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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

It was a threepeat for Split with Shymalan’s return taking top spot with an estimated $14.6 million and a cume nearing $100 million domestic. That left newcomer Rings just behind with a $12.9 million debut. The other national freshmen received less warm embraces. Interstellar YA The Space Between Us grossed $3.7 million while The Comedian got little applause with a $1 million tally.

In limited release, Oscar documentary contender I Am Not Your Negro, reading author James Baldwin, set records with a $674,000 gross from 45 screens.

International day-and-date included Indian films with a solid $633,000 box office for Telugu Nenu Local and a relatively strong $198,000 for Kannada Kirik Party. China’s Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which opened last week to record business in China, translated exceptionally well with a $468,000 opening from 66.

Revenues were shy of $100 million for a 32% decline from last weekend and a slight 5% boost from 2016’s Super Bowl weekend. Last year’s kickoff had the second weekend of Kung Fu Panda ahead with $21.2 million and freshman Hail, Caesar! trailing with $11.4 million.

Counterprogramming the Patriots and the Falcons isn’t a particularly enviable task, and the latest adaptation of the Rings Japanese horror franchise, on and off the release schedule for over than a year, wasn’t expected to do more than $15 million. The film drew a 54% female crowd with 67% of viewers aged 25 and younger. Rings also launched in 35 foreign territories to an estimated $15 million. Top grosser chimed in with a $2.7 million box office in Brazil, Mexico grossing $2.2 million and Russia with $1.9 million.

Industry trackers were estimating a $6-$8 million debut for The Space Between Us. Withering film reviews put a damper on those projections. Similarly The Comedian was viewed as largely DOA once its Oscar qualifying run fizzled.

With the Academy Awards broadcast three weeks away, multi-nominated Lion expanded nationally to good results. BUt only La La Land and Hidden Figures are drawing large crowds with Hidden Figures benefiting from Black History Month and other factors.

Weekend (estimates) February 3 – 5, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thrs Cume
Split Uni 14.6 (4,320) -43% 3373 98.7
Rings Par 12.9 (4,410) NEW 2931 12.9
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 10.8 (3,400) -41% 3178 32.9
Hidden Figures Fox 10.2 (3,000) -27% 3401 119.5
La La Land Lionsgate 7.4 (2,290) -39% 3236 118.3
Resident Evil: Final Chapter Sony 4.4 (1,430) -67% 3104 21.8
Sing Uni 4.1 (1,770) -36% 2293 262.9
Lion Weinstein 3.8 (2,720) 63% 1405 24.5
The Space Between Us STX/VVS 3.7 (1,310) NEW 2812 3.7
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 3.6 (1,460) -58% 2478 39.9
Rogue One BV 2.9 (1,820) -44% 1613 524.6
Monster Trucks Par 2.1 (1,110) -49% 1901 31.1
The Founder Weinstein 1.5 (1,590) -43% 936 9.9
Gold Weinstein 1.4 (660) -58% 2166 6.2
Manchester By the Sea Roadside 1.3 (1,320) -37% 974 43.8
Moana BV 1.3 (1,490) -49% 847 242
Fences Par 1.2 (1,310) -14% 948 52.7
Patriots Day CBS 1.1 (1,120) -59% 1003 30.2
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.1 (1,290) -27% 842 19.5
The Comedian Sony Classics 1.0 (1,220) NEW 848 1.1
Sleepless Open Road .93 (1,380) -47% 672 19.3
Passengers Sony .86 (780) -5% 1104 97.4
Arrival Par .79 (1,160) -46% 685 98.6
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .67 (14,980) NEW 45 0.67
Nenu Local Blue Sky .63 (4,910) NEW 129 0.8
Raes Zee Studios .52 (1,960) -71% 265 3.3
Also debuting/expanding
Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back Sony .47 (7,090) 66 0.47
20th Century Women A24 .44 (1,750) -51% 253 4.8
Jackie Searchlight .41 (1,260) -38% 327 12.9
The Salesman Cohen Media .23 (5,020) 225% 46 0.34
Kirik Party Jolly Hits .20 (2,920) 68 0.26
Silence Par .19 (1,230) -70% 152 6.8
Paterson Bleecker Street .18 (3,120) 6% 58 1
Julieta Sony Classics .12 (2,090) 0% 58 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .10 (4,150) 4% 24 0.52
Elle Sony Classics 91,600 (880) -27% 104 1.9
The Red Turtle Sony Classics 72,800 (3,470) 0% 21 0.23
Bogan Sri Green 69,200 (1,080) 65 0.07
Growing Up Smith Good Deed 16,800 (3,360) 5 0.02
Oklahoma City PBS 7,700 (2,570) 3 0.01
Youth in Oregon Orion 7,400 (260) 29 0.01
The Lure Janus 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Eloise Vertical 4,400 (240) 18 0.01
Dark Night Cinelicious 3,800 (1,900) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 2, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (5) 199 21.60%
20th Century Fox (6) 148.8 16.20%
Buena Vista (3) 129.7 14.10%
Paramount (9) 104.2 11.30%
Sony (4) 82.6 9.00%
Lionsgate (5) 79.5 8.60%
CBS (1) 28.5 3.10%
Weinstein Co. (3) 25.4 2.80%
Warner Bros. (6) 24.5 2.70%
STX (2) 21.5 2.30%
Open Road (1) 18.4 2.00%
Roadside Attractions (1) 12.7 1.40%
A24 (2) 9.2 1.00%
Focus (4) 6.6 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (1) 5.5 0.60%
Other (32) * 24.5 2.60%
920.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Alien: Covenant 15.3 3761 New 15.3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 8.8 4347 -46% 275.6
Everything, Everything 4.7 2801 New 4.7
Snatched 2.3 3511 -54% 27.5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 2 3157 New 2
Kong Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1.9 3702 -63% 22.3
The Fate of the Furious 0.8 2287 -41% 217.5
Beauty and the Beast 0.6 1792 -40% 496
The Boss Baby 0.6 2071 -40% 163.9
How to Be a Latin Lover 0.5 948 -39% 27.8
Also Debuting
Half Girlfriend 78,100 131
Hindi Medium 56,300 59
Keshava 55,100 115
Champion 34,300 31
CIA: Comrade in America 6,800 14
What a Wonderful Family 5,800 17
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4,900 1
Wakefield 4,300 1
The Commune 2,700 7
Maurice (reissue) 1,900 1
Radio Dreams 1,350 1
Afterimage 1,100 1
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