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Weekend Box Office Report
December 15 - December 17, 2017




By Daniel Garris

Weekend Actuals Update:

With actuals now in, Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted with $220.010 M this weekend. That was right in line with Sunday’s studio estimate and represents the second largest unadjusted opening weekend of all-time domestically.

The all-time domestic opening weekend chart can be found at: www.boxofficereport.com/openingweekends.html

The daily break-down for Star War: The Last Jedi was $104.684 M for Friday (including an estimated $45.0 M from Thursday night previews), $63.993 M for Saturday and $51.332 M for Sunday.

Other weekend actuals for the frame include: Ferdinand ($13.402 M), Coco ($9.949 M), Wonder ($5.226 M), Justice League ($4.309 M), Daddy’s Home 2 ($3.813 M), Thor: Ragnarok ($3.133 M), The Disaster Artist ($2.717 M), Murder on the Orient Express ($2.528 M) and Lady Bird ($2.099 M).

On the platform front, The Shape of Water grossed $1.711 M from 158 locations, Darkest Hour took in $848 K from 84 locations, Call Me By Your Name grossed $479 K from 30 locations, China Lion’s Youth started with $339 K from 30 locations and I, Tonya registered $171 K from just 5 locations.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived with an estimated debut of $220.05M this weekend. That represented the second largest opening weekend performance of all-time, behind only the $247.97 M start of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened just 11.3 percent below Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is an excellent hold for a sequel of this size. The opening weekend take for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was an impressive 41.9 percent stronger than the $155.08 M launch of last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened on the very high end of its lofty expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $190 M to $220 M heading into the weekend. In addition to claiming the second largest opening weekend take of all-time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi also represented the second largest December opening ever and the second largest opening ever for Disney. Currently, seven of the top eight unadjusted opening weekends of all-time are Disney releases. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only the fourth film ever to have an unadjusted opening weekend greater than $200 M.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi generated an exceptional per-location average of $51,996 for the frame. The film grossed $24.6 M from IMAX screens, which represented 11.2 percent of the film’s overall gross this weekend. 3D grosses accounted for 30 percent of the film’s overall gross this weekend.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi started out with $104.79 M on Friday (which included an estimated $45.0 M from Thursday night preview shows), declined 38.9 percent on Saturday to take in $63.99 M and is estimated to decrease 19.9 percent on Sunday to gross $51.271 M. Sunday’s estimate is likely on the conservative side, which could transfer into the film coming in even higher when actuals are released on Monday.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is an indication that the film looks to be going over better with audiences than its lukewarm reception with online users suggests. At the same time, in general Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t appear to be going over as well with audiences as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did two years ago.

Internationally, Star Wars: The Last Jedi started with an estimated $230.0 M from 54 international markets. The film opened in 14 international markets on Wednesday, in another 34 international markets on Thursday and in an additional 6 markets on Friday. In combination with the film’s domestic start, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was off to a massive $450.0 M global launch. International starts for Star Wars: The Last Jedi included $36.7 M in the U.K., $23.6 M in Germany, $18.1 M in France, $15.9 M in Australia, $14.4 M in Japan, $8.5 M in Russia, $8.3 M in Spain, $7.2 M in Brazil, $7.0 M in Italy and $7.0 M in Mexico. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in China on January 5.

Disney also crossed the $2 billion domestic mark for the year on Saturday. This represents the third consecutive year Disney has passed the $2 billion mark domestically. To date in 2017, Disney has grossed $2.08 B domestically, $3.69 B internationally and $5.77 B globally.

Meanwhile, Fox’s Ferdinand debuted in a distant second place this weekend with an estimated $13.33 M. The computer animated film from Blue Sky Studios opened a bit under expectations, which had tended to range from $15 M to $20 M heading into the weekend. Ferdinand delivered the lowest debut ever for Blue Sky Studios (the animation studio’s previous low being the $21.37 M start of last year’s Ice Age: Collision Course), though that had been expected of Ferdinand. Ferdinand opened 6.7 percent below the $14.29 M start of 2015’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (which Fox released against Star Wars: The Force Awakens). In hindsight, potential for Ferdinand appears to have been limited by the film arriving in the marketplace so soon after Disney’s Coco.

Ferdinand began with $3.60 M on Friday, increased an encouraging 54.2 percent on Saturday and is estimated to decrease 24.8 percent on Sunday to take in $4.18 M. On the bright side, Ferdinand received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and has received solid critical reviews. It is common for well-received family films released the weekend before Christmas weekend to hold up very well over the holiday season. With that in mind, it is highly likely that Ferdinand will ultimately have a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 6 to 1 or even 7 to 1.

After leading the box office for the past three weeks, Disney’s Coco fell to third with an estimated $10.03 M. Coco declined a sizable 45.7 percent from last weekend, which was quite understandable given the new competition the film faced from both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Ferdinand for family audiences. Coco passed the $150 M domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a very healthy $150.81 M through 26 days of release. That places Coco 17.9 percent ahead of the $127.92 M 26-day take of 2010’s Tangled and just 7.4 percent behind the $162.92 M 26-day haul of last year’s Moana.

