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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

On Her Majesty’s Movie Service

The debut of the intrepid Kingsman: The Golden Circle led weekend movie going with an estimated $38.7 million. The session featured two other national newcomers. The Lego Ninjago Movie ranked third with an animated $20.9 million while the horror potboiler Friend Request had a slow burn of $2.2 million

In limited national exposure the inspirational Stronger muscled $1.7 million. Indian imports perked up following a recent downturn with solid bows for the Telugu Jai Lava Kusa of $763,000 and a $353,000 start for the Hindi Nikka Zalidar 2. The initial expansion of Brad’s Status generated a soft $1 million tally.

Exclusive bows with an eye to awards glory saw both Battle of the Sexes and Victoria & Abdul steeping out on a strong footing. The tennis tale grossed $523,000 at 21 serves and the covert history of another court launched with $151,000 from four screens.

Revenues for the frame butted up to about $120 million and improved on the prior weekend by 8%. It was a 17% boost from 2016 when debuts of The Magnificent Seven and Storks topped the charts with respective openings of $34.7 million and $21.3 million.

Pundits gave the second installment of Kingsman a clear edge in the marketplace with predictions in the area of $40 million. While it narrowly missed the benchmark it scored strong critical response with many citing it as an improvement on the original. The domestic crowd skewed 58% male with 65% of viewers aged 25-years older and maturer.

The film also opened day-and-date in 64 international markets and had a formidable estimated gross just north of $60 million. The UK led the charge with $11.1 million while its Russian adversary countered with $6 million. Other top markets included Taiwan with $4.8 million and Australia down over with $4.3 million.

The verdict for The Lego Ninjago Movie was diminishing returns. However a week out they were seen in the area of minimally $30 million and the studio’s Sunday response was noticeably quiet. The pieces didn’t appear to click and for the uninitiated Ninjago translated into “nonsense.” Viewers skewed modestly male at 52% with a carbon copy 52% aged 25-years and older.

Despite recent rollbacks at Lego HQ in Denmark the Ninjago movie was launched in 37 foreign climes to an estimated $10.5 million. Russia was in the forefront with $1.7 million with Germany grossing $1.1 million. The UK opens next month.

The German production Friend Request was shot in English with an eye to global marketing. It opened on home turf almost two years ago and circled most of the orb prior to its belated North American landing. It was expected to open around $5 million or $6 million and fell conspicuously short of that target.

Weekend (estimates) September 22 – 24, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 38.7 (9,670) NEW 4003 38.7
It WB 29.8 (7,440) -50% 4007 266.2
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 20.9 (5,170) NEW 4047 20.9
American Assassin CBS 6.3 (1,990) -58% 3154 26.2
Home Again Open Road/eOne 3.3 (1,220) -37% 2685 22.3
mother! Par 3.2 (1,370) -57% 2368 13.4
Friend Request Entertainment 2.2 (840) NEW 2569 2.2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 1.8 (900) -49% 2037 73.6
Stronger Lionsgate 1.7 (2,990) NEW 574 1.7
Wind River Weinstein/VVS 1.3 (880) 51% 1431 31.7
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 1.1 (1,070) -42% 1006 331.9
Brad’s Status Annapurna 1.0 (2,220) 1009% 450 1.1
Leap! Weinstein Co. .96 (740) -56% 1301 20.3
Jai Lava Kusa US Telugu .76 (4,260) NEW 179 2
Annabelle: Creation WB .71 (1,040) -70% 682 101.1
Dunkirk WB .59 (870) -54% 678 186.3
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight .52 (24,910) NEW 21 0.52
Despicable Me 3 Uni .51 (950) -40% 539 261.8
The Emoji Movie Sony .43 (750) -57% 573 84.6
Wonder Woman WB .36 (1,010) -46% 355 412
Nikka Zalidar 2 Grand Showbiz .35 (7,840) NEW 45 0.35
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne .26 (660) -74% 397 27.5
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox .26 (850) -25% 306 146.3
Girls Trip Uni .23 (730) -60% 313 114.8
The Dark Tower Sony .22 (620) -71% 358 50.4
Baby Driver Sony .22 (870) -27% 252 107.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $106.42
% Change (Last Year) 17%
% Change (Last Week) 8%
Also debuting/expanding
Victoria & Abdul Focus .15 (38,170) 4 0.15
Rebel in the Rye IFC 76,300 (890) -24% 81 0.26
Les Rois mongols Telefiction 59,400 (1,750) 34 0.06
Bhoomi B4U 49,700 (1,340) 37 0.05
The Tiger Hunter KVH 37,100 (860) 43 0.04
Woodshock A24 13,500 (4,500) 3 0.01
Unrest Shella 10,900 (10,900) 1 0.01
The Tag-Along 2 Crimson Forest 10,300 (1,470) 7 0.01
Bobbi Jene Oscilloscope 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
I Can Speak Little Big 7,400 (3,700) 2 0.01
The King’s Choice Goldwyn 7,100 (3,550) 2 0.01
Axis Hot Machine 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween 7.4 2388 New 7.4
Geostorm 4.3 3246 New 4.3
Happy Death Day 3 3298 -72% 34.3
Only the Brave 2.1 2577 New 2.1
Blade Runner 2049 2 3203 -53% 68.9
The Foreigner 1.6 2515 -66% 19
Same Kind of Different as Me 1.3 1362 New 1.3
The Snowman 1.3 2559 New 1.3
It 1 2560 -49% 317.7
American Made 0.95 2559 -42% 43.3
Also Debuting
Golmaal Again 0.25 265
Mersal 0.22 136
Secret Superstar 0.19 207
Raja the Great 44,000 108
The Killing of a Sacred Deer 42,800 4
A Silent Voice 32,700 13
Wonderstruck 24,600 4
Jane 19,000 4
Les Affames 13,900 22
Tragedy Girls 6,000 2
Leatherface 5,700 22
RV: Resurrected Victims 2,600 11
Tokyo Ghoul 2,400 6
Dealt 1,700 1
The Paris Opera 1,700 4
The Sacrifice (reissue) 1,600 1
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