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box office Box office: Beauty and the Beast doubles Power Rangers weekend gross

As expected, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast roars atop the weekend box office for the second week in a row, bounding past a wide crop of newcomers as the month of March sets a new industry standard in record time.

The Bill Condon-directed fantasy falls around 49 percent for a sophomore finish of $88.3 million, bringing its North American total to $316.9 million in a mere 10 days. After breaking the March opening weekend record last week, Beauty and the Beast goes on to score the fourth largest 10-day gross of all time this weekend in addition to posting the fourth largest second weekend tally of all time.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast adds $119.2 million after opening in territories like France, Australia, and Argentina, cementing the film’s $690.3 global total to date. So far this year, Disney has amassed an estimated $1.3 billion globally.

At a distant second is Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot, which slightly exceeds industry forecasts with a healthy $40.5 million. The expensive $100 million blockbuster should earn back its production budget in the U.S., though its profitability will be determined by how well it performs on the international market. Tentpole spectacles tend to do well overseas — particularly in Asia — so the film’s promising domestic launch is only a small start to what could be a long life on screens worldwide in the weeks ahead.

Though they’re technically rivals in the box office arena, the impressive weekend hauls of both Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast have helped domestic totals push past the $1 billion mark for March alone, making it the month’s best showing in history, according to comScore.

Falling one spot to No. 3 is the Legendary/Warner Bros. actioner Kong: Skull Island, which muscles a further $14.4 million over its third weekend in wide release. The franchise flick has made $133.5 million in the U.S. and Canada thus far, with another $258.6 million pouring in from overseas for a global total of $392.1 million and counting.

Coming in at No. 4 is the heavily buzzed Sony/Skydance thriller Life, which world-premiered at SXSW to solid critical reviews earlier this month. The $58 million production meets modest industry expectations over a competitive weekend through Sunday, earning an estimated $12.6 million — a relatively low number given its star power (Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star), intriguing alien-centric premise, and effective marketing campaign.

Outside the top five, Warner Bros.’ kitschy contemporary adaptation of the beloved television series CHiPs bows with an estimated $7.6 million — a lukewarm start for director-writer-star Dax Shepard’s latest filmmaking effort, which was reportedly produced on a budget of around $25 million.

Elsewhere, the comparatively low-profile basketball drama Slamma Jamma posts a decent $1.7 million after playing at 502 sites over the weekend. At 310 locations, the Woody Harrelson/Laura Dern vehicle Wilson — helmed by The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson — also bows with a soft estimated $330,000, averaging approximately $1,065 per theater.

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5.5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 24-26 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $88.3 million
2 – Power Rangers – $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island – $14.4 million
4 – Life – $12.6 million
5 – Logan – $10.1 million
6 – Get Out – $8.7 million
7 – CHiPs – $7.6 million
8 – The Shack – $3.8 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $2 million
10 – The Belko Experiment – $1.8 million

power rangersjpg Box Office: Power Rangers Heads for $40M Plus Bow; Beauty Eyes Beastly $89M

Courtesy of Saban/Kimberley French/Lionsgate
‘Power Rangers’

The news isn’t good for Sony’s space horror-thriller ‘Life,’ while Warner Bros.’ ‘CHIPS’ is running off the road; in China, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ roars to $51.3 in its first two days.

Saban’s Power Rangers is morphin’ into a bigger-than-expected player at the North American box office, where it earned an estimated $15 million Friday from 3,693 theaters for a projected $40 million-plus weekend despite fierce competition from holdover Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty remains a monster in its second weekend. The film adaptation of the 1991 classic animated film raked in $23.6 million Friday from 4,210 locations for an $89 million-plus weekend — the fourth-biggest second weekend of all time. Beauty raced past the $250 million mark in North America on Friday, and $541 million globally.

From Saban and Lionsgate, Power Rangers cost $100 million to make so it will need to do strong business both domestically and overseas. The good news — it nabbed an A CinemaScore and is attracting Millennials who grew up watching the TV series. The filmmakers wanted the new movie to be more edgy, so intentionally sought a PG-13 rating. Power Rangers also breaks ground by featuring the first queer big-screen superhero film.

Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and follows five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G) in a small town who discover artifacts that allow them to morph into crime-fighting heroes called The Power Rangers. They are tasked with learning to use their new skills in order to save their town from destruction by a power-hungry villain (Elizabeth Banks). Bryan Cranston also stars.

The news isn’t good for the weekend’s two other new films, Sony/Skydance’s space horror-thriller Life and Warner Bros.’ CHIPS.

Life, starring Jack Gyllenhaal, grossed an estimated $4.4 million Friday from 3,146 theater for a muted $12 million-$13 million weekend. The movie, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, is holding at No. 4 behind Beauty, Power Rangers and holdover Kong: Skull Island.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, Life follows a group of scientists on the International Space Station that discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Skydance, which financed a majority of the $58 million budget, and Sony are hoping solid reviews result in a long run, but audiences gave Life a dismal C+ CinemaScore.

Power Rangers, or Beauty for that matter, aren’t the films playing on nostalgia.

Warner Bros.’ CHIPS, an R-rated take on the buddy-cop TV series about two California Highway Patrol officers that debuted in the late 1970s, is also opening nationwide this weekend but appears to be running off the road. It grossed $2.6 million Friday from 2,464 for a projected $7 million weekend.

Dax Shepard both directs and stars with Michael Pena in the R-rated action-comedy, which garnered a B+ CinemaScore. CHIPS, which cost $25 million to make, is pacing to gross $2.5 million on Friday, including $500,000 in previews.

Warners still has reason to celebrate this weekend. In China, Legendary and Warners’ Skull Island opened to an impressive $22.6 million on Friday, one of the biggest starts of all time for a Hollywood title. The tentpole earned another $28.7 million on Saturday for a two-day total of $51.3 million.

Elsewhere, we’re expecting another $8 million or so for Universal’s Get Out as it continues its run to $150 million domestically and rounding out the top ten should be WB’s The LEGO Batman with around $2.5 million as it looks to top $170 million domestically by Sunday.

