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The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Suicide Squad made it a triple as it held top spot with an estimated $20.7 million. Three debuting national releases opened to middling results with fact-based seriocomedy War Dogs faring best with $14.2 million and the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings grossing $12.5 million. And definitely losing the chariot race was Ben-Hur with $11.2 million.

Exclusives included gamer-dervied Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV with $115,000 and an encouraging $35,600 bow for A Tale of Love and Darkness on two screens. Hell or High Water had an effective expansion that nabbed $2.6 million.

In the niches, Hindi Happy Bhaag Jaayegi bowed to a disappointing $147,000 while Chinese import Line Walker was solid with $107,000 at 24 venues.

Session revenues generated more than $130 million and ebbed back 24% from last weekend. It was a carbon copy 24% on the plus side from 2015 when the second weekend of Straight Outta Compton led with $26.4 million and newcomers Sinister 2 and Hitman: Agent 47 opened respectively with $10.5 million and $8.3 million.

War Dogs, the tale of two unlikely weapons merchants, prevailed over its competition in large part to clever, concise marketing. It slightly exceeded pundit expectations that situated it behind Kubo in popularity. Studio exit demos identified the opening crowd as 56% male with 67% aged 25-years and older. The core 18-34-year old component comprised 42% of viewers. The film opened day-and-date in 31 international markets to an estimated $6.5 million. Top territories included Russia with $1.9 million and Australia witg $1.1 million.

The audience might have smelled a rat with the American-produced Kubo and the Two Strings. Tracking suggested a $15 million to $17 million launch that would have been a stunner for a true anime. Audience demos weren’t available at press deadline.

The telling question for the third incarnation of Ben-Hur was: Why? or Why Now? The box office result provided no clear answer in what’s shaping up as the biggest commercial casualty of 2016. Despite some buzz about the non-CGI conclusive chariot encounter (a hallmark of both prior versions), promotional material obviously did little to stir crowd interest and industry mavens decried a dismal $12-$13 million debut.

On the domestic front, viewers were 51% male with 94% aged 25-years and older (a higher percentage than last weekend’s Florence Foster Jenkins). Information was unavailable on the percentage of viewers that had seen either the 1959 version with Charlton Heston or the 1925 original. Internationally Ben-Hur opened in 23 markets to slightly more than $11 million. Its top performers were Mexico at $2.5 million and Olympic-wary Brazil grossing $2.5 million.

Weekend (estimates) August 19 – 21, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Suicide Squad WB 20.7 (5,280) -53% 3924 262.3
Sausage Party Sony 15.3 (4,920) -55% 3103 65.3
War Dogs WB 14.2 (4,350) NEW 3258 14.2
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 12.5 (3,840) NEW 3260 12.5
Pete’s Dragon BV 11.4 (3,070) -47% 3702 42.9
Ben-Hur Par 11.2 (3,640) NEW 3084 11.2
Bad Moms STX/eOne 8.0 (2,850) -29% 2811 85.8
Jason Bourne Uni 8.0 (2,760) -42% 2887 140.9
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 5.8 (2,400) -36% 2404 346.7
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne 4.3 (2,830) -34% 1528 14.4
Star Trek Beyond Par 4.0 (2,020) -42% 1966 146.9
Hell or High Water CBS 2.6 (5,490) 317% 472 3.4
Lights Out WB 1.6 (1,720) -50% 942 64.2
Nine Lives Europa/VVS 1.4 (1,010) -61% 1364 17
Nerve Lionsgate 1.2 (1,440) -53% 859 35.7
Ghostbusters Sony 1.1 (1,370) -52% 788 123.9
Finding Dory BV .86 (1,910) -35% 450 478.4
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox .84 (1,070) -59% 782 60.8
Anthropoid Bleecker/Elevation .55 (1,240) -56% 441 2.2
Indignation Roadside .53 (1,670) -30% 317 2.3
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel .52 (1,920) -45% 271 9.3
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .39 (3,930) 8% 100 1.8
Rustom Zee Studios .37 (3,020) -52% 123 1.5
The Legend of Tarzan WB .37 (1,100) 1% 338 125.4
The BFG BV .31 (1,500) 13% 207 53.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $126.60
% Change (Last Year) 24%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/ eOne .23 (1,480) -35% 153 4.6
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .17 (1,370) -24% 125 4.2
Operaton Chromite CJ .16 (3,430) -48% 46 0.74
Happy Bhaag Jaayegi Eros .15 (1,960) 75 0.15
Equity Sony Classics .14 (3,230) 6% 43 0.53
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Stage 6 .11 (3,780) 24 0.11
Line Walker Media Asia .11 (5,340) 20 0.11
Train to Busan Well Go 81,400 (3,700) -37% 22 1.5
Little Men Magnolia 66,500 (2,560) -38% 26 0.2
A Tale of Love and Darkness Focus 35,600 (17,800) 2 0.04
Imperium Lionsgate 33,100 (1,650) 20 0.03
The People vs. Fritz Bauer Cohen Media 31,600 (5,100) 6 0.03
Dharma Durai Praneeth 25,300 (650) 39 0.03
Main Teri tu Mera Hot Ice 23,100 (1,360) 17 0.02
The Run Off 2 CJ 19,300 (2,410) 8 0.02
Morris from America A24 15,100 (7,550) 2 0.02
Sweet Sixteen China Lion 10,600 (1,180) 9 0.01
Spa Night Strand 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
Billionaire Ransom Orion 5,100 (510) 10 0.01
Ixcanul Kino 4,700 (4,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – August 18, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2077.8 27.10%
Warner Bros. (18) 1235.3 16.10%
20th Century Fox (14) 1135.5 14.80%
Universal (14) 998.4 13.00%
Sony (18) 553.1 7.20%
Paramount (11) 550.7 7.20%
Lionsgate (16) 314.3 4.10%
Fous (8) 134.5 1.70%
STX (5) 132.8 1.70%
Open Road (5) 69.9 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.9 0.70%
A24 (7) 48.7 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (8) 36.6 0.50%
Other * (249) 337.5 4.40%
7680 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Suicide Squad|6|3924|-54%|247.6
War Dogs|5.5|3258|New|5.5
Sausage Party|4.9|3103|-63%|54.9
Ben-Hur|4.1|3084|New|4.1
Kubo and the Two Strings|4.1|3260|New|4.1
Pete’s Dragon|3.1|3702|-55%|34.6
Bad Moms|2.5|2811|-30%|80.2
Jason Bourne|2.2|2887|-43%|135.1
The Secret Life of Pets|1.5|2404|-41%|342.5
Florence Foster Jenkins|1.2|1528|-41%|11.3
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Also Debuting||||
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV|42,300|24||
Happy Bhaag Jaayegi|41,200|75||
Line Walker|38,400|20||
Imperium|13,200|20||
A Tale of Love and Darkness|9,800|2||
Dharma Durai|9,100|37||
The People vs. Fritz Bauer|8,300|6||
Main Teri tu Mera|5,700|17||
Morris from America|5,500|2||
The Run Off 2|4,800|8||
Sweet Sixteen|4,100|9||
Billionaire Ransom|3,900|10||
Spa Night|2,850|1||
Ixcanul|1,500|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Suicide Squad took a sharp second weekend hit, but nonetheless led the current session with an estimated $43.9 million. Two national newcomers followed, the ribald frank Sausage Party with $33.4 million and family adventure Pete’s Dragon that didn’t breathe fire with its $21.5 million box office. Also bowing in medium-wide release was the upscale bio-oddity Florence Foster Jenkins with solid but not SRO results of $6.5 million.

In limited wide release, Second World War verity Anthropoid had mixed results of $1.2 million. Exclusive newcomers were dominated by the contemporary western trackdown Hell or High Water with a bang-up $590,000 from 32 playdates.

In the niches. a pair of Hindi films received good starts. Mohenjo Daro grossed $718,000 while Rustom tallied $711,000. Also good was Telugu Babu Bangaram with $263,000. South Korean War saga Operation Chromite expanded to a $266,000 box office and the Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding bowed to $42,300 from 36 bowers.

Revenues for the frame generated better than $170 million and took a 26% slide from the prior weekend. It was 16% improved from 2015 when Straight Outta Compton opened to $60.2 million and the debut of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. had a disappointing $13.4 million.

The prospects of a “naughty” animated movie had pundits punditting widely divergent opinions and Sausage Party wound up somewhere in the middle of the ballpark commercially. A big question mark remains on whether the core audience scarfed it down or will order new Franks in coming weeks. Studio exit demos identified the opening crowd as 570% male with a 50/50 split for over/under 25-year olds.

More inspiration than remake, Pete’s Dragon has to rank among Disney’s best critically received family films of the past decade. Still, it fell short of studio expectations though strong word-of-mouth holds out the prospect of a strong multiple going forward. Its audience was 53% female with 66% identified as families with 54% aged 25-years and younger.

Pete also dipped its toe in international waters with a $5 million gross in 12 territories. Best of the major markets were Russia with $1.5 million, Italy grossing $1.4 million and $1.1 million in the UK.

An aggressive marketing campaign for Florence Foster Jenkins caused one industry wag to ponder whether the true story of the 1940s philanthropist and aspiring (though talentless) opera singer could possibly ever attract a young audience. The early answer is “no” with exit demos identifying viewers as 97% aged 25-years and older with a 61% female tilt. But that older crowd is definitely out in droves for the oddball diva.

