Oscar-Nominated ‘Oppenheimer’ to Begin Streaming on Peacock Feb. 16 With Extras

Universal Pictures’ box office hit Oppenheimer, nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Christopher Nolan), and winner of five Golden Globe Awards, is set to begin streaming Feb. 16 on the Peacock service.

The movie tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work as the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory created the first atomic bomb. 

In addition to the movie, which generated $957 million at the global box office, Peacock has curated 15 behind-the-scenes featurettes, six Nolan-directed films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Inception, Memento), and 13 movies featuring Best Actor nominee Cillian Murphy, among other ancillary content.

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Universal/Apple Comedy Drama ‘Argylle’ Tops Underwhelming Weekend Box Office

Apple Original Films and distributor Universal Pictures’ comedy drama Argylle generated an estimated $18 million in North American ticket sales, in addition to $17.3 million across foreign markets, to top $35 million globally in its theatrical debut for the weekend through Feb. 4.

While the opening is a disappointment for a movie with a reported $200 million production budget, domestic ticket sales did top a previously reported estimate of around $16.5 million.

While naysayers characterize the movie’s opening weekend as the worst this year for a film with such a big budget, Apple is a media/tech company with very deep pockets. The company generated nearly $34 billion in profit on revenue of $119 billion in its most-recent fiscal period ended Dec. 31, 2023.

Argylle represents the third consecutive theatrical release for Apple following Killers of the Flower Moon (with Paramount Pictures) and Napoleon (with Columbia Pictures), which following a retail release, will appear on the subscription-based Apple TV+ streaming video platform.

With no other major new releases, Fathom Events’ faith-based The Chosen finished No. 2 with $6 million in estimated weekend ticket sales, and $7.4 million since Thursday sneak peak screenings.

MGM Studios’ The Beekeeper dropped to No. 3 with $5.3 million in ticket sales after spending three consecutive weekends at No. 2. The Amazon MGM film collected $5.28 million revenue to up its North American tally above $49 million and $122 million globally.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ prequel musical Wonka added $4.7 million to push its North American ticket sales above $200 million and $571 million globally.

Universal/Illumination’s animated family film Migration sold another $4.2 million in ticket sales to up its North American tally above $106 million and $210 million globally.

Paramount Pictures’ Mean Girls added $4 million to up its four-weekend North American total to $66.3 million and $92.7 million worldwide.

Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You is expected to add $3.5 million through Sunday, upping its North American total to $76.3 million through Sunday. The movie added $13.5 million overseas through the weekend, bringing its international gross to $75.5 million and $151.8 million worldwide.

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New Action Comedy ‘Argylle’ Expected to Top Another Slow Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Apple Original Films’ new action comedy Argylle is projected to lead another slow weekend box office with upwards of $16 million in ticket sales, according to data from Box Office Pro.

The movie, whose ensemble cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Henry Cavill, John Cena, Dua Lipa, and Oscar winners Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Samuel L. Jackson (Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement), generated $1.7 million in sneak Thursday screenings.

The movie is expected to supplant previous box office pole sitters, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka (projecgted $4.4 million), MGM Studios’ The Beekeeper ($4.3 million), and Paramount Pictures’ Mean Girls ($4.6 million) to round out another slow weekend box office.

Through January, the 2024 North American box office — led by Wonka — is down more than 15% in ticket sales compared to the first month of 2022, which was spearheaded by 20th Century Studios’ sequel Avatar: The Way of Water.

With the exception of Fathom Events’ new religious-themed release The Chosen ($3.2 million), the weekend features an extended cast of theatrical returnees, including Universal’s animated Migration ($3.7 million), Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You ($3.7 million), Amazon MGM Studios’ Oscar-nominated American Fiction ($2.3 million), Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($1.8 million).

Wonka, Migration, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are available for digital rent/purchase, while The Beekeeper is only available on Premium VOD rental.

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Peacock Streaming Golden Globe Winner ‘Oppenheimer’ Beginning Feb. 16

NBCUniversal’s Peacock subscription streaming video platform will begin offering Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominee Oppenheimer on Feb. 16 — seven months after its theatrical release.

