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The Weekend Report (4-Day Estimates)

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Weekend (estimates) February 17 – 20, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Batman Movie WB 42.5 (10,400) -38% 4088 107.1
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 23.2 (6,250) -56% 3714 91.9
The Great Wall Uni 21.6 (6,500) NEW 3325 21.6
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 19.0 (6,110) -47% 3113 61.2
Fist Fight WB 14.3 (4,480) NEW 3185 14.3
Hidden Figures Fox 8.7 (3,940) -10% 2217 144.2
Split Uni 8.3 (3,400) -25% 2445 124.9
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 7.4 (3,090) -22% 2400 52.5
La La Land Lionsgate 5.5 (3,450) -7% 1587 134.5
Lion Weinstein Co. 5.1 (3,320) 6% 1542 37.4
A Cure for Wellness Fox 5.0 (1,840) NEW 2704 5
Rings Par 2.7 (1,740) -58% 1560 26.1
Moana BV 1.4 (3,250) 48% 424 244.8
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia 1.2 (4,860) 19% 251 3.5
Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate 1.1 (3,420) NEW 333 1.1
Fences Par 1.0 (1,820) 15% 560 55.4
Sing Uni 1.0 (1,750) -57% 561 266.9
Rogue One BV 1.0 (2,230) -47% 435 528.8
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnolia .80 (3,610) -17% 221 1.1
Moonlight A24/Elevation .73 (1,600) -16% 455 21.3
Manchester By the Sea Roadside/ Mongrel .71 (1,250) -15% 568 46.2
My Ex and Whys ABS .63 (9,870) NEW 64 0.63
Ghazi Great India .52 (5,610) NEW 93 1
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par .51 (1,180) -72% 435 44.4
The Founder Weinstein/ Elevation .48 (1,900) -43% 253 12
Jolly LLB 2 Fox Intl .42 (2,540) -52% 166 1.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $173.90
% Change (Last Year) -37%
% Change (Last Week) -22%
Also debuting/expanding
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .31 (6,980) 303% 45 0.4
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .30 (3,160) -1% 94 1.1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .25 (2,840) 68% 87 1
Jackie Fox Searchlight .18 (1,410) -21% 130 13.5
Paterson Bleecker Street .18 (2,830) 2% 64 1.6
20th Century Women A24 .15 (1,340) -35% 115 5.3
Duckweed Chine Lion .11 (3,700) -41% 30 0.35
Kedi Oscilloscope 95,800 (13,700) 99% 7 0.16
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/A-Z 82,300 (2,290) -5% 36 0.45
Elle Sony Classics 74,500 (1,730) 1% 43 2.1
Julieta Sony Classics 64,800 (2,90) -43% 31 1.3
Cook Up a Storm Media Asia 40,800 (2,720) 15 0.04
Fanny’s Journey Menemsha 25,700 (5,140) 5 0.03
Fabricated City CJ 23,800 (11,900) 2 0.02
Irada Big Pictures 16,900 (630) 27 0.02
You’re Killing Me Susana La Banda 14,300 (4,770) 3 0.01
Running Shaadi Big Pictures 13,400 (250) 53 0.01
XX Magnolia 7,800 (1,950) 4 0.01
From Nowhere FilmRise 5,900 (2,950) 2 0.01
American Fable IFC 3,600 (1,800) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 16, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (7) 331.3 25.20%
20th Century Fox (7) 177.3 13.50%
Lionsgate (6) 141.1 10.70%
Paramount (9) 140.7 10.70%
Buena Vista (3) 138.9 10.60%
Sony (5) 93.9 7.10%
Warner Bros. (8) 90.6 6.90%
Weinstein Co. (3) 42.5 3.20%
CBS (1) 30.5 2.30%
STX (3) 28.5 2.20%
Open Road (1) 20.3 1.50%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.2 1.20%
A24 (2) 12 0.90%
Focus (4) 7 0.50%
Fox Searchlight (1) 6.4 0.50%
Other * (46) 39 3.00%
1315.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker once again topped weekend releases. The films were estimated at $34 million and $20.9 million for the three-day portion. All figures reflect the three-day portion. The weekend chart will be updated tomorrow.

A trio of new national releases failed to catch fire with the Chinese epic The Great Wall fairing best with good results of $18 million. The comedy Fist Fight bowed to a disappointing $12 million while thriller A Cure for Wellness debuted with a moribund $4.3 million.

Among international day-and-ate releases, the best of the Indian imports was Telugu Ghazi , opening with an OK $371,000. The Mexican comedy Everybody Loves Somebody was off to a solid start of $893,000 following its debut last weekend south of the border with $1.6 million. Filipino rom-com My Exs and Whys had an excellent start of $434,000. Exclusive launches were on the dullish side save for South Korea’s Fabricated City that bowed with $18,200 at two sites.

Revenues for the three days are estimated at about $150 million for a 22% slide from last weekend. It was a steeper 39% drop from 2016 when the debut of Deadpool revived the dead presidents with a $132.4 million launch.

Bridging the gap between the world’s two largest movie going nations has proven a daunting task. The Great Wall may have nudged the divide ever so slightly. The period epic fronted by Matt Damon bowed in China two months ago and has rolled out through most major markets to a potent box office of $225 million. Domestic prospects were considered tepid with high end prospects of $18 million for its opening three-days.

The film skewed 59% male with 63% of the audience aged 25-years and older. The core 18-34 year old corridor accounted for 50% of overall viewers.

The yarn of two teachers coming to blows in Fist Fight was expected to be the top grosser among new titles with an opening in the $18 million to $20 million range. It also had a male skew of 54% with 61% of viewers aged 25-years and older. Exit demos weren’t available for A Cure for Wellness. While tracking was modest at $6-$7 million the film came up short by any measure.

Oscar countdown is a week and hours away with box office favoring La La Land – a key but far from consistent factor. While the so-called post-awards domestic bump has largely evaporated for more than a decade, also-rans continue to experience sharp reversals. A possible exception this year is I Am Not Your Negro with a momentum spurred on by the Academy spotlight but also gaining ground from upscale and urban sectors of the audience.

Weekend (estimates) February 17 – 19, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Batman Movie WB 34.0 (8,320) -36% 4088 98.6
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 20.9 (5,640) -55% 3714 89.6
The Great Wall Uni 18.0 (5,420) NEW 3325 18
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 16.2 (5,210) -47% 3113 58.4
Fist Fight WB 12.0 (3,760) NEW 3185 12
Hidden Figures Fox 7.1 (3,190) -12% 2217 142.6
Split Uni 7.0 (2,870) -26% 2445 123.6
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 5.5 (2,310) -24% 2400 50.6
La La Land Lionsgate 4.6 (2,880) -8% 1587 133.6
A Cure for Wellness Fox 4.3 (1,580) NEW 2704 4.3
Lion Weinstein Co. 4.2 (2,710) 6% 1542 36.4
Rings Par 2.3 (1,460) -60% 1560 25.7
Moana BV 1.1 (2,520) 45% 424 244.5
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .91 (3,650) 11% 250 3.1
Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate .89 (2,680) NEW 333 0.89
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel .81 (1,430) 15% 568 46.3
Rogue One BV .75 (1,720) -50% 435 528.6
Sing Uni .71 (1,260) -58% 561 266.6
Fences Par ,69 (1,230) -5% 560 55
Moonlight A24/Elevation .61 (1,350) 16% 455 21.2
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnlia .53 (2,410) -23% 221 1.6
My Ex and Whys ABS .43 (6,380) NEW 68 0.43
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par .41 (940) -73% 435 44.3
The Founder Weinstein/ Elevation .41 (1,620) -44% 253 11.9
Ghazi Great India .37 (3,990) NEW 93 0.42
Jolly LLB 2 Fox Intl .34 (2,040) -56% 166 1.4
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $143.10
% Change (Last Year) -39%
% Change (Last Week) -22%
Also debuting/expanding
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight .27 (6,060) 307% 45 0.36
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .23 (2,490) -4% 94 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .20 (1,990) 70% 102 0.94
Paterson Bleecker Street .15 (2,360) -14% 64 1.5
Jackie Fox Searchlight .14 (1,110) -25% 130 13.5
20th Century Women A24 .13 (1,100) -35% 115 5.3
Duckweed China Lion 94,600 (3,150) -41% 30 0.33
Kedi Oscilloscope 75,400 (10,770) 88% 7 0.14
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/ A-Z 63,100 (1,750) -8% 36 0.43
Julieta Sony Classics 54,700 (1,760) -40% 31 1.3
Cook Up a Storm Media Asia 28,600 (1,910) 15 0.03
Fanny’s Journey Menemsha 19,800 (3,960) 5 0.02
Fabricated City CJ 18,200 (9,100) 2 0.02
Irada Big Pictures 13,400 (500) 27 0.01
You’re Killing Me Susana La Banda 11,200 (2,800) 4 0.01
Running Shaadi Big Pictures 11,100 (210) 53 0.01
From Nowhere FilmRise 6,700 (3,350) 2 0.01
XX Magnolia 5,100 (1,280) 4 0.01
American Fable IFC 3,300 (1,650) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 16, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (7) 331.3 25.20%
20th Century Fox (7) 177.3 13.50%
Lionsgate (6) 141.1 10.70%
Paramount (9) 140.7 10.70%
Buena Vista (3) 138.9 10.60%
Sony (5) 93.9 7.10%
Warner Bros. (8) 90.6 6.90%
Weinstein Co. (3) 42.5 3.20%
CBS (1) 30.5 2.30%
STX (3) 28.5 2.20%
Open Road (1) 20.3 1.50%
Roadside Attractions (1) 15.2 1.20%
A24 (2) 12 0.90%
Focus (4) 7 0.50%
Fox Searchlight (1) 6.4 0.50%
Other * (46) 39 3.00%
1315.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie|7.5|4088|-48%|72.1
Fifty Shades Darker|6.8|3714|-68%|75.5
The Great Wall|5.9|3325|New|5.9
John Wick: Chapter 2|4.1|3113|-62%|46.3
Fist Fight|3.8|3185|New|3.8
Split|1.9|2445|-29%|118.4
Hidden Figures|1.8|2217|-16%|137.3
A Cure for Wellness|1.5|2704|New|1.5
A Dog’s Purpose|1.4|2400|-20%|46.5
La La Land|1.2|1587|-12%|130.2
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Also Debuting||||
Everybody Loves Somebody|0.26|333||
My Ex and Whys|0.12|64||
Ghazi|0.1|93||
Cook Up a Storm|8,200|14||
Irada|5,000|27||
Fanny’s Journey|4,700|5||
Fabricated City|4,700|2||
Running Shaadi|2,950|53||
XX|2,600|4||
You’re Killing Me Susana|2,300|3||
American Fable|2,250|2||
From Nowhere|1,700|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

