By Tim Briody
November 5, 2017
Dropping to third place is last weekend’s winner, the Saw revival/sequel Jigsaw. Down 60% from last weekend to $6.7 million, that’s generally been par for the course for the franchise. It’s got $28.8 million after two weekends, which passes 2009’s Saw VI (the one that got kneecapped by Paranormal Activity), but is otherwise looking at being the lowest earner in the franchise after that one, as even the $45.7 million earned by 2010’s Saw 3D seems out of reach already. At least it only cost Lionsgate $10 million.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween drops another 53% from last weekend to give it $4.6 million and $42.9 million after three weekends. There’s a limited amount of tolerance for Perry’s schtick, as last year’s Halloween Madea movie earned $73.2 million total and by this same point had $64.9 million in the bank. Now that Halloween’s over and done with, it’ll enter freefall here and will settle with a little bit over $50 million. Tyler Perry has yet another profitable film with a $20 million production budget, but this again shows that a little bit of Madea goes a long way.
Geostorm continues to flop in fifth place with $3 million off 49% from last weekend and giving it just $28.7 million in three weekends in theaters. The Gerard Butler film had a laughable $100 million budget (worldwide grosses are saving it), and it’s looking at $35 total domestically.
Continuing our trip through the leftovers, Happy Death Day lands in sixth place with $2.8 million and a respectable $52.9 million in four weekends. The Blumhouse production cost just $5 million, so it’s a big win for all involved as it will finish with about $60 million.
War drama Thank You For Your Service places seventh with $2.2 million, down just 40% from last weekend, and has earned $7.3 million in two weekends. In what’s been a pretty terrible 2017, audiences don’t really want a bummer of a movie so this is kind of what happens. It’s got a bit of a battle to reach its $20 million production budget, and it’s not the sort of movie at all that will play well overseas, if it even opens.
The general disappointment that is Blade Runner 2049 comes in eighth, adding another $2.2 million and giving it $85.4 million after five weekends in theaters. Not the minor exception I mentioned at the start (that’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which has a puncher’s chance at $100 million, it’s currently $1.4 million short), the performance is the embodiment of most films in 2017: if you weren’t an out of this world blockbuster, you were a disappointment. It played pretty well overseas, but you know WB was expecting to make back the reported $150 million budget in North America alone. There’s not enough oomph left to get it to $100 million here, about $93-94 million seems to be the final destination.
The based on a true story Only The Brave hangs on in ninth place on the weekend with $1.9 million and $15.2 million in three weekends. A touching story with a tragic ending, I refer you to the blurb on Thank You For Your Service as to why this ended up with the box office it did. Escapism is more important than ever to moviegoers.
The tenth spot goes to Let There Be Light, a faith based entry directed by and starring Kevin Sorbo. It opened last weekend in just 373 theaters and almost crashed the top ten with $1.7 million. This weekend it added 269 theaters and dropped just 5.7% to $1.6 million and manages to sneak in. I got nothing else when it comes to discussing films from this genre, but good for those involved and the fledgling Atlas Distribution Company, as it’s usually Pure Flix that has the market cornered on the faith based movies.
The top twelve films this weekend earned $166 million, well down from the $239.2 million taken in last year, when Doctor Strange not only launched with $109.9 million but Trolls opened to $58.9 million and Hacksaw Ridge was no slouch with $21.4 million. Next week we’ve got a comedy sequel in Daddy’s Home 2 as well as an update of Murder on the Orient Express directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh