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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Movies with Bite

 

Super shark The Meg tore through the competition to take the weekend box office crown with an estimated 44.4 million. The session saw two other films debut in wide release and a third launch a bit less wide. The urban legend horror yarn Slender Man slotted fourth overall with $11.2 million while there wasn’t much woof for the rom-com Dog Days that unleashed $2.6 million.

With a more concentrated launch BlacKkKlansman had an excellent start o $10.8 million.

In the niches Indian imports again failed to produce a big winner with Vishwaroopam 2 grossing $307,000 and Srinivasa Kalyanam with a box office of $143,000. However, in limited release the Punjabi biopic Dakuaan da Munda had a promising $133,000 start. Also strong was the Chinese The Island with a $273,000 box office from 40 screens. The ballyhooed Filipino actioner BuyBust has a tepid opener of $72,700 from 25 locations.

Revenues for the frame exceeded $145 million and rose 5% from the prior weekend. It was also a 26% improvement from 2017 when the debut of Annabelle: Creation led with $35 million and newcomer Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature was third in the lineup with $8.3 million.

What could be more summer than the King Kong of sharks and with The Meg it was Jurassic Park meets Jaws. The late season release was expected to inch ahead of Mission: Impossible – Fallout with an opening of about $25 million that appeared to be building to perhaps $30 million as it approached opening day. But this was clearly the choice of the hoi polloi that clearly would not be content with Sharknado XXI.

On the domestic front The Meg’s audience was 52% male with 68% aged 25-years and older.

The film also over-performed internationally where it grossed an estimated $97 million from 42 markets. China opened to $50 million and other top grossing nations included Mexico with $6.2 million, Russia opening with $5 million and the UK at a $4.4 million debut.

Expectations weren’t high for Slender Man in light of the competition and modest advertising push. Even a lawsuit in Texas against a similar-themed movie failed to generate much ink. It appeared to be heading toward possibly a $10 million opening that was comparable to tracking for BlacKkKlansman. Its audience was 52% male with 61% of viewers aged 25-years and younger.

Benefiting from today’s headlines the 1970s-set BlacKkKlansman was primed to be the the marketplace alternative viewing choice and largely succeeded to that end. Exit demos identified viewers as 52% female with 59% aged 35-years and older. And while it over-indexed with African Americans, its 23% share was not overwhelming. Anecdotally the film appears to be trending art house rather than ethnically.

 

 

Weekend (estimates) August 10 – 12, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
The Meg WB 44.4 (10,780) NEW 4118 44.4
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 21.1 (5,160) -43% 3888 162.1
Christopher Robin BV 12.5 (3,480) -49% 3602 50.1
Slender Man Sony 11.2 (4,760) NEW 2358 11.2
BlacKKKlansman Focus 10.8 (7,120) NEW 1512 10.8
The Spy Who Dumped Me Lionsgate 6.6 (2,120) -46% 3111 24.5
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 5.8 (2,060) -35% 2812 103.8
The Equalizer 2 Sony 5.4 (2,270) -38% 2373 89.5
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 5.1 (1,970) -36% 2589 146.9
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 4.1 (2,180) -36% 1863 203.5
Incredibles 2 BV 3.4 (2,210) -31% 1545 589.8
Dog Days LD Entertainment 2.6 (1,060) NEW 2442 3.6
The Darkest Minds Fox 2.1 (660) -65% 3127 10.9
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 1.9 (1,570) -50% 1237 409.6
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies WB 1.7 (1,190) -64% 1437 25.5
Eighth Grade A24 1.6 (1,460) -45% 1084 10.1
Death of a Nation Quality .97 (1,180) -59% 825 4.5
Three Identical Strangers Neon/Mongrel .69 (2,110) -32% 326 9.7
Skyscraper Uni .64 (950) -71% 670 66.2
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna/eOne .42 (2,050) -48% 204 15.8
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus .36 (1,560) -29% 229 21.7
Vishwaroopam 2 Magnus .31 (1,720) NEW 179 0.42
The First Purge Uni .28 (950) -78% 293 68.5
The Island Well Go .27 (7,010) NEW 39 0.27
Ocean’s 8 WB .25 (1,090) -12% 233 138.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $141.60
% Change (Last Year) 26%
% Change (Last Week) 5%
Also debuting/expanding
Blindspotting Lionsgate .21 (1,540) -68% 138 3.8
1991 Seville .17 (2,700) -37% 64 1.7
Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days Well Go .17 (4,670) -46% 36 0.81
Puzzle Sony Classics .16 (3,570) 28% 44 0.44
McQueen Bleecker Street .15 (2,890) -16% 53 0.75
Srinivasa Kalyanam ShowTime .14 (1,120) 127 0.24
Leave No Trace Bleecker Street .14 (1,130) -49% 123 5.5
The Miseducation of Cameron Post FilmRise/FWL .12 (3,290) 151% 37 0.2
Dakuaan da Munda Rising Sun .13 (6,330) 21 0.13
BuyBust Well Go 72,700 (2,910) 25 0.07
The Spy Gone North CJ 33,300 (16,650) 2 0.03
Dans la brume Seville 19,200 (1,600) 12 0.02
Madeline’s Madeline Oscilloscope 18,400 (18,400) 1 0.02
Skate Kitchen Magnolia 15,900 (15,900) 1 0.02
A Prayer Before Dawn A24 14,300 (1,100) 13 0.01
Cielo Second Sight 10,500 (3,500) 3 0.01
Larguees A-Z Films 7,700 (700) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 9, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2644.9 34.60%
Universal (13) 1047.9 13.70%
Warner Bros. (21) 772.7 10.10%
20th Century Fox (11) 711.7 9.30%
Sony (16) 689.8 9.00%
Paramount (8) 488.2 6.40%
Lionsgate (12) 221.9 2.90%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.7 1.80%
STX (6) 138.8 1.80%
Focus (9) 116.7 1.50%
Roadside Attractions (6) 102.1 1.40%
A24 (8) 72.5 1.00%
Entertainment (3) 51.7 0.70%
MGM (2) 37.1 0.50%
Other * (261) 402.3 5.30%
7638 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – August 9, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Avenger Infinity War BV 2,044,387,260
Black Panther BV 1,346,337,705
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 1,267,049,796
Incredibles 2 BV 1,070,098,839
Deadpool 2 Fox 733,111,911
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 619,242,214
Operation Red Sea Bona; Well Go 584,005,699
Ready Player One WB 581,327,073
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 542,745,147
Dying to Survive Alibaba 451,871,800
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 440,303,470
Rampage WB 425,870,608
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 391,504,686
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 380,043,416
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 371,476,815
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 361,925,606
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 352,517,375
Peter Rabbit Sony 350,387,332
The Greatest Showman * Fox 345,299,566
A Quiet Place Par 333,454,022
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni; Legendary 290,659,971
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 288,142,892
Skyscraper Uni 280,710,875
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 278,351,455
* 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