Weekend Wrap-Up

M Night’s Split Surprises, Diesel’s xXx Falters

By John Hamann

January 22, 2017

He should be careful. Past history shows she might be a witch.

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Fourth is the animated Sing from Illumination Entertainment, which is now in its fifth week. Sing turned in another $9 million, off 37% from the previous frame. Larger drops are natural for kids movies following a long weekend, as in the last frame, the Friday came in at $3 million, then the Saturday was $6.3 million, and the Sunday was a powerful $5 million. The Sunday of a long weekend is super-sized for kids' flicks, and then they have issues with the percentage drop the following weekend. For Sing, none of this matters. The domestic tally has hit $249.4 million, and joins the overseas amount that sits at $179 million. This is all against a cost of only $75 million.

Fifth goes to La La Land, and after earning $14.7 million last weekend, the awards contender comes down to earth this frame with a gross of $8.4 million. That gives the Lionsgate musical a drop of 43%, but with no Golden Globes bounce like it had last weekend, the studio must wait and hope for Oscar noms to give it another. So far, La La Land has picked up a massive $89.7 million at the domestic box office and another $84 million on foreign shores. La La Land is going to be a huge hit when all is said and done, as it cost only $30 million to make before marketing.

Sixth is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is now in its sixth weekend. After earning $13.5 million last frame, Rogue One was pushed back to earth this time around. Rogue One earned another $7 million and fell 48% compared to last weekend. The domestic total has now reached $512.2 million stateside, and the film has pulled in another $500 million overseas.

Monster Trucks, the car accident from Paramount, finishes in seventh place. In is second weekend, Monster Trucks earned $7 million and declined 36%. The domestic total for this flop has reached only $22.6 million, while the overseas total has reached $19 million.


Eighth goes to Patriot’s Day, Mark Wahlberg’s miss. After a wide release debut at $11.6 million last weekend, the A+ Cinemascore did not help, and the true story thriller earned only $6 million in its second frame. That gives it a drop of 48% but brings the domestic total up to a disappointing $23.6 million. Patriot’s Day cost $45 million to bring to the screen, and at this point, it doesn’t have a chance of matching the budget with its stateside gross.

Finishing in ninth place is The Founder, Michael Keaton’s latest drama. Shut out of awards season, The Founder has been left to flounder. It earned $3.8 million from 1,115 venues. One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that this one is in trouble – big trouble.

Tenth is Open Road’s Sleepless, which flopped last weekend. Sleepless earned a sad $3.7 million in its second weekend and dropped 56%. The total for the Jamie Foxx thriller has reached $15.2 million.

Finishing outside of the top 10 is The Bye Bye Man, which finished in fourth with $13.5 million last weekend. The horror flick from STX Entertainment earned only $3.6 million in weekend two, with the fall due to the opening of the surprise Split. The Bye Bye Man now has a running total of $20.1 million. Next time, STX, check the release schedule. Good thing Bye Bye only cost $7.4 million, but if this had held this weekend, we would be talking franchise.

Overall, the top 12 films earned a solid $127.4 million, led by Split. A year ago, the top 12 films were led by The Revenant for a total of $113.6 million. Next weekend will be strange. Openers include A Dog’s Purpose, which is being haunted by a true life dog that almost drowned on set, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and the drama Gold.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/20/17-1/22/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Split Universal $40,184,000 New $40,184,000
2 Xxx3: the Return of Xander Cage Paramount $20,000,000 New $20,000,000
3 Hidden Figures Fox $16,250,000 - 22% $84,238,000
4 Sing Universal $9,036,000 - 37% $249,361,000
5 La La Land Lionsgate $8,350,000 - 43% $89,680,500
6 Rogue One: a Star Wars Story Disney $7,036,000 - 48% $512,201,563
7 Monster Trucks Paramount $7,000,000 - 36% $22,612,000
8 Patriots Day Lionsgate $6,000,000 - 48% $23,640,000
9 The Founder Weinstein Co. $3,758,000 New $3,759,266
10 Sleepless Open Road Films $3,706,000 - 56% $15,193,348
11 The Bye Bye Man STX Entertainment $3,560,000 - 74% $20,110,000
12 Moana Disney $2,510,000 - 42% $236,784,702
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Ressurrection of Gavin Stone High Top Releasing $1,250,000 New $1,250,000
  The Red Turtle Sony Classics $21,811 New $21,811
  Underworld: Blood Wars Sony $1,650,000 - 73% $28,550,000
  20th Century Women A24 $1,400,750 + 343% $2,327,391
  Paterson Bleecker Street $123,560 + 24% $541,953
  Passengers Columbia Pictures (Sony) $2,300,000 - 57% $94,500,000
  Live By Night Warner Bros. $1,805,000 - 65% $9,472,000
  Silence $1,150,000 - 42% $5,159,000
  Fences Paramount $1,250,000 - 55% $48,750,000
  Jackie FOX SEARCHLIGHT $365,000 - 51% $11,267,000
  Lion Weinstein Co. $1,814,000 - 21% $16,396,530
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $950,000 - 44% $39,000,000
  Moonlight A24 $633,744 New $15,826,125
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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