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Leonard Klady

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
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