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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

XTheory of Relativity  

From the sublime to the ridiculous, the debut of Bad Grandpa led weekend movie going with an estimated $31.8 million. The Counselor, the session’s other major national debut, got clobbered in a fourth place finish that courted a dismal $8 million.

Exclusive newcomers were also generally disappointing though the non-fiction The Square on the Egyptian Arab Spring posted $12,600 from a solo effort. Also strong was the U.S. release of Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Color with a $105,000 box office from four screens following its bow in Québec three weeks ago. In the niches the Philippines trumped India with the rom-com She’s the One grossing $310,000 at 41 venues while new entries in Hindi, Telugu and Punjabi all sputtered at the box office.

Second weekend expansions of 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost displayed the necessary strength to keep both titles in the race while The Fifth Estate fell precariously close to final edition levels.

Overall weekend revenues topped $105 million for a slight 2% slip from the prior frame but saw its first upturn in a month with a 10% boost from 2012. A year ago the third weekend of Argo led with $12.1 million gross, with the opening of Cloud Atlas bowing with $9.6 million.

Barnum (and Johnny Knoxville) was well aware of the juncture of taste and commerce and Bad Grandpa proved the point by exceeding high-end expectations of a $30 million debut. The Jackass mixture of orchestrated real life buffoonery was just the ticket to perk up the autumnal blahs. The film skewed 56% male with a crowd that was 63% aged 25-years and older. It also launched day-and–date in 16 international territories including Germany and the UK to excellent results that added $8.1 million to the larder.

Conversely, The Counselor had the critics unsheathing their knives about the star-driven yarn of a lawyer in over his head in illegal doings. “Pretentious,” “inept” and “impenetrable” were among the kinder charges and the audience got the message with the film sinking below expectations that weren’t especially strong anyway. Studio exit polls identified an audience that was 51% female with a whopping 85% aged 25-years old and over and heading for the exit.

The early fourth quarter landscape is definitely proving to be Darwinian with the likes of Gravity (poised to surpass $200 million Monday) and Captain Phillips surviving new predators while Carrie, Escape Plan and Rush struggle to sustain in the unforgiving jungle.

