Update 10/6/12: Deadline -“…By contrast, the scifi thriller plunged -22% from Friday to Saturday but still ended with a big $49.5M weekend result…So the film should end the weekend closer to $49M than $50M. Which is stil a solid result for a film the studio claims cost only $125M because of UK tax credits and low CGI costs. (By the way, that ‘R’ rating was blamed on one really gross scene.)”
Update 9/6/12: Deadline – To Hollywood’s surprise tonight, Prometheus (3,396 theaters) and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (4,258 theaters) are in a dog fight for #1. No one least of all Twentieth Century Fox expected its R-rated scifi thriller to outgross DreamWorks Animation’s PG-rated family fare today. In fact Fox execs kept predicting no more than a $30M-$35M weekend result in an attempt to lower expectations, so the Fox film already is a big winner no matter which pic tops. Rival studios tell me that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus should win Friday. But Madagascar 3 distributed by Paramount should enjoy that Saturday kid bump as expected to win the weekend.
Update 9/6/12: Deadline – Rival studios now say Prometheus is looking to open with a huge $26M Friday and $68M weekend. That’s rare indeed for an R-rated pic. But Fox, the studio that specializes in lowering expectations, disputes thos numbers. “There is no mathematical scenario I know of that we hit $68M. Even at $26M for today, we get to $66.5M – and there is nothing on this green earth that shows us hitting $26M today,” a Fox exec huffed at me. “I could see us doing $22M today which would likely get us to $56M.” No matter, a great result.
Update 8/6/12: Deadline – Prometheus in North America debuted to $3.561M in midnight screenings at 1,368 locations. That’s a $2,603 per-location average. Fox called it “a fantastic start”. The midnight numbers include $1.03M from 294 IMAX theaters. Coming into today, Prometheus already has amassed $51M from overseas territories that opened last weekend.
Update 4/6/12: “Continuing a growing trend, “Prometheus” launched internationally before domestic, and landed with $35 million in 15 markets on 4,695 screens. Top markets include: Russia – $11.1M, UK – $9.9M – FRANCE – $7M. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi beast will attack another 35 territories next weekend for a total of over 8,000 screens worldwide—5,500+ of those expected to be in 3D”.
Update 3/6/12: Deadline is reporting Prometheus is 319% of the Snow White opening in the UK, and 161% of both Snow White and holdover Men In Black 3. It’s also the biggest opening day for a Ridley Scott film ever in the UK grossing £2.2m ($3.39M).
Early box office results have come out over on The Hollywood Reporter. Its returns in the UK are 150% ahead of Snow White and Men in Black 3 combined. In France, it grossed $2.4M on Wednesday/Thursday and it’s the number 1 movie in Russia, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Switzerland.
Prometheus has been tracking especially strong in the U.K., where the movie made its world premiere Thursday night.
Prometheus, headlining Noomi Repace and Michael Fassbender, opens June 8 in the U.S. It’s debuting in a total of 15 international markets a week ahead of its domestic launch, including France, where it grossed $2.4 million on Wednesday and Thursday (the movie scored the second-biggest opening-day gross of 2012 behind The Avengers for a non-French title).
Opening in Russia on Thursday, Prometheus grossed $2.2 million, the third-highest Fox opening of all time behind the third Ice Age 3 and Avatar. It opened No. 1 in Russia, as well as in Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Switzerland.
In Chile, Prometheus debuted to $70,000 on Thursday, the biggest opening day for a Scott-directed title and bigger than The Hunger Games and MIB3.
Thanks to seeasea and Spidey3121 for the news.