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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

There was no puzzling as the debut of Jigsaw ascended to the top of the weekend with an estimated $16.2 million. Two other films bowed nationally to dismal results in a depressed marketplace. Thank You for Your Service — a story of returning soldiers from Iraq — opened to $3.7 million while the Coens-penned comedy Suburbicon fled with $2.8 million.

Religious-slanted Let There Be Light had a very good start of $1.7 million while the = All I See is You lost focus with $130,000 tally at 283 venues. New Indian imports failed to dent last weekend’s Diwali openers with the best start from Telugu Vunnadi Okate Zindagi, with a $198,000 gross from 112 locations. Filipino family comedy Seven Sundays had one of the year’s best starts with a $308,000 opening. in Québec, local historical novel adaptation Pieds nus dans l’aube had a promising debut of $124,000.

Best of the incoming exclusives was Sweden’s Cannes-prized The Square, which grossed $67,800 from four galleries. Expansions of The Killing of a Sacred Deer and the documentary Jane maintained initial momentum.

Revenues for the frame sank to their lowest point in 2017 with slightly more than $75 million generated for the weekend. Box office sank 24% from seven days earlier and was 15% off of the 2016 comparable when the second week of the initial Boo! led with $17.2 million and newcomer Inferno fizzled with $14.9 million.

The international marketplace had upbeat news with the start of Thor: Ragnarok, whch opens domestically later this week. It bowed in 36 foreign climes to an estimated $107 million with the U.K. nosing out South Korea with $15.8 million to $15.5 million. Also getting an early start was Disney’s Latin-flavored Coco, which opened in Mexico timed to Day of the Dead celebrations with a potent $8.4 million.

The title’s new but the Saw franchise continues to cut a swath through the marketplace with grisly tales of dismemberment. The series that began in 2004 appeared to be retired in 2010 with “The Final Chapter” in 3D. But you can’t keep a bad man down, and despite the diminishing returns of the new eighth installment Jigsaw is apt to be profitable. Studio exit demos identified the crowd as 51% male with 52% aged 25 and younger. Jigsaw also opened in 46 overseas territories to an estimated $9.5 million. Top markets included the U.K. with $2.3 million, Russia with $1.7 million and Germany providing $1.4 million.

It was evident that Thank You for Your Service would have a difficult time in the marketplace with a sobering narrative of returning veterans. Playdates were concentrated in the heartland and proved effective in getting close to top end hopes of a $4 million box office.

Suburbicon proved to be a near total turnoff for audiences and fell well below tracking reports that suggested a $5-$6 million opening. Even its studio was dismissive of the effort, emphasizing that it had U.S.-only rights, scored a D- on CinemaScore (improving on mother!’s F) and had an audience that was 54% aged 50 and older.

Weekend (estimates) October 27 – 29, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jigsaw Lionsgate 16.2 (5,510) NEW 2941 16.2
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 10.1 (4,220) -52% 2388 35.6
Geostorm WB 5.6 (1,740) -59% 3246 23.5
Happy Death Day Uni 5.1 (1,440) -46% 3535 48.4
Blade Runner 2046 WB 4.0 (1,640) -46% 2421 81.4
Thank You for Your Service Uni 3.7 (1,790) NEW 2054 3.7
Only the Brave Sony 3.4 (1,330) -43% 2577 11.9
The Foreigner STX/VVS 3.3 (1,310) -43% 2505 28.9
Suburbicon Par/Elevation 2.8 (1,360) NEW 2046 2.8
It WB 2,4 (950) -29% 2560 323.7
Let There Be Light Atlas 1.7 (4,650) NEW 373 1.7
American Made Uni 1.7 (1,080) -46% 1558 48.5
Victoria & Abdul Focus 1.6 (1,540) -24% 1044 17.7
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 1.6 (1,070) -47% 1489 97.3
The Mountain Between Us Fox 1.3 (640) -53% 2029 28
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 1.2 (810) -47% 1474 56.4
The Snowman Uni 1.2 (640) -65% 1815 5.8
Same Kind of Different as Me Pure Flix 1.2 (950) -54% 1238 4.7
My Little Pony Lionsgate .95 (560) -53% 1682 20
Marshall Open Road .91 (1,060) -39% 857 6.9
The Florida Project A24 .53 (3,640) -12% 145 2.1
Golmaal Again Reliance .51 (2,190) -50% 231 1.9
Secret Superstar Zee Studios .45 (2,720) -42% 166 1.6
Loving Vincent Good Deed .44 (2,730) 2% 160 2.1
Goodbye Christopher Robin Fox Searchlight .33 (1,540) 115% 213 0.63
Seven Sundays ABS .31 (5,400) NEW 57 0.31
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight .31 (1,050) -48% 291 12
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $71.00
% Change (Last Year) -15%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 .22 (6,610) 89% 33 0.39
Vunnadi Okate Zindagi US Telugu .20 (1,770) 112 0.2
All I See is You Open Road .13 (470) 283 0.13
Wonderstruck Roadside Attractions .12 (2,930) 87% 42 0.21
Pieds nus dans l’aube Seville .12 (3,440) 36 0.12
Jane Abramorama .12 (4,410) 104% 27 0.2
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the White House Sony Classics 92,300 (500) -48% 185 0.66
The Square Magnolia 67,800 (16,950) 4 0.07
Bhalwan Singh Rhythm Boyz 61,900 (1,670) 37 0.06
Breathe Bleecker Street 52,300 (350) -68% 148 0.34
Novitiate Sony Classics 22,200 (7,400) 3 0.02
Ramaleela Zee Studios 17,100 (850) 20 0.02
God’s Own Country Goldwyn 16,700 (8,350) 2 0.02
Bill Nye: Science Guy PBS 8,600 (8,600) 1 0.01
Mr. Roosevelt Paladin 3,200 (1,600) 2 0.01
The Divine Order Zeitgeist 3,100 (3,100) 1 0.01
The Work Orchard 2,800 (1,400) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – October 26, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1751.8 20.30%
Universal (15) 1422.1 16.40%
Buena Vista (8) 1382.1 16.00%
20th Century Fox (22) 1111.1 12.90%
Sony (19) 809.6 9.40%
Lionsgate (19) 616.6 7.10%
Paramount (14) 405.6 4.70%
Focus (14) 133.8 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.4 1.40%
STX (7) 108.6 1.30%
Open Road (8) 97.3 1.10%
CBS (4) 68.9 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 56.6 0.65%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.60%
Bleecker Street (5) 48.8 0.55%
A24 (10) 43.9 0.50%
Other * (324) 418.2 4.80%
8644.5 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – October 26, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 7,115,584
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
Marshall Open Road 6,044,301
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 5,867,907
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 5,835,684
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 5,816,713
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 5,617,731
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
The Book of Henry Focus 4,458,877
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 4,169,658
The Hero Orchard 4,077,333
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,814,468
* 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