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The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

A Quiet Place returned to the top of weekend viewing with an estimated $21.9 million. Two national releases vied for third and fourth. Fantasy-comedy I Feel Pretty grossing $16 million gave a slight edge over the $14.8 million Broken Lizard hijinks in Super Troopers 2. In limited wide release, the thriller Traffik bowed to $3.9 million.

The frame saw an effective expansion of Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes-prized hallucination You Were Never Really Here. Exclusive freshmen lacked a powerhouse starter. Telugu Bharat Ane Nenu had a potent start of $2.9 million.

Revenues for the session generated roughly $128 million and ebbed back 15% from the prior weekend. It was nonetheless an 18% improvement from 2017 when the second weekend of Fate of the Furious led with a $38.4 million box office and the top newcomer was Unforgettable in fifth spot with a $4.8 million tally.

Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty, a tale of a woman with an unbridled sense of her beauty and intelligence, was given a top end prospect of $15 million. It did slightly better than that, but the promise of Trainwreck may have gone off the tracks. Her rival Melissa McCarthy will be back on screen next month.

The marketplace surprise was unquestionably Super Troopers 2, expected to open to the tune of $6-$7 million. The original screen venture for the Broken Lizard comedy troupe premiered 16 years ago and proved to be a cult hit. But subsequent screen ventures have produced meh results and the same appeared the case for the retread. Instead the fan base was yearning for this revival.

Traffik, the perennial yarn of a vacationing couple beset by a gang of hooligans in a remote bucolic setting, recruited an audience 52% female and 92% 25 and older.

Weekend (estimates) April 20 – 22, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
A Quiet Place Par 21.9 (5,740) -34% 3808 132.2
Rampage WB 20.6 (5,010) -42% 4115 66.2
I Feel Pretty STX/eOne 16.0 (4,650) NEW 3440 16
Super Troopers 2 Fox Searchlight 14.8 (4,860) NEW 3038 14.8
Truth or Dare Uni 7.9 (2,570) -58% 3068 30.3
Ready Player One WB 7.5 (2,350) -34% 3208 126.2
Blockers Uni 7.0 (2,220) -35% 3134 48.2
Black Panther BV 4.7 (2,430) -19% 1930 681.1
Traffik Lionsgate 3.9 (3,710) NEW 1046 3.9
Bharat Ane Nenu Great India 2.9 (8,920) NEW 323 2.9
Isle of Dogs Fox Searchlight 3.5 (1,790) -36% 1947 24.4
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Lionsgate 2.4 (1,220) -41% 1994 79.4
Acrimony Lionsgate 2.0 (1,720) -46% 1148 41
Chappaquiddick Entertainment/D Films 1.9 (1,330) -37% 1455 14.4
Sherlock Gnomes Par 1.4 (980) -49% 1459 39.6
The Miracle Season Mirror/Elevation 1.1 (1,000) -49% 1122 8.8
Beirut Bleecker Street .1.1 (1,420) -38% 755 3.9
A Wrinkle in Time BV .72 (1,080) -48% 665 93.7
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni .57 (880 -61% 646 58.7
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Fun Academy .56 (400) -56% 1386 2.3
You Were Never Really Here Amazon .54 (3,000) 67% 181 1.2
Love, Simon Fox .51 (1,030) -52% 491 40.2
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation .34 (1,630) -29% 210 6.9
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony .32 (850) -47% 377 17
Tomb Raider WB .30 (980) -36% 303 56.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $122.50
% Change (Last Year) 18%
% Change (Last Week) -15%
Also debuting/expanding
Indian Horse Elevation .27 (2,260) -13% 121 0.77
La Bolduc Seville .24 (3,050) -28% 79 1.6
Hector el Father: Conoceras la Verdad Cristal .19 (5,390) 147% 36 0.63
Finding Your Feet Roadside Attractions .19 (1,010) -32% 191 0.94
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics/eOne .18 (970) -35% 183 2.7
Lean on Pete A24 .17 (2,460) 120% 69 0.34
The Rider Sony Classics 77,200 (8,580) 83% 9 0.14
Final Portrait Sony Classics 75,300 (750) 89% 100 0.3
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Kino 39,700 (4,410) -29% 9 0.12
Little Pink House Da Da 32,500 (4,060) 8 0.03
Khido Khundi Rising Sun 30,400 (820) 37 0.03
Beyond the Clounds Zee Studios 26,800 (640) 42 0.03
Dude’s Manual TBA 23,200 (1,660) 14 0.02
Ghost Stories IFC 13,100 (13,100) 1 0.01
Godard Mon Amour Cohen Media 11,900 (2,980) 4 0.01
L’Apparition MK2 11,600 (1,930) 6 0.01
The Devil and Father Amorth Orchard 10,300 (1,290) 8 0.01
Eye on Juliet eOne 7,700 (850) 9 0.01
Le Corbeau (reissue) Rialto 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 19, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 898.9 26.90%
Warner Bros. (15) 421.1 12.60%
Sony (9) 388.4 11.60%
20th Century Fox (8) 374.2 11.20%
Universal (8) 322.9 9.70%
Paramount (5) 189.1 5.70%
Fox Searchlight (4) 99.4 3.00%
Lionsgate (7) 94.4 2.80%
Roadside Attractions (4) 91.7 2.70%
STX (5) 67.8 2.00%
Focus (4) 63.5 1.90%
Entertainment (3) 47.1 1.40%
MGM (2) 36.9 1.10%
Neon (3) 25.5 0.80%
CBS (1) 23.5 0.70%
Aviron (1) 22.7 0.70%
Other * (138) 173.9 5.20%
3341 100%
* none greater than 0.6%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – April 19, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Padmaavat Viva 12,159,664
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 6,522,703
Rangasthalam Creative 3,559,003
2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 3,508,777
La Boda de Valentina Lionsgate 2,816,208
Agnyaathavaasi – Prince in Exile Blue Sky 2,586,699
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics/eOne 2,526,637
Mary and the Witch’s Flower Gkids 2,418,404
Detective Chinatown 2 WB 1,983,984
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics 1,944,952
Pad Man Sony 1,670,192
Operation Red Sea Well Go 1,543,547
La Bolduc Seville 1,384,919
Baaghi 2 Fox Intl 1,319,579
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Well Go 1,185,528
TholiPrema Creative 1,181,228
Bhaagamathie Great India 1,177,302
Le Trip a trois Seville 1,157,655
Sajjan Singh Rangroot Grand Showbiz 1,091,908
Raid Eros 1,085,447

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Super Troopers 2|7.9|2038|NEW|7.9
A Quiet Place|6.4|3808|39%|117
I Feel Pretty|6.1|3440|NEW|6.1
Rampage|5|4115|46%|50.6
Truth or Dare|2.5|3068|70%|25
Blockers|2.1|3134|36%|43.4
Ready Player One|1.9|3208|36%|121
Bharat Ane Nenu|1.5|323|NEW|1.5
Traffik|1.4|1046|NEW|1.4
Black Panther|1.2|1930|16%|678
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Also Debuting||
Little Pink House|10,300|8|
Beyond the Clounds|8,800|41|
Khido Khundi|8,500|33|
Dude’s Manual|7,400|14|
Ghost Stories|5,300|1|
Godard Mon Amour|4,100|4|
L’Apparition|3,900|6|
The Devil and Father Amorth|3,300|3|
Eye on Juliet|2,300|9|
Le Corbeau (reissue)|2,200|1|

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

It was Rampage by a snout as the monkeyshines debuted with an estimated $34.6 million. On its heels was A Quiet Place with $32.7 million. The session’s other wide release was the horror Truth or Dare in third, with $19.1 million. In limited wide political thriller Beirut opened to $1.6 million and animated Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero grossed $1.1 million.

Best of exclusive premieres were Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami with $58,000 and the Cannes-prized rodeo tale The Rider with a $42,300 launch, both debuting on three.

Indian imports saw a strong start for the Punjabi Golak Bugni Bank te Batua of $153,000 at 33 venues while Telugu Krishnarjuna Yudham struggled to $234,000 at 178 locations following a fast start on Wednesday. In Canada, Indian Horse – a saga of a native lad pursuing a hockey life – had a thumbs-up of $373,000.

Revenues for the frame approached $150 million for a 12% slip from last weekend. It was also 15% diminished from 2017 when Fate of the Furious premiered with a stunning $98.8 million.

Despite the presence of the biggest star in the world, Rampage tracked soft with estimates of $34-$38 million. It was anticipated to hit second to A Quiet Place; anticipating the silent scream would decline just 25% from a strong opening. Studio exiting polling broke down the audience as 55% male with 63% 25 and older.

In line with such recent entries as Ready Player One and Pacific Rim Uprising, Rampage had a warmer embrace overseas with an estimated $114 million debut in 61 markets. China provided roughly half the box office with a $55 million tally. The next top grossing markets were the UK and South Korea each grossing $5.7 million and Mexico with $4.8 million.

The Blumhouse brand may not have an Oscar contender with Truth or Dare but it again topped high end expectations of $17 million for its latest venture. Its audience skewed 60% female and 60% 25 and younger. It also dipped into the international marketplace with seven territories that rang up $2.6 million. The UK provided half of foreign revenues.

