Kong: Skull Island opened to a respectable $61 million, enough to push last week’s champ, Logan, to 2nd. Meanwhile Get Out continues to impress in 3rd.
Before the weekend most had Kong: Skull Island somewhere between $45 million and $55 million. Even as the weekend started and Friday numbers came in at $20.1 million, Kong: Skull Island was still looking at $50 million tops. But then something happened, Kong went up on Saturday (+18.6%, $23.9 million), and that’s not something we really see these days, not from Hollywood blockbusters. The final weekend tally was $61 million, which is actually up from the $50.1 million made by Peter Jackson’s King Kong in 2005. Of course Kong: Skull Island is probably not going to do quite as well overall, certainly not $218.1 million, but this weekend definitely showed promise.
Word of mouth is good and that could make a big difference here, maybe enough to get Skull Island from a domestic total of $140-150 million to maybe as high as $170-180 million. It’s still too early to pinpoint an exact number, but I have a good feeling about this one.
Logan lost 56.9%, coming in at $38.1 million in 2nd. That’s maybe a slightly bigger than expected drop, probably because of Kong. In 11 days Logan raised $156.5 million in the US, already more than the entire domestic run of The Wolverine ($132.6 million). It’s also $37.1 million ahead of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse through the same point and only $9.3 million behind X-Men: Days of Future Past. That all means Logan is still very much on track to possibly become the 2nd highest grossing X-Men film to date. To do that Logan needs to overtake X-Men: The Last Stand ($234.4 million). Days of Future Past stopped at $233.9 million (3rd) and Deadpool is obviously number 1 with $363.1 million. Right now Logan is headed for $220-240 million domestically and hopefully it goes even higher.
Get Out made $20.7 million in 3rd, down only 26.5%. Considering Get Out opened with $33.4 million and two weeks later it’s still above $20 million, that’s pretty insane. What’s really crazy is this is a horror movie, a genre not known for box office legs. I mean this makes Split‘s staying power look average. In just 18 days Get Out grossed $113.1 million in the US, making it the fastest selling Blumhouse title to date, beating movies like Split ($99.7 million) and Paranormal Activity 3 ($95.6 million). Even more, sometime next week Get Out should become Blumhouse Productions’ most successful film yet (currently Split with $135.9 million).
The Shack got $10 million in 4th, dropping only -38.1% from its opening weekend. The faith-based film is now at $33.2 million domestically, looking to eventually make its way to more than $50 million.
The LEGO Batman Movie rounds out the top 5 with $7.6 million, off by -34.9%. After 32 days the animation made $159.7 million in the US and at some point today probably lost the number 1 spot for the year to Logan (who will lose it to Beauty and the Beast next week).
And lastly it seems audiences already lost interest in 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight, which lost 60.8%, falling from 13th to 17th with just $0.9 million. The drama’s box office domestic total is $27 million.