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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
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