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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Magnificent Seven prevailed as top choice in the marketplace with an estimated $34.8 million. The frame’s other national opener, the animated Storks, took second with $21.4 million.

Limited and exclusive bows featured a toe-dipper for the African-set drama Queen of Katwe of $303,000 prior to next week’s national launch. The delayed release of Australia’s The Dressmaker arrived to a positive $183,000  at 36 shops. Its international gross has been around $23 million since its Down Under bow in November 2015.

In the niches the only Indian import to register a pulse was the Telugu Majnu that bowed in 114 venues with $353,000. The Filipino Barcelona: A Love Untold opened to a potent $434,000 following a record breaking debut on home turf. South Korea’s Oscar submission The Age of Shadows had a solid start of $147,000 from 41 screens and in Quebec the critically lauded local entry Juste la fin du monde (It’s Not the End of the World) grossed an OK $169,000.

Revenues for the frame generated about $105 million for a 15% uptick for last weekend. It was 26% diminished from 2015 when the debuts of Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Intern led with respective openings of $48.5 million and $17.7 million.

As the age of the avid moviegoer matures, the appeal of the western ought to improve and industry trackers were initially confident that The Magnificent Seven would debut to $40 million plus. However, that estimate got pared back in the days leading up to its release and mixed critical reviews may have damped down expectations. Studio exit demos identified the opening crowd as 56% male with 67% aged 25-years and older.

Expectations were also higher than actuality for Storks that was initially anticipated to gross about $30 million first weekend. Targeted to families with young children it has that sector to itself for the next month. The audience was 60% female with 51% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Weekend (estimates) September 23 – 25, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Magnificent Seven Sony 34.8 (9,480) NEW 3674 34.8
Storks WB 21.4 (5,470) NEW 3922 21.4
Sully WB 13.6 (3,440) -37% 3955 92.2
Bridget Jones’s Baby Uni 4.5 (1,540) -47% 2930 16.5
Snowden Open Road/ Elevation 4.0 (1,630) -50% 2443 15
Blair Witch Lionsgate 3.9 (1,260) -58% 3121 16.1
Don’t Breathe Sony 3.8 (1,550) -33% 2438 81.1
Suicide Squad WB 3.0 (1,400) -36% 2172 318.1
When the Bough Breaks Sony 2.5 (1,710) -55% 1444 26.6
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS 1.1 (960) -48% 1128 24.8
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 1.1 (890) -57% 1209 45.9
Bad Moms STX/eOne 1.0 (1,020) -43% 986 111.7
Pete’s Dragon BV .88 (720) -59% 1230 74.2
No Manches Frida Lionsgate .74 (1.780) -43% 416 10.3
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .67 (890) -45% 747 364.3
Sausage Party Sony .54 (980) -55% 551 96.4
Jason Bourne Uni .52 (840) -52% 623 161.3
Barcelona: A Love Untold ABS 43 (6,290) NEW 69 0.43
The Wild Life Lionsgate .42 (290) -85% 1431 7.7
Hillsong – Let Hope Rise Pure Flix .41 (540) -70% 763 2.1
War Dogs WB .38 (900) -63% 417 42.5
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Abramorama .37 (2,460) -40% 151 1.4
Majnu ATMUS .35 (3,100) NEW 114 0.41
Pink NH .33 (4,210) -15% 79 0.9
Queen of Katwe BV .30 (5,830) NEW 52 0.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $98.05
% Change (Last Year) -26%
% Change (Last Week) 15%
Also debuting/expanding
The Light Between Oceans BV .27 (650) -66% 416 11.9
The Hollars Sony Classics .26 (880) 124% 298 0.72
The Dressmaker Broad Green .18 (5,080) 36 0.18
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne .18 (760) -55% 235 27
Juste la fin du monde Seville .17 (3,250) 52 0.23
The Age of Shadows CJ .15 (3,590) 41 0.15
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .13 (1,360) -32% 95 4
Soulmate Cheng Cheng .10 (4,680) 22 0.01
Aandavan Kattalai Sri Green 33,100 (2,770) 12 0.03
Goat Film Arcade 19.400 (1,070) 18 0.02
Banjo Eros 18,100 (620) 29 0.02
Thodari Praneeth 17,200 (340) 51 0.02
My Blind Brother Orion 16,700 (730) 23 0.02
The Lovers and the Despot Magnolia 13,500 (1,690) 8 0.01
The Best Democracy Can Buy Cinema Libre 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
77 Minutes Double Wave 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Closet Monster Strand 6,400 (6,400) 1 0.01
Generation Startup Long Shot 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Chicken People IDP 3,600 (1,800) 2 0.01
I.T. RLJ Entertainment 3,300 (330) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – September 23, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (12) 2140.9 25.40%
Warner Bros. (19) 1435.6 17.00%
20th Century Fox (16) 1144.4 13.50%
Universal (15) 1061.1 12.60%
Sony (21) 707.3 8.40%
Paramount (12) 607.1 7.20%
Lionsgate (21) 368.8 4.40%
Focus (11) 180 2.10%
STX (5) 161.3 1.90%
Open Road (6) 79.6 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.5 0.70%
A24 (8) 48.8 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (9) 44.3 0.50%
Other * (286) 405.3 4.80%
8444 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – September 22, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 483,997,686
Captain America: Civil War BV 408,084,349
The Jungle Book BV 363,982,606
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 363,638,700
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Suicide Squad WB 315,023,343
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
Jason Bourne Uni 160,774,549
Star Trek Beyond Par 157,790,083
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,978,223
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
Central Intelligence WB 128,001,100
Ghostbusters Sony 127,315,984
The Legend of Tarzan WB 126,824,074
Bad Moms STX/eOne 110,672,552
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 107,509,366
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 103,144,286
* 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