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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 sealed the hat trick atop weekend movie going with an estimated $18.5 million. Christmas-themed horror Krampus slotted second with a better than anticipated $16 million debut. The first December weekend is traditionally one of the slowest of the calendar and 2015 was no exception with most films dropping by half. Still, early estimates could well make it the best-grossing in history for this particular three-day.

The session also saw a limited launch for the Mother Teresa bio The Letters with more prayer than hope at $712,000. Considerably better was the maiden theatrical effort of Amazon Studios, Spike Lee’s modernized Lysistrata, Chi-Raq, with a $1.2 million gross at 305 venues.

In the niches Indian imports were soft with the Telugu Shankarabaranam grossing $40,500 and the Hindi Judge Singh LLB trailing with $26,300. The Filipino A Second Chance scored a potent $513,000 while the Chinese Fall in Love Like a Star had a decent opener of $133,000. Brit A Royal Night Out set on V-E Day stumbled with $101,000.

Exclusive freshmen saw award contender titles strongest including the Cannes premiered Youth with $78,800 from four screens, the Bard’s Macbeth (aka The Scottish play) grossing $66,300 at five venues and the Hitchcock/Truffaut doc with $28,700 from four playdates.

Overall business for the frame looks to be just shy of $100 million for a 47% decline from seven days prior. It was also a 28% improvement from 2014 when the initial Hunger Games: Mockingjay led with $22 million.

 

Expectations for Krampus were in the low teens that suggested a fourth place finish in the lineup. It wound up the weekend bridesmaid with second weekend biz for last weekend debs Creed and The Last Dinosaur a modicum less potent than initial projections. The slightly raffish seasonal horror tale saw an even split between the sexes with 51% of the audience aged 21-years and younger per studio exit demos. It also bowed in 24 foreign markets with an estimated $3.3 million. The character apparently is of Austrian origin … like Beethoven.

 

Getting a jump on its domestic debut the whaling saga In the Heart of the Sea launched in 38 international markets on Thursday. Opening day estimate was a ship-shape $2.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) December 4 – 6, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 18.5 (4,540) -64% 4086 227
Krampus Uni 16.0 (5,500) NEW 2902 16
Creed WB 15.2 (4,440) -49% 3424 64.8
The Good Dinosaur BV 15.1 (4,040) -61% 3749 75.6
Spectre Sony 5.4 (1,910) -58% 2840 184.5
The Night Before Sony 4.9 (1,760) -41% 2794 32
The Peanuts Movie Fox 3.5 (1,210) -63% 2917 121.4
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 2.9 (2,970) -34% 980 16.6
Brooklyn Fox Searchlight/Mongrel 2.5 (2,730) -37% 906 11.3
The Secret in Their Eyes STX/eOne 1.9 (880) -57% 2147 17.2
The Martian Fox 1.6 (1,390) -51% 1140 220.8
Love the Coopers CBS/eOne 1.5 (900) -52% 1639 22.7
Chi-Raq Roadside 1.2 (3,840) NEW 305 1.2
Trumbo Bleecker Street 1.0 (1,490) -39% 660 4.2
The Letters FreeStyle .71 (800) NEW 886 0.71
Bridge of Spies BV .70 (1,300) -49% 536 68.6
Victor Frankenstein Fox .68 (240) -72% 2797 5
A Second Chance ABS .51 (6,410) NEW 80 0.51
Tamasha UTV .34 (2,110) -67% 160 2
Legend Uni .26 (4,250) -13% 61 0.9
Goosebumps Sony .25 (580) -66% 433 78
La Guerre des tuques Seville .21 (3,250) -29% 65 2
Room A24 .20 (1,140) -38% 175 3.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $93.80
% Change (Last Year) 28%
% Change (Last Week) -47%
Also debuting/expanding
Suffragette Focus .15 (770) -44% 193 4.3
Carol Weinstein Co. .14 (36,020) -27% 4 0.81
Fall in Love Like a Star China Lion .13 (3,700) 36 0.13
The Danish Girl Focus .10 (26.050) -44% 4 0.35
A Royal Night Out Atlas/eOne .10 (600) 168 0.1
Youth Fox Searchlight 78,800 (19,700) 4 0.08
Our Times Media Asia 77,800 (4,580) -54% 17 0.75
Macbeth Weinstein Co. 66,300 (13,260) 5 0.07
Janis: Little Girl Blue FilmRise 58,300 (2,430) 167% 24 0.09
The Priests CJ 49,600 (3,820) 117% 13 0.08
Christmas Eve KEB 47,800 (1,230) 39 0.05
Shankarabaranam SkyHigh 40,500 (490) 82 0.04
Hitchcock/Truffaut Cohen Media 28,700 (7,180) 4 0.03
Judge Singh LLB Viva 26,300 (1,050) 25 0.03
She Remembers, He Forgets Media Asia 12,200 (1,020) 12 0.01
Life Cinedigm 7,100 (470) 15 0.01
Night Owls Orion 4,900 (610) 8 0.01
The World of Kanako Drafthouse 4,600 (660) 7 0.01
MI-5 Saban 4,100 (410) 10 0.01
The Wannabees Orion 3,900 (300) 13 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 3, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (23) 2355.1 23.70%
Buena Vista (14) 1575.3 15.90%
Warner Bros. (29) 1506.6 15.20%
20th Century Fox (21) 1199.9 12.10%
Sony (18) 911.7 9.20%
Paramount (12) 586.9 5.90%
Lionsgate (20) 539.4 5.40%
Weinstein Co. (18) 285.5 2.90%
Focus (13) 119.9 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (9) 106.7 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.90%
Sony Classics (21) 62.4 0.60%
Open Road (7) 55.9 0.55%
STX (2) 54.7 0.55%
CBS (2) 53.6 0.55%
A24 (9) 49.7 0.50%
Other * (359) 372.7 3.75%
9922 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Dec. 3, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 17,737,636
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 13,705,697
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 12,556,192
Baahubali Blue Sky 9,329,136
Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate 9,080,818
Brooklyn Searchlight/Mongrel 8,780,023
Amy A24/Mongrel 8,399,491
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F FUNimation 8,369,893
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros 8,185,833
While We’re Young A24/Elevation 7,590,951
Whiplash * Sony Classics 7,543,077
I’ll See You in My Dreams Bleecker St/Elevation 7,449,681
Inherent Vice * WB 7,025,247
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Fox Searchlight 6,758,416
Danny Collins Bleecker Street/Elevation 5,649,253
Foxcatcher * Sony Classics 5,399,596
90 Minutes in Heaven IDP 4,842,699
True Story Fox Searchlight 4,719,695
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Fox Intl 4,364,639
The Water Diviner WB/eOne 4,209,762
* does not include 2014 box office

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Danny says:

    Actually, Beethoven is of German origin (born in Bonn). Although he did die in Vienna.

    There’s an old joke that states that Austrians would have the world believe that Beethoven was Austrian and Hitler was German…

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