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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Sayonara Summer

 

Crazy Rich Asians made it a hat trick atop weekend movie going with an estimated $28.4 million for the four-day Labor holiday.

The closing weekend of summer ended on an upbeat note with a seasonal box office of $4.42 billion that represented a 15% increase from 2017 revenues for the period. Disney was dominant in market share with box office of $1.47 billion that translated into 33.3% of summer revenues.

Universal was the runner up with $727.5 million and almost 16.5% in market share.

The majority of major distributors had a juggernaut title that translated into global box office powerhouses. One could argue that the exception was Warner Bros. that compensated with volume but the end result is filigree.

On the domestic front it was also a good season for alternative films as diverse as Sorry to Bother You, Three Identical Strangers and Eighth Grade. But on a global scale genre fare such as Adrift and Hereditary translated most effectively. The market for non-English language movies continues to erode.

Weekend (estimates) August 31 – September 3, 2018)
Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
Crazy Rich Asians WB 28.4 (7,340) -11% 3865 117.1
The Meg WB 13.5 (3,580) -18% 3761 123.5
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 9.1 (3,440) -13% 2639 206.4
Operation Finale MGM 7.8 (4,280) NEW 1818 9.5
Searching Sony 7.5 (6,190) 1461% 1207 8
Christopher Robin BV 6.8 (2,320) -18% 2925 87.2
Alpha Sony 6.0 (2,080) -25% 2881 28.9
The Happytime Murders STX/VVS 5.5 (1,680) -53% 3256 18.1
BlacKKKlansman Focus 5.3 (2,980) -18% 1766 39.5
Mile 22 STX/VVS 4.8 (1,620) -42% 2950 33
Incredibles 2 BV 4.5 (1,570) 97% 2890 602.4
Kin Lionsgate 3.6 (1,690) NEW 2141 3.6
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 2.7 (1,910) -18% 1421 162.6
Ya Veremos Lionsgate 2.3 (6,120) NEW 369 2.3
Slender Man Sony 2.2 (1,430) -35% 1534 28.6
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 1.9 (1,200) 104% 1556 415.2
The Equalizer 2 Sony 1.8 (1,210) -32% 1476 100.7
A-X-L Global Road 1.8 (1,040) -51% 1710 5.6
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 1.6 (1,980) -26% 830 213.8
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 1.6 (1,550) -37% 1010 118
Juliet, Naked Roadside Attractions 1.0 (3,210) 239% 318 1.5
The Wife Sony Classics .66 (8,470) 144% 78 1.1
Papillon Bleecker/Elevation .49 (900) -65% 539 2.1
The Little Stranger Focus .48 (1,010) NEW 474 0.48
Mar Gaye Oye Loko Rising Sun .46 (7,370) 62 0.46
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $120.85
% Change (Last Year) 27%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
The Spy Who Dumped Me Lionsgate .44 (960) -66% 460 33.1
Little Italy eOne .44 (3,110) 22% 141 0.91
Sorry to Bother You Annapurna/eOne .34 (670) 86% 505 17
Eighth Grade A24 .33 (1,440) -37% 227 13
Three Identical Strangers Neon/Mongrel .32 (1,870) -22% 170 11.7
The Bookshop Greenwich .31 (4,240) 219% 74 0.44
Stree Viva .28 (4,620) 60 0.28
Puzzle Sony Classics .24 (1,120) -47% 213 1.6
Imaikkaa Nodigal Cameo 86,500 (1,570) 55 0.09
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se Zee Studios 79,700 (1,990) 40 0.08
The Miseducation of Cameron Post FilmRise/FWL 74,300 (1,220) -50% 61 0.77
Big Brother Well Go 52,400 (2,100) 25 0.05
We the Animals Orchard 48,600 (2,700) -10% 18 0.21
Nartanashala Nagar 35,200 (250) 139 0.07
The Witness Well Go 31,900 (2,900) 11 0.03
Pick of the Litter IFC 20,500 (10,250) 2 0.02
On Your Wedding Day Opus 15,200 (5,070) 3 0.02
Let the Corpses Tan Kino 14,600 (4,870) 3 0.01
Active Measures Super 12,700 (4,230) 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

One Response to “The Weekend Report”

  1. movieman says:

    How the hell did “The Little Stranger” flop so badly?
    It has a great cast; (a recently) Oscar-nominated director; an eminently marketable (Gothic haunted house) genre; a normally savvy distributer (Focus); decent reviews; and is based upon a well-regarded source novel.
    I’m totally stumped.
    “A.X.L.” doing a better PSA–on more than three times as many screens, no less–in its second weekend (after belly-flopping hugely last weekend) is simply astonishing.

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