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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

It was top gear as the debut of The Fate of the Furious left the pack eating dust with an estimated $100.1 million. It was the only egg opening wide in this year’s Easter roll. A couple of limited releases strived to get into the marketplace (and failed) including the animated Spark: A Space Tail, which grossed $108,000 and golfing origin tale Tommy’s Honour with $220,000.

Exclusive freshman saw an up-tempo start for biodoc Chasing Trane with $15,200 on a solo riff. Also strong were the political “what if” Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer that grossed $100,000 at five sites and a potent $114,000 bow for period adventure The Lost City of Z from four expeditions.

Among international day-and-dates, the only Indian import to register was Punjabi Manje Bistre with an impressive $544,000. In Québec, family drama C’est le coeur qui meurt en dernier had a solid debut of $89,600.

Revenues for the holiday topped $170 million and rose 18% from last weekend. It was a slight -4% decline from 2016 (not Easter weekend) when debuts of The Jungle Book and Barbershop: The Next Cut led with respective launches of $103.3 million and $20.2 million.

Prognostications for the eighth entry in The Fast and the Furious settled in with better than $100 million. Anything less was unthinkable for a series with followers that view it with similar devotion as Star Wars fans. In this instance the crowd was 58% male with 50% aged 25-years and older with 79% in the core 18-34 year-old corridor.

While the domestic performance of The Fate of the Furious was potent, its international launch provided a staggering estimate of $432 million from 63 international markets. It’s the studio’s biggest opener and when actual bean-counting concludes could set a new global record that’s currently held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $529 million. Its $190 million bow in China was a record for that nation and it also set all-time opening benchmarks in 16 additional territories. Other top-grossing markets included Mexico with $17.8 million, the UK at $17 million and Russia with $14 million.

Weekend (estimates) April 14 – 16, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Fate of the Furious Uni 100.1 (23,220) NEW 4310
The Boss Baby Fox 15.5 (4,140) -41% 3743 116.3
Beauty and the Beast BV 13.7 (3,810) -42% 3592 454.7
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony 6.5 (1,810) -51% 3610 24.8
Going in Style WB 6.1 (2,000) -49% 3076 23.2
Gifted Fox Searchlight 3.1 (2,680) 588% 1146 4.4
Get Out Uni 2.9 (2,030) -29% 1424 167.5
Power Rangers Lionsgate 2.8 (1,300) -54% 2171 80.5
The Case for Christ Pure Flix 2.7 (1,950) -32% 1386 8.4
Kong: Skull Island WB 2.6 (1,310) -52% 2018 161.2
Ghost in the Shell Par 2.4 (1,110) -67% 2135 37
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus/Elevation 2.0 (1,920) -24% 1057 10.6
Logan Fox 1.9 (1,330) -53% 1415 221.6
Your Name FunImation .71 (2,430) -57% 292 3.3
The Shack Lionsgate .64 (610) -41% 1048 56.1
Life Sony .61 (1,010) -74% 605 28.6
Manje Bistre White Hill .54 (8,910) 61 0.54
Colossal Neon .46 (4600) 281% 100 0.61
The Lego Batman Movie WB .38 (1,110) 2% 344 173.8
Their Finest STX .36 (6,880) 371% 52 0.47
Split Uni .27 (2,100) 295% 128 137.8
CHIPs WB .25 (630) -82% 393 17.9
T2: Trainspotting Sony .23 (690) -15% 331 2
Tommy’s Honor Roadside Attractions .22 (1,370) NEW 161 0.22
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate .15 (720) -3% 208 91.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $165.80
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Frantz Music Box .13 (1,320) -13% 98 0.56
The Lost City of Z Bleecker Street .11 (28,520) 4 0.11
Spark: A Space Tail Open Road .11 (290) 365 0.11
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall … Sony Classics .10 (19,880) 5 0.1
C’est le coeur qui meurt en dernier Seville 89,600 (3,200) 28 0.09
Kedi Oscilloscope 84,600 (1,070) -26% 79 2.4
Personal Shopper IFC 67,300 (790) -50% 85 1.1
Begum Jaan White Hill 66,200 (1,840) 36 0.07
Maudie Mongrel 56,500 (14,120) 4 0.06
A Quiet Passion Music Box 44,300 (8,860) 5 0.04
Mister Nager 42,800 (440) 97 0.08
Power Paandi CineGalaxy 41,900 (1,820) 23 0.04
The Devotion of Subject X China Lion 38,500 (1,830) -74% 21 0.66
Chasing Trane Abramorama 15,200 (15,200) 1 0.02
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea Gkids 13,800 (4,600) 3 0.01
Black Code Mongrel 10,900 (5,450) 2 0.01
Little Boxes FilmBuff 4,300 (1,080) 4 0.01
Tomorrow Milky Way 3,400 (1,130) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 13, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (9) 640.4 19.90%
Buena Vista (4) 589.7 18.30%
20th Century Fox (12) 543.4 16.90%
Warner Bros. (11) 425.5 13.20%
Lionsgate (10) 357.5 11.10%
Paramount (10) 189.3 5.90%
Sony (8) 144.8 4.50%
Weinstein Co. (3) 62.7 1.90%
Open Road (3) 34.9 1.10%
CBS (2) 32.6 1.00%
STX (4) 29.1 0.90%
Focus (7) 24.8 0.75%
A24 (2) 19.1 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (2) 17.5 0.55%
Fox Searchlight (4) 16.3 0.50%
Other * (97) 93.4 2.90%
3221 100%
* none greater than 0.35%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 6.1 3849 -43% 262.2
The Post 5.9 2819 1083% 10.4
The Commuter 4.5 2892 NEW 4.5
Insidious: The Last Key 3.4 3150 -73% 39.6
Proud Mary 3.1 2125 NEW 3.1
The Greatest Showman 3.1 2938 -26% 85.8
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2.7 3090 -59% 582.9
Paddington 2 2.4 3702 NEW 2.4
Pitch Perfect 3 1.4 2505 -57% 90.4
Darkest Hour 1.2 1693 -32% 32.4
Also Debuting
Thaanaa Serndha Kootam 91,650 89
Agnyaathavaasi - Prince in Exile 89,100 353
Condorito 52,600 153
Jai Simha 34,900 78
Ang Panday 27,600 43
Mukabaaz 13,300 17
Sketch 9,900 55
Ang Larawan 8,700 14
Parchi 6,350 35
The Insult 5,700 3
Acts of Violence 3,400 12
Lover for a Day 2,900 1
Saturday Church 2,300 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