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No Surprises Again at the Box Office; Hart, Affleck Mediocre

By John Hamann

October 16, 2016

Another enrapturing day in the life of an accountant.

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The Magnificent Seven is seventh in its fourth weekend, having now been passed by Storks. The Denzel Washington film earned another $5.2 million and fell 42% this time around. The $90 million film is another film struggling, as it has a domestic take of $84.8 million and overseas gross of just about $60 million.

Eighth is Middle School: The Worst Years, a YA adaptation that debuted last weekend to $6.9 million. This small film (made for less than $10 million) held quite well, dropping 38% compared to its opening. So, given the small budget and good hold, Lionsgate may actually have a film that makes money stateside (I’ll give you a second to fathom that). The domestic tally for Middle School: The Worst Years has hit $13.8 million.

Ninth is Sully, the only true hit of the fall. Now in its sixth weekend, Sully pulled in another $2.9 million and dropped 41%. The total has risen to $118.4 million domestically against its $60 million budget, and the film has added another $55 million in overseas sales.




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Tenth goes to Oscar hopeful Birth of a Nation, but it is struggling at the box office, given the history of actor/director Nate Parker. After debuting to $7 million last weekend, the bottom falls out this weekend, with Birth earning only $2.7 million and dropping 61%. That’s not supposed to happen with type of film, and now it has a gross to date of $12.2 million.

There was another film opening this weekend – on more than 2,000 screens to boot – and pretty much no one knows it's occurring. Max Steel, which is a co-production with Mattel, opened to only $2.2 million from 2,034 screens for Open Road Films, and is destined to be either a drinking game or hard-to-get trivia question. Max Steel becomes the fourth film released in the past two years to join the top ten worst openings for a film released on more than 2,000 screens. Way to go!

Overall this weekend, the badness continues. The top 12 films earned only $88.5 million, well short of last year’s $111.6 million, when Goosebumps led. Next weekend brings lots of product, but a hit out of this batch might be a stretch. Tom Cruise opens Jack Reacher 2, but the original only opened to $15.2 million. We also will see Ouija 2: Origin of Evil, which has at least had an interesting campaign. Fox opens Keeping Up With the Joneses, and Madea is back in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Sounds like something for everyone, I guess.


Top Weekend Box Office for 10/14/16-10/16/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Accountant Warner Bros. $24,715,000 New $24,715,000
2 Kevin Hart: What Now? Universal $11,984,000 New $11,984,000
3 The Girl On the Train Universal $11,974,000 - 51% $46,558,000
4 Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Fox $8,900,000 - 41% $65,832,000
5 Deepwater Horizon Lionsgate $6,350,000 - 45% $49,335,332
6 Storks Warner Bros. $5,600,000 - 32% $59,144,000
7 The Magnificent Seven Sony $5,200,000 - 42% $84,828,000
8 Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life Lionsgate $4,250,000 - 38% $13,760,795
9 Sully Warner Bros. $2,960,000 - 41% $118,372,000
10 The Birth of a Nation FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,715,000 - 61% $12,243,000
11 Max Steel Open Road Films $2,163,720 New $2,163,720
12 Masterminds Relativity $1,700,000 - 58% $16,211,406
  Also Opening/Notables
  Priceless Samuel Goldwyn Films $675,000 New $675,000
  Desierto Stx $450,000 New $450,000
  Certain Women IFC Films $65,000 New $65,000
  Miss Hokusai Gkids $25,042 New $25,042
  Newtown Abramorama $2,240 - 67% $12,840
  Denial Bleecker Street $398,241 + 82% $839,731
  American Honey A24 $142,263 + 83% $362,430
  The Queen of Katwe Disney $855,000 - 47% $7,009,424
  Suicide Squad Universal $720,000 - 36% $323,681,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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