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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remained dominant in the marketplace with an estimated second weekend of $63.3 million. In the distance were the session’s two incoming national releases. Mother’s Day comedy adventure Snatched bowed to $17.4 million while King Arthur: Legend of the Sword put the morte in the fabled monarch with a $14.8 million debut.

The limited wide release of Iraqi War-set The Wall received a stony response of $933,000. Considerably more appealing was Lowriders, which grossed $2.4 million from a slim initial exposure on 295 screens.

In international day-and-date releases, holidays in India brought a wave of new product, but the only film that connected with audiences was Punjabi Lahoriye, which grossed $353,000 from 56 engagements. In Canada, the sequel to that nation’s top-grossing local film Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 arrived with a sturdy $1.3 million despite an 11-year gestation.

The exclusive freshmen class saw encouraging starts for biopic Stefan Zweig and Cate Blanchett’s one-woman show Manifesto. The biggest noise came from Paris Can Wait, the quiet rom-com road trip fiction debut of octogenarian Eleanor Coppola that grossed $97,800 from four boites.

Revenues for the frame topped $130 million, a 34% slide from last weekend. It was a marginal 1% improvement from 2016 (not Mother’s Day) when the second weekend of Captain America: Civil Wars led with $72.6 million with top newcomer Money Monster slotting third with $14.8 million.

Neither of the frame’s newcomers was expected to flex significant commercial muscle but even so slid below expectations. The big casualty was the hyped revision of the Arthurian saga that was anticipated to open in the 20s but was hammered down, earning negative reviews as well as a wave of negativity on social media.

On the domestic front Legend of the Sword had an audience that was 59% male with 77% aged 25 and older. It had more upbeat response overseas with a 51-territory launch that grossed an estimated $30 million. Curiously, the UK was not among the opening markets. Top-grossing countries were China with $6 million, and Russia with $5.2 million.

Snatched wasn’t supposed to out-gross King Arthur with tracking suggesting an opening in the range of $18-$20 million. But the chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn (absent from the screen since 2002) as mother-daughter and genuine yucks proved stronger than Excalibur. It not unsurprisingly tilted female with 77% of viewers and had 72% of ticket buyers 25  and older. The 18-to-34 corridor accounted for 51% of the weekend crowd. The film also had a small international exposure of nine territories with an additional box office of a little bit more than $3 million.

Weekend (estimates) May 12 – 14, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 63.3 (14,560) -57% 4347 246.4
Snatched Fox 17.4 (4,970) NEW 3501 17.4
King Arthur: Legend… WB 14.8 (3,990) NEW 3702 14.8
The Fate of the Furious Uni 5.3 (1,720) -38% 3067 215
The Boss Baby Fox 4.7 (1,610) -22% 2911 162.5
Beauty and the Beast BV 4.0 (1,860) -21% 2172 493.4
How to Be a Latin Lover Lionsgate 3.8 (3,400) -26% 1123 25.9
Lowriders High Top 2.4 (8,070) NEW 295 2.4
The Circle STX/Elevation 1.8 (830) -55% 2132 18.9
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 1.4 (3,880) -58% 369 18.9
Gifted Fox Searchlight 1.4 (990) -30% 1426 21.5
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 1.3 (7,290) NEW 181 1.3
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony 1.2 (750) -34% 1605 42.2
Going in Style WB 1.0 (820) -44% 1244 42.3
The Wall Roadside .93 (1,730) NEW 540 0.93
Born in China BV .87 (820) -29% 1055 12.4
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation .50 (990) -53% 497 7.5
Norman: The Moderate Rise… Sony Classics .39 (2,570) -12% 153 1.6
Get Out Uni .38 (940) -46% 405 174.5
Lahoriye Rhythm Boyz .35 (6,310) NEW 56 0.35
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus/Elevation .33 (770) -37% 425 16.4
Their Finest STX/Elevation .29 (1,220) -30% 237 2.9
Kong: Skull Island WB .29 (830) -44% 346 166.8
Sleight High Top .28 (780) -63% 364 3.6
Logan Fox .28 (920) -14% 305 225.5
The Dinner Orchard .23 (570) -65% 406 1.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $126.10
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) -34%
Also debuting/expanding
A Quiet Passion Music Box/PNW .19 (1,670) 21% 116 0.76
Maudie Mongrel .18 (2,290) -24% 79 1.5
Sarkar 3 Eros .15 (1,420) 106 0.15
The Lovers A24 .14 (6,190) 115% 23 0.23
Radha Nirvana .11 (1,140) 99 0.11
Meri Pyaari Bindu Yash Raj .11 (1,520) 73 0.11
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 97,800 (24,450) 4 0.1
Chuck IFC 60,100 (1,540) 74% 39 0.1
This is Not What I Expected Well Go 55,700 (1,990) -59% 28 0.25
Battle of Memories China Lion 50,200 (2,390) -49% 21 0.53
Love Off the Cuff Media Asia 46,900 (1,740) -66% 27 0.72
Risk Neon 34,600 (770) -55% 45 0.14
The Wedding Plan Roadside Attractions 29,300 (3,660) 8 0.03
3 Generations Weinstein Co. 20,600 (560) 14% 37 0.05
Hounds of Love Gunpowder & Sky 11,100 (580) 19 0.01
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe First Run 10,200 (10,200) 1 0.01
Manifesto FilmRise 8,900 (8,900) 1 0.01
Absolutely Anything Atlas 8,900 (200) 45 0.01
The Last Shaman Abramorama 6,800 (6,800) 1 0.01
Dead Awake FilmRise 6,400 (530) 12 0.01
Miles Between Us II Films 6,100 (320) 19 0.01
Trackdown IDP 5,800 (730) 8 0.01
Solaris (reissue) Janus 5,600 (5,600) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – May 11, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (9) 850.7 21.50%
Buena Vista (6) 832.9 21.00%
20th Century Fox (13) 607.3 15.30%
Warner Bros. (13) 472.3 11.90%
Lionsgate (11) 389.5 9.80%
Paramount (10) 195.1 4.90%
Sony (8) 170.3 4.30%
Weinstein Co. (3) 63.1 1.60%
STX (5) 46.6 1.20%
Open Road (5) 41.3 1.00%
Focus (8) 35.3 0.90%
Fox Searchlight (5) 35.2 0.90%
CBS (2) 32.6 0.85%
A24 (4) 20.7 0.55%
Other * (133) 171.1 4.30%
3964 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

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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