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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Thor: Ragnarok rocked and yokked to the top once more with an estimated $57.3 million. A pair of new national releases started out well: Daddy’s Home 2 took with $29.7 million while the remake of Murder on the Orient Express came into the station with $28.3 million.

Exclusive openers were dominated by the potent $321,000 debut of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from four outskirts. There were good expansions for Last Flag Flying and My Friend Dahmer, and a still-sizzling response to Lady Bird of $1.2 million from a mere 37 locations.

Indian imports were soft, including the Hindi Quarib Quarib Single, which grossed $138,000 and dual-language C/o Surya with $93,600.

Revenues topped $150 million and took a 17% slide from last weekend. It was a more tempered 5% drop from 2016 when second weekends of Doctor Strange and Trolls were in the forefront with $42.9 million and $34.9 million weekends and newcomer Arrival grossed $24.1 million. Domestic box office passed $9 billion Friday, approximately nine days earlier than last year.

Tracking for Daddy’s Home gave a slight edge with the sequel expected to gross around $30 million. Wth generally lackluster response to 2017 movie comedies, the few bright spots included Girls Trip. The original Daddy’s Home was a box office surprise, so fingers were crossed.

Studio exit polling identified the crowd as 57% female with a significant percentage of viewers identifying as families. Half were aged 35 and older. The film doesn’t open in significant international territories until November 23 but began in Holland and Romania to an estimated $430,000.

Despite four decades since the last Murder on the Orient Express, the big screen revival of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot seemed a questionable commercial prospect. Filmed in 70mm (but with only four American locales projecting in that format) the production exceeded high-end estimates with an older crowd embracing it. The film tilted female with 56% of attendees and overall 76% of viewers were 25 and older. Still, 44% of the audience fell into the demo of 18-to-35 years. Murder made its first stop last weekend in the U.K., with a potent $6.6 million. This weekend added 56 foreign markets and an estimated $46 million including a health $19 million opening in China. Other key markets included Russia with $5.7 million and a $3 million start in Australia.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Thor: Ragnarok BV 57.3 (14,050) -53% 4080 212.3
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 29.7 (8,320) NEW 3575 29.7
Murder on the Orient Express Fox 28.3 (8,460) NEW 3341 28.3
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 11.6 (3,200) -31% 3615 39.9
Jigsaw Lionsgate 3.4 (1,300) -47% 2651 34.4
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 2.1 (1,090) -54% 1900 45.9
Geostorm WB 1.6 (930) -51% 1685 31.7
Blade Runner 2046 WB 1.4 (1,670) -38% 863 88
Happy Death Day Uni 1.3 (840) -51% 1564 54.9
Lady Bird A24 1.2 (33,050) 235% 37 1.7
Let There Be Light Atlas 1.1 (1,390) -37% 774 5.9
Only the Brave Sony .96 (790) -50% 1207 17.1
Thank You for Your Service Uni .89 (660) -59% 1348 9.1
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB .82 (1,060) 2% 771 58.5
The Foreigner STX/VVS .76 (1,030) -52% 737 33.4
Victoria & Abdul Focus .67 (1.070) -44% 637 21.1
The Florida Project A24/Elevation .56 (2,460) -11% 229 3.8
My Little Pony Lionsgate .53 (890) -13% 592 21.5
LBJ Electric .51 (840) -54% 607 2.1
Loving Vincent Good Deed .50 (2,370) -16% 212 3.9
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 .46 (1,940) 18% 238 1.5
American Made Uni .45 (1,080) -44% 419 50.7
It WB .45 (770) -52% 578 326.6
Marshall Open Road .42 (700) -17% 601 8.5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox .42 (990) -45% 421 99.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $145.20
% Change (Last Year) -5%
% Change (Last Week) -17%
Also debuting/expanding
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Searchlight .32 (80,260) 4 0.32
Wonderstruck Roadside .24 (910) 3% 261 0.82
Jane Abramorama .22 (2,260) -2% 96 0.81
Goodbye Christopher Robin Searchlight .18 (940) -48% 196 1.5
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise .18 (3,570) 412% 51 0.23
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate .17 (5,340) 321% 32 0.24
The Square Magnolia .14 (3,080) 14% 46 0.43
Qarib Qarib Single Zee Studios .14 (2,190) 63 0.14
C/O Surya Narasimha 93,600 (1,440) 65 0.09
Novitiate Sony Classics 53,400 (1,840) 1% 29 0.16
Barbara MK2 22,200 (3,700) 6 0.02
No Greater Love Atlas 20,100 (910) 22 0.02
Aramm ATMUS 15,100 (940) 16 0.02
Nous sommes les autres Seville 12,700 (1,410) 9 0.01
Thelma Orchard 10,500 (10,500) 1 0.01
Heart Blackened CJ 9,600 (4,800) 2 0.01
Intent to Destroy Abramorama 7,500 (2,500) 3 0.01
Pottersville SP 4,900 (700) 7 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – November 9, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1780.9 19.80%
Buena Vista (9) 1537.2 17.10%
Universal (16) 1446.6 16.10%
20th Century Fox (22) 1116.9 12.40%
Sony (20) 818.1 9.10%
Lionsgate (20) 668.1 7.40%
Paramount (15) 410.8 4.60%
Focus (14) 138.1 1.55%
STX (8) 137.7 1.55%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.7 1.30%
Open Road (9) 99.6 1.10%
CBS (4) 69.1 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (10) 58.3 0.65%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.55%
Bleecker Street (6) 48.9 0.55%
A24 (12) 46.7 0.50%
Other * (339) 442.2 4.90%
8989 100%
* none greater than .04%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 7.8 3592 NEW 7.8
A Simple Favor 3.3 3102 -45% 25.4
The Nun 2.9 3707 -50% 93.6
The Predator 2.4 4070 -70% 34.1
Crazy Rich Asians 1.8 2802 -28% 154.7
White Boy Rick 1.5 2504 -57% 13.9
Peppermint 1.1 2680 -38% 27.7
Fahrenheit 11/9 1 1719 NEW 1
Life Itself 0.75 2609 NEW 0.75
Searching 0.65 1787 -37% 21.6
Also Debuting
Assassination Nation 0.42 1403
Quismat 94,300 49
Colette 48,500 4
Batti Gul Meter Chalu 44,900 64
Love, Gilda 44,400 59
Miss Granny 40,100 32
The Sisters Brothers 37,500 4
Nannu Dochukunduvate 35,000 102
The Great Battle 31,500 29
Sammy 2 19,650 48
Moses and the Ten Commandments 18,200 54
Les Disparition des lucioles 17,200 20
The Negotiation 4,400 2
Tea With the Dames 4,100 1
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