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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The attraction was considerable as Gravity retained a commanding pull in the marketplace with an estimated $43.6 million, a relatively modest 22% lower orbit from its opening box office. That meant that the critically-acclaimed Captain Phillip had to settle for second mate with a solid debut of $25.8 million. The session’s only other national newcomer was genre actioner Machete Kills, which grossed $3.7 million..

In limited wide release, Romeo and Juliet returned with the immortal tween couple generating a few sparks with a $530,000 tally at 461 venues. Indian imports saw new entries from the Hindi and Punjabi sectors but only the Telugu Ramayya Vastavayya took limited vengeance with a $272,000 box office from 108 engagements. And the urban drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete grossed a self-fulfilling $254,000 from 147 engagements.

In Canada, the Thanksgiving holiday sparked several new releases including the rom-com The Right Kind of Wrong that blitzed on 165 screens to a disappointing $199,000 and buddy comedy Amsterdam, which showed slightly more capital with $92,700 at 37 sites.

A flood of debuting exclusives were largely moribund with the notable exception being the inspirational The Saratov Approach that had a $202,000 box office from a mere 23 venues.

Weekend revenues added up to roughly $117 million and 7% slippage from a week back. It was also a 10% drop from 2012 when the second weekend of Taken 2 topped the charts with $21.9 million with debs Argo and Sinister right behind with opening tallies of $19.5 million and $18 million respectively.

With the box office erosion of the past four weeks 2013 has now dropped to being flat with prior year’s pace.

The real life hostage taking saga that forms the basis of Captain Phillips was expected to open in the range of $24 million to $26 million and did not disappoint. Studio exit polls also were aligned with expectations with a modest 52% male tilt and 73% of the crowd aged 25-years and older.

The film is nicely positioned to ride the waves of the imminent award’s season and that will no doubt (as can already be seen with Gravity) bring in a younger demographic. The industry continues to grapple with the reality that its core audience is aging and the once dominant 18-25 year old sector has become less vicarious in its movie decisions.

Weekend (estimates) October 11 – 13, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Gravity WB 43.6 (11,900) -22% 3660 122.7
Captain Phillips Sony 25.8 (8,530) NEW 3020 25.8
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony 14.2 (3,670) -32% 3874 78.1
Prisoners WB 3.7 (1,290) -36% 2855 53.6
Runner Runner Fox 3.7 (1,220) -52% 3026 14.1
Machete Kills Open Road/VVS 3.7 (1,460) NEW 2538 3.7
Insidious: Chapter 2 FilmDistrict/eOne 2.7 (1,240) -31% 2156 78.5
Don Jon Relativity/Remstar 2.3 (1,170) -44% 1996 20.1
Rush Uni/eOne 2.3 (1,100) -48% 2130 22.2
Baggage Claim Fox Searchlight 2.0 (1,540) -50% 1320 18.2
Enough Said Fox Searchlight 2.0 (3,250) -10% 606 8.2
We’re the Millers WB 1.1 (980) -30% 1150 146.5
Pulling Strings Lionsgate 1.1 (2,520) -56% 428 4.1
Instructions Not Included Lionsgate 1.0 (1,420) -45% 711 42.7
Lee Daniels’ The Butler Weinstein Co. .62 (630) -49% 980 113.5
The Family Relativity .57 (540) -63% 1050 35.8
Despicable Me 2 Uni .53 (1,210) 9% 434 363.1
Romeo and Juliet Relativity .52 (1,120) NEW 461 0.52
Grace Unplugged Roadside Attractions .51 (1,010) -49% 502 1.7
Monsters University BV .37 (1,560) -13% 235 267.1
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Fox .34 (850) -20% 404 66.5
Ramayya Vastavayya My3 Movies .27 (2,520) NEW 108 0.44
Riddick Uni/eOne .26 (600) -52% 430 41.7
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Lionsgate .25 (1,730) NEW 147 0.25
Planes BV .23 (610) -10% 380 88.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $112.00
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Blue Jasmine Sony Classics .21 (1,120) -39% 190 31.7
The Saratov Approach Three Coin .20 (8,780) NEW 23 0.2
The Right Kind of Wrong eOne .20 (1,210) 165 0.2
Inequality for All Weinstein Co. .14 (1,730) -1% 80 0.54
The Face Reader Pan Media .12 (6,430) -28% 18 0.36
Wadjda Sony Classics .10 (2,160) -16% 47 0.61
Amsterdam Seville 92,700 (2,510) 37 0.09
Parkland Exclusive 82,100 (620) -74% 133 0.52
Escape from Tomorrow PDA 49,600 (1,320) 30 0.05
Linsanity Ketchup 47,300 (2,960) -52% 16 0.18
Austenland Sony Classics 42,500 (830) -22% 52 1.9
Blue is the Warmest Color (Adele) Metropole (Québec) 40,400 (2,380) 17 0.04
R.S.V.P. Roadside 32,200 (1,690) 19 0.03
Unlimited Gundersen 30,300 (6,060) 5 0.03
Vanakkam Chennai Ayngaran 15,400 (1,030) 15 0.02
Naiyaandi Ayngaran 14,100 (440) 32 0.01
Tough as Iron CJ Entertainment 12,400 (1,130) 11 0.01
Ghost Team One Film Arcade 8,100 (540) 15 0.01
Design is One First Run 5,800 (2,900) 2 0.01
War Chhod na Yaar Big Pictures 5,400 (360) 15 0.01
God Loves Uganda Variance 5,350 (5,350) 1 0.01
Broadway Idiot FilmBuff 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
As I Lay Dying Millennium 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
The Bastards Mongrel 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Sweetwater Arc Entertainment 2,700 (255) 11 0.01
Cassadaga Archstone 1,800 (600) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 10, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (21) 1441.3 17.10%
Universal (15) 1295.6 15.40%
Buena Vista (10) 1164.6 13.80%
20th Century Fox (14) 958.1 11.40%
Sony (16) 870.4 10.30%
Paramount (12) 728.4 8.70%
Lionsgate (21) 536.8 6.40%
Weinstein Co. (22) 471.8 5.60%
FilmDistrict (6) 190.8 2.30%
Relativity (6) 164.4 2.00%
Open Road (5) 108.3 1.30%
Focus (8) 85.3 1.00%
Sony Classics (15) 65.5 0.80%
eOne/Seville (23) 54.8 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (9) 53 0.60%
Other * (267) 224.4 2.70%
8413.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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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