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The Disaster Artist Weekend Box Office: The Disaster Artist Trouncing Just Getting Started

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‘Coco’ stays No. 1 overall on the final weekend before the year-end deluge of tentpoles; ‘Just Getting Started’ marks the final title the once-ambitious Broad Green Pictures will release.

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is transforming into a portrait of a box-office winner.

The dramedy, which opened last weekend in 19 theaters to rousing numbers, is expanding into a total of 840 cinemas in its sophomore outing. The critically acclaimed pic, from indie distributor A24, grossed an estimated $2.6 million on Friday for a projected $6.7 million weekend and fourth-place finish. New Line and Warner Bros., where Disaster Artist was first developed, is handling the film overseas.

The critically acclaimed pic, from A24, recounts the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, considered one of the worst movies ever made. In addition to directing, Franco stars as Wiseau. David Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson and Jacki Weaver co-star.

Disaster Artist will gross nearly double what broad comedy Just Getting Started is on course to earn in its debut in 2,161 cinemas. Just Getting Started looks to come in No. 10 with a dismal $3.6 million after grossing roughly $1.2 million on Friday. The film is the final title the once-ambitious Broad Green Pictures will release after shutting down its entire production division in August.

Just Getting Started stars Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Ashley and the late Glenne Headly. Set in a retirement home, the story follows a former FBI agent and mob lawyer who must put their differences aside when the mafia shows up. Audiences spurned the film, giving it a C CinemaScore, while the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is a withering 11 percent.

The first two weekends of December are always quiet in terms of major releases as the studios gear up for the year-end deluge of holiday titles.

Overall, Disney and Pixar’s Coco will stay No. 1 in this third weekend with nearly $20 million, putting the film’s domestic total at around $137 million through Sunday. Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League is holding at No. 2, while Lionsgate’s sleeper hit Wonder remains at No. 3 as it prepares to hit $100 million sometime on Sunday.

Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, rounding out the top five, will also achieves a milestone this weekend when hammering past the $300 million mark in North America (globally, the superhero pic has amassed north of $800 million).

New offerings at the specialty box office include Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as figure skater Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her mother. The movie, opening in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, is projected to post a per screen average of roughly $58,000. Neon is distributing I, Tonya.

coco 2 Coco tops Thanksgiving box office with $71.2 million; Justice League No. 2


Coco has struck a chord. Disney and Pixar’s vibrant Día de los Muertos-themed animated musical is poised to debut with an estimated $71.2 million from 3,987 theaters in the U.S. and Canada over the long holiday weekend, easily displacing last week’s box office champ, the struggling superhero team-up Justice League.

Coco‘s five-day bow — $49 million of which comes from the Friday-Sunday frame — marks the fourth-highest Thanksgiving opening ever, not adjusting for inflation, behind Frozen ($93.6 million), Moana ($82.1 million), and Toy Story 2 ($80.1 million). It also gives Disney 10 of the top 11 Turkey Day openings all time and comes as good news for Pixar in the wake of co-founder John Lasseter taking a six-month leave due to unspecified “missteps” that made some staffers feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.”

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco received glowing reviews from critics (it’s currently rated 96% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes) and a coveted A-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting that word of mouth should be strong. The film, which centers on a 12-year-old Mexican boy who confronts his family’s ancestral ban on music, has grossed an additional $82.2 million from foreign markets. Coco‘s cast includes newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Alanna Ubach.

In second place, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s big-budget spectacle Justice League is on track to take in about $63 million over five days, and $40.7 million Friday-Sunday. The latter figure represents a 57 percent decline from an underwhelming first weekend and doesn’t bode particularly well for the uneven DC Extended Universe, which Justice League was intended to be the standard-bearer for.

That said, the Zack Snyder-directed movie has added about $309.8 million overseas, putting its worldwide total at $481.3 million. Despite unenthusiastic reviews and a mediocre B-plus CinemaScore, Justice League has been buoyed by a star-studded cast that includes Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. (Joss Whedon, an alum of Disney and Marvel’s rival Avengers franchise, also oversaw extensive reshoots as Snyder dealt with a family tragedy.)JL Coco tops Thanksgiving box office with $71.2 million; Justice League No. 2

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Rounding out the top five this weekend are a trio of holdovers: Lionsgate’s family film Wonder, with about $32.3 million over five days ($22.3 million Friday-Sunday); Disney’s superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok, with about $24.3 million over five days ($16.8 million Friday-Sunday); and Paramount’s comedy Daddy’s Home 2, with about $18.6 million over five days ($13.3 million Friday-Sunday).