Looking beyond the top ten, we’re not exactly sure what to expect from RiverRun’s sports drama Slamma Jamma, which we’re told is opening in ~500 theaters. Additionally, Fox Searchlight will release Wilson into 310 theaters and FIP is releasing Phillauri into 74 theaters.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (4,210 theaters) – $76.9 M
  • Power Rangers (3,693 theaters) – $38.0 M
  • Life (3,146 theaters) – $18.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,666 theaters) – $14.2 M
  • Logan (3,163 theaters) – $9.0 M
  • Get Out (2,468 theaters) – $8.1 M
  • CHiPs (2,464 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • The Shack (2,330 theaters) – $3.4 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $2.6 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (1,638 theaters) – $2.3 M

belle Box office report: Beauty and the Beast passes Batman v Superman for March record

It’s a tale as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast‘s new box office record is as fresh as can be.

Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved 1991 animated classic roars to the top of the domestic chart this weekend, amassing a spectacular estimated $170 million from 4,210 theaters — averaging $40,380 per location to notch the highest debut for a March title in history.

The $160 million Bill Condon production bests the $166 million total posted by previous record holder Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just under one year ago.

Worldwide, Beauty and the Beast ropes in an excellent $180 million, which brings its global total to $350 million after just three days, additionally trumping studio sibling The Jungle Book‘s IMAX record for a PG-rated film ($21 million worldwide vs. $20 million worldwide, respectively) on 1,026 formatted screens.

Slipping around 53 percent to No. 2 is Legendary and Warner Bros.’ latest entry in the King Kong franchise, Kong: Skull Island, which adds a further $28.9 million to its growing $259.3 million global total ($110.1 million in the U.S. and Canada).

Coming in at No. 3 is James Mangold’s Wolverine sendoff Logan, which sees Hugh Jackman making his final turn as the iconic comic book character. The film falls to an estimated $17.5 million across its third three-day frame, boosting its global number to $524 million to date.

Rounding out the top five are Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy hit Get Out, which bags $13.2 million ($133.1 million on a $4.5 million budget) at No. 4, and the faith-based drama The Shack, which tallies $6.1 million ($42.6 million) at No. 5.

Outside the top five, BH Tilt and Orion’s The Belko Experiment meets industry expectations with an estimated $4.1 million at No. 7. The modestly budgeted flick falls in line with previous BH Tilt releases that have been aimed squarely at horror fans, with the label even going so far as to slot the film only in theaters that have been historically frequented by diehard genre aficionados.

Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated drama Hidden Figures continues its impressive box office run this weekend, spending its 11th weekend inside the top 10 as it rakes in a further $1.5 million at No. 8. Its North American total now stands at $165.6 million on a $25 million budget.

Elsewhere, two of contemporary cinema’s foremost auteurs make appearances on the specialty market, as the Danny Boyle-directed Trainspotting sequel bows to a solid $180,000 from five locations for a per-screen average of $36,000, while Terrence Malick’s latest film, Song to Song, pulls in $53,945 from four theaters — his worst limited opening since The New World hit three sites with $30,864 back in 2005.

Though the summer movie season has yet to begin, 2017 has seen seven films cross the $100 million domestic mark thus far. Per comScore, overall box office is up approximately 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

Check out the March 17-19 weekend estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $170 million
2 – Kong: Skull Island – $28.9 million
3 – Logan – $17.5 million
4 – Get Out – $13.2 million
5 – The Shack – $6.1 million
6 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $4.7 million
7 – The Belko Experiment – $4.1 million
8 – Hidden Figures – $1.5 million
9 – John Wick: Chapter 2 – $1.2 million
10 – Before I Fall – $1 million

beauty and the beast Box Office: Beauty and the Beast Waltzes to Record $170M in U.S., $350M Globally


The Disney live-action fairy tale landed one of the top 10 openings of all time and the biggest ever for a PG title, both in North America and overseas.

Be our guest, indeed.

Director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast opened over the weekend to a monstrous $170 million from 4,210 theaters at the North American box office. Overseas, the female-fueled update of the classic 1991 animated musical also dazzled, earning $180 million for an elegant global bow of $350 million.

Beauty set a number of new records, including the biggest start ever for a PG title both in North America and abroad (Last year’s Finding Dory was the previous champ domestically with $135 million). And it surpassed the $166 million domestic debut of last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to land the top March opening of all time. Just as impressive, the family-friendly movie boasts the seventh-biggest domestic opening for any film, and the biggest outside of summer save for December 2015 bow of fellow Disney blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not accounting for inflation.

Several rival studios have Beauty and the Beast coming in higher ($173 million-$174 million); a final figure will be released by Disney on Monday. Either way, it will be the largest domestic opening since Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War ($177 million) almost a year ago.

Internationally, Beauty placed No. 1 almost everywhere. It was huge in the U.K. with $22.8 million — one of the top five openings ever there — and impressed in China with $44.8 million, already topping the entire runs of Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland.

The $160 million tentpole is yet another win for Disney, where studio chairman Alan Horn — who worked with British star Emma Watson on the Harry Potter franchise when running Warner Bros. — and production chief Sean Bailey have been intent on mining the studio’s classic animated vault and building a stable of live-action movies. Past hits include The Jungle Book, Maleficent, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

“There were a combination of factors that made this a recipes for success. There was a nostalgia for the original and the Disney brand. And Emma Watson was perfectly cast as Belle. The visual effects were also their own character,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. “And I love our date. We have five weeks of rolling spring break ahead of us.”

Audiences gave Beauty an A CinemaScore. Disney reports that a healthy 40 percent of the audience were males, and nearly half the audience were adults and teens, a startling stat for a PG family title; the remainder were parents and kids.

Beauty and the Beast stars Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The cast also includes Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films produced the pic.

The tale follows the bookish Belle, who attempts to rescue her father from the castle of a terrifying beast, and instead becomes his captor. But she soon starts to fall for the Beast and the enchanted staff of his castle, who were all put under a spell by a witch.

