Weekend Wrap-Up

Split Turns Into A Breakout Hit, Weinstein’s Gold flops

By John Hamann

January 29, 2017

Split indeed!

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La La Land, with its record-setting 14 Academy Award nominations and its big expansion to 3,136 venues this weekend, grew from Friday-to-Friday by a ridiculous 42%, setting the table for a big, big weekend. The musical already had $94.5 million heading into the weekend, and it pulled past the $100 million mark with a three-day total of $12.1 million, an incredible increase of 43%. That puts the probable Oscar winner at $106.5 million, and that total joins the $117 million already earned overseas. With a cost of $30 million, the Ryan Gosling Emma Stone film is going to be hugely profitable for the studio, especially if it wins Best Picture (which it very likely will).

Sixth is xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which stumbled last weekend, opening to only $20.1 million. This frame, Xander Cage fell on its face, earning only $8.3 million and declining a nasty 59%. The total now for the Vin Diesel release has hit $33.5 million, while the overseas total is better at about $55 million. That puts the worldwide earnings over the budget amount, but Diesel has a long way to go box office-wise if he’s going to get another film out of this franchise.

Sing is seventh. The Illumination Entertainment product and the third film distributed by Universal in top seven continues its run this weekend, enjoying its sixth weekend in the top ten. The animated release pulled in another $6.2 million and fell 31%, but brought its total up to $257.4 million on the domestic side,

Rogue One is eighth, and is now in weekend seven. This weekend, the epic film took in another $5.1 million, bringing the domestic total up to $520 million. It was off 29%, as Rogue One begins to wind down. The domestic tally like won’t move up the biggest films of all time list, where it sits in seventh. The global ranking did change, as Rogue One now has earned $1.03 billion and passed such films as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Zootopia, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Finding Dory, and Jurassic Park for 21st place all-time.


Ninth is the Paramount failure Monster Trucks, which cost $125 million to make. This weekend, Monster Trucks earned another $4.1 million and fell a large 42% compared to last weekend. The domestic total has hit $28.1 million, and the overseas tally has just crossed the $19 million mark.

Tenth goes to the latest flop from The Weinstein Company, Gold, which managed to earn only $3.5 million despite being out to 2,166 venues. That easily puts it in top 100 worst openings of all time, joining films like Gigli, which opened to $3.75 million. This one was made for awards potential and failed, with a Rotten score of 38% based on 37 reviews. It’s the third consecutive flop for Mathew McConaughey, whose stock has tumbled after The Free State of Jones, The Sea of Trees, and now Gold. No budget is listed, but the film must have been expensive given the locations and the cast, which also included Bryce Dallas Howard and Edgar Ramirez.

Finishing outside of the top ten are two Weinstein products, The Founder and Lion. The Founder, which didn’t score any Oscar nominations, earned $2.7 million and declined 21% compared to its $3.4 million opening. Lion tallied six Oscar nominations, but it earned only $2.4 million from 575 venues. Lion cost $12 million to make, and has a domestic gross of $19.8 million, but has picked up another $14 million overseas. The Founder now has a domestic gross of $7.5 million, and an overseas total that has also just crossed $5 million.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films earned $117.2 million, A year ago, with Kung Fu Panda on top, the top 12 films at the box office took in $124.5 million. Next weekend, Paramount opens the schedule bumped Rings, while STX opens The Space Between Us, a teen romance/sci-fi flick

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/27/17-1/29/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Split Universal $26,268,000 - 34% $77,998,000
2 A Dog's Purpose Universal $18,386,000 New $18,386,000
3 Hidden Figures Fox $14,000,000 - 11% $104,021,000
4 Resident Evil: the Final Chapter Sony $13,850,000 New $13,850,000
5 La La Land Lionsgate $12,050,000 + 43% $106,509,372
6 Xxx3: the Return of Xander Cage Paramount $8,250,000 - 59% $33,488,000
7 Sing Universal $6,213,000 - 31% $257,405,000
8 Rogue One: a Star Wars Story Disney $5,124,000 - 29% $520,049,573
9 Monster Trucks Paramount $4,100,000 - 42% $28,135,000
10 Gold Weinstein Co. $3,470,000 New $3,470,000
11 Patriots Day Lionsgate $2,850,000 - 50% $28,381,241
12 The Founder Weinstein Co. $2,676,000 - 21% $7,503,067
  Also Opening/Notables
  Raees Zee Studios $1,854,000 New $1,854,000
  Kung Fu Yoga Well Go Usa $112,300 New $112,300
  The Salesman Cohen Media Group $65,000 New $65,000
  The Ressurrection of Gavin Stone High Top Releasing $450,000 - 64% $2,000,000
  The Red Turtle Sony Classics $65,955 + 214% $115,278
  Sleepless Open Road Films $1,774,000 - 49% $17,838,170
  The Bye Bye Man STX Entertainment $1,140,000 - 67% $21,848,000
  20th Century Women A24 $938,340 - 32% $3,966,844
  Paterson Bleecker Street $173,438 + 40% $792,880
  Toni Erdmann Sony Classics $102,294 New $380,897
  Silence $555,000 - 52% $6,349,000
  Fences Paramount $1,410,000 + 16% $50,790,000
  Jackie FOX SEARCHLIGHT $665,000 + 75% $12,183,000
  Lion Weinstein Co. $2,383,000 + 35% $19,752,872
  Moana Disney $2,425,000 - 10% $240,115,596
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $2,000,000 + 110% $41,500,000
  Arrival Paramount $1,470,000 New $97,325,000
  Moonlight A24 $1,538,976 + 159% $17,764,355
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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