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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

Jerry Lewis: The Day the Clown Disappeared

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

I loved Jerry Lewis as a kid, but everybody did. He was the bad boy. He got away with murder and we, his fawning fans, enjoyed the thrill of being his cohort. His screen persona was loud, awkward and innocent while strangely beguiling.

My introduction to his madness was post-Dean Martin, so I saw his earliest work after the fact. He was The Sad Sack, The Delicate Delinquent and The Geisha Boy. But the turning point was The Bellboy. A silent movie in black-and- white, one can only imagine how he fought with the studio to get it made. It was his first turn as a director as well, and he gave his on-screen clown the unbridled freedom others were reluctant to unleash. He was never freer to express his physical prowess and the finished film emerges as a paean to his inspirations, as well as a classic in its own right.

The 1960s would be his decade, with The Nutty Professor reflecting the essence of all he was in a contemporary Jekyll-and-Hyde that revealed the textures of artist and man.

Then in 1972 he went to Sweden to make “The Day the Clown Cried,” the story of a circus clown in a Nazi concentration camp. Helmut Doork, his character, winds up in the role of entertaining the children to be allowed to survive.

The film was never finished, let alone released, and reputedly was screened privately only once. I asked someone who was at that screening about the film and he said it had brilliant stuff as well as scenes that made you cringe. Lewis was never able to go back in the editing room and make it right though about a year ago he talked about finally completing it. He would direct only three more films: That’s Life (1979), Hardly Working (1980) and Cracking Up (1983).

Lewis turned some of his passion to the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon that raised $2.45 billion between 1966 and 2009. On rare occasion, Lewis allowed himself to display his talents as dramatic performer in films including The King of Comedy (1982) Arizona Dream (1993) and Funnybones (1995), as well as the television series “Wiseguy” (1988-89). (Lewis also starred in the 1995 Broadway revival of “Damn Yankees,” as Mr. Applegate, the Devil.) Lewis was incapable of lying on screen. The work was mesmerizing.

I contacted him in the 1980s for a story related to a possible resurrection or remake of The Nutty Professor. He had moved to Las Vegas many, many years earlier and handled everything professionally. My expectation was for something crazier but that was not to be.

The next encounter would be more than a decade later when the Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave him its 2004 Career Achievement award. I was a producer and a few weeks ahead of the event, the organization president called me to say that Lewis wanted to show DVDs as part of his acceptance.

We’ll rent projection equipment and we’ll put together a reel of our own honoring all the year’s winners, I said. What I edited framed everything around Leroy Anderson’s “Typewriter Song,” which Lewis memorialized in Who’s Minding the Store. After the ceremony he thanked me.

I also compiled the reel when Lewis was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2009 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. My concept was to juxtapose his work for kids via the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a performer. It was the only element where I was in sync with the show’s producers, who were not fans of the honoree.

I had multiple discussions with Lewis. The first couldn’t have been funnier or more fruitful. Emboldened by the initial discussion, I suggested including footage from “The Day the Clown Cried,” as Orson Welles had his with unfinished “The Other Side of the Wind “when he was honored by the American Film Institute. I waded in as delicately as possible, knowing his sensitivity to the issue, as well as the fact he controlled the material. There probably was no diplomatic way of suggesting it. Lewis exploded and called me every derisive name in the lexicon.

A few weeks later I invited his son Chris to the editing room to see a nearly finished cut. He was delighted and I thought it wise to tell him that I had pissed off his father and told him what had happened. He laughed and said in all likelihood his father had forgotten it but that growing up there were three subjects never to be brought up at the dinner table (one was broccoli) and I’d committed one of the worst sins.

But I always will love Jerry Lewis. His legacy endures on film and video. His more complex off-screen persona also brings a smile to my face.

