Swift beats Scorsese at the box office, but ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ gets off to a strong start

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By journalsofus.com

NEW YORK (AP) — A match-up in a movie is almost impossible. “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” Martin Scorsese took on Taylor Swift in theaters over the weekend. And while “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” took over the box office for the second time, Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” made a strong debut in Apple Studios’ first major theatrical bet.

after A record-breaking opening weekend The $92.8 million “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” grossed an estimated $31 million from 3,855 locations over the weekend, according to AMC Theatres. in an unconventional dealThe theater chain is distributing Swift’s concert film, and playing it only Thursday through Sunday.

Most Swifties rushed to see the film on opening weekend, when a large percentage of sales were driven by advance ticketing. Sales dropped a massive 67% in its second weekend, potentially reflecting that “The Eras Tour” was primarily an opening-weekend event.

But “The Era’s Tour” still proved to be a movie event unlike any other. Within days, without taking inflation into account, it became the highest-grossing concert film of all time in North America. It quickly earned $129.8 million domestically.

More was riding “Killers of the Flower Moon,” A historical crime drama about a series of murders against the Osage Nation in the early 1920s. The film, which cost at least $200 million to make, is Apple Studios’ largest production to date. The streamer partnered with Paramount Pictures to release Scorsese’s adaptation of David Grann’s bestseller in 3,628 theaters, with plans to later stream it on Apple TV+ at a yet-to-be-announced date.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” opened with $23 million, the third-best debut for 80-year-old Scorsese behind “Shutter Island” ($41 million in 2010) and “The Departed” ($26.9 million in 2006) . Although Scorsese’s latest creation, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro, will have a tough road to reach profitability, it’s a successful launch for the 206-minute-long adult-skewing drama – the kind of movie that, Outside “Oppenheimer” Has struggled mightily at the box office in recent years.

and “Killers of the Flower Moon,” with rave reviewsWith the support of an “A-” CinemaScore from audiences and a strong Oscar campaign, it should continue to do well for a long time. It added $21 million overseas.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” also marks the best wide-release debut for a film from a streaming company. While Netflix (which backed Scorsese’s final narrative feature, “Irishman,” In 2019) have taken a mostly limited approach to theatrical release, Apple and Amazon, which closed its purchase of MGM last year, have adopted more expansive theatrical strategies.

Earlier this year, Apple said it planned to spend $1 billion a year on creating movies that would have theatrical releases before reaching its streaming service. Apple is also behind Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Napoleon” with Joaquin Phoenix, which Sony Pictures will distribute on Nov. 22; and has partnered with Universal for Matthew Vaughn’s “Argyll,” arriving Feb. 2.

Paramount initially contracted to produce and distribute “Killers of the Flower Moon,” but changed the deal with Apple as costs soared for the project, shot during the pandemic.

“If ‘flexibility’ is the new mantra of the theatrical movie business, that’s a significant breakthrough — it establishes a viable option for companies,” said David A. Gross, who runs the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. “Killers of the Flower Moon” launches.

As different as “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” are, they are similar in their extended duration. A double feature of the top two films of the weekend would have clocked in at six hours and 14 minutes, excluding commercials and trailers.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” was loved by young moviegoers more than expected. Paramount said 44% of ticket buyers were under the age of 30.

Horror sequel “Exorcist: The Believer,” directed by David Gordon Green, came in third with $5.6 million in its third weekend of release. The Universal, Blumhouse film has grossed $54.2 million domestically.

“PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” came in at number four with $4.5 million in its fourth weekend. Fifth place went to the re-release of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which grossed $4.1 million 30 years after it first hit theaters.

Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday are for U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” $31 million.

2. “Killers of the Flower Moon,” $23 million.

3. “The Exorcist: Believer,” $5.6 million.

4. “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” $4.5 million.

5. “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” $4.1 million.

6. “Saw Axe,” $3.6 million.

7. “The Creator,” $2.6 million.

8. “Leo: Bloody Sweet,” $2.1 million.

9. “A Haunting in Venice,” $1.1 million.

10. “The Blind,” $1 million.


This story has been updated to correct the weekend gross of “Exorcist: The Believer” to $5.6 million and the weekend gross of “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” to $4.5 million.

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