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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

It was a Coco three-peat as the animation led weekend biz with an estimated $18.5 million in a not-terribly festive frame. In one of the lowest-attended weekends of 2017, the sole new national opener was Just Getting Started, at tenth with $3.2 million.

The national expansion of The Disaster Artist laughed up $6.4 million. Also continuing slow roll-outs were Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  Among exclusives, I, Tonya pulled off the box office equivalent of a triple axel with a $248,000 debut from four rinks.

Indian imports were again fallow, with Hindi titles Fukrey Returns and Sat Shri Akaal England opening to respective soft box office of $178,000 and $162,000. But it’s proven to be a strong season for Filipino films with Unexpectedly Yours bowing with $288,000.

Revenues for the three days crawled to about $85 million and took a 20% dip from last weekend. It was less than a percentage downturn change from 2016 when Moana maintained top position with $18.5 million with the opening weekend of Office Christmas Party right behind with $16.9 million.

Expectations weren’t exactly buoyant for Just Getting Started but estimates in the $5-$6 million range proved to be overly confident. Industryites saw the film as the last blow-out of its three-year old distributor. Broad Green stepped out promisingly in 2015 with A Walk in the Woods but has steadily lost momentum since last year’s Bad Santa 2. A fire sale looks imminent.

Weekend (estimates) December 8 – 10, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Coco BV 18.5 (4,920) -33% 3748 135.7
Justice League WB 9.6 (2,740) -42% 3508 211
Wonder Lionsgate 8.4 (2,400) -30% 3519 100.3
The Disaster Artist A24 6.4 (7,580) 426% 840 8
Thor: Ragnarok BV 6.3 (2,070) -36% 3047 301.2
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 5.9 (1,820) -21% 3263 91.1
Murder on the Orient Express Fox 5.1 (1,640) -25% 3089 92.7
The Star Sony 3.7 (1,240) -9% 2976 32
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 3.5 (2,220) -19% 1557 22.2
Just Getting Started Broad Green 3.2 (1,470) NEW 2161 3.2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 2.9 (1,770) -35% 1620 18.3
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 2.5 (1,180) -26% 2124 68.6
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.1 (27,070) 565% 41 1.3
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Sony .85(590) -56% 1453 11
Darkest Hour Focus .76 (14,410) 607% 53 1.2
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker Street .69 (960) -22% 720 4.3
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .29 (32,550) -1% 9 1.4
Unexpectedly Yours ABS .29 (5,650) NEW 51 0.29
Blade Runner 2046 WB .26 (680) -36% 388 91.2
The Mountain Between Us Fox .26 (480) 343% 535 30.2
I, Tonya Neon .25 (62,050) 4 0.25
Junior majeur Seville .19 (2,490) -33% 77 1.3
Furkey Returns Zee Studios .18 (2,580) NEW 69 0.18
Jigsaw Lionsgate .16 (620) -28% 257 37.8
Sat Shri Akaal England Grand Showbiz .16 (4,150) NEW 39 0.16
Wonder Wheel Amazon .15 (3,170) 18% 47 0.31
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $79.40
% Change (Last Year) -1%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise .13 (1,150) -5% 110 1.1
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel .13 (910) -38% 145 5.8
Malli Raava Blue Sky 98,100 (2,040) 48 0.1
The Florida Project A24/Elevation 93,700 (930) -15% 101 5
Last Flag Flying Lionsgate 46,300 (540) -55% 85 0.92
Noel & Cie MK2 45,400 (950) 48 0.05
The Square Magnolia 42,800 (950) -52% 45 1
Jane Abramorama 41,200 (980) -48% 42 1.3
November Criminals Lotus 6,200 (310) 20 0.01
Bullet Head Saban 4,400 (490) 9 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%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
12 Strong WB 5.6 3002 NEW
Den of Thieves STX/VVS 5.6 2432 NEW
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 4.8 3704 -21%
The Post Fox 3.5 2851 -41%
The Greatest Showman Fox 3 2823 -2%
The Commuter Lionsgate 2 2892 -57%
Insidious: The Last Key Uni 1.8 2546 -48%
Paddington 2 WB 1.8 3702 -27%
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 1.6 2456 -41%
Forever My Girl Roadside Attractions 1.5 1115 NEW
Also Debuting
Mary and the Witch's Flower Gkids 0.31 149
Hochelaga, Terre des ames Seville 40,900 32
Colao Caribbean 36,100 7
A Better Tomorrow 2018 Media Asia 19,900 31
The Final Year Magnolia 18,900 28
The Road Movie Oscilloscope 5,800 14
Mom and Dad Momentum 5,500 50
Beuys Kino 3,400 1
Small Town Crime Saban 2,100 9
A Ciambra IFC 1,700 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