U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 9 – Sun 11 Feb, 2018

In a weekend where the U.S. President pretty much degraded women en masse with a tweet, the box office was slain with finale in the sultry, sexy (well.. not really) Fifty Shades series Fifty Shades Freed (3,786 screens). Opening to $40.3m on a hefty $10,695 screen average, it comes in as the softest of the three films falling 13.% behind Fifty Shades Darker’s $46.6m opening last year. From a review perspective, Freed got slammed with an 11% rotten score, but that doesn’t mean anything as Darker copped 10% rotten and the original Grey 25% rotten. Still, it doesn’t stop the franchise crossing $1bn globally. For Freed, it’s looking like a $95m domestic gross. Oh, and Fifty Shades Freed, you’ve only got one week in the top spot because Black Panther is about to open and break February box office records…

Sony’s next hopeful kids franchise Peter Rabbit (3,725 screens), voiced by the terminally irritating James Corden, opened robustly for an out of holidays frame with $22m on a $5,906 screen average. Critics were very so-so on the film, posting a 58% rotten score, with a majority of the griping of using abject violence as comedy. Funnily enough, that’s the same problem I found with The Secret Life of Pets which is one of the most heinously violent films for kids I think I’ve ever seen which completely disguises it as comedy. It was an absolute box office smash and all that jazz, but I implore you rewatch it with your content eyes on and see what you think. Anywho, back to Peter Rabbit, the $50m production should be able to push its way to an $80m+ finish if it can maintain weekend play off. It’s competition is Early Man, the Aardman claymation that opens this Friday, but that shouldn’t be a threat to this at all (in fact, my gut says it’s going to bomb).

The 15:17 to Paris (3,042 screens) opens to $11.7m on a very weak $3,846 screen average. The $30m Clint Eastwood biopic was despised by critics (me included) and landed a 20% rotten score. I’m not going to spend anymore time talking about this rot suffice to say it’ll do $25m and bow out. Sincerest apologies to the actual men who were misled into starring in this.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  (3,126 screens) gobbles another $9.6m in weekend 8 to bring the domestic take to $365.4m to claim the #3 highest local release of all time for Sony after knocking off Spider-Man 3 ($337m). and it won’t stop there, by this time next weekend it will take the #2 spot off Spider-Man 2 ($373m) when it hits $375m. With a finish line near $380m, it won’t reach Spider-Man‘s $404m domestic haul for #1 glory.

The Greatest Showman (2,373 screens) is petering out now with a $6.1m 8th weekend on a $2,571 screen average. The domestic haul now sits at a whopping $146.2m domestically, making it the 6th highest grossing musical of all time in the States. With a $155m finish line, The Greatest Showman will claim the 4th highest grossing musical release in the States from La La Land ($151m).

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2,923 screens) drops 45% in weekend 3 for a $5.7m take on a deathly $1,951 screen average. It’s over, kiddies, with a domestic gross sitting on $48.7m, this will finish around the $52m mark which is 37% behind Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials $86.6m domestic gross and 49% off the pace from the orignal Maze Runner‘s $102m domestic flag. Going out with a whimper, not a bang. 🙁

Winchester (2,480 screens) drops 49% in weekend two after a very soft opening to take $4.7m on a $1,895 screen average. With a total of $16.8m in the kitty thus far and that alarm bell ringing screen average, this will nudge $20m before bowing out. The budget was rumoured to be $3.5m (via the numbers) so that bodes well for returning to the black from a production standpoint, but what was the P&A commitment? Australia gets involved on Feb 22!

The Post (1,865 screens) crosses $72.6m in weekend 8 after adding $3.3m. With a $1,769 screen average, however, the film’s days are numbered on screen and a $78m finish for the $50m production is most likely at this point. Globally, the film has amassed around $115m.

The Shape of Water (1,780 screens) lands on $49.7m after 11 weeks of play and a $3m weekend. Again, screens are going to disappear now as the screen average sits at $1,685 and a $55m finish line is most likely. Interestingly, though, the $19.4m budgeted film has completely outgrossed Maze Runner: The Death Cure and that puppy cost $62m to produce! (And, let me burst the bubble, there’s no way that The Shape of Water will win Best Picture. That gong, sadly, will go to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

In Cinemas Friday 16 February, 2018 – Black Panther, Early Man, Samson, Detective Chinatown 2, Loveless, Nostalgia, The Party

Figures from Deadline

1..) Fifty Shades Freed (UNI), 3,768 theaters  / $18.4M Fri (includes $5.6m previews)/3-day: $40.3M /Wk 1

2..) Peter Rabbit (SONY), 3,725 theaters  / $5.7M Fri /3-day: $22M /Wk 1

3..) The 15:17 to Paris (WB), 3042 theaters  / $3.7M Fri /3-day: $11.7M /Wk 1

4.) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  (SONY), 3,126 theaters (-226) / $2.2M Fri /3-day: $9.6M (-12%)/Total:$365.4M/ Wk 8

5..) The Greatest Showman  (FOX), 2,373 theaters (-215) / $1.6m Fri  / 3-day: $6.1M (-20%)/Total: $146.2M/Wk 8

6..) Maze Runner: Death Cure (FOX), 2,923 theaters (-870) / $1.45M Fri /3-day: $5.7M (-45%) /Total: $48.7M/Wk 3

7..) Winchester (CBS), 2,480 theaters  / $1.4M Fri (-61%) /3-day: $4.7M (-49%)/Total: $16.8M/Wk 2

8..) The Post  (FOX/DW), 1,865 theaters (-597) / $863K  Fri  /3-day:$3.3M (-37%)/Total: $72.6M/Wk 8

9..) The Shape of Water  (FSL), 1,780 theaters (-561)  / $780K Fri /3-day: $3M (-33%)/Total: $49.7M/Wk 11

10…) Den of Thieves (STX), 1,468 theaters (-644)/ $733K Fri /3-day: $2.7M (-40%) /Total: $40.8M/Wk 4