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Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

The Magnificent Seven|12.6|3674|New|12.6
Storks|5.7|3922|New|5.7
Sully|4.1|3955|-37%|82.7
Bridget Jones’ Baby|1.5|2930|-53%|13.4
Blair Witch|1.3|3121|-68%|13.4
Snowden|1.2|2443|-60%|12.2
Don’t Breathe|1.1|2438|-35%|78.4
Suicide Squad|0.8|2172|-33%|315.8
When the Bough Breaks|0.7|1444|-57%|24.8
Hell or High Water|0.3|1128|-48%|24.1
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Also Debuting||||
Barelona: A Love Untold|0.13|69||
Majnu|0.11|114||
Queen of Katwe|81,600|52||
Juste la fin du monde|55,700|52||
The Dressmaker|53,300|36||
The Age of Shadows|43,100|41||
Soulmate|35,000|21||
Aandavan Kattalai|8,900|10||
Goat|6,500|18||
Thodari|6,400|51||
My Blind Brother|5,500|23||
Banjo|5,100|20||
The Lovers and the Despot|4,100|8||
Total Frat Movie|3,450|4||
77 Minutes|3,400|1||
The Best Democracy Can Buy|3,200|1||
Closet Monster|2,000|1||
Generation Startup|1,700|1||
Chicken People|1,650|2||
I.T.|1,500|9||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Sully was redeemed again with a strong estimated hold of $21.7 million that led weekend viewing. The anticipated horse race with Blair Witch simply didn’t happen with the ghoster a distant second with $9.6 million. Also disappointing among new national releases was the $8.2 million bow of Bridget Jones’ Baby while Snowden was on target with tracking at $7.9 million.

In limited wide, inspirational doc Hillsong – Let Hope Rise failed to reach the faithful with a $1.4 million tally and the return of Eddie Murphy in Mr. Church went largely unattended with $344,000. In the niches, Hindi Pink was off to a good start of $348,000 and Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years trilled a tuneful $611,000 at 85 venues. None of the exclusive releases rang up potent results.

Revenues for the frame pushed to about $90 million for a 13% decline from last weekend. It was a steeper 22% drop from 2015, when the launch of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass led with opening grosses of $30.3 million and $22.6 million.

The reboot of Blair Witch was anticipated to gross close to $20 million but once screening responses came out, that  was pared to a mid-teens result. Critical response and buzz on social media proved withering and fan boys and girls gave it a wide berth. The brave disbelievers were 56% male with 61% aged 25-years and older.

More of a head-scratcher was Bridget Jones’ Baby, which encountered skepticism for both a twelve year absence and an undistinguished sequel. Early reports were laudatory and tracking suggested an opening in the low-to-mid teens. The audience skewed to, no great surprise, female with 79% of viewers but the core 17-34 year old core was a mere 26% with 72% aged 35 years and older.

International openings were the opposite where the character was beloved in the UK to the tune of $11 million. It opened in 39 foreign climes to an estimated $30 million. Despite its controversial subject, Snowden proved to be a relatively tame, if unabashedly pro perspective of the whistleblower. It hit modest estimations but failed to get the critical traction necessary for an early award season momentum akin to last year’s Spotlight, from the same distrib, Open Road.

