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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The confluence of a Friday the 13th debut and the upcoming All Hallows Eve celebrations propelled Happy Death Day to the top of weekend viewing with an estimated $26.5 million. The session’s other wide release, actioner The Foreigner, slotted third with $12.8 million.

The early career of future Supreme Thurgood Marshall garnered an OK $3 million while the man behind the comic-book Amazon, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, lassoed only $730,000. Best of the Indian imports was Telugu Raju Gari Gadhi 2 with a $216,000 tally.

Strongest among exclusive newcomers was biopic Tom of Finland with $11,300 from a solo flight. A.A. Milne-inspired Goodbye Christopher Robin opened with a soft $55,300 from nine engagements.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $100 million and took a 5% dip from last weekend. It was a slim 3% improvement from 2016 when the launch of The Accountant led with $24.7 million and Girl on the Train took second with $12.2 million.

The reign of Blumhouse continues with Happy Death Day, a seasonally-appropriate horror. Industry tracking suggested a top-end opening of $20 million that it readily surpassed. Studio exit polls identified the crowd as 54% female with a surprisingly youthful crowd that was 63% 25 and younger.

The duo of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan propelled The Foreigner to more than $70 million from seven overseas markets in the past two weeks. Pre low-balled the effort with max figures of $10 million. Studio exit polling wasn’t available at deadline.

As for the other major openers, Marshall performed at the top end of expectations while Professor Marston flunked out of an anticipated $2 million plus debut.

Weekend (estimates) October 13 – 15, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chnge Thtrs Cume
Happy Death Day Uni 26.5 (8,400) NEW 3149 26.5
Blade Runner 2046 WB 15.1 (3,710) -54% 4058 60.6
The Foreigner STX/VVS 12.8 (5,100) NEW 2515 12.8
It WB 6.0 (1,900) -39% 3176 314.9
The Mountain Between Us Fox 5.6 (1,730) -47% 3258 20.5
American Made Uni 5.4 (1,740) -36% 3098 40.1
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 5.3 (1,780) -38% 2982 89.7
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 4.4 (1,430) -38% 3053 51.6
My Little Pony Lionsgate 4.0 (1,600) -55% 2528 15.5
Victoria & Abdul Focus 3.1 (3,430) -26% 900 11.3
Marshall Open Road 3.0 (3,640) NEW 821 3
Flatliners Sony 1.5 (750) -63% 1983 15.6
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight 1.4 (1,000) -46% 1394 9.6
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Annapurna .73 (600) NEW 1229 0.73
American Assassin CBS .52 (640) -63% 820 35.6
The Florida Project A24 .40 (12,030) 153% 33 0.62
Loving Vincent Good Deed .31 (5,650) 85% 55 0.73
Til Death Do Us Part Novus .29 (950) -62% 306 3.2
The Stray Pure Flix .27 (630) -55% 430 1.2
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony .26 (940) -4% 277 333.5
Despicable Me 3 Uni .24 (910) -16% 266 263
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Param .22 (2,220) NEW 97 0.22
Home Again Open Road/eOne .17 (470) -70% 361 26.8
Never Say Die Media Asia .16 (4,970) -45% 33 0.96
American Satan Sumerian .13 (2,420) NEW 55 0.13
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $95.35
% Change (Last Year) 3%
% Change (Last Week) -5%
Also debuting/expanding
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the WH Sony Classics .12 (1,340) 99% 89 0.25
Lucky Magnolia .11 (1,880) 16% 59 0.26
Goodbye Christopher Robin Fox Searchlight 55,300 (6,140) 9 0.06
Human Flow Magnolia 46,100 (15,370) 3 0.05
The Outlaws Novus 37,300 (3,390) 11 0.04
Como Cortar a tu Patan MUBI 34,600 (6,920) 50 0.03
Breathe Bleecker Street 27,100 (6,770) 4 0.03
Innocent Orange Medias 24,100 (710) 34 0.02
Udhahararnam Sujatha B Cinemas 22,700 (1,510) 15 0.02
120 Battements par minute MK2 17,900 (1,490) 12 0.02
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Super 17,100 (1,550) 11 0.02
The Young Karl Marx K-Film 11,800 (2,950) 4 0.01
Tom of Finland Kino 11,300 (11,300) 1 0.01
For Ahkeem Fork 5,600 (2,800) 2 0.01
The Departure MUBI 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – October 5, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1611.1 19.60%
Buena Vista (8) 1381.8 16.80%
Universal (13) 1348.6 16.40%
20th Century Fox (21) 1059.7 12.90%
Sony (18) 790.9 9.60%
Lionsgate (17) 571.5 6.90%
Paramount (14) 404.7 4.90%
Focus (14) 119.5 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 117.4 1.40%
Open Road (7) 90.2 1.10%
STX (6) 85.7 1.00%
CBS (4) 65.9 0.80%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (9) 49.8 0.60%
Bleecker Street (5) 48.4 0.60%
A24 (9) 42.1 0.50%
Other * (291) 390.6 4.80%
8229 100%
* none greater than .04%

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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