BOX OFFICE REPORT
March 23-25, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Pacific Rim: Uprising||$28.0 million|
|Black Panther||$16.6 million|
|I Can Only Imagine||$13.3 million|
|Sherlock Gnomes||$10.6 million|
|Tomb Raider||$10.4 million|
After five weeks of absolute dominance, Black Panther reached another record. But it's finally been unseated as the top movie in the country. Pacific Rim: Uprising took the No. 1 spot with an estimated $28 million. While that was enough to be the biggest movie of the weekend, it's less than the first film's debut five years ago, which only opened at No. 3 with $37.2 million.
Black Panther fell to No. 2, but with its excellent $16.6 million, it became the fifth-biggest movie ever, passing Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers. Even with big competition from Ready Player One next weekend, it still looks poised to pass both Jurassic World and Titanic by the time it completes its run to become the third-biggest movie of all time.
I Can Only Imagine stayed at No. 3, dropping less than 20 percent. By next week, it will have made seven times its budget, making it one of the most profitable movies of the year. Sherlock Gnomes only took in $10.6 million. That's well below the $25.3 million that Gnomeo and Juliet opened with seven years ago. Tomb Raider dropped to fifth with only $10.4 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Isle of Dogs, the latest hipster endeavor from Wes Anderson. His second animated film averaged $58,148 on its 27 screens. That's easily the best indie debut of the year thus far.
- None of the other new releases even made a dent. Paul, Apostle of Christ fared best at No. 8 with just $5 million. Midnight Sun barely cracked the top 10, while Unsane couldn't even manage that.
- Gringo and The Hurricane Heist joined the list of mega-flops. Both films shed more than 2,000 screens, dropping more than 90 percent in their third weekends.
Ready Player One gets a head start on Thursday. What should be a slam dunk has struggled mightily to claim the cultural conversation. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's sci-fi best-seller will definitely be No. 1, but will almost certainly be less than Warner Bros. was hoping. So I'm going to hedge my bets and say it will take $65 million. Certainly not the world-beater it could be, but the second-best debut of the year. Tyler Perry's Acrimony and God's Not Dead 3 won't be any competition.