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard|Lionsgate|8|3377|New
Annabelle: Creation|WB|5|3542|-55%
Logan Lucky|Bleecker Street|2.8|3031|New
Dunkirk|WB|2|3271|-35%
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature|Open Road/eOne|1.6|4003|-46%
The Emoji Movie|Sony|1.3|2791|-31%
Spider-Man: Homecoming|Sony|1.3|2341|-27%
Girls Trip|Uni|1.2|2010|-41%
The Dark Tower|Sony|1.1|3143|-53%
Wind River|Weinstein Co.|1|694|421%
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Also Debuting||||
Anando Brahma|Nirvana|70,500|85|
Bareilly Ki Barfi|Zee Studios|52,100|46|
The Adventurers|Well Go|27,100|17|
Patti Cake$|Fox Searchlight|23,600|14|
Rocky Mental|Grand Showbiz|12,100|14|
Gook|Goldwyn|10,700|2|
Crown Heights|IFC|7,000|3|
Marjorie Prime|FilmRise|6,200|4|
Dave Made a Maze|Gravitas|4,500|15|
On the Milky Road|A-Z Films|4,250|2|
Sidemen: On the Road to Glory |Abramorama|3,800|1|
5 Steps to Love|Sunrise|2,700|5|
Shot Caller|Saban|2,250|4|
The Neighborhood|In Your Ear|2,200|24|
Lemon|Magnolia|1,700|1|

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The debut of Annabelle: Creation scared up an estimated $35.1 million to claim the box office crown in an otherwise largely downbeat session. Another recycle, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, saw its $8.7 million debut plunge more than 50% from the prior 2014 animated foray and the adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ confessional bestseller The Glass Castle bowed to a tepid $4.8 million.

Exclusive openers were led by dynamic starts for fest fave Ingrid Goes West with a $138,000 tally from three and the latterday Mean Streets-styled saga Good Time, which grossed $131,000 from four heists. Expansions for Wind River and Step saw the former breezing along with an impressive $638,000 while the latter faltered with a $281,000. Detroit also had a sharp downturn in its second weekend of national release.

In international day-and-dates, holidays in India saw a flood of new movies, led by Hindi Toilet: Ek Prem Katha with a solid $694,000 launch. Also buoyant was Telugu Nene Raju Nene Mantri with $363,000, while both LIE and VIP2 struggled to compete. Following the potent box office for Wolf Warrior 2, China’s Once Upon a Time entered the fray to good response of $253,000 while South Korean hit A Taxi Driver revved up a potent $317,000.

Following last weekend’s seasonal low revenues ebbed back a further 4% to about $120 million for the current frame. It was a 32% decline from 2016 when Sausage Party and Pete’s Dragon debuted respectively with $34.3 million and $21.5 million but Suicide Squad retained top spot with $43.5 million.

There are likely more malevolent than cuddly dolls in movie history dating back to the silent era, embracing Hugo (my favorite) in Dead of Nights, Fats in Magic and Chucky. Annabelle first popped up in The Conjuring before getting star billing in 2014. Her second haunting was expected to open to about $30 million but strong previews and Friday matinees indicated a more potent debut … closer to $40 million.

The film dipped into international waters last weekend with a solo Italian engagement that grossed $1.2 million. The weekend saw the addition of 38 overseas markets and a virtual carbon copy foreign to domestic result of $35 million. Indonesia led with a $3.9 million following by France at $2.9 million and Russia providing $2.3 million to the total.

Studio exit polls identified the crowd as tilting slightly female at 52% with 54% of the audience aged 25 and older.

Expectations for The Nut Job 2 weren’t exactly buoyant or good news for the beleaguered Open Road distribution outfit, with predictions spit-balling box office of $10-$12 million that erred on the optimistic.

