U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 2 Dec – Sun 4 Dec, 2016

manchesterIt was a fairly quiet weekend at the U.S. Box Office with only 2 films really drawing in the mainstream cash (Moana & Fantastic Beasts). Albeit nothing of considerable note released (Incarnate, Jackie on 5 screens) and coming off the back of Thanksgiving, the market generally goes quiet in the lead up to Christmas for this and next weekend. It was the limited release titles that really shone this weekend in Manchester by the Sea‘s slight expansion and Jackie‘s impressive start.

Moana (3,875 screens) held the throne for its second weekend with an impressive $29.6m, off 48% from last weekend which brings its domestic haul to $121.1m. With a $7,639 screen average for the weekend, there’s still plenty of juice in the tank on this puppy and we should see a stabilising gross over the next couple of weekends leading into Christmas before Sing gets here on December 21. There’s still a good $240m in this.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (3,988 screens) fell over this weekend, dropping a massive 62% to gross $16.9m and bringing its haul to $181.8m after 3 weeks of play. This puts the film closest in line with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which had grossed $190m domestically in its 3rd weekend. That film grossed $249.5m domestically and Fantastic Beasts is definitely in the $230m range for a finish. Where the make or break will come is December 16 when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens and devours the market, the impact on this will seal Newt Scamander’s fate!

Allied (2,915 screens) slipped 43% week on week for $7.3m to bring the modest cume to $29.2m. A $2,310 screen average is a death knell for the film to survive come Christmas holidays as the sessions will be hacked this week for stronger content. From here a $45m finish seems most likely for the $85m production. Globally, the film hasn’t released everywhere yet so this will be where the hopes lie to recoup the box office. It currently sits on $37m globally.

Arrival (2,915 screens) fell 38% for a $7.1m weekend 4 to bring its gross to $72.9m on a $2,436 screen average. The $47m production is dying off now and will suffer the same fate as Allied (being yanked from screens and sessions) yet it will be interesting to see if the awards attention can keep it on screens through Christmas in a limited capacity. Still, it’s a winner for Paramount who are bracing for the bath they are taking on Allied.

Doctor Strange (2,935 screens) crosses $215.3m after consuming another $6.5m over the weekend. A $2,215 screen average is setting the scene for a attrition of screens this coming weekend but nevertheless it will come in around the $230m mark domestically and around $640m internationally. What a winner for the $165m production.

Trolls (3,156 screens) crosses $141.1m domestically after 5 weeks in play and will surpass Kung Fu Panda 3‘s $143m take midweek this week. It took in $4.3m on a $1,362 screen average. Kiss goodbye to screens this weekend and I’d imagine this will move to weekend play off only from here. Still, it’s DreamWorks Animation’s highest grossing release of 2016, so congratulations gang!

Manchester by the Sea (156 screens) expands by 108 screens and grosses $2.28m on an outstanding $14,615 screen average. Fueled by the critical reaction, the wave of awards and nominations its receiving, Kenneth Lonergan’s title looks to be in it for the long haul and this should easily get into the mid teen-millions before all is said and done.

Incarnate (1,737 screens) was abominable on opening with $2.27m on a $1,307 screen average. The $5m production, which stars Aaron Eckhart, copped a critical drubbing with 21% rotten and a C- Cinemascore. This puppy is over and will be all out for $5m. Straight to video here, kiddies.

Jackie (5 screens) opens for awards qualification and chomps up $290,000 on a massive $58,000 screen average. With an 86% fresh score from critics (there’s no audience result on this as yet), the concensus is that it’s the performance moreso than the film itself that shines. This is also the same weekend that Natalie Portman’s Oscar winning Black Swan bowed in the U.S.

In Cinemas Friday December 9, 2016 – Office Christmas Party, La La Land (limited), Miss Sloane, (Expansion)

Figures from Deadline

1). Moana  (DIS), 3,875 Theaters (0) / $6.5M Fri (-70%) / 3-day cume: $29.6M (-48%)/Total: $121.1M/Wk 2

2). Fantastic Beasts…  (WB), 3,988 theaters (-156) /$5M Fri. (-73%)  / 3-day cume: $16.9M (-62%)/Total: $181.8M/Wk 3

3). Allied (PAR), 3,160 Theaters (0) /$2.2M Fri (-55%)/3-day cume: $7.3M (-43%) /Total: $29.2M/Wk 2

4). Arrival  (PAR), 2,915 theaters (+473)/$2M Fri (-55%)/3-day cume: $7.1M (-38%)/Total:$72.9M/ Wk 4

5).Doctor Strange  (DIS), 2,935 theaters (-73) /$1.8M Fri (-67%) /3-day cume: $6.5M (-53%) /Total cume: $215.3M/Wk 5

6.) Trolls  (DWA/20th Century Fox), 3,156 theaters (-166) /$994KFri (-76%)/3-day cume: $4.3M (-59%) /Total Cume: $141.1M/Wk 5

7). Hacksaw Ridge  (Lionsgate), 2,494 theaters (+162) / $982K Fri (-56%)/3-day:$3.3M (-40%)/Total: $57.2M/ Wk 5

8.)  Bad Santa 2  (BG/MX), 2,945 Theaters (+25) /$957K Fri (-58%) / 3-day cume: $3.1M (-49%)/Total: $14.1M/Wk 2

9). Almost Christmas  (UNI), 1,556 theaters (-213) /$698K Fri (-70%)/ 3-day cume: $2.4M (-57%)/Total: $38M/ Wk 4

10.) Manchester by the Sea (RSA/AMZ) 156 theaters  (+108)/$666K Fri/3-day: $2.28M (+87%)/Total: $4.3M/Wk 3

11.) Incarnate (BH/T) 1,737 theaters/$916K Fri (includes previews of $120K)/3-day: $2.27m/Wk 1

NOTABLE:

Rules Don’t Apply (Fox), 2,386Theaters (+4) /$178K Fri (-70%) / 3-day cume: $578K (-64%)/Total: $3.3M/Wk 2

Jackie (FSL) 5 theaters/$91K Fri/$58K PTA/3-day: $290K/Wk 1

Lion (TWC), 7 Theaters (+3) /$26K Fri (-40%) / 3-day cume: $97K (-21%)/Total: $257K/Wk 2

Miss Sloane (EUR), 4 Theaters (+1) /$11K Fri (-56%) / 3-day cume: $35K (-41%)/Total: $114K/Wk 2

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