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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The final installment of Maze Runner, The Death Cure, navigated to the top of the weekend charts with an estimated $23.6 million. Also debuting nationally was Hostiles following five weeks in limited release. Padmaavat cracked the top 10 with a near-record $4.4 million. Following several delays it was released worldwide Thursday and sparked violent demonstrations in India by fundamentalists.

Another Indian import – Telugu Bhaagamathe – also had a strong start of $763,000 and the Filipino comedy Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes had a potent $237,000 opening.

Capitalizing on last week’s Oscar nominations the likes of The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, I, Tonya and Three Billboards added a significant number of playdates. The result can be best characterized as an Oscar flutter that should continue through the remainder of the awards season. This year’s absence of a clear frontrunner is a mixed blessing with a greater number of films benefitting from exposure but no film getting a dramatic boost.

Revenues for the frame inched close to $145 million and experienced a modest 4% gain from last weekend. It was an infinitesimal 0.6% improvement from 2017 when the second weekend of Split led with $25.6 million and newcomer A Dog’s Purpose took the bridesmaid spot with $18.2 million.

The dystopian YA series Maze Runner trotted to the finish line with The Death Cure. Never quite The Hunger Games commercially the trilogy has been a decent performer especially in the international arena where this installment opened last weekend in four territories to an impressive $15 million. Studio exit polls identified the domestic crowd as 51% female with 57% of viewers 25 and younger.

The Death Cure opened in an additional 68 territories this weekend and added about $62 million to its larder with a handful of major markets including France, Germany and Mexico yet to open.

 

Weekend (estimates) January 26 – 28, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Maze Runner: The Death Cure WB 23.6 (6,220) NEW 3787 23.6
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 16.3 (4,590) -16% 3553 338
Hostiles Ent Studios/Elev 10.1 (3,580) 2979% 2815 11.9
The Greatest Showman Fox 9.6 (3,600) -10% 2663 126.6
The Post Fox 8.9 (3,380) -24% 2640 58.6
12 Strong WB 8.6 (2,840) -46% 3018 29.7
Den of Thieves STX/VVS 8.4 (3,460) -45% 2432 28.5
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 5.7 (3,090) 162% 1854 37.7
Paddington 2 WB 5.6 (2,010) -30% 2792 32.1
Padmaavat Viva 4.4 (13,520) NEW 324 4.9
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV 4.1 (2,370) -37% 1745 610.7
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo Fox Searchlight 3.6 (2,480) 89% 1457 37
Forever My Girl Roadside/Elevation 3.5 (2,450) -18% 1422 9
The Commuter Lionsgate/VVS 3.4 (1,890) -48% 1811 31.4
Insidious: The Last Key Uni 3.2 (1,680) -46% 1901 63.5
I, Tonya Neon 3.0 (3,090) 4% 960 18.8
Phantom Thread Focus 2.9 (2,820) -11% 1021 10.6
Darkest Hour Focus 2.9 (2,150) 6% 1333 45.2
Lady Bird A24/Elevation 1.9 (1,600) 57% 1177 41.6
Coco BV 1.5 (2,350) -24% 621 202.7
Proud Mary Sony 1.4 (1,370) -62% 1003 19.3
Pitch Perfect 3 Uni 1.3 (1,260) -57% 1039 102.7
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics 1.3 (1,570) -11% 815 11.3
Ferdinand Fox .96 (1,420) -43% 675 80.5
Molly’s Game STX/eOne .88 (1,590) -46% 556 25.9
Bhaagamathie Great India .76 (6,520) NEW 117 0.76
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $137.80
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) 4%
Also debuting/expanding
Dunkirk (Oscar reissue) WB .18 (570) 311 0.18
Get Out (Oscar reissue) Uni .17 (350) 471 0.17
Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes ABS .24 (5,640) 42 0.24
Mary and the Witch’s Flower Gkids .13 (1,710) -60% 77 1.8
Hochelaga, Terre des ames Seville .11 (3,080) -17% 36 0.34
The Disaster Artist A24/Elevation .10 (1,180) -43% 84 20.9
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go 61,300 (3,830) -41% 16 1.8
The Insult Cohen Media 59,200 (5,920) 155% 10 0.14
Cuando los Hijos Regresan Tribe 25,500 (1,210) 21 0.03
Les Scenes fortuites Entract 17,300 (8,650) 2 0.02
Keys to the Heart CJ 13,800 (6,900) 2 0.01
Have a Nice Day Strand 10,900 (10,900) 1 0.01
American Folk Good Deed 7,600 (690) 11 0.01
The Competition Gravitas 7,100 (790) 8 0.01
Like Me Kino 5,500 (1,830) 3 0.01
Hollow in the Land Elevation 3,800 (3,800) 1 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