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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

There were clear skies for The Martian with a debut estimated at $54.4 million. The only other launch in wide release was the expansion of the drug opus Sicario that scored third with $11.7 million. In limited wide release in IMAX, The Walk grossed a disappointing $1.5 million.

Among encouraging freshmen, teen Nobelist doc My Name is Malala petititioned $57,100 at four; Jafar Panahi’s third film while under Iranian sanction, Taxi, grossed $18,300 on two hails; gay rights drama Freeheld with $38,300 from five screens; and German Oscar submission Labyrinth of Lies took $20,500 at three sites.

In the niches, new Indian imports were soft, including Hindi sequel Singh is Bling with $457,000 and the Tamil Puli with a $234,000 tally. There was also an OK start of $311,000 for Filipino rom-om Etiquette for Mistresses. In Québec, political comedy Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada) polled $36,400 from five stations.

Weekend revenues generated close to $150 million that expanded business 8% for seven days back and was an infinitesimal 0.2% behind the 2014 session. Twelve months earlier, debuts of Gone Girl and Annabelle led with respective openers of $37.5 million and $37.1 million.

Following a positively received New York Film Festival debut, The Martian was primed to orbit solid opening numbers. The scientifically plausible saga of an astronaut’s survival on the red planet while awaiting rescue was tracking at $50 million and could well exceed the October record of $55.7 million set two years earlier by distaff lost-in-spacer Gravity. Studio exit polls identified the audience as 56% male with 72% aged 25-years and older. The latest from 77-year-old Sir Ridley opened simultaneously in 49 international territories with an estimated $45 million. The UK alone grossed more than $10 million, with Australia at $4.2 million and Mexico adding $2.7 million to the cash box.

The slow rollout of Sicario appears to have worked well, with its first weekend in wide release coming out on the high side of tracking. It’s taken a similar approach internationally and banked roughly $5 million in its first two weeks. It also tilted slightly male at 55% and also attracted an older audience with 82% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

The Walk paled beside Everest’s strategy of opening initially in exclusive 3D and large format venues prior to its wide release. The tightrope tale previously essayed in the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire also jumped the weekend with a Wednesday launch that generated $422,000 in two days.

Weekend (estimates) October 2 – 4, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Martian Fox 54.4 (14,200) NEW 3831 54.4
Hotel Transylvania Sony 33.7 (8,980) -30% 3754 91.3
Sicario Lionsgate 11.7 (4,470) 582% 2620 14.7
The Intern WB 11.6 (3,490) -35% 3320 36.5
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 7.7 (2,310) -46% 3319 63.3
Black Mass WB 5.9 (2,120) -47% 2768 52.5
Everest Uni 5.5 (1,820) -58% 3009 33.2
The Visit Uni 3.9 (1,710) -41% 2296 57.7
War Room Sony 2.8 (1,590) -34% 1746 60.5
The Perfect Guy Sony 2.4 (1,740) -50% 1364 52.6
The Walk Sony 1.5 (3,440) NEW 448 2
The Green Inferno Focus 1.3 (820) -64% 1543 5.9
Singh is Bling Eros .50 (3,550) NEW 140 0.5
Pixels Sony .45 (1,360) -42% 331 77.8
A Walk in the Woods Broad Green/eOne .44 (790) -60% 553 28.4
Grandma Sony Classis .40 (1,270) -48% 315 5.9
Pawn Sacrifice Bleecker Street .37 (560) -63% 671 2.1
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par .32 (860) -64% 377 194.1
Etiquette for Mistress ABS .31 (4,260) NEW 73 0.31
Minions Uni .31 (1,160) -30% 265 333.9
Lost in Hong Kong Well Go .29 (8,670) -47% 33 1
Jurassic World Uni .28 (1,090) -29% 254 650.8
Straight Outta Compton Uni .24 (860) -63% 281 160.7
Inside Out BV .24 (950) -35% 249 353.8
Puli ATMUS .23 (2,010) NEW 117 0.34
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $142.90
% Change (Last Year) 0%
% Change (Last Week) 8%
Also debuting/expanding
Sleeping with Other People IFC .19 (480) 58% 392 0.61
Meet the Patels Alchemy .16 (2,070) -20% 78 0.72
Talvar Big Pictures .15 (2,890) 51 0.15
Veteran CJ .13 (4,260) -41% 31 1.1
Paul a Quebec Remstar .11 (2,470) -13% 45 0.64
99 Homes Broad Green .10 (5,480) 224% 19 0.15
Learning to Drive Broad Green/SEF .10 (900) -44% 115 3.2
Hell & Back FreeStyle 0.10 (250) 412 0.1
Coming Home Sony Classics 58,200 (1,060) 85% 55 0.2
He Named Me Malala Fox Searchlight 57,100 (19,270) 4 0.06
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution PBS 48,900 (4,080) 4% 12 0.3
Saving Mr. Wu United Entertainment 41,700 (1,810) 23 0.04
Freeheld Lionsgate 38,300 (7,660) 5 0.04
Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre Seville 36,400 (5,200) 7 0.04
Shivam iDream 28,400 (360) 79 0.03
Shanghai Weinstein Co, 24,800 (330) 75 0.02
Labyrinth of Lies Sony Classics 20,500 (6,830) 3 0.02
Marie Montez: The Movie Escencia 16,400 (5,470) 3 0.02
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi Kino 18,300 (9,150) 2 0.02
This Changes Everything Abramorama 10,100 (10,100) 1 0.01
Northern Soul FreeStyle 8,100 (810) 10 0.01
Going Away Cohen Media 7,800 (7,800) 1 0.01
Shout Gladi Gladi Intl Film Circuit 4,700 (2,350) 2 0.01
The Creeping Garden 108 Media 4,400 (4,400) 1 0.01
Addicted to Fresno Gravitas 3,900 (4,320) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 1, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (18) 2270.4 27.40%
Buena Vista (12) 1442.3 17.40%
Warner Bros. (25) 1337.4 16.10%
20th Century Fox (18) 832.5 10.10%
Paramount (10) 563.3 6.80%
Sony (15) 491.3 5.90%
Weinstein Co. (16) 269.8 3.30%
Lionsgate (16) 256.7 3.10%
Focus (11) 111.8 1.30%
Fox Searchlight (7) 95.4 1.20%
Relativity/Europa (7) 85.8 1.00%
Sony Classics (19) 57.4 0.70%
A24 (7) 46.7 0.60%
Open Road (5) 40.2 0.50%
STX (1) 40.1 0.50%
Other * (291) 341.2 4.10%
8282.3 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – October 1, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 650,539,750
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 458,950,552
Furious 7 Uni 353,125,507
Inside Out BV 353,612,737
American Sniper * WB 348,797,073
Minions Uni 333,600,540
Cinderella BV 201,151,353
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 193,776,369
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 184,446,466
Ant-Man BV 178,353,078
Home Fox 177,397,510
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 166,248,790
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 163,553,869
Straight Outta Compton Uni 160,428,420
San Andreas WB 155,109,168
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 153,636,354
Insurgent Lionsgate 130,382,906
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 128,261,724
Spy Fox 110,813,615
Trainwreck Uni 109,831,915
* 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