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The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Moana continued to hold top spot among moviegoers with an estimated weekend gross of $28 million. The seasonal tradition of audiences giving priority for holiday preparation has translated into low box office in early December for as long as anyone can remember. This year was no exception and the sole national release for the frame – the bargain budget Exorcist-inspired Incarnate – struggling for a top 10 spot with a $2.6 million box office.

Among foreign-language day-and-date releases, Hindi Kahanni 2 was off to an OK start of $283,000 while Telugu Saithan (Bethaludu in Tamil) pancaked with a $46,500 tally. Also soft was the Chinese epidemic actioner Sky on Fire with $38,300. Limited wide releases fared no better including the inspirational Believe with $528,000 at 639 venues and the cop drama Man Down grossing $255,000.

Exclusive openers saw a bright spot with the launch of Jackie bowing with a potent $274,000 on five screens. Also on the Oscar hunt was an effective expansion for Manchester By the Sea that garnered $2.3 million.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $95 million and sank 49% from the prior weekend. It was a more modest 2% decline from 2015 when the third weekend of The Hunger Game finale led with $18.8 million and newcomer Krampus held second spot with $16.3 million.

Next weekend sees the launch of Office Christmas Party and wide release of Miss Sloane.

Weekend (estimates) December 2 – 4, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Moana BV 28.0 (7,220) -51% 3875 119.5
Fantastic Beasts WB 18.4 (4,610) -59% 3988 183.3
Arrival Par 7.4 (2,530) -36% 2915 73.2
Allied Par 7.1 (2,250) -44% 3160 29
Doctor Strange BV 6.5 (2,220) -53% 2935 215.3
Trolls Fox 4.6 (1,450) -57% 3156 141.1
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/ Elevation 3.4 (1,360) -39% 2494 57.2
Bad Santa 2 Broad Green/ eOne 3.3 (1,110) -47% 2945 14.3
Incarnate High Top 2.6 (1,490) NEW 1737 2.6
Almost Christmas Uni 2.5 (1,590) -56% 1556 38.1
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.3 (1,470) 88% 156 4.4
The Edge of Seventeen STX/VVS 1.6 (1,010) -45% 1608 12.7
Loving Focus 1.0 (2,200) -42% 446 5.6
Moonlight A24/Elevation .89 (1,550) -27% 574 9.9
The Accountant WB .75 (1,230) -28% 608 84.2
Nocturnal Animals Focus .68 (5,350) -19% 127 2.7
Rules Don’t Apply Fox .55 (230) -65% 2386 3.3
Believe FreeStyle .53 (830) NEW 639 0.53
Dear Zindagi Big Pitures .43 (2,840) -56% 152 2.1
Kahaani 2 Eros .28 (3,490) NEW 81 0.28
Jackie Fox Searchlight .27 (54,840) NEW 5 0.27
Bleed for This Open Road .27 (420) -70% 649 4.8
Man Down Lionsgate .25 (1,080) NEW 236 0.25
The Unmarried Wife ABS .23 (4,390) -24% 53 0.74
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par .22 (730) -40% 298 57.8
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .21 (2,580) -21% 81 1.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.10
% Change (Last Year) -2%
% Change (Last Week) -49%
Also debuting/expanding
Lion Weinstein Co. .12 (16,910) -4% 7 0.28
Elle Sony Classics 91,600 (2,860) -22% 32 0.55
A Man Called Ove Music Box 57,300 (780) -53% 73 3.1
The Handmaiden Magnolia 48,100 (1,150) -39% 42 1.7
Bethsludu/Saithan Creative 46,500 (650) 72 0.05
Miss Sloane Europa 43,700 (10,920) -27% 4 0.12
Things to Come IFC 41,600 (4,620) 9 0.04
Sky on Fire Well Go 38,300 (1,820) 21 0.04
Eyes of My Mother Magnolia 9,200 (1,840) 5 0.01
The Duelist Sony 7,200 (720) 10 0.01
Anonymous Archstone 6,400 (530) 12 0.01
The Caretaker Orion 3,500 (390) 9 0.01
Pet Orion 2,500 (280) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 1, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (15) 2456.2 23.90%
Warner Bros. (23) 1815.4 17.70%
20th Century Fox (22) 1391.3 13.60%
Universal (19) 1248.5 12.20%
Sony (24) 855.2 8.30%
Paramount (15) 754.5 7.40%
Lionsgate (26) 560.1 5.50%
Focus (12) 189.9 1.80%
STX (6) 175.8 1.70%
Open Road (8) 96.7 0.95%
Weinstein Co. (10) 59.7 0.60%
A24 (11) 58.1 0.55%
Other * (375) 595.2 5.80%
10256.6 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – December 1, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 1,027,039,851
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 874,474,223
Batman v Superman WB 869,781,622
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Suicide Squad WB 742,709,679
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Doctor Strange BV 623,046,360
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,470,521
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 522,889,005
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,925,899
Jason Bourne Uni 415,883,537
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 407,268,056
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,950,728
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 349,779,543
Star Trek Beyond Par 343,951,633
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 299,358,565
* Does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Moana|6.5|3875|-70%|98
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|5|3988|-73%|170
Allied|2.2|3160|-56%|24.1
Arrival|2.1|2915|-54%|67.9
Doctor Strange|1.8|2935|-68%|210.6
Trolls|1|3156|-76%|137.5
Hacksaw Ridge|1|2494|-56%|54.8
Bad Santa 2|0.95|2945|-58%|12
Incarnate|0.9|1737|New|0.9
Almost Christmas|0.7|1556|-70%|36.4
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Also Debuting||||
Believe|0.17|639||
Jackie|90,700|5||
Kahaani 2|81,500|81||
Bethsludu/Saithan|13,900|72||
Sky on Fire|12,800|21||
Things to Come|7,500|3||
Eyes of My Mother|3,000|5||
Anonymous|2,400|12||
The Duelist|2,100|10||
Pet|1,100|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The box office went unseasonal as Moana ascended to the top of the charts with an estimated $55.6 million debut for the three-day portion of the Thanksgiving holiday. Three other wide releases made the turkey trot debut, with OK response for the World War II espionage thriller Allied, which grossed $12.7 million. Bad Santa 2 had a paucity of Christmas cheer with a $6 million bow and Howard Hughes-inspired Rules Don’t Apply was decidedly elusive with a $1.6 million tally.

Exclusive incomers saw good initial response for the emotionally charge Lion of $123,000 at four sites and a $62,400 opener for the politically resonant Miss Sloane on three screens. The session also featured continued slow roll outs for Loving, Manchester By the Sea and Nocturnal Animals that maintained their respective awards momentum.

Among foreign-language day-and-date releases, Bollywood served up the Hindi Dear Zindagi with an excellent $1 million box office ($5 million in India), while Telugu Jayammu Nischayammu Raa pancaked with a grim $12,600 gross. The latest Filipino romcom, The Unmarried Wife, was on solid footing with a $240,000 launch.

Weekend revenues inched toward $190 million and flipped up 14% from seven days earlier. Box office was flat with 2015 when the second weekend of The Hunger Games finale led with $52 million and freshmen The Good Dinosaur and Creed followed with $39.1 million and $29.6 million.

Domestic box office surpassed the $10 billion benchmark on Thursday. In 2015 that threshold was reached December 5.

Culling from Polynesian myth, Moana received upbeat critical response and got a headstart on the weekend with a two-day box office of $25.6 million. Applying the Disney formula to an unfamiliar cultural background seemed poignant for the current zeitgeist and hummable songs were an asset. The film was not overly distaff with studio exit polls identifying viewers as 55% female with 58% age 25 and younger. Roughly 72% identified as families.

The film also opened in 12 international territories to an estimated $16 million, with China supplying about $12 million of the total. The closest territory culturally to the material was Indonesia, with a $700,000 debut. On the domestic front, the movie over-indexed in Hawaii by 220%, per a studio spokesman.

Recalling the likes of Notorious and Casablanca, Allied was abetted by movie star chemistry in its launch (and yellow-sheet headlines). Its core crowd appeared to be TCM devotees with an audience that was 51% male with 85% aged 25 and older. It also debuted in 23 foreign climes (largely European) to about $9.4 million. The Free French said “oui” with $2.8 million and allied UK provided $1.6 million.

The Miramax library got dusted with the resurrection of the 2003 vintage Bad Santa going the update route. Apart from the cast, the original creative team was supplanted by newcomers and the critical response was they didn’t get the joke. Exit demos were unavailable at press deadline… ho, ho, ho.

