The Weekend Report Archive for April, 2015

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It was a four-peat as Furious 7 shifted down a gear and still finished ahead of the pack with an estimated $18.2 million. The sessions only wide national release was the saga of eternal love The Age of Adaline that opened third with $13.3 million. Two other films opened in limited wide to fair results. World War II-set Little Boy bowed to $2.7 million while Russell Crowe’s World War I saga The Water Diviner grossed $1.2 million. Considerably better was the national expansion of Ex Machina that held strong with $5.3 million at 1255 locations.

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The Furious 7 news wasn’t the domestic gross or a third weekend on top of the charts, but breaking the worldwide $1 billion ceiling. Chasing the bad drivers was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which got the same crap reviews as the original, but still drew almost $24 million in domestic ticket sales, about a quarter off the original, but still a solid family opening. Underperforming on the surface, but doing just fine, thanks, was Unfriended, a horror cheapie opening to 15 and making a profit by getting over $25 million total domestically, P&A costs outstripping production. Less happy openers were Disney’s Monkey Kingdom, back-to-back Oscar-winning Fox Searchlight’s True Story, and Child 44. On the limited tip, Ex Machina does a sensational $20k+ per screen on 39, which is much more impressive than, say, $100k per on two. Also strong by per-screen are the expansion on Dior & I and the premiere of Oscilloscope’s Felix & Meira.

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Without a lot of competition Furious 7 held on to top spot among movie goers with an estimated $60.5 million. The sole incoming national bow was the Nicholas Sparks’ weepie The Longest Ride with an OK $13.3 million that ranked third overall. The temporary lull in the release schedule provided a rare opportunity for alternative fare to get a toe-hold prior to the onslaught of summer blockbusters. Woman in Gold, Danny Collins and While We’re Young all seized the opportunity to add a significant number of playdates with the last title boasting the greatest stamina of the trio.

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Huge opening. Nothing but happiness for this number should exist at Universal. Will hit profitability at $400m easily (including other revenue streams). The only question comes from what is now clearly a huge Friday front-load on this domestic opening. None of the films opening to above this number have grossed less than $336 million domestically. Will Furious 7 rev up to that challenge?

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
The Meg 16.5 4118 NEW 16.5
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 5.3 3888 -46% 147.3
Slender Man 4.8 2358 NEW 4.8
Christopher Robin 3.6 3602 -62% 41.2
BlacKKKlansman 3.6 1512 NEW 3.6
The Spy Who Dumped Me 1.8 3111 -63% 19.8
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 1.7 2812 -40% 99.7
The Equalizer 1.4 2373 -42% 85.4
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 1.4 2589 -43% 143.2
Ant-Man and the Wasp 1.1 1863 -40% 200.6
Also Debuting
Dog Days 0.75 2442
Vishwaroopam 2 0.11 179
The Island 78,500 39
Srinivasa Kalyanam 46,300 127
Dakuaan da Munda 37,600 21
BuyBust 20,400 25
The Spy Gone North 9,600 2
Dans la brume 5,900 12
Madeline's Madeline 5,700 1
Skate Kitchen 5,100 1
A Prayer Before Dawn 4,500 13
Cielo 3,800 3
Larguees 2,400 11
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4