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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Black Panther devoured seventy percent or more of the marketplace, with a record-setting box office estimated at $192.2 million (all numbers reflect three-day portion of holiday weekend). Two films premiered nationally as counterprogrammers: animated Early Man wound up slotting seventh with $3.1 million, while faith-targeted biblical drama Samson earned $1.9 million.

Best of exclusive freshmen were black-comic The Party with $35,800 at a trio of dinner tables, and Russian foreign-language Oscar nominee Loveless, which grossed $27,600 from three investigations. Another wave of Indian imports included strong results for Telugu Awe of $478,000, as well as Punjabi Laavaan Phere with $139,000. Chinese movies capitalized on New Year celebrations. In North America, Detective Chinatown 2 led with a $670,000 tally, followed by Monster Hunt 2 that grossed $340,000, and Monkey King 3 trailing with $89,300. In China, Monster Hunt 2 opened to $190 million with Detective Chinatown 2 grossing $155 million and Monkey King 3 opening to $80 million.

Revenues topped $275 million for a 96% boost from last weekend. It was a 91% improvement from 2017 when the second weekend of The Lego Batman Movie led with $42.7 million and newcomer The Great Wall bowed with $21.5 million.

The amount of earnest media attention given to Black Panther is also superheroic, and the movie was up to the challenge with its cultural, gender and other resonances. It readily exceeded the record for a February release, previously held by Deadpool at $132 million, and ranks as the fifth-biggest opening of all time.

Black Panther exceeded industry expectations that marked it as high as $185 million and a studio conservative estimate of $175 million. Exit demos identified the audience as 55% male with 61% of viewers 25 and older. Unsurprisingly, a studio spokesman said its performance in key cities, as well as regionally, indicated a larger-than-typical African-American audience.

On the international front the picture opened in virtually all markets with China, Japan and Russia the only major territories held back. Studio estimates for its first overseas wave is $169 million with South Korea (even in the midst of the Olympics) and Great Britain in the forefront, respectively with $25.3 million and $24.8 million. The list of records by territory is staggering, especially among African nations.

Early Man’s audience was 51% male with 62% of viewers 25 and older. Statistics on families were unavailable.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Black Panther BV 192.2 (4,800) NEW 4020 192.2
Peter Rabbit Sony 17.2 (4,620) -31% 3725 48.2
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 16.9 (4,490) -56% 3768 76.1
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 7.8 (2,800) -22% 2800 376.5
The 15:17 to Paris WB 7.6 (2,510) -39% 3042 20.4
The Greatest Showman Fox 5.0 (2,600) -22% 1936 154.4
Early Man Lionsgate 3.1 (1,250) NEW 2494 3.1
Maze Runner: The Death Cure WB 2.5 (1,340) -59% 1892 54
Winchester CBS/VVS 2.2 (1,500) -57% 1479 21.8
The Post Fox 2.0 (1,890) -46% 1050 76.6
Samson Pure Flix 1.9 (1,550) NEW 1249 1.9
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.6 (1,700) -49% 957 53.2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.5 (1,900) -36% 780 48
12 Strong WB 1.0 (1,200) -64% 815 44.1
Den of Thieves STX/VVS .89 (1,220) -70% 730 43.4
Darkest Hour Focus .88 (1,460) -45% 602 53.1
Hostiles Entertainment/Elevation .83 (1,080) -71% 767 28.3
I, Tonya Neon .81 (1,720) -51% 471 26.9
Coco BV .71 (1,840) -20% 385 207.2
Phantom Thread Focus .68 (1,910) -44% 355 17.7
Detective Chinatown 2 WB .67 (5,860) NEW 115 0.67
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .59 (1,460) -34% 407 46.2
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV .58 (1,650) -59% 351 618
2018 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .51 (2,550) -26% 201 1.6
La Boda de Valentina Lionsgate .51 (1,530) -56% 331 2.1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .49 (1,480) -27% 332 14.9
Awe Nirvana .48 (4,190) NEW 114 0.61
Forever My Girl Roadside/Elevation .44 (1,110) -64% 401 15.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $270.65
% Change (Last Year) 91%
% Change (Last Week) 96%
Also debuting/expanding
Aiyaary Big Pictures .36 (2,240) 159 0.36
Monster Hunt 2 Lionsgate .34 (4,830) 70 0.34
Laavaan Phere Grand Showbiz .14 (7,330) 19 0.14
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics .12 (1,120) 109% 107 0.55
Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women Well Go 89,300 (2,630) 34 0.09
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics 84,800 (2,920) -23% 29 0.36
The Insult Cohen Media 81,700 (1,900) -26% 43 0.6
Double Lover Cohen Media 67,400 (2,410) 48 0.07
The Party Roadside Attractions 35,800 (11,930) 3 0.04
Naachiyaar B Studios 28,700 (930) 31 0.03
Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Well Go 28,500 (3,160) 9 0.03
Loveless Sony Classics 27,600 (9,200) 3 0.03
Nostalgia Bleecker Street 19,200 (6,200) 3 0.02
Honor Up Lionsgate 14,100 (1,80) 13 0.01
Mind Game Gkids 6,800 (970) 7 0.01
The Boy Downstairs FilmRise 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 15, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Sony (8) 253.3 19.70%
20th Century Fox (5) 245.9 19.20%
Universal (5) 158.3 12.30%
Buena Vista (4) 148.1 11.60%
Warner Bros. (9) 106.1 8.30%
STX (3) 59.1 4.60%
Fox Searchlight (2) 56.8 4.40%
Focus (2) 48.9 3.80%
Lionsgate (3) 43.7 3.40%
Entertainment (1) 26.4 2.10%
Neon (1) 21.8 1.70%
CBS (1) 18.1 1.40%
A24 (3) 15.7 1.20%
Roadside Attractions (1) 14.3 1.10%
Paramount (2) 7.8 0.60%
Other * (56) 58.4 4.60%
1282.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. laura rue says:

    what is the total gross of ang dalawang mrs reyes? there’s still 34
    cinemas last weekend. thanks so much

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
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