Super Bowl weekend is normally a slow week for film as moviegoers stay home to watch the biggest television event of the year on Sunday. Nevertheless, there was still some money for films like Winchester and Jumanji to make, so let’s see how the weekend box office report came together.
Here are the weekend estimates:
#5: Hostiles – $5.52 Million
Hostiles is undoubtedly in the top five this week due to limited new competition. Regardless, executives at Entertainment Studios are happy to see a 45.4% drop from the film as its subject matter and length makes it difficult to claim the film “rewatchable.”
With a $21.24 million domestic gross thus far, Hostiles still has some work to do to recover its reported $30 million budget. However, it is worth noting that the $30 million figure is a very rough estimate.
*To read my full review of Hostiles, please click here.
#4: The Greatest Showman – $7.8 Million
The Greatest Showman just keeps ticking along. After another sub-20% drop this weekend, The Greatest Showman has almost reached the $300 million threshold for its worldwide gross. The film has now grossed over $290 million.
Interestingly enough, The Greatest Showman is now Hugh Jackman’s second highest domestic grossing film behind Les Miserables that doesn’t take place within the X-Men franchise. However, The Greatest Showman only sits $11.3 million behind Les Miserables, meaning another solid weekend or two could cause the two musicals to flip-flop in the standings.
*To read my full review of The Greatest Showman, please click here.
#3: Winchester – $9.25 Million
Winchester earned about as much as analysts expected en route to a very forgettable weekend at the box office. The horror film had a modest wide release of 2,480 which helped it to become the best per-screen earner of all of the movies in the top five. However, considering its per-screen average was about $3,730, that distinction isn’t exactly a huge victory for Lionsgate and CBS Films.
Winchester went on to receive a “B-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, pointing towards less than solid fan reaction. With three new films releasing in the coming week, this grade does not bode well for Winchester‘s chances to remain in the top five next weekend.
*To read my full review of Winchester, please click here.
#2: Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $10.2 Million
Despite earning the second spot in the box office report, executives at Fox aren’t exactly happy about The Death Cure‘s performance.
Dropping a massive 57.8%, Maze Runner will not have long legs at the box office. Although the film appears profitable from solid work overseas (the film has amassed approximately $182 million worldwide with 78.2% of that total coming from overseas markets), the film will undoubtedly drop from a ton of theaters in the coming week as new films enters their theatrical run.
The Death Cure‘s bloated runtime certainly didn’t help its case to get repeat business. Sitting at 2 hours and 22 minutes, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wanted to sit through the film more than once given its less than stellar critical reception. It appears that the dystopian YA subgenre is finally going away.
*To read my full review of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, please click here.
#1: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $11 Million
Another solid drop of 31.9% helped Jumanji to reclaim the top spot after Maze Runner: The Death Cure snatched it away last week. Sitting currently as Sony’s third highest grossing movie of all-time, Jumanji is closing in on Spider-Man 2 for the second spot.
In total, the action flick has grossed $855 million worldwide. With another $25 million, it will become the fifth highest grossing international film of 2017, surpassing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wolf Warrior 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming to get there.
Naturally, rumor has it that Sony is working on making a sequel to the film and is looking to release it during the Christmas season in the near future.
*To read my full review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, please click here.
-Below is the rest of top 10 at the box office:
#6: The Post – $5.2 Million
#7: 12 Strong – $4.71 Million
#8: Den of Thieves – $4.67 Million
#9: The Shape of Water – $4.3 Million
#10: Paddington 2 – $3.11 Million
–A Fantastic Woman (a nominee for Best Foreign Film) opened in five theaters this weekend and became the top per-screen earner with an average of $14,196 per theater.
-Focus Features was delighted to see that Darkest Hour surpassed the $100 million by grossing about $11.2 million from all markets.
-With another $16.2 million, The Post also surpassed the $100 million threshold.
–Winchester was the only wide release this past weekend, but you can look forward to three new films this coming weekend in The 15:17 to Paris, Fifty Shades Freed, and Peter Rabbit.
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