Flo-Jen has been out internationally since May and grossed about $12 million from a dozen openings to date with Australia providing $2.7 million and the UK $4.5 million to the total.

Weekend (estimates) August 12 – 14, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Suicide Squad WB 43.9 (10,320) -67% 4255 223
Sausage Party Sony 33.4 (10,770) NEW 3103 33.4
Pete’s Dragon BV 21.5 (5,810) NEW 3702 21.5
Jason Bourne Uni 13.6 (3,850) -39% 3528 126.8
Bad Moms STX/eOne 11.5 (3,600) -8% 3188 71.5
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 8.8 (2,980) -23% 2958 335.9
Star Trek Beyond Par 6.8 (2,650) -32% 2577 139.7
Florence Foster Jenkins Par 6.5 (4,280) NEW 1528 6.5
Nine Lives Europa/VVS 3.5 (1,550) -44% 2264 13.6
Lights Out WB 3.2 (1,950) -46% 1652 61.1
Nerve Lionsgate 2.7 (1,510) -45% 1777 33.1
Ghostbusters Sony 2.3 (1,590) -51% 1437 121.7
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 2.0 (1,280) -54% 1548 58.7
Finding Dory BV 1.4 (2,170) -30% 631 476.8
Anthropoid Bleecker/Elevation 1.2 (2,630) NEW 452 1.2
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel .92 (2,020) -43% 455 8.5
Indignation Roadside Attract .75 (2,800) 78% 267 1.5
Mohenjo Daro UTV .72 (3.070) NEW 234 0.72
Rustom Zee Studios .71 (5,390) NEW 132 0.71
Hell or High Water CBS .59 (9,930) NEW 32 0.59
The Legend of Tarzan WB .39 (1,170) -52% 333 124.9
Central Intelligence WB .38 (1,290) 3% 295 126.6
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .36 (5,130) -4% 70 1.2
Captain Fantastic Bleecker St/e1 .34 (1,960) -41% 175 4.3
Hilary’s America: Secret History of the Democratic Party D’Souza Media .32 (1,020) -66% 313 12
Operaton Chromite CJ .27 (2,270) 740% 117 0.33
Babu Bangaram Blue Sky .26 (2,210) NEW 119 0.45
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $166.00
% Change (Last Year) 16%
% Change (Last Week) -26%
Also debuting/expanding
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .20 (1,450) -49% 140 3.9
Equity Sony Classics .14 (4,700) 159% 30 0.34
Train to Busan Well Go .13 (4,540) -34% 28 1.3
Gleason Open Road .13 (870) 15% 148 0.44
Blood Father Lionsgate .11 (2,060) 52 0.11
Little Men Magnolia 49,100 (5,450) 62% 9 0.1
My Best Friend’s Wedding Sony 42,300 (1,180) 36 0.04
The Fight Within GVN 40,600 (400) 101 0.04
Disorder (Maryland) IFC 10,700 (5,350) 2 0.01
Joshy Lionsgate 7,900 (660) 12 0.01
Ghost Team Orchard 7,200 (720) 10 0.01
My King Film Movement 5,300 (5,300) 1 0.01
The Black Hen K-Films 4,000 (2,000) 2 0.01
Emily & Tim Marvista 2,700 (540) 5 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – August 11, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2042.9 27.50%
Warner Bros. (17) 1165.6 15.70%
20th Century Fox (14) 1131.8 15.20%
Universal (14) 964.7 13.00%
Paramount (10) 531.3 7.20%
Sony (17) 502.5 6.80%
Lionsgate (15) 308.8 4.20%
Fous (8) 134.5 1.80%
STX (5) 117.1 1.60%
Open Road (5) 69.7 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.9 0.70%
A24 (7) 48.7 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (8) 35.4 0.50%
Other * (243) 319.1 4.30%
7427 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – August 11, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,151,729,569
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
The Jungle Book BV 941,354,663
Finding Dory BV 877,281,232
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
Deadpool Fox 782,603,445
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 543,431,501
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 534,964,787
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,859,942
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 380,145,344
Suicide Squad WB 370,592,351
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 346,335,808
The Legend of Tarzan WB 339,007,180
The Conjuring 2 WB 316,992,232
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 315,330,001
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 307,279,823
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 289,750,113
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 234,432,285
Jason Bourne Uni 210,395,228
Central Intelligence WB; UPI 206,715,136
London Has Fallen Focus; NuImage 203,893,315
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Sausage Party|13.4|3103|New|13.4
Suicide Squad|13.4|4255|-70%|192.5
Pete’s Dragon|6.9|3702|New|6.9
Jason Bourne|3.8|3528|-42%|117
Bad Moms|3.6|3188|-20%|63.6
The Secret Life of Pets|2.5|2958|-24%|329.6
Florence Foster Jenkins|2|1528|New|2
Star Trek Beyond|1.8|2577|-31%|134.7
Nine Lives|1.1|2264|-55%|11.1
Lights Out|1|1652|-50%|58.9
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Also Debuting||||
Anthropoid|0.36|452||
Mohenjo Daro|0.23|234||
Rustom|0.2|130||
Hell or High Water|0.19|32||
Babu Bangaram|82,500|119||
Blood Father|34,300|52||
My Best Friend’s Wedding|18,400|35||
The Fight Within|16,900|100||
Ghost Team |3,500|10||
Disorder (Maryland)|3,300|2||
Joshy|3,300|12||
Emily & Tim|2,000|5||
My King|1,550|1||
The Black Hen|1,200|2||

Review: HELL OR HIGH WATER

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

For generations the western defined the American cinema. The best of the genre embraced the natural beauty of landscape which dwarfed the settlers and wranglers forging new lives and reflected the mood of a nation pushing forward and glancing back.

Hell or High Water, set in contemporary West Texas, is in the spirit of the great westerns. Though modern set its locale, attitude and narrative without too much tinkering could have been situated in the pioneer eras that enlivened the likes of John Ford and Sergio Leone. The environment is rugged and the characters strong willed individuals unbowed by nature or man. The film travels along two tracks. In the lead are the brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) that rob banks to pay for a homestead of parched earth that’s downing in debt. A furlong behind is veteran Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his native partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham).

The brothers are the “good” bad men of sorts. Tanner’s served time and has a hair-trigger personality capable of a spectrum of extremes. Toby understands that fear is not part of his brother’s makeup and that he would be a willing participant in some smash and grab bank jobs to save their tiny bit of earth.

Still the film isn’t some simplistic Robin Hood variant where good intentions trump felonious pursuits. Toby has a clear-eyed view of the job; it’s calculated to avoid the kind of dopey missteps that got his brother in jail. The banks are specifically targeted to minimize risk, the getaway vehicles are dispensable and disposable and the weaponry simple and untraceable. Despite a personal history of failure (jobs, marriage), Toby is focused on turning around the fortunes of his sons by ken not desperation.

The fact that the younger Howard doesn’t fit the mold dovetails nicely with Ranger Hamilton, an equally singular individual. On the cusp of retirement, he’s seen every variant of criminal activity and immediately grasps that “his” bank robbers are cut from a different cloth. Hamilton is at a point in his life where his tolerance for the system is withering but he loves the hunt and has an appreciation for his prey that’s chilling.

The scrupulously observed script by Taylor Sheridan has found its ideal interpreter in Scotsman David Mackenzie. It seems both odd and appropriate that foreigners such as Australian Bruce Beresford and Brit Stephen Frears have demonstrated a feel for the west in films like of Tender Mercies and The Hi-Lo Country that has eludes native talent. Add in the evocative images of fellow Scot Giles Nuttgens and Hell or High Water emerges as wholly absorbing.

Mackenzie’s sleight-of-hand is to provide providing color, atmosphere and texture of this dot on the map without missing the essential cat-and-mouse game. The vistas as well as the local players organically meld and enrich a tale rife with tragedy and hope.

The film’s protagonists are ultimately the glue that makes it all come together. Foster recalls a latter day Buck Barrow with a simmering mix of violence, humor and compassion while Pine gets his first screen opportunity to play a variegated character balancing passion with ingrained self doubt. Birmingham elevates his role as foil and butt of the joke to Bridges’ taciturn lawman with a sly mix of dignity and intelligence.

Finally, there is Jeff Bridges who revels in the opportunity to be the grumpy, if canny, old man. There is no better testament to his talent and diligence as an actor than in the sequence of his trackdown of Toby Howard. In a flash he conveys a range of emotions with the precision of a marksman with blistering honesty that needs no flash or pomposity.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

It was one for the books – record books – as Suicide Squad bowed to a muscle-flexing estimated $134.7 million. The session’s other freshman national release –  Nine Lives – confirmed that cute cat videos are best seen on You Tube with a less than purrrr-fect $6.4 million gross.

Best of the exclusive bows was the coming of age Little Men (a non-Alcott) that opened to $28,300 from two engagements. Alternative expanders Indignation and Don’t Think Twice both did well.

In the niches, the only Indian import to show a pulse (albeit faint) was Telugu Manamantha with a $118,000 at 81 venues. Filipino rom-com How to Be Yours had OK box office of $192,000 on 61 screens and South Korea’s Operation Chromite had a promising start of $28,100 at a single screen.

Revenues for the frame generated more than $230 million for a buoyant 22% bounce from last weekend. It was a significant 75% expansion from 2015 when the second weekend of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s $28.5 million trounced newcomers Fantastic Four and The Gift that bowed respectively to $25.7 million and $11.8 million.

