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Box Office: ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ grosses $26.1 million worldwide opening weekend

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones made back nearly half of its production budget in its first weekend of release. The film grossed $26.1 million worldwide, after pulling $9.3 million in the U.S. from Friday through Sunday for a $14.1 million five-day domestic total. Executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film shared the numbers:

We know that of the week’s new releases, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opened at No. 1 in the U.S. (No. 3 overall for the weekend). For the time of year the film was released it did well domestically. It also opened at No. 1 in Australia, as well as other countries.

The film will open this weekend in other major international markets, including Germany, Italy, Spain and South America. Plus, the movie will be in theaters for awhile so it will gross much more over a long period.

How many times do you plan on seeingΒ The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in theaters? We encourage you to keep seeing it until it bows out of theaters!

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71 Comments on Box Office: ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ grosses $26.1 million worldwide opening weekend

  1. I ifeel for Simon poor Guy I love jace he and Simon are my favorite. πŸ˜‰

  2. im going to see it a couple of times like im going to go at least five times im trying to convice people to go see it

    • i have already left lots of messages on youtube and facebook and i honestly hope that people realise what an amazing movie the mortal instruments is and go see it. There are lots of movies which i only watched when they were no longer in theaters and i totally regret that because there’s nothing like watching it in the movie theater. Now i want to watch those movies sequels in the movie theater as soon as they get out. Probably many people will watch TMI after it is no longer in theaters and regret it and then they will want to watch the sequel.

  3. Thank you, thank you! After yesterday’s article and this one I can only say – I AM RELIEVED! Going to see it again this week πŸ™‚ We can do it, shadowhunters, have a little faith πŸ™‚

  4. I know we would like the number to be bigger, but from what I read this number was similar to the expectations of Constantin, so all is not lost. Of course the US media is trying to label this a fail, but I am not convinced that Constantin or Sony feel that way. Overall, I have never relied on or ultimately agreed with critics on what movies or books I should read and this experience just cements that perspective further. People: its OK to love Mortal Instruments (the books and the movie) The hatred of the critics has only served to stiffen my resolve to IGNORE their misogynistic and elitist asses. BTW, my son went with me to see it, loved it (particularly the fighting and the runes).

    • U know this sounds kind of mean but if you were to look up skunk in the dictionary and look at a picture of skunks that’s what those critics should look like nasty old skunks. Even the skunks would agree bc their attitude stinks to high heaven get out the air freshener

    • If I like the story and/or the actors involved, I will see a movie or if I have read the book and enjoyed it. So glad the numbers are viable for the sequels.

  5. teamedwardjace // August 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM // Reply

    Ok even more relieved. I hope to cut again this week! I thought the essence was faithful pversll eg characters greenhouse

  6. I have seen it three times and my mum has gone twice with me and a friend once.
    Loved the film, I really hope it continues to do well because I want city of ashes and city of glass as a movie so badly.

  7. I loved the movie and I have to say that i’m worried. Even when they’re trying to calm everyone. I’m trying to make everyone I know to go and see the movie. So far they’re willing to at least try. I’m deffinitely gonna watch it again and again.
    But I prefer to think from now that we won’t make it to the seaquel. Just in case. So it doesn’t hurt so much if it happens.

  8. It really hurts to see the movie suffering like that. People calling Cassandra Clare a hypocrite for jumping ship(That was such a bitch move though). I feel like I don’t even wanna continue being a fan(which really hurts me alot). I love the books, and I feel like loving it too much caused me to hate it.

    I hate that I keep going on Boxoffice. I hate going on IMDb. I hate reading articals.

    I just want some support with this before I do something I’ll regret.

    • Cassie didn’t jump ship. She’s on vacation and finishing writing City of Heavenly Fire. Don’t believe everything you read.

      • They made her seem like such a monster. And they took her tweet so out of context that I feel like a idiot for believing it.

        Everyone in this fandom being very positive and supportive makes me so happy and ashamed of what I said about hating it. I want to see a sequel, but does the cast? What do they feel about all of this?

      • Yeah there’s been a lot of hate by critics and them writing lies. The fandom has rallied together which is nice. The cast is very proud of the first film and really excited for the sequel.

