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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
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