In limited release, director Luca Guadagnino’s critically acclaimed love story Call Me by Your Name is set to gross an estimated $405,000 (Friday-Sunday) from four locations in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-theater average of $101,000 per screen — the highest such mark this year. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in the film, about an affair between a precocious 17-year-old boy and a mysterious, handsome grad student in northern Italy. Sony Pictures Classics is distributing.

Also notching a solid opening this weekend is Focus Features’ World War II drama Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Playing in four locations, it’s on pace for about $176,000 Friday-Sunday, for a per-theater average of $44,005. (Its five-day opening is estimated at $248,000.)

Meanwhile, the Denzel Washington legal drama Roman J. Israel Esq. expanded from four theaters to 1,669 but failed to connect with audiences, who gave it a soft B CinemaScore. The Sony release on track to gross about $6.2 million over five days and $4.5 million Friday-Sunday, good for ninth place.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 24-26 figures below.

1. Coco — $49 million ($71.2 million five-day)
2. Justice League — $40.7 million ($63 million five-day)
3. Wonder — $22.3 million ($32.3 million five-day)
4. Thor: Ragnarok — $16.8 million ($24.3 million five-day)
5. Daddy’s Home 2 — $13.3 million ($18.6 million five-day)
6. Murder on the Orient Express — $13 million ($18.6 million five-day)
7. The Star — $6.9 million ($9.5 million five-day)
8. A Bad Moms Christmas — $5 million ($6.8 million five-day)
9. Roman J. Israel Esq. — $4.5 million ($6.2 million five-day)
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $4.4 million ($$5.9 million five-day)

coco 1 Box Office: Coco Trots Past Justice League With $13.2M Wednesday

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‘Coco’ is expected to dominate the long Thanksgiving weekend with more than $70 million.

As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar’s Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday’s haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year’s Moana sang its way to $82.1 million. Tangled took in $68.7 million in 2010, and The Good Dinosaur, $55.5 million in 2015. When adjusting for inflation, the 1999 Toy Story 2 supplants Frozen with nearly $141 million (unadjusted, Toy Story‘s five-day debut was $80.1 million).

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who sets out to become an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). The trouble is, his family has banned music for generations. Miguel suddenly finds himself in the magical Land of the Dead, where he teams up with the trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) in hopes of unlocking the secret behind his family history. The Frozen featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure accompanies the film.

Warner Bros.’ DC superhero mashup Justice League, which debuted last weekend, is expected to earn roughly $62 million over the five-day holiday corridor.

Elsewhere, director Stephen Chbosky’s family friendly Wonder remains a strong daw after opening to a far better-than-expected $27 million last weekend. The movie, also nabbing a coveted A+ CinemaScore, has galvanized elementary school kids, teachers and parents across the country.

The $20 million film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s acclaimed children’s novel tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time (the book spawned the “Choose Kind” movement). Lionsgate, Participant Media, Walden Media and Mandeville Films partnered on Wonder, which stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson.

Wonder, holding at No. 3, grossed an estimated $6 million on Wednesday from 3,140 theaters for a projected five-day haul of nearly $38 million.

Among the flurry of films vying for adult attention and awards love is the Denzel Washington-starrer Roman J. Israel, Esq., which expanded nationwide on Wednesday after first opening in New York and Los Angeles. From Sony and playing in 1,648 theaters, the legal thriller may only gross $5 million for the five days.

Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) directed Roman Israel, about an lawyer whose idealism is put to the test when he joins a large L.A. law firm. The movie was rejiggered after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to tepid reviews.

