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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Incredibles 2 opened to a record-breaking estimated $180.1 million. The animated adventure accounted for about two-thirds of all tickets sold. Two other films attempted counterprogramming with Tag grabbing a niche with $14.4 million in third while Superfly took only $6.2 million.

True-life crime potboiler Gotti escaped a fated direct-to-stsreaming verdict and grossed $1.6 million in limited wide. Hindi Race 3 rang up a $1.6 million launch with its Indian debut eyeing a potent $15 million weekend during Eid holidays. Telugu Sammohanam was down the ladder with a $327,000 opening weekend.

American Animals, Hearts Beat Loud effectively squeezed out expansions. Among exclusive newcomers Eating Animals devoured a tasteful $31,300 from two fasts.

Revenues for the session generated about $267 million and ballooned 122% from the prior weekend. It was also a significant 40% boost from 2017 when Cars 3 opened to $53.7 million and musical All Eyez on Me bowed in third position with $26.4 million.

Thanks to continuing exposure Incredibles 2 didn’t seem like a movie 14 years in the making. As a tip to its timelessness, the cartoon literally resumed its story where the 2004 edition concluded. Industryites anticipated a domestic bow in the arena of $145 million to $150 million and its $18.5 million return from Thursday previews didn’t significantly alter that bit of crystal ballgazing.

The bottom line is that it posted the biggest ever box-office start for an animated movie, eclipsing the former benchmark of $135 million set by Finding Dory two years ago. Exit polling characterized the audience as 52% female with 56% 25 and younger and 57% identified as families.

Incredibles 2 also stepped out internationally in 25 territories to about $51 million. Top tier market debuts included Mexico with $12.3 million, Australia grossing $7.7 million and Russia contributing $5.4 million.

The big noise overseas remained Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom that rang up a second weekend gross estimated at $174 million including a Chinese premiere weekend of $112 million. It has an overseas cume of $370 million prior to its domestic bow later this week.

A high-end programmer, Tag wound up on the high end of tracking that suggested a $13-$15 million first weekend. Though expected to tilt male tracking claimed 51% of viewers were female and more likely accurate 76% were 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) June 15 – 17, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Incredibles 2 BV 180.1 (40,830) NEW 4410 180.1
Ocean’s 8 WB 19.5 (4,710) -53% 4145 79.1
Tag WB 14.4 (4,270) NEW 3382 14.4
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 9.2 (2,900) -42% 3182 193
Deadpool 2 Fox 8.7 (2,710) -38% 3212 294.6
Hereditary A24/Elevation 6.9 (2,290) -49% 2998 27
Superfly Sony 6.2 (2,810) NEW 2220 8.4
Avengers: Infinity War BV 5.3 (2,460) -26% 2164 664.2
Adrift STX/VVS 2.1 (1,070) -61% 1929 26.8
Book Club Par 1.9 (1,140) -56% 1656 62
Gotti Vertical 1.7 (3,300) NEW 503 1.7
Race 3 Yash Raj 1.6 (5,210) NEW 315 1.6
A Wrinkle in Time BV 1.3 (5,270) 1165% 245 99.5
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus .97 (10,130) 105% 96 2
Hotel Artemis Global Road/Cineplex .93 (410) -71% 2299 5.7
Upgrade Focus .50 (780) -79% 646 11.1
Life of the Party WB .44 (730) -80% 608 51.9
Breaking In Uni .42 (840) -71% 504 45.2
RBG Magnolia .41 (1,660) -45% 249 10
Overboard Lionsgate .36 (620) -69% 581 48.5
A Quiet Place Par .36 (900) -66% 397 186.5
Sammohanam Nirvana .35 (2,870) NEW 121 0.42
First Reformed A24 .32 (1,180) -42% 273 2.4
Rampage WB .26 (910) -46% 288 96.4
Hearts Beat Loud Gunpowder & Sky .23 (2,890) 214% 81 0.33
American Animals Orchard .21 (2,940) -9% 71 0.75
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $261.30
% Change (Last Year) 40%
% Change (Last Week) 122%
Also debuting/expanding
The Seagull Sony Classics .14 (650) 37% 211 0.87
2001: A Space Odyssey (reissue) WB 78,200 (6,020) -18% 6 0.85
The Rider Sony Classics 69,500 (740) -43% 94 2.1
Believer Well Go 57,300 (2,730) -61% 21 0.28
Naa Nuvve LA Telugu 37,400 (320) 118 0.1
Eating Animals IFC 33,100 (16,550) 2 0.03
7 Din Mohabbat In B4U 31,300 (1,230) 31 0.03
Outez-moi d’un doute Axia 10,300 (940) 11 0.01
Five Seasons: Gardens of Piet Oudolf Argot 5,800 (1,450) 4 0.01
The Yellow Birds Saban 5,200 (1,010) 17 0.01
The Year of Spectacular Men MarVista 4,800 (440) 11 0.01
Gabriel and the Mountain Strand 4,700 (2,350) 2 0.01
Straight Into a Storm Abramorama 3,200 (3,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 14, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1788.4 34.00%
20th Century Fox (9) 662.4 12.60%
Warner Bros. (19) 606.1 11.50%
Universal (9) 405.8 7.70%
Sony (11) 394.5 7.50%
Paramount (7) 335.3 6.40%
Lionsgate (9) 156.4 3.00%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.3 2.70%
STX (6) 132.5 2.50%
Roadside Attractions (5) 98.9 1.90%
Focus (8) 85.9 1.60%
Entertainment (3) 51.6 1.00%
A24 (7) 41.1 0.75%
MGM (2) 37.1 0.70%
Global Road (4) 28.9 0.55%
Neon (4) 25.8 0.50%
Other * (191) 267 5.10%
5257 100%
* none greater than 0.45%

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 7.8 3592 NEW 7.8
A Simple Favor 3.3 3102 -45% 25.4
The Nun 2.9 3707 -50% 93.6
The Predator 2.4 4070 -70% 34.1
Crazy Rich Asians 1.8 2802 -28% 154.7
White Boy Rick 1.5 2504 -57% 13.9
Peppermint 1.1 2680 -38% 27.7
Fahrenheit 11/9 1 1719 NEW 1
Life Itself 0.75 2609 NEW 0.75
Searching 0.65 1787 -37% 21.6
Also Debuting
Assassination Nation 0.42 1403
Quismat 94,300 49
Colette 48,500 4
Batti Gul Meter Chalu 44,900 64
Love, Gilda 44,400 59
Miss Granny 40,100 32
The Sisters Brothers 37,500 4
Nannu Dochukunduvate 35,000 102
The Great Battle 31,500 29
Sammy 2 19,650 48
Moses and the Ten Commandments 18,200 54
Les Disparition des lucioles 17,200 20
The Negotiation 4,400 2
Tea With the Dames 4,100 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