In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures’ “Furious 7” may have laid down $7.4 million on TV ad spending this week, but it wasn’t enough to catch the $11.4mm behind “Get Hard,” which retained the top position as the movie with the most ad dollars behind it this week.
Warner Bros. supported the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy with 1,176 national spots across 43 networks led by FXX and MTV, for a lifetime total of $33.1 million on national TV ads. The outlay of $7.4 million for “Furious 7” accounted for 890 national airings across 38 networks led by Comedy Central and BET.
The list was flush with newcomers this week, with “Insurgent” and “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” neck and neck at $6.1 million each. “Insurgent” bought 961 national airings across 31 networks led by TV Guide Network and MTV, while “Mission” focused on 28 national airings on 14 networks led by AMC and TBS.
Finally, the only other holdover from last week bookended the list, with “The Gunman” spending $5.3 million on 1,567 national airings across 34 networks led by Spike and NBA TV.
Overall, Warner Bros. again dominated the week’s spending with a total of $20.2 million on 2,755 national airings on nine spots, nearly twice the $11.2 million Universal Pictures spent for 2,037 national airings for 10 spots. Paramount Pictures ranked third in spending with $8.1 million buying 295 national airings of five spots.
1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 03/16/2015 and 03/22/2015.
* 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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