Weekly Box Office Work-Ups

Weekly Box Office Work-Up (Sep. 22-24)

No one wants to be defeated, but it looks like someone just beat IT (see what I did there?). That’s right, the highly-anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (you can check out my video review here) saddled the number one spot at the box office this weekend, dethroning New Line’s IT after two-weeks.

Domestically, the comic book-adapted spy pastiche opened to an estimated $39 million, an improvement over ‘The Secret Service,’ which debuted to $32.8 million. Of course it has yet to be seen whether or not ‘The Golden Circle’ will have the legs of its predecessor, but with a higher budget behind the production and significantly weaker reviews, FOX has got to be at least somewhat optimistic about a stronger opening.
As for IT (read my review here), a third week drop-off to second place is not bad, especially with a $30 million haul. That’s only a 50% fall from last weekend’s total. Heck, $30 would have been a solid second week gross (IT was originally projected to open to $60 million after all). In all, IT has scared up $266.3 domestically. Not adjusted for inflation, that means it’s the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie ever. In just three weeks, IT was able to snatch that record away from The Exorcist, which grossed $232.9 million in total.

In third place WB’s The LEGO Ninjago opened to a franchise-low of $21.2 million. Original expectations had the third LEGO film seeing somewhere between $27-$32 million. Earlier this year, The LEGO Batman Movie also underperformed. Seeing is how each entry in the series seems to segment its audience more and more, it isn’t surprising that these totals reflect that.

Rounding out the top five in unspectacular fashion is the Michael Keaton-led spy thriller American Assassin, which saw an extra $6.25 million in its second week and Reese Witherspoon’s Home again, which added $3.3 million to its domestic cume.

In other box office news, the horror flick Friend Request opened this week. The social media thriller could not break the top five. Rather, it landed at the number seven slot with a debut of $2.5 million. The film runs off the rails after the first act (you can see my video review here) and devolves into the type of supernatural bore fest that give the horror genre a bad name.

Those are your top five performing movies at the box office this past weekend. What did you all see and what do you think of these results? Are you glad ‘Kingsman’ did so well? Perhaps you’re shocked at the continued success of IT? I want to hear your thoughts so leave them in the comments below!


‘IT’ Feeds On Record-Setting Box Office Numbers

It’s Monday, which means the official weekend box office numbers are in and they’re great news for IT (check out my video review here). According to Box Office Mojo, the New Line and Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel has scared up a phenomenal $123.1 million domestically (in the U.S.). That easily blows the original projections of $50 million (which it made on Friday alone) down the storm drain.

Along the way, IT broke multiple box office records:

  • Best September opening ever (Topping Hotel Transylvania 2, which previously held the record with just over $48 million).
  • Best Fall opening (previously held by Gravity with $55.7 million).
  • Best opening for an R-rated horror film (previously Paranormal Activity 3 at $52.5 million).
  • Best opening for a horror film of any MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) rating.

The only major box office record that IT couldn’t devour was best opening for an R-rated movie. That title still belongs to Deadpool, which made $132.4 million on its opening weekend.

Coming in second place this weekend was Open Road’s new release Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, which made just over $9 million. That’s a difference of over $110 million between first and second place and represents the fifth largest gap between No. 1 and No. 2 at the box office, all-time.

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Reese Witherspoon stars in “Home Again”

After three consecutive weeks on top, Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard fell to third place this weekend. The Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson action/comedy brought in an extra $4.85 million.

New Line and Warner Bros. also clutched the fourth slot this weekend with Annabelle: Creation, which brought in $4 million dollars. The new domestic cume for the horror spin-off prequel sits at $96.2 million. It won’t be long until the film breaks the $100 million mark and becomes the only August release to do so.

Rounding out the top five this weekend is the Weinstein Company’s Wind River. The last installment in Writer/Director Taylors Sheridan’s unofficial American Frontier trilogy  brought in $3.2 million.

In all, this is great news for the box office in general after last week’s historical slump. Apparently people were just saving their money for something they really wanted to see.

What do you all make of this news? Did you expect IT to break $100 million? I know I didn’t. Leave me your comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!


If you’d asked me how the box office was going to shake out this past weekend, I would have said that The Fate of the Furious takes the number one slot for the third week in a row. Predictably, it did, pulling in nearly $20 million and officially crossing the $1 billion benchmark.