Weekend (estimates) October 25 – 27, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Bad Grandpa Par 31.8 (9,520) NEW 3336 31.8
Gravity WB 20.2 (5,450) -33% 3707 199.7
Captain Phillips Sony 11.7 (3,730) -29% 3143 70
The Counselor Fox 8.0 (2,640) NEW 3044 8
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony 6.1 (1,950) -47% 3111 100.6
Carrie Sony 5.8 (1,840) -64% 3157 25.9
Escape Plan Lionsgate 4.3 (1,480) -57% 2883 17.4
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight 2.1 (17,150) 128% 123 3.4
Enough Said Fox Searchlight 1.6 (1,880) -10% 835 13
Prisoners WB 1.1 (780) -49% 1347 59.1
Insidious: Chapter 2 FilmDistrict/eOne .87 (710) -42% 1229 82.1
Rush Uni/eOne .69 (1,020) -45% 677 25.9
Baggage Claim Fox Searchlight .57 (960) -48% 594 20.8
We’re the Millers WB .56 (710) -25% 786 148.5
The Fifth Estate BV .55 (310) -67% 1769 2.8
Runner Runner Fox .53 (550) -68% 969 18.8
I’m in Love with a Church Girl High Top .52 (1,130) -47% 458 1.7
All is Lost Roadside .51 (6,270) 443% 81 0.65
Don Jon Relativity/Remstar .48 (880) -60% 540 23.5
Despicable Me 2 Uni .38 (1,010) -22% 379 364.2
She’s the One ABS .31 (7,580) NEW 41 0.31
Lee Daniels’ The Butler Weinstein Co. .28 (640) -27% 444 114.8
Pulling Strings Lionsgate .27 (850) -56% 315 5.6
Instructions Not Included Lionsgate .26 (870) -51% 301 43.9
Planes BV .22 (700) 47% 321 89
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $97.50
% Change (Last Year) 10%
% Change (Last Week) -2%
Also debuting/expanding
The Saratov Approach Three Coin .19 (5,080) 46% 38 0.72
Blue Jasmine Sony Classics .15 (1,260) -21% 119 32.2
Blue is the Warmest Color (Adèle) Metropole/IFC .14 (9,760) 239% 14 0.32
Wadjda Sony Classics .13 (1,470) -10% 87 1.3
Muscle Shoals Magnolia 81,200 (1,730) -51% 47 0.34
Inequality for All Weinstein Co. 72,400 (860) -43% 84 0.93
Kill Your Darlings Sony Classics 39,600 (4,950) -26% 8 0.13
Mickey Virus B4U 24,100 (505) 48 0.02
Capital Cohen Media 22,500 (11,250) 2 0.02
Spinning Plates Film Arcade 18,300 (6,100) 3 0.02
Bhai ATMUS 16,400 (280) 59 0.02
Les Beaux jours Metropole 16,200 (2,310) 7 0.02
Ishq Garaari Shemaroo 13,900 (770) 18 0.01
The Square Noujaim 12,600 (12,600) 1 0.01
Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation Dark Lightning 8,100 (1,010) 8 0.01
Triptique Seville 6,700 (1,540) 5 0.01
House in the Alley Pathfinder 4,850 (600) 8 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 24, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (21) 1552.6 17.80%
Universal (15) 1302.1 14.90%
Buena Vista (11) 1168.3 13.40%
Sony (18) 981.2 11.30%
20th Century Fox (14) 968.1 11.10%
Paramount (12) 728.4 8.40%
Lionsgate (23) 555 6.40%
Weinstein Co. (22) 474 5.40%
FilmDistrict (8) 198.5 2.30%
Relativity (7) 171.1 2.00%
Open Road (6) 114.8 1.30%
Focus (8) 85.4 1.00%
Sony Classics (16) 66.9 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 63.6 0.70%
eOne/Seville (25) 57.9 0.60%
Other * (284) 230.1 2.60%
8718 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releasese (Jan. 1 – Oct. 24, 2013)
Title Distributor Box Office
Mud Roadside Attractions 21,590,086
The Way, Way Back Fox Searchlight 21,465,403
The Impossible * Lionsgate 18,499,801
Quartet * Weinstein Co. 18,390,117
Fruitvale Station Weinstein Co. 16,092,958
Enough Said Fox Searchlight 11,466,092
Before Midnight Sony Classics 8,112,146
The Spectacular Now A24/eOne 6,823,356
The Grandmaster Weinstein Co, 6,594,959
Amour Sony Classics 6,503,477
The Bling Ring A24/eOne 5,845,732
Closed Circuit Focus 5,763,901
The Wizard of Oz: 3D/Imax Experience WB 5,509,334
Hubble 3D * Imax 5,415,653
Chennai Express UTV 5,307,960
Pulling Strings Lionsgate 5,305,673
The Company You Keep Sony Classics/eOne 5,133,027
20 Feet for Stardom Weinstein Co. 4,704,434
Hyde Park on Hudson Focus 4,486,248
Frances Ha IFC/Mongrel 4,350,634
* does not include 2012 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
No Good Deed Sony 8.8 2175 NEW
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 4.2 3656 NEW
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 2.1 3104 -23%
The Drop Searchlight 1.4 809 NEW
Let's Be Cops Fox 1.3 2755 -19%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 1.2 2957 -22%
If I Stay WB 1.2 3040 -27%
The November Man Relativity/VVS 0.85 2702 -34%
The Giver Weinstein Co, 0.75 2253 -25%
When the Game Stands Tall Sony 0.7 2435 -26%
Also Debuting
Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Atlas 0.17 242
Finding Fanny Fox Intl 0.17 121
Power CineGalaxy 0,11 88
The Skeleton Twins Roadside 0.1 15
My Old Lady Cohen Media 33,300 11
Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo Speed 31,800 27
The Pirates Well Go 26,800 25
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co, 21,000 4
The Gifted ABS 12,200 20
Take Me to the River Abramorama 9,900 11
Believe Excel 8,400 37
The Green Prince Music Box 7,000 4
Born to Fly Aubin 2,950 1
The Quitter Goodface 2,900 1
108 Stitches FreeStyle 2,200 12
Anukshanam Vega 2,200 13
Bird People IFC 1,950 1
Honeymoon Magnolia 1,700 2
I Am Eleven Intl Film Circuit 1,550 2
Smiling Through the Apocalypse First Run 1,500 1
The Man on Her Mind Paladin 1,100 7
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