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The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

The confluence of a Friday the 13th debut and the upcoming All Hallows Eve celebrations propelled Happy Death Day to the top of weekend viewing with an estimated $26.5 million. The session’s other wide release, actioner The Foreigner, slotted third with $12.8 million.

The early career of future Supreme Thurgood Marshall garnered an OK $3 million while the man behind the comic-book Amazon, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, lassoed only $730,000. Best of the Indian imports was Telugu Raju Gari Gadhi 2 with a $216,000 tally.

Strongest among exclusive newcomers was biopic Tom of Finland with $11,300 from a solo flight. A.A. Milne-inspired Goodbye Christopher Robin opened with a soft $55,300 from nine engagements.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $100 million and took a 5% dip from last weekend. It was a slim 3% improvement from 2016 when the launch of The Accountant led with $24.7 million and Girl on the Train took second with $12.2 million.

The reign of Blumhouse continues with Happy Death Day, a seasonally-appropriate horror. Industry tracking suggested a top-end opening of $20 million that it readily surpassed. Studio exit polls identified the crowd as 54% female with a surprisingly youthful crowd that was 63% 25 and younger.

The duo of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan propelled The Foreigner to more than $70 million from seven overseas markets in the past two weeks. Pre low-balled the effort with max figures of $10 million. Studio exit polling wasn’t available at deadline.

As for the other major openers, Marshall performed at the top end of expectations while Professor Marston flunked out of an anticipated $2 million plus debut.

Weekend (estimates) October 13 – 15, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chnge Thtrs Cume
Happy Death Day Uni 26.5 (8,400) NEW 3149 26.5
Blade Runner 2046 WB 15.1 (3,710) -54% 4058 60.6
The Foreigner STX/VVS 12.8 (5,100) NEW 2515 12.8
It WB 6.0 (1,900) -39% 3176 314.9
The Mountain Between Us Fox 5.6 (1,730) -47% 3258 20.5
American Made Uni 5.4 (1,740) -36% 3098 40.1
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 5.3 (1,780) -38% 2982 89.7
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 4.4 (1,430) -38% 3053 51.6
My Little Pony Lionsgate 4.0 (1,600) -55% 2528 15.5
Victoria & Abdul Focus 3.1 (3,430) -26% 900 11.3
Marshall Open Road 3.0 (3,640) NEW 821 3
Flatliners Sony 1.5 (750) -63% 1983 15.6
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight 1.4 (1,000) -46% 1394 9.6
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Annapurna .73 (600) NEW 1229 0.73
American Assassin CBS .52 (640) -63% 820 35.6
The Florida Project A24 .40 (12,030) 153% 33 0.62
Loving Vincent Good Deed .31 (5,650) 85% 55 0.73
Til Death Do Us Part Novus .29 (950) -62% 306 3.2
The Stray Pure Flix .27 (630) -55% 430 1.2
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony .26 (940) -4% 277 333.5
Despicable Me 3 Uni .24 (910) -16% 266 263
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Param .22 (2,220) NEW 97 0.22
Home Again Open Road/eOne .17 (470) -70% 361 26.8
Never Say Die Media Asia .16 (4,970) -45% 33 0.96
American Satan Sumerian .13 (2,420) NEW 55 0.13
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $95.35
% Change (Last Year) 3%
% Change (Last Week) -5%
Also debuting/expanding
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the WH Sony Classics .12 (1,340) 99% 89 0.25
Lucky Magnolia .11 (1,880) 16% 59 0.26
Goodbye Christopher Robin Fox Searchlight 55,300 (6,140) 9 0.06
Human Flow Magnolia 46,100 (15,370) 3 0.05
The Outlaws Novus 37,300 (3,390) 11 0.04
Como Cortar a tu Patan MUBI 34,600 (6,920) 50 0.03
Breathe Bleecker Street 27,100 (6,770) 4 0.03
Innocent Orange Medias 24,100 (710) 34 0.02
Udhahararnam Sujatha B Cinemas 22,700 (1,510) 15 0.02
120 Battements par minute MK2 17,900 (1,490) 12 0.02
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Super 17,100 (1,550) 11 0.02
The Young Karl Marx K-Film 11,800 (2,950) 4 0.01
Tom of Finland Kino 11,300 (11,300) 1 0.01
For Ahkeem Fork 5,600 (2,800) 2 0.01
The Departure MUBI 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – October 5, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (20) 1611.1 19.60%
Buena Vista (8) 1381.8 16.80%
Universal (13) 1348.6 16.40%
20th Century Fox (21) 1059.7 12.90%
Sony (18) 790.9 9.60%
Lionsgate (17) 571.5 6.90%
Paramount (14) 404.7 4.90%
Focus (14) 119.5 1.50%
Weinstein Co. (7) 117.4 1.40%
Open Road (7) 90.2 1.10%
STX (6) 85.7 1.00%
CBS (4) 65.9 0.80%
Entertainment (3) 51.1 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (9) 49.8 0.60%
Bleecker Street (5) 48.4 0.60%
A24 (9) 42.1 0.50%
Other * (291) 390.6 4.80%
8229 100%
* none greater than .04%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Happy Death Day|11.6|3149|New|11.6
The Foreigner|4.8|2515|New|4.8
Blade Runner 2049|4.3|4058|-50%|49.8
It|1.9|3176|-28%|310.8
The Mountain Between Us|1.7|3259|-52%|16.5
American Made|1.6|3098|-33%|36.3
Kingsman: The Golden Circle|1.5|2982|-36%|85.8
Marshall|1|821|New|1
The Lego Ninjago Movie|1|3053|-38%|48.3
My Little Pony|0.9|2528|-68%|12.4
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Also Debuting||||
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women|0.24|1229||
American Satan|86,300|55||
Raju Gari Gadhi 2|74,900|97||
Goodbye Christopher Robin|17,600|9||
Human Flow|16,300|3||
Breathe|11,800|4||
Como Cortar a tu Patan|10,700|50||
The Outlaws|9,200|11||
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste|7,200|9||
Innocent|5,300|34||
Udhahararnam Sujatha|5,200|13||
120 Battements par minute|4,700|12||
Tom of Finland|3,500|1||
For Ahkeem|2,950|2||
The Young Karl Marx|2,900|4||
The Departure|2,800|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 dominated weekend moviegoing, hovering at $31.4 million. Two other national releases opened as counterprogramming, with mountain survival drama The Mountain Between Us providing an effective $10.2 million. Less assured was a My Little Pony movie that whinnied up $8.7 million. In limited wide, inspirational canine The Stray impounded limited bow-wow with a $630,000 launch.

Exclusive newcomers included an excellent start for The Florida Project , with $149,000 from four motels. And the expansion of Victoria & Abdul maintained stamina with a $4.1 million tally.

Among international day-and-dates, imports from China were on a tear with Never Say Die (a potent $737,000) and City of Rock posting good returns of $108,000. Filipino rom-com Last Night had an okay start of $137,000 but new titles from India failed to click.

Revenues for the session approached $105 million and took a slight 2% drop from last weekend. It was an 18% decline from 2016 when the debut of Girl on the Train led with $24.5 million and Miss Peregrine’s followed with $15.1 million.

All eyes were on Blade Runner 2049, the follow up to Ridley Scott’s much-debated 1982 sci-fi noir. Critical response was two thumbs way up, tracking was fierce and previews were strong. Industryites were confident of a domestic debut in the neighborhood of $50 million. As Friday matinees trickled in it was clear it wasn’t going to get close to that number and expectations pared back as the weekend progressed.

A studio spokesman felt its overwhelming appeal to older males was the prime reason it fell short of expectations. Exit polling identified the audience as 71% male with 86% 25 and older. That slice of the population was also occupied with baseball playoffs involving teams in the nation’s top two markets as well as college football finals. Nonetheless other factors may well have come into play such as the fact that the original was a success d’estime rather than a popular hit, despite re-issues. The new film als played heavily on its lineage in a reverential fashion … and the material is decidedly downbeat. The film bowed internationally to about $50 million, in line with distribution projections.

Conversely The Mountain Between Us, despite its central situation, seemed the upbeat alternative. It exceeded expectations of $8-$9 million, with unexpected plus ratings via social media. It tilted 58% female with a hefty 81% of viewers aged 25 and older. It also had a limited international start in 11 territories that rescued $3.6 million including $1.1 million returns in the UK and Mexico.

