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

The formidable charge of Black Panther (3,942 screens) continues in its third weekend as it remains atop the box office with a healthy $41m, off only 38% from last weekend, to bring the domestic haul to a whopping $561.8m. Add to that, with the addition of China opening this week, the film has surpassed $1bn at the global turnstiles. Still posting a healthy $10,401 screen average, there’s another $50m+ left in this Stateside and will push the result past $610m. If the sun shines, and magic happens, the goal is $620m domestic to topple Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s $619.3m take or  $624m domestic to topple reigning MCU champ Marvel’s The Avengers $623.7m finish. Anything is possible with this puppy!

A Wrinkle In Time (3,980 screens) opens solidly to $32.7m on a $8,216 screen average. Ava DuVernay’s $103m budgeted fantasy starring Oprah Winfrey certainly held up well tapping into the family market and the African American market against the other big Disney titan Black Panther. Reviewers weren’t so kind with a 42% rotten score, namely pointing the finger at the over-saturation of digital effects impeding the actual story telling. This should hit $80m for a finish. Did you know that this is the 2nd attempt at making A Wrinkle in Time into a film, the first one happened in 2004 with an Alfre Woodard and Kate Nelligan.

Strangers: Prey at Night (2,464 screens) finally hits screens yet, inexplicably, releases super fast and takes in $10.2m on a modest $4,140 screen average. The long awaited sequel to the 2008 independent smash The Strangers, which grossed $53m on $9m budget, was helmed by Johannes Roberts (last year’s 47 Meters Down) working from a script by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino. The film seemed to have been stuck in development hell for some 8 years before getting its act together in 2017 for production. Critics weren’t as fond of this outing, slamming it with a 35% rotten score. $30m.

Red Sparrow (3,064 screens) fell over in weekend 2, as expected, dropping 53% for a $7.9m result on a $2,578 screen average. With $30.9m in the tank domestically thus far, the $69m production is a fizzer for Fox and, what with the film nudging $62m in global takings, this will struggle to cross $100m and it’ll be the home entertainment landscape where all hopes lies for this hopelessly misguided mess to return to balance.

Game Night (3,061 screens) slips 26% in week 3 for a $7.7m gross on a very modest $2,516 screen average. With $44.8m in the kitty domestically, it’s a really disappointing performance for what would have to be one of the biggest surprises this year. The $37m production has grossed circa $65m globally so far, with a $90m finish most likely, and a very healthy home entertainment life ahead of it. It’s a shame this didn’t hit harder, it is very, very entertaining.

Peter Rabbit (3,112 screens) kicks another $6.5m into the kitty on a $2,089 screen average, losing 35% of trade from last weekend, to bring the gross to $93.1m. This will hit $100m in spite of itself and what a hit for Sony it has been. The $50m production has grossed $110m globally, with many territories yet to release (including Australia).

Death Wish (2,882 screens) collapses in weekend 2, dropping 54%, for a $6m take on a $2,082 screen average. With $23.3m in the tank so far, the $30m production will limp over the $30m gross domestically before finishing up. International results come in from tomorrow with early reports saying its pretty dire although this NRA revenge fantasy porn only has currency in the U.S.

Annihilation (1,709 screens) slips another 43% in weekend 3 for a $3.2m take on a deathly $1,872 screen average. With $26.1m in the kitty, this $40m production is going to struggle to hit $30m+ for a domestic finish line. The film drops on Netflix internationally tomorrow. Be very keen to see what the viewership is on opening there!

The Hurricane Heist (2,402 screens) blows itself out before it began opening to $3m on a D.O.A. screen average of $1,249. The Rob Cohen directed actioner, that stars our very own Ryan Kwanten, was scathed by critics who slammed it with 25% rotten. This will be gone from cinemas in a week on an $8m finish.

Gringo (2,404 screens) is another one of those ‘Why-Did-They-Even-Bother?‘ releases after posting a totally incoherent first trailer that got no traction and left everyone scratching their heads. Well, the box office followed through on that warning and posted a $2.8m opening weekend result on an abortiva $1,165 screen average. Ouch! Reviewers hated it, too, sticking it with a 39% rotten score and, even with a high calibre cast of David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton (his brother Nash directed it), and Thandie Newtown, audiences avoided it.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2,157 screens) crosses $397.2m domestically in weekend 12 With a $2.7m weekend on a $1,251 screen average, it’s game over time but I still think, in this one last weekend frame coming up, the film can hit $400m!! Globally, the film has grossed near $940m.

The Shape of Water (1,552 screens) enjoyed a 64% bump up thanks to Oscar glory, posting a $2.4m weekend on a $1,546 screen average. Bringing the total to $61m domestically, it’s a modest sizzle to mark the end of its 15 weeks in cinemas.

In Cinemas Friday 16 March, 2018 – Tomb Raider, Love Simon, I Can Only Imagine, 7 Days in Entebbe

Figures from Deadline.

1..) Black Panther (DIS), 3,942 theaters (-142)  / $10M Fri  (-37%) / 3-day: $41M (-38%)/Total: $561.8M/Wk 3

2..) A Wrinkle in Time (DIS), 3,980 theaters  / $10.3m Fri (includes $1.2M previews)/3-day: $32.7M /Wk 1

3..) Strangers: Prey at Night (AVI), 2,464 theaters  / $4M Fri /3-day: $10.2M /Wk 1

4..) Red Sparrow (FOX), 3,064 theaters (+8)  / $2.3m Fri (-61%)/3-day: $7.9M (-53%)/Total: $30.9M/ Wk 2

5..) Game Night (NL/WB), 3,061 theaters (-441) / $2.1m Fri (-27%)/3-day: $7.7M (-26%)/Total: $44.8M/Wk 3

6..) Peter Rabbit (SONY), 3,112 theaters (-495)  / $1.4M Fri (-27%) /3-day: $6.5M (-35%) /Total: $93.1M/Wk 5

7..) Death Wish (MGM), 2,882 theaters (+35)  / $1.7M Fri (-59%)/3-day: $6M (-54%)/Total: $23.3M/Wk 2

8..) Annihilation (PAR), 1,709 theaters (-403)  / $870K Fri (-43%)/3-day: $3.2M (-43%)/Total: $26.1M/Wk 3

9..) The Hurricane Heist (EST), 2,402 theaters  / $950k Fri /3-day: $3M /Wk 1

10..) Gringo (AMX/STX), 2,404 theaters  / $983K Fri  /3-day: $2.8M  /Wk 1

11..) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (SONY), 2,157 theaters (-156) / $660K Fri (-38%)/3-day: $2.7M (-39%)/Total:$397.2M/ Wk 12

12…) The Shape of Water  (FSL), 1,552 theaters (+720) / $620K Fri (+80%)  / 3-day: $2.4M (+64%)/Total: $61M/Wk 15