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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The righteous prevailed as Justice League dominated the marketplace with an estimated $95.6 million debut. Counterprogramming still proved effective with Wonder charting second with a potent $27.1 million and inspirational animated The Star grossing $9.8 million.

Exclusives were led by Roman J. Israel, Esq., which launched at four locations to $64,700 prior to a wide expansion Wednesday. Expansions of Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sizzled as early favorites in an awards season that’s just starting. Indian imports had bland returns with Tamil Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru opening to $243,000, while Hindi Tumhari Sulu< entered with a $182,000 box office. Also soft was The Ghost Bride> from the Philippines with a $47,600 tally from 39 haunts.

Expectations were high for Justice League while critical response faulted its somber tone at the expense of simple fun. Nonetheless industry trackers predicted a debut of more than $100 million and the film came close to a bullseye on the domestic front. A studio spokesman admitted that both domestic and international results were below internal projections, but that holiday viewing could improve its vitality. Exit demos identified the audience as 58% male with 69% aged 25-years and older.

The costumed crusaders opened in 65 foreign markets to an estimated $185 million. China led with $51 million.Justice was strong in Latin territories, with Brazil leading with $14 million and Mexico posting $9.5 million. Other hefty grossers included the UK with $9.8 million and Australia opening with $6.3 million.

Revenues for the session touched $200 million and improved 35% from last weekend. It was a 28% uptick from 2016 when the debut of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them led with a $74.4 million debut and Doctor Strange took bridesmaid spot with $17.8 million.

Audience response to Wonder was  jaw-dropping. Few expected the uplifting tear-jerker to gross more than $18 million and industry mavens are doing a collective-head scratch to explain. Even factoring in potent word-of-mouth and social media buzz fails to explain its potent debut. Unsurprisingly it tilted 58% female with 66% of the audience aged 25 and older.

The Star also significantly topped high-end estimates of $8 million. The tale of Joseph and Mary’s donkey appeared to be the sort of hokum that draws family audiences, which comprised 61% of viewers. Nonetheless 55% of the audience was aged 25 and older. Females accounted for 62% of the audience.

Weekend (estimates) November 17 – 19, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Justice League WB 95.6 (23,620) NEW 4052 95.6
Wonder Lionsgate 27.1 (8,760) NEW 3096 27.1
Thor: Ragnarok BV 21.7 (5,340) -62% 4060 247.3
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 14.8 (4,130) -50% 3575 50.5
Murder on the Orient Express Fox 13.7 (4,080) -52% 3354 51.6
The Star Sony 9.8 (3,470) NEW 2837 9.8
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 6.9 (2,330) -40% 2948 50.9
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 2.5 (10,420) 107% 238 4.7
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.1 (21,540) 248% 52 1.6
Jigsaw Lionsgate 1.1 (900) -69% 1201 36.5
Blade Runner 2046 WB .61 (1,300) -58% 466 89.3
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate .49 (680) -76% 718 46.7
Geostorm WB .39 (780) -76% 502 32.6
Loving Vincent Good Deed .38 (1,800) -25% 212 4.6
Let There Be Light Atlas .34 (630) -70% 542 6.7
The Florida Project A24/Elevation .31 (1,440) -42% 217 4.3
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB .25 (550) -69% 455 58.9
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru ATMUS .24 (2,610) NEW 93 0.28
Only the Brave Sony .23 (640) -75% 363 17.6
Happy Death Day Uni .22 (510) -83% 427 55.4
Victoria & Abdul Focus .22 (840) -68% 257 21.7
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 .18 (970) -60% 190 2
Tumhari Sulu Grand Shiwbiz .18 (2,930) NEW 62 0.18
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox .17 (630) -59% 271 99.7
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise .16 (2,010) -15% 79 0.48
The Foreigner STX/VVS .16 (630) -80% 250 33.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $195.40
% Change (Last Year) 28%
% Change (Last Week) 35%
Also debuting/expanding
Marshall Open Road .13 (480) -68% 275 8.8
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate .12 (1,980) -33% 59 0.41
Jane Abramorama .11 (1,370) -50% 84 1
LBJ Electric 90,500 (670) -81% 135 2.3
The Square Magnolia 89,300 (1,720) -41% 52 0.61
Wonderstruck Roadside Attractions 66,300 (580) -73% 114 1
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Sony 64,700 (16,180) 4 0.06
Novitiate Sony Classics 61,600 (1,010) 16% 61 0.25
The Ghost Bride ABS 47,600 (1,,220) 39 0.04
Verna Hum 44,400 ((1,930) 23 0.04
The Breadwinner Gkids 14,500 (4,830) 3 0.01
Prematho Mee Karthik Raman 10,900 (450) 24 0.01
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (reissue) Rialto 9,300 (9,300) 1 0.01
Mudbound Netflix 5,700 (2,850) 2 0.01
On the Beach at Night Alone Cinema Guild 8,400 (4,200) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – November 16, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1786.7 19.50%
Buena Vista (9) 1607.9 17.50%
Universal (16) 1450.2 15.80%
20th Century Fox (23) 1155.8 12.60%
Sony (20) 819.5 8.90%
Lionsgate (21) 675.7 7.30%
Paramount (16) 446.6 4.90%
STX (8) 154.7 1.70%
Focus (14) 139.1 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.8 1.30%
Open Road (9) 100.2 1.10%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.75%
Fox Searchlight (11) 59.1 0.65%
Entertainment (3) 51.2 0.55%
A24 (12) 49.7 0.55%
Bleecker Street (6) 48.9 0.50%
Other * (343) 452.1 4.90%
9185.4 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – November 16, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 504,014,165
Wonder Woman WB 412,563,408
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 389,813,101
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 334,137,958
It WB 326,748,251
Despicable Me 3 Uni 264,069,520
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,966,192
Thor: Ragnarok BVI 225,596,170
Dunkirk WB 188,028,882
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,969,510
Get Out Uni 175,589,248
The Boss Baby Fox 175,001,663
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 153,016,558
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 146,865,336
Split Uni 138,280,171
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 130,656,140
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Coco 4.2 3748 -33% 121.4
The Disaster Artist 2.6 840 416% 4.2
Justice League 2.5 3508 -44% 203.9
Wonder 2.5 3519 -31% 94.4
Thor: Ragnarok 1.7 3047 -38% 296.5
Daddy's Home 2 1.6 3263 -24% 86.7
Murder on the Orient Express 1.5 3089 -26% 89.1
Just Getting Started 1.1 2161 NEW 1.1
Lady Bird 1 1557 -19% 19.8
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 0.8 1620 -40% 16.3
Also Debuting
Unexpectedly Yours 88,700 49
I, Tonya 84,300 4
Furkey Returns 49,900 69
Sat Shri Akaal England 43,200 38
Malli Raava 30,700 46
Noel & Cie 12,500 48
November Criminals 2,600 20
Bullet Head 1,900 9
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