New offerings at the specialty box office include Focus’ Winston Churchill pic The Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman, and Bleecker Street’s holiday offering The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. And Sony Pictures Classics opens Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name in New York and Los Angeles on Friday; the critical darling stars Armie Hammer as a young academic who embarks on a love affair with his professor’s 17-year-old son (Timothee Chalamet).

justice league box office 1 Justice League underwhelms at box office with $96 million opening

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DC Comics’ mightiest heroes are uniting on the big screen for the first time, saving the world from certain doom, and topping the box office in Justice League — but the highly anticipated film is nonetheless falling short of expectations. Warner Bros’. superhero team-up is on track to gross an estimated $96 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, dominating the competition but coming in well below analysts’ projections of about $110 million.

The fifth installment of the DC Extended Universe marks the franchise’s first sub-$100-million domestic debut, trailing Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), and Man of Steel ($116.6 million). It’s also not in the same, ahem, league as Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million).

While $96 million is no small sum, Justice League reportedly cost a hefty $250 million-$300 million to make, and it’s intended to be a linchpin of one of Warner Bros’. signature brands. On the plus side, the film is faring well overseas, where it’s poised to take in $185.5 million.

Directed by Zack Snyder — with extensive reshoots overseen by Avengers alum Joss Whedon while Snyder dealt with a family tragedy —  Justice League met with mixed to negative reviews (better than BVS but much worse than Wonder Woman) and received a mediocre B-plus CinemaScore.

The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Superman, with Ciarán Hinds voicing the villain Steppenwolf.

In second place, the new Julia Roberts drama Wonder is exceeding expectations with an estimated $27.1 million, to go along with an A-plus CinemaScore and solid reviews. The modestly budgeted Lionsgate release had been pegged for an opening in the ballpark of $10 million.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky and based on R.J. Palacio’s middle-grade novel of the same name, Wonder centers on a young boy (played by Jacob Tremblay) coping with a facial deformity and trying to fit in at a new school. Roberts plays the boy’s mother, and Owen Wilson portrays his father.wonder movie Justice League underwhelms at box office with $96 million opening

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Disney’s superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok is holding steady in third place with an estimated $21.8 million in its third weekend. That brings the domestic total to $247.4 million, and the worldwide total to $738.1 million.

Rounding out the top five — and continuing their battle from last week — are Paramount’s paternal comedy Daddy’s Home 2, with about $14.8 million, and Fox’s whodunit Murder on the Orient Express, with about $13.8 million.

This weekend’s other new wide release, Sony’s faith-based animated movie The Star, is poised to take in an estimated $10 million, good for the No. 6 spot.

Sony also began rolling out Dan Gilroy and Denzel Washington’s legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., which will gross about $65,000 from four locations, for a a per-theater average of $16,250. The film, which has received mixed reviews, will expand into about 1,500 theaters Wednesday.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.3 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 17-19 figures below.

1. Justice League — $96 million
2. Wonder — $27.1 million
3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8 million
4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8 million
5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8 million
6. The Star — $10 million
7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9 million
8. Lady Bird — $2.5 million
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $1.1 million
10. Jigsaw — $1.1 million

thor ragnarok 1 Thor: Ragnarok electrifies box office with $121 million opening weekend

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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ takes second place, and ‘Lady Bird’ soars in limited release

Thor: Ragnarok may spell trouble for the realm of Asgard, but it brings good news for the box office. Disney and Marvel’s third solo movie starring Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder is on track to gross an estimated $121 million in the U.S. and Canada over its first weekend, easily conquering the competition while heralding Hollywood’s first big opening in several weeks.

Ragnarok‘s haul represents the fourth-largest debut of 2017, behind Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million), and It ($123.4 million). It also crushes the openings of 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million) and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), and edges out the most recent installment of the Marvel cinematic universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming ($117 million).

Directed by with a distinctly humorous tone by Taika Waititi and boasting a powerhouse cast — including Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddeslton, and Tessa Thompson — Ragnarok received glowing reviews and garnered an A CinemaScore, indicating good word of mouth. The threequel, which reportedly cost $180 million to make, has likewise fared well overseas, tallying about $306 million since it began rolling out last week.

After a sluggish October, Ragnarok could help spark a lively holiday moviegoing season, with fellow tentpoles like Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming in the weeks ahead.

Back on earth, STX Films’ comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christmas is in line for second place with an estimated $17 million weekend, and a five-day total of about $21.6 million (after opening Wednesday). The latter figure is a bit below analysts’ expectations of about $25 million, and it falls short of the original Bad Moms‘ three-day $23.8 million opening.

