U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 10 Mar – Sun 12 Mar, 2017

There is absolutely no doubt that the people at Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures will be breathing a sort-of collective sigh of relief as their $185m Kong: Skull Island (3,846 screens) stormed into first position with $61m on a $15,865 screen average. The film was tracking to a mid-$40m opening weekend so it certainly bucked a trend there yet it is well and truly standing in the shadow of 2014’s $160m production Godzilla $93.2m opening to the tune of -34.5%. Godzilla went on to gross $200m domestically/$529m globally. WB and Legendary were right not to brand this puppy as a direct sequel to that film (even though they exist in the same universe) and with a 78% fresh/A- Cinemascore, Kong: Skull Island has been fairly well received.  Problem is, with the film dropping in between Logan (which smashed an $85m opening weekend last week) and Beauty and the Beast this Friday, the audience for Kong is being pulled by stronger pictures. On a $54m opening, Kong is poised to come in around the $130m mark and will look to international, where Deadline suggests it’ll need to gross a 3x multiplier, to get the film in the black (circa $500m). All in all, Kong: Skull Island opened better than the tracking suggested but not strong enough to be the breakeven theatrical success wanted.

Logan (4,071 screens) swan dives 57% week on week, which is about right considering the massive $85m opening weekend it had last week and Kong: Skull Island releasing in this frame. Pulling in a very hefty $37.85m, the film is still generating an $9,297 screen average so there is plenty of juice in the tank as the domestic gross crosses $152.7m.  With a $97m production budget and $320m in global box office, this puppy is well an truly working in the black for 20th Century Fox and, domestically it should easily keep stomping its way to a $220-$230m finish. To put that in perspective this week Logan will outgross (or already has outgrossed) The Wolverine ($132m), X-Men: First Class ($146m), X-Men: Apocalypse ($155m), X-Men ($157m), X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($179m), with only X-2: X-Men United ($215m), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($234m) and X-Men: The Last Stand ($234m) in its sights. Logan should come as the 3rd highest grossing in the entire franchise.

Get Out (3,143 screens) is extraordinary once again, slipping on 25.4%, for a $21m weekend to bring the result to $111m for the $4.5m production. Oh to be Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions) and Universal Pictures in 2017. Between this and Split ($135m domestic off a $9.9m budget), they are delivering the most profitable films of the year thus far! This’ll get to $170m domestically and become the highest grossing film Blumhouse has ever produced (a title that Split currently holds).

The Shack (2,888 screens) godbothered its way to a $10.5m weekend, off 37.9% from its opening in the last frame. With $31.6m in the kitty, this should nudge $45-$50m before finishing up.

The Lego Batman Movie (3,303 screens) crosses $159m after 5 weeks in play off a $7.8m weekend. With a $2,368 screen average, this is about to have its screen count decimated to make way for Beauty and the Beast this weekend.  With $263m in international ticket sales, the $80m The Lego Batman Movie production is pulling up well short of $60m production The Lego Movie‘s $469m global gross. Australia rolls out in the coming weeks, which should add another $20m to the global gross for Lego Batman but still, it’s a solid if disappointing final result.

Before I Fall (2,346 screens) crosses $9m off a $3.1m 2nd weekend. This will get butchered this coming week with a screen average of $1,325. Kiss it goodbye as it makes way for Beauty and the Beast.

Hidden Figures (1,421 screens) limps to $162.86m on its final weekend of major screen play off. It took $2.765m on a $1,946 screen average. It’s been a sensational run for the $22m production.

John Wick: Chapter Two (2,031 screens) crosses $87.3m on a weekend that brought in $2.7m on a $1,329 screen average. We said $90m domestic and that’s exactly where this puppy is gonna finish as it disappears from cinemas this week.

La La Land (1,578 screens) crosses $148.4m in its final weekend of wide play off. With a $1.77m weekend, it’s all over for the Oscar winner as it ends its domestic run on $151m. What a hit for the $30m production that has taken $410m globally.

Lion (960 screens) crosses $48.68m domestically on what will be its final major play off weekend.

Moonlight (987 screens) crosses $26.8m domestically. The $1.5m production, which took out Best Picture Oscar (Yay!), is also on home entertainment so this result is particularly impressive. Bid it farewell, though, as the cinema audience has moved on.

Badrinath Ki Dulhani (152 screens) opens to $745,000 on a $4,901 screen average. That’s pretty average for a high profile Hindi title especially considering critically it scored 80% fresh.

The Ottoman Lieutenant (250 screens) opened to $152,000 on a disastrous $608 screen average. The WWI drama that stars Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley was absolutely scathed by critics who awarded it 22% rotten.

Personal Shopper (4 screens) opens to $94,000 on a smashing $23,500 screen average. The Kristen Stewart/Olivier Ossayas collaboration was warmly received with a 78% fresh score.

Raw (2 screens), the critically acclaimed French gorefest, opened to $26,500 on a $13,250 screen average. With a 90% Fresh critical score, this should have a cult life on home entertainment after this small profiling theatrical release.