The film saw a nice boost from a full run in Imax theaters, generally known as a haven for fanboys. But with PG films booming, Imax is expanding its programming to include family-friendly fare. The large-screen exhibitor worked with Condon on making a special version of Beauty that allows more to be seen on the screen because of a different aspect ratio. Also, Imax offered a 2D version of the movie throughout the day so that it would be a more affordable outing for families. The scheme worked, with Imax locations contributing $12.5 million in North America and $21 million worldwide, beating Jungle Book ($18 million) for the top PG title.

Beauty caused some consternation in a smattering of foreign markets after Condon recently revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, is gay. Russia gave the movie a restrictive 16 rating, but it still earned $6 million, on par with Cinderella.

Censors in Malaysia have gone one step further and asked Disney to cut what it deems a “gay moment,” but the studio says it won’t make any changes.

The only film that dared to open nationwide opposite Beauty was The Belko Experiment, which grossed $4.1 million from 1,341 theaters for a seventh-place finish. Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Belko Experiment is an Orion Pictures’ low-budget horror thriller which is being released by Blumhouse’s alternative distribution arm, BH Tilt.

The pic, directed by Greg McLean, follows a group of 80 Americans who are locked in their high-rise office in Bogota, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.

Two male-fueled titles placed No. 2 and No. 3 over the weekend, Kong: Skull Island and Logan, respectively.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong fell a respectable 53 percent in its second weekend to $28.9 million for a domestic total of $110.1 million. It took in another $38.5 million internationally for a global cume of $259.2 million. The movie’s main challenge remains recouping its hefty production budget of at least $185 million.

In its third outing, Fox’s Logan neared the $200 million mark domestically, grossing $17.5 million for a cume of $184 million. The final and third Wolverine movie has earned north of $500 million worldwide.

Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit Get Out placed No. 4 with $13.2 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $133.1 million. It debuted to an early $2.1 million overseas for a global tally of $136 million for Universal and Blumhouse.

Lionsgate’s faith-based The Shack rounded out the top five with another $6.1 million for a cume of $42.6 million.

At the specialty box office, TriStar/Sony’s T2 Trainspotting earned $180,000 from five theaters for a pleasing location average of $36,000, the best of the weekend after Beauty ($40,380). The long-awaited sequel has already earned more than $34 million overseas, mostly in the U.K.beauty and the beastjpg Box Office: Beauty and the Beast Waltzes to Record $170M in U.S., $350M Globally

beauty and the beast Beauty and the Beast Hopes to Tell a Tale of a March Opening Weekend Record

With an estimated $63.78 million, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast topped the Friday box office, on its way to a three-day currently expected to finish anywhere from $155-162 million according to industry sources. There remains a chance it could reach Batman v Superman‘s $166 million, March opening record, but it’s too early to tell if that will be the case. By comparison, Batman v Superman brought in $81.5 million on Friday.

Additionally, BH Tilt’s The Belko Experiment brought in an estimated $1.5 million on Friday and is currently headed toward a $3.6 million opening, just a bit below the studio’s hoped for $4 million. And, TriStar’s limited release of T2 Trainspotting into four theaters resulted in an estimated $64,000 on Friday and is looking at a weekend around $170K-200K.

You can view the complete Friday estimates right here and we’ll be back tomorrow with a full look at the weekend.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is well on its way to an outstanding opening weekend as it took in a massive, $16.3 million from Thursday evening screenings at approximately 3,300 locations. Screenings began at 6PM with special fan events taking place at ~600 premium large format locations. This ranks above The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and serves as the third largest preview gross for the month of March, coming in behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7m) and The Hunger Games ($19.7m), which opened with $166 million and $152 million respectively. In addition, the film opened with $11.5 million internationally.

As for BH Tilt’s The Belko Experiment, the film pulled in $305,000 from previews that began last night at 7PM. Comparing to previous BH Tilt titles, The Green Inferno did $275k in previews and opened with $3.5 million and The Darkness did $206k and opened with $4.95 million.

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates. You can read our complete weekend preview below.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Thus far, 2017 is without a $100 million opener, but that will all change this weekend as Disney’s latest animated classic turned live action film, Beauty and the Beast, is set to open in over 4,200 theaters in US and Canada. In addition to becoming the first $100 million opener of 2017, this “tale as old as time” may challenge Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for the March opening weekend record and rank among the top ten all-time domestic openers. All told, this weekend will see the top twelve smash the $122 million the top twelve grossed from the same weekend last year. In fact, Beauty and the Beast should easily top $122 million all on its own.

Anticipation for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been sky high for some time now as Disney has taken every opportunity to market the fantasy feature online and across all its media channels. As of March 6, online ticket retailer Fandango.com was reporting the film was outpacing Captain America: Civil War ($179.1m opening) in advance ticket sales while adding it was the fastest-selling family film in Fandango history (topping Finding Dory), and had already sold out hundreds of showtimes across the country well before release. Since then its sales have only continued to improve as the retailer now reports it’s not only outpacing Civil War, but Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2m opening) and March opening record holder Batman v Superman ($166m opening). These are big comparisons and industry expectations for a domestic opening of $120+ million seems conservative against such titles.

Beauty and the Beast is debuting in 4,210 theaters, of which 400 are IMAX screens and 500+ locations will show the film in Premium Large Format. The film will also play at nearly 200 D-Box locations and over 3,500 theaters will be showing the film in 3-D. By comparison, Disney’s The Jungle Book, which opened with $103.2 million last year, opened in 4,028 locations, of which 3,000+ were showing the film in 3-D. Finding Dory did open in 95 more theaters en route to its $135 million opening, but of those theaters it was playing in ~300 fewer 3-D locations and ~400 fewer IMAX screens. On top of all that, a peek at IMDb page view performance leading up to release shows Beauty and the Beast outperforming Jungle Book and Finding Dory, the latter by a rather significant margin, while at the same time pacing ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

It should be mentioned, when it comes to IMDb page views Beauty and the Beast is trailing against Fandango comps Civil War, Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman, but we’re not entirely certain those are the best films to look at as a comparison, though there is something to be said for nostalgia and Beauty and the Beast‘s built-in audience. Back in 2002 when the animated Beauty and the Beast was re-released in IMAX it brought in $25.4 million from a max number of 68 theaters. Disney took the animated classic even wider in 2012 when it was re-released in 3-D and it didn’t disappoint, delivering $47.6 million. You better believe those same audiences will be showing up this weekend and then some.

