U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug, 2017

Wowsers, the U.S. box office has cooled from what’s already being named as the worst performing summer season in 25 years (more on that soon) with only two major wide releases doing any business of note and a couple of limited releases posting decent screen averages. This week’s biggish winner is Lionsgate’s action comedy Hitman’s Bodyguard (3,377 screens) that kicked a $21m opening weekend on a solid $6,219 screen average. The $29m production, leveraging off the good will Ryan Reynolds brings from Deadpool, didn’t win it with critics landing a 39% rotten score (these type of films barely, if ever, do). On the plus side it’s directed by Australian Patrick Hughes (Red Hill, The Expendables 3) and this marks his biggest opening in the U.S. Given the lack of box office competition next weekend (seriously, the releases all look dire), prospects for a decent hold are buoyed and should push the film to a $60m finish.

Ingrid Goes West (26 screens) adds 23 screens and jumps up 141% in box office business for a $326,000 weekend on a $12,538 screen average. The true highlight of the weekend box office chart, this critically acclaimed limited release comedy is more than holding its own on screens and, with a wider platform imminent, can it maintain the momentum as an indy hit of 2017?

Annabelle: Creation (3,542 screens) slips 56% in weekend 2 for a $15.3m result on a $4,320 screen average. That’s a fairly aggressive 2nd frame drop and is more in line with a traditional genre opening than what was expected on this given the critical and audience reaction to it. Still, with a $15m production budget and $63.9m in the kitty domestically thus far, this is easily Warner Bros most profitable release of 2017. This should nudge $100m before dropping off the charts.

Logan Lucky (3,031 screens) wasn’t lucky at all, in fact it was an outright disaster. The widely publicised return of Steven Soderbergh and a cast including Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane and Adam Driver couldn’t save the film which fizzled with a $7.7m opening weekend on a $2,450 screen average. Going out far too wide and against a higher profile action comedy on the same date spelt disaster for this $29m production. Not even the 93% fresh critical reaction meant anything to punters. This will bow out for $22m.

Dunkirk (3,271 screens) crosses $165.9m domestically when it adds $7.1m in its 5th weekend. With $390m globally, the $100m production has more than earned its keep and is now Christopher Nolan’s 5th highest grossing film globally.

The Nut Job 2 (4,003 screens) fared well in week 2 in terms of cannibalisation, only dropping 29%, for a $5.9m weekend to bring the total to $18.4m. With the Weinstein’s dumping their off-calendar animated film Leap! in the market this weekend (that will bomb, too), it should see the end of this and The Emoji Movie.

The Emoji Movie (2,791 screens) takes in $4.7m in weekend 4 to bring the local gross to $72.1m as the audience continues to thin out. Still, it’s a hit for Sony and a sequel is, no doubt, on the way. (sigh)

Spider-Man Homecoming (2,341 screens) hits $314.3m domestically and $710m globally, making it the 4th highest grossing film of the year in the U.S. and 7th in the world. The webslinger is back, baby!

Girls Trip (2,010 screens) nudges $104m domestically in weekend 5 with a $3.8m take. Targeting the $113m finish, which will mean the film defeats last year’s Bad Moms, the chances are slightly improved given there are no real competitive releases coming into theatres this Friday. The only wild card is, given a screen average this weekend of $1,891, screens are going to go. Can it hold on?

The Dark Tower (3,143 screens) hits $41.5m domestically.

Wind River (694 screens) expands by 649 screens to gross $3.2m on a $4,691 screen average. That’s a solid, if a little modest, result for the small town thriller and a good indication that pushing any harder will kill the film theatrically. With $4.3m in the kitty thus far, the $11m production should be able to kick along to a $10m domestic result with international receipts set to double that.

Patti Cake$ (14 screens) opened modestly to $66,500 on a $4,750 screen average. The low budget festival hit shouldn’t go much wider than this.

Crown Heights (3 screens) opened to $22,000 on a solid $7,333 screen average. The biopic on Colin Warner, an African American who was wrongly convicted of murder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn 1980 and spent 20 years in prison before his best friend finally proved him innocent.

Marjorie Prime (4 screens) opened to a $19,000 result on a $4,750 screen average. Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi/comedy starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins and Lois Smith fits the bill as this year’s Robot and Frank. Critics loved it, rewarding it a 93% fresh score. This is a high concept film, however, so radically wide expansion plans won’t be on the table.

In Cinemas Friday 25 August, 2017 – All Saints, Birth of the Dragon, Leap!, Good Time (Expands), A Gentleman

Figures from Deadline

1.). Hitman’s Bodyguard (LG), 3,377 theaters / $8M Fri. (includes $1.65M  previews) / 3-day cume: $21M/Wk 1

2.). Annabelle: Creation (NL/WB), 3,542 theaters (+40) / $5M Fri. (-67%) / 3-day cume: $15.3M (-56%)/Total: $63.9M/Wk 2

3.). Logan Lucky (BST), 3,031 theaters / $2.8M Fri. (includes $525k previews) / 3-day cume: $7.7M/Wk 1

4.) Dunkirk (WB), 3,271 theaters (-491)/ $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $7.1M (-35%)/Total: $165.9M/Wk 5

5.). The Nut Job 2 (OR), 4,003 theaters (0)/ $1.65M Fri. (-45%) / 3-day cume: $5.9M (-29%)/Total:$18.4M/Wk 2

6.). The Emoji Movie (SONY), 2,791 theaters (-428) / $1.4M Fri./ 3-day cume: $4.7M (-27%) /Total: $72.1M/Wk 4

7). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 2,341 theaters (-266)/ $1.2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.5M (-26%)/Total: $314.3M/Wk 7

8). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,010 theaters (-293) / $1.2M Fri.  / 3-day cume: $3.8M (-41%)/Total: $103.9M/Wk 5

9.). The Dark Tower (SONY/MRC), 3,143 theaters (-308)/ $1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-54%)/Total: $41.5M/Wk 3

10.) Wind River (TWC), 694 theaters (+649) / $995k Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.2M (+414%)/Total: $4.3M/Wk 3

11.) Kidnap (AVR), 2,435 theaters (-73)/ $823k Fri.  / 3-day cume: $2.8M (-44%)/Total:$24.4M/Wk 3

12.) The Glass Castle (LG), 1,461 theaters (0)/ $835k Fri. (-50%) / 3-day cume: $2.7M (-42%)/Total:$9.8M/Wk 2

Notables:

Ingrid Goes West (NEON), 26 theaters (+23) / $123k Fri. (+152%)/PTA: $12,5k/ 3-day cume: $326k (+141%)/Total: $499K/Wk 2

Good Time (A24), 20 theaters (+16)/ $57k Fri. (+5%) /PTA: $4,7k/ 3-day cume: $163k (+30%)/Total: $339K/Wk 2

Patti Cake$ (FSL), 14 theaters / $23,6k Fri. /PTA: $4,7k/ 3-day cume: $66,5k/Wk 1

Crown Heights (IFC), 3 theaters / 7k Fri. /PTA: $7,3k/ 3-day cume: $22k/Wk 1

Marjorie Prime (FRR), 4 theaters / 6k Fri. /PTA: $4,6k/ 3-day cume: $19k/Wk 1