Weekend (estimates) September 16 – 18, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Sully WB 21.7 (6,150) -38% 3525 70.2
Blair Witch Lionsgate 9.6 (3,080) NEW 3121 9.6
Bridget Jones’ Baby Uni 8.2 (2,810) NEW 2927 8.2
Snowden Open Road 7.9 (3,240) NEW 2443 7.9
Don’t Breathe Sony 5.5 (1,710) -33% 3208 75.2
When the Bough Breaks Sony 5.5 (2,440) -61% 2246 22.6
Suicide Squad WB 4.7 (1,720) -18% 2740 313.8
The Wild Life Lionsgate 2.6 (1,050) -22% 2493 6.6
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 2.5 (1,420) -24% 1757 44.2
Pete’s Dragon BV 2.1 (1,060) -33% 1948 72.8
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS 1.9 (1,270) -22% 1505 22.7
Bad Moms STX/eOne 1.7 (1,170) -33% 1486 110
Hillsong – Let Hope Rise Pure Flix 1.4 (1,700) NEW 816 1.4
No Manches Frida Lionsgate 1.2 (2,720) -41% 456 9.2
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 1.2 (1,170) -23% 1005 363.3
Sausage Party Sony 1.2 (1,000) -49% 1181 95.3
Jason Bourne Uni 1.1 (1,060) -38% 1008 160.4
War Dogs WB 1.0 (1,120) -51% 902 41.7
Mechanic: Resurrection Lionsgate/VVS .82 (860) -52% 958 20.2
The Light Between Oceans BV .75 (660) -59% 1133 11.2
Star Trek Beyond Par .62 (1,220) -33% 508 157.6
The Beatles: 8 Days a Week Abramorama .61 (7,210) NEW 85 0.61
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne .39 (680) -55% 567 26.6
The Disappointments Room Relativity .38 (240) -73% 1554 2.2
Pink NH .35 (4,900) NEW 71 0.35
Mr. Church FreeStyle .34 (970) NEW 354 0.34
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $83.80
% Change (Last Year) -22%
% Change (Last Week) -13%
Also debuting/expanding
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .19 (1,360) -35% 140 3.8
The Hollars Sony Classics .12 (1,210) 85% 97 0.4
Café Society LGF/Mongrel 88,300 (990) -37% 89 10.9
Captain Fantastic Bleecker St/e1 85,400 (1,030) -6% 83 5.6
Dharam Yudh Morcha Singh 72,800 (4,040) 18 0.07
Kicks Focus 63,400 (980) 97% 65 0.1
Cock and Bull China Lion 32,300 (2,690) 12 0.03
S Storm Media Asia 31,700 (2,880) 11 0.03
Embrasses-moi comme tu m’aimes Filmoption 27,100 (1,810) 15 0.03
Actor in Law Urdu 23,900 (1,040) 23 0.02
The Last Descent Excel 22,600 (1,410) 16 0.02
3 Weeks in Yerevan Richmond 21,500 (7,170) 3 0.02
Wild Oats Weinstein Co. 18,800 (190) 100 0.02
The Vessel Filmbuff 11,600 (610) 19 0.01
La Notte (reissue) Rialto 9,900 (4,950) 2 0.01
Live Another Day Dalton 8,200 (150) 55 0.01
Operation Avalanche Lionsgate 5,600 (2,800) 2 0.01
Tanna Lightyear 5,400 (2,700) 2 0.01
Command and Control PBS 5,100 (2,550) 2 0.01

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Sully|6.5|3525|-46%|55.1
Blair Witch|4|3121|New|4
Bridget Jones’s Baby|3|2927|New|3
Snowden|3|2443|New|3
Don’t Breathe|1.6|3208|-33%|71.4
When the Bough Breaks|1.6|2246|-69%|18.8
Suicide Squad|1.2|2740|-19%|310.2
Hillsong – Let Hope Rise|0.6|816|New|0.6
Hell or High Water|0.6|1505|-19%|21.4
Bad Moms|0.55|1486|-33%|108.8
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Also Debuting||||
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week|0.2|88||
Mr. Church|0.11|354||
Pink|87,600|71||
Dharam Yudh Morcha|16,700|18||
Cock and Bull|10,500|12||
S Storm|10,500|11||
The Last Descent|9,800|16||
3 Weeks in Yerevan|7,100|3||
Embrasses-moi comme tu m’aimes|7,000|15||
Actor in Law|6,900|21||
Wild Oats|5,800|100||
The Vessel|4,400|19||
La Notte (reissue)|3,100|2||
Live Another Day|2,800|52||
Tanna|2,000|2||
Command and Control|1,800|2||
Operation Avalanche|1,600|2||

Confessions Of A Film Festival Junkie – Part 3

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America, increasing population by 200,000 a year on average in the past decade with no sign of letting up. The downtown core can’t cope with mounting traffic and new subway routes to alleviate congestio are unlikely. And for locals and visitors alike, it was tougher because six blocks of King Street West (where the TIFF Lightbox sits) were turned into a pedestrian mall with food trucks, vendors, live concerts and teeming crowds. They’ve been doing it for at least three years and there’s no question it adds to the general festival experience.

But shutting down a major downtown thoroughfare has been miserable this year and the city will almost certainly not renew the policy in 2017. I’m told the mayor’s office has already begun to map out alternative space downtown as an alternative to present to fest reps at their next meeting.

On the second day of the Festival I met up with James Villeneuve who is the Canadian Consul in Los Angeles at an Ontario Film event. The first words out of his mouth were “I miss L.A. traffic.” Yes, getting around Toronto is a “bear.” I’ve been walking to venues I would normally hop into a cab to get to because it’s faster.

There were a lot of ripped from the headlines movies in the TIFF lineup including the relatively high profile Snowden on the whistleblower-forced expatriate with filmmaker Oliver Stone leaning to the left. The sentiment might be familiar but there’s not a lot of the narrative razzle-dazzle that we’ve grown to expect from Stone. Like Jobs last year, the events surrounding the personality have been well documented.

