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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Despicable Me 3 led holiday moviegoing with an estimated $75.4 million. There was also good news for counterprogrammer Baby Driver, which vroomed into second place with its $20.3 million opening.

The session also saw significant expansions for Southern gothic The Beguiled and the cross-cultural rom-com The Big SickBeguiled went medium-wide to an upbeat $3.2 million. Sick, still limited, maintained a sturdy $23,660 average and $1.7 million tally. Also holding its own in slow roll out was The Hero, with takings of $890,000. Exclusive newcomers were dull apart from comedy The Little Hours that grossed $59,600 from two screens for debuting alternative distributor Gunpowder and Sky.

While initial buzz for chase-and-robbers musical Baby Driver was strong, the sleeper title was guesstimated at a $16- $18 million bow by industry trackers. Its Wednesday launch racked up $9 million in two days and pushed up weekend expectations that it fulfilled. Its audience skewed 55% male with 61% aged 25 and older.

International day-and-date Yalghaar, from Pakistan, opened to $21,300.

Revenues for the run up to Independence Day hovered around $175 million for a 23% uptick from last weekend. It was nonetheless a 9% decline from the 2016 holiday span when the third weekend of Finding Dory staved off a trio of newcomers with a $41.8 million weekend. On its dorsal fins were debs The Legend of Tarzan with $38.5 million and The Purge: Election Day grossing $31.5 million.

The good will toward all manner of Minion stoked expectations of a $90 million launch for Despicable Me 3. But as opening day neared, and preview revenues trickled in prognosticators tamped down expectations to the low $80 millions.

This season’s sequel or franchise titles have underperformed. That list includes the incarnations of Aliens, Smurfs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But saying “fatigue” aloud, next weekend’s launch of Spider-Man: Homecoming is likely to reverse the tide.

Despicable Me 3 boasted the best opening for an animated feature in the past calendar year. Studio exit polls says the audience was equally divided among the sexes with 50% of the audience aged 13 old or younger. Viewers identifying as families accounted for 69% of the opening crowd.

The threequel opened two weeks ago in a handful of international territories and amassed about $21 million going into the current weekend. Its third overseas week saw the addition of 46 foreign markets and an estimated $95 million. Top grossing nations included the UK with $14.7 million, Mexico grossing $13.5 million and Russian buddies adding $9.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) June 30 – July 2, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Despicable Me 3 Uni 75.4 (16,640) NEW 4529 75.4
Baby Driver Sony 20.3 (6,300) NEW 3226 29.4
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 17.2 (4,170) -61% 4132 102.3
Wonder Woman WB 15.9 (4,670) -36% 3404 346.4
Cars 3 BV 9.7 (2,700) -60% 3576 120.9
The House WB 8.8 (2,820) NEW 3134 8.8
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 4.6 (2,060) -35% 2250 32.5
The Beguiled Focus 3.2 (4,810) 1315% 674 3.6
The Mummy Uni 2.8 (1,570) -54% 1760 74.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 2.5 (1,480) -54% 1674 166.4
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS 1.9 (1,490) -68% 1258 42.7
The Big Sick Lionsgate 1.7 (23,660) 298% 71 2.2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 1.5 (1,540) -51% 966 383.3
Rough Night Sony 1.3 (790) -72% 1657 20.4
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox 1.2 (830) -72% 1452 69.3
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 1.1 (1,580) -39% 683 4.7
The Hero Orchard .89 (2,220) 199% 401 1.6
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation .44 (1,020) -64% 433 11.8
The Book of Henry Focus .27 (740) -71% 363 3.9
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .26 (1,230) -54% 214 4.7
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .25 (4,860) 81% 51 4.8
The Boss Baby Fox .23 (1,060) -31% 215 173.5
Baywatch Par .22 (1,130) -70% 196 57.2
Alien: Covenant Fox .17 (800) -50% 213 73.6
Tubelight Yash Raj .16 (970) -83% 166 1.5
It Comes at Night A24/Mongrel .16 (910) -80% 174 13.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 170
% Change (Last Year) -9%
% Change (Last Week) 23%
Also debuting/expanding
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 94,800 (2,870) 7% 33 2.5
The Exception A24 93,900 (1,960) -27% 48 0.38
Un Sac de billes Seville 77,400 (4,070) 37% 19 0.3
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky 59,600 (29,800) 2 0.06
Reset Well Go 49,200 (2,460) 20 0.05
The Bad Batch Neon 26,500 (580) -71% 46 0.15
Yalghaar VP Films 21,300 (660) 32 0.02
De Plus belle MK2 18,800 (3,130) 6 0.02
Marie Curie Big World 14,700 (2,940) 5 0.01
13 Minutes Sony Classics 11,800 (3,930) 3 0.01
The Great Sardaar VP Films 9,500 (500) 19 0.01
Le Trou (reissue) Rialto 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
Inconceivable Lionsgate 6,300 (480) 13 0.01
Pop Aye Kino 3,400 (2300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 29, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1322.7 23.90%
Universal (11) 943.8 17.10%
Warner Bros. (16) 881.9 15.90%
20th Century Fox (17) 831.2 15.00%
Lionsgate (14) 442.7 8.00%
Paramount (12) 337.5 6.10%
Sony (10) 202.4 3.70%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.10%
STX (5) 50.6 0.90%
Focus (11) 47.8 0.85%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.2 0.75%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.75%
A24 (6) 35.8 0.65%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.60%
Entertainment (2) 31.3 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (6) 24.8 0.45%
Other * (176) 203.9 3.70%
5314.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – June 29, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,257,724,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,234,439,966
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 853,307,059
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 685,696,858
Wonder Woman WB 674,125,678
Logan Fox 618,072,308
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,405,892
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 494,020,499
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,146,717
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,112,652
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
The Mummy Uni 356,308,935
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 351,930,587
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,162,010
The Lego Batman Movie WB 313,953,501
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 277,895,892
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
Rogue One * BV 270,018,934
Get Out Uni 252,107,124
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,521,078
Moana * BV 237,247,005
Hidden Figures * Fox 227,441,377
Dangal * UTV 215,645,122
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
It 18.9 4148 -54% 177.6
American Assassin 5.8 3154 New 5.8
mother! 3 2368 New 3
Home Again 1.7 3036 -46% 13.5
The Hitman's Bodyguard 1 3272 -28% 67.8
Wind River 0.75 2619 -22% 27.3
Annabelle: Creation 0.7 2117 -48% 98
Spider-Man: Homecoming 0.5 1436 -3% 328.9
Leap! 0.45 2416 -17% 17
Dunkirk 0.4 1478 -30% 184.2
Also Debuting
Simran 75,300 101
Lucknow Central 28,100 62
Brad's Status 27,600 4
Thupparivaalan 21,600 57
Magalir Mattum 20,700 41
Because of Gracia 20,600 32
Et au pire, On se mariera 10,300 24
Long Time Running 8,900 16
The Force 8,800 3
In Search of Fellini 3,850 3
The Wilde Wedding 3,700 28
Red Trees 3,000 9
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes 2,500 3
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