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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The second weekend of The Hitman’s Bodyguard led  with an estimated $9.9 million as summer ticket sales plunged to their lowest level in a decade.

Among new releases, animated Leap! ranked third in the lineup with a $4.8 million debut and Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon struggled to $2.5 million. In medium-wide release, a crisis of faith and viewers for All Saints gave a $1.6 million kneel. The revival of Terminator 2 also failed to melt with a $572,000 tally from 386 stereoscopic engagements. There was a significant expansion for Wind River that held up comparatively well.

In international day-and-date, a bright spots was Telugu Arjun Reddy with $827,000 from 95 venues. Hindi newcomers Vivegam and A Gentleman had dullish results. South Korea’s goofy youth cop action comedy Midnight Runners had a modest $85,100 launch at 25 sites. Otherwise, exclusive freshmen saw no glory.

Revenues for the session were just over $65 million, to record a slide of 32% from last weekend. Even including Saturday’s theatrical showings of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, estimated at $2.4 million, failed to enhance the picture. Box office sank 45% from 2016 when the opening of Don’t Breathe led with $26.4 million, with Suicide Squad in second with $12.2 million.

Leap! had scoured for an opening date for months. The French animated feature has already opened in the rest of the world, and grossed an impressive $75 million under its original title Ballerina. Pundits predicted a high end of $5 million but its prospects may have fared better earlier in the summer. Exit demos identified its audience as 75% female with its strongest demographic 17-years and younger at 26%.

Expectations were similarly grim for Birth of the Dragon with the high end set at $3 million. All Saints was expected to out-gross Dragon but its parishioners found alternative devotionals. The few and the brave were 59% female with 94% 25 and older.

Summer hits including Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 added a significant screens in a last sprint for prime time viewer. The lack of commercial heft also allowed alternative fare including Ingrid Goes West, Good Time and The Only Living Boy in New York to secure hundreds of new playdates.

Weekend (estimates) August 25 – 27, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 9.9 (2,940) -54% 3377 39.5
Annabelle: Creation WB 7.3 (2,060) -53% 3565 77.9
Leap! Weinstein Co. 4.8 (1,880) NEW 2575 4.8
Wind River Weinstein Co. 4.4 (2,110) 49% 2095 9.9
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 4.2 (1,390) -44% 3031 14.9
Dunkirk WB 3.9 (1,410) -41% 2774 172.4
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 2.7 (1,290) -36% 2122 318.9
Birth of the Dragon High Top 2.5 (1,530) NEW 1618 2.5
The Emoji Movie Sony 2.4 (990) -47% 2374 76.4
Girls Trip Uni 2.3 (1,270) -42% 1777 108.1
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 2.2 (720) -56% 3090 22.5
Wonder Woman WB 1.7 (760) 54% 2210 406.2
The Dark Tower Sony 1.6 (700) -56% 2338 44.9
Despicable Me 3 Uni 1.6 (760) -22% 2116 254.5
All Saints Sony 1.6 (1,860) NEW 846 1.6
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 1.4 (840) -52% 1693 27.1
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 1.4 (1,060) -46% 1298 12.5
Baby Driver Sony 1.1 (650) 33% 1757 103.3
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox .87 (780) -57% 1114 141.8
Atomic Blonde Focus .86 (870) -61% 989 49
Arjun Reddy Nirvana .83 (8,710) NEW 95 1
Ingrid Goes West Neon .77 (1,190) 189% 647 1.3
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation .74 (1.050) -26% 706 39.2
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D Distrib Films .57 (1,480) NEW 386 0.57
Good Time A24 .56 (780) 240% 721 1
Vivegam CineGalaxy .24 (1,414) NEW 169 0.52
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .23 (440) -73% 525 16.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $62.20
% Change (Last Year) -45%
% Change (Last Week) -32%
Also debuting/expanding
A Gentleman Fox Intl .19 (1,390) 135 0.19
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions .17 (600) 101% 289 0.38
Menashe A24 .17 (1,630) -22% 103 0.97
A Taxi Driver Well Go .15 (4,310) -41% 35 1.2
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC .14 (2,030) 64% 71 0.44
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .12 (2,120) -43% 58 5.3
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight .10 (1,740) 52% 59 0.19
Wolf Warrior II Well Go 92,600 (2,440) -52% 38 2.5
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 88,400 (920) -18% 96 5.4
Midnight Runners JBG 85,100 (3,400) 25 0.09
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par 78,700 (620) -76% 127 3.3
Gook Goldwyn 71,900 (2,990) 166% 24 0.1
Step Fox Searchlight 67,200 (570) -67% 118 0.97
Beach Rats Neon 46,300 (15,430) 3 0.05
Le Probleme d;infiltration K-Films 30,500 (6,100) 5 0.03
Kita Kita ABS 27,300 (630) 43 0.03
La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Idea Hola Mexico 23,300 (670) 35 0.02
Polina Oscilloscope 11,900 (5,950) 2 0.01
Legend of the Naga Pearls Well Go 4,200 (1,050) 4 0.01
Bushwick RLJ Entertainment 3,800 (86) 44 0.01
The Villainess Well Go 3,500 (1,750) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 24, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1376.9 18.70%
Universal (12) 1307.5 17.70%
Warner Bros. (18) 1221.1 16.60%
20th Century Fox (18) 981.3 13.30%
Sony (14) 733.1 9.90%
Lionsgate (16) 519.8 7.10%
Paramount (13) 387.1 5.30%
Focus (12) 107.3 1.50%
STX (6) 85.2 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 68.5 0.90%
Open Road (6) 59.7 0.80%
Entertainment (2) 46.7 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (8) 43.6 0.60%
A24 (9) 39.4 0.50%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.45%
Bleecker Street (5) 32.8 0.45%
Other * (239) 327.5 4.40%
7370.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

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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