On the flipside was Denial, about the 2000 trial of Deborah Lipstadt, was charged with libel by historian David Irving for “disparaging” his research in her book “Denying the Holocaust.” The film gets extra points simply because it was a case with modest media coverage. And for a certain type of geek the detailing of British law and court procedure will be engrossing. It, like Snowden, is a well-crafted, highly dramatic production with first-rate performances throughout. All things, considered the advantage falls to the story we don’t know.

And that brings us to The Limehouse Golem, a seeming retelling of the Jack the Ripper saga that isn’t actually based on a historic murder investigation. In London of the 1880s a series of horrific murders have the city in an uproar and Inspector Kildaire (Bill Nighy) pursues a trail that involves Karl Marx and the top music hall performers of the era. The painstaking detail to the milieu along with real life characters is truly inspired and makes the picture one of the great surprises of TIFF.

And a quick note about La La Land, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash. Arriving with buzz from Telluride, his film is another attempt to resurrect the classic Hollywood musical. It is a lot of fun with dashes of a wide swath of films including Singin’ in the Rain and A Star is Born as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone come to Hollywood to make it in music and the movies. It’s a familiar yarn and a one-off movie as opposed to a breakthrough.

 

Weekend Estimates

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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Friday Estimates

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Sully | 12.1 |3525 |New |12.1
When the Bough Breaks | 5.2| 2246 |New| 5.2
Don’t Breathe | 2.4| 3384| -42% |61
Suicide Squad | 1.4| 3103 |-38%| 303.2
Bad Moms | 0.8| 1888 |-36% |105.5
Hell or High Water | 0.7 |1445 |-37% |17.9
The Wild Life | 0.7 |2493| New| 0.7
Sausage Party | 0.7 |2071 |-49%| 91.6
Kubo and the Two Strings | 0.65| 2335 |-53% |38.3
Pete’s Dragon | 0.65| 2685 |-56%| 67.7

Also Debuting
The Disappointments Room | 0.47 |1554
Baar Baar Dekho | 0.23| 142
Jo Achyutananda | 0.1| 96
Iru Mugan | 46,100 |92
One More with Feeling | 16,400 |13
Freaky All | 12,800| 44
Kicks | 12,500| 3
9 – Le Film | 11,600 |33
Other People | 11,000 |12
Inkokkadu | 10,100 |61
Author: JT Leroy | 7,900 |5
Camp Sawi | 6,900 |17
Tiger | 6,700 |29
Laughing at the Moon | 6,600 |3
Brother Nature | 6,500| 13
For the Love of Spock | 6,500 |21
Cameraperson | 4,200| 1
Demon | 3,500| 3
Come What May | 2,900 |2
The Last Princess| 2,800| 1
Dancer | 2,800 |1
London Road | 1,400|1

Confessions Of A Film Festival Junkie: Day Two

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

tiffThe Toronto International Film Festival opening day announcement was all about the escalators not working at the Scotiabank Theaters. Film festivals are not all about the art of cinema. The Scotiabank complex has 18 screens. The climb is the equivalent of four flights and the grade is as severe as the London Underground’s. I wondered why they simply didn’t reverse the working escalator and discovered they couldn’t because the “up” escalator operates on two motors and the “down” only has a single motor. Even if this is resolved overnight, it still has to be approved by a city inspector and I’m told there’s an epidemic of broken escalators in the city.

I broke with a long-standing tradition of starting my first day with the Cannes Palme d’or winner. I couldn’t resist the allure of Manchester by the Sea, by playwright-turned-writer-director Kenneth Lonergan that Sundance viewers touted as an Oscar favorite. Lonergan’s third directorial outing stars Casey Affleck as a hardscrabble, down-on-his-luck working-class guy who winds up as the guardian of his teenage nephew. Despite the obvious gravitas, it sounds like the setup for a sitcom. It isn’t, although the film wouldn’t have suffered from more levity. It is emotionally potent, expertly crafted and Affleck and newcomer Lucas Hedges are standout, but it’s premature to be talking Oscar glory.

The one film that everyone seems to love is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s official Oscar submission. The broad strokes: Ines, a senior member of a global consulting firm, stationed in Bucharest, gets a surprise visit from her father, a downbeat, erratic man with a devilish twinkle. Matters go off track when he inveigles his way into Ines’ social life, “disguised” in a dark wig and fake teeth and introduces himself as the title character. The potential for mayhem is rife and there’s plenty of hilarity. But this breakout film by Maren Ade has so many other assets; the business stuff is tense, silly and credible and the introduction of this wild card character allows for a heightened sense of, well, everything. It is a true original.

One of the great things about TIFF and other great film showcases is the chance to go around the world and not simply savor other cultures but get a bit of history and perspective. So far I’ve touched down in the Czech Republic (We Are Never Alone), Spain (Julieta) and Bulgaria (Godless).

