Happy Death Day

Weekend Box Office: Out of the Jaws of Death

Although ‘It’ is still in the Top 5, after six weeks, the film’s performance is starting to wind down. Horror lovers who already showed up for that movie got behind this weekend’s PG-13 scare flick, easily landing it atop the charts.

At the same time, Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan’s latest thriller outgrossed expectations and the Thurgood Marshall bio-pic performed as expected, while the historical drama about Wonder Woman’s inception absolutely tanked.

The horribly-titled ‘Happy Death Day‘ is yet another 2017 win for Blumhouse. Produced on a micro budget of $4.8 million, the teen-friendly slasher-meets-‘Groundhog Day’ debuted to $26.5 million. Grossing almost twice as much as the #2 movie, it had no trouble locking in the top spot. The movie, which shares the same initials as this excellent site, also pulled $5 million from 11 international markets, bringing its worldwide opening to $31.5 million.

Once again, despite glowing reviews, ‘Blade Runner 2049‘ struggled to find an audience. Still playing on more than 4,000 screens, it fell 54% in attendance and only earned $15.1 million. The ten-day domestic total for this $150 million film is at $60.5 million. Its international box office is a little kinder. Foreign ticket sales are now up to $98 million, giving it a $158.5 million worldwide total. The sci-fi sequel has yet to open in a few major international markets. While it’s likely to perform well there, it’s still unlikely that the film will get to the estimated $450 million needed for Warner Bros. and Sony to break even.

Jackie Chan beats a lot of Irishman in his new movie. Following suit, the movie itself beat expectations. ‘The Foreigner‘ grossed $12.8 million in North America. Combined with the $88.4 million from overseas over the last two weeks, the $35 million political thriller has a $101.2 million worldwide total.

It‘ finished in fourth place with $6 million. After six week, it has made $314.9 million domestically and $315.7 million internationally, putting its worldwide total at $630.6 million.

Last week’s romantic survival drama ‘The Mountain Between Us‘ fell from second place with a 47% decline and rounded out the Top 5 with $5.4 million. After ten days, the $35 million Kate Winslet/Idris Elba vehicle has $20.5 million in North America and $9.7 million overseas.

Open Road’s Thurgood Marshall bio-pic opened right alongside pre-weekend expectations. Playing on 821 screens, ‘Marshall‘ finished at #11 with $3 million and a per-screen average of $3,702. The $12 million picture has yet to open outside of North America.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women‘ had disastrous returns at 1,229 locations. Finishing at #14, the film barely scraped together $737,000, for a per-screen average of $600. That poor performance is low enough to rank it #18 in the “worst debuts for films opening on 1,000+ screens” list. The historical drama has yet to open overseas.

At the specialty box office, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin‘ had a so-so debut. From nine locations, it made $55,800 and a per-screen average of $6,200. Fox Searchlight will expand the movie over the coming weeks.

Andy Serkis’ directorial debut opened about on par with ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’. From four locations, ‘Breathe‘ took $26,254 and a per-screen average of $6,564. It’s also expected to expand in the coming weeks.

Top 10:

1. ‘Happy Death Day’ (Universal) – $26,500,000

2. ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (Warner Bros.) – $15,100,000

3. ‘The Foreigner’ (STX) – $12,840,000

4. ‘It’ (Warner Bros.) – $6,050,000

5. ‘The Mountain Between Us’ (Fox) – $5,650,000

6. ‘American Made’ (Universal) – $5,423,000

7. ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (Fox) – $5,315,000

8. ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ (Warner Bros.) – $4,315,000

9. ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ (Lionsgate) – $4,000,000

10. ‘Victoria and Abdul’ (Focus) – $3,115,000

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