Weekend Wrap-Up

Logan Goes Out WIth a Box Office Bang - Get Out Holds Despite Wolverine

By John Hamann

March 5, 2017

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Over the weekend, The Shack earned $16.1 million from a quite wide venue count of 2,888. The faith-based crowd liked what they saw, as The Shack managed an A Cinemascore, the best result of the weekend. The 32 critics that recorded their opinion at Rotten Tomatoes hated it, leaving The Shack looking more like an outhouse with a 16% fresh rating. Again, this was made economically and marketed to the target audience, and like the others before it, the faith-based release will be successful.

The LEGO Batman Movie finishes fourth, and sees another fairly heavy drop considering no kid competition is being released. The LEGO Batman Movie picked up another $11.6 million but fell 40% in the process. The LEGO Movie earned $20.8 million in its fourth weekend, and fell 34% that weekend. The original had earned $210 million after four weekends, where the spin-off is lagging with $148.6 million in the kitty thus far.

Fifth is Before I Fall, the new released aimed at teens. Groundhog Day in high school finished below expectations, picking up only $4.9 million from 2,346 venues. Before I Fall at least achieved a fresh rating - garnering a 68% rating from all critics, and it did manage an 82% rating from what RT calls "top critics." The budget here is only $5 million before P&A, so at least the makers won’t have far to fall given this result.

Sixth is John Wick: Chapter 2, as the Keanu Reeves sequel starts to wind down, especially with blockbuster competition coming now. John Wick 2 picked up another $4.7 million but declined 50% due to the arrival of Logan. The action sequel has done very well, earning $82.8 million stateside, and another $50 million and counting overseas.


Hidden Figures is seventh as the post-Oscar glow remains for another weekend. The movie about black women working for NASA earned another $3.8 million this weekend and dropped 34%. The total for the Oscar nominated film has reached $158.8 million against a budget of only $25 million.

Ninth is The Great Wall, as the secondary host of the Oscars, Matt Damon, got a lot of screen time on Sunday night. Unfortunately, it didn’t help his film. The Great Wall also got massacred by Logan, as it earned only $3.5 million and drops a nasty 62%. The Great Wall has now earned $41.3 million in North America, and $270 million overseas.

Dropping hard to number nine this weekend is Fifty Shades Darker, which sees the bottom fall out as it moves from $7.7 million last weekend to $3.5 million, giving it a drop of 55%. The romantic thriller has now earned $109.9 million domestically and another $225 million overseas. Given that Fifty Shades Darker cost only $55 million to make, Universal will be just fine with this result even if it is lagging behind its predecessor.

Almost Oscar winner La La Land finishes tenth. After picking up $4.7 million last weekend, La La Land earned $2.9 million this weekend, leading to a drop of 38%. It's of no concern, as La La Land has now picked up $145.6 million domestically and another $230 million overseas.

Overall, the box office is way up over last year, thanks to Logan. The top 12 films this weekend took in $167.8 million, way up over last year’s top 12 (led by the first weekend of Zootopia), which found $146.9 million. Next weekend brings Kong: Skull Island, with the schedule to itself, but with its $190 million budget looming large.

Top Ten for Weekend of March 3-5, 2017
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Logan 20th Century Fox 85.3 New 85.3
2 Get Out Universal 26.1 -22% 76.0
3 The Shack Lionsgate 16.1 New 16.1
4 The LEGO Batman Movie Warner Bros. 11.6 -40% 148.6
5 Before I Fall Open Road 4.9 New 4.9
6 John Wick: Chapter 2 Lionsgate 4.7 -50% 82.8
7 Hidden Figures 20th Century Fox 3.8 -34% 158.8
8 The Great Wall Universal 3.5 -62% 41.3
9 Fifty Shades Darker Universal 3.5 -55% 109.9
10 La La Land Lionsgate 2.9 -38% 145.6
11 Fist Fight Warner Bros. 2.8 -57% 28.2
12 Moonlight A24 2.5 +255% 25.4

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