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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Four decades have not tarnished the Star Wars universe as The Last Jedi debuts domestically with an estimated $219.6 million. More than three of every four tickets sold this past weekend were spent on the eighth installment of the series. Efforts to counterprogram put Ferdinand, the animated bull, in the ring, where he landed a distant second with $13.3 million.

There were no significant exclusive debuts but previously limited titles had significant expansions. Wonder Wheel added 489 playdates and fizzled with a $460,000 box office. Slow rollouts of awards contenders The Shape of Water, Darkest Hour and Call Me by Your Name maintained strong five-figure averages.

The only Indian import to register a pulse was the Telugu Aruvi that bowed to $52,400 at 27 venues. China’s Youth opened with a potent $267,000 from 30 sites while The Thousand Faces of Dunija had a disappointing $56,100 launch.

Revenues approached $280 million and saw an enormous 245% expansion from the prior weekend. It was also a significant 32% boost from 2016 when Rogue One launched with $155.1 and alternative Collateral Beauty slotted fourth with $7.1 million. Domestic box office cleared $10 billion on Wednesday but through the weekend it was still 3.5% behind the 2016 pace.

Predictions saw The Last Jedi opening to more than $200 million with high end estimates of $220 million. Despite the enormity of the film it failed to equal the opening strength of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The picture tilted fanboy with 57% of viewers and was 62% aged 25-years and older.

Last Jedi opened in the rest of the world with the exception of China (where it debuts early in 2018) to an estimated $230 million. Despite (or because) of the absence of the Asian behemoth it ranked as the fifth largest global box office opening of all time. Britain was the top opener with $36 million plus and it emerged unsurprisingly as the biggest debut of the year in many territories including France, Japan and Australia.

The industry consensus was bullish for Ferdinand with expectations of a $15 million to $17 million that didn’t happen. Still, it brought in a crowd that was 54% female with 63% aged 25 and younger and 75% identifying as families.

Ferdinand also had a modest international debut of $6.2 million in 18 foreign markets. Australia led the charge with $1.9 million and Germany grossed $950,000.

Weekend (estimates) December 15 – 17, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 219.6 (51,890) NEW 4232 219.6
Ferdinand Fox 13.3 (3,670) NEW 3621 13.3
Coco BV 9.8 (3,120) -47% 3155 150.6
Wonder Lionsgate 5.3 (1,730) -38% 3047 109.1
Justice League WB 4.2 (1,550) -57% 2702 219.5
Daddy’s Home 2 Par 3.8 (1,520) -36% 2493 96.6
Thor: Ragnarok BV 3.0 (1,580) -52% 1895 306.4
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation 2.6 (2,580) -59% 1010 12.9
Murder on the Orient Express Fox 2.4 (1,270) -53% 1923 97.2
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 2.1 (2,190) -40% 947 25.9
The Star Sony 1.7 (900) -53% 1936 35.4
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.7 (10,710) 48% 158 3.6
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.6 (1,660) -45% 944 21.3
A Bad Moms Christmas STX/eOne 1.0 (940) -62% 1038 70.7
Just Getting Started Broad Green .98 (530) -69% 1840 5.5
Darkest Hour Focus .84 (10,030) 14% 84 2.3
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .48 (16,070) 68% 30 2
Wonder Wheel Amazon .46 (860) 208% 536 0.84
Youth China Lion .27 (8,910) NEW 30 0.17
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker/Elevation .26 (810) -64% 319 5
Unexpectedly Yours ABS .18 ((3,870) -56% 47 0.76
I, Tonya Neon .17 (33,620) -36% 5 0.55
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Sony .15 (630) -83% 238 11.7
Junior majeur Seville .12 (1,680) -30% 71 1.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $274.40
% Change (Last Year) 32%
% Change (Last Week) 245%
Also debuting/expanding
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel 74,300 (910) -51% 82 6
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia Well Go 56,100 (2,080) 27 0.06
The Florida Project A24/Elevation 55,700 (840) -38% 66 5.1
Aruvi ATMUS 52,400 (1,940) 27 0.05
My Friend Dahmer FilmRise 41,700 (760) -68% 55 1.3
Le Sens de la fete MK2 30,800 (2,570) 12 0.03
The Ballad of Lefty Brown A24 6,100 (3,050) 2 0.01
Permanent Magnolia 5,800 (970) 6 0.01
Beyond Skyline Vertical 5,400 (540) 10 0.01
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children Gkids 5,200 (1,300) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – December 14, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (23) 2007.3 20.00%
Buena Vista (11) 1871.5 18.60%
Universal (16) 1451.8 14.40%
20th Century Fox (23) 1214 12.10%
Sony (22) 865.5 8.60%
Lionsgate (22) 784.2 7.80%
Paramount (17) 504.3 5.00%
STX (8) 177.7 1.80%
Focus (15) 141.3 1.40%
Weinstein Co. (7) 119 1.20%
Open Road (9) 101.1 1.00%
A24 (12) 80.9 0.80%
Fox Searchlight (11) 80.5 0.80%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.70%
Bleecker Street (7) 53.2 0.50%
Entertainment (3) 51.2 0.50%
eOne/Seville (15) 47.9 0.50%
Other * (358) 428.4 4.30%
10049 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – December 14, 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 334,201,140
It WB 327,481,748
Thor: Ragnarok BV 303,394,120
Despicable Me 3 Uni 264,559,530
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,966,192
Justice League WB 215,286,347
Dunkirk WB 188,043,731
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 153,031,500
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 146,880,162
Coco BV 140,785,896
* does not include 2016 box office

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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