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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Ant-Man swarmed to the top of session moviegoing with an estimated $57.8 million. And a a better-than-anticipated bow for Trainwreck of $30.2 million landed the comedy third on the chart. And in limited wide release the latest spin on the redoubtable Sherlock, Mr. Holmes, was off to a better-than-elementary start of $2.4 million.

Exclusive newcomers included an excellent $38,200 gross for The Stanford Prison Experiment from two exercise yards and near-capacity biz of $182,000 for Woody Allen’s Irrational Man at five campuses.

In the niches, Bollywood was back with a potent $2.5 million start for Bajrangi Bhaijaan while Tamil Maari sputtered with $84,600 at 44 venues. On an historic note, the rarely screened Pakistani cinema opened Bin Roye to record numbers of $116,000. Also off to a fast start was South Korean Northern Limit Line with $94,700 from 12 engagements.

Revenues for the frame were close to $200 million for a decline of 9% from the immediate prior weekend and a 32% boost from 2014. A year back the second weekend of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led with $36.2 million and newcomer The Purge: Anarchy bowed with $29.8 million.

Tracking had indicated that Ant-Man would arrive with about $60 million and it came close to prognostications. The latest in the Marvel movie superhero lineup promised something a bit more satiric and antic and that may have created some confusion for the fan base. Scientists were more puzzled by gender issues. Regardless spinoffs and sequels are likely to hew to a more traditional view of the tiny dynamo.

The film opened day-and-date in 37 overseas territories including major ports in the U.K., France and Russia to studio estimates of $56 million.

Domestically Ant-Man attracted a 58% male crowd with 55% of opening viewers aged 25-years and older. Efforts to market it as a family friendly outing were fitfully successful with studio exit demos pegging that sector at 28% of the audience.

Fans of cable comic Amy Schumer were anxious that Trainwreck would damp down on her small screen persona. And while that is arguably true, she wasn’t reinvented or unrecognizable and the film bested top-end estimates of $25 million. The audience was unsurprisingly 66% female with 63% of viewers aged 30-years and older. It’s going out gingerly internationally with initial playdates next weekend in smaller territories including Greece and Israel.

On the alternative side Amy continues to expand effectively and this weekend’s launch of Mr. Holmes was a refresher for audiences that didn’t embrace Love & Mercy and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Weekend (estimates) July 17 – 19, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ant-Man BV 57.8 (14,980) NEW 3856 57.8
Minions Uni 50.2 (11,640) -57% 4311 216.7
Trainwreck Uni 30.2 (9,560) NEW 3158 30.2
Inside Out BV 11.6 (3,550) -34% 3263 306.3
Jurassic World Uni 11.3 (3,640) -38% 3117 611.1
Terminator Genysis Par 5.4 (1,910) -61% 2814 80.6
Magic Mike XXL WB 4.5 (1,730) -53% 2577 58.6
The Gallows WB 4.0 (1,480) -59% 2720 18
Ted 2 Uni 2.7 (1,230) -53% 2171 77.4
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 2.5 (9,610) NEW 256 2.5
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 2.4 (6,580) NEW 363 2.4
Self/Less Focus 2.3 (960) -58% 2353 10.3
Max WB 1.9 (1,280) -46% 2088 37.9
Spy Fox 1.5 (1,610) -50% 939 106.6
Baahubali Blue Sky 1.1 (5,310) -69% 209 7.1
Amy A24/Mongrel 1.1 (2,480) -40% 435 4.2
San Andreas WB .57 (1,420) -54% 402 151.2
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .48 (1,640) 5% 292 456
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .38 (1,420) -38% 268 151
Dope Open Road/Sony .29 (1,330) -53% 220 16.1
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight .23 (990) -65% 235 6.2
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni .22 (850) -18% 262 183.5
Love and Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne .20 (1,010) -54% 197 11.7
Home Fox .19 (910) -12% 212 176.2
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .19 (1,150) -47% 163 6.8
Irrational Man Sony Classics .18 (36,460) NEW 5 0.18
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $191.55
% Change (Last Year) 32%
% Change (Last Week) -9%
Also debuting/expanding
Testament of Youth Sony Classics .12 (1,180) -31% 104 1.4
Bin Roye B4U .12 (4,840) 24 0.12
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .11 (1,400) -33% 80 0.8
Northern Limit Line Well Go 94,700 (7,890) 12 0.09
Maari ATMUS 84,600 (1,920) 44 0.08
Tangerine Magnolia 65,800 (4,110) 8% 16 0.15
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 57,900 (1,350) 48% 43 0.15
The Wolfpack Magnolia 54,100 (1,230) -44% 44 1.1
The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC 38,200 (19,100) 2 0.04
Lila & Eve IDP 20,900 (1,040) 20 0.02
Ardor Participant 13,700 (980) 14 0.01
The Look of Silence Drafthouse 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Twinsters Ignite 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
Gloria Picturehouse 5,400 (1,800) 3 0.01
Court Zeitgeist 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
I Am Potential American Family 3,500 (1,750) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 16, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (15) 1694.2 27.20%
Buena Vista (12) 1205.9 19.40%
Warner Bros. (20) 1122.2 18.00%
20th Century Fox (14) 659.4 10.60%
Paramount (8) 352.5 5.70%
Sony (8) 220.4 3.50%
Lionsgate (8) 213.3 3.40%
Weinstein Co. (12) 193.2 3.10%
Fox Searchlight (6) 92.1 1.50%
Focus (8) 75.3 1.20%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.20%
Sony Classics (14) 44.6 0.70%
A24 (5) 39.3 0.65%
Open Road (5) 38.5 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.55%
Other * (209) 170.9 2.70%
6227.6 100%
* 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