While The Little Pony bowed in line with expectations it nonetheless feels like a brand with fading appeal in the multiplex despite its bromance with an aging male crowd. Viewers swung 59% female with 51% aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) October 6 – 8, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Blade Runner 2046 WB 31.4 (7,730) NEW 4058 31.4
The Mountain Between Us Fox 10.2 (3,290) NEW 3088 10.2
It WB 9.6 (2,670) -43% 3605 304.9
My Little Pony Lionsgate 8.7 (3,460) NEW 2528 8.7
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 8.2 (2,350) -52% 3488 80.1
American Made Uni 8.1 (2,660) -52% 3031 30.4
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 6.7 (1,860) -42% 3611 43.8
Victoria & Abdul Focus 4.1 (5,630) 277% 732 5.9
Flatliners Sony 3.8 (1,480) -43% 2552 12.3
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight 2.4 (1,330) -29% 1822 7.7
American Assassin CBS 1.4 (820) -59% 1656 34.4
Til Death Do Us Part Novus .74 (1,530) -50% 481 2.6
The Stray Pure Flix .63 (980) NEW 640 0.63
Home Again Open Road/eOne .53 (530) -69% 1003 26.3
A Question of Faith Pure Flix .43 (710) -58% 608 1.8
mother! Par .36 (750) -75% 481 17.3
Judwaa 2 Fox Intl .29 (1,500) -55% 192 1.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni .28 (910) -25% 304 262.7
Never Say Die Media Asia .27 (8,010) NEW 34 0.27
Stronger Roadside Attractions .25 (740) -73% 335 3.7
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony .24 (740) -59% 326 333.1
The Emoji Movie Sony .23 (950) -11% 244 85.1
Leap! Weinstein Co. .19 (480) -60% 401 21.2
Wind River Weinstein/VVS .19 (530) -68% 356 33.2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS .18 (560) -74% 314 75
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $96.40
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) -2%
Also debuting/expanding
The Florida Project A24 .15 (37,320) 4 0.15
lovong vincent Good Deed .15 (5,420) 172% 28 0.27
Last Night ABS .14 (2,360) 58 0.14
City of Rock Well Go .11 (4,610) 43 0.11
Brad’s Status Annapurna .10 (400) -75% 247 2
Lucky Magnolia 84,600 (2,730) 95% 31 0.14
Ballarus White Hill 68,800 (1,910) 36 0.07
Chef B4U 54,700 (840) 65 0.05
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the White House Sony Classics 52,500 (3,090) 53% 17 0.1
Architects of Denial Dada 48,600 (4,420) 11 0.05
Earth: One Amazing Day BBC 38,300 (560) 68 0.04
Faces Places Cohen Media 27,200 (5,440) 5 0.03
Vico C: La Vida del Filosofo Pinolywood 23,300 (3,880) 6 0.02
Spy Hunter Media Asia 23,100 (960) 24 0.02
The Fortress CJ 22,600 (11,300) 2 0.02
Chavela Music Box 20,100 (4,020) 5 0.02
Solo Amaan 11,200 (930) 12 0.01
So B. It Good Deed 9,300 (4,650) 2 0.01
Better Watch Out Well Go 8,100 (480) 17 0.01
Dina Orchard 7,400 (7,400) 1 0.01
Una Eammon 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Take My Nose … Please! Parvenu 3,600 (3,600) 1 0.01
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – October 5, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 504,014,165
Wonder Woman WB 412,313,943
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 389,804,217
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 332,853,104
It WB 295,278,478
Despicable Me 3 Uni 262,348,370
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,966,192
Dunkirk WB 187,037,289
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,969,510
Get Out Uni 175,589,248
The Boss Baby Fox 174,999,590
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 172,537,139
Kong: Skull Island WB 168,583,087
Hidden Figures * Fox 167,052,209
Cars 3 BV 152,491,499
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 146,500,084
Split Uni 138,280,171
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 130,599,534
La La Land * Lionsgate 116,956,426
Girls Trip Uni 115,044,985
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 | 12.6 |4058 |New |12.6
The Mountain Between Us | 3.5| 3088| New| 3.5
My Little Pony | 2.9 |2528| New |2.9
It | 2.7| 3605 |-46% |298
American Made | 2.3| 3031| -45% |24.7
Kingsman: The Golden Circle | 2.3| 3488| -53% |74.2
The Lego Ninjago Movie | 1.6| 3611| -40% |38.7
Victoria & Abdul | 1.2| 732 |305% |3
Flatliners | 1.1 |2552 |-49%| 9.6
Battle of the Sexes | 0.7 |1822 |-37% |6

Also Debuting
The Stray | 0.19| 640
The Florida Project | 53,200| 4
Last Night | 42,300| 58
City of Rock | 35,600 |43
Ballarus | 19,100| 36
Chef | 17,200 |65
Architects of Denial | 16,700| 11
Earth: One Amazing Day | 10,700| 68
Faces Places |9,600 |5
Chavela | 7,200| 5
Spy Hunter | 7,000| 24
The Fortress | 6,500| 2
Vico C: La Vida del Filosofo | 5,800| 6
So B. It | 3,600 |2
Better Watch Out | 3,550 |17
Solo | 3,200 |11
Dina | 2,700 |1
Una | 2,400 |1
Take My Nose … Please! | 2,100 |1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

In the year’s biggest nail-biter, three films vied for top position in the weekend sweepstakes. Photo-finish results favor It with an estimated $17.2 million. In close proximity Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the debut of American Made follow with $17.1 million and $17 million.

The session’s other wide national release the remake of Flatliners bowed in fifth position with $6.7 million. Two other films debuted in limited wide release. The urban thriller Til Death Do Us Part grossed $1.5 million while the faith targeted A Question of Faith opened to $1.1 million.

Indian films were aplenty including the Hindi Judwaa 2 and Mahanubhavudu with solid respective debuts of $607,000 and $497,000. Telugu SPYder opened Tuesday and amassed $1.2 million pre-weekend and added an additional $303,000. Chinese newcomers included Never Say Die with $139,000 and Chasing the Dragon, which grossed $132,000.

Exclusive freshmen were soft, with Harry Dean Stanton swan song Lucky posting $41,200 from five saloons and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House struggling to $33,600 from five locations. The Battle of the Sexes expanded to good results of $3.4 million and Victoria & Abdul rolled out to an effective $1 million. In a  single Chicago engagement at the Music Box, local production Signature Move pinned just over $18,000.

Revenues for the frame hit about $93 million and slid back 23% from the prior weekend. It was also an 18% downturn from 2017 when debuts of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deep Horizon led with $28.8 million and $20.2 million.

Crystal ball gazing suggested the weekend race would be a dead heat between newcomer American Made and last weekend’s champion Kingsman. The former, a larkish view of real-life 1980s dark politics, opened internationally in late August. Despite positive response from previews tracking was tepid with predictions at $15-$17 million.

The Tom Cruise vehicle brought a 55% male crowd with 55% of viewers aged 25 and older. Its overseas box office is now roughly $65 million.

The prospects for Flatliners – based on a 1990 thriller that featured Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland – were more dire with a top end forecast of $7 million. It didn’t help that the film wasn’t screened in advance. Once word of its quality began to seep out, estimates sank. Its audience tilted 51% female with an even split among under/over 25-year olds.

Weekend (estimates) September 29 – October 1, 2017)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
It WB 17.2 (4,390) -42% 3917 291.1
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 17.1 (4,230) -56% 4038 66.8
American Made Uni 17.0 (5,620) NEW 3024 17
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 11.8 (2,930) -42% 4047 35.4
Flatliners Sony 6.7 (2,620) NEW 2552 6.7
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight 3.4 (2,830) 566% 1213 4.1
American Assassin CBS 3.3 (1,100) -58% 3020 31.9
Home Again Open Road/eOne 1.7 (730) -46% 2370 25.1
Til Death Do Us Part Novus 1.5 (2,670) NEW 550 1.5
mother! Par 1.4 (780) -56% 1840 16.3
A Question of Faith Pure Flix 1.1 (1,630) NEW 661 1.1
Victoria & Abdul Focus 1.0 (13,250) 541% 77 1.2
Stronger Roadside Attractions .93 (1,440) -42% 645 3.2
Friend Request Entertainment .78 (380) -61% 2081 3.5
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS .73 (650) -55% 1119 74.7
Judwaa 2 Fox Intl .61 (3,170) NEW 192 0.61
Wind River Weinstein/VVS .59 (660) -52% 892 32.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony .56 (820) -47% 679 332.7
Mahanubhavudu US Telugu .50 (4,030) NEW 123 0.5
Leap! Weinstein Co. .50 (680) -48% 730 20.9
Brad’s Status Annapurna .39 (860) -59% 453 1.8
Despicable Me 3 Uni .35 (840) -30% 419 262.3
SPYder ATMUS .30 (1,120) NEW 271 1.5
Dunkirk WB .32 (800) -45% 401 186.8
Annabelle: Creation WB .30 (770) -59% 385 101.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $88.40
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) -23%
Also debuting/expanding
Nikka Zalidar 2 Grand Showbiz .19 (4,640) -51% 42 0.79
Never Say Die Media Asia .14 (3,310) 42 0.14
Chasing the Dragon Well Go .13 (2,540) 52 0.13
Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two Abramorama 56,500 (8,070) 7 0.06
Lucky Magnolia 41,200 (8,240) 5 0.04
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the White House Sony Classics 33,600 (6,710) 5 0.03
Ce Qui nous lie MK2 25,900 (1,730) 15 0.03
Signature Move Full Spectrum 22,800 (22,800) 1 0.02
Super Dark Times Orchard 19,700 (1,040) 19 0.02
Take Every Wave: Life of Laird Hamilton IFC 13,300 (13,300) 1 0.01
Te Ata Paladin 11,300 (940) 12 0.01
Tam Cam: The Untold Story MUBI 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
La Ferme et son etat K-Films 9,500 (1,900) 5 0.01
Different Flowers Different Flowers 7,800 (710) 11 0.01
The Pathological Optimist Film Arcade 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01

