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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Rogue One continues to dominate seasonal moviegoing with an estimated $68.5 million for the three-day portion (four-day estimates arrive tomorrow) of the Christmas holidays.

The annual flood of new releases amounted to a lot of coal in stockings. One notable exception was animated Sing, which grossed $33.1 million and appears to be the year-end family option. Otherwise Yule openers struggled to find audiences including sci-fi Passengers, which grossed $13.9 million. Videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed battled to $10.5 million and the dating comedy Why Him? made out with a $9.9 million.

Christmas expansions for Lion, Fences and La La Land, all fourth target audiences. Exclusives saw dynamic per screens for both faith saga Silence with $123,000 from four temples and a $137,000 box office at seven sites for Patriots Day Boston Marathon bombing heroics. Also good were bows of children’s fantasy A Monster Calls with $33,200, and Almodóvar’s femme-centric suspenser Julieta that grossed $57,500. In international day-and-date releases, Hindi Dangal proved potent with a $3.1 million debut.

Revenues for the frame generated about $172 million and dipped 20% from last weekend. It was a 43% decline from 2015 when the second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $180.5 million,while newcomers Daddy’s Home and Joy bowing respectively to $45.1 million and $19.6 million. With a week remaining in the calendar box office is roughly 3% ahead of last year’s pace.

This year’s holiday calendar placement proves a challenge for weekend estimates, with distribution opting to emphasize four-day performance that could be equally perilous in respective outcomes. Traditionally, box office has dipped precipitously on Christmas day and ballooned on Boxing Day. The last time Christmas and New Year’s occurred on a Sunday was 2011, but much has changed in the marketplace since then that could provide pluses and minuses for folks going to the multiplex. Tomorrow’s column will likely show significant changes to today’s estimates.

Weekend (estimates) December 23 – 25, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 68.5 (16,470) -56% 4157 290.5
Sing Uni 33.1 (8,230) NEW 4022 54.7
Passengers Sony 13.9 (3,140) NEW 4427 21.2
Assassin’s Creed Fox 10.5 (2,830) NEW 3701 18
Why Him? Fox 9.9 (2,530) NEW 3902 9.9
Moana BV 6.9 (2,580) -46% 2679 179.9
Office Chriatmas Party Par 5.0 (2,060) -42% 2441 42.1
Collateral Beauty WB 3.6 (1,200) -49% 3028 14.6
La La Land Lionsgate 3.3 (5,940) -19% 599 11.2
Dangal UTV 3.1 (9,450) NEW 331 4
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.9 (2,420) -31% 1212 19.6
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 2.6 (1,330) -48% 1966 213.9
Fences Par 1.3 (590) 924% 2223 1.5
Arrival Par 1.2 (1,784) -60% 667 89.5
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.1 (3,270) 93% 339 3.4
Doctor Strange BV .72 (1,140) -67% 631 228.3
Lion Weinstein Co. .40 (820) 207% 500 1.2
Trolls Fox .39 (790) -71% 499 148.7
Moonlight A24/Elevation .38 (1,240) 0% 305 12.1
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation .29 (660) -69% 441 63.7
Almost Christmas Uni .23 (980) -62% 237 41.7
Nocturnal Animals Focus .22 (630) -84% 353 9.7
Allied Par .17 (750) -87% 228 39.3
Patriots Day CBS .14 (19,570) NEW 7 0.23
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .13 (1,150) -8% 114 2
Silence Par .12 (30,850) NEW 4 0.12
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $167.60
% Change (Last Year) -43%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Vangaveeti Garam 78,900 (2,820) 28 0.08
Loving Focus 74,300 (660) -66% 112 7.3
The Wasted Times China Lion 59,700 (3,980) -37% 15 0.23
Elle Sony Classics 59,400 (1,520) 60% 39 0.78
Julieta Sony Classics 57,500 (9,590) 6 0.08
A Monster Calls Focus 33,200 (8,400) 4 0.03
Will You Be There CJ 7,900 (3,950) 2 0.01
Le Fils de Jean Seville 5,500 (1,380) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 22, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (16) 2778.7 25.60%
Warner Bros. (25) 1876.6 17.30%
20th Century Fox (24) 1413.2 13.00%
Universal (20) 1275.8 11.80%
Sony (25) 863.2 7.90%
Paramount (17) 832.4 7.70%
Lionsgate (28) 577.8 5.30%
Focus (14) 204.8 1.90%
STX (7) 178.7 1.60%
Open Road (8) 97.2 0.90%
Roadside (11) 61.9 0.60%
A24 (11) 60.6 0.55%
Weinstein  (10) 60.4 0.55%
Other * (380) 571.9 5.30%
10853.2 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – December 22, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,099,931
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,581,941
Moonlight A24/Elevation 11,733,808
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 11,578,242
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,185,091
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Carol * Weinstein 8,910,357
Queen of Katwe BV 8,791,546
A Beautiful Planet Imax 7,946,263
La La Land Lionsgate 7,882,711
Loving Focus 7,257,068
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,304,223
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,878,408
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,205,471
* does not include 2015 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Pirates: Dead Men 23.4 4276 New 23.4
Baywatch 5.7 3647 New 5.7
Guardians Vol. 2 8.8 3871 -39% 318.6
Alien: Covenant 15.3 3772 -75% 49.9
Everything, Everything 2.1 2801 -57% 17.4
Diary: The Long Haul 1.3 3174 -36% 10.5
Snatched 1.1 2658 -54% 37.3
Kong Arthur: Legend 0.85 2503 -56% 31.5
The Boss Baby 0.4 1342 -30% 167.7
The Fate of the Furious 0.35 1358 -55% 221.4
Also Debuting
Sachin: A Billion Dreams 0.11 100
Rarandoi Veduka 0.1 111
Saab Bahadar 38,900 43
Dear Other Self 23,000 42
Long Strange Trip 18,100 3
Buena Vista Social Club: Adios 16,700 74
Berlin Syndrome 6,700 23
29 + 1 6,000 10
Hermia & Helena 5,600 2
Da Co Hoai Lang: Hello Vietnam 5,600 1
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan 5,500 2
Black Butterfly 1,450 12
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