The follow-up to the R-rated sleeper hit received largely negative reviews, and audiences gave it a so-so B CinemaScore (dropping down from the original’s A grade). Scott Moore and Jon Lucas returned to direct Bad Moms Christmas, which once again stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as three overburdened, underappreciated women — who this time deal with the stress of the holidays and their own mothers.

abmc 2 Thor: Ragnarok electrifies box office with $121 million opening weekend

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Rounding out the top five are Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, with about $6.7 million, and Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, with about $4.7 million, and Warner Bros’. Geostorm, with about $3 million.

On the specialty front, actress Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, Lady Bird, is poised to gross about $375,612 from four locations, for a per-theater average of $93,903 — the best such mark of 2017. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracy Letts star in the coming-of-age dramedy, which was released by A24.

Meanwhile Richard Linklater’s veteran drama Last Flag Flying will gross an estimated $42,000 from four locations, for a $10,500 per-theater average. Amazon and Lionsgate released the film — starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne — to solid reviews.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.8 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 3-5 figures below.

1. Thor: Ragnarok — $16.3 million
2. A Bad Moms Christmas — $17 million
3. Jigsaw — $6.7 million
4. Boo 2: A Madea Halloween — $4.7 million
5. Geostorm — $3 million
6. Happy Death Day — $2.8 million
7. Thank You for Your Service — $2.3 million
8. Blade Runner 2049 — $2.2 million
9. Only the Brave — $1.9 million
10. Let There Be Light — $1.6 million

thor  ragnarok 3 Weekend Box Office: Thor: Ragnarok Outwits Sequel Curse With $121M Debut

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Sequel ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ isn’t as lucky, while Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ soars at the specialty box office; globally, ‘Thor’ amasses $427 million.

In an era when many tentpole franchise installments have stalled, director Taika Waitii’s Thor: Ragnarok is wielding nothing short of a golden hammer at the box office for Disney and Marvel Studios.

Over the weekend, the threequel opened to $121 million from 4,080 theaters in North America, 41 percent ahead of 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), not accounting for inflation. Overseas, the event pic grossed $151.4 million in its second weekend for a foreign tally of $306 million and a worldwide haul of $427 million. Thor: Ragnarok‘s $55.6 million China debut is a record for the month of November, while Imax theaters delivered a whopping $25.4 million globally.

Thor: Ragnarok — with Chris Hemsworth returning in the titular role and Cate Blanchett introduced as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death — helped restored luster to the domestic box office after a miserable October, posting the fourth-best opening of the year to date and besting every other 2017 superhero tentpole outside of fellow Marvel title Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which earned $146.5 million. (Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted to $117 million, while Wonder Woman launched to $103.3 million.)

The secret to the movie’s success? Thor: Ragnarok was no doubt boosted by Waititi’s fresh vision and by featuring other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, namely The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who makes a cameo. It was the same strategy Marvel used in 2016 threequel Captain America: Civil War. And then there were Thor: Ragnarok‘s glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore. (It’s the 13th consecutive MCU title to receive some variation of an A grade.)

“Because of the strength of the Marvel team, it affords the license to bring in storytellers that have the ability to infuse tone and style that keeps each of these films feeling unbelievably fresh,” says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. “The $13 billion grossed by the 17 MCU titles averages out to $800 million per film globally. Just as impressive, if not more, is the consistency from a quality standpoint.”

Roughly 42 percent of global ticket sales came from 3D screens, mostly from overseas and including Imax cinemas. (In the U.S., half of all Imax shows were in 2D, per the exhibitor’s new strategy.)

Still, not even the god of thunder could stop the slide at the fall box office, at least not entirely.

Year over year, weekend revenue was down more than 9 percent as A Bad Moms Christmas bowed behind expectations and a crop of holdovers continued to underwhelm.