Nigeria is this year’s festival spotlight, showcasing eight recent features. “Nollywood” produces hundreds of films annually on budgets usually under $100,000, historically short on production values but high on energy. More ambitious productions have been mounted in the past five years, and one I caught, 76, plumbed the resources of their film industry. Set in 1976, it focuses on an army officer who finds himself in the shadow of suspicion after an attempted military coup, despite not taking part of it. It’s a fascinating moment in history, and the screenplay by Emmanuel Okomanyi provides personal notes that are effective.

The Age of Shadows, South Korea’s Oscar submission, is similar. Koreans love their history although I’m haven’t seen earlier attempts chronicling the 1920s when it was under Japanese rule. The film is a cat’s cradle of rebels, spies, traitors and the like; stylish and slick and surprisingly sentimental in an old-fashioned way that 76 managed to sidestep.

The Magnificent Seven deserves a mention as the official opening night attraction. Its choice had the patron audience in a collective head scratch, but these elders benefited from growing up on the original. It’s hard to figure how the producers got away with no writing credit to the 1960 edition, as well as the exclusion of Elmer Bernstein’s theme music until the end of the movie.

 

 

Confessions of A Film Festival Junkie: Toronto Day One

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival since when it was still called The Festival of Festivals, a moniker discarded in 1994. There have other changes across the years, of course. It’s been a long time since  TIFF could be shorthanded as a “plucky” or “upstart” festival.

tiffWhen Dusty Kohl, Bill Marshall and other conspirators concocted the first edition on the terrace of Cannes’ Carlton Hotel (print the legend, please), they couldn’t have imagined their modest brainchild would one day be spoken of in the same breath as the fest on the Croisette.

Toronto is the only great film showcase created by businessmen. That’s not as a smear. Cynicism aside, the founders loved movies. Their bottom-line instincts didn’t hurt, since it’s always been show and business in the Canadian metropolis that spent decades erasing its late nineteenth century image as “Hogtown.”

tiffOnce I arrived, I ran into a handful of film folk collecting their fest passes. If the mood wasn’t exactly jolly, you could blame it on jetlag or the unseasonably hot, sticky weather in southern Ontario. Everyone’s here to work, not hard physical exertion, but at least buying, selling, extolling or discovering an accomplishment among the 350 plus features that have been programmed.

It would be easy to neglect the local audience that embraced TIFF from day one. Their enthusiasm remains legendary and film buyers have always been fond of murmuring that you never acquire a movie out of a positive public screening. The one thing that makes me queasy about the fest today is the literal separation of public and industry. It is an event on two tracks, and an industry attendee could schedule nothing but press & industry screenings for their entire stay.

tiffStill, Toronto is one of the few festivals that challenge all who wade into her waters. Some arrive with specific agendas, and they may be the lucky ones. The obvious virtues of TIFF are like the visible part of the iceberg: a majority is hidden, and finding the really good stuff will take patience and diligence.