From director Christopher Nolan, the film follows the father of the nuclear bomb John Robert Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy. It generated more than $950 million at the global box office in an extended box office run that differed from Universal’s recent strategy of rushing theatrical releases into both the retail and streaming markets.

Oppenheimer, along with Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie, boosted the summer box office, combining to generate more than $2 billion in global ticket sales and helping to jumpstart the theatrical business following the pandemic.

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Universal’s other Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominee The Holdovers bowed on Peacock on Dec. 29, 2023.

Peacock reportedly will begin streaming Nolan’s previous titles Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Inception and Memento on Feb. 1.

Warner’s ‘Wonka’ Looks to Hold Off ‘Night Swim’ Through First 2024 Box Office Weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier, looks to remain atop the North American box office through the first weekend of 2024.

The movie is projected to generate $15.2 million in ticket sales, down 32% from the previous New Year’s Eve weekend tally, but enough to hold off Night Swim, the latest horror movie from the Universal Pictures/Blumhouse partnership — projected to generate $12.1 million in revenue, according to new estimates from Box Office Pro.

The rest of the field includes animated returnee Migration (Universal/Illumination) with a projected$11.3 million in ticket sales; Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($10.7 million), and The Color Purple musical ($9 million), among others.

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‘Oppenheimer’ Home Release Celebration

In celebration of the Oppenheimer home entertainment release, Universal Nov. 13 hosted a screening of an Oppenheimer making-of documentary, introduced by director Christopher Nolan and followed by a panel of production team members who discussed the challenges of making the sweeping epic.

(Photos by Alex J. Berliner/ABImages for Universal Pictures)

Universal’s Horror Flick ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Wins Second Weekend Box Office Despite 76% Revenue Drop

Universal Pictures’ video game-themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s remained atop the weekend box office for a second week, generating $19.4 million in ticket sales — a steep 76% drop in revenue from the film’s previous weekend’s debut.

Another theatrical collaboration between Universal and Blumhouse, the reported $20 million budget movie has generated $113 million across North American screens, and almost $175 million worldwide. The movie has already surpassed Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II ($85 million), Universal’s M3GAN ($95 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI ($108 million) in ticket sales.

In addition, the tally is impressive considering Freddy’s is concurrently streaming for free on the Peacock platform. While the streaming platform ranks far behind other SVOD rivals in subscribers, day-and-date access is helping Peacock (slowly) gain more subscribers.

Taking No. 2 across theaters for the second weekend is the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie, which saw another $13.7 million in revenue across its fourth weekend of release. The movie has topped $166 million as the biggest-grossing concert theatrical release in North America.

Rounding out the podium, is Paramount/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon, which saw the Martin Scorsese-directed and Leonardo DiCaprio/Robert De Niro starrer sell another $7 million in tickets, upping its global haul around $100 million.

A24’s Priscilla Presley biopic Priscilla ranked No. 4 with $5 million in revenue and a strong debut for the Sofia Coppola-directed movie. Universal/Blumhouse horror reboot The Exorcist: Believer sold another $2 million in tickets to up its global tally to $123 million ($63 million in North America) after five weekends.

Pantelion’s Radical, a Spanish-language Mexican film about a school teacher in a neglected border town, generated $2.7 million in revenue in its theatrical debut.

Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Bleecker Street’s romantic comedy What Happens Later, co-starring David Duchovny, realized about $1.56 million in revenue in its debut.

Universal’s ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Crushes Halloween Weekend Box Office Debut While Also Streaming on Peacock

Universal Studios/Blumhouse’s video-game themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s upended expectations, generating $78 million in projected opening weekend tickets sales ($130.6 worldwide) through Oct. 29. It’s the highest theatrical opening for a Blumhouse movie, and the highest for a film concurrently streaming on a streaming video service.

Freddy’s is the highest grossing horror release in 2023, ahead of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II at $32.6 million, and Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI with $44.4 million.

NBCUniversal has not shied away from releasing select theatrical titles concurrent with their availability on the Peacock platform, which ended the most recent fiscal period with 28 million paid subscribers. In fact, the media giant suggests Peacock’s continued subscriber growth is due in part to early access to theatrical movies.