R-rated comedy sequels are a tough business, and STXfilms’ Bad Moms Christmas felt the pinch. The film, hampered by generally bad reviews and a B CinemaScore after deciding to open midweek, posted a weekend gross of $17 million and a five-day debut of $21.6 million. Pre-release tracking services had suggested the follow-up would open in the $25 million-$28 million range. Females made up 82 percent of ticket buyers, while 87 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

The first Bad Moms pic, which nabbed an A CinemaScore, launched to $23.8 million in summer 2016. The holiday-themed sequel certainly isn’t a financial bust, having cost a relatively modest $28 million to make, and STX insiders believe the film will have strong legs and note that any number of R-rated comedies have received a B CinemaScore. They also add that Bad Moms Christmas‘ opening wasn’t as far behind the original’s as other R-rated comedy sequels have been.

Overseas, Bad Moms Christmas opened to $7 million from its first 15 markets for an early global cume of $28.6 million. The pic came in ahead of the first film in several major markets including Australia ($3 million) and the U.K. ($2.4 million).

Bad Moms Christmas reunites Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as they rebel against the pressure of creating the perfect holiday while having to deal with their own mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore returned to direct.

Among holdovers, George Clooney’s ill-fated Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, fell a steep 59 percent in its second weekend to $1.2 million for a domestic total of $5.1 million.

Elsewhere, a number of titles vying for awards attention opened in select theaters.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird flew high, taking in $375,612 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to score the year’s top theater average to date ($93,903). The A24 dramedy boasts a perfect 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet. The previous top average in 2017 belonged to The Big Sick ($84,315), and Lady Bird‘s average is the best since La La Land, which was released last December ($176,221).

Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, likewise rolled out in four cinemas in N.Y. and L.A., grossing $42,000 for a screen average of $10,500. Amazon Studios partnered with Lionsgate on the dramedy’s theatrical release.

LBJ, which opted for a much larger footprint, debuted to roughly $1 million from 659 theaters. Directed by Rob Reiner, the political biopic features Woody Harrelson as the titular president. Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in the Electric Entertainment release.


happy death day Box office: Happy Death Day takes down Blade Runner 2049
Blumhouse (“Split,” “Get Out,” “Whiplash”) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in “Happy Death Day,” in which a college student (JESSICA ROTHE, “La La Land”) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Call it deja vu: Another horror movie is slaying at the box office.

Universal and Blumhouse’s microbudget slasher Happy Death Day is on track to gross an estimated $26.5 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, exceeding industry projections and easily knocking off last week’s No. 1 film, Blade Runner 2049.

Starring Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder again and again until she discovers her killer’s identity, Happy Death Day received mixed to positive reviews and garnered a B CinemaScore — solid for a horror movie. The film, which cost about $4.5 million to make and was directed by Christopher Landon, continues a strong year for Blumhouse and Universal, who previously released M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Happy Death Day also marks the latest horror movie to top the box office, joining those aforementioned films as well as Warner Bros. and New Line’s Annabelle: Creation and It.

In second place, Warner Bros. and Alcon’s sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 is set to take in about $15.1 million in its second weekend, falling off 54% from a disappointing $31.5 million debut and bringing its domestic total to $60.6 million after 10 days in theaters.

Those are lackluster figures for an ambitious, highly anticipated, and critically acclaimed film that boasts major talent — director Denis Villeneuve, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford — and cost upward of $150 million to make. Based on Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1982 film Blade Runner, 2049 continues its story of cops hunting down rogue androids in dystopian Los Angeles.

2049 could still get a bump from potential awards season success, and from foreign markets, where it has so far grossed about $98 million.

Debuting in third place is STX’s R-rated action flick The Foreigner, with an estimated $12.8 million. Pitting martial arts legend Jackie Chan against erstwhile James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, the tale of international intrigue has received mixed reviews and an A-minus CinemaScore.

The Chinese co-production, directed by Bond veteran Martin Campbell, has grossed an additional $88.4 million overseas.

the foreigner Box office: Happy Death Day takes down Blade Runner 2049
Jackie Chan as Quan CR: Christopher Raphael/STX
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Rounding out the top five this weekend are It, with an estimated $6.1 million, and Fox’s survival romance The Mountain Between Us, with an estimated $5.7 million.

Also arriving this weekend, in fewer theaters than Happy Death Day (3,149) and The Foreigner (2,515), were Open Road’s Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall and Annapurna’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, about the unconventional life of the creator of Wonder Woman.