Warren Beatty has toyed and struggled with a Howard Hughes movie back to the early 1970s (Warner Bros. announced a production start back in 1976). Rules Don’t Apply has the reclusive millionaire as a sidebar to a 1950s Hollywood romance and that proved out of step to contemporary audiences. Following on the abject rejection of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the two films are vying for the ignominious title of 2016’s worst major talent missteps. Rules’ viewers were 55% female with 85% aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) November 25 – 27, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Moana BV 55.6 (14,350) NEW 3875 81.2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 45.2 (10,900) -39% 4144 156.3
Doctor Strange BV 13.4 (4,460) -25% 3008 205.1
Allied Par 12.7 (4,020) NEW 3160 17.7
Arrival Par 11.2 (4,580) -8% 2442 62.3
Trolls Fox 10.4 (3,120) -41% 3322 135.2
Bad Santa 2 Broad Green 6.0 (2,060) NEW 2920 8.9
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/ Elevation 5.4 (2,330) -19% 2332 52.2
Almost Christmas Uni 5.7 (3,210) -21% 1769 34.8
The Edge of Seventeen STX/VVS 2.9 (1,510) -38% 1945 10.3
Loving Focus 1.7 (3.970) 92% 421 4
Rules Don’t Apply Fox 1.6 (660) NEW 2382 2.1
Moonlight A24 1.3 (2,060) -15% 618 8.6
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions 1.2 (25,620) 380% 48 1.6
The Accountant WB 1.1 (1,940) -50% 556 83.3
Dear Zindagi Big Pitures 1.0 (6,730) NEW 153 1.4
Bleed for This Open Road .89 (570) -62% 1549 4.2
Nocturnal Animals Focus .81 (6,380) 64% 127 1.7
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par .36 (1,050) -64% 345 57.4
Boo! A Medea Halloween Lionsgate .35 (1,030) -69% 339 72.8
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .26 (4,110) 44% 64 0.91
The Unmarried Wife ABS .24 (4,740) NEW 51 0.24
Shut In Europa/VVS .23 (840) -85% 277 6.7
The Girl on the Train Uni .22 (1,190) -62% 187 74.9
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .21 (1,010) -8% 209 367.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $178.10
% Change (Last Year) 0%
% Change (Last Week) 14%
Also debuting/expanding
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Sony .19 (160) -79% 1176 1.6
Lion Weinstein Co. .12 (30,770) 4 0.12
A Man Called Ove Music Box .12 (1,450) -52% 81 3.1
Elle Sony Classics .12 (3,330) -5% 36 0.4
The Handmaiden Magnolia 78,500 (1,450) -42% 54 1.6
I Am Not Madame Bovary Well Go 72,200 (2,670) -60% 27 0.36
Miss Sloane Europa 62,400 (20,800) 3 0.06
Seasons Music Box 37,500 (2,880) 13 0.04
Jayammu Nischayammu Raa Sakhti Ent. 12,600 (310) 41 0.01
Always Shine Osilloscope 4,900 (2,450) 2 0.01
Mifune: The Last Samurai Strand 4,200 (4,200) 1 0.01
Evolution IFC 3,700 (1,850) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – November 24, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (15) 2367.5 23.70%
Warner Bros. (23) 1738.5 17.40%
20th Century Fox (22) 1373 13.70%
Universal (19) 1239.2 12.40%
Sony (24) 854.3 8.60%
Paramount (15) 718.1 7.20%
Lionsgate (26) 550.4 5.50%
Focus (12) 185.7 1.90%
STX (6) 171.1 1.70%
Open Road (7) 95.1 0.95%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.60%
A24 (11) 56.2 0.55%
Other * (372) 580.6 5.80%
9989.3 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – November 24, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,099,931
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,581,941
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 11,578,242
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,185,091
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Catol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
Queen of Katwe BV 8,709,834
A Beautiful Planet Imax 7,478,136
Moonlight A24/Elevation 6,985,105
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,304,223
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,878,408
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,205,471
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 4,761,241
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,677,244
* Does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Moana|21.8|3875|New|47.4
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|18.5|4144|-38%|108.9
Doctor Strange|5.4|3008|13%|191.7
Allied|4.9|3160|New|9.8
Arrival|4.5|2442|31%|51.3
Trolls|4.2|3322|8%|125.1
Almost Christmas|2.3|1769|15%|29.5
Bad Santa 2|2.3|2920|New|5.2
Hacksaw Ridge|2.2|2332|18%|46.8
The Edge of Seventeen|1.1|1945|-33%|7.2
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Also Debuting||||
Rules Don’t Apply|0.6|2382||
Dear Zindagi|0.32|154||
The Unmarried Wife|82,400|51||
Lion|43,500|4||
Miss Sloane|25,100|3||
Seasons|19,900|13||
Jayammu Nischayammu Raa|4,000|41||
Mifune: The Last Samurai|1,800|1||
Always Shine|1,450|2||
Evolution|1,400|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t just Pottering around, with an estimated $74.3 million debut way ahead of the pack. The session’s other new wide openers sputtered, as The Edge of Seventeen enrolled at seventh with $4.6 million and inspirational boxing saga Bleed for This only punched $2.3 million. The expansion of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk crawled to $933,000.

Slow rollouts of Loving and Moonlight maintained momentum for their award prospects. The other big noise was the $237,000 box office of Oscar-touted Manchester By the Sea from a four-screen launch.

Among international day-and-date releases, Tamil Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada had a solid start of $373,000 while Hindi Force 2 struggled at $117,000. Chinese import I Am Not Madame Bovary had upbeat returns of $191,000.

Revenues for the frame pushed to about $160 million for a slim one-percent decline from last weekend. It was further 10% erosion from 2015 when the finale of The Hunger Games franchise bowed to $102.7 million with Spectre in the distance with $15 million. Thanksgiving Wednesday will see the openings of Moana, Allied and Rules Don’t Apply.

The box office clout of J.K. Rowling continued with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them though her international appeal was more potent than domestic. Industry tracking had predicted an opening of $80 million to $85 million along the order of Doctor Strange. But pre-holiday positioning appeared to put a crimp on expectations. The audience tilted 55% female with 65% of viewers aged 25 and older, indicating the Potter fans moving into adulthood rather than an embrace for family viewing.

Internationally, Beasts opened in most major markets save for China and Japan and grossed an estimated $143 million. The UK was the top grosser with $18 million and the film posted record debuts in South Korea, Russia and Brazil. Four more pictures are lined up to continue the adventures of Newt Scamander.

Teen angst comedy The Edge of Seventeen was hoping to get some counter-programming oomph on the strength of positive reviews and finish the weekend with a $7-$8 million report card. Exit demos identified the audience as 70% female with 75% aged between 17 to 34.