Friday Estimates

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

American Made|6.1|3024|New|6.1
It|4.9|3917|-46%|278.8
Kingsman: The Golden Circle|4.9|4038|-58%|54.6
The Lego Ninjago Movie|2.7|4047|-54%|26.2
Flatliners|2.1|2552|New|2.1
Battle of the Sexes|1.1|1213|571%|1.7
American Assassin|0.9|3030|-51%|29.5
Home Again|0.5|2370|-49%|23.9
Til Death Do Us Part|0.45|550|New|0.45
mother!|0.45|1840|-58%|15.3
Also Debuting||||
A Question of Faith|0.37|661||
Judwaa 2|0.19|192||
Mahanubhavudu|0.13|123||
SPYder|0.1|271||
Chasing the Dragon|41,500|52||
Never Say Die|31,300|41||
Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two|22,000|7||
Signature Move|15,400|1||
Lucky|12,900|1||
Mark Felt: Man Who Brought Down the White House|9,400|5||
Ce Qui nous lie|6,500|15||
Super Dark Times|5,900|19||
Te Ata|4,200|12||
Take Every Wave: Life of Laird Hamilton|4,000|1||
Different Flowers|3,900|11||
Tam Cam: The Untold Story|3,600|2||
La Ferme et son etat|3,300|3||
The Pathological Optimist|2,800|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

On Her Majesty’s Movie Service

The debut of the intrepid Kingsman: The Golden Circle led weekend movie going with an estimated $38.7 million. The session featured two other national newcomers. The Lego Ninjago Movie ranked third with an animated $20.9 million while the horror potboiler Friend Request had a slow burn of $2.2 million

In limited national exposure the inspirational Stronger muscled $1.7 million. Indian imports perked up following a recent downturn with solid bows for the Telugu Jai Lava Kusa of $763,000 and a $353,000 start for the Hindi Nikka Zalidar 2. The initial expansion of Brad’s Status generated a soft $1 million tally.

Exclusive bows with an eye to awards glory saw both Battle of the Sexes and Victoria & Abdul steeping out on a strong footing. The tennis tale grossed $523,000 at 21 serves and the covert history of another court launched with $151,000 from four screens.

Revenues for the frame butted up to about $120 million and improved on the prior weekend by 8%. It was a 17% boost from 2016 when debuts of The Magnificent Seven and Storks topped the charts with respective openings of $34.7 million and $21.3 million.

Pundits gave the second installment of Kingsman a clear edge in the marketplace with predictions in the area of $40 million. While it narrowly missed the benchmark it scored strong critical response with many citing it as an improvement on the original. The domestic crowd skewed 58% male with 65% of viewers aged 25-years older and maturer.

The film also opened day-and-date in 64 international markets and had a formidable estimated gross just north of $60 million. The UK led the charge with $11.1 million while its Russian adversary countered with $6 million. Other top markets included Taiwan with $4.8 million and Australia down over with $4.3 million.

The verdict for The Lego Ninjago Movie was diminishing returns. However a week out they were seen in the area of minimally $30 million and the studio’s Sunday response was noticeably quiet. The pieces didn’t appear to click and for the uninitiated Ninjago translated into “nonsense.” Viewers skewed modestly male at 52% with a carbon copy 52% aged 25-years and older.

Despite recent rollbacks at Lego HQ in Denmark the Ninjago movie was launched in 37 foreign climes to an estimated $10.5 million. Russia was in the forefront with $1.7 million with Germany grossing $1.1 million. The UK opens next month.

The German production Friend Request was shot in English with an eye to global marketing. It opened on home turf almost two years ago and circled most of the orb prior to its belated North American landing. It was expected to open around $5 million or $6 million and fell conspicuously short of that target.

Weekend (estimates) September 22 – 24, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox 38.7 (9,670) NEW 4003 38.7
It WB 29.8 (7,440) -50% 4007 266.2
The Lego Ninjago Movie WB 20.9 (5,170) NEW 4047 20.9
American Assassin CBS 6.3 (1,990) -58% 3154 26.2
Home Again Open Road/eOne 3.3 (1,220) -37% 2685 22.3
mother! Par 3.2 (1,370) -57% 2368 13.4
Friend Request Entertainment 2.2 (840) NEW 2569 2.2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 1.8 (900) -49% 2037 73.6
Stronger Lionsgate 1.7 (2,990) NEW 574 1.7
Wind River Weinstein/VVS 1.3 (880) 51% 1431 31.7
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 1.1 (1,070) -42% 1006 331.9
Brad’s Status Annapurna 1.0 (2,220) 1009% 450 1.1
Leap! Weinstein Co. .96 (740) -56% 1301 20.3
Jai Lava Kusa US Telugu .76 (4,260) NEW 179 2
Annabelle: Creation WB .71 (1,040) -70% 682 101.1
Dunkirk WB .59 (870) -54% 678 186.3
Battle of the Sexes Fox Searchlight .52 (24,910) NEW 21 0.52
Despicable Me 3 Uni .51 (950) -40% 539 261.8
The Emoji Movie Sony .43 (750) -57% 573 84.6
Wonder Woman WB .36 (1,010) -46% 355 412
Nikka Zalidar 2 Grand Showbiz .35 (7,840) NEW 45 0.35
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne .26 (660) -74% 397 27.5
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox .26 (850) -25% 306 146.3
Girls Trip Uni .23 (730) -60% 313 114.8
The Dark Tower Sony .22 (620) -71% 358 50.4
Baby Driver Sony .22 (870) -27% 252 107.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $106.42
% Change (Last Year) 17%
% Change (Last Week) 8%
Also debuting/expanding
Victoria & Abdul Focus .15 (38,170) 4 0.15
Rebel in the Rye IFC 76,300 (890) -24% 81 0.26
Les Rois mongols Telefiction 59,400 (1,750) 34 0.06
Bhoomi B4U 49,700 (1,340) 37 0.05
The Tiger Hunter KVH 37,100 (860) 43 0.04
Woodshock A24 13,500 (4,500) 3 0.01
Unrest Shella 10,900 (10,900) 1 0.01
The Tag-Along 2 Crimson Forest 10,300 (1,470) 7 0.01
Bobbi Jene Oscilloscope 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
I Can Speak Little Big 7,400 (3,700) 2 0.01
The King’s Choice Goldwyn 7,100 (3,550) 2 0.01
Axis Hot Machine 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01

Friday Estimates

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle|15.1|4003|New|15.1
It|9|4007|-53%|245.4
The Lego Ninjago Movie|5.7|4047|New|5.7
American Assassin|1.9|3154|-68%|21.8
mother!|1|2368|-67%|11.2
Home Again|1|2685|-41%|20
Friend Request|0.7|2569|New|0.7
Stronger|0.5|574|New|0.5
The Hitman’s Bodyguard|0.5|2037|-52%|72.2
Wind River|0.4|1431|-52%|30.8
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Also Debuting||||
Jai Lava Kusa|0.27|179||
Battle of the Sexes|0.16|21||
Nikka Zalidar 2|95,600|45||
Victoria & Abdul|55,800|4||
Bhoomi|15,100|37||
Les Rois mongols|14,200|34||
The Tiger Hunter|9,600|42||
Woodshock|5,550|3||
The Tag-Along 2|3,800|7||
Bobbi Jene|3,000|1||
Unrest|2,950|1||
Axis|2,700|1||
I Can Speak|2,200|2||
The King’s Choice|2,100|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

The nation definitely has It as horror held sway in its second weekend with an estimated $59.4 million. That left a pair of newcomers scrambling for scraps. The high octane thriller American Assassin was a distance second with OK response of $14.6 million while parable paradise mother! had a chilling response of $7.5 million.

Exclusive openers were bleak with exception of the doc Ex Libris booking $10,800 on a Manhattan solo and middle-aged comedy Brad’s Status with a $98,300 debut from four venues. In international day-and-dates, a handful of Indian imports fizzled, with the best of the bunch Simran grossing $238,000.