Considering all factors, an opening above Dory‘s $135 million seems a guarantee, the question is whether or not it can eclipse Batman v Superman‘s $166 million, March opening record. The first sign as to how well it will perform comes Friday morning on the heels of Thursday night previews, which includes special fan events kicking off at ~600 premium large format locations nationwide. Finding Dory brought in $9.2 million on Thursday evening, The Jungle Book and Maleficent debuted with $4.2 million while films like Civil War and Age of Ultron brought in $25 million and $27.6 million respectively.

What does it all amount to? We’re expecting an opening anywhere from $150-170 million, which is already well outside of the norm. If we were to simply base our prediction off historical data, we’d be more likely to expect an opening around $112-134 million, but clearly this is a film set to outperform historical standards so while we’re only forecasting as high as $170 million, an opening around $180+ million doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility.

In addition to its domestic debut, Beauty and the Beast will bow in approximately 67% of the international market including Thursday debuts in Germany, Italy, Russia, Korea and Brazil; and Friday openings in Spain, the UK, China and Mexico. The film hits theaters in France on the 22nd, Australia on the 23rd and won’t arrive in Japan until April 21.

Hoping to share in the weekend riches, last weekend’s #1 opener, Kong: Skull Island, is looking at a second place finish this weekend around $25.6 million, signifying a 58% drop, which is on average for a film of this sort. By comparison, Godzilla dropped 67% following its $93.1 million opening.

Logan should come in third, dipping around 54% or so in its third weekend with $17.5 million as the film nears $185 million domestically. Universal’s hit thriller Get Out, which has held strong for three weeks in a row, should finish fourth with a drop around 26% this weekend for a three-day around $15.3 million, pushing its cume close $135 million domestically. Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate’s The Shack, which should drop around 32% or so for a third weekend around $6.8 million.

Expected to finish just outside the top five is BH Tilt’s latest feature, The Belko Experiment, debuting in 1,341 theaters. As with previous releases including The Green Inferno and most recently Incarnate, the studio has chosen theaters determined to be historically frequented by die-hard genre fans and as such an opening around $4 million is the goal for the feature which carries a reported $5 million budget.

Of BH Tilt’s four releases so far, only The Darkness managed to open over $4 million, pulling in $4.95 million in its May 2016 opening from 1,755 theaters. A look at IMDb page view data recently showed Belko vastly outperforming both The Darkness and Incarnate, though that margin has tightened a bit over the last couple days. Overall, we’re expecting Belko might be the next title for the studio to top their target number as we’re anticipating an opening just under $5 million for the thriller.

Also opening this weekend, TriStar will debut T2: Trainspotting into four theaters as the platform release will continue to expand throughout the month. The 21-years-later sequel has already grossed over $33 million internationally after first debuting in the UK back at the end of January.

Additionally, Broad Green will release Terence Malick‘s Song to Song into a limited number of theaters, Well Go will release Bluebeard and Freestyle will be releasing Burn Your Maps.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (4,210 theaters) – $168.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,846 theaters) – $25.6 M
  • Logan (3,687 theaters) – $17.5 M
  • Get Out (2,977 theaters) – $14.1 M
  • The Shack (2,825 theaters) – $6.8 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $4.7 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (2,735 theaters) – $4.6 M
  • Hidden Figures (1,162 theaters) – $2.0 M
  • Before I Fall (1,551 theaters) – $1.3 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (1,065 theaters) – $1.2 M

kong 3 Kong: Skull Island Roars to $61M Opening for No. 1 Finish While Logan and Get Out Stay Strong

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
‘Kong: Skull Island’

Overseas, the reboot debuts to $81.6 million for a global bow of $142.6 million; ‘Logan’ falls to No. 2 as it races past $150 million in the U.S. and $430 million worldwide.

Warner Bros and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island delivered a strong opening weekend performance, topping the weekend box office and becoming the third film in as many weeks to outperform expectations. The other two films, Logan and Get Out, continued their successful runs as they finished in second and third position respectfully, with Logan just $6.3 million shy of topping The LEGO Batman Movie as the highest grossing domestic release of 2017 in just ten days. Overall, the top twelve grossed an estimated $152.5 million, an improvement over last year by 3.8%.

With an estimated $61 million, WB and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island finished atop the weekend box office, delivering $15,865 per theater, from 3,846 locations. This tops San Andreas, the closest film we used for comparison in our weekend preview, which opened with $54.5 million. This is, however, well behind the $93.1 million Godzilla opened with in 2014 before going on to gross $200.7 million domestically. Question is, while the opening may be a bit lighter, can Skull Island improve on Godzilla‘s relatively tame, 2.15x multiplier?

GET MORE: Compare Kong: Skull Island vs. Godzilla here!

Opening weekend audiences gave Skull Island a “B+” CinemaScore, matching the score for Godzilla. Of that audience, they were 56% male vs. 44% female, of which 18% were under the age of 18 and 52% were under the age of 35. Audience members under the age of 25 gave the film an “A” CinemaScore. Looking ahead, a domestic performance anywhere from $160-170 million seems reasonable.

While Skull Island may have fallen a bit short of Godzilla domestically, it is outperforming the radioactive lizard in some international markets where it debuted to an estimated $81.6 million in 65 territories for a $142.6 million worldwide debut. International highlights include an estimated $7.6 million opening in the UK (17% ahead of Godzilla); $7.3 million opening in Korea (90% ahead of Godzilla); $6 million in Russia (16% over Godzilla); $5.6 million in Mexico (on par with Godzilla); $4 million in France; $3.6 million in Taiwan; $3.5 million in Australia and $3 million in Germany. Upcoming releases include a March 24 opening in China and March 25 opening in Japan, both of which will be very interesting.