It’s been rocky terrain for recent boxing yarns and Bleed for This is no exception. Expectations for the film were low, though better than its eventual performance. Even direr was the fate of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk that divided critics and had its studio slashing expectations to the bone. Still that bone appeared to be in the arena of $2-$2.5 million rather than an outright rejection. Its modest crowd was 54% female with 65% aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) November 18 – 20, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 74.3 (17,930) NEW 4144 74.3
Doctor Strange BV 17.6 (4,760) -59% 3694 181.5
Trolls Fox 17.3 (4,390) -51% 3945 116
Arrival Par 11.7 (5,020) -51% 2335 43.4
Almost Christmas Uni 7.0 (2.950) -54% 2379 25.4
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation 6.5 (2,270) -38% 2883 42.6
The Edge of Seventeen STX/VVS 4.6 (2,380) NEW 1945 4.6
Bleed for This Open Road 2.3 (1,510) NEW 1549 2.3
The Accountant WB 2.1 (1,490) -52% 1423 81.3
Shut In Europa/VVS 1.6 (790) -56% 2006 6
Moonlight A24 1.5 (2,340) 20% 650 6.7
Boo! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 1.1 (970) -68% 1171 72.1
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 1.0 (880) -70% 1110 56.7
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Sony .93 (790) 714% 1176 1.1
Loving Focus .86 (6,300) 68% 137 1.7
Inferno Sony .63 (810) -81% 770 33.4
The Girl on the Train Uni .58 (1,170) -65% 492 74.5
Nocturnal Animals Focus .49 (13,189) NEW 37 0.49
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox .38 (820) -69% 464 85.8
Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada Nirvana .37 (4,050) NEW 92 0.4
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni .29 (770) -83% 381 34.9
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions .23 (59,350) NEW 4 0.23
A Man Called Ove Music Box .,22 (1,390) -40% 157 2.8
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .20 (920) -37% 214 367.5
I Am Not Madame Bovary Well Go .19 (4,900) NEW 39 0.19
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .19 (4,850) -2% 39 0.55
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $152.10
% Change (Last Year) -10%
% Change (Last Week) -1%
Also debuting/expanding
Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur Eros .13 (3,190) -57% 41 0.54
The Handmaiden Magnolia .13 (1,350) -38% 95 1.5
Elle Sony Classics .12 (5,125) 141% 24 0.21
Force 2 Grand Showbiz .12 (2,370) 49 0.12
The Take High Top 39,700 (400) 100 0.04
A Street Cat Named Bob Cleopatra 33,400 (1,340) 25 0.03
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Abramorama 22,100 (11,050) 2 0.02
Daughters of the Dust (reissue) Cohen Media 10,300 (10,300) 1 0.01
Pays Seville 6,900 (1,150) 6 0.01
Life on the Line Lionsgate 4,500 (410) 11 0.01
Blood on the Mountain Abramorama 3,200 (1,600) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – November 17, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (14) 2319.1 23.70%
Warner Bros. (23) 1653.5 16.90%
20th Century Fox (21) 1349.5 13.80%
Universal (19) 1229.1 12.60%
Sony (24) 852.1 8.70%
Paramount (14) 696.6 7.10%
Lionsgate (26) 541.2 5.50%
Focus (12) 184 1.90%
STX (6) 165.6 1.70%
Open Road (7) 92.1 0.95%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.60%
A24 (11) 54.5 0.60%
Other * (365) 570.1 5.90%
9767 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – November 17, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 486,113,416
Captain America: Civil War BV 408,084,349
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 367,272,980
The Jungle Book BV 364,001,123
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Suicide Squad WB 325,363,979
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
Doctor Strange BV 163,866,877
Jason Bourne Uni 162,408,364
Star Trek Beyond Par 159,279,029
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,978,223
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
Ghostbusters Sony 128,350,574
Central Intelligence WB 128,135,205
The Legend of Tarzan WB 126,993,715
Sully WB 123,947,237
Bad Moms STX/eOne 113,475,667
* Does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|29.6|4144|New|29.6
Doctor Strange|4.8|3694|-68%|168.7
Trolls|3.9|3945|-68%|102.6
Arrival|3.4|2335|-64%|35
Almost Christmas|2|2379|-66%|20.4
Hacksaw Ridge|1.9|2883|-50%|38
The Edge of Seventeen|1.7|1945|New|1.7
Bleed for This|0.9|1549|New|0.9
The Accountant|0.6|1423|-60%|79.7
Shut In|0.5|2006|-65%|4.9
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Also Debuting||||
Nocturnal Animals|0.16|37||
Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada|0.1|92||
Manchester By the Sea|72,600|4||
I Am Not Madame Bovary|66,400|39||
Force 2|37,200|49||
The Take|11,100|100||
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened|8,850|2||
A Street Cat Named Bob|6,800|23||
Daughters of the Dust (reissue)|3,400|1||
Pays|1,900|5||
Life on the Line|1,500|2||
Blood on the Mountain|1,500|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Doctor Strange continued to cast his spell on the world with the top spot in the domestic arena estimated at $43.4 million. The session saw three new national releases with the alien Arrival in position three with $24.1 million and right behind the urban family comedy Almost Christmas grossing $15.5 million. Haunted house thriller Shut In had a much fainter pulse of $3.7 million.

Among exclusives, France’s Oscar foreign-language submission Elle bowed with an impressive $54,500 from two screens. But the big noise was the $119,000 box office for the controversial (content and technical) Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk that dipped into the fray with two 4K engagements. It also proved a good weekend for glacial expansions with excellent holds for The Eagle Huntress, A Man Called Ove and Moonlight.

International day-and-day titles included Telugu Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo (along with a Tamil-dubbed version) was off to a solid start of $417,000 while Punjabi anime Chaar Sahibzaade drew an OK $250,000. Hindi Rock On 2 failed to ignite with a $85,400 tally.

Overall revenues generated slightly more than $160 million and dipped 17% from last weekend. However that was sufficient to see a sturdy 51% improvement from 2015 when the second weekend of Spectre led with $33.7 million and the top newcomer was Meet the Coopers with an $8.3 million box office.

In addition to continued potency in North America Captain America grossed an estimated $60 million internationally to bring its foreign cume to $340 million.

Despite division, depression and dissention following the U.S. election there appeared to be no radical impact on moviegoing with all three new entries performing close to expectations. The most ambitious of the trio Arrival received respectful to laudatory critical response but may have a hard time surviving the ferocious volume of awards season releases. Studio exit demos identified the initial audience as 52% male with 85% of viewers aged 25 and older.

Getting an early start on the holidays Almost Christmas played decidedly to its core with 71% of viewers identified as African American. Overall the crowd was 54% female with 60% aged 25-years and older.

While not literally a shut out Shut In’s audience was 56% female with 60% of ticket buyers aged 25-years and younger.

Weekend (estimates) November 11 – 13, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Doctor Strange BV 43.4 (11,180) -49% 3882 153.4
Trolls Fox 35.3 (8,690) -24% 4066 94.3
Arrival Par 24.1 (10,390) NEW 2317 24.1
Almost Christmas Uni 15.5 (6,540) NEW 2376 15.5
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation 10.8 (3,740) -29% 2886 32.3
The Accountant WB 4.5 (1,940) -23% 2342 77.7
Shut In Europa/VVS 3.7 (1,780) NEW 2058 3.7
Boo! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 3.6 (1,710) -54% 2104 70.5
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 3.4 (1,300) -38% 2584 54.6
Inferno Sony 3.3 (1,230) -47% 2656 31.6
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni 1.8 (1,150) -54% 1538 34.3
The Girl on the Train Uni 1.7 (1,660) -38% 1008 73.4
Moonlight A24 1.3 (7,550) 8% 176 4.7
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 1.2 (1,290) -40% 955 85.2
Keeping Up with the Joneses Fox .57 (1,110) -48% 510 14.3
Loving Focus .53 (11,500) 231% 46 0.74
Storks WB .50 (1,160) -50% 428 70.8
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo Praneeth .42 (4,490) NEW 93 0.42
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/Elevation .40 (1,020) -47% 390 60.6
A Man Called Ove Music Box .37 (1,940) 0% 190 2.4
Sully WB .35 (1,160) -33% 303 123.8
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .30 (1,340) 6% 221 367.2
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Fox Intl .27 (1,640) -66% 163 4.1
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS .26 (1,160) -35% 226 19.5
Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur Eros .25 (2,580) NEW 98 0.25
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $155.20
% Change (Last Year) 51%
% Change (Last Week) -17%
Also debuting/expanding
The Handmaiden Magnolia .22 (1,900) -20% 115 1.2
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .19 (6,250) 268% 31 0.28
Denial Bleecker St/Elevation .15 (1,250) -48% 121 3.8
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Sony .12 (59,350) 2 0.12
Certain Women IFC .10 (1,000) -40% 103 0.92
Rock On 2 Eros 85,400 (900) 95 0.09
Mr. Donkey China Lion 60,200 (2,230) -26% 27 0.31
Gimme Danger Magnolia 58,600 (1,010) -54% 58 0.3
Elle Sony Classics 54,500 (27,250) 2 0.05
American Pastorale Lionsgate 45,300 (770) -46% 59 0.51
The Love Witch Osilloscope 21,400 (3,570) 6 0.02
Chocolat A-Z Films 14,700 (1,340) 11 0.01
Disturbing the Peace Abramorama 10,300 (5,150) 2 0.01
Aanandam LJ Films 8,300 (920) 9 0.01
Lahore se Aagey ARY 7,100 (510) 14 0.01
The Monster A24 6,200 (360) 17 0.01
No Pay, Nudity Monterey 3,600 (1,200) 3 0.01
National Bird FilmRise 3,400 (3,400) 1 0.01
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Saban 3,400 (260) 13 0.01
Come and Find Me Saban 3,300 (300) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – November 10, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (14) 2264.7 23.70%
Warner Bros. (22) 1637.5 17.10%
20th Century Fox (21) 1307.3 13.70%
Universal (18) 1205.7 12.60%
Sony (23) 847.1 8.90%
Paramount (14) 662.1 6.90%
Lionsgate (26) 523.2 5.50%
Focus (12) 183.1 1.90%
STX (6) 165.4 1.70%
Open Road (7) 92.1 0.95%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.60%
A24 (11) 53.1 0.55%
CBS (3) 46.1 0.50%
Roadside Attractions (10) 45.9 0.50%
Other * (346) 468.3 4.90%
9561.2 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%

Confessions Of A Film Fest Junkie

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Over the past fifty years, it’s been tough to program a film festival in Los Angeles. It took Gary Essert years to secure financing and convince the Hollywood establishment that the long-gone FilmEx was benign, not a radical assault to crumble studio walls. That was back in 1971, and his pioneering festival was first significant showcase of international cinema in the City of Angels.

