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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Coco prevailed at the Thanksgiving movie feast with an estimated $49.3 million for the weekend and a 5-day gross of $71.5 million. The session’s other national newcomer was the legal eagle Roman J. Israel, Esq. with $4.5 million that ranked ninth. All figures reflect 3-day portion of the holiday.

In limited wide, the tale of Dickens writing “A Christmas Carol,” The Man Who Invented Christmas bowed to a modest $1.3 million. Indian imports were again tepid with Telugu Mental Madhilo providing a faint pulse of $127,000 at 79 venues. Conversely there’s nothing like a hockey movie to stir up audiences north of the border and Junior majeur was a winning slapshot in Quebec with $767,000 at 94 rinks.

Exclusive activity included doc Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story grossing $17,100 on a single Manhattan screen. Fest faves with awards buzz provided Gary Oldman-Winston Churchill Darkest Hour with $174,000 at four sites and a very potent $389,000 for the romance Call Me By Your Name also at four locations.

The session also saw significant expansions for both Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with both maintaining commercial propulsion in the awards season.

Revenues for the frame approached $190 million and ebbed back 6% from last weekend. It was a slight 1% improvement from 2016 when the debut of Moana topped the charts with $56.6 million and the incoming Allied ranked fourth with $12.7 million.

The tale of musical rebellion wrapped up in Mexico’s Dia das Mortes Coco bowed a month and set new box office records in Mexico with a cume that’s surpassed $53 million. Industry pundits were bullish on its domestic prospects with predictions of $70 million to $75 million for its opening five days. The film had a slight 53% female tilt with 56% of viewers aged 25-years and younger and 73% of the audience identifying as families.

Coco also spread its wings in 25 international markets to an estimated $30 million. China led with $18 million and Russia grossed $3 million. The brunt of the initial releases are in secondary markets with few Latin territories in the mix.

Anticipation for Roman J. Israel, Esq. was less buoyant as a counter-programmer than the prior weekend’s Wonder v. Justice League. Its audience was 52% male with 77% aged 25-years and older.

Weekend (estimates) November 24 – 26, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Coco BV 49.3 (12,360) NEW 3987 71.5
Justice League WB 40.9 (10,100) -56% 4051 171.8
Wonder Lionsgate 22.2 (6,990) -20% 3172 69.2
Thor: Ragnarok BV 16.8 (5,120) -22% 3281 277.5
Murder on Orient Express Fox 13.0 (4,140) -6% 3152 74.3
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 13.0 (3,690) -10% 3518 72.4
The Star Sony 6.8 (2,400) -31% 2837 22
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 4.9 (2,130) -30% 2306 59.6
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Sony 4.5 (2,680) 7109% 1669 6.2
Three Billboards Fox Searchlight 4.3 (7,050) 293% 614 7.6
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 4.0 (5,030) 58% 791 10.7
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker Street 1.3 (2,140) NEW 626 1.8
Junior majeur Seville .77 (8,160) NEW 94 0.81
Blade Runner 2046 WB .53 (1,220) -16% 434 90
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .39 (97,250) NEW 4 0.39
Jigsaw Lionsgate .38 (1,000) -65% 383 37.2
Loving Vincent Good Deed .26 (1,780) -35% 147 5.1
The Florida Project A24/Elevation .22 (1,330) -27% 164 4.7
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate .19 (770) -59% 248 47
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB .19 (650) -25% 292 59.2
It WB .18 (770) -19 231 327.1
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate .18 (1,810) 45% 98 0.67
Darkest Hour Focus .17 (43,650) NEW 4 0.25
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise .15 (1,860) -7% 81 0.74
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $182.30
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) -6%
Also debuting/expanding
Mental Madhilo Freeze Frame .13 (1,610) 79 0.16
Victoria & Abdul Focus .12 (810) -46% 144 21.9
The Square Magnolia .11 (2,090) 1% 53 0.74
Let There Be Light Atlas 89,300 (500) -75% 199 7
Jane Abramorama 81,200 (1,590) -32% 51 1.2
Novitiate Sony Classics 75,700 (630) 19% 120 0.37
The Killing of a Sacred Deer A24 62,600 (1.060) -67% 59 2.1
Explosion China Lion 58,300 (1,770) 33 0.06
Bomnshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Zeitgeist 17,100 (17,100) 1 0.02
L’Amant double MK2 11,500 (1,910) 6 0.01
The Passion of Joan of Arc (reissue) Janus 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – November 23, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (23) 1900.5 20.00%
Buena Vista (10) 1665.2 17.50%
Universal (16) 1451.1 15.30%
20th Century Fox (23) 1179.6 12.40%
Sony (22) 836.8 8.80%
Lionsgate (22) 721.1 7.60%
Paramount (16) 470.3 5.00%
STX (8) 162.6 1.70%
Focus (14) 139.4 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.9 1.20%
Open Road (9) 100.5 1.10%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (11) 62.1 0.65%
A24 (12) 54.9 0.60%
Entertainment (3) 51.2 0.55%
Bleecker Street (7) 49.5 0.50%
eOne/Seville (14) 46.9 0.50%
Other * (338) 413.2 4.40%
9493 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – November 23, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
Marshall Open Road 8,820,763
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
Let There Be Light Atlas 6,738,588
Lady Bird A24 6,661,088
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 5,871,581
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 5,844,175
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
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel 4,884,746
The Book of Henry Focus 4,458,877
The Florida Project A24/Elevation 4,444,815
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 4,389,580
* 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