office champ for Academy Awards weekend with an estimated debut of $58 million from 4,259 North American locations. Three holdovers and an expansion will make up the other top four spots, with the sophomore frame of sci-fier “Alita: Battle Angel” [...]

  • Stanley Donen

    Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94

    Stanley Donen, the director of such stylish and exuberant films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Funny Face” and “Two for the Road” and the last surviving helmer of note from Hollywood’s golden age, has died at 94. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips tweeted that one of his sons had confirmed the news to him. Confirmed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content