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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Black Panther led weekend moviegoing for a fourth weekend with an estimated $41.1 million. Four national releases opened for the session but only the long-taught A Wrinkle in Time proved competitive at $33.4 million. Other freshmen included a fine start for chiller The Strangers: Prey at Night of $10.3 million and early-year casualty status for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures’ The Hurricane Heist and STX’s Gringo, with respective bows of $3 million and $2.6 million.

Also new in limited wide was teen revenge tale Thoroughbreds with an OK $1.2 million. Exclusive openers were dominated by political satire The Death of Stalin with a potent $177,000 from four mausoleums. Punjabi Laung Laachi with a solid $204,000 launch led Indian imports.

Revenues were about $138 million, for a 7% decline from last weekend. It was also 18% off from 2017.

The adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 fantasy, A Wrinkle in Time, previously made in 2003 as a forgotten television feature, received mixed reviews. Industry tracking suggested an opening of about $35 million with high-end outliers at $40 million. Some tagged that as disappointing but basic appeal should translate into strong holds and sustained power, even if it doesn’t become a family film behemoth. The opening weekend audience was 57% female with 57% 25 and older, which suggests the fifty-six-year-old novel might have lost beloved status to more contemporary young adult fare. A Wrinkle in Time also opened in six international territories to an estimated $6.3 million, with Russia dominating with a $4.1 million debut.

Likely few viewers of The Strangers: Prey at Night were drawn based upon its decade-old first entry. Still, tracking was good and it fulfilled high-end crystal-balling of $10 million. It had a slight 51% female tilt with 55% of viewers 25 and older.

Expectations for both The Hurricane Heist and Gringo were modest, with respective high ends of $4 million and $3 million that proved to be overly confident. Heist opened in a handful of nations a week ago, including France and grossed $1.4 million. Its audience was 55% male and 73% 25 and older.

In fading Oscar glory, only The Shape of Water and foreign-language winner A Fantastic Woman added new engagements, and neither had a second wind. The other winners generally lost about half of their playdates and a sharper decline in their box office.

Weekend (estimates) March 9 – 11, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Black Panther BV 41.1 (10,420) -38% 3942 562
A Wrinkle in Time BV 33.4 (8,380) NEW 3980 33.4
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation 10.3 (4,190) NEW 2464 10.3
Red Sparrow Fox 8.2 (2,680) -51% 3064 31.2
Game Night WB 7.9 (2,570) -24% 3061 45
Peter Rabbit Sony 6.8 (2,190) -32% 3112 93.5
Death Wish MGM/eOne 6.6 (2,280) -49% 2882 23.9
Annihilation Par 3.2 (1,850) -44% 1709 26.1
The Hurricane Heist Entertainment/D Films 3.0 (1,260) NEW 2402 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 2.7 (1,260) -35% 2157 397.2
Gringo STX/VVS 2.6 (1,090) NEW 2404 2.6
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 2.3 (1,500) 59% 1552 60.9
The Greatest Showman Fox 1.7 (1,830) -35% 952 167.4
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 1.3 (990) -60% 1357 98.3
Thoroughbreds Focus 1.2 (2,220) NEW 549 1.2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight .7 (1,250) -47% 552 53.3
The Post Fox .31 (1,120) -71% 278 81.1
Laung Laachi VP Films .29 (6,840) NEW 43 0.29
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .28 (910) -64% 309 17.4
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .27 (1,620) 115% 166 1.15
Darkest Hour Focus .27 (1,110) -61% 245 56.1
I, Tonya Neon .26 (1,080) -52% 243 29.5
Coco BV .26 (1,350) -18% 194 208.8
The 15:17 to Paris WB .25 (590) -83% 420 35.8
Phantom Thread Focus .24 (1,310) -68% 184 20.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $133.00
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .18 (1,180) -68% 156 48.7
The Death of Stalin IFC .18 (44,250) 4 0.18
Operation Red Sea Well Go .17 (4,020) -49% 42 1.3
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .12 (4,220) 28 0.12
The Party Roadside Attractions .11 (1,180) -16% 91 0.49
Ye Mantram Vesave US Telugu 52,400 (730) 72 0.05
Loveless Sony Classics 52,700 (1,420) -14% 37 0.3
Tagaru Venus 34,200 (1,370) 25 0.03
The Princess and the Matchmaker CJ 19,800 (6,600) 3 0.02
Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy Magnolia 18,300 (4,570) 4 0.02
Chien de garde Axia 17,300 (4,320) 4 0.02
Meditation Park Mongrel 17,400 (5.800) 3 0.02
Walk with Me Kino 14,200 (14,200) 1 0.01
Girls vs. Gangsters Well Go 13,600 (3,400) 4 0.01
Claire’s Camera Cinema Guild 10,700 (10,700) 1 0.01
Itzhak Greenwich 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Bent Lionsgate 4,500 (500) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 8, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 649.6 30.40%
Sony (8) 334.8 15.70%
20th Century Fox (6) 298.5 14.00%
Universal (5) 197.4 9.30%
Warner Bros. (11) 167.1 7.80%
Fox Searchlight (2) 70.1 3.30%
STX (3) 61.8 2.90%
Focus (2) 56.1 2.60%
Lionsgate (6) 54.6 2.60%
Paramount (3) 30.8 1.40%
Entertainment (1) 28.4 1.30%
Neon (1) 24.6 1.20%
CBS (1) 22.9 1.10%
MGM (2) 21.4 1.00%
A24 (3) 18.5 0.90%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.5 0.70%
Other * (78) 81.9 3.80%
2134 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Global Box Office Champs (January 2 – March 8, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office (millions)
Black Panther BV 1,037,462,045
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 598,635,531
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 507,997,439
Operation Red Sea Bons; Well Go 494,919,655
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 361,460,668
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 355,378,401
The Greatest Showman * Fox 289,533,571
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 279,194,361
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 277,137,928
Ex- File 3 * Huayi; China Lions 261,718,877
Coco * BV 213,379,330
Insidious: The Last Key Uni; Sony 165,743,824
Ferdinand * Fox 161,702,209
The Post * Fox 156,045,480
The Monkey King 3 Filmko; Well Go 122,625,370
Forever Young United 119,028,200
Darkest Hour * Focus 116,011,609
The Shape of Water * Fox 111,087,356
Peter Rabbit Sony 109,018,824
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox 107,520,594
The Commuter Studio Canal; Lionsgate 102,190,235
Paddington 2 * WB 95,749,546
Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink (China) Pearl River 94,358,627
Wonder * Lionsgate 94,142,532
* does not include 2017 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
The Predator 10.4 4037 NEW 10.4
A Simple Favor 5.9 3102 NEW 5.9
The Nun 5.9 3876 -68% 72.8
White Boy Rick 3.4 2504 NEW 3.4
Crazy Rich Asians 2.5 3385 -35% 143.3
Peppermint 1.7 2980 -64% 19.9
The Meg 1 2851 -26% 134.3
Searching 1 2009 -31% 17.4
Unbroken: Path to Redemption 0.8 1620 NEW 0.8
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 0.6 1761 -38% 214.4
Also Debuting
Mandy 0.1 89
Manmarziyaan 86,100 97
Shailaja Reddy Alludu 78,200 169
U-Turn 61,500 104
Seema Raja 24,200 107
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream 22,100 59
Where Hands Touch 17,200 98
The Children Act 17,100 23
Lizzie 17,100 1
Museo 8,300 1
The Dawn Wall 6,300 2
Science Fair 5,900 1
The Public Image is Rotten 4,500 1
I Think We're Alone Now 4,000 2
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