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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The debut of the larkish The Hitman’s Bodyguard led the weekend with an estimated $21.7 million during an overall summer slump. The session’s other national release, Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh’s latest heist caper – charted third with $8 million.

Exclusive bows were led by an encouraging start for the L. A. riots drama Gook, at $29,700 from two screens. Crown Heights also looked hopeful with a $26,600 opener at three venues, but Sundance buy Patti Cake$ had a rocky debut of $66,300 from 14 auditions.

In international day-and-dates, there wre good openings for Telugu Anando Brahma of $278,000 and Hindi Bareilly Ki Barfi, which grossed $187,000. China’s The Adventurers had a soft landing of $62,900.

The national expansion of Wind River maintained strong per-screens. Ingrid Goes West also expanded well, while Brigsby Bear collapsed with the addition of 371 grown-p playdates.

Revenues for the frame dipped to below $100 million by a couple of notches that translated into a 19% erosion from last weekend. It lagged behind the 2016 session by 28% with no upward hiccups in sight until the mid-September opening of It. Last year the third weekend of Suicide Squad topped the charts with $20.8 million with newcomers War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings opening respectively to $14.7 million and $12.6 million.

The late season has left industry mavens despairing as summer box office sputters to its lowest point in a decade. The arrival of The Hitman’s Bodyguard wasn’t expected to exact a reversal of fortunes, with tracking that indicated a debut in the neighborhood of $20 million. It did marginally better than expected without any evidence of emerging as a late arriving breakout success. Studio exit tracking gave the film a slight male tilt of 52% with 70% of the audience aged 25 and older.

Expectations were also low for Logan Lucky that in the film itself is called  “Ocean’s 7-Eleven.” It was projected in the area of $10 million in part to a distribution service deal closely handled by Soderbergh. But despite glowing reviews it fell short commercially and it didn’t help that it was competing with a film with comparable demographic appeal.

Weekend (estimates) August 18 – 20, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate 21.7 (6,430) NEW 3377 21.7
Annabelle: Creation WB 15.6 (4,400) -56% 3542 64.1
Logan Lucky Bleecker Street 8.0 (2,640) NEW 3031 8
Dunkirk WB 6.6 (2,030) -39% 3271 165.4
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 5.1 (1,280) -38% 4003 17.7
The Emoji Movie Sony 4.4 (1,570) -32% 2791 71.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 4.2 (1,810) -29% 2341 314
Girls Trip Uni 3.8 (1,910) -41% 2010 104
The Dark Tower Sony 3.7 (1,190) -52% 3143 41.6
Wind River Weinstein Co. 3.0 (4,340) 391% 694 4.1
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 2.8 (1,210) -45% 2345 24.4
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 2.5 (1,730) -46% 1461 9.7
Atomic Blonde Focus 2.2 (1,360) -50% 1628 47.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni 2.0 (1,310) -35% 1551 251.7
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 2.0 (1,230) -45% 1608 140.9
Wonder Woman WB 1.1 (1,330) -26% 803 404
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.0 (1,650) -30% 618 38.1
Baby Driver Sony .87 (1,280) -40% 683 101.7
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .83 (580) -72% 1428 15.5
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne .42 (910) -53% 465 39.3
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Reliance .41 (2,910) -40% 141 1.4
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .30 (580) -63% 514 3
Ingrid Goes West Neon .28 (10,300) 105% 27 0.45
Anando Brahma Nirvana .28 (3,270) NEW 85 0.28
Cars 3 BV .26 (1,060) -21% 247 148.8
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .24 (3,810) -11% 64 5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $91.40
% Change (Last Year) -28%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
A Taxi Driver Well Go .23 (5,680) -30% 41 0.81
Menashe A24 .22 (2,580) 29% 86 0.71
Step Fox Searchlight .21 (680) -22% 306 0.81
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .20 (3,940) -52% 50 2.3
Bareilly Ki Barfi Zee Studios .19 (4,070) 46 0.19
Good Time A24 .17 (8,550) 37% 20 0.35
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics .15 (370) 197% 408 0.35
Finally Found Someone ABS .11 (2,180) -63% 49 1.4
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .12 (980) -26% 125 5.2
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC 96,200 (26,700) 23% 36 0.26
In This Corner of the World FunImation 76,800 (1,480) 217% 52 0.11
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions 84,500 (1,280) 55% 66 0.16
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight 66,300 (4,740) 14 0.07
The Midwife Music Box/MK2 63,400 (1,550) -24% 41 0.48
The Adventurers Well Go 62,900 (3,700) 17 0.06
Once Upon a Time Well Go 54,500 (1,270) -78% 43 0.41
The Battleship Island CJ 48,700 (2,210) -68% 22 1
Rocky Mental Grand Showbiz 39,800 (2,650) 15 0.04
Gook Goldwyn 29,700 (14,850) 2 0.03
Crown Heights IFC 26,600 (8,870) 3 0.03
Marjorie Prime FilmRise 17,900 (4,480) 4 0.02
Dave Made a Maze Gravitas 11,400 (760) 15 0.01
On the Milky Road A-Z Films 10,100 (2,020) 5 0.01
The Neighborhood In Your Ear 7,900 (280) 28 0.01
Shot Caller Saban 6,100 (1,520) 4 0.01
5 Steps to Love Sunrise 6,000 (1,200) 5 0.01
Sidemen: On the Road to Glory Abramorama 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Lemon Magnolia 3,400 (3,400) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1376 19.00%
Universal (12) 1298.6 18.00%
Warner Bros. (18) 1187.6 16.40%
20th Century Fox (18) 978.2 13.50%
Sony (14) 713.3 9.90%
Lionsgate (16) 490.1 6.80%
Paramount (13) 386.2 5.30%
Focus (12) 104.1 1.40%
STX (6) 84.7 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 64.2 0.90%
Open Road (6) 49.9 0.70%
Entertainment (2) 46.6 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (7) 43.2 0.60%
A24 (9) 38.8 0.55%
Other * (237) 366.8 5.10%
7228.3 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Titles Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 7,012,098
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 5,592,478
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 5,569,242
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 5,120,550
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 4,782,406
The Book of Henry Focus 4,458,877
The Hero Orchard 3,982,382
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 3,814,468
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 3,630,257
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
* 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