Weekend (estimates) April 13 – 15, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rampage WB 34.6 (8,440) NEW 4101 34.6
A Quiet Place Par 32.7 (9,120) -35% 3589 99.8
Truth or Dare Uni 19.1 (6,290) NEW 3029 19.1
Ready Player One WB 11.1 (3,040) -55% 3661 114.5
Blockers Uni 10.3 (1,010) -50% 3418 36.9
Black Panther BV 5.4 (2,470) -38% 2180 673.8
Isle of Dogs Fox Searchlight 5.0 (2,590) 10% 1939 18.5
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Lionsgate 3.9 (1,510) -50% 2563 75
Acrimony Lionsgate 3.7 (2,750) -56% 1332 37.8
Chappaquiddick Entertainment/D Films 3.0 (1,740) -50% 1645 10.9
The Miracle Season Mirror/Elevation 2.1 (1,240) -46% 1707 7
Sherlock Gnomes Par 2.1 (1,000) -61% 2116 36.9
Beirut Bleecker Street 1.6 (2,160) NEW 755 2
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 1.4 (900) -71% 1537 57.5
A Wrinkle in Time BV 1.2 (1,110) -63% 1112 92.3
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Fun Academy 1.1 (670) NEW 1633 1.1
Love, Simon Fox 1.0 (1,090) -65% 889 39.2
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony .57 (980) -68% 581 16.3
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation .48 (1,440) -52% 330 6.3
Tomb Raider WB .46 (920) -76% 502 56.2
Indian Horse Elevation .37 (3,840) NEW 97 0.37
La Bolduc Seville .36 (4,360) -21% 83 1.1
Game Night WB .35 (990) -67% 356 67.9
Peter Rabbit Sony .34 (660) -65% 519 113.8
You Were Never Really Here Amazon .32 (6,240) 139% 51 0.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $140.25
% Change (Last Year) -15%
% Change (Last Week) -12%
Also debuting/expanding
Finding Your Feet Roadside Attractions .28 (1,020) 127% 277 0.57
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics/eOne .26 (950) -50% 276 2.3
October Rising Sun .24 (1,810) 132 0.24
Krishnarjuna Yudham Magnus .23 (1,310) NEW 178 0.48
Golak Bugni Bank te Batua Rhythm Boyz .15 (4,640) 33 0.15
Pandas WB .12 (3,700) -20% 33 0.37
Hector el Father: Conoceras la Verdad Cristal 81,400 (4,522) -71% 18 0.42
Lean on Pete A24 77,600 (4,310) 65% 18 0.14
Mercury Prime Media 72,700 (840) 87 0.07
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Kino 58,800 (19,600) 3 0.06
Cake B4U 51,100 (1,500) 34 0.05
Borg vs. McEnroe Neon 46,400 (1,010) 46 0.04
Veneno GRA 45,600 (2,400) 19 0.05
The Rider Sony Classics 42,300 (14,100) 3 0.04
Final Portrait Sony Classics 36,700 (1,150) -32% 32 0.04
Le Promesse de l’aube A-Z Films 33,400 (3,710) 9 0.03
La Terre vue du coeur Nation 4:3 26,300 (6,580) 4 0.03
Krystal Paladin 20,800 (250) 83 0.02
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Well Go 17,600 (8,800) 2 0.02
Aardvark Great Point 14,900 (530) 28 0.01
Zama Strand 9,800 (4,900) 2 0.01
Hitler’s Hollywood Kino 7,200 (7,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 12, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 889 28.30%
Sony (9) 386.7 12.30%
20th Century Fox (8) 372.1 11.80%
Warner Bros. (15) 361.1 11.50%
Universal (8) 284.6 9.10%
Paramount (5) 142.3 4.50%
Fox Searchlight (3) 90.4 2.90%
Lionsgate (7) 89.6 2.80%
Roadside Attractions (4) 85.5 2.70%
STX (4) 66.8 2.10%
Focus (4) 63.5 2.00%
Entertainment (3) 42.5 1.40%
MGM (2) 36.8 1.20%
Neon (1) 25.4 0.80%
Aviron (1) 23.6 0.75%
CBS (1) 23.4 0.75%
Other * (127) 160.7 5.10%
3144 100%
* none greater than 0.6%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – April 12, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 668,455,522
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 218,539,884
The Greatest Showman * Fox 118,647,942
Peter Rabbit Sony 113,482,652
Ready Player One WB 103,402,798
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 100,407,760
A Wrinkle in Time BV 91,096,220
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 88,660,921
The Post * Fox 79,860,197
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Search Engine 71,151,565
Insidious: The Last Key Uni/Sony 67,583,071
Game Night WB 67,543,954
A Quiet Place Par 67,035,885
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 57,965,182
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 56,154,135
Tomb Raider WB 55,766,569
The Shape of Water * Fox Searchlight 46,916,884
Red Sparrow Fox 46,396,077
12 Strong WB 45,500,164
Den of Thieves STX/VVS 44,973,685
* does not include 2017 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Rampage * | 11.5| 4101| NEW| 11.5
A Quiet Place | 10.5 |3589| -29% |77.5
Truth or Dare | 8.2 |3029 |NEW |8.2
Blockers | 3.2 |3418| -52% |29.6
Ready Player One| 2.9| 3661 |-57%| 106.3
Isle of Dogs | 1.5 |1939| 7% |15
Black Panther | 1.4| 2180 |-40%| 669.9
I Can Only Imagine | 1.1 |2563| -50% |72.2
Acrimony | 1.1 |1332| -57% |35.2
Chappaquiddick | 0.85 |1645 |-56%| 8.8

* includes previews

Also Debuting
Beirut | 0.48 |755
Sgt. Stubby |0.27 |1633
Indian Horse | 0.12| 97
October| 74,800 |132
Golak Bugni Bank te Batua | 44,400 |33
Mercury | 31,200 |87
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami | 15,500| 3
Veneno | 15,400 |17
Cake | 14,400 |33
Borg vs. McEnroe | 13,500| 45
The Rider | 11,600 |3
La Terre vue du coeur | 11,300| 4
Le Promesse de l’aube | 7,100 |9
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum | 6,400| 2
Krystal | 6,300| 79
Aardvark | 4,300 |27
Zama | 2,500| 2
Hitler’s Hollywood | 2,100| 1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

The whispers were deafening as A Quiet Place swooped to the top of the weekend with an estimated $50.1 million debut. There was good news for  the raunchy table-turner Blockers that bowed third with $21.4 million. Two other national freshmen launched with a long-buried political flashback of  Chappaquiddick overperforming with $6.1 million and female sport saga The Miracle Season opening close to expectations with $4.1 million.

In international day-and-dates, the best Indian imports were Punjabi Subedar Joginder Singh and Hindi Blackmail, which bowed respectively to $223,000 and $164,000. Filipino Never Not Love You had an okay start of $107,000. In Québec, local production La Bolduc, a true-life tale of the province’s 1930s Piaf-like thrush, opened to $471,000. In IMAX, cuddly Pandas scored $151,000 from 33 shoots.

Exclusives included an encouraging first trot of $48,800 for Lean on Pete at four road stops and a lyric $267,000 for Hector el Father: Conoceras la Verdad on the Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer who departed a first career for a life of social activism on 14 screens domestically.

Revenues for the session edged close to $170 million and expended 20% from last weekend. It was a more profound 40% boost from 2017 when the second weekend of Boss Baby led with $26.4 million and newcomers Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style bowed respectively to $13.2 million and $11.9 million.

There was no denying that A Quiet Place benefited from a snowball effect that tracking did  not keep pace with as opening day approached. Crystal ball gazers had it slotted at $35-$39 million but studio insiders suspected even better returns. Exit polling identified the opening crowd was 51% female with 63% 25 and older. The 18-to-34  audience accounted for 53% of sales. A Quiet Place opened day-and-date in 40 other markets to an estimated $21 million. Top territories included the UK with $3.6 million, Mexico with $2.7 million and Australia with $2 million,

Blockers proved a solid alternative, outpacing high-end estimates of at$19 million. Its audience was 55% female with 56% 25 and older. Blockers sailed in international waters last weekend to a potent $6 million from a handful of territories. This weekend saw the addition of 11 secondary markets and a $3.2 million tally. The next major market will be next weekend in Germany.

The surprise of the frame was Chappaquiddick, which relives the death of female aide Mary Jo Kopechne in the car of Edward Kennedy and the political fumbles that followed. Trackers saw no more than a $3 million opening prospect but it’s likely its core audience (exits indicated it was heavily attended by 55 and older which would have known the incident) bought tickets rather than wait until later in the run.

