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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

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The debut of The House With a Clock in its Walls ticked in with an estimated $26.8 million to take the weekend box office crown. Three other films opened nationally with dull to dire results. The doc Fahrenheit 11/9 bowed to a passable $3.1 million but it was curtains for the romantic pastiche Life Itself that grossed $2.1 million and the action comedy Assassination Nation that struggled to $1 million.

In the niches new Indian releases included a potent $380,000 start for the Punjabi Qismat and a just OK $153,000 start for the Hindi Batti Gul Meter Chalu. There were good launches for the Filipino comedy Miss Granny of $132,000 and the Chinese actioner The Great Battle with $114,000. The doc Love, Gilda had a tepid launch of $154,000.

Exclusive newcomers saw two potent titles that included a $123,000 tally for the skewered western The Sisters Brothers at four sites and a $154,000 for the biopic Colette.

Revenues for the session approached $93 million and slid back 14% from the prior weekend. It was a more severe 23% erosion from 2017 when the opening of Kingsman: The Golden Circle led with $39 million and the debut of The Lego Ninjago Movie grossed $20.4 million.

A clever emphasis on audacity appeared to elevate The House With a Clock in its Walls that was tracking to debut to $20 million to $22 million. Its audience was 52% male with 78% aged 25-years and younger. Families accounted for 53% of ticket sales.

The film also dipped its toe into international waters with an estimated $8.7 million box office from 22 territories. The UK dominated with a $4.3 million tally.

The trio of other new releases all seriously under-performed pundit’s predictions. Fahrenheit 11/9 was expected to debut to $5 million to $6 million, Life Itself was pegged at $4 million to $5 million and Assassination Nation was given a $2 million to $3 million debut.

 

Weekend (estimates) September 21 – 23, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % Chng Thtr Cume
The House With a Clock in its Walls Uni 26.8 (7,470) NEW 3592 26.8
A Simple Favor Lionsgate 10.3 (3,330) -36% 3102 32.5
The Nun WB 10.1 (2,720) -45% 3707 100.7
The Predator Fox 8.6 (2,120) -65% 4070 40.4
Crazy Rich Asians WB 6.5 (2,310) -26% 2802 159.4
White Boy Rick Sony 5.0 (1,980) -44% 2504 17.4
Peppermint STX/Elevation 3.7 (1,380) -38% 2680 30.3
Fahrenheit 11/9 Briarcliff 3.1 (1,790) NEW 1719 3.1
The Meg WB 2.3 (1,170) -39% 2003 140.5
Searching Sony 2.2 (1,330) -49% 1787 23.1
Life Itself Amazon 2.1 (790) NEW 2609 2.1
Unbroken: Path to Redemption Pure Flix 1.3 (900) -40% 1484 4.6
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 1.2 (1,340) -49% 871 218.1
Christopher Robin BV 1.1 (850) -50% 1252 96.9
Assassination Nation NEON 1.0 (710) NEW 1403 1
The Wife Sony Classics .93 (1.980) -18% 468 4.9
BlacKKKlansman Focus .65 (1,430) -49% 454 47.1
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony .59 (1,140) -24% 518 166.1
Incredibles 2 BV .53 (1,060) -28% 500 606.3
Alpha Sony .40 (730) -63% 544 35.2
Qismat White Hill .38 (7,660) NEW 50 0.38
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni .36 (1,2400 3% 292 120.3
Operation Finale MGM .34 (660) -70% 525 17.2
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV .27 (1,030) -31% 260 215.8
Lizzie Roadside Attractions .26 (1,070) 438% 240 0.33
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $88.00
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -14%
Also debuting/expanding
Colette Bleecker Street .16 (39,520) 4 0.16
Love, Gilda Magnolia .15 (2,370) 65 0.15
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Eros .15 (2,390) 64 0.15
The Hows of Us ABS .14 (2,820) -58% 50 1.5
Miss Granny Viva Intl .13 (4,000) 33 0.13
The Sisters Brothers Anapurna ,12 (30,920) 4 0.12
Nannu Dochukunduvate ShowTime 12 (1,200) 102 0.12
Juliet, Naked Roadside Attractions ;12 (1,170) -57% 102 3.3
The Great Battle Well Go .11 (3,800) 30 0.11
The Children Act eOne/A24 .10 (1,710) 57% 61 0.2
Three Identical Strangers Neon/Mongrel 58,100 (1,0500 -46% 55 12.2
Les Disparition des lucioles Seville 51,400 (2,570) 20 0.05
Moses and the Ten Commandments Swen 47,200 (830) 57 0.05
Sammy 2 Southern Star 46,900 (980) 48 0.05
Museo Vitagraph 22,800 (3,260) -13% 7 0.06
The Negotiation CJ 14,600 (7,300) 2 0.01
Tea With the Dames IFC 14,300 (14,300) 1 0.01
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – September 20, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 700,059,566
Avenger Infinity War BV 678,788,703
Incredibles 2 BV 605,824,358
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Uni 416,376,615
Deadpool 2 Fox 318,482,400
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 219,290,534
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Par 216,974,667
Ant-Man and the Wasp BV 215,538,206
Solo: A Star Wars Story BV 213,716,869
A Quiet Place Par 188,071,846
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony 165,476,985
Crazy Rich Asians WB 152,924,483
Ocean’s 8 WB 139,377,762
The Meg WB 138,172,919
Ready Player One WB 137,236,383
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni 119,926,835
The Greatest Showman * Fox 119,917,641
Peter Rabbit Sony 115,254,425
The Equalizer 2 Sony 102,084,362
A Wrinkle in Time BV 100,478,608
* 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