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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Get Out got in with an estimated $30.5 million debut. The session’s other two national openers had less fortuitous results. The animated Rock Dogs charted 11th with $3.6 million. Collide bumped into $1.5 million.

In limited release, period political thriller Bitter Harvest reaped a fallow $203,000. Indian imports barely registered a pulse save for Hindi wartime drama Rangoon, which grossed $324,000 from 114 screens. In Québec, French animation Ballerina was en point with a $223,000 tally, following an overseas gross of more than $60 million. Québec local comedy Ca Sent le coupe also posted good results of $112,000 from 35 sites.

In exclusives, Oscar-nominated and César-winning animation My Life as a Zucchini was solid with a $26,700 box office from two screens.

Revenues for the frame exceeded $145 million and dipped 18% from last weekend. It was 17% diminished from 2016 (not Oscar weekend) when the second weekend of Deadpool led with $56.5 million and newcomers Risen and The Witch opened respectively with $2.9 million and $2 million

The horror thriller Get Out was expected to lead the box office charts with an impressive debut shy of $20 million. Tracking proved to be woefully shy of the runaway results, owing in part to unanimous critical praise as well as chatter from social sites. On the domestic front the R-rated “in-laws” nightmare drew in a 50/50 gender audience with 51% aged 25 and older. The core 18-34 crowd accounted for 69% of viewers.

Both Rock Dog and Collide were expected to gross less than $4 million. The animated musical skewed 55% female with 47% aged 18 and younger.

With Oscar hours away, the weekend saw prime contenders adding engagements. Front runner La La Land added 146 playdates and grossed a near carbon box office from last weekend. The majority of potential winners with the exception of Fences and the documentary I Am Not Your Negro have opened in the major international territories but can look to a more potent ancillary revenue stream in the coming months and beyond.

Weekend (estimates) February 24 – 26, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Get Out Uni 30.5 (10,960) NEW 2781 30.5
The Lego Batman Movie WB 18.8 (4,640) -42% 4057 132.8
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 8.9 (3,020) -45% 2954 74.4
The Great Wall Uni 8.7 (2,611) -53% 3328 34.4
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 7.7 (2,390) -62% 3216 103.6
Fist Fight WB 6.4 (2,000) -48% 3185 23.2
Hidden Figures Fox 5.8 (2,890) -19% 2022 152.8
La La Land Lionsgate 4.6 (2,640) 0% 1733 140.8
Split Uni 4.1 (2,150) -43% 1901 130.8
Lion Weinstein Co. 3.7 (2,070) -11% 1802 42.7
Rock Dog Lionsgate 3.6 (1,750) NEW 2077 3.6
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 3.5 (1,690) -38% 2089 57.6
Collide Open Road 1.5 (750) NEW 2045 1.5
A Cure for Wellness Fox 1.4 (510) -68% 2704 7.5
Moana BV .84 (2,220) -22% 378 246
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .82 (2,760) -19% 296 4.7
Fences Par .77 (1,290) -8% 597 56.6
Moonlight A24/Elevation .74 (1,270) 37% 585 22.3
Rings Par .67 (930) -72% 719 27.3
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight .55 (3,770) 105% 145 1
Manchester By the Sea Roadside/ Mongrel .51 (1,280) -3% 397 46.9
Sing Uni .46 (1,170) -38% 391 267.6
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .45 (2,280) -40% 196 2.5
Rogue One BV .43 (1,520) -44% 284 529.5
Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate .37 (1,120) -60% 333 1.6
Rangoon Grand Showbiz .32 (2,840) NEW 114 0.32
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $114.10
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -18%
Also debuting/expanding
My Ex and Whys ABS .24 (3,720) -52% 65 1.1
Bitter Harvest Roadside Attract .20 (1,600) 127 0.2
Ballerina Seville .22 (2,860) 78 0.22
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .17 (1,730) -30% 97 1.4
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .13 (1,190) -33% 112 1.2
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/A-Z .11 (990) 75% 115 0.59
Ca Sent la coupe Seville .11 (3,190) 35 0.11
Jackie Fox Searchlight .10 (910) -34% 112 13.7
Kedi Oscilloscope .10 (7,210) 26% 14 0.29
Elle Sony Classics 88,200 (600) 67% 147 2.2
Paterson Bleecker Street 84,600 (1,540) -46% 55 1.7
Winner FilmNager 65,700 (710) 92 0.09
20th Century Women A24 48,500 (760) -65% 64 5.3
Sargi Grand Showbiz 43,400 (2,710) 16 0.04
Julieta Sony Classics 39,300 (1,180) -26% 33 1.3
Year By the Sea Real Women 30,200 (3,350) 9 0.03
My Life as a Zuchini Gkids 26,700 (13,350) 2 0.03
Beautiful Manasugalu Vijay 17,200 (300) 57 0.02
Ezra ATMUS 17,100 (710) 24 0.02
Land of Mine Sony Classics 14,800 (1,850) 8% 8 0.07
The Girl with All the Gifts Saban 10,300 (640) 16 0.01
Une Vie MK2 9,100 (1,820) 5 0.01
New Trial CJ 6,300 (3,150) 2 0.01
Punching Henry Well Go 4,600 (580) 8 0.01
As You Are Buffalo 8 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Dying Laughing Gravitas 3,700 (370) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 23, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (8) 405.3 26.30%
20th Century Fox (8) 195.6 12.70%
Lionsgate (7) 173.1 11.20%
Warner Bros. (8) 156.8 10.20%
Paramount (9) 148.9 9.70%
Buena Vista (3) 142.1 9.20%
Sony (5) 95.3 6.20%
Weinstein Co. (3) 49.8 3.20%
CBS (1) 30.9 2.00%
STX (3) 28.9 1.90%
Open Road (1) 20.6 1.30%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.9 1.00%
A24 (2) 13 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (2) 7.1 0.45%
Focus (4) 7 0.45%
Other * (52) 50.4 3.30%
1540.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
The Fate of the Furious 5.8 4077 -54% 178.4
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 4.6 434 New 4.6
How to Be a Latin Lover 3.9 1118 New 3.9
The Circle 3.2 3163 New 3.2
The Boss Baby 2 3739 -38% 141.4
Beauty and the Beast 1.7 3155 -37% 475.4
Going in Style 0.95 2761 -33% 34.7
Gifted 0.9 2215 -35% 13.4
Unforgettable 0.7 2417 -58% 7.2
Born in China 0.7 1508 -56% 7
Also Debuting
Sleight 0.58 565
Love Off the Cuff 0.12 38
Battle of Memories 77,800 41
Dalida 29,000 32
The Mayor 9,900 28
Grey Lady 6,900 24
Obit. 4,900 2
Voice from the Stone 4,000 8
Km 31-2 3,200 42
Natasha 2,800 1
Below Her Mouth 2,350 10
Butcher the Bakers 1,800 1
Buster's Mal Heart 1,450 1
Bang! The Bert Berns Story 1,400 1
One Week and a Day 1,350 3
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