Revenues for the session generated close to $110 million and dipped 33% from last weekend. It was however a 24% improvement from 2016 when the second weekend of Sully led with $21.6 million and newcomers Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden failed to click with respective starts of $9.6 million, $8.6 million and $8 million.

Industry trackers suggested American Assassin would likely bow in a $12-$14 million range. It pushed above its weight as an unlikely counter-programmer. It unsurprisingly swung 55% male, with 71% of the audience aged 35 and older.

Pundits projected a low teen result for mother! but Friday matinees clearly indicated only a miracle would result in an eight-figure return. The film’s previous October date would have at least provided some distance from the It juggernaut. Audience and some critical response was withering. The admittedly questionable Cinemascore rating polled audience response at an “F” — rating that only about a dozen films have ever gotten. Studio exit polling identified scare-mongers as 56% female with 72% at 25 and older.

The curious case of a single-picture marketplace will likely be shaken upnext weekend with the arrival of The Lego Ninjago Movie and the Kingsman sequel.

Weekend (estimates) September 15 – 17, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
It WB 59.4 (14,310) -52% 4148 218.1
American Assassin CBS 14.6 (4,640) NEW 3154 14.6
mother! Par 7.5 (3,160) NEW 2368 7.5
Home Again Open Road/eOne 5.3 (1,750) -38% 3036 17.1
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 3.5 (1,080) -26% 3272 70.4
Wind River Weinstein/VVS 2.5 (970) -19% 2619 29.1
Annabelle: Creation WB 2.4 (1,150) -39% 2117 99.7
Leap! Weinstein Co. 2.1 (870) -14% 2416 18.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 1.9 (1,310) -6% 1436 330.3
Dunkirk WB 1.3 (870) -30% 1478 185.1
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 1.0 (740) -38% 1401 26.9
The Emoji Movie Sony 1.0 (850) -14% 1151 83.9
Despicable Me 3 Uni .82 (840) -11% 983 261.1
The Dark Tower Sony .76 (620) 1% 1235 49.9
Wonder Woman WB .63 (960) -4% 659 411.4
Girls Trip Uni .55 (760) -31% 733 114.3
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne .44 (520) -24% 846 28.1
All Saints Sony .37 (490) -21% 750 5.2
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox .34 (720) 13% 470 145.8
The Glass Castle Lionsgate .34 (490) -36% 698 16.7
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation .33 (990) -24% 338 42.5
Baby Driver Sony .28 (750) -34% 371 107.1
Simran Grand Showbiz .23 (2,360) NEW 101 0.23
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $105.25
% Change (Last Year) 24%
% Change (Last Week) -33%
Also debuting/expanding
Tulip Fever Weinstein Co. .11 (460) -60% 247 2.3
Brad’s Status Annapurna .1 (24,580) 4 0.1
Rebel in the Rye IFC 93,500 (1,910) 146% 49 0.15
Lucknow Central Grand Showbiz 86,400 (1,390) 62 0.09
Thupparivaalan CineGalaxy 72,200 (1,1800) 61 0.07
Magalir Mattum ATMUS 71,700 (1,670) 43 0.07
Because of Gracia ArtAffects 51,800 (1,620) 32 0.05
Et au pire, On se mariera K-Films 30,600 (1,280) 24 0.03
Long Time Running Elevation 26,100 (1,,630) 16 0.03
The Force Kino 17,100 (5,700) 3 0.02
The Wilde Wedding Vertical 13,300 (480) 28 0.01
Ex Libris: New York Public Library Zipporah 10,800 (10,800) 1 0.02
In Search of Fellini Ambi 10,600 (3,530) 3 0.01
Red Trees Cohen Media 9,200 (1,020) 9 0.01
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes Music Box 7,800 (2,600) 3 0.01

Confessions of a Film Festival Junkie: Shape of Water, The Florida Project

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s enchanting fairytale that won the top prize in Venice, could well garner the audience award that concludes the Toronto International Film Festival each year. It’s another work of extraordinary imagination, and despite a few graphic and shocking sequences, a disarming, emotional tale suitable for all ages.

Mute Eliza (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner at a high security government lab during the Cold War. The installation gets a new “asset” and Eliza winds up seeing something she shouldn’t. The research subject is hybrid man-amphibian resembling the 1950s Creature from the Black Lagoon. While the G-Man jailer (Michael Shannon) uses brute force to suppress the being, the woman treats him compassionately in a variation on Beauty and the Beast. The Shape of Water is dreamlike, referencing not only the Technicolor palette of the 1940s and 1950s but also the kind of programmer musical studios could have cranked out in the 1940s. Only a very cold heart would not respond to this material.

As the festival winds down, the weather is sunny and warm. Despite Toronto becoming a city for the very well off, it was shocking to see homeless sleeping in the middle of downtown streets atop a warm grate.

TIFF is evolving, too, but no one knows what changes are in the wind. It’s difficult to pinpoint how scaling back the program translates into the overall experience. Nonetheless, Toronto’s program feels less exhaustive than in the past, while crowds seem larger. The traditional Tuesday exodus of industry and press seemed to pass a day later this year, but it’s clear the event has a long way to go if it wants pros to stay beyond opening weekend.

One of the delights of any film festival is stumbling into a screening and finding a gem. This year, that was The Florida Project. I was in line for a French film when it was cancelled and this was its replacement. A fellow queuer said, it’s the new Sean Baker, and people love it. I’d seen Baker’s earlier MTV series “Greg the Bunny” and his L.A.-by-iPhone Tangerine but they didn’t prepare me for this: a documentary-like view of poor people who inhabit a residential motel in Orlando, only a few miles from Disney World. The leading character is a 6-year-old girl named Moonee with a wicked streak of mischief that infects her two friends. The adults are consistently down on their luck, including Moonee’s mother, who sometimes sells perfume at hotel entrances to pay the weekly rent.

Willem Dafoe’s low-key performance as the motel’s kindly manager grounds the film in fiction. Rich on incident and observation rather than plot, The Florida Project keeps you engaged and connected to the characters.

Another surprise was the French film Les Gardiennes, another of my wild stabs in the dark when without a scheduled film. A young woman secures a job on a farm during the First World War; it’s harvest time and apart from the very old and the very young, the able-bodied men are at the front. It’s another low-key experience, but precisely observed. The creation of bygone times is exquisitely rendered. Later I realized that the director Xavier Beauvois had previously made another exceptional film, Of Gods and Men, about French monks in a remote area of Algeria that find themselves caught up in civil war and forces that would challenge their faith.

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

It|18.9|4148|-54%|177.6
American Assassin|5.8|3154|New|5.8
mother!|3|2368|New|3
Home Again|1.7|3036|-46%|13.5
The Hitman’s Bodyguard|1|3272|-28%|67.8
Wind River|0.75|2619|-22%|27.3
Annabelle: Creation|0.7|2117|-48%|98
Spider-Man: Homecoming|0.5|1436|-3%|328.9
Leap!|0.45|2416|-17%|17
Dunkirk|0.4|1478|-30%|184.2
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Also Debuting||||
Simran|75,300|101||
Lucknow Central|28,100|62||
Brad’s Status|27,600|4||
Thupparivaalan|21,600|57||
Magalir Mattum|20,700|41||
Because of Gracia|20,600|32||
Et au pire, On se mariera|10,300|24||
Long Time Running|8,900|16||
The Force|8,800|3||
In Search of Fellini|3,850|3||
The Wilde Wedding|3,700|28||
Red Trees|3,000|9||
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes|2,500|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Weekend (estimates) September 8 – 10, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
It WB 118.2 (28,810) NEW 4103 118.2
Home Again Open Road 8.8 (3,010) NEW 2940 8.8
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate 4.8 (1,450) -54% 3322 64.9
Annabelle: Creation WB 4.0 (1,330) -47% 3003 96.3
Wind River Weinstein 3.2 (1,100) -50% 2890 25
Leap! Weinstein 2.5 (920) -49% 2691 15.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 2.0 (1,220) -45% 1657 327.7
Dunkirk WB 1.9 (910) -56% 2110 183.1
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 1.8 (810) -60% 2167 25.2
The Emoji Movie Sony 1.1 (750) -55% 1450 82.6
Despicable Me 3 Uni .91 (710) -64% 1274 260
Girls Trip Uni .79 (700) -65% 1123 113.4
The Dark Tower Sony .74 (780) -54% 948 48.9
Wonder Woman WB .67 (700) -67% 961 410.5
The Nut Job 2 Open Road .57 (460) -73% 1235 27.5
The Glass Castle Lionsgate .53 (510) -62% 1037 16.1
True to the Game Imani .48 (1,120) NEW 431 0.48
The Big Sick Lionsgate .47 (880) -47% 535 42
All Saints Sony .47 (570) -61% 834 4.6
War for Planet of Apes Fox .45 (700) -59% 653 145.3
Kidnap Aviron/eOne .44 (480) -73% 918 30.4
Baby Driver Sony .41 (670) -72% 618 106.6
Hazlo Como Hombre Lionsgate .38 ((980) -68% 382 2
Birth of the Dragon High Top .36 (510) -79% 702 6.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $153.00
% Change (Last Year) 59%
% Change (Last Week) 109%
Also debuting/expanding
Tulip Fever Weinstein .29 (380) -75% 772 1.9
9/11 Atlas .16 (410) 400 0.16
Love You to the Stars and Back ABS 67,200 (1,720) 39 0.07
Yuddham Sharanam Vaaraahi 59,800 (530) 113 0.06
Poster Boys Sony 48,300 (960) 50 0.05
Operation Alamelamma Hombale 40,400 (1,610) 25 0.04
Rebel in the Rye IFC 39,800 (9,950) 4 0.04
Rupinder Gandhi 2 Grand Showbiz 28,900 (4,130) 7 0.03
The 60 Yard Line Churchie 27,700 (550) 50 0.03
Memoir of a Murderer Well Go 26,100 (2,900) 9 0.03
Twenty-two China Lion 22,800 (2,280) 10 0.02
Daddy Eros 21,200 (410) 52 0.02
Lipstick Under My Burkha M-Appeal 20,900 (1,040) 20 0.02

