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Weekend Wrap-Up

Burton, Wahlberg Send September Slump to October

By John Hamann

October 2, 2016

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Sully is fifth, as the Tom Hanks flick hits a milestone this weekend. Sully earned $8.4 million this weekend, off 38% compared to last weekend. The big news for the $60 million Clint Eastwood film is that it cleared the $100 million domestic mark on Saturday, its 23rd day of release. Sully should finish with $140 million at the domestic box office, and already has $46 million in overseas sales.

Sixth is Masterminds, a film with some of the best comedic actors working today, including Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifinakis, Kate McKinnon and Jason Sudeikis. The plot seemed funny and had all the hallmarks of becoming a hit. Unfortunately, Masterminds was shot in summer 2014, more than two years ago, as the release was delayed while Relativity Media worked through its bankruptcy situation. Originally, this was supposed to be a 2015 summer release, before all things Relativity blew up.

Audiences obviously caught a whiff of the struggles that Masterminds had coming to the screen, and like usual, they avoided it like the plague. Masterminds could only muster $6.6 million from 3,042 venues this weekend, driving another nail into Relativity’s coffin. Reviews didn’t help with it coming in at 38% fresh, and the Cinemascore was awful as well at B-. Budget data seems to be forgotten as this was shot so long ago, but a guess would put it at $40 million.

Queen of Katwe finishes in a quiet seventh spot this weekend, as Disney expands this small film about chess to 1,242 venues. The result is mixed, as Queen could only come up with $2.6 million from the small amount of screens it was given this weekend. If there is a film that could grow, it is likely this one. It is 91% fresh at RottenTomatoes and supports a cast that includes David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, Still, audiences probably only have one more weekend to give this one a significant push. So far, it has a domestic gross of $3 million.




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Don’t Breathe earned $2.4 million for Screen Gems and brings its domestic total up to $84.7 million. The $10 million budgeted film has pulled in almost $45 million internationally, giving it a worldwide take approaching $130 million against that tiny budget.

Bridget Jones’s Baby is ninth with $2.3 million, giving it a drop compared to last weekend of 50%. It has a domestic take of $21 million, an overseas take right at $100 million, turning it into a good $35 million bet for Universal. Snowden is tenth, earning $2 million. It has a domestic take of $18.7 million against a budget of $40 million.

Overall, the box office is significantly down from last year again. The top 12 films this weekend earned $106.4 million. Last year, The Martian led the top 12 to $142.7 million, and the year before, Gone Girl took the box office to $140 million. Next weekend, Fox will try and pull us out of this funk with Birth of a Nation, The Girl on the Train finally opens (advertise that one much?) and something called Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life opens, and at least the title is apt.


Top Ten for Weekend of
Rank
Film
Exhibitor
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 20th Century Fox 28.5 New 28.5
2 Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate 20.6 New 20.6
3 The Magnificent Seven Sony 15.7 -55% 61.6
4 Storks Warner Bros. 13.8 -35% 38.8
5 Sully Warner Bros. 8.4 -38% 105.4
6 Masterminds Relativity 6.6 New 6.6
7 Queen of Katwe Walt Disney 2.6 +755% 3.0
8 Don't Breathe Screen Gems 2.4 -37% 84.7
9 Bridget Jones's Baby Universal 2.3 -50% 21.0
10 Snowden Open Road Films 2.0 -50% 18.7
11 Suicide Squad Warner Bros. 1.9 -39% 320.8
12 Blair Witch Lionsgate 1.6 -61% 19.1

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