U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 12 – Sun 14 May, 2017

As expected the might of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (4,347 screens) was far too strong of a contender for the new starters even when it dropped by 58% week on week. The film took $61.9m for its 2nd weekend to bring the domestic haul to $245m and, in doing so, has completely out-grossed every X-Men film, Doctor Strange, Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk domestically. With a $14,240 screen average for the weekend and summer holidays about to kick in fully, there’s still a good $100m+ left in this theatrically Stateside and it should push to $350m+. If it does, it will become the 5th highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe release in the U.S., usurping the original film’s $333m final tally.

Snatched (3,501 screens), amiably working on counter-programming and a femme-centric audience, opened to $16.5m on a modest $4,713 screen average. The r-rated Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy cost $42m to produce and is running at about 46.7% behind 2015’s breakout hit Trainwreck which scored a $30m opening on a $35m budget. Trainwreck grossed $110m domestically and was a critical hit to boot. Snatched didn’t fair as well, landing a 36% rotten critical score yet audiences were more forgiving with an A to A- Cinemascore. The good news is that its next major competition comes in the form of Baywatch, which isn’t due until May 26, so the hold this weekend will be stronger than expected. $60m finish.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (3,702 screens) tanks in bronze for the $175m production with a $14.3m opening weekend on a very weak $3,863 screen average. Joining the annals of WB bombs such as Jack The Giant Slayer ($65.2m gross / $195m budget), The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($45.4m gross / $75m budget), and, to a much lesser extent, The Legend of Tarzan ($126.6m gross / $180m budget), Guy Ritchie’s revved up medieval fantasy felt the wrath of critical ire with a 27% rotten score yet audiences were much more forgiving with an B+ to A- Cinemascore. The sad history of this film, which suffered from four date changes before finally landing here, is that it’s been on a shelf for quite some time and without the sort of social media kitsch and saturation that more contemporary products like Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 or Fate of the Furious have, King Arthur‘s prospects were always very grim. (Are the teen boys gonna wanna see Charlie Hunnam or Chris Pratt? Jude Law or Dwayne Johnson?). With Alien: Covenant incoming on Friday, it’ll put paid to this holdover and it’ll be a $40m finish for King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.

The Fate of the Furious (3,067 screens) slips 36% in weekend 5 to gross $5.4m and bring the haul to $215.1m on a $1,761 screen average. This is going to disappear from screens this coming weekend to make way for Alien: Covenant and the other new starters and should see its domestic race settle up at $220m. That will make it the 3rd highest grossing in the series behind Furious 7 ($353m), and Furious 6 ($239m).

The Boss Baby (2,911 screens) limps to a $4.8m 7th weekend to bring to gross to $162.6m for this great little winner for DreamWorks Animation. Are they going to announce the sequel yet? With Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 set to roll in cinemas from this Friday, the limping longevity of The Boss Baby will be severed short. That doesn’t matter, however, as this little animated feature is a big, big hit.

Lowriders (295 screens) opens to $2.7m on a very healthy $9,513 screen average. The independent flick about an East Los Angeles car hood graffiti artist and his family didn’t enamour reviewers who gave it a 57% rotten score but that didn’t stop the targeted demographic for the film (Hispanic/Latino Americans) coming out in droves to support the release. $5m finish.

The Wall (541 screens) opens to $998,000 on a deathly $1,845 screen average. Doug Liman’s thrift 81 minute war drama went out far too wide even though its was fairly well received critically scoring 68% fresh. I’m still not convinced that contemporary war films are an audience puller as we’ve seen, outside of the utterly unforgivable American Sniper, a slew of them tank in its wake.

Paris Can Wait (4 screens) opens to $81,000 on a stonkering $20,250 screen average. Eleanor Coppola’s fiction feature directorial debut was amiably received by critics with a 68% fresh score and, whilst it won’t set fire to the box office, this older playing upscale gentile comedy that stars Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane should tick over nicely for some weeks in limited release.

In Cinemas Friday 19 May, 2017 – Alien: Covenant, Everything Everything, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4

Figures from Deadline

1). The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (DIS), 4,347 theaters / $16.6M Fri. (-70%)/ 3-day cume: $61.9M (-58%)/Total: $245M/ Wk 2

2.). Snatched (FOX), 3,501 theaters / $5M Fri. (includes $650K )/ 3-day cume: $16.5M/ Wk 1

3.). King Arthur (WB/VR), 3,702 theaters / $5.3M Fri. (includes $1.1M previews)/ 3-day cume: $14.3M/ Wk 1

4.) The Fate Of The Furious (UNI), 3,067 theaters (-528) / $1.4M Fri. (-36%) / 3-day cume: $5.4M (-36%) / Total cume: $215.1m / Wk 5

5.) The Boss Baby (Fox) 2,911 (-373), $960K (-29%)/3-day: $4.8M (-19%)/Total: $162.6M/Wk 7

6.) Beauty And The Beast (DIS) 2,172 (-508), $966K (-28%)/3-day: $4.2M (-16%)/Total: $493.5M/Wk 9

7). How To Be A Latin Lover (PANT/LG), 1,123 theaters (-80) / $819k Fri. (-39%)/ 3-day cume: $3.2M (-37%)/ Total: $25.6M/Wk 3

8.). Lowriders (OTL), 295 theaters / $911k Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.7M/ Wk 1

9). The Circle (STX/EUR), 2,132 theaters (-1,081) / $490k Fri. (-58%)/ 3-day cume: $1.8M (-54%)/Total:$19M/ Wk 3

10). Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (GINF) 359 theaters (-60) / $365k Fri.  (-56%)/ 3-day cume: $1.46M (-57%) /Total:$18.9M/ Wk 3

Notables:

The Wall (AMZ/RSA), 3,702 theaters (This is incorrect – the correct count is 541)/ $306K Fri. / 3-day cume: $998k/ Wk 1

Paris Can Wait (SPC), 4 theaters / $23k Fri. / 3-day cume: $81K/ Wk 1