There was no contest in the face-off between Legoworld and Lingerieland. The gap between the $55.1 million bow of The Lego Batman Movie and $46.8 million Fifty Shades Darker was tighter than anticipated. The week’s other newcomer, John Wick: Chapter 2, kicked out a potent bow of $29.4 million.

Some estimates for The Batman Lego Movie went as high as $70 million but as opening day loomed the consensus was for an opening in the low $60 millions. The gross may have been blunted by the Abbot and Costello Meets Frankenstein factor, where new elements confuse the issue. That also occurred thirty-four years ago when Superman 3 cast Richard Pryor and viewers weren’t sure whether they would get a comedy or an adventure. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 52% female and 52% 25 and younger. Lego Batman also bowed day-and-date in 60 foreign markets to an estimated $37 million with top toyboxes including the UK at $9.3 million, $2.6 million in Mexico and Russia with $2.2 million.

Revenues for the frame hovered around $190 million for a significant 94% boost from last weekend. It was nonetheless 33% below 2016 when the launch of Deadpool arrived with a staggering $152.2 million.

In international day-and-dates, Hindi Jolly LLB 2 had a solid start of $753,000 while Telugu Singam 3 was a case of diminishing returns with a $242,000 tally. China’s Duckweed quacked an excellent $163,000 from 27 screens, and in exclusive play A United Kingdom had a strong $68,700 box office from four engagements. And never underestimate feline power, as embodied in Istanbul city life through the eyes of a teeming cast of cats in Kedi, which grossed $37,300 from a single litter.

Expectations were strong for Fifty Shades Darker with predictions in the range of $40-$42 million that it exceeded. Although critical response tended toward laughter, a core crowd turned out, with women once again dominating at 70% and an audience that was 56% 30 and younger and the core 18-35-year old corridor comprising 66% of the total.

Fifty Shades Darker bowed in 57 international markets to a potent $100 million. It was top choice in 51 including Germany at $11 million, the UK with $9.3 million, Brazil grossing $7.5 million and Australia a tidy $6 million.

When John Wick debuted in 2014 the tale of a disaffected hit man surprised with solid box office and ongoing interest in ancillaries. Its sequel was expected to be effective counterprogramming, with top end projections of $25 million. Viewers broke down as 64% male with 74% 25 and older.

With Oscar a fortnight away, nominated animated, documentary and live-action shorts arrived in theaters with a potent $648,000. Also new was short-listed foreign-language nominee Land of Mine from Denmark, which grossed a disappointing $14,400 from three beaches. The top beneficiaries of Academy recognition continue to be I Am Not Your Negro and Iran’s foreign-language submission The Salesman. Oscar’s best picture finalists are struggling to hold playdates as new movies enter the marketplace. Hidden Figures is withstanding the competitive buffeting, but a win would be a true upset in light of its director’s absence on the ballot.

Weekend (estimates) February 10 – 12, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Lego Batman Movie WB 55.1 (13,480) NEW 4088 55.1
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 46.8 (12,610) NEW 3710 46.8
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 29,4 (9,430) NEW 3113 29.4
Split Uni 9.3 (3,130) -36% 2961 112.2
Hidden Figures Fox 8.0 (3,010) -21% 2667 131.5
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 7.3 (2,420) -30% 3025 42.6
Rings Par 5.6 (1,920) -57% 2931 21.3
La La Land Lionsgate 5.0 (2,440) -32% 2065 126.1
Lion Weinstein Co. 4.0 (2,980) 6% 1337 30.3
The Space Between Us STX/VVS 1.7 (620) -54% 2758 6.6
Sing Uni 1.6 (1,100) -60% 1479 265.3
Rogue One BV 1.5 (1,630) -48% 929 527.2
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 1.5 (1,250) -62% 1178 43.1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony 1.3 (1,100) -72% 1213 25.2
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .76 (6,690) 11% 114 1.5
Jolly LLB 2 Fox Intl .75 (4,350) NEW 173 0.75
The Founder Weinstein/Elevation .74 (1,630) -48% 454 11.2
Moana BV .73 (1,580) -46% 461 243.2
Fences Par .72 (1,580) -42% 454 53.9
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel .67 (1,480) -49% 454 45.1
2017 Oscar Shorts Magnlia .65 (4,100) NEW 158 0.65
Monster Trucks Par .62 (730) -71% 842 32.2
Moonlight A24/Elevation .57 (1,620) -43% 351 20.4
Sleepless Open Road .46 (1,200) -48% 385 20.1
Arrival Par .44 (1,640) -44% 271 99.4
Patriots Day CBS .38 (1,100) -65% 346 31
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $184.30
% Change (Last Year) -33%
% Change (Last Week) 94%
Also debuting/expanding
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation .25 (3,890) 6% 65 0.72
Singam 3 CineGalaxy .24 (2,180) 111 0.33
The Comedian Sony Classics .22 (360) -75% 612 1.5
20th Century Women A24 .22 (1,710) -46% 127 5.1
Jackie Fox Searchlight .21 (1,400) -44% 149 13.3
Paterson Bleecker Street .18 (2,600) 2% 68 1.3
Duckweed Chine Lion .16 (6,040) 27 0.16
Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back Sony .12 (1,850) -74% 67 0.73
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .12 (2,500) 28% 49 0.68
Julieta Sony Classics 95,600 (1,520) -24% 63 1.2
A Uniied Kingdom Fox Searchlight 68,700 (17,180) 4 0.07
The Red Turtle Sony Classics/A-Z 66,100 (2,280) -5% 29 0.33
Elle Sony Classics 64,200 (1,130) -22% 57 2
Munthirivallikal Thalirkumbol Weekend 53,600 (4,470) 12 0.05
Kedi Oscilloscope 37,300 (37,300) 1 0.04
Below Her Mouth Elevation 32,600 (1,160) 28 0.03
I Am Jane Doe 50 Eggs 17,900 (2,980) 6 0.02
Land of Mine Sony Classics 14,400 (4,800) 3 0.01
Balu Mahi Grand Showbiz 13,800 (660) 21 0.01
L’Erotisme et le vieil age L’Atelier 8,900 (2,220) 4 0.01
Polina, danser sa vie A-Z Films 8,100 (1,350) 6 0.01
Angry Inuk Eye Steel 6,300 (2,100) 3 0.01
Love Everlasting Diamond 5,000 (625) 8 0.01
Running Wild Sony 4,500 (450) 10 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 9, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (6) 241.6 22.70%
20th Century Fox (6) 163.7 15.40%
Buena Vista (3) 135.5 12.70%
Paramount (9) 130.1 12.20%
Lionsgate (6) 92.7 8.70%
Sony (5) 91.2 8.60%
Weinstein Co. (3) 35.2 3.30%
CBS (1) 29.9 2.80%
Warner Bros. (7) 27.1 2.60%
STX (3) 26.2 2.50%
Open Road (1) 19.6 1.80%
Roadside Attractions (1) 14.4 1.40%
A24 (2) 11 1.00%
Focus (4) 6.9 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (1) 6 0.55%
Other * (40) 32.6 3.10%
1063.7 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Fifty Shades Darker|21.5|3710|New|21.5
The Lego Batman Movie|14.4|4088|New|14.4
John Wick: Chapter 2|10.9|3113|New|10.9
Split|2.6|2961|-45%|105.6
Hidden Figures|2.1|2667|-32%|125.6
A Dog’s Purpose|1.7|3025|-39%|37
Rings|1.7|2931|-70%|17.4
La La Land|1.3|2065|-42%|122.3
Lion|1.1|1337|-5%|27.3
The Space Between Us|0.45|2758|-67%|5.3
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Also Debuting||||
Jolly LLB 2|0.19|173||
2017 Oscar Shorts|0.14|145||
Singam 3|68,200|106||
Duckweed|58,100|27||
A Uniied Kingdom|18,400|4||
Below Her Mouth|15,000|28||
Munthirivallikal Thalirkumbol|14,100|12||
I Am Jane Doe|11,300|6||
Kedi|10,600|1||
Balu Mahi|3,500|20||
L’Erotisme et le vieil age|3,300|4||
Love Everlasting|2,700|8||
Running Wild|2,600|9||
Land of Mine|2,500|3||
Polina, danser sa vie|2,400|6||
Angry Inuk|2,000|3||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

It was a threepeat for Split with Shymalan’s return taking top spot with an estimated $14.6 million and a cume nearing $100 million domestic. That left newcomer Rings just behind with a $12.9 million debut. The other national freshmen received less warm embraces. Interstellar YA The Space Between Us grossed $3.7 million while The Comedian got little applause with a $1 million tally.