Weekend (estimates) April 6 – 8, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
A Quiet Place Par 50.1 (14,290) NEW 3508 50.1
Ready Player One WB 25.1 (5.930) -40% 4234 96.9
Blockers Uni 21.4 (6,340) NEW 3379 21.4
Black Panther BV 8.5 (3,110) -26% 2747 666
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Lionsgate 8.4 (2,890) -20% 2894 69.1
Acrimony Lionsgate 8.1 (4,030) -53% 2006 31.4
Chappaquiddick Entertainment 6.1 (3,890) NEW 1560 6.1
Sherlock Gnomes Par 5.6 (2,040) -21% 2733 33.9
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 4.9 (1,860) -48% 2627 54.9
Isle of Dogs Fox Searchlight 4.6 (8,370) 58% 554 12.1
The Miracle Season Mirror/Elevation 4.1 (2,410) NEW 1707 4.1
A Wrinkle in Time BV 3.2 (1,360) -34% 2367 90.2
Love, Simon Fox 2.7 (1,350) -63% 2024 37.5
Tomb Raider WB 2.0 (1.180) -60% 1673 55.1
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony 1.8 (1,240) -47% 1473 15.1
Game Night WB 1.1 (1,420) -55% 804 67.3
God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Pure Flix 1.1 (820) -58% 1377 4.9
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 1.1 (2,000) -17% 554 5.6
Peter Rabbit Sony 1.0 (990) -52% 1027 113
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .57 (1,610) 141% 353 1.8
Rangasthalam Creative .53 (3,090) -70% 171 3.4
La Bolduc Seville .47 (6,280) NEW 75 0.47
Midnight Sun Global Road/eOne .44 (620) -76% 701 9.2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony .42 (890) -38% 478 404
The Greatest Showman Fox .38 (1,520) -46% 248 173
Hector el Father: Conoceras la Verdad Cristal .27 (19,070) NEW 14 0.27
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $162.00
% Change (Last Year) 40%
% Change (Last Week) 20%
Also debuting/expanding
Chal Mohan Ranga Nagar .25 (1,880) 134 0.28
Subedar Joginder Singh Seven Colors .22 (3,140) 71 0.22
Blackmail Eros .16 (3,030) 54 0.16
Pandas WB .15 (45,850) 33 0.15
You Were Never Really Here Amazon .13 (42,170) 3 0.13
Finding Your Feet Roadside Attractions .12 (2,190) 107% 57 0.23
Never Not Love You ABS .11 (2,330) 46 0.11
Trek: The Movie Purdie 92,700 (3,560) 26 0.09
Foxtrot Sony Classics 56,800 (1,260) 6% 45 0.44
Final Portrait Sony Classics 56,300 (2,680) 74% 21 0.14
Lean on Pete A24 48,800 (12,200) 4 0.05
Spinning Man Lionsgate 15,300 (590) 26 0.02
Seven Years of Night CJ 13,800 (3,450) 4 0.01
The Endless Well Go 8,300 (8300) 1 0.01
Sweet Country Goldwyn 8,800 (4,400) 2 0.01
Lowlife IFC 7,600 (1,270) 6 0.01
Where is Kyra? Paladin 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – April 5, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 873.2 29.80%
Sony (9) 382.5 13.10%
20th Century Fox (8) 367.2 12.50%
Warner Bros. (13) 322.8 11.00%
Universal (7) 252.6 8.60%
Fox Searchlight (3) 84.3 2.90%
Lionsgate (7) 78.7 2.70%
Roadside Attractions (4) 75.1 2.60%
Paramount (5) 72.8 2.50%
STX (4) 66.8 2.30%
Focus (4) 63.5 2.20%
MGM (2) 36.7 1.20%
Entertainment (2) 34.5 1.20%
Neon (1) 25.2 0.85%
CBS (1) 23.4 0.80%
Aviron (1) 22.3 0.75%
Other * (114) 125.7 5.00%
2643.7 100%
* none greater than 0.6%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

A Quiet Place|18.9|3508|NEW|18.9
Blockers|7.8|3379|NEW|7.8
Ready Player One|6.8|4234|-55%|78.6
Acrimony|2.5|2006|-66%|25.7
Black Panther|2.3|2747|-43%|659.2
I Can Only Imagine|2.1|2894|-42%|62.8
Chappaquiddick|1.9|1560|NEW|1.9
Isle of Dogs|1.4|554|49%|8.9
Sherlock Gnomes|1.4|2733|-54%|29.7
The Miracle Season|1.4|1707|NEW|1.4
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Also Debuting||||
La Bolduc|0.12|75||
Hector el Father: Conoceras la Verdad|0.1|14||
Chal Mohan Ranga|84,200|134||
Subedar Joginder Singh|60,900|71||
You Were Never Really Here|57,400|3||
Blackmail|50,500|54||
Trek: The Movie|41,400|26||
Never Not Love You|34,400|46||
Pandas|29,700|22||
Lean on Pete|18,100|4||
Spinning Man|4,600|26||
Lowlife|3,600|6||
Seven Years of Night|3,500|4||
The Endless|2,700|1||
Sweet Country|2,400|2||
Where is Kyra?|1,900|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Ready Player One led the Easter parade with an estimated $53.6 million. There was good news for the session’s other national opener, Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry-free revenge thriller Acrimony, which bowed at $17.1 million. The third new release God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness failed to inspire with a $2.6 million start for a waning franchise.

New titles in international day-and-dates included a potent start for Telugu Rangasthalam at $1.8 million and a solid beginning of $592,000 for Hindi Baaghi 2. In Hawaii, locally-made Kuleana grossed $32,300 from eight venues. Exclusive freshmen failed to provide thunderbolts, although L.A. neo-noir Gemini had an encouraging $36,400 box office at four dives.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling virtual reality-set novel, recalls Raiders of the Lost Ark with younger protagonists. Still industry tracking reflected some reticence with predictions of a $35-$40 million opening for its four-day. It also opened in 62 alternate realities to an estimated $128 million led by an estimated $61.7 million gross in China. Other top markets included South Korea with $8.1 million, the UK grossing $7.3 million and Russia providing a $6.1 million box office. As with last weekend’s performance of Pacific Rim UprisingReady reflected a tidal shift between domestic and international returns.

Revenues for the holiday period approached $140 million and inched 6% ahead of last weekend’s performance. It was conversely a 19% decline from 2017 when the debut of Boss Baby led with a $50.2 million tally and newcomer Ghost in the Shell ranked third with $18.7 million.

The Tyler Perry machine was underestimated, with the opening potency of Acrimony with top-end predictions of $15 million. Perry has never made more than the most minuscule expansion into a wider, mainstream audience. Acrimony proved an effective counterprogrammer with a crowd was 74% female and 85% 25 and older. African Americans accounted for 60% of viewers, significantly lower than the majority of his output.

While the media has been shining the light on faith-based movies the only recent release that managed to cross over to a wider audience is I Can Only Imagine. Ironically the 2014 God’s Not Dead also fit into that category but its subsequent follow ups — including A Light in Darkness — along with the recent Samson and Paul, Apostle of Christ have played to the faithful.

Weekend (estimates) March 30 – April 1, 2018)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Ready Player One WB 53.6 NEW 4234 53.6
Acrimony Lionsgate 17.1 (8,500) NEW 2006 17.1
Black Panther BV 11.2 (3,740) -35% 2988 651
I Can Only Imagine Roadside 10.6 (4,000) -22% 2648 55.4
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 9.2 (2,480) -67% 3708 45.7
Sherlock Gnomes Par 7.0 (1,920) -34% 3662 22.8
Love, Simon Fox 4.8 (2,380) -26% 2024 32.2
Tomb Raider WB 4.7 (1,700) -53% 2788 50.5
A Wrinkle in Time BV 4.7 (1,970) -43% 2367 83.2
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony 3.5 (2,360) -32% 1473 11.5
Isle of Dogs Searchlight 2.8 (17,210) 76% 165 5.9
God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Pure Flix 2.6 (1,520) NEW 1693 2.6
Game Night WB 2.4 (1,820) -41% 1335 65
Peter Rabbit Sony 2.0 (1,180) -23% 1667 111
Midnight Sun Global Road/eOne 1.9 (870) -54% 2128 7.7
Rangasthalam Creative 1.8 (9,570) NEW 189 2.5
Unsane Bleecker/Fox 1.4 (740) -62% 1929 6.8
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 1.4 (2,890) 40% 487 3.9
The Greatest Showman Fox .68 (890) -2% 764 172
Red Sparrow Fox .66 (1,300) -70% 508 45.6
Jumanji: Welcome Sony .64 (820) -24% 783 403
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation .62 (1.160) -70% 537 23.5
Baaghi 2 Fox Intl .59 (4,810) NEW 123 0.59
Annihilation Par .32 (1,330) -64% 243 32.1
Death Wish MGM/eOne .29 (710) -77% 407 33.4
Sajjan Singh Rangroot Grand Showbiz .27 (6.060) -26% 45 0.87
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $133.60
% Change (Last Year) -19%
% Change (Last Week) 6%
Also debuting/expanding
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .23 (1,500) -20% 155 1.1
Best F[r]iends Fathom .14 (360) 394 0.14
My Perfect You ABS .10 (3,050) -55% 32 0.46
Finding Your Feet Roadside Attractions 60,200 (4,300) 14 0.06
Flower Orchard 46,600 (460) -61% 102 0.28
Foxtrot Sony Classics 44,700 (1,280) -36% 35 0.34
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics 41,500 (630) -57% 66 1.8
Gemini Neon 36,400 (9,100) 4 0.04
Kuleana Hawaii Cinema 32,300 (4,040) 8 0.03
Final Portrait Sony Classics 31,300 (3,480) 23% 9 0.7
The China Hustle Magnolia 23,900 (1,190) 20 0.02
La Villa MK2 14,400 (2,880) 5 0.01
Jealous Axia 13,800 (3,450) 4 0.01
Outside In Orchard 11,400 (1,420) 8 0.01
Love After Love IFC 11,100 (11,100) 2 0.01
The Great Silence Film Movement 7,300 (7,300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 25, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 834.4 31.50%
Sony (9) 367.3 13.90%
20th Century Fox (7) 350.3 13.20%
Warner Bros. (12) 233.6 8.80%
Universal (6) 228.9 8.70%
Fox Searchlight (3) 77.8 2.90%
STX (4) 66.8 2.50%
Focus (4) 62.8 2.40%
Lionsgate (6) 55.4 2.10%
Roadside Attractions (3) 53.1 2.00%
Paramount (4) 49.9 1.90%
MGM (2) 35.9 1.40%
Entertainment (2) 34.4 1.30%
Neon (1) 25.2 1.00%
CBS (1) 23.3 0.90%
A24 (3) 18.9 0.70%
Other * (103) 125.7 4.80%
2643.7 100%
* none greater than 0.6%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – March 29, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office
Black Panther BV 631,357,854
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 600,697,784
Operation Red Sea Bona; Well Go 569,205,268
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 539,670,319
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 368,169,303
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 361,925,606
The Greatest Showman * Fox 318,857,530
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 285,038,278
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 278,137,902
Ex- File 3 * Huayi; China Lions 261,718,877
Coco * BV 238,284,821
Tomb Raider WB 209,931,859
Peter Rabbit Sony 190,756,344
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni; Legendary 188,293,845
The Shape of Water * Fox 170,381,821
Insidious: The Last Key Uni; Sony 166,481,840
The Post * Fox; Participant 164,866,371
Ferdinand * Fox 164,468,013
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox 129,745,127
The Monkey King 3 Filmko; Well Go 125,504,947
Red Sparrow Fox 121,384,013
Darkest Hour * UPI; Focus 121,058,156
Forever Young United 119,028,200
The Commuter Studio Canal; Lionsgate 106,464,270
* does not include 2017 box office

