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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Martian rose back to the top of weekend viewing with an estimated $15.9 million that was roughly $500k better than last frame’x leader Goosebumps.

The string of newcomers looked a lot like a late August onslaught. Best of the bunch was The Last Witch Hunter, with $10.7 million and fourth in the lineup. Also chilling was Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension at $8.1 million. The really big chill was encountered by Afghan war satire Rock the Kasbah and the TV-inspired musical Jem and the Holograms that opened respectively to $1.4 million and $1.3 million.

Exclusive debs were dominated with vote-getting Suffragette bringing out $74,300 at four locations. Room added 19 playdates and maintained a strong hold while Steve Jobs went wide and revealed its limitations.

Holidays in India also saw a raft of new entries. Top grossers included Hindi Shaanaar with $420,000 and Telugu Kanche, grossing $321,000. Also tepid was Filipino Must Date the Playboy with a $98,400 tally at 65 sites. In Canada, acclaimed drama Remember had an OK start of $92,300 from 35 mementos.

Session revenues were just shy of $110 million. The absence of strong new titles saw the marketplace ebb 14% from the prior weekend and erode 10% from the 2014 period. Twelve months earlier the opening salvos of Ouija and John Wick led with $19.9 million and $14.4 million openers.

Pundits had predicted The Last Witch Hunter to dominate the weekend with estimates in the range of $18 million to $20 million. Studio exit demos identified the crowd as evenly split among the sexes with 67% of the audience aged 25 and older.

In what’s been billed as the last chapter of the ridiculously successful Paranormal Activity franchise, The Ghost Dimension was also over-anticipated with expectations in the low teens. It also bowed internationally where it proved more potent with an estimated $18 million topped by a $2.3 million debut in Mexico. The domestic demos tilted 53% male with 51% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The film’s producer, Jason Blum, was also behind Jem and the Holograms that despite its ultra-low budget may wind up as his first box office failure.

Meanwhile the international marketplace is salivating over tomorrow’s launch of 007 in Spectre two weeks ahead of its American bow. It’s expected to rival the prior Skyfall in appeal, which wound up grossing more than $1 billion overseas.

Weekend (estimates) October 23 – 25, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Martian Fox 15.9 (4,530) -25% 3504 166.3
Goosebumps Sony 15.4 (4,410) -35% 3501 43.6
Bridge of Spies BV 11.4 (4,070) -26% 2811 32.6
The Last Witch Hunter Lionsgate 10.7 (3,480) NEW 3082 10.7
Hotel Transylvania Sony 9.0 (2,840) -29% 3154 148.3
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Par 8.1 (4,910) NEW 1656 8.1
Steve Jobs Uni 7.3 (2,910) 380% 2493 10
Crimson Peak Uni 5.5 (1,850) -58% 2991 22.4
The Intern WB 3.9 (1,880) -29% 2061 64.7
Sicario Lionsgate 2.9 (2,020) -36% 1448 39.4
Woodlawn Pure Flix 2.5 (1,710) -37% 1475 7.9
Pan WB 2.5 (1,300) -57% 1944 29.8
Rock the Kasbah Open Road 1.4 (710) NEW 2012 1.4
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Fox 1.4 (1,400) -51% 1008 77.7
Jem and the Holograms Uni 1.3 (540) NEW 2413 1.3
Black Mass WB .60 (1,300) -53% 458 61.3
Everest Uni .55 (1,380) -54% 400 41.8
The Visit Uni .54 (1,060) -53% 508 63.9
War Room Sony/Tricord .51 (1,130) -45% 449 66.3
Shaandaar Fox Intl .42 (3,070) NEW 136 0
Kanche Absolute .32 (2,410) NEW 133 0.44
The Perfect Guy Sony .29 (1,140) -69% 255 56.3
Inside Out BV .27 (1,040) -27% 256 355.3
Room A24 .25 (10,780) 110% 23 0.4
Ant-Man BV .23 (1,180) 209% 192 179
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $101.40
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -14%
Also debuting/expanding
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Prime Media .18 (4,660) 38 0.21
Shareek White Hill .14 (4,450) 31 0.14
Goodbye Mr. Loser China Lion .13 (3,770) -63% 34 1.1
Meet the Patels Alchemy .13 (1,560) 1% 82 1.3
Truth Sony Classics .12 (6,460) 75% 18 0.21
Must Date the Playboy ABS .10 (1,510) 65 0.1
Remember eOne 92,300 (2,640) 35 0.09
Labyrinth of Lies Sony Classics 91,800 (1,410) 26% 65 0.33
Grandma Sony Classics 88,700 (870) -30% 102 6.6
Suffragette Focus 74,300 (18,570) 4 0.07
The Assassin Well Go 63,100 (3,050) 32% 21 0.13
10 Endrathukulla ATMUS 35,500 (520) 68 0.04
Bone Tomahawk Image Ent. 23,100 (1,540) 15 0.02
I Smile Back Broad Green 15,600 (7,800) 2 0.02
Heart of a Dog Abramorama 12,700 (12,700) 1 0.01
Nasty Baby Orchard 7,700 (2,570) 3 0.01
Extraordinary Tales Gkids 7,000 (640) 11 0.01
Anna Seville 6,500 (1,300) 5 0.01
The Pearl Button Kino 5,600 (2,800) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 22, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (20) 2316 26.30%
Buena Vista (13) 1465.5 16.60%
Warner Bros. (26) 1415.6 16.10%
20th Century Fox (19) 1003.9 11.40%
Sony (16) 624.3 7.10%
Paramount (10) 564.6 6.40%
Lionsgate (18) 293.5 3.30%
Weinstein Co. (16) 269.7 3.10%
Focus (11) 114.4 1.30%
Fox Searchlight (8) 97.3 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 85.9 1.00%
Sony Classics (21) 59.1 0.65%
A24 (9) 47.1 0.55%
Open Road (5) 40.2 0.45%
STX (1) 40.2 0.45%
Other * (316) 365.3 4.20%
8802.6 100%
* 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