By comparison, Godzilla opened in 64 markets in 2014 with $103.4 million before going on to gross $328.4 million internationally and $529 million worldwide. WB and Legendary have a series of films planned for this franchise with Godzilla 2 slated for 2019 and a Godzilla vs. Kong monster mash-up in 2020, so it goes without saying that Skull Island‘s continued performance worldwide will be looked at closely.

In second is Fox’s Logan, which topped $100 million domestically in just five days and with an estimated $37.85 million this weekend has now brought in over $150 million in just ten days. Of the three standalone Wolverine films this is already the second largest grossing and only needs $27.2 million to top 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Logan‘s 57.2% second weekend drop is a bit more than we were predicting in our weekend preview, but it is well within expectation for a film that opened as large as it did.

As of now, Logan is the second largest domestic release of 2017 and will soon be passing The LEGO Batman Movie to top the list (though Beauty and the Beast will soon be assuming that crown). Internationally, however, Logan currently stands as the #1 release of 2017 after taking in an estimated $70.3 million from 79 markets this weekend for an international total of $285.6 million and a worldwide cume of $438.3 million making it the highest grossing worldwide release among the three standalone Wolverine releases. Logan hits theaters in Japan on June 1.

Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out finished third this weekend, once again outperforming expectations as it dropped just 25.4% for an estimated $21 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $111 million. Coming up with comparisons for Jordan Peele‘s breakout thriller is near-impossible as its week-over-week performance is mind-blowing as it is already Blumhouse Productions‘ second highest grossing release of all-time and showing absolutely no signs of stopping. And it can’t be said often enough, the film’s budget was a mere $4.5 million.

Lionsgate’s The Shack finished in fourth position with an estimated $10 million in its sophomore session and WB’s The LEGO Batman Movie rounded out the top five with an estimated $7.8 million as its domestic cume is now just shy of $160 million.

Among the weekend’s limited releases Badrinath Ki Dulhania brought in an estimated $850,000 from 152 theaters ($5,592 PTA); Paladin’s The Ottomon Lieutenant opened in 216 theaters with an estimated $173,450 ($803 PTA); IFC’s release of Personal Shopper delivered an estimated $92,516 from four theaters ($23,129 PTA); and CBS Films released The Sense of an Ending into four theaters where it brought in an estimated $42,000 ($10,500 PTA).

Additionally, Focus World’s release of Raw into two theaters brought in an estimated $25,230 ($12,615 PTA) and Parade Deck Films released The Dark Below into one theater where it brought in an estimated $1,477.

Next weekend sees the release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast into over 4,000 theaters were it will become the first 2017 release to open over $100 million. Last year The Jungle Book opened with $103.2 million in mid-April before going on to gross over $360 million domestically. It seems safe to say Beauty and the Beast will top that film’s opening as online ticket retailer Fandango.com is already reporting it is outselling Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million opening) and is the fastest-selling family film in Fandango history, topping previous family record-holder, Finding Dory ($135m opening) as hundreds of showtimes across the country were sold out two weeks before the film even opened. Join us next Thursday when we take a look at just how high it may go.

Weekend Box Office 3/12/17

Comscore Estimates for Weekend of 3/5/17
1. Kong: Skull Island $61M $61M 3,846 1
2. Logan $37.9M $152.7M 4,071 2
3. Get Out $21.1M $111.1M 3,143 3
4. The Shack $10.1M $32.3M 2,888 2
5. The Lego Batman Movie $7.8M $159M 3,303 5
6. Before I Fall $3.1M $9M 2,346 2
7. Hidden Figures $2.8M $162.9M 1,421 12
8. John Wick: Chapter Two $2.7M $87.4M 2,031 5
9. MET Opera: La Traviata $1.8M $1.8M N/A 1
10. La La Land $1.8M $148.4M 1,578 14

kong 2 Weekend Box Office: Kong: Skull Island Beats Logan Friday With $20.2M

Warner Bros.
‘Kong: Skull Island’

The latest movie to feature the world’s most-famous fictional ape cost at least $185 million to produce before marketing, so it will need to roar loudly around the globe.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island is winning the North American box office race ahead of Logan, grossing $20.2 million on Friday from 3,846 theaters for a projected $52 million-$54 million debut.

That wouldn’t be the most spectacular start considering the tentpole boasts a hefty production budget of at least $185 million before marketing costs, or that Kong will far from match Logan‘s $88.4 million domestic opening a week ago.

The good news: Heading into the weekend, some thought Logan could beat Kong in what would have been a bruising blow for Legendary and Warners.

From 20th Century Fox, Logan earned an estimated $10.5 million Friday for a projected $36 million-$37 million weekend and global total approaching or crossing $350 million through Sunday.

Legendary and Warners likely didn’t count on Logan having such a sharp bite. And the situation won’t improve next weekend when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens. Kong hopes to have a long run despite the competition, thanks to strong reviews. Audiences gave the film a B+ CinemaScore.

Like Logan, Kong is skewing male (56 percent).

Overseas, Skull Island is setting sail in 61 foreign markets, minus China, where it rolls out March 24, for a projected international debut in the low- to mid-$80 million range. Kong grossed $12 million on Wednesday and Thursday from its first 43 markets.

Kong: Skull Island is the second title in Legendary and Warners’ monster universe after Godzilla, the 2014 summer tentpole that opened to $94 million after earning $9 million in previews, and is the first movie featuring the iconic ape since Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong. (Jackson’s film was infamous for costing north of $200 million.)

This time out, the story is set entirely on the island where the animal resides alongside a bevy of other oversized creatures. Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts in his first studio assignment, is set in 1973 at the end of the Vietnam War, when a government agent assembles a team to investigate the mysterious, fog-shrouded locale. The ensemble cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman.

Kong: Skull Island is the only movie launching nationwide this weekend.

logan 1 Weekend Box Office: Logan Sinks Claws Into Huge $85.3M U.S. Debut, $237.8M Globally

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

Elsewhere, ‘The Shack’ guides faith-based audiences; among Oscar winners, ‘Moonlight’ shines after its best picture upset and enjoys its biggest weekend to date, while ‘La La Land’ nears $400 million globally.

