U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 13 – Sun 15 October, 2017

It’s a trifecta of #1 openings for Blumhouse Productions as Happy Death Day (3,149 screens) takes pole position with $26.5m and joins Split and Get Out for gold medal opening weekends! The $4.8m production scored a healthy $8,415 screen average and will be near on in the black for Universal. The film has had a mixed reception, 66% fresh, but they all comment that lead Jessica Rothe makes the movie. What a great year for horror and, once again, low budget titles scoring at the box office. This should push its way to $70m.

Blade Runner 2049 (4,058 screens) collapses in weekend 2, dropping 56%, for a $14.3m take on a failing $3,524 screen average. Hovering at $59.8m domestically, there’s no doubting it now, the film is a hugely expensive disappointment for Warner/Sony (that $155m production budget…). You can pull apart the marketing, or whine about its length but, at the end of the day, it comes down to a over-estimation on the actual size of the market. $80m finish.

The Foreigner (2,515 screens) opens in bronze with a solid,if unremarkable, $12.4m on a $4,930 screen average. The straight laced, English language, Jackie Chan thriller cost $35m to produce and it should do about that in domestic box office. Reviews weren’t particularly taken with the Martin Campbell directed film scoring it 56% rotten. Where this should shine, however, will be in China and Asian territories where Chan’s star power still commands major currency.

It (3,176 screens) weathered the Happy Death Day storm better than expected, dropping only 35%, for a $6.47m weekend to bring its gigantic domestic haul to $315.3m. It’ll now cross $330m to finish and come in breathing down the neck of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $333m. Glolbally, the film has made $630m.

The Mountain Between Us (3,259 screens) slipped sharply after a soft opening, dropping 47%, for a $5.6m weekend on a deathly $1,718 screen average. Currently amassing $20.5m in domestic receipts, this will finish on $27m, well behind its quoted $35m production budget. Globally, the film has grossed $27m.

American Made (3,098 screens) crosses $40m domestically in weekend 3. With a $5.3m take this weekend on a $1,711 screen average, the film is all but over and will finish on $45m top end. This marks Tom Cruise’s worst domestic performance since 2012’s Rock of Ages bombed with $38m.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2,982 screens) takes another $5.1m in weekend 4 on a flatlining $1,710 screen average. With $89.5m in the kitty, the finish line looks to be around $95m domestically and about $275m globally for the $104m production. Domestically, that’s 26% behind the original film’s $128m gross.

The Lego Ninjago Movie (3,053 screens) takes $4.4m in weekend 4 on a $1,441 screen average. Purely on screens to keep kids product in the market, the film has now crossed $51.4m on its way to a $60m finish which is around $115m behind The Lego Batman Movie and $215m behind The Lego Movie. They’ve just announced a Lego Black Panther Movie

My Little Pony (2,528 screens) falls over in weekend 2, dropping 58%, for a $3.7m take on a $1,464 screen average. Whereas Ninjago is the male skew kids product, Pony is for the girls but even that audience got exhausted in the opening weekend. With $15.1m in the tank, this should peter out at the $20m domestic mark.

Marshall (821 screens) opens to $3m on a modest $3,654 screen average. The $12m biopic on an African American Supreme Court Justice’s early career found itself in favour of critics whom awarded it an 86% fresh score. It’s going to need a huge awards focused push to try and drive up the film’s fortunes as that screen average is on the wrong side of modest to see it push past a $12m domestic gross.

Victoria & Abdul (900 screens) expands again but has hit threshold as it slips 30% week on week for a $2.9m weekend sporting a $3,222 screen average. With $11.1m in the tank, it’ll be all about awards profiling for Judi Dench to drive up the box office prospects of the film domestically. $20m finish.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (1,229 screens) bombs big time on opening with $800,000 on a $651 screen average. This went far too wide, pure and simple, and should’ve gone out on the traditional 4 screen limited bow and then trickle expansion from there. Reviewers really liked the film badging it with 87% fresh, but this marks the third gone-far-too-wide-too-fast-and-paid-the-consequences for Annapurna Pictures behind Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! $3m.

The Florida Project (33 screens) rakes in another $343k after adding 29 screens to land a staunch $10,394 screen average. Sean Baker’s critically acclaimed Oscar Dark Horse is winning over audiences as it crosses $566k domestically. Expect big notices as awards season commences.

