By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Doctor Strange was decidedly the super-conjurer with a potent start estimated at $85.2 million. The session’s other national newcomers did well, with the animated Trolls grossing $45.5 million and antiwar Hacksaw Ridge debuting with $14.8 million.

Moonlight continued its steady expansion with 47 screens more and an excellent $1.3 million weekend tally. Other effective niche expanders included A Man Called Ove and Certain Women.

Exclusive launches included a strong $52,600 box office at four sites for the documentary contender The Eagle Huntress and a dynamic $167,000 debut for the ‘60s social drama Loving that also opened at four theaters.

Revenues for the frame climbed to about $195 million and a herculean 123% ballooning from last weekend. It was also 18% improved from 2015 when debuting Spectre and The Peanuts Movie led with respectively $70.4 million and $44.2 million.

Doctor Strange got a head start overseas last weekend and rang up $80 million which was about what pundits estimated for its domestic opening (its studio predicted a more modest $75 million). Critical response was generally positive particularly for its aesthetic qualities and adult themes and the only caution came from concerns of dumbing down the character as he’s incorporated into forthcoming Marvel fare (the next Thor).

Despite actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s alleged distaff appeal the picture tilted 58% male per studio exit demos. The audience was also 67% aged 25-years and older with 49% in the core 17-34 year-old core.

His Strangeness also added 22 foreign markets and an additional $118 million. Among the new openers were China with $44 million, $15.4 million in Russia and Brazil bowing at $8 million. Imax engagements accounted for about 1,000 engagements including roughly $12.2 million on the domestic front. Stereoscopic playdates were pegged at an unusually high 46% of the North American box office.

Trolls also received a head start in foreign climes with a $70 million gross following three week’s activity. On the domestic front tracking suggested a $35 million to $40 million opening that it easily bested. Targeted at younger viewers it wound up with a 72% audience identified as family. It was also 61% female with 51% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The frame’s international weekend estimate was $30 million.

After a decade-long absence behind the camera, Mel Gibson debuted Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice Film Festival to upbeat response. The true story of a Second World War conscientious objective serving as a battlefield medic aptly juxtaposed horror, principle and faith in vivid fashion and the box office prospective appeared upbeat with predictions of a $12 million to $14 million first weekend. Again it exceeded initial expectations and had a surprising even split between the sexes with 68% of the crowd aged 35 years and older.

Weekend (estimates) November 4 – 6, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Doctor Strange BV 85.2 (21,950) NEW 3882 85.2
Trolls Fox 45.5 (11,210) NEW 4060 45.5
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate 14.8 (5,140) NEW 2886 14.8
Boo! A Medea Halloween Lionsgate 7.9 (3,550) -54% 2234 65
Inferno Sony 6.2 (1,740) -58% 3576 26.1
The Accountant WB 5.9 (2,200) -30% 2688 70.8
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 5.5 (1,790) -43% 3079 49.2
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni 4.0 (1,670) -44% 2380 31.4
The Girl on the Train Uni 2.8 (1,760) -37% 1572 70.7
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 2.1 (1,220) -49% 1710 83.3
Moonlight A24 1.3 (15,780) 54% 83 3.1
Keeping Up with the Joneses Fox 1.2 (1,090) -66% 1064 13.4
Storks WB 1.0 (860) -65% 1155 70
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Fox Intl .79 (2,670) -64% 296 3.6
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/ Elevation .77 (980) -63% 783 59.8
Kevin Hart: What Now? Uni .59 (1,310) -65% 453 23.1
Sully WB .55 (1,210) -41% 454 123.3
The Magnificent Seven Sony .46 (930) -66% 490 92.2
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS .41 (840) -68% 485 19.1
A Man Called Ove Music Box .35 (2,120) -4% 166 1.8
Denial Bleecker St/ Elevation .28 (1,290) -55% 218 3.6
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .28 (1,170) 25% 237 366.8
The Handmaiden Magnolia .27 (2,840) -17% 96 0.9
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searhlight .26 (1,310) -54% 197 15.6
Certain Women IFC .17 (1,390) -7% 124 0.73
Loving Focus .17 (41,830) NEW 4 0.17
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $186.10
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) 123%
Also debuting/expanding
Gimme Danger Magnolia .11 (2,070) 454% 54 0.17
1:54 Seville 82,900 (1,560) -4% 53 0.74
American Pastorale Lionsgate 83,100 (1,190) -6% 70 0.41
Mr. Donkey China Lion 73,500 (3,060) -15% 24 0.21
Luck-Key Dreamewest 61,300 (3,610) -36% 17 0.38
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics 52,600 (13,150) 4 0.05
Michael Moore in Trumpland Dog Eat Dog 33,400 (1,010) -55% 33 0.25
Mal de pierres TVA 18,800 (3,130) 6 0.02
Someone to Talk To Media Asia 15,100 (490) 31 0.02
Le Pacte des anges Axia 12,600 (970) 13 0.01
Naruda Donoruda Blue Sky 6,300 (230) 28 0.01
What Happened Last Night E.T. Pictures 4,500 (210) 21 0.01
The Charnel House FreeStyle 4,400 (440) 10 0.01
Peter and the Farm Magnolia 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Ventilator Zee 2,900 (580) 5 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – November 3, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (14) 2163.4 23.20%
Warner Bros. (22) 1626.9 17.50%
20th Century Fox (20) 1243.1 13.30%
Universal (18) 1195.5 12.80%
Sony (23) 837.8 9.00%
Paramount (13) 653.1 7.00%
Lionsgate (25) 491.7 5.30%
Focus (11) 182.9 2.00%
STX (6) 165.2 1.80%
Open Road (7) 91.9 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.65%
A24 (11) 51.5 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (10) 45.9 0.50%
Other * (345) 507 5.40%
9315.5 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – November 3, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 1,021,782,373
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 869,463,604
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Suicide Squad WB 738,965,095
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,460,627
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,925,899
Jason Bourne Uni 414,837,932
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 406,577,253
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,950,728
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 349,465,849
Star Trek Beyond Par 342,592,441
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 299,358,565
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 247,139,954
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 244,239,173
* 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
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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