BOX OFFICE REPORT
March 3-5, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Get Out||$26.1 million|
|The Shack||$16.1 million|
|The LEGO Batman Movie||$11.6 million|
|Before I Fall||$4.9 million|
For his final turn as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman went out on top. Logan scored the biggest opening of 2017 so far. Its $85.3 million debut is even higher than his first solo opening in 2009. And given that its reception from critics and audiences was much higher, it should finish higher than that film's $179.8 million. That bow is also higher than X-Men: Apocalypse last summer, which fizzled rather quickly. And it's one of the top 5 R-rated openings of all time. But enough records, this is a great movie that a lot of people went to see. That doesn't happen every day.
Speaking of which, Get Out only fell around 22 percent, which is unheard of for a horror movie. It's already made nearly $76 million, and could top $100 million as soon as next weekend. Even beyond its social impact, Get Out is also proof that most important studio right now is Blumhouse. The horror imprint of Universal has consistently churned out profitable little movies for several years and has now had its biggest year already with this and Split.
The Shack opened at No. 3, a successful faith-based movie after a couple years of downturn. Despite controversy within the Christian community, it debuted with a strong $16.1 million. It received middling reviews from critics, but a strong response from audiences. The LEGO Batman Movie fell to No. 4, which was far more than Before I Fall. That latest YA adaptation took in an anemic $4.9 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Once again, it's Kedi, the Turkish documentary about the country's most famous cat. It didn't add any theaters, but still averaged $18,054 on its 13 screens. In fact, it even topped Collide, which was playing on about 1,000 more screens.
- After its crazy Best Picture win, Moonlight expanded to nearly 1,500 screens. It earned around $2.5 million, which is its biggest single weekend to date.
- Table 19 had to face even more rejection. Despite opening on more than 850 screens, it only took in $1.5 million.
Kong: Skull Island is the only big release. It's unclear just how well it will do. If it's as big as 2014's Godzilla reboot, we're looking at $90 million. I would be shocked if that happened. Something around $60 million seems more likely, which would put it at No. 1.