Confessions of A Film Festival Junkie: Opening Toronto

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Not that anyone can suitably prepare for ten days of the Toronto International Film Festival, but circumstances kept me from doing much pre-planning.

So far, so good with my on-the-fly approach. My flight was painless, credentials went smoothly and I got to the pre-fest reception for the first time ever held by the Toronto Film Critics Association. I have a solid guest on Monday for the radio show I do for the BBC.

It feels like every shop, every local regardless of age, ethnicity or political bent, knows the film festival is in town. I saw a shop on Queen Street named “Fest-tool,” and thought it was a gag but it was very real if not related in any way to TIFF.

Still all that bonhomie threatened to come undone as I entered the Scotiabank Theatre multiplex for my first screening. Last year, its up escalator broke down opening day and was out of commission for four days after. It broke again and a volunteer chirped, “It was working fine yesterday.” And by the time I’d finished watching a double header, it seemed to be working just fine. I barreled through a handful of movies to stay out of trouble. It turned out to be an auteur day with Aki Kaurismäki, Fatih Akin and Ruben Östlund’s Cannes Palme d’or winner, The Square. There’s no denying that Thursday’s films were worthy, serious cinema. The Square, revolving around the head curator of an avant-garde Swedish art museum, felt long and disjointed and esoteric in an often-hilarious examination of how art and commerce don’t coalesce.

The most personally satisfying was In the Fade, Akin’s harrowing story of a marriage disrupted when members of a hate group set off a bomb that kills the husband and the couple’s young child. Akin grapple with issues of justice and revenge, not unlike the recent Danish film, The Hunt. Diane Kruger won the acting prize at Cannes for her performance and anchors complex and subtle issues in an elegant production.

The festival itself took a haircut this year. The decision was made to trim the number of features by 60, and in the end the organizers whittled it by 55. There also won’t be a closing night party. Few attending international press and industry folk will notice as many leave after opening weekend. Closing night costs are the responsibility of the distributor and production company of the film that gets that slot apparently no one took the bait for a costly finale its target audience wasn’t going to see.

Day Two

Downsizing is a work of extraordinary imagination.

The difficult plot spins out of a scientific discovery that allows people to be physically reduced to eight percent of their size. The benefit, according to the inventors, is that it confronts the planet’s overpopulation challenge.

But it’s actually about a midwestern couple, in Alexander Payne’s Omaha, naturally, who can’t make ends meet and are spurred on by a high school pal who took the plunge to “start a new life.” The result is revelatory, unexpected, emotional, jarring and wholly consuming.

It’s also a meticulously crafted movie. The special effects demand scenes that contrast normal-sized folk with the “downsizers.” These sequences are executed without calling undue attention to themselves. It may be the most un-science-fiction science-fiction movie ever made. The brunt of the tale unfolds in one world or another where size is not a factor, but a way of life.

There are colonies of downsizers and they operate—at least initially—like any affluent community: think Orange County or Tempe or Fort Lauderdale. It’s easy to imagine why it took Payne and his screenwriter Jim Taylor a decade to get this project greenlit. Downsizing was supposed to be his followup to Sideways. Studios and production companies came and went; some uneasy that the price of a “social satire sci-fi” was not commensurate with its potential commercial appeal The wait proved beneficial. The science seems more plausible and accurate. And the material seems on target with the zeitgeist.

Toronto weather has run the gamut from warm and sunny to torrential downpours , shifting from one extreme to another several times a day. But it’s mostly been on the plus side during daylight hours, with locals and visitors enjoying the kiosks, exhibits and food trucks lined up along King Street, again been turned into a pedestrian mall.

Last year I quoted a City Hall insider who claimed King Street would not be closed in 2017 and the festival would be offered other spaces for outdoor events. He said the calamity for downtown traffic was too great to offset the Friday-Sunday shutdown. Today, I asked him what changed the city’s mind and he turned red and became upset. He essentially said that the mayor caved and would face the political consequences.

Historical biopics are common in this year’s TIFF selection. I saw Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin as well as Mark Felt, portryaing the senior FBI official better known as Deep Throat. Even though the former is more satiric and antic and the latter formal and conventional, they reminded me of my general uneasiness with efforts to grapple with the past via iconic figures of their time. As a history buff, I find myself anticipating scenes that follow chronological events. The imagined personal asides, generally relating to family life, usually make me cringe. In the case of Mark Felt, I knew there had to be that scene in the parking garage with Bob Woodward. In the film it was kept short and thankfully omitted the famous, totally fictional line: “Follow the money.”

Nonetheless one has a degree of impatience when one believes (sometimes incorrectly) they know the story. Unquestionably one has to present sufficient fact-based material for credibility but recent biopics tend to get mired down in suffocating history and lose sight of the contemporary resonances that would truly engage a generation largely unschooled in the lore that is their heritage.

 

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

It |51.4 |4103| New |51.4
Home Again | 3.1 |2940| New| 3.1
The Hitman’s Bodyguard | 1.4 |3322 |-44%| 61.4
Annabelle: Creation | 1.2| 3003| -34% |93.5
Wind River | 0.95 |2890| -36% |22.7
Leap! | 0.55 |2691 |-49%| 13.9
Dunkirk | 0.55| 2110| -42% |181.7
Spider-Man: Homecoming | 0.5| 1657| -38% |326.2
Logan Lucky | 0.5| 2167 |-53%| 23.9
Girls Trip | 0.25| 1123 |-58%| 112.8

Also Debuting
True to the Game | 0.15| 431
nine/eleven | 54,900 |400
Yuddham Sharanam | 22,400 |113
Love You to the Stars and Back | 21,900| 39
Rebel in the Rye | 12,400| 4
The 60 Yard Line | 12,300| 50
Poster Boys | 12,200| 50
Rupinder Gandhi 2 | 9,100 |7
Operation Alamelamma | 6,900| 13
Memoir of a Murderer | 6,800 |9
Daddy | 6,700| 52
Twenty-two | 6,700| 10
Lipstick Under My Burkha | 5,800| 20

Four-Day Weekend Estimates

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard stayed at the top of moviegoing for a third weekend with an estimated $13.4 million during the four-day span of the Labor Day holiday. Revenues for the session inched toward $100 million for a record low, at the very least since the start of the twenty-first century.

Summer 2017 started promisingly in May, but sputtered as the season went on, then collapsed in August. The final number for the frame is estimated to be $3.84 billion; another record low. This is a 14% decline from 2016.

The top distributor during the period was Warner Bros. with a cumulative of $792 million, which translated into a 20.6% market share. The company had ranked second a year ago, and its seasonal revenues declined 33%. While most major distributors experienced box office declines, Sony, Fox and Lionsgate bucked the trend, in part due to weak showings a year earlier.

Commentators have focused on weak product, especially in the past month, as a reason for the downturn and viewed the situation as an anomaly. But what if it’s a trend?

There was a similar rush to judgment back at the start of the twenty-first century when the core audience shifted abruptly from being under 25. Most releases today rely on audiences between 24 and 35. All indications are that rather than younger viewers coming to replace current regular moviegoers, the folk with the strongest film habit are consistent and, obviously, aging.

The existential question facing the industry is: will the next generation of moviegoers be imbued with the habit that’s fueled the most popular form of entertainment outside the home since the 1920s? There’s scant indication that the studios and major players are addressing the issue in organized, meaningful fashion.