Sponsorship and industry trepidation are now things of the past. The good news today is that AFIFest 2016 has a range of strong films, including documentaries, shorts, foreign-language gems, new American cinema, and highlights from prior festivals, including Ken Loach’s Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake, a devastating examination of the British healthcare system realized in human terms. Other standouts include Germany’s absurdist comedy Toni Erdmann that makes us laugh and wince at global corporate culture and Jackie, the aftermath of the JFK assassination through the eyes of his widow (Natalie Portman) that feels fresh. There are ample nods to Hollywood from Disney’s Moana, to Oscar-touted musical romance La La Land, to the sober-sided Patriot’s Day depicting the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.

But here’s the difficult part. The twentieth-century film festival is past. There are unquestionably events that hold to the norms of the format. What we refer to as a film festival now incorporates other kinds of moving images, embracing television, advertising and social media content. What was once a relatively homogenous and age-indifferent festival audience has vanished. The new generation has different aesthetic sensibilities even only by virtue of the size of the images they consume. Any festival programmer has to be mindful of diversity in their potential audience. It’s the reality of adapt or become extinct.

I don’t have a solution. It certainly isn’t to dumb down the selection of films. The most lasting work in the Seventh Art remains the things that prompt impassionate debate rather than movies that achieve consensus. Aside from the best movies’ ability to engage, enlighten and entertain, the challenge of art is to reflect its times, which are ever-changing.

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Doctor Strange|14.9|3882|-54%|124.9
Trolls|12.4|4066|0%|71.3
Arrival|9.3|2317|New|9.3
Almost Christmas|5.9|2376|New|5.9
Hacksaw Ridge|3.8|2971|-29%|25.3
The Accountant|1.5|2342|-14%|74.7
Shut In|1.4|2058|New|1.4
Boo! A Madea Halloween|1.2|2104|-45%|68.1
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back|1.2|2584|-29%|52.4
Inferno|1.1|2656|-40%|29.4
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Also Debuting||||
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo|0.14|93||
Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur|71,100|88||
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk|56,400|2||
Rock On 2|33,300|95||
Elle |14,600|2||
The Love Witch|6,300|5||
Disturbing the Peace|5,250|2||
Chocolat|4,100|11||
Lahore se Aagey|2,500|13||
Aanandam|2,500|7||
No Pay, Nudity|2,400|3||
National Bird|2,100|1||
The Monster|2,100|15||
Come and Find Me|1,400|11||
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage|1,300|13||

Remembering Leonard Cohen

Friday, November 11th, 2016

I met Leonard Cohen many times over the years. He lived close to my neighborhood and I’d see him shopping at Ralph’s or having dinner with his family at Le Petit Greek in Larchmont. But my relationship and odd connection dates back to the early 1970s when I was still living in Canada.

One blear fall day, I was writing in my home office and as you do during overcast, inclement weather put “the first album” on the turntable. When the second track began, my then-girlfriend Barbara stuck her head in and said “you know Leonard Cohen wrote that song for me and (her best friend) Lorraine.”

My banal response was on the order of “really.”

“Yes,” she said. “We were living in Edmonton. It was a rainy day and we were dancing and goofing around in the park downtown. After a while the doorman from the hotel approached us with an umbrella and said a guest in the hotel wanted to invite us in for tea.”

Barbara said that they were escorted in and taken up to a room where they met Leonard Cohen. The tea soon arrived and they sat and talked for a time. He then excused himself and went into another room; returning with a guitar. “That’s when he wrote ‘Sisters of Mercy’,” she concluded.

It was a stunning story and to be honest, my inner self was skeptical. But I didn’t dare question the tale’s authenticity. I had heard stories of another noted singer-songwriter’s history of bedding women and capping his conquest with a rendition of a song he written for “her” to a tune he’d written that easily adapted to any appropriate name. (Years later he would record it to a “rosie” conclusion)

Later that day Barbara produced a photo of herself and Lorraine flanking Cohen looking like drowned rats. Cohen had a broad grin that suggested he knew something personally pleasing.

Now the story moves forward two decades. My relationship with Barbara was long over and the last I heard she had moved to San Francisco with a new boyfriend. I was living in Los Angeles and married and my old ex-pat friend Vivienne invited us over for dinner. Among the ten or so guests was her old Montreal buddy Leonard Cohen and he was seated to my right.

I was determined not to be over-reverential and treat him as one would any new encounter at an informal sitdown. The conversation was pleasant; the mood buoyant. Coincidentally I had just read a long interview with him in a British publication and had a query. He had said that it took him weeks and months to write a song. Was that true? He laughed. “Some songs have taken me years,” Cohen replied. “A good day might produce a line,” he added with a smile. Then he said there were a few exceptions. “I was in Edmonton,” he began. “It was raining and I looked out my window and saw two young girls playing in the rain.”

Then Cohen proceeded to tell almost word-for-word the story Barbara had related years earlier. I was dumbstruck and when he finished I coughed out “Barbara was my girlfriend.” That took him aback… no further explanation was necessary and we both laughed; me nervously.

Wherever you are Barbara, I humbly offer an apology.

As to Leonard Cohen I will always remember his organic joy. I never saw him downbeat or depressed whether he was examining a cantaloupe on a shopping trip, performing at the Staples Center (or the more intimate Wiltern), walking in the street or at our most recent encounter at the Canadian Consulate. There won’t be any new songs or poems but who can claim such a rich, lasting legacy.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Doctor Strange was decidedly the super-conjurer with a potent start estimated at $85.2 million. The session’s other national newcomers did well, with the animated Trolls grossing $45.5 million and antiwar Hacksaw Ridge debuting with $14.8 million.

Moonlight continued its steady expansion with 47 screens more and an excellent $1.3 million weekend tally. Other effective niche expanders included A Man Called Ove and Certain Women.

Exclusive launches included a strong $52,600 box office at four sites for the documentary contender The Eagle Huntress and a dynamic $167,000 debut for the ‘60s social drama Loving that also opened at four theaters.

Revenues for the frame climbed to about $195 million and a herculean 123% ballooning from last weekend. It was also 18% improved from 2015 when debuting Spectre and The Peanuts Movie led with respectively $70.4 million and $44.2 million.

Doctor Strange got a head start overseas last weekend and rang up $80 million which was about what pundits estimated for its domestic opening (its studio predicted a more modest $75 million). Critical response was generally positive particularly for its aesthetic qualities and adult themes and the only caution came from concerns of dumbing down the character as he’s incorporated into forthcoming Marvel fare (the next Thor).

Despite actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s alleged distaff appeal the picture tilted 58% male per studio exit demos. The audience was also 67% aged 25-years and older with 49% in the core 17-34 year-old core.

His Strangeness also added 22 foreign markets and an additional $118 million. Among the new openers were China with $44 million, $15.4 million in Russia and Brazil bowing at $8 million. Imax engagements accounted for about 1,000 engagements including roughly $12.2 million on the domestic front. Stereoscopic playdates were pegged at an unusually high 46% of the North American box office.

Trolls also received a head start in foreign climes with a $70 million gross following three week’s activity. On the domestic front tracking suggested a $35 million to $40 million opening that it easily bested. Targeted at younger viewers it wound up with a 72% audience identified as family. It was also 61% female with 51% of viewers aged 25-years and younger. The frame’s international weekend estimate was $30 million.

After a decade-long absence behind the camera, Mel Gibson debuted Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice Film Festival to upbeat response. The true story of a Second World War conscientious objective serving as a battlefield medic aptly juxtaposed horror, principle and faith in vivid fashion and the box office prospective appeared upbeat with predictions of a $12 million to $14 million first weekend. Again it exceeded initial expectations and had a surprising even split between the sexes with 68% of the crowd aged 35 years and older.

