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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Captain America: Civil War took a sharp turn but nonetheless maintained a commanding lead  with an estimated $72.6 million. The week’s two national rollout performed roughly as expected, with Money Monster slotting third with $14.8 million and the The Darkness a notch back at $5.2 million.

There were encouraging starts among limited and exclusive openers. Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship bowed with $131,000 from four engagements while sci-fier The Lobster dined out on an impressive $192,000 from its quartet. The latter opened two months ago with a current Northern cume of about $330,000. Top Indian import was the Punjabi Azhar with $124,000.

Revenues for the frame were slighter better than $130 million pushing the domestic cume to more than $4 billion. The 2016 pace is 9% better than a year ago while the current weekend dipped 47% from seven days ago. It was also 30% off of 2015 when debuts of Cinderella and Run All Night led, with respective openers of $67.9 million and $11 million.

Despite its heavyweight cast, politically-charged Money Monster was tepid with high-end estimates of $15 million. Reviews were lukewarm but its fortunes may not be so dire with its position as one of the few mature-targeted films in the marketplace. Studio exit demos identified the audience as evenly split between the sexes with 77% aged 25-years and older. Following its Cannes premiere, Money Monster opened day-and-date in 15 foreign climes. Foreign estimates were unavailable.

The Blumhouse fright machine continued with The Darkness and as one industryite observed: “They make ‘em so cheap, a gross of $1.42 puts them in profit.”

The relative lull in the marketplace allowed for modest expansions for a number of titles including Sing Street, The Meddler and The Man Who Knew Infinity. The trio and other alternative options are largely holding their own against stiff competition.

Captain America: Civil War added an estimated $84 million internationally to lead in that arena.

Weekend (estimates) May 13 – 15, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Captain America: Civil War BV 72.6 (17,190) -59% 4226 296
The Jungle Book BV 17.6 (4,440) -28% 3970 311.6
Money Monster Sony 14.8 (4,760) NEW 3104 14.8
The Darkness High Top 5.2 (2,950) NEW 1755 5.2
Mother’s Day Open Road/Elevation 3.2 (970) -71% 3291 28.7
Zootopia BV 2.7 (1,420) -15% 1935 331.7
The Huntsman: Winter’s War Uni 2.6 (1,020) -35% 2518 44.5
Keanu WB 1.9 (890) -42% 2120 18.6
Barbershop: The Next Cut WB 1.7 (1,250) -40% 1333 51.4
The Boss Uni 1.2 (860) -39% 1350 62.1
Sing Street Weinstein Co. .63 (1,200) 44% 525 1.9
Ratchet & Clank Focus .54 (430) -63% 1258 8.1
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB .52 (700) -51% 744 328.2
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC .51 (2,630) 132% 194 0.92
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Uni .46 (650) -27% 717 59
Green Room A24/D Films .41 (530) 21% 777 2.7
The Meddler Sony Classics .38 (3,020) 24% 127 1.1
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne .38 (1,050) -33% 360 17.9
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions .28 (1,080) -19% 257 13.8
A Hologram for the King Roadside At/eOne .25 (730) -50% 346 3.9
24 CineGalaxy .23 (1,650) -77% 142 1.4
Deadpool Fox .19 (740) -19% 262 362.5
The Lobster A24 .19 (47,700) NEW 4 0.19
10 Cloverfield Lane Par .19 (720) 68% 260 71.7
A Bigger Splash Fox Searchlight .18 (7,080) 61% 26 0.37
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $125.70
% Change (Last Year) -30%
% Change (Last Week) -47%
Also debuting/expanding
Love & Friendship Roadside Attract. .13 (32,800) 4 0.13
AmeriGeddon Forewarned .13 (4,270) 30 0.13
Azhar White Hill .12 (2,040) 61 0.12
Finding Mr. Right 2 Media Asia 86,800 (2,280) -56% 38 1.2
Miles Ahead Sony Classics 84,500 (1,010) -38% 84 2.4
High-Rise Magnolia 71,300 (2,380) 30 0.07
The Family Fang Starz 56,300 (1,150) -40% 49 0.21
Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero Front Row 50,900 (12,720) 4 0.05
Sundown Lionsgate 16,800 (230) 74 0.02
2 Bol Hot Ice 15,600 (870) 18 0.02
Sunset Song Magnolia 14,200 (3,550) 4 0.01
Last Days in the Desert Broad Green 12,600 (1,580) 8 0.01
Kill Zone 2 Well Go 8,850 (800) 11 0.01
Phantom Detective CJ 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
Pele IFC 7,100 (2,370) 3 0.01
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Gravitas 5,900 (540) 11 0.01
Search Party Focus 3,800 (480) 8 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – May 12, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (7) 1172.6 29.60%
20th Century Fox (10) 769.6 19.40%
Warner Bros. (10) 471.3 11.90%
Universal (8) 321.4 8.10%
Paramount (8) 315.6 8.00%
Lionsgate (12) 205.5 5.20%
Sony (12) 175.7 4.40%
Focus (6) 121.7 3.10%
Open Road (4) 63.4 1.60%
Weinstein Co. (7) 53.8 1.40%
STX (3) 42.4 1.10%
A24 (5) 35.1 0.90%
Fox Searhlight (4) 17.1 0.45%
Bleecker Street (3) 17.1 0.45%
Sony Classics (7) 16.9 0.40%
Other * (148) 159.6 4.00%
3958.8 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – May 12, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Deadpool Fox 362,318,179
Zootopia BV 329,014,439
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 327,679,243
The Jungle Book BV 293,996,110
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,449,924
Captain America: Civil War BV 223,329,078
The Revenant * Fox 182,736,971
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 142,283,408
Ride Along 2 Uni 91,205,257
Daddy’s Home * Par 85,902,195
10 Cloverfield Lane Par 71,510,806
Allegiant Lionsgate 65,762,792
London Has Fallen Focus/VVS 62,115,298
Miracles from Heaven Sony 60,153,577
The Boss Uni 59,961,700
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Uni 58,487,890
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghai Par 52,897,721
Barbershop: The Next Cut WB 49,680,702
How to Be Single WB 46,962,319
The Big Short * Par 46,300,694
* does not include 2015 box office

2 Responses to “The Weekend Report”

  1. Peter says:

    I’m not taking sides here, because I just kind of don’t care about superhero movies in general, but its interesting how BvS drops 66% in its second weekend and its written off as a failure and alarm bells are going off, but Civil War drops 72% and everyone shrugs. Isn’t it just time to say that these superhero movies are all pretty much front loaded?

  2. Peter says:

    EDIT: never mind. I misread the charts. It dropped 59%. Still, superhero movies are front loaded, imo.

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Super Troopers 2 7.9 2038 NEW 7.9
A Quiet Place 6.4 3808 39% 117
I Feel Pretty 6.1 3440 NEW 6.1
Rampage 5 4115 46% 50.6
Truth or Dare 2.5 3068 70% 25
Blockers 2.1 3134 36% 43.4
Ready Player One 1.9 3208 36% 121
Bharat Ane Nenu 1.5 323 NEW 1.5
Traffik 1.4 1046 NEW 1.4
Black Panther 1.2 1930 16% 678
Also Debuting
Little Pink House 10,300 8
Beyond the Clounds 8,800 41
Khido Khundi 8,500 33
Dude's Manual 7,400 14
Ghost Stories 5,300 1
Godard Mon Amour 4,100 4
L'Apparition 3,900 6
The Devil and Father Amorth 3,300 3
Eye on Juliet 2,300 9
Le Corbeau (reissue) 2,200 1
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