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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took top spot for the holiday frame with an estimated $27.1 million. Not far behind with $18.6 million was The Post that went wide after three weeks in exclusives. (All figures reflect 3-day figures; chart will be updated tomorrow).

Three national debuts opened respectably. Ticking-clock The Commuter landed third with $13.2 million while family-targeted Paddington 2 cuddled up to $10.5 million. Proud Mary, advertised as kin of John Cassavetes’ 1980 thriller Gloria, bowed to $9.8 million.

Two Telugu films led the charge with Thaanaa Serndha Kootem grossing $303,000 and Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile posting $278,000. The latter film had a potent pre-weekend box office of $2.2 million that rapidly evaporated. The elaborate Filipino fantasy adventure Ang Panday had an OK start of $111,000 while animated Mexican import Condorito was more cel than buy with $230,000 from 153 screens.

Most promising among exclusive newcomers was Lebanon’s Academy short-listed The Insult, which arrived with $24,100 from three engagements.

Revenues  hovered around $155 million and slipped 7% from last weekend. It was a slight 2% improvement from 2017 when Hidden Figures led with $27.5 million and the top new entry. The Bye Bye Man, ranked fifth with $15.2 million.

Observers were nervous about whether The Post would have wide appeal, and unusual fluctuation in tracking put a cloud over expectation of a $20 million four-day result. But Spielberg hit the mark with an audience that was 55% female and 66% 35 and older. It remains in the Oscar chase and could bring in a younger audience as its run continues. Liam Neeson continued his reign as successor to Charles Bronson with The Commuter, which exceeded tracking expectations of $9 million to $10 million. Its crowd was 54% male with 70% of the audience over 30.

Originally set for release by the Weinstein Co., Paddington 2 was acquired by Warner Bros. as the indie began its a tailspin. The beloved Peruvian bear adrift in the UK opened two months ago overseas and has grossed $150 million. Expectations were more modest Stateside but it still came up short of expectations of a $15 million debut despite the appeal of the initial movie. Studio exit demos reflected a 57% female audience with 55% over 25.

Proud Mary got the wrong kind of publicity when the media harrumphed that its studio wasn’t screening for press. Tracking suggested nonetheless a decent debut of roughly $15 million that movie-goers failed to support and its ad campaign really failed to give a clear sense of its story. Those who showed were 58% female and 77% over 25.

Weekend (estimates) January 12 – 14, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 27.1 (7,040) -28% 3849 283.2
The Post Fox 18.6 (6,610) 998% 2819 23.1
The Commuter Lionsgate 13.2 (4,570) NEW 2892 13.2
Insidious: The Last Key Uni 12.1 (3,850) -59% 3150 48.4
The Greatest Showman Fox 11.9 (4,040) -14% 2938 94.6
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 11.4 (3,680) -52% 3090 591.6
Paddington 2 WB 10.5 (2,950) NEW 3702 10.5
Proud Mary Sony 9.8 (4,600) NEW 2125 9.8
Pitch Perfect 3 Uni 5.6 (2,250) -45% 2505 94.6
Darkest Hour Focus 4.5 (2,650) -26% 1693 35.7
Molly’s Game STX/eOne 3.6 (2,120) -47% 1708 20.5
Ferdinand Fox 3.4 (1,560) -56% 2154 75.4
I, Tonya Neon 3.1 (5,960) 26% 517 9.8
Coco BV 3.0 (2,220) -44% 1362 196.6
The Shape of Water  Searchlight 2.7 (3,680) -15% 723 26.4
Three Billboards Searchlight 2.3 (2,240) 225% 1022 28.5
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 1.6 (2,480) 3% 652 36.6
Wonder Lionsgate 1.2 (1,190) -51% 970 128.6
All the Money in the World Sony 1.1 (800) -68% 1408 23
Phantom Thread Focus 1.1 (18,060) 367% 62 2.2
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .68 (3,920) -9% 174 7.2
Marshall Open Road .40 (1,050) 6533% 378 9.9
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation .44 (1,190) -41% 371 20.3
Thor: Ragnarok BV .37 (1,520) -29% 242 313
Thaanaa Serndha Kootam Prime Media .30 (3,400) NEW 89 0.35
Downsizing Par .29 (710) -87% 412 24.1
Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile Blue Sky .28 (730) NEW 382 2.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $148.50
% Change (Last Year) 2%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Hostiles Entertainment .26 (6,260) -2% 42 0.8
Condorito Lionsgate .23 (1,500) 153 0.23
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go .16 (5,090) -41% 32 1.4
Le Trip a trois Seville .13 (2,230) -48% 57 1.6
Ex-File 3 China Lion .12 (4,880) -34% 24 0.73
Ang Panday ABS .11 (2,570) 43 0.11
Jai Simha Sarigama 96,800 (1,240) 78 0.1
Rangula Ratnam Blue Sky 57,100 (1,120) 51 0.06
Ang Larawan ABS 34,300 (2,430) 14 0.03
Mukabaaz Eros 32,300 (1,900) 17 0.03
Parchi Another Hit 31,300 (800) 39 0.03
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics 30,500 (3,490) 33% 9 0.13
Sketch V Creations 29,200 (530) 55 0.03
The Insult Cohen Media 24,100 (8,030) 3 0.02
Acts of Violence Lionsgate 9,400 (780) 12 0.01
Lover for a Day MUBI 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Saturday Church Goldwyn 6,600 (3,300) 2 0.01

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Crazy Rich Asians 7.2 3384 NEW 16
The Meg 5.8 4118 -64% 68.4
Mile 22 5.2 3520 NEW 5.2
Alpha 3.3 2719 NEW 3.3
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 3 3482 -44% 173.2
Christopher Robin 2.6 3602 -29% 60.6
BlacKKKlansman 2 1788 -45% 18
Slender Man 1.4 2358 -71% 17.2
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 1 2270 -41% 108.8
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 1 2187 -32% 151.2
Also Debuting
Geetha Govindam 0.27 181
Gold 0.13 194
Kolamavu Kokila 49,000 54
The Wife 32,900 4
Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns 27,900 31
Satyameva Jayate 27,000 43
Les As de la jungle 21,800 37
We the Animals 20,300 3
Europe Raiders 19,800 37
Juliet, Naked 19,400 4
Blaze 8,900 2
Down a Dark Hall 3,450 14
Memoir of War 3,200 2
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich 2,700 16
Minding the Gap 2,600 4
A Whale of a Tale 1,900 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