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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

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The folks at IMF were at full tilt as Mission: Impossible – Fallout led weekend movie going with an estimated 60.8 million. The session’s counter-programmer Teen Titans Go! To the Movies slotted fifth with a respectable $10.4 million.

In the niches a clutch of new Indian imports largely tanked apart from the Punjabi Ashke that bowed to $241,000 from 41 venues. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings from China also opened well with a $132,000 box office from 31 screens and in Quebec the comic remembrance 1991 had a fresh start of $437,000.

Exclusive newcomers included encouraging starts for the family drama Puzzle of $62,600 at five screens and a $29,200 tally from a solo flight for the doc on bygone La La Land, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $157 million and took a 9% dip from the prior weekend. It was nonetheless a 9% improvement from 2017 when Dunkirk’s second weekend retained the crown with $26.6 million and the premiere of The Emoji Movie was on its tail with $24.5 million. Atomic Blonde also started strong with an $18.3 million box office that was fourth in the lineup.

The sixth theatrical outing for Mission: Impossible initially received the industry ho hum. But things began to change as successful previews and studio leaks slowly trickled out. Tracking leading up to the release indicated slightly better than a $60 million debut that was bolstered by record-setting Thursday sneaks and what’s turned out to be the franchise’s biggest domestic box office debut. It arguably received its best reviews ever and generated enthusiastic response on social media platforms.

Exit polling identified the opening audience as 55% male with 60% of viewers aged 35-years and older.

The film proved to be even more potent internationally with an estimated $92 million debut from 36 markets with 30 reporting the biggest opening for the series in their territory. Korea was the top grossing arena with a $24.6 million launch. Other significant territories included the UK with $9 million, India grossing an eye-popping $7 million and Mexico adding $4.8 million to the trove. Territories yet to open include France, Australia, Japan and China.

A cable fave the animated Teen Titans bowed back in 2003 on its long trek to the big screen. Tracking indicated a debut of roughly $15 million or $16 million and buttressed by generally positive reviews that seemed to be in reach. But unlike Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies failed to expand its audience. Data wasn’t available on the percentage of the crowd that identified as families but for the rest it skewed 55% male with 54% aged 25-years and younger.

 

Weekend (estimates) July 27 – 29, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 60.8 (13,870) NEW 4386 60.8
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 15.0 (4,260) -57% 3514 70.4
The Equalizer 2 Sony 14.0 (4,120) -61% 3388 64.2
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 12.3 (3,080) -48% 4005 119.3
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies WB 10.4 (3,270) NEW 3188 10.4
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 8.5 (2,810) -49% 3013 183.2
Incredibles 2 BV 7.2 (2,750) -39% 2616 572.8
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 6.8 (2,520) -40% 2685 397.5
Skyscraper Uni 5.4 (1,940) -52% 2773 59.1
The First Purge Uni 2.2 (1,590) -56% 1400 65.5
Unfriended: Dark Web OTL 1.5 (960) -59% 1547 7.4
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna 1.4 (1,780) -50% 802 13.3
Eighth Grade A24 1.3 (8,170) 56% 158 2.9
Blindspotting Lionsgate 1.3 (2,470) 284% 523 1.8
Three Identical Strangers Neon 1.3 (2,910) -14% 433 6.8
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus .71 (1,520) -48% 464 20.1
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Sony .66 (1,150) -65% 574 48.7
Ocean’s 8 WB .63 (1,210) -61% 518 137.3
Uncle Drew Lionsgate/Elevation .51 (960) -66% 532 41.4
Leave No Trace Bleecker Street .49 (1,690) -47% 291 4.7
1991 Seville .44 (5,990) NEW 73 0.66
Avengers: Infinity War BV .37 (1,280) -12% 292 677.5
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot Amazon .34 (1,280) 28% 266 0.85
Tag WB .28 (900) -60% 308 53.7
Deadpool 2 Fox .27 (1,000) -44% 267 317.7
Ashke Rhythm Boyz .24 (5,890) NEW 41 0.24
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $152.40
% Change (Last Year) 9%
% Change (Last Week) -9%
Also debuting/expanding
Doctor Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings Well Go .13 (4,270) 31 0.13
La Chute de l’empire American Seville .13 (2,830) -8% 45 1.8
RBG Magnolia .12 (1,410) -36% 83 13.4
Saakshyam RedHeart .11 (1,380) 79 0.11
McQueen Bleecker Street 82,800 (16,560) -15% 5 0.25
I Love You, Hater ABS 68,100 (2,960) -46% 23 0.31
Puzzle Sony Classics 62,600 (12,520) 5 0.06
Junga A & P 59,200 (1,640) 36 0.06
Happy Wedding Blue Sky 41,700 (650) 64 0.04
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Greenwich 29,200 (29,200) 1 0.03
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Big Pictures 27,900 (680) 41 0.03
Hot Summer Nights A24 12,200 (1,020) 12 0.01
The Captain Music Box 7,800 (7,800) 1 0.01
Operation Toussaint DNA 6,100 (560) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 26, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 2560.1 35.70%
Universal (13) 971.7 13.60%
Warner Bros. (20) 743.1 10.40%
20th Century Fox (10) 701.9 9.80%
Sony (15) 618.4 8.60%
Paramount (8) 351.8 4.90%
Lionsgate (11) 199.7 2.80%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.7 1.90%
STX (6) 138.7 1.90%
Focus (9) 111.8 1.60%
Roadside Attractions (6) 102 1.40%
A24 (8) 65.3 0.90%
Entertainment (3) 51.7 0.70%
MGM (2) 37.1 0.50%
Other * (239) 380.4 5.30%
7173.4 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – July 26, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 699,952,434
Avenger Infinity War BV 677,156,078
Incredibles 2 BV 565,623,648
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 390,778,500
Deadpool 2 Fox 317,398,854
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 219,290,534
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 212,578,759
A Quiet Place Par 187,841,212
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 174,724,127
Ready Player One WB 137,236,383
Ocean’s 8 WB 136,657,915
The Greatest Showman * Fox 119,917,641
Peter Rabbit Sony 115,254,425
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 106,923,501
A Wrinkle in Time BV 100,478,608
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 100,407,760
Rampage WB 99,345,950
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 88,669,553
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Search Engine 83,482,352
The Post * Fox 79,956,229
* 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