Raji Gari Gadhi 2 (100 screens) bombs on opening as it $240,000 on a $2,400 screen average. The Telugu language film just couldn’t tap into the audience, partially due to the modest staying power of Victoria & Abdul and a less than stellar reception. All done for $300k.

Human Flow (3 screens), Ai Wei Wei’s new feature, opens to $48,000 on a stonkering $16,000 screen average. Critics are rapturous (this is a festival darling, too) with the film knighting it with 91% fresh. This plays sophisticated upscales so it shouldn’t expand much further than its current 3 screens. At 140 minutes and a documentary on modern human displacement, it’s a timely film indeed.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (9 screens) opens to $58,000 on a $6,444 screen average. Solid yet unremarkable result for the Domhnall Gleeson/Margot Robbie biopic. It was lukewarmly received by critics, scoring a 63% fresh score, and will no doubt expand in the coming weeks after this awards qualifying bow.

Breathe (4 screens), Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, opens to $36,000 on a very encouraging $9,000 screen average. The Andrew Garfield starrer hit a bit of turbulent waters with critics as it landed with 59% rotten more for the safe play of the film than anything else.

Tom of Finland (1 screen) opens on $11,000 for its single screen debut. The Finnish Biopic, in competition for a Best Foreign Language Film nomination, scored with critics as they awarded it 84% fresh.

In Cinemas 20 October, 2017 – Geostorm, Only The Brave, Same Kind of Different as Me, The Snowman, A Madea Halloween 2, Wonderstruck, Dealt, Let Her Out

Figures from Deadline

1.) Happy Death Day  (UNI/BLUM), 3,149 theaters / $11.65M Fri. (includes $1M previews) / 3-day cume: $26.5M / Wk 1

2.) Blade Runner 2049  (ALC/WB/SONY), 4,058 theaters (0)/ $4.3M Fri. (-66%)/ 3-day cume: $14.3M (-56%) /Total: $59.8M/ Wk 2

3.) The Foreigner  (STX), 2,515 theaters / $4.76M Fri. (includes $775K) / 3-day cume: $12.4M / Wk 1

4.) It  (NL/WB), 3,176 theaters (-429) / $1.95M Fri. (-27%)/3-day cume: $6.47M (-35%) / Total: $315.3M / Wk 6

5.)The Mountain Between Us  (FOX), 3,259 heaters (+171)/ $1.7M Fri. (-51%) /3-day cume: $5.6M (-47%)/Total: $20.5M/ Wk 2

6.) American Made  (UNI), 3,098 (+67) / $1.58M Fri. (-32%)/ 3-day cume: $5.3M (-37%)/Total: $40M/ Wk 3

7.) Kingsman: The Golden Circle (FOX), 2,982 theaters (-506) / $1.48M Fri.  (-35%)/3-day cume: $5.1M (-41%) / Total: $89.5M / Wk 4

8.) The Lego Ninjago Movie (WB), 3,053 theaters (-558) / $1M Fri./3-day cume: $4.4M (-37%) / Total: $51.6M / Wk 4

9.)My Little Pony  (LG), 2,528 theaters (0) / $955K Fri. (-68%)/3-day cume: $3.7M (-58%) /Total: $15.1M/ Wk 2

10) Marshall (OR) 821 screens, $1M Fri /3-day: $3M/Wk 1

11.) Victoria & Abdul  (FOCUS), 900 theaters (+168) / $866k Fri. (-30%)/3-day cume: $2.9M (-30%)/Total: $11.1M/ Wk 4

Notables:

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (ANP) 1,229 screens, $248K Fri /3-day: $800K/Wk 1 

The Florida Project (A24), 33 theaters (+29) / $114k Fri. (+115%)/PTA: $10,4K/ 3-day cume: $343K (+118%)/ Total: $566K/Wk 2

Raji Gari Gadhi 2 (KINO) 100 screens, $76K Fri /PTA: $2,4K/3-day: $240K/Wk 1 

Human Flow (MAG) 3 screens, $16K Fri /PTA: $15,9K/3-day: $48K/Wk 1 

Goodbye Christopher Robin (FSL) 9 screens, $17K Fri /PTA: $6,4K/3-day: $58K/Wk 1 

Breathe (BST) 4 screens, $12K Fri /PTA: $9K/3-day: $36K/Wk 1 

Tom of Finland (KINO) 1 screens, $3K Fri /PTA: $11K/3-day: $11K/Wk 1