Labor Day Weekend Estimates

Monday, September 5th, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Don’t Breathe Sony 19.5 (6,390) -40% 3051 54.9
Suicide Squad WB 12.8 (3,890) -20% 3292 300.2
Pete’s Dragon BV 8.6 (2,640) -16% 3272 66.4
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 8.5 (2,860) -19% 2985 36.4
Sausage Party Sony 6.4 (2,320) -31% 2766 89.6
War Dogs WB 6.0 (2,110) -30% 2848 36.5
Bad Moms STX/eOne 6.0 (2,580) -15% 2306 103.8
The Light Between Oceans BV 5.8 (3,840) NEW 1500 5.8
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS 5.6 (4,320) 25% 1303 15.8
Mechanic: Resurrection Lionsgate/VVS 5.4 (2,400) -41% 2258 15.6
Jason Bourne Uni 5.0 (2,660) -24% 1876 156.2
No Manches Frida Lionsgate 4.7 (12,930) NEW 362 4.7
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 4.6 (2,210) -10% 2069 359.6
Star Trek Beyond Par 3.2 (2,650) 9% 1202 155
Finding Dory BV 2.7 (1,320) 212% 2075 482.7
Ben-Hur Par 2.7 (1,260) -52% 2167 24.2
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne 2.7 (2,000) -29% 1341 24.1
Morgan Fox 2.4 (1,200) NEW 2020 2.4
Southside With You Roadside 1.7 (2,070) -54% 813 5.3
Hands of Stone Weinstein 1.6 (1,960) -28% 810 4
Ghostbusters Sony 1.3 (1,200) 95% 1091 126.5
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox .94 (1,360) 43% 692 62.8
Janatha Garage Ficus .83 (5,080) NEW 164 1.6
Nerve Lionsgate .81 (1,060) 29% 761 37.8
Lights Out WB .66 (1,480) -19% 446 66.3
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .56 (3,390) 4% 165 3.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $121.00
% Change (Last Year) 11%
% Change (Last Week) -16%
Also debuting/expanding
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel .37 (1,930) -13% 190 10.5
Equity Sony Classics .26 (1,180) -28% 221 1.3
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne .19 (1,680) -26% 112 5.3
Indignation Roadside .18 (1,580) -40% 116 3.1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .18 (2,090) 17% 85 4.6
A Tale of Love and Darkness Focus .17 (2,620) 10% 66 0.39
Naam Hai Akira Fox Intl .16 (2,310) 71 0.16
Nitro Rush Seville .15 (2,070) 71 0.21
The Hollars Sony Classics .13 (5,610) 157% 23 0.18
The 9th Life of Louis Drax Lionsgate .10 (590) 171 0.1
Yoga Hosers Invincible 40,800 (500) 81 0.04
White Girl FilmRise 40,200 (13,400) 3 0.04
Pretham Central 29,300 (1,830) 16 0.03
Kickboxer: Vengeance RLJ Entertainment 19,500 (210) 92 0.02
Darra Guraya 19,300 (1,610) 12 0.02
Dekalog (reissue) Janus 15,800 (3,950) 4 0.02
The Girl King Wolfe 11,200 (1,870) 6 0.01
Skiptrace Saban 10,100 (920) 11 0.01
Seasons in Quincy Icarus 5,300 (2,650) 2 0.01
Max Rose Paladin 5,500 (5,500) 1 0.01
Summer of 8 FilmBuff 3,100 (520) 6 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – September 1, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2108.2 26.20%
Warner Bros. (18) 1315.1 16.40%
20th Century Fox (14) 1138.1 14.20%
Universal (14) 1030.8 12.80%
Sony (19) 624.4 7.80%
Paramount (12) 591.6 7.40%
Lionsgate (17) 327.4 4.10%
Focus (10) 162.6 2.00%
STX (5) 150.2 1.90%
Open Road (5) 69.9 0.90%
Weinstein  (9) 57.3 0.70%
A24 (7) 48.7 0.60%
Roadside (9) 41.4 0.50%
Other * (265) 365.9 4.50%
8031.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – September 1, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside 13,990,172
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 12,507,181
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 10,164,571
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,138,872
Carol * Weinstein 8,910,357
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
A Beautiful Planet Imax 5,721,777
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,120,041
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 4,678,295
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,677,244
45 Years IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 4,456,821
The Meddler Sony Classics 4,267,218
A Hologram for the King Roadside/eOne 4,212,494
Swiss Army Man A24/D Films 4,184,161
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC/Mongrel 4,143,182
* does not include 2015 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

With scant competition in the marketplace it was an easy second weekend topper for Don’t Breathe that grossed out an estimated $15.8 million for the three-day portion (all box office reflects three-day period) of the Labor Day fete. Retro tearjerker The Light Between Oceans charted sixth with $4.8 million and desperately-in-need-of-treatment sci-fi thriller Morgan eked only $1.9 million.

Traditionally a last chance opportunity to bury mistakes and move on, the frame unloaded Kickboxer: Vengeance and Yoga Hosers, which barely registered a pulse. Sexually explicit American indie drama White Girl posted encouraging results of $29,900 from three engagements.

Critics split sharply on the post-First World War drama The Light Between Oceans that proved to be a difficult sell to the general public,and estimated a $6-$7 million opening. It’s a likely early casualty for awards consideration. The opening weekend audience was 66% female with 91% of the audience aged 25-years and older. Prospects for Morgan were even more dire as it had the hallmarks of a title being dumped into a marketplace when scrutiny would be fleeting. Crystal gazing of a $4-$5 million gross proved overly optimistic.

In the niches, Spanish-language comedy No Manches Frida had a potent bow of $3.6 million at 362 locations. Indian imports saw upbeat results of $770,000 for the Telugu Janathan Garage and poor returns of $133,000 for the Hindi Naam Hai Akira. In Québec, local crime drama Nitro Rush was slow with a $154,000 tally.