A senior studio executive recently expressed awareness, saying, “We have to make more popular movies.” Apart from the obviousness, the response sidesteps the trend toward viewing films on alternate platforms that don’t provide the full experience of seeing a motion picture with strangers in a darkened auditorium. What’s the incentive for a filmmaker to create an entertainment for the big screen if most viewers wind up seeing it on diminished screens?

The gravity of the situation demands an industry initiative equivalent to the Manhattan Project. Future filmgoers have to experience the movies in a suitable environment at a young age and there ought to be school programs financed by the motion picture business that educate students about the art, craft and fun of this unique, extraordinary experience.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 13.4 (3,970) 3% 3370 58.1 13.4
Annabelle: Creation WB 9.3 (2,770) -2% 3358 91 9.3
Wind River Weinstein/VVS 8.0 (3,090) 35% 2602 20.5 8
Leap! Weinstein Co. 6.6 (2,430) 3% 2705 13.1 6.6
Dunkirk WB 5.7 (2,070) 11% 2752 180.3 5.7
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 5.6 (1,880) 4% 2975 22.1 5.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 4.8 (2,340) 29% 2036 325.2 4.8
The Emoji Movie Sony 3.4 (1,600) -3% 2108 81.3 3.4
Despicable Me 3 Uni 3.3 (1,540) 40% 2132 258.9 3.3
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 2.9 (1,090) -9% 2651 26.7 2.9
Girls Trip Uni 2.8 (1,740) -2% 1607 112.1 2.8
Wonder Woman WB 2.5 (1,370) 19% 1808 409.5 2.5
Cars 3 BV 2.4 (970) 936% 2445 151.5 2.4
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (reissue) Sony 2.3 (2,520) 901 2.3 2.3
Birth of the Dragon High Top 2.2 (1,360) -36% 1633 5.9 2.2
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 2.0 (1,200) 5% 1689 29.8 2
The Dark Tower Sony 2.0 (1,090) -8% 1820 47.8 2
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.9 (1,460) 97% 1270 41.4 1.9
Baby Driver Sony 1.9 (1,270) 21% 1463 105.9 1.9
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 1.8 (1,340) 2% 1360 15.2 1.8
All Saints Sony 1.6 (1,860) -20% 846 2.19 1.6
Hazlo Como Hombre Lionsgate 1.5 (3,900) NEW 382 1.5 1.5
Tulip Fever Weinstein Co. 1.4 (1,840) NEW 765 1.4 1.4
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 1.4 (1,370) 22% 1041 144.7 1.4
Marvel’s Inhumans Imax 1.4 (3,610) NEW 393 1.4 1.4
Atomic Blonde Focus 1.1 (1,490) 4% 741 50.6 1.1
Ingrid Goes West Neon .75 (1,200) -23% 625 2.5 0.75
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $93.95
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) 15%
Also debuting/expanding
Good Time A24 .41 (640) -43% 635 1.7
Arjun Reddy Nirvana .36 (2,930) -62% 124 1.6
Baadshaho Grand Showbiz .34 (2,710) 126 0.34
Shubh Mangal Savdhan Eros .32 (4,040) 80 0.32
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight .32 (1,090) 146% 295 0.61
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC .31 (2,160) 77% 143 0.8
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .25 (750) -20% 331 16.6
Menashe A24 .24 (1,930) 24% 126 1.3
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (reissue) Distrib Films .22 (770) -67% 288 0.97
I Do … Until I Don’t Film Arcade .20 (1,230) 165 0.2
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .19 (3,160) 74% 61 5.5
Punjab Nahi Jaungi B4U .15 (4,080) 36 0.15
A Taxi Driver Well Go .14 (4,580) -18% 31 1.4
Viceroy’s House IFC .14 (4,150) 34 0.14
Valley of Bones Smith Global .13 (450) 299 0.13
Unlocked Lionsgate 27,100 (1,590) 17 0.03
Puriyatha Puthir ATMUS 18,100 (480) 38 0.02
Dolores PBS 16,600 (16,600) 1 0.02
Goon: Last of the Enforcers Momentum 15,700 (560) 28 0.02
Get Big Pelican 11,800 (1,690) 7 0.01
The Teacher Film Movement 11,500 (5,750) 2 0.01
The Layover Vertical 10,600 (410) 26 0.01
The Vault FilmRise 5,400 (490) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 31, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1377.5 18.40%
Universal (12) 1313.6 17.60%
Warner Bros. (18) 1240.9 16.60%
20th Century Fox (19) 983.1 13.20%
Sony (15) 747.8 10.00%
Lionsgate (16) 536.1 7.20%
Paramount (13) 387.3 5.20%
Focus (13) 112.2 1.50%
STX (6) 85.3 1.10%
Weinstein Co. (6) 81.5 1.10%
Open Road (6) 62.8 0.80%
Entertainment (2) 46.9 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (8) 43.9 0.65%
A24 (9) 40.6 0.50%
Bleecker Street (5) 38.5 0.50%
Other * (246) 373 5.00%
7471 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – August 31, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,272,169,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,235,919,777
Despicable Me 3 Uni 981,174,223
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 862,197,379
Wolf Warrior II Bona Intl; Well Go 847,054,156
Wonder Woman WB 810,304,764
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 791,987,399
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 739,534,389
Logan Fox 618,314,994
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 602,982,988
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 498,798,575
Dunkirk WB 415,147,209
The Mummy Uni 408,756,500
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,816,746
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 359,577,122
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,181,954
Cars 3 BV 330,463,610
The Lego Batman Movie WB 314,542,428
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 278,051,216
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
* does not include 2016 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Labor Day celebrations sterred clear of the multiplex as The Hitman’s Bodyguard shot up its third weekend, with an estimated $10.3 million for the three-day portion of the extended weekend (all figures are 3-days; updates tomorrow).

There were no wide releases but a couple of films debuted in a limited wide in what’s traditionally the year’s lowest-grossing holiday. The fortieth anniversary release of the 4K Close Encounters restoration opened in the lucky 13 spot with $1.8 million while the period thriller (as in the suspense over how long it’s taken to reach theaters) Tulip Fever grossed $1.2 million.

There was a limited run in Imax for the first two episodes of ABC’s “Marvel’s Inhumans” that grossed $1.2 million. A similar trial balloon occurred last year for the final season start of Game of Thrones. Other notables for the frame included the disappointing $171,000 start for the Lake Bell’s second directorial outing, the comedy I Do… Until I Don’t at 165 venues, and an encouraging single-screen start of $11,900 for the documentary Dolores.

In internatonal day-and-dates, the Mexican import Hazlo Como Hombre failed to translate at $1.1 million. Indian imports also had meh results including Hindi Baadshaaho and Shubh Mangal Savdhan that opened to $242,000 and $237,000 respectively and Telugu Paisa Vasool grossing $222,000.

Revenues for the session clocked in at roughly $75 million and got a 15% boost from last weekend. It was nonetheless a 24% decline from 2016 when the second weekend of Don’t Breathe led with $19.7 million.

Summer 2017 is coming to a close with the lowest-grossing record in decades and possibly the lowest attendance record in U.S. moviegoing history. It’s admittedly a subject for further research. A report on Labor Day will include an initial breakdown of summer box office.

