The directorial debut of Jordan Peele, horror Get Out, had the 4th best opening weekend of the year so far, more than enough to push The LEGO Batman Movie to 2nd.
That was sort of unexpected, over the course of the weekend Get Out went from low 20’s to mid 20’s, high 20’s and then studio estimates on Sunday had it at $30.5 million. The actual number for Get Out‘s opening weekend was $33.4 million, surpassing even the most optimistic predictions going into the weekend. With Split ($40 million start) and now this, horror is having a great early 2017 as the 3rd and 4th best debuts of the year belong to these two. In March Get Out will face some very stiff competition, but even so looking at the way this weekend went I’m positive the film will end its box office run North of $100 million in the US.
The LEGO Batman Movie came in 2nd with $19.2 million, down 41.2% from last weekend. That propelled the animation to $133.2 million domestically, enough to overtake Split (130.8 million) and become 2017’s top earner. Of course if Logan goes the way I think it will go, The LEGO Batman Movie might not stay there for long. And even if Logan fails (which it won’t), Beauty and the Beast should have no trouble taking the top spot a few weeks later. Suffice it to say March will be a pretty crazy month at the box office, looking more like May, June or November. That means The LEGO Batman Movie might take a hit or two (or three), so $180 million could be its ceiling in the US.
John Wick: Chapter 2 actually moved up a spot, from 4th to 3rd with $9.4 million, off by 42.3% from last frame. So far the Keanu Reeves action flick has $74.8 million domestically and I’m hoping it can still reach $100 million. But Logan will definitely take a big bite out of John Wick‘s potential box office pie, so that number might be too high. In that case $95 million should still suffice, plus we already know John Wick: Chapter 3 is a thing and that’s really all I’m asking for.
The Great Wall had a surprisingly strong 2nd weekend with $9.1 million in 4th, down just 50.6% (instead of the 60% or more everyone expected). I mean it still won’t make it to $50 million domestically, but at least The Great Wall seems to have better box office legs than Warcraft did for Legendary.
Fifty Shades Darker rounds out the top 5 with $7.8 million, down 61.6%. Now that’s more like the Fifty Shades we know. The sequel sits at $103.7 million after 17 days in the US and will very likely stop somewhere around $115 million.
The other two wide releases of the weekend, Rock Dog and Collide, bombed in 11th and 13th with $3.7 million and $1.5 million respectively. That last one is way up there with some of the worst opening weekends of all-time. Among films that came out in more than 2000 theaters Collide now has the 6th worst star ever.
Best Picture winner Moonlight was 19th with $0.6 million and $22.1 million so far. Should be interesting seeing the effect of that win next weekend. Might even be enough to finally get Moonlight in the top 10. Right now Moonlight is still the lowest grossing of the 2017 Best Picture nominated films as well as the only one that has yet to enter the top 10.