In limited release, Oscar documentary contender I Am Not Your Negro, reading author James Baldwin, set records with a $674,000 gross from 45 screens.

International day-and-date included Indian films with a solid $633,000 box office for Telugu Nenu Local and a relatively strong $198,000 for Kannada Kirik Party. China’s Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which opened last week to record business in China, translated exceptionally well with a $468,000 opening from 66.

Revenues were shy of $100 million for a 32% decline from last weekend and a slight 5% boost from 2016’s Super Bowl weekend. Last year’s kickoff had the second weekend of Kung Fu Panda ahead with $21.2 million and freshman Hail, Caesar! trailing with $11.4 million.

Counterprogramming the Patriots and the Falcons isn’t a particularly enviable task, and the latest adaptation of the Rings Japanese horror franchise, on and off the release schedule for over than a year, wasn’t expected to do more than $15 million. The film drew a 54% female crowd with 67% of viewers aged 25 and younger. Rings also launched in 35 foreign territories to an estimated $15 million. Top grosser chimed in with a $2.7 million box office in Brazil, Mexico grossing $2.2 million and Russia with $1.9 million.

Industry trackers were estimating a $6-$8 million debut for The Space Between Us. Withering film reviews put a damper on those projections. Similarly The Comedian was viewed as largely DOA once its Oscar qualifying run fizzled.

With the Academy Awards broadcast three weeks away, multi-nominated Lion expanded nationally to good results. BUt only La La Land and Hidden Figures are drawing large crowds with Hidden Figures benefiting from Black History Month and other factors.

Weekend (estimates) February 3 – 5, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thrs Cume
Split Uni 14.6 (4,320) -43% 3373 98.7
Rings Par 12.9 (4,410) NEW 2931 12.9
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 10.8 (3,400) -41% 3178 32.9
Hidden Figures Fox 10.2 (3,000) -27% 3401 119.5
La La Land Lionsgate 7.4 (2,290) -39% 3236 118.3
Resident Evil: Final Chapter Sony 4.4 (1,430) -67% 3104 21.8
Sing Uni 4.1 (1,770) -36% 2293 262.9
Lion Weinstein 3.8 (2,720) 63% 1405 24.5
The Space Between Us STX/VVS 3.7 (1,310) NEW 2812 3.7
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 3.6 (1,460) -58% 2478 39.9
Rogue One BV 2.9 (1,820) -44% 1613 524.6
Monster Trucks Par 2.1 (1,110) -49% 1901 31.1
The Founder Weinstein 1.5 (1,590) -43% 936 9.9
Gold Weinstein 1.4 (660) -58% 2166 6.2
Manchester By the Sea Roadside 1.3 (1,320) -37% 974 43.8
Moana BV 1.3 (1,490) -49% 847 242
Fences Par 1.2 (1,310) -14% 948 52.7
Patriots Day CBS 1.1 (1,120) -59% 1003 30.2
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.1 (1,290) -27% 842 19.5
The Comedian Sony Classics 1.0 (1,220) NEW 848 1.1
Sleepless Open Road .93 (1,380) -47% 672 19.3
Passengers Sony .86 (780) -5% 1104 97.4
Arrival Par .79 (1,160) -46% 685 98.6
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia .67 (14,980) NEW 45 0.67
Nenu Local Blue Sky .63 (4,910) NEW 129 0.8
Raes Zee Studios .52 (1,960) -71% 265 3.3
Also debuting/expanding
Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back Sony .47 (7,090) 66 0.47
20th Century Women A24 .44 (1,750) -51% 253 4.8
Jackie Searchlight .41 (1,260) -38% 327 12.9
The Salesman Cohen Media .23 (5,020) 225% 46 0.34
Kirik Party Jolly Hits .20 (2,920) 68 0.26
Silence Par .19 (1,230) -70% 152 6.8
Paterson Bleecker Street .18 (3,120) 6% 58 1
Julieta Sony Classics .12 (2,090) 0% 58 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .10 (4,150) 4% 24 0.52
Elle Sony Classics 91,600 (880) -27% 104 1.9
The Red Turtle Sony Classics 72,800 (3,470) 0% 21 0.23
Bogan Sri Green 69,200 (1,080) 65 0.07
Growing Up Smith Good Deed 16,800 (3,360) 5 0.02
Oklahoma City PBS 7,700 (2,570) 3 0.01
Youth in Oregon Orion 7,400 (260) 29 0.01
The Lure Janus 6,300 (6,300) 1 0.01
Eloise Vertical 4,400 (240) 18 0.01
Dark Night Cinelicious 3,800 (1,900) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – February 2, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Universal (5) 199 21.60%
20th Century Fox (6) 148.8 16.20%
Buena Vista (3) 129.7 14.10%
Paramount (9) 104.2 11.30%
Sony (4) 82.6 9.00%
Lionsgate (5) 79.5 8.60%
CBS (1) 28.5 3.10%
Weinstein Co. (3) 25.4 2.80%
Warner Bros. (6) 24.5 2.70%
STX (2) 21.5 2.30%
Open Road (1) 18.4 2.00%
Roadside Attractions (1) 12.7 1.40%
A24 (2) 9.2 1.00%
Focus (4) 6.6 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (1) 5.5 0.60%
Other (32) * 24.5 2.60%
920.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Rings|5.6|2931|New|5.6
Split|4.8|3373|-39%|88.9
Hidden Figures|3.1|3401|-17%|112.4
A Dog’s Purpose|2.8|3178|-47%|24.9
La La Land|2.3|3236|-33%|113.2
The Space Between Us|1.4|2812|New|1.4
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter|1.4|3104|-73%|18.7
Lion|1.1|1405|84%|21.8
xXx: Return of Xander Cage|1.1|2478|-51%|37.4
Sing|0.9|2293|-34%|259.7
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Also Debuting||||
The Comedian|0.32|834||
Nenu Local|0.2|129||
I Am Not Your Negro|0.2|43||
Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back|0.18|66||
Kirik Party|49,300|61||
Bogan|19,800|59||
Growing Up Smith|4,700|5||
Oklahoma City|3,600|2||
Youth in Oregon|2,700|27||
The Lure|2,100|1||
Dark Night|1,700|2||
Eloise|1,700|17||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The Split held sway at the box office with a second weekend estimate of $26.2 million. Nipping at its heels was newcomer A Dog’s Purpose that wow bowed at $18.4 million. Also debuting were a fond farewell for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, slotting fourth with $13.5 million and pure pyrite for Gold that opened to $3.4 million.

Exclusive newcomers were dominated by Iran’s short-listed The Salesman with a solid $68,700 from three screens. Another foreign-language nominee, Toni Erdmann, added a few playdates to excellent effect.

Many of the Oscar contenders including Manchester By the Sea, Arrival, La La Land, Moonlight and Hacksaw Ridge added significant numbesr of theaters to good, but hardly second-wind results.

Among international day-and-dates, Mexican Un Padre no Tan Padre grossed an OK $982,000 following its $4.2 million tally on home turf after four weeks. Indian imports were back in force with a potent $1.8 million bow for Raees and fair results of $684,000 for another Hindi offering, Kaabil. Chinese freshmen Buddies in India and Kung Fu Yoga both received good starts with respective box office of $183,000 and $109,000. The Japanese anime Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted with $749,000 and South Korea’s The King opened to $158,000.

Revenues for the session pushed past $140 million and slipped a modest 3% from last weekend. It was a comparably slim 1% improvement from 2016 when the debut of Kung Fu Panda dominated with a $41.3 million launch. The frame also saw its first $100 million grosser in the new calendar for Oscar hopeful Hidden Figures.

A Dog’s Purpose‘s solid opening was comparable to a kennel of howlers that included Hotel for Dogs, Snow Dogs and Eight Below. The audience was 56% female with 47% identified as families. No stats were available on the percentage of dog and cat owners. A Dog’s Purpose also opened in 20 foreign markets to an estimated $5 million. Mexico contributed with $1.8 million and Brazil grossed $820,000.

