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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

It was the proverbial case of “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice took a hard hit but nonetheless emerged as the top choice in the marketplace with an estimated $52.3 million. The only new national release was faith-targeted God’s Not Dead 2 that kneeled at fourth with a disappointing $7.7 million.

In limited wide, Purge-spoofing Meet the Blacks connected with its audience with $3.9 million. Exclusive newcomers included an excellent start of $119,000 at four gigs for jazz portrait Miles Ahead and an encouraging $317,000 (19 screens) for the college daze Everybody Wants Some!! Also encouraging were the family crisis Saturday’s Warrior with $118,000 from nine engagements and a single-screen tally of $24,500 for the Tribeca outcast anti-vaccination argument Vaxxed. Indian imports saw good response for Hindi Ki & Ka of $461,000 and a dismal $26,800 for Telugu Savitri. Chongqing Hot Pot from China grossed a spicy $192,000.

The session also featured several major expansions. Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light added 736 playdates and hit a sour note of $727,000 while the unsparing drone of Eye in the Sky maintained its niche appeal with a $4 million frame.

Weekend revenues generated about $132 million and abated 49% from the immediate prior frame. It was a comparable 42% decline from 2015 when the launch of Furious 7 debuted to $147.2 million or more the entire tally of the current 3-day period.

Spit-ballers were projecting Batman v. Superman’s second weekend fate with declines of about 60% and an eventual domestic gross of more than $350 million. It’s now expected to take a 69% hit in North America and, based upon international projections of $137 million, a considerably more buoyant 40% drop overseas. The current $680 million global gross likely means it will fall short of $1 billion worldwide theatrically but still generate enough dough to justify DC’s ambitious movie plans.

While God’s Not Dead 2 bowed just 17% off the pace of its 2014 inspiration, tracking had estimated the sequel’s opening strength at $10-$12 million. The original went on to $60 million.

Weekend (estimates) April 1 – 3, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 52.3 (12,290) -69% 4256 261.4
Zootopia BV 19.9 (5,390) -17% 3698 275.9
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Uni 11.1 (3,490) -38% 3179 36.5
God’s Not Dead 2 Pure Flix 7.7 (3,200) NEW 2320 7.7
Miracles from Heaven Sony 7.5 (2,380) -23% 3155 46.8
Allegiant Lionsgate 5.7 (1,880) -40% 3018 56.3
10 Cloverfield Lane Par 4.7 (1,880) -20% 2511 63.5
Eye in the Sky Bleecker Street 4.0 (3,900) 331% 1029 6.1
Meet the Blacks FreeStyle 3.9 (3,870) NEW 1014 3.9
Deadpool Fox 3.5 (1,790) -28% 1968 355.1
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 2.3 (2,400) 39% 964 6.6
London Has Fallen Focus/VVS 1.9 (1,250) -38% 1510 59.1
I Saw the Light Sony Classics .73 (980) 1499% 741 0.8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV .71 (1,540) -13% 462 934.9
Midnight Special WB .57 (9,860) 472% 58 1
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Par .53 (620) -41% 847 22.3
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox .51 (1,290) -9% 396 140.3
Ki & Ka Eros .46 (3,220) NEW 143 0.46
The Witch A24/Elevation .45 (670) 176% 666 24.6
Oopiri/Thozha PVP .35 (2,300) -63% 151 1.5
The Perfect Match Lionsgate .32 (1,070) -53% 301 9.4
Everbody Wants Some!! Par .32 (16,680) NEW 19 0.32
The Revenant Fox .29 (860) -36% 334 182.6
Kapoor & Son – Since 1921 Fox Intl .27 (2,230) 55% 122 2.4
Risen Sony .23 (540) -75% 425 36.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $127.55
% Change (Last Year) -42%
% Change (Last Week) -49%
Also debuting/expanding
Chongqing Hot Pot China Lion .19 (9,600) 20 0.19
Spotlight Open Road/eOne ,14 (700) -10% 202 44.6
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics .13 (910) -43% 142 9.5
Miles Ahead Sony Classics .12 (29,820) 4 0.12
Saturday’s Warrior Purdie .12 (13,130) 9 0.12
Born to Be Blue IFC/eOne .11 (3,170) 64% 35 0.3
Embrace of the Serpent Oscillosope/Raven 75,700 (1,400) -31% 54 1.1
Marguerite Cohen Media 71,400 (1,550) 56% 46 0.22
Savitri Vision 26,800 (425) 63 0.03
Vaxxed Cinema Libre 24,500 (24,500) 1 0.02
Francofonia Music Box 22,100 (11,050) 2 0.02
Dong Ju: Portrait of a Poet Megabox 15,600 (3,120) 5 0.02
Truman A-Z Films 13,900 (2,780) 5 0.01
The Dark Horse Broad Green 7,900 (3,950) 2 0.01
Standing Tall Cohen Media 7,100 (3,550) 2 0.01
Sold Matson 5,500 (5,500) 1 0.01
Kill Me, Deadly Indican 4,600 (4,600) 1 0.01
The Girl in the Photographs Vertical 4,300 (430) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – March 31, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
20th Century Fox (10) 754.4 26.90%
Buena Vista (5) 579.9 20.60%
Paramount (7) 297.7 10.60%
Warner Bros. (8) 282.6 10.10%
Universal (6) 185.8 6.60%
Lionsgate (10) 172.3 6.10%
Sony (11) 152.5 5.40%
Focus (5) 109.6 3.90%
Weinstein Co. (6) 51.5 1.80%
Open Road (3) 40.1 1.40%
STX (2) 34 1.20%
A24 (4) 31.5 1.10%
Fox Searchlight (2) 15.3 0.55%
Other * (115) 101.8 3.65%
2809 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – March 31, 2016) *
Title Distributor Box Office
Deadpool Fox 748,937,044
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 738,742,605
Zootopia BV 726,496,541
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 549,490,716
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 541,597,636
The Revenant Fox 509,912,280
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; DreamWorks 439,370,096
The Monkey King 2 Filmko; China Lion 190,045,811
From Vegas to Macau III Bona; Media Asia 186,531,818
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip * Fox 162,774,727
Daddy’s Home * Par 154,198,579
Ip Man 3 Pegasus; Well Go 146,808,543
The Hateful Eight * Weinstein Co. 139,923,743
Gods of Egypt Lionsgate 132,685,593
Detective Chin Tang Huaxia; China Lion 128,091,800
Allegiant Lionsgate 125,875,490
London Has Fallen Focus; NuImage 125,963,877
Ride Along 2 Uni 121,973,530
The Big Short * Par 106,767,841
The 5th Wave Sony 106,484,451
* does not include 2015 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