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Friday Estimates by Kladys 1, 7 & 14

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Appropriate that Split multiplied the #2 Friday grosser. Universal delivered one of those half-dozen-a-year campaigns that is ubiquitous. Festivals. Great outdoor. Couldn’t use an OTT without McAvoy’s mug showing up. Probably tight on straight TV buys, using publicity to make it up. And massive results. Perhaps last summer’s second Purge sequel was the inspiration. The result, so far, is identical. Very impressive.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage continues the string of flops in the “why exactly are they making a sequel to a movie that wasn’t really a hit?” genre. Vin Diesel is a massive star… in one franchise and one franchise only. We have learned this three times. Until he finds another gear that people like, he is Chris Tucker. Deal with it.

Hidden Figures has a nice hold. La La Land has its first normal drop. No doubt, they are looking to Oscar noms on Tuesday to stem the slow bleed next weekend.

The Founder flounders… because they didn’t really try. “They” is not TWC staff, but the bosses, who treated the film like a bastard child and that tone leaked into everything thy did to sell (or not sell) the film.

No 10k per-screen titles at the arthouses.

12 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Kladys 1, 7 & 14”

  1. Stella's Boy says:

    So a couple low-budget Blumhouse thrillers revitalize Shyamalan’s career. Will he be back in the big leagues now?

  2. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Hope so. Night’s run of duds from about Lady in the Water onwards has led to his earlier efforts becoming somewhat neglected nowadays. People seem to have forgotten the ecstatic praise heaped upon The Sixth Sense back in 99 and now seem to just remember it for it’s last minute twist (when actually the scene immediately prior in the car serves as the true emotional climax of the film). If you’ve not seen it in a while then give it another go – it really does hold up well.

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    I hope Split is better than The Visit, which I absolutely hated. I was cheering against both of those kids after about 10 minutes.

  4. John E. says:

    Wondering how 20th Century Women did in expansion…

  5. Sideshow Bill says:

    I FINALLY caught up with Moonlight last night. Problem with living in a smallish town. Forgive me. And I still have others to see. I know it’s been discussed a ton already but I was pretty amazed by it, and surprised about how involved I was by the end, most thanks to amazing performances. The final couple of scenes…the scenes leading up to that final moment…I have yet to better acting this year. Trevante Rhodes was amazing.

    Beautiful film.

  6. Movieman says:

    Wally- Agree re: “Sixth Sense.” I watched it again recently in anticipation of “Split,” and was a little stunned at how good it truly is. Finally understood why everyone loves it.
    My ’99 viewing of the film was ruined by Todd McCarthy’s wink-wink, nudge-nudge Variety review (learned my lesson: now I only glean reviews of movies I haven’t seen). I kept waiting for my theory–that Bruce was dead–to be contradicted. Which, obviously, it never was. Was never able to truly get into it because of that unwanted distraction.
    Yes, the true emotional climax is the car scene between Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette (in fact, I said precisely the same thing to a friend while discussing the film last week).
    Osment is really kind of amazing: truly one of the all-time great kid movie performances. (He should have won the Oscar.) And Collette richly deserved her nomination.
    Also loved the scenic/atmospheric mileage Shyamalan got out of Philly. (Best cinematic use of the city since the original “Rocky.”)
    My only (minor) criticism was Bruce who maybe tries a little too hard.
    Kept thinking that someone like Tom Hanks would have been more effective.

  7. Bob Burns says:

    the Hidden Figues and LLL cumes are wrong. LLL is about $83M and HF $73M. HF will almost ctch up with LLL, though, this weekend. Its drop was only 20%.

  8. Bitplaya says:

    Chris Tucker comparison isn’t fair. Tucker never tried to do another franchise. He took the money and ran. I wish more people did that. Why work more than you need to? I thin the second Pitch Black movie was pretty good and it did okay given how little it cost.

    Also I don’t mind Vin trying these things. The market is starved for action. If this thing was halfway decent it could be fun. Apparently it’s just barely halfway decent.

  9. TrackerBacker says:

    Bitplaya, do you mean the 3rd Pitch Black movie? The 2nd one was Chronicles of Riddick. It cost over $100M, and grossed under $120M worldwide.

  10. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Look at the drop on Patriots Day, that one isn’t even going to get to $50 million. I really believed that PD could do Lone Survivor business but it’s not even going to come close to Deepwater Horizon or even Battleship. That’s gotta hurt.

  11. Pete B. says:

    The Chronicles of Riddick did fairly well in DVD sales I believe. That’s a movie I have a soft spot for as they threw everything including the kitchen sink into making a mythology. I think it was just too densely packed for the average viewer.

    Dame Judi Dench had the great line:
    “In normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil.”
    That could have been the theme of the 2016 election.

  12. Bitplaya says:

    TrackerBacker I meant the third one. It’s actually Pitch Black for a second time. This time with dogs.

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