Weekend (estimates) November 4 – 6, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Doctor Strange BV 85.2 (21,950) NEW 3882 85.2
Trolls Fox 45.5 (11,210) NEW 4060 45.5
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate 14.8 (5,140) NEW 2886 14.8
Boo! A Medea Halloween Lionsgate 7.9 (3,550) -54% 2234 65
Inferno Sony 6.2 (1,740) -58% 3576 26.1
The Accountant WB 5.9 (2,200) -30% 2688 70.8
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 5.5 (1,790) -43% 3079 49.2
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni 4.0 (1,670) -44% 2380 31.4
The Girl on the Train Uni 2.8 (1,760) -37% 1572 70.7
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 2.1 (1,220) -49% 1710 83.3
Moonlight A24 1.3 (15,780) 54% 83 3.1
Keeping Up with the Joneses Fox 1.2 (1,090) -66% 1064 13.4
Storks WB 1.0 (860) -65% 1155 70
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Fox Intl .79 (2,670) -64% 296 3.6
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/ Elevation .77 (980) -63% 783 59.8
Kevin Hart: What Now? Uni .59 (1,310) -65% 453 23.1
Sully WB .55 (1,210) -41% 454 123.3
The Magnificent Seven Sony .46 (930) -66% 490 92.2
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS .41 (840) -68% 485 19.1
A Man Called Ove Music Box .35 (2,120) -4% 166 1.8
Denial Bleecker St/ Elevation .28 (1,290) -55% 218 3.6
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .28 (1,170) 25% 237 366.8
The Handmaiden Magnolia .27 (2,840) -17% 96 0.9
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searhlight .26 (1,310) -54% 197 15.6
Certain Women IFC .17 (1,390) -7% 124 0.73
Loving Focus .17 (41,830) NEW 4 0.17
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $186.10
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) 123%
Also debuting/expanding
Gimme Danger Magnolia .11 (2,070) 454% 54 0.17
1:54 Seville 82,900 (1,560) -4% 53 0.74
American Pastorale Lionsgate 83,100 (1,190) -6% 70 0.41
Mr. Donkey China Lion 73,500 (3,060) -15% 24 0.21
Luck-Key Dreamewest 61,300 (3,610) -36% 17 0.38
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics 52,600 (13,150) 4 0.05
Michael Moore in Trumpland Dog Eat Dog 33,400 (1,010) -55% 33 0.25
Mal de pierres TVA 18,800 (3,130) 6 0.02
Someone to Talk To Media Asia 15,100 (490) 31 0.02
Le Pacte des anges Axia 12,600 (970) 13 0.01
Naruda Donoruda Blue Sky 6,300 (230) 28 0.01
What Happened Last Night E.T. Pictures 4,500 (210) 21 0.01
The Charnel House FreeStyle 4,400 (440) 10 0.01
Peter and the Farm Magnolia 4,300 (4,300) 1 0.01
Ventilator Zee 2,900 (580) 5 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – November 3, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (14) 2163.4 23.20%
Warner Bros. (22) 1626.9 17.50%
20th Century Fox (20) 1243.1 13.30%
Universal (18) 1195.5 12.80%
Sony (23) 837.8 9.00%
Paramount (13) 653.1 7.00%
Lionsgate (25) 491.7 5.30%
Focus (11) 182.9 2.00%
STX (6) 165.2 1.80%
Open Road (7) 91.9 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.65%
A24 (11) 51.5 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (10) 45.9 0.50%
Other * (345) 507 5.40%
9315.5 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – November 3, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 1,021,782,373
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 869,463,604
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Suicide Squad WB 738,965,095
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,460,627
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,925,899
Jason Bourne Uni 414,837,932
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 406,577,253
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,950,728
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 349,465,849
Star Trek Beyond Par 342,592,441
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 299,358,565
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 247,139,954
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 244,239,173
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Doctor Strange|32.5|3882|New|32.5
Trolls|12.2|4060|New|12.2
Hacksaw Ridge|5.2|2886|New|5.2
Boo! A Medea Halloween|2.2|2234|-53%|58.6
Inferno|1.9|3576|-66%|21.7
The Accountant|2.5|2688|-31%|66.6
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back|2.9|3079|-44%|45.2
Ouija: Origin of Evil|1.2|2380|-47%|28.6
The Girl on the Train|0.8|1572|-40%|68.8
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children|0.5|1710|-52%|81.7
||||
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Also Debuting||||
Loving|55,000|4||
The Eagle Huntress|12,700|4||
Someone to Talk To|5,200|30||
Mal de pierres|4,700|6||
Le Pacte des anges|2,850|13||
Naruda Donoruda|2,500|28||
Peter and the Farm|1,800|1||
What Happened Last Night|1,800|18||
The Charnel House|1,750|9||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Never underestimate a woman scorned. Boo! A Madea Halloween maintained the top spot in the marketplace for a second weekend with an estimated $16.8 million. It scared the sole weekend national newcomer (and once-presumed champ) Inferno that settled for poor seconds of $14.9 million.

The only exclusive to find a beat was Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Expansions included a 32-screen glow for Moonlight, to potent result.

In the niches, the Diwali holidays brought a brace of Indian imports, including Hindi Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that bowed with an impressive $2.1 million. Also off to good starts were Telugu Kaashmora and Hindi Shivaay with $341,000 and $327,000,respectively, while Tamil Kodi was a disappointment. In India, ADHM and Shivaay are each expected to open at around $6 million. China’s Mr. Donkey grossed $82,400 from 20 screens and $9 million on home turf.

Revenues for the frame dipped 31% to just shy of $90 million. It was nonetheless a 19% improvement from 2015 when the fifth weekend of The Martian led with $11.7 million. Moviegoing tends to dip around Halloween and this year has been affected by the presidential campaign which provided more plot twists and surprises than any film, series or sport.

Inferno ranks as a casualty of timing having grossed $100 million-plus following two weeks in international distribution where a marquee name still has heft. Its $13 million debut in China this weekend almost exceeded domestic results.

While Inferno tracked soft, it still appeared to be heading toward a low to mid-$20 million launch that made it a winner by default. Thursday previews and Friday matinees then suggested lower returns and its ever so slight Friday to Saturday bump sealed the deal. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 55% male with 67% 25 and older.

While rain sprinkled on SoCal, distant thunder came from overseas engagements of Doctor Strange, generating an estimated $86 million prior to next weekend’s launches domestically and in China. Top initial markets were South Korea with $18 million and $11 million in the homeland of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Weekend (estimates) October 28 – 30, 2016)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Boo! A Madea Halloween Lionsgate 16.8 (7,310) -41% 2299 52.2
Inferno Sony 14.9 (4,160) NEW 3576 14.9
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 9.5 (2,520) -58% 3780 39.7
The Accountant WB 8.5 (2,490) -38% 3402 61.2
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni 7.1 (2,230) -50% 3168 24.6
The Girl on the Train Uni 4.3 (1,540) -40% 2758 65.9
Miss Peregrine’s Home Fox 4.0 (1,420) -33% 2797 79.9
Keeping Up with the Joneses Fox 3.3 (1,100) -39% 3022 10.7
Storks WB 2.7 (1,430) -32% 1901 68.2
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Fox Intl 2.1 (7,080) NEW 302 2.1
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate 2.1 (1,010) -39% 2054 58.3
Kevin Hart: What Now? Uni 1.7 (1,000) -59% 1656 21.9
The Magnificent Seven Sony 1.3 (960) -44% 1330 91.2
Middle School: The Worst Years CBS 1.2 (930) -44% 1295 18.4
Sully WB .92 (1,080) -38% 855 122.3
Moonlight A24 .86 (23,940) 114% 36 1.4
Denial Bleecker St .58 (990) -39% 587 2.9
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searchlight .54 (1,340) -41% 404 15.1
I’m Not Ashamed Pure Flix .44 (870) -53% 505 1.6
Kaashmora CineGalaxy .34 (2,200) NEW 155 0.34
A Man Called Ove Music Box .34 (2,280) 32% 150 1.3
Skivaay Big Pictures .33 (2,280) NEW 143 0.33
The Handmaiden Magnolia .32 (4,310) 249% 75 0.46
Suicide Squad WB .32 (960) -18% 332 324.7
Desierto STX .29 (1,740) -41% 168 1.6
Queen of Katwe BV .28 (1,160) -27% 238 8.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $82.40
% Change (Last Year) 19%
% Change (Last Week) -31%
Also debuting/expanding
Certain Women IFC .18 (2,020) 27% 88 0.46
The Third Party ABS .14 (3,540) -29% 39 0.52
Luck-Key Dreamewest .10 (4,100) -14% 24 0.27
1:54 Seville .10 (1,710) -43% 57 0.62
American Pastorale Lionsgate 87,200 (1,710) -42% 51 0.29
Mr. Donkey China Lion 82,400 (4,120) 20 0.08
Kodi Prime Media 61,600 (1,500) 41 0.06
Michael Moore in Trumpland Dog Eat Dog 56,400 (1,610) 27% 2 0.14
Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend ABS 42,100 (1,620) 26 0.04
Marguerite Seville 25,800 (3,640) 7 0.03
Gimme Danger Magnolia 21,500 (10,750) 2 0.03
Oasis: Supersonic A24 15,200 (1,080) 14 0.22
New Life Argentum 10,200 (480) 21 0.01
Recovery Orion 4,100 (450) 9 0.01
Portrait of a Garden Grasshopper 3,900 (3,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 27, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (13) 2153.4 23.40%
Warner Bros. (22) 1609.5 17.50%
20th Century Fox (19) 1230.1 13.40%
Universal (18) 1176.6 12.80%
Sony (22) 815.5 8.90%
Paramount (13) 639.5 7.00%
Lionsgate (25) 467.8 5.10%
Focus (11) 182.7 2.00%
STX (6) 164.7 1.80%
Open Road (7) 91.7 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.65%
A24 (11) 50.2 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (10) 45.7 0.50%
Other * (337) 497.6 5.40%
9184.6 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – October 27, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,099,931
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,516,175
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 11,475,729
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,185,091
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
Queen of Katwe BV 7,897,219
A Beautiful Planet Imax 6,926,598
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,303,194
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,878,408
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,195,351
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 4,761,241
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,677,244
45 Years IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Inferno | 5.5 |3576 |New |5.5
Boo! A Medea Halloween | 4.6 |2299| -51% |39.9
Jack Reacher: Never | 2.9| 3780 |-67% |33
The Accountant | 2.5| 3402| -43% |55.3
Ouija: Origin of Evil | 2.2 |3168 |-60%| 19.8
The Girl on the Train | 1.4 |2758 |-42% |63
Miss Peregrine’s Home | 1 |2797| -37% |76.9
Keeping Up with the Joneses | 1 |3022| -48%| 8.4
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil | 0.75| 302 |New |0.75
Storks | 0.65| 1901| -36%| 66.1

