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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The battle of the tiny bots wound up with Ant-Man ahead of incoming Pixels with respective box office of $24.7 million and $23.9 million. The session saw two other national debuts with limited punch. Rocky Southpaw slotted in fifth spot with $16 million and young adult adaptation Paper Towns was right behind at $12.4 million.

In limited wide release, The Vatican Tapes exorcised $809,000. In the niches, record-setting streak of Baahubali continued, adding 50 dubbed Hindi prints and a weekend tally of $670,000 that pushed its cume to $8.3 million. Current Chinese chart topper Pancake Man had a potent debut of $267,000 from 13 creperies.

Exclusive newcomers were dull with only French import Samba dancing to an encouraging $23,700 from two halls. And Mr. Holmes doubled its complement of theaters and maintained a solid hold with $2.8 million.

Revenues for the frame generated roughly $150 million and a 24% decline from last weekend. It was also a slight 3% slip from 2014 when the launch of Lucy and Hercules topper the charts with respective bows of $43.9 million and $29.8 million.

While hardly a breakout, mixed media comedy-adventure Pixels wound up grossing what recent tracking surveys indicated and internal hopes of something closer to $30 million (and commensurate bragging rights) had to be tamped down. The opening weekend audience was 54% male with 62% of viewers aged 25-years and young that bodes well for its chances with the family crowd. Pixels opened in South Korea a week back to an OK $3.3 million and added major territories including Mexico, Russia and Spain this week for an estimated $20 million tally.

Positioned as an award contender, Southpaw was critically assessed as having a glass jaw. Tracking assessments set a $15 million ceiling that it wound up exceeding but a big question mark remains hovering over round two. Described as too violent to break out, there was at least initial hope in its 50/50 gender breakdown in opening days with another 50/50 split decision with over/under those aged 25-years old.

From the same author as last year’s hugely successful The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns was positioned to make lightning strike twice. Tracking revealed a different scenario with slightly less interest than Southpaw. Studio exit demos that identified a crowd comprised 71% female with 78% aged 25-years and younger suggest that it hit the mark with its core audience … and not much with other viewership.

Paper Towns got a two-week head start in a handful of international markets that generated about $8 million. This weekend saw the addition of 34 territories and an additional $8 million to its larder.

With the effective expansion of Mr. Holmes, the summer alternative scene has largely been dominated by Roadside Attractions that also positioned Love & Mercy for the hot months. The other major summer story has been not only the number of unusually high grossing imports from India, but the potency of Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi pictures in the marketplace simultaneously.

Weekend (estimates) July 24 – 26, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ant-Man BV 24.7 (6,380) -57% 3868 106
Pixels Sony 23.9 (6,430) NEW 3723 23.9
Minions Uni 22.0 (5,420) -55% 4066 261.6
Trainwreck Uni 17.3 (5,450) -43% 3171 61.5
Southpaw Weinstein 16.0 (5,780) NEW 2772 16
Paper Towns Fox 12.4 (4,100) NEW 3031 12.4
Inside Out BV 7.3 (2,680) -37% 2717 320.3
Jurassic World Uni 6.8 (2,590) -40% 2645 623.7
Mr. Holmes Roadside 2.8 (4,050) 14% 686 6.4
Terminator Genysis Par 2.4 (1,400) -56% 1702 85.6
Magic Mike XXL WB 1.9 (1,300) -58% 1440 63.1
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 1.6 (6,380) -37% 257 5.6
The Gallows WB 1.2 (980) -70% 1202 21.3
Ted 2 Uni .91 (1,310) -65% 696 79.6
The Vatican Tapes Lionsgate .81 (1,890) NEW 427 0.81
Spy Fox .75 (1,390) -50% 539 108.1
Max WB .74 (1,110) -61% 665 39.7
Amy A24/Mongrel .71 (1,900) -37% 370 5.5
Baahubali Blue Sky .67 (3,210) -49% 209 8.3
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV .44 (2,070) -5% 214 456.7
Mad Max: Fury Road WB .41 (1,180) 6% 345 151.6
San Andreas WB .31 (1,170) -47% 266 151.9
Self/Less Focus .31 (510) -86% 608 11.9
Pancake Man Media Asia .27 (20,550) NEW 13 0.27
Irrational Man Sony Classics .25 (10,960) 44% 23 0.51
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $144.90
% Change (Last Year) -3%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
Love and Mercy Roadside/eOne .13 (1,040) -47% 126 12.1
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street .10 (1,010) -48% 103 7
Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics .10 (1,054) -15% 96 0.96
Tangerine Magnolia 93,700 (3,030) 25% 31 0.3
Testament of Youth Sony Classics 94,100 (1,090) -24% 86 1.5
Jimmy’s Hall Sony Classics 59,400 (1,350) -8% 44 0.25
The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC 58,300 (3,890) 55% 15 0.11
Only You China Lion 27,600 (2,120) 13 0.03
Samba Broad Green 23,700 (11,850) 2 0.02
Un Homme ideal A-Z Films 21,300 (1,640) 13 0.02
The Look of Silence Drafthouse 16,500 (8,250) 150% 2 0.03
Unexpected Film Arade 14,200 (570) 25 0.01
American Heist Saban 5,800 (530) 11 0.01
Dark Was the Night Image Ent. 4,200 (700) 6 0.01
Five Star Xlrator 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Horse Money Cinema Guild 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 23, 2015)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (15) 1831.2 28.20%
Buena Vista (12) 1300.1 20.00%
Warner Bros. (20) 1140.3 17.50%
20th Century Fox (14) 662.1 10.20%
Paramount (8) 360.5 5.50%
Sony (8) 220.7 3.40%
Lionsgate (8) 213.4 3.30%
Weinstein Co. (12) 193.3 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (6) 92.5 1.40%
Focus (8) 78.5 1.20%
Relativity (6) 71.7 1.10%
Sony Classics (15) 45.3 0.70%
A24 (5) 40.3 0.60%
Open Road (5) 38.9 0.60%
CBS (1) 34.1 0.50%
Other * (216) 183.8 2.70%
6506.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – July 23, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 616,902,775
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 456,282,828
Furious 7 Uni 352,830,697
American Sniper * WB 348,797,073
Inside Out BV 312,978,811
Minions Uni 239,520,410
Cinderella BV 200,895,109
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 183,560,925
Home Fox 176,408,583
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 163,553,869
San Andreas WB 151,551,731
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 151,204,106
Insurgent Lionsgate 130,345,842
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 128,261,724
Spy Fox 107,339,775
Tomorrowland BV 91,846,801
Get Hard WB 90,411,453
Taken 3 Fox 89,256,424
Terminator Ganysis Par 83,265,614
* does not include 2014 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