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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Thor: Ragnarok arrived with a thunderous estimate of $121.3 million to command about two of every three movie tickets sold over the weekend. That left a $17 million sliver for counter-programmer A Bad Moms Christmas, the other wide release. LBJ opened on a limited wide basis to a disappointing $1.1 million.

Exclusive newcomers were dominated by a powerful $372,000 launch for Lady Bird from four bedrooms while Last Flag Flying fluttered softly to $43,300 at a quartet of venues. Let There Be Light, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Florida Project were among effective expansions. Top Indian imports were Hindi Ittefaq and Telugu PSV Garduda Vega, which bowed to solid respective figures of $287,000 and $249,000.

Revenues for the frame approached $180 million and experienced a significant 139% climb from last weekend. It was still a 7% erosion from 2016 when debuts of Doctor Strange, Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge led the charge with respective openings of $85.1 million, $46.6 million and $15.2 million.

The coming of Odin’s favorite son was presaged last weekend when Ragnarok opened in 36 foreign climes to $109 million. The domestic debut appeared ready to bow with a six-figure number and studio reps notched its prospects around $110 million. Exit polling identified the opening audience as 56% male with 63% 25 and older. The 17-to-34 demographic comprised 50% of overall viewers. The film’s second weekend overseas added 19 markets and $150 million to its tally, propelled by a $55.6 million launch in China. Other debuting nations included a buoyant $10.8 million in Mexico, a staggering $5.2 million in India and Germany grossing $5.5 million.

On the heels of its sleeper success, the Bad Moms crew was expected to deliver about a $15 million weekend of yuletide cheer. It wisely chose to slip into the marketplace on Wednesday and grossed $4.5 million in two days.

Weekend (estimates) November 3 – 5, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Thor: Ragnarok BV 121.3 (2,,720) NEW 4080 121.3
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 17.0 (4,700) NEW 3615 21.5
Jigsaw Lionsgate 6.5 (2,220) -61% 2941 28.7
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 4.6 (2,110) -54% 2202 42.9
Geostorm WB 3.1 (1,160) -48% 2666 28.8
Happy Death Day Uni 2.8 (1,290) -45% 2184 53
Blade Runner 2046 WB 2.2 (1,530) -46% 1464 85.5
Thank You for Your Service Uni 2.2 (1,080) -41% 2083 7.3
Only the Brave Sony 1.9 (930) -45% 2073 15.3
Let There Be Light Atlas 1.7 (2,620) -3% 642 4.1
The Foreigner STX/VVS 1.5 (1,060) -55% 1456 31.9
Victoria & Abdul Focus 1.2 (1,490) -27% 796 19.8
Suburbicon Par/Elevation 1.2 (570) -58% 2046 5.1
LBJ Electric 1.1 (1,640) NEW 659 1.1
It WB .95 (880) -62% 1081 325.8
American Made Uni .80 (1,200) -53% 663 50
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB .76 (970) -41% 785 57.5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox .75 (930) -54% 802 98.6
The Florida Project A24/Elevation .65 (3,450) 25% 189 3
My Little Pony Lionsgate .63 (800) -39% 785 20.9
Loving Vincent Good Deed .56 (2,720) 18% 205 3
Marshall Open Road .50 (980) -45% 514 7.8
The Mountain Between Us Fox .46 (640) -65% 716 29
Same Kind of Different as Me Pure Flix .43 (820) -65% 524 5.7
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 .40 (4,630) 77% 86 0.9
Lady Bird A24 .37 (93,100) NEW 4 0.37
Goodbye Christopher Robin Fox Searchlight .35 (1,330) 3% 262 1.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $173.90
% Change (Last Year) -7%
% Change (Last Week) 139%
Also debuting/expanding
Ittefaq Yash Raj .29 (4,280) 67 0.29
Seven Sundays ABS .26 (4,650) -28% 55 0.84
PSV Garuda Vega Wall Poster .25 (3,070) 81 0.28
Wonderstruck Roadside Attractions .24 (2,010) 83% 121 0.51
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight .18 (1,160) -43% 158 12.3
Jane Abramorama .18 (3,290) 23% 55 0.47
The Square Magnolia .10 (5,370) 37% 19 0.21
Sardar Mohammed White Hill 71,600 (1,840) 39 0.7
Novitiate Sony Classics 53,400 (3,340) 135% 16 0.9
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate 43,300 (10,820) 4 0.04
Blade of the Immortal Magnolia 42,600 (1,580) 27 0.04
Next Nuvve Click 38,900 (670) 58 0.04
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise 35,800 (8,950) 4 0.04
Villain Zee Studios 26,900 (660) 41 0.03
1945 Menemsha 23,300 (7,770) 2 0.02
Wait for Your Laugh Vitagraph 16,900 (8,450) 2 0.02
Les Grands espirits Axia 11,400 (1,630) 7 0.01
Battlecreek Hannover House 8,800 (350) 25 0.01
Le Petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes Fun Film 8,700 (1,740) 5 0.01
The Jade Pendant Crimson Forrest 8,400 (4,200) 2 0.01
Gilbert Gravitas 6,900 (6,900) 1 0.01
Most Beautiful Island Goldwyn 5,900 (590) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – November 2, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1770.8 20.20%
Universal (16) 1438.4 16.40%
Buena Vista (9) 1396.9 15.90%
20th Century Fox (22) 1115.1 12.70%
Sony (20) 814.9 9.30%
Lionsgate (20) 652.9 7.40%
Paramount (15) 409.2 4.70%
Focus (14) 136.3 1.60%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.5 1.35%
STX (8) 116.9 1.35%
Open Road (9) 98.9 1.10%
CBS (4) 69.1 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 57.5 0.65%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.60%
Bleecker Street (6) 48.9 0.55%
A24 (11) 45 0.50%
Other * (331) 429.3 4.90%
8769.7 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – November 2, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,262,158,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,236,486,021
Despicable Me 3 Uni 1,030,942,072
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 879,942,083
Wolf Warrior II Bona Intl 867,853,287
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 862,581,275
Wonder Woman WB 824,507,235
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 769,452,354
It WB 670,632,698
Logan Fox 618,191,538
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 558,357,889
Dunkirk WB 520,746,030
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 496,799,169
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 489,529,773
The Mummy Uni 409,418,713
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 381,270,910
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 381,082,129
Cars 3 BV 380,820,958
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,476,016
Never Say Die Huaxia 319,368,805
The Lego Batman Movie WB 314,542,428
* does not include 2016 box office

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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