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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker once again topped weekend releases. The films were estimated at $34 million and $20.9 million for the three-day portion. All figures reflect the three-day portion. The weekend chart will be updated tomorrow.

A trio of new national releases failed to catch fire with the Chinese epic The Great Wall fairing best with good results of $18 million. The comedy Fist Fight bowed to a disappointing $12 million while thriller A Cure for Wellness debuted with a moribund $4.3 million.

Among international day-and-ate releases, the best of the Indian imports was Telugu Ghazi , opening with an OK $371,000. The Mexican comedy Everybody Loves Somebody was off to a solid start of $893,000 following its debut last weekend south of the border with $1.6 million. Filipino rom-com My Exs and Whys had an excellent start of $434,000. Exclusive launches were on the dullish side save for South Korea’s Fabricated City that bowed with $18,200 at two sites.

Revenues for the three days are estimated at about $150 million for a 22% slide from last weekend. It was a steeper 39% drop from 2016 when the debut of Deadpool revived the dead presidents with a $132.4 million launch.

Bridging the gap between the world’s two largest movie going nations has proven a daunting task. The Great Wall may have nudged the divide ever so slightly. The period epic fronted by Matt Damon bowed in China two months ago and has rolled out through most major markets to a potent box office of $225 million. Domestic prospects were considered tepid with high end prospects of $18 million for its opening three-days.

The film skewed 59% male with 63% of the audience aged 25-years and older. The core 18-34 year old corridor accounted for 50% of overall viewers.

The yarn of two teachers coming to blows in Fist Fight was expected to be the top grosser among new titles with an opening in the $18 million to $20 million range. It also had a male skew of 54% with 61% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Exit demos weren’t available for A Cure for Wellness. While tracking was modest at $6-$7 million the film came up short by any measure.

Oscar countdown is a week and hours away with box office favoring La La Land – a key but far from consistent factor. While the so-called post-awards domestic bump has largely evaporated for more than a decade, also-rans continue to experience sharp reversals. A possible exception this year is I Am Not Your Negro with a momentum spurred on by the Academy spotlight but also gaining ground from upscale and urban sectors of the audience.

Weekend (estimates) February 17 – 19, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Batman Movie WB 34.0 (8,320) -36% 4088 98.6
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 20.9 (5,640) -55% 3714 89.6
The Great Wall Uni 18.0 (5,420) NEW 3325 18
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 16.2 (5,210) -47% 3113 58.4
Fist Fight WB 12.0 (3,760) NEW 3185 12
Hidden Figures Fox 7.1 (3,190) -12% 2217 142.6
Split Uni 7.0 (2,870) -26% 2445 123.6
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 5.5 (2,310) -24% 2400 50.6
La La Land Lionsgate 4.6 (2,880) -8% 1587 133.6
A Cure for Wellness Fox 4.3 (1,580) NEW 2704 4.3
Lion Weinstein Co. 4.2 (2,710) 6% 1542 36.4
Rings Par 2.3 (1,460) -60% 1560 25.7
Moana BV 1.1 (2,520) 45% 424 244.5
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .91 (3,650) 11% 250 3.1
Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate .89 (2,680) NEW 333 0.89
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel .81 (1,430) 15% 568 46.3
Rogue One BV .75 (1,720) -50% 435 528.6
Sing Uni .71 (1,260) -58% 561 266.6
Fences Par ,69 (1,230) -5% 560 55
Moonlight A24/Elevation .61 (1,350) 16% 455 21.2
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnlia .53 (2,410) -23% 221 1.6
My Ex and Whys ABS .43 (6,380) NEW 68 0.43
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par .41 (940) -73% 435 44.3
The Founder Weinstein/ Elevation .41 (1,620) -44% 253 11.9
Ghazi Great India .37 (3,990) NEW 93 0.42
Jolly LLB 2 Fox Intl .34 (2,040) -56% 166 1.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.10
% Change (Last Year) -39%
% Change (Last Week) -22%
Also debuting/expanding
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .27 (6,060) 307% 45 0.36
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .23 (2,490) -4% 94 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .20 (1,990) 70% 102 0.94
Paterson Bleecker Street .15 (2,360) -14% 64 1.5
Jackie Fox Searchlight .14 (1,110) -25% 130 13.5
20th Century Women A24 .13 (1,100) -35% 115 5.3
Duckweed China Lion 94,600 (3,150) -41% 30 0.33
Kedi Oscilloscope 75,400 (10,770) 88% 7 0.14
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/ A-Z 63,100 (1,750) -8% 36 0.43
Julieta Sony Classics 54,700 (1,760) -40% 31 1.3
Cook Up a Storm Media Asia 28,600 (1,910) 15 0.03
Fanny’s Journey Menemsha 19,800 (3,960) 5 0.02
Fabricated City CJ 18,200 (9,100) 2 0.02
Irada Big Pictures 13,400 (500) 27 0.01
You’re Killing Me Susana La Banda 11,200 (2,800) 4 0.01
Running Shaadi Big Pictures 11,100 (210) 53 0.01
From Nowhere FilmRise 6,700 (3,350) 2 0.01
XX Magnolia 5,100 (1,280) 4 0.01
American Fable IFC 3,300 (1,650) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 16, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (7) 331.3 25.20%
20th Century Fox (7) 177.3 13.50%
Lionsgate (6) 141.1 10.70%
Paramount (9) 140.7 10.70%
Buena Vista (3) 138.9 10.60%
Sony (5) 93.9 7.10%
Warner Bros. (8) 90.6 6.90%
Weinstein Co. (3) 42.5 3.20%
CBS (1) 30.5 2.30%
STX (3) 28.5 2.20%
Open Road (1) 20.3 1.50%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.2 1.20%
A24 (2) 12 0.90%
Focus (4) 7 0.50%
Fox Searchlight (1) 6.4 0.50%
Other * (46) 39 3.00%
1315.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Beauty and the Beast 23.8 4210 -63% 252.4
Power Rangers 15 3693 New 15
Life 4.3 3146 New 4.3
Kong: Skull Island 3.7 3666 -49% 122.8
Logan 2.6 3163 -44% 193.9
CHIPS 2.5 2464 New 2.5
Get Out 2.5 2474 -34% 141.3
The Shack 1 2330 -35% 46.3
Katamarayudu 0.67 254 New 0.67
The Belko Experiment 0.55 1341 -64% 6.3
Also Debuting
Wilson 0.1 310
Phillauri 75,200 74
Slamma Jamma 43,200 338
Car Dogs 4,800 10
I Called Him Morgan 4,200 1
The Second Time Around 2,400 3
In Search of Israeli Cuisine 2,400 2
Bokeh 1,800 9
Afterimage 1,200 3
Tuktuq 1,100 2
Dig Two Graves 1,000 7
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