The finale of Resident Evil bowed a month ago in Japan where it’s rocked audiences to $35 million. The latest installment bowed on the high end of tracking estimates in a franchise that has generated more than $1 billion theatrically, not to mention a financial gusher in ancillaries. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 56% female with 55% aged 25 and over.

Gold received an Oscar qualifying run (as did it stablemate The Founder) that failed to coalesce with Academy voters. Its general release mirrored that indifference and the company will have to console itself with vigorous campaigning for Lion.

Weekend (estimates) January 27 – 29, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Split Uni 26.2 (8,200) -34% 3199 78
A Dog’s Purpose Uni 18.4 (6,010) NEW 3058 18.4
Hidden Figures Fox 13.9 (4,160) -11% 3351 104
Resident Evil: Final Chapter Sony 13.5 (4,340) NEW 3104 13.5
La La Land Lionsgate 12.1 (3,850) 43% 3136 106.5
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 8.3 (2,280) -59% 3651 33.6
Sing Uni 6.2 (2,290) -31% 2702 257.4
Rogue One BV 5.1 (2,500) -29% 2049 520
Monster Trucks Par 4.1 (1,630) -42% 2496 28.1
Gold Weinstein 3.4 (1,590) NEW 2166 3.4
Patriots Day CBS 2.8 (1,530) -51% 1847 28.4
The Founder Weinstein 2.6 (2,360) -23% 1115 7.5
Moana BV 2.4 (1,290) -10% 1894 240.1
Lion Weinstein 2.3 (4,070) 33% 575 19.7
Manchester By the Sea Roadside 1.9 (1,650) 103% 1168 41.4
Raes Zee Studios 1.8 (6,830) NEW 265 2.4
Sleepless Open Road 1.7 (1,620) -50% 1055 17.8
Arrival Par 1.5 (1,210) 363% 1221 97.3
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.5 (1,330) 147% 1104 17.7
Fences Par 1.4 (1,600) 16% 880 50.8
The Bye Bye Man STX/VVS 1.2 (1,040) -66% 1127 21.9
Un Padre no Tan Padre Lionsgate 1.0 (3,150) NEW 312 1
Passengers Sony 1.0 (1,560) -57% 625 96.3
20th Century Women A24 .87 (1,340) -37% 650 3.9
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions 4K Media .75 (1,300) NEW 577 0.75
Kaabil B4U .68 (2,640) NEW 259 0.83
Jackie Fox Searchlight .65 (1,280) 72% 508 12.2
Silence Par .55 (1,750) -52% 316 6.3
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $137.90
% Change (Last Year) 1%
% Change (Last Week) -3%
Also debuting/expanding
Buddies in India China Lion .18 (3,330) 55 0.18
Paterson Bleecker Street .17 (3,300) 29% 51 0.79
The King AG Entertainment .16 (5,640) 28 0.16
Elle Sony Classics .12 (970) 13% 128 1.8
Julieta Sony Classics .12 (2,490) 31% 48 0.84
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go .11 (7,780) 14 0.11
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics .10 (4,980) 267% 20 0.38
The Salesman Cohen Media 68,700 (22,900) 3 0.07
The Red Turtle Sony Classics 61,300 (4,090) 192% 15 0.11
Jomonte Suviseshangal Full Moon 54,200 (3,610) 15 0.05
Ang Babae se Septic Tank 2 ABS 17,600 (630) 28 0.02
Confidential Assignment CJ 17,200 (8,600) 2 0.02
Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo Wolfe 8,900 (2,220) 4 0.01
Get the Girl Orion 2,800 (280) 10 0.01
Midsummer in Newton Participant 2,600 (1,300) 2 0.01

Friday Estimates

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Split|  7.9| 3199| -46%| 59.6
A Dog’s Purpose|  5.3| 3058|  New|  5.3
Resident Evil: Final|  5| 3104| New|  5
Hidden Figures|  3.7| 3351| -15%| 93.8
La La Land|  3.4|  3136|  41%|  97.9
xXx: Return|  2.2| 3651| -69%|  27.5
Sing|  1.3| 2702|  -31%|  252.5
Rogue One|  1.2| 2049| -30%| 516.2
Gold| 1.1| 2166| New|  1.1
Monster Trucks|  0.8| 2496|  -44%|  24.8

Also Debuting
Raees|  0.52|  255
Un Padre no Tan Padre|  0.26|  312
Kaabil|  0.18| 259
Yu-Gi-Oh!|  0.12| 52
Buddies in India|  47,500| 55
The King|  45,700| 28
Kung Fu Yoga|  22,700| 14
The Salesman|  19,300| 3
Jomonte Suviseshangal|  15,600|  14
Ang Babae se Septic Tank 2|  4,900| 27
Confidential Assignment|  3,600| 2
Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo|  2,300|  4
Midsummer in Newton|  1,700| 1
Get the Girl|  1,500| 8

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

The Split decision was a knockout as M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller doubled the box office of any weekend contender with an estimated debut of $40.1 million. xXx: Return of Xander Cage was in a distant second with $20.1 million. The Founder had a disappointing national franchise of $3.5 million, while comic faith tale The Resurrection of Gavin Stone sputtered to $1.3 million.

Awards positioning saw major expansions for 20t Century Women and Silence with both failing to ignite. The announcement of Oscar nominees on Tuesday could provide a second wind. In international day-and-date, India’s latest, Kannada family yarn Pushpaka Vimana, had a dull start of $35,200. In Québec, French import Nelly was sturdy with a $94,500 tally.

Revenues were shy of $150 million and dipped a slight 2% from last weekend’s three-day portion of the Martin Luther King holiday. But it was a  tidy 29% uptick from 2016 when the fifth weekend of The Revenant led with $16 million, and new entries Dirty Grandpa and The Boy bowed with $11.1 million and $10.8 million respectively.

International box office revenues are crunched with the sector grossing $27.3 billion for a 2.7% improvement from the prior year. The modest improvement was nearly identical to the domestic increases and indicates a foreign maturation following years of healthy annual boosts as India, Russia and China blossomed. The Hollywood majors generated about $14.3 billion of the total which was 49% better than the domestic final of $9.6 billion.

Top-end tracking predictions for Split woefully underestimated at $26-$28 million. The national mood appeared to be hungry for an eerie thriller propelled by a shrewd marketing campaign that delivered a satisfying experience. On the domestic front, the audience was 52% female with 52% aged 25-years and younger. Internationally the film opened in 20 territories to just shy of $6 million. Its sole major market was the UK at $3.1 million.

The xXx franchise bowed in 2002 to strong global box office but a sequel three years later signaled its quick demise. Its revival, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, was expected to generate a top end of $20 million and proved accurate. However its aggressive day-and-date international launch in 53 markets proved more potent with a $50 million debut. Russia topped the list with a $5.5 million box office with France grossing $3.1 million and Germany and Mexico each adding $2.8 million to the till.

The stateside audience was 53% male with 62% of viewers aged 25-years and older.

The weekend also had the industry buzzing about perceived missteps by Paramount distribution that is currently juggling five national releases including xXx 3 and last week’s freshman Monster Trucks. The consensus is that the new titles have pushed out Fences that’s lost 1675 playdates in two weeks. There’s no talk about a re-issue of Fences based on Oscar nominations though the company is primed to do just that next weekend with Arrival. And this weekend’s 833 new venues for the commercially faltering Silence has caused much tut-tuting as many additions were the result of arranging for it to unspool as the last screening of the day for Monster Truck engagements.

Weekend (estimates) January 20 – 22, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Split Uni 40.1 (13,210) NEW 3038 40.1
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 20.1 (5,510) NEW 3651 20.1
Hidden Figures Fox 16.2 (4,740) -22% 3416 84.2
Sing Uni 9.0 (2,820) -37% 3193 249.3
La La Land Lionsgate 8.4 (4,520) 42% 1865 89.8
Rogue One BV 7.2 (2,680) -46% 2693 512.4
Monster Trucks Par 7.0 (2,260) -36% 3119 22.6
Patriots Day CBS 6.1 (1,940) -48% 3120 23.7
Sleepless Open Road 3.5 (1,960) -58% 1803 15
The Founder Weinstein Co. 3.5 (3,160) NEW 1115 3.5
The Bye Bye Man STX/VVS 3.5 (1,570) -74% 2220 20.1
Moana BV 2.6 (1,980) -40% 1296 236.8
Passengers Sony 2.4 (1,520) -55% 1556 94.6
Lion Weinstein Co. 1.8 (3,180) -20% 575 16.4
Live By Night WB 1.8 (640) -64% 2822 9.5
Underworld: Blood Wars Sony 1.7 (1,150) -73% 1466 28.6
20th Century Women A24 1.3 (2,050) 321% 650 2.3
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone High Top 1.3 (1,490) NEW 887 1.3
Fences Par 1.3 (1,850) -54% 693 48.8
Why Him? Fox 1.1 (1,100) -68% 1034 58
Silence Par 1.1 (710) -43% 1580 5.1
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel .97 (1,790) -43% 543 38.9
Moonlight A24/Elevation .63 (1,290) -43% 489 15.8
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB .43 (1,430) -54% 302 231.7
Jackie Fox Searchlight .37 (1,540) -50% 239 11.3
Arrival Par .33 (1,850) -39% 180 95.7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $142.60
% Change (Last Year) 29%
% Change (Last Week) -2%
Also debuting/expanding
Sailor Moon R Eleven Arts .18 (1,510) 78 0.18
Paterson Bleecker Street .12 (3,210) 22% 38 0.53
Elle Sony Classics .11 (780) -58% 143 1.6
Nelly Seville 94,500 (4,340) 22 0.09
Julieta Sony Classics 91,400 (2,290) -25% 40 0.67
Pushpaka Vimana Thoogudeepa 35,200 (1,760) 20 0.04
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 26,700 (4,680) -28% 6 0.26
The Red Turtle Sony Classics 20,900 (6,970) 3 0.02
Faith’s Song Northface 10,400 (1,300) 8 0.01
Panique (reissue) Rialto 6,100 (6,100) 1 0.01
Bakery in Brooklyn Gravitas 4,700 (590) 8 0.01
Strike a Pose Bond 360 3,500 (700) 5 0.01
My Father Die FilmRise 3,400 (425) 8 0.01
Staying Vertical Strand 3,300 (820) 4 0.01
They Call Us Monsters BMP 2,600 (1,300) 2 0.01

