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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The weekend was expected to be highly competitive between the spaced-out Interstellar and the cuddly animated robot of Big Hero 6. When the dust cleared the tilt went friendly with BH6 grossing an estimated $56 million and the sci-fi eye-popper close behind with $48.3 million. The two films accounted for roughly 66% of the session’s box office. Similarly, it was dreare among the new exclusive with the notable exception being the Stephen Hawking origin story The Theory of Everything with a potent $206,000 box office from five screens.

In the niches it was another lap around the circuit (albeit four decades on) for the motorcycle bible On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter that crossed the finish line with $363,000. New imports from India were largely moribund save for the Punjabi Chaar Sahibzaade that grossed $123,000 at 24 sites and the critically-auded elder romance Elsa & Fred had a disappointing $61,700 tally from 34 engagements.

Session revenues expanded upward to roughly $160 million and a bouncy 65% rise from seven days back. It was nonetheless a 7% decline from 2013 when the opening of Thor: The Dark World led with $85.7 million.

There was little doubt that on the cusp of Thanksgiving movie going would benefit from a couple of highly anticipated films; particularly if they appealed to different sectors of the audience. The family-centric Big Hero 6 appeared to have a slight edge and indeed that proved correct. The only question that remained was how lofty would the films fly. Pundits put the ceiling at around $60 million.

Studio exits pegged the big galoot crowd evenly split between the sexes and 72% identified as families. It was 58% comprised of folk aged 25-years and younger. The film is already in its third week in Russia and added 15 international territories including India and Indonesia for an estimated weekend gross of $7.6 million.

Interstellar received the full court press but critical response was mixed and there was decided anxiety about its near three hour running time. The film got a weekend head start with large screen engagements only that rendered about $2.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday and the desire to see it in its FULL glory was palpable with 36% of its box office coming from those screens.

The film’s orbit was 52% male with 75% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

It was not unexpected that the initial Interstellar international response would supersede the domestic box office and weekend estimates for its 62 territory launch are expected to be $80 million. It opened in all major arenas except China and Japan with Imax engagements accounting for roughly 9% of its box office.

The frame also featured an expansion for Birdman that maintained the picture’s momentum. Laggies also added screens but failed to clear the next platform hurdle.

Weekend (estimates) November 7 – 9, 2014
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Big Hero 6 BV 56.0 (14,900) NEW 3761 56
Interstellar Par 48.3 (13,570) NEW 3561 50.5
Gone Girl Fox 6.1 (2,760) -28% 2224 145.5
Ouija Uni 6.0 (2,240) -44% 2680 43.6
Fury Sony 5.5 (1,950) -37% 2834 69.3
St. Vincent Weinstein 5.5 (2,250) -23% 2455 27.2
Nightcrawler Open Road 5.4 (1,960) -48% 2766 19.7
John Wick Lionsgate 4.1 (1,890) -49% 2152 34.7
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … Day BV 3.5 (1,470) -47% 2381 59.2
The Book of Life Fox 2.8 (1,280) -66% 2166 45.2
Birdman Fox Searchlight 2.2 (4,850) -6% 462 8
The Judge WB 1.7 (1,430) -48% 1215 42.6
The Best of Me Relativity 1.3 (1,200) -51% 1110 24.4
The Maze Runner Fox 1.2 (1,210) -46% 1012 98.9
Dracula Untold Uni 1.0 (1,230) -66% 830 54.9
The Equalizer Sony .87 (1,410) -51% 616 98
Annabelle WB .53 (840) -73% 630 83.5
Guardians of the Galaxy BV .41 (1,390) -27% 296 330
On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter Hanover .36 (1,570) NEW 231 0.36
Dear White People Roadside .34 (1,950) -54% 175 3.5
Addicted Lionsgate .33 (1,360) -51% 241 17
Before I Go to Sleep FreeStyle .33 (400) -82% 820 3
Whiplash Sony Classics .32 (3,660) 25% 88 1.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par .26 (1,090) -17% 236 190.9
Laggies A24 .22 (790) 218% 281 0.42
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $152.00
% Change (Last Year) -7%
% Change (Last Week) 65%
Also debuting/expanding
The Theory of Everything Focus .21 (41,260) 5 0.21
Citizenfour RADiUS .21 (3,580) 9% 59 0.57
Chaar Sahibzaade White Hill ,12 (5,120) 24 0.12
Force Majeur Magnolia .11 (3,460) 38% 33 0.28
Elsa & Fred Millennium 61,700 (1,810) 34 0.06
The Shaukeens Viva 54,900 (840) 65 0.05
My Old Lady Cohen/D-Film 54,600 (1,190) -52% 46 3.7
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Gkids 53,700 (1,990) -24% 27 0.33
Henri Henri Christal 48,700 (1,870) 26 0.05
Pride CBS/Remstar 47,200 (890) -54% 53 1.4
Gemma Bovery Metropole 37,400 (3,740) 10 0.04
Maps to the Stars eOne 26,500 (600) -62% 44 0.15
The Way He Looks Strand 22,300 (2,480) 9 0.02
Goodbye to Language Kino 20,700 (10,350) -22% 2 0.07
Wayward: The Prodigal Son Cedar Fort 20,200 (420) 48 0.02
Brother of Bommali CineGalaxy 14,400 (460) 31 0.01
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Menemsha 14,100 (1,690) 8 0.01
Jessabelle Film Arcade 10,600 (880) 12 0.01
National Gallery Zipporah 8,900 (8,900) 1 0.01
Joru CineGalaxy 7,700 (270) 29 0.01
Sex Ed Marvista 7,400 (820) 9 0.01
Occupy the Farm Ignite 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Vitagraph 6,200 (6,200) 1 0.01
Actress Cinema Guild 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Viva la Liberta Distrib 4,700 (2,350) 2 0.01
The Better Angels Amplify 4,600 (2,300) 2 0.01
The Invisible Front Aspectus 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
The Historian Devolver 3,800 (1,900) 2 0.01
Fugly! 108 Media 2,800 (2,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Nov. 6, 2014)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (17) 1548.3 17.90%
Buena Vista (15) 1335.2 15.40%
Warner Bros. (22) 1302.9 15.00%
Sony (21) 1164.5 13.40%
Universal (17) 944.1 10.90%
Paramount (14) 837.7 9.70%
Lionsgate (21) 412.1 4.80%
Weinstein Co. (25) 182.5 2.10%
Relativity (9) 160.7 1.90%
Open Road (8) 133.5 1.50%
Fox Searchlight (9) 109.4 1.30%
FreeStyle (10) 103.7 1.20%
Focus (10) 94.8 1.10%
eOne/Seville (28) 53.1 0.60%
Other * (303) 280.5 3.20%
8663 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers * (Jan. 1 – Nov. 6, 2014)
Title Distributor Box Office
Guardians of the Galaxy BV 329,589,099
Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV 259,788,645
The Lego Movie WB 257,760,692
Transformers: Age of Extinction Par 245,439,076
Maleficent BV 241,222,842
X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox 233,921,534
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 208,444,587
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 202,870,044
Godzilla WB 200,710,493
22 Jump Street Sony 191,530,183
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par 190,606,517
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox 176,734,149
Divergent Lionsgate 151,341,699
Neighbors Uni 150,203,932
Frozen * BV 137,645,361
Gone Girl Fox 139,328,422
Ride Along Uni 134,986,540
Rio 2 Fox 131,538,435
Lucy Uni 126,573,960
Lone Survivor Uni/eOne 125,026,404
* does not include 2013 box office

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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