Critical response was upbeat for The Glass Castle but industry tracking was lukewarm, with top end projections of $5 million. Potentially, it could have decent multiples via strong word of mouth and a general paucity of adult fare at the multiplex. Woman accounted for 80% of the opening audience and 76% of viewers were aged 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) August 11 – 13, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Annabelle: Creation WB 35.1 (10,010) NEW 3502 35.1
Dunkirk WB 11.3 (3,010) -34% 3762 153.6
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 8.7 (2,180) NEW 4003 8.7
The Dark Tower Sony 7.8 (2,260) -59% 3451 34.2
The Emoji Movie Sony 6.5 (2,030) -46% 3219 63.5
Girls Trip Uni 6.5 (2,830) -43% 2303 97.2
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 6.1 (2,330) -31% 2607 306.4
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 5.1 (2,110) -49% 2418 19.3
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 4.8 (3,310) NEW 1461 4.8
Atomic Blonde Focus 4.6 (2,190) -44% 2093 42.8
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 3.7 (1,750) -41% 2098 137.3
Despicable Me 3 Uni 3.1 (1,520) -44% 2013 247.7
Detroit Annapurna/eOne 2.9 (980) -59% 3007 13.4
Baby Driver Sony 1.5 (1,690) -43% 865 100.1
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.5 (2,100) -31% 709 36.4
Wonder Woman WB 1.5 (1,520) -36% 961 402.2
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne .88 (1,120) -63% 785 38.3
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .79 (1,420) -17% 556 2.3
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Reliance .69 (3,920) NEW 177 0.69
Wind River Weinstein Co. .64 (14,160) 293% 45 0.86
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .44 (8,500) -13% 52 1.9
Nene Raju Nene Mantri Magnus .36 (2,810) NEW 129 0.51
Cars 3 BV .35 (1,150) -34% 308 148.3
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .35 (5,160) -39% 68 4.6
A Taxi Driver Well Go .32 (7,730) NEW 41 0.32
Finally Found Someone ABS .30 (4,580) -44% 65 1.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $113.70
% Change (Last Year) -32%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Step Fox Searchlight .28 (1,520) 92% 185 0.48
Once Upon a Time Well Go .25 (4.960) NEW 51 0.25
Menashe A24 .18 (3,910) 138% 47 0.41
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .17 (1,030) -34% 163 5
LIE Cineparadiso .16 (1,640) 99 0.22
VIP2 CineGalaxy .16 (1,660) 96 0.18
The Battleship Island CJ .15 (4.050) -60% 38 0.91
Ingrid Goes West Neon .14 (45,900) 3 0.14
Good Time A24 .13 (32,820) 4 0.13
Landline Magnolia .13 (970) -43% 133 0.73
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions 86,400 (730) -47% 119 0.92
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC 81,300 (4,780) 200% 17 0.13
The Midwife Music Box/MK2 77,200 (1,480) -8% 52 0.36
Jaya Janaki Nayaka CineGalaxy 74,600 (920) 81 0.09
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky 60,800 (1,010) -12% 60 1.4
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions 55,600 (3,710) 15 0.06
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics 53,900 (1,460) 39% 37 0.17
Whose Streets? Magnolia 42,500 (1,770) 24 0.04
In This Corner of the World FunImation 20,100 (3,350) 6 0.02
The Nile Hilton Incident Strand 9,300 (4,650) 2 0.01
The Farthest Abramorana 7,200 (2,400) 3 0.01
Catastropic Palmera 6,900 (380) 18 0.01
Pilgrimage RLJ 5,400 (110) 47 0.01
Open Water 3: Cage Dive Lionsgate 3,100 (260) 12 0.01
Bedevilled FreeStyle 2,700 (2,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 10, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1374.9 19.50%
Universal (12) 1283.9 18.20%
Warner Bros. (18) 1124.2 15.90%
20th Century Fox (18) 972.6 13.80%
Sony (14) 679.6 9.60%
Lionsgate (14) 479.3 6.80%
Paramount (13) 384.6 5.40%
Focus (12) 97.3 1.40%
STX (6) 83.7 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 63.3 0.90%
Entertainment (2) 46.4 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (7) 42.8 0.60%
Open Road (6) 41.8 0.60%
A24 (8) 38.3 0.55%
Other * (225) 345.8 4.90%
7058.5 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – August 10, 2017)
Titles Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 504,014,165
Wonder Woman WB 400,728,085
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 388,621,948
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 300,353,694
Despicable Me 3 Uni 244,606,445
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,966,192
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,969,510
Get Out Uni 175,589,248
The Boss Baby Fox 174,854,435
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 171,453,090
Kong: Skull Island WB 168,583,087
Hidden Figures * Fox 167,050,622
Cars 3 BV 147,994,196
Dunkirk WB 142,307,551
Split Uni 138,280,171
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 133,628,493
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 129,551,483
La La Land * Lionsgate 116,956,426
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 114,534,596
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Annabelle: Creation|15|3502|New|15
Dunkirk|3.1|3762|-37%|145.4
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature|3|4003|New|3
The Dark Tower|2.3|3451|-62%|28.7
Girls Trip|3.6|2303|-44%|92.7
The Emoji Movie|1.9|3219|-51%|58.9
Spider-Man: Homecoming|2.6|2607|-34%|302.1
The Glass Castle|1.6|1461|New|1.6
Kidnap|1.4|2418|-54%|15.6
Atomic Blonde|1.3|2093|-48%|39.5
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Also Debuting||||
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha|0.18|175||
Nene Raju Nene Mantri|0.13|129||
Once Upon a Time|0.11|51||
A Taxi Driver|0.1|41||
VIP2|55,800|96||
LIE|55,600|99||
Good Time|54,100|4||
Ingrid Goes West|48,800|3||
Jaya Janaki Nayaka|21,100|81||
The Only Living Boy in New York|17,500|15||
Whose Streets?|16,600|24||
In This Corner of the World|6,400|6||
The Nile Hilton Incident|2,850|2||
The Farthest|2,400|3||
Bedevilled|1,800|1||
Open Water 3: Cage Dive|1,700|10||
Catastropic|1,700|15||
Pilgrimage|1,600|44||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