DC Comics spin on The Dirty Dozen (supervillains recruited to fight crime) Suicide Squad had the earmarks of the sort of antihero appeal Deadpool demonstrated earlier this year. An aggressive marketing campaign and star-power casting offset a fractious production history that both drew fans and elicited withering critical response. The latter element (and tepid word-of-mouth) put a crimp on tracking that suggested a $140-$150 million launch.

Still, it set an August opening record that easily shattered the $94.3 million benchmark set by Guardians of the Galaxy. The domestic audience was 54% male with 54% aged 25-years. The core 18-34 year demo accounted for 48% of the total crowd.

On the international front, Suicide Squad opened in 57 foreign markets to roughly $130 million, which also set an August overseas record. Its top-grossing market was the UK with almost $14 million and it proved effective counterprogramming in Brazil, where it lit an $11 million-plus flame. The only major territories yet to open are Germany, Japan and Italy.

In light of the DC tsunami, expectations for Nine Lives were less than revivifying. Still predictions of a $7-$8 million meow-ful proved to be overconfident.

Weekend (estimates) August 5 – 7, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Suicide Squad WB 134.7 (31,660) NEW 4255 134.7
Jason Bourne Uni 22.7 (5,610) -62% 4039 103.4
Bad Moms STX/eOne 14.2 (4,410) -41% 3215 51
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 11.5 (3,380) -39% 3417 319.6
Star Trek Beyond Par 10.3 (3,150) -59% 3263 128
Nine Lives EuropaCorp 6.4 (2,840) NEW 2264 6.4
Lights Out WB 6.1 (2,360) -44% 2581 54.8
Ghostbusters Sony 4.8 (1,900) -52% 2545 116.7
Nerve Lionsgate 4.8 (1,900) -49% 2538 26.8
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 4.3 (1,560) -61% 2738 53.5
Finding Dory BV 1.9 (1,710) -56% 1122 473.8
Café Society Lionsgate 1.7 (2,650) -28% 631 6.8
Hilary’s America: Secret History of the Democratic Party D’Souza Media .89 (1,330) -64% 672 11.1
The Legend of Tarzan WB .75 (1,160) -69% 648 124
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street .56 (1,540) -47% 363 3.6
Indignation Roadside Att .45 (8,250) 387% 55 0.59
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .38 (6,720) 147% 57 0.69
Central Intelligence WB .37 (1,633) -59% 226 126.1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .34 (1,950) -6% 176 3.5
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight .34 (1,490) -59% 226 4.2
The BFG BV .29 (1,240) -37% 234 52.8
Pelli Chupulu Freeze Frame .28 (6,710) -2% 42 0.77
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Fox .27 (900) -82% 297 45.1
The Jungle Book BV .23 (1,140) -26% 200 362.7
Bambukat Nadar .22 (6,160) -43% 36 0.9
Train to Busan Well Go .20 (5,530) -13% 36 1.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $225.60
% Change (Last Year) 75%
% Change (Last Week) 22%
Also debuting/expanding
How to Be Yours ABS .19 (3,150) 61 0.19
Manamantha Vaaraahi Intl .18 (1,450) 81 0.18
Gleason Open Road .11 (1,540) 16% 69 0.24
The Innocents Music Box 63,700 (1,330) -15% 48 0.85
Equity Sony Classics 56,800 (14,200) -31% 4 0.17
Srirastu Subhamatu Classics 39,200 (570) 69 0.04
Little Men Magnolia 28,300 (14.150) 2 0.03
Operaton Chromite CJ 28,100 (28,100) 1 0.03
The Tenth Man Kino 13,600 (3,400) 4 0.01
Elevator to the Gallows (reissue) Rialto 13,300 (13,300) 1 0.01
The Brooklyn Banker TriCoast 10,400 (950) 11 0.01
Five Nights in Maine FilmRise 10,100 (840) 12 0.01
Front Cover Strand 7,500 (7500) 1 0.01
Citizen Soldier Broad Green 7,300 (1,820) 4 0.01
Mon Ami Dino L’Atelier 7,100 (710) 10 0.01
L’Homme a la hauter Soda 6,500 (930) 7 0.01
The Remains Vertical 5,300 (290) 18 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – August 4, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2038.1 28.70%
20th Century Fox (14) 1123.5 15.80%
Warner Bros. (17) 995.5 14.00%
Universal (14) 912.9 12.80%
Paramount (10) 515.9 7.20%
Sony (16) 491.8 6.90%
Lionsgate (15) 298.3 4.20%
Fous (8) 134.5 1.90%
STX (5) 96.1 1.30%
Open Road (5) 69.5 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.9 0.80%
A24 (7) 48.6 0.70%
Roadside Attractions (8) 34.8 0.50%
Other * (236) 298.8 4.20%
7113.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – August 4, 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 13,848,959
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 10,190,946
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,050,034
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Sultan Yash Raj 6,151,928
Café Society Lionsgate 5,089,811
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,614,858
A Beautiful Planet Imax 4,577,233
45 Years * IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
The Meddler Sony Classics 4,257,381
A Hologram for the King Roadside Attract/eOne 4,212,494
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC/Mongrel 4,134,869
Swiss Army Man A24/D Films 4,121,261
Where to Invade Next Drafthouse/Mongrel 3,827,261
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 3,819,078
Midnight Special WB 3,712,282
* does not include 2015 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Jason Bourne easily led the field with an estimated $60 million debut. Also strong among national debs was the raucous comedy Bad Moms that slotted third with $23.3 million while the social media thriller Nerve opened to a more modest $8.9 million.

Activity among exclusive launches was also fierce with the top performers emerging as the Philip Roth adaptation Indignation at $83,600 at four venues and the financial thriller Equity grossing $76,200 also on four screens.

In the niches Indian imports put on a full court press with three solid debuts. The Hindi Dishoom grossed $417,000; Punjabi Bambukat opened with $297,000; and the Telugu Pelli Chupulu took $228,000.

The second weekend of Don’t Think Twice added four sets and maintained a hearty $33,240 per-location average. Café Society went wide-ish with an effective $2.3 million.

Overall revenues for the session generated about $190 million for a slight 6% decline from last weekend. It was a 30% improvement from 2015 when Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation opened to $55.5 followed by Vacation, with $14.7 million.

Jason Bourne has evolved as America’s James Bond (though past efforts to find a replacement actor were less organic) with a combination of contemporary socio-political issues, superlative action set pieces and a tortured protagonist. Tracking suggested a high end debut of $55 million that it quickly surpassed. Critical response and strong w-o-m is likely to translate into a strong multiple and its effective ambiguous end virtually demands further installments.

On the domestic side, Bourne skewed 55% male with 76% of the audience aged 25-years and older. The core 17-34 year old corridor comprised 32% of ticket buyers.

The film opened day-and-date in 46 international markets to an estimated $50 million. Its top territory was Korea with $11 million with the UK close behind at $10 million. It bowed top of the chart in 27 markets.

Bad Moms proved to be the weekend surprise as it smashed expectations of $16 million to $18 million. The tale of errant housewives hit a nerve with its target crowd and may cast a wider net in the coming weeks. The opening weekend audience was 82% female with 48% aged 34-years and older.

Moms also dipped its toe in 12 international waters to an estimated $1.4 million including a $325,000 bow in Spain.

Nerve got a head start on the weekend with a Wednesday launch that provided a $6 million two-day tally. It also drew majority female viewers gauged at 63% with 78% aged 25-years and younger.

