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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
The Fate of the Furious 11.2 4329 -68% 136.1
The Boss Baby 3.2 3697 -52% 127.4
Beauty and the Beast 2.6 3315 -48% 463.7
Unforgettable 1.7 2417 New 1.7
Born in China 1.6 1508 New 1.6
The Promise 1.4 2251 New 1.4
Going in Style 1.4 3038 -34% 28.2
Gifted 1.4 1986 29% 7.6
Smurfs: The Lost Village 1.1 2737 -58% 29.7
The Lost City of Z 0.65 614 1604% 0.8
Also Debuting
Phoenix Forgotten 0.62 1592
Free Fire 0.38 1070
Grow House 0.15 624
Can't Help Falling in Love 0.11 70
Raid dingue 20,100 36
Noor 17,200 71
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 10,700 2
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki 4,000 6
Slack Bay 2,400 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