The Dark Tower edged ahead to take the crown with an estimated $19.4 million. The session also saw two new companies debut their initial national releases. Aviron launched distaff actioner Kidnap to a decent box office of $10 million, slotting fifth. Annapurna’s critically acclaimed Detroit bowed way below expectations with $7.2 million following last weekend’s successful exclusive run on 20.

Exclusive newcomers included strong starts for Columbus of $25,300 at two sites and $144,000 for the dance documentary Step. The biggest noise swept through the thriller Wind River with a $163,000 gross from just four investigations.

In international day-and-dates, Hindi Jab Harry Met Sejal had a solid debut of $1.3 million while Punjabi Toofan Singh landed softly with $54,300 from 32 venues. Filipino rom-com Finally Found Someone was off to a potent start of $507,000. Also strong were South Korea’s Battleship Island with a $380,000 tally and the second weekend of China’s Wolf Warrior II made a big jump to $450,000.

Revenues for the frame generated about $125 million and ebbed back 15% from the prior weekend. It was a more severe 47% decline from 2016 when the opening of Suicide Squad had a jaw dropping $133.7 million start and Jason Bourne was in second with $22.4 million.

The long gestation of a screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower included a change of studios and key creative components. Tracking anticipated a debut in the neighborhood of $20 million despite generally withering reviews and indifferent preview screenings. Exit demos identified the audience as 58% male with 68% of viewers aged 25 and older. The film also had a modest international start of roughly $8 million in 19 primarily secondary markets. Its only major territory was Russia where it led with a $4 million debut.

Also fraught with a circuitous production history Kidnap was modestly expected to launch in a range of $8-$10 million. The Halle Berry vehicle skewed 63% female with 73% of its crowd aged 25 and older.

The most acutely-observed opening was unquestionably Detroit, which dipped into the marketplace last weekend, and emerged with a $17,500 average from 20 engagements. Already being touted as an awards heavyweight the chronicle of 1960s race conflict with contemporary resonance was expected to draw a significant audience and gross between $11-$13 million.

