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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Sci-fi yarn Ender’s Game led the frame with an opening attack estimated at $27.8 million. Two other yarns made their national debuts. The final fling comedy Last Vegas slotted third with $16.2 million and a notch back at $16.1 million was the family- friendly animated Free Birds.

In a limited bow the Brit feelgood yarn About Time got a solid $1.1 million from 175 initial playdates while the 110-screen launch of Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi fizzled with a $46,300 box office. Also firm was Bollywood’s super guy Krrish 3 with a $1 million launch. The franchise recorded a record $13 million on home turf and as in the U.S. muted competition from the likes of Arrambam and All in All Azhaguraja.

Exclusives were largely tepid to poor with the exception clearly Dallas Buyers Club. The long-gestating early AIDS-era saga exploded with a $262,000 gross from nine screens.

Overall session box office generated roughly $130 million for a tidy 25% expansion from seven days earlier. However, it remained 8% behind the 2012 benchmark when debuts of Wreck-It Ralph and Flight topped the chart with respective openings of $49 million and $24.9 million.

The adaptation of future teens in space Ender’s Game was pegged to lead weekend movie options and performed to expectations. However, timing may prove a significant aspect of its future with Thor: The Dark World poised to dominate next weekend’s business. The hammer-wielding superhero bowed in 38 international territories ahead of its domestic launch with a Val-holler haul estimated at $109 million.

Ender’s Game tilted 58% male with 54% of the initial audience aged 25-years and older according to distributor exit polls.

Despite positive response from previews the industry remained guarded about the appeal of a quartet of senior stars taking the assault on The Hangover city in Last Vegas. Opening day figures rapidly dispelled all concerns. The audience tilted 53% female and a significant 83% aged 25-years and older.

There was also an upbeat response to Free Birds that entered the marketplace in a general lull in family viewing.

12 Years a Slave continued to expand successfully and is now poised to go national. Conversely All is Lost _ also a slow roll out _ is seeing the wind missing its sail and prospects for Diana figuring into award’s season appear as remote as those of The Fifth Estate.

 

