Weekend Wrap-Up

Post-Election Box Office Spreads the Love

By John Hamann

November 13, 2016

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Fifth this weekend is Hacksaw Ridge; a film one might think would do very well over Veteran’s Day weekend. It did okay, down 29% Friday-to-Friday and 29% over the entire weekend, as it pulled in $10.8 million. The Mel Gibson faith-based anti-war movie has now earned $32.3 million domestically, against a budget of about $40 million.

Sixth is Ben Affleck as The Accountant, a film that has seen some holding power in the top ten. Now in its fifth weekend, The Accounted found another $4.6 million to bring its tally up to $77.7 million. It's looking like a good investment, as the film cost $44 million to make and has earned $128 million worldwide thus far.

Seventh is new release Shut In, the critically derided new horror thriller from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. This one tricked $3.7 million out of the pockets of moviegoers, an ugly opening weekend for a film that likely never should have seen the light of day. It is currently 0% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, and sounds like a disaster. The Cinemascore was recorded at a ridiculously low C, and Shut In will be a footnote in history very shortly. EuropaCorp's first two releases in North America have been Nine Lives, the talking cat movie with Kevin Spacey (11% fresh) and Shut In (0% fresh). Shut In is rumored to only have a $10 million budget, so at least the financial backlash won’t be too severe.

Eighth is Boo! A Madea Halloween, which is quickly disappearing post Halloween. This weekend Boo! earned $3.6 million and fell 54%. The Lionsgate release has now earned $70.4 million.


Ninth is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a movie that opened softly and quickly disappeared. In its fourth weekend, the Tom Cruise flick earned $3.3 million and dropped 39%. The $60 million release has now pulled in $54.6 million in North America and $127 million worldwide.

Tenth is Inferno, the Tom Hanks/Ron Howard sequel. The domestic box office disaster picked up another $3.2 million this weekend and dropped 47%. While the domestic total has reached only $31.6 million, the overseas gross has surpassed $170 million, which is going to leave this one in fair condition, considering the $75 million production budget.

Overall, the large spread of healthy films in the top 12 buoyed the overall score to $150.3 million, a huge increase over last year's weekend take of $96.3 million. Our next frame at the box office promises to be big, big, big, as Warner Bros. returns to the JK Rowling's wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Other new releases include The Edge of Seventeen and Bleed for This.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/11/16-11/13/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Doctor Strange Disney $43,032,000 - 49% $153,014,169
2 Trolls Fox $35,050,000 - 25% $94,014,000
3 Arrival Paramount $24,000,000 New $24,000,000
4 Almost Christmas Universal $15,563,000 New $15,563,000
5 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate $10,775,000 - 29% $32,264,321
6 The Accountant Warner Bros. $4,570,000 - 22% $77,260,000
7 Shut In Europacorp $3,700,000 New $3,700,000
8 Boo! a Madea Halloween Lionsgate $3,550,000 - 54% $70,408,079
9 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Paramount $3,325,000 - 39% $54,587,000
10 Inferno Sony $3,275,000 - 47% $31,600,000
11 Ouija: Origin of Evil Universal $1,782,000 - 54% $34,292,000
12 The Girl On the Train Universal $1,677,000 - 38% $73,380,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Sony $120,300 New $120,300
  Elle Sony Classics $56,012 New $56,012
  Disturbing the Peace Abramorama $9,798 New $9,798
  National Bird Filmrise $4,000 New $4,000
  Loving Focus Features $500,000 + 213% $715,000
  The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics $209,002 + 298% $297,446
  The Handmaiden Magnolia $215,000 - 21% $1,230,000
  Moonlight A24 $1,360,802 + 10% $4,778,462
  Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Fox $1,245,000 - 39% $85,192,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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