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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Boss Baby again edged out Beauty and the Beast for weekend bragging rights with two family movies grossing respective estimates of $26.4 million and $24.7 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village opened with a softish $13.7 million while the octo-heist yarn Going in Style had a surprisingly resilient $12.3 million launch.

Best of the exclusive debs were the monster-relationship drama-comedy Colossal, which grossed $121,000 at four playlots and stiff-upper-lipped Brit Their Finest with $78,400. Also bowing nationally was the faith-targeted The Case for Christ with a $3.8 million investigation.

In international day-and-dates, Telugu Kattru Veliyidai had an OK bow of $287,000. Japan’s all-time box office champion ($240 million), animated Your Name., had an impressive start of $1.7 million from 294 engagements. In Québec, French comic import Demain tout commence was sturdy with a $237,000 box office following a $50 million international overseas gross. And the 56- screen start for the family drama Gifted was off to $482,000.

Session revenues generated roughly $125 million and ebbed back 28% from last weekend. It was an 18% improvement from 2016 when the debut of The Boss edged out Batman v Superman with $23.6 million to the latter’s $26.4 million.

Industry tracking indicated a mid-teen opening for Smurfs: The Lost Village following the robust $550 million global box office of the prior 2011 big blue screen edition. It got a head start last weekend internationally with a comparably diminished $15.4 million tally in 28 territories. Overseas engagements added 30 markets this weekend and bumped up to an estimated $22 million.

On the domestic side, the Smurfs had an audience that was 53% female with 63% of viewers 25 and younger. Studio exit demos also identified the crowd a 77% family.

The update of Martin Brest’s 1979 Going in Style was expected to gross a modest $8-$9 million in light of its older appeal. Exit demos reflected that draw but that segment of the audience proved to be more vociferous. It also had a slight female tilt of 53% with a staggering 95% of patrons aged 25-years and older of which 72% were aged more than 50-years old with a plurality AARP members. Its demos are certain to get younger in the coming weeks.

Weekend (estimates) April 7 – 9, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Boss Baby Fox 26.4 (6,900) -47% 3829 89.5
Beauty and the Beast BV 24.7 (6,220) -46% 3969 432
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony 13.7 (3,800) NEW 3610 13.7
Going in Style WB 12.3 (4,010) NEW 3061 12.3
Ghost in the Shell Par 7.3 (2,120) -61% 3440 31.5
Power Rangers Lionsgate 6.2 (2,090) -56% 2978 75.1
Kong: Skull Island WB 5.7 (2,080) -33% 2753 156.5
Logan Fox 4.0 (2,070) -34% 1949 218.1
Get Out Uni 4.0 (2,540) -29% 1574 162.8
The Case for Christ Pure Flix 3.8 (3,210) NEW 1174 3.8
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus/Elevation 2.9 (3,560) -13% 804 7.6
Life Sony 2.4 (1,350) -57% 1788 27
Your Name FunImation 1.7 (5,710) NEW 294 1.7
CHIPs WB 1.4 (1,030) -65% 1351 17.1
The Shack Lionsgate 1.1 (1,000) -46% 1108 54.8
Gifted Fox Searchlight .48 (8,610) NEW 56 0.48
The Lego Batman Movie WB .39 (1,120) -48% 350 173.3
Kaatru Veliyidai ATMUS .29 (2,590) NEW 111 0.35
T2: Trainspotting Sony .27 (1,740) -28% 157 1.6
Hidden Figures Fox .27 (940) -35% 288 168.3
Demain tout commence Seville .24 (5,510) NEW 43 0.24
The Belko Experiment High Top .20 (1,060) -62% 186 9.4
Rogue One BV .17 (940) -33% 177 532
Lion Weinstein Co. .16 (810) -18% 203 51.4
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate .16 (990) -26% 162 91.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $118.10
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) -28%
Also debuting/expanding
Frantz Music Box .15 (1,890) 79% 81 0.36
The Devotion of Subject X China Lion .14 (3,130) -55% 46 0.57
Personal Shopper IFC .13 (940) -18% 141 1
Colossal Neon .12 (30,300) NEW 4 0.12
Raab de Radio White Hill .11 (5,950) -21% 19 0.35
Kedi Oscilloscope .10 (1,220) -31% 85 2.2
Their Finest STX 78,400 (19,600) 4 0.08
Kizumonogatari III Azoland 68,100 (4,260) 16 0.07
Cheliyaa Jolly Hits 65,200 (600) 109 0.09
Raw Focus 48,200 (1,070) -31% 45 0.4
The Void Screen Media 46,800 (1,510) 31 0.05
Song to Song Broad Green 36,500 (830) -38% 44 0.4
Extraordinary Mission Hannover 28,300 (1,420) 20 0.03
Truman FilmRise 18,700 (6,230) 3 0.02
Queen of the Desert IFC 17,300 (180) 94 0.02
Aftermath Lionsgate 10,100 (670) 15 0.01
Graduation IFC 9,800 (4,900) 2 0.01
Alive and Kicking Magnolia 9,700 (1,610) 6 0.01
Mine Well Go 7,700 (300) 26 0.01
The Transfiguration Strand 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
The Ticket Shout! Factory 4,400 (230) 19 0.01
All These Sleepless Night Orchard 4,300 (1,420) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 6, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (8) 623.7 20.50%
Buena Vista (4) 555.7 18.30%
20th Century Fox (12) 499.6 16.40%
Warner Bros. (11) 398.7 13.10%
Lionsgate (10) 345.6 11.40%
Paramount (10) 178.9 5.90%
Sony (8) 123.1 4.00%
Weinstein Co. (3) 62.5 2.10%
Open Road (3) 33.8 1.10%
CBS (2) 32.6 1.10%
STX (3) 29 0.95%
Focus (7) 20.9 0.70%
A24 (2) 19.1 0.65%
Roadside Attractions (2) 17.5 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (4) 14.9 0.50%
Other * (91) 81.8 2.70%
3037.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – April 6, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 913,803,315
Logan Fox 589,483,086
Kong: Skull Island WB 495,930,920
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 378,777,339
La La Land * Lionsgate 377,022,978
Sing * Uni 354,022,827
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 330,789,221
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
The Lego Batman Movie WB 299,320,051
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 273,956,711
Split Uni 271,273,977
Rogue One * BV 270,018,934
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,521,078
Moana * BV 224,308,170
Hidden Figures * Fox 222,275,082
Passengers * Sony 183,973,453
A Dog’s Purpose Uni; Mister Smith 180,607,558
Get Out Uni 170,422,112
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 163,140,180
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Transformers: The Last Knight 13.7 4069 New 37.5
Cars 2 7.7 4256 -55% 82.4
Wonder Woman 7.3 3933 -32% 300.5
47 Meters Down 2.3 2471 -48% 19.1
All Eyez on Me 1.9 2471 -81% 34.7
The Mummy 1.7 2980 -55% 64.4
Rough Night 1.6 3162 -53% 13.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 1.6 1468 -34% 156.3
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 1.4 2328 -34% 62.9
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 0.85 1468 -30% 378.1
Also Debuting
DJ Duvvada Jagannadham 0.58 181
Tubelight 0.28 342
The Big Sick 0.13 5
The Beguiled 89,400 4
The Bad Batch 31,500 30
Can We Still Be Friends? 23,900 47
The Ornithologist 2,350 2
L'Embarrass du choix 1,900 6
Food Evolution 1,800 1
Journey Through French Cinema 1,600 2
Vanamagan 1,300 12
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography 1,100 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