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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
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