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By John Hamann

February 12, 2017

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That means Fifty Shades Darker gets the booby prize this weekend, as it has to settle for second, and didn’t open anywhere near the original. Fifty Shades 2 opened to $46.8 million over the weekend, nowhere near the $86 million its predecessor earned over those days. However, Fifty Shades of Grey’s second day – a Saturday – was Valentine’s Day, and it earned $36.8 million from one day alone. That calendar trend makes this a little less embarrassing compared to the original - again, likely only on the domestic side. Fifty Shades Darker has been reported to have earned $147 million worldwide this weekend, so the $55 million budget will not go to waste. It will die quickly, though, as Fifty Shades Darker is 10% fresh at RT. It does speak to the fans, it seems, as the film took in a Cinemascore of B-.

Down to number four after three weekends at number one, Split took in another $9.3 million, and dropped a respectable 35%, considering the arriving films. Split lifts its total to $112.3 million on the domestic side and over $57 million internationally, all against a $10 million budget.

Fifth is Hidden Figures, as it continues its impressive run. Figures earned another $8 million, dropping a minute 22% compared to last weekend’s $10.2 million take. The total now stands at $131.5 million domestically, and it is approaching $10 million overseas.




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The rest don’t matter that much: A Dog’s Purpose picked up another $7.4 million and fell 30%; Rings continues its plummet, pulling in $5.8 million and dropping 55%; La La Land took in another $5 million and fell 32%; Lion tries to hold strong, earning $4.1 million and increasing 9%; andThe STX disaster, The Space Between Us earned only $1.8 million and dropped 53%.

The overall box office total is the key to the weekend. With a top three that were strong in their own ways, the top 12 films this weekend earned $176.9 million. Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on Sunday, giving the top 12 an astounding $221.2 thanks to a super strong opening from Deadpool.

Next weekend brings three more releases, this batch a little sketchier than the last (which means none are sequels). Universal releases The Great Wall, the Matt Damon movie that was made with Chinese money; Fist Fight with Ice Cube; and A Cure for Wellness, the new horror thriller from Gore Verbinski.


Top Weekend Box Office for 2/10/17-2/12/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Lego Batman Movie Warner Bros. $55,635,000 New $55,635,000
2 Fifty Shades Darker Universal $46,797,000 New $46,797,000
3 John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate $30,025,000 New $30,025,000
4 Split Universal $9,321,000 - 35% $112,293,000
5 Hidden Figures Fox $8,000,000 - 21% $131,452,000
6 A Dog's Purpose Universal $7,365,000 - 30% $42,595,000
7 Rings Paramount $5,820,000 - 55% $21,492,000
8 La La Land Lionsgate $5,000,000 - 32% $126,010,000
9 Lion Weinstein Co. $4,083,000 + 9% $30,368,722
10 The Space Between Us STX Entertainment $1,760,000 - 53% $6,590,000
11 Sing Universal $1,632,000 - 60% $265,337,000
12 Rogue One: a Star Wars Story Disney $1,516,000 - 48% $527,182,968
  Also Opening/Notables
  Jolly Llb 2 Fip $780,000 New $780,000
  A United Kingdom FOX SEARCHLIGHT $70,000 New $70,000
  Kedi Oscilloscope $40,510 New $40,510
  Land of Mine Sony Classics $15,758 New $15,758
  The Comedian Sony Classics $227,078 - 74% $1,494,625
  I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia $800,000 + 17% $1,800,000
  Chapter & Verse Paladin $15,366 - 53% $52,272
  Mr. Gaga Abramorama $26,714 + 5% $73,814
  Resident Evil: the Final Chapter Sony $1,400,000 - 70% $25,225,000
  Gold Weinstein Co. $146,000 - 89% $7,019,073
  The Salesman Cohen Media Group $275,000 + 22% $725,000
  Xxx: the Return of Xander Cage Paramount $1,465,000 - 62% $43,077,000
  The Founder Weinstein Co. $750,000 - 48% $11,231,245
  The Red Turtle Sony Classics $67,986 - 2% $331,580
  Monster Trucks Paramount $620,000 - 71% $32,196,000
  Paterson Bleecker Street $178,106 - 1% $1,288,177
  Toni Erdmann Sony Classics $130,936 + 37% $687,552
  Fences Paramount $720,000 - 42% $53,941,000
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $700,000 - 47% $45,100,000
  Arrival Paramount $455,000 - 43% $99,413,000
  Moonlight A24 $592,839 - 41% $20,426,598
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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