Marshall is poised to collect an estimated $3 million from 821 locations, good for 11th place, while Professor Marston is looking at $737,000 from 1,229 locations, putting it in the No. 15 spot.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the Oct. 13-15 figures below.

1. Happy Death Day — $26.5 million
2. Blade Runner 2049 — $15.1 million
3. The Foreigner — $12.8 million
4. It — $6.1 million
5. The Mountain Between Us — $5.7 million
6. American Made — $5.4 million
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $5.3 million
8. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $4.3 million
9. My Little Pony: The Movie — $4 million
10. Victoria and Abdul— $3.1 million

happy death day 3 Weekend Box Office: Happy Death Day Earns $1M in Thursday Previews

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‘Happy Death Day’

Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ also open this weekend.

Happy Death Day took in $1 million in Thursday-night previews at 2,450 theaters at the North American box office.

The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon and rated PG-13, the pre-Halloween movie rolls out in 3,149 theaters this weekend and is predicted to open in the $15 million to $20 million range.

Happy Death Day‘s showing beat the initial debut of the most recent horror movie that opened before Halloween and wasn’t part of an existing franchise: Ouija, which earned $911,000 in Thursday-night screenings on a pre-Halloween weekend in 2014.

STXfilms’ action-thriller The Foreigner earned an estimated $775,000 in Thursday-night showings. Opening in 2,515 theaters this weekend, the Martin Campbell-directed movie stars Jackie Chan as a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically motivated terrorist attack. He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. It’s expected to open in the low- to mid-teen millions.

Marshall and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, targeting older adults, also launch nationwide this weekend, but are opting for a far smaller rollout. Both films are expected to gross $3 million-$5 million.

Produced by Studio 6 and distributed by Annapurna, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women goes out in 1,229 theaters. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the real-life drama recounts how an American psychologist created the fictional character Wonder Woman. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote star.

In Open Road’s Marshall, Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history who, as a young NAACP lawyer, reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Reginald Hudlin directed the drama, which rolls out in 821 locations. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell also star.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight debuts its A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, and Bleecker Street releases Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.

bladerunner 1 Blade Runner 2049 stumbles at box office with $12.7 million


Backed by glowing reviews and an A- CinemaScore, Blade Runner 2049 was poised to best the box office during its opening weekend. While it’s still looking to come out on top, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 original is falling far below the initial predictions.

Early estimates pegged the film to reach the $45-$55 million range by Sunday, but Warner Bros. now reports earnings of $12.7 million from Friday night screenings over 4,058 theaters across the country — that includes the $4 million gross from Thursday night showings. This puts its new estimated weekend total around $36-$38 million. It’s not a death sentence, but it’s not a good start for a production that reportedly cost upward of $150 million to make.

Alien: Covenant, Scott’s attempt to continue another of his franchises, earned a similar amount from its opening weekend ($36.2 million) before crashing at the box office.

In Blade Runner 2049‘s defense, the original Blade Runner wasn’t a success right off the bat. After a mixed initial reception, it would be a slow burn before the film grew in notoriety, propelled by the Final Cut version of the film released by Scott and the on-going replicant mystery of Rick Deckard. Though, it already seems as though moviegoers aren’t as enthused as critics are about a nearly three-hour revival of a sci-fi classic.

The sequel stars Ryan Gosling as K, a Blade Runner in Los Angeles 30 years after the events of the first film. Uncovering a secret with catastrophic implications, he goes in search of Harrison Ford’s Rick. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) directed Blade Runner 2049 with a cast that includes Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, and Ana de Armas.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is releasing Blade Runner 2049 overseas, where the film is projected to earn between $48-$50 million from its foreign markets.

box office 1 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box office

Meanwhile ‘Flatliners’ is looking lifeless

 It is rising up from the sewers and looking to reclaim the box office crown. In its fourth weekend in theaters, Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror hit is on track to gross an estimated $17.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, narrowly topping the new Tom Cruise caper American Made and last week’s winner, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Meanwhile Sony’s Flatliners reboot is showing few signs of life.

Based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel and directed by Andy Muschietti, It powered a record-breaking September at the domestic box office, where it has grossed $291.2 million. The film has added $262 million in foreign markets, pushing its worldwide total well past the half-billion-dollar mark, to $553.2 million.

