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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Shaken, Stirred and Rocked

Stamina. James Bond has weathered a couple of dozen excursions and experienced many pinnacles and troughs. Skyfall ranks in the former with a North American debut estimated at $88.2 million … or roughly half of all movie tickets sold during the current weekend.

The competition steered clear of going head-to-head with 007 but one granite faced figure had the fortitude to establish an alternative beachhead. Lincoln put down his standard at 11 theaters and was rewarded with a victorious $907,000. Otherwise the exclusive bows ranged from poor to fair including the non-fiction Chasing Ice with $25,600 gross at two ridges and Danish Oscar submission A Royal Affair that entered the marketplace with $34,700 from six venues.

The bottled in Bond frame spurred on weekend revenues of more than $175 million and a tidy 26% boost from last weekend’s biz. It was a slightly higher 28% improvement from 2011 when the openings of Immortals and Jack and Jill topped the charts with respective launches of $10.1 million and $9.6 million.

The 50th anni incarnation of Ian Fleming’s operative has out-lasted and withstood every other movie franchise. Its international popularity has dwarfed domestic response for most of its history and is already in its third weekend of release overseas with more than $400 million in its casino royale.

If a little slower to catch on in the U.S. it should not be forgotten that 1965’s Thunderball was a phenomenal success, becoming the seventh biggest grossing of all-time at the time of its release.

Critical response to Skyfall has been rapturous and even the skeptical have had to concede their quibbles … are qibbles. Opening exit polls were skewed decidedly toward fans with 75% of buyers aged 25-years and older. They were also male dominated at 60%. With good word-of-mouth in the mix, the film should sustain and develop a whole new generation of fans.

Lincoln also garnered critical endorsement (it goes wide next weekend) and was elected to a solid first term. Despite its obvious bent toward history lesson and civics tutorial the film is apt to have its strongest appeal with an older crowd.

Meanwhile one couldn’t carp over the decent holds for both Wreck-It Ralph and Flight and the on-going appeal of Argo. And early niche prospects of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Sessions should sustain through the upcoming holiday and awards seasons.

It only leaves one thing to be said: Show me the magic.

Weekend (estimates) November 9 – 11, 2012
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Skyfall Sony 88.2 (25,160) NEW 3505 88.2
Wreck-It Ralph BV 33.1 (8,820) -33% 3752 93.7
Flight Par 14.7 (7,190) -41% 2047 47.4
Argo WB 6.5 (2,360) -36% 2763 85.5
Taken 2 Fox 3.9 (1,580) -34% 2487 131.2
Cloud Atlas WB 2.5 (1,240) -53% 2023 22.7
Pitch Perfect Uni 2.5 (1,790) -19% 1391 59
Man with the Iron Fists Uni 2.5 (1,320) -69% 1872 12.7
Here Comes the Boom Sony 2.5 (1,210) -30% 2044 39
Hotel Transylvania Sony 2.3 (900) -47% 2566 140.9
Paranormal Activity 4 Par 1.9 (810) -55% 2348 52.5
Sinister Lions Gate 1.4 (930) -47% 1554 46.5
Silent Hill: Revelation Open Road/Alliance 1.2 (640) -63% 1902 16.3
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Lions Gate 1.1 (1,760) -13% 607 14.6
Lincoln BV .91 (82,450) NEW 11 0.91
Alex Cross Lions Gate .87 (800) -56% 1090 24.6
Fun Size Par .72 (550) -69% 1301 8.8
Looper Sony/Alliance .56 (1,140) -54% 491 64.6
The Sessions Fox Searchlight .54 (4,220) 15% 128 1.6
Chasing Mavericks Fox .42 (920) -66% 459 5.2
Seven Psychopaths CBS .41 (1,150) -44% 356 14.1
Brave BV .30 (1,270) -8% 239 236.1
Frankenweenie BV .25 (660) -67% 381 33.8
Trouble with the Curve WB .25 (580) 36% 421 35.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $167.90
% Change (Last Year) 28%
% Change (Last Week) 26%
Also debuting/expanding
A Late Quartet eOne .18 (2,940) 142% 62 0.29
The Other Son Cohen Media .12 (2,200) -21% 55 0.51
Midnight’s Children Mongrol .11 (3,210) 37% 35 0.23
Searching for Sugar Man Sony Classics .10 (1,040) -34% 94 2.5
Smashed Sony Classics 39,200 (930) 15% 42 0.25
A Royal Affair Magnolia 34,700 (4,950) 7 0.03
Chasing Ice National Geo 25,600 (12,800) 2 0.03
Dangerous Liaisons Well Go 16,300 (2,710) 6 0.02
Starlet Music Box 14,500 (2,420) 6 0.01
Citadel Cinedgm 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Christmas in Compton Barnholtz 5,600 (930) 6 0.01
Columbarium Fun Film 4,900 (700) 7 0.01
Burn: One Year on the Frontline A23 2,300 (2,300) 1 0.01
Coming Up Roses Dada 2,200 (2,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 8, 2012)
Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Sony (24) 1476.9 16.40%
Warner Bros. (25) 1383.5 15.40%
Buena Vista (15) 1277.9 14.20%
Universal (15) 1200 13.30%
Lions Gate (18) 913.1 10.20%
20th Century Fox (17) 891.2 9.90%
Paramount (19) 685.9 7.60%
Relativity (6) 202 2.20%
Weinstein Co. (16) 144.8 1.60%
Open Road (6) 134.7 1.50%
Focus (7) 131.4 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (9) 107.5 1.20%
CBS (4) 88.9 1.00%
Summit (4) 47.1 0.50%
Sony Classics (19) 46.1 0.50%
Other * (317) 267.4 3.00%
8998.4 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Fury 8.8 3173 NEW 8.8
Gone Girl 5.6 3249 -32% 94.8
The Book of Life 4.9 3071 NEW 4.9
The Best of Me 4.1 2936 NEW 4.1
Alexaander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day 3.2 3088 -39% 28
Dracula Untold 2.9 2900 -67% 33.8
Annabelle 2.5 2878 -52% 68.7
The Judge 2.4 3003 -45% 21.3
The Equalizer 1.6 2262 -44% 85.3
The Maze Runner 1.3 2155 -39% 87.7
Also Debuting
Birdman 0.13 4
Dear White People 0.12 11
Oka Laila Kosam 60,200 61
The Golden Era 19,000 15
The Tale of Princess Kaguya 13,600 3
Rudderless 9,200 18
Listen Up Philip 7,350 2
Guardian Angel 5,950 2
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (reissue) 5,250 5
Watchers of the Sky 3,100 4
Life Inside Out 3,050 2
Lakay 2,100 6
Diplomacy 2,100 1
The Hacker Wars 2,000 1
My Love, My Bride 1,800 1
Felony 1,300 9
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4