‘The Intern’ Works Its Way To the Top of Week’s TV Ad-Spend List

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claimed the top spot in TV ad spending with the comedy “The Intern.” The film, which sees an aging businessman (played by Robert Deniro) returning to the workplace, replaces crime drama “Black Mass,” also from Warner Bros., which drops into the second position after leading the TV spending the last two weeks.

With an estimated $8.14 million spent on national TV ads this week, “The Intern” rose from the third position it occupied the week prior, topping the list and bringing its estimated lifetime spend to $15.5 million to date. Trailing was “Black Mass” with $4.9 million spent this week, bringing its estimated lifetime total through Sunday to the $19.9 million mark.

Falling to the third position this week was Fox’s post-apocalyptic sequel, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” with an estimated $4.1 million spent on 898 national airings across 34 networks led by Cartoon Network and Comedy Central. Nearly tying with “Maze Runner” in the fourth place was Universal’s “Everest,” climbing two spots from last week, and seeing $4.04 million spent, bringing its lifetime total through Sunday to $7.64 million.

EuropaCorp’s action sequel “The Transporter: Refueled” debuted in the number five spot this week, with $3.8 million spent on 1, 159 national airings across 37 networks, led by ESPN and Cartoon Network.

Overall, the movie industry spent an estimated $47.7 million on TV advertising this week, approximately $4 million less than the week prior. Warner Bros. led the spending with an estimated 35% of that total, followed by Universal at 18.1%, and Twentieth Century Fox at 11.1%. ESPN saw the most overall advertising dollars from studios, with an estimated $5.9 million pushed its way, with College Football being the individual program event with the most advertising dollars, with nearly $6.3 million spent among the games.


Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV Spend

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$8.14M – The Intern

The Intern
Online Activity: 2.57% within the movie category*
National Airings: 1,210
Networks: 41
Highest Spend: MTV, ABC, TNT
Creative Versions: 9
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.53M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 08/17/15

$4.99M – Black Mass

Black Mass
Online Activity: 6.26% within the movie category*
National Airings: 867
Networks: 48
Highest Spend: ESPN, NBC, MTV
Creative Versions: 20
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $19.98M
Studio: Warner Bros.
Started Airing: 08/06/15

$4.05M – Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Online Activity: 8.63% within the movie category*
National Airings: 898
Networks: 34
Highest Spend: Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, MTV
Creative Versions: 13
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.74M
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Started Airing: 08/11/15

$4.04M – Everest

Online Activity: 5.79% within the movie category*
National Airings: 512
Networks: 32
Highest Spend: ESPN, NBC, FOX
Creative Versions: 7
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $7.64M
Studio: Universal Pictures
Started Airing: 08/23/15

$3.79M – The Transporter: Refueled

The Transporter: Refueled
Online Activity: 3.32% within the movie category*
National Airings: 1,159
Networks: 37
Highest Spend: ESPN, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central
Creative Versions: 23
Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.74M
Studio: EuropaCorp
Started Airing: 08/08/15

1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 08/31/2015 and 09/06/2015.
* 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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