U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept, 2018

Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango? Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening as The Nun (3,876 screens) smashes to number one in the U.S. (as if there was ever any doubt) and plunders $50m from the box office to become the highest grossing opening weekend for a The Conjuring franchise film. Sporting a $12,900 screen average, this $20m production is tracking roughly 30% up on the averages of the series which should see it come in around the $135-$410m domestically and $390m global.

Much like the other films, The Nun was despised by critics who awarded it a 29% rotten with the consensus pointing to a horror film that isn’t scary and has no new ideas. Still, that won’t stop the film behaving like a franchise genre piece and smashing a north of $130m domestic result.

The thing about this franchise, which is a boon for Warner Bros, is that they are relatively cheap to produce and, on average, turn in a 3x multiplier in domestic box office every time one rolls out. I wouldn’t expect this series to slow down any time soon, people. Check out the box office performance of the franchise below.

Crazy Rich Asians (3,865 screens) keeps on chugging in weekend 4 by consuming $12.9m to bring the domestic gross to a whopping $135.5m for the $30m production. With a $3,338 screen average, screen count will drop this weekend but with a 4.25x multiplier already in play, this is another domestic cash cow for Warner Bros as the film rolls into international territories. What’s really provocative about this release is that it is still undated in China, a region you would think where Crazy Rich Asians would go ballistic at the box office. Is it a cultural rejection in play here? The film has come under fire for not accurately representing Asian cultures properly, but you never know. $180m+ domestic.

Peppermint (2,980 screens) opens to $12m on a modest $4,027 screen average which, all things considered, is probably better than expected given the dead zone release date and going out against The Nun. Still, the Jennifer Garner led coma victim hell bent on revenge tale was also despised by critics who slammed it with 13% rotten. The consensus says not even her committed performance can save its dreariness. With a suggested budget of circa $25m, this won’t recoup on domestic theatrical as it’ll come in around the $30m top end. Home Entertainment and international markets will be the hope for this herbacious, vicious actioner.

The Meg (3,511 screens) chomps up $5.2m in weekend 5, off 51% from round 4 (thanks to age and The Nun releasing), to bring the domestic haul to $130.7m. With a $1,481 screen average this weekend, the journey is almost over for The Meg as it aims for a $140m finish line. It doesn’t matter, however, as the fact is the film has grossed near $490m in global ticket sales which is absolutely extraordinary. $150m of that result is coming from China alone. What a gamble, and what a pay off! It’s a good time to be in camp Warner Bros at the moment. Would you ever have thought a Jason Statham Shark movie would grossed half a billion dollars globally? Ever?

Searching (2,009 screens) rolls into weekend 3 grabbing $4.5m, 25% off the pace from last weekend, to bring the gross to $14.3m. With a $2,240 screen average this weekend, the clock is ticking on this micro-budget title. Still, it’s fairing much better than last month’s Unfriended 2: Dark Web which capsized on $8.6m domestically, but won’t sail the heights of Unfriended‘s $32.5m gross back in 2015. $21m domestic finish.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2,334 screens) nibbles $3.7m in weekend 7 on a $1,585 screen average to bring the domestic haul to $212m. That means, by the end of this week, Mission: Impossible – Fallout will become the highest grossing domestic release in the franchise’s history (unadjusted), taking the title from Mission: Impossible 2‘s $215.4m. And the good news doesn’t stop there.. Globally, this one has just hit $680m, which puts it $2m behind the global final take for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($682m), and $14m behind reigning global franchise champ Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ($694m). Mission: Impossible – Fallout should become the reigning champ overall in the next fortnight.

Christopher Robin (2,518 screens) takes $3.1m in weekend 6, off 41% from last frame, on a $1,231 screen average. This is only playing weekend days now and, as predicted, it’s been on helluvan earner for Disney as the it crosses $91.6m. International territories are slowly coming on board, here in Australia we have it for Spring Holidays, and that should prove fairly fruitful in Western territories. With $140m in global grosses so far, this should hit $100m domestically for Disney and around the $250m in global sales.

Operation Finale (1,818 screens) slips 50% in weekend 2 for $3m on a $1,650 screen average. With $14.1m in the kitty so far, MGM’s $24m production has been a dud, mind you they released it in a historically big box office wasteland so the fiscal hopes on it weren’t all that high, but this guarantees a profile and a Christmas/New Year home entertainment release. With a mixed blessings review consensus of 58% rotten, and no foreign territories releasing theatrically at present, an $18m domestic finish is most likely.

Blackkklansman (1,547 screens) snaffles $2.6m in weekend 5 on a $1,681 screen average. Off 26% from last weekend, the film has ow grossed $43.4m domestically on a $15m budget. Globally, the film has passed $60m. This is Spike Lee’s 3rd highest grossing theatrical performance domestically (unadjusted) behind Malcolm X ($48.2m) and Inside Man ($89m).

Alpha (2,521 screens) rounds out the top ten with a $2.4m 4th weekend result on a deathly $952 screen average. With $32.3m in the bank domestically thus far, this $51m production will come home with $35m top end. Globally, this has crossed $52m.

In Cinemas Friday 14 September, 2018 – The Predator, A Simple Favour, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, White Boy Rick, The Children Act, Lizzie

Figures from Deadline