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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Strikes Back as Week’s No. 1 TV Ad Spend

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Disney’s Lucasfilm claims the top spot in TV ad spending with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Ads placed by Lucasfilm for “The Force Awakens” through Sunday had an estimated media value of $5.3 million, bringing its lifetime total to $22.4 million. (Keep in mind that “The Force Awakens” has also been reaping the rewards of show integrations across Disney-owned networks as well as plenty of co-promotions with brands including Duracell and CoverGirl.)

Just behind “The Force Awakens” in second place: Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home.” The Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy saw 844 national ad airings across 41 networks, led by Comedy Central and BET, with an estimated media value of $4.5 million.

Debuting in, respectively, third and fourth place: Warner Bros.’ “Point Break,” with 790 ad airings (estimated media value: $4.4 million) and Universal’s new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler vehicle, “Sisters,” with 665 ad airings ($3.9 million).

Rounding out the list in fifth place: Twentieth Century Fox’s “Joy,” with 736 national airings across 36 networks, led by VH1 and Bravo ($3.4 million).

Overall, the movie industry spent an estimated $47.9 million on television advertising last week through Sunday. Twentieth Century Fox led the spending with 23.1% of that total, followed by Paramount at 16.9% and Warner Bros. at 15.3%. Fox saw the most advertising dollars from studios, with an estimated $8.2 million take, while NFL Football led the way in programming with over $6.3 million spent among the various games.

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Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV Spend

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$4.45M – Daddy’s Home

Daddy's Home
Online Activity: 0.41% within the movie category*
National Airings: 844
Networks: 41
Most Aired On: Comedy Central, BET
Creative Versions: 16
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.73M
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Started Airing: 11/29/15

$4.43M – Point Break

Point Break
Online Activity: 1.13% within the movie category*
National Airings: 790
Networks: 41
Most Aired On: Comedy Central, MTV
Creative Versions: 15
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.17M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 11/19/15

$3.93M – Sisters

Sisters
Online Activity: 1.44% within the movie category*
National Airings: 665
Networks: 31
Most Aired On: Comedy Central, MTV
Creative Versions: 18
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.77M
Studio: Universal Pictures
Started Airing: 11/07/15

$3.45M – Joy

Joy
Online Activity: 0.32% within the movie category*
National Airings: 736
Networks: 36
Most Aired On: VH1, BRAVO
Creative Versions: 10
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.16M
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Started Airing: 11/18/15

1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 12/07/2015 and 12/13/2015.
* 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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