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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Split held sway at the box office with a second weekend estimate of $26.2 million. Nipping at its heels was newcomer A Dog’s Purpose that wow bowed at $18.4 million. Also debuting were a fond farewell for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, slotting fourth with $13.5 million and pure pyrite for Gold that opened to $3.4 million.

Exclusive newcomers were dominated by Iran’s short-listed The Salesman with a solid $68,700 from three screens. Another foreign-language nominee, Toni Erdmann, added a few playdates to excellent effect.

Many of the Oscar contenders including Manchester By the Sea, Arrival, La La Land, Moonlight and Hacksaw Ridge added significant numbesr of theaters to good, but hardly second-wind results.

Among international day-and-dates, Mexican Un Padre no Tan Padre grossed an OK $982,000 following its $4.2 million tally on home turf after four weeks. Indian imports were back in force with a potent $1.8 million bow for Raees and fair results of $684,000 for another Hindi offering, Kaabil. Chinese freshmen Buddies in India and Kung Fu Yoga both received good starts with respective box office of $183,000 and $109,000. The Japanese anime Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted with $749,000 and South Korea’s The King opened to $158,000.

Revenues for the session pushed past $140 million and slipped a modest 3% from last weekend. It was a comparably slim 1% improvement from 2016 when the debut of Kung Fu Panda dominated with a $41.3 million launch. The frame also saw its first $100 million grosser in the new calendar for Oscar hopeful Hidden Figures.

A Dog’s Purpose‘s solid opening was comparable to a kennel of howlers that included Hotel for Dogs, Snow Dogs and Eight Below. The audience was 56% female with 47% identified as families. No stats were available on the percentage of dog and cat owners. A Dog’s Purpose also opened in 20 foreign markets to an estimated $5 million. Mexico contributed with $1.8 million and Brazil grossed $820,000.

The finale of Resident Evil bowed a month ago in Japan where it’s rocked audiences to $35 million. The latest installment bowed on the high end of tracking estimates in a franchise that has generated more than $1 billion theatrically, not to mention a financial gusher in ancillaries. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 56% female with 55% aged 25 and over.

Gold received an Oscar qualifying run (as did it stablemate The Founder) that failed to coalesce with Academy voters. Its general release mirrored that indifference and the company will have to console itself with vigorous campaigning for Lion.

Weekend (estimates) January 27 – 29, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Split Uni 26.2 (8,200) -34% 3199 78
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 18.4 (6,010) NEW 3058 18.4
Hidden Figures Fox 13.9 (4,160) -11% 3351 104
Resident Evil: Final Chapter Sony 13.5 (4,340) NEW 3104 13.5
La La Land Lionsgate 12.1 (3,850) 43% 3136 106.5
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 8.3 (2,280) -59% 3651 33.6
Sing Uni 6.2 (2,290) -31% 2702 257.4
Rogue One BV 5.1 (2,500) -29% 2049 520
Monster Trucks Par 4.1 (1,630) -42% 2496 28.1
Gold Weinstein 3.4 (1,590) NEW 2166 3.4
Patriots Day CBS 2.8 (1,530) -51% 1847 28.4
The Founder Weinstein 2.6 (2,360) -23% 1115 7.5
Moana BV 2.4 (1,290) -10% 1894 240.1
Lion Weinstein 2.3 (4,070) 33% 575 19.7
Manchester By the Sea Roadside 1.9 (1,650) 103% 1168 41.4
Raes Zee Studios 1.8 (6,830) NEW 265 2.4
Sleepless Open Road 1.7 (1,620) -50% 1055 17.8
Arrival Par 1.5 (1,210) 363% 1221 97.3
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.5 (1,330) 147% 1104 17.7
Fences Par 1.4 (1,600) 16% 880 50.8
The Bye Bye Man STX/VVS 1.2 (1,040) -66% 1127 21.9
Un Padre no Tan Padre Lionsgate 1.0 (3,150) NEW 312 1
Passengers Sony 1.0 (1,560) -57% 625 96.3
20th Century Women A24 .87 (1,340) -37% 650 3.9
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions 4K Media .75 (1,300) NEW 577 0.75
Kaabil B4U .68 (2,640) NEW 259 0.83
Jackie Fox Searchlight .65 (1,280) 72% 508 12.2
Silence Par .55 (1,750) -52% 316 6.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $137.90
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) -3%
Also debuting/expanding
Buddies in India China Lion .18 (3,330) 55 0.18
Paterson Bleecker Street .17 (3,300) 29% 51 0.79
The King AG Entertainment .16 (5,640) 28 0.16
Elle Sony Classics .12 (970) 13% 128 1.8
Julieta Sony Classics .12 (2,490) 31% 48 0.84
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go .11 (7,780) 14 0.11
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .10 (4,980) 267% 20 0.38
The Salesman Cohen Media 68,700 (22,900) 3 0.07
The Red Turtle Sony Classics 61,300 (4,090) 192% 15 0.11
Jomonte Suviseshangal Full Moon 54,200 (3,610) 15 0.05
Ang Babae se Septic Tank 2 ABS 17,600 (630) 28 0.02
Confidential Assignment CJ 17,200 (8,600) 2 0.02
Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo Wolfe 8,900 (2,220) 4 0.01
Get the Girl Orion 2,800 (280) 10 0.01
Midsummer in Newton Participant 2,600 (1,300) 2 0.01

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Justice League 38.8 4051 New 38.8
Wonder 9.6 3096 New 9.6
Thor: Ragnarok 5.8 4080 -68% 231.4
Murder on the Orient Express 4.1 3354 -62% 42
Daddy's Home 2 3.9 3575 -64% 39.7
The Star 2.8 2837 New 2.8
A Bad Moms Christmas 2.3 2948 -44% 46.3
Lady Bird 0.7 238 83% 2.9
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 0.3 53 215% 0.75
Jigsaw 0.3 1201 -72% 35.7
Also Debuting
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru 75,300 93
Tumhari Sulu 53,000 62
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 22,800 4
Verna 12,400 23
The Ghost Bride 11,300 39
Prematho Mee Karthik 7,100 24
The Breadwinner 4,400 3
On the Beach at Night Alone 3,350 2
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (reissue) 2,400 1
Mudbound 1,850 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