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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

There was no contest in the face-off between Legoworld and Lingerieland. The gap between the $55.1 million bow of The Lego Batman Movie and $46.8 million Fifty Shades Darker was tighter than anticipated. The week’s other newcomer, John Wick: Chapter 2, kicked out a potent bow of $29.4 million.

Some estimates for The Batman Lego Movie went as high as $70 million but as opening day loomed the consensus was for an opening in the low $60 millions. The gross may have been blunted by the Abbot and Costello Meets Frankenstein factor, where new elements confuse the issue. That also occurred thirty-four years ago when Superman 3 cast Richard Pryor and viewers weren’t sure whether they would get a comedy or an adventure. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 52% female and 52% 25 and younger. Lego Batman also bowed day-and-date in 60 foreign markets to an estimated $37 million with top toyboxes including the UK at $9.3 million, $2.6 million in Mexico and Russia with $2.2 million.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $190 million for a significant 94% boost from last weekend. It was nonetheless 33% below 2016 when the launch of Deadpool arrived with a staggering $152.2 million.

In international day-and-dates, Hindi Jolly LLB 2 had a solid start of $753,000 while Telugu Singam 3 was a case of diminishing returns with a $242,000 tally. China’s Duckweed quacked an excellent $163,000 from 27 screens, and in exclusive play A United Kingdom had a strong $68,700 box office from four engagements. And never underestimate feline power, as embodied in Istanbul city life through the eyes of a teeming cast of cats in Kedi, which grossed $37,300 from a single litter.

Expectations were strong for Fifty Shades Darker with predictions in the range of $40-$42 million that it exceeded. Although critical response tended toward laughter, a core crowd turned out, with women once again dominating at 70% and an audience that was 56% 30 and younger and the core 18-35-year old corridor comprising 66% of the total.

Fifty Shades Darker bowed in 57 international markets to a potent $100 million. It was top choice in 51 including Germany at $11 million, the UK with $9.3 million, Brazil grossing $7.5 million and Australia a tidy $6 million.

When John Wick debuted in 2014 the tale of a disaffected hit man surprised with solid box office and ongoing interest in ancillaries. Its sequel was expected to be effective counterprogramming, with top end projections of $25 million. Viewers broke down as 64% male with 74% 25 and older.

With Oscar a fortnight away, nominated animated, documentary and live-action shorts arrived in theaters with a potent $648,000. Also new was short-listed foreign-language nominee Land of Mine from Denmark, which grossed a disappointing $14,400 from three beaches. The top beneficiaries of Academy recognition continue to be I Am Not Your Negro and Iran’s foreign-language submission The Salesman. Oscar’s best picture finalists are struggling to hold playdates as new movies enter the marketplace. Hidden Figures is withstanding the competitive buffeting, but a win would be a true upset in light of its director’s absence on the ballot.

