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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report (4-Day Christmas Edition)

Christmas got crowded but Rogue One led weekend movie charts with an estimated four-day gross of $93.3 million. As expected, the best of the new entries was animated Sing in second spot with a $56 million bow.

Trailing behind with fair results were the sci-fi Passengers that grossed $23 million, the videogame adaption Assassin’s Creed with $15.1 million and the dating comedy Why Him? with $16.8 million. In international day-and-date, Hindi Dangal was potent with a $4.3  million debut.

Exclusive openers saw dynamic per-screens for both the faith-and-torture saga Silence with $174,000 from four venues and a $232,000 box office at seven sites for Patriots Day. Also good were bows of children’s fantasy A Monster Calls with $41,900 and Almodovar’s latest, Julieta, grossing $143,000.

Also receiving a Christmas day launch was the tale of women behind the space race, Hidden Figures, which launched with $963,000 from 25 pads. 1930s gangster saga Live By Night took $58,400 from four speakeasies and Germany’s short-listed Oscar contender Toni Erdmann pranked a $30,600 box office from three screens.

The crowded marketplace also saw effective major expansions for La La Land and Lion. Fences went national Christmas day with the sort of force that award candidates aspire to.

Revenues for the frame generated about $280 million in ticket consumption for the four day period and dipped 20% (3-day to 3-day) from last weekend. It was also a 43% decline from 2015 when the second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $180.5 million with 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 running roughly 3% ahead of last year’s pace.

Demos for Sing skewed 51% female with 69% of the audience 25 and younger. Families accounted for 61% of the total. The film opened internationally three weeks ago and entered the current weekend with $25 million banked and added $54 million this weekend.

Passengers attracted a 50/50 gender crowd that was 56% 25 and older. It opened day-and-date in 27 international markets to $16 million including top rankings in Russia and Taiwan and strong showings in the UK and Mexico.

Assassin’s Creed tilted 64% male with 54% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The film also opened in 22 foreign territories to $14 million including a top spot in France of $5.1 million.

Why Him? patrons were 55% female with 54% 25 and older. It bowed internationally in 16 territories to an estimated $2.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) December 23 – 26, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 93.3 (22,440) -59% 4157 315.3
Sing Uni 56.0 (13,930) NEW 4022 76.7
Passengers Sony 23.0 (5,200) NEW 4427 30.4
Why Him? Fox 16.8 (4,300) NEW 3902 16.8
Assassin’s Creed Fox 15.1 (4,090) NEW 3701 22.6
Fences Par 11.5 (5,150) 5084% 2233 11.7
Moana BV 10.6 (3,960) -42% 2679 183.6
La La Land Lionsgate 9.8 (13,310) 40% 734 17.6
Office Chriatmas Party Par 7.3 (3,010) -40% 2441 44.4
Collateral Beauty WB 7.0 (2,320) -40% 3028 18
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 4.8 (2,450) -42% 1966 216.1
Dangal UTV 4.3 (13,050) NEW 331 5.2
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 4.3 (3,570) -32% 1212 21
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.9 (5,490) 114% 348 4.2
Lion Weinstein Co. 1.7 (3,380) 576% 500 2.5
Arrival Par 1.6 (3,440) -64% 456 89.9
Hidden Figures Fox .96 (38,520) NEW 25 0.96
Doctor Strange BV .94 (1,490) -71% 631 228.6
Trolls Fox .57 (1,150) -71% 499 148.8
Moonlight A24/Elevation .52 (3,260) -17% 159 12.2
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation .51 (1,150) -65% 441 63.9
Nocturnal Animals Focus .45 (1,280) -84% 353 9.9
Almost Christmas Uni .31 (1,312) -62% 237 41.8
Votez Bougon Entract .24 (2,990) -48% 81 0.74
Allied Par .23 (1,010) -88% 228 39.3
Patriots Day CBS .23 (33,140) NEW 7 0.33
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $272.50
% Change (Last Year) -43%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Silence Par .17 (43,500) 4 0.17
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .14 (1,260) -19% 114 2
Julieta Sony Classics .14 (23,870) 6 0.16
Vangaveeti Garam 80,700 (2,880) 28 0.08
The Wasted Times China Lion 76,200 (5,080) -33% 15 0.25
Elle Sony Classics 70,800 (1,820) 60% 39 0.79
Live By Night WB 58,400 (14,600) 4 0.06
A Monster Calls Focus 41,900 (10,480) 4 0.04
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 30,600 (10,200) 3 0.03
Neruda Orchard 26,900 (6,720) -30% 4 0.09
Will You Be There CJ 15,100 (7,550) 2 0.02
Le Fils de Jean Seville 8,800 (2,200) 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%
Universeal (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 Attractions (11) 61.9 0.60%
A24 (11) 60.6 0.55%
Weinstein Co. (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 Attractions 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 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 Co. 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
Hidden Figures 5.5 3286 -28% 39.9
The Bye Bye Man 5.4 2220 New 5.4
Patriots Day 4.1 3120 10716% 5
La La Land 4.1 1848 29% 63.7
Rogue One 3.2 3162 -47% 488.3
Sing 2.9 3693 -44% 222.1
Sleepless 2.9 1803 New 2.9
Monster Trucks 2.6 3119 New 2.6
Live by Night 1.9 2822 23775% 2.1
Underworld: Blood Wars 1.7 3070 -65% 19.8
Also Debuting
Guatamiputra Satakarni 0.18 129
Khaidi No, 150 0.14 143
Shatamanam Bhavati 79,900 92
OK Jaanu 68,400 121
Sarvann 51,400 47
Bairavaa 36,400 83
Some Like It Hot 12,850 10
Worlds Apart 5,900 1
Extra Service 5,400 21
The Book of Love 2,800 13
The Son of Joseph 2,500 1
Alone in Berlin 2,200 2
Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past 2,100 1
Because I Love You 1,600 2
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