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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The girls were back in town as the debut of Ocean’s 8 topped weekend moviegoing with an estimated $41.5 million. Shocker Hereditary exceeded expectations with $12.9 million to rank fourth and dystopian Hotel Artemis opened to a blah $3.1 million. All three new releases were propelled by female performers.

Telugu Kaala opened strong with $993,000 and South Korean Believer was off to a good start of $129,000 from 32 venues following a $30 million tally at home. In exclusive and limited there was nostalgia in the ‘hood as the Fred Rogers biodoc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? debuted to $464,000 from 29 cardigans. Tuneful family lark Hearts Beat Louder that opened to $77,400 from four engagements.

Ocean’s 8 maintained the franchise’s core appeal of relying on star personality. Banter, antics and twists provided the heist yarn with a better than anticipated opening of $36 million to $38 million. Exit demos identified the audience as 69% female with 69% aged 25-years and older.

Ocean’s 8 also dipped its toe in the international marketplace in 16 territories to an estimated $12 million. Top markets included Australia with $4.7 million, Mexico grossing $2.6 million and Brazil opening to $1.7 million.

Revenues for the session hovered around $120 million and saw a decent uptick from the prior weekend. It was still an 18% decline from 2017 when the second weekend of Wonder Woman led with $58.5 million and the debut of The Mummy took the bridesmaid slot with $31.7 million.

The big noise overseas was the debut of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which debuted in 48 territories and grossed as estimated $151 million. The film set new benchmarks for the franchise in several territories including studio best ever launches in Korea and Hong Kong. Its top grossing venues were South Korea with $27 million, the UK with a $20 million box office, France grossing $10 million and Russia adding $8 million. It opens in the U.S. on June 22 with additional foreign markets yet to open that include China, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

Despite buzz from a Sundance screening Hereditary tracked on the high end of genre debuts in the area of $8-$10 million. But as stirring critical response flowed in, expectations rose and its fortunes climbed largely on attracting a crowd that normally would eschew a graphic haunted house movie. Its opening weekend audience was 52% male with 75% 34  nd younger.