Internationally, Coco continued to impress with an estimated $27.4 M this weekend from 36 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $297.4 M and current global haul to $448.2 M. International totals to date for Coco include $153.9 M in China, $57.2 M in Mexico, $14.7 M in France, $10.6 M in Spain and $8.8 M in Russia. It should also be noted that Coco has yet to open in a number of major international markets, including Australia, Italy, Brazil, Korea, the U.K. and Japan.

Lionsgate’s Wonder and Warner’s Justice League took fourth and fifth place with respective estimated weekend grosses of $5.40 M and $4.17 M. Wonder was down only 36.1 percent from last weekend, while Justice League fell a sharp 56.9 percent. Respective 31-day totals stand at a softer than expected $219.46 M for Justice League and at a stronger than expected $109.26 M for Wonder. Wonder should continue to hold up significantly better than Justice League throughout the remainder of the holiday season.

Estimated platform grosses this weekend included $1.74 M for Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water from 158 locations (for a per-location average of $11,000), $850 K for Focus’ Darkest Hour from 84 locations (for a per-location average of $10,119), $492 K for Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name from 30 locations (for a per-location average of $16,398) and $176 K for NEON and 30West’s I, Tonya from 5 locations in New York and Los Angeles (for a per-location average of $35,238). Respective platform totals to date stand at $3.62 M for The Shape of Water, $2.34 M for Darkest Hour, $2.01 M for Call Me By Your Name and at $554 K for I, Tonya.







Weekend Studio Estimates for December 15 - December 17, 2017.

Film (Distributor) Weekend
Gross
Theatre
Count
Per-Thea.
Average
%Change
Total
Gross
TG to OW
Ratio
Week
1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(Disney)
$220,047,000 4,232 $51,996 NEW $220,047,000 1.000 1
2 Ferdinand
(Fox)
$13,325,000 3,621 $3,680 NEW $13,325,000 1.000 1
3 Coco
(Disney)
$10,025,000 3,155 $3,177 -45.7% $150,811,000 2.969 4
4 Wonder
(Lionsgate)
$5,400,000 3,047 $1,772 -36.1% $109,257,000 3.966 5
5 Justice League
(Warner Bros.)
$4,170,000 2,702 $1,543 -56.9% $219,456,000 2.339 5
6 Daddy's Home 2
(Paramount)
$3,800,000 2,493 $1,524 -35.8% $96,580,000 3.257 6
7 Thor: Ragnarok
(Disney)
$2,981,000 1,895 $1,573 -52.5% $306,375,000 2.496 7
8 The Disaster Artist
(A24 / New Line)
$2,637,000 1,010 $2,611 -58.6% $12,932,000 2.031 3
9 Murder on the Orient Express
(Fox)
$2,470,000 1,923 $1,284 -52.2% $97,253,000 3.391 6
10 Lady Bird
(A24)
$2,108,000 947 $2,226 -38.9% $25,978,000 6.402 7
11 The Star
(Sony / AFFIRM)
$1,775,000 1,936 $917 -52.1% $35,375,000 3.605 5
12 The Shape of Water
(Fox Searchlight)
$1,738,000 158 $11,000 +52.2% $3,621,000 2.083 3
13 Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
(Fox Searchlight)
$1,625,000 944 $1,721 -43.2% $21,374,000 4.854 6

Just Getting Started
(Broad Green Pictures)
$979,000 1,840 $532 -69.4% $5,464,000 1.707 2
Darkest Hour
(Focus)
$850,000 84 $10,119 +14.6% $2,341,000 2.754 4
Call Me By Your Name
(Sony Pictures Classics)
$492,000 30 $16,398 +72.1% $2,005,000 4.077 4
Wonder Wheel
(Amazon Studios)
$472,000 536 $881 +214.5% $851,000 1.803 3
The Man Who Invented Christmas
(Bleecker Street)
$264,000 319 $827 -63.1% $5,010,000 3.702 4
Youth
(China Lion Film)
$260,000 30 $8,667 NEW $260,000 1.000 1
I, Tonya
(NEON / 30West)
$176,000 5 $35,238 -33.3% $554,000 2.096 2
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
(Sony / Columbia)
$140,000 238 $588 -83.9% $11,730,000 2.638 5
Jigsaw
(Lionsgate)
$92,000 181 $508 -43.6% $37,999,000 2.284 8
Loving Vincent
(Good Deed)
$79,626 82 $971 -47.5% $5,970,000 9.929 13
The Florida Project
(A24)
$57,552 66 $872 -35.7% $5,133,000 8.100 11
My Friend Dahmer
(FilmRise)
$40,000 40 $1,000 -69.2% $1,246,000 6.628 7
Despicable Me 3
(Universal)
$40,000 109 $367 -19.7% $264,600,000 3.653 25
Jane
(National Geographic / Abramorama)
$27,686 27 $1,025 -40.9% $1,377,000 6.016 9
Victoria & Abdul
(Focus)
$20,000 56 $357 -56.0% $22,178,000 5.316 13
Marshall
(Open Road)
$16,432 71 $231 -82.1% $9,426,000 3.141 10
The Breadwinner
(GKIDS)
$13,211 28 $472 -36.0% $183,000 4.675 5
Last Flag Flying
(Roadside / Amazon)
$8,700 18 $483 -81.7% $959,000 5.528 7
The Ballad of Lefty Brown
(A24)
$6,115 2 $3,058 NEW $6,115 1.000 1
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
(GKIDS)
$5,684 4 $1,421 NEW $5,684 1.000 1

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