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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Amid more tricks than treats the debut of Boo 2! A Madea Halloween emerged as box office leader with an estimated $21.6 million. Four other national releases struggled and sputtered for attention. Audiences were cool to Geostorm’s global warming maelstrom which grossed $13.3 million and were frigid to based-on-fact Only the Brave about doomed firefighters that opened to $5.9 million. It didn’t help that the director of The Snowman — based on the Jo Nesbø bestseller — disowned the film, which sank with $3.4 million. The faithful departed from Same Kind of Different from Me, with had a $2.6 million box office.

Exclusive openers saw good starts for the doc Jane with $53,300 from three conservatories, and  Wonderstruck at $67,600 at four venues. Also off to a good start was The Killing of a Sacred Deer with $114,000 from four screens. In the awards sweepstakes, neither Goodbye Christopher Robin nor Breathe found traction in initial expansions.

The Diwali holiday saw a clutch of potent Indian releases including Hindi Golmaal Again, which bowed with $921,000. Also strong were Telugu Mersal with $767,000 and Hindi Secret Superstar at $734,000. In Québec, local zombie thriller Les affamés  failed to bite with a $43,400 opener from 22 screens.

Revenues for the session came just shy of $100 million and ebbed 4% from the prior weekend. It was a more significant 22% decline from 2016 when the first Boo! led with $28.5 million and was followed by newcomers Jack Reacher: Never Go Back with $22.9 million and Ouija: Origin of Evil, which grossed $14.1 million.

The Boo! sequel was tracking to lead and the question was just how much Tyler Perry’s base would erode from the original. The consensus was around 15% and the actuality was closer to 25%.The filmmaker sustains a loyal fanbase. Exit polling identified viewers as 65% female and 65% 25 and older.

Geostorm opened a week ago in Asian territories to about $9.5 million and was expected to gross $10-$12 million in its domestic debut.  The current weekend also saw the addition of 42 overseas territories that generated roughly $36 million including a $5.4 million opening in Korea. Bows in Russia and Mexico added $5 million and $4 million, respectively. Exit polls domestically saw a 56% male crowd with 77% 25 and older.

The heartbreak of the week was  Only the Brave, based on the tragedy of firefighters battling a 2013 forest fire in Arizona. But audiences appear to be wrung out by current events and sated by natural catastrophes. It audience was 54% male and 75% 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) October 20 – 22, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 21.6 (9,060) NEW 2388 21.6
Geostorm WB 13.3 (4,090) NEW 3246 13.3
Happy Death Day Uni 9.4 (2,840) -64% 3298 40.7
Blade Runner 2046 WB 7.2 (2,240) -54% 3203 74
Only the Brave Sony 5.9 (2,290) NEW 2577 5.9
The Foreigner STX/VVS 5.5 (2,180) -58% 2515 22.9
It WB 3.5 (1,360) -43% 2560 320.2
The Snowman Uni 3.4 (1,890) NEW 1812 3.4
American Made Uni 3.1 (1,230) -43% 2559 45.5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 3.0 (1,300) -44% 2318 94.6
The Mountain Between Us Fox 2.7 (870) -52% 3151 25.5
Same Kind of Different as Me Pure Flix 2.6 (1,900) NEW 1362 2.6
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 2.2 (1,030) -50% 2102 54.7
Victoria & Abdul Focus 2.1 (2,020) -29% 1060 14.8
My Little Pony Lionsgate 1.9 (840) -52% 2301 18.5
Marshall Open Road 1.5 (1,790) -51% 821 5.4
Golmaal Again Reliance .92 (3,470) NEW 265 0.92
Mersal ATMUS .77 (4,760) NEW 161 1.5
Secret Superstar Zee Studios .73 (3,480) NEW 211 0.8
The Florida Project A24 .61 (5,470) 67% 112 1.3
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight .57 (1,050) -57% 545 11.4
Loving Vincent Good Deed .39 (3,450) 19% 114 1.3
Flatliners Sony .24 (460) -84% 535 16.4
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Annapurna .22 (230) -70% 959 1.3
Despicable Me 3 Uni .19 (580) -20% 337 263.3
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the White House Sony Classics .19 (570) 60% 332 0.49
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.60
% Change (Last Year) -22%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Breathe Bleecker Street .16 (500) 614% 315 0.18
Goodbye Christopher Robin Fox Searchlight .15 (2,520) 166% 61 0.23
Raja the Great Blue Sky .14 (1,280) 108 0.35
Tokyo Ghoul Fun Film .12 (1,180) 104 0.37
A Silent Voice 11Arts .12 (4,920) 24 0.12
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 .11 (28,300) 4 0.11
Lucky Magnolia .11 (1,200) -3% 93 0.53
Never Say Die Media Asia 86,700 (3,610) -47% 24 1.1
Wonderstruck Roadside Attractions 67,600 (16,900) 4 0.07
Jane Abramorama 53,300 (17,770) 3 0.05
Les Affames Seville 43,400 (1,970) 22 0.04
Leatherface Lionsgate 15,900 (690) 23 0.02
Tragedy Girls Gunpowder & Sky 11,600 (5,800) 2 0.01
RV: Resurrected Victims Well Go 9,400 (860) 11 0.01
The Paris Opera Film Movement 7,500 (1,870) 4 0.01
Dealt IFC 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
The Sacrifice (reissue) Kino 4,500 (4,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – October 19, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1715.9 20.20%
Universal (14) 1400.7 16.40%
Buena Vista (8) 1382.1 16.20%
20th Century Fox (22) 1102.9 13.00%
Sony (18) 800.2 9.40%
Lionsgate (17) 587.5 6.90%
Paramount (14) 405.6 4.80%
Focus (14) 130.4 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.3 1.40%
STX (7) 101.3 1.20%
Open Road (8) 95.2 1.10%
CBS (4) 68.7 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 55.5 0.65%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.60%
Bleecker Street (5) 48.4 0.55%
A24 (10) 42.9 0.50%
Other * (314) 406.3 4.80%
8513 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – October 19, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 504,014,165
Wonder Woman WB 412,501,742
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 389,813,101
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 333,616,415
It WB 316,734,616
Despicable Me 3 Uni 263,074,020
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,966,192
Dunkirk WB 187,630,833
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,969,510
Get Out Uni 175,589,248
The Boss Baby Fox 174,999,965
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 172,610,484
Kong: Skull Island WB 168,583,087
Hidden Figures * Fox 167,061,097
Cars 3 BV 152,770,233
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 146,699,016
Split Uni 138,280,171
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 130,656,140
La La Land * Lionsgate 116,956,426
* does not include 2016 box office

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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