Weekend (estimates) February 10 – 12, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Batman Movie WB 55.1 (13,480) NEW 4088 55.1
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 46.8 (12,610) NEW 3710 46.8
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 29,4 (9,430) NEW 3113 29.4
Split Uni 9.3 (3,130) -36% 2961 112.2
Hidden Figures Fox 8.0 (3,010) -21% 2667 131.5
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 7.3 (2,420) -30% 3025 42.6
Rings Par 5.6 (1,920) -57% 2931 21.3
La La Land Lionsgate 5.0 (2,440) -32% 2065 126.1
Lion Weinstein Co. 4.0 (2,980) 6% 1337 30.3
The Space Between Us STX/VVS 1.7 (620) -54% 2758 6.6
Sing Uni 1.6 (1,100) -60% 1479 265.3
Rogue One BV 1.5 (1,630) -48% 929 527.2
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 1.5 (1,250) -62% 1178 43.1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony 1.3 (1,100) -72% 1213 25.2
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .76 (6,690) 11% 114 1.5
Jolly LLB 2 Fox Intl .75 (4,350) NEW 173 0.75
The Founder Weinstein/Elevation .74 (1,630) -48% 454 11.2
Moana BV .73 (1,580) -46% 461 243.2
Fences Par .72 (1,580) -42% 454 53.9
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel .67 (1,480) -49% 454 45.1
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnlia .65 (4,100) NEW 158 0.65
Monster Trucks Par .62 (730) -71% 842 32.2
Moonlight A24/Elevation .57 (1,620) -43% 351 20.4
Sleepless Open Road .46 (1,200) -48% 385 20.1
Arrival Par .44 (1,640) -44% 271 99.4
Patriots Day CBS .38 (1,100) -65% 346 31
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $184.30
% Change (Last Year) -33%
% Change (Last Week) 94%
Also debuting/expanding
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .25 (3,890) 6% 65 0.72
Singam 3 CineGalaxy .24 (2,180) 111 0.33
The Comedian Sony Classics .22 (360) -75% 612 1.5
20th Century Women A24 .22 (1,710) -46% 127 5.1
Jackie Fox Searchlight .21 (1,400) -44% 149 13.3
Paterson Bleecker Street .18 (2,600) 2% 68 1.3
Duckweed Chine Lion .16 (6,040) 27 0.16
Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back Sony .12 (1,850) -74% 67 0.73
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .12 (2,500) 28% 49 0.68
Julieta Sony Classics 95,600 (1,520) -24% 63 1.2
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight 68,700 (17,180) 4 0.07
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/A-Z 66,100 (2,280) -5% 29 0.33
Elle Sony Classics 64,200 (1,130) -22% 57 2
Munthirivallikal Thalirkumbol Weekend 53,600 (4,470) 12 0.05
Kedi Oscilloscope 37,300 (37,300) 1 0.04
Below Her Mouth Elevation 32,600 (1,160) 28 0.03
I Am Jane Doe 50 Eggs 17,900 (2,980) 6 0.02
Land of Mine Sony Classics 14,400 (4,800) 3 0.01
Balu Mahi Grand Showbiz 13,800 (660) 21 0.01
L’Erotisme et le vieil age L’Atelier 8,900 (2,220) 4 0.01
Polina, danser sa vie A-Z Films 8,100 (1,350) 6 0.01
Angry Inuk Eye Steel 6,300 (2,100) 3 0.01
Love Everlasting Diamond 5,000 (625) 8 0.01
Running Wild Sony 4,500 (450) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 9, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (6) 241.6 22.70%
20th Century Fox (6) 163.7 15.40%
Buena Vista (3) 135.5 12.70%
Paramount (9) 130.1 12.20%
Lionsgate (6) 92.7 8.70%
Sony (5) 91.2 8.60%
Weinstein Co. (3) 35.2 3.30%
CBS (1) 29.9 2.80%
Warner Bros. (7) 27.1 2.60%
STX (3) 26.2 2.50%
Open Road (1) 19.6 1.80%
Roadside Attractions (1) 14.4 1.40%
A24 (2) 11 1.00%
Focus (4) 6.9 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (1) 6 0.55%
Other * (40) 32.6 3.10%
1063.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 6.1 3849 -43% 262.2
The Post 5.9 2819 1083% 10.4
The Commuter 4.5 2892 NEW 4.5
Insidious: The Last Key 3.4 3150 -73% 39.6
Proud Mary 3.1 2125 NEW 3.1
The Greatest Showman 3.1 2938 -26% 85.8
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2.7 3090 -59% 582.9
Paddington 2 2.4 3702 NEW 2.4
Pitch Perfect 3 1.4 2505 -57% 90.4
Darkest Hour 1.2 1693 -32% 32.4
Also Debuting
Thaanaa Serndha Kootam 91,650 89
Agnyaathavaasi - Prince in Exile 89,100 353
Condorito 52,600 153
Jai Simha 34,900 78
Ang Panday 27,600 43
Mukabaaz 13,300 17
Sketch 9,900 55
Ang Larawan 8,700 14
Parchi 6,350 35
The Insult 5,700 3
Acts of Violence 3,400 12
Lover for a Day 2,900 1
Saturday Church 2,300 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