Also Debuting
Kaashmore | 0.13| 153
Skivaay | 0.1| 143
Mr. Donkey | 27,900| 20
Kodi | 15,800 |39
Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend | 11,500 |26
Gimme Danger | 10,400|2
Marguerite | 6,100| 7
Oasis: Supersonic |A24| 4,700 14
New Life | 3,500| 20
Recovery | 2,500| 6
Portrait of a Garden | 1,300 |1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

It was scary stuff as Boo! A Medea Halloween had an edge over Jack Reacher: Never Go Back with the debuting films opening to respective estimates of $27.6 million and $23 million. The other two national openers included a chilling $14 million for Ouija: Origin of Evil and an even more chilly $5.5 million for the spy spoof Keeping Up with the Joneses.

Among exclusives were encouraging starts of $41,700 from two lecterns for Michael Moore in Trumpland and a $52,300 gross for The Handmaiden at four locations. All were bested by the jaw-dropping $407,000 box office of fest-lauded Moonlight from a mere four diners.

In the niches, Indian imports included a disappointing $152,000 for Telugu ISM and a solid $79,600 for Malayalam Puli Murugan on 16. Filipino The Third Party did well with $174,000, as did South Korea’s Luck-Key with $103,000. Mexico’s El Jeremias had a tepid $253,000 launch, while faith-targeted I’m Not Ashamed had pew capacity to spare with an unholy $920,000 box office from 505 screens.

The first of the weekend surprises was the better-than-expected debut of Boo! A Medea Halloween that was expected to perform lower than the Jack Reacher sequel. Tyler Perry’s “mad black woman” debuted in 2002 and continues as a solid performer in most of her subsequent iterations. Initially drawing an overwhelming African American audience in the 90 percentile, Perry has slowly pulled in other audiences over the years. The current offering had a 60% African American composition and was 69% female with 66% of viewers aged 25 and older per studio exit demos.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opened on the low end of industry tracking and that was just enough for Medea to take the lead. Exit demos reveal a shift in headliner Tom Cruise’s appeal with a male tilt of 57% and 82% of ticket buyers aged 25 and older. Cruise’s international appeal remains strong, with an estimated $31 million overseas bow from 20 markets. China led with $5.6 million, followed by the U.K. at $3.3 million, France at $2.8 million and Russia with $1.9 million.

Ouija 2 also bowed per expectation and added about $8 million from international playdates. Its domestic audience was evenly split between the sexes with 53% aged 25-years and younger.

Keeping Up With The Joneses was never viewed as a potent commercial starter the lark about “00” neighbors was still predicted to open in the $8-$10 million range. Exit demos for the instant misfire were unavailable.

Revenues for the session approached $125 million for a 26% improvement from last weekend. It also exceeded 2015 box office by 17%. A year back The Martian retook the top of the charts with $15.7 million with The Last Witch Hunter the session’s top new release at $10.8 million.

Weekend (estimates) October 21 – 23, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Boo! A Medea Halloween Lionsgate 27.6 (12,200) NEW 2260 27.6
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Par 23.0 (6,080) NEW 3780 23
Ouija: Origin of Evil Uni 14.0 (4,430) NEW 3167 14
The Accountant WB 13.8 (4,150) -44% 3332 47.7
The Girl on the Train Uni 7.3 (2,350) -40% 3091 58.9
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 5.9 (1,890) -34% 3133 74.4
Keeping Up with the Joneses Fox 5.5 (1,830) NEW 3022 5.5
Kevin Hart: What Now? Uni 4.1 (1,590) -65% 2567 18.9
Storks WB 4.1 (1,900) -28% 2145 64.7
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/ Elevation 3.6 (1,270) -44% 2828 55.2
The Magnificent Seven Sony 2.3 (1,180) -55% 1979 89.1
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS 2.2 (1,260) -48% 1772 16.8
Sully WB 1.6 (1,350) -46% 1172 120.9
Denial Bleecker Street .96 (1,480) 82% 648 2
I’m Not Ashamed Pure Flix .92 (1,820) NEW 505 0.92
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searhlight .91 (1,440) -67% 633 14.2
Max Steel Open Road .61 (300) -72% 2034 3.4
Desierto STX .47 (2,790) -53% 168 1.1
Moonlight A24 .41 (101,750) NEW 4 0.41
Suicide Squad WB .39 (1,020) -45% 383 324.3
Queen of Katwe BV .37 (1,160) -58% 319 7.7
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .29 (1,040) 6% 275 366.2
Masterminds Relativity/eOne .28 (530) -84% 520 17.1
Priceless Roadside Attractions .26 (880) -64% 294 1.15
El Jeremias Sony .25 (1,300) NEW 192 0.25
A Man Called Ove Music Box .25 (2,760) 25% 91 0.79
Finding Dory BV .24 (1,330) -11% 183 485.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $118.40
% Change (Last Year) 17%
% Change (Last Week) 26%
Also debuting/expanding
1:54 Seville .21 (3,370) 14% 62 0.49
The Third Party ABS .17 (4,580) 38 0.17
ISM CineGalaxy .15 (1,880) 81 0.19
American Pastorale Lionsgate .15 (3,040) 50 0.15
Certain Women IFC .14 (3,600) 136% 40 0.23
The Dressmaker Broad Green .11 (1,100) -36% 103 1.6
Luck-Key Dreamewest .10 (4,900) 21 0.1
Puli Murugan Central 79,600 (4,980) 16 0.08
Operation Mekong Well Go 75,200 (3,580) -45% 21 0.7
American Honey A24 69,400 (720) -53% 96 0.52
Miss Hokusai Gkids 68,700 (820) 180% 84 0.1
La Vache Seville 57,300 (7,160) 8 0.06
The Handmaiden Magnolia 52,300 (13,080) 4 0.05
Michael Moore in Trumpland Dog Eat Dog 41,700 (20,850) 2 0.06
In a Valley of Violence Focus 29,600 (900) 33 0.03
The Pickle Recipe Adopt 19,100 (620) 31 0.02
Fire at Sea Kino 14,400 (3,600) 4 0.01
The Whole Truth Lionsgate 9,800 (650) 15 0.01
King Cobra IFC 9,600 (4,800) 2 0.01
Mean Dreams Elevation 8,200 (1,370) 6 0.01
We Are X Drafthouse 7,900 (7,900) 1 0.01
Spices of Liberty Hannover 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
It Had to Be You IDP 4,600 (2,300) 2 0.01
Creepy Kimstim 4,400 (1,470) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 21, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (13) 2151.4 23.80%
Warner Bros. (22) 1587.4 17.60%
20th Century Fox (18) 1215.2 13.50%
Universal (17) 1142.9 12.70%
Sony (21) 811.6 9.00%
Paramount (13) 610.6 6.80%
Lionsgate (23) 427.9 4.70%
Focus (11) 182.6 2.00%
STX (6) 163.9 1.80%
Open Road (7) 90.6 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.65%
A24 (9) 49.3 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (10) 45.4 0.50%
Other * (326) 485.6 5.40%
9024 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – October 20, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 485,264,402
Captain America: Civil War BV 408,084,349
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 365,883,130
The Jungle Book BV 364,001,123
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Suicide Squad WB 323,885,963
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
Jason Bourne Uni 162,088,495
Star Trek Beyond Par 159,178,530
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,978,223
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
Central Intelligence WB 128,135,205
Ghostbusters Sony 128,183,978
The Legend of Tarzan WB 126,993,715
Sully WB 119,363,890
Bad Moms STX/eOne 113,128,038
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 107,509,366
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Boo! A Medea Halloween | 9.4 |2260 |New| 9.4
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back | 8.7| 3780 |New |8.7
Ouija: Origin of Evil | 5.4 |1724 |New |5.4
The Accountant | 4.4 |3332 |-52%| 38.3
The Girl on the Train | 2.3| 3091| -41%| 54
Keeping Up with the Joneses | 1.9| 3022| New| 1.9
Miss Peregrine’s Home | Fox |1.6| 3133 |-31%| 70
Kevin Hart: What Now? | 1.3 |2567 |-72% |16.2
Deepwater Horizon |1.1| 2828| -41%| 52.7
Storks | 1| 2145| -28%| 61.6