Weekend (estimates) July 29 – 31, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Jason Bourne Uni 60.0 (14,910) NEW 4026 60
Star Trek Beyond Par 24.1 (6,130) -59% 3928 105.8
Bad Moms STX 23.3 (7,240) NEW 3215 23.3
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 18.2 (4,940) -38% 3677 296.2
Lights Out WB 10.7 (3,790) -51% 2835 42.8
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 10.5 (2,620) -51% 3997 42.1
Ghostbusters Sony 9.7 (3,190) -54% 3052 106.1
Nerve Lionsgate 8.9 (3,520) NEW 2538 15
Finding Dory BV 4.2 (2,410) -42% 1733 469
The Legend of Tarzan WB 2.4 (1,580) -64% 1503 121.8
Hilary’s America D’Souza Media 2.4 (2,230) -40% 1066 8.7
Café Society Lionsgate 2.3 (4,020) 167% 565 3.9
Mike and Dave Fox 1.4 (1,320) -68% 1070 43.9
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street 1.0 (1,860) 71% 550 2.4
Central Intelligence WB .89 (1,360) -69% 652 125.3
The Infiltrator Broad Green .82 (1,260) -75% 650 14.4
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight .79 (2,220) -58% 355 3.4
The Purge: Election Day Uni .69 (1,360) -71% 510 78.3
The BFG BV .42 (1,550) -58% 273 52.1
Dishoom Eros .42 (3,860) NEW 108 0.42
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .36 (2,070) -38% 174 2.9
The Jungle Book BV .31 (1,390) -23% 225 362.2
Bambukat Nadar .30 (8,480) NEW 35 0.3
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox .27 (1,200) -70% 227 101.9
Kabali CineGalaxy .24 (1,670) -94% 142 4.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $182.30
% Change (Last Year) 30%
% Change (Last Week) -6%
Also debuting/expanding
Pelli Chupulu Freeze Frame .23 (4,300) 53 0.25
Train to Busan Well Go .22 (7,690) -22% 29 0.71
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .17 (33,240) 79% 5 0.23
Indignation Roadside Attract 83,600 (20,900) 4 0.08
Gleason Open Road 82,500 (9,170) 0.08
Equity Sony Classics 76,200 (19,050) 4 0.08
League of Gods Media Asia 72,300 (1,340) 54 0.07
The Innocents Music Box 67,800 (1,300) -46% 52 0.74
Love & Friendship Roadside Attract 59,400 (1,140) -48% 52 13.8
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 44,700 (1,440) -54% 31 9
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil Kino 11,300 (11,300) 1 0.01
Miss Sharon Jones! Starz 10,200 (10,200) 1 0.01
Into the Forest A24 5,200 (370) 14 0.01
The Land IFC 4,100 (2,050) 2 0.01
Can We Take a Joke? IDP 3,400 (1,130) 3 0.01
Hollywood Beauty Salon Paladin 1,700 (1,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 28, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2029.2 29.80%
20th Century Fox (14) 1102.9 16.20%
Warner Bros. (16) 953.1 14.00%
Universal (14) 805.2 11.80%
Paramount (10) 479.6 7.00%
Sony (15) 475.3 7.00%
Lionsgate (15) 278.7 4.10%
Fous (8) 134.5 2.00%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.00%
STX (5) 64.2 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.9 0.80%
A24 (7) 48.5 0.70%
Roadside Attractions (7) 34.5 0.50%
Other * (231) 283 4.20%
6813 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – July 28, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 464,792,930
Captain America: Civil War BV 406,865,223
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
The Jungle Book BV 361,910,909
Zootopia BV 341,257,194
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 277,967,745
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,442,489
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
Central Intelligence WB 124,393,013
The Legend of Tarzan WB 119,451,210
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 106,864,037
The Conjuring 2 WB 101,947,824
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 101,670,640
Ghostbusters Sony 96,371,471
Ride Along 2 Uni 91,251,872
Daddy’s Home Par 85,902,195
Star Trek Beyond Par 81,720,378
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Jason Bourne|22.7|4026|New|22.7
Bad Moms|9.5|3215|New|9.5
Star Trek Beyond|6.7|3928|-62%|88.4
The Secret Life of Pets|5.5|3677|-37%|283.5
Lights Out|3.5|2835|-61%|35.6
Ice Age Collision Course|3.3|3997|-59%|34.8
Nerve|3.2|2538|New|9.2
Ghostbusters|2.9|3052|-53%|99.3
Finding Dory|1.2|1733|-39%|466
The Legend of Tarzan|0.65|1503|-65%|120.1
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Also Debuting||||
Dishoom|0.13|108||
Bambukat|85,800|35||
Pelli Chupulu|60,000|53||
Gleason|39,200|9||
League of Gods|30,700|54||
Equity|27,700|4||
Indignation|25,000|4||
Miss Sharon Jones!|3,800|1||
Hieronymus Bosch: TBTD|3,300|1||
Can We Take a Joke?|2,200|2||
The Land|2,100|2||
Into the Forest|1,650|12||
Hollywood Beauty Salon|1,150|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

It was another Kirk at the can as Star Trek Beyond steered the latest Enterprise to an estimated $59.4 million. Two other new national releases duked it out for positions four and five with the slightest edge for the horror entry Lights Out with $21.2 million. The animated franchise Ice Age: Collision Course was right behind at $20.8 million.

In limited wide release the Brit telly comedy staple Absolutely Fabulous translated well to the big screen with a $1.9 million box office at 313. The adversarial Hillary’s America received a stinging endorsement of $3.8 million pre-Philly convention, and slow rollouts of Café Society and Captain America held extremely well.

In the niches, it was another potent opening from India with Kabali opening to $4.2 million. Also strong were Filipino Imagine You & Me with a $232,000 tally from 28 venues and South Korean zombie apocalypse saga Train to Busan grossing $241,000 at a comparable 28 stations.

Among exclusive newcomers the inside-comedy dramedy Don’t Think Twice generated a laugh riot of $86,500 from a single Manhattan room.

Revenues were just shy of $200 million for a significant 21% boost from last weekend. It was a 31% improvement from 2015 when the second weekend of Ant-Man edged out the debut of Pixels with respective grosses of $24.9 million and $20 million.

Star Trek Beyond proved the truth of live long and prosper. The rebooted franchise from go-to reinventor J.J. Abrams had high-end expectations of $60 million and a critical response that was positive, if contained. Fan boys were 57% of the opening weekend audience with 73% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The core 18-34-year old demo was 31% of the big picture.

Beyond bowed day-and-date in 37 international markets to an estimated $30 million. The UK was the top grosser at $6.1 million with Germany contributing $4.5 million and Russia adding $3.3 million to the mix.

The weekend surprise was the showdown between Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course that wasn’t supposed to even be close. The low-budget chiller was tracking at a solid bow of about $15 million. Meanwhile, though, the fifth outing of the animated prehistoric critters has been steadily declining at the domestic box office, pundits projected $23- $25 million, competitive with The Secret Life of Pets.

The extra utz for Lights Out came from an unexpected female tilt of 54%. There was also a hefty 37% of tickets buyers aged 18-years and older with 18-34 year olds adding another 37% to the overall audience. The film also trickled out in 30 foreign flags to about $8 million with the only major territories Australia and Russia bowing respectively with $1.7 million and $800,000.

Ice Age may have cooled on the domestic front but its overseas box office is staggering; it’s the all-time biggest animated franchise with a tally in excess of $3 billion globally. It bowed internationally three weeks ago and going into the present weekend had amassed $150 million. The opening weekend domestic audience was 54% female with 69% identifying as families.

Weekend (estimates) July 22 – 24, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Star Trek Beyond Par 59.4 (15,130) NEW 3928 59.4
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 29.3 (7,240) -42% 4048 260.7
Ghostbusters Sony 21.3 (5,370) -54% 3963 86.5
Lights Out WB 21.2 (7,530) NEW 2818 21.2
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 20.8 (5,210) NEW 3992 20.8
Finding Dory BV 7.2 (2,800) -36% 2576 460.2
The Legend of Tarzan WB 6.4 (2,250) -44% 2844 114.8
Mike and Dave Fox 4.4 (2,040) -43% 2137 40.3
Kabali CineGalaxy 4.2 (17,590) NEW 237 4.2
Hilary’s America D’Souza 3.8 (3,140) 5006% 1217 3.9
The Infiltrator Broad Green 3.3 (2,120) -39% 1537 12.2
Central Intelligence WB 2.8 (1,770) -48% 1602 123.1
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 1.9 (5,970) NEW 313 1.9
The Purge: Election Day Uni 2.3 (1,370) -62% 1701 76.6
The BFG BV .92 (1,340) -76% 686 50.9
Café Society Lionsgate .86 (17,240) 140% 50 1.4
Independence Dy: Resurgence Fox .85 (1,170) -76% 730 101.2
The Shallows Sony .59 (1,150) -80% 513 53.6
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street .57 (5,490) 98% 104 1.1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .51 (2,560) -10% 200 2.3
The Jungle Book BV .41 (1,760) -21% 233 361.6
Sultan Yash Raj .40 (2,570) -49% 157 6
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate .30 (1,180) -56% 257 64.3
The Conjuring 2 WB .29 (1,230) -66% 235 101.8
Train to Busan Well Go .24 (8,610) NEW 28 0.24
Imagine You & Me GMA .23 (8,280) NEW 28 0.23
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $192.60
% Change (Last Year) 31%
% Change (Last Week) 21%
Also debuting/expanding
The Innocents Music Box .13 (2,060) -26% 62 0.62
Free State of Jones STX/Elevation .12 (900) -75% 135 20.8
Love & Friendship Roadside .11 (1,230) -44% 88 13.7
Swiss Army Man A24/D Films .10 (1,200) -61% 81 4
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 94,700 (1,410) -43% 67 8.9
Our Kind of Traitor Roadside 93,700 (1,060) -69% 88 3
Madaari Big Pictures 91,800 (1,700) 54 0.09
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade 86,500 (86,500) 1 0.09
Maggie’s Plan Sony Classics 53,600 (860) -57% 62 3.2
Dukot ABS 41,400 (1,150) 36 0.04
Our Little Sister Sony Classics 42,300 (2,120) 25% 20 0.13
For a Few Bullets China Lion 16,200 (1,080) 15 0.02
One Night Only Cheng Cheng 14,300 (890) 16 0.01
Summertime Strand 14,100 (2,350) 6 0.01
The Blackout Experiments Gravitas 6,900 (860) 8 0.01
Don’t Worry Baby Orion 4,300 (710) 6 0.01
Fight Valley Breaking Glass 3,200 (350) 9 0.01
Hooligan Sparrow Film Collaborative 1,900 (1,900) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 21, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 2014.7 30.90%
20th Century Fox (13) 1063.1 16.30%
Warner Bros. (16) 906.7 13.90%
Universal (13) 750.8 11.50%
Sony (15) 442.8 6.80%
Paramount (10) 403.2 6.20%
Lionsgate (14) 270.9 4.20%
Fous (8) 134.5 2.00%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.10%
STX (4) 62.1 0.95%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.8 0.85%
A24 (7) 48.2 0.75%
Roadside Attractions (7) 34.3 0.55%
Sony Classics (11) 25.1 0.40%
Other * (212) 235 3.60%
6515.6 100%
* none greater than 0.35%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Star Trek Beyond|22.2|3928|New|22.2
Lights Out|9.1|2818|New|9.1
The Secret Life of Pets|8.6|4038|-43%|240
Ice Age Collision Course|7.5|3992|New|7.5
Ghostbusters|6.1|3963|-64%|71.4
Kabali|2.7|237|New|2.7
Finding Dory|2|2576|-39%|455
The Legend of Tarzan|1.8|2844|-46%|110.2
Hilary’s America: Secret History of the Dems|1.4|1217|3198%|1.5
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates|1.3|2137|-44%|37.3
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Also Debuting||||
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie|0.66|313||
Imagine You & Me|84,500|28||
Train to Busan|72,200|28||
Don’t Think Twice|30,200|1||
Madaari|25,500|54||
Dukot|12,400|36||
For a Few Bullets|6,700|15||
The Blackout Experiments|5,400|8||
One Night Only|4,900|16||
Summertime|3,850|5||
Don’t Worry Baby|3,300|6||
Fight Valley|2,350|9||
Hooligan Sparrow|1,200|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets remained top dog  with an estimated $50.5 million weekend gross. Nonetheless, it had stiff competition from the incoming distaff reboot of Ghostbusters that arrived alive with $46 million. The session’s other national newcomer The Infiltrator on the hunt for drug kingpin Pablo Escobar snuck into the top 10 with $5.2 million.

