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Theater Counts: Death Day Ahead of Pack of Newcomers

October 19th, 2017

Happy Death Day

After delivering an impressive opening weekend last time around, Happy Death Day is adding 147 theaters this weekend, to become the film in widest release. To be fair, 3,296 theaters isn’t all that much to write home about, and the fact that none of the new releases will top that number speaks to the fact that we’re in a time of year where studios are either dumping their duds, or looking for niche audiences. Identifying which films are which is left as an exercise for the reader. More...

Theater Counts: Crush of Newcomers Dampens Opening Numbers

October 12th, 2017

Happy Death Day

This weekend and the four before it have been the five busiest weekends for new releases in 2017, with an average of just over 30 films being released in theaters each week, by our count. Aside from sending our data team scrambling, it makes it hard for distributors to secure screens, and the results can be seen in the theater counts for this weekend, and the current projections for next weekend. Happy Death Day has a shot at winning the weekend, but won’t be helped by playing in more than 900 fewer theaters than incumbent champion Blade Runner 2049. Death Day’s 3,149 venues, however, is quite a bit more than its competition. More...

Theater Counts: Blade Runner Cracks 4,000 Theaters

October 5th, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

It certainly isn’t as hard as it used to be, but anyone hoping for a record-breaking weekend for Blade Runner 2049 will be pleased to see the film crack 4,000 theaters this weekend. Warner Bros. reports it will play in 4,058 locations starting on Friday, which actually breaks one record already: it’s the widest October opening, ahead of (surprisingly) Shark Tale, which debuted in 4,016 theaters way back in 2004. More...