      • She went from saying she had so much input in the film to saying she had none after the numbers weren’t favourable. How is that not “jumping ship”? It was a terrible thing to do, disingenuous toward the cast and filmmakers for sure.

      • She didn’t jump ship, she’s been saying for weeks she was going on vacation. And SHE HAS ALWAYS SAID THAT SHE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE CHOICES! They asked her opinion on some things since they didn’t want to deviate to far. She had more to do with it then most authors have yes. But again she’s said it a million times anytime someone asked her about it.

      • @Josie: She does have SOME input in the film, but inputs are likes suggestions and nothing more. If they ask her for her opinion, she will give it, doesn’t mean that they will do what she wants though. She meant that they asked her for thoughts and some in which were taken to consideration, others were not, BUT she did NOT call the shots. That’s not jumping ship at all, it’s called be honest. She’s been saying this since the beginning and she’s still saying it now, it’s all how you interpret it.

    • Seeing those negative reviews should make you want to support Cassie even more. Why would you let people’s opinions change something that you love? I mean I see those reviews and articles too, but it doesn’t make me not want to be a fan anymore-it makes me mad that some people are so ignorant. If you were truly a fan, you’d be empowered by this. So no worries ok? :]

    • Looks like the only one here who is jumping ship is YOU

  9. seen it twice! going again this weekend

  10. now the other countries can come!

    i just hope they have a huge success there.

  11. Lightwoodshadowhunterss // August 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM // Reply

    So they are going to film City of Ashes?

  12. That feeling when you really love the adaptation of a book and people kept telling it sucked and that you can really feel the fandom trying so hard to make it a success… only in TMI fandom. Good to hear that we exceeded what Constantin predicted. I’m so thankful that the rights for the franchise where bought by a studio who looks at the big picture and doesn’t only think of the profit it’s going to make. Bless you Constantin.

  13. Same here.

    Constantin is awesome.

  14. My only thought is that the movies will do better with each sequel. It will be more well known by the time City of Ashes, bigger fanbase, etc. Plus I find that usually the movies themselves are better with each sequel. The actors find their footing and learn the characters even more, the scripts improve…so yes lets not loose heart Shadowhunters πŸ™‚

  15. I went this weekend, with 3 Friends. We all really liked the movie. I’m going again this weekend with a friend and in 2 weeks with my mom (who had read the books) and 2 other Friends.
    I live in the netherlands and the books aren’t that know here. There weren’t that many people at the first screening.
    But there were more people, than there was with the first Twilight movie, so I’m keeping hope alive.
    Twilight became very populair after New Moon, so maybe TMI has to grow and build a fanbase, beside the book fans.

  16. I plan to see it a couple more times with some friends. i have seen it once so far. I need to see it again though!

  17. Seen it twice already, going to probably see it a few more times xD favorite movie, can’t wait for City of Ashes. SO RELIEVED THAT THE NUMBER WENT UP. Everybody estimated it would be like 9 million or something, how do you like us now hhahafdklasjfdkls;fj dsakl; yay.

  18. Saw it again today! twice! In a row! It was so great! The movie is just awesome!! And you get this little high after seeing it and then you feel like you just have to watch it again! So it’s kind of like a drug… hehe

  19. I went to go see the movie on Friday c: loved it. I was hoping it would become a success. (:


    • From what I’ve heard, they are waiting to see how CoA and hopefully CoG do. Then they may do TID

      • Lightwoodshadowhunterss // August 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM //

        I hope that they do CoG and if they do, split it into 2 parts, (like they did for the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn) because it is a HUGE book with so much important information.

  21. I loved this movie, I’d read a lot of negative press and went anyway because of my passion for the books. I really do think it should’ve taken much more and come in higher than 3rd but with the critics hating on it, it didn’t help

  22. Saw it 3 times now, twice in Imax (Jace full screen… πŸ˜€ ) and once in Ultra AVX with my niece and a friend, and going back with that same friend again tonight —> in 1 hour ! πŸ˜€
    That friend went back with her hubby who liked it, even though he said it was more teen oriented (‘Cus of the love triangle I think) but still, he had fun πŸ˜€
    Go go Shadowhunters, will make it happening πŸ˜€

  23. *we’ll

  24. I think it will be better and better in the long run, but who knows?
    Anyway, I’m going in a few days, when it opens here. Too bad I can’t see it in English, but I will. πŸ™‚ I’m going with a friend of mine, she didn’t know anything about the movie (or the books), I sent her a link to the trailer and she loved it. Nice. πŸ™‚

  25. I just don’t understand why the majority of US book fans haven’t gone to the theatre yet. And there is a building amount of new youtubeers rant about the movie (most of them are book fans). They don’t know the US box office thing and what they are doing as a fans.