Weekend (estimates) September 1 – 3, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate 10.3 (3,060) 1% 3370 55
Annabelle: Creation WB 7.4 (2,190) -4% 3358 89
Wind River Weinstein 6.0 (2,290) 29% 2602 18.4
Leap! Weinstein 4.9 (1,820) 4% 2705 11.4
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 4.4 (1,480) 4% 2975 21
Dunkirk WB 4.2 (1,520) 6% 2752 178.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 3.6 (1,780) 29% 2036 324
The Emoji Movie Sony 2.4 (1,150) -3% 2108 80.3
Despicable Me 3 Uni 2.3 (1,100) 34% 2132 257.9
Girls Trip Uni 2.3 (1,440) -2% 1607 111.6
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road 2.0 (760) -13% 2651 25.9
Wonder Woman WB 1.9 (1,070) 16% 1808 408.9
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (reissue) Sony 1.8 (2,030) 901 1.8
Birth of the Dragon High Top 1.7 (1,060) -36% 1633 5.4
Cars 3 BV 1.7 (690) 906% 2445 150.8
The Dark Tower Sony 1.6 (870) -7% 1820 47.4
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 1.5 (920) 3% 1689 29.3
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.4 (1,110) 93% 1270 40.9
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 1.4 (1,020) 0% 1360 14.7
Baby Driver Sony 1.4 (980) 19% 1463 105.5
All Saints Sony 1.3 (1,520) -15% 846 3.5
Tulip Fever Weinstein 1.2 (1,590) NEW 765 1.2
Marvel’s Inhumans Imax 1.2 (3,030) NEW 393 1.2
Hazlo Como Hombre Lionsgate 1.1 (2,980) NEW 382 1.1
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 1.0 (990) 13% 1041 144.3
Atomic Blonde Focus .89 (1,200) 3% 741 50.4
Ingrid Goes West Neon .59 (950) -24% 625 2.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $71.50
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) 15%
Also debuting/expanding
Good Time A24 .30 (470) -49% 635 1.6
Arjun Reddy Nirvana .29 (2,360) -64% 124 1.5
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight .25 (840) 142% 295 0.54
Baadshaho Grand Showbiz .24 (1,920) 126 0.24
Shubh Mangal Savdhan Eros .24 (2,960) 80 0.24
Paisa Vasool US Telugu .22 (2,242) 101 0.22
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC .20 (1,430) 5% 143 0.69
Menashe A24 .18 (1,460) 13% 126 1.2
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .17 (520) -32% 331 16.5
I Do … Until I Don’t Film Arcade .17 (1,030) 165 0.17
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (reissue) Distrib Films .16 (560) -71% 288 0.91
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .11 (1,870) 28% 61 5.5
A Taxi Driver Well Go .10 (3,260) -26% 31 1.3
Valley of Bones Smith Global 98,300 (330) 299 0.1
Punjab Nahi Jaungi B4U 94,400 (2,700) 35 0.09
Viceroy’s House IFC 91,600 (2,690) 34 0.09
Unlocked Lionsgate 19,300 (1,140) 17 0.02
Puriyatha Puthir ATMUS 13,100 (340) 38 0.01
Goon: Last of the Enforcers Momentum 11,600 (410) 28 0.01
Dolores PBS 11,900 (11,900) 1 0.01
Get Big Pelican 9,900 (1,410) 7 0.01
The Layover Vertical 8,700 (330) 26 0.01
The Teacher Film Movement 6,800 (3,400) 2 0.01
The Vault FilmRise 4,700 (430) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 31, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1377.5 18.40%
Universal (12) 1313.6 17.60%
Warner Bros. (18) 1240.9 16.60%
20th Century Fox (19) 983.1 13.20%
Sony (15) 747.8 10.00%
Lionsgate (16) 536.1 7.20%
Paramount (13) 387.3 5.20%
Focus (13) 112.2 1.50%
STX (6) 85.3 1.10%
Weinstein (6) 81.5 1.10%
Open Road (6) 62.8 0.80%
Entertainment (2) 46.9 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (8) 43.9 0.65%
A24 (9) 40.6 0.50%
Bleecker Street (5) 38.5 0.50%
Other * (246) 373 5.00%
7471 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – August 31, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,272,169,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,235,919,777
Despicable Me 3 Uni 981,174,223
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 862,197,379
Wolf Warrior II Bona Intl; Well Go 847,054,156
Wonder Woman WB 810,304,764
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 791,987,399
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 739,534,389
Logan Fox 618,314,994
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 602,982,988
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 498,798,575
Dunkirk WB 415,147,209
The Mummy Uni 408,756,500
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,816,746
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 359,577,122
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,181,954
Cars 3 BV 330,463,610
The Lego Batman Movie WB 314,542,428
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 278,051,216
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard | 2.4| 3370| -23%| 47.1
Annabelle: Creation | 1.8| 3358| -28% |83.5
Wind River |1.5 |2602| 4% |13.9
Leap! | 1.1 |2705| -34% |7.6
Logan Lucky | 1 |2975 |-24%| 17.6
Dunkirk | 0.95| 2752| -21%| 175.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming | 0.8| 2036| -2%| 320.9
Girls Trip | 0.8| 1607| -26% |109.8
The Emoji Movie | 0.6| 2108| -21%| 78.1
Marvel’s Inhumans | 0.5| 393 |New |0.5

Also Debuting
CE3K Restoration | 0.5 |901
Tulip Fever | 0.35 |765
Hazlo Como Hombre 0.35| 382
Paisa Vasool |0.16 |101
Baadshaho | 75,900| 126
Shubh Mangal Savdhan | 67,400| 80
I Do … Until I Don’t | 45,600| 159
Valley of Bones | 36,800 |299
Punjab Nahi Jaungi | 29,700 |35
Viceroy’s House | 24,600| 34
Unlocked | 6,650 |17
Goon: Last of the Enforcers | 4,700| 27
Puriyatha Puthir | 4,400| 38
Dolores | 3,300| 1
The Layover | 3,100| 25
Get Big | 2,800| 7
The Vault | 2,200| 9
The Teacher |Film Movement| 1,500| 2

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

The second weekend of The Hitman’s Bodyguard led  with an estimated $9.9 million as summer ticket sales plunged to their lowest level in a decade.

Among new releases, animated Leap! ranked third in the lineup with a $4.8 million debut and Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon struggled to $2.5 million. In medium-wide release, a crisis of faith and viewers for All Saints gave a $1.6 million kneel. The revival of Terminator 2 also failed to melt with a $572,000 tally from 386 stereoscopic engagements. There was a significant expansion for Wind River that held up comparatively well.

In international day-and-date, a bright spots was Telugu Arjun Reddy with $827,000 from 95 venues. Hindi newcomers Vivegam and A Gentleman had dullish results. South Korea’s goofy youth cop action comedy Midnight Runners had a modest $85,100 launch at 25 sites. Otherwise, exclusive freshmen saw no glory.

Revenues for the session were just over $65 million, to record a slide of 32% from last weekend. Even including Saturday’s theatrical showings of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, estimated at $2.4 million, failed to enhance the picture. Box office sank 45% from 2016 when the opening of Don’t Breathe led with $26.4 million, with Suicide Squad in second with $12.2 million.

Leap! had scoured for an opening date for months. The French animated feature has already opened in the rest of the world, and grossed an impressive $75 million under its original title Ballerina. Pundits predicted a high end of $5 million but its prospects may have fared better earlier in the summer. Exit demos identified its audience as 75% female with its strongest demographic 17-years and younger at 26%.

Expectations were similarly grim for Birth of the Dragon with the high end set at $3 million. All Saints was expected to out-gross Dragon but its parishioners found alternative devotionals. The few and the brave were 59% female with 94% 25 and older.

Summer hits including Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 added a significant screens in a last sprint for prime time viewer. The lack of commercial heft also allowed alternative fare including Ingrid Goes West, Good Time and The Only Living Boy in New York to secure hundreds of new playdates.