Previous Universal theatrical titles simultaneously launched on Peacock include 2022’s Halloween Ends ($40.2 million), Marry Me ($7.9 million), Firestarter ($3.8 million), and 2021’s The Boss Baby 2: Family Business ($16 million), among others.

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The box office record for a concurrent theatrical/streaming release is Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which generated $80.3 million ($159 worldwide) in 2021 while simultaneously generating $60 million in PVOD revenue. That strategy resulted in lead star Scarlett Johansson filing a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney, alleging the last-minute PVOD release (unknown to Johansson) denied her a larger return on the box office. The suit was settled out of court.

Separately, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X  continues to scare up business in theaters taking in an estimated $1.685 million this weekend. If that estimate holds, it will bring the 10th release in the Saw franchise total past $50.2 million, and more than $92 million worldwide.

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 upped its global box office to $185.5 million with $93.5 million coming from international markets. The film added $1.3 million over the Halloween weekend across 2,000+ screens in 46 total markets.

Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie surpassed $100 million in total international box office revenue, bringing the worldwide total to $166.4 million year-to-date.

Killers of the Flower Moon, from Apple Original Films and Paramount, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, has grossed an estimated $88 million globally by the end of its second weekend ($40.6 million domestic and $47.4 million international), including $9 million in ticket sales through Oct. 29.

Universal Pictures Q3 Theatrical Revenue Plummets 25% Despite ‘Oppenheimer’ Success

Universal Pictures’ biopic Oppenheimer may have been a summer theatrical blockbuster hit ($945 million global box office), but revenue from the Christopher Nolan-directed drama about Atomic bomb architect J Robert Oppenheimer wasn’t enough to offset the impact of both the Hollywood labor strikes and last year’s revenue-superior theatrical slate.

Universal reported third quarter (ended Sept. 30) theatrical revenue of $504 million, which was 25.1% less than box office revenue of $673 million in the previous-year period. Content licensing declined 25.4% to $1.69 billion from $2.26 billion in the prior year 90-day period. The studio’s “other” business segment, which includes home entertainment, saw revenue drop 9% to $324 million from $356 million.

Overall studio operating income fell 22.2% to $2.08 billion from operating income of $2.74 billion in the previous-year period.

Universal attributed the content licensing revenue decline primarily to the timing of when content was made available by its television studios, and the impacts of the Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild work stoppages. While the studios reached an agreement with the writers, the actors’ strike is ongoing. Theatrical revenue declined primarily due to higher revenue from box office releases in the prior year period, which included Minions: The Rise of Gru and Jurassic World: Dominion.

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Universal/Blumhouse’s ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $27.2 Million North American Debut

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s reboot The Exorcist: Believer topped the North American box office this weekend with $27.2 million in projected revenue through Oct. 8. The movie, which takes place 50 years after the 1973 original The Exorcist, added another $17.8 million in foreign ticket sales to finish with $45.1 million worldwide — a good start based on the movie’s reported $30 million production budget.

The movie’s release date was pushed up a week in order not to compete directly with the Oct. 13 debut of the Taylor Swift/ The Eras Concert Tour movie, which has already sold $100 million in advance ticket sales globally.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie finished No. 2 in its sophomore weekend, adding $11.7 million in revenue to bring its 10-day North American total past $38.8 million and $70 million globally.

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X took in an estimated $8.15 million in revenue to round out the podium — a strong hold for a horror genre film in its second weekend of release. After its first 10 days of release, Saw X has taken in an estimated $32.5 million.

Produced for approximately $13 million, the title is expected to generate a significant profit for the studio. Saw X boasts the best reviews in the history of the franchise, currently 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 90% Audience Score.

Walt Disney Studios’ sci-fi thriller The Creator, about a real-life battle between humans and AI, sold another $6.1 million in tickets in its second weekend of release. The movie, starring John David Washington (Tenet) has generated almost $62 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Columbia Pictures and Black Bear Pictures’ comedy drama Dumb Money added a projected $2.15 million for the weekend, bringing its total gross to $10.635 million through Sunday. The studios’ The Equalizer 3 added $1.835 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $88.837 million through Sunday.