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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Destination Terminus

 

Crazy Rich Asians made it a hat trick atop weekend movie going with an estimated $22.4 million for the three-day portion of the Labor holiday (all figures reflect 3-day box office; chart update tomorrow). The closing of the summer season is traditionally fallow commercial ground so it was highly unusual to see three films make their national debuts.

The historic Operation Finale ranked fourth with $6 million and a notch behind with $5.8 million was the psychological thriller Searching that had a limited bow last weekend. The sci-fi yarn Kin struggled to $2.9 million.

The Gothic horror tale The Little Stranger went out in a limited wide pattern to OK results of $370,000.

In the niches the Mexican comedy Ya Veremos bowed with $1.8 million following a near $10 million tally south of the border in three weeks. Best of the flood of new Indian imports were Mar Gaye Oye Loko with $292,000 and Stree that grossed $189,000. Exclusive entries had no standout entries.

Revenues for the session edge close to $100 million and ebbed 7% from the prior weekend. It was a 26% improvement from 2017 when The Hitman’s Bodyguard led with $17.6 million and there were no new national releases. A breakdown of summer movie going will appear tomorrow. Initial figures suggest an improvement of about 13% from the prior year.

The capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is the basis of Operation Finale. The story had been tackled previously in 1961’s Operation Eichmann (a year after the actual event) and several TV movies. Its audience per exit polling was 51% female with 65% of viewers aged 35-years and older.

For the record Kin had a 56% male profile with 65% of the crowd aged 25-years and older.

Weekend (estimates) August 31 – September 2, 2018)
Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
Crazy Rich Asians WB 22.4 (5,800) -10% 3865 111.1
The Meg WB 10.2 (2,720) -20% 3761 120.2
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 6.9 (2,620) -15% 2639 204.3
Operation Finale MGM 6.0 (3,290) NEW 1818 7.7
Searching Sony 5.8 (4,840) 1401% 1207 6.3
Christopher Robin BV 5.2 (1,770) -17% 2925 85.6
The Happytime Murders STX/VVS 4.4 (1,340) -54% 3256 17
BlacKKKlansman Focus 4.2 (2,360) -18% 1766 38.4
Alpha Sony 4.2 (1,450) -31% 2881 27.1
Mile 22 STX/VVS 3.6 (1,230) -43% 2950 31.8
Incredibles 2 BV 3.2 (1,120) 97% 2890 601.1
Kin Lionsgate 2.9 (1,370) NEW 2141 2.9
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 2.1 (1,460) -18% 1421 162
Ya Veremos Lionsgate 1.8 (4,820) NEW 369 1.8
Slender Man Sony 1.8 (1,150) -37% 1534 28.1
The Equalizer 2 Sony 1.4 (970) -30% 1476 100.3
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 1.3 (1,610) -25% 830 213.5
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 1.3 (850) 79% 1556 414.6
A-X-L Global Road 1.2 (720) -56% 1710 5
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 1.1 (1,130) -43% 1010 117.6
Juliet, Naked Roadside Attractions .78 (2,460) 225% 318 1.2
The Wife Sony Classics .52 (6,690) 145% 78 1
The Little Stranger Focus .37 (7,760) NEW 474 0.37
Papillon Bleecker/Elevation .33 (610) -70% 539 1.9
The Spy Who Dumped Me Lionsgate .32 (690) -69% 460 33
Little Italy eOne .31 (2,170) 5% 141 0.78
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.30
% Change (Last Year) 26%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Mar Gaye Oye Loko Rising Sun .29 (4,710) 62 0.29
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna/eOne .26 (520) 80% 505 16.9
Eighth Grade A24 .26 (1.130) -39% 227 12.9
The Bookshop Greenwich .23 (3,010) 205% 75 0.36
Three Identical Strangers Neon/Mongrel .22 (1,310) -30% 170 11.6
Stree Viva .19 (3,150) 60 0.19
Puzzle Sony Classics .17 (810) -51% 213 1.6
Imaikkaa Nodigal Cameo 69,900 (1,270) 55 0.07
The Miseducation of Cameron Post FilmRise/FWL 63,200 (1,400) -48% 45 0.76
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se Zee Studios 55,300 (1,380) 40 0.06
Big Brother Well Go 38,400 (1,540) 25 0.04
We the Animals Orchard 35,500 (1,970) -21% 18 0.2
Nartanashala Nagar 28,800 ( 210) 139 0.06
The Witness Well Go 22,500 (2,040) 11 0.02
Pick of the Litter IFC 17,200 (8,600) 2 0.02
Let the Corpses Tan Kino 11,600 (3,870) 3 0.01
On Your Wedding Day Opus 10,100 (3,370) 3 0.01
Active Measures Super 8,700 (2,900) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 30, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2712.9 33.10%
Universal (13) 1074.4 13.10%
Warner Bros. (22) 975.8 11.90%
Sony (18) 771.8 9.40%
20th Century Fox (11) 715.6 8.70%
Paramount (8) 543.6 6.60%
Lionsgate (12) 237.6 2.90%
STX (8) 175.6 2.10%
Focus (10) 151.9 1.90%
Fox Searchlight (4) 139.8 1.70%
Roadside Attractions (7) 102.6 1.20%
A24 (8) 76.8 0.90%
Entertainment (3) 51.7 0.60%
MGM (3) 38.8 0.50%
Other * (287) 439.1 5.40%
8208 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – August 30, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Focus 22,405,337
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna/eOne 16,690,613
RBG Magnolia/Mongrel 13,931,018
Eighth Grade A24 12,663,293
Padmaavat Viva 12,159,664
Three Identical Strangers NEON/Mongrel 11,344,825
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 8,681,157
Sanju Fox Intl 7,909,317
Leave No Trace Bleecker/Elevation 5,783,945
Death of a Nation Quality 5,662,849
Gotti Vertical 4,346,788
Blindspotting Lionsgate 4,177,608
Pandas Imax/WB 3,957,503
Bharat Ane Nenu Great India 3,662,967
Rangasthalam Creative 3,632,267
2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 3,508,777
Disobedience Bleecker Street 3,480,702
First Reformed A24 3,448,256
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics/eOne 3,226,443
Raazi Zee Studios 3,027,556

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 7.8 3592 NEW 7.8
A Simple Favor 3.3 3102 -45% 25.4
The Nun 2.9 3707 -50% 93.6
The Predator 2.4 4070 -70% 34.1
Crazy Rich Asians 1.8 2802 -28% 154.7
White Boy Rick 1.5 2504 -57% 13.9
Peppermint 1.1 2680 -38% 27.7
Fahrenheit 11/9 1 1719 NEW 1
Life Itself 0.75 2609 NEW 0.75
Searching 0.65 1787 -37% 21.6
Also Debuting
Assassination Nation 0.42 1403
Quismat 94,300 49
Colette 48,500 4
Batti Gul Meter Chalu 44,900 64
Love, Gilda 44,400 59
Miss Granny 40,100 32
The Sisters Brothers 37,500 4
Nannu Dochukunduvate 35,000 102
The Great Battle 31,500 29
Sammy 2 19,650 48
Moses and the Ten Commandments 18,200 54
Les Disparition des lucioles 17,200 20
The Negotiation 4,400 2
Tea With the Dames 4,100 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