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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

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It was clear sailing for The Wolverine as he clawed to the top of weekend movie going with an estimated $54.3 million.

With but a single new national release the field was wide open for niche players to get a toe-hold in the marketplace. The coming-of-ager The To Do List ticked off $1.5 million in a limited wide opening.

Exclusives were generally soft including Chinese megahit Tiny Times that grossed $12,100 at three theaters. The huge exception was Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine that grossed $593,000 at a mere six venues. Among new Indian imports the growing Punjabi audience registered a solid $133,000 for Best of Luck from 33 locations while the Hindi Bhajathe Raho failed to click with a $35,400 tally in 44 encounters.

Revenues for the session edged toward $175 million for a 13% decline from the prior weekend. But it was 27% improved from 2012 when the second weekend of The Dark Knight Rises ruled with a $62.1 million box office.

There was absolutely no doubt that The Wolverine would be the top draw in its debut and semi-official estimates pegged its opening at $60 million domestically. Still based on tracking and the absence of fresh competition, industry pundits anticipated an even bigger debut of at least $70 million that proved to be far too much in a season where high hopes have translated into punishing returns. And with a gruelingly competitive multiplex, the prospects for strong holds have generally been quite grim.

Internationally, Wolverine blitzed the globe with an estimated $86 million box office from 101 territories. On the national side, studio exit demos identified the opening crowd as 58% male and ditto 58% aged 25 and older.

With rare exception Blue Jasmine received “money” reviews and that translated into gold for the bespectacled filmmakers’ spin on “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The vet has emerged as the surprise summer alternative hit maker and with some careful massaging his new effort could well emerge as one of his biggest grossing efforts.

Also expanding well this weekend were Fruitvale Station and The Way, Way Back (considerable opposites) and another unexpected niche success, the doc Blackfish on captured, performing killer whale Tilikum.

 

Weekend (estimates) July 26 – 28, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Wolverine Fox 54.3 (13,850) NEW 3924 54.3
The Conjuring WB 22.1 (7,310) -47% 3022 83.8
Despicable Me Uni 16.0 (4,600) -36% 3476 306.4
Turbo Fox 13.4 (3,510) -37% 3809 55.8
Grown Ups 2 Sony 11.4 (3,490) -43% 3258 101.5
Red 2 Lionsgate 9.3 (3,080) -49% 3016 35
Pacific Rim WB 7.5 (2,890) -53% 2602 84
The Heat Fox 6.8 (2,860) -27% 2384 141.2
R.I.P.D. Uni 5.8 (2,050) -54% 2850 24.3
Fruitvale Station Weinstein 4.4 (4,170) 501% 1064 6.1
The Way, Way Back Searchlight 3.3 (3,750) 51% 886 8.9
Monsters University BV 2.7 (1,850) -47% 1470 255.3
World War Z Par 2.7 (1,900) -47% 1440 192.6
The Lone Ranger BV 1.6 (1,290) -63% 1267 85.3
The To Do List CBS 1.5 (2,600) NEW 591 1.5
White House Down Sony .93 (1,380) -61% 676 70.6
Man of Steel WB .75 (1,500) -59% 501 286.8
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lions Gate .73 (1,470) -64% 498 31.5
Blue Jasmine Sony Classics .59 (98,830) NEW 6 0.59
This is the End Sony .47 (1,750) -60% 270 95.6
Epic Fox .31 (1,070) -19% 289 105.2
Fast & Furious 6 Uni .29 (1,080) -8% 267 237.6
Now You See Me Liongate .29 (1,360) -33% 215 115
20 Feet from Stardom Weinstein .27 (2,020) -31% 135 2.9
The Great Gatsby WB .27 (980) -20% 271 144.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $165.80
% Change (Last Year) 27%
% Change (Last Week) -13%
Also debuting/expanding
Blackfish Magnolia .17 (8,240) 128% 21 0.3
I’m So Excited Sony Classics .14 (1,870) -7% 76 0.9
Best of Luck White Hill .13 (4,040) 33 0.13
Before Midnight Sony Classics .11 (1,420) -34% 78 7.6
Unfinished Song Weinstein .10 (1,260) -34% 82 1.3
Only God Forgives Weinstein .10 (1,500) -67% 69 0.56
The Attack Cohen Media .10 (2,270) -22% 44 1.1
Bhajathe Raho Eros 35,400 (800) 44 0.04
Tiny Times China Lion 12,100 (4,030) 3 0.01
The Venice Syndrome KinoSmith 9,400 (4,700) 2 0.01
The Servant (reissue) Rialto 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Drug War Variance 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Pattathu Yaanai GK Media 5,700 (440) 13 0.01
Apartment 1303 Gravitas 3,100 (1,030) 3 0.01
The Time Being TriBeCa 2,440 (1,220) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – July 25, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 1054.7 16.30%
Universal (11) 1054.5 16.30%
Warner Bros. (16) 1043.2 16.10%
Paramount (12) 712.4 11.00%
20th Century Fox (12) 685.4 10.60%
Sony (10) 527.4 8.20%
Liongate (18) 441.7 6.80%
Weinstein Co. (15) 333.2 5.20%
FilmDistrict (5) 120.1 1.90%
Relativity (3) 105.9 1.60%
Open Road (4) 93.9 1.50%
Focus (6) 53.7 0.80%
Sony Classics (12) 30.3 0.45%
Roadside Attractions (4) 29.9 0.45%
Other * (210) 175.7 2.70%
6462 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers * (Jan. 1 – July 25, 2013)
Title Distributor Box Office
Iron Man Three BV 407,241,952
Despicable Me 2 Uni 290,388,585
Man of Steel WB 286,058,272
Monsters University BV 252,612,188
Fast & Furious 6 Uni 237,303,850
Oz the Great and Powerful BV 234,911,825
Star Trek Into Darkness Par 225,352,743
World War Z Par 189,859,546
The Croods Fox 186,204,796
The Great Gatsby WB 143,888,405
Identity Thief Uni 134,863,488
The Heat Fox 134,394,744
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Par 122,551,310
Now You See Me Lions Gate 114,693,591
The Hangover Part III WB 111,950,512
Epic Fox 105,876,590
Silver Linings Playbook * Weinstein Co. 103,633,972
Olympus Has Fallen Film District/VVS 99,038,842
This is the End Sony 95,114,285
42 WB 95,020,213
* does not include 2012 box office

2 Responses to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Keil S. says:

    Damn, check out the Blue Jasmine per-screen average.

  2. Steven Kaye says:

    Other reports have the Blue Jasmine average and total higher.

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
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