Tuesday January 16, 2018

Box Office Report

Jumanji 2’s third week at #1: Another solid summer weekend

The summer continues to be strong at the box office with a weekend where the top 20 movies earned $21.35m. The load was again spread across the top 10 with eight movies on $1m or more plus several others just short of that mark.

This is the third successive weekend over $20m. Can it crack that magic mark again next weekend to improve on January 2017?

The number one movie held firm for a third weekend with just one new release in the top five.

#1 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $4.72m

Box office total has rushed to $35.72m after the third weekend with the movie holding on 465 screens, down just 12 over the weekend. It also maintains the best screen average in the top five – $10,172. The weekend haul was down 26% from Jumanji 2‘s second weekend. Its stunning success is even more remarkable given some of the other attractions available to moviegoers so far this summer.

#2 Pitch Perfect 3 $2.68m

Earnings slowed 42% for the second weekend with the film yanked off 82 screens to 388 with a screen average of $6,930. Total to-date is $15.67m.

#3 The Greatest Showman $2.57m

After three weekends the movie has passed $16m and was down just 13%. Screens lifted by 13 to 344 with a screen average of $7,481, which was second best in the top five.

#4 The Post $1.84m

The only new release to crack the top five opened on 312 screens with a screen average of $5,919. The Steven Spielberg political thriller set at The Washington Post was tipped as an awards certainty in Hollywood but the movie and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks so far have received lots of nominations that have yet to materialise into many awards. It had six nominations at the Golden Globes without any wins.

#5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $1.77m

Total earnings after five weeks on the chart are at $54.45m with a screen average just over $5,100 from its 342 screens. On the all-time box office rankings The Last Jedi passed five movies this week bunched around $50m with The Last Jedi now ranking #4. It needs another $3m to claim #3 spot, currently occupied by Titanic.

Outside the top 5:

#6 Darkest Hour $1.18m

The British drama featuring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill opened on 151 screens with a screen average of $7,828.

#7 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $1.14m

Takings lifted 5% (the only film in the top 20 to grow) with screens up 17 to 102. Screen average was over $11,000.

#14 Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds $188,000

The 2017 South Korean fantasy drama film directed by Kim Yong-hwa and based on a webcomic by Joo Ho-min is being released by Madman. Earnings came from just 14 screens with the weekend’s best screen average – $13,439.

The Thrill Of It All: Sam Smith at the Opera House

Nova Red Room’s second British superstar at iconic venue within 12 months

Just last February, Nova’s Red Room hosted Ed Sheeran at the Sydney Opera House for a memorable performance.

Last night, Nova managed to secure the venue for a second time within a year – this time for another memorable night out with Sam Smith.

The British singer who has so far released two hit albums played for hundreds of Nova listeners and special guests in what was his second Red Room appearance.

Smith launched into his performance with his top 10 single “I’m Not The Only One” followed by “Midnight Train” and “One Last Song”.

In between his songs Sam Smith communicated to the audience, sharing personal, heartfelt stories about how his love-life and struggles with stardom have contributed to his music.

The hits kept coming with “Like I Can” followed by “The Thrill Of It All” album tracks “Burning”, “Palace”, “Latch” (from Disclosure’s “Settle” album) and “Pray”.

Smith closed out his set with “Stay With Me” and his ARIA #1 single “Too Good At Goodbyes”.

The red carpet was loaded with celebrities arriving for the show – actress Jessica MaraisHome and Away’s Ada Nicodemou and Sam Frost, smoothfm and Seven’s Melissa DoyleRichard Wilkins and Channel Ten’s Natarsha Belling plus with Erin HollandGeorgia Love and the Stenmark brothers.

Industry guests included Nova Entertainment CEO Cathy O’Connor, group program director Paul Jackson, chief marketing & digital officer Tony Thomas and Sydney general manager Luke Minto.

Other guests included CEO of the Rabbitohs Blake Solly, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, EMI Music Australia’s Darryl Bailey, Seven’s creative director Graham Donald and Nine’s CFO Greg Barnes.