Given It‘s critical and commercial success, it’s no surprise that a sequel was recently slated to hit theaters in 2019.

On It‘s tail, however, are Universal’s American Made with an estimated $17.016 million and Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle with an estimated $17 million. (Final weekend grosses will be reported Monday.)

american made 2 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box office

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The former film, directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and starring Cruise as TWA pilot turned drug runner and arms smuggler Barry Seal, has garnered positive reviews and received a decent B-plus CinemaScore from audiences. However, it also marks the lowest opening for a Cruise film since 2012’s Jack Reacher ($15.2 million).

Cruise remains a draw overseas, where American Made has been rolling out over the past several weeks to the tune of $64.7 million.

A hair’s breadth behind American Made, director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel is on pace to decline 56% in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $66.7 million. For the sake of comparison, the original Kingsman declined 49% in its sophomore frame, putting its total at $68 million.

The weekend’s other new major release, Flatliners, will gross an estimated $6.7 million, taking fifth place and falling short of industry projections, which had it closer to $10 million. A remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller about a group of medical students who conduct dangerous near-death experiments, the film took a drubbing from critics (it currently has a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes) and received a tepid B-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers.

flatliners 1 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box office

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The new film is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who previously helmed the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev.

Filling out the top five is Warner Bros’. The Lego Ninjago Movie, in fourth place with $12 million. After 10 days in North American theaters, the animated film has taken in $35.6 million, lagging well behind the pace of predecessors The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie.

Further down the list, Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful Battle of the Sexes expanded from 21 theaters to 1,213 in its second weekend and is on pace to gross an estimated $3.4 million, while the Taye Diggs-led psychological thriller Til Death Do Us Part (distributed by Novus Content) is poised to crack the top 10 with a $1.5 million bow. Both figures are below industry projections.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 figures below.

1. It — $17.3 million
2. American Made — $17.016 million
3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $17 million
4. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $12 million
5. Flatliners — $6.7 million
6. Battle of the Sexes — $3.4 million
7. American Assassin — $3.3 million
8. Home Again — $1.8 million
9. Til Death Do Us Part — $1.5 million
10. mother! — $1.46 million

it Weekend Box Office: It Squeaks by American Made, Kingsman With $17.3M

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The order won’t be official until Monday since both ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and ‘American Made’ reported an estimated $17 million for the weekend, making for a close three-way contest.

There’s definitely a need for a recount at the North American box office.

According to Sunday estimates, horror blockbuster It narrowly beat Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Doug Liman’s new film American Made — starring Tom Cruise — with $17.3 million, compared to an estimated $17 million for the other two films.

The official order won’t be determined until Monday morning when final weekend grosses are tallied. Some rival studios show New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ It and Fox’s Kingsman tying with $17 million each, and Universal’s American Made coming in slightly behind.

Either way, It remains a phenomenon in its fourth weekend, ending Sunday with a domestic haul of $291 million. Overseas, it took in $35.6 million from 64 markets for $262 million abroad and $533.2 million globally. The film is responsible for fueling record September revenue after a brutal August.

British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel beat It overseas with $50 million from 77 markets for a 12-day worldwide total of $192.7 million, including $66.7 million in North America.

American Made marks a modest opening for Cruise, who has had a mixed record at the domestic box office. In the film, the actor portrays Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before turning CIA informant. Universal, which is handling American Made, is counting on the movie having a long run, thanks to strong reviews (audiences were less impressed, giving it a B+ CinemaScore). Overseas, where Cruise’s star power is brighter, American Made has already earned $64.7 million for a global cume of $81.7 million.

“We will have a great run, and American Made overperformed tracking. Tom is something to discover in this movie,” says Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou. “And I think it’s interesting that you have three films that are within shouting distance of each other. Once the dust settles on Monday, we’ll see how it turns out.”

American Made cost a reported $50 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Cross Creek Pictures financed and produced both American Made and the new Flatliners remake, which cost $19 million to make.

