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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The debuts of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon topped the movie charts with respective estimated box office of $28.5 million and $20.5 million. The session’s other national opening, Relativity’s long-delayed Masterminds, bowed with $6.6 million.

Among exclusive newcomers, Music Box Film’s second Swedish Oscar submission in as many years, A Man Called Ove, had an okay start of $55,900 on nine screens while real-life Holocaust courtroom drama Denial was solid with $104,000 from five sites. Major expansions included The Queen of Katwe , going wide-ish with $2.6 million and The Dressmaker that added new markets to weave $360,000.

In the niches a couple of Indian imports had potent starts. The Hindi M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story grossed $1.14 million at 256 sites and the Punjabi Nikka Zalidar rang up $239,000 from 44 engagements. It was also a good session for Chinese imports with I Belong to You opening on 50 screens to $324,000 and L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties bowing to $188,000 from 53 locations. Those films bowed in China this weekend to $46 million and $29 million, respectively.

Revenues for the frame generated about $115 million and expanded 11% from last weekend. However the decline from 2015 continued with a 23% erosion. A year back the debut of The Martian led with $54.3 million followed by the $33.2 million second weekend of Hotel Transylvania 2.

Jane Goldman’s oddball novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was ideally mated for filmmaker Tim Burton and fans of the book, slotting it as the clear tracking favorite with an expected opening in the mid-20s. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 59% female with 51% aged 25-years and younger. The film opened day-and-date in 59 international territories to an estimated $36.5 million. It’s top markets were Korea with $5.2 million, the UK grossing $4.5 million and Mexico with $3.8 million.

The makers Deepwater Horizon chose to extol the heroism of those on-board the off-shore drilling rig during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico explosion and largely ignore the later investigation into negligence. The graphic recreation and muscularity of the production was expected to gross about $20-$22 million. The high-ticket item will need more dynamic overseas response to break good. Exit demos saw an even split between the sexes as opposed to an anticipated male tilt with 67% of viewers aged 35-years and older.

The skew on a true-life bank robbery in Masterminds was given a low bar of $4-$6 million despite an appealing cast of misfits. It had a slight male tilt of 53% with 64% of ticket buyers aged 25-years and older.

Despite strong reviews and aggressive marketing Queen of Katwe continues as a modest seat filler. It drew a 60% female audience with 30% of the audience aged between 17 and 24-years old.

Weekend (estimates) September 30 – October 2, 2016)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 28.5 (8,090) NEW 3522 28.5
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate 20.5 (6,300) NEW 3259 20.5
The Magnificent Seven Sony 15.6 (4,240) -55% 3674 61.5
Storks WB 13.8 (3,510) -35% 3922 38.8
Sully WB 8.3 (2,250) -38% 3717 105.3
Masterminds Relativity 6.6 (2,170) NEW 3042 6.6
Queen of Katwe BV 2.6 (2,080) 746% 1242 3
Don’t Breathe Sony 2.3 (1,400) -39% 1653 84.7
Bridget Jones’s Baby Uni 2.3 (1,130) -50% 2055 21
Snowden Open Road/ Elevation 1.9 (1,060) -52% 1821 18.6
Suicide Squad WB 1.9 (1,150) -39% 1638 320.8
Blair Witch Lionsgate 1.6 (860) -61% 1828 19.1
When the Bough Breaks Sony 1.2 (1,300) -54% 901 28.5
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Fox Intl 1.1 (4,450) NEW 256
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS .52 (1,000) -52% 520 25.8
Bad Moms STX/eOne .48 (860) -52% 559 112.5
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .44 (950) -36% 462 264.9
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus .44 (840) -61% 526 46.7
No Manches Frida Lionsgate .38 (1,480) -48% 256 10.9
The Dressmaker Broad Green .36 (2,270) 95% 159 0.62
I Belong to You China Lion .32 (6,480) NEW 50 0.32
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Abramorama .32 (2,080) -20% 155 2.1
Barcelona: A Love Untold ABS .29 (4,500) -49% 64 1.1
Pete’s Dragon BV .27 (610) -69% 440 74.7
Nikka Zaildar White Hill .24 (5,430) NEW 44 0.24
Jason Bourne Uni .21 (660) -61% 315 161.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $109.20
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) 11%
Also debuting/expanding
L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties Lionsgate .19 (3,550) 53 0.19
Juste la fin du monde Seville .12 (2,230) -14% 55 0.41
The Light Between Oceans BV .11 (640) -59% 176 12.2
The Age of Shadows CJ .11 (3,580) -33% 31 0.38
Denial Bleecker Street .10 (20,840) 5 0.1
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .10 (1,330) -24% 74 4.1
The Hollars Sony Classics 93,500 (470) -63% 197 0.9
Hyper Cineparadiso 88,600 (950) 93 0.9
American Honey A24 73,100 (18,270) 4 0.07
Operation Mekong Well Go 70,400 (2,930) 24 0.08
A Man Called Ove Music Box 55,900 (6,210) 9 0.06
Harry & Snowman FilmRise 54,000 (1,860) 29 0.05
Dodmane Hufuga Filmy Kannada 47,800 (1,150) 41 0.05
Clinton, Inc. FreeStyle 14,100 (679) 21 0.01
Un Petit boulot Paddock 10,400 (1,150) 9 0.01
Danny Says Magnolia 8,600 (860) 10 0.01
Do Not Resist Vanish 6,900 (6,900) 1 0.01
Sand Storm Kino 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Long Way North Shout! Factory 5,000 (1,250) 4 0.01
Flock of Dudes Starz 4,100 (520) 8 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – September 29, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (12) 2143.2 25.00%
Warner Bros. (19) 1483.9 17.30%
20th Century Fox (16) 1145.8 13.30%
Universal (15) 1069.3 12.40%
Sony (21) 760.7 8.90%
Paramount (12) 608.3 7.10%
Lionsgate (21) 376.2 4.40%
Focus (11) 181.5 2.10%
STX (5) 162.4 1.90%
Open Road (6) 84.4 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.5 0.70%
A24 (8) 48.9 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (9) 44.3 0.50%
Other * (297) 414.2 4.80%
8582.6 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – September 28, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,087,158
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,127,465
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,030,385
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 10,520,772
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
A Beautiful Planet Imax 6,304,630
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,259,216
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,726,158
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,039,536
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 4,761,241
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,677,244
45 Years IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
The Meddler Sony Classics 4,267,218
* 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