Photo: Smallzy, Wippa and Lisa Wipfli, Melissa Doyle

Week 3 TV, 2018: Monday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.0% 7 19.1% 9 18.0% TEN 15.4% SBS One 4.9%
ABC 2 3.2% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 3.8% ONE 5.3% VICELAND 1.8%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 2.9% GEM 1.9% ELEVEN 2.6% Food Net 0.8%
NEWS 24 1.4% 7flix 1.9% 9Life 2.2% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 15.4% 27.8% 25.9% 23.3% 7.6%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.7% 7 17.4% 9 16.2% WIN 15.8% SBS One 4.3%
ABC 2 3.5% 7TWO 6.1% GO! 4.0% ONE 5.7% VICELAND 2.2%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 2.2% GEM 2.7% ELEVEN 3.0% Food Net 1.1%
NEWS 24 1.2% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 15.3% 27.4% 25.0% 24.5% 7.8%
86.8% 13.2%

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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Monday fta
  1. Nine News 6:30 Nine 935,000
  2. Seven News Seven 934,000
  3. Nine News Nine 932,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 881,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 854,000
  6. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 2 Ten 766,000
  7. ABC News ABC 681,000
  8. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 1 Ten 667,000
  9. RBT (R) Nine 644,000
  10. Seven’s Tennis: 2018 Australian Open-Night 1 Seven 589,000
  11. Back Roads S3 ABC 576,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 504,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 503,000
  14. The Project 7pm Ten 439,000
  15. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 437,000
  16. Foreign Correspondent ABC 392,000
  17. The Next Three Days Nine 339,000
  18. David Stratton’s Stories Of Australian Cinema (R) ABC 297,000
  19. The Project 6.30pm Ten 294,000
  20. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 278,000
Demo top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 2 Ten 243,000
  2. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 1 Ten 199,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 157,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 147,000
  5. Seven’s Tennis: 2018 Australian Open-Night 1 Seven 139,000

18-49 Top 5

  1. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 2 Ten 363,000
  2. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 1 Ten 311,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 266,000
  4. Nine News Nine 253,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 239,000

25-54 Top 5

  1. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 2 Ten 381,000
  2. Cricket: BBL Game 29 – Session 1 Ten 338,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 305,000
  4. Nine News Nine 291,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 288,000
Monday multichannel
  1. Fireman Sam-PM ABC2 206,000
  2. Peppa Pig-PM ABC2 203,000
  3. Kazoops!-PM ABC2 198,000
  4. Peter Rabbit ABC2 194,000
  5. Thomas And Friends-PM ABC2 194,000
  6. Go Jetters ABC2 185,000
  7. Dot. ABC2 185,000
  8. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABC2 183,000
  9. Octonauts ABC2 179,000
  10. Hey Duggee-PM ABC2 177,000
  11. Sarah & Duck-AM ABC2 174,000
  12. Floogals-PM ABC2 171,000
  13. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC2 169,000
  14. Peg + Cat-AM ABC2 160,000
  15. Shaun The Sheep ABC2 160,000
  16. NCIS (R) ONE 159,000
  17. Peppa Pig-AM ABC2 159,000
  18. Olobob Top-PM ABC2 156,000
  19. Neighbours ELEVEN 155,000
  20. Play School-AM ABC2 154,000
Monday subscription tv
  1. Gone UNIVERSAL 52,000
  2. Family Guy FOX8 45,000
  3. Family Guy FOX8 41,000
  4. NCIS TVH!TS 40,000
  5. American Dad! FOX8 38,000
  6. The Simpsons FOX8 37,000
  7. The Simpsons FOX8 36,000
  8. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 35,000
  9. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 34,000
  10. Rooster Cogburn FOX Classics 33,000
  11. Grand Designs LifeStyle Channel 33,000
  12. Bob’s Burgers FOX8 33,000
  13. Digby Dragon Nick Jr. 32,000
  14. Bubble Guppies Nick Jr. 31,000
  15. Location, Location, Location LifeStyle Channel 31,000
  16. Open All Hours FOX Classics 31,000
  17. Mickey And The Roadster Racers Disney Junior 30,000
  18. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 30,000
  19. Long Lost Family LifeStyle Channel 30,000
  20. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 30,000

TV Ratings Analysis

Primary Channels
By James Manning

Monday was a big day for Seven in more ways than one.

