Weekend Wrap-Up

The Box Office Good, Bad and Ugly Over Oscar Weekend

By John Hamann

February 26, 2017

How everyone in Hollywood is reacting to Get Out's box office.

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Fifty Shades Darker is fifth. The Universal release got spanked hard this weekend, as the lusty thriller could only manage $7.7 million and dropped 62%, after earning $20 million last weekend. The domestic total rises to $103.6 million, but the real money is overseas, where Fifty Shades Darker has picked up almost $225 million, for a combined $325 million plus, against a budget of $55 million.

Sixth is Fist Fight from Warner Bros. This miss started with $12.2 million last weekend, and this weekend, it falls into the toilet, earning only $6.4 million. That gives it a nasty decline of 48%, a domestic cume of $23.3 million, and no chance of recouping its $25 million budget.

Seventh is Hidden Figures, as it rides into Oscar weekend as a box office superstar. In its eighth weekend of wide release, Hidden Figures found another $5.9 million, off a slim 19% compared to last weekend. The Fox release has now picked up $152.8 million stateside and another $23 million from a few choice markets. Should it pull a rabbit out of its hat and win Best Picture tonight, who knows where the box office goes, as that would be a huge story.

Likely the big winner at the Oscars tonight, La La Land finishes eighth. The Damien Chazelle flick added another $4.6 million and held steady compared to last weekend. The $30 million Lionsgate release has now picked up $140.9 million on the domestic side and almost $230 million overseas.

Ninth is the other Universal/Jason Blum release, Split. This horror/thriller earned $4.1 million in its sixth frame, and dropped 43%. Split has now picked up $130.8 million against that $9.5 million budget, and has crossed the $220 million mark worldwide.


Tenth is Lion, our third Oscar nominee in the top 10. This one has built on its weekend gross every weekend since January 27th, but dips a bit this weekend. Lion earned $3.8 million over Oscar weekend and fell 9%. LIon was made for $12 million. It has picked up $42.8 million stateside, and is approaching $50 million from overseas theaters.

Our other two openers, Rock Dog and Collide, finish outside of the top ten. The animated Rock Dog earned $3.7 million this weekend from 2,077 screens for Lionsgate. There are a couple of sources that put the budget at $60 million, but that seems high to me. It has put up about $8 million in overseas business but will finish at a loss.

The forgotten release this weekend is Collide, and it joins the worst openings for a film released on more than 2,000 screens. Made and dumped by Relativity, Collide could only earn $1.5 million this weekend, which means it joins recent losers like Morgan ($2 million opening on 2,020 screens), Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply ($1.58 million, 2,382 venues) and Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends ($1.77 million, 2,333 venues). Collide cost $21.5 million to make.

Overall, theater owners and studios will be happy to have February behind them. This weekend, the top 12 films earned only $107 million, which is ahead of last year when the top 12 found $96.5 million. Next weekend should have a big winner in Logan, which is likely the last Wolverine film, Before I Fall, a drama with Zoey Deutch, and something called The Shack, from Lionsgate.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/24/17-2/26/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Get Out Universal $30,524,000 New $30,524,000
2 The Lego Batman Movie Warner Bros. $19,000,000 - 42% $133,007,000
3 John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate $9,000,000 - 45% $74,412,700
4 The Great Wall Universal $8,719,000 - 53% $34,424,000
5 Fifty Shades Darker Universal $7,700,000 - 62% $103,635,000
6 Fist Fight Warner Bros. $6,380,000 - 48% $23,255,000
7 Hidden Figures Fox $5,875,000 - 19% $152,815,000
8 La La Land Lionsgate $4,600,000 + 0% $140,860,065
9 Split Universal $4,118,000 - 42% $130,843,000
10 Lion Weinstein Co. $3,807,000 - 9% $42,815,337
11 Rock Dog Lionsgate $3,700,000 New $3,700,000
12 A Dog's Purpose Universal $3,561,000 - 38% $57,570,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Collide Open Road Films $1,539,590 New $1,539,590
  Bitter Harvest Roadside Attractions $200,000 New $200,000
  My Life As a Zucchini Gkids $28,206 New $28,206
  A Cure For Wellness Fox $1,375,000 - 68% $7,470,000
  Everybody Loves Somebody Lionsgate $410,000 - 56% $1,676,952
  2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films Shortshd $500,000 - 22% $2,600,000
  A United Kingdom FOX SEARCHLIGHT $548,000 + 105% $1,027,000
  Kedi Oscilloscope $115,250 + 47% $303,048
  Land of Mine Sony Classics $15,167 + 10% $68,254
  I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia $825,000 - 19% $4,675,000
  The Red Turtle Sony Classics $120,437 + 87% $595,540
  Toni Erdmann Sony Classics $140,417 - 30% $1,182,589
  Fences Paramount $725,000 - 13% $56,500,000
  Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $500,000 - 5% $46,900,000
  Arrival Paramount $500,000 + 65% $100,600,000
  Moonlight A24 $950,000 + 76% $22,500,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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