Connect with us

Box Office

Box Office: The Holidays are ‘Just Getting Started’

Published

on

For the second weekend of December, the new blockbusters have backed off for that awkward dead zone between Thanksgiving and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With two major comic book movies, two word-of-mouth indie comedies and a stellar Disney animated film on the menu, it’s not surprising that few studios would want to bring something new to this weekend.

The only new film this week debuting with a wide release is the Morgan Freeman/Tommy Lee Jones comedy Just Getting Started. And the results are not good. For being released in over 2,000 theaters, the film brought in an abysmal $3 million, placing it at #10 for the weekend. The only other new release is the Tonya Harding movie I, Tonya but it’s currently only playing in 4 theaters.

The Disaster Artist, the comedy biopic about terrible filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, has expanded this weekend and is starting to make a more significant dent. The critically acclaimed picture that stars James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen has been added over 800 more theaters and did an excellent job bringing in roughly $6.4 million. Word of mouth has been getting around fast about the film and coming in at #4 for the weekend with such a theater account is rather impressive.

Another expanding indie comedy is the coming-of-age story, Lady Bird, expanding to another 300 theaters. In its sixth week, it has only dropped one slot from last week, bringing in $3.5 million and placing its total gross at $22 million. Time will tell if it sticks around for the rest of the month.

A surprise improvement in the rankings has come with Sony’s The Star, an animated religious family movie, moving up a slot after expanding into an additional 150 theaters and earning $3.6 million. It’s total gross after four weeks has been $32 million, not too shabby for a film that cost Sony $20 million to make.

Comic book movies continue to linger. After over a month in the theaters, Thor: Ragnarok remains in the top 10, now crossing over $300 million for its domestic gross. This weekend saw the Marvel hero picture take in $6.2 million, dropping only one slot in the ranking. Justice League may not have been a critical success, but it’s still hanging in there for another week in the #2 spot. The DC Comics long-awaited ensemble picture brought in another $9.5 million, bringing its domestic gross to $212 million. Not terrible, but very underwhelming for what should be considered the crown jewel of the DCEU.

No surprise for remaining at #1 for its third weekend in a row is Coco, Pixar’s latest film about the mythology of the Day of the Dead. Its earnings for the weekend were $18.3 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $135 million. Much like with Justice League, this feels a little underwhelming for what is easily one of Pixar’s most celebrated films to date. It will hopefully have enough appeal to carry it through into the holiday season when going up against the likes of Blue Sky’s Ferdinand. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it will be dominated by Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend.

The full box office stats are listed below.

Coco ($18,303,000)
Justice League ($9,595,000)
Wonder ($8,450,000)
The Disaster Artist ($6,435,514)
Thor: Ragnarok ($6,291,000)
Daddy’s Home 2 ($6,000,000)
Murder on the Orient Express ($5,100,000)
The Star ($3,675,000)
Lady Bird ($3,547,469)
Just Getting Started ($3,181,568)

Next weekend, expect to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the #1 slot with its weekend total in the high triple digits, somewhere between $150 million and $250 million. Coco will most likely hold steady at #2 with Ferdinand nipping close behind.


Box Office

“First Man” Fumbles In Crowded Weekend, “Venom” Drops and Tops

Published

on

October is proving to be a crowded month for genre pictures and Oscar-worthy films. As such, it’s astounding that a superhero film has managed to set records for the month. Venom, Sony’s Marvel movie about the anti-hero, continues to be at #1 in its second weekend with a weekend gross of $35 million. This brings its domestic total to a towering $142.8 million, covering its $100 million budget. Once again, not far behind it is A Star is Born, the musical drama with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, ends up at #2 with a weekend gross of $28 million, the domestic total sitting at $94 million, still great for a $36 million budget.

There were a host of new releases this weekend but weren’t as successful as they trailed behind the top two. First Man, the Neil Armstrong movie starring Ryan Gosling, only made $16.5 million, a major disappointment for the $59 million film. Just beneath it was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, a sequel to the 2015 family horror film based on the books by R.L. Stine, coming in close with $16.2 million. Further down was Bad Times At The El Royale, the all-star ensemble campy thriller, making $7.2 million. Expanding for the weekend was The Hate U Give, the racially charged drama, but the expansion to over 200 more theaters did little to push it up the chart, making $1.7 million.

