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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

You can’t keep a good man down as Hotel Transylvania 2 staked top spot in session moviegoing with an estimated $47.3 million. There was also good news for incoming entry The Intern that slotted second with $18.1 million and OK results for chiller The Green Inferno at $3.5 million. Everest added conventional screens to last weekend’s special format debut and grossed $13.1 million.

Roland Emmerich’s controversial Stonewall generated $117,000 from 129 playdates.

In the niches. new Indian entries were on the soft side with Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon opening to $188,000 and Subramanyam For Sale behind it with $118,000. The returns for China franchise title Lost in Hong Kong were considerably better with a $558,000 tally at a mere 27 sites.

Best of the exclusives was reel estate drama 99 Homes with $34,200 from two screens.

The frame’s bounty expanded to more than $135 million, a 22% improvement from a week back and a 29% bump from 2014. A year ago, the bow of The Equalizer led with $34.1 million with newcomer The Boxtrolls grossing $17.3 million.

Industry tracking had Hotel Transylvania 2 the clear leader with an anticipated launch of $37-40 million. Opening day performance upped the prospects to as much as $50 million but it unquestionably was going to exceed early low-ball projections. On target with its core audience studio exit polls identified the crowd as 69% family with women comprising 59% of viewers and 60% aged 25-years and younger overall.

The role reversal comedy The Intern opened on the high side of an anticipated $16-18 million weekend. It had an even higher female skew of 62% and a mature audience that was 88% aged 25-years and older. All elements considered, it’s likely to have a better than average multiple in the long run.

Intern opened day-and-date in 40 foreign climes and grossed an estimated $12 million. South Korea was strongest with $2.7 million with Germany and Russia opening respectively to $1.5 million and $1.4 million.

The Green Inferno marks the first entry of a series of low budget horror films by Blumhouse and studio specialty division High Top. It bettered its anticipated bow with a crowd that was 57% male and 57% aged 25-years and older.

Everest expanded well but continued to be a stronger international title. Last weekend’s $28 million overseas launch added $30 million for a cume just shy of $75 million.

Weekend (estimates) September 25 – 27, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Hotel Transylvania Sony 47,3 (12,610) NEW 3754 47.3
The Intern WB 18.1 (5,480) NEW 3305 18.1
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 14.2 (3,750) -53% 3792 51.9
Everest Uni 13.1 (4,350) 81% 3006 23.1
Black Mass WB 11.4 (3,590) -49% 3188 42.5
The Visit Uni 6.7 (2,270) -42% 2967 52.2
The Perfect Guy Sony 4.7 (2,510) -51% 1889 48.9
War Room Sony 4.3 (2,230) -31% 1920 56
The Green Inferno Gramercy 3.5 (2,260) NEW 1540 3.5
Sicario Lionsgate 1.8 (29,830) 339% 59 2.3
A Walk in the Woods Broad Green 1.1 (770) -62% 1385 27.3
Pawn Sacrifice Bleecker Street 1.0 (1,320) 410% 779 1.3
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par .91 (1,080) -59% 840 193.5
Grandma Sony Classics .79 (980) -47% 804 5.2
Pixels Sony .77 (1,530) 9% 503 77.2
Straight Outta Compton Uni .67 (1,100) -65% 609 160.2
Lost in Hong Kong Well Go .56 (20,670) NEW 27 0.56
Captive Par .50 (620) -64% 806 2.3
Minions Uni .44 (860) -56% 507 333.5
Jurassic World Uni .38 (1,100) -40% 347 650.4
Inside Out BV .37 (790) -60% 468 353.5
Ant-Man BV .35 (740) -62% 477 178.2
Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate .30 (830) -72% 364 8.8
90 Minutes to Heaven IDP .29 (590) -71% 485 4.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $131.40
% Change (Last Year) 29%
% Change (Last Week) 22%
Also debuting/expanding
Veteran CJ .21 (5,150) -43% 41 0.75
Meet the Patels Alchemy .20 (3,210) 32% 63 0.5
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Viva .19 (2,720) 69 0.19
Learning to Drive Broad Green/SEF .19 (850) -65% 220 2.8
Paul a Quebec Remstar .16 (3,280) -5% 49 0.45
Sleeping with Other People IFC .12 (1,190) 31% 102 0.32
Stonewall Roadside Attractions .12 (910) 129 0.12
Subramanyam for Sale Classics .12 (1,530) 77 0.12
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Eros 72,400 (2,010) 36 0.07
99 Homes Broad Green 34,200 (17,100) 2 0.03
UnBranded Gravitas 16,800 (930) 18 0.02
Mississippi Grind A24 16,500 (4,120) 4 0.02
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story Cinedgm 8,200 (590) 14 0.01
Wildlike Killer 8,100 (660) 12 0.01
Drunked Stoned Brilliant Dead Magnolia 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
Finders Keepers Orchard 5,100 (1,020) 5 0.01
Ashby Film Arcade 4,500 (300) 15 0.01
Domestic Summer Market Share (May 3 – September 7, 2015)
Distributor Gross Mkt Share % Change Rank
(in millions) 2009 2012
Universal 1526.5 35.80% 259% 6
Buena Vista 896.3 21.00% 31% 2
Warner Bros. 615.8 14.40% 9% 3
20th Century Fox 289.3 6.80% -66% 1
Paramount 273.4 6.40% -45% 5
Sony 149.1 3.50% -70% 4
Focus 89.7 2.10% N/A N/A
Weinstein Co. 79.5 1.90% -9% 8
Lionsgate 57.4 1.40% -28% 7
STX 37.1 0.90% N/A N/A
Roadside Attractions 27.7 0.65% 61% 14
A24 24.1 0.55% N/A N/A
Fox Searchlight 20.8 0.50% -1% 12
Opem Road 19.5 0.50% -41% 10
Other 154.3 3.60% N/A N/A
4360.5 100% 11%

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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