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Leonard Klady

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
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
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