BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 11-13, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Upside||$19.5 million|
|A Dog's Way Home||$11.3 million|
Into the Spider-Verse
|Escape Room||$8.9 million|
He may have lost his gig hosting the Oscars, but Kevin Hart is laughing all the way to the bank. The Upside, the American remake of French sensation The Intouchables, scored the top spot at the box office, unseating Aquaman from its throne. The film, which had been delayed while the Weinstein Company went through bankruptcy, scored an estimated $19.5 million. That's sadly more than the original – one of my favorite films of the decade – made here, but it never played on even 200 screens. But The Upside won't match that film's massive global haul. Its $416 million take makes it one of the most successful non-English language films ever made.
Aquaman slipped to No. 2, as it became the first DC Extended Universe movie to cross $1 billion internationally, and only the 37th movie ever to reach that milestone. It will cross $300 million here, but won't be able to top Suicide Squad or Batman v Superman, especially with another superhero movie coming next weekend.
A Dog's Way Home opened in third place. Audiences didn't feel the puppy love as much as they did with A Dog's Purpose two years ago. But don't worry, animal lovers. There's yet another doggo movie opening in June: a sequel to A Dog's Purpose called A Dog's Journey, that somehow isn't the same movie as A Dog's Way Home. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped to fourth, but only at a 30 percent slip. It's almost to $150 million, and I'm frankly surprised at how long it took to get there. Escape Room moved down to fifth, giving Sony three of the top five films.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Cold War was an appropriately chilly winner. The bleak Polish romance averaged $8,755 on its 10 screens. Expect that to expand once it's inevitably nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (and possibly more awards) at the Oscars.
- The Golden Globes feel like they were months ago, but they were only last Sunday. Best Picture winners Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody both got a bump, with the former nearly $40 million and the latter surging up close to $200 million. But the biggest beneficiary was Glenn Close's film The Wife. In its 22nd weekend in theaters, Sony added 146 new screens, leading to a whopping 1,677.5 percent increase in ticket sales.
- Keanu Reeves couldn't copy his success into the cloning sci-fi thriller Replicas. The film opened way back in 12th place, with a dreadful $2.5 million. That's much worse than 1995's so-bad-its-good cyberpunk disaster Johnny Mnemonic.
Everyone's moving out of the way of M. Night Shyamalan, which is not a phrase I thought I would ever write. But Glass is expected to shatter (pun intended) January opening records. Technically, American Sniper expanded into wide release with $89 million back in January 2015. I don't think this will go quite that high, but will blow previous record holder Ride Along out of the water. I think $70 to $75 million is most likely, even with the bad reviews, giving Shyamalan and Willis the biggest opening of their careers.