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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The third weekend of The Fate of the Furious again led weekend viewing with an estimated $19.4 million and a global gross that crossed into the rarified realm of $1 billion box office. The session had but one wide national release but it was international day-and-date newcomers that stole the thunder. The storm came from the Hispanic comedy How to Be a Latin Lover that ranked second with $11.8 million and highly-anticipated Indian historic epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which smashed global records, including a U.S. debut of $10.3 million.

That left the Dave Eggers’ adaptation The Circle smarting with a wan $9.3 million debut. Also left in the dust was low-budget street magician drama Sleight with $1.6 million.

A pair of Chinese imports – Love Off the Cuff and Battle of Memories – got solid starts of $292,000 and $214,000, respectively. Exclusive newcomers were largely dullish, although nonfiction Obit grossed $14,000 at two venues and could build momentum. In Canada ,the biopic Maudie is proving to be a solid success with a $750,000 cume, with an U.S. debut slated for May.

Revenues for the session pushed toward $105 million and dipped 10% from last weekend. It was infinitesimally better than the 9% decline from 2016 when the third weekend of The Jungle Book led with $43.7 million, and newcomers Keanu and Mother’s Day opened at $9.6 million and $9.4 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 got a week’s jump on its domestic launch in 37 foreign markets, with an estimated $101 million first foray. Top markets include the UK with $15.5 million, Australia grossing $11.6 million and Germany with an $8.3 million debut.

Telugu Baahubali debuted in 2015 to the biggest box office debut in Indian film history. It was an industry shocker that a non-Hindi film woiuld achieve that level of global acceptance, even with multiple dubbed versions. It went on to gross more than $100 million worldwide ($9.3 million in the U.S.) and set a new box office benchmark in India.

Based on ninth century events about the foundation of Janism, the sweeping spectacle’s second part was expected to equal the original in popularity. But it shattered all expectations with opening box office that already is better than the first film’s lifetime performance in Hindi India, the U.S. and other climes. Early estimates indicate a $70 million worldwide opening weekend. Domestically, it’s reported that some venues are charging $30 and some reports cite ducats as high as $40. It may prove to be the crossover success the Indian film industry has been hoping to achieve across decades of frustration.

Baahubali 2 also had the biggest launch for an Indian film in IMAX engagements. Its 66 screens globally (45 in the U.S.) grossed an estimated $2.3 million that are records for a foreign-language production.

Also hoeing the crossover garden is the Spanglish How to Be a Latin Lover, with the biggest U.S. debut of a movie straddling the border. It was expected to debut around $5-$6 miillion. The film opens next weekend in Mexico, where lead actor Eugenio Derbez is a major star. Domestically, the film drew a crowd that was 55% female. The bad news is that 75% of viewers were aged 25 and older, with 89% identifying themselves as Hispanic. Wider acceptance is pending.

Although it was not perceived as significantly commercial, industry trackers slated the opening of The Circle at $13-$15 million. Its audience was 62% female with 72% aged 25 and older and 44% in the key demo of 18-34.

Weekend (estimates) April 28 – 30, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Fate of the Furious Uni 19.4 (4,750) -50% 4077 192.7
How to Be a Latin Lover Lionsgate 11.8 (10,570) NEW 1118 11.8
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 10.3 (24,160) NEW 434 10.3
The Circle STX/Elevation 9.3 (2,940) NEW 3163 9.3
The Boss Baby Fox 9.2 (2,450) -28% 3739 148.6
Beauty and the Beast BV 6.5 (2,050) -33% 3155 480.2
Going in Style WB 3.6 (1,290) -27% 2761 37.3
Gifted Fox Searchlight 3.3 (1,480) -28% 2214 15.8
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony 3.2 (1,270) -34% 2554 37.7
Unforgettable WB 2.3 (950) -52% 2417 8.8
Born in China BV 2.2 (1,480) -54% 1508 8.7
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 1.7 (2,010) -18% 866 4.9
Get Out Uni 1.7 (1,080) 1% 1563 172.5
Sleight High Top 1.6 (2,910) NEW 565 1.6
The Promise Open Road/eOne 1.4 (620) -66% 2251 7
Kong: Skull Island WB 1.1 (1,200) -25% 933 165.5
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus/Elevation 1.0 (1,010) -30% 997 14.8
The Case for Christ Pure Flix/Mongrel .96 (910) -39% 1050 13
Power Rangers Lionsgate .86 (960) -37% 889 84.2
Logan Fox .76 (1,230) -22% 614 224.5
Phoenix Forgotten Cinelou/D Films .75 (520) -60% 1424 3.1
Colossal Neon .52 (1,670) -11% 310 2.1
Their Finest STX .50 (1,480) -8% 330 1.8
Ghost in the Shell Par .42 (930) -52% 456 39.9
Life Sony .32 (640) -28% 503 29.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $93.95 104.7
% Change (Last Year) -9%
% Change (Last Week) -10%
Also debuting/expanding
Love Off the Cuff Media Asia .29 (7,680) 38 0.29
Maudie Mongrel .28 (3,660) 78% 77 0.75
Can’t Help Falling in Love ABS .26 (4,000) -32% 66 0.9
Free Fire A24/Elevation .27 (330) -73% 817 1.7
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall … Sony Classics .23 (4,940) 87% 47 0.54
Battle of Memories China Lion .21 (5,100) 42 0.21
Your Name FunImation .19 (1,590) -42% 122 4.6
Manje Bistre White Hill .10 (2,610) -66% 38 1.4
Dalida Seville 94,900 (2,970) 32 0.09
A Quiet Passion Music Box/Mogrel 84,300 (2,110) 20% 40 0.26
The Mayor Well Go 39,500 (13,620) 29 0.04
Grey Lady Starz 25,700 (1,070) 24 0.03
Obit. Kino 14,800 (7,400) 2 0.01
Km 31-2 Videocine 10,700 (210) 51 0.01
Voice from the Stone Momentum 9,900 (1,100) 9 0.01
Below Her Mouth Gunpowder & Sky 7,900 (790) 10 0.01
Buster’s Mal Heart Well Go 7,800 (7,800) 1 0.01
Natasha Menemsha 7,500 (7,500) 1 0.01
One Week and a Day Oscilloscope 7,100 (2,370) 3 0.01
Bang! The Bert Berns Story Abramorama 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 27, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (9) 810.4 22.60%
Buena Vista (5) 629.1 17.50%
20th Century Fox (12) 586.6 16.40%
Warner Bros. (12) 456.2 12.70%
Lionsgate (11) 365.8 10.20%
Paramount (10) 194.2 5.40%
Sony (8) 163.1 4.60%
Weinstein Co. (3) 62.9 1.80%
Open Road (5) 39.1 1.10%
CBS (2) 32.6 0.90%
STX (5) 30.7 0.85%
Focus (7) 29.8 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (5) 27.6 0.75%
A24 (3) 20.3 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (3) 17.9 0.50%
Other * (116) 119.2 3.30%
3585.5 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – April 27, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,033,803
Silence * Par 6,826,130
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,484,091
Your Name FunImation 4,372,414
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,869,642
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 3,614,896
Dangal * UTV 3,197,854
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 3,106,446
Ballerina Seville 2,964,409
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,835,355
Kedi Oscillosope 2,490,698
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation 2,409,117
T2: Trainspotting Sony 2,252,814
Un Padre no Tan Padre Lionsgate 2,156,047
Paterson * Bleecker Mongrol 2,046,621
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Fox Intl 1,998,712
Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate 1,915,789
A Beautiful Planet* Imax 1,855,016
* does not include 2016 box office

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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