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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

A definite horse race, but Rogue One edged out the national expansion of Hidden Figures with respective estimated weekends of $21.8 million and $21.7 million. The session’s sole new national release was the latest installment of the Underworld franchise, Blood Wars, with $12.9 million.

It was also slim pickings for new limited releases with a modest launch of $102,000 for the latest Jackie Chan action-comedy adventure Railroad Tigers at the front of the train.

There was considerable maneuvering and expansion among holiday entries, including the family fantasy A Monster Calls , which grossed a disappointing $2 million.

Revenues for the frame generated roughly $133 million for a 30% decline from last weekend. It was a more modest 17% decline from 2016 when the fourth weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $42.3 million and the national launch of The Revenant took second position with $39.8 million.

The box office for 2016 finished up with $11.51 billion including an unprecedented $3 billion tally for the folks at Disney (see chart). It represented a 2.6% increase from the prior year while admissions dipped back about 2% overall.

Hidden Figures , the true story of three black female analysts in the early days of NASA, was a late addition in the annual awardscderby. An entertaining telling of bygone race relations, it nonetheless is unstinting in observations of latent discrimination in society that lingers to today. The studio opted to open prior to the Martin Luther King holiday and capitalize on positive buzz and that proved effective. Exit demos identified its audience as 64% female with 56% aged 35-years and older.

The revived Underworld: Blood Wars opened in most international markets in December and had a tidy $45 million tally prior to its domestic launch. It provided a solid bit of counter-programming in a generally rarified climate. The audience was 56% male with 63% 25 years and older.

Weekend (estimates) January 6 – 8, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 21.8 (5,250) -55% 4157 477.1
Hidden Figures Fox 21.7 (8,770) 2427% 2471 24.6
Sing Uni 19.5 (4,940) -54% 3955 213.3
Underworld: Blood Wars Sony 12.9 (4,210) NEW 3070 12.9
La La Land Lionsgate 9.9 (6,550) 4% 1515 51.6
Passengers Sony 8.7 (2,570) -47% 3400 80.8
Why Him? Fox 6.4 (2,220) -36% 2904 48.5
Moana BV 6.2 (2,440) -42% 2549 225.2
Fences Par 4.6 (1,950) -53% 2368 40.6
Assassin’s Creed Fox 3.8 (1,440) -56% 2642 49.5
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.4 (2,260) -43% 1054 33.7
Lion Weinstein Co. 2.0 (3,380) -10% 600 9.8
A Monster Calls Focus 2.0 (1,310) 9376% 1523 2.1
Fantastic Beasts WB 1.9 (1,590) -54% 1188 229.2
Collateral Beauty WB 1.3 (910) -69% 1402 29.8
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.0 (2,860) -35% 353 9.2
Arrival Par .81 (2,130) -40% 381 94.1
Office Christmas Party Par .78 (820) -78% 953 54
Dangal UTV .71 (3,160) -66% 225 11
Silence Par .47 (9,250) 469% 51 0.85
Trolls Fox .42 (1,270) -37% 332 151.3
Moonlight A24/Elevation .35 (2,610) 13% 135 13.2
Doctor Strange BV .33 (1,240) -49% 263 230.9
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/ Elevation .21 (950) -47% 222 65.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $128.40
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -30%
Also debuting/expanding
Master CJ .15 (3,770) 173% 39 0.24
20th Century Women A24 .14 (13,810) 24% 10 0.39
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .11 (1,160) -28% 94 2.5
Julieta Sony Classics .10 (6,150) 99% 17 0.35
Railroad Tigers Well Go .10 (2,430) 42 0.1
Patriots Day CBS .10 (14,570) -31% 7 0.87
Paterson Bleecker Street 68,700 (9,610) -1% 7 0.22
Elle Sony Classics 47,800 (1,330) -26% 36 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 33,100 (11,030) -18% 3 0.16
Live By Night WB 27,500 (6,880) -26% 4 0.17
La Danseuse TVA 10,300 (1,470) 7 0.01
Pere et fils therapie Seville 7,900 (720) 11 0.01
Lost & Found Sony 6,800 (1,130) 6 0.01
Arsenal Lionsgate 4,700 (470) 10 0.01
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 486,295,561
Rogue One BV 424,497,820
Captain America: Civil War BV 408,084,349
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 368,326,513
The Jungle Book BV 364,001,123
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Suicide Squad WB 325,807,921
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
Doctor Strange BV 230,107,790
Fantastic Beasts WB 224,125,258
Moana BV 210,046,114
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
Sing Uni 166,497,820
Jason Bourne Uni 162,408,364
Star Trek Beyond Par 159,279,029
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,978,223
Trolls Fox 150,336,645
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
* does not include 2015 box office

3 Responses to “The Weekend Report”

  1. charles mayaki says:

    Why is no one reporting box office numbers for I, Daniel Blake. It’s been playing for two weeks and I haven’t seen numbers reported anywhere?

    If I’m wrong or you know better, it would be much appreciated.

  2. Ray Pride says:

    IFC appears not to have reported numbers to Boxofficemojo, either. And its release in several cities has been postponed several times.

  3. charlesmayaki says:

    Cool. But it’s played here in LA for 2 weeks.
    I thought it might have been an edict by Ken Loach.
    I was on the SAG Nomm Comm and there were no screenings or DVDs for us and considering it has a lead performance that was highly touted, it was kinda weird.
    Heck, Dave Johns was not even on the ballot. So strange.
    I don’t even think Dave Johns did any interviews. I don’t even remember Ken Loach promoting it either.
    The whole thing seems strange almost like there was an edict not to sully the work by emphasizing awards and money since it’s essentially a op-ed polemic and Mr. Loach wanted to keep the ideology pure.

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Transformers: The Last Knight 13.7 4069 New 37.5
Cars 2 7.7 4256 -55% 82.4
Wonder Woman 7.3 3933 -32% 300.5
47 Meters Down 2.3 2471 -48% 19.1
All Eyez on Me 1.9 2471 -81% 34.7
The Mummy 1.7 2980 -55% 64.4
Rough Night 1.6 3162 -53% 13.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 1.6 1468 -34% 156.3
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 1.4 2328 -34% 62.9
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 0.85 1468 -30% 378.1
Also Debuting
DJ Duvvada Jagannadham 0.58 181
Tubelight 0.28 342
The Big Sick 0.13 5
The Beguiled 89,400 4
The Bad Batch 31,500 30
Can We Still Be Friends? 23,900 47
The Ornithologist 2,350 2
L'Embarrass du choix 1,900 6
Food Evolution 1,800 1
Journey Through French Cinema 1,600 2
Vanamagan 1,300 12
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography 1,100 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