Released by Sony, Flatliners faltered with an estimated $6.7 million bow, compared to an expected $10 million-plus opening. The pic sports an abysmal 0 rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, but earned a B- CinemaScore from audiences.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, the original Flatliners (1990) starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon as five medical students who conduct near-death experiments by stopping their hearts for short bursts of time. Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons star in the reboot, which was helmed by Niels Arden Oplev.

The Christian pic A Question of Faith, whose cast includes Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, Renee O’Connor, Gregory Alan Williams, T.C. Stallings and Jaci Velasquez, also opened to a meek $1 million from 661 theaters.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s awards contender Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, rolled out nationwide after launching in 21 cinemas last weekend. The film came in No. 6 with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,213 theaters for an early total of $4.1 million.

Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench, expanded into a total of 77 theaters, taking in $1 million for a screen average of $13,393 and a cume of $1.2 million.

The animated biopic Loving Vincent expanded into a total of four cinemas, grossing $52,886 for a screen average of $13,222.

New openings at the specialty box office included Watergate drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, which logged a screen average of $7,028 after earning $35,138 from five theaters. The Sony Pictures Classics release stars Liam Neeson as “Deep Throat,” the anonymous source who fed information to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Diane Lane, Maika Monroe and Tony Goldwyn also star in Felt, which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lucky, starring the late Harry Dean Stanton, launched in five theaters, earning $46,000 for a screen average of $9,200.

And IFC’s documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton debuted at the Nuart in Los Angles, grossing $13,819.

Overall, the weekend helped contribute to a massive September at the box office led by It, which delivered over 40% of the month’s record $694.9 million. The total gross tops the previous record of $626.4 million brought in over the course of September 2015 by almost $70 million. September also helped give 2017 a little jolt in the right direction following a disappointing August, which ended with the year down 6.3% compared to 2016. As of the end of September, 2017 now trails 2016 by just 4.6%.

Next weekend Warner Bros. will release Blade Runner 2049 into over 3,900 locations, Fox will debut The Mountain Between Us in ~2,900 theaters, Lionsgate opens My LIttle Pony into 2,500 locations and Quality Flix will release The Stray in ~630 theaters.

kingsman2 ninjago Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

Manners maketh money.

Fox’s over-the-top spy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Compass is on track to earn an estimated $39 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, unseating two-time box office champ It and outpacing fellow new release The Lego Ninjago Movie.

 After getting roughed up by critics, The Golden Circle will likely debut below the $41.8 million four-day total pulled in by its predecessor over Presidents Day weekend in 2015, but above the original’s Friday-Sunday total of $36.2 million. With $39 million, the sequel would notch the fifth-highest September opening ever, not adjusted for inflation. It’s also on pace to add an estimated $61.2 million from 55 international markets this weekend.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn and loosely based on the comic book The Secret Service, the second Kingsman film finds young British spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his mentor Harry (Colin Firth) teaming up with their American counterparts to save the world. The high-profile cast also includes Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges.

Moviegoers gave The Golden Compass a decent B-plus CinemaScore.

kingsman the golden circle Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

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Dropping down to the No. 2 spot, It is on pace for an estimated $30 million, which would bring its domestic total to $266.4 million after 17 days in theaters. The Warner Bros. and New Line film, adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name, has smashed several box office records, including highest September opening and highest-grossing horror movie (both unadjusted for inflation). A sequel is already in the works.

Things are less rosy in Legoland, as Ninjago is debuting in third place with an estimated $21.2 million — considerably below industry projections, which pegged it closer to $30 million. The Warner Bros. animated film, about a young ninja warrior and friends battling his warlord father, is lagging far behind the openings of predecessors The Lego Movie ($69.1 million) and The Lego Batman Movie ($53 million).

Reviews for Ninjago were underwhelming, and audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan directed the movie, and the voice cast includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Michael Pena, and Jackie ninjago Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

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Rounding out the top five are the Dylan O’Brien action thriller American Assassin, with an estimated $6.3 million, and the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Home again, with an estimated $3.3 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.6 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 22-24 figures below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $39 million
2. It — $30 million
3. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $21.2 million
4. American Assassin — $6.3 million
5. Home Again — $3.3 million
6. mother! — $3.3 million
7. Friend Request — $2.4 million
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $1.9 million
9. Stronger — $1.7 million
10. Wind River — $1.3 million

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