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No Breakouts, No Problem, Over MLK Weekend

By John Hamann

January 17, 2016

Ah! Our box office declined!

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Michael Bay actually made a decent film this time around as well. At the time of this writing, 13 Hours was 60% fresh, Bay’s first fresh film since he had a bit part in Mystery Men (also 60% fresh), and his first directed film since The Rock in 1996 (66% fresh). The Cinemascore was also fantastic at an A, which may indicate that Paramount could add screens to 13 Hours going forward.

Daddy’s Home continues its quiet but remarkable run. In its fourth weekend, the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy earned another $9.3 million, off 38%, and brought its total up to a very impressive $129.3 million. Daddy’s Home passed Anchorman 2 to become Ferrell’s fifth biggest domestic earner and is going to finish domestically with about $150 million. It has another $50 million in overseas sales, so this $50 million production is hitting the win column for Paramount.

New animated release Norm of the North opens in sixth. It earned only $6.7 million to start, and is going to fade quickly. It is our first candidate of the year for a film with zero positive reviews, as 33 reviewers at RottenTomatoes have chimed in without a positive notice. The Cinemascore is also a B-, so this is going to vanish soon.

Seventh is last weekend’s new horror release, The Forest. After opening to $12.7 million last weekend, the bottom fell out this weekend, as it earned only $5.8 million. That’s a drop of 55%, but the $10 million film is going to do fine with a gross so far of $21.1 million.


The Big Short is eighth and holds nicely after picking up five Oscar nominations this week. After earning $6.2 million last weekend, the Adam McKay film fell only 16% this weekend, earning $5.2 million. The Paramount release lifts its domestic total up to $50.5 million against a $28 million budget.

Sisters is ninth, as it earned $4.4 million, dropping 39%. The domestic total for the $30 million film has now hit $81.8 million and it has another $10 million overseas.

The Hateful Eight received three Oscar nominations, but the bottom still fell out this weekend. The Quentin Tarantino flick earned $3.4 million and declined 46%. That’s the second consecutive large drop for the western talker, as its domestic gross grows to $47.6 million against a $44 million budget.

Overall this weekend, the box office did okay, but there was no chance of catching last year, when American Sniper earned $89.3 million over three days. This weekend, the top 12 earned $145.1 million, a solid result, but well back of the $184.8 million earned last year. Next weekend brings three more releases each opening with a screen count between 2,500 and 3,000. STX opens The Boy with Maggie from The Walking Dead; Robert De Niro and Zac Efron share the screen in Dirty Grandpa; and Chloe Moretz rides The 5th Wave.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/15/16-1/17/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Ride Along 2 Universal $34,040,000 New $34,040,000
2 The Revanant Fox $29,500,000 - 26% $87,500,000
3 Star Wars: the Force Awakens Disney $25,125,000 - 41% $851,053,000
4 13 Hours Paramount $16,000,000 New $16,000,000
5 Daddy's Home Paramount $9,300,000 - 38% $129,300,000
6 Norm of the North Lionsgate $6,675,000 New $6,675,000
7 The Forest Gramercy Pictures $5,792,000 - 55% $21,215,634
8 The Big Short Paramount $5,200,000 - 16% $50,571,000
9 Sisters Universal $4,420,000 - 39% $81,853,630
10 The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. $3,447,000 - 46% $47,595,491
11 Alvin And the Chipmunks: Road Chip Fox $2,900,000 - 49% $79,500,000
12 Joy Fox $2,675,000 - 40% $51,300,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Lady In the Van Sony Classics $72,264 New $119,936
  Wazir Reliance Ent. $250,000 - 57% $975,000
  Anomalisa Paramount $290,000 + 34% $870,000
  45 Years IFC Films $95,000 + 23% $465,000
  Son of Saul Sony Classics $113,748 + 360% $334,676
  Creed WARNER BROS. $1,105,000 - 27% $107,270,000
  The Danish Girl Focus Features $649,000 - 23% $8,693,637
  Carol Weinstein Co. $1,383,000 - 7% $9,078,854
  Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 Lionsgate $1,100,000 - 48% $279,300,000
  Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,660,000 + 57% $24,500,000
  Spotlight Open Road Films $1,549,967 + 67% $30,500,000
  The Martian Fox $416,000 + 11% $227,050,000
  Room A24 $700,000 + 504% $5,900,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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