Revenues nudged to about $100 million and ebbed back 15% from the prior weekend. As grim as that was it was a 12% improvement from 2015 when the second weekend of War Room led with $9.5 million with the launch of A Walk in the Woods close behind with $8.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) September 2 – 4, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Don’t Breathe Sony 15.8 (5,170) -40% 3051 51.2
Suicide Squad WB 10.1 (3,070) -18% 3292 297.5
Pete’s Dragon BV 6.4 (1,950) -14% 3272 64.1
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 6.4 (2,150) -18% 2985 34.3
Sausage Party Sony 5.3 (1,910) -30% 2766 88.4
The Light Between Oceans BV 4.8 (3,210) NEW 1500 4.8
Bad Moms STX/eOne 4.8 (2,070) -14% 2306 102.6
War Dogs WB 4.7 (1,660) -33% 2848 35.2
Hell or High Water CBS/VVS 4.5 (3,450) 26% 1303 14.6
Mechanic: Resurrection Lionsgate/VVS 4.2 (1,860) -44% 2258 14.3
Jason Bourne Uni 4.0 (2,120) -22% 1876 155.2
No Manches Frida Lionsgate 3.6 (10,030) NEW 362 3.6
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 3.5 (1,700) -9% 2069 358.5
Star Trek Beyond Par 2.5 (2,050) 9% 1202 154.3
Ben-Hur Par 2.2 (1,010) -52% 2167 23.7
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne 2.2 (1,630) -26% 1341 23.6
Finding Dory BV 1.9 (930) 205% 2075 481.8
Morgan Fox 1.9 (950) NEW 2020 1.9
Southside With You Roadside 1.4 (1,760) -50% 813 5.1
Hands of Stone Weinstein 1.3 (1,570) -28% 810 3.7
Ghostbusters Sony 1.1 (990) 95% 1091 126.3
Janatha Garage Ficus .77 (4,710) 164 1.5
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox .73 (1,050) 43% 692 62.6
Nerve Lionsgate .66 (870) 29% 761 37.6
Lights Out WB .54 (1,210) -19% 446 66.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $95.30
% Change (Last Year) 12%
% Change (Last Week) -15%
Also debuting/expanding
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .46 (2,790) 5% 165 3
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel .28 (1,460) -18% 190 10.4
Equity Sony Classics .20 (920) -38% 221 1.3
Nitro Rush Seville .15 (2,150) 71 0.21
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne .14 (1,280) -31% 112 5.3
Indignation Roadside .13 (1,150) -47% 116 3.1
Naam Hai Akira Fox Intl .13 (1,870) 71 0.13
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .12 (1,430) -1% 85 4.6
A Tale of Love and Darkness Focus .12 (4,580) 3% 66 0.33
The Hollars Sony Classics .10 (4,270) 157% 23 0.15
The 9th Life of Louis Drax Lionsgate 73,300 (430) 171 0.07
White Girl FilmRise 29,900 (9,970) 3 0.03
Yoga Hosers Invincible 28,800 (360) 81 0.03
Pretham Central 18,200 (1,120) 16 0.02
Kickboxer: Vengeance RLJ Ent 13,800 (150) 91 0.01
Dekalog (reissue) Janus 12,500 (3,120) 4 0.01
Darra Guraya 11,300 (940) 12 0.01
Pepo Pal Senado K Torce 10,400 (1,490) 7 0.01
The Girl King Wolfe 8,200 (1,370) 6 0.01
Skiptrace Saban 7,600 (690) 11 0.01
Seasons in Quincy Icarus 5,100 (5,100) 1 0.01
Summer of 8 FilmBuff 3,800 (630) 6 0.01
Max Rose Paladin 3,300 (3,300) 1 0.01
Tunnel Well Go .17 (4,640) 36 0.17
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – September 1, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2108.2 26.20%
Warner Bros. (18) 1315.1 16.40%
20th Century Fox (14) 1138.1 14.20%
Universal (14) 1030.8 12.80%
Sony (19) 624.4 7.80%
Paramount (12) 591.6 7.40%
Lionsgate (17) 327.4 4.10%
Focus (10) 162.6 2.00%
STX (5) 150.2 1.90%
Open Road (5) 69.9 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (9) 57.3 0.70%
A24 (7) 48.7 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (9) 41.4 0.50%
Other * (265) 365.9 4.50%
8031.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – September 1, 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 13,990,172
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 12,507,181
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 10,164,571
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,138,872
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
A Beautiful Planet Imax 5,721,777
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,120,041
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight 4,678,295
Kabali CineGalaxy 4,677,244
45 Years IFC/Mongrel 4,563,579
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 4,456,821
The Meddler Sony Classics 4,267,218
A Hologram for the King Roadside Attract/eOne 4,212,494
Swiss Army Man A24/D Films 4,184,161
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC/Mongrel 4,143,182
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Estimates

