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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

It was a week of sweeping out the old and welcoming the new, starting with a trio of new national releases. Youth-targeted adventure The Maze Runner topped the frame with an estimated $32.3 million while the competition played below expectations. Downbeat thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones bowed with $13.1 million while Shawn Levy’s R-rated dramedy of a grieving family, This is Where I Leave You, bantered to $11.7 million.

Kevin Smith was back with Canada-set comic chiller Tusk, which failed to scare up an audience with an $840,000 tally at 602 venues. Also north of the border, Canada’s likely Oscar submission and Cannes-prized Mommy opened with a tempestuous $391,000 in Québec.

There was also a ferocious wave of new exclusive runs with most crashing on the shores. Exceptions included a single screen launch of $23,200 for the Korean gambling comedy Tazza 2 and an impressive $47,700 start for Hector and the Search for Happiness at two locations. Tracks, the Australian saga of author Robyn Davidson’s memoir of crossing Oz’s arid Outback solo, grossed $20,800 following a Canadian release that chalked up $200,000 plus. In the niches there were a handful of Indian imports, including strong starts of $1.1 million for the Telugu Aagadu and the Hindi Khoobsurat with $332,000. Dr. Cabbie, the comedy about an Indian doctor reduced to driving a hack in Toronto, was hitting all the pistons with a $739,000 debut from 55 screens.

Session box office generated roughly $105 million for an 18% boost from seven days earlier. It was also  23% improved from 2013 when the $20.8 million debut of Prisoners topped the charts.

Pundits have been itching to put the nail in the coffin on YA adventure fare but Maze Runner defied their grim assessments that ranged from $25-30 million. The picture get a head start a week back with a solid $8.5 million gross from five international territories and expanded solidly to an estimated $37.5 million box office in 50 foreign climes.

Domestically, Maze Runner attracted an almost even gender split with women at 51% and 64% of viewers aged 25-years and younger per studio exit polling. It also amped up the stakes with 712 enhanced format engagements that accounted for about 9% of the opening box office.

While expectations weren’t overboard for the adaptation of Lawrence Block’s dark thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, the presence of Liam Neeson pegged expectations of $15-16 million. The film also tilted slightly female at 51% but considerably older with 77% of the crowd aged 25-years and upward.

The ensemble of This is Where I Leave You weren’t sitting shiva as the film opened pretty much on target with its tracking and studio cruncher bottom lines. Exit demos were also on the mark with 63% of the audience composed of women and 86% aged 25-years and more senior.