Friday Estimates

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Split | 14.6 |3038 |New |14.6
xXx: Return of Xander Cage | 7.1| 3651 |New| 7.1
Hidden Figures | 4.4| 3416 |-20%| 85.7
La La Land | 2.4 |1865| -41% |70.4
Sing | 1.9 |3193 |-36% |242.2
Rogue One | 1.7| 2603 |-47%| 506.9
Patriots Day | 1.6 |3120| -61%| 19.2
Monster Trucks | 1.4| 3119 |-47%|17
The Bye Bye Man | 1.1 |2220| -80% |17.7
Sleepless | 1| 1803 |-68% |12.5
The Founder | 1 |1115 |New| 1

Also Debuting
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone | 0.38 |887
Sailor Moon R | 38,900 |62
Nelly | 27,400| 22
The Red Turtle | 5,100| 3
Pushpaka Vimana | 4,100 |9
Faith’s Song | 3,700| 8
Bakery in Brooklyn | 3,500| 7
My Father Die | 2,500 |7
Panique (reissue)| 2,000 |1
They Call Us Monsters | 1,300 |3
Strike a Pose | 1,300 |5
Staying Vertical | 1,100| 3

The 4-Day Weekend Report

Monday, January 16th, 2017
Weekend (estimates) January 13 – 16, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Hidden Figures Fox 26.2 (7,980) -9% 3286 60.6
Sing Uni 19.1 (5,180) -31% 3693 238.3
La La Land Lionsgate 17.7 (9,580) 43% 1848 77.3
Rogue One BV 16.9 (5,350) -39% 3162 502
The Bye Bye Man STX/VVS 15.2 (6,850) NEW 2220 15.2
Monster Trucks Par 14.9 (4,770) NEW 3119 14.9
Patriots Day CBS 13.5 (4,330) 10969% 3120 14.5
Sleepless Open Road 9.7 (5,360) NEW 1803 9.7
Underworld: Blood Wars Sony 7.2 (2,360) -55% 3070 25.4
Passengers Sony 6.4 (2,630) -39% 2447 90.8
Moana BV 6.0 (3,240) -33% 1847 233.3
Live By Night WB 5.9 (2,090) 18752% 2822 6.1
Why Him? Fox 4.1 (2,090) -49% 1977 56
Fences Par 3.5 (2,630) -43% 1342 46.7
Lion Weinstein Co. 2.8 (4,900) 11% 575 13.9
Silence Par 2.4 (3,170) 311% 747 3.5
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.0 (2,810) -33% 726 37.2
Assassin’s Creed Fox 1.7 (1,740) -66% 968 53.2
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.4 (2,440) 243% 582 14.9
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 1.1 (2,270) -29% 502 231
Jackie Fox Searchlight .91 (2,580) -29% 353 10.7
Guatamiputra Satakarni Red Heart .79 (6,110) NEW 129 1.3
Arrival Par .67 (2,720) -38% 247 95.2
A Monster Calls Focus .66 (440) -74% 1513 2.82
Khaidi No, 150 Classics .63 (4,380) NEW 143 0.63
Trolls Fox .54 (2,050) -9% 262 151.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $181.90
% Change (Last Year) 9%
% Change (Last Week) 8%
Also debuting/expanding
Shatamanam Bhavati Blue Sky .45 (4,930) 92 0.45
20th Century Women A24 .39 (13,340) 142% 29 0.83
Elle Sony Classics .34 (1,620) 438% 209 1.4
OK Jaanu Fox Intl .26 (2,130) 121 0.26
Sarvann Grand Showbiz .24 (4,780) 51 0.24
Bairavaa Sri Green .18 (2,160) 83 0.31
Julieta Sony Classics .15 (5,240) 28% 29 0.54
Paterson Bleecker Street .12 (8,710) 40% 14 0.38
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .12 (1,450) -19% 82 2.52
Some Like It Hot China Lion 51,400 (5,140) 10 0.05
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 46,800 (9,360) 8% 5 0.22
Extra Service ABS 30,700 (1,280) 24 0.03
Worlds Apart Cinema Libre 19,300 (19,300) 1 0.02
Alone in Berlin IFC 10,500 (5,250) 2 0.01
The Book of Love FreeStyle 10,100 (780) 13 0.01
Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past First Run 7,400 (7,400) 1 0.01
Because I Love You CJ 6,100 (3,050) 2 0.01
The Son of Joseph Kino 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
Top Global Grossers (January 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 1,027,633,710
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 875,668,346
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
Rogue One BV 785,527,104
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Suicide Squad WB 779,097,727
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 774,460,630
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Doctor Strange BV 658,046,051
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,470,521
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,925,899
Jason Bourne Uni 416,411,948
Moana BV 405,311,419
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 407,268,056
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,950,728
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 349,779,543
Star Trek Beyond Par 343,951,633
Trolls Fox 335,801,729
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Your Name Toho 306,240,781
* does not include 2015 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Hidden Figures seemed an all-too-appropriate chart topper for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with an estimated three-day $20.4 million box office (all figures reflect three-days; chart will be updated tomorrow). The first holiday of 2017 offered three new national releases and two limited releases going wide, to grim or bland response. The chief exception was horror The Bye Bye Man , slashing to a $13.4 million debut. The ticking clock Sleepless grossed a passable $8.2 million while the widening of Patriots Day was nearly a flag-waver with $11.9 million.

The media has already had a field day with commercial pileup Monster Trucks, which revved up to $10.5 million. But the abject rejection of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night prohibition era gangster costumer hasn’t received its fair share of ink. It bowed nationally to $5.2 million.

Also broadening to a national profile was Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence, which held its modest niche with a $1.9 million tally.

Holidays in India saw a spate of new films with strongest response for Telugu titles including Guatamiputra Satakarni ($687,000), the much anticipated Khaidi No. 150 ($543,000) and Shatamanam Bhavati ($321,000). New specialized niche fare from China and the Philippines was less buoyant with the former’s Some Like It Hot grossing a tepid $37,700 and the latter’s Extra Service finding no gratuity at $19,300.

Also of note was the continued slow roll out of 20th Century Women that added $310,000 from a mere 29 locations.

The session saw volume (rather than overall strength) generate slightly better than $150 million and uptick 8% from the immediate prior weekend. It was 6% behind 2016 levels when the debut of Ride Along 2 led with $35.2 million with The Revenant in the bridesmaid spot at $31.8 million.

The Bye Bye Man proved the surprise of the weekend with industry trackers punting top end expectations of $10 million. However it emerged as the counter-programmer of choice and a diverting cheap thrill with initial muscle. The film’s 61% female tilt was instrumental to its potency along with an audience that 75% aged 25-years and younger.

Patriots Day attracted a 53% male crowd with a decidedly older slant that was 84% aged 25 and older.

The media’s fascination with car crashes anticipated something more extreme for the fate of Monster Trucks with predictions of a $6-$8 million domestic launch. Paramount already posted a $100 million-plus pre-opening writedown. The film grossed $12 million gross in eearly foreign bookings. On the home front the audience was 53% male with 60% aged 25-years and younger.

