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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Kid-lit staple Goosebumps made the big-screen translation well as it scared up an estimated $23.4 million. However, it and the frames other two national newcomers all fell below expectations. Cold War drama Bridge of Spies slotted third with $15.3 million while Gothic chiller Crimson Peak grossed $12.8 million. Shy of a field goal was the inspirational sports drama Woodlawn with $3.9 million.

 

In a fiercely competitive exclusive field, the battlefield casualties included African boy soldier-saga Beasts of No Nation with $52,100 from 31 skirmishes, while also preem-streaming on Netflix. More encouraging were the newsroom drama Truth with $67,700 (six screens) and Taiwanese Oscar submission The Assassin grossing $47,300 (fourscreens). Hostage tale Room emerged as a contender with a $121,000 tally from four confinements.

In the niches ,the Hindi Bruce Lee – The Fighter bowed on the soft side with $422,000 as did Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 with a $102,000 tally. In Canada the critically acclaimed The Beeba Boys, about violent Vancouver Sikh gangs, also disappoint with $61,600 from 41 sites. The frame also saw an effective expansion of Steve Jobs and a super hold for the Chinese Goodbye Mr. Loser.

Weekend revenues surpassed $120 million for a slight 2% improvement from seven days back.. It was nonetheless 7% off the 2014 pace when Fury bowed to $23.7 million with the launch of The Book of Life grossing $17 million.

R.L. Stine’s longrunning series Goosebumps previously inspired a successful animated TV series. The not-that-intense tales of terror were positioned as a franchise property and its built-in popularity had pundits predicting a launch of $28-$30 million. Its audience was split evenly by gender with 59% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. Sixty percent were identified as families.

The question hovering over Bridge of Spies was whether the story of the exchange between Russian spy Rudolph Abel and U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers would hold interest for a contemporary crowd. That kept expectations modest with a high end of $18 million. It definitely skewed older with 88% of ticket buyers aged 25-years and older. It also skewed slight male at 53%.

Combining gothic horror and Bronte-esque romance Crimson Peak was tracking to do $14 million to $15 million. It appeared to connect with its core crowd without drawing in a lot of fresh eyes. The audience was 60% female with 55% aged 25-years and older. It also opened in 55 international territories to an estimated $13.5 million with Russia providing $2.5 million and the UK another $1.5 million.

Following a stellar summer, the fall has been on the soft side save for the potency of The Martian. The few awards consideration titles to date have failed to spark the kind of enthusiasm that translates into plaques and statuettes. But there’s still ample time.

Weekend (estimates) October 16 – 18, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Goosebumps Sony 23.4 (6,690) NEW 3501 23.4
The Martian Fox 21.6 (5,840) -42% 3701 143.9
Bridge of Spies BV 15.3 (5,440) NEW 2811 15.3
Crimson Peak Uni 12.8 (4,290) NEW 2984 12.8
Hotel Transylvania Sony 12.3 (3,490) -40% 3533 136.5
Pan WB 5.8 (1,660) -62% 3515 25.7
The Intern WB 5.4 (1,990) -38% 2707 58.7
Sicario Lionsgate 4.5 (2,130) -40% 2130 34.7
Woodlawn Pure Flix 3.9 (2,530) NEW 1553 3.9
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 2.8 (1,430) -48% 1967 75.5
Steve Jobs Uni 1.5 (25,660) 195% 60 2.2
Black Mass WB 1.3 (1,190) -59% 1005 60.2
The Walk Sony 1.2 (470) -68% 2489 9.2
Everest Uni 1.2 (1,220) -62% 950 40.7
The Visit Uni 1.1 (1,060) -55% 1068 63
War Room Sony .91 (1,140) -51% 799 65.4
Ladrones Lionsgate .69 (1,840) -51% 375 2.5
The Perfect Guy Sony .60 (1,230) -58% 485 55.8
Bruce Lee – The Fighter Great India .42 (2,020) NEW 211 0.74
Goodbye Mr. Loser China Lion .37 (16,770) 1% 22 0.93
Inside Out BV .37 (1,340) -16% 276 354.9
He Named Me Malala Fox Searchlight .33 (700) -52% 477 1.5
Minions Uni .23 (950) -5% 243 334.5
Jurassic World Uni .21 (1,020) -2% 202 651.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $116.30
% Change (Last Year) -7%
% Change (Last Week) 2%
Also debuting/expanding
Hyena Road Elevation .17 (1,010) -43% 166 0.7
Meet the Patels Alchemy .14 (1,460) -16% 97 1.2
Freeheld Lionsgate .13 (900) 42% 148 0.32
99 Homes Broad Green 13 (380) -80% 347 1.3
Grandma Sony Classics .13 (970) -43% 136 6.5
Room A24 .12 (30,270) 4 0.12
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 Big Pictures .10 (2,090) 49 0.1
Labyrinth of Lies Sony Classics 72,800 (1,580) 34% 46 0.19
Truth Sony Classics 67,700 (11,280) 6 0.07
Beeba Boys Mongrel 61,600 (1,500) 41 0.06
The Throne CJ 62,500 (3,910) 206% 16 0.1
Beasts of No Nation Bleecker Street 52,100 (1,680) 31 0.05
The Assassin Well Go 47,300 (11,820) 4 0.05
All Things Must Pass Gravitas 18,800 (9,400) 2 0.02
A Ballerina’s Tale Sundance 11,400 (5,700) 2 0.01
Meadowland Cindigm 11,100 (3,700) 3 0.01
Thao’s Library Arc Entertainment 8,800 (440) 20 0.01
Experimenter Magnolia 8,400 (2,800) 3 0.01
Tales of Halloween Alebrije 7,800 (870) 9 0.01
The Amazing Nina Simone Re-emerging 3,200 (1,600) 2 0.01
Tab Hunter Confidential Film Collaborative 2,900 (2900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 15, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (19) 2293.3 26.50%
Buena Vista (12) 1443.7 16.70%
Warner Bros. (26) 1398.8 16.20%
20th Century Fox (19) 972.1 11.30%
Sony (15) 578.1 6.70%
Paramount (10) 564.3 6.50%
Lionsgate (18) 286.2 3.30%
Weinstein Co. (16) 270.5 3.10%
Focus (11) 114.3 1.30%
Fox Searchlight (8) 96.6 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 85.9 1.00%
Sony Classics (20) 58.6 0.70%
A24 (8) 46.9 0.55%
Open Road (5) 40.2 0.45%
STX (1) 40.2 0.45%
Other * (305) 354.3 4.10%
8644 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – October 15, 2015)
Title Distributor Box Office
Jurrasic World Uni 1,665,004,262
Furious 7 Uni 1,515,166,158
Avengers: Age of Ultron BV 1,404,649,117
Minions Uni 1,150,127,539
Inside Out BV 827,386,073
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Par 680,655,893
Fifty Shades of Grey Uni 570,536,817
American Sniper WB 549,569,608
Cinderella BV 542,013,849
San Andreas WB 494,414,787
Terminator Ganysis Par 440,329,877
Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox 413,301,116
Ant-Man BV 410,908,648
Monster Hunt Edko 395,653,235
Home Fox; DmWks 385,085,573
Mad Max: Fury Road WB 381,034,329
Taken 3 Fox; Europa 328,171,749
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies * WB 324,095,379
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par 314,647,753
Big Hero 6 * BV 307,976,246
Insurgent Lionsgate 293,086,775
Pitch Perfect 2 Uni 286,746,356
The Martian Fox 251,387,551
Lost in Hong Kong Enlight 249,264,470
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 241,878,719
* 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