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Leonard Klady

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
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
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