Starting early the full Sunrise team was back in action with Sam Armytage returning from leave to join Kochie and other colleagues at the desk. Mark Beretta was reporting from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park and weather reporter Sam Mac was sending back wonderful images from a journey to Canada.

But the big buzz around the show was a guest appearance from Will Smith who was in Australia to promote his Netflix movie Bright. Smith paraded and played with a big Sunrise crowd in Martin Place and then he played inside with the Sunrise team. It was a great program and a perfect lead-in for coverage of Day One from Melbourne Park.

Sunrise was subsequently rewarded with the biggest metro audience on Monday of 258,000 with Today on 234,000. (Today did manage bigger audiences though in both Sydney and Melbourne).

Nationally the Sunrise lead was more pronounced – its metro plus regional number was 461,000 to Today’s365,000.

Media News Roundup TUESDAY


Australia’s media agency market is reporting its fifth consecutive year of record advertising expenditure, with the CY 2017 total already up 0.7% to $7.11 billion, reports SMI.

Despite a cautious start to the year, the media of digital, outdoor, radio and cinema all reported record agency bookings in CY2017 while television bookings were back only 0.7%.

For the month of December, the market is back 3.0%, but it will push into positive territory and a new record high for the month once late digital bookings are received at month end.

December’s metropolitan TV market is the best performing off the back of a strong Ashes series with total ad spend up 9.7%.

SMI AU/NZ managing director Jane Ractliffe (nee Schulze) said the record calendar year result is a surprise given the strength of the 2016 market which featured large one-off advertising events such as the Federal election and Rio Olympics.

“This time last year the market was extremely cautious as there were no scheduled events in 2017 that were expected to spur advertising demand,” she said.

“But you never know what’s around the corner, and in the second half of this year we’ve seen especially strong growth from the government category due to advertising surrounding the Same Sex Marriage debate and the Queensland election, with the category providing an extra $53.6 million to the market in this period,” she said.

The retail market remains unexpectedly weak given the time of year with total spending for December so far back 7.5%. Beneath that headline number the figures show most of the weaker demand is centred in the food/alcoholic retailers market which is back 13.7% in December. In contrast, discount stores/online retail advertisers have lifted their ad spend 22.2% from December 2016.

SMI is predicting key sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games, Winter Olympics and Soccer World Cup are expected to attract unusually large ad spend.

Media People

OMD has announced the appointment of Sharon Cookson to Managing Partner, OMD Melbourne. The appointment follows the news last month of Dianne Richardson returning to Australia to take up the position of Managing Director, OMD Melbourne.


Cookson brings over 25 years’ experience in the sector, and previously worked at OMD from 2007-12. She joins OMD from Ikon Melbourne, where she held the role of managing partner. In the new position, Cookson will join the Melbourne leadership team that includes OMD Melbourne GM Antonia Glezakos.

Aimee Buchanan, CEO of OMD Australia, said, “We are excited to have Sharon back at OMD. With the significant growth the Melbourne team has experienced, Sharon will bring an additional level of support for the team. She has extensive knowledge of the local market and I look forward to her contributing to the ongoing success of our Melbourne office.”

Cookson commented, “I’m delighted to be joining OMD, who are committed to delivering excellence across the board. I’m looking forward to working with their very talented team to add value and focus on the success of its impressive group of clients.”

Cookson commences with OMD from April 2018.

News Brands

Seven has attracted criticism for reporting on a meeting of far-right activists in Melbourne and interviewing one of the movement’s ringleaders, Blair Cottrell, while failing to mention Cottrell’s criminal history, which includes racial vilification, reports The Guardian’s Melissa Davey.


He has also expressed admiration for Hitler and claimed to have manipulated women “using violence and terror”.

Seven News director Simon Pristel said: “Seven News has reported on many meetings in the past couple of weeks held to discuss the African gang violence crisis, including governments, community leaders and police. Sunday’s meeting was newsworthy, so it was reported.”

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The Guardian has launched a global digital redesign to coincide with the launch of its new Guardian tabloid newspaper in the UK.

