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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Beauty and the Beast diminished by half but nonetheless towered over the competition with an estimated $89 million weekend. That left incoming Power Rangers securely in second with a $40.1 million debut. The session’s two other newcomers had meh results with Alien-esque -fier <strong>Life</strong> opening to $12.4 million and a comic retread of TV staple <strong>CHIPS </strong>puttering to $7.5 million. sci-fier Life opening to $12.4 million and a comic retread of TV staple CHIPS puttering on the big screen to $7.5 million.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian imports saw good starts for both Telugu Katamarayudu of $1.2 million, and Hindi Phillauri of $262,000. In limited wide release. curmudgeonly Wilson grossed a dull $330,000 with even more dire results of $128,000 for the basketball drama Slammin Jamma. Exclusive bows were dull with only the jazz bio doc I Called Him Morgan with a pulse at $12,100 at a single room.

Revenues for the frame generated close to $200 million and ebbed back 25% from last weekend. It had a comparable 23% erosion from 2016 when the debut of Batman v. Superman bowed to $166 million with that session’s other newcomer My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 slotting third with $17.9 million.

A full-bore advertising assault propelled Power Rangers to what box office pundits anticipated would be in the arena of $40 million plus launch. Based upon the venerable 1990s TV skein “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” of youthful superheroes vs. equally daunting supervillains it previously received a big screen incarnation in 1995. The new version (anticipated as a franchise) drew a 60% crowd with 50% of the audience aged 25-years and older. The key 18-34 year old corridor accounted for 73% of viewers.

The nostalgia element was considerably more tame for the 1970s TVer CHIPS. Withering reviews for its lewd comedy and poor exits only solidified tracking that suggested a $7-$9 million opening. Its audience tilted 53% male with 68% of ticket buyers aged 25 and older.

Life tracking had analysts projecting a $14-$15 million debut but EWOM resulted in damped down actuals. The chief hurdle for the picture was the sense of it being derivative of countless other lost in space and in peril sagas and déjà vu ain’t what it used to be. Its crowd was 55% male with 57% aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) March 24 – 26, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Beauty and the Beast BV 89.0 (21,130) -49% 4210 317.6
Power Rangers Lionsgate 40.1 (10,860) NEW 3693 40.1
Kong: Skull Island WB 14.4 (3,940) -48% 3666 133.5
Life Sony 12.4 (3,940) NEW 3146 12.4
Logan Fox 10.0 (3,170) -44% 3163 201.3
Get Out Uni 8.7 (3,500) -35% 2474 147.5
CHIPS WB 7.5 (3,030) NEW 2464 7.5
The Shack Lionsgate 3.7 (1,600) -38% 2330 49
The Lego Batman Movie WB 1.9 (1,180) -58% 1638 170.8
The Belko Experiment High Top 1.8 (1,330) -57% 1341 7.6
Katamarayudu CineGalaxy 1.2 (4,690) NEW 254 1.2
Hidden Figures Fox .78 (1,220) -47% 640 167
The Last Word Bleecker Street .52 (1,360) 162% 380 0.95
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate .46 (1,130) -62% 403 90.8
Rogue One BV .45 (1,700) -10% 267 531.3
Lion Weinstein Co. .38 (1,180) -48% 320 50.7
T2 Trainspotting Sony .38 (6,460) 123% 59 0.61
Wilson Fox Searchlight .33 (1,070) NEW 310 0.44
Passengers Sony .32 (860) 450% 375 99.8
The Sense of an Ending CBS .27 (1,130) -45% 235 1
Phillauri Fox Intl ,26 (3,540) NEW 74 0.26
A Dog’s Purpose Uni .23 (770) -51% 299 63.4
Goon: Last of the Enforcers eOne .22 (990) -49% 225 0.85
Personal Shopper IFC .22 (2,060) 45% 107 0.55
Moana BV .21 (1,010) -38% 212 248.4
Sing Uni .21 (930) -34% 228 269.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $192.00
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -25%
Also debuting/expanding
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .18 (1,140) -40% 159 3.5
Kedi Oscilloscope .16 (1,690) -45% 93 1.7
Song to Song Broad Green .14 (1,740) 175% 80 0.21
Slamma Jamma RiverRain .13 (370) 347 0.13
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .10 (1,580) -40% 65 6.6
Moonlight A24/Elevation 81,500 (1,310) -66% 62 27.7
Raw Focus 72,700 (2,690) 50% 27 0.19
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation 47,900 (1,370) -51% 35 2.3
Car Dogs NCC 13,300 (1,290) 11 0.01
I Called Him Morgan Submarine 12,100 (12,100) 1 0.01
The Second Time Around Sancor 9,700 (3,230) 3 0.01
In Search of Israeli Cuisine Menemsha 8,600 (4,300) 2 0.01
Dig Two Graves A23 4,900 (550) 9 0.01
Bokeh Screen Media 4,800 (530) 9 0.01
Afterimage MUBI 4,000 (1,330) 3 0.01
Tuktuq K-Films 3,600 (1,800) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 23, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (8) 601.7 23.60%
20th Century Fox (10) 411.4 16.10%
Buena Vista (4) 375.6 14.70%
Warner Bros. (10) 346.8 13.60%
Lionsgate (10) 271.1 10.60%
Paramount (9) 154.1 6.10%
Sony (7) 97.4 3.80%
Weinstein Co. (3) 61.6 2.40%
Open Road (3) 33.4 1.30%
CBS (2) 32.1 1.30%
STX (3) 29 1.10%
A24 (2) 18.8 0.75%
Roadside Attractions (2) 17.4 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (3) 13.8 0.55%
Focus (6) 12.9 0.50%
Other * (76) 73.1 2.90%
2550.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – March 23, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 228,605,887
Logan Fox 191,310,596
The Lego Batman Movie WB 168,871,252
Hidden Figures * Fox 163,937,247
Get Out Uni 138,818,035
Split Uni 137,095,790
Kong: Skull Island WB 119,077,238
La La Land * Lionsgate 115,765,074
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 114,244,925
Rogue One * BV 106,369,679
Sing * Uni 102,980,490
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 90,394,007
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 63,139,230
The Shack Lionsgate 45,287,044
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 44,988,443
The Great Wall Uni 44,914,280
Lion * Weinstein Co. 44,236,167
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
The Hitman's Bodyguard Lionsgate 8 3377 New
Annabelle: Creation WB 5 3542 -55%
Logan Lucky Bleecker Street 2.8 3031 New
Dunkirk WB 2 3271 -35%
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 1.6 4003 -46%
The Emoji Movie Sony 1.3 2791 -31%
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 1.3 2341 -27%
Girls Trip Uni 1.2 2010 -41%
The Dark Tower Sony 1.1 3143 -53%
Wind River Weinstein Co. 1 694 421%
Also Debuting
Anando Brahma Nirvana 70,500 85
Bareilly Ki Barfi Zee Studios 52,100 46
The Adventurers Well Go 27,100 17
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight 23,600 14
Rocky Mental Grand Showbiz 12,100 14
Gook Goldwyn 10,700 2
Crown Heights IFC 7,000 3
Marjorie Prime FilmRise 6,200 4
Dave Made a Maze Gravitas 4,500 15
On the Milky Road A-Z Films 4,250 2
Sidemen: On the Road to Glory Abramorama 3,800 1
5 Steps to Love Sunrise 2,700 5
Shot Caller Saban 2,250 4
The Neighborhood In Your Ear 2,200 24
Lemon Magnolia 1,700 1
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