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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued at the top of the weekend charts with an estimated $19.7 million. Two newcomers followed with OK launches. 12 Strong — a fire-and-fury saga of the Afghan conflict — grossed $16.3 while the bank heist caper Den of Thieves had a $15.2 million opening. In limited wide, the musical romance Forever My Love bowed with a sentimental $4.5 million.

Revenues for the frame generated about $140 million and slid 13% from last weekend. It was a slight 6% decline from 2017 when debuts of Split and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage led with respective starts of $40 million and $20.1 million.

In the tradition of recent flag wavers 12 Strong gave the big salute to men in service and played well. Definitely tilted toward heroism rather than politics, studio exit polls identified the crowd as 55% male with 79% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Den of Thieves targeted a similar demographic.

In the awards race, Phantom Thread and Call Me by Your Name had major expansions, with both films holding ground against a field with no clear-cut frontrunner. The SAG awards will have observers closely eyeing the prize for ensemble. It’s likely that Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards will experience modest commercial flutters rather than sharp turns, and the Oscar bump will be only a blip after nominations morning.

Japan anime hit Mary and the Witch’s Flower had a potent weekend of $410,000 following a special Thursday preview, which brewed up $1.1 million. In Québec. Canada’s foreign-language Oscar submission Hochelaga: terre des âmes bowed with a solid $148,000. Puerto Rican romantic comedy Colao had a strong debut of $127,000 from seven screens. It’s played in the Caribbean for two months and amassed more than $1 million.

Decidedly the marketplace counter-programmer, Forever My Girl delivered an audience that was 78% female with 64% of the audience aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) January 19 – 21, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 19.7 (5,320) -30% 3704 316.7
12 Strong WB 16.3 (5,440) NEW 3002 16.3
Den of Thieves STX/VVS 15.2 (5,070) NEW 3002 15.2
The Post Fox 12.1 (4,250) -38% 2851 45.1
The Greatest Showman Fox 10.8 (3,840) -13% 2823 113.3
Paddington 2 WB 8.2 (2,210) -26% 3702 25
The Commuter Lionsgate 6.7 (2,320) -51% 2892 25.7
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 6.5 (2,660) -45% 2456 604.3
Insidious: The Last Key Uni 5.9 (2,330) -59% 2546 58.7
Forever My Girl Roadside 4.5 (4,020) NEW 1115 4.5
Proud Mary Sony 3.7 (1,730) -63% 2125 17
Phantom Thread Focus 3.4 (3,750) 196% 896 6.2
Pitch Perfect 3 Uni 3.1 ((1,750) -41% 1772 100.6
Darkest Hour Focus 3.0 (2,260) -32% 1341 41.1
I, Tonya Neon 2.9 (3,670) -13% 799 14.6
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 2.2 (2,590) -22% 853 30.2
Coco BV 1.9 (2,150) -43% 878 200.7
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 2.0 (2,120) -44% 954 32.1
Molly’s Game STX/eOne 1.7 (1,580) -56% 1091 24.4
Ferdinand Fox 1.6 (1,350) -53% 1212 79.1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics 1.4 (1,770) 102% 815 9.1
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 1.3 (1,900) -28% 675 39.1
Wonder Lionsgate .55 (1,110) -54% 496 129.9
Mary and the Witch’s Flower Gkids .41 (2,760) NEW 149 1.161
All the Money in the World Sony .38 (1,020) -69% 374 24.1
Hostiles Entertainment .36 (7,370) 32% 49 1.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $134.65
% Change (Last Year) -6%
% Change (Last Week) -13%
Also debuting/expanding
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation .19 (1,290) -59% 147 20.7
Hochelaga, Terre des ames Seville .15 (4,630) 32 0.15
Colao Caribbean .13 (18,170) 7 0.13
Le Trip a trois Seville .11 (1,890) 15% 57 1.7
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go .10 (4,210) -48% 24 1.7
The Final Year Magnolia 65,200 (2,330) 28 0.07
A Better Tomorrow 2018 Media Asia 61,500 (1,920) 32 0.06
Ex-File 3 China Lion 38,700 (1,840) -66% 21 0.81
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics 36,700 (2,290) -13% 16 0.19
Mom and Dad Momentum 19,100 (350) 54 0.02
The Road Movie Oscilloscope 16,700 (1,120) 15 0.02
Beuys Kino 9,500 (4,750) 2 0.01
Small Town Crime Saban 7,900 (790) 10 0.01
A Ciambra IFC 7,100 (7,100) 1 0.01

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Deadpool 2 * 52.9 4349 NEW 52.9
Avengers: Infinity War 7.3 4002 -54% 573.6
Book Club 4.7 2781 NEW 4.7
Life of the Party 2.2 3656 -56% 25.5
Breaking In 1.9 2537 -58% 24.2
Show Dogs 1.4 3212 NEW 1.4
Overboard 1.1 1820 -48% 33.4
A Quiet Place 1.1 2327 -39% 173.2
I Feel Pretty 0.35 1505 -64% 45.7
Rampage 0.3 1466 -59% 91.2
* includes previews
Also Debuting
Pope Francis - A Man of His Word 0.17 346
First Reformed 31,000 4
Harjeeta 20,700 8
On Chesil Beach 11,600 4
That Summer 3,450 1
Hurricane Bianca 3,300 2
The Most Unknown 1,850 1
Carter & June 1,550 3
Dark Crimes 1,200 10
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