Weekend (estimates) January 13 – 15, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Hidden Figures Fox 20.4 (6,200) -11% 3286 54.8
La La Land Lionsgate 14.4 (7,790) 42% 1848 74
Sing Uni 13.8 (3,730) -33% 3693 233
Rogue One BV 13.7 (4,320) -38% 3162 498.8
The Bye Bye Man STX/VVS 13.4 (6,040) NEW 2220 13.4
Patriots Day CBS 11.9 (3,800) 11205% 3120 12.8
Monster Trucks Par 10.5 (3,360) NEW 3119 10.5
Sleepless Open Road 8.2 (4,570) NEW 1803 8.2
Underworld: Blood Wars Sony 5.8 (1,890) -57% 3070 23.9
Passengers Sony 5.5 (2,250) -38% 2447 89.9
Live By Night WB 5.2 (1,850) 19233% 2822 5.4
Moana BV 4.0 (2,140) -38% 1847 231.3
Why Him? Fox 3.5 (1,760) -50% 1977 55.3
Fences Par 2.7 (2,030) -43% 1342 45.9
Silence Par 1.9 (2,580) 300% 747 3
Lion Weinstein Co. 2.2 (3,910) 8% 575 13.3
Manchester By the Sea Roadside 1.6 (2,230) -36% 726 36.8
Assassin’s Creed Fox 1.4 (1,470) -66% 968 52.9
Moonlight A24/Elevation 1.1 (1,870) 239% 582 14.6
Fantastic Beasts WB .89 (1,770) -54% 502 230.8
Jackie Fox Searchlight .71 (2,020) -32% 353 10.5
Guatamiputra Satakarni Red Heart .69 (5,330) NEW 129 0.501
Arrival Par .55 (2,210) -37% 247 95.1
Khaidi No, 150 Classics .54 (3,690) NEW 147 0.54
A Monster Calls Focus .52 (340) -75% 1513 3.3
Trolls Fox .39 (1,480) -12% 262 151.8
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $145.60
% Change (Last Year) -6%
% Change (Last Week) 8%
Also debuting/expanding
Shatamanam Bhavati Blue Sky .32 (3,410) 94 0.32
20th Century Women A24 .31 (10,660) 138% 29 0.75
Elle Sony Classics .30 (1,430) 505% 209 1.4
OK Jaanu Fox Intl ,22 (1,830) 121 0.22
Sarvann Grand Showbiz .19 (3,710) 51 0.19
Bairavaa Sri Green .14 (1,630) 83 0.26
Julieta Sony Classics .13 (4,410) 35% 29 0.51
Paterson Bleecker Street 93,900 (6,710) 32% 14 0.36
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics 84,700 (1,030) -26% 82 2.6
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 38,200 (7,640) 22% 5 0.22
Some Like It Hot China Lion 37,700 (3,770) 10 0.04
Extra Service ABS 19,300 (920) 21 0.02
Worlds Apart Cinema Libre 13,800 (13,800) 1 0.01
The Book of Love FreeStyle 8,200 (630) 13 0.01
Alone in Berlin IFC 8,100 (4,050) 2 0.01
Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past First Run 5,900 (5,900) 1 0.01
Because I Love You CJ 4,800 (2,400) 2 0.01
The Son of Joseph Kino 4,700 (4,700) 1 0.01
Top Global Grossers (January 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Captain America: Civil War BV 1,152,485,135
Zootopia BV 1,022,935,733
Finding Dory BV 1,027,633,710
The Jungle Book BV 965,813,980
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 875,668,346
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 869,781,622
Rogue One BV 785,527,104
Deadpool Fox 782,612,155
Suicide Squad WB 779,097,727
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 774,460,630
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 741,421,311
Doctor Strange BV 658,046,051
The Mermaid Alibaba; Sony 552,537,068
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 544,470,521
The Revenant Fox 532,077,984
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox; Dreamworks 519,910,674
Warcraft Uni; Legend 437,925,899
Jason Bourne Uni 416,411,948
Moana BV 405,311,419
Ice Age: Collision Course Fox 407,268,056
Independence Day: Resurgence Fox 386,950,728
The Legend of Tarzan WB 354,786,485
The Angry Birds Movie Sony 349,779,543
Star Trek Beyond Par 343,951,633
Trolls Fox 335,801,729
Now You See Me 2 Lionsgate 335,367,064
The Conjuring 2 WB 319,315,443
Your Name Toho 306,240,781
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Hidden Figures|5.5|3286|-28%|39.9
The Bye Bye Man|5.4|2220|New|5.4
Patriots Day|4.1|3120|10716%|5
La La Land|4.1|1848|29%|63.7
Rogue One|3.2|3162|-47%|488.3
Sing|2.9|3693|-44%|222.1
Sleepless|2.9|1803|New|2.9
Monster Trucks|2.6|3119|New|2.6
Live by Night|1.9|2822|23775%|2.1
Underworld: Blood Wars|1.7|3070|-65%|19.8
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Also Debuting||||
Guatamiputra Satakarni|0.18|129||
Khaidi No, 150|0.14|143||
Shatamanam Bhavati|79,900|92||
OK Jaanu|68,400|121||
Sarvann|51,400|47||
Bairavaa|36,400|83||
Some Like It Hot|12,850|10||
Worlds Apart|5,900|1||
Extra Service|5,400|21||
The Book of Love|2,800|13||
The Son of Joseph|2,500|1||
Alone in Berlin|2,200|2||
Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past|2,100|1||
Because I Love You|1,600|2||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

A definite horse race, but Rogue One edged out the national expansion of Hidden Figures with respective estimated weekends of $21.8 million and $21.7 million. The session’s sole new national release was the latest installment of the Underworld franchise, Blood Wars, with $12.9 million.

It was also slim pickings for new limited releases with a modest launch of $102,000 for the latest Jackie Chan action-comedy adventure Railroad Tigers at the front of the train.

There was considerable maneuvering and expansion among holiday entries, including the family fantasy A Monster Calls , which grossed a disappointing $2 million.

Revenues for the frame generated roughly $133 million for a 30% decline from last weekend. It was a more modest 17% decline from 2016 when the fourth weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $42.3 million and the national launch of The Revenant took second position with $39.8 million.

The box office for 2016 finished up with $11.51 billion including an unprecedented $3 billion tally for the folks at Disney (see chart). It represented a 2.6% increase from the prior year while admissions dipped back about 2% overall.

Hidden Figures , the true story of three black female analysts in the early days of NASA, was a late addition in the annual awardscderby. An entertaining telling of bygone race relations, it nonetheless is unstinting in observations of latent discrimination in society that lingers to today. The studio opted to open prior to the Martin Luther King holiday and capitalize on positive buzz and that proved effective. Exit demos identified its audience as 64% female with 56% aged 35-years and older.

The revived Underworld: Blood Wars opened in most international markets in December and had a tidy $45 million tally prior to its domestic launch. It provided a solid bit of counter-programming in a generally rarified climate. The audience was 56% male with 63% 25 years and older.

Weekend (estimates) January 6 – 8, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 21.8 (5,250) -55% 4157 477.1
Hidden Figures Fox 21.7 (8,770) 2427% 2471 24.6
Sing Uni 19.5 (4,940) -54% 3955 213.3
Underworld: Blood Wars Sony 12.9 (4,210) NEW 3070 12.9
La La Land Lionsgate 9.9 (6,550) 4% 1515 51.6
Passengers Sony 8.7 (2,570) -47% 3400 80.8
Why Him? Fox 6.4 (2,220) -36% 2904 48.5
Moana BV 6.2 (2,440) -42% 2549 225.2
Fences Par 4.6 (1,950) -53% 2368 40.6
Assassin’s Creed Fox 3.8 (1,440) -56% 2642 49.5
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.4 (2,260) -43% 1054 33.7
Lion Weinstein Co. 2.0 (3,380) -10% 600 9.8
A Monster Calls Focus 2.0 (1,310) 9376% 1523 2.1
Fantastic Beasts WB 1.9 (1,590) -54% 1188 229.2
Collateral Beauty WB 1.3 (910) -69% 1402 29.8
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.0 (2,860) -35% 353 9.2
Arrival Par .81 (2,130) -40% 381 94.1
Office Christmas Party Par .78 (820) -78% 953 54
Dangal UTV .71 (3,160) -66% 225 11
Silence Par .47 (9,250) 469% 51 0.85
Trolls Fox .42 (1,270) -37% 332 151.3
Moonlight A24/Elevation .35 (2,610) 13% 135 13.2
Doctor Strange BV .33 (1,240) -49% 263 230.9
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/ Elevation .21 (950) -47% 222 65.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $128.40
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -30%
Also debuting/expanding
Master CJ .15 (3,770) 173% 39 0.24
20th Century Women A24 .14 (13,810) 24% 10 0.39
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .11 (1,160) -28% 94 2.5
Julieta Sony Classics .10 (6,150) 99% 17 0.35
Railroad Tigers Well Go .10 (2,430) 42 0.1
Patriots Day CBS .10 (14,570) -31% 7 0.87
Paterson Bleecker Street 68,700 (9,610) -1% 7 0.22
Elle Sony Classics 47,800 (1,330) -26% 36 1
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 33,100 (11,030) -18% 3 0.16
Live By Night WB 27,500 (6,880) -26% 4 0.17
La Danseuse TVA 10,300 (1,470) 7 0.01
Pere et fils therapie Seville 7,900 (720) 11 0.01
Lost & Found Sony 6,800 (1,130) 6 0.01
Arsenal Lionsgate 4,700 (470) 10 0.01
Top Domestic Grossers (January 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Finding Dory BV 486,295,561
Rogue One BV 424,497,820
Captain America: Civil War BV 408,084,349
The Secret Life of Pets Uni 368,326,513
The Jungle Book BV 364,001,123
Deadpool Fox 363,070,709
Zootopia BV 341,268,248
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WB 331,123,905
Suicide Squad WB 325,807,921
Star Wars: The Force Awakens * BV 284,378,657
Doctor Strange BV 230,107,790
Fantastic Beasts WB 224,125,258
Moana BV 210,046,114
The Revenant Fox 182,765,375
Sing Uni 166,497,820
Jason Bourne Uni 162,408,364
Star Trek Beyond Par 159,279,029
X-Men: Apocalypse Fox 155,978,223
Trolls Fox 150,336,645
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 143,528,619
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Hidden Figures|7.5|2471|2664%|10.5
Rogue One|6.1|4157|-67%|461.4
Sing|5.1|3955|-70%|198.9
Underworld: Blood Wars|4.7|3070|New|4.7
La La Land|3.1|1515|0%|44.8
Passengers|2.7|3400|-53%|74.7
Why Him?|2.1|2904|-39%|44.1
Moana|1.6|2549|-63%|220.6
Fences|1.4|2368|-59%|37.3
Assassin’s Creed|1.1|2642|-63%|46.8
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Also Debuting||||
Railroad Tigers|36,000|40||
La Danseuse|3,450|7||
Banking on Bitcoin|3,200|3||
Pere et fils therapie|2,900|11||
Arsenal|1,900|9||
Lost & Found|1,400|6||

The Weekend Report (3-Day)

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Rogue One made it three in a row with an estimated $49.2 million (all numbers reflect 3-day portion of holiday with updates tomorrow) at the top of the box office charts as 2017 rang in. Sing closed the gap with $41.4 million.

