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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The final weekend of 2017 was a horse race between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with the former grossing an estimated $52.7 million and the latter close behind with $50.9 million. There were no new national releases but All the Money in the World and Molly’s Game had their first full weekends, with the poker opus surprisingly strong in its limited wide exposure.

Exclusive newcomers included Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with OK returns of $35,400 at four venues, and Germany’s Oscar short-listed In the Fade grossing a disappointing $11,200 from three sites. Phantom Thread was on fire with a $217,000 box office from four houses. Indian import Okka Kshanam opened to a disappointing $138,000. Ex-File 3 from China and the Filipino The Revenger Squad bowed to good response of $114,000 and $111,000.

Revenues for the sessions nudged right up to $200 million and saw an 11% upswing from last weekend. It was a 5% improvement from 2016 when Rogue One led with $65.5 million and Sing took the bridesmaid slot with $57.3 million.

Entering the weekend 2017 box office was off the prior year’s pace by 4% and the current year will likely finish in the area of $11.15 billion.

If last year’s existential question was: how do you ensure the next generation has the moviegoing habit, then the past twelve months provided an even more disturbing query.  What happens when there’s nothing in the multiplex that viewers want to see? Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018.

Weekend (estimates) December 29 – 31, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 52.7 (12,460) -26% 4232 517.4
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 50.9 (13,530) 40% 3765 170.2
Pitch Perfect 3 Uni 17.7 (5,110) -11% 3468 64.2
The Greatest Showman Fox 15.3 (4,620) 74% 3316 48.8
Ferdinand Fox 11.6 (3,470) 58% 3337 53.7
Coco BV 7.2 (3,430) 34% 2104 179.6
All the Money in the World Sony 5.4 (2,620) NEW 2074 12.6
Darkest Hour Focus 5.3 (5,590) 35% 943 17.9
Downsizing Par 4.6 (1,740) -6% 2664 17.1
Father Figures WB 3.7 (1,290) 14% 2902 12.8
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 3.5 (4,680) 18% 756 15.7
Wonder Lionsgate 3.2 (2,710) 63% 1193 121.5
Molly’s Game STX/eOne 2.3 (8,380) NEW 271 5.2
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 1.4 (3,670) 44% 392 31.4
Justice League WB 1.3 (1,120) 19% 1130 225.6
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation .96 (1,890) 8% 507 17.9
Daddy’s Home 2 Par .93 (1,210) 0% 770 101.8
Tiger Zinda Hai Yash Raj .92 (3,330) -48% 275 4.6
Thor: Ragnarok BV .91 (1,690) 9% 540 311.3
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .71 (6,160) -5% 115 4.6
I, Tonya Neon .65 (13,330) 58% 49 2.4
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight .64 (2,420) 22% 266 24.1
Murder on the Orient Express Fox .61 (1,570) 18% 391 100.6
The Post Fox .53 (59,330) 1% 9 1.7
The Star Sony .49 (750) -62% 661 40.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $193.55
% Change (Last Year) 5%
% Change (Last Week) 11%
Also debuting/expanding
Le Trip a trois Seville .31 (5,320) 89% 59 0.89
Phantom Thread Focus .22 (54,250) 4 0.53
Youth China Lion .19 (5,370) -42% 35 1.6
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go .18 (10,820) -1% 17 0.63
Okka Kshanam Sarigama .14 (1,600) 86 0.22
Ex-File 3 China Lion .11 (54,10) 21 0.11
The Revenger Squad ABS .11 (2,920) 38 0.11
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker/Elevat 66,300 (450) -43% 146 5.6
Loving Vincent Good Deed/Mong 44,800 (1,090) -16% 41 6.2
The Liquidator Edko 36,600 (1,460) 25 0.04
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics 35,400 (8,820) 4 0.04
Hostiles Entertainment 33,600 (6,720) 47% 5 0.09
1987: When the Day Comes CJ 27,100 (13,550) 2 0.03
In the Fade Magnolia 11,200 (3,730) 3 0.01
2 Countries Magnus 8,400 (380) 22 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – December 28, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2329.8 21.40%
Warner Bros. (24) 2026.1 18.60%
Universal (17) 1498.5 13.80%
20th Century Fox (26) 1296.2 11.90%
Sony (24) 998.2 9.20%
Lionsgate (22) 799.1 7.30%
Paramount (18) 524.8 4.80%
STX (9) 182.4 1.70%
Focus (16) 152.9 1.40%
Weinstein Co. (7) 119 1.10%
Open Road (9) 101.1 0.95%
Fox Searchlight (12) 94.6 0.85%
A24 (13) 92.7 0.85%
CBS (4) 69.2 0.65%
Bleecker Street (7) 53.9 0.50%
Other * (389) 547.5 5.00%
10886 100%
* none greater than .45%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – December 28, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,262,158,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,237,667,453
Despicable Me 3 Uni 1,034,780,739
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 934,182,077
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
Thor: Ragnarok BV 847,153,905
Wonder Woman WB 824,519,701
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 769,452,354
It WB 703,297,095
Justice League WB 648,940,561
Logan Fox 618,191,538
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 558,357,889
Dunkirk WB 521,147,926
Coco BV 503,657,116
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 496,799,169
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 490,786,719
The Mummy Uni 410,431,038
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 395,258,972
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Cars 3 BV 383,734,665
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 381,182,553
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
* 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