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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
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
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