    I will be pissed if the COA is cancelled (even the Percy books have a 2nd film).

  26. The whole movie, I was just like “POOR SIMON” *sobs* but then again I was really confused at some parts, and the vampire fight part’s music was kind of off… my friend and I were laughing the whole time at the music. and i didn’t understand magnus a bit (pantsless? :P) but overall, the movie wasn’t too bad πŸ˜€

  27. And I won’t say everything of the movie is bad, but people need to find healthier ways to express their opinions about the film without killing the sequels!

    I am worried for COA as it’s not a HE but full of struggles , especially those youtubers who I don’t know why won’t review other YA films but is so concentrated on comparing Cob to twilight…

    Should the film makers be more loyal to the novel this time? COA is more challenging to film…

    I would be mad for all the hard works put in the action scenes if I am the actors.

  28. I’m very glad to hear this!! Hopefully they learned their lesson and won’t have the 2nd movie come out around this time next year. Hopefully they’ll make more money as the weeks go by and more fans have the opportunity to see it. I was disgusted when I heard a DJ talking about it this afternoon—he said they didn’t know for sure if they will be making a sequel or not! Apparently he hasn’t done his research!

  29. This movie won’t get a sequel, it doesn’t matter what the plans were. Here’s how box office and accounting works – movies always fall after their first week. A 38% fall is considered great, a 38% fall in this case still has the movie making less than 15 million USD, which is poor. It won’t make a lot from other territories because most of them are smaller territories – if it’s a smash in say, Mexico, it’ll make 4 million USD. On top of that, a studio typically pours in at least the same amount the movie cost to produce into advertising, so that means the movie needs to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $120 million USD to break even – that’s JUST for the movie itself to break even. The studio is only going to see, and this is they worked out regional rights very well, 50% of the revenue minus the advertising costs.

    A studio can say it’s got plans to make more than one movie, but plans don’t matter unless the first one does well – unless you’re stupid rich and have endless amounts of money to waste like the man making the Atlas Shrugged films.

    • They’re already moving forward with the sequel.

    • Uh, I beg to differ. Have you seen how much the first Percy Jackson film made? And it STILL has a sequel, and now they’re planning on making the third film.

      • Yes, Percy Jackson that made $220 million worldwide and nearly matched its budget in America. Any chances of getting a sequel are slim to none if you can’t bring in even HALF of your budget costs from America, the biggest market in the entire world. The majority of the comments here really just don’t get it and strike me as incredibly delusional. Unless this movie has some incredible set of legs – which I’m betting it won’t, no sequel will be made.

    • I don’t get why you keep insisting that there won’t be a sequel when Constantin Film already said that there WILL BE one? Not trying to be rude, but that’s the fact of the matter. Seems the only one that is delusional here is YOU. Unless, they take back what they said-which is unlikely-then they will make City of Ashes.

  30. Watched it 3 times now, I feel I well and truly did my part for the movie going along with fans and family.
    Upon watching it again last night I really wondered why people aren’t going to see it. It’s a really great movie.
    I decided to enjoy it for what it was “an adaption” not word for word from the book. No movie ever is.
    It’s interesting to see reactions for non fans. My brother hadn’t read the book but loved the movie and although I kind of cringed at the whole Bach scene he actually thought that was kind of cool.
    I still cringe at the Madame Dorothea scene with the door and the humping of Luke’s chair (why oh why were they added) but the actors should hold their head high as their acting was pretty darn spot on. I couldn’t imagine anyone else in their places now.
    I think sadly the movie was doomed from day one. I wonder if it was the hype the movie set in place with merchandise already released before knowing the outcome of box office takings. I wonder.
    I just hate how critics can seal the fate of a movie. I hate they have a power to ruin something so wonderful.
    Hats off to all the cast. Hold your heads high. You were given a script and you acted it superbly.
    I so hope there is another for my own selfish reasons although I do feel for the cast doing another knowing in advance it probably won’t perform well.
    No matter I wish them all well πŸ™‚

