Not even that tantalising might of a Fifty Shades sequel was enough to stop the mas market appeal of The Lego Batman Movie (4,088 screens) which blasted its way into the top spot with a whopping $54.5m on a $13,598 screen average. The $80m production came in 21.1% behind 2014’s The Lego Movie‘s opening weekend of $69.05m (a film that went on to gross $257.7m domestically) and puts the films U.S. potential at around $210m. What works in the film’s favour are the stunning reviews from critics (91% fresh) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), that should help carry the film to strong holds for a few weeks as there is no competition in the market place, outside of the indie animated Rock Dog on Feb 24 then Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on March 17, 2017.
Fifty Shades Darker (3,710 screens) impresses on opening with a very robust $48.3m on a $13,019 screen average. The $55m production is certainly catering to the loyal fans of the book series even though it did come in 43% down 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey‘s opening weekend of $85.2m. The thing that worked for the original was the thirst for it from the fan base and morbid curiosity from uninitiated patrons as 51.26% of the U.S. business of the original went in the opening weekend as it finished on $166.2m (and a mammoth $571m globally). Darker didn’t resonate with critics as it got slaughtered with a 10% rotten score, but fared better with audiences who awarded it with a B+ cinemascore (the original got a C+). As this has moved into the fan base only territory, Fifty Shades Darker will finish up on $85m-$90m domestically.
John Wick: Chapter Two (3,113 screens) has a cracking opening with $29.6m on a $9,509 screen average. That opening is 101.8% higher that 2014’s John Wick‘s $14.4m opening (it went on to gross $43m domestically and $86m globally), added to that hugely impressive performance are the reviews which are at 90% fresh and the audience reaction of an A- cinemascore. For John Wick: Chapter Two, that opening weekend should put the film in the $80-$90m domestic range. Not bad for a flick that would’ve cost around $30m to produce. Awaiting the sequel announcement and for Entertainment One Australia to date the movie here!
Split (2,961 screens) slips to fourth after three weeks atop the box office for a $9.2m weekend to bring to the domestic gross to $112.2m. What a performance and it is now the 5th highest grossing film of Shyamalan’s career behind The Village ($114m), The Last Airbender ($132m), Signs ($228m), and The Sixth Sense ($294m). It’s also the best box office performance of a horror film since 2013’s The Conjuring scared up $137.4m domestically. With a slip of 26% week on week under the weight of 3 big releases, there’s still a good $30m left in the tank of this puppy and it could very well nudge $150m before bowing out!
Hidden Figures (2,667 screens) slips only 19% for an $8.2m weekend to bring the gross to $131.7m after 8 weeks of play. Oscars are Monday week which may or may not give the film an extra little kick in business which it will need if there’s any chance to reach 2011’s The Help’s $169.7m domestic take. On its current trajectory, Hidden Figures is on track for a $155m finish.
A Dog’s Purpose (3,025 screens) woofs down another $7.7m to accumulate $42.9m in ticket sales. It has now just surpassed 2015’s dog movie Max which took $42.7m domestically. Given a week on week slip of 27%, Lasse Hallstrom’s effort is looking closer to a $60m domestic finish for the $22m production.
Rings (2,931 screens) behaved exactly like a franchise sequel and collapsed in week two, dropping 59%, for $5.3m. The current life gross of $21m domestically signals a finish of around $28m. That’s causing a lot of soul searching for the $25m production and a massive rethink at Paramount on aging genre franchises. They’ve already canned Friday the 13th and World War Z 2 and, based on this performance, the mountain wreathed with stars were right to do so.
La La Land (2,065 screens) crosses $126.1m domestically with a week to go before Oscars. Boom!
Lion (1,337 screens) jumps up another 7% this weekend with $4m to bring the domestic take to $30.3m. With the added awards attention from the DGAs and ASCs, this little film that could (which is DOMINATING the Aussie box office) is slowly but surely becoming the indie hit of the year.
I Am Not Your Negro (100 screens) nabs another $733k, up 7% from last week, to bring the gross to $1.7m on a $7,330 screen average. It’s a duke out for Best Documentary at the Oscars with O.J.: Made in America with the wild card factor being the age and relevance of this title. It may just see I Am Not Your Negro swoop in for the gong!
A United Kingdom (4 screens) opens to an impressive $63,000 on a $15,570 screen average. All the more impressive releasing in the weeks leading up to Oscars where the pedigree drama titles tend to dominate, the film is still enjoying a solid 85% fresh critical score which should translate into a solid limited performance in the upscale cinemas across the States.
Kedi (1 screens), the famed cat documentary, opens on a single screen to $30,000. The Turkish film has an impenetrable 100% fresh score on rotten tomatoes as has been a bit of a festival darling during the 2016 season.
In Cinemas Friday 17 February, 2017 – The Great Wall, Fist Fight, A Cure for Wellness, Land of Mine, Everybody Loves Somebody
Figures from Deadline
- The LEGO Batman Movie(WB) 4,088 theaters /$14.6M Fri. (includes $2.2M previews)/3-day: $54.5M/Wk 1
- Fifty Shades Darker(Uni) 3,710 theaters /$21.5M Fri. (includes $5.72M previews)/3-day: $48.3M/Wk 1
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (LG) 3,113 theaters /$10.9M Fri. (includes $2.2M previews)/3-day: $29.6M/Wk 1
- Split (UNI/Blumhouse) 2,961 theaters (-412) /$2.6M Fri (-46%)/3-day: $9.2M (-36%)/Total: $112.2M/Wk 4
- Hidden Figures (Fox) 2,667 theaters (-734)/$2.1M Fri (-28%) /3-day: $8.2M (-19%)/Total: $131.7M/Wk 8
- A Dog’s Purpose(UNI/Amblin/Walden) 3,025 theaters (-153)/$1.7M Fri (-38%) /3-day: $7.7m (-27%)/Total: $42.9M/Wk 3
- Rings(Par) 2,931 theaters /$1.69M Fri. (-70%)/3-day: $5.3M (-59%)/Total: $21M/Wk 2
- La La Land (Lionsgate) 2,065 (-1,171) /$1.3M Fri (-43%)/3-day:$5.1m (-30%)/Total:$126.1M/ Wk 10
- Lion (TWC) 1,337 theaters (-68) /$1M/Fri (-7%) /3-day: $4M (+7%)/Total: $30.3M/Wk 12
- The Space Between Us (STX) 2,758 theaters (-54) /$474K Fri. (-66%)/3-day: $1.7M (-55%)/Total: $6.5M/Wk
I Am Not Your Negro (MAG) 100 theaters (+57) /$211K Fri (-4%) /PTA: $7,3K/3-day: $733K (+7%)/Total: $1.7M/Wk 2
Jolly LLB 2 (FIP) 173 theaters /$195K Fri /PTA: $3,1K/3-day: $698K/Wk 1
2017 Oscar Shorts (MAG) 70 theaters /$143K Fri /PTA: $3k/3-day: $464K/Wk 1
The Comedian (SPC) 612 theaters (-236) /$55k Fri (-83%) / 3-day: $192K (-79%) /Total: $1.5M/Wk 2
A United Kingdom (FSL) 4 theaters /$18K Fri /PTA: $15,7K/3-day: $63K/Wk 1
Kedi (OSL) 1 theaters /$11K Fri /3-day: $30K/Wk