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Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard|3.1|3377|-61%|32.6
Annabelle: Creation|2.5|3563|-49%|73.1
Leap!|1.6|2575|New|1.6
Wind River|1.4|2095|43%|6.9
Logan Lucky|1.3|3031|-53%|12
Dunkirk|1.2|2774|-43%|169.7
Birth of the Dragon|1.1|1618|New|1.1
Spider-Man: Homecoming|0.8|2122|-37%|316.9
Girls Trip|0.8|1777|-37%|106.6
The Emoji Movie|0.6|2374|-54%|74.7
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Also Debuting||||
All Saints|0.57|846||
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D|0.28|463||
Arjun Reddy|0.28|95||
Vivegam|71,600|169||
A Gentleman|62,700|135||
Midnight Runners|24,000|25||
Beach Rats|17,100|3||
Kita Kita|8,450|42||
La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Idea|7,500|35||
Le Probleme d;infiltration|7,400|3||
Polina|3,300|2||
Ghost House|2,200|9||
Legend of the Naga Pearls|1,500|4||
The Villainess|1,300|2||
Bushwick|1,100|41||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The debut of the larkish The Hitman’s Bodyguard led the weekend with an estimated $21.7 million during an overall summer slump. The session’s other national release, Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh’s latest heist caper – charted third with $8 million.

Exclusive bows were led by an encouraging start for the L. A. riots drama Gook, at $29,700 from two screens. Crown Heights also looked hopeful with a $26,600 opener at three venues, but Sundance buy Patti Cake$ had a rocky debut of $66,300 from 14 auditions.

In international day-and-dates, there wre good openings for Telugu Anando Brahma of $278,000 and Hindi Bareilly Ki Barfi, which grossed $187,000. China’s The Adventurers had a soft landing of $62,900.

The national expansion of Wind River maintained strong per-screens. Ingrid Goes West also expanded well, while Brigsby Bear collapsed with the addition of 371 grown-p playdates.

Revenues for the frame dipped to below $100 million by a couple of notches that translated into a 19% erosion from last weekend. It lagged behind the 2016 session by 28% with no upward hiccups in sight until the mid-September opening of It. Last year the third weekend of Suicide Squad topped the charts with $20.8 million with newcomers War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings opening respectively to $14.7 million and $12.6 million.

The late season has left industry mavens despairing as summer box office sputters to its lowest point in a decade. The arrival of The Hitman’s Bodyguard wasn’t expected to exact a reversal of fortunes, with tracking that indicated a debut in the neighborhood of $20 million. It did marginally better than expected without any evidence of emerging as a late arriving breakout success. Studio exit tracking gave the film a slight male tilt of 52% with 70% of the audience aged 25 and older.

Expectations were also low for Logan Lucky that in the film itself is called  “Ocean’s 7-Eleven.” It was projected in the area of $10 million in part to a distribution service deal closely handled by Soderbergh. But despite glowing reviews it fell short commercially and it didn’t help that it was competing with a film with comparable demographic appeal.