Director James Mangold’s Logan howled loudly at the North American box office this weekend with a $85.3 million debut from 4,071 theaters, the biggest opening of the year so far and one of the top showings of all time for an R-rated film or for a March release.

Overseas, Logan was also huge, debuting to $152.5 million for a global launch of $237.8 million.

Nostalgia, glowing reviews and an A- CinemaScore are no doubt aiding the 20th Century Film superhero movie, which marks Hugh Jackman’s final turn on the big screen as the moody and fierce X-Men superhero, Wolverine. (That’s according to the actor himself.)

And Logan‘s edgy rating is another victory for 20th Century Fox in proving that R-rated superhero films can have sharp claws following the blockbuster success of last year’s Deadpool. Logan, the final title in the Wolverine trilogy, got the widest release ever for an R-rated title in North America.

Before Logan came along, the top opening of 2017 belonged to The Lego Batman Movie ($83 million). Among other stats: Logan narrowly unseated Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.2 million) to score fifth-biggest opening for an R-rated film behind Deadpool ($132.4 million), The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million), American Sniper ($89.3 million) and The Hangover sequel ($85.9 million), not accounting for inflation. And it nabbed the fourth-biggest March debut behind Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million).

This time out, the story follows the adventure that ensues when Logan, who is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), encounters a mysterious young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) in need of their help. Stewart has said it could be the final time he plays Xavier.

Other highlights of the weekend included The Shack, a faith-based film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. The Lionsgate film debuted to $16.1 million from 2,888 theaters, the best showing for a Christian-leaning movie since Heaven is for Real ($22.5 million) almost three years ago. While critics derided the $26 million film, audiences bestowed The Shack with an A CinemaScore.

The Shack, exceeding expectations, placed No. 3 behind Logan and Universal/Blumhouse holdover Get Out, which grossed $26.1 million in its second weekend for an impressive domestic total of $75.9 million. Get Out, the race-conscious horror film directed by Jordan Peele, fell just 26 percent, a scant decline for a horror title.

The frame’s third new film, YA adaptation Before I Fall, opened in sixth place with $4.9 million from 2,346 locations. The micro-budgeted film cost less than $5 million to make, and is the first title from Awesomeness Films. Open Road Films is handling distribution duties.

The Shack gave Lionsgate its third film in the top 10 after holdovers John Wick: Chapter Two and La La Land, which scored a number of top Oscars last weekend despite ultimately losing the best picture race to Moonlight in a surprise upset, and following the biggest blunder in Academy Award history that saw La La Land mistakenly named the winner before Moonlight was declared the true victor.

La La Land placed No. 10 in its 13th weekend with $3 million from 1,411 theaters for a domestic total of $145 million. Overseas, Damien Chazelle’s musical danced past the $250 million for a global total of $395 million.

Director Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight enjoyed a big post-Oscar boost in theaters even though it is already available on home entertainment. From A24, the arthouse movie earned $2.5 million — its biggest weekend to date — for a domestic total of $25.4 million. The movie is playing in 1,564 theaters, its widest footprint since opening in limited theaters in late October.

A24 says Moonlight has also climbed to the top of the charts on various VOD platforms. That includes iTunes, where it ranks No. 4. And theatrically, is on the verge of becoming the widely respected distributor’s top-grossing title to date (as of now, it is tied with Ex Machina).

logan Weekend Box Office: Logan Scores $33M Friday for Huge $80M Bow

Courtesy of Berlinale

Fox is proving once again that R-rated superhero films can do huge business; Octavia Spencer’s faith-based ‘The Shack’ also opens nationwide alongside YA adaptation ‘Before I Fall,’ while Oscar best picture winner ‘Moonlight’ heads back into theaters.

Hugh Jackman’s Logan grossed a muscular $33 million at the Friday box office, putting the final Wolverine movie on course to earn $80 million from 4,071 theaters for the weekend, one of the top starts of all time for an R-rated release and one of the top March openings ever.

Logan, following upon the success of last year’s daring Deadpool, is another victory for 20th Century Fox in proving that R-rated superhero films can have sharp claws. To boot, it is getting the widest release ever for an R-rated title.

The movie, directed by James Mangold, earned stellar reviews after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival last month and sports a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the best of Jackman’s career. Audiences are also glowing, bestowing Logan with an A- CinemaScore.

Logan is opening simultaneously in numerous foreign markets this weekend, including China, and could post an international bow in the $75 million-$100 million range.

This time out, the story follows the adventure that ensues when Logan, who is caring for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), encounters a mysterious young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) in need of their help. Jackman has said it will be the final installment in the Wolverine series.

Also opening nationwide this weekend are Lionsgate’s faith-based The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, and YA film adaptation Before I Fall, the first title from Awesomeness Films.

The Shack, based on the best-selling novel of the same name about a father’s transformative spiritual journey, is exceeding expectations despite withering reviews and could post the best showing for a faith-based movie in several years. The film, coming on the heels of Spencer’s Oscar nomination for box-office hit Hidden Figures, grossed $5.6 million Friday from 2,888 theaters for a projected $15 million-$16 million weekend.

Audiences liked it far better than critics, awarding the film an A CinemaScore. The Shack is tipped to place No. 3 after Logan and holdover Get Out.

Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out, a race-conscious horror film marking the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele, looks to earn $24.7 million from 2,938 theaters in its second weekend, a drop of just 26 percent. (More bullish box office observers show it earning $28 million, a decline of 16 percent.)

Before I Fall, distributed by Open Road Films, isn’t likely to make the top five in its debut. The micro-budgeted movie, costing less than $5 million to make, grossed an estimated $1.6 million from 2,346 locations for a projected $4.5 million-$5 million debut.

Elsewhere, Oscar best picture winner Moonlight, which is going back into 1,500 theaters following its victory over La La Land, is on course to earn roughly $1.5 million this weekend, putting its domestic total at $25 million. Since Moonlight, from A24, is already available on VOD and on DVD, its post-Oscar theatrical prospects are limited.