Weekend (estimates) September 19 – 21, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Maze Runner Fox 32.3 (8,960) NEW 3604 32.3
A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni 13.1 (4,830) NEW 2712 13.1
This is Where I Leave You WB 11.7 (4,090) NEW 2868 11.7
No Good Dead Sony 10.1 (4,640) -58% 2175 40
Dolphin Tale 2 WB 9.0 (2,460) -44% 3656 27
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 5.2 (1,820) -36% 2846 313.7
Let’s Be Cops Fox 2.7 (1,160) -39% 2312 77.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 2.6 (1,120) -46% 2348 186
The Drop Fox Searchlight 2.0 (1,710) -48% 1192 7.7
If I Stay WB 1.8 (770) -54% 2371 47.7
The Hundred-Foot Journey BV 1.1 (900) -53% 1253 51.5
Aagadu Great India 1.1 (8,170) NEW 131 1.1
When the Game Stands Tall Sony 1.1 (620) -55% 1702 28.3
The Giver Weinstein Co. .95 (590) -63% 1607 43
Tusk A24 .84 (1,400) NEW 602 0.84
Dr. Cabbie eOne .74 (13,440) NEW 55 0.74
Lucy Uni .72 (920) -53% 788 124.8
The November Man Relativity/VVS .68 (460) -75% 1478 24.4
As Above/So Below Uni .67 (630) -68% 1070 20.6
My Old Lady Cohen Media .47 (2,780) 278% 170 0.67
The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions .43 (8,710) 12% 49 0.94
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel .41 (1,210) -53% 335 22.6
Mommy Seville .39 (6,300) 62 0.39
Khoobsurat UTV .33 (5,820) 57 0.33
Into the Storm WB .32 (560) -65% 570 46.4
The Trip to Italy IFC/eOne .28 (1,440) -43% 197 2.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $98.40
% Change (Last Year) 23%
% Change (Last Week) 18%
Also debuting/expanding
Daawat-e-Ishq Yash Raj .23 (2,250) 101 0.23
Love is Strange Sony Classics .22 (1,980) -35% 112 1.6
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co, .17 (1,230) 151% 136 0.26
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics .15 (730) -65% 203 10.2
A Most Wanted Man Roadside Attractions .12 (640) -72% 193 16.9
The Zero Theorem Amplify 85,400 (1,360) 63 0.09
The Guest Picturehouse 84,300 (4,440) 19 0.08
The Pirates Well Go 75,800 (4,210) -36% 18 0.3
Hector and the Search for Happiness Relativity 47,700 (23,850) 2 0.05
Pump Submarine 36,600 (12,200) 3 0.04
Yellow Day Providence 30,400 (30,400) 1 0.03
Tazza 2: The Hidden Card CJ 23,200 (23,200) 1 0.02
Art and Craft Oscilloscope 21,300 (10,650) 2 0.02
Tracks * Weinstein Co. 20,800 (5,200) 4 0.02
Not Cool Starz 14,100 (14,100) 1 0.01
Aranmanai ATMUS 13,900 (1,160) 12 0.01
Keep on Keepin’ On Weinstein Co. 11,300 (5,650) 2 0.01
20,000 Days on Earth Drafthouse 10,200 (5,100) 2 0.01
Fort Bliss Phase4 5,400 (1,800) 3 0.01
Iceman Well Go 3,300 (660) 5 0.01
Holidaysburg Starz 1,800 (1,800) 1 0.01
Top Limited Releases * (Jan. 1 – Sept. 18, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Boyhood IFC/Mongrel 22,153,916
A Most Wanted Man Roadside/eOne 16,784,447
Nebraska * Par 11,669,238
Dallas Buyers Club * Focus/Remstar 11,522,869
Belle Fox Searchlight 10,726,630
Magic in the Moonlight Sony Classics 10,043,581
Inside Llewyn Davis * CBS/Mongrel 8,107,748
Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar WB 7,309,433
Cantinflas Lionsgate 5,824,372
Cesar Chavez Lionsgate 5,571,497
The Wind Rises BV 5,209,580
Jerusalem NationalGeo 5,112,550
Journey to the South Pacific Imax 4,552,877
Snowpiercer Weinstein Co. 4,535,541
The Railway Man Weinstein Co. 4,438,438
Hubble 3D * Imax 4,261,073
The Lunchbox Sony Classics 4,231,500
Fading Gigolo Millennium 3,769,873
Ida Music Box 3,698,434
Wish I Was Here Focus 3,591,299
* does not include 2013 box office
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Sept. 18, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (14) 1258.3 16.70%
Buena Vista (14) 1252.6 16.60%
Warner Bros. (18) 1112.6 14.80%
Sony (19) 976.7 13.00%
Universal (14) 824.6 11.00%
Paramount (12) 822.6 10.90%
Lionsgate (17) 361.7 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (20) 155.9 2.10%
Relativity (7) 135.6 1.80%
Open Road (7) 120.3 1.60%
Fox Searchlight (8) 98.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (8) 87.5 1.20%
eOne/Seville (23) 44.2 0.60%
Focus (8) 43.5 0.60%
Other (247) * 226.2 3.00%
7520.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Christian says:

    Wow, that’s a major wipeout for “Eleanor Rigby.” I saw it over the weekend and noted the theater was not quite half full for an evening show, but wasn’t sure how the film might be playing more broadly. Even worse, it appears.

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