Expectations were grim for Hotel Artemis, which managed to underwhelm pundits’ crystal ball of a $4-$5 million start. Its opening crowd was 54% male and 63% 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) June 8 – 10, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ocean’s 8 WB 41.5 (10,020) NEW 4145 41.5
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 15.3 (3,520) -48% 4335 176.2
Deadpool 2 Fox 13.7 (3,590) -41% 3823 278.7
Hereditary A24/Elevation 12.9 (4,360) NEW 2964 12.9
Avengers: Infinity War BV 6.8 (2,370) -35% 2882 654.7
Adrift STX/VVS 5.0 (1,670) -56% 3015 21.7
Book Club Par 4.2 (1,490) -41% 2802 56.8
Hotel Artemis Global Road/Cineplex 3.1 (1,290) NEW 2407 3.1
Upgrade Focus 2.2 (1,520) -53% 1458 9.2
Life of the Party WB 2.1 (1,130) -40% 1842 50.2
Breaking In Uni 1.3 (1,150) -53% 1162 44
Overboard Lionsgate 1.1 (1,060) -43% 1056 47.5
A Quiet Place Par 1.0 (1,100) -44% 904 185.5
Kaala MM Media 1.0 (3,060) NEW 324 2
Action Point Par .87 (430) -64% 2032 4.4
Show Dogs Global Road/eOne .73 (640) -52% 1148 16.4
RBG Magnolia .65 (2,020) -38% 323 9.1
Veere di Wedding Zee Studios .53 (4,090) -58% 129 2.2
First Reformed A24 .52 (1,560) 24% 334 1.7
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus .46 (16,010) NEW 29 0.46
Rampage WB .45 (1,120) -27% 403 95.9
Carry on Jatta 2 White Hill .26 (4,510) -48% 58 1.1
American Animals Orchard .23 (5,400) 68% 42 0.41
Ready Player One WB .21 (830) -18% 248 136.4
I Feel Pretty STX/eOne .14 (690) -52% 207 48.6
Black Panther BV .14 (740) -44% 186 699.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $114.50
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) 10%
Also debuting/expanding
Believer Well Go .13 (4,040) 32 0.13
On Chesil Beach Bleecker Street .12 (610) -19% 203 0.56
The Rider Sony Classics .12 (630) -49% 188 2
The Seagull Sony Classics 93,200 (1,080) -22% 89 0.66
Disobedience Bleecker Street 89,600 (890) -60% 101 3.3
2001: A Space Odyssey (reissue) WB 88,900 (17,780) 27% 5 0.7
Hearts Beat Loud Gunpowder & Sky 77,400 (19,350) 4 0.08
How Long Will I Love U Well Go 76,500 (3,060) -51% 25 0.65
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word Focus 53,700 (420) -66% 127 1.8
Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story Viva Intl 44,500 (1,310) 34 0.04
Nancy Goldwyn 15,400 (3,130) 3 0.02
Identites VVS 14,300 (680) 21 0.01
En El Septimo Dai Cinema Guild 12,100 (6,050) 2 0.01
Zoo Goldwyn 7,900 (880) 9 0.01
Rubb Rakha Media Asia 7,800 (560) 14 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 7, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (7) 1735.7 34.30%
20th Century Fox (9) 641.5 12.70%
Warner Bros. (18) 544.5 10.80%
Universal (9) 403.4 8.00%
Sony (10) 392.3 7.80%
Paramount (7) 324.5 6.40%
Lionsgate (9) 154.7 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.1 2.70%
STX (6) 124.9 2.50%
Roadside Attractions (5) 98.7 2.00%
Focus (7) 81.5 1.60%
Entertainment (3) 51.6 1.00%
MGM (2) 37.1 0.70%
Neon (4) 25.8 0.50%
Other * (196) 304.7 6.00%
5060 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – June 7, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Avenger Infinity War BV 1,981,022,865
Black Panther BV 1,345,529,206
Deadpool 2 Fox 615,345,884
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 619,198,486
Operation Red Sea Bona; Well Go 584,005,699
Ready Player One WB 580,018,438
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 542,745,147
Rampage WB 417,015,057
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 370,613,994
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 361,925,606
Peter Rabbit Sony 346,435,379
The Greatest Showman * Fox 343,736,298
A Quiet Place Par 322,295,431
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 290,366,838
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 285,305,395
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 283,749,712
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 278,351,455
Coco * BV 273,862,339
Tomb Raider WB 273,550,972
Ex- File 3 * Huayi; China Lions 261,718,877
Us and Them Huaxia 212,892,900
The Shape of Water * Fox 177,809,110
The Post Fox; DmWks 176,423,694
Insidious: The Last Key Uni; Sony 167,723,329
Ferdinand * Fox 166,548,121
* does not include 2017 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Crazy Rich Asians 7.2 3384 NEW 16
The Meg 5.8 4118 -64% 68.4
Mile 22 5.2 3520 NEW 5.2
Alpha 3.3 2719 NEW 3.3
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 3 3482 -44% 173.2
Christopher Robin 2.6 3602 -29% 60.6
BlacKKKlansman 2 1788 -45% 18
Slender Man 1.4 2358 -71% 17.2
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 1 2270 -41% 108.8
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 1 2187 -32% 151.2
Also Debuting
Geetha Govindam 0.27 181
Gold 0.13 194
Kolamavu Kokila 49,000 54
The Wife 32,900 4
Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns 27,900 31
Satyameva Jayate 27,000 43
Les As de la jungle 21,800 37
We the Animals 20,300 3
Europe Raiders 19,800 37
Juliet, Naked 19,400 4
Blaze 8,900 2
Down a Dark Hall 3,450 14
Memoir of War 3,200 2
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich 2,700 16
Minding the Gap 2,600 4
A Whale of a Tale 1,900 1
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