There were no new releases or significant expansions. Award season favorites, including La La Land, Fences, Manchester By the Sea, Lion and Hidden Figures saw potent spikes

The year’s under-the-wire entries were exclusives 20th Century Women and Paterson, which opened well. The former grossed $110,000 from four get-togethers with the latter bowing to $68,300 also from a quartet of stops.

Revenues for the frame generated about $183 million and slipped just 1% from last weekend. It was a 17% decline from 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finished the year with $90.2 million followed by Daddy’s Home with $29.2 million.

Initial estimates will see 2016 finish with an $11.5 billion total, a 2.5% improvement from 2015. That should also translate into roughly a 2% decline in admissions.

An ongoing decline in filmgoing remains the industry’s greatest concern. A core audience that’s aging could see more rapid erosion at the multiplex within five years. Developing the moviegoing habit in the next generation of viewers is among exhibition’s priorities.

It’s also troubling for distribution but the majors haven’t approached it head on. The majors are looking at ways of maximizing and reducing the theatrical window which scares the bejesus out of chain operators that have struggled through the digital transition. For now, the revenue template is anchored by what movies gross on the big screen, and until that arena loses dominance, the tension between distribution and exhibition appears healthily divisive.

Weekend (estimates) December 30 – January 1, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 49.2 (11,840) -23% 4157 424.6
Sing Uni 41.4 (10,280) 17% 4029 165.1
Passengers Sony 15.8 (4,550) -30% 3478 61.1
Moana BV 10.2 (3,680) 32% 2775 209.3
Fences Par 10.1 (4,400) 52% 2301 29.8
Why Him? Fox 10.0 (3,310) -9% 3008 34.5
La La Land Lionsgate 9.3 (12,450) 62% 750 34.1
Assassin’s Creed Fox 8.1 (2,690) -21% 2996 39.1
Manchester By the Sea Roadside/ Mongrel 4.2 (3,470) 51% 1206 28.4
Collateral Beauty WB 4.1 (1,490) -4% 2745 25.7
Fantastic Beasts WB 3.9 (2,140) 35% 1842 223.9
Office Christmas Party Par 3.2 (1,370) -37% 2347 50.8
Lion Weinstein 2.2 (4,110) 141% 525 6
Dangal UTV 1.9 (5,770) -41% 331 9
Jackie Searchlight 1.5 (4,260) 23% 359 7
Arrival Par 1.3 (2,330) 19% 545 92.1
Hidden Figures Fox .81 (32,440) 57% 25 2.3
Trolls Fox .67 (1,600) 74% 418 150.3
Doctor Strange BV .62 (1,330) -14% 466 230.1
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate .39 (1,110) 24% 352 64.6
Moonlight A24/Elevation .32 (2,360) 45% 137 12.6
Nocturnal Animals Focus .17 (1,070) -31% 158 10.2
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .16 (1,390) 50% 113 2.3
Allied Par .15 (930) -6% 163 39.6
Patriots Day CBS .14 (20,600) -10% 7 0.62
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $178.5
% Change (Last Year) -17%
% Change (Last Week) -1%
Also debuting/expanding
20th Century Women A24 .11 (27,450) 4 0.18
Silence Par 73,100 (18,270) -44% 4 0.3
Elle Sony Classics 69,300 (1,980) 27% 35 0.92
Paterson Bleecker Street 68,300 (17,080) 4 0.07
Julieta Sony Classics 55,600 (7,940) -13% 7 0.21
Master CJ 48,500 (16,170) 3 0.05
The Wasted Times China Lion 42,800 (3,570) -33% 12 0.33
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 38,700 (12,900) 142% 3 0.1
Live By Night WB 31,800 (7,950) -4% 4 0.11
A Monster Calls Focus 19,300 (4,820) -38% 4 0.07
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 29, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (16) 2959.9 26.10%
Warner Bros. (26) 1896.1 16.70%
20th Century Fox (25) 1463.3 12.90%
Universeal (20) 1379.3 12.20%
Sony (25) 901.2 8.00%
Paramount (18) 865.6 7.70%
Lionsgate (28) 595.5 5.30%
Focus (14) 205.4 1.80%
STX (7) 178.8 1.60%
Open Road (8) 97.2 0.85%
Roadside Attractions (11) 69.1 0.60%
Weinstein Co. (10) 63.4 0.55%
A24 (11) 61.1 0.50%
Other * (384) 584.7 5.20%
11320.6 100.00%
* none greater than 0.4%

The Weekend Report (4-Day Christmas Edition)

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Christmas got crowded but Rogue One led weekend movie charts with an estimated four-day gross of $93.3 million. As expected, the best of the new entries was animated Sing in second spot with a $56 million bow.

Trailing behind with fair results were the sci-fi Passengers that grossed $23 million, the videogame adaption Assassin’s Creed with $15.1 million and the dating comedy Why Him? with $16.8 million. In international day-and-date, Hindi Dangal was potent with a $4.3  million debut.

Exclusive openers saw dynamic per-screens for both the faith-and-torture saga Silence with $174,000 from four venues and a $232,000 box office at seven sites for Patriots Day. Also good were bows of children’s fantasy A Monster Calls with $41,900 and Almodovar’s latest, Julieta, grossing $143,000.

Also receiving a Christmas day launch was the tale of women behind the space race, Hidden Figures, which launched with $963,000 from 25 pads. 1930s gangster saga Live By Night took $58,400 from four speakeasies and Germany’s short-listed Oscar contender Toni Erdmann pranked a $30,600 box office from three screens.

The crowded marketplace also saw effective major expansions for La La Land and Lion. Fences went national Christmas day with the sort of force that award candidates aspire to.

Revenues for the frame generated about $280 million in ticket consumption for the four day period and dipped 20% (3-day to 3-day) from last weekend. It was also a 43% decline from 2015 when the second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $180.5 million with newcomers Daddy’s Home and Joy bowing respectively to $45.1 million and $19.6 million. With a week remaining in the calendar box office is running roughly 3% ahead of last year’s pace.

Demos for Sing skewed 51% female with 69% of the audience 25 and younger. Families accounted for 61% of the total. The film opened internationally three weeks ago and entered the current weekend with $25 million banked and added $54 million this weekend.

Passengers attracted a 50/50 gender crowd that was 56% 25 and older. It opened day-and-date in 27 international markets to $16 million including top rankings in Russia and Taiwan and strong showings in the UK and Mexico.

Assassin’s Creed tilted 64% male with 54% of viewers aged 25-years and older. The film also opened in 22 foreign territories to $14 million including a top spot in France of $5.1 million.