A company spokesperson underlined that “we are proud of the picture and hope it will continue to spawn discussion of this critical issue.” Some industry insiders felt that Detroit expanded too quickly and required more TLC to broaden its audience. Exit demos revealed viewers were 52% female with 64% aged 25 and older. The key corridor of 25-34 year olds composed 29% of the total with African Americans at 37%.

An Inconvenient Sequel also added playdates following its exclusive start last weekend and continues to maintain solid per screens in limited release.

Weekend (estimates) August 4 – 6, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Dark Tower Sony 19.4 (5,620) NEW 3451 19.4
Dunkirk WB 17.4 (4,340) -35% 4014 133.4
The Emoji Movie Sony 12.3 (3,010) -50% 4075 49.4
Girls Trip Uni 11.4 (4,410) -42% 2582 85.4
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 10.0 (4,220) NEW 2378 10
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 8.8 (2,820) -34% 3116 294.9
Atomic Blonde Focus 8.2 (2,470) -55% 3326 34.1
Detroit Annapurna/eOne 7.2 (2,380) 1948% 3007 7.7
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 6.0 (2,230) -42% 2704 130.3
Despicable Me 3 Uni 5.3 (2,160) -30% 2445 240.8
Baby Driver Sony 2.5 (1,780) -36% 1424 97.1
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne 2.4 (1,320) -63% 1795 36.1
Wonder Woman WB 2.2 (1,700) -34% 1307 399.4
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 2.2 (2,150) -32% 1005 33.9
Jab Harry Met Sejal Yash Raj 1.3 (4,770) NEW 279 1.3
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .91 (5,040) 626% 180 1.1
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .60 (7,820) 83% 77 4.1
Cars 3 BV .58 (1,200) -40% 477 147.7
Finally Found Someone ABS .51 (7,570) NEW 67 0.51
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .45 (14,190) 107% 32 1.1
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .44 (1,750) 59% 252 388.4
The Lion King (reissue) BV .43 (1,080) 400 0.43
The Battleship Island CJ .38 (9,240) 41 0.44
Wish Upon Broad Green .29 (850) -69% 345 13.8
Transformers: The Last Par .27 (830) -52% 322 129.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $119.20
% Change (Last Year) -47%
% Change (Last Week) -15%
Also debuting/expanding
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .25 (1,350) -24% 187 4.7
Landline Magnolia .22 (1,580) 75% 141 0.49
Wind River Weinstein Co. .16 (40,800) 4 0.16
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions .16 (1,200) -11% 131 0.73
Step Fox Searchlight .14 (4,980) 29 0.14
A Ghost Story A24 .14 (680) -62% 208 1.3
The Midwife Music Box 81,600 (1,900) 3% 43 0.23
Menashe A24 79,800 (7,980) 28% 10 0.18
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky 74,700 (1,240) -37% 60 1.3
Toofan Singh White Hill 54,300 (1,700) 32 0.05
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics 41,500 (2,770) 5% 15 0.1
The Trip to Spain eOne 31,600 (4,510) 7 0.03
Brice 3 Seville 30,100 (1,670) 18 0.03
We Love You, Sally Carmichael Purdie 25,900 (3,700) 7 0.03
Columbus Superlative 25,300 (12,650) 2 0.03
Brave New Jersey Gravitas 15,100 (1,160) 13 0.02
Some Freaks Good Deed 6,400 (640) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 3, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1373.1 20.00%
Universal (12) 1258 18.30%
Warner Bros. (17) 1090.1 15.90%
20th Century Fox (18) 962.7 14.00%
Sony (14) 616.5 9.00%
Lionsgate (14) 476.3 6.90%
Paramount (13) 382.8 5.60%
Focus (12) 84.8 1.20%
STX (6) 80.6 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 0.90%
Entertainment (2) 46 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.6 0.60%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.60%
A24 (8) 37.9 0.55%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.50%
Other * (214) 278.2 4.10%
6867 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The Dark Tower|7.7|3451|New|7.7
Dunkirk|5|4014|-36%|120.9
The Emoji Movie|3.8|4075|-58%|40.9
Kidnap|3.7|2378|New|3.7
Girls Trip|3.6|2582|-42%|77.6
Detroit|2.6|3007|1862%|3.1
Spider-Man: Homecoming|2.6|3116|-35%|288.7
Atomic Blonde|2.4|3326|-57%|28.3
War for the Planet of the Apes|1.7|2704|-43%|126
Despicable Me 3|1.6|2445|-30%|237.1
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Also Debuting||||
Jab Harry Met Sejal|0.48|277||
Finally Found Someone|0.14|57||
Step|52,600|29||
Wind River|52,200|4||
Toofan Singh|14,500|32||
Brice 3|10,300|18||
The Trip to Spain|9,700|7||
We Love You, Sally Carmichael|9,300|7||
Columbus|7,600|2||
Brave New Jersey|7,400|13||
Some Freaks|3,800|10||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Dunkirk held onto the top spot at the weekend box office … but only barely. Christopher Nolan’s World War II episode grossed an estimated $27.8 million while incoming The Emoji Movie surprised naysayers with a $25.5 million debut. The frame’s other new national release, Atomic Blonde. charted fourth with $18.6 million.

