Weekend Wrap-Up

Beauty, Beast, Baby Face Off Again While Audiences Wait for Furious

By John Hamann

April 9, 2017

Baby fat isn't cute on him.

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That moves Ghost in the Shell down to fifth as it gets massacred in its second weekend, despite zero new competition moving into its territory. After Ghost debuted to a soft $18.7 million last weekend, the bottom fell out on Friday, with Ghost earning only $2.1 million and dropping 72%. It came back a bit over the rest of the weekend, picking up $7.4 million, but it fell a disastrous 61%, sealing the fate of the sci-fi actioner stateside. Overseas added $50 million last weekend, but save for China and Japan, Ghost was out everywhere except in these key markets, and given the accusations of whitewashing, one has to wonder if this will break out in those countries. Ghost in the Shell cost $110 million to make, and Paramount is going to take it on the chin, as it has a domestic take to date of $31.6 million and a worldwide gross of $124.4 million. Paramount is really going to need Baywatch and the Transformers sequel to click, as they have yet to have a film earn more than $45 million on the domestic side in 2017.

Lionsgate's Power Rangers drops to sixth, as this film has been pounded since opening to $40.3 million a few weeks ago. Last weekend, it fell 65% to $14.2 million, and this weekend it falls another 56% to $6.2 million. The result here has been similar to the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Out of the Shadows. That one opened to an okay $35 million, then fell 59%, 64%, and 53%, as there simply aren't enough viewers beyond the fanbase willing to support the idea. Overseas, it appears Power Rangers is just as tough a sell, with only $42 million in ticket sales to date, as that $100 million budget - which looked fine on opening weekend - looms large now.

Kong: Skull Island dips to seventh, but crossed some key milestones this week. First, let's talk about the weekend. Kong earned another $5.8 million and declined a decent 32% compared to last weekend. After opening to $61 million, Kong needed some legs and a good overseas performance to earn back its $185 million budget. It got both, as the domestic side hit $150 million on Wednesday, and Kong's domestic total increased to $156.6 million following the weekend. Overseas, the total has hit $378 million, pushing the worldwide gross well beyond $500 million, a number the $185 million Warner Bros. Film had to take down if was going to hope for profitability. Kong will likely finish with $175 million on the domestic side.


Eighth and ninth are Logan and Get Out. Logan earned $4.1 million and brings its domestic total up to $218.1 million. Get Out earned another $4 million to get it to $162.9 million.

Our last opener debuts in tenth, as The Case for Christ fails to open beyond its faith-based demographic despite five positive reviews out of a possible six at Rotten Tomatoes. No, really - both Variety and Forbes threw down positive reviews, something rather unusual for faith-based films, as usually the score is more like The Shack (20% fresh) or God's Not Dead 1 and 2 (15% and 9%). Unfortunately, box office results were normal, with The Case for Christ pulling in $3.9 million from the standard 1,174 venues. Budget data was not released by distributor Pure Flix Entertainment.

Overall, the top 12 films at the box office earned $114.5 million, as this crop of films makes room for Furious 8 to debut to what will likely be $100 million plus. The box office chose the right weekend to take a breather, as last year's top 12 could only muster $95.3 million. Melissa McCarthy's The Boss flopped with $23.5 million, and Hardcore Henry disappointed with $5.1 million. Next weekend, blockbuster season begins, as Furious 8 will likely be champ until Guardians opens in May.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/7/17-4/9/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Boss Baby Fox $26,300,000 -48% $89,373,000
2 Beauty And the Beast Disney $25,022,000 -45% $432,316,000
3 Smurfs: the Lost Village Sony $14,015,000 New $14,015,000
4 Going In Style Warner Bros. $12,500,000 New $12,500,000
5 Ghost in the Shell $7,350,000 -61% $31,573,000
6 Power Rangers Lionsgate $6,215,000 -56% $75,111,000
7 Kong: Skull Island Warner Bros. $5,825,000 -32% $156,555,000
8 Logan Fox $4,050,000 -34% $218,057,000
9 Get Out Universal $4,020,000 -29% $162,853,000
10 The Case For Christ Pure Flix $3,900,000 New $3,900,000
11 The Zookeeper's Wife Focus Features $2,888,000 -12% $7,602,000
12 Life Sony $2,400,000 -56% $27,000,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Your Name. Funimation $1,600,000 New $1,600,000
  Gifted FOX SEARCHLIGHT $476,000 New $476,000
  Colossal Neon $125,809 New $125,809
  Their Finest STX Entertainment $77,000 New $77,000
  Truman Filmrise $25,000 New $25,000
  Graduation $11,040 New $11,040
  CHiPs Warner Bros. $1,430,000 -64% $17,168,000
  T2: Trainspotting Sony $270,000 -27% $1,600,000
  The Shack Lionsgate $1,102,000 -46% $54,961,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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