Why Him? patrons were 55% female with 54% 25 and older. It bowed internationally in 16 territories to an estimated $2.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) December 23 – 26, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 93.3 (22,440) -59% 4157 315.3
Sing Uni 56.0 (13,930) NEW 4022 76.7
Passengers Sony 23.0 (5,200) NEW 4427 30.4
Why Him? Fox 16.8 (4,300) NEW 3902 16.8
Assassin’s Creed Fox 15.1 (4,090) NEW 3701 22.6
Fences Par 11.5 (5,150) 5084% 2233 11.7
Moana BV 10.6 (3,960) -42% 2679 183.6
La La Land Lionsgate 9.8 (13,310) 40% 734 17.6
Office Chriatmas Party Par 7.3 (3,010) -40% 2441 44.4
Collateral Beauty WB 7.0 (2,320) -40% 3028 18
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 4.8 (2,450) -42% 1966 216.1
Dangal UTV 4.3 (13,050) NEW 331 5.2
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 4.3 (3,570) -32% 1212 21
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.9 (5,490) 114% 348 4.2
Lion Weinstein Co. 1.7 (3,380) 576% 500 2.5
Arrival Par 1.6 (3,440) -64% 456 89.9
Hidden Figures Fox .96 (38,520) NEW 25 0.96
Doctor Strange BV .94 (1,490) -71% 631 228.6
Trolls Fox .57 (1,150) -71% 499 148.8
Moonlight A24/Elevation .52 (3,260) -17% 159 12.2
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation .51 (1,150) -65% 441 63.9
Nocturnal Animals Focus .45 (1,280) -84% 353 9.9
Almost Christmas Uni .31 (1,312) -62% 237 41.8
Votez Bougon Entract .24 (2,990) -48% 81 0.74
Allied Par .23 (1,010) -88% 228 39.3
Patriots Day CBS .23 (33,140) NEW 7 0.33
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $272.50
% Change (Last Year) -43%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Silence Par .17 (43,500) 4 0.17
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .14 (1,260) -19% 114 2
Julieta Sony Classics .14 (23,870) 6 0.16
Vangaveeti Garam 80,700 (2,880) 28 0.08
The Wasted Times China Lion 76,200 (5,080) -33% 15 0.25
Elle Sony Classics 70,800 (1,820) 60% 39 0.79
Live By Night WB 58,400 (14,600) 4 0.06
A Monster Calls Focus 41,900 (10,480) 4 0.04
Toni Erdmann Sony Classics 30,600 (10,200) 3 0.03
Neruda Orchard 26,900 (6,720) -30% 4 0.09
Will You Be There CJ 15,100 (7,550) 2 0.02
Le Fils de Jean Seville 8,800 (2,200) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 22, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (16) 2778.7 25.60%
Warner Bros. (25) 1876.6 17.30%
20th Century Fox (24) 1413.2 13.00%
Universeal (20) 1275.8 11.80%
Sony (25) 863.2 7.90%
Paramount (17) 832.4 7.70%
Lionsgate (28) 577.8 5.30%
Focus (14) 204.8 1.90%
STX (7) 178.7 1.60%
Open Road (8) 97.2 0.90%
Roadside Attractions (11) 61.9 0.60%
A24 (11) 60.6 0.55%
Weinstein Co. (10) 60.4 0.55%
Other * (380) 571.9 5.30%
10853.2 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – December 22, 2016)
Title Distributor Box Office
Eye in the Sky Bleecker/eOne 18,704,595
Hello, My Name is Doris Roadside Attractions 14,444,999
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,099,931
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,581,941
Moonlight A24/Elevation 11,733,808
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 11,578,242
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,185,091
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Carol * Weinstein Co. 8,910,357
Queen of Katwe BV 8,791,546
A Beautiful Planet Imax 7,946,263
La La Land Lionsgate 7,882,711
Loving Focus 7,257,068
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,304,223
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,878,408
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,205,471
* does not include 2015 box office

The Weekend Report

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Rogue One continues to dominate seasonal moviegoing with an estimated $68.5 million for the three-day portion (four-day estimates arrive tomorrow) of the Christmas holidays.

The annual flood of new releases amounted to a lot of coal in stockings. One notable exception was animated Sing, which grossed $33.1 million and appears to be the year-end family option. Otherwise Yule openers struggled to find audiences including sci-fi Passengers, which grossed $13.9 million. Videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed battled to $10.5 million and the dating comedy Why Him? made out with a $9.9 million.

Christmas expansions for Lion, Fences and La La Land, all fourth target audiences. Exclusives saw dynamic per screens for both faith saga Silence with $123,000 from four temples and a $137,000 box office at seven sites for Patriots Day Boston Marathon bombing heroics. Also good were bows of children’s fantasy A Monster Calls with $33,200, and Almodóvar’s femme-centric suspenser Julieta that grossed $57,500. In international day-and-date releases, Hindi Dangal proved potent with a $3.1 million debut.

Revenues for the frame generated about $172 million and dipped 20% from last weekend. It was a 43% decline from 2015 when the second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led with $180.5 million,while newcomers Daddy’s Home and Joy bowing respectively to $45.1 million and $19.6 million. With a week remaining in the calendar box office is roughly 3% ahead of last year’s pace.

This year’s holiday calendar placement proves a challenge for weekend estimates, with distribution opting to emphasize four-day performance that could be equally perilous in respective outcomes. Traditionally, box office has dipped precipitously on Christmas day and ballooned on Boxing Day. The last time Christmas and New Year’s occurred on a Sunday was 2011, but much has changed in the marketplace since then that could provide pluses and minuses for folks going to the multiplex. Tomorrow’s column will likely show significant changes to today’s estimates.

Weekend (estimates) December 23 – 25, 2016
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Rogue One BV 68.5 (16,470) -56% 4157 290.5
Sing Uni 33.1 (8,230) NEW 4022 54.7
Passengers Sony 13.9 (3,140) NEW 4427 21.2
Assassin’s Creed Fox 10.5 (2,830) NEW 3701 18
Why Him? Fox 9.9 (2,530) NEW 3902 9.9
Moana BV 6.9 (2,580) -46% 2679 179.9
Office Chriatmas Party Par 5.0 (2,060) -42% 2441 42.1
Collateral Beauty WB 3.6 (1,200) -49% 3028 14.6
La La Land Lionsgate 3.3 (5,940) -19% 599 11.2
Dangal UTV 3.1 (9,450) NEW 331 4
Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attract/ Mongrel 2.9 (2,420) -31% 1212 19.6
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WB 2.6 (1,330) -48% 1966 213.9
Fences Par 1.3 (590) 924% 2223 1.5
Arrival Par 1.2 (1,784) -60% 667 89.5
Jackie Fox Searchlight 1.1 (3,270) 93% 339 3.4
Doctor Strange BV .72 (1,140) -67% 631 228.3
Lion Weinstein Co. .40 (820) 207% 500 1.2
Trolls Fox .39 (790) -71% 499 148.7
Moonlight A24/Elevation .38 (1,240) 0% 305 12.1
Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate/Elevation .29 (660) -69% 441 63.7
Almost Christmas Uni .23 (980) -62% 237 41.7
Nocturnal Animals Focus .22 (630) -84% 353 9.7
Allied Par .17 (750) -87% 228 39.3
Patriots Day CBS .14 (19,570) NEW 7 0.23
The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics .13 (1,150) -8% 114 2
Silence Par .12 (30,850) NEW 4 0.12
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $167.60
% Change (Last Year) -43%
% Change (Last Week) -20%
Also debuting/expanding
Vangaveeti Garam 78,900 (2,820) 28 0.08
Loving Focus 74,300 (660) -66% 112 7.3
The Wasted Times China Lion 59,700 (3,980) -37% 15 0.23
Elle Sony Classics 59,400 (1,520) 60% 39 0.78
Julieta Sony Classics 57,500 (9,590) 6 0.08
A Monster Calls Focus 33,200 (8,400) 4 0.03
Will You Be There CJ 7,900 (3,950) 2 0.01
Le Fils de Jean Seville 5,500 (1,380) 4 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 1 – December 22, 2016)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (16) 2778.7 25.60%
Warner Bros. (25) 1876.6 17.30%
20th Century Fox (24) 1413.2 13.00%
Universal (20) 1275.8 11.80%
Sony (25) 863.2 7.90%
Paramount (17) 832.4 7.70%
Lionsgate (28) 577.8 5.30%
Focus (14) 204.8 1.90%
STX (7) 178.7 1.60%
Open Road (8) 97.2 0.90%
Roadside (11) 61.9 0.60%
A24 (11) 60.6 0.55%
Weinstein  (10) 60.4 0.55%
Other * (380) 571.9 5.30%
10853.2 100.00%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 1 – December 22, 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 14,016,568
Hillary’s America D’Souza Media 13,099,931
The Light Between Oceans BV 12,581,941
Moonlight A24/Elevation 11,733,808
No Manhes Frida Lionsgate 11,578,242
Café Society Lionsgate/Mongrel 11,185,091
The Lady in the Van Sony Classics 10,021,175
The Lobster A24/Mongrel 9,151,790
Carol * Weinstein 8,910,357
Queen of Katwe BV 8,791,546
A Beautiful Planet Imax 7,946,263
La La Land Lionsgate 7,882,711
Loving Focus 7,257,068
The Danish Girl * Focus 6,607,578
Southside with You Roadside Attractions 6,304,223
Sultan Yash Raj 6,197,181
Captain Fantastic Bleecker Street/eOne 5,878,408
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Orchard 5,205,471
* does not include 2015 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Rogue One|23.1|4157|-45%|245.1
Sing|13|4022|New|33.7
Passengers|4.4|3478|New|11.7
Why Him?|3.9|2917|New|3.9
Assassin’s Creed|3.7|2970|New|11.2
Moana|2.8|2784|-8%|175.8
Office Christmas Party|1.6|2679|-38%|38.7
Collateral Beauty|1.2|3028|-49%|12.2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|1.1|1966|-17%|212.4
La La Land|1|205|-29%|8.8
Manhester By the Sea|0.95|1212|-26%|15.1
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Also Debuting||||
Dangal|0.89|331||
Silence|63,700|4||
Patriots Day|52,600|7||
Vangaveeti|38,800|28||
Julieta|18,000|4||
A Monster Calls|14,900|4||
Will You Be There|2,600|2||
Le Fils de Jean|2,300|4||