What I would not have foreseen, however, is How to be a Latin Lover taking the number two slot with just over $12 million. It looked entertaining but lacked the star power that commercially successful raunchy comedies typically have. It’s marketing was also largely relegated to the online sphere and there was not a lot of chatter behind it. Not to mention the film was playing on a fraction of the number of screens nationwide as its Hollywood competitors. Despite those odds, it averaged almost $11 thousand per screen this weekend to lock down second place in the U.S.

The third slot, however, is where I would have been very, very off. I would have guessed The Boss Baby or Beauty and the Beast lands here. In actuality, it was Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. That’s right. The sequel to 2015 Indian film Baahubali: The Beginning took the third spot at the domestic box office. It played on even less screens than How to be a Latin Lover, only 425 in the country. That’s an average of $24,364 per screen, the most of any film out right now. Amazing!

The Boss Baby continues its top five streak with the fourth slot, pulling in nearly $10 million in its fifth weekend. The animated family flick is nearing the $400 million line worldwide.

The star-studded psychological thriller The Circle had a disappointing debut to round out the top five. It opened to just $9.6 million on an $18 million budget.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will look to dethrone ‘Fate’ when it opens this weekend.

What do you all think of the top five this weekend? Are you as shocked as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

Weekly Box Office Work-Up: Apr. 21-23

It was a disappointing weekend at the box office for new releases, of which there were five. None of them managed to crack the top five. Born in China, the latest Disneynature documentary, came the closest at number six with $4.7 million.

In fact, this week’s top five performers are the same top five from last weekend only with a slight variation. Zach Braff’s remake Going in Style took the number four slot and pushed Smurfs: The Lost Village down to five.

The Fate of the Furious once again took the top spot with $38 million domestic. If you haven’t been paying attention, that means the eighth ‘Fast and Furious’ film has cleared $910 million worldwide. Only a handful of films in history have grossed over one billion dollars and ‘Fate’ has nearly done it in just two weeks. Bonkers!

Here are the specific tallies:

                                                                                Weekend Domestic                                       Worldwide

1. The Fate of the Furious                    $38,408,415                                       $910,798,783

2. The Boss Baby                                    $12,712,144                                       $360,303,943

3. Beauty and the Beast                        $9,662,645                                         $1,101,396,411

4. Going in Style                                     $4,910,895                                         $51,294,817

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village                  $4,880,377                                         $134,573,099


Weekly Box Office Work-Up (Apr.14-16): Don’t be fooled by ‘F8’ opening record

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Universal tent pole franchise, blazed across the weekend finish line. It topped the domestic box office with over $98 million. That’s a strong number for sure, but it’s a drop of nearly 50% from the previous installment.

And while the numbers suggest American audiences have grown fast and fatigued of the franchise, these films do have  traction overseas. The international haul for ‘Fate’ was $433.2 million. Combined, The Fate of the Furious had a record-setting weekend with a worldwide gross of nearly $532 million.


The sexy headlines across the internet this Monday will have you know that ‘Fate’ took the record from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which opened worldwide to $529 million. And while this is technically the case, it’s also important to keep in mind that ‘The Force Awakens’ only opened to 46 markets worldwide while ‘Fate’ opened to 63. There are countless variables that play into where and when a particular film will open around the world. The worldwide comparison won’t truly matter until ‘Fate’ runs its theatrical course.

In other box office news, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake has joined the exclusive billion-dollar club. Not adjusted for inflation, the film is now the 22nd highest grossing film of all time.

Here’s the specific breakdown of the top five movies this weekend (provided by Box Office Mojo):

1. The Fate of the Furious

Domestic: $98,786,705          Worldwide: $532

2. The Boss Baby

Domestic: $16,012,349          Worldwide: $288,171,663

3. Beauty and the Beast

Domestic: $13,705,122          Worldwide: $1,043,120,873

4. Smurfs: The Lost Village

Domestic: $6,714,300            Worldwide: $95,245,059

5. Going in Style

Domestic: $6,288,402            Worldwide: $35,318,880

What do you think of our top five this weekend? Are you at all surprised by huge domestic drop-off for the Fast & Furious franchise? Do you think it’ll make more money overall than ‘The Force Awakens’? Let us know in the comments below!

Weekly Box Office Work-Up: Apr. 7-9

Despite many predictions, nothing could demote The Boss Baby in its second week. Dreamworks’ animated hit rattled the box office competition with an additional $26.3 haul. Both times the family flick managed to stave off Disney’s juggernaut Beauty and the Beast, which still scared up $23.6 million in its fourth week, on its way to crossing the $1 billion bench.