Weekend (estimates) August 18 – 20, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Lionsgate 21.7 (6,430) NEW 3377 21.7
Annabelle: Creation WB 15.6 (4,400) -56% 3542 64.1
Logan Lucky Bleecker Street 8.0 (2,640) NEW 3031 8
Dunkirk WB 6.6 (2,030) -39% 3271 165.4
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road/eOne 5.1 (1,280) -38% 4003 17.7
The Emoji Movie Sony 4.4 (1,570) -32% 2791 71.8
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 4.2 (1,810) -29% 2341 314
Girls Trip Uni 3.8 (1,910) -41% 2010 104
The Dark Tower Sony 3.7 (1,190) -52% 3143 41.6
Wind River Weinstein Co. 3.0 (4,340) 391% 694 4.1
Kidnap Aviron/eOne 2.8 (1,210) -45% 2345 24.4
The Glass Castle Lionsgate 2.5 (1,730) -46% 1461 9.7
Atomic Blonde Focus 2.2 (1,360) -50% 1628 47.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni 2.0 (1,310) -35% 1551 251.7
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 2.0 (1,230) -45% 1608 140.9
Wonder Woman WB 1.1 (1,330) -26% 803 404
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 1.0 (1,650) -30% 618 38.1
Baby Driver Sony .87 (1,280) -40% 683 101.7
Detroit Annapurna/eOne .83 (580) -72% 1428 15.5
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne .42 (910) -53% 465 39.3
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Reliance .41 (2,910) -40% 141 1.4
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par .30 (580) -63% 514 3
Ingrid Goes West Neon .28 (10,300) 105% 27 0.45
Anando Brahma Nirvana .28 (3,270) NEW 85 0.28
Cars 3 BV .26 (1,060) -21% 247 148.8
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .24 (3,810) -11% 64 5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $91.40
% Change (Last Year) -28%
% Change (Last Week) -19%
Also debuting/expanding
A Taxi Driver Well Go .23 (5,680) -30% 41 0.81
Menashe A24 .22 (2,580) 29% 86 0.71
Step Fox Searchlight .21 (680) -22% 306 0.81
Wolf Warrior II Well Go .20 (3,940) -52% 50 2.3
Bareilly Ki Barfi Zee Studios .19 (4,070) 46 0.19
Good Time A24 .17 (8,550) 37% 20 0.35
Brigsby Bear Sony Classics .15 (370) 197% 408 0.35
Finally Found Someone ABS .11 (2,180) -63% 49 1.4
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .12 (980) -26% 125 5.2
The Trip to Spain eOne/IFC 96,200 (26,700) 23% 36 0.26
In This Corner of the World FunImation 76,800 (1,480) 217% 52 0.11
The Only Living Boy in New York Roadside Attractions 84,500 (1,280) 55% 66 0.16
Patti Cake$ Fox Searchlight 66,300 (4,740) 14 0.07
The Midwife Music Box/MK2 63,400 (1,550) -24% 41 0.48
The Adventurers Well Go 62,900 (3,700) 17 0.06
Once Upon a Time Well Go 54,500 (1,270) -78% 43 0.41
The Battleship Island CJ 48,700 (2,210) -68% 22 1
Rocky Mental Grand Showbiz 39,800 (2,650) 15 0.04
Gook Goldwyn 29,700 (14,850) 2 0.03
Crown Heights IFC 26,600 (8,870) 3 0.03
Marjorie Prime FilmRise 17,900 (4,480) 4 0.02
Dave Made a Maze Gravitas 11,400 (760) 15 0.01
On the Milky Road A-Z Films 10,100 (2,020) 5 0.01
The Neighborhood In Your Ear 7,900 (280) 28 0.01
Shot Caller Saban 6,100 (1,520) 4 0.01
5 Steps to Love Sunrise 6,000 (1,200) 5 0.01
Sidemen: On the Road to Glory Abramorama 5,800 (5,800) 1 0.01
Lemon Magnolia 3,400 (3,400) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1376 19.00%
Universal (12) 1298.6 18.00%
Warner Bros. (18) 1187.6 16.40%
20th Century Fox (18) 978.2 13.50%
Sony (14) 713.3 9.90%
Lionsgate (16) 490.1 6.80%
Paramount (13) 386.2 5.30%
Focus (12) 104.1 1.40%
STX (6) 84.7 1.20%
Weinstein Co. (5) 64.2 0.90%
Open Road (6) 49.9 0.70%
Entertainment (2) 46.6 0.65%
Fox Searchlight (7) 43.2 0.60%
A24 (9) 38.8 0.55%
Other * (237) 366.8 5.10%
7228.3 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – August 17, 2017)
Titles Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 10,630,795
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 7,012,098
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 5,592,478
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 5,569,242
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 5,120,550
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
De Pere en flic 2 Seville 4,782,406
The Book of Henry Focus 4,458,877
The Hero Orchard 3,982,382
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,814,468
A Beautiful Planet * Imax 3,630,257
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
* does not include 2016 box office

Jerry Lewis: The Day the Clown Disappeared

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

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

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The harbor town of Dunkerque provided filmmaker Christopher Nolan with a heady landing base as his Dunkirk topped weekend viewing with an estimated $50.6 million launch. Also bowing powerfully was the bawdy Girls Trip with $30.4 million. But it was just OK results for the third national newcomer,Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which ranked fifth in the lineup with $17.1 million.

Exclusive bows were led by Magnolia’s comedy Landline with a solid start of $51,400 from four dial-ups. Among international day-and-date entries, two new Indian releases opened strong. Telugu Fidaa grossed $1.04 million while Tamil Vikram Vedha bowed with $234,000. Lavish 19th century historical drama The Black Prince on the last king of Punjab had a disappointing $134,000 box office.

Much was made of Nolan tackling historic material for the first time with the June 1940 evacuation of British troops trapped in the Northern France harbor of Dunkirk that is an emotional touchstone in Great Britain. He also got a spotlight for largely his opus in the large-scale IMAX format. Still, only two weeks ago the commercial prospects in North America were tepid with tracking suggesting no more than a $35 million debut.

The studio put in place a full-bore publicity and marketing assault that turned matters around. Interest spiked and estimates rose to $50 million-plus. It also helped that Nolan (like his favorite director Alfred Hitchcock) is one of the few filmmakers whose name matters at the box office. Largely positive reviews followed but it remains to be seen whether such an arcane (for Americans, if not Canadians) chapter of World War II can sustain its initial assault.

On the international front, Dunkirk  landed with an estimated $55 million from 46 territories. Not surprisingly the UK led with $12.4 million, but right behind was South Korea at $10 million and France providing $5 million to the effort.

Studio exit demos identified the North American audience as 60% male with 76% aged 25-years and older. The 402 IMAX engagements (15% of the total) accounted for 23% of the box office although the exact breakdown of film (37 locations) and digital versions was unavailable. The top theater performer was Manhattan’s Lincoln Square.

Girls Trip proved to be an ideal counterprogrammer, which had tracked in the neighborhood of $25 million. Its improved reception slightly assuaged concerns about the recent commercial decline of comedies, with no $30 million plus debuts since Daddy’s Home at Christmas 2015. The construct of a raucous female bonding picture gained momentum last year with Bad Moms, but fizzled with the recent Rough Night. Girls Trip drew an audience that was 79% female with 50% of viewers aged 30 and older.

Valerian’s audience breakdown was 63% male with 60% aged 25-years and older; comparable to the Dunkirk numbers. While tracking suggested a high teens weekend gross, Besson’s picture likely would have fared better on a different opening date.

