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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

I Never Drink … Whine

It was scary stuff kids (not really) as the debut of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation hit the beach and the top of the charts with an estimated $43.9 million. The session’s other freshman national release was the burning inferno yarn Skyscraper that slotted third with $25.5 million.

In the niches a wave of new Indian imports appeared to undercut a handful of releases from reaching their full potential. On a pound for pound basis the Punjabi Vadhayiyaan Ji Vadhayiyaan fared best with a $165,000 box office from 37 engagements. New exclusive entries had a couple of standouts including the unconventional biopic He Won’t Get Far on Foot that opened to $84,500 from four venues and the coming-of-ager  Eighth Grade that graduated with honors of $250,000 from an alternate quartet of screens.

A number of alternative titles also managed to secure significant expansions. The urban comedy Sorry to Bother You added 789 playdates and posted a potent $3.8 million box office. New engagements also maintained momentum for Three Individual Strangers and Leave No Trace.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $167 million and dipped 12% from the prior weekend. It was a modest 3% improvement from 2017 when War for the Planet of the Apes debuted to $56.3 million and Spider-Man Homecoming’s second weekend grossed $44.2 million.

Switching from the fall to the summer proved to be a commercial asset for Hotel Transylvania 3 with pundits predicting a debut of more than $40 million that was on target. Exit polls identified its audience as 52% female with 68% aged 25-years and younger. A breakdown for families was unavailable but likely very, very significant.

The film had opened two weeks ago internationally in Australia and a couple of secondary markets were it grossed about $7 million going into the weekend. This weekend included 44 overseas territories and a studio animated record-setting $46 million. Top new markets included Mexico that grossed $86 million Russia with $5.8 million and Brazil contributing $3.8 million to the pot.

The unstoppable Dwayne Johnson hit a speed bump domestically where low end estimates pegged Skyscraper at $30 million and, based on recent performance, climbed upwards to the 35th million level. It may have simply been a case of over-exposure but more likely the film was hampered by an ad campaign that was high on concept and low on novelty.

The film’s audience was 55% male with 52% aged 25-years and older.

On the international front Skyscraper debuted in 57 territories to a considerably more upbeat $40 million plus. Its top three grossing markets were Korea’s $4.6 million, a $3.8 million start in Mexico and Russia Trumping in with a $2.6 million Finnish.

 

Weekend (estimates) July 13 – 15, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 43.9 (10,290) NEW 4267 45.3
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 29.2 (6,950) -62% 4206 133.2
Skyscraper Uni 25.5 (6,730) NEW 3782 25.5
Incredibles 2 BV 16.2 (4,360) -43% 3705 535.8
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 15.5 (4,190) -46% 3695 363.3
The First Purge Uni 9.1 (3,000) -47% 3038 49.5
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna 4.2 (5,230) 479% 805 5.3
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Sony 3.8 (1,880) -51% 2006 43.1
Uncle Drew Lionsgate/Elevation 3.2 (1,870) -52% 1702 36.7
Ocean’s 8 WB 2.9 (1,780) -43% 1618 132.2
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus 1.9 (2,150) -27% 868 15.8
Tag WB 1.3 (1,310) -58% 982 51.3
Three Identical Strangers Neon 1.2 (7,020) 71% 167 2.5
Leave No Trace Bleecker Street 1.1 (3,700) 185% 311 2.1
Deadpool 2 Fox .78 (1,320) -54% 588 316.2
Avengers: Infinity War BV .59 (1,580) -37% 375 676
Whitney Roadside Attractions .52 (1,280) -59% 408 2.3
Sanju Fox Intl .51 (2,280) -60% 223 7.1
Hereditary A24/Elevation .44 (1,450) -57% 305 43
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV .39 (1,250) -63% 315 211.9
Book Club Par .27 (860) -38% 311 67.8
Eighth Grade A24 .25 (63,300) NEW 4 0.25
RBG Magnolia .23 (1,790) -35% 131 12.8
Superfly Sony .21 (1,170) -67% 178 20.3
La Chute de l’empire American Seville .19 (2,920) 9% 64 1.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $162.70
% Change (Last Year) 3%
% Change (Last Week) -12%
Also debuting/expanding
Vadhayiyaan Ji Vadhayiyaan VP Films .16 (4,460) 37 0.16
Soorma Sony .16 (3,220) 50 0.16
Tamil Padam 2 Prime Media .16 (2,470) 64 0.16
Hearts Beat Loud Gunpowder & Sky .12 (1,160) -54% 101 2.2
RX 100 CountrySide .11 (1,210) 89 0.11
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot Amazon 84,500 (21,120) 4 0.08
Kadaikutty Singham Woodside 78,600 (1080) 73 0.08
American Animals Orchard 77,100 (990) -49% 78 2.7
Boundaries Sony Classics 76,300 (530) -68% 145 0.56
The Catch Was a Spy IFC 57,400 (1,100) -42% 52 0.58
Shock and Awe Vertical 36,200 (570) 64 0.04
Vijetha Telugu 33,900 (500) 68 0.03
Dark Money PBS 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
The Devil’s Doorway IFC 5,100 (360) 14 0.01
What Will People Say Kino 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 12, 2018
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 2410.4 36.40%
Universal (12) 798.4 12.10%
Warner Bros. (19) 730.5 11.00%
20th Century Fox (10) 698.9 10.60%
Sony (13) 455.7 6.90%
Paramount (7) 344.6 5.20%
Lionsgate (10) 191.6 2.90%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.7 2.10%
STX (6) 138.4 2.10%
Roadside Attractions (6) 100.9 1.50%
Focus (8) 100.5 1.50%
A24 (7) 62.7 0.95%
Entertainment (3) 51.7 0.80%
MGM (2) 37.1 0.55%
Global Road (4) 31.3 0.50%
Other * (222) 323.6 4.90%
6616 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – July 12, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office (millions)
Avenger Infinity War BV 2,040,642,191
Black Panther BV 1,316,165,132
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 1,092,952,066
Incredibles 2 BV 807,107,820
Deadpool 2 Fox 726,649,362
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 619,198,486
Operation Red Sea Bona; Well Go 584,005,699
Ready Player One WB 580,558,108
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 542,745,147
Rampage WB 424,654,289
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 383,672,182
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 371,476,815
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 361,925,606
Peter Rabbit Sony 350,387,332
The Greatest Showman * Fox 345,060,810
A Quiet Place Par 332,091,424
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni; Legendary 290,659,971
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 288,142,892
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
Ocean’s 8 WB 244,183,547
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 219,559,533
Us and Them Huaxia 212,892,900
* 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