Movie Money Refinanced: Episode III

2018 has been quite a year for movies, and quite a year for the box office. It seems every month has had massive releases that have somehow been able to share the wealth that comes from serving ravenous film audiences. Certainly films like ‘Solo’ suffer, but by and large, this year is a massive difference to 2017, which was a summer full of underperformance. Never forget, 2017 was so bad, it made Paramount decide to cancel the next 'Transformers' film. This weekend the #1 movie was of course ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Not quite as big of an opening as its immediate predecessor, but considering that film’s biggest competition was the second weekend of Paul Feig's 'Spy', it’s not exactly a fair comparison. The dino sequel made $148m at its opening but the real story is in the film's foreign box office numbers, which have amassed a terrifying $567m. Fallen Kingdom had to battle it out with ‘Incredibles 2’, the #2 movie this week, which continues to be a force to be reckoned with at the box office, bringing in $80.3m this weekend. That puts its domestic total to $349.7m, and its worldwide total to $484.4m. Intrestingly, these film’s are enjoying shares of the global box office audience inversely. Jurassic World 2 has made gargantuan amounts of money in the foreign box office, at a rate that makes its $148m opening seem downright modest. Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 is faring only so so…

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Movie Money Refinanced: Episode I

This weekend at the box office had very few surprises, with the exception of one mildly impressive opening. Coming in at number 5 is 'Avengers Infinity War' which brought in $7.2M bringing it ever so close to that coveted $2B worldwide total. The film will likely hit that in the coming week, as it's just $2M shy. At number 4 we have 'Hereditary', dubbed as this years horror surprise and, "the scariest movie of all time". Well, what's scary is its opening numbers totalling $13+M. With a $10M budget, it's not the worst opening in the world, but it's not as if this will be the box office breakout hit of the year. The number 3 movie is the irreverent, juvenile and hyperviolent superhero smash 'Deadpool 2', bringing in 'Hereditary' numbers with a $14.1M weekend. The sequel has brought in a total $655M worldwide. The original film came to a total of $783.1M, so it doesn't look like the sequel will do quite as well, but for a $110M film, Deadpool remains one of the most profitable film franchises in existence. A third film is all but guaranteed at this point. The biggest disappointment of the year, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' has brought in $15.7M in its third weekend, which brings its worldwide total to a resounding $313.4M. That's incredibly low considering the film's $250M budget, the immense marketing costs that follow any Star Wars property. It's by far the least successful…

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