Weekend (estimates) November 1 – 3, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Ender’s Game Lionsgate 27.8 (8,150) NEW 3407 27.8
Bad Grandpa Par 20.1 (6,010) -37% 3345 61.7
Last Vegas CBS 16.2 (5,290) NEW 3065 16.2
Free Birds Relativity 16.1 (4,310) NEW 3736 16.1
Gravity WB 13.0 (4,310) -35% 3024 219.1
Captain Phillips Sony 8.4 (2,790) -28% 3021 82.5
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight 4.6 (11,150) 114% 410 8.7
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony 4.2 (1,720) -34% 2430 106.2
The Counselor Fox 3.3 (1,070) -58% 3044 13.7
Carrie Sony 3.3 (1,470) -45% 2252 31.9
Escape Plan Lionsgate 2.3 (1,160) -50% 1966 21.6
Enough Said Fox Searchlight 1.1 (1,630) -31% 662 14.8
About Time Uni 1.1 (6,010) NEW 175 1.1
Krrish 3 Eros 1.0 (4,900) NEW 208 1
All is Lost Roadside Attractions .55 (4,390) 12% 131 1.4
Insidious: Chapter 2 FilmDistrict/eOne .42 (760) -52% 553 82.8
Despicable Me 2 Uni .42 (1,360) 8% 309 374.8
We’re the Millers WB .41 (730) -30% 555 149.2
Prisoners WB .40 (850) -63% 465 59.9
Rush Uni/eOne .33 (1,100) -53% 303 26.5
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Remstar 26 (29,150) NEW 9 0.26
Planes BV .26 (900) 8% 289 89.3
Baggage Claim Fox Searchlight .24 (820) -57% 294 21.2
Blue is the Warmest Color (Adele) Metropole/IFC .23 (5,200) 95% 45 0.62
Arrambam Ayngaran .22 (3,230) NEW 69 0.35
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $123.15
% Change (Last Year) -8%
% Change (Last Week) 25%
Also debuting/expanding
I’m in Love with a Church Girl High Top .19 (790) -62% 243 2.1
The Saratov Approach Three Coin .16 (3,960) 8% 41 0.9
She’s the One ABS .15 (3,920) -57% 39 0.74
Blue Jasmine Sony Classics .11 (1,160) -27% 94 32.4
Wadjda Sony Classics 96,400 (1,150) -22% 84 1.3
Nosotros los Nobles Pantelion 82,100 (2,020) 41 0.08
All in All Azhaguraja ATMUS 72,400 (1,320) 55 0.07
Kill Your Darlings Sony Classics 71,700 (3,770) 71% 19 0.22
Diana eOne 66,400 (1,750) 38 0.07
Brother’s Keeper Desertwind 62,800 (5,710) 11 0.06
Man of Tai Chi Weinstein Co. 46,300 (420) 110 0.05
Angels Sing Film Arcade 14,800 (1,350) 11 0.01
Big Sur Ketchup 14,200 (1,090) 13 0.01
Blood and Ties CJ Entertainment 12,300 (12,300) 1 0.01
A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Zeitgeist 10,800 (5,400) 2 0.01
Skinwalker Ranch DeepStudios 8,200 (510) 16 0.01
Mikeyboy Bosch Media 7,800 (7,800) 1 0.01
Running from Crazy Vitagraph 7,100 (7,100) 1 0.01
Aftermath Menemsha 6,800 (3,400) 2 0.01
These Birds Walk Oscilloscope 6,000 (6,000) 1 0.01
Casting By Submarine 5,900 (2,950) 2 0.01
Broken Circle Breakdown TriBeCa 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Sal TriBeCa 5,500 (5,500) 1 0.01
Why We Ride Gnarlynow 5,300 (2,650) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Oct. 31, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (21) 1581.7 17.90%
Universal (15) 1303.5 14.70%
Buena Vista (11) 1169.8 13.20%
Sony (18) 1013.3 11.40%
20th Century Fox (15) 979.9 11.10%
Paramount (13) 770 8.70%
Lionsgate (23) 562.1 6.30%
Weinstein Co. (22) 474.6 5.40%
FilmDistrict (8) 200.2 2.30%
Relativity (7) 171.9 1.90%
Open Road (6) 115.3 1.30%
Focus (8) 85.4 1.00%
Sony Classics (16) 69.5 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 67.4 0.75%
eOne/Seville (25) 58.4 0.65%
Other * (290) 233.5 2.60%
8856.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (Jan. 1 – Oct. 31, 2013)
Title Distributor Box Office
Iron Man 3 BV 1,214,790,498
Despicable Me 2 Uni 908,214,471
Fast & Furious 6 Uni 788,069,158
Monsters University BV 743,142,666
Man of Steel WB 663,863,028
World War Z Par 540,229,757
The Croods Fox 517,148,263
Oz the Great and Powerful BV 494,038,163
Star Trek Into Darkness Par 467,388,403
Pacific Rim WB 415,727,134
The Wolverine Fox 409,602,324
Gravity WB 383,889,631
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Par 374,141,049
The Hangover Part III WB 360,880,112
Django Unchained * Weinstein/Sony 356,247,618
Now You See Me Lionsgate 351,907,071
The Smurfs 2 Sony 345,001,233
The Conjuring WB 314,291,396
The Great Gatsby WB 302,806,488
A Good Day to Die Hard Fox 305,391,077
Les Miserables * Uni 301,287,664
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey * WB 288,252,146
Oblivion Uni 286,697,768
Elysium Sony 283,400,821
Life of Pi * Fox 282,636,416
* does not include 2012 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 16.5 3875 NEW 50.9
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 5.6 3785 NEW 5.6
Annie 5.3 3116 NEW 5.3
Exodus: Gods and Kings 2.3 3503 -75% 33.1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2.2 3174 -41% 283.7
Wild 1.2 1061 147% 4.2
Top Five 1 1307 -59% 9.9
P.K. 1 272 NEW 1
Big Hero 6 0.9 2407 -35% 187.8
The Penguins of Madagascar 0.85 2717 -45% 61.5
Also Debuting
Mr. Turner 28,400 5
Les Maîtres du suspense 21,800 54
Song of the Sea 4,600 1
Winter Sleep 2,100 1
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