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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated holiday moviegoing with a second weekend estimated at $154.6 million. A quartet of Christmas Day releases favored comedy Daddy’s Home, ranking second with $38.7 million. Also strong was bio-ish Joy at $17.3 million while hardhitting Concussion and action remake Point Break got lost in the crush of holiday options with respective bows of $10.9 million and $9.9 million.

The 70mm exclusive 100-screen launch of The Hateful Eight arrived with both barrels blazing and a $4.5 million bounty.

In the niches, Telugu Bhale Manhi Roju bowed with an OK $80,300, andFilipino Beautie and the Beastie grossed $126,000. More potent was the Chinese Mr. Six with $282,000 from 30 engagements.

Exclusives pushing to get in under the wire for award consideration included a strong showing for marital challenge 45 Years of $60,800 from three engagements and a near-capacity $466,000 return for the immersive The Revenant at four ravines.

Session revenues topped $300 million and flickered downward 4% from last weekend’s Awakening. It was an eye-popping 45% jump from 2014 when the second weekend of The Hobbit finale grossed $40.9 million and newcomers Into the Woods and Unbroken followed with $31 million and $30.6 million respectively.

Noel accounting for taste as the silliness of Daddy’s Home (and the solid hold of Sisters) provided cheap laughs. Studio exit polls identified the crowd as 52% male and 61% aged 25 and older.

The offbeat Joy and The Big Short went wide, mitigating challenging material with appealing casts. Joy’s audience was 66% female with 77% aged 25-and-older while Short skewed 52% male and was 86% aged 25-and-older.

Concussion, the season’s sober-sided offering, was not a first choice for filmgoers. But award consideration should provide good ground movement through the holiday and award season. Will Smith’s past popularity contributed to a 50/50 audience gender split and a crowd that was 62% aged 25-years and older.

Point Break, based on Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 camp favorite, opened three weeks ago in Asia where it’s grossed almost $50 million, including about $38 million in China. Domestically, the surf is rougher, attracting a 56% male crowd with 67% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Christmas weekend also brought the news of the death of iconic cinematography-filmmaker and family friend Haskell Wexler. His passing leaves a void that will not be filled.

Weekend (estimates) December 25 – 27, 2015
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV 154.6 (37.400) -38% 4134 545.7
Daddy’s Home Par 38.7 (11,840) NEW 3271 38.7
Joy Fox 17.3 (5,800) NEW 2986 17.3
Sisters Uni 13.9 (4,680) 0% 2962 37.1
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Fox 12.6 (3,470) -12% 3705 39.3
Concussion Sony 10.9 (3,830) NEW 2841 10.9
The Big Short Par 10.4 (6,590) 2662% 1585 15.9
Point Break WB 9.9 (3,410) NEW 2910 9.9
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Lionsgate 5.2 (2,890) -8% 1813 264.6
Creed WB 4.5 (2,990) -9% 1518 96.3
The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. 4.5 (44,490) NEW 100 4.5
The Good Dinosaur BV 3.6 (1,700) -17% 2134 105.2
Krampus Uni 2.2 (1,930) -46% 1152 40.5
The Danish Girl Focus 1.5 (3,390) 172% 440 3.2
Bajirao Mastani Eros 1.5 (6,140) -15% 243 4.4
Carol Weinstein Co. 1.1 (5,980) 363% 179 2.8
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 1.1 ((2,210) -26% 480 24.8
Brooklyn FxSearch/Mongrel 1.0 (3,400) -17% 288 18.3
In the Heart of the Sea WB 1.0 (1,430) -72% 685 22.3
Dilwale UTV .94 (3,550) -51% 265 3.9
Spectre Sony .88 (2,360) -39% 372 196.3
The Martian Fox .48 (1,718) 6% 279 224.8
The Revenant Fox .47 (116,520) NEW 4 0.47
The Peanuts Movie Fox .46 (1,290) -14% 359 127.6
Youth Fox Searchlight .34 (2,300) 42% 149 1
Mr. Six China Lion .28 (9,400) NEW 30 0.37
Mojin: The Lost Legend Well Go .22 (9,250) -8% 24 0.88
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $297.80
% Change (Last Year) 45%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Trumbo Bleecker Street .17 (1,460) -59% 116 6.7
Beauty and the Beastie ABS .13 (3,080) 41 0.13
Bhale Manchi Roju 70mm Ent. 80,300 (3,210) 25 0.08
Room A24 66,800 (760) -63% 88 4.7
45 Years IFC 60,800 (20,270) 3 0.06
The Himalayas CJ 47,200 (19,070) 240% 3 0.08
Surprise – Journey to the West Media Asia 44,500 (3,420) -68% 13 0.28
Macbeth Weinstein Co. 41,700 (1,390) -69% 30 0.78
Son of Saul Sony Classics 32,400 (8,100) -15% 4 0.1
Soukyam Isha 6,700 (200) 33 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 20, 2015) *
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (25) 2405.3 23.00%
Buena Vista (15) 1861.7 17.80%
Warner Bros. (30) 1565 14.90%
20th Century Fox (22) 1229 11.70%
Sony (18) 942.5 9.00%
Paramount (13) 588.3 5.60%
Lionsgate (20) 586.1 5.60%
Weinstein Co. (19) 287.1 2.70%
Focus (13) 120.5 1.20%
Fox Searchlight (10) 114.5 1.10%
Relativity/Europa (7) 86 0.80%
Open Road (7) 64.1 0.60%
Sony Classics (21) 62.5 0.60%
STX (2) 59.1 0.55%
CBS (2) 57.6 0.55%
A24 (9) 50.6 0.50%
Other * (382) 394.1 3.80%
10474 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Dec. 20, 2015) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Spotlight Open Road/eOne 22,803,219
Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions 17,737,636
Brooklyn Searchlight/Mongrel 16,495,006
Love & Mercy Roadside Attract/eOne 12,556,192
Baahubali Blue Sky 9,329,136
Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Lionsgate 9,080,818
Amy A24/Mongrel 8,406,687
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
Trumbo Bleecker St/eOne 6,270,123
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
Suffragette Focus 4,612,137
* 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