Top exclusive newcomers included Dinesh D’Souza’s election year screed Hilary Clinton: The Secret History of the Democratic Party that had faithful support of $77,500 from three precincts. Progressive moviegoers embraced Woody Allen’s Café Society with a resounding $350,000 endorsement.

In the niches, the Chinese So Young 2: Never Young bowed with $51,200 from 21 screens while Korea’s Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River grossed $32,700 at seven venues. In Québec. local production King Dave had a short reign of $28,600 from 20 screens.

Revenues for the frame inched toward $165 million and a 26% decline from last weekend. It was also a 17% abatement from 2015 when the launch of Ant-Man led with $57.2 million and Trainwreck bowed to $30.1 million.

The revived Ghostbusters tracked second to The Secret Life of Pets with expectations of a $45-$48 million opening that suggested a not-quite-blockbuster level but remained in the serious consideration category for a sequel. The opening audience was identified as 54% female with 55% aged 25-years and older.

Exit data wasn’t available for The Infiltrator but industry expectations were grim for the trackdown tale with high end predictions of $4 million. Its release placement was a head scratcher and an oddball choice as a counterprogrammer.

The weekend also featured several alternative expansions including an effective second round for Captain Fantastic. Also impressive has been the slow rollout of New Zealand’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. But the biggest seasonal surprise has been The Lobster, which has now grossed more in the domestic marketplace than its entire international box office.

Weekend (estimates) July 15 – 17, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 50.5 (11,540) -52% 4381 203.1
Ghostbusters Sony 46.0 (11,600) NEW 3963 46
The Legend of Tarzan WB 11.1 (3,120) -47% 3551 103
Finding Dory BV 10.9 (3,090) -48% 3536 445.4
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Fox 7.5 (2,480) -55% 3008 31.3
The Purge: Election Day Uni 6.7 (2,270) -51% 2671 71
Central Intelligence WB 5.3 ((2,210) -35% 2381 117.5
The Infiltrator Broad Green 5.2 (3,230) NEW 1601 6.6
The BFG BV 3.7 (1,690) -53% 2182 47.3
Independence Dy: Resurgence Fox 3.4 (1,500) -56% 2290 98.5
The Shallows Sony 2.9 (1,220) -39% 2406 51.3
Sultan Yash Raj 1.0 (3,430) -59% 283 5.2
The Conjuring 2 WB .85 (1,500) -50% 566 101.1
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate .68 (1,300) -48% 523 63.5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .55 (3,530) 43% 156 1.5
The Jungle Book BV .49 (1,780) 95% 276 360.8
Free State of Jones STX/Elevation .49 (960) -63% 506 20.4
Café Society Lionsgate .35 (70,600) NEW 5 0.35
Our Kind of Traitor Roadside Attract .29 (1,110) -59% 262 2.8
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street .28 (7,690) 195% 36 0.4
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox .26 (1,040) -36% 250 155
Swiss Army Man A24 .26 (1,130) -62% 228 3.7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: OotS Par .25 (1,370) -21% 185 80.8
Me Before You WB .25 (1,033) -41% 238 55.3
Warcraft Uni .19 (1,280) -57% 149 47
Les 3 p’tits cochons 2 Seville .18 (2,360) -59% 77 1.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $157.25
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -26%
Also debuting/expanding
Love & Friendship Roadside Attract .17 (1,240) -43% 140 13.4
The Lobster A24/Mongrel .17 (1,670) -36% 101 8.7
The Innocents Music Box .16 (2,340) 23% 67 0.39
Maggie’s Plan Sony Classics .12 (960) -26% 127 3.1
Cold War 2 Well Go .10 (4,390) -36% 23 0.35
Hilary’s America: Secret History of Deec Party D’Souza Media 77,500 (25,830) 3 0.08
Wiener-Dog IFC 64,300 (870) -29% 74 0.38
So Young 2: Never Gone China Lion 51,200 (2,440) 21 0.05
Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River CJ 32,700 (4,670) 7 0.03
King Dave Seville 28,600 (1,430) 20 0.03
When Larry Met Mary Media Asia 11,400 (1,630) 7 0.01
Closet Monster Elevation 10,700 (10,700) 1 0.01
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank Grasshopper 8,900 (8900) 1 0.01
Equals A24 8,520 (2,130) 4 0.01
Lucha Mexico Kino 7,900 (360) 22 0.01
Undrafted Vertical 5,800 (360) 16 0.01
Phantom Boy Gkids 4,700 (4,700) 1 0.01
Five A-Z Films 3,900 (490) 8 0.01
Outlaws and Angels Momentum 3,300 (300) 11 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 14, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 1988.3 31.70%
20th Century Fox (13) 1045.3 16.70%
Warner Bros. (15) 878.4 14.00%
Universal (13) 662.3 10.60%
Paramount (9) 397.3 6.30%
Sony (15) 375.9 6.00%
Lionsgate (13) 269.4 4.30%
Fous (8) 134.5 2.10%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.10%
STX (4) 61.3 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.8 0.90%
A24 (7) 47.7 0.75%
Roadside Attractions (7) 33.6 0.55%
Sony Classics (10) 24.7 0.40%
Other * (208) 222.1 3.60%
6265 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Global Grossers (January 1 – July 14, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,150,794,980
Zootopia BV 1,016,476,807
The Jungle Book BV 936,471,154
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
Deadpool Fox 782,038,982
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Finding Dory BV 666,260,852
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 533,596,228
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 518,997,505
Warcraft Uni; Legend 434,571,223
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 341,880,281
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 310,567,172
The Conjuring 2 WB 295,800,627
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 272,730,049
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 243,496,359
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 223,406,522
London Has Fallen Focus; NuImage 203,893,315
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 198,356,132
The Monkey King 2 China Lion 190,755,793
From Vegas to Macau III Bona; Media Asia 186,923,621
Allegiant Lionsgate 179,885,634
* does not include 2015 revenues

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Ghostbusters|16.9|3963|New|16.9
The Secret Life of Pets|15|4381|-55%|167.6
Finding Dory|3.3|3536|-48%|437.7
The Legend of Tarzan|3.3|3551|-47%|95.2
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates|2.3|3008|-58%|26.1
The Purge: Election Year|1.9|2671|-52%|66.8
Central Intelligence|1.6|2381|-36%|113.8
The Infiltrator|1.5|1601|New|2.9
The BFG|1.1|2182|-55%|44.7
Independence Day: Resurgence|0.95|2290|-57%|96
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Also Debuting||||
Café Society|0.12|5||
Hilary’s America: Secret History of Demc Party|41,200|3||
So Young 2: Never Gone|20,900|21||
Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River|10,900|7||
King Dave|9,300|18||
Closet Monster|5,200|1||
When Larry Met Mary|4,200|7||
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank|3,500|1||
Lucha Mexico|2,400|20||
Phantom Boy|2,000|1||
Equals|1,650|3||
Undrafted|1,500|15||
Outlaws and Angels|1,300|10||
Five|1,200|7||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets bow wowed to an estimated $103.1 million to easily take the weekend crown. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates opened fourth to $16.6 million.

Exclusive freshman included encouraging starts for the Japanese warmedy Our Little Sister and the doc Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You with, respectively, $25,700 from three screens and $19,100 at two sites. Most impressive was Captain Fantastic with $97,600 from four communes. The session’s two major expansions, New Zealand family adventure Hunt for the Wilderpeople and French drama The Innocents both clicked in wider release.

Activity in the niches was torrid with the Hindi Sultan opening with the year’s biggest gross for an Indian production with $2.4 million. There was also a solid bow of $107,000 for the Kannada film Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu at 31 venues. The latest Filipino rom-com The Achy Breaky Hearts had an excellent start of $213,000 with Chinese Cold War 2 strong at $160,000.

Revenues for the three days climbed to roughly $215 million for a 12% boost from last weekend. It was a slim 1% decline from 2015 when Minions debuted with $115.7 million and Jurassic World slipped into second with $18.2 million.