The mobile-first design aims to meet the needs of The Guardian’s growing digital audience across the UK, US, Australia and rest of the world.

The Guardian also this week unveiled a new masthead to be used across its print and online assets, replacing the blue and white masthead that has been used since 2005.

The digital overhaul coincides with new versions of its print products in the UK, which see the paper change from its unique Berliner format to the tabloid size.

Guardian Media Group continues to implement its three-year transformation plan with the target of Guardian News & Media breaking even at operating level by April 2019.

Guardian News & Media editor-in-chief Katharine Viner (pictured) said: “Since we announced our plans to change format seven months ago, it’s been an exhilarating period of creativity, imagination and focus, and I’m thrilled with the result: a new paper that feels bold, striking and beautiful, and still unmistakably The Guardian. It has also been a fantastic opportunity to redesign our website and apps. The new Guardian will be a space for big ideas, for debate, for clear thinking and new perspectives.

Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor said: “Guardian Australia readers will notice a new look to our site with a new masthead and design. Our commitment to high-quality independent journalism and to reporting important Australian stories remains the same.”

Katharine Viner also welcomed the new look print and digital editions of the newspaper in an item on The Guardian:

The masthead has a renewed strength and confidence to represent the Guardian’s place and mission in these challenging times.

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Streaming services a boon for viewers, but Aussie drama is under pressure writes Fairfax Media’s Debi Enker.

It’s clear that our industry needs assistance. If the free market is allowed to go its merry way without intervention, the local production slate is likely to look punier with each passing each year. The commercial FTA channels appear to invest in drama because they are obliged to by a quota system imposing minimum levels of production.

Given that the SVOD services are participating in and profiting from this market locally, it would be reasonable if they were also required to invest in Australian-made production. It seems clear that, if we want to preserve, protect, and, yes, nurture, our local industry – which we should, for a host of reasons – the government needs to intervene.

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Sports Media

Erin Molan (pictured) has been confirmed as the host of Nine’s new NRL Footy Show and will be joined by members of the Wide World of Sports commentary team as well as former and current players in the new format of the program, which will be broadcast in 2018 after Nine’s regular Thursday night NRL games.


Beau Ryan and Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohman will return in 2018 to host their popular segments. This season Paul “Fatty” Vautin will move into the Wide World of Sports commentary box, where he began with the Nine Network 25 years ago.

Nine’s director of sport Tom Malone said: “We are delighted we’ve been able to retain Fatty’s services in the commentary box, and that Beau and Big Marn have agreed to roles for 2018 and beyond.

“The new Footy Show will better reflect the requirements of our NRL programming in 2018, with 23 nights of Thursday Night Football. There will be a greater focus on football with a mix of entertainment that is better suited to the later timeslot.”

New NRL Footy Show executive producer Andy O’Brien said of the changes: “It’s extremely exciting to be part of the new era of such an endeared television program. We are working hard to create a show which honours the Footy Show’s rich heritage while reflecting the game and its fans in 2018 and beyond.”

Twitter has partnered with the Australian Open once again to give users a behind-the-scenes view of the tournament. The social media giant first partnered with the event in 2017.

As part of the partnership, Twitter will produce a live daily behind-the-scenes show called #AOLive. There will be two 90-minute episodes each day starting at 9:30am and 5:30pm (AEDT). It will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter globally via live.twitter.com/AustralianOpen and on connected devices globally through @AustralianOpen.

The official hashtag for the competition is #AusOpen, and Twitter has also created a special Australian Open emoji.

Tennis fans in Australia will also be able to catch video highlights from @7Tennis’s exclusive coverage of the grand slam. Throughout the tournament, video Tweets shared by @7Tennis will include instant and catch-up replays of on-court action at the #AusOpen, with a short pre-roll ad from sponsors including @ANZ_AU, @Blackmores, @IndustrySuper, @kiaaustralia, @LottolandAU, @MastercardAU, @Optus, @SamsungAU and @Toyota_Aus.

Twitter Australia recently released a list of players who have been tweeted about most frequently in relation to the hashtag #AusOpen this year.

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