Weekend Wrap-Up

Beasts Find the Fantastic for Warner Bros.

By John Hamann

November 20, 2016

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Fifth is Almost Christmas, the holiday-themed comedy with Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover. This one also got a decent start last weekend ($15.1 million), before fading quickly this frame. The comedy earned $7 million and fell 54%. Made for $17 million, this one is already in pretty good shape, considering it has a gross to date of $25.4 million.

Hacksaw Ridge is sixth and manages one of the better holds in the top ten. The Mel Gibson flick earned $6.8 million in weekend three, and has shown some decent legs since opening to $15.2 million on November 4th. It fell 37% compared to its second weekend and has a gross-to-date of $42.9 million against a budget of $40 million.

Seventh is the first of our failed openers, The Edge of Seventeen. This small teen angst film earned only $4.8 million from 1,945 venues. Hopefully, that means that STX can expand this gem and find at least some success, as reviews are fantastic (95% fresh) and so is the Cinemascore (A-). This one cost only $9 million to make, so all is not truly lost. If STX can muscle this one up to $20 million and find some award recognition for Hailee Steinfeld’s performance, this one could win on home video.

Eighth is Bleed for This, the new docu-drama about boxer Vinnie Pazienza. This one had even fewer screens than The Edge of Seventeen, as it debuted in 1,548 venues, versus 1,945 for Seventeen. Bleed earned a disappointing $2.4 million for this weekend, as the counter-programming angle didn’t work. Bleed cost Open Road only $6 million to make, so at least it won’t be a knockout for the studio.

The Accountant is another victim this weekend, as the Ben Affleck thriller earned only $2.1 million and dropped a nasty 52%. The $44 million film has now done what it needed to – it has earned $81.3 million domestic and more than $50 million overseas.


Tenth is last weekend’s failure, Shut In, with Naomi Watts. After laying an egg last weekend with $3.6 million, this wannabe thriller earned only $1.6 million this weekend, dropping 56%. The total for the still 0% fresh Shut-In is $6 million.

Finishing outside of the top ten is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, from director Ang Lee. Despite being shot in 3D and with a 4K resolution, Billy Lynn is a technical marvel but a bad film. Audiences opted out, as the film could only manage $930,000 from 1,176 screens.

Overall, the box office fell behind previous years, as some monster films were released over the same weekend. The Hunger Games franchise, the Twilight franchise and the Harry Potter franchise have dominated this weekend going back to 2007. The best result came in 2009, when Twilight: New Moon led the top 12 to $250 million. Last year it was Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 leading the top 12 to $166.3 million. This weekend, with Fantastic Beasts on top, the top 12 managed $149.4 million, off of last year by about $17 million.

Next weekend brings Thanksgiving, and four new openers are going to join the fray started this weekend. With the collapse of Edge of Seventeen, there should be room for some decent successes. Openers include Allied, the new Brad Pitt movie that broke up his marriage, Bad Santa 2, the return of Billy Bob Thornton to the vomited on Santa suit, Rules Don’t Apply, the new film from Warren Beatty, and finally Moana, the latest from Walt Disney Animation .

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/18/16-11/20/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Warner Bros. $75,000,000 New $75,000,000
2 Doctor Strange Disney $17,676,000 - 59% $181,542,877
3 Trolls Fox $17,500,000 - 50% $116,214,000
4 Arrival Paramount $11,800,000 - 51% $43,371,000
5 Almost Christmas Universal $7,034,610 - 54% $25,415,350
6 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate $6,750,000 - 37% $42,854,292
7 Edge of Seventeen STX Entertainment $4,825,000 New $4,825,000
8 Bleed For This Open Road Films $2,357,946 New $2,357,946
9 The Accountant Warner Bros. $2,115,000 - 52% $81,252,000
10 Shut In Europacorp $1,600,000 - 54% $6,036,645
11 Moonlight A24 $1,583,433 + 25% $6,739,483
12 Boo! a Madea Halloween Lionsgate $1,175,000 - 67% $72,167,821
  Also Opening/Notables
  Nocturnal Animals Focus Features $494,000 New $494,000
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $241,230 New $241,230
  I Am Not Madame Bovary Well Go Usa $202,500 New $202,500
  The Take $39,000 New $39,000
  A Streetcat Named Bob Cleopatra Films $35,070 New $35,070
  Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Abramorama $22,573 New $22,573
  Blood On the Mountain Abramorama $3,443 New $3,443
  Magnus Filmrise $1,000 New $1,000
  Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Sony $930,000 + 715% $1,100,000
  Elle Sony Classics $128,701 + 153% $214,787
  Disturbing the Peace Abramorama $4,298 - 61% $20,653
  Loving Focus Features $854,000 + 67% $1,737,088
  The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics $195,649 + 2% $555,690
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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