Expectations were high for The Secret Life of Pets with tracking suggesting an $80 million to $85 million launch. It was an understandable lowball as the animated film was not an established franchise. Its box office establishes it as the largest opening for an original animated feature. A studio spokesman said the universal appeal of four-legged friends proved a stronger magnet than anticipated.

Pets were unleashed two weeks ago in a handful of international markets and entered the current weekend with an overseas gross of $34 million. This weekend it debuted in India and its $490,000 box office contributed to a $7.8 million foreign gross. Studio exit polls identified the domestic audience as 64% female with 51% aged 25-years and older. Families accounted for 54% of ticket sales.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates was perceived as a modest counter-programmer with high end expectations of $15 million that it exceeded. It’s still premature to dub the modestly budgeted comedy as a sleeper but that potential exists. Its audience skewed slightly female at 52% with an even split for the over/under 25-year olds.

Mike and Dave also dipped into 19 international markets for a $3.7 million tally. Major territories included $1.9 million in Australia and $660,000 in Russia.

Finding Dory became the top-grossing 2015 release on Friday, when the domestic box surged past $6 billion. The current domestic box office is running at a 4% faster pace than 2015.

Weekend (estimates) July 8 – 10, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 103.1 (23,600) NEW 4370 103.1
The Legend of Tarzan WB 20.7 (5,760) -46% 3591 81.5
Finding Dory BV 20.5 (5,290) -51% 3871 422.7
Mike and Dave Fox 16.6 (5,580) NEW 2982 16.6
The Purge: Election Day Uni 11.7 (4,140) -63% 2821 58.1
Central Intelligence WB 8.2 (2,880) -35% 2841 108.4
The BFG BV 7.7 (2,280) -59% 3392 38.9
Independence Dy: Resurgence Fox 7.6 (2,490) -54% 3061 91.4
The Shallows Sony 4.8 (2,000) -45% 2406 45.8
Sultan Yash Raj 2.2 (7,880) NEW 283 3.2
The Conjuring 2 WB 1.7 (1,640) -55% 1052 99.4
Free State of Jones STX/Elevation 1.4 (1,080) -67% 1264 19.3
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 1.3 (1,550) -55% 864 62.2
Our Kind of Traitor Roadside Attractions .73 (1,830) -26% 399 2.2
Swiss Army Man A24 .67 (1,110) -54% 600 3.1
Me Before You WB .43 (1,350) -48% 318 54.8
Les 3 p’tits cochons 2 Seville .41 (5,080) -17% 81 1.2
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox .40 (1,380) -56% 288 154.5
Warcraft Uni .39 (1,720) -23% 228 46.5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .37 (5,170) 107% 72 0.71
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par .32 (1.090) -58% 293 80.4
Captain America: Civil War BV .31 (1,290) -60% 238 406.2
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions .29 (1,820) -28% 161 13.1
The Lobster A24/Mongrel .29 (2,360) -23% 122 8.5
The Jungle Book BV .26 (1,320) -67% 197 360.2
The Achy Breaky Hearts ABS .21 (4,840) NEW 44 0.21
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $208.90
% Change (Last Year) -1%
% Change (Last Week) 12%
Also debuting/expanding
Maggie’s Plan Sony Classics .17 (1,670) -41% 103 2.9
Cold War 2 Well Go .16 (7,240) 22 0.16
The Innocents Music Box .12 (3,720) 209% 33 0.17
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Pushkar .11 (3,450) 31 0.11
Wiener-Dog IFC .10 (1,520) -10% 64 0.28
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street 97,600 (24,400) 4 0.1
Zero Days Magnolia 47,200 (2,780) 17 0.05
Our Little Sister Sony Classics 25,700 (8,570) 3 0.03
The Dog Lover ESX Entertainment 20,300 (730) 28 0.02
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Music Box 19,100 (9,550) 2 0.02
Fathers and Daughters Vertical 17,900 (1,120) 16 0.02
Under the Sun Icarus 12,800 (12,800) 1 0.01
Dhilluku Dhuddu Praneeth 10,600 (410) 26 0.01
Foolish Plans AMC 7,400 (440) 17 0.01
Indian Point First Run 3,200 (320) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – July 7, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (10) 1942.2 32.70%
20th Century Fox (13) 1011.1 17.00%
Warner Bros. (15) 831.5 14.00%
Universal (13) 495.5 8.30%
Paramount (9) 396.8 6.70%
Sony (14) 364.8 6.10%
Lionsgate (13) 267.4 4.50%
Fous (8) 134.5 2.30%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.20%
STX (4) 59.5 1.00%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.7 0.90%
A24 (7) 46.2 0.80%
Roadside Attractions (7) 32.3 0.50%
Sony Classics (10) 24.3 0.40%
Other * (199) 213.1 3.60%
5943.3 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – July 7, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,673,217
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 14,428,196
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 12,823,042
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
The Lobster Mongrel/A24 8,176,608
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
45 Years * IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
A Hologram for the King Roadside Attract/eOne 4,212,494
The Meddler Sony Classics 4,206,238
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC/Mongrel 3,934,254
Where to Invade Next Drafthouse/Mongrel 3,827,261
Midnight Special WB 3,712,282
Anomalisa Par 3,683,877
Everybody Wants Some!! Par 3,442,160
The Mermaid Sony 3,229,457
Green Room A24/D Films 3,217,517
A Beautiful Planet Imax 3,183,975
Sing Street Weinstein Co. 3,119,256
2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,816,816
* does not include 2015 revenues

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets|38.2|4370|New|38.2
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates|6.6|3871|New|6.6
Finding Dory|6.3|3871|-53%|408.5
The Legend of Tarzan|6.1|3591|-55%|66.9
The Purge: Election Year|4|2821|-67%|50.4
Central Intelligence|2.4|2841|-36%|102.6
The BFG|2.4|3392|-66%|33.5
Independence Day: Resurgence|2.2|3061|-54%|86
The Shallows|2.9|2406|-49%|42.5
Sultan|0.65|287|New|1.7
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Also Debuting||||
The Achy Breaky Hearts|70,800|44||
Cold War 2|47,500|22||
Captain Fantastic|29,700|4||
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu|28,400|24||
Zero Days|13,600|17||
The Dog Lover|10,700|27||
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You|6,800|2||
Our Little Sister|5,800|3||
Fathers and Daughters|4,900|16||
Under the Sun |3,800|1||
Dhilluku Dhuddu|3,500|26||
Foolish Plans|2,700|16||
Indian Point|1,500|10||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Finding Dory was top choice movie for the third weekend during the holiday frame with an estimated $41.8 million (all figures reflect 3-day box office). Three national newcomers followed: The Legend of Tarzan with $37.7 million, The Purge: Election Year grossing $30.8 and The BFG bowing to $19.2 million. The good news was the trio outperformed expectations. The bad newss? Expectations were low.

In limited wide release, Brit espionage thriller Our Kind of Traitor struggled to $950,000. In Québec, Les 3 p’tit cochons 2 continued to find humor among three dysfunctional brothers with a $544,000 tally at 69 venues. Swiss Army Man expanded to 636 playdates for $1.4 million. The weekend also saw promising starts for the French import of The Innocents of $26,700 from three engagements and the doc Life, Animated that grossed $22,700 also from three.

Revenues for the frame nudged toward $190 million for a slight 1% boost from last weekend. It was a whopping 41% improvement from 2015 when Inside Out prevailed over Jurassic World with respective box office of $29.8 million and $29.2 million. The top freshmen entries were Terminator Genysis at $27 million and Magic Mike XXL with $12.9 million.

Tracking gave The Purge: Election Day the edge over The Legend of Tarzan and the chiller franchise out-performed the vine swinger at Thursday previews. The situation reversed as the long weekend progressed. Tarzan had been perceived as this year’s John Carter commercially, but the venerable movie icon didn’t get lost in the jungle. Reviews were generally dismissive and industry top end estimates of $25 million were wrong.

The picture also opened day-and-date in 19 foreign climes to an estimated $19 million including $4 million in South Korea and $3 million in Russia. The domestic audience was 51% female with 69% of viewers aged 25-years and older with 41% aged between 18 and 34-years old.

Meanwhile, while the third installment of The Purge got trumped by Lord Greystoke, it still bettered the $30-32 million anticipated 4-day box office. Its audience was 53% female with 65% aged 25-years and younger … many of them unable to cast a vote in November.

The industry also didn’t quite know how to gauge the appeal of The BFG with high-and predictions of $20 million for the adaptation of the children’s bedtime classic. The yarn was sufficiently beloved to vanquish the “bean” counters and it didn’t hurt to have the Spielberg imprimatur attached. It also skewed female at 54% with 51% of the audience aged 25-years and younger and 60% of the crowd identifying as families. It also opened in two international markets with an estimated $2 million in Australia and $1.9 million from Russia.