Friday Box-Office Estimates

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Ready Player One | 15.2 |4234 |NEW| 27.2
Acrimony | 7.3 |2006| NEW |7.3
Black Panther | 4.1| 2988| -8% |643.5
I Can Only Imagine | 3.6 |2648 |-4% |48.5
Pacific Rim Uprising | 3.3| 3708 |-56%| 39.8
Sherlock Gnomes | 3 |3662 |7% |18.8
Love, Simon |1.9 |2024 |-19% |29.2
A Wrinkle in Time | 1.9| 2367 |-13%| 80.4
Tomb Raider | 1.7 |2788 |-40% |47.5
Paul, Apostle of Christ | 1.2| 1473|-26%| 9.2
God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness | 1.1| 1693| NEW| 1.1

Also Debuting
Rangasthalam | 0.63 |189
Baaghi 2 | 0.21| 123
Best F[r]iends | 0.14 |394
Finding Your Feet | 18,100 |14
Gemini | 13,500 |4
Kuleana Hawaii | 10,500 |7
The China Hustle | 8,900 |20
La Villa | 6,000| 5
Love After Love | 5,100 |2
Jealous | 4,600 |4
Outside In | 4,500| 8
The Great Silence | 2,300| 1

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

The debut of Pacific Rim Uprising led weekend viewing with an estimated $28 million. The session was rife with new releases but short on commercial dynamism. Animated Sherlock Gnomes charted fourth with $10.6 million while faith-targeted Paul, the Apostle failed to catch the I Can Only Imagine wave with a $5 million launch. At the back of the pack were YA romance Midnight Sun, which grossed $4.1 million and the low-budget thriller Unsane with $3.7 million.

Exclusive premieres were dominated by the stop-motion Isle of Dogs, which grossed $1.6 million from 27 locations. A swath of new Indian titles saw Hindi Hichki and Punjabi Sajjan Singh Rangroot with respective openings of $321,000 and $332,000, Also good was Filipino romcom My Perfect You, with $189,000 from 48 venues.

Revenues for the frame nudged past $130 million and slipped back 2% from last weekend. Once again it was a steeper 35% decline from 2017 when the second weekend of Beauty and the Beast led with $90.4 million and the opening of Power Rangers followed with $40.3 million.

Pacific Rim opened in 2013 (directed by Guillermo del Toro) and squeezed past $100 million domestically but trebled that figure overseas. Industry tracking had the follow-up opening on the high end at $25 million and, again, it’s shaping up to be propelled by international. Pacific Rim Uprising opened day-and-date in 61 international markets to an estimated $122 million with China dominant with $65 million. Other leading territories included South Korea with $6.9 million, Russia $6.8 million and Mexico bowing with $4.9 million. Studio exit polling identified the North American audience as 62% male with 53% of viewers 25 and older.

Sherlock Gnomes got into the domestic marketplace ahead of Gnome Alone and while expectations were modest it failed to reach predictions of $14-$16 million. Adding to the disappointment was the lack of a significant family animated competitor. The film had debuted in a handful of foreign markets a week earlier (notably Russia) to an OK $2.1 million. The current weekend saw the addition of 14 overseas territories and a carbon copy $2.1 million result.

Paul, Apostle of Christ continued the waning popularity of religious-themed pictures aimed at heartland audiences (I Can Only Imagine being the exception). Its audience skewed 54% female with plus 25-year-olds accounting for 77% of the flock.

Based on a 2006 Japanese film, Midnight Sun marked the first release of Global Road, which acquired Open Road (and foreign sales agent IM Global) in 2017. Although it was tracking to do no more than $6 million it reached its target audience with polling reflecting ticket buyers as 80% female with 66% 25 and younger.

Weekend (estimates) March 23 – 25, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Pacific Rim Uprising Uni 28,0 (7,540) NEW 3708 28
Black Panther BV 16.9 (5,010) -37% 3370 631.1
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Lionsgate 13.9 (6,180) -19% 2253 38.4
Sherlock Gnomes Par 10.6 (2,900) NEW 3662 10.6
Tomb Raider WB 10.3 (2,660) -57% 3854 41.6
A Wrinkle in Time BV 8.1 (2,360) -50% 3423 73.9
Love, Simon Fox 7.6 (3,140) -35% 2434 23.5
Paul, Apostle of Christ Sony 5.0 (3,410) NEW 1473 5
Game Night WB 4.2 (2,230) -26% 1866 60.8
Midnight Sun Global Road/eOne 4.1 (1,900) NEW 2173 4.1
Unsane Bleecker/Fox 3.7 (1,850) NEW 2023 3.7
Peter Rabbit Sony 2.5 (1,200) -52% 2071 106.8
Red Sparrow Fox 2,3 (1,520) -50% 1482 44.1
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation 2.1 (1,390) -56% 1480 22.2
Isle of Dogs Fox Searchlight 1.6 (57,890) NEW 27 1.6
Death Wish MGM/eOne 1.2 (940) -64% 1304 32.6
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation 1.1 (7,730) 103% 141 2.1
Annihilation Par .88 (1,850) -49% 478 31.4
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony .82 (800) -49% 1022 401.6
The Greatest Showman Fox .66 (1,380) -42% 478 170.9
7 Days in Entebbe Focus .64 (760) -60% 836 2.9
Sajjan Singh Rangroot Grand Showbiz .33 (6,750) NEW 49 0.33
Hichki Yash Raj .32 (4,400) NEW 73 0.32
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .31 (2,620) 116% 117 0.71
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight .25 (1,070) -68% 236 63.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $126.10
% Change (Last Year) -35%
% Change (Last Week) -2%
Also debuting/expanding
My Perfect You ABS .19 (3,940) 48 0.19
Flower Orchard .13 (2,250) 162% 57 0.19
Needhi Naadhi Oke Katha Wall Poster .12 (1,530) 76 0.15
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .10 (810) -50% 121 1.7
Rajaratham Jolly Hits 90,800 (780) 116 0.11
Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbayi Kalyan Ram 90,200 (900) 99 0.15
Foxtrot Sony Classics 72,700 (2,800) 46% 26 0.27
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics 65,300 (1,070) -46% 61 17.9
Getting Grace Hannover House 39,100 (710) 56 0.04
Le Brio A-Z Films 38,000 (4,220) 9 0.04
Final Portrait Sony Classics 26,400 (8,800) 3 0.03
The Last Suit Outsider 25,300 (4,210) 6 0.03
Madame Blue Fox/PNW 23,700 (1,320) 18 0.02
Be With You Dreamwest 22,500 (11,250) 2 0.02
Ismael’s Ghost Magnolia 17,400 (8,700) 2 0.02
Bag of Marbles Gaumont 14,100 (3,520) 4 0.01
Back to Burgundy Music Box 11,600 (2,900) 4 0.01
I Kill Giants RLJ Entertainment 7,500 (620) 12 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 22, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 808.9 32.20%
Sony (8) 358.8 14.30%
20th Century Fox (7) 339.6 13.50%
Warner Bros. (12) 219.1 8.70%
Universal (6) 202.9 8.10%
Fox Searchlight (2) 75.8 3.00%
STX (4) 66.7 2.60%
Focus (4) 61.9 2.50%
Lionsgate (6) 55.3 2.20%
Roadside Attractions (3) 39.7 1.60%
Paramount (3) 38.4 1.50%
MGM (2) 34.8 1.40%
Entertainment (2) 34.3 1.40%
Neon (1) 25.1 1.00%
CBS (1) 23.2 0.90%
A24 (3) 18.9 0.70%
Other * (92) 111.6 4.40%
2515 100%
* none greater than 0.5%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising|10.3|3708|NEW|10.3
Black Panther|4.5|3370|-40%|618.7
I Can Only Imagine|3.8|2253|-39%|28.3
Sherlock Gnomes|2.8|3662|NEW|2.8
Tomb Raider|2.8|3854|-69%|34.1
Love, Simon|2.3|2434|-49%|18.2
A Wrinkle in Time|2.2|3423|-53%|68
Paul, Apostle of Christ|1.6|1473|NEW|1.6
Midnight Sun|1.5|2173|NEW|1.5
Unsane|1.3|2023|NEW|1.3
||||
Also Debuting||||
Isle of Dogs|0.55|27||
Hichki|91,700|73||
Sajjan Singh Rangroot|84,200|49||
My Perfect You|53,800|48||
Needhi Naadhi Oke Katha|34,500|76||
Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbayi|33,600|99||
Rajaratham|26,600|116||
Getting Grace|12,300|55||
Le Brio|9,900|9||
Madame|7,900|18||
Final Portrait|7,600|3||
The Last Suit|6,500|5||
Ismael’s Ghost|5,200|2||
Be With You|5,100|2||
Bag of Marbles|3,700|4||
I Kill Giants|3,100|11||
Back to Burgundy|3,000|4||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