Exclusive bows included dynamic starts for a few awards contenders. The follow-up to Oscar winner An Inconvenient TruthAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, grossed $130,000 on four screens. It will expand to 100 playdates next weekend. Detroit, focused on a personal drama within that city’s 1967 riots, opened to $360,000 from 20 incendiary engagements. Also off to hot starts were New York-set Yiddish-language Menashe with $56,300, and gonzo comedy Bigsby Bear opening to $43,800 from three screens.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian imports had promising starts. Punjabi Vekh Baraatan Challiyan had a potent $241,000 from 38 screens while Hindi Mubarakan opened to $280,000 at 128 venues. China’s Wolf Warrior II also got the thumbs up with $183,000 tally at 53 dens.

Revenues for the session edged toward $150 million and dipped 19% from the prior weekend. It was 23% lagging behind 2016 when the debut of Jason Bourne led with $59.2 million followed by Star Trek Beyond with $24.7 and newcomer Bad Moms grossing $23.8 million.

Confidence wasn’t overwhelming for the animated The Emoji Movie from any sector of the industry. Top end estimates slotted it at $20 million as late as matinee figures rolled in on Friday. Some insiders doubted it would outperform Atomic Blonde. The verdict changed Saturday morning with prospects it might become the weekend box office leader.

A studio spokesperson said he was “overwhelmed” by the response and “greatly encouraged” by commercial prospects with more than a month left in the summer season.

Withering reviews had no impact on its core crowd. Exit demos identified viewers as 64% aged 25 and younger with 78% grouped as families including 17% segmented as parents.

Though never seen as a wonder woman, Atomic Blonde was expected to debut with slightly more than $20 million. The ultraviolent spy yarn was generally well-received by critics but its Friday to Saturday boost was only 16% and barring overseas performance saw its prospects dim for a follow-up. Its likely muted commercial prospects are also reflected in exit demos that saw a slight male tilt of 51% with 62% of the audience aged 25 and older