Also Debuting
I’m Not Ashamed | 0.33| 505
Moonlight | 0.13| 4
El Jeremias | 78,700 |192
ISM | 74,300 |81
The Third Party | 54,400 |38
American Pastorale | 44,500| 50
Luck-Key | 30,800| 21
Puli Murugan | 21,600| 14
The Handmaiden | 19,900 |4
La Vache | 11,750 |8
In a Valley of Violence | 10,700| 33
Michael Moore in Trumpland | 10,400 |2
The Whole Truth | 5,550 |15
The Pickle Recipe | 5,500| 31
Spices of Liberty | 5,500 |1
Fire at Sea | 4,350 |4
We Are X | 3,700 |1
King Cobra | 3,200| 1
Mean Dreams | 2,900| 6
It Had to Be You | 2,150 |2
Creepy | 1,700| 2

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

There’s no Accountant for taste as the Ben Affleck thriller topped weekend viewing with a debut estimated at $24.5 million. The Kevin Hart concert film What Now? appeared to have a razor-thin lead to take second spot ahead of The Girl on the Train with a $12 million tally. And gamer adaptation Max Steel was lost in the ether with a dismal $2.1 million launch.

In limited wide release, indie drama Priceless wound up with a $690,000 sticker price from 303 locations while the special engagement IMAX Harry Potter marathon garnered $1.2 million from 330 premium screens. Shin Godzilla stomped to $490,000 following prior weekday screenings that generated about $1 million.

The wave of new exclusive entries saw a few titles rise, including Brazil’s not-Oscar-submitted Aquarius with $27,900 at three venues; Christine grossing $14,900 from two cites and the indie omnibus Certain Women bubbling with $58,400 from five engagements.

In the niches, new Indian imports largely foundered while Mexican comedy La Leyenda del Chupacabras grossed $290,000 from 165 playdates. That nation’s Oscar foreign-language submission Desierto had a strong bow of $450,000 at 73 screens. In Québec, local youth drama 1:54 was off to a good start with $203,000, while French hit comedy Radin! didn’t translate in the province with a modest $56,600 gross from 26 theaters.

Revenues for the session crept toward $100 million and edged back 6% from the prior weekend. They were additionally 21% behind 2015 when the debut of Goosebumps led with a $23.6 million box office and freshmen The Bridge of Spies and Crimson Tide opened respectively with $15.4 million and $13.1 million. Domestic box office will surpass $9 billion on Tuesday.

The Ben Affleck-starring thriller The Accountant was tracking well ahead of the pack with estimates pegged in the mid-$20 million arena that arrived on target. It proved to be somewhat surprisingly a 58% male audience according to studio exit polling. The crowd was 86% aged 25-years and older (also higher than expected) with 30% in the 18-34 year old corridor. The Accountant also dipped into the international arena with launches in 10 markets that grossed an estimated $2.8 million. Its top market was Taiwan with roughly $750,000.

Kevin Hart is arguably the hardest working man in showbiz with his concert showcase What Next? marking his fourth film release in 2016 with no let up in sight. He’s worked diligently for stardom and his latest attracted a 51% female audience and his non-core African American base grew to 57%. Roughly 54% of viewers were 25-years and older.

The fractious production history of Max Steel wound up delaying its release for close to a year as positioning for a suitable opening date grew tortuous. It’s likely there was no optimal marketplace entry and it will quickly skitter to ancillaries.

Weekend (estimates) October 14 -16, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Accountant WB 24.5 (7,350) NEW 3332 24.5
Kevin Hart: What Now? Uni 12.0 (4,660) NEW 2567 12
The Girl on the Train Uni 12.0 (3,690) -51% 3241 46.6
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox 8.9 (2,330) -41% 3835 65.9
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/ Elevation 6.4 (1,870) -44% 3403 49.4
Storks WB 5.6 (1,820) -33% 3066 59.1
The Magnificent Seven Sony 5.2 (1,610) -43% 3210 84.8
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS 4.2 (1,500) -38% 2822 13.7
Sully WB 2.9 (1,320) -42% 2211 118.3
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searhlight 2.7 (1,290) -61% 2105 12.2
Max Steel Open Road 2.1 (1,050) NEW 2034 2.1
Masterminds Relativity/eOne 1.7 (830) -59% 2027 16.2
Harry Potter (Imax Marathon) Imax 1.1 (3,390) NEW 330 1.1
Queen of Katwe BV .85 (800) -48% 1062 7
Suicide Squad WB .71 (1,130) -37% 630 323.7
Priceless Roadside Attract .69 (2,280) NEW 303 0.69
Don’t Breathe Sony .66 (1,080) -52% 612 88.2
Shin Godzilla FunImation .49 (1,600) 305 2
Desierto STX .45 (6,140) NEW 73 0.45
Denial Bleecker Street .40 (1,160) 82% 96 0.84
Bridget Jones’s Baby Uni .34 (870) -59% 390 23.6
Finding Dory BV .30 (1,570) -9% 189 485.2
La Leyenda del Chupacabras Pantelion .29 (1,780) NEW 165 0.29
Snowden Open Road/ Elevation .28 (820) -62% 343 20.9
The Secret Life of Pets Uni ..26 (930) -25% 276 365.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $92.70
% Change (Last Year) -21%
% Change (Last Week) -6%
Also debuting/expanding
1:54 Seville .20 (3,380) 60 0.2
A Man Called Ove Music Box .20 (2,620) 100% 76 0.43
The Dressmaker Broad Green .17 (1,180) -27% 146 1.3
Operation Mekong Well Go .15 (5,480) -9% 27 0.58
American Honey A24 .14 (1,020) 76% 135 0.36
Certain Women IFC 58,400 (11,680) 5 0.06
Lock V.P. Films 56,600 (1,720) 33 0.06
Radin! A-Z Films 55,900 (2,150) 26 0.06
Neer Dose Sudhi 29,200 (1,010) 29 0.03
Aquarius Vitagraph 27,900 (9,300) 3 0.03
Miss Hokusai Gkids 24,300 (12,150) 2 0.02
Christine Orchard 14,900 (7,450) 2 0.02
Tower Kino 6,600 (1,650) 4 0.01
Little Sister Forager 6,200 (2,070) 3 0.01
I Am Nojoom Film Movement 5,100 (850) 6 0.01
Shadow World Wide House 4,700 (940) 5 0.01
The River Thief FreeStyle 4,600 (660) 7 0.01
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Arc Entertainment 4,400 (1,100) 4 0.01
Coming Through the Rye Eammon 4,100 (4,100) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 13, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (13) 2150.6 24.20%
Warner Bros. (21) 1536.9 17.30%
20th Century Fox (18) 1203.6 13.50%
Universal (16) 1110.1 12.50%
Sony (21) 803.2 9.00%
Paramount (12) 609.1 6.80%
Lionsgate (23) 419.7 4.70%
Focus (11) 182.4 2.10%
STX (5) 163.2 1.80%
Open Road (6) 87.6 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.70%
A24 (9) 49.1 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (9) 44.4 0.50%
Other * (318) 466.5 5.30%
8886 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Estimates By The Accountant Klady

