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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The debut of Logan cut a mean figure estimated at $85.5 million to easily lead weekend movie going. Other national releases saw good returns of $16.2 million for the faith-based The Shack and a crash landing of $4.7 million for the brooding drama Before I Fall.

Also disappointing in limited wide release was the relationship comedy Table 19 with $1.6 million. New imports from India flatlined and the best of the exclusives was the drama-comedy The Last Word with a $33,900 tally from four screens. In Canada, the animated Ballerina expanded into English-language venues to solid returns of $718,000.

Oscar’s aftermath saw only best picture and foreign-language winners Moonlight and The Salesman gaining dramatic upticks.

Revenues for the session pushed to about $185 million and a significant 52% balloon from last weekend. It was also 14% improved from 2016 when debuts of Zootopia and London Has Fallen led with respective opening of $75.1 million and $21.6 million.

Logan, the (reportedly) closing chapter of X-Men’s Wolverine saga, was anticipated to open big on the order of slightly better than $70 million. Trackers damped down expectations because of the film’s hard R-rating. Studio exit demos identified the throng as 63% male and 68% aged 25-years and older. Large format engagements accounted for about 23% of overall engagements and 27% of box office.

The film opened concurrently in 81 international markets to an estimated $152 million to rank as the studio’s third-largest foreign debut. China was in the forefront with $46 million, followed by the UK at $11 million and South Korea grossing $8.2 million.

The Shack had a standard opening in the $12-$13 million range. But the zeitgeist of national division led to a larger response for hope on the big screen. Its audience was 66% female and 72% aged 35 and beyond.

Despite its YA cred, the Groundhog Day dynamic of Before I Fell wasn’t expected to gross more than $5 million and that proved prescient. Exit demos were not available at press deadline but its target crowd was likely youthful and female.

Weekend (estimates) March 3 –  5, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Logan Fox 85.5 (21,010) NEW 4071 85.5
Get Out Uni 26.1 ((8,880) -22% 2938 75.9
The Shack Lionsgate 16.2 (5,620) NEW 2888 16.2
The Lego Batman Movie WB 11.6 (3,180) -39% 3656 148.6
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 4.7 (1,910) -49% 2475 82.9
Before I Fall Open Road 4.7 (1,990) NEW 2346 4.7
Hidden Figures Fox 3.8 (2,430) -34% 1582 158.8
The Great Wall Uni 3.5 (1,510) -62% 2314 41.3
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 3.5 (1,570) -55% 2205 109.9
La La Land Lionsgate 3.0 (2,130) -36% 1411 145.7
Fist Fight WB 2.9 (1,240) -56% 2303 28.3
Moonlight A24/Elevation 2.4 (1,520) 303% 1564 25.2
Rock Dog Lionsgate 2.2 (1,050) -39% 2077 6.6
Split Uni 2.1 (1,860) -49% 1126 134
Lion Weinstein Co. 2.1 (1,690) -44% 1260 46.5
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 1.7 (1,130) -53% 1494 60.2
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 1.6 (1,880) NEW 868 1.6
Ballerina Seville .72 (2,980) 298% 241 1.2
Moana BV .65 (2,020) -22% 321 246.9
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .63 (2,320) 24% 271 1.8
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .43 (1,900) -48% 227 5.5
Sing Uni .38 (1,350) -22% 283 268.2
Fences Par .29 (1,030) -62% 284 57.1
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .25 (2,200) 56% 115 1.8
Manchester By the Sea Roadside .25 (640) -47% 387 47.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $179.60
% Change (Last Year) 14%
% Change (Last Week) 52%
Also debuting/expanding
Kedi Oscilloscope .21 (4,140) 93% 51 0.55
My Ex and Whys ABS .11 (2,670) -58% 42 1.3
Tim Timmerman: Hope of America Purdie 72,200 (6,020) 12 0.07
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 61,600 (980) -50% 63 1.3
Paterson Bleecker Street 54,800 (1,250) -33% 44 1.8
Dwaraka Yukta 52,100 (1,110) 47 0.05
Commando 2 Big Pictures 49,300 (970) 51 0.05
Jackie Fox Searchlight 49,100 (7,010) -55% 70 13.8
Kittu Unnadu Jagratha US Telugu 48,300 (860) 56 0.05
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/A-Z 46,700 (730) -60% 64 0.69
My Life as a Zuchini Gkids 42,700 (1,470) 47% 29 0.08
L’Odyssee Entract 34,500 (2,300) 15 0.03
The Last Word Bleecker Street 33,900 (8,480) 4 0.03
The Women’s Balcony Menemsha 15,500 (7,750) 2 0.02
Loot 2 Princess 12,200 (4,070) 3 0.01
Papa ou Maman 2 A-Z Films 8,100 (670) 12 0.01
Donald Cried Orchard 7,600 (3,800) 2 0.01
The Last Laugh Tangerine 6,600 (6,600) 1 0.01
The Freedom to Marry Argot 6,200 (6,200) 1 0.01
Catfight Dark Sky 6,100 (610) 10 0.01
Ugetsu (reissue) Janus 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 2, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (8) 486.2 28.40%
20th Century Fox (9) 208.1 12.20%
Lionsgate (8) 197.3 11.50%
Warner Bros. (8) 188.6 11.00%
Paramount (9) 151.6 8.90%
Buena Vista (3) 143.7 8.40%
Sony (5) 95.8 5.60%
Weinstein Co. (3) 55.4 3.20%
CBS (1) 31.2 1.80%
STX (3) 28.9 1.70%
Open Road (2) 22.7 1.30%
Roadside Attractions (1) 16.7 1.00%
A24 (2) 14.3 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (2) 7.9 0.45%
Magnolia (3) 7.8 0.45%
Other * (61) 55.8 3.30%
1712 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – March 2, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 342,534,792
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 330,940,976
La La Land * Lionsgate 321,333,754
Sing * Uni 290,934,689
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony 273,836,146
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 271,843,735
Rogue One * BV 267,484,969
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,036,946
The Lego Batman Movie WB 234,089,936
Split Uni 229,392,757
Hidden Figures * Fox 184,634,151
Passengers * Sony 179,093,642
Moana * BV 175,797,256
The Great Wall * Uni; China Film 147,241,760
Duckweed China Lion; Bona 146,954,841
Assassin’s Creed * Fox 146,285,609
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 133,468,018
Buddies in India China Lion; Enlight 110,911,691
* does not include 2016 box office

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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