In Cinemas Friday 17 March, 2017 – Beauty and the Beast, The Belko Experiment, T2: Trainspotting

Figures from Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Kong: Skull Island WB $61,015,000 3,846 $15,865 $61,015,000 $185 1
2 1 Logan Fox $37,850,000 -57.2% 4,071 $9,297 $152,656,733 $97 2
3 2 Get Out Uni. $21,072,600 -25.4% 3,143 +205 $6,705 $111,054,445 $4.5 3
4 3 The Shack LG/S $10,050,000 -37.9% 2,888 $3,480 $32,268,691 2
5 4 The LEGO Batman Movie WB $7,820,000 -33.2% 3,303 -353 $2,368 $159,023,660 $80 5
6 6 Before I Fall ORF $3,107,910 -33.7% 2,346 $1,325 $9,036,722 2
7 7 Hidden Figures Fox $2,765,000 -27.7% 1,421 -161 $1,946 $162,865,186 $25 12
8 5 John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $2,700,000 -43.8% 2,031 -444 $1,329 $87,423,211 5
9 10 La La Land LG/S $1,770,000 -40.7% 1,578 +167 $1,122 $148,445,589 $30 14
10 9 Fifty Shades Darker Uni. $1,629,250 -54.2% 1,498 -707 $1,088 $112,922,485 $55 5
11 14 Lion Wein. $1,361,350 -36.0% 960 -300 $1,418 $48,684,795 16
12 11 Fist Fight WB (NL) $1,325,000 -53.7% 1,285 -1,018 $1,031 $30,515,496 4
13 8 The Great Wall Uni. $1,246,625 -65.6% 1,592 -722 $783 $43,817,710 $150 4
14 15 Split Uni. $1,221,100 -41.6% 981 -145 $1,245 $135,833,235 $9 8
15 16 A Dog’s Purpose Uni. $1,055,560 -40.0% 1,022 -472 $1,033 $61,755,575 $22 7
16 12 Rock Dog LG/S $1,025,000 -55.5% 1,376 -701 $745 $8,240,561 3
17 13 Moonlight (2016) A24 $1,000,750 -56.5% 987 -577 $1,014 $26,994,479 21
18 17 Table 19 FoxS $850,000 -46.8% 868 $979 $2,986,700 2
19 N Badrinath Ki Dulhania FIP $850,000 152 $5,592 $850,000 1
20 19 A United Kingdom FoxS $500,000 -20.9% 317 +46 $1,577 $2,580,288 5
21 18 Moana BV $439,000 -30.7% 276 -45 $1,591 $247,495,232 16
22 21 Sing Uni. $414,330 +5.8% 400 +117 $1,036 $268,716,030 $75 12
23 26 Kedi Osci. $322,500 +36.1% 114 +59 $2,829 $1,008,060 5
24 27 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $218,000 -2.7% 166 +1 $1,313 $530,126,400 $200 13
25 N The Ottoman Lieutenant Pala. $173,450 216 $803 $173,750 1
26 25 The Salesman Cohen $170,202 -32.2% 105 -10 $1,621 $2,050,205 7
27 28 Monster Trucks Par. $160,000 -18.5% 181 -6 $884 $33,246,378 9
28 23 Fences Par. $150,000 -50.6% 189 -95 $794 $57,388,479 $24 13
29 32 Passengers (2016) Sony $105,000 -20.9% 172 -3 $610 $99,350,204 $110 12
30 N Personal Shopper IFC $92,516 4 $23,129 $92,516 1
31 48 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Par. $90,000 +128.0% 139 +67 $647 $44,844,113 $85 8
32 51 The Last Word BST $74,683 +136.1% 25 +21 $2,987 $114,370 2
33 24 Manchester by the Sea RAtt. $68,450 -73.9% 113 -274 $606 $47,533,212 17
34 40 Paterson BST $62,919 +6.0% 51 +7 $1,234 $1,896,212 11
35 49 Land of Mine SPC $60,973 +62.5% 40 +20 $1,524 $188,409 12
36 46 My Life as a Zucchini GK $55,606 +15.1% 52 +23 $1,069 $174,356 3
37 37 The Founder Wein. $48,200 -29.4% 57 -21 $846 $12,572,694 8
38 31 Rings Par. $45,000 -66.7% 76 -98 $592 $27,689,229 $25 6
39 N The Sense of an Ending CBS $42,000 4 $10,500 $42,000 1
40 41 Toni Erdmann SPC $41,999 -27.9% 45 -18 $933 $1,357,191 12
41 34 Bitter Harvest RAtt. $41,235 -60.5% 32 -52 $1,289 $498,922 3
42 56 Neruda Orch. $32,668 +45.7% 25 -8 $1,307 $804,815 13
43 45 The Red Turtle SPC $30,222 -39.7% 42 -22 $720 $754,884 8
44 N Raw (2017) FCW $25,230 2 $12,615 $25,230 1
45 39 Everybody Loves Somebody PNT $25,000 -58.9% 33 -27 $758 $1,869,237 4
46 47 Doctor Strange BV $17,000 -62.4% 47 -34 $362 $232,629,520 $165 19
47 44 Tim Timmerman, Hope of America Purd. $12,281 -75.7% 12 $1,023 $75,425 2
48 68 Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance Abr. $10,031 +45.8% 8 +4 $1,254 $138,612 6
49 66 Donald Cried Orch. $4,809 -39.7% 4 +2 $1,202 $15,944 2
50 76 Chapter & Verse Pala. $3,094 -24.5% 1 $3,094 $81,870 6
51 81 Love & Taxes Abr. $2,756 +62.3% 3 +2 $919 $5,486 2
52 N The Dark Below PDF $1,477 1 $1,477 $1,477 1
53 73 Junction 48 Orch. $1,325 -76.0% 1 -1 $1,325 $9,198 2
54 88 Saving Banksy PDF $324 -67.1% 1 $324 $45,445 9

 

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