U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 29 Sept – Sun 1 Oct, 2017

It looks like the U.S. is going to have a big ole threeway face off for the #1 spot this week as American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and It are tussling it out for supremacy. In the forecasting, it has American Made in the lead by a hair but it may change slightly.

American Made (3,024 screens) disappoints on opening with $16.5m on a $5,473 screen average. This marks Cruise’s worst opening weekend since 2012’s Jack Reacher (albeit that film went on to gross $80m domestically) and puts this one in the $40m range for a U.S. life result. The $50m production, and second collaboration between Cruise and director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), scored big with critics landing an 87% fresh score. Near all the reviews compliment the perennial star’s energetic lead performance and audiences also gave it a solid B+ cinemascore.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (4,038 screens) plummets 58% in weekend 2 for a $16.5m result on a $4,086 screen average. With $66.2m in the kitty, this is on course for a $95m+ finish (if we’re lucky it will nudge to $100m), and will mark it as an ok but overall disappointing performance when matched against the original film.

It (3,917 screens) nabs another $16.2m for weekend 4 to bring the gross to a whopping $290.1m domestically, whilst still posting a $4,136 screen average. It will cross the magic $300m mile this week and will finish in the $320m+ range. Stunning.

The Lego Ninjago Movie (4,047 screens) drops 43% in weekend 2 for $11.6m on a deathly $2,866 screen average. With $35.1m in the bank, the out of holidays dating and an awareness level much smaller than its predecessors have marked this one as the poorest performer in the Lego franchise and it should come in around the $55m mark.

Flatliners (2,552 screens) fulfilled its own namesake and bombed abysmally on opening with $5.5m on a $2,155 screen average. The reviews are brutal with the film landing a notorious 0% rotten score (having endured it, the result is entirely justified, the film is atrocious) and, to put it in perspective, Sony released it a week before their very own other sci-fi juggernaut Blade Runner 2049 – if that doesn’t tell you what they think of it, I don’t know what does? Luckily, the Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) directed disaster cost $19m to produce so, whilst it will sting, the hit on Sony won’t be as extensive as last year’s Ghostbusters. All over for $12m.

Battle of the Sexes (1,213 screens ) expands and jumps up 600% for a $3.5m weekend on a very modest $2,885 screen average. It’s a disappointing result for its first expansion given the critical and audience acclaim and seems to be joining the current trend of biopic expansion flops with Detroit, Stronger and Patriot’s Day. With $4m in the kitty, it’ll an act of God and some long lead awards attention to change the fiscal fortunes of the film which now looks poised to come in at around the $16m mark.

American Assassin (3,020 screens) hits $31.7m domestically on its way to a sub-$40m finish.

Home Again (2,370 screens) limps to $25.1m domestically on its way to a $28m finish. Reese, you need to stop doing these rich, upper class white mother movies. It’s destroying your fan base.

mother! (1,840 screens) crosses $16.2m domestically on its way to a $19m finish.

Til Death Do Us Part (550 screens) is the next in the production line of African American romantic thrillers and it opens to $1.3m on a weak $2,364 screen average. This independent, Taye Diggs produced and starring effort should pull stumps around the $3m mark with a more robust prospect on home entertainment platforms.

A Question of Faith (661 screens) opens to $1.1m on a deathly $1,664 screen average. It’s another Christian God-bothering movie and should disappear from cinemas with a $2m finish.

Victoria & Abdul (77 screens) expands by 73 screens and the business jumps 451% to take $871k on a whopping $11,312 screen average. With $1.1m in the kitty, this will hang around and slow expand further to get to the $10m range.

Stronger (574 screens) ain’t strong enough to hold on as it falls 46% in weekend 2 for $868k on a deathly $1,512 screen average. With $3.1m in the can, this has been nothing short of a failure and will finish around the $4.5m.

In Cinemas Friday 6 October, 2017 – Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony, The Florida Project, Victoria & Abdul (expands)

Figures from Deadline

1/2/3)  American Made  (UNI), 3,024 theaters / $6.1M Fri. (includes $960K previews)  3-day cume: $16.55M /Wk 1

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (FOX), 4,038 theaters (+35) / $4.87M Fri. (-68%) 3-day cume: $16.5M (-58%)/Total: $66.2M/Wk 2

It  (NL/WB), 3,917 theaters (-90) / $4.9M Fri. 3-day cume: $16.2M (-46%)/Total: $290.1M/Wk 4

4.) The Lego Ninjago Movie (WB), 4,047 theaters / $2.6M Fri. (-56%) /3-day cume: $11.6M (-43%)/Total: $35.1M/Wk 2

5.) Flatliners  (SONY), 2,552 theaters / $2.1M Fri./  3-day cume: $5.5M /Wk 1

6.) Battle of the Sexes (FSL), 1,213 theaters (+1,192) / $1.1M Fri.  (+5918%) /3-day cume: $3.5M (+600%) /Total:$4M/Wk 2

7.) American Assassin (CBS/LG), 3,020 theaters (-134) / $935K Fri./3-day cume: $3.1M (-47%) /Total: $31.7M/Wk 3

8.) Home Again (OR), 2,370 theaters (-315) / $528K Fri. /3-day cume: $1.7M (-47%)/Total: $25.1M/Wk 4

9/10)  mother! (PAR), 1,840 theaters (-528) / $437K Fri. 3-day cume: $1.36M (-59%)/Total: $16.2M/Wk 3

Til Death Due Us Part  (IND), 550 theaters / $455k Fri./  3-day cume: $1.3M /Wk 1

NOTABLES:

 A Question of Faith (PURE), 661 theaters / $364k Fri. // 3-day cume: $1.1M / Wk 1

Victoria & Abdul (FOCUS), 77 theaters (+73) / $273K Fri./ 3-day cume: $871k (+451%)/Total: $1.1M/ Wk 2

Stronger (RSA), 574 theaters/ $262K Fri. (-50%)/3-day cume: $868K (-46%) /Total: $3.1M/ Wk 2

Friend Request(ES), 2,081 theaters (-492) / $229K Fri.(-66%) /3-day cume: $741K (-63%) / Total: $3.4M/Wk 2