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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Transformers: The Last Knight led weekend moviegoing in its debut with an estimated $45.3 million. The alleged franchise “finale” was anticipated to be a commercial powerhouse with competition steering clear of its path … including counterprogrammers.

Two exclusive newcomers arrived with a pow. The remake of southern gothic The Beguiled opened with $240,000 from four screens, and modern romance The Big Sick grossed a whopping $430,000 at five clubs. Bearing mixed reviews, indie head trip The Bad Batch was soft, with $92,100 from 30 playdates.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian newcomers had potent bows. Telugu DJ Duvvada Jagannadham opened to $1 million while Hindi Tubelight grossed $813,000. The films had comparable rankings in India where the latter was expected to lead largely on the box office power of star Salman Khan. Filipino romcom Can We Still Be Friends had a disappointing flirtation with $69,700.

Revenues for the pre-holiday frame topped $145 million and ebbed back 25% from last weekend. It was a comparable 24% decline from 2016 when the second weekend of Finding Dory easily trumped newcomer Independence Day: Resurrection with a $72.9 million box office to the freshman’s $41 million.

The fifth Transformers under the aegis of Michael Bay was expected to be a box office powerhouse, and The Last Knight was expected to open in the orbit $80 million. Its Wednesday $15 million opening reduced expectations below $70 million. And, naturally, the emphasis shifted to overseas performance.

Optimus Prime time debuted day-and-date in 41 overseas markets to an estimated $196 million including $123 million from China. Other top grossing markets included South Korea with $13 million, Russia grossing $9 million and $5.7 million in the U.K.

Studio exit demos identified the audience as 57% male with 51% aged 25 and older. Bucking a general trend, the film’s core crowd is getting younger and that could have a strong influence on endeavors under new stewardship.

Weekend (estimates) June 23 – 25, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 45.3 (11,120) NEW 4069 69.1
Wonder Woman WB 25.2 (6,410) -39% 3933 318.4
Cars 3 BV 25.1 (5,900) -53% 4256 99.8
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 7.3 (2,960) -35% 2471 24.1
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS 5.9 (2,380) -78% 2471 38.7
The Mummy Uni 5.8 (1,950) -60% 2980 68.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead BV 5.1 (2,090) -43% 2453 159.9
Rough Night Sony 4.5 (1,430) -43% 3162 16.5
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox 4.3 (1,840) -40% 2328 65.7
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 3.0 (2,050) -41% 1468 380.2
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 1.8 (3,600) 152% 491 3
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation 1.2 (1,260) -51% 971 10.5
DJ Duvvada Jagannadham Blue Sky 1.0 (5,740) NEW 181 1
The Book of Henry Focus .93 (1,440) -35% 646 3.1
It Comes at Night A24/Mongrel .85 (1,040) -67% 819 13.1
Tubelight Yash Raj .81 (2,380) NEW 342 0.81
Baywatch Par .72 (1,490) -55% 480 56.6
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .59 (1,450) -17% 408 4.2
The Big Sick Lionsgate .43 (86,730) NEW 5 0.43
The Boss Baby Fox .33 (1,360) 1% 241 173.1
The Hero Orchard .30 (3,730) 118% 80 0.55
Alien: Covenant Fox .32 (1,100) -43% 294 73.3
The Beguiled Focus .24 (59,800) NEW 4 0.24
My Cousin Rachel Fox Searchlight .19 (1,180) -64% 163 2.4
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .17 (3,640) 12% 47 4.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 139.4
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) -25%
Also debuting/expanding
The Exception A24 .13 (2,790) 207% 48 0.25
The Bad Batch Neon 92,100 (3,070) 30 0.09
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 91,400 (3.150) 38% 29 2.4
Can We Still Be Friends? ABS 69,700 (1,450) 48 0.07
Un Sac de billes Seville 56,700 (3,540) -19% 16 0.18
Churchill Cohen/Mongrel 71,500 (1,300) -16% 55 1.1
Journey Through French Cinema Cohen Media 10,700 (3,570) 3 0.01
The Ornithologist Strand 6,100 (3,050) 2 0.01
Vanamagan ATMUS 4,400 (380) 12 0.01
L’Embarrass du choix A-Z Films 4,100 (680) 6 0.01
Food Evolution Abramorama 3,500 (3,500) 1 0.01
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography Mongrel 3,300 (1,650) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 22, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1273 23.90%
Universal (10) 930.4 17.50%
Warner Bros. (15) 843.1 15.90%
20th Century Fox (16) 823.1 15.50%
Lionsgate (13) 434.2 8.20%
Paramount (12) 275.1 5.20%
Sony (9) 186.1 3.50%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.20%
STX (5) 50.6 0.95%
Focus (9) 46.1 0.90%
Fox Searchlight (6) 41.8 0.80%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.80%
A24 (6) 34.5 0.65%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.60%
Other * (180) 238.8 4.50%
5314.2 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limiited Releases (January 2 – June 22, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,470,698
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,179,955
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Your Name FunImation 4,975,470
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 4,301,213
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,750,919
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 3,614,896
Their Finest STX/Elevation 3,603,484
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 3,580,347
Dangal * UTV 3,197,854
Colossal Neon/Mongrel 3,022,995
Ballerina Seville 2,994,549
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,835,355
Kedi Oscillosope 2,735,234
* 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