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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Coco led the session with an estimated $26.2 million. The first weekend of December has traditionally been one of the lowest grossing of the calendar, so a lack of new national releases wasn’t unexpected.

Exclusive newcomers were ablaze, with Wonder Wheel, the latest from Woody Allen, circling $142,000 from five locales. The Disaster Artist laughed out a $1.2 million box office from 19 rooms. And Venice best-picture winner The Shape of Water flowed to $163,000 from just two movie palaces. Significant expansions of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird bolstered award campaigns for both.

It was another dull frame for Indian imports with Hindi Firangi grossing $127,000 and Telugu Jawaan right behind with $116,000. The reissue of Titanic in 3-D was afloat with $424,000 at 87 venues and The Swindlers from China had OK response of $76,500 on 27 screens.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $105 million and sank 46% from last weekend. It was still an 8% improvement from 2016 when the second weekend of Moana led the field with $28.3 million. With four weeks left in the year box office is running 5% behind last year’s pace and industry mavens don’t expect the gap to shrink significantly even with The Last Jedi in the mix.

Weekend (estimates) December 1 – 3, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Coco BV 26.2 (6,570) -48% 3987 108.8
Justice League WB 16.6 (4,340) -60% 3820 197.3
Wonder Lionsgate 12.3 (3,390) -46% 3449 87.8
Thor: Ragnarok BV 9.5 (3,010) -44% 3148 291.2
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 7.5 (2,210) -43% 3403 82.8
Murder on the Orient Express Fox 6.7 (2,100) -49% 3201 84.8
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 4.5 (3,160) 3% 1430 13.7
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 4.4 (3,700) 9% 1194 17
The Star Sony 3.9 (1,390) -43% 2822 27.2
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 3.4 (1,530) -48% 2251 64.8
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Sony 1.9 (1,150) -57% 1669 9.5
The Disaster Artist A24 1.2 (62,840) NEW 19 1.2
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker Street .87 (1,290) -35% 674 3
Titanic (reissue) Par .42 (4,870) NEW 87 0.42
Blade Runner 2046 WB .38 (730) -30% 515 90.8
Junior majeur Seville .31 (3,620) -42% 85 1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .28 (69,500) -33% 4 0.9
Marshall Open Road .24 (360) 292% 651 9.2
Jigsaw Lionsgate .22 (720) -44% 301 37.6
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel .21 (1,280) -24% 161 5.5
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight .16 (81,600) NEW 2 0.16
Wonder Wheel Amazon .14 (28,460) NEW 5 0.14
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise .14 (1,380) -2% 101 0.94
Firangi Grand Showbiz .13 (1,840) NEW 69 0.13
Jawaan Blue Sky .12 (2,060) NEW 57 0.16
The Florida Project A24/Elevation .12 (1,020) -59% 120 4.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $98.97
% Change (Last Year) 8%
% Change (Last Week) -46%
Also debuting/expanding
Darkest Hour Focus .11 (26,950) -38% 4 0.41
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate .10 (930) -35% 110 0.82
The Square Magnolia 74,800 (1,410) -34% 53 0.93
The Swindlers Well Go 76,500 (2,830) 27 0.08
Jane Abramorama 72,600 (1,480) -13% 49 1.3
Novitiate Sony Classics 52,300 ((320) -36% 163 0.47
The House Next Door CineGalaxy 37,200 (1,490) 25 0.04
Oxygen CineGalaxy 20,500 (790) 26 0.02
Daisy Winters Hannover House 16,600 (210) 78 0.02
The Other Side of Hope Janus 14,900 (4,970) 3 0.01
Thiruttu Payale 2 Magnus 7,400 (440) 17 0.01
Radius Film Movement 6,700 (960) 7 0.01
Mathilde Kinofilm 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
The Brotherhood of the Blades II Well Go 5,300 (2,650) 2 0.01
24 Hours to Live Saban 5,100 (510) 10 0.01
Love Beats Rhymes Film Arcade 5,100 (510) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – November 30, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (23) 1971.1 20.20%
Buena Vista (10) 1746.6 17.90%
Universal (16) 1451.4 14.90%
20th Century Fox (23) 1196.7 12.30%
Sony (22) 850.9 8.70%
Lionsgate (22) 754.8 7.70%
Paramount (16) 486.2 5.00%
STX (8) 170.3 1.80%
Focus (15) 139.9 1.40%
Weinstein Co. (7) 118.9 1.20%
Open Road (9) 100.5 1.00%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (11) 68 0.70%
A24 (12) 60.6 0.60%
Bleecker Street (7) 51.2 0.50%
Entertainment (3) 51.2 0.50%
eOne/Seville (15) 48.4 0.50%
Other * (342) 416.6 4.30%
9752.5 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Global Grossers (Januray 2 – November 30, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,262,158,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,236,517,749
Despicable Me 3 Uni 1,031,074,821
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 881,246,309
Wolf Warrior II Bona; Well Go 867,876,145
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 862,581,275
Wonder Woman WB 824,519,701
Thor: Ragnarok BVI 800,580,860
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 769,452,354
It WB 693,790,529
Logan Fox 618,191,538
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 558,357,889
Dunkirk WB 520,985,925
Justice League WB 518,160,993
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 496,799,169
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 490,662,665
The Mummy Uni 409,418,713
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 394,282,988
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Cars 3 BV 383,630,743
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 381,082,129
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,476,016
* 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