Weekend (estimates) August 25 – 27, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate/VVS 9.9 (2,940) -54% 3377 39.5
Annabelle: Creation WB 7.3 (2,060) -53% 3565 77.9
Leap! Weinstein Co. 4.8 (1,880) NEW 2575 4.8
Wind River Weinstein Co. 4.4 (2,110) 49% 2095 9.9
Logan Lucky Bleecker/eOne 4.2 (1,390) -44% 3031 14.9
Dunkirk WB 3.9 (1,410) -41% 2774 172.4
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 2.7 (1,290) -36% 2122 318.9
Birth of the Dragon High Top 2.5 (1,530) NEW 1618 2.5
The Emoji Movie Sony 2.4 (990) -47% 2374 76.4
Girls Trip Uni 2.3 (1,270) -42% 1777 108.1
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 2.2 (720) -56% 3090 22.5
Wonder Woman WB 1.7 (760) 54% 2210 406.2
The Dark Tower Sony 1.6 (700) -56% 2338 44.9
Despicable Me 3 Uni 1.6 (760) -22% 2116 254.5
All Saints Sony 1.6 (1,860) NEW 846 1.6
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 1.4 (840) -52% 1693 27.1
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 1.4 (1,060) -46% 1298 12.5
Baby Driver Sony 1.1 (650) 33% 1757 103.3
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox .87 (780) -57% 1114 141.8
Atomic Blonde Focus .86 (870) -61% 989 49
Arjun Reddy Nirvana .83 (8,710) NEW 95 1
Ingrid Goes West Neon .77 (1,190) 189% 647 1.3
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation .74 (1.050) -26% 706 39.2
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D Distrib Films .57 (1,480) NEW 386 0.57
Good Time A24 .56 (780) 240% 721 1
Vivegam CineGalaxy .24 (1,414) NEW 169 0.52
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .23 (440) -73% 525 16.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $62.20
% Change (Last Year) -45%
% Change (Last Week) -32%
Also debuting/expanding
A Gentleman Fox Intl .19 (1,390) 135 0.19
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions .17 (600) 101% 289 0.38
Menashe A24 .17 (1,630) -22% 103 0.97
A Taxi Driver Well Go .15 (4,310) -41% 35 1.2
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC .14 (2,030) 64% 71 0.44
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .12 (2,120) -43% 58 5.3
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight .10 (1,740) 52% 59 0.19
Wolf Warrior II Well Go 92,600 (2,440) -52% 38 2.5
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 88,400 (920) -18% 96 5.4
Midnight Runners JBG 85,100 (3,400) 25 0.09
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par 78,700 (620) -76% 127 3.3
Gook Goldwyn 71,900 (2,990) 166% 24 0.1
Step Fox Searchlight 67,200 (570) -67% 118 0.97
Beach Rats Neon 46,300 (15,430) 3 0.05
Le Probleme d;infiltration K-Films 30,500 (6,100) 5 0.03
Kita Kita ABS 27,300 (630) 43 0.03
La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Idea Hola Mexico 23,300 (670) 35 0.02
Polina Oscilloscope 11,900 (5,950) 2 0.01
Legend of the Naga Pearls Well Go 4,200 (1,050) 4 0.01
Bushwick RLJ Entertainment 3,800 (86) 44 0.01
The Villainess Well Go 3,500 (1,750) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 24, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1376.9 18.70%
Universal (12) 1307.5 17.70%
Warner Bros. (18) 1221.1 16.60%
20th Century Fox (18) 981.3 13.30%
Sony (14) 733.1 9.90%
Lionsgate (16) 519.8 7.10%
Paramount (13) 387.1 5.30%
Focus (12) 107.3 1.50%
STX (6) 85.2 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 68.5 0.90%
Open Road (6) 59.7 0.80%
Entertainment (2) 46.7 0.60%
Fox Searchlight (8) 43.6 0.60%
A24 (9) 39.4 0.50%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.45%
Bleecker Street (5) 32.8 0.45%
Other * (239) 327.5 4.40%
7370.4 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard|3.1|3377|-61%|32.6
Annabelle: Creation|2.5|3563|-49%|73.1
Leap!|1.6|2575|New|1.6
Wind River|1.4|2095|43%|6.9
Logan Lucky|1.3|3031|-53%|12
Dunkirk|1.2|2774|-43%|169.7
Birth of the Dragon|1.1|1618|New|1.1
Spider-Man: Homecoming|0.8|2122|-37%|316.9
Girls Trip|0.8|1777|-37%|106.6
The Emoji Movie|0.6|2374|-54%|74.7
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Also Debuting||||
All Saints|0.57|846||
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D|0.28|463||
Arjun Reddy|0.28|95||
Vivegam|71,600|169||
A Gentleman|62,700|135||
Midnight Runners|24,000|25||
Beach Rats|17,100|3||
Kita Kita|8,450|42||
La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Idea|7,500|35||
Le Probleme d;infiltration|7,400|3||
Polina|3,300|2||
Ghost House|2,200|9||
Legend of the Naga Pearls|1,500|4||
The Villainess|1,300|2||
Bushwick|1,100|41||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The debut of the larkish The Hitman’s Bodyguard led the weekend with an estimated $21.7 million during an overall summer slump. The session’s other national release, Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh’s latest heist caper – charted third with $8 million.

Exclusive bows were led by an encouraging start for the L. A. riots drama Gook, at $29,700 from two screens. Crown Heights also looked hopeful with a $26,600 opener at three venues, but Sundance buy Patti Cake$ had a rocky debut of $66,300 from 14 auditions.

In international day-and-dates, there wre good openings for Telugu Anando Brahma of $278,000 and Hindi Bareilly Ki Barfi, which grossed $187,000. China’s The Adventurers had a soft landing of $62,900.

The national expansion of Wind River maintained strong per-screens. Ingrid Goes West also expanded well, while Brigsby Bear collapsed with the addition of 371 grown-p playdates.

Revenues for the frame dipped to below $100 million by a couple of notches that translated into a 19% erosion from last weekend. It lagged behind the 2016 session by 28% with no upward hiccups in sight until the mid-September opening of It. Last year the third weekend of Suicide Squad topped the charts with $20.8 million with newcomers War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings opening respectively to $14.7 million and $12.6 million.

The late season has left industry mavens despairing as summer box office sputters to its lowest point in a decade. The arrival of The Hitman’s Bodyguard wasn’t expected to exact a reversal of fortunes, with tracking that indicated a debut in the neighborhood of $20 million. It did marginally better than expected without any evidence of emerging as a late arriving breakout success. Studio exit tracking gave the film a slight male tilt of 52% with 70% of the audience aged 25 and older.

Expectations were also low for Logan Lucky that in the film itself is called  “Ocean’s 7-Eleven.” It was projected in the area of $10 million in part to a distribution service deal closely handled by Soderbergh. But despite glowing reviews it fell short commercially and it didn’t help that it was competing with a film with comparable demographic appeal.

Weekend (estimates) August 18 – 20, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate 21.7 (6,430) NEW 3377 21.7
Annabelle: Creation WB 15.6 (4,400) -56% 3542 64.1
Logan Lucky Bleecker Street 8.0 (2,640) NEW 3031 8
Dunkirk WB 6.6 (2,030) -39% 3271 165.4
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 5.1 (1,280) -38% 4003 17.7
The Emoji Movie Sony 4.4 (1,570) -32% 2791 71.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 4.2 (1,810) -29% 2341 314
Girls Trip Uni 3.8 (1,910) -41% 2010 104
The Dark Tower Sony 3.7 (1,190) -52% 3143 41.6
Wind River Weinstein Co. 3.0 (4,340) 391% 694 4.1
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 2.8 (1,210) -45% 2345 24.4
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 2.5 (1,730) -46% 1461 9.7
Atomic Blonde Focus 2.2 (1,360) -50% 1628 47.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni 2.0 (1,310) -35% 1551 251.7
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 2.0 (1,230) -45% 1608 140.9
Wonder Woman WB 1.1 (1,330) -26% 803 404
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.0 (1,650) -30% 618 38.1
Baby Driver Sony .87 (1,280) -40% 683 101.7
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .83 (580) -72% 1428 15.5
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne .42 (910) -53% 465 39.3
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Reliance .41 (2,910) -40% 141 1.4
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .30 (580) -63% 514 3
Ingrid Goes West Neon .28 (10,300) 105% 27 0.45
Anando Brahma Nirvana .28 (3,270) NEW 85 0.28
Cars 3 BV .26 (1,060) -21% 247 148.8
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .24 (3,810) -11% 64 5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $91.40
% Change (Last Year) -28%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
A Taxi Driver Well Go .23 (5,680) -30% 41 0.81
Menashe A24 .22 (2,580) 29% 86 0.71
Step Fox Searchlight .21 (680) -22% 306 0.81
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .20 (3,940) -52% 50 2.3
Bareilly Ki Barfi Zee Studios .19 (4,070) 46 0.19
Good Time A24 .17 (8,550) 37% 20 0.35
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics .15 (370) 197% 408 0.35
Finally Found Someone ABS .11 (2,180) -63% 49 1.4
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .12 (980) -26% 125 5.2
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC 96,200 (26,700) 23% 36 0.26
In This Corner of the World FunImation 76,800 (1,480) 217% 52 0.11
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions 84,500 (1,280) 55% 66 0.16
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight 66,300 (4,740) 14 0.07
The Midwife Music Box/MK2 63,400 (1,550) -24% 41 0.48
The Adventurers Well Go 62,900 (3,700) 17 0.06
Once Upon a Time Well Go 54,500 (1,270) -78% 43 0.41
The Battleship Island CJ 48,700 (2,210) -68% 22 1
Rocky Mental Grand Showbiz 39,800 (2,650) 15 0.04
Gook Goldwyn 29,700 (14,850) 2 0.03
Crown Heights IFC 26,600 (8,870) 3 0.03
Marjorie Prime FilmRise 17,900 (4,480) 4 0.02
Dave Made a Maze Gravitas 11,400 (760) 15 0.01
On the Milky Road A-Z Films 10,100 (2,020) 5 0.01
The Neighborhood In Your Ear 7,900 (280) 28 0.01
Shot Caller Saban 6,100 (1,520) 4 0.01
5 Steps to Love Sunrise 6,000 (1,200) 5 0.01
Sidemen: On the Road to Glory Abramorama 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Lemon Magnolia 3,400 (3,400) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1376 19.00%
Universal (12) 1298.6 18.00%
Warner Bros. (18) 1187.6 16.40%
20th Century Fox (18) 978.2 13.50%
Sony (14) 713.3 9.90%
Lionsgate (16) 490.1 6.80%
Paramount (13) 386.2 5.30%
Focus (12) 104.1 1.40%
STX (6) 84.7 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 64.2 0.90%
Open Road (6) 49.9 0.70%
Entertainment (2) 46.6 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (7) 43.2 0.60%
A24 (9) 38.8 0.55%
Other * (237) 366.8 5.10%
7228.3 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Titles Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 7,012,098
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 5,592,478
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 5,569,242
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 5,120,550
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 4,782,406
The Book of Henry Focus 4,458,877
The Hero Orchard 3,982,382
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,814,468
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 3,630,257
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
* does not include 2016 box office