It was close as the debut of Tomb Raider bowed with an estimated $23.5 million. Black Panther led the frame with $26.8 million. Two additional films had national openings including the musically inspirational I Can Only Imagine that opened with an unexpectedly strong $17 million and the gay teen comedy Love, Simon with $11.5 million.

In limited wide release the opening of 7 Days in Entebbe disappointed with $1.6 million. New releases from India included a good $422,000 start for the Hindi Raid and a soft bow of $183,000 for Telugu Kirrak Party. Among exclusive launches the best of the bunch were two dysfunctional family sagas, Flower , which grossed $56,200 from three screens and Keep the Change with $12,200 from a single engagement.

Revenues generated about $133 million and slipped back a modest 4% from the prior weekend. There was a 50% slump from 2017 when the launch of Beauty and the Beast grossed $174.7 million and Kong: Skull Island took second spot with $27.8 million.

The revival of the “Lara Croftvideogame comes 15 years since Angelina Jolie limbed the role in two films. Anticipation for the rebooted Tomb Raider remained modest with high end expectations of roughly $25 million. Studio exit polling identified her crowd as 56% female with 68% aged 25 and older.

Tomb Raider bowed internationally in nine Asian markets last weekend and grossed an impressive $14 million. It added 56 territories and grossed an estimated $84 million including a $41 million opening in China. Other top debuts included $4.4 million in Russia, the UK grossing $4.2 million and France with $3.2 million.

The weekend surprise was I Can Only Imagine, inspired by the contemporary Christian rock song and its band MercyMe. Tracking had it line with recent faith-targeted movies in the range of $6 million to $8 million. Its audience skewed 67% female with 80% of viewers aged 35 and older.

Teen gay coming-of-age story Love, Simon was predicted to open in the $10 million to $12 million range. Its audience was largely female at 58% but younger with 59% of its crowd aged 35-years and younger.

Weekend (estimates) March 16 – 18, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Black Panther BV 26.8 (6,990) -34% 3834 605.2
Tomb Raider WB 23.5 (6,090) NEW 3854 23.5
I Can Only Imagine Roadside/Lionsgate 17.0 (10,450) NEW 1629 17
A Wrinkle in Time BV 16.7 (4,190) -50% 3980 61.2
Love, Simon Fox 11.5 (4,780) NEW 2402 11.5
Game Night WB 5.6 (2,080) -29% 2686 54.2
Peter Rabbit Sony 5.2 (1,920) -23% 2725 102.5
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation 4.7 (1,920) -55% 2464 18.5
Red Sparrow Fox 4.4 (1,710) -48% 2583 39.5
Death Wish MGM/eOne 3.4 (1,260) -49% 2676 30
Annihilation Par 1.7 (1,550) -49% 1087 29.6
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 1.6 (1,050) -40% 1556 400.2
7 Days in Entebbe Focus 1.6 (1,930) NEW 838 1.6
The Greatest Showman Fox 1.2 (1,600) -38% 737 169.8
The Hurricane Heist Entertainment/D Films 1.0 (440) -67% 2283 5.3
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight .78 (1,030) -67% 758 62.7
Gringo STX/VVS .63 (270) -77% 2314 4.5
Fifty Shades Freed Uni .61 (700) -55% 873 99.6
The Death of Stalin IFC/Elevation .58 (17,120) 215% 34 0.85
Thoroughbreds Focus .47 (830) -62% 564 2.3
Raid Eros .42 (5,410) NEW 78 0.42
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight .26 (910) -63% 282 53.9
Coco BV .19 (1.090) -25% 177 209.2
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .19 (1,020) 68% 190 1.5
Kirrak Party Trendy .18 (1,370) NEW 134 0.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $128.50
% Change (Last Year) -50%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .14 (2,920) 25% 49 0.32
I, Tonya Neon .13 (830) -50% 160 29.8
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .12 (1,030) -59% 118 17.7
Phantom Thread Focus 94,300 (1,030) -60% 92 20.9
Operation Red Sea Well Go 78,400 (2,800) -52% 28 1.4
The Party Roadside Attractions 71,700 (900) -29% 80 0.61
Flower Orchard 56,200 (18,730) 3 0.06
Foxtrot Sony Classics 51,500 (4,290) 88% 12 0.17
Loveless Sony Classics 45,300 (1,050) -16% 43 0.37
Demon House Entertainment 26,800 (2,440) 11 0.03
Journey’s End Good Deed 12,500 (6,250) 2 0.01
Keep the Change Kino 12,200 (12,200) 1 0.01
Ramen Heads FilmBuff 6,800 (3,200) 2 0.01
Gone Are the Days Lionsgate 5,600 (2,800) 2 0.01
Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day Janus 4,200 (4,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 13, 2918)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 751.1 32.20%
Sony (8) 349.5 15.00%
20th Century Fox (7) 315.6 13.50%
Universal (5) 199.6 8.60%
Warner Bros. (12) 181.4 7.80%
Fox Searchlight (2) 74.3 3.20%
STX (4) 65.6 2.80%
Focus (3) 58.5 2.50%
Lionsgate (6) 55.1 2.30%
Paramount (3) 35.8 1.50%
Entertainment (1) 32.8 1.40%
MGM (2) 30.3 1.30%
Neon (1) 24.9 1.10%
CBS (1) 23.2 1.00%
A24 (3) 18.8 0.80%
Roadside Attractions (3) 16.9 0.70%
Other * (85) 100 4.30%
2333.4 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Domestic Box Office Leaders (January 2 – March 15, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office (millions)
Black Panther BV 578,376,528
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 213,398,652
The Greatest Showman * Fox 114,147,085
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 99,016,300
Peter Rabbit Sony 97,240,268
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 88,104,788
The Post * Fox 79,346,670
Insidious: The Last Key Uni/Sony 67,514,963
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 57,535,995
Game Night WB 48,604,184
12 Strong WB 45,330,975
The Shape of Water * Fox Searchlight 45,025,177
Den of Thieves STX/VVS 44,900,095
A Wrinkle in Time BV 44,494,654
Paddington 2 * WB 40,442,052
Pitch Perfect 3 * Uni 36,794,756
Coco * BV 36,613,920
Darkest Hour * Focus 36,548,393
The Commuter Lionsgate/VVS 36,343,858
The 15:17 to Paris WB 35,882,890
* does not include 2017 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Tomb Raider|9|3854|NEW|9
Black Panther|7.4|3834|-26%|585.7
I Can Only Imagine|6.2|1629|NEW|6.2
A Wrinkle in Time|4.6|3980|-50%|49.1
Love, Simon|4.6|2402|NEW|4.6
Game Night|1.7|2686|-22%|50.3
The Strangers: Prey at Night|1.5|2464|-62%|15.3
Peter Rabbit|1.4|2725|-5%|98.6
Red Sparrow|1.3|2583|-43%|36.4
Death Wish|0.95|2676|-45%|27.5
||||
Also Debuting||||
7 Days in Entebbe|0.54|838||
Raid|0.11|78||
Kirrak Party|63,450|134||
Flower|28,100|3||
Demon House|10,150|11||
Journey’s End|4,100|2||
Keep the Change|3,300|1||
Ramen Heads|2,500|2||
Gone Are the Days|1,750|2||
Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day|1,600|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Black Panther led weekend moviegoing for a fourth weekend with an estimated $41.1 million. Four national releases opened for the session but only the long-taught A Wrinkle in Time proved competitive at $33.4 million. Other freshmen included a fine start for chiller The Strangers: Prey at Night of $10.3 million and early-year casualty status for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures’ The Hurricane Heist and STX’s Gringo, with respective bows of $3 million and $2.6 million.