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The Accountant | 9| 3332 |New| 9
Kevin Hart: What Now? | 4.7| 2567 |New| 4.7
The Girl on the Train | 3.9| 3241| -58% |38.5
Miss Peregrine’s Home | 2.3|3835 |-41% |9.3
Deepwater Horizon |1.8| 3403| -44%| 44.8
The Magnificent Seven | 1.5| 3210 |-41%| 81.1
Storks | 1.4| 3066 |-31%| 54.9
Middle School: The Worst Years| CBS |1.2 |2822 |-40% |10.7
Sully | 0.85| 2211| -39%| 116.3
The Birth of a Nation |Searchlight |0.8 |2105| -70%| 10.3

Also Debuting
Max Steel | 0.62 |2034
Harry Potter (Imax Marathon) | 0.32| 330
Priceless | 0.29| 303
Desierto | 0.15| 73
La Leyenda del Chupacabras | 94,700| 165
1:54 | 79,800| 60
Shin Godzilla | 52,100|26
Certain Women | 17,400 |5
Radin! | 16,600 |26
Lock | 16,100| 29
Aquarius | 8,600 |3
Miss Hokusai | 7,750| 2
Neer Dose | 6,500| 10
Christine | 4,750 |2
The River Thief | 3,500 |6
Little Sister | 3,400| 3
Coming Through the Rye | 2,100| 1
Tower | 2,100| 4
I Am Nojoom | 1,650 |5
Shadow World | 1,600 |2
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise |Arc Ent |1,500 |3

The Weekend Report

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Girl on the Train was first to arrive at the station with an estimated $24.6 million fare. The session featured two other national newcomers. The controversial historical drama The Birth of a Nation opened in sixth with $7 million. Teen comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was a jot behind at $6.8 million.

Overall revenues for the frame edged close to $105 million and took a 10% dip from last weekend. It was a 14% decline, again, from 2015 when the second weekend of The Martian led with $37 million and the top newcomer was Pan with $15.3 million.

The adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ London-set novel The Girl on the Train was tracking well ahead of the pack with expectations of a mid- to high 20s debut. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 68% female with 55% over 30. The 18-34 core amounted for 58% of viewers. The Girl on the Train opened in an additional six Universal territories to an estimated $1.2 million. Information on non-Universal markets was not available.

In the niches, a spate of Indian imports arrived, including Telugu Premam with a sturdy $508,000. Less impressive were the $172,000 bow of Tamil Remo and a grim $53,700 for the Hindi Mirzya. The American indie Voiceless had an okay $271,000 gross at 99 speaking engagements. Among exclusive freshmen, the most intriguing entry was Dominican cop comedy Dos Policias en Apuros (Two Cops In Trouble), grossing $38,600 from 12 screens.

Following its Sundance 2016 debut and its grand jury prize and audience award for American dramatic features, expectations for Oscars and box office were high for The Birth of a Nation. Scrutiny of the filmmakers’ personal history tamped down initial response with pundits setting a $7-$8 million bar to clear. Balancing the film’s merits against protest seems to be a tricky balancing act for the distrib.

The Birth of a Nation played strongest to African-American and arthouse crowds, but came up short at crossing over to other quadrants, unlike the $56 million-grossing 12 Years a Slave. The audience was 51% African American and 40% Caucasian with a slight female tilt of 53%. Roughly 60% was over 25.

Targeted at the Wimpy Kid crowd Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based upon the James Patterson YA series, the audience was evenly split between the sexes with 54% of viewers aged 18-years and younger. Family specific data was not provided but 42% of the crowd was aged over 25.

Weekend (estimates) October 7 – 9, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Girl on the Train Uni 24.6 (7,840) NEW 3144 24.6
Miss Peregrine’s Home Fox 14.8 (3,990) -49% 3705 50.9
Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate/Elevation 11.7 (3,580) -42% 3259 38.4
The Magnificent Seven Sony 9.1 (2,460) -42% 3696 75.8
Storks WB 8.3 (2,290) -39% 3608 49.9
The Birth of a Nation Fox Searchlight 7.0 (3,330) NEW 2105 7
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life CBS 6.8 (2,410) NEW 2822 6.8
Sully WB 5.1 (1,680) -38% 3058 113.3
Masterminds Relativity/eOne 4.0 (1,310) -39% 3042 12.7
Queen of Katwe BV 1.6 (1,260) -36% 1259 5.4
Don’t Breathe Sony 1.3 (1,250) -44% 1066 86.9
Suicide Squad WB 1.1 (1,110) -44% 972 322.5
Bridget Jones’ Baby Uni .81 (890) -65% 915 22.8
Snowden Open Road/Elevation .69 (880) -65% 787 22.2
Premam Blue Sky .51 (4,160) NEW 122 0.58
Blair Witch Lionsgate .49 (740) -69% 668 20.1
When the Bough Breaks Sony .44 (960) -63% 460 29.3
Sausage Party Sony .43 (950) 127% 1071 97.3
Finding Dory BV .33 (1,610) 128% 207 484.8
The Secret Life of Pets Uni .32 (940) -28% 339 365.4
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Fox Intl .27 (1,060) -75% 256 1.6
Voiceless ArtAffects .27 (2,740) NEW 99 0.27
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS .26 (950) -48% 275 26.2
The Dressmaker Broad Green .24 (1,360) -36% 174 1
Denial Bleecker Street .22 (7,220) 138% 31 0.35
Remo Prime Media .17 (2,420) NEW 71 0.17
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $97.90
% Change (Last Year) -14%
% Change (Last Week) -10%
Also debuting/expanding
I Belong to You China Lion .16 (3,350) -47% 49 0.6
Operation Mekong Well Go .16 (9,880) 86% 16 0.34
A Man Called Ove Music Box 88,300 (3,150) 62% 28 0.17
American Honey A24 84,600 (3,380) 19% 25 0.18
Spirit of the Game IDP 56,200 (2340) 24 0.06
Mirzya Viva 53,700 (570) 95 0.05
Dos Policios en Apuros Caribbean 38,600 (3,220) 12 0.04
Voyage of Time Imax 34,700 (2,890) 12 0.03
Two Lovers and a Bear eOne 25,300 (1,690) 15 0.02
Mission Milano Dreamwest 21,500 (1,790) 12 0.02
The Greasy Strangler FilmRise 19,800 (730) 27 0.02
Phantasm: Ravager Well Go 15,100 (840) 18 0.02
Under the Shadow Vertical 13,100 (1,080) 13 0.01
Abhinetri 9PM 12,600 (260) 49 0.01
The Battle of Algiers (reissue) Rialto 12,300 (4,100) 3 0.01
Torchbearer Arc Entertainment 10,400 (360) 29 0.01
The Great Gilly Hopkins Lionsgate 10,100 (480) 21 0.01
Being 17 Strand 7,920 (3,960) 2 0.01
Newtown Abramorama 6,400 (3,200) 2 0.01
Blue Jay Orchard 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
Theo Who Lived Zeitgeist 5,500 (5,540) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – October 6, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (13) 2147.4 24.60%
Warner Bros. (20) 1514.6 17.30%
20th Century Fox (18) 1182.2 13.50%
Universal (16) 1074.7 12.30%
Sony (21) 786.8 9.00%
Paramount (12) 608.8 7.00%
Lionsgate (23) 402.4 4.60%
Focus (11) 182.1 2.10%
STX (5) 162.9 1.80%
Open Road (6) 86.7 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (9) 59.6 0.70%
A24 (9) 48.9 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (9) 44.4 0.50%
Other * (309) 432.5 5.00%
8734 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – October 6, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 991,347,872
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 839,454,256
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Suicide Squad WB 737,601,824
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,129,667
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,922,089
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 403,142,550
Jason Bourne Uni 400,367,237
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,278,948
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 347,090,153
Star Trek Beyond Par 338,277,031
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 299,358,565
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 244,239,173
Ghostbusters Sony 228,522,619
* does not include 2015 box office