Revenues for the session topped $180 million, expanding 10% from last weekend, It was a 9% decline from 2016 when the boldly-going Star Trek Beyond debuted with $59.3 million with newcomers Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course duked it out with the former opening with $21.7 million and the latter grossing $21.4 million.

 

Weekend (estimates) July 21 – 23, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Dunkirk WB 50.6 (13,610) NEW 3720 50.6
Girls Trip Uni 30.4 (11,710) NEW 2591 30.4
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 22.1 (5,340) -50% 4130 251.8
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 20.5 (4,990) -64% 4100 97.8
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets STX/eOne 17.1 (4,810) NEW 3553 17.1
Despicable Me 3 Uni 12.7 (3,600) -34% 3525 213.3
Baby Driver Sony 5.9 (2,370) -32% 2503 84.2
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 5.0 (1,920) -34% 2597 24.5
Wonder Woman WB 4.6 (2,320) -33% 1971 389
Wish Upon Broad Green 2.4 (1,130) -55% 2154 10.5
Cars 3 BV 1.9 (1,450) -40% 1294 144
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 1,1 (1,080) -61% 1025 127.6
Fidaa Blue Sky 1.0 (7,490) NEW 139 1
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville .55 (6,220) -33% 88 2.1
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS .43 (960) -62% 449 42.3
The House WB .43 (940) -75% 453 24.5
Maudie Sony Classics .38 (1,620) 53% 233 3.7
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .35 (1,330) -31% 268 387.2
Captain Underpants Fox .33 (1,130) -1% 291 71.7
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead BV .25 (1,100) -49% 229 170.6
The Beguiled Focus .25 (750) -73% 331 10.2
Vikram Vedha ATMUS .23 (4,870) NEW 48 0.23
The Mummy Uni .20 (910) -47% 214 79.4
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .16 (1,390) -46% 114 0.97
A Ghost Story A24 .14 (3.230) 3% 43 0.48
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $175.85
% Change (Last Year) -9%
% Change (Last Week) 10%
Also debuting/expanding
The Hero Orchard .13 (700) -59% 191 3.7
The Black Prince Seven Colors .13 (2,010) 67 0.13
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions .12 (3,050) 89% 40 0.22
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions .12 (1,020) -47% 116 6.7
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 68,400 (1,850) -43% 37 5.2
Munna Michael Eros 62,700 (870) 72 0.06
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 52,600 (800) -65% 66 5.4
Landline Magnolia 51,400 (12,850) 4 0.05
The Midwife Music Box 19,700 (6,570) 3 0.02
Bloody Crayons ABS 13,900 (770) 18 0.01
First Kill Lionsgate 6,200 (520) 12 0.01
Meow Emperor 6,100 (470) 13 0.01
The Fencer CFI 5,100 (2,550) 2 0.01
The Untamed Strand 2,500 (2,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 20, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1366.2 21.40%
Universal (12) 1150.1 18.10%
Warner Bros. (17) 965.6 15.20%
20th Century Fox (18) 913.9 14.30%
Sony (11) 504.3 7.90%
Lionsgate (14) 464.6 7.30%
Paramount (12) 379.7 6.00%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.00%
Focus (11) 58.3 0.90%
STX (6) 52.3 0.80%
Entertainment (2) 44.9 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.5 0.65%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.65%
A24 (7) 35.9 0.55%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.50%
Roadside Attractions (6) 27.5 0.45%
Other * (191) 228.8 3.60%
6372 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – July 20, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Beguiled Focus 9,903,434
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,580,409
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside/Elevation 6,591,843
Lowriders High Top 6,268,060
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 5,394,786
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 5,179,214
Your Name FunImation 5,014,670
The Book of Henry Focus 4,359,098
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,812,355
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 3,614,896
Their Finest STX/Elevation 3,603,484
The Hero Orchard 3,559,801
Maudie Mongrel/IFC 3,275,075
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Dunkirk|19.7|3720|New|19.7
Girls Trip|11.6|2591|New|11.6
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets|6.5|3553|New|6.5
Spider-Man: Homecoming|6.4|4130|-53%|236.1
War for the Planet of the Apes|6|4100|-66%|83.3
Despicable Me 3|3.7|3525|-40%|204.3
Baby Driver|1.7|2503|-36%|79.9
The Big Sick|1.4|2597|-43%|20.9
Wonder Woman|1.2|1971|-38%|385.7
Wish Upon|0.8|2154|-65%|8.8
||||
||||
Also Debuting||||
Fidaa|0.39|139||
Vikram Vedha|61,300|48||
The Black Prince|33,500|67||
Munna Michael|19,800|72||
Landline|19,400|4||
The Midwife|5,100|3||
Bloody Crayons|4,400|18||
Meow|1,850|13||
First Kill|1,550|12||
The Fencer|1,450|2||
The Untamed|1,100|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes led weekend moviegoing with an estimated $56.3 million debut. The frame’s other national opener, horror tale Wish Upon barely registered with $5.5 million. But the national expansion of The Big Sick emerged as an effective counterprogrammer with a $7.6 million diagnosis.