Though Venom took the big dip for the weekend with a 55% drop, it still ended up being the biggest money-maker of the weekend. It’s no surprise that the other big drop was for The House With A Clock In Its Walls falling 45% because there’s not exactly enough room for two Jack Black scary family comedies. Both Smallfoot, the animated comedy with the voice of Channing Tatum, and Night School, the education comedy starring Kevin Hart, each had only 35% drops. But it was ultimately the comedy A Simple Favor that took the biggest hit of dropping 59% to #10 in the box office.

View the full top 10 of the weekend box office below:
Venom ($35,700,000)
A Star Is Born ($28,000,000)
First Man ($16,500,000)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween ($16,225,000)
Smallfoot ($9,300,000)
Night School ($8,035,000)
Bad Times At The El Royale ($7,225,000)
The House With A Clock In Its Walls ($3,975,000)
The Hate U Give ($1,765,000)
A Simple Favor ($1,380,000)

Next weekend will be far less crowded with a heavy-hitter horror film aiming for the top spot. While The Hate U Give will be expanding even more into 2,300 theaters, the new Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, will be hitting 3,700 theaters, presenting the biggest threat to Venom’s quickly draining box office.


Continue Reading

Box Office

“Venom” Makes Big Debut, “A Star is Born” Close Behind

Published

on

Superhero movies have once again set a new record for delivering the highest of box office grosses for an October release. Venom, Sony’s solo movie for the Spider-Man villain starring Tom Hardy, premiered to an astounding first weekend domestic gross of $80 million. While not as massive a debut as Marvel’s earlier pictures this year of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, but it’s still a very strong opening for a Sony superhero picture with a $100 million budget.

Also opening rather strong, despite receiving half the box office, is A Star is Born, the new musical drama remake starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Thanks to the strong critic ratings and word of mouth, the film with plenty of Oscar buzz generated $41 million for its first weekend. Given the big response, expect the film to stick around for the month, perhaps even longer than Venom depending on next weekend’s drop-off.

Holding firm in the #3 slot is Smallfoot, the animated yeti comedy with the voice of Channing Tatum. Dropping only 35% from last weekend, Warner Brothers’ latest animated venture now has a domestic total of $42 million. Not a strong total for such an expensive animated film, but sure to have enough legs to stick around until the next major family film. Similarly, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Eli Roth’s kid-friendly horror fantasy, is proving to hang in there with a 42% drop and a domestic total of $55 million, clearing its $42 million budget.

Don’t count out Night School, the class comedy starring Kevin Hart, fittingly neatly into the #4 slot with a domestic total of $46 million, easily toppling its $29 million budget. Other big money makers of the top 10 include the horror picture The Nun now sitting at $113 million and Crazy Rich Asians now at a rich $169 million.

Check the full top 10 box office weekend results below:

Venom ($80,030,000)
A Star is Born ($41,250,000)
Smallfoot ($14,900,000)
Night School ($12,275,000)
The House With A Clock In Its Walls ($7,295,000)
A Simple Favor ($3,435,000)
The Nun ($2,610,000)
Hell Fest ($2,075,000)
Crazy Rich Asians ($2,060,000)
The Predator ($900,000)

Next weekend will be a three-way battle of astronauts, assassins, and angry monsters. First Man, the astronaut biopic starring Ryan Gosling, will premiere in 3,500 theaters. Bad Times at the El Royale, the all-star ensemble of an intense thriller set at a hotel, will explode into 2,800 theaters. And Goosebumps 2, the sequel to 2015’s family horror film based on the books by R.L. Stein, will be unleashed into 3,400 theaters. Expect the battle to be a close call between First Man and Goosebumps, with Venom presenting the biggest challenge to topple.


