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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Ready Player One led the Easter parade with an estimated $53.6 million. There was good news for the session’s other national opener, Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry-free revenge thriller Acrimony, which bowed at $17.1 million. The third new release God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness failed to inspire with a $2.6 million start for a waning franchise.

New titles in international day-and-dates included a potent start for Telugu Rangasthalam at $1.8 million and a solid beginning of $592,000 for Hindi Baaghi 2. In Hawaii, locally-made Kuleana grossed $32,300 from eight venues. Exclusive freshmen failed to provide thunderbolts, although L.A. neo-noir Gemini had an encouraging $36,400 box office at four dives.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling virtual reality-set novel, recalls Raiders of the Lost Ark with younger protagonists. Still industry tracking reflected some reticence with predictions of a $35-$40 million opening for its four-day. It also opened in 62 alternate realities to an estimated $128 million led by an estimated $61.7 million gross in China. Other top markets included South Korea with $8.1 million, the UK grossing $7.3 million and Russia providing a $6.1 million box office. As with last weekend’s performance of Pacific Rim UprisingReady reflected a tidal shift between domestic and international returns.

Revenues for the holiday period approached $140 million and inched 6% ahead of last weekend’s performance. It was conversely a 19% decline from 2017 when the debut of Boss Baby led with a $50.2 million tally and newcomer Ghost in the Shell ranked third with $18.7 million.

The Tyler Perry machine was underestimated, with the opening potency of Acrimony with top-end predictions of $15 million. Perry has never made more than the most minuscule expansion into a wider, mainstream audience. Acrimony proved an effective counterprogrammer with a crowd was 74% female and 85% 25 and older. African Americans accounted for 60% of viewers, significantly lower than the majority of his output.

While the media has been shining the light on faith-based movies the only recent release that managed to cross over to a wider audience is I Can Only Imagine. Ironically the 2014 God’s Not Dead also fit into that category but its subsequent follow ups — including A Light in Darkness — along with the recent Samson and Paul, Apostle of Christ have played to the faithful.

Weekend (estimates) March 30 – April 1, 2018)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ready Player One WB 53.6 NEW 4234 53.6
Acrimony Lionsgate 17.1 (8,500) NEW 2006 17.1
Black Panther BV 11.2 (3,740) -35% 2988 651
I Can Only Imagine Roadside 10.6 (4,000) -22% 2648 55.4
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 9.2 (2,480) -67% 3708 45.7
Sherlock Gnomes Par 7.0 (1,920) -34% 3662 22.8
Love, Simon Fox 4.8 (2,380) -26% 2024 32.2
Tomb Raider WB 4.7 (1,700) -53% 2788 50.5
A Wrinkle in Time BV 4.7 (1,970) -43% 2367 83.2
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony 3.5 (2,360) -32% 1473 11.5
Isle of Dogs Searchlight 2.8 (17,210) 76% 165 5.9
God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Pure Flix 2.6 (1,520) NEW 1693 2.6
Game Night WB 2.4 (1,820) -41% 1335 65
Peter Rabbit Sony 2.0 (1,180) -23% 1667 111
Midnight Sun Global Road/eOne 1.9 (870) -54% 2128 7.7
Rangasthalam Creative 1.8 (9,570) NEW 189 2.5
Unsane Bleecker/Fox 1.4 (740) -62% 1929 6.8
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 1.4 (2,890) 40% 487 3.9
The Greatest Showman Fox .68 (890) -2% 764 172
Red Sparrow Fox .66 (1,300) -70% 508 45.6
Jumanji: Welcome Sony .64 (820) -24% 783 403
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation .62 (1.160) -70% 537 23.5
Baaghi 2 Fox Intl .59 (4,810) NEW 123 0.59
Annihilation Par .32 (1,330) -64% 243 32.1
Death Wish MGM/eOne .29 (710) -77% 407 33.4
Sajjan Singh Rangroot Grand Showbiz .27 (6.060) -26% 45 0.87
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $133.60
% Change (Last Year) -19%
% Change (Last Week) 6%
Also debuting/expanding
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .23 (1,500) -20% 155 1.1
Best F[r]iends Fathom .14 (360) 394 0.14
My Perfect You ABS .10 (3,050) -55% 32 0.46
Finding Your Feet Roadside Attractions 60,200 (4,300) 14 0.06
Flower Orchard 46,600 (460) -61% 102 0.28
Foxtrot Sony Classics 44,700 (1,280) -36% 35 0.34
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics 41,500 (630) -57% 66 1.8
Gemini Neon 36,400 (9,100) 4 0.04
Kuleana Hawaii Cinema 32,300 (4,040) 8 0.03
Final Portrait Sony Classics 31,300 (3,480) 23% 9 0.7
The China Hustle Magnolia 23,900 (1,190) 20 0.02
La Villa MK2 14,400 (2,880) 5 0.01
Jealous Axia 13,800 (3,450) 4 0.01
Outside In Orchard 11,400 (1,420) 8 0.01
Love After Love IFC 11,100 (11,100) 2 0.01
The Great Silence Film Movement 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 25, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 834.4 31.50%
Sony (9) 367.3 13.90%
20th Century Fox (7) 350.3 13.20%
Warner Bros. (12) 233.6 8.80%
Universal (6) 228.9 8.70%
Fox Searchlight (3) 77.8 2.90%
STX (4) 66.8 2.50%
Focus (4) 62.8 2.40%
Lionsgate (6) 55.4 2.10%
Roadside Attractions (3) 53.1 2.00%
Paramount (4) 49.9 1.90%
MGM (2) 35.9 1.40%
Entertainment (2) 34.4 1.30%
Neon (1) 25.2 1.00%
CBS (1) 23.3 0.90%
A24 (3) 18.9 0.70%
Other * (103) 125.7 4.80%
2643.7 100%
* none greater than 0.6%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – March 29, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 631,357,854
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 600,697,784
Operation Red Sea Bona; Well Go 569,205,268
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 539,670,319
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 368,169,303
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 361,925,606
The Greatest Showman * Fox 318,857,530
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 285,038,278
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 278,137,902
Ex- File 3 * Huayi; China Lions 261,718,877
Coco * BV 238,284,821
Tomb Raider WB 209,931,859
Peter Rabbit Sony 190,756,344
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni; Legendary 188,293,845
The Shape of Water * Fox 170,381,821
Insidious: The Last Key Uni; Sony 166,481,840
The Post * Fox; Participant 164,866,371
Ferdinand * Fox 164,468,013
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox 129,745,127
The Monkey King 3 Filmko; Well Go 125,504,947
Red Sparrow Fox 121,384,013
Darkest Hour * UPI; Focus 121,058,156
Forever Young United 119,028,200
The Commuter Studio Canal; Lionsgate 106,464,270
* 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