Weekly Box Office Work-Ups

PRE-SUMMER SHOCKER AT THE BOX OFFICE!!

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.

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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

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Domestic weekend: $26,363,488

% drop: -47.5

Worldwide gross: $202,396,424

 

 

 

 

2.) Beauty and the Beast

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Domestic weekend: $23,652,605

% drop: -47.9

Worldwide gross: $983,483,188

 

 

 

3.) Smurfs: The Lost Village

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Domestic weekend: $13,210,449

% drop: n/a

Worldwide gross: $56,247,537

 

 

 

4.) Going in Style

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Domestic weekend: $

% drop: n/a

Worldwide gross: $11,932,330

 

 

 

5.) Ghost in the Shell

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Weekly Box Office Work-Up: Mar. 24-26

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continued to feast a top the box office this weekend. The film took in $88.3 million for the fourth largest second weekend ever. It’s also the fourth consecutive film from the studio to gross over $600 internationally. Sean Bailey, Disney Studio’s President of Production, recently spoke on the beastly success of ‘Beast’ and gave an update on possible future spin-offs and prequels (details here).

In terms of new releases, Power Rangers put up the best fight against Disney’s money machine. The 90’s cheesefest powered to a $40.5 million. On a $100 million production budget, we may not hear an official sequel announcement from Lionsgate as soon as they’d hoped (come on, Mr. Ooze!). Meanwhile, there wasn’t much life in Sony’s space monster movie Life, which landed $12.6 million. The Warner Bros. adaptation of the 70’s sitcom CHiPS couldn’t crunch the top five with an ironically funny $7.6 million.

Domestic= How much a movie made within the United States

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

% change= the percentage a film's domestic gross dropped from previous weekend

1.) Beauty & the Beast

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Weekend gross (domestic): $88.3 million

% change: -49.4%

Total gross (domestic): $316.9 million

Total worldwide gross: $690.2 million

Original budget: $160 million

 

2.) Power Rangers

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Weekend gross (domestic): $40.5 million

% change: n/a

Total gross (domestic): $40.5 million

Total worldwide gross: $59.2

Original budget: $100 million

 

3.) Kong: Skull Island

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Weekend gross (domestic): $14.4

% change: -42.8%

Total gross (domestic): $133.5 million

Total worldwide gross: $392.1 million

Original budget: $185 million

 

4.) Life

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Weekend gross (domestic): $12.6 million

% change: n/a

Total gross (domestic): $12.6 million

Total worldwide gross: $28.7 million

Original budget: $58 million

 

5.) Logan

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Weekend gross (domestic): $10.1 million

% change: -43.1%

Total gross (domestic): $201.4 million

Total worldwide gross: $565.5 million

Original budget: $94 million

 

Look for another busy brawl at the box office this weekend to finish out this blockbuster March. The live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson opens against the WWII drama The Zookeeper’s Wife as well as the family-friendly animation The Boss Baby. Check in next weekend for those final tallies!

Weekly Box Office Work-Up: Mar. 17-19

After a record-setting weekend, Disney’s live-action adaptation of the Tale as Old as Time has proven that age truly is just a number. Beauty and the Beast (2017) now boasts the biggest March opening (domestically speaking), with a $174.8 million take. It beat out Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the honor, which set the record just last year with $166 million. This ferocious haul also makes Beauty and the Beast the sixth largest domestic opening ever (Disney now owns six of the top seven).

This box office ravaging reinforces our current nostalgia culture. In fact, the films taking second and third place this weekend, in some fashion or another, appeal to our collective desire to relive the good ol’ days. Kong: Skull Island, for instance, is just the next step in the evolution of movies’ favorite monkey and Logan concludes Hugh Jackman’s run of (arguably) the most iconic superhero of the past two decades.

Challenging nostalgia culture, however, is Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. The film only dropped 36.1% in its fourth weekend, which is fantastic considering the average drop-off for a movie going from week one into week two is around 50%. There’s no doubt that part of Get Out‘s prolonged success is its alternative programming appeal. It also helps that it’s a great film that continues to get great buzz. There is something to be said for true, quality filmmaking.

*Domestic= how much money a particular movie made in the U.S.

Here are this weekend’s specific numbers (all by the lovely boxofficemojo.com):

1.) Beauty and the Beast

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Weekend gross (domestic): $174.8 million

% change: n/a

Total gross (domestic): $174.8 million

Total worldwide gross: $352.2

Original budget: $160 million

2.) Kong: Skull Island

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Weekend gross (domestic): $28.85 million

% change: -53%

Total gross (domestic): $110 million

Total worldwide gross: $259.3 million

Original budget: $185 million

 

3.) Logan

logan

 

Weekend gross (domestic): $17.5 million

% change: -54.1%

Total gross (domestic): $184.9 million

Total worldwide gross: $524.1 million (#1 worldwide release of 2017 so far)

Original budget: $97 million

 

4.) Get Out

get out

 

Weekend gross (domestic): $13.2 million

% change: -36.1%

Total gross (domestic): $133 million

Total worldwide gross: $135.9 million (made international debut)

Original budget: $4.5 million

 

Opening this weekend are two reboot hopefuls. The first is the Power Rangers written (partially) by Hollywood’s own son, Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The next one up is CHiPS, written and directed by Dax Sheppard based on the 1970’s sitcom. Also visiting theaters will be the sci-fi horror flick Life, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca Ferguson. Check back next weekend for the full work-up!

As always, folks, feel free to leave your comments. What do you think of the top four? Did you get to see any of them? Why or why not? How do you think next weekend will shake up? Let me know!