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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Spinning to record highs, Spider-Man: Homecoming left the competition in the distance with an estimated $116.2 million debut. The absence of counter-programming again underlines the majors’ growing lack of confidence in that strategy.

A couple of exclusive debuts had encouraging starts, but only the meditative A Ghost Story raised goosebumps with a $106,000 launch from four hauntings. The slow rollout of The Big Sick continues as a commercial powerhouse, with $3.7 million from 326 screens. The season has also offered strong responses for Beatriz at Dinner, The Hero and Paris Can Wait. Canada has local heroes with Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 and Maudie.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian imports saw a strong debut for Telugu Ninnu Kori of $723,000 and an okaky start for Hindi Mom at $249,000.

Revenues for the session climbed to about $210 million and rose 22% from last weekend. It was a modest 4% decline from 2016 when The Secret Life of Pets opened to $104.4 million with The Legend of Tarzan in the bridesmaid slot with $21 million.

Following a cameo in the most recent Captain America entry, Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced a new Peter Parker and expectations were high for a $100-million-plus debut. Strong previews and positive response on social media helped meet that goal in a global juggernaut that lifted flagging studio morale. It was Sony’s second largest all-time domestic debut, beat only by confrère Spider-Man 3.

The film opened simultaneously in 56 markets to an estimated $140 million. South Korea was top grosser at $25.8 million. Other potent starts included Mexico at $12 million, the U.K. with $11.8 million, Russia at $7.8 million and the usually tough-to-crack Indian market bowing with a sterling $6.5 million. Among the top territories yet to open were China, France, Germany and Japan.

Studio exit polls identified the domestic audience as 59% male with 57% of viewers aged 25 and younger. 3-D engagements spun 28% of the domestic box office with $11 million of that from large format play dates.

Despicable Me 3 had a comparable overseas weekend box office that included a $66 million bow in China, which set a new benchmark for an animated film there.

Weekend (estimates) July 7 – 9, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 116.2 (26,730) NEW 4348 116.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni 34.0 (7,490) -53% 4535 149.2
Baby Driver Sony 12.8 (3,970) -38% 3226 56.9
Wonder Woman WB 10.0 (3,240) -36% 3091 368.7
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 6.3 (1,940) -63% 3241 118.9
Cars 3 BV 5.6 (2,060) -43% 2702 133.7
The House WB 4.8 (1,530) -45% 3134 18.6
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 3.7 (11,290) 123% 326 6.9
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 2.7 (1,560) -40% 1740 38.4
The Beguiled Focus 2.1 (2,200) -35% 941 7.4
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 1.2 (1,150) -53% 1039 168.8
The Mummy Uni 1.1 (1,090) -64% 1045 77.9
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .85 (1,300) -44% 660 383.6
Ninnu Kori RedHeart .72 (5,090) NEW 142 0.72
The Hero Orchard .62 (1,390) -26% 447 2.8
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS .61 (1,020) -66% 599 44.3
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions .50 (1,180) -53% 417 6
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox .33 (800) -71% 407 70.5
Rough Night Sony .29 (740) -77% 388 21.5
Mom Zee Studios .25 (2,620) NEW 95 0.25
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation .22 (860) -55% 254 12.4
The Boss Baby Fox .19 (980) -13% 195 173.9
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .19 (5,080) 205% 37 0.28
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .18 (2,720) 86% 67 2.8
Baywatch Par .18 (920) -28% 193 57.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 203.8
% Change (Last Year) -4%
% Change (Last Week) 22%
Also debuting/expanding
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .15 (1,180) -42% 131 5.1
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .14 (3,020) -18% 47 4.9
A Ghost Story A24 .11 (26,570) 4 0.11
The Exception A24 65,300 (1,360) -27% 48 0.51
Our Time Will Come China Lion 48,700 (2,860) 18 0.05
Guest in London B4U 28,500 (920) 31 0.03
City of Ghosts IFC 14,400 (7,200) 2 0.01
Anarchist from Colony Media Asia 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Hickock Cinedgm 4,900 (410) 12 0.01
Swim Team Argot 4,200 (4,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 6, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1347.2 23.10%
Universal (11) 1060.3 18.20%
Warner Bros. (16) 923.5 15.80%
20th Century Fox (17) 834.3 14.30%
Lionsgate (14) 448.2 7.70%
Paramount (12) 365.4 6.30%
Sony (11) 255.2 4.40%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.10%
Focus (11) 53.5 0.90%
STX (5) 50.6 0.85%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.4 0.70%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.70%
Entertainment (2) 38.9 0.65%
A24 (6) 36.3 0.60%
CBS (3) 32.9 0,55%
Roadside Attractions (6) 26.7 0.45%
Other * (179) 209.1 3.60%
5829 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 6.1 3849 -43% 262.2
The Post 5.9 2819 1083% 10.4
The Commuter 4.5 2892 NEW 4.5
Insidious: The Last Key 3.4 3150 -73% 39.6
Proud Mary 3.1 2125 NEW 3.1
The Greatest Showman 3.1 2938 -26% 85.8
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2.7 3090 -59% 582.9
Paddington 2 2.4 3702 NEW 2.4
Pitch Perfect 3 1.4 2505 -57% 90.4
Darkest Hour 1.2 1693 -32% 32.4
Also Debuting
Thaanaa Serndha Kootam 91,650 89
Agnyaathavaasi - Prince in Exile 89,100 353
Condorito 52,600 153
Jai Simha 34,900 78
Ang Panday 27,600 43
Mukabaaz 13,300 17
Sketch 9,900 55
Ang Larawan 8,700 14
Parchi 6,350 35
The Insult 5,700 3
Acts of Violence 3,400 12
Lover for a Day 2,900 1
Saturday Church 2,300 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