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

It was all about two films in the U.S. over the weekend with Wolverine’s last hurrah Logan scoring a massive opening (a record for a March R rated release) and the astounding hold of Jordan Peele’s Get Out. God botherer The Shack did okay despite generally awful reviews and all the new openers outside that fell over bar the limited release of The Last Word.

Logan (4,071 screens), riding a wave of critical adoration as it sits on 93% fresh, opens to a staggering $81m on a $19,897 screen average. That smashes past 2013’s The Wolverine‘s $53m opening and comes in just shy of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s $85m. In the X-men realm, the film stormed past last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse‘s opening of $67.8m by 19.5%. This result positions the film at a $210m-$220m finish domestically which, if it can get that high, will become the highest grossing X-Men film in the canon. A stunning result!

Get Out (2,938 screens) staggers belief in weekend two, slipping only 20% (basically unheard of in horror movie land), for a $26.5m weekend to bring the gross to $76.3m. Given that this only cost $4.5m to produce, Get Out will go down as the most profitable film release of 2017 for Universal/Blumhouse with their other genre stunner Split probably running in #2 for profitability. Get Out has tapped into the zeitgeist of the current deep divides in the U.S. citizenry and is turning them into an audience. Sitting on a screen average of $9,020, This puppy is going to head near $140m for a finish.

The Shack (2,888 screens) opens ok with $15.3m on a $5,298 screen average. The faith based film based on one of the shonkiest God bothering books ever put to paper was savaged by critics scoring a 16% rotten result. Then again, when you’ve got Sam Worthington as your lead, Octavia Spencer playing God and Radha Mitchell skulking around (seriously, what is she doing in this?) it’s not a recipe for box office success by any means. This will fall over in the next frame and be all over for $28m.

The Lego Batman Movie (3,656 screens) nabs $11.1m for weekend 4 to bring to domestic total to $148.2m on a $3,036 screen average. Pulling up very hard since its strong opening, a finish line of $175m is most likely here for the $80m production. With $250m in global ticket sales so far (Australia is one of the last countries to not have released the film as yet), a $320m worldwide result is best case scenario.

John Wick: Chapter Two (2,475 screens) falls 48% for a $4.8m weekend to bring the haul to $82.9m. This is due to finish on $90m.

Before I Fall (2,346 screens) capsizes on opening with $4.6m on a $1,961 screen average. The YA weepie Groundhog Day scored a decidedly mixed reception landing a 68% fresh score with critics.On that screen average, however, it’s all for nought as the film is set to finish on $9m.

Hidden Figures (1,582 screens) earns another $3.7m to bring the life gross to $158.6m on a $2,339 screen average. With a finish line hovering around the $165m, it’s not going to best 2012’s The Help‘s total of $169.7m but, man, it went close!

The Great Wall (2,314 screens) falls 62% this weekend, in the wake of Logan, for a $3.5m take to bring the domestic haul to $41.2m. This is over now, $46m finish.

Fifty Shades Darker (2,205 screens) drops off 56% for a $3.4m to bring the haul to $110m neat. With a finish line circling $116m, it’s a good 30% off the pace from the original film’s $166m domestic take. With a global score of $335m on a $55m budget, however, that’s a convincing narrative indeed. Putting it in perspective, this is going to perform at the same level or better than The Lego Batman Movie

La La Land (1,411 screens) didn’t get an Oscars bump, falling 33%, for a $3.1m weekend to bring the life gross to $145.6m. This will finish on $155m.

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Figures from Deadline

1.) Logan(Fox), 4,071 theaters  / $33.1M Fri. (includes $9.5M in previews) / 3-day: $81M /Wk 1

2.) Get Out (UNI), 2,938 theaters (+157) / $8M Fri. (-26%) / 3-day: $26.5M (-20%)/Total: $76.3M/Wk 2

3.) The Shack (LG), 2,888 theaters  / $5.5M Fri. (includes $850k in previews) / 3-day: $15.3M /Wk 1

4). The LEGO Batman Movie (WB), 3,656 theaters (-401) / $2.5M Fri. (-40%) / 3-day: $11.1M (-42%) / Total: $148.2M/Wk 4

5.) John Wick: Chapter 2(LGF), 2,475 theaters (-479) / $1.3M Fri. (-46%) / 3-day: $4.8M (-48%) / Total:$82.9M / Wk 4

6.) Before I Fall  (OR), 2,346 theaters  / $1.6M Fri. (includes $850k in previews) / 3-day: $4.6M /Wk 1

7.) Hidden Figures (FOX), 1,582 theaters (-440) / $1M Fri. (-37%) / 3-day: $3.7M (-36%) / Total: $158.6M / Wk 11

8.) The Great Wall(UNI/LEG), 2,314 theaters (-1,014) / $921K Fri. (-61%) / 3-day: $3.5M (-62%) / Total: $41.2M / Wk 3

9.) Fifty Shades Darker(UNI), 2,205 theaters (-1,011) / $1.1M Fri. (-58%) / 3-day: $3.4M (-56%) / Total: $110 / Wk 4

10.) La La Land (LGF), 1,411 theaters (-322) / $815K Fri (-33%) / 3-day: $3.1M (-33%) / Total: $145.6M / Wk 13

NOTABLES:

Moonlight (A24), 1,564 theaters (+979) / $647K Fri (+214%) / 3-day: $2.2M (+214%) / Total: $25.1M / Wk 20

Rock Dog (LGF), 2,077 theaters / $407K Fri. (-55%)/ 3-day: $1.9M  (-48%) /Total:$6.3M Wk 2

Table 19 (FSL), 868 theaters / $517K Fri.  / 3-day: $1.5M /Wk 1

Collide (OR/IM Global), 1,002 theaters (1,043) / $50K Fri. (-91%) / 3-day: $165K (-89%)/Total: $2.2M/Wk 2

The Last Word (BST), 4 theaters / $11K Fri.  / 3-day: $34k/Wk 1

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