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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Alien: Covenant edged ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with an estimated $36.1 million to make off with a wobbling weekend box office crown. Teen romantic drama Everything, Everything won a distant third with $11.8 million and the latest episode of the Wimpy Kid franchise, the appropriately-entitled The Long Haul, bowed with a limpy $7.1 million.

International day-and-date releases featured new Indian imports that could not usurp Baahubali 2, including Hindi Half Girlfriend and Telugu Keshava, with barely OK openings Exclusive newcomers included solo flights of the claustrophobe Wakefield and the Steve James’ nonfiction Abacus: Small Enough to Jail registering a modest pulse.

Revenues topped $125 million and ebbed back 9% from last weekend. It was a carbon-copy 9% erosion from 2016 when the opening of The Angry Birds Movie pushed ahead of Captain America: Civil Wars with respective three-days of $38.2 million and $32.9 million.

Alien: Covenant, a prequel and a sequel, was expected to lead weekend ticket buys, altough tracking suggested a debut in the low $40 million. The film got a jumpstart internationally a week ago with a $40.1 million burst from 34 markets. A:C expanded to 76 territories (with only China and Japan remaining) and an estimated $30 million. Top new openings included $4.4 million in Russia and Germany grossing $2.3 million.

On the domestic side the film drew a 62% male audience. Studio tracking identified the audience as 66% aged 25 and older with 60% at 18-34.

Although targeted to the same crowd as Me Before You, Everything, Everything was not expected to equal the earlier film’s appeal. Still, it readily exceeded predictions of an $8-$9 million debut. Based on a YA novel, the tale of a sensitive girl, allergic to a laundry list of organic and synthetic substances, and the shut-in breaking out and finding romance. Unsurprisingly the film tilted 82% female with 74% of the crowd aged 25 and younger.

Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books debuted on screen back in 2010 and the current effort (following a five-year hiatus) is the fourth on the big screen. A surprising choice for a reboot with a complete cast overhaul, it failed to meet even modest expectations of a $10-$12 million bow. The landscape for ancillares has also changed for the worse in the past half decade, so the Heffley’s future is apt to shift to a more modest scale. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul had a 59% female audience with 60% of viewers aged 25 and younger. That younger crowd was 57% male and 83% of ticket buyers identified as families.

Weekend (estimates) May 19 – 21, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Alien: Covenant Fox 36.1 (9,590) NEW 3761 36.1
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 35.3 (8,130) -46% 4347 302.1
Everything, Everything WB 11.8 (4,220) NEW 2801 11.8
Snatched Fox 7.6 (2,170) -61% 3511 32.8
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Fox 7.1 (2,250) NEW 3157 7.1
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword WB 6.9 (1,870) -55% 3702 27.3
The Fate of the Furious Uni 3.2 (1,380) -41% 2287 219.9
The Boss Baby Fox 2.8 (1,340) -39% 2071 166.1
Beauty and the Beast BV 2.4 (1,350) -49% 1792 497.8
How to Be a Latin Lover Lionsgate 2.2 (2,280) -44% 948 29.4
Lowriders High Top 1.1 (3,120) -53% 365 4.2
Gifted Fox Searchlight .77 (930) -50% 824 22.9
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .73 (4,110) -33% 177 2.2
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India .61 (2,520) -63% 241 20.2
Going in Style WB .59 (860) -45% 690 43.4
Norman: The Moderate Rise… Sony Classics .58 (1,560) 52% 373 2.3
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony .52 (790) -55% 652 43
The Circle STX/Elevation .45 (660) -75% 684 20
Born in China BV .42 (730) -54% 575 12.2
The Wall Roadside/Elevation .31 (590) -66% 524 1.6
The Lovers A24 .28 (2,640) 121% 105 0.53
Half Girlfriend Zee Studios .24 (1,820) NEW 131 0.24
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus/Elevation .23 (840) -37% 275 16.8
Get Out Uni .23 (870) -42% 262 174.9
Hindi Medium Zee Studios .22 (3,780) NEW 59 0.22
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $120.30
% Change (Last Year) -9%
% Change (Last Week) -9%
Also debuting/expanding
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation .20 (930) -60% 217 7.9
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .20 (8,740) 103% 23 0.33
A Quiet Passion Music Box/PNW .20 (1,530) -6% 130 1.1
Keshava RedHeart ,16 (1,410) 115 0.16
Their Finest STX/Elevation .15 (950) -50% 160 3.2
Maudie Mongrel .13 (2,090) -19% 63 1.8
Champion ArtAffects 79,200 (2,550) 31 0.08
Chuck IFC 71,500 (600) 1% 120 0.21
CIA: Comrade in America A & A 55,600 (1,740) 32 0.06
What a Wonderful Family Media Asia 19,100 (1,120) 17 0.02
Wakefield IFC 13,100 (13,100) 1 0.01
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail PBS 12,800 (12,800) 1 0.01
The Commune Magnolia 8,400 (1,200) 7 0.01
Maurice (reissue) Cohen Media 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
Afterimage Film Movement 3,400 (3,400) 1 0.01
Radio Dreams Matson 2,900 (2,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – May 18, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (6) 923.8 22.30%
Universal (9) 858.4 20.70%
20th Century Fox (14) 642.2 15.50%
Warner Bros. (14) 494.4 11.90%
Lionsgate (11) 395.1 9.50%
Paramount (10) 195.2 4.70%
Sony (8) 171.9 4.20%
Weinstein Co. (3) 63.1 1.50%
STX (5) 49.2 1.20%
Open Road (5) 41.4 1.00%
Focus (9) 39.6 0.95%
Fox Searchlight (5) 37.2 0.90%
CBS (2) 32.6 0.80%
A24 (4) 20.9 0.50%
Roadside Attractions (4) 19.3 0.45%
Other * (140) 162.2 3.90%
4146.5 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – May 18, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 495,379,049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 266,737,474
Logan Fox 225,680,505
The Fate of the Furious Uni 216,710,300
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,174,491
Get Out Uni 174,694,705
Hidden Figures * Fox 166,894,246
Kong: Skull Island WB 166,850,002
The Boss Baby Fox 163,352,550
Split Uni 138,255,070
La La Land Lionsgate 116,956,426
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 114,534,596
Rogue One * BV 107,679,504
Sing * Uni 103,856,913
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 92,320,883
Power Rangers Lionsgate 84,862,570
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 64,380,300
The Shack Lionsgate 57,386,418
Lion * Weinstein Co. 45,623,058
The Great Wall Uni 45,466,947
* does not include 2016 box office

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. K. Bowen says:

    Comic books, animation, musicals, horror and World War II. That’s what sells, or at least profits, at the moment. Fifth installments, especially of sci-fi …. not so much.

    I’m not a pessimist about the movies. I am a pessimist about endless sequels.

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Coco 4.2 3748 -33% 121.4
The Disaster Artist 2.6 840 416% 4.2
Justice League 2.5 3508 -44% 203.9
Wonder 2.5 3519 -31% 94.4
Thor: Ragnarok 1.7 3047 -38% 296.5
Daddy's Home 2 1.6 3263 -24% 86.7
Murder on the Orient Express 1.5 3089 -26% 89.1
Just Getting Started 1.1 2161 NEW 1.1
Lady Bird 1 1557 -19% 19.8
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 0.8 1620 -40% 16.3
Also Debuting
Unexpectedly Yours 88,700 49
I, Tonya 84,300 4
Furkey Returns 49,900 69
Sat Shri Akaal England 43,200 38
Malli Raava 30,700 46
Noel & Cie 12,500 48
November Criminals 2,600 20
Bullet Head 1,900 9
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