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Don’t Breathe | 4.1 |3051 |-59% |39.6
Suicide Squad | 2.3 |3292 |-31%| 289.7
Pete’s Dragon | 1.4 |3272 |-25%| 59.2
Kubo and the Two Strings | 1.4| 2985 |-28%| 29.3
The Light Between Oceans | 1.4| 1500| New| 1.4
Sausage Party | 1.3| 2766| -42% |84.5
Bad Moms | 1.3| 2306 |-29%| 99.1
War Dogs | 1.2 |2848 |-40% |31.7
Hell or High Water |1.2 |1303| 17% |11.3
No Manches Frida |Lionsgate| 1.1 |362 |New |1.1

Also Debuting
Morgan | 0.61| 2020
Janatha Garage | 0.22 |164
Nitro Rush | 50,100 |161
Naam Hai Akira | 36,500 |71
The 9th Life of Louis Drax| 26,700 |171
White Girl | 13,200 |3
Yoga Hosers | 11,200| 81
Pretham | 4,600 |14
Dekalog | 4,450| 3
Kickboxer: Vengeance | 3,950 |88
Darra | 3,600 |12
Skiptrace | 3,000 |11
Summer of 8 | 2,600| 6
Seasons in Quincy | 1,750| 1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Don’t Breathe became the air apparent as it scared up an opening estimate of $25.9 million. The session’s other new national debut was the actioner Mechanic: Resurrection that ranked fifth with a $7.3 million tally. Additionally two films got a limited wide launch. The pre-political romance Southside With You inaugurated with modest approval of $2.8 million while Hands of Stone — the fictionalized early years of boxing champion Roberto Duran — bowed to a low blow of $1.7 million. Greater, a fact-based college football drama, fumbled with $640,000 at 434 stadia.

Hell or High Water expanded further and maintained solid averages. There was also an effective slow rollout for A Tale of Love and Darkness. Best of the exclusives was the family dramedy The Hollars with box office of $43,300 from four gatherings.

In the niches, the only Indian import to register a pulse (albeit faint) was the tongue-in-cheek superhero yarn A Flying Jatt, with a $96,400 gross. Chinese imports included Tunnel, with an okay $167,000 and Time Raiders with a tepid $86,700.

With a chunk of youth back in school, the traditional late-summer slump set in, with grosses for the frame barely better than $100 million. Box office ebbed 13% from the prior weekend but was ahead of 2015 by 35%. Twelve months back, the $13.1 million third weekend gross of Straight Outta Compton led with newcomer War Room in second with $11.3 million.

Domestic box office is poised to surpass $8 billion on Wednesday. The current year is running at a 4% faster pace than 2015.

Modestly-budgeted chiller Don’t Breathe was easily tracking ahead of the pack with expectations of a debut of $21 milion or $22 million. Strong critical response and solid word-of-mouth provided a box office boost. The film had a slight male tilt of 53% with 52% of the audience aged 25-years and younger.

The appeared to be limited interest in “Resurrecting” the modestly successful 2011 The Mechanic. Nonetheless, the film hit its core audience with numbers that reflected tracking expectations. It also tilted slightly male at 51% but with 78% of its audience aged 25-years and older.

*Secret Life Of Pets cume updated.