Also new in limited wide was teen revenge tale Thoroughbreds with an OK $1.2 million. Exclusive openers were dominated by political satire The Death of Stalin with a potent $177,000 from four mausoleums. Punjabi Laung Laachi with a solid $204,000 launch led Indian imports.

Revenues were about $138 million, for a 7% decline from last weekend. It was also 18% off from 2017.

The adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 fantasy, A Wrinkle in Time, previously made in 2003 as a forgotten television feature, received mixed reviews. Industry tracking suggested an opening of about $35 million with high-end outliers at $40 million. Some tagged that as disappointing but basic appeal should translate into strong holds and sustained power, even if it doesn’t become a family film behemoth. The opening weekend audience was 57% female with 57% 25 and older, which suggests the fifty-six-year-old novel might have lost beloved status to more contemporary young adult fare. A Wrinkle in Time also opened in six international territories to an estimated $6.3 million, with Russia dominating with a $4.1 million debut.

Likely few viewers of The Strangers: Prey at Night were drawn based upon its decade-old first entry. Still, tracking was good and it fulfilled high-end crystal-balling of $10 million. It had a slight 51% female tilt with 55% of viewers 25 and older.

Expectations for both The Hurricane Heist and Gringo were modest, with respective high ends of $4 million and $3 million that proved to be overly confident. Heist opened in a handful of nations a week ago, including France and grossed $1.4 million. Its audience was 55% male and 73% 25 and older.

In fading Oscar glory, only The Shape of Water and foreign-language winner A Fantastic Woman added new engagements, and neither had a second wind. The other winners generally lost about half of their playdates and a sharper decline in their box office.

Weekend (estimates) March 9 – 11, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Black Panther BV 41.1 (10,420) -38% 3942 562
A Wrinkle in Time BV 33.4 (8,380) NEW 3980 33.4
The Strangers: Prey at Night Aviron/Elevation 10.3 (4,190) NEW 2464 10.3
Red Sparrow Fox 8.2 (2,680) -51% 3064 31.2
Game Night WB 7.9 (2,570) -24% 3061 45
Peter Rabbit Sony 6.8 (2,190) -32% 3112 93.5
Death Wish MGM/eOne 6.6 (2,280) -49% 2882 23.9
Annihilation Par 3.2 (1,850) -44% 1709 26.1
The Hurricane Heist Entertainment/D Films 3.0 (1,260) NEW 2402 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 2.7 (1,260) -35% 2157 397.2
Gringo STX/VVS 2.6 (1,090) NEW 2404 2.6
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 2.3 (1,500) 59% 1552 60.9
The Greatest Showman Fox 1.7 (1,830) -35% 952 167.4
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 1.3 (990) -60% 1357 98.3
Thoroughbreds Focus 1.2 (2,220) NEW 549 1.2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight .7 (1,250) -47% 552 53.3
The Post Fox .31 (1,120) -71% 278 81.1
Laung Laachi VP Films .29 (6,840) NEW 43 0.29
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .28 (910) -64% 309 17.4
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .27 (1,620) 115% 166 1.15
Darkest Hour Focus .27 (1,110) -61% 245 56.1
I, Tonya Neon .26 (1,080) -52% 243 29.5
Coco BV .26 (1,350) -18% 194 208.8
The 15:17 to Paris WB .25 (590) -83% 420 35.8
Phantom Thread Focus .24 (1,310) -68% 184 20.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $133.00
% Change (Last Year) -18%
% Change (Last Week) -7%
Also debuting/expanding
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .18 (1,180) -68% 156 48.7
The Death of Stalin IFC .18 (44,250) 4 0.18
Operation Red Sea Well Go .17 (4,020) -49% 42 1.3
The Leisure Seeker Sony Classics .12 (4,220) 28 0.12
The Party Roadside Attractions .11 (1,180) -16% 91 0.49
Ye Mantram Vesave US Telugu 52,400 (730) 72 0.05
Loveless Sony Classics 52,700 (1,420) -14% 37 0.3
Tagaru Venus 34,200 (1,370) 25 0.03
The Princess and the Matchmaker CJ 19,800 (6,600) 3 0.02
Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy Magnolia 18,300 (4,570) 4 0.02
Chien de garde Axia 17,300 (4,320) 4 0.02
Meditation Park Mongrel 17,400 (5.800) 3 0.02
Walk with Me Kino 14,200 (14,200) 1 0.01
Girls vs. Gangsters Well Go 13,600 (3,400) 4 0.01
Claire’s Camera Cinema Guild 10,700 (10,700) 1 0.01
Itzhak Greenwich 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Bent Lionsgate 4,500 (500) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 8, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (5) 649.6 30.40%
Sony (8) 334.8 15.70%
20th Century Fox (6) 298.5 14.00%
Universal (5) 197.4 9.30%
Warner Bros. (11) 167.1 7.80%
Fox Searchlight (2) 70.1 3.30%
STX (3) 61.8 2.90%
Focus (2) 56.1 2.60%
Lionsgate (6) 54.6 2.60%
Paramount (3) 30.8 1.40%
Entertainment (1) 28.4 1.30%
Neon (1) 24.6 1.20%
CBS (1) 22.9 1.10%
MGM (2) 21.4 1.00%
A24 (3) 18.5 0.90%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.5 0.70%
Other * (78) 81.9 3.80%
2134 100%
* none greater than 0.5%
Global Box Office Champs (January 2 – March 8, 2018)
Title Distributor Box Office (millions)
Black Panther BV 1,037,462,045
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle * Sony 598,635,531
Detective Chinatown 2 Wanda; WB 507,997,439
Operation Red Sea Bons; Well Go 494,919,655
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 361,460,668
Monster Hunt 2 Edko; Lionsgate 355,378,401
The Greatest Showman * Fox 289,533,571
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox 279,194,361
Star Wars: The Last Jedi * BV 277,137,928
Ex- File 3 * Huayi; China Lions 261,718,877
Coco * BV 213,379,330
Insidious: The Last Key Uni; Sony 165,743,824
Ferdinand * Fox 161,702,209
The Post * Fox 156,045,480
The Monkey King 3 Filmko; Well Go 122,625,370
Forever Young United 119,028,200
Darkest Hour * Focus 116,011,609
The Shape of Water * Fox 111,087,356
Peter Rabbit Sony 109,018,824
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox 107,520,594
The Commuter Studio Canal; Lionsgate 102,190,235
Paddington 2 * WB 95,749,546
Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink (China) Pearl River 94,358,627
Wonder * Lionsgate 94,142,532
* does not include 2017 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time|10.2|3980|NEW|10.2
Black Panther|9.9|3942|-39%|531
The Strangers: Prey at Night|3.9|2464|NEW|3.9
Red Sparrow|2.3|3064|-62%|25.3
Game Night|2.2|3061|-27%|39.3
Death Wish|1.7|2882|-60%|19
Peter Rabbit|1.5|3112|-29%|88.1
Gringo|1|2402|NEW|1
The Hurricane Heist|0.9|2402|NEW|0.9
Annihilation|0.85|1709|-44%|23.8
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Also Debuting||||
Thoroughbreds|0.44|549||
Laung Laachi|75,500|43||
The Death of Stalin|50,100|4||
Ye Mantram Vesave|31,200|72||
The Leisure Seeker|29,000|28||
Tagaru|7,100|11||
Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy|5,600|4||
Chien de garde|5,500|4||
Meditation Park|5,000|3||
Walk with Me|4,700|1||
The Princess and the Matchmaker|4,700|3||
Girls vs. Gangsters|4,400|4||
Claire’s Camera|3,000|1||
Itzhak|1,800|2||
Bent|1,700|9||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Black Panther held sway at the multiplex with a third weekend estimated tally of $66.3 million. The session’s two new national releases followed with Red Sparrow opening to $16.8 million and a resurrected MGM debuting Death Wish with $12.8 million.

Hindi Pari was off to a good start of $171,000. And best of the exclusive entries was the Israeli foreign language Oscar submission Foxtrot that grossed $35,300 from four locations.

Revenues for the frame generated about $145 million and shrank 24% from the prior weekend. It was a comparable 23% decline from 2017 when the debut of Oscar-nominated Logan led with a potent $88.4 million and Get Out’s second weekend followed with $28.2 million.

Red Sparrow, a tale of a Russian ballerina chained into espionage, was largely compared to Atomic Blonde and not in a positive fashion. It didn’t get to industry predictions that suggested an $18 million to $20 million start. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 53% female with 79% of viewers aged 25 and older.

The Jennifer Lawrence vehicle also opened in 65 foreign markets to an estimated $26 million. Its top grossing territories were Germany with $2.6 million, the UK grossing $2.5 million and Taiwan with $2.4 million.

The wisdom of getting back into the distribution arena by MGM certainly can’t be determined by a single picture… or the prospects of the next James Bond if it chooses not to auction off the rights to another studio. The original Death Wish back in 1974 was a huge commercial success as well as highly controversial for its perspective of vigilantism. Even its author Brian Garfield felt the screenplay perverted its message. Nonetheless it spawned a handful of sequels over two decades.

The author hasn’t weighed into its new incarnation but critics have largely savaged the effort. It too was slightly below tracking that pegged a $12 million to $14 million domestic launch. The film’s opening crowd was 57% male with 81% aged 25-years and older.

