Weekend Wrap-Up

Deadpool Roughs Up the $140 million Gods of Egypt

By John Hamann

February 28, 2016

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Fourth is Sony’s Risen, which got off to a decent start last weekend with $11.8 million – not bad for a small faith-based film with a $20 million budget. In its second weekend, Risen earned $7 million, off 41% compared to last weekend. Risen has now earned $22.7 million, eclipsing its production budget stateside, and gets to work overseas on March 17th, as it enters some bigger international markets like the United Kingdom.

New release Eddie the Eagle is fifth, as the marketing for this feel-gooder failed to make an impact on North American audiences. Despite the presence of Hugh Jackman, Eddie the Eagle could only manage $6.3 million, giving Jackman his lowest opening since Deception in 2008. Eddie the Eagle opened at only 2,042 venues, so if the A Cinemascore gets people talking, there is room for a film like this to expand. Made for $23 million, Eddie is going to have to do well in the UK to find a profit.

Triple 9, the new crime thriller from Open Road Films, finishes sixth. This one has a great cast (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Norman Reedus), but a dark, dense look to it, which may have put some off. Triple 9 had Thursday/Friday of $2.1 million and was able to turn that into a weekend gross of only $6.1 million. The production cost for the film was $20 million, an admirable amount considering the weight of the cast. At Rotten Tomatoes, 110 critics saw the film, and 60 found something to like, leaving Triple 9 with a 55% fresh rating. The Cinemascore is a troubling C+, which means this one is going to have to work hard to earn its money back.

How To Be Single lands in seventh. The rom-com earned another $5.2 million, dropping 37%. The Warner Bros. comedy has now had three weekends in release and has earned $39.6 million domestically. It cost $38 million to make, and will likely find $50 million at the domestic box office. It has also earned $35 million overseas thus far, so it could finish as a win for the studio.


Eighth goes to The Witch, which opened in fourth last weekend. After earning a C- Cinemascore, I thought the result would be worse this weekend, but the small A24 release found $5 million and fell 43%. The Witch was a $1 million pick up for A24 (plus marketing of course), so a gross to date of $16.6 million has to be good news for this upstart studio.

Race, the biopic about Jesse Owens, finishes ninth. The Focus release earned only $4.3 million in its second weekend, dropping 42%. The gross to date has reached $13.9 million, and you can expect to see it on Netflix in no time.

The Revenant, our only Best Picture nominee in the top 10, earned $3.8 million over Oscar weekend. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer dropped an almost nonresistant 2% and brings its powerful domestic gross up to $170.5 million. The Revenant cost $135 million to make, and the $217 million plus overseas gross will push it to profitability. I predict The Revenant to clear the table at the Oscars tonight – it will be interesting to see the impact of that on its box office next weekend.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens spends its first weekend outside of the top 10 after 10 weekends of record-breaking release. The gross this time around is $3 million, which gives it a decline of 22%. The total for the biggest domestic earner ever is now $926 million, about $165 million ahead of the second place Avatar.

Overall, the box office remains in the same ballpark as last year but is slipping as Deadpool ages. This weekend, the top 12 films earned $97.5 million, just ahead of last year’s top 12 take of $93.4 million, when Will Smith’s Focus led the box office with $18 million. The Gods of Egypt miss opens the door for next weekend, as we have three big releases. Opening in the next frame are London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 film that opened to $30 million; Zootopia, the new Disney release that is already lighting it up overseas; and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new comedy with Tina Fey and Margot Robbie.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/26/16-2/28/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Deadpool Fox $31,500,000 - 44% $285,639,000
2 Gods of Egypt Lionsgate $14,000,000 New $14,000,000
3 Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox $9,000,000 - 28% $128,455,000
4 Risen Sony $7,000,000 - 41% $22,704,000
5 Eddie the Eagle Fox $6,300,000 New $6,300,000
6 Triple Nine Open Road Films $6,103,096 New $6,103,096
7 How to Be Single New Line Cinema $5,155,000 - 37% $39,626,000
8 The Witch A24 $5,009,662 - 43% $16,618,191
9 Race Focus Features $4,273,000 - 42% $13,862,622
10 The Revenant Fox $3,800,000 - 2% $170,506,000
11 Star Wars: the Force Awakens Disney $3,043,000 - 22% $926,044,000
12 Zoolander 2 Paramount $2,280,000 - 58% $27,390,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Last Man On the Moon Mtuckman Media $30,880 New $30,880
  The Mermaid (mei Ren Yu) Sony $680,000 - 31% $2,025,000
  Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer Lionsgate $375,000 - 58% $1,495,356
  Neerja Fip $480,000 - 23% $1,277,000
  Ebrace of the Serpent Oscilloscope $105,738 + 108% $194,680
  Where To Invade Next Drafthouse Films $380,540 - 33% $2,600,973
  The Choice Lionsgate $850,000 - 53% $18,038,967
  2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films Shorts Hd $225,000 - 15% $2,700,000
  The Lady In the Van Sony Classics $1,304,800 - 13% $5,947,872
  Son of Saul Sony Classics $156,262 + 85% $1,311,890
  The Big Short Paramount $1,000,000 + 13% $68,511,000
  Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $735,000 - 4% $36,509,000
  Spotlight Open Road Films $788,088 + 51% $39,173,609
  Room A24 $643,444 + 58% $13,538,053
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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