Weekend (estimates) August 26 – 28, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Don’t Breathe Sony 25.9 (8,480) NEW 3051 25.9
Suicide Squad WB 12.2 (3,410) -41% 3582 283
Kubo and the Two Strings Focus 7.8 (2,390) -38% 3279 24.8
Sausage Party Sony 7.6 (2,430) -51% 3135 80
Mechanic: Resurrection Lionsgate 7.3 (3,240) NEW 2258 7.3
Pete’s Dragon BV 7.2 (2,220) -37% 3244 54.6
War Dogs WB 7.0 (2,160) -52% 3258 27.5
Bad Moms STX/eOne 5.7 (2,400) -29% 2565 95.4
Jason Bourne Uni 5.2 (2,130) -35% 2445 149.3
Ben-Hur Par 4.5 (1,450) -60% 3084 19.5
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 3.7 (1,790) -37% 2091 353.2*
Hell or High Water CBS/Lionsgate 3.6 (4,000) 35% 909 8.5
Florence Foster Jenkins Par/eOne 3.0 (2,250) -32% 1324 19.8
Southside With You Roadside 2.8 (3,430) NEW 813 2.8
Star Trek Beyond Par 2.2 (1,750) -44% 1277 150.9
Hands of Stone Weinstein 1.7 (2,070) NEW 810 1.7
Lights Out WB .69 (1,140) -57% 603 65.5
Greater Hammond .64 (1,880) NEW 340 0.64
Finding Dory BV .63 (1,820) -31% 345 489.6
Ghostbusters Sony .54 (1,240) -50% 434 124.9
Nerve Lionsgate .53 (1,170) -55% 455 36.8
Nine Lives Europa/VVS .49 (920) -65% 532 18.2
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox .48 (1,050) -47% 455 61.7
Don’t Think Twice Film Arcade .44 (2,960) 16% 150 2.4
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel .36 (1,660) -28% 216 10
Equity Sony Classics .34 (1,340) 157% 255 0.93
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $111.40
% Change (Last Year) 35%
% Change (Last Week) -13%
Also debuting/expanding
Indignation Roadside Attractions .24 (1,410) -53% 172 2.8
Captain Fantastic Bleecker/eOne .17 (1,410) -29% 122 5
Tunnel Well Go .17 (4,640) 36 0.17
Anthropoid Bleecker/Elevation .14 (1,160) -74% 124 2.7
A Tale of Love and Darkness Focus .12 (4,580) 220% 26 0.17
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard .12 (1,220) -26% 100 4.4
A Flying Jatt Balaji 96,400 (1,190) 81 0.1
Time Raiders Media Asia 86,700 (2,480) 35 0.09
Remember the Goal 5&2 59,600 (770) 77 0.06
Ignacio de Loyola ABS 46,700 (2,120) 22 0.05
The Hollars Sony Classics 43,300 (10,070) 4 0.04
Mia Madre Music Box 36,200 (6,030) 6 0.04
Retour chez ma mere A-Z Films 28,800 (1,800) 16 0.03
Howards End (reissue) Cohen Media 24,300 (8,100) 3 0.02
The Intervention IDP 22,900 (1,530) 15 0.02
25 Kille Video Palace 22,200 (1,010) 22 0.02
Complete Unknown IFC 13,300 (6,650) 2 0.01
Daylight’s End Throttle 10,100 (630) 16 0.01
Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon Epic 9,600 (175) 55 0.01
Hav Faith Habakkuk 9,500 (4,750) 2 0.01
In Order of Disappearance Magnolia 7,100 (1,420) 5 0.01
Fatima Kino 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Kate Plays Christine Grasshopper 5,400 (5,400) 1 0.01
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Fiore 3,700 (1,230) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – August 25,2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (11) 2095.9 26.60%
Warner Bros. (18) 1286.9 16.40%
20th Century Fox (14) 1137.2 14.40%
Universal (14) 1018.2 12.90%
Sony (19) 579.1 7.40%
Paramount (12) 577.7 7.40%
Lionsgate (16) 317.2 4.00%
Focus (9) 151.5 1.90%
STX (5) 143.3 1.80%
Open Road (5) 69.9 0.90%
Weinstein Co. (8) 54.9 0.70%
A24 (7) 48.7 0.60%
Roadside Attractions (8) 37.3 0.50%
Other * (254) 351.2 4.50%
7869 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1 – August 25, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 478,968,645
Captain America: Civil War BV 407,747,164
The Jungle Book BV 363,274,049
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 349,461,005
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
Suicide Squad WB 270,772,627
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,854,117
Star Trek Beyond Par 148,630,049
Jason Bourne Uni 144,127,235
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
Central Intelligence WB 127,191,219
The Legend of Tarzan WB 125,600,081
Ghostbusters Sony 124,402,621
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 107,467,556
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 102,807,487
The Conjuring 2 WB 102,470,008
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Don’t Breathe | 9.9 |3051 |New |9.9
Suicide Squad |3.3 3582 |-45% |274.1
Mechanic: Resurrection | 2.5 |2258| New| 2.5
Sausage Party | 2.2| 3135 ||-55% |74.7
War Dogs | 2 |3258 |-64% |22.5
Kubo and the Two Strings | 1.9| 3279 |-52% |18.9
Pete’s Dragon | 1.8 |3244 |-64% |49.2
Bad Moms |1.7 |2565 |-33% |91.4
Jason Bourne | 1.4 |2445 |-38% |145.5
Ben-Hur | 1.3 |3084 |-68% |16.3

Also Debuting
Southside With You | 1 |813
Hands of Stone | 0.62 |810
Greater | 0.17| 340
Tunnel | 48,500| 36
Time Raiders | 32,200 |35
A Flying Jatt | 21,300| 81
Remember the Goal |5&2| 20,200 |77
Ignacio de Loyola |14,800 |22
The Hollars | 12,800 |4
Retour chez ma mere | 10,300 |16
Howards End| 9,500 |3
The Intervention | 6,100 |15
25 Kille | 6,100| 22
Complete Unknown | 5,800 |2
Hav Faith | 4,800 |2
Daylight’s End | 4,500| 16
Space Dogs | 2,300 |52
Kate Plays Christine | 2,100 |1
Fatima | 1,850| 1
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life | 1,850 |3
In Order of Disappearance | 1,700 |4

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
||||
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