Weekend (estimates) July 28 – 30, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dunkirk WB 27.8 (7,420) -45% 3748 102.5
The Emoji Movie Sony 25.5 (6,260) NEW 4075 25.5
Girls Trip Uni 20.0 (7,570) -36% 2648 65.5
Atomic Blonde Focus 18.6 (5,620) NEW 3304 18.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 13.4 (3,700) -39% 3625 278.3
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 10.4 (3,080) -50% 3374 118.7
Despicable Me 3 Uni 7.7 (2,540) -41% 3030 230.4
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne 6.5 (1,840) -62% 3553 30.4
Baby Driver Sony 4.0 (2,050) -33% 1961 92
Wonder Woman WB 3.5 (2,130) -24% 1651 394.4
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 3.4 (2,110) -33% 1589 30.4
Cars 3 BV 1.0 (1,150) -48% 861 146.3
Wish Upon Broad Green .95 (1,040) -62% 907 12.9
Transformers: The Last Knight Par .55 (1.030) -53% 538 128.8
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .38 (4,500) -20% 84 3.1
A Ghost Story A24 .37 (1,130) 172% 329 0.93
Fidaa Blue Sky .37 (2,980) -63% 123 1.7
Detroit Annapurna .36 (17,900) NEW 20 0.36
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .34 (1,510) -12% 228 4.3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .29 (1,250) -21% 231 387.8
Mubarakan Sony .28 (2,200) NEW 128 0.28
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox .27 (1,020) -41% 267 72.4
Vekh Baraatan Challiyan Rhythm Boyz .24 (6,340) NEW 38 0.24
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV .21 (1,010) -14% 210 171
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS .20 (820) -56% 240 42.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.30
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .18 (3,450) 53 0.18
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions .18 (1,710) 42% 104 0.47
Landline Magnolia .14 (3,190) 161% 43 0.21
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .13 (33,020) 4 0.13
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .12 (1,290) -28% 96 1.2
The Hero Orchard 65,800 (650) -55% 102 3.8
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 64,500 (950) -45% 68 6.8
Menashe A24 56,300 (18,770) 3 0.06
Gautham Nanda iDream 51,600 (870) 59 0.05
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics 43,800 (14,600) 3 0.04
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 31,700 (770) -44% 41 5.5
Person to Person Magnolia 18,800 (6,270) 3 0.02
Nibunan PVR 5,100 (300) 17 0.01
A Family Man Vertical 4,400 (400) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 27, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1370.6 20.60%
Universal (13) 1217.8 18.30%
Warner Bros. (17) 1043.2 15.70%
20th Century Fox (18) 945.9 14.20%
Sony (12) 550.2 8.30%
Lionsgate (14) 471.7 7.10%
Paramount (12) 381.7 5.80%
STX (6) 71.9 1.10%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 0.95%
Focus (11) 58.8 0.90%
Entertainment (2) 45.7 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.6 0.65%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.60%
A24 (7) 37.2 0.55%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.50%
Other * (207) 270 4.05%
6644.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – July 27, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,261,913,613
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,235,294,269
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 860,163,224
Wonder Woman WB 783,332,742
Despicable Me 3 Uni 775,828,536
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 769,452,354
Logan Fox 618,191,538
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 597,282,502
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,663,975
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 558,357,889
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 495,875,565
The Mummy Uni 393,300,646
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,729,036
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,297,263
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,181,954
The Lego Batman Movie WB 314,542,428
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 277,901,672
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
Rogue One * BV 270,018,934
Cars 3 BV 255,579,353
Get Out Uni 252,802,945
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,521,078
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Emoji Movie|9.9|4075|New|9.9
Dunkirk|7.9|3748|-46%|82.6
Atomic Blonde|7.1|3304|New|7.1
Girls Trip|6.2|2648|-38%|51.6
Spider-Man: Homecoming|3.9|3625|-39%|268.8
War for the Planet of the Apes|3|3374|-50%|111.3
Despicable Me 3|2.3|3030|-39%|225
Valerian and the City of a 1000 Planets|1.8|3553|-62%|25.7
Baby Driver|1.2|1961|-33%|89.2
Wonder Woman|1|1651|-22%|392.9
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Also Debuting||||
Detroit|0.13|20||
Mubarakan|84,700|128||
Vekh Baraatan Challiyan|67,000|38||
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power|61,400|4||
Wolf Warrior II|49,300|53||
Brigsby Bear|16,800|3||
Gautham Nanda|14,900|59||
Menashe|12,900|3||
Person to Person|12,200|3||
Nibunan|2,300|17||
A Family Man|1,300|10||