Many predicted Smurfs: The Lost Village to find its way to the number one spot this weekend and to stake its claim as the dominate family friendly film; however, it landed at number three instead with $13.2 million. I think it’s fair to say that “Smurf fatigue” may be setting in.

Meanwhile, Zach Braff’s latest, Going in Style (a remake from 1979), over performed. The heist comedy (our review here) got away with nearly $12 million after initial reports had it tracking at an $8 million opening. It’ll be interesting to see how far its legs can take it in the coming weeks.

Rounding out the top five this weekend is the Paramount bomb Ghost in the Shell (our review here). The film fell more than 60% in its second week to just over $7 million. Paramount has recently come out saying they believe the whitewashing controversy surrounding the sci-fi crime drama negatively impacted the film’s overall performance.

Here are the specific tallies for the weekend (provided by the lovely BoxOfficeMojo.com):

1.) The Boss Baby


Domestic weekend: $26,363,488

% drop: -47.5

Worldwide gross: $202,396,424





2.) Beauty and the Beast



Domestic weekend: $23,652,605

% drop: -47.9

Worldwide gross: $983,483,188




3.) Smurfs: The Lost Village



Domestic weekend: $13,210,449

% drop: n/a

Worldwide gross: $56,247,537




4.) Going in Style



Domestic weekend: $

% drop: n/a

Worldwide gross: $11,932,330




5.) Ghost in the Shell



Domestic weekend: $7,306,413

% drop: -60.9

Worldwide gross: $129,196,421




This weekend Universal’s lucrative, grounded, street-level racing franchise returns with its latest installment The Fate of the Furious. Mark your calendar, ladies and gents because the Summer movie season is about to rev up! What did you see this weekend and are you excited for the new ‘Fast and Furious’ flick? Let us know in the comments below!

Weekly Box Office Work-Up: Mar. 31- Apr. 2

There’s a new boss at the box office. In its opening weekend, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby came out on top with $49 million, despite filling a diaper critically (you can check out our written review here or our video review here). Its shocking success could be due to the current lack of family programming. The animated film narrowly beat out Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, which brought in $47.5 million in its THIRD weekend (which is still insane!).

The last three films in the top five sing similar songs of disappointment, though some more so than others. Ghost in the Shell had the most dramatic turnout, landing $19 million on a $110 million budget. The live-action anime suffered from muddled marketing and a huge backlash for its whitewashing with Scarlett Johansson.

Power Rangers dropped 64% in its second week with $14.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed just under $100 million. With a $100 million production budget, a sequel is far from a done deal if we get one at all.

Kong: Skull Island rounded out the top five, adding an extra $8.8 million for an international cume just over $479 million. This sounds like a raging success; however, the giant monkey movie cost almost $200 to make. To ring a profit, typically, films need to more than double their budget once you throw in marketing and distribution costs. This said, ‘Kong’ is just on the cusp of making money, so it will be interesting to see how Legendary and Warner Bros. approach their upcoming Godzilla sequel and King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Here are this weekend’s top five finishes as well as their specific tallies (provided by the lovely Box Office Mojo):

1.) The Boss Baby

boss baby

Weekend gross (domestic): $49 mill.

% change: N/A

Total gross (domestic): $60.8

Total worldwide gross: $109.8 mill.

Original budget: N/A

2.) Beauty and the Beast

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Weekend gross (domestic): $47.5 mill.

% change: -47.4 %

Total gross (domestic): $395 mill.

Total worldwide gross: $877 mill.

Original budget: $160 mill.

3.) Ghost in the Shell

GITS poser

Weekend gross (domestic): $19 mill.

% change: N/A

Total gross (domestic): $40.1

Total worldwide gross: $59.1 mill.

Original budget: $110 mill.

4.) Power Rangers

power rangers

Weekend gross (domestic): $14.5 mill.

% change: -65%

Total gross (domestic): $65

Total worldwide gross: $97.7 mill.

Original budget: $100 mill.

5.) Kong: Skull Island

kongWeekend gross (domestic): $8.8 mill.

% change: -40%

Total gross (domestic): $147.8 mill.

Total worldwide gross: $479 mill.

Original budget: $185 mill.



This weekend you can discover the animated Smurfs: The Lost Village in theaters. The senior heist comedy Going in Style will also be looking to make a clean getaway. The faith-based film The Case for Christ and the Anne Hathaway creature feature Colossal also opening.

What did you guys think of this weekend's box office? Any surprises? Let us know in the comments below!