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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The dust won’t settle until tomorrow but today’s estimates give the slightest of edges for bragging rights to the Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss. Its weekend debut is $23.5 million while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is sitting at $23.4 million. The only other wide opener, Hardcore Henry, ran down a disappointing $5 million.

In limited wide, offbeat drama Demolition bowed with a soft $1.1 million. In the niches, Hindi Sardar Gabbar Singh had a $461,000 weekend following a potent Thursday launch of $620,000. Meanwhile in Québec, Les Visiteurs: La Revolution opened day-and-date with France to an OK $84,000. The 1993 original remains the second biggest French hit on home turf.

Best of the exclusive bows was the U.S. indie thriller The Invitation that won best film at the prestigious Sitges festival last year. It grossed $53,400 from six sitdowns. Expansions this weekend included good response for slow rollouts of Everybody Wants Some!! and Miles Ahead and limp results for the ramped-up break out of Midnight Special.

Grosses for the frame topped $105 million, ebbing 20% from seven days earlier tally. It was a steeper 31% decline from 2015 when the second weekend of Furious 7 led with $59.6 million and top newcomer The Longest Ride took $13 million.

While The Boss wasn’t in the same league of Spy or The Heat, it was expected to provide strong competition for BvS with top end predictions of $20 million. Despite generally withering reviews its core audience dined on the broad comedy and out-performed expatiations. The film tilted 67% female with 41% of the audience aged between 17 and 34-years old; an additional 49% were aged 35-years and older.

The Boss grossed an additional $1 million from eight secondary foreign territories including Serbia, Hungary and Lebanon. But the big noise overseas (apart from the continuing push of Batman v Superman) were advance debuts of The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. The mixed media version of the Kipling classics bowed in 12 territories for better than the bear necessities of $29 million. Its $7.6 million debut in India was the second biggest bow ever for a non-local movie with Russia providing a potent $6 million gross. The Huntsman got a head start in 18 overseas locales including top spots in the UK, Mexico and Hong Kong and an overall estimate of $20 million.

Stateside, first-person POV Hardcore Henry fell short of tracking that anticipated an $8-$10 million start. Targeted at the gamer crowd with its offbeat visual sensibility it tilted 76% male with its core 17-to-34-year old demographic comprising 67% of the audience.

Weekend (estimates) April 8 – 10, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Boss Uni 23.5 (6,740) NEW 3480 23.5
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 23.4 (5,700) -54% 4102 296.6
Zootopia BV 14.4 (4,190) -25% 3444 296.1
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Uni 6.4 (2,110) -43% 3027 46.7
Hardcore Henry STX 5.0 (1,670) NEW 3015 5
Miracles from Heaven Sony 4.8 (1,720) -34% 2783 53.8
God’s Not Dead 2 Pure Flix 4.0 (1,670) -48% 2379 13.8
Allegiant Lionsgate 3.6 (1,430) -38% 2503 61.8
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 2.9 (2,640) -28% 1089 10.5
10 Cloverfield Lane Par 2.9 (1,550) -36% 1886 67.9
Deadpool Fox 2.1 (1,440) -40% 1435 358.4
Meet the Blacks FreeStyle 2.1 (2,100) -48% 1007 7.4
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 1.6 (1,600) -34% 979 9.3
Demolition Fox Searchlight 1.1 (1,310) NEW 854 1.1
Midnight Special WB 1.1 (2,310) 107% 493 2.3
London Has Fallen Focus/VVS .89 (970) -53% 914 60.7
Everybody Wants Some!! Par .51 (8,130) 64% 63 0.98
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox .46 (1,360) -11% 341 141
Sardar Gabbar Singh Eros .46 (2,880) NEW 160 1.1
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV .36 (1,050) -47% 346 935.5
I Saw the Light Sony Classics .30 (540) -56% 548 1.3
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Par .25 (890) -52% 277 22.7
Chongqing Hot Pot China Lion .23 (5,040) 15% 46 0.52
The Revenant Fox .23 (800) -23% 286 183
Miles Ahead Sony Classics .22 (8,760) 91% 25 0.37
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $100.30
% Change (Last Year) -31%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Born to Be Blue IFC/eOne .11 (2,060) 5% 52 0.44
Saturday’s Warrior Purdie .10 (3,680) 7% 28 0.3
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 93,600 (900) -33% 104 9.6
Les Visiteurs: La Revolution A-Z Films 84,200 (2,050) 42 0.08
Marguerite Cohen Media 68,700 (1,860) -7% 37 0.33
The Invitation Drafthouse 53,400 (8,900) 6 0.05
Embrace of the Serpent Oscillosope/Raven 49,300 (1,300) -40% 38 1.2
High Strung Paladin 41,500 (420) 100 0.04
Mr. Right Focus 24,300 (690) 35 0.02
Louder Than Bombs Orchard 19,300 (4,820) 4 0.02
Saka: The Martyrs of Nankana Sahib Hot Ice 14,100 (880) 16 0.01
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt Zeitgeist 11,400 (11,400) 1 0.01
One More Time Starz 9,100 (450) 20 0.01
Neon Bull Kino 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
The Saver EyeSteel 4,100 (1,370) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – April 7, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (10) 760.5 25.50%
Buena Vista (5) 606.6 20.30%
Warner Bros. (8) 347.7 11.70%
Paramount (8) 305.3 10.20%
Universal (7) 201.9 6.80%
Lionsgate (10) 181.5 6.10%
Sony (11) 162.8 5.50%
Focus (5) 112.1 3.80%
Weinstein Co. (6) 51.5 1.70%
Open Road (3) 40.4 1.30%
STX (2) 34 1.10%
A24 (4) 32.3 1.10%
Fox Searchlight (2) 15.2 0.50%
Other * (122) 131.7 4.40%
2809 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