Weekend (estimates) July 1 – 3, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Finding Dory BV 41.8 (9,710) -43% 4305 372.2
The Legend of Tarzan WB 37.7 (10,590) NEW 3561 37.7
The Purge: Election Day Uni 30.8 (11,030) NEW 2796 30.8
The BFG BV 19.2 (5,710) NEW 3357 19.2
Independence Day 2 Fox 16.5 (4,030) -60% 4091 72.6
Central Intelligence WB 12.4 (3,910) -32% 3166 91.8
The Shallows Sony 8.8 (2,980) -47% 2962 35.1
Free State of Jones STX/Elevation 4.1 (1,470) -46% 2781 15.1
The Conjuring 2 WB 3.8 (1,890) -51% 2008 95.2
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 2.9 (1,640) -47% 1788 58.7
Swiss Army Man A24 1.4 (2,220) 1238% 636 1.6
Our Kind of Traitor Roadside .95 (2,550) NEW 373 0.95
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox .93 (1,480) -63% 630 153.5
Me Before You WB .81 (1,550) -58% 523 53.7
Captain America: Civil War BV .76 (2,070) -44% 367 405.4
TMNJ 2 Par .74 (1,030) -70% 719 79.5
The Jungle Book BV .67 (2,280) -47% 294 359.5
Les 3 p’tits cochons 2 Seville .54 (7,880) NEW 69 0.54
Warcraft Uni .49 (1,190) -78% 411 45.8
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV .36 (1,890) -80% 192 75.6
Love & Friendship Roadside 35 (1,870) -35% 189 12.5
The Lobster A24/Mongrel .31 (2,030) -24% 151 8
The Angry Birds Movie Sony .29 (1,160) -36% 251 105.6
The Nice Guys WB .26 (990) -35% 264 35.5
Maggie’s Plan Sony Classics .23 (1,470) -15% 158 2.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $185.30
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) 41%
Also debuting/expanding
The Neon Dream Broad Green .13 (700) -78% 185 1.1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .13 (5,570) 66% 23 0.24
Sardaarji 2 White Hill .12 (2,540) -57% 48 0.54
Genius Roadside Attractons .11 (1,130) -48% 98 1
Wiener-Dog IFC 80,500 (2,240) 231% 36 0.1
Weiner IFC 82,600 (1,230) -20% 67 1.4
No One’s Life is Easy China Lion 33,400 (1,520) 22 0.03
The Innocents Music Box 26,700 (8,900) 3 0.03
Life, Animated Orchard 22,700 (7,570) 3 0.02
Bounty Hunters Dreamwest 18,400 (1,080) 17 0.02
Microbe & Gasoline Screen Media 12,000 (6,000) 2 0.01
Marauders Lionsgate 9,550 (680) 14 0.01
Buddymoon Gravitas 7,800 (710) 11 0.01
Blood Simple (reissue) Janus 7,700 (7,700) 1 0.01
Rosenne for President! IFC 3,100 (1,550) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 30, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 1835.9 32.60%
20th Century Fox (12) 980.4 17.40%
Warner Bros. (15) 744.1 13.20%
Universal (12) 446.2 7.90%
Paramount (9) 395.4 7.00%
Sony (14) 349.2 6.20%
Lionsgate (13) 262.3 4.70%
Fous (8) 134.5 2.40%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.7 1.00%
STX (4) 52.9 0.95%
A24 (7) 43.4 0.80%
Roadside Attractions (6) 29.9 0.55%
Sony Classics (9) 23.7 0.40%
Other * (193) 208.4 3.70%
5630.4 100%
* none greater than 0.35%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – June 30, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 404,648,388
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
The Jungle Book BV 358,834,598
Zootopia BV 340,551,819
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 330,788,783
Finding Dory BV 330,349,602
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 152,597,455
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,467,597
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 105,367,614
The Conjuring 2 WB 91,433,538
Ride Along 2 Uni 91,251,872
Daddy’s Home * Par 85,902,195
Central Intelligence WB 79,437,074
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 78,747,502
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 75,280,329
10 Cloverfield Lane Par 72,425,310
Allegiant Lionsgate 66,255,109
The Boss Uni 63,226,106
* does not include 2015 revenues

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

The Purge: Election Year|14.4|2796|New|14.4
The Legend of Tarzan|13.9|3561|New|13.9
Finding Dory|13.4|4305|-42%|343.8
The BFG|7|3357|New|7
Independence Day: Resurgence|4.7|4091|-72%|60.8
Central Intelligence|3.7|3166|-35%|83.1
The Shallows|2.9|2962|-57%|29.2
The Conjuring 2|5.4|2008|-53%|92.6
Free State of Jones|2.6|2781|-56%|12.2
Now You See Me 2|0.85|1788|-50%|56.6
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Also Debuting||||
Our Kind of Traitor|0.3|373||
Les 3 p’tits cochons 2|0.14|62||
No One’s Life is Easy|14,200|21||
Bounty Hunters|8,000|17||
The Innocents|7,500|3||
Life, Animated|6,100|3||
Microbe & Gasoline|4,000|2||
Marauders|3,800|13||
Buddymoon|2,900|11||
Blood Simple (reissue)|2,600|1||
Rosenne for President!|1,700|2||

Rush to Judgment: The Legend Of Tarzan

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The things that are wrong, or wrong-headed with the latest incarnation of The Legend of Tarzan, are myriad and numerous. One can readily cite a cumbersome, inelegant and periodically impenetrable storyline. There’s also a reliance on CG effects that distances one from the action and emotion, poorly developed characters, miscasting, typecasting and an infinite number of historic inanities that beggar description.

Nonetheless the lineage of the title hero is so fearsome that one cannot but forgive much of the film’s shortcomings. While not the sort of radical cinematic reinvention affected by Greystoke in 1984 from the seminal Johnny Weissmuller-Maureen O’Sullivan era, it is for good and ill the Tarzan for the current generation of filmgoers.

The story centers on John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) aka Tarzan, aka Earl of Greystoke returning to Africa after a decade of a more pampered existence in England. It’s the turn of the century when the Congo was a colony of Leopold II of Belgium.

Our hero is reluctant to accept the king’s invitation and the endorsement of an unidentified British Prime Minister (presumably Gladstone or Salisbury) to view alleged social reforms and modern institutions. However, he has a change of mind following entreaties from American emissary George Washington Williams (Samuel Jackson) to expose the truly unspeakable conditions that are the reality. There’s also the lingering sense that the taciturn Lord may hanker to revisit the wilds of his youth voiced volubly by his bride Jane (Margot Robbie).

The real scenario is that territory administrator Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) wants to deliver the Ape Man to a tribal leader who has a grudge to settle. In exchange diamonds will be delivered to bail out the bankrupt kingdom.

It’s a rather simplistic bit of early twentieth century geopolitics that proves unnecessary to the screen’s more traditional jungle adventure mode.

The underlying clumsiness of the scenario is that The Legend of Tarzan is structured as a sequel for an iteration that has no origin. Nonetheless it falters in its attempts to insert the backstory via flashback vignettes. They prove to be insufficient and over-stated simultaneously. In the latter case one has to ask: Is there anyone on earth that doesn’t know the bare bones of the Tarzan saga? The one element that might have been worth examining was how he got his name which according to his literary creator means “white skin” in the language of the apes.

All that aside, the century of books, movies and television that have kept this literary icon perpetually popular work to the movie’s advantage. One readily knows the holes that need to be filled in and likely, unintended, it establishes an investment in the movie to its benefit.

It’s a Tarzan movie and what we want is vine swinging, communing with the beasts of the jungle and the vanquishing of evil bipods. In that regard the picture delivers despite the fact that the animals especially feel engineered rather than fur and blood creatures transposed into the action via more primitive bygone special effects. One can simply put aside the obvious and enjoy the heartfelt moment when the jungle lord nestles with lions he’s known since all were cubs or gets into the ring with a gorilla monarch that was a playmate of his youth.

Skarsgard is effective as a mysterious, brooding hero rather than as the traditional naïf. The rest of the cast have higher hurdles to clear; chiefly Robbie whose character is asked to do little more than enthusiasm or Waltz whose bag of nasty tricks has become decidedly familiar. Jackson simply appears out of his time.

The Gabon exteriors are appropriately breathtaking and a lively tonic to the film’s soundstages.

It would be nice to see this set of artists return for another chapter as assuredly they must have learned from their experiences how to do it better. Whether that happens or not, one can be certain that the screen has not seen the last of the Lord of the Apes.

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The story was Dory as the Blue Tang clan of Finding Dory boop boop ditem whatem an estimated $73.2 million in its second weekend. That was bad news for Independence Day: Resurgence, fizzling into second with $41.6 million. The session’s other two national openers saw upbeat results for The Shallows, churning $16.2 million while Civil War lesson Free State of Jones struggled to $7.5 million.

The fashionista provocation The Neon Demon hardly sparkled with a gross of $582,000 from 783 playdates. Exclusive freshmen included good initial results for the union of dysfunction and Dachshund in Wiener-Dog of $23,000 from two screens and a $69,700 tally for New Zealand family comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople from five engagements. But the big whoop goes to the offbeat Swiss Army Man, which grossed out $113,000 in three exposures. Among imports only Panjabi Sardaarji 2 displayed commercial power with a $218,000 box office.

Revenues for the frame were about $190 million for a 20% decline from last weekend. It was a slim 2% improvement from 2015 when the third weekend of Jurassic World edged Inside Out with respective draws of $54.5 million and $52.3 million.

A whole new generation was unfazed by the continuation of 1996’s Independence Day. Resurgence proved ironic on the domestic front where expectations peaked at $50 million and ebbed as opening day neared. Bad signs included the choice not to general press screen the film, and spots that favored comedy ahead of action. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 58% male with 64% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

International results were more encouraging for IDR with estimates of $100 million from 57 markets. China bowed to $36 million but nonetheless finished second behind a $43 million gross for Now You See Me 2. It also settled for the bridesmaid spot to The Secret Life of Pets in the UK with $7.3 million. It was leader of the pack in South Korea and Mexico with respective openings of $7.4 million and $6.7 million.