The Big Show will broadcast in a few hours. It’s an odd year in the sense that there’s less of a feeling that someone, anyone will finally receive a long-overdue Oscar; and a tilt toward who will be a surprise winner. With the Academy Awards unspooling three months after the first prize announcements back in December something called award malaise sets in. While far from a scientific study, talking to Academy members in the past two weeks certainly reveals that most are tired of seeing the predictable honorees get yet another shelf ornament. If this admittedly small sampling were the consensus the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Willem Dafoe and Laurie Metcalf would be tripping over good luck charms on the way to the podium. Good viewing… we can hope.

 

Weekend (estimates) March 2 – 4, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Black Panther BV 66.3 (16,240) -41% 4084 501.7
Red Sparrow Fox 16.8 (5,490) NEW 3056 16.8
Death Wish MGM/eOne 12.8 (4,500) NEW 2847 12.8
Game Night WB 10.5 (2,990) -38% 3502 33.3
Peter Rabbit Sony 9.9 (3,790) -23% 2607 83.9
Annihilation Par 5.6 (2,650) -50% 2112 20.6
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 4.5 (1,930) -20% 2313 393.2
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 3.3 (1,260) -54% 2614 95.6
The Greatest Showman Fox 2.7 (1,900) -22% 1407 164.6
Every Day Orion/Elevation 1.6 (940) -48% 1669 5.3
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.4 (1,690) 19% 832 57.4
The 15:17 to Paris WB 1.4 (790) -60% 1803 35
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.2 (1,580) -2% 770 52
The Post Fox .91 (1,360) -26% 671 80.4
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .65 (710) 24% 914 16.8
Phantom Thread Focus .59 (820) -41% 715 20.1
Darkest Hour Focus .57 (620) -25% 913 55.4
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .53 (750) -21% 710 48.3
I, Tonya Neon .53 (1,130) -10% 466 28.9
Winchester CBS/VVS .52 (900) -44% 576 24.6
Early Man Lionsgate .48 (530) -73% 897 7.7
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Fox .45 (830) -53% 543 57.1
2018 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .39 (1,590) -20% 244 3.3
Coco BV .33 (1,420) -29% 235 208.5
Operation Red Sea Well Go .32 (5,850) -26% 55 0.97
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $142.30
% Change (Last Year) -23%
% Change (Last Week) -24%
Also debuting/expanding
Pari Pooja .17 (3,640) 47 0.17
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .14 (1,590) -10% 89 0.8
The Party Roadside Attractions .14 (1,510) 39% 92 0.33
Loveless Sony Classics 59,100 (2,360) -2% 25 0.22
The Insult Cohen Media 54,200 (1,150) -29% 47 0.86
Foxtrot Sony Classics 35,300 (8,820) 4 0.04
Complices Tribe 29,800 (600) 50 0.03
Oh Lucy! Film Movement 14,900 (4,720) 4 0.01
Charlotte a du fun Seville 14,200 (1,290) 11 0.01
Changing Partners ABS 11,800 (790) 15 0.01
Let Yourself Go Menemsha 8,500 (1,210) 7 0.01
Pickings Digital Magic 5,900 (840) 7 0.01
Brown Girl Begins Urbansoul 4,700 (4,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – March 1, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (4) 561.9 29.00%
Sony (8) 316.3 16.40%
20th Century Fox (6) 270.7 14.00%
Universal (5) 192.3 9.90%
Warner Bros. (11) 149.7 7.70%
Fox Searchlight (2) 65.5 3.40%
STX (3) 61.4 3.20%
Focus (2) 54.1 2.80%
Lionsgate (6) 53.5 2.80%
Entertainment (1) 28.2 1.40%
Neon (1) 23.8 1.20%
Paramount (3) 22.9 1.20%
CBS (1) 22.3 1.20%
A24 (3) 17.8 0.90%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.2 0.80%
Other * (73) 79.4 4.10%
1935 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Black Panther|16.4|4084|-43%|451.8
Red Sparrow|6|3056|NEW|6
Death Wish|4.2|2847|NEW|4.2
Game Night|3|3502|-47%|25.8
Peter Rabbit|2|3607|-28%|76.1
Annihilation|1.5|2112|-61%|16.5
Fifty Shades Freed|1|2614|-56%|93.3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle|1|2313|-24%|389.7
The Greatest Showman|0.7|1407|-22%|162.6
Every Day|0.45|1669|-59%|4.2
||||
Also Debuting||||
Pari|44,700|47||
Complices|8,400|49||
Foxtrot|7,000|4||
Charlotte a du fun|3,700|11||
Oh Lucy!|3,300|3||
Pickings|2,600|7||
Let Yourself Go|2,500|7||
Changing Partners|2,400|15||
Brown Girl Begins|2,100|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Black Panther’s 46% decline can be viewed as a moderate downturn, but its estimated $108.2 million weekend box office is formidable. The modest opposition saw three new national release, with the best of the bunch, the antic comedy Game Night, slotted second with $16.7 million while head-trip adventure Annihilation opened to $10.8 million. The resurrected Orion Pictures label provided the young adult fantasy romance Every Day with a low spark of $2.9 million.

Best of the exclusive bows was Raoul Peck’s follow-up to I Am Not Your Negro, fictional biopic The Young Karl Marx, which grossed $27,200 on three battlements.

A pair of Hindi films bowed to OK results of $244,000 for Sonu Ke Titi Ki Sweety and disappointment for Welcome to New York with $133,000. China entries featured a potent $474,000 start for Operation Red Sea and a modest $58,200 for spy spoof Agent Mr. Chan. In Québec, animated Nelly et Simon: Mission Yeti misfired with a $54,300 tally while local drama Pour vivre ici was moderately better with a $35,600 box office from 12 venues.

Revenues for the session topped $185 million and slipped 35% from the prior weekend. It was conversely a 59% boost from 2017 when the debut of Get Out opened to $33.4 million and The Lego Batman movie took the silver with $19.2 million.

Jason Bateman has backed into the role of comedy’s hard-pressed everyman and in Game Night mines the tricky balance of fun and mayhem. Tracking suggested a $15 million to $17 million debut with a result tilting to the high side. Its audience was 56% female with 86% 25 and older.

The intensity of Annihilation contributed to its 58% skew toward male viewers. It had high-end expectations of $10 million that it exceeded, but its ferocity is likely to translate into sharp declines even as March releases aren’t expected to prompt significant sales. 67% of viewers were aged 25 and older.

Barring a miracle, 2018 looks like the year Oscar nominees failed to generate significant momentum for potential honorees. No film has emerged as the inevitable best picture winner and, contrary to reason, the absence of a perceived winner has historically worked against viewership levels. Commentators are unified in best acting statuettes for Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and Francis McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but their films have had sustained rather than expanding commercial returns. And with one exception all contender pictures are well into their respective international campaigns. The only potential beneficiary of major overseas boosts is Lady Bird, which began its international exposure last weekend in 12 markets that included the U.K., Australia, Mexico and Brazil with a $2.4 million gross.