Exclusive freshmen saw a couple of encouraging starts. Period drama Lady Macbeth grossed $63,800 from five castles, while the singular Alejandro Jodorowsky turned autobiography on its ear with Endless Poetry for $26,500 from two readings. Among international day-and-dates, Hindi Jagga Jasoos had an OK launch of $508,000 but a handful of other entries hardly made a commercial dent. In Québec, the sequel to the 2009 action comedy De Pere en flic had a potent $1 million launch.

Revenues were around $165 million and dropped 21% from last weekend. It was a slim 2% improvement from 2016 when the second weekend of The Secret Life of Pets outwagged the Ghostbusters reboot with a $50.8 million to the other’s $46 million debut.

The finale to the latest arc of the resilient Planet of the Apes may have suffered from fans’ refusal to embrace the prospect that the story could ever have a definitive conclusion. Tracking suggested a debut as high as $65 million. When Thursday previews rolled in, that number was cut back to the high 50s. And despite positive reviews and social media response it joins the list of “recognized” titles of summer 2017 that weren’t breakout successes.

War opened day-and-date in 61 international markets to an estimated $46 million. Its top grossing territory was the UK with $9.5 million followed by Russia grossing $5 million and India adding $2.5 million to the mix. It still has China, Germany, South Korea, Mexico and Japan to open.

On the domestic front the film’s audience was 57% male with 63% aged 25 and above.

While franchise movies are dominant this summer the unexpected commercial strength of The Big Sick attests to the hunger for alternative fare in the marketplace. One can also cite Baby Driver as a mainstream film that’s pound-for-pound as potent as any of the season’s would-be behemoths. And when you throw The Hero, Paris Can Wait and Beatriz for Dinner into the mix, you can conclude there’s a mature audience anxious to get into the multiplex.

Weekend (estimates) July 14 – 16, 2017)
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
War for the Planet of the Apes Fox 56.3 (14,010) NEW 4022 56.3
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 45.2 (10,400) -61% 4348 208.3
Despicable Me 3 Uni 18.9 (4,550) -44% 4155 188
Baby Driver Sony 8.7 (2,870) -33% 3043 73.1
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 7.6 (2,940) 113% 2597 16.1
Wonder Woman WB 6.8 (2,470) -31% 2744 380.6
Wish Upon Broad Green 5.5 (2,430) NEW 2250 5.5
Cars 3 BV 3.0 (1,480) -44% 2049 139.9
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 2.8 (1,190) -56% 2323 124.9
The House WB 1.8 (1,090) -63% 1633 23.1
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 1.1 (1,090) -58% 1032 41.1
De Pere en Flic 2 Seville 1.0 (12,270) NEW 81 1
The Beguiled Focus .94 (1,290) -55% 726 9.4
Jagga Jasoos UTV .51 (2,430) NEW 209 0.51
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .50 (1,260) -41% 399 386.6
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV .49 (1,090) -59% 448 170
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox .33 (1,200) 0% 277 71.2
The Mummy Uni .32 (800) -73% 401 78.9
The Hero Orchard .32 (1,020) -46% 315 3.4
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .30 (2,890) 57% 105 0.67
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .24 (2,460) 34% 99 3.1
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions .23 (1,110) -56% 205 6.5
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .15 (840) -2% 177 5.3
A Ghost Story A24 .14 (7,150) 37% 20 0.28
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .14 (3,090) 42% 45 5.1
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $161.15
% Change (Last Year) 2%
% Change (Last Week) -21%
Also debuting/expanding
Shamanthakamani Freeze Frame .12 (1,360) 89 0.12
The Exception A24 65,100 (1,480) 0% 44 0.61
Lady Macbeth Roadside Attractions 63,800 (12,760) 5 0.06
Channa Mereya Zee Studios 57,200 (2,040) 28 0.06
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyun Kalasangham 55,600 (2,310) 24 0.06
Endless Poetry ABKCO 26,500 (13,250) 2 0.03
Blind Vertical 10,900 (780) 14 0.01
False Confessions Big World 7,100 (3,550) 2 0.01
Footnotes Monument 5,700 (5,700) 1 0.01
Bronx Gothic Grasshopper 5,400 (5,400) 1 0.01
L’Important c;est d’aimer (reissue) Rialto 5,200 (5,200) 1 0.01
Swallows and Amazons Orion 3,700 (460) 8 0.01
Birthright: A War Story Abramorama 3,500 (3,500) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 13, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1359.3 22.20%
Universal (11) 1116.1 18.20%
Warner Bros. (16) 946.6 15.50%
20th Century Fox (18) 840.5 13.70%
Lionsgate (14) 453.9 7.40%
Sony (11) 423.6 6.90%
Paramount (12) 375.2 6.10%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.00%
Focus (11) 56.8 0.95%
STX (5) 50.6 0.85%
Entertainment (2) 43.2 0.70%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.4 0.70%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.70%
A24 (7) 36.6 0.60%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (6) 27.1 0.45%
Other * (184) 214.3 3.50%
6123.6 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Domestic Grossers (January 2 – July 13, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 504,014,165
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 386,062,390
Wonder Woman WB 373,801,078
Logan Fox 226,277,068
The Fate of the Furious Uni 225,764,765
The Lego Batman Movie WB 175,969,510
Get Out Uni 175,589,248
The Boss Baby Fox 174,064,472
Despicable Me 3 Uni 169,042,150
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 169,550,886
Kong: Skull Island WB 168,493,657
Hidden Figures * Fox 167,038,898
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 163,070,314
Split Uni 138,280,171
Cars 3 BV 136,864,500
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 122,108,619
La La Land * Lionsgate 116,956,426
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 114,534,596
Rogue One * BV 107,679,504
Sing * Uni 103,856,913
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes|21.9|4022|New|21.9
Spider-Man: Homecoming |13.7|4348|-62%|176.8
Despicable Me 3|6.1|4155|-46%|175.1
Baby Driver|2.6|3043|-33%|67
The Big Sick|2.4|2597|118%|10.9
Wish Upon|2.3|2250|New|2.3
Wonder Woman|2|2744|-33%|375.8
Cars 2|0.9|2049|-49%|137.8
Transformers: The Last Knight|0.75|2323|-58%|122.9
The House|0.55|1633|-63%|21.9
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Also Debuting||||
De Pere en Flic 2|0.36|81||
Jagga Jasoos|0.15|209||
Shamanthakamani|50,800|89||
Lady Macbeth|21,100|5||
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyun|8,600|13||
Blind|3,500|13||
False Confessions|2,300|2||
Birthright: A War Story|2,000|1||
Bronx Gothic|1,850|1||
L’Important c;est d’aimer (reissue)|1,600|1||
Footnotes|1,400|1||
Swallows and Amazons|1,000|8||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Spinning to record highs, Spider-Man: Homecoming left the competition in the distance with an estimated $116.2 million debut. The absence of counter-programming again underlines the majors’ growing lack of confidence in that strategy.

