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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
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