Moonlight was declared the victor at last weekend’s Oscar ceremony after La La Land was first named best picture winner in the biggest blunder in Academy Award history.

get out 1 Weekend Box Office: Jordan Peeles Get Out Heads for Impressive $28M U.S. Debut

Courtesy of Universal Studios
‘Get Out’

Peele’s directorial debut is opening over Oscar weekend alongside the animated family film ‘Rock Dog’ and the long-delayed action film ‘Collide.’

Universal and Blumhouse are once again dominating the North American box office.

The race-conscious horror film Get Out — marking Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut — will easily win the weekend with an estimated $28.5 million from 2,781 theaters after earning $10.8 million on Friday (including $1.8 million in previews) and nabbing an A- CinemaScore.

Get Out, which debuted as a secret midnight screening at Sundance last month, is exceeding expectations and boasts a rare 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film cost under $5 million to make, and is Blumhouse and Universal’s second win in a row after M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller Split.

Peele (Key & Peele) wrote Get Out, about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who is apprehensive about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) since she hasn’t told them he is black. When they arrive at her parents’ home, he is further alarmed to learn that young black men have a habit of disappearing.

Hollywood studios generally refrain from opening big event movies on Oscar weekend, and this year is no exception. The landscape changes dramatically on March 3, when X-Men spinoff Logan debuts, followed by Kong: Skull Island on March 10 and Beauty and the Beast on March 17.

After Get Out, a crop of holdovers crowd the top of the chart. Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman is projected to come in second with an estimated $18, followed by Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter Two with $8 million-$9 million, The Great Wall with a projected $8 million and Fifty Shades Darkerwith an estimated $7 million (Fifty Shades Darker is crossing the $100 million mark domestically this weekend and $300 million worldwide).

The other two films opening this weekend are the animated family film Rock Dog and the long-delayed action film Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones.

A Chinese-American production, Rock Dog is projected to earn $4 million from 2,077 locations. The film was fully financed and produced by Mandoo Pictures and the Huayi Brothers. Lionsgate Premiere acquired domestic rights to the film, and is counting on strong DVD numbers following the film’s theatrical run.

The story follows a music-loving Tibetan mastiff named Bodi who embarks on an adventure to fulfill his dreams of becoming a musician.

Open Road and IM Global’s Collide — a leftover title from Relativity Media — is on course for a dismal debut of $1.5 million from 2,045 theaters. The movie was originally set to open in October 2015.

box office LEGO Batman to Lead Presidents Day Weekend Over Fist Fight, Great Wall & Cure for Wellness

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Universal’s The Great Wall led the weekend’s newcomers on Friday, bringing in an estimated $5.9 million on its way to what looks like a $17 million three-day and a four-day weekend that could top $20 million.

WB and New Line’s Fist Fight won’t be breaking out as it theorized it might in our weekend preview below after it brought in an estimated $3.8 million on Friday and is now looking at a $11.5 million three-day and a four-day around $13 million.

The third new wide release of the weekend is Fox’s A Cure for Wellness, which is performing even worse than even the modest pre-release expectations as it pulled in an estimated $1.5 million on Friday and is looking at a three-day around $4+ million and a four-day unlikely to hit $5 million.

You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we’ll be back tomorrow with a weekend wrap-up, looking at the three-day weekend and estimates for the four-day.

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: Universal’s The Great Wall brought in $970,000 from Thursday night previews beginning at 7PM in 2,470 theaters. This is $70k more than the $900k the Ben-Hur remake brought in and $170k more than Gods of Egypt to continue the comparisons used in the weekend preview below.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s Fist Fight got started with $600,000. This is $135k less than Barbershop: The Next Cut brought in back in April 2016 before opening with $20.2 million.

Finally, Fox’s A Cure for Wellness grossed $300,000 from 2,215 locations from Thursday previews which began at 8PM. To continue our comparison from our weekend preview, this is $44,000 behind The Lazarus Effect, which went on to open with $10.2 million back in February 2015.

You can check out our weekend preview below and we’ll be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Presidents’ Day weekend last year was a monster thanks to the $152+ million four-day opening for Deadpool. A year before that Fifty Shades of Grey took advantage of the fortuitous timing with a $93 million four-day opening. This year’s new releases—Fist Fight, The Great Wall and A Cure for Wellness—won’t be making such big waves as only one looks as if it will find its way into the top three while the others take a backseat to a trio of second weekend holdovers. At the top, look for WB’s The LEGO Batman Movie to secure a second weekend at #1 and will top $100 million by the end of the day on Monday.

The LEGO Batman Movie heads into the weekend with strong word of mouth (“A-” CinemaScore), solid reviews (75 on Metacritic) and it remains the widest release of the weekend as the only film playing in over 4,000 theaters.LEGO Batman opened with $53 million last weekend and we’re anticipating a ~32% drop for the three-day this weekend, puling in somewhere around $36 million, which should escalate to $44 million for the holiday weekend. That said, while #1 is pretty much decided, #2-4 could offer some surprises.

Fifty Shades Darker has so far performed mostly as expected. The film brought in $46.6 million in its opening weekend last week and delivered big time Valentine’s Day, pulling in $11 million, as its gross-to-date currently stands at $65.3 million. As for this weekend, the question is to obviously wonder just how far it will fall as Fifty Shades of Grey dipped a massive 74% in its second weekend.

As noted in our weekend wrap-up on Sunday, the opening performance for Fifty Shades Darker compared toGrey was comparable to the drop from Sex and the City to Sex and the City 2, the latter of which dropped 60% over its second weekend. One big caveat, however, is both Fifty Shades of Grey and Sex and the City 2opened over holiday weekends, giving better reason for their hefty drops. All that said, we’re still going with a 60% drop this weekend and a three-day around $18.6 million and a four-day that should finish up around $22 millionfor Fifty Shades Darker, which leaves an opening for one of the weekend’s new releases to swoop in and take second place.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s release of the Ice Cube and Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight is the first mainstream comedy of the new year. While reviews haven’t been glowing (41 on Metacritic and 28% on RottenTomatoes) that shouldn’t have too much of an effect on this film’s opening weekend performance. Fist Fight is opening in 3,185 theaters and a three-day around $19 million seems a strong possibility which would mean a four-day a touch above $22 million. That said, there is every possibility this one could push to $25 million for the three day and $29 million for the holiday weekend.