A couple of exclusive debuts had encouraging starts, but only the meditative A Ghost Story raised goosebumps with a $106,000 launch from four hauntings. The slow rollout of The Big Sick continues as a commercial powerhouse, with $3.7 million from 326 screens. The season has also offered strong responses for Beatriz at Dinner, The Hero and Paris Can Wait. Canada has local heroes with Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 and Maudie.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian imports saw a strong debut for Telugu Ninnu Kori of $723,000 and an okaky start for Hindi Mom at $249,000.

Revenues for the session climbed to about $210 million and rose 22% from last weekend. It was a modest 4% decline from 2016 when The Secret Life of Pets opened to $104.4 million with The Legend of Tarzan in the bridesmaid slot with $21 million.

Following a cameo in the most recent Captain America entry, Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced a new Peter Parker and expectations were high for a $100-million-plus debut. Strong previews and positive response on social media helped meet that goal in a global juggernaut that lifted flagging studio morale. It was Sony’s second largest all-time domestic debut, beat only by confrère Spider-Man 3.

The film opened simultaneously in 56 markets to an estimated $140 million. South Korea was top grosser at $25.8 million. Other potent starts included Mexico at $12 million, the U.K. with $11.8 million, Russia at $7.8 million and the usually tough-to-crack Indian market bowing with a sterling $6.5 million. Among the top territories yet to open were China, France, Germany and Japan.

Studio exit polls identified the domestic audience as 59% male with 57% of viewers aged 25 and younger. 3-D engagements spun 28% of the domestic box office with $11 million of that from large format play dates.

Despicable Me 3 had a comparable overseas weekend box office that included a $66 million bow in China, which set a new benchmark for an animated film there.

Weekend (estimates) July 7 – 9, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 116.2 (26,730) NEW 4348 116.2
Despicable Me 3 Uni 34.0 (7,490) -53% 4535 149.2
Baby Driver Sony 12.8 (3,970) -38% 3226 56.9
Wonder Woman WB 10.0 (3,240) -36% 3091 368.7
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 6.3 (1,940) -63% 3241 118.9
Cars 3 BV 5.6 (2,060) -43% 2702 133.7
The House WB 4.8 (1,530) -45% 3134 18.6
The Big Sick Lionsgate/Elevation 3.7 (11,290) 123% 326 6.9
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 2.7 (1,560) -40% 1740 38.4
The Beguiled Focus 2.1 (2,200) -35% 941 7.4
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 1.2 (1,150) -53% 1039 168.8
The Mummy Uni 1.1 (1,090) -64% 1045 77.9
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV .85 (1,300) -44% 660 383.6
Ninnu Kori RedHeart .72 (5,090) NEW 142 0.72
The Hero Orchard .62 (1,390) -26% 447 2.8
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS .61 (1,020) -66% 599 44.3
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions .50 (1,180) -53% 417 6
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox .33 (800) -71% 407 70.5
Rough Night Sony .29 (740) -77% 388 21.5
Mom Zee Studios .25 (2,620) NEW 95 0.25
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation .22 (860) -55% 254 12.4
The Boss Baby Fox .19 (980) -13% 195 173.9
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky .19 (5,080) 205% 37 0.28
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics .18 (2,720) 86% 67 2.8
Baywatch Par .18 (920) -28% 193 57.6
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 203.8
% Change (Last Year) -4%
% Change (Last Week) 22%
Also debuting/expanding
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .15 (1,180) -42% 131 5.1
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .14 (3,020) -18% 47 4.9
A Ghost Story A24 .11 (26,570) 4 0.11
The Exception A24 65,300 (1,360) -27% 48 0.51
Our Time Will Come China Lion 48,700 (2,860) 18 0.05
Guest in London B4U 28,500 (920) 31 0.03
City of Ghosts IFC 14,400 (7,200) 2 0.01
Anarchist from Colony Media Asia 10,100 (5,050) 2 0.01
Hickock Cinedgm 4,900 (410) 12 0.01
Swim Team Argot 4,200 (4,200) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – July 6, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1347.2 23.10%
Universal (11) 1060.3 18.20%
Warner Bros. (16) 923.5 15.80%
20th Century Fox (17) 834.3 14.30%
Lionsgate (14) 448.2 7.70%
Paramount (12) 365.4 6.30%
Sony (11) 255.2 4.40%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.10%
Focus (11) 53.5 0.90%
STX (5) 50.6 0.85%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.4 0.70%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.70%
Entertainment (2) 38.9 0.65%
A24 (6) 36.3 0.60%
CBS (3) 32.9 0,55%
Roadside Attractions (6) 26.7 0.45%
Other * (179) 209.1 3.60%
5829 100%
* none greater than 0.4%

