U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 17 – Sun 19 Nov, 2017

Although it has smashed its way to the top of the shop, Justice League (4,051 screens) has posted a disappointing result. $96m is still a stonkering opening weekend figure for any movie yet it comes in behind Wonder Woman ($103m), Thor: Ragnarok ($123m), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146m) respectively. This should’ve been up in the $120m+ range. On a $23,698 screen average, that opening is in line with April’s The Fate of the Furious ($98m) and positions the film for a $250m domestic finish. And this is where the hurt comes in…. With a rumoured $250m budget (most likely more given the reshoots), that finish line will make it the worst performing (and most expensive) film in the DCEU franchise. The property ranks as follows for U.S. domestic performance: Wonder Woman ($413m), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330m), Suicide Squad ($325m), Man of Steel ($291m), and Justice League ($250m?). This will need to hit the $700-800m global mark to make the movie financially secure.

Wonder (3,096 screens) is the surefire surprise opening of the frame with a staggering $28.3m on a healthy $9,141 screen average. No-one had this film pegged to open any higher than about $10m, even with the perennial star power of Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, given that this is a family/preteen weepy that plays to women more than anybody. But, amazingly, it hit the ground running. For Lionsgate, this will work out to be their highest grossing release of the year, should it hook into the weekday audience, and has the potential to hit $90m+. With an 83% fresh critical score, word of mouth prospects are decidedly strong of this and cinema says welcome back to hit territory Julia Roberts, it’s been a while…

Lady Bird (238 screens) adds another 100 screens and the business jumps up 100% for a 2.4m weekend on a staunch $10,084 screen average. The nimble performance of this film week in week out has been nothing short of extraordinary and now, with $4.6m in the kitty & word of mouth spreading like wild fire, Greta Gerwig’s debut as director will sail the winds of award nominations which should keep the film’s fiscal prospects is rosy territory for weeks to come.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (53 screens) adds 49 screens and the business jumps up 231% for a $1.1m weekend on a mammoth $20,754 screen average. With $1.4m in the kitty and the awards season upon us, expansion and longevity look like par for the course for this Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) comedy drama.

Thor: Ragnarok (4,080 screens) drops 64% in the wake of Justice League and takes $20.3m on its 3rd weekend to bring the gross to $245.9m domestically. The film is now nudging $700m globally and has now completely out grossed Doctor Strange domestically and is breathing down the neck of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $257m U.S./$714m global gross. Dead on track to assume the #10 highest gross Marvel release of all time, old Thor: Ragnarok is!

Murder on the Orient Express (3,354 screens) drops 51% week on week for a $14.1m gross to bring the tally to $52m domestically. With $121m in the global kitty, the $55m production is well on its way to a respectable finish somewhere in the $200-$240m range and should justify its suggested sequel.

Daddy’s Home 2 (3,575 screens) fell over in week 2, dropping 52%, for a $13.6m take to bring the haul to $49.4m. With a $3,804 screen average for this weekend, the film is pulling up hard and the signs for longevity aren’t good for the $69m budgeted production. A bit of Christmas cheer should help push this to a $70m+ finish but with Pixar’s Coco and Bleeker’s The Man Who Invented Christmas opening this weekend, it could mean doom for Daddy’s Home 2! If it hits $70m that will still be 53% behind the original’s $150m domestic result.

The Star (2,837 screens), Sony’s latest crack at stealing the animation market, opens disappointingly with $10.2m on a $3,595 screen average. The $20m production, which will get absolutely slaughtered by Coco this coming weekend, landed middling reviews posting a 62% fresh score and the film is positioning itself for a $25m finish.

A Bad Moms Christmas (2,948 screens) crosses $51.3m this weekend after posting $7.3m for its 3rd lap. Dying out now, this will finish up on $63m which is about 44% behind the original’s $113.26m domestic gross.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.(4 screens) opens for awards qualification and scores $70,000 on a $17,500 screen average. The Denzel Washington led drama from Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). Reviews were ho-hum with the film, rewarding it with a 55% rotten score, but they all compliment Washington’s magnetic lead performance in the legal themed flick. This will expand fairly heftily in the coming weeks given the star power and that result.

The Breadwinner (3 screens), the politically charged animation based in Afghanistan about a young girl who changes her appearance to dress like a boy after her family has been arrested by the Taliban, opens to $18,000 on a $6,000 screen average. Critics were very favourable to the film, awarding it an 89% fresh score yet the full commercial prospects for this worthy film remain boutique.

In Cinemas Friday 24 November, 2017 – Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Darkest Hour, Roman J. Israel Esq.

Figures from Deadline

1.) Justice League (WB), 4,051 theaters / $38.8M Fri. (includes $13M previews) / 3-day cume: $96M / Wk 1

2.) Wonder (WB), 3,096 theaters / $9.7M Fri. (includes $740K previews) / 3-day cume: $28.3M / Wk 1

3). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 4,080 theaters / $5.8M Fri. (-68%) / 3-day cume: $20.3M (-64%) / Total cume: $245.9M / Wk 3

4.) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 3,354 theaters (+13)/ $4M Fri. (-63%) / 3-day cume: $14.1M (-51%)/Total: $52M/ Wk 2

5.) Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 3,575 theaters (0) / $3.9M Fri. (-64%) / 3-day cume: $13.6M (-52%)/ Total: $49.4M/Wk 2

6.)The Star (SONY), 2,837 theaters / $2.8M Fri. (studio did not report previews) / 3-day cume: $10.2M / Wk 1

7). A Bad Moms Christmas (STX), 2,948 theaters (-667) / $2.3M Fri. (-43%)/ 3-day cume: $7.3M (-36%) / Total cume: $51.3M / Wk 3

8). Lady Bird (A24), 238 theaters (+201) / $725K Fri. (+86%) / 3-day cume: $2.4M (+100%)/ Per screen: $10K / Total cume: $4.6M / Wk 3

9.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (FSL), 53 theaters (+49) / $330K Fri. (+224%) / 3-day cume: $1.1M (+231%) / Per screen average: $20,7K /Total: $1.49M Wk 2

10). Jigsaw (LG), 1,201 theaters (-1,450) / $324K Fri. (-71%) / 3-day cume: $1M (-71%) / Total cume: $36.4M / Wk 4

Noteworthy:

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (SONY), 4 theaters / $23K Fri. /PTA: $14K/ 3-day cume: $70K / Wk 1

The Breadwinner (GKIDS), 3 theaters / $4K Fri. /PTA: $5,9K/ 3-day cume: $18K / Wk 1