Weekend Wrap-Up

Split Divides Openers for Third Consecutive Weekend Win

By John Hamann

February 5, 2017

The real winners this weekend.

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Why didn’t Rings work? Paramount and partners made a terrible movie. The threequel earned only three positive reviews out of a possible 55, leaving the film with a 5% fresh rating from critics. Cinemascores were the same. The score for Rings came in at terrible-even-for-horror score at C minus, as even something like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter earned a B. Rings is going to collapse fast, as oddly enough, Gore Verbinski, director of the first Ring movie, brings out the horror title A Cure for Wellness from Fox.

Third is A Dog’s Purpose, and after opening to $18 million amongst a whole bunch of controversy, it cools off this week against less negative talk. This weekend, Purpose earned $10.8 million, and fell 41%. That puts the $22 million picture beyond its pre-marketing budget, as it has a domestic gross of $32.9 million.

Fourth is Hidden Figures, which is one of the lone stars of the weekend. The small, $25 million film from Fox pulled in another $10.1 million and declined only 28%. While it's true that a film like Hidden Figures might be less impacted by the Super Bowl compared to a film like American Sniper, this hold is still massive, as the SAG Award winner only lost 11% of its audience last weekend. Now, after 43 days of various sizes of release, Hidden Figures has hauled in $119.4 million against that small $25 million budget. Its added a couple of million overseas so far, and goes wider over there this coming weekend.

La La Land stays in fifth this weekend, earning $7.5 million. It sees a bigger drop than Hidden Figures, as the musical falls 39% compared to last weekend. Both films have earned similar amounts domestically, with La La Land now at $118.3 million, but the Lionsgate musical is dominating the competition overseas, picking up $150 million there so far.

Sixth is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and like the last Underworld flick, this one is disappearing fast. After a $13.6 million opening last weekend, the latest Evil earned only $4.5 million and plunged 67%. The overseas sales, currently at $96 million, will bail out the $40 million production.

Seventh is Sing. The Illumination Entertainment release earned another $4.1 million this weekend, and fell 36%. The domestic total has reached $262.9 million, and the overseas is approaching $225 million.


Eighth is the Weinsteins' Lion, their last hope at Oscar glory amidst financial embarrassment. TWC expanded Lion from 575 theaters to 1,405, and the result was decent, with Lion earning $4 million, an uptick from last weekend of 71%. A first feature award at the DGA’s for Garth Davis may help with momentum, but this smaller drama has already amassed $24.7 million domestically and $14 million overseas, against a budget of only $12 million.

Ninth is The Space Between Us, a nice-sounding teen drama, but it completely failed to connect with anyone this weekend, young or old. The usually very successful STX couldn’t get this one off the ground, as the film earned only $3.8 million from 2,812 screens. That means we have another entry on the all time futility chart, as Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai was the 20th worst opener ever on more than 2,500 screens at $4.2 million. The Space Between Us cost $30 million to make, but STX sold off foreign and other rights to reduce their impact down to less than $5 million plus marketing costs. Reviews were terrible at 18% fresh, but the Cinemascore was better, coming in at A minus.

Tenth is xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and his prompt dismissal. This weekend, Xander Cage earned only $3.7 million after taking in $8.6 million last weekend (-57%). The $85 million release has now earned only $40 million domestically, but at least has $112 million from overseas venues.

Robert De Niro’s The Comedian is a disaster. The Sony Pictures Classics film earned only $1.1 million from 848 screens this weekend. I don’t have budget data, but this one will carry a big loss and end up on Netflix some day.

Overall the top 12 films earned $81.1 million, about the same as last year when the 12 could only pull in $82 million. Next weekend's openers include some potential heavy hitters as three sequels open. Fifty Shades Darker opens from Universal, John Wick: Chapter 2 debuts, and so does The LEGO Batman Movie.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/3/17-2/5/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Split Universal $14,584,485 - 43% $98,700,000
2 Rings Paramount $13,000,000 New $13,000,000
3 A Dog's Purpose Universal $10,824,000 - 41% $32,926,000
4 Hidden Figures Fox $10,100,000 - 28% $119,402,000
5 La La Land Lionsgate $7,450,000 - 39% $118,306,924
6 Resident Evil: the Final Chapter Sony $4,500,000 - 67% $21,850,000
7 Sing Universal $4,080,000 - 36% $262,907,000
8 Lion Weinstein Co. $4,006,000 + 71% $24,711,674
9 The Space Between Us STX Entertainment $3,820,000 New $3,820,000
10 Xxx3: the Return of Xander Cage Paramount $3,500,000 - 59% $40,000,000
11 Rogue One: a Star Wars Story Disney $2,933,000 - 44% $524,642,512
12 Monster Trucks Paramount $2,250,000 - 46% $31,250,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Comedian Sony Classics $1,107,710 New $1,121,567
  Chapter & Verse Paladin $32,713 New $32,713
  Mr. Gaga Abramorama $24,685 New $33,963
  Gold Weinstein Co. $1,450,000 - 58% $6,221,465
  Un Padre No Tan Padre Lionsgate $435,000 - 56% $1,637,509
  The Salesman Cohen Media Group $225,000 + 217% $325,000
  The Founder Weinstein Co. $1,515,000 - 42% $9,911,805
  The Red Turtle Sony Classics $75,357 + 4% $235,249
  20th Century Women A24 $483,230 - 47% $4,789,758
  Paterson Bleecker Street $179,652 + 5% $1,049,878
  Toni Erdmann Sony Classics $103,302 + 8% $528,079
  Patriots Day Lionsgate $1,145,000 - 59% $30,255,974
  Fences Paramount $1,200,000 - 17% $52,650,000
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $1,300,000 - 37% $43,750,000
  Arrival Paramount $800,000 - 46% $98,650,000
  Moonlight A24 $1,234,300 - 17% $19,639,549
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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