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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Star Wars: The Last Jedi dominated with an estimated $68.8 million box office for the three-day portion of the weekend (all figures reflect three-day grosses). Five new movies leapt into the holiday melee to mixed results.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ranked second with $34 million (plus $16.6 million from pre-weekend box office) and Pitch Perfect 3 with $20.4 million. More problematic was musical The Greatest Showman, which opened with $8.4 million following a Wednesday bow that generated $4.6 million. Casualties were the diminutive Downsizing with $4.6 million, and the seasonal raunch comedy Father Figures, which struggled to $3.1 million.

Exclusive debuts were dominated by The Post with stop-the-presses revenues of $490,000 from nine newsstands. Further back were the Austrian drama Happy End, which grossed $23,200 from three screens, and revisionist western Hostiles with a $19,100 return on three. The session also saw significant expansions for The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour, maintaining awards season prospects.

Bollywood made a comeback with Tiger Zinda Hai posting $1.6 million while Telugu titles Hello! and Middle Class Abbayi bowed on the soft side with respective weekends of $461,000 and $362,000. In Quebec, local comedy Le Trip a trois also had tepid response of $190,000. And China import Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds bowed with an excellent $160,000 from 17 screens.

Revenues for the frame exceeded $175 million and ebbed back 38% from last weekend largely as a result of a calendar that conflated holiday viewing and saw even behemoths including The Last Jedi experience sharper than anticipated declines. The current session also declined 5% from 2016 when the second weekend of Rogue One led with $96.1 million and newcomers Sing and Passengers followed with openings of $54.9 million and $22.7 million.

It’s taken 22 years to follow up on Jumanji, but initial returns for Welcome to the Jungle look encouraging for a more efficacious follow up. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 56% male with 55% aged 25-years and younger. The film opened in 53 foreign markets to an estimated $49 million plus including 28 territories in top spot. Top grossing nations included the UK with $10 million, a record-breaking $7.1 million in Malaysia and Russia opening to $4.8 million.

The unexpected success of Pitch Perfect in 2012 spawned an equally surprising franchise with ample clout to take on the unforgiving holiday brawl. It played to its base with an audience that was 69% female with 57% aged 25-years and younger. It had a more modest international launch in 14 territories that generated a $10 million tally dominated by the UK’s $5.9 million debut.

The anticipation for The Greatest Showman was buoyed by the musical revival of La La Land (with that film’s lyricists in tow for the Barnum tuner). However, critical response has been tepid. On the domestic side it drew an older crowd that was 67% aged 25-years and older with females accounting for 63% of viewers. The film bowed day-and-date in just three overseas markets in Asia with South Korea accounting for $2.8 million of its $4 million box office.

Also suffering mixed response was Downsizing with audiences puzzled by its open-ended conclusion. It also skewed older with plus 30-year olds comprising 60% of the audience and a slight male tilt of 51%.

Father Figures proved not to be the alternative movie its studio had hoped. Its crowd was 53% male with 75% 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) December 22 – 24, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 68.8 (16,250) -69% 4232 365.4
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 34.0 (9,020) NEW 3765 50.6
Pitch Perfect 3 Uni 20.4 (5,920) NEW 3447 20.4
The Greatest Showman Fox 8.4 (2,800) NEW 3006 13
Ferdinand Fox 7.1 (1,960) -47% 3630 26.6
Coco BV 5.2 (2,470) -48% 2111 161.3
Downsizing Par 4.6 (1,720) NEW 2668 4.6
Darkest Hour Focus 4.1 (5,070) 382% 806 6.9
Father Figures WB 3.1 (1,080) NEW 2902 3.1
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 2.9 (4,030) 71% 726 7.5
Wonder Lionsgate 2.0 (1,740) -62% 1130 114.9
Tiger Zinda Hai Yash Raj 1.6 (5,310) NEW 300 1.6
The Star Sony 1.3 (1,170) -25% 1106 38.4
Justice League WB 1.0 (940) -76% 1101 222.7
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .95 (2,370) -54% 402 28.3
Daddy’s Home 2 Par .89 (830) -77% 1073 99.2
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation .88 (1,710) -68% 517 15.7
Thor: Ragnarok BV .80 (1,140) -74% 701 309.1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .79 (6,950) 65% 114 3.1
Three Billboards Fox Searchlight .50 (1,630) -58% 307 22.7
Murder on the Orient Express Fox .50 (1,110) -80% 447 99.2
The Post Fox .49 (54,330) NEW 9 0.49
Hello! CineGalaxy .46 (2,730) NEW 169 0.69
I, Tonya Neon .42 (11,010) 144% 38 1.1
Middle Class Abbayi Blue Sky .36 (2,350) NEW 154 0.82
Youth China Lion .27 (8,910) -53% 30 0.714
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $170.30
% Change (Last Year) -5%
% Change (Last Week) -38%
Also debuting/expanding
Le Trip a trois Seville .19 (2,880) 67 0.28
Velaikaran ATMUS .17 (3,070) 55 0.21
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go .16 (9,390) 17 0.16
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker/Elevation .12 (830) -54% 146 5.3
Wonder Wheel Amazon 64,200 (640) -86% 100 1.2
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel 43,700 (990) -45% 44 6.1
Bleeding Steel Media Asia 47,600 (710) 67 0.05
Happy End Sony Classics 23,200 (7,730) 3 0.02
Hostiles Entertainment 19,100 (6,370) 3 0.02
Au revoir la-haut A-Z Films 10,700 (1,190) 9 0.01
Crooked House Vertical 8,600 (570) 15 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – December 21, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2143.3 20.60%
Warner Bros. (23) 2014.1 19.30%
Universal (17) 1453.9 14.00%
20th Century Fox (25) 1242.2 11.90%
Sony (23) 885.8 8.50%
Lionsgate (22) 793.5 7.60%
Paramount (17) 509.8 4.90%
STX (8) 179.2 1.70%
Focus (15) 142.7 1.40%
Weinstein Co. (7) 119 1.10%
Open Road (9) 101.1 0.95%
A24 (13) 88.2 0.85%
Fox Searchlight (12) 85.7 0.80%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.65%
Bleecker Street (7) 53.6 0.50%
Entertainment (3) 51.2 0.50%
eOne/Seville (16) 48.3 0.45%
Other * (364) 437.2 4.20%
10418 100%
* none greater than .04%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – December 14, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
Marshall Open Road 9,437,547
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
Let There Be Light Atlas 7,201,156
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 7,115,584
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mongrel 6,044,958
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 5,872,028
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
The Florida Project A24/Elevation 5,166,086
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker/Elevation 5,162,162
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 4,565,665
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 4,545,447
* does not include 2016 box office

 

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Super Troopers 2 7.9 2038 NEW 7.9
A Quiet Place 6.4 3808 39% 117
I Feel Pretty 6.1 3440 NEW 6.1
Rampage 5 4115 46% 50.6
Truth or Dare 2.5 3068 70% 25
Blockers 2.1 3134 36% 43.4
Ready Player One 1.9 3208 36% 121
Bharat Ane Nenu 1.5 323 NEW 1.5
Traffik 1.4 1046 NEW 1.4
Black Panther 1.2 1930 16% 678
Also Debuting
Little Pink House 10,300 8
Beyond the Clounds 8,800 41
Khido Khundi 8,500 33
Dude's Manual 7,400 14
Ghost Stories 5,300 1
Godard Mon Amour 4,100 4
L'Apparition 3,900 6
The Devil and Father Amorth 3,300 3
Eye on Juliet 2,300 9
Le Corbeau (reissue) 2,200 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