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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Feltdown

Those zany Singaporans of Crazy Rich Asians literally maintained its box office potency with an estimated $25.3 million second weekend. The waning days of summer saw the arrival of two national newcomers. The whatdunit The Happytime Murders slotted third with $9.9 million while the last dog of the season _ robotic canine A-X-L _ arrived with $2.9 million. Also bowing nationally in a limited wide pattern was the remake of 1973’s Papillon that grossed $1.1 million.

In the niches the urban drama Beautifully Broken failed to crack the marketplace with a $540,000 box office. New films from India failed to provide a late season juggernaut while the ron-com Little Italy bowed to a tepid $381,000 in Canada prior to its U.S. launch in September.

Exclusive preems provided one bright spot with the psychological thriller Searching opening with $372,000 from just nine screens.

Revenues for the frame amounted to about $105 million and slid 12% from the prior weekend. Conversely it was a 51% boost from 2017 when the second weekend of The Hitman’s Bodyguard led with $10.3 million and the top newcomer was the animated Leap! with a $4.7 million debut.

ndustry pundits expected a strong hold for Crazy Rich Asians that might translate into a $20 million sophomore session. However, no one expected single figure erosion … or the prospect of an arcane record. In this case it’s eyeing the best second weekend hold for a non-holiday release.

The film also had its first openings in Asian territories and its $18 million weekend featured upbeat results led by a $1.8 million start in Singapore. It was also the top title in the Philippines and posted strong initial numbers in Malayasia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Though helmed by Henson fils Brian, the long in development The Happytime Murders was viewed as a nightmare vision of the beloved Muppets universe. Film mavens were skeptical of its appeal and tracking suggested a $12 million to $14 million launch that proved to be overly optimistic. Exit polling identified the audience as 59% male with 63% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

Similarly A-X-L arrived at the low end of dire prospects of a $3 million or $4 million opening.

Though the fading box office of summer continues to the upcoming Labor holiday session, the 2018 season has seen some outstanding results that will see significant expansion from last year.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
Crazy Rich Asians WB 25.3 (7,170) -5% 3526 77.1
The Meg WB 13.0 (3,230) -38% 4031 105.3
The Happytime Murders STX/VVS 9.9 (3,050) NEW 3256 9.9
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 8.1 (2,650) -25% 3052 194
Christopher Robin BV 6.4 (1,880) -28% 3394 77.7
Mile 22 STX/VVS 6.1 (1,730) -56% 3520 25.2
Alpha Sony 5.6 (2,070) -45% 2719 20.2
BlacKKKlansman Focus 5.3 (2,780) -28% 1914 32
A-X-L Global Road 2.9 (1,680) NEW 1710 2.9
Slender Man Sony 2.8 (1,360) -42% 2065 25.4
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 2.5 (1,370) -35% 1802 158.6
The Equalizer 2 Sony 2.0 (1,040) -30% 1914 98
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 1.9 (1,210) -45% 1557 115.2
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 1.8 (1,550) -31% 1178 211.5
Incredibles 2 BV 1.6 (1,550) -29% 1060 597
Papillon Bleecker/Elevation 1.1 (2,100) NEW 544 1.1
The Spy Who Dumped Me Lionsgate 1.0 (800) -60% 1295 32.3
2001: A Space Odyssey (reissue) WB .81 (2,490) 324 2.2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni .75 (1,230) -35% 608 413
Beautifully Broken ArtAffects .54 (830) NEW 650 0.54
Eighth Grade A24 .43 (1,170) -42% 366 12.5
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies WB .42 (950) -44% 444 28.2
Little Italy eOne .38 (3,050) NEW 125 0.38
Searching Sony .37 (41,330) NEW 9 0.37
Puzzle Sony Classics .36 (1,370) 70% 265 1.2
Geetha Govindam Sarigama .31 (2,150) -65 144 2.2
Three Identical Strangers Neon/Mongrel .30 (1,380) -39% 221 11.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $99.40
% Change (Last Year) 51%
% Change (Last Week) -21%
Also debuting/expanding
Juliet, Naked Roadside Attractions .25 (5,860) 313% 43 0.35
The Wife Sony Classics .21 (11,560) 93% 18 0.37
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna/eOne .15 (1,690) -41% 88 16.6
The Miseducation of Cameron Post FilmRise/FWL .13 (1,370) -10% 93 0.62
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus .12 (740) -45% 160 22.3
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 B4U .11 (2,460) 44 0.11
Parwaaz Hai Junoon HUM .10 (2,600) 38 0.1
The Bookshop Greenwich 76,100 (4,760) 16 0.08
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Eros 71,800 (1,840) 39 0.07
Support the Girls Magnolia 47,400 (1,580) 30 0.05
We the Animals Orchard 43,700 (3,970) -31% 11 0.13
McQueen Bleecker Street 38,300 (750) -66% 51 1.1
Go Brother! Purple Plan 34,600 (2,030) 17 0.03
Load Wedding Zee Studios 17,500 (920) 19 0.02
Oolong Courtyard China Lion 16,900 (1,880) 9 0.02
The Day After Valentine’s Viva 14,100 (590) 24 0.01
Crime + Punishment IFC 8,300 (2,770) 3 0.01
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection Oscilloscope 7,400 (7,400) 1 0.01
Crown and Anchor C&A 3,400 (1,700) 2 0.01
Get the Sucker Back Factory 3,200 (3,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 23, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2698.6 33.50%
Universal (13) 1069.8 13.30%
Warner Bros. (22) 918.8 11.40%
Sony (17) 752.5 9.30%
20th Century Fox (11) 715.5 8.90%
Paramount (8) 532.2 6.60%
Lionsgate (12) 236.1 2.90%
STX (7) 156.2 1.90%
Focus (10) 144.3 1.80%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.7 1.70%
Roadside Attractions (7) 102.2 1.30%
A24 (8) 76.1 0.95%
Entertainment (3) 51.7 0.65%
Other * (279) 462.3 5.70%
8056 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Domestic Box Office Champs (January 2 – August 23, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 700,059,566
Avenger Infinity War BV 678,630,680
Incredibles 2 BV 595,412,966
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 412,268,695
Deadpool 2 Fox 318,365,417
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 219,290,534
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 213,521,649
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 209,666,699
A Quiet Place Par 188,071,846
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 185,900,660
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 156,117,389
Ocean’s 8 WB 138,876,427
Ready Player One WB 137,236,383
The Greatest Showman * Fox 119,917,641
Peter Rabbit Sony 115,254,425
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 113,355,110
A Wrinkle in Time BV 100,478,608
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 100,407,760
Rampage WB 100,170,940
The Equalizer 2 Sony 96,020,332
* 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