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming |51.1|4348|New|51.1
Despicable Me 3|11.3|4535|-55%|126.5
Baby Driver|3.9|3226|-36%|48
Wonder Woman|2.9|3091|-34%|361.5
Transformers: The Last Knight|1.8|3241|-63%|114.4
Cars 2|1.7|2702|-44%|129.8
The House|1.5|3134|-55%|15.3
The Big Sick|1.1|326|106%|4.4
47 Meters Down|0.85|1740|-38%|36.5
The Beguiled|1|941|-38%|6
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Also Debuting||||
Ninnu Kori|0.22|142||
Mom|74,400|95||
A Ghost Story|39,500|4||
Our Time Will Come|15,900|17||
Guest in London|7,300|29||
City of Ghosts|5,000|2||
Anarchist from Colony|2,700|2||
Swim Team|1,800|1||
Hickock|1,600|12||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Despicable Me 3 led holiday moviegoing with an estimated $75.4 million. There was also good news for counterprogrammer Baby Driver, which vroomed into second place with its $20.3 million opening.

The session also saw significant expansions for Southern gothic The Beguiled and the cross-cultural rom-com The Big SickBeguiled went medium-wide to an upbeat $3.2 million. Sick, still limited, maintained a sturdy $23,660 average and $1.7 million tally. Also holding its own in slow roll out was The Hero, with takings of $890,000. Exclusive newcomers were dull apart from comedy The Little Hours that grossed $59,600 from two screens for debuting alternative distributor Gunpowder and Sky.

While initial buzz for chase-and-robbers musical Baby Driver was strong, the sleeper title was guesstimated at a $16- $18 million bow by industry trackers. Its Wednesday launch racked up $9 million in two days and pushed up weekend expectations that it fulfilled. Its audience skewed 55% male with 61% aged 25 and older.

International day-and-date Yalghaar, from Pakistan, opened to $21,300.

Revenues for the run up to Independence Day hovered around $175 million for a 23% uptick from last weekend. It was nonetheless a 9% decline from the 2016 holiday span when the third weekend of Finding Dory staved off a trio of newcomers with a $41.8 million weekend. On its dorsal fins were debs The Legend of Tarzan with $38.5 million and The Purge: Election Day grossing $31.5 million.

The good will toward all manner of Minion stoked expectations of a $90 million launch for Despicable Me 3. But as opening day neared, and preview revenues trickled in prognosticators tamped down expectations to the low $80 millions.

This season’s sequel or franchise titles have underperformed. That list includes the incarnations of Aliens, Smurfs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But saying “fatigue” aloud, next weekend’s launch of Spider-Man: Homecoming is likely to reverse the tide.

Despicable Me 3 boasted the best opening for an animated feature in the past calendar year. Studio exit polls says the audience was equally divided among the sexes with 50% of the audience aged 13 old or younger. Viewers identifying as families accounted for 69% of the opening crowd.

The threequel opened two weeks ago in a handful of international territories and amassed about $21 million going into the current weekend. Its third overseas week saw the addition of 46 foreign markets and an estimated $95 million. Top grossing nations included the UK with $14.7 million, Mexico grossing $13.5 million and Russian buddies adding $9.2 million.