While lacking the big bite of Jaws, The Shallows was a shark picture trackers pegged to open at $10-$12 million. Clearly there was an audience for cheap thrills over expensive pyrotechnics. Its female protagonist contributed to a 54% female tilt with an split between over/under 25-year olds.

Nascent STX opened its first prestige picture Free State of Jones without sufficient TLC to win over audiences or critics. Tracking suggested an $9-$10 million weekend but the heavy focus on headliner Matthew McConaughey in the Civil War message picture missed the mark with alternative and upscale viewers.

Weekend (estimates) June 24 – 26, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Finding Dory BV 73.2 (16,990) -46% 4305 286.5
Independence Dy: Resurgence Fox 41.6 (10,220) NEW 4068 41.6
Central Intelligence WB 18.4 (5,240) -48% 3508 69.3
The Shallows Sony 16.2 (5,470) NEW 2962 16.2
The Conjuring 2 WB 7.6 (2,500) -49% 3033 86.8
Free State of Jones STX 7.5 (2,650) NEW 2815 7.5
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 5.6 (2,030) -41% 2745 52
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 2.5 (1,470) -53% 1679 151.1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Par 2.4 (1,220) -55% 1947 74.8
Warcraft Uni 2.1 (1,080) -71% 1952 43.9
Alice Through the Looking Glass BV 1.9 (3,890) -55% 495 74.4
Me Before You WB 1.8 (1,150) -55% 1538 51.1
Captain America: Civil War BV 1.4 (1,820) -41% 753 403.9
The Jungle Book BV 1.2 (2,530) -19% 478 358
The Neon Demon Broad Green .58 (740) NEW 783 0.58
Love & Friendship Roadside Attr .46 (1,630) -38% 281 11.8
The Angry Birds Movie Sony .45 (1,020) -73% 443 104.9
The Lobster A24 .42 (2,000) -31% 210 7.4
The Nice Guys WB .41 (1,410) -50% 291 35
Zootopia BV .28 (1,210) -70% 233 340.4
Maggie’s Plan Sony Classics .27 (1,340) -37% 203 2.3
Sardaarji 2 White Hill .25 (4,000) NEW 62 0.25
Udta Punjab White Hill .22 (2,130) -65% 102 1.05
Genius Roadside .21 (1,390) -29% 152 0.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $184.00
% Change (Last Year) 2%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Swiss Army Man A24 .11 (37,730) 3 0.11
Weiner IFC .10 (1,170) -20% 88 1.2
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC/Mongrel 84,200 (1,260) -42% 67 3.7
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 69,700 (13,940) 5 0.07
Three Well Go 58,100 (3,230) 18 0.06
Tickled Magnolia 57,500 (3,190) 162% 18 0.95
Raman Raghav 2.0 Big Pictures 53,900 (870) 62 0.05
Oka Manasu 9PM Entertainment 25,400 (350) 72 0.03
Wiener-Dog IFC 23,000 (11,500) 2 0.02
Eat That Question Sony Classics 17,400 (8,700) 2 0.02
Les Cowboys Cohen Media 13,600 (3,400) 4 0.01
The Kind Words Strand 7,900 (7,900) 1 0.01
Septembers of Shiraz Momentum 6,500 (720) 9 0.01
Right Now, Wrong Then Grasshopper 5,100 (2,550) 2 0.01
The Duel Lionsgate 4,300 (390) 11 0.01
Yarn Bond 3,100 (3,100) 1 0.01
Vigilante Diaries Anchor Bay 2,000 (1,000) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – June 23, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (9) 1711.3 32.10%
20th Century Fox (12) 924.2 17.30%
Warner Bros. (14) 696.3 13.10%
Universal (11) 438.6 8.20%
Paramount (9) 391.4 7.30%
Sony (14) 323.1 6.10%
Lionsgate (13) 252.9 4.70%
Focus (8) 134.4 2.50%
Open Road (4) 69.4 1.30%
Weinstein (7) 54.6 1.00%
A24 (5) 42.6 0.80%
Roadside  (6) 42.4 0.80%
STX (3) 28.9 0.55%
Sony Classics (9) 23.1 0.45%
Other * (185) 204 3.80%
5337.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Reviews: Free State of Jones and Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Free State of Jones harkens back to the Civil War era and its aftermath for an arcane and fascinating piece of time that eluded even Ken Burns. Set in Jones County, Mississippi, It centers on disaffected Southerners struggling through a war and a cause unrelated to their daily existence but nonetheless demanding sacrifice they find unduly oppressive.

Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) is a conscript assigned to sweep the battlefields for fallen soldiers. It’s a perilous task that has honed his survival instincts to the nth degree. But the tipping point comes when a teenage relative arrives and is brought low in his very first skirmish.

Knight decides to go AWOL; taking the corpse of his kin back home for a proper burial. He tells his comrades this is not his war. It’s a conflict for plantation owners and slave holders exempt from military duty by age or vocation.

Back home he finds family and neighbors victim of Confederate laws that demand a tithe of crops and stock to the war effort. By law it’s ten percent; in practice it’s closer to everything. So he decides to stand with the largely female population against the authorities and that defiance makes him a marked man. The protagonist finds refuge in the swamps along with fellow deserters and runaway slaves. It’s his version of Sherwood Forest and this Robin Hood abets the poor by forcefully opposing the minions of the wealthy grandees. Knight winds up declaring a portion of the state an independent domain with a charter of principles though devoid of a legal/political body, which gives the film its title.

Based on historic documents, the film is a compelling look at strength and resistance of a little-known time. The attention to detail is staggering; tirelessly recreating a bygone time through stark images from cinematographer Benoît Delhomme and evocative production design by Philip Messina.

As vibrant as Free State of Jones can be, it falters through a dense narrative that descends into secondary concerns. A 1950s trial of Knight’s ancestor for misogamy fails to provide contemporary resonance and the era of Reconstruction following the Civil War comes short of extending the grim history.

There’s unquestionably sufficient material here for several films or a TV miniseries and writer-director Gary Ross appears hellbent on cramming every bit of research he’s collected into a single feature. He winds up being his own worst enemy; under-cutting the potency of the saga with minutia that’s arresting but not always dramatic.

Free State also gets a considerable boost from McConaughey’s finest film work. It’s precise, nuanced and largely free of histrionics. He provides much-needed humanity and a first-person perspective on decency and tolerance in an era when such qualities weren’t in ample abundance.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a family film with a wicked sense of humor, a manhunt through the wilds and even a car chase, as well as New Zealand’s highest-grossing native movie. Cherubic 13-year old Ricky Baker (Julian Dennision) is a troubled native boy who’s been bounced through social services and has reached the end of the chain. His last chance is the remote cabin of the big-hearted Bella and her gruff companion Hec (Sam Neill). The system couldn’t be happier to be rid of him.

Ricky’s belligerence and monosyllabic stance is no match for Bella’s unconditional love. Besides his vain initial attempts to escape are thwarted by his total lack of skill in the bush. But the fairytale is short-lived. Bella succumbs to a heart attack and social services returns him to the urban environment.

The set-up is equal parts saccharine and social conscience. But writer-director Taika Waititi is more of a social satirist keen to bend conventions and thumb his nose at preconceived expectations. His collaboration on the “Flight of the Conchords” series led to What We Do in the Shadows, a hilarious pseudo-documentary about vampires attempting to live the “square life.”

Ricky’s resistance to returning to civilization is abetted by serendipity. Hec is sufficiently self aware that he’s ill-suited to take over guardianship. But when he twists his ankle in the wilds they fail to meet their date with the authorities. They are assumed to be fugitives and that’s just fine with Ricky. Hec just has an inbred resistance to the system.

The skewered perspective and good natured quality of Hunt for the Wilderpeople is simply disarming. Dennison is a natural and without over-playing his hand, Neill revels in playing against time as a taciturn backwoodsman. There’s also a drop-dead funny turn from Waititi as the minister presiding over Bella’s funeral. The film sets the natural rugged beauty of New Zealand against the small-minded bureaucracy of any good “progressive” democracy. It’s a universal reality that’s readily relatable and effortlessly funny.

 

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Finding Dory|23.6|4305|-48%|236.9
Independence Day: Resurgence *|16.7|4068|New|16.7
The Shallows|6.7|2962|New|6.7
Central Intelligence|5.6|3508|-56%|56.6
Free State of Jones|2.6|2815|New|2.6
The Conjuring 2|5.4|3033|-54%|81.7
Now You See Me 2|1.7|2745|-40%|48.1
X-Men: Apocalypse|0.7|1679|-49%|149.4
TMNJT 2 |0.65|1947|-57%|75.4
Me Before You|0.65|1538|-58%|49.9
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Also Debuting||||
The Neon Demon|0.24|783||
Sardaarji 2|73,700|62||
Swiss Army Man|48,300|3||
Three |20,000|18||
Hunt for the Wilderpeople|18,900|5||
Raman Raghav 2.0|15,700|62||
Oka Manasu|10,200|72||
Wiener-Dog|8,350|2||
Eat That Question|5,400|2||
Les Cowboys|3,650|4||
The Kind Words|1,800|1||
Right Now, Wrong Then|1,700|2||
Septembers of Shiraz|1,550|9||
Yarn|1,400|1||
The Duel|1,250|10||
Vigilante Diaries|1,200|2||