In fourth we’re anticipating a $17 million three-day, second weekend for John Wick: Chapter Two. The film delivered an impressive $30.4 million opening last weekend and received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and currently holds a 8.4 user rating on IMDb, all of which are improvements over the first film. Question is, will that be enough to hold off the weekend’s next new wide release, Universal’s The Great Wall.

Starring Matt Damon, The Great Wall hasn’t been without its share of controversy as claims of whitewashingbegan making the rounds well before release. The film, which is directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero), has already had a significant impact internationally where it has pulled in over $224 million since releasing in China in mid-December where it has pulled in over $170 million alone. Budgeted at a reported $150 million it has all the signs of being another film similar to Universal’s 2015 feature Warcraft, which dominated internationally to the tune of $386.3 million, yet couldn’t top $50 million domestically.

Reviews for The Great Wall have been mostly negative as it currently holds a 39 on Metacritic and 35% onRottenTomatoes and this is a film where strong critic reviews might have helped. As it is, looking at IMDb data shows The Great Wall trending below films such as the Ben-Hur remake and Gods of Egypt, and while we aren’t expecting openings quite that low, a three-day debut around $15 million is where we currently stand, finishing around $17 million for the four-day.

Next we come to Fox’s A Cure for Wellness, a thriller directed by Gore Verbinski debuting in 2,704 theaters. Industry expectations have this one opening around $6-8 million for the four-day weekend and there isn’t a lot of room to argue. However, a look at IMDb page view data leading up to release does show a significant spike in interest following the film’s first trailer and another following its Super Bowl trailer on February 5. The spikes and overall interest follow a similar trajectory to The Lazarus Effect, which opened with $10.2 million over the final weekend February 2015. While we are forecasting the film will only generate a $6.5 million three-day and around$8 million for the four-day, we’ll be watching closely to see if it might be able to best our expectations.

Meanwhile, Hidden Figures will be looking to top $140 million domestically this weekend, Split should top $120 million, La La Land will be looking to go over $130 million and Arrival hopes to become the 29th release of 2016 to gross over $100 million domestically.

Elsewhere, Pantelion will debut Everybody Loves Somebody into 333 theaters and Reliance has two releases with Running Shaadi releasing in 51 theaters and Irada opening in 27 theaters.

This weekend’s three and four-day forecasts are directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.


  • The LEGO Batman Movie (4,088 theaters) – $36.0 M
  • Fist Fight (3,185 theaters) – $19.0 M
  • Fifty Shades Darker (3,715 theaters) – $19.0 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (3,113 theaters) – $17.0 M
  • The Great Wall (3,326 theaters) – $15.0 M
  • A Cure for Wellness (2,704 theaters) – $6.5 M
  • Hidden Figures (2,217 theaters) – $5.9 M
  • A Dog’s Purpose (2,391 theaters) – $5.3 M
  • Split (2,442 theaters) – $5.2 M
  • Lion (1,542 theaters) – $4.3 M


  • The LEGO Batman Movie (4,088 theaters) – $44.0 M
  • Fist Fight (3,185 theaters) – $22.4 M
  • Fifty Shades Darker (3,715 theaters) – $22.3 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (3,113 theaters) – $20.0 M
  • The Great Wall (3,326 theaters) – $17.1 M
  • A Cure for Wellness (2,704 theaters) – $7.9 M
  • Hidden Figures (2,217 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • A Dog’s Purpose (2,391 theaters) – $6.3 M
  • Split (2,442 theaters) – $6.2 M
  • Lion (1,542 theaters) – $5.2 M

the great wall still 4 Weekend Box Office: The Great Wall, Cure for Wellness Crumbling in U.S. Debut

Courtesy of Legendary and Universal Pictures
That leaves ‘The Lego Batman’ and ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ firmly in charge of the Presidents Day box office.

Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, is crumbling in its U.S. debut.

The big-budget epic, from Legendary Pictures and Universal, earned $6.8 million on Friday, including $970,000 in Thursday previews, for a projected debut of $19 million from 3,325 theaters over the four-day Presidents Day weekend. That’s a poor start considering the movie’s $150 million production budget.

The Great Wall, skewered by critics and earning a mediocre B CinemaScore from audiences, is billed as the first English-language production shot entirely in China. The story centers on European mercenaries searching for black powder who become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Damon stars along with Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

The movie, which will open to No. 3 in North America, has done giant-sized business in China, where it has earned $171 million (it has earned another $54 million in other foreign markets to date).

New Line’s comedy Fist Fight and New Regency/Fox’s psychological thriller A Cure for Wellnessare also opening over Presidents Day weekend. None of the new films, however, will be able to topple holdover The Lego Batman movie.

From Warner Bros., Lego Batman is doing pleasing business in its second weekend as it jumps the $100 million mark domestically. The family film grossed $7.6 million Friday for a projected four-day tally of $38 million-$40 million from 4,088 theaters.

And don’t count out another holdover, Fifty Shades Darker. Universal’s sequel, also in its second weekend, is holding at No. 2 behind Lego Batman. Universal’s sequel grossed $6.8 million Friday for a projected four-day gross of $22 million-$25 million from 3,714 theaters.

Lionsgate’s hit male-fueled action movie John Wick: Chapter Two will come in No. 4 in its sophomore session, followed by Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert and Tracy Morgan.

Fist Fight, earning a B CinemaScore, grossed an estimated $4 million Friday from 3,185 theaters for a four-day debut of $13 million. The story follows a school teacher who gets fired, and challenges another teacher to an after-school fight. It’s directed by Richie Keen.

When it comes to director Gore Verbinski’s Cure for Wellness, there doesn’t appear to be any remedy that can stop the movie from perishing in its debut. Regency/Fox’s psychological thriller is projected to take in $5 million from 1,750 theaters for the four days after earning roughly $1.5 million on Friday.

Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth star in the $40 million film, which follows a young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.

On Thursday, Fox apologized for planting fake news stories as part of the movie’s digital marketing push. Cure for Wellness will come in No. 10 or No. 11.