Continue Reading

Box Office

“Night School” Nets Number One, “Smallfoot” Makes Tiny Mark

Published

on

For the last weekend of September, it’s a pretty mild time of lukewarm films with lukewarm box office as we enter into the fall awards season. A few smaller films fought for the top spot of the meager money this weekend had to offer. Night School, the Kevin Hart-starring comedy, only made about $28 million to arrive at #1, though not a bad debut considering the $29 million budget. Debuting just behind it with $23 million was Smallfoot, Warner Bros’ animated yeti comedy featuring the voice of Channing Tatum. Not exactly a strong premiere for the animated feature which already has some competition for family entertainment and will have more come October.

Competing with the kids this weekend was The House With A Clock In Its Walls, the Eli Roth directed family fantasy starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. The film took in $12.5 million for its second weekend, to arrive at a domestic total of $44 million and clearing its $42 million budget. It may stick around come October where the kids want something more Halloween friendly, but the competition of Goosebumps 2 coming out may make that a taller order. And it may be a little early for Halloween films considering the premiere of Hell Fest, the slasher picture from Lionsgate, only made $5 million to debut at #6.

Despite the low opening for Smallfoot, it still looks like a good month for Warner Bros. The Nun, the latest Conjuring universe horror film, has now made $109 million domestically after four weeks, making the second most profitable entry in WB’s horror saga. Crazy Rich Asians, the romantic comedy hit from August, is still hanging in there with a domestic total of $165.6 million. Both films were made with relatively low budgets, making for great investments on WB’s part for horror and romantic comedies.

View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:

Night School ($28,000,000)
Smallfoot ($23,020,000)
The House With A Clock In Its Walls ($12,510,000)
A Simple Favor ($6,600,000)
The Nun ($5,435,000)
Hell Fest ($5,075,000)
Crazy Rich Asians ($4,150,000)
The Predator ($3,700,000)
White Boy Rick ($2,385,000)
Peppermint ($1,770,000)

Next weekend will see superheroes square off against singers. Venom, Sony’s newest Marvel movie based on the Spider-Man villain, will premiere big in 4,000 theaters. A Star is Born, the musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will debut in 3,500 theaters. Venom seems likely to take the weekend with a heavier theater count, but A Star is Born has been receiving rave reviews and the big word of mouth. Stay tuned to see how this plays out.


Continue Reading

Find Us On Facebook

More

Movie News2 days ago

Review: “First Moon” is an Emotional and Exciting Race to Space

Damien Chazelle’s take on Neil Armstrong’s tough road to making it to the moon may not be the most accurate...

Movie News2 days ago

Review: David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” Revives The Fear and Terror

After numerous sequels, remakes, reboots, and even a failed divergence of trying to weave the saga into an anthology, it...

Box Office2 days ago

“First Man” Fumbles In Crowded Weekend, “Venom” Drops and Tops

October is proving to be a crowded month for genre pictures and Oscar-worthy films. As such, it’s astounding that a...

Movie News2 weeks ago

Review: “Venom” Goes Gross, Tone-Deaf, Wacky

The tagline for Venom is that the world has enough superheroes but after such films as Deadpool and Suicide Squad,...

Box Office2 weeks ago

“Venom” Makes Big Debut, “A Star is Born” Close Behind

Superhero movies have once again set a new record for delivering the highest of box office grosses for an October...

Box Office3 weeks ago

“Night School” Nets Number One, “Smallfoot” Makes Tiny Mark

For the last weekend of September, it’s a pretty mild time of lukewarm films with lukewarm box office as we...

Movie News3 weeks ago

Review: “A Star is Born” Shines Bright with Cooper and Gaga

We know Lady Gaga can sing, but can she act? We know Bradley Cooper can act, but can he sing...

Box Office4 weeks ago

“The House with a Clock in its Walls” Scares Up Small Box Office

As we venture into the fall, scary movies are going to start cropping up and this weekend saw the first...

Movie News1 month ago

Review: “The House With a Clock In Its Walls” Ticks With Messy Magic

Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock In Its Walls has a lot going on to be the type of...

Box Office1 month ago

The Predator Makes Mild Blast For Weekend Debut

While last weekend was a stellar box office debut for The Nun, the weekend is much more low-key with reduced...

Trending