In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, the lull of the pre-summer release schedule was felt in full force as the industry collectively spent the least amount on advertising new movies yet this year. But consider this the calm before the storm, as next month the summer blockbuster season begins and ad budgets are almost certainly due to ramp up in support.
Leading the charge was “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” with an estimated $6 million spent on 1,351 national airings across 50 networks led by Cartoon Network and Disney XD. That was still more than twice what every other film on the list spent this week.
In second, “The Longest Ride” put forth $2.7 million on 1,053 national airings across 26 networks led by VH1 and MTV. Disney’s “Monkey Kingdom” followed with $2.4 million spent on 624 national airings across 26 networks led by Disney XD and Nick. In fourth was “The Age of Adaline” with $2.2 million spent on 411 national ads across 25 networks, led by TV Guide Network and E!
Although “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” debuted with $2 million spent on 258 national airings across 27 networks led by Disney XD and Nick, expect to see a surge in the coming weeks as it gears up for the May 1 opening weekend to kick off the summer season.
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That adds up to a paltry $15.3 million for the top five alone and a mere $32.7 million for the industry overall. Typically, the top five advertisers alone will spend between $30 million to $40 million on any given week. In the 14 weeks of the year so far, the industry has spent just over $1 billion on TV advertising. That averages to about $73 million a week. So this week was a frugal one by any measure.
Columbia Pictures led the way with an estimated $6.1 million on five spots receiving 1,449 national airings, followed by Universal Pictures with $3.7 million, and Lionsgate with $3.5 million, both with five spots each and less than 1,000 national airings.
1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/07/2015 and 04/13/2015.
* 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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