  31. It won’t make much money in Japan or Korea, two other big money makers, because of the themes. The other territories all make small money. This movie will probably drop 50 percent next week. It needs to make about 220 million to BREAK EVEN since Kulzer, Constantins co-president, reported a marketing budget of 60 million. Studios only keep 55 percent of total box office revenue. This movie can’t expect to make more than 30 million total off DVD sales, syndication rights, and merchandise. Also SONY made its predictions after the awful Wednesday opening, whereas for successes, it makes predictions a week in advance before opening day.

  32. Hey everyone! So glad and refreshing to here all of the support for the movie! All of the critics are a bunch of idiots, and their hating on this movie was driving me insane! I’m so glad the movie is doing better! I went to see it with three friends and again with three family members, and will hopefully see it once more with some more friends. We need to get all the way to CoHF everyone! ps its great to have fellow fans supporting each other, cuz thinking about the franchise failing and reading all the negative reviews was so depressing.

  33. Reblogged this on Rhysia and commented:
    The numbers are making me happy. Hope to see it again sometime this week πŸ™‚

  34. Breenieweenie // August 28, 2013 at 2:09 AM // Reply

    I am a huge fan of the books and I usually hate adaptations from books to movies (i cant stand any and all things Twilight related – books or movies). but I felt that TMI was done fairly well. I really enjoyed it and i have already seen it 4 times. I thought the casting was incredible and the movie was very fast paced and exciting. I do hope that they continue to make the movies and at least finish the city of glass. COA should be made especially since COB already exceeded expectations. As long as COA does well internationally (if it isnt strong domestically) – they should continue to make sequels.

  35. Have only seen the movie once, although I definitely intend to go again in the next week or two. The movie was … pretty good. I really loved the first half, but once the action started ramping up … I don’t know, I kind of lost the magic a bit. Because then it was less the characters being themselves and interacting and being awesome, and more people just fighting vampires/demons/what have you. The main actors were spot on, though. Portrayed their characters brilliantly. Hats off to them!

  36. sheilathethongbarbarino // August 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM // Reply

    2-3 times! I really hope it does well!

  37. I think they did poorly with the movie. I was really disappointed . Yes sometimes movies need to change the story line a bit, but honestly, the scenes I was looking forward to weren’t there. It was completely different. Jace wasn’t jace. Magnus was just weird. Most of the scenes were awkward and it lacked comedy. I really hope that, if they do film a sequel, by some miracle, it will be less disappointing . They should really read fan reviews , it would help.

  38. Finally some positive information about this movie. I read the books and saw this movie and honestly it was a very good movie. I don’t know why people are giving such bad reviews. I’m guessing because they just don’t understand or because some older folks are just to old to care. seriously though if you do want to watch a movie dont let bad reviews stop you because the person behind the blogs are a person like you with an opinion so have your own.

    • I totally agree with you. I have never read the books but i watched it two days ago on the movie theater and i thought it was absolutely amazing. The best movie of this summer. The cast, the plot, the characters, everything is fantastic.

  39. I so wonder what the situation would be like if TMI movies came before Twilight.

    • Whoah. Different. No one that hadn’t read or seen Twilight would see this and wouldn’t compare it to twilight. Like they compare every YA book that has a love story to twilight. WhY?

  40. ”… or seen Twilight wouldn’t…”

  41. If i have the chance i will watch it at least once more but if i could i would go watch it everyday for as long as it is in theaters.

  42. This is the only movie that I have wanted to watch more than once when it’s still in theaters. $12 for a movie ticket is pricey 😦 But then again this is City of Bones, so it’s worth it hehe

  43. Very good movie, hope more people go to see it. For sure it deserves another movie.

  44. The movie was fantastic I loved it so much that I look forward to the sequel City of ashes.. I love Jace, Simon and I love Alec and Magnus Bane more.. MALEC

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