Weekend (estimates) June 30 – July 2, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
Despicable Me 3 Uni 75.4 (16,640) NEW 4529 75.4
Baby Driver Sony 20.3 (6,300) NEW 3226 29.4
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 17.2 (4,170) -61% 4132 102.3
Wonder Woman WB 15.9 (4,670) -36% 3404 346.4
Cars 3 BV 9.7 (2,700) -60% 3576 120.9
The House WB 8.8 (2,820) NEW 3134 8.8
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 4.6 (2,060) -35% 2250 32.5
The Beguiled Focus 3.2 (4,810) 1315% 674 3.6
The Mummy Uni 2.8 (1,570) -54% 1760 74.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 2.5 (1,480) -54% 1674 166.4
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS 1.9 (1,490) -68% 1258 42.7
The Big Sick Lionsgate 1.7 (23,660) 298% 71 2.2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 1.5 (1,540) -51% 966 383.3
Rough Night Sony 1.3 (790) -72% 1657 20.4
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox 1.2 (830) -72% 1452 69.3
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 1.1 (1,580) -39% 683 4.7
The Hero Orchard .89 (2,220) 199% 401 1.6
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation .44 (1,020) -64% 433 11.8
The Book of Henry Focus .27 (740) -71% 363 3.9
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .26 (1,230) -54% 214 4.7
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .25 (4,860) 81% 51 4.8
The Boss Baby Fox .23 (1,060) -31% 215 173.5
Baywatch Par .22 (1,130) -70% 196 57.2
Alien: Covenant Fox .17 (800) -50% 213 73.6
Tubelight Yash Raj .16 (970) -83% 166 1.5
It Comes at Night A24/Mongrel .16 (910) -80% 174 13.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 170
% Change (Last Year) -9%
% Change (Last Week) 23%
Also debuting/expanding
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 94,800 (2,870) 7% 33 2.5
The Exception A24 93,900 (1,960) -27% 48 0.38
Un Sac de billes Seville 77,400 (4,070) 37% 19 0.3
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky 59,600 (29,800) 2 0.06
Reset Well Go 49,200 (2,460) 20 0.05
The Bad Batch Neon 26,500 (580) -71% 46 0.15
Yalghaar VP Films 21,300 (660) 32 0.02
De Plus belle MK2 18,800 (3,130) 6 0.02
Marie Curie Big World 14,700 (2,940) 5 0.01
13 Minutes Sony Classics 11,800 (3,930) 3 0.01
The Great Sardaar VP Films 9,500 (500) 19 0.01
Le Trou (reissue) Rialto 6,500 (6,500) 1 0.01
Inconceivable Lionsgate 6,300 (480) 13 0.01
Pop Aye Kino 3,400 (2300) 1 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 29, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1322.7 23.90%
Universal (11) 943.8 17.10%
Warner Bros. (16) 881.9 15.90%
20th Century Fox (17) 831.2 15.00%
Lionsgate (14) 442.7 8.00%
Paramount (12) 337.5 6.10%
Sony (10) 202.4 3.70%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.10%
STX (5) 50.6 0.90%
Focus (11) 47.8 0.85%
Fox Searchlight (6) 42.2 0.75%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.75%
A24 (6) 35.8 0.65%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.60%
Entertainment (2) 31.3 0.55%
Roadside Attractions (6) 24.8 0.45%
Other * (176) 203.9 3.70%
5314.2 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Global Grossers (January 2 – June 29, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Beauty and the Beast BV 1,257,724,904
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1,234,439,966
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 853,307,059
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales BV 685,696,858
Wonder Woman WB 674,125,678
Logan Fox 618,072,308
Kong: Skull Island WB 564,405,892
The Boss Baby Fox; DmWks 494,020,499
La La Land * Lionsgate 384,146,717
Fifty Shades Darker Uni 380,112,652
Sing * Uni 369,492,462
The Mummy Uni 356,308,935
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 351,930,587
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Par 344,515,124
The Great Wall Uni; China Film 334,162,010
The Lego Batman Movie WB 313,953,501
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony; Constantin 313,832,890
Split Uni 277,895,892
Kung Fu Yoga Well Go; Golden Network 274,332,509
Rogue One * BV 270,018,934
Get Out Uni 252,107,124
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Alibaba; Sony 251,521,078
Moana * BV 237,247,005
Hidden Figures * Fox 227,441,377
Dangal * UTV 215,645,122
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Despicable Me 3|29.1|4529|New|29.1
Baby Driver|5.9|3226|New|14.9
Transformers: The Last Knight|4.9|4132|-54%|90
Wonder Woman|4.3|3404|-42%|334.9
The House|3.3|3134|New|3.3
Cars 2|3|3576|-62%|114.2
47 Meters Down|1.3|2250|-42%|29.2
The Beguiled|1|674|1158%|1.4
The Mummy|0.75|1760|-56%|72.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales|0.7|1674|-58%|163.8
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Also Debuting||||
The Little Hours|20,200|2||
Reset|14,300|17||
Yalghaar|7,800|28||
De Plus belle|4,500|6||
Marie Curie|4,300|5||
The Great Sardaar|3,550|19||
13 Minutes|2,850|3||
Inconceivable|2,400|13||
Le Trou (reissue)|2,200|1||
Pop Aye|1,450|1||

The Weekend Report

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight led weekend moviegoing in its debut with an estimated $45.3 million. The alleged franchise “finale” was anticipated to be a commercial powerhouse with competition steering clear of its path … including counterprogrammers.

Two exclusive newcomers arrived with a pow. The remake of southern gothic The Beguiled opened with $240,000 from four screens, and modern romance The Big Sick grossed a whopping $430,000 at five clubs. Bearing mixed reviews, indie head trip The Bad Batch was soft, with $92,100 from 30 playdates.

Among international day-and-dates, Indian newcomers had potent bows. Telugu DJ Duvvada Jagannadham opened to $1 million while Hindi Tubelight grossed $813,000. The films had comparable rankings in India where the latter was expected to lead largely on the box office power of star Salman Khan. Filipino romcom Can We Still Be Friends had a disappointing flirtation with $69,700.

Revenues for the pre-holiday frame topped $145 million and ebbed back 25% from last weekend. It was a comparable 24% decline from 2016 when the second weekend of Finding Dory easily trumped newcomer Independence Day: Resurrection with a $72.9 million box office to the freshman’s $41 million.

The fifth Transformers under the aegis of Michael Bay was expected to be a box office powerhouse, and The Last Knight was expected to open in the orbit $80 million. Its Wednesday $15 million opening reduced expectations below $70 million. And, naturally, the emphasis shifted to overseas performance.

