U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 3 Feb – Sun 5 Feb, 2017

It’s a threepeat for M. Night Shyamalan as Split (3,373 screens) remains in the top spot! The stunning performance of a horror film spending 3 weeks at the top of the box office is something we haven’t seen since 1999 when Shyamalan’s other spooker The Sixth Sense hit the top and stayed there for 5 weeks. Taking $14.3m for this weekend, down 44% from the last, the film is sitting on $98.4m domestically and around $130m globally. Not bad for a film with a $9m production budget, eh! For Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions) this is now his 3d highest grossing effort, it will become his highest this weekend, behind Paranormal Activity ($108m domestic) and Paranormal Activity 3 ($104m domestic).

Rings (2,931 screens) disappoints in second place, opening to $13.3m on  a $4,538 screen average. The $25m production had to contend with the staying power and zeitgeist strength of Split, which no punter in their right mind would’ve contended it would be a $130m domestic picture, and some pretty scathing critical reviews as it sits on 5% rotten and a C- Cinemascore from audiences. Deadline reports that, along with the $25m production cost,  a $20m-$30m publicity & advertising spend went with the film so, with a final box office haul likely to fall in the $25-$30m range, this reboot has failed.

Hidden Figures (3,401 screens) nabs the bronze this weekend, slipping 27%, for a $10.2m take and thus bringing the domestic result to $119.5m. What a result from the $25m production. There’s $150m in here and the bonus awareness from the Screen Actors Guild Awards win for Best Ensemble Drama – Motion Picture can only be helping things along. The question now is, can Hidden Figures go the extra mile to push up to $1790m and surpass 2011’s The Help‘s final tally of $169.7m?

A Dog’s Purpose (3,178 screens) slips 45% in week 2 for $10.1m to bring the domestic gross to $31.2m. Adjudication from the American Humane Socity came in this week after an investigation into the treatment of the dogs on set which saw them say the video footage was misleading. Still, the $22m production has found some sort of audience and is on track for a $55m finish before it begins its global roll out.

La La Land (3,236 screens) adds 100 screens and slips 32% week on week for a $7.4m weekend. This will stabilise to modest level business now until the Oscars are announced on February 26, 2017 which will give it a bit of a bump. With $118m in the kitty locally and a $240m cume globally thus far, the $30m production is singing its way to the bank already.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (3,104 screens) plummets 70% in weekend 2 , as an umpteenth sequel in a horror franchise normally does (albeit a bit more savagely here), having to contend with both Split’s resilience and Rings opening on top of it to gross $4.1m. Sitting on $21.5m nationally, it’s a very disappointing result for the $40m budgeted finale domestically which has fared much better internationally where the film has taken 77.4% of the market with $64.3m for a combined total of circa $85m.

Sing (2,293 screens) slowly tapering off now with a $3.9m weekend to bring the gross to $262.7m domestically.

Lion (1,405 screens) expands by 830 screens and enters the top ten with $3.6m on a $2,563 screen average. That’s not the most ideal screen average and suggests the film has gone a bit too wide even on the back of the awards nominations and solid reviews. The film has grossed $24.3m in the U.S., which is a stunning result for a topic such as this. Locally, the film has passed $15m.

The Space Between Us (2,812 screens) endured the empty vacuum of vacant cinemas as it bombs on opening with $3.5m on a deathly $1,245 screen average. The young adult romance in space movie didn’t score with critics, either, landing a 15% rotten result. With a $30m production budget and a box office finish line of $10m, this is going to sting STX Entertainment in the back end and, most certainly, will make international markets rethink a theatrical release.

The Comedian (848 screens) is an outright disaster with $950k on a $1,120 screen average. Not even the likes Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco or Taylor Hackford could generate and audience for the abrasive comedy drama. Critics hated it, awarding the film a  24% rotten score and it seems this will vanish from theatres with a $4m finish.

I Am Not Your Negro (43 screens) storms into cinemas with a $560k opening weekend on a $13,023 screen average.  Raoul Peck’s stunning documentary on African American civil rights as observed by author James Baldwin is a critical smash hit with a 97% fresh score. With an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary under its belt, the film and its relevance should keep it ticking over for another month. This should be able to scale to $8m nationally or higher depending on expansion plans. WINNER!

In Cinemas Friday 10 February, 2017 – Fifty Shades Darker, John Wick Chapter 2, The Lego Batman Movie, Jolly Lib 2, A United Kingdom

Figures from Deadline

1.) Split (UNI/Blumhouse) 3,373 theaters (+174)  /$4.8M Fri (-39%)/3-day: $14.3M (-44%)/Total: $98.4M/Wk 3

2.) Rings (Par) 2,931 theaters /$5.6M Fri. (includes $800K previews)/3-day: $13.3M/Wk 1

3.) Hidden Figures (Fox) 3,401 theaters (+50)/$3.1M Fri (-16%)   /3-day: $10.2M (-27%)/Total: $119.5M/Wk 7

4.) A Dog’s Purpose (UNI/Amblin/Walden) 3,178 theaters   (+120)/$2.8M Fri (-46%)  /3-day: $10.1m (-45%)/Total: $32.1/Wk 2

5.) La La Land (Lionsgate) 3,236 (+100) /$2.3M Fri (-32%)/3-day:$7.4m (-39%)/Total:$118.2M/ Wk 9

6.) Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (SONY) 3,104 theaters  (0) /$1.37M Fri (-72%) / 3-day: $4.1M (-70%)/Total: $21.5M/Wk 2

7) Sing (ILL/UNI), 2,293 theaters (-409) /$902K Fri.(-31%) /3-day cume: $3.9M (-39%)/Total: $262.7M/Wk 7

8.) Lion (TWC) 1,405 theaters  (+830) /$1.1K Fri (+83%) /3-day: $3.6M (+57%)/Total: $24.3M/Wk 11

9.) The Space Between Us (STX) 2,812 theaters   /$1.39M Fri. (includes $170K previews)/3-day: $3.5M/Wk 1

10.) xXx: The Return Xander Cage (PAR/REV) 2,478 theaters (-1,178)  /$1.1M Fri (-50%)/3-day: $3.4M (-60%)/Total: $39.8M/ Wk 3

NOTABLES:

Gold (TWC) 2,166 theaters   /$462K Fri (-60%)/3-day: $1.47M (-58%)/Total: $6.2M/Wk 2

The Comedian (SPC) 848 theaters  /$324k Fri  /PTA: $1,120/3-day: $950k /Wk 1

I Am Not Your Negro (MAG) 43 theaters  /$201K Fri  /PTA: $13K/3-day: $560k /Wk 1