BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 6-8, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Blade Runner 2049||$31.5 million|
|The Mountain Between Us||$10.0 million|
|My Little Pony: The Movie||$8.8 million|
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle||$8.1 million|
Arriving 35 years after the groundbreaking original, Blade Runner 2049 received rave reviews and opened against a lot of competition. But just like the original, it's more likely to be a cult sensation than a major phenomenon. This very belated, much-hyped sequel is one of the most stunning visual achievements of 2017, but still fell well short of expectations. Even so, $31.5 million is the biggest opening for director Denis Villeneuve, whose star has been rising for four straight years. It's also already made more than the original film, even though of course ticket prices (and viewing habits) have changed a lot since 1982. With no big movies opening until November, there's still a chance it could break $100 million and not be seen as a total flop.
The Mountain Between Us, which tried to combine disaster movies with epic romance, did all right for itself. The Idris Elba-Kate Winslet adventure took in around $10 million. At a price tag of only $35 million, that should see a nice return for Fox, which is still reeling from underperforming blockbusters like Alien: Covenant and War for the Planet of the Apes. That $10 million was barely enough to beat the fifth solid week for It, which became only the fourth R-rated movie to cross $300 million and the biggest horror movie of all time.
Yet despite a very intense fanbase of all ages, My Little Pony: The Movie did not make a successful leap to the big screen. Bronies and little girls didn't really show up, as the film made only $8.8 million. Yet it's sure to recoup its cost when it hits home video and streaming. Kingsman: The Golden Circle dropped from first to fifth – one of the few times that's ever happened – as it made only $8.1 million in its third weekend.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Sean Baker's highly anticipated The Florida Project. The dramedy about kids navigating the weekly hotels and off-brand shops of Central Florida took in a whopping $38,336 on each of its four screens.
- Victoria and Abdul continues to be a massive success, despite a small theater count. Judi Dench reprises her role as Queen Victoria, and audiences have been turning out. It's only playing on 732 screens, yet beat out the second weekend of Flatliners, which is on more than three times the screens. If this continues, some Oscar nominations might be coming its way.
- Sadly, no one wanted to take in The Stray. It's the latest inspirational movie with a cute dog, from Mormon film distributor Purdie. It only made $550,000.
Next week: The Foreigner, in which Jackie Chan goes full Liam Neeson, takes on gimmicky horror movie Happy Death Day. I'm betting people aren't tired of the former, which should be No. 1 with about $20 million.