Optimus Prime time debuted day-and-date in 41 overseas markets to an estimated $196 million including $123 million from China. Other top grossing markets included South Korea with $13 million, Russia grossing $9 million and $5.7 million in the U.K.

Studio exit demos identified the audience as 57% male with 51% aged 25 and older. Bucking a general trend, the film’s core crowd is getting younger and that could have a strong influence on endeavors under new stewardship.

Weekend (estimates) June 23 – 25, 2017
Title Distributor Gross (average) % chng Thtrs Cume
Transformers: The Last Knight Par 45.3 (11,120) NEW 4069 69.1
Wonder Woman WB 25.2 (6,410) -39% 3933 318.4
Cars 3 BV 25.1 (5,900) -53% 4256 99.8
47 Meters Down Entertainment/VVS 7.3 (2,960) -35% 2471 24.1
All Eyez on Me Lionsgate/VVS 5.9 (2,380) -78% 2471 38.7
The Mummy Uni 5.8 (1,950) -60% 2980 68.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead BV 5.1 (2,090) -43% 2453 159.9
Rough Night Sony 4.5 (1,430) -43% 3162 16.5
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Fox 4.3 (1,840) -40% 2328 65.7
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV 3.0 (2,050) -41% 1468 380.2
Beatriz at Dinner Roadside Attractions 1.8 (3,600) 152% 491 3
Megan Leavey Bleecker/Elevation 1.2 (1,260) -51% 971 10.5
DJ Duvvada Jagannadham Blue Sky 1.0 (5,740) NEW 181 1
The Book of Henry Focus .93 (1,440) -35% 646 3.1
It Comes at Night A24/Mongrel .85 (1,040) -67% 819 13.1
Tubelight Yash Raj .81 (2,380) NEW 342 0.81
Baywatch Par .72 (1,490) -55% 480 56.6
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .59 (1,450) -17% 408 4.2
The Big Sick Lionsgate .43 (86,730) NEW 5 0.43
The Boss Baby Fox .33 (1,360) 1% 241 173.1
The Hero Orchard .30 (3,730) 118% 80 0.55
Alien: Covenant Fox .32 (1,100) -43% 294 73.3
The Beguiled Focus .24 (59,800) NEW 4 0.24
My Cousin Rachel Fox Searchlight .19 (1,180) -64% 163 2.4
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .17 (3,640) 12% 47 4.5
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) 139.4
% Change (Last Year) -24%
% Change (Last Week) -25%
Also debuting/expanding
The Exception A24 .13 (2,790) 207% 48 0.25
The Bad Batch Neon 92,100 (3,070) 30 0.09
Maudie Mongrel/Sony Classics 91,400 (3.150) 38% 29 2.4
Can We Still Be Friends? ABS 69,700 (1,450) 48 0.07
Un Sac de billes Seville 56,700 (3,540) -19% 16 0.18
Churchill Cohen/Mongrel 71,500 (1,300) -16% 55 1.1
Journey Through French Cinema Cohen Media 10,700 (3,570) 3 0.01
The Ornithologist Strand 6,100 (3,050) 2 0.01
Vanamagan ATMUS 4,400 (380) 12 0.01
L’Embarrass du choix A-Z Films 4,100 (680) 6 0.01
Food Evolution Abramorama 3,500 (3,500) 1 0.01
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography Mongrel 3,300 (1,650) 2 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – June 22, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (8) 1273 23.90%
Universal (10) 930.4 17.50%
Warner Bros. (15) 843.1 15.90%
20th Century Fox (16) 823.1 15.50%
Lionsgate (13) 434.2 8.20%
Paramount (12) 275.1 5.20%
Sony (9) 186.1 3.50%
Weinstein Co. (4) 63.1 1.20%
STX (5) 50.6 0.95%
Focus (9) 46.1 0.90%
Fox Searchlight (6) 41.8 0.80%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.80%
A24 (6) 34.5 0.65%
CBS (3) 32.9 0.60%
Other * (180) 238.8 4.50%
5314.2 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limiited Releases (January 2 – June 22, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 21,086,279
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,470,698
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,123,919
Silence * Par 6,826,130
Lowriders High Top 6,179,955
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Your Name FunImation 4,975,470
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 4,301,213
Sleight High Top 3,930,990
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 3,750,919
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 3,614,896
Their Finest STX/Elevation 3,603,484
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics 3,580,347
Dangal * UTV 3,197,854
Colossal Neon/Mongrel 3,022,995
Ballerina Seville 2,994,549
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,835,355
Kedi Oscillosope 2,735,234
* does not include 2016 box office

Friday Box Office Estimates

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight|13.7|4069|New|37.5
Cars 2|7.7|4256|-55%|82.4
Wonder Woman|7.3|3933|-32%|300.5
47 Meters Down|2.3|2471|-48%|19.1
All Eyez on Me|1.9|2471|-81%|34.7
The Mummy|1.7|2980|-55%|64.4
Rough Night|1.6|3162|-53%|13.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales|1.6|1468|-34%|156.3
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie|1.4|2328|-34%|62.9
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2|0.85|1468|-30%|378.1
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The Ornithologist|2,350|2||
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Food Evolution|1,800|1||
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