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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
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom * 58.6 4475 NEW 58.6
Incredibles 2 24.4 4410 -54% 293.9
Ocean's 8 3.4 3656 -42% 92.1
Tag 2.4 3382 -56% 24.6
Deadpool 2 1.5 2420 -37% 300.4
Solo: A Star Wars Story 1.2 2338 -52% 199.3
Hereditary 1.1 2002 -51% 32.3
Superfly 0.95 2220 -49% 12.9
Avengers: Infinity War 0.7 1456 -52% 667.7
Won't You Be My Neighbo? 0.55 348 73% 2.8
* includes previews
Also Debuting
The Catch Was a Spy 25,900 48
My 2 Mommies 18,300 20
Tik Tik Tik 15,200 33
Lobster Cop 12,600 12
The Accidental Detective 2: In Action 11,100 10
Asees 10,100 15
The King 8,500 2
Boundaries 7,800 5
Damsel 6,100 3
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town 4,300 16
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