U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 27 Jan – Sun 29 Jan, 2017

The Oscar nominations certainly provided bumps for the major contenders with Hacksaw Ridge up 347% (from a miniscule week prior, but still), Arrival up 333%, Moonlight up 116%, Manchester by the Sea up 111%, Lion up 40% and La La Land up 40%.

Having said that, nothing could steal the thunder from Split (3,199 screen) and it’s amazing 2nd week hold with a forecast $25.3m. That’s off 37% from last weekend’s $40m opening and brings the film’s domestic gross to $77m. That puts the film in the $130m range for a domestic finish (that is, if Rings doesn’t bollocks it this weekend) which will have Split on par with M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 effort The Last Airbender‘s $131m domestic result. The film has now outgrossed The Visit, The Happening, After Earth, and, The Lady in the Water with Unbreakable and The Village next to be surpassed this coming weekend. What adds extra sweetness to this $9m production is that it’ll also rank as Shyamalan’s and Blumhouse Productions most profitable release ever. Bang, people, bang!

Lasse Hallström’s dogged in controversy A Dog’s Purpose (3,059 screens) opens to a solid, if unremarkable, $18.3m on a $5,982 screen average. The $22m production has been fielding protests after the release of an on set tape showing the mistreatment of one of its canine stars and, in response, PETA staged petitions at theatres and issued a statement to boycott the film. They probably needn’t have bothered as the critics hated it with a 33% rotten score, and an opening half that of Marley & Me‘s $36m (which is very much where the film was targeting), A Dog’s Purpose should be all over and done with $45m.

Hidden Figures (3,351 screens) slips only 12% for another $13.8m in the coffers to bring the domestic haul to $103.8m as it continues to march to a $130m+ finish. Gotta love that weekday play-off which is really driving the grosses on this solid earner. Considering it only cost $25m to produce, Fox are laughing all the way to the bank already and the film hasn’t really rolled out internationally as yet… CaCHING!

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (3,104 screens) fizzes on opening with $12.4m on a $3,995 screen average. This one is purely for the franchise fans and, with a 41% rotten score citing the exact same thing, the $40m production is looking like a $30m finish domestically with all hopes of returning a surplus reliant on international play off. Thankfully, this puppy is being put to bed.

La La Land (3,136 screens) adds 1,271 screens and jumps up 40% to take $11.8m and take the total to $103.8m. Thanks expansion and Oscar nominations.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (3,651 screens) collapses in week 2, plummeting 62% for a $7.6m weekend result. With $32.8m domestically, the $85m production is a bomb for Paramount on home soil. Internationally it’s just about to cross $60m, so the news outside the U.S. ain’t much better. For Vin Diesel vehicles (no pun intended), if it’s outside of the Fast & Furious franchise, they don’t seem to be working albeit Guardians of the Galaxy but he’s not the headliner.  All over for $45m.

Sing (2,702 screens) warbles its way to $257.6m domestically. What a result! With a $6.4m weekend, the film is looking likely to finish up around the $275m mark. Sequel in 2020, people!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2,049 screens) crosses $520m domestically.

Gold (2,166 screens) bombs on opening with $3.5m on a $1,616 screen average. Film went out far too wide to start and in the shadow of the Oscar nominations (although there was a good chance McConaughey would get nominated for his turn in this) which all but spread the audience far too thin. Also, critics weren’t kind awarding it a 37% rotten score that concensus praises the performance but not the film.

The Salesman (3 screens) has a stunning opening with $59.8k on a $19,933 screen average. With the current controversy surrounding Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration policy on this Oscar nominated film, hopefully this will translate into more awareness on this very worthy title (whilst also flagging the horrendous injustices the new President is imposing).

In Cinemas Friday February 3, 2017 – Rings, The Space Between Us, I Am Not Your Negro

Figures from Deadline

1.) Split (UNI/Blumhouse) 3,199 theaters (+161)  /$7.9M Fri (-46%) /3-day: $25.3M (-37%)/Total: $77M/Wk 2

2.) A Dog’s Purpose (UNI/Amblin/Walden) 3,059 theaters   /$5.2M Fri /3-day: $18.3m/Wk 1

3.) Hidden Figures (Fox) 3,351 theaters (-65)/$3.7M Fri (-14%)  /3-day: $13.8M(-12%)/Total: $103.8M/Wk 6

4.) Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (SONY) 3,104 theaters  /$5M Fri /3-day: $12.4m/Wk 1

5.) La La Land (Lionsgate) 3,136 (+1,271) /$3.4M Fri (+42%)/3-day: $11.8m (+40%)/Total:$106.2M/ Wk 8

6.) xXx: The Return Xander Cage (PAR/REV) 3,651 theaters  /$2.2M Fri (-69%) /3-day: $7.6M (-62%)/Total: $32.8M/ Wk 2

7.) Sing (ILL/UNI), 2,702 theaters (-491) /$1.3M Fri.(-28%)  /3-day cume: $6.4M (-29%)/Total: $257.6M/Wk 6

8.) Rogue One  (DIS), 2,049 theaters  (-554)/$1.2M Fri. (-29%)/ 3-day cume: $5.3M (-26%)/Total: $520.2M/Wk 7

9.) Monster Trucks (PAR) 2,496 theaters (-623)/ $781K Fri. (-44%)/ 3-day: $4M (-43%)/ Total:$28M / Wk 3

10.) Gold (TWC) 2,166 theaters   /$1.1M Fri /3-day: $3.5M/Wk 1

Notables:

The Founder (TWC) 1,115 theaters  /$703K Fri (-30%) /3-day: $2.5M (-26%) /Total: $7.3M/Wk 2

Lion (TWC) 575 theaters  (0) /$606K Fri (+31%) /3-day: $2.38M (+40%)/Total: $19.7M/Wk 10

Manchester by the Sea (AMZ/RSA) 1,168 theaters  (+625) /$521K Fri (+113%) /3-day: $1.9M (+111%)/Total: $41.4M/Wk 11

 Fences (Par) 880 theaters (+187)/$375 Fri (+12%)  /3-day: $1.4M (+17%)/Total: $50.8M/Wk 7

Arrival (Par) 1,221 theaters (+1,041)/$390k Fri (+353%)  /3-day: $1.3M (+333%)/Total: $97.1M/Wk 12

Moonlight (A24) 1,104 theaters  (+615) /$384K Fri (+137%) /3-day: $1.28M (+116%)/Total: $17.5M/Wk 15

Hacksaw Ridge (LG) 502 theaters (+377)/$106k Fri (+405%)  /3-day: $384k (+392%)/Total: $65.9M/Wk 13

The Salesman  (CMG), 3 theaters  /$19K Fri. /PTA: $19,9k/3-day:$59,8K / Wk 1