Weekend (estimates) February 16 – 18, 2018
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Black Panther BV 108.2 (26,920) -46% 4020 400.2
Game Night WB 16.7 (4,780) NEW 3488 16.7
Peter Rabbit Sony 12.5 (3,370) -29% 3707 71.2
Annihilation Par 10.8 (5,380) NEW 2012 10.8
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 6.9 (2,110) -60% 3265 89.5
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 5.6 (2,230) -30% 2519 387.2
The 15:17 to Paris WB 3.6 (1,300) -53% 2752 32.2
The Greatest Showman Fox 3.4 (2,110) -33% 1601 160.8
Every Day Orion 2.9 (1,760) NEW 1667 2.9
Early Man Lionsgate 1.7 (670) -48% 2494 6.8
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.2 (1,790) -18% 691 50.1
The Post Fox 1.2 (1,480) -40% 795 78.8
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.1 (1,550) -32% 721 55.3
Winchester CBS/VVS 1.0 (1,150) -56% 852 23.8
Maze Runner: The Death Cure WB .96 (1,010) -63% 952 56.3
Samson Pure Flix .87 (760) -55% 1140 3.6
Darkest Hour Focus .77 (970) -16% 795 53.5
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .62 (1,040) 0% 601 47.2
Phantom Thread Focus .58 (900) -19% 651 18.7
I, Tonya Neon .57 (1,340) -37% 423 28.1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .53 (790) 5% 675 15.8
Coco BV .48 (1,810) -30% 266 208
Operation Red Sea Well Go .47 (10,300) NEW 46 0.47
Detective Chinatown 2 WB .40 (3,580) -44% 111 1.6
Den of Thieves STX/VVS .38 (1,060) -60% 357 44.3
2018 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .36 (1,950) -47% 186 2.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $181.70
% Change (Last Year) 52%
% Change (Last Week) -35%
Also debuting/expanding
Sonu Ke Tutu Ki Sweety Viva .24 (3,690) 66 0.24
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics .16 (2,010) 66% 78 0.58
Welcome to New York Grand Showbiz .13 (1,600) 83 0.13
The Party Roadside Attractions .11 (3,630) 191% 30 0.17
Monster Hunt 2 Lionsgate .10 (1,960) -70% 52 0.61
The Insult Cohen Media 75,800 (1,510) -10% 50 0.76
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics 74,700 (730) -47% 102 0.7
Loveless Sony Classics 62,300 (5,190) 63% 12 0.13
Agent Mr. Chan China Lion 58,200 (6,470) 9 0.06
Nelly et Simon: Mission Yeti Seville 54,200 (1,260) 43 0.05
Pour vivre ici Seville 35,500 (2,960) 12 0.04
Sin Island ABS 32,400 (880) 37 0.03
The Young Karl Marx Orchard 27,200 (9,070) 3 0.03
Les Gardiens MK2 19,100 (2,390) 8 0.02
Are We Not Cats Cleopatra 6,900 (1,720) 4 0.01
The Cured IFC 4,700 (1,570) 3 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 22, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Buena Vista (4) 417.2 24.80%
Sony (8) 293.7 17.50%
20th Century Fox (5) 261.6 15.50%
Universal (5) 182.4 10.90%
Warner Bros. (11) 121.5 7.20%
Fox Searchlight (2) 61.9 3.70%
STX (3) 60.7 3.60%
Focus (2) 51.6 3.10%
Lionsgate (6) 50.5 3.00%
Entertainment (1) 27.7 1.60%
Neon (1) 23.1 1.40%
CBS (1) 21.1 1.30%
A24 (3) 16.7 1.00%
Roadside Attractions (1) 14.8 0.90%
Paramount (3) 8.7 0.50%
Other * (64) 67.8 4.00%
1681 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Black Panther|28.8|4020|-45%|321
Game Night|5.6|3488|NEW|5.6
Annihilation|3.8|2012|NEW|3.8
Peter Rabbit|2.8|3707|-30%|61.6
Fifty Shades Freed|2.3|3265|-59%|85
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle|1.3|2519|-29%|383
Every Day|1|1667|NEW|1
The 15:17 to Paris|1|2752|-52%|29.6
The Greatest Showman|0.9|1601|-32%|158
Early Man|0.35|2494|-58%|5.4
||||
Also Debuting||||
Operation Red Sea|0.13|46||
Sonu Ke Tutu Ki Sweety|65,100|66||
Welcome to New York|33,300|83||
Agent Mr. Chan|18,000|9||
Nelly et Simon: Mission Yeti|12,400|43||
Sin Island|10,200|36||
Pour vivre ici|8,600|12||
The Young Karl Marx|7,400|3||
Les Gardiens|4,800|8||
Are We Not Cats|3,600|4||
The Cured|2,000|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Black Panther devoured seventy percent or more of the marketplace, with a record-setting box office estimated at $192.2 million (all numbers reflect three-day portion of holiday weekend). Two films premiered nationally as counterprogrammers: animated Early Man wound up slotting seventh with $3.1 million, while faith-targeted biblical drama Samson earned $1.9 million.

Best of exclusive freshmen were black-comic The Party with $35,800 at a trio of dinner tables, and Russian foreign-language Oscar nominee Loveless, which grossed $27,600 from three investigations. Another wave of Indian imports included strong results for Telugu Awe of $478,000, as well as Punjabi Laavaan Phere with $139,000. Chinese movies capitalized on New Year celebrations. In North America, Detective Chinatown 2 led with a $670,000 tally, followed by Monster Hunt 2 that grossed $340,000, and Monkey King 3 trailing with $89,300. In China, Monster Hunt 2 opened to $190 million with Detective Chinatown 2 grossing $155 million and Monkey King 3 opening to $80 million.

Revenues topped $275 million for a 96% boost from last weekend. It was a 91% improvement from 2017 when the second weekend of The Lego Batman Movie led with $42.7 million and newcomer The Great Wall bowed with $21.5 million.

The amount of earnest media attention given to Black Panther is also superheroic, and the movie was up to the challenge with its cultural, gender and other resonances. It readily exceeded the record for a February release, previously held by Deadpool at $132 million, and ranks as the fifth-biggest opening of all time.

Black Panther exceeded industry expectations that marked it as high as $185 million and a studio conservative estimate of $175 million. Exit demos identified the audience as 55% male with 61% of viewers 25 and older. Unsurprisingly, a studio spokesman said its performance in key cities, as well as regionally, indicated a larger-than-typical African-American audience.

On the international front the picture opened in virtually all markets with China, Japan and Russia the only major territories held back. Studio estimates for its first overseas wave is $169 million with South Korea (even in the midst of the Olympics) and Great Britain in the forefront, respectively with $25.3 million and $24.8 million. The list of records by territory is staggering, especially among African nations.

Early Man’s audience was 51% male with 62% of viewers 25 and older. Statistics on families were unavailable.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Black Panther BV 192.2 (4,800) NEW 4020 192.2
Peter Rabbit Sony 17.2 (4,620) -31% 3725 48.2
Fifty Shades Freed Uni 16.9 (4,490) -56% 3768 76.1
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 7.8 (2,800) -22% 2800 376.5
The 15:17 to Paris WB 7.6 (2,510) -39% 3042 20.4
The Greatest Showman Fox 5.0 (2,600) -22% 1936 154.4
Early Man Lionsgate 3.1 (1,250) NEW 2494 3.1
Maze Runner: The Death Cure WB 2.5 (1,340) -59% 1892 54
Winchester CBS/VVS 2.2 (1,500) -57% 1479 21.8
The Post Fox 2.0 (1,890) -46% 1050 76.6
Samson Pure Flix 1.9 (1,550) NEW 1249 1.9
The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight 1.6 (1,700) -49% 957 53.2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Fox Searchlight 1.5 (1,900) -36% 780 48
12 Strong WB 1.0 (1,200) -64% 815 44.1
Den of Thieves STX/VVS .89 (1,220) -70% 730 43.4
Darkest Hour Focus .88 (1,460) -45% 602 53.1
Hostiles Entertainment/Elevation .83 (1,080) -71% 767 28.3
I, Tonya Neon .81 (1,720) -51% 471 26.9
Coco BV .71 (1,840) -20% 385 207.2
Phantom Thread Focus .68 (1,910) -44% 355 17.7
Detective Chinatown 2 WB .67 (5,860) NEW 115 0.67
Lady Bird A24/Elevation .59 (1,460) -34% 407 46.2
Star Wars: The Last Jedi BV .58 (1,650) -59% 351 618
2018 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .51 (2,550) -26% 201 1.6
La Boda de Valentina Lionsgate .51 (1,530) -56% 331 2.1
Call Me By Your Name Sony Classics .49 (1,480) -27% 332 14.9
Awe Nirvana .48 (4,190) NEW 114 0.61
Forever My Girl Roadside/Elevation .44 (1,110) -64% 401 15.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $270.65
% Change (Last Year) 91%
% Change (Last Week) 96%
Also debuting/expanding
Aiyaary Big Pictures .36 (2,240) 159 0.36
Monster Hunt 2 Lionsgate .34 (4,830) 70 0.34
Laavaan Phere Grand Showbiz .14 (7,330) 19 0.14
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sony Classics .12 (1,120) 109% 107 0.55
Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women Well Go 89,300 (2,630) 34 0.09
A Fantastic Woman Sony Classics 84,800 (2,920) -23% 29 0.36
The Insult Cohen Media 81,700 (1,900) -26% 43 0.6
Double Lover Cohen Media 67,400 (2,410) 48 0.07
The Party Roadside Attractions 35,800 (11,930) 3 0.04
Naachiyaar B Studios 28,700 (930) 31 0.03
Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Well Go 28,500 (3,160) 9 0.03
Loveless Sony Classics 27,600 (9,200) 3 0.03
Nostalgia Bleecker Street 19,200 (6,200) 3 0.02
Honor Up Lionsgate 14,100 (1,80) 13 0.01
Mind Game Gkids 6,800 (970) 7 0.01
The Boy Downstairs FilmRise 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 15, 2018)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Sony (8) 253.3 19.70%
20th Century Fox (5) 245.9 19.20%
Universal (5) 158.3 12.30%
Buena Vista (4) 148.1 11.60%
Warner Bros. (9) 106.1 8.30%
STX (3) 59.1 4.60%
Fox Searchlight (2) 56.8 4.40%
Focus (2) 48.9 3.80%
Lionsgate (3) 43.7 3.40%
Entertainment (1) 26.4 2.10%
Neon (1) 21.8 1.70%
CBS (1) 18.1 1.40%
A24 (3) 15.7 1.20%
Roadside Attractions (1) 14.3 1.10%
Paramount (2) 7.8 0.60%
Other * (56) 58.4 4.60%
1282.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box-Office Estimates

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Black Panther * | 76.5| 4020 |NEW |76.5
Fifty Shades Freed | 5.6 |3768 |-69% |64.8
Peter Rabbit | 4.1 |5711| -29% |35
The 15:17 to Paris | 2.1| 3042 |-45%| 19.8
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | 1.8| 2800| -17% |371.5
The Greatest Showman | 1.3 |1936| -18%| 150.7
Early Man | 0.85| 2494| NEW| 0.85
Maze Runner: Death Cure | 0.65| 1892 |-51%| 52.1
Samson | 0.6| 1249| NEW |0.6
Winchester |0.6 |1479| -62% |20.1

* includes previews

Also Debuting
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