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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Twas Beauty killed the Beast to an estimated record-breaking debut of $171.7 million. The frame’s other new wide release, the James Gunn-penned eerie thriller The Belko Experiment was a slim counterprogrammer with a $4 million launch.

Exclusive newcomers included Terrence Malick’s allegorical musical romantic triangle Song to Song with $51,700 from four bookings and the long-gestating sequel T2: Trainspotting that bowed domestically on five screens to $177,000 following two months of overseas exposure that’s injected $34 million.

In international day-and-dates, India took a breather with Malayalam Angamaly Diaries providing a faint pulse of $25,100 from 16 engagements. In Canada, home-grown Punjabi romcom Jindua was off to a solid start of $138,000, while the hockey sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers followed up followed up on the 2011 hit with an OK slap shot of $521,000.

Revenues for the session climbed close to $260 million and a sharp 58% improvement from last weekend. It was 94% greater than 2015 when the third weekend of Zootopia retained top spot with $37.2 million and new entries Divergent: Allegiant and Miracles from Heaven followed with $29 million and $14.8 million.

The only question surrounding the debut of Beauty and the Beast was: HOW big? The studio initially low-balled it with a $120 million figure that expanded to a still-conservative $145 million prior to opening day. Pundits were more bullish with estimates ranging from $150-$160 million that were shy of the mark but the pool of films of comparable commercial clout is unquestionably shallow.

Aside from setting a new March box office benchmark, the film’s significant records include the all-time biggest opening for a PG-rated movie and the studio’s biggest debut for an essentially live-action movie. It also ranks number seven among all-time domestic film debuts.

B & B’s domestic audience skewed 60% female with 59% of the audience aged 25 and older. Roughly half of viewers identified as families, When queried about the studio’s efforts to sell the movie as a family outing, its distribution president said that “the idea was to take a family animated title and broaden its appeal to a wider audience as we did with Maleficent and The Jungle Book.” The result that the 17-34 corridor accounted for 38% indicates success in that effort , although plus 50s only provided 10% of the audience.

Internationally, Beauty and the Beast opened to an estimated $180 million. Its top-grossing market was China with $45 million, followed by the UK at $23 million, South Korea grossing $12 million and Mexico $11.6 million. Major territories France and Australia open next week and Japan in April.

Weekend (estimates) March 17 – 19, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Beauty and the Beast BV 171.7 (40,780) NEW 4210 171.7
Kong: Skull Island WB 27.8 (7,240) -54% 3846 109.1
Logan Fox 17.7 (4,800) -54% 3687 184.2
Get Out Uni 13.2 (4,440) -36% 2979 133.1
The Shack Lionsgate 6.1 (2,160) -39% 2825 42.6
The Lego Batman Movie WB 4.6 (1,690) -39% 2735 167.3
The Belko Experiment High Top 4.0 (3,010) NEW 1341 4
Hidden Figures Fox 1.5 (1,270) -46% 1162 165.5
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 1.2 (1,120) -55% 1065 89.8
Before I Fall Open Road 1.0 (630) -67% 1551 11.2
Lion Weinstein Co .74 (1,190) -44% 621 50
La La Land Lionsgate .53 (900) -70% 585 149.8
Goon: Last of the Enforcers eOne .52 (2,130) NEW 244 0.52
Split Uni .51 (840) -59% 604 136.9
The Sense of an Ending CBS .51 (1,800) 1167% 282 52,600
Rogue One BV .50 (2,790) 103% 179 530.7
A Dog’s Purpose Uni .49 (820) -55% 594 62.9
Fifty Shades Darker Uni .46 (760) -72% 607 114
Fist Fight WB .44 (830) -66% 533 31.5
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Fox Intl .42 (2,680) -52% 156 1.6
Moana BV .35 (1,340) -18% 264 248.1
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .32 (1,310) -40% 243 3.2
Ballerina Seville .32 (1,690) -36% 188 2.7
Sing Uni .31 (1,100) -30% 278 269.3
The Great Wall Uni .30 (680) -76% 439 44.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $252.60
% Change (Last Year) 94%
% Change (Last Week) 58%
Also debuting/expanding
Moonlight A24/Elevation .25 (900) -72% 280 27.5
Rock Dog Lionsgate .24 (550) -76% 444 9.1
Kedi Oscilloscope .24 (2,100) -24% 115 1.4
The Last Word Bleecker Street .19 (2,010) 130% 94 0.34
T2: Trainspotting Sony .18 (29,550) 6 0.18
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .15 (1,620) -49% 95 6.4
Personal Shopper IFC .15 (4,200) 86% 35 0.26
Jindua Infantry .14 (3,380) 41 0.14
Table 19 Fox Searchlight .13 (630) -85% 202 3.5
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .10 (1,410) -40% 72 2.2
Song to Song Broad Green 51,700 (12,920) 4 0.05
Raw Focus 41,400 (4,600) 67% 9 0.08
Land of Mine Sony Classics 40,500 (1,060) -27% 38 0.24
After the Storm Film Movement 25,800 (4,300) 6 0.03
Angamaly Diaries Friday 25,100 (1,570) 16 0.03
Bluebeard Well Go 18,200 (1,300) 14 0.02
Frantz Music Box 16,800 (8,400) 2 0.02
Le Jardinier Films d’aujourd’hui 10,700 (3,900) 3 0.01
La Mecanique de l’ombre TVA 10,200 (3,400) 3 0.01
Weirdos Films We Like 8,800 (2,200) 4 0.01
Tickling Giants Cinetec 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness Gravitas 6,300 (630) 10 0.01
Betting on Zero MUBI 4,400 (1,100) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 16, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (8) 579.7 26.20%
20th Century Fox (10) 383.7 17.40%
Warner Bros. (9) 301.5 13.60%
Lionsgate (9) 255.6 11.60%
Buena Vista (4) 162.1 7.30%
Paramount (9) 153.5 6.90%
Sony (5) 96.3 4.40%
Weinstein Co. (3) 60.4 2.70%
Open Road (3) 32.1 1.50%
CBS (1) 31.3 1.40%
STX (3) 29 1.30%
A24 (2) 18.5 0.80%
Roadside Attractions (2) 17.4 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (3) 13.1 0.60%
Other * (76) 76.3 3.50%
2210.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Justice League 38.8 4051 New 38.8
Wonder 9.6 3096 New 9.6
Thor: Ragnarok 5.8 4080 -68% 231.4
Murder on the Orient Express 4.1 3354 -62% 42
Daddy's Home 2 3.9 3575 -64% 39.7
The Star 2.8 2837 New 2.8
A Bad Moms Christmas 2.3 2948 -44% 46.3
Lady Bird 0.7 238 83% 2.9
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 0.3 53 215% 0.75
Jigsaw 0.3 1201 -72% 35.7
Also Debuting
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru 75,300 93
Tumhari Sulu 53,000 62
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 22,800 4
Verna 12,400 23
The Ghost Bride 11,300 39
Prematho Mee Karthik 7,100 24
The Breadwinner 4,400 3
On the Beach at Night Alone 3,350 2
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (reissue) 2,400 1
Mudbound 1,850 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