(JANUARY 20 – JANUARY 22, 2017 estimates)
- “Split” (Opening) – $40,190,000
- “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (Opening) – $20,000,000
- “Hidden Figures” (Week 5) – $16,250,000
- “Sing” (Week 5) – $9,036,530
- “La La Land” (Week 7) – $8,350,000
- “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Week 6) – $7,036,000
- “Monster Trucks” (Week 2) – $7,000,000
- “Patriots Day” (Week 5) – $6,000,000
- “The Founder” (Opening) – $3,758,000
- “Sleepless” (Week 2) – $3,706,444
- We have our first hit of 2017. Infamous director M. Night Shyamalan roared back to life with the thriller “Split.” The film defied the loftiest of predictions to surpass the $40 million mark on opening weekend. This was good enough to be the fourth highest opening weekend in January, behind “American Sniper,” “Ride Along” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.” Over the past decade and a half, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns on how his films grow after opening weekend. While this film had stronger reviews than some of his infamous bombs, it will be hard to see this having substantial legs. However, it may be able to cross the $100 million mark. Against a $10 million budget, it already is an unqualified success that will only continue to grow.
- The latest sequel to grace the new year, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” did respectable. The third entry into the series saw stronger performance than the ill-fated sequel “XXX: State of the Union,” which opened to $12 million on its way to $26 million. The return of Vin Diesel, who has seen a resurgence with the “Fast and Furious” series, helped bolster this opening. While the film is virtually critic-proof, it still shouldn’t expect significant legs. A total just north of $50 million seems about right. It is worth noting the film seems to have resonated on a global scale. The worldwide opening weekend for the film stands at a staggering $70 million. This helps make the $85 million production budget more palatable.
- After two weekends at the top of the box office, “Hidden Figures” relinquished its spot at the top. However, it did achieve the smallest drop of the top ten this week. The Oscar hopeful dropped a scant 22 percent in its third weekend in wide release. This brought the film’s total to a fantastic $84 million domestic total. With Oscar nominations right around the corner, it is very possible the film will cross the $100 million mark by the end of next week. The sky is the limit with good reviews and positive word of mouth for the film. At the very least, we should expect $125 million once all is said and done.
- The animated film “Sing” found a record it could break this weekend. After five weekends, the film became the highest grossing film to never hit No. 1 at the box office. It surpassed the 2001 romantic comedy smash hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in order to get this honor. The film held strong, dropping 36 percent in its latest week following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Its domestic total stands at $249 million, while its worldwide total is $427 million. It is mere days away from passing “Despicable Me” in terms of domestic box office gross, which will make it the fourth highest grossing entry from Illumination Entertainment.
- Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” enjoyed another day in the sun. The musical lost a bit of ground after expanding last week following the domination of the Golden Globes. It dropped 42 percent week-over-week, bringing its domestic total to $89 million. Like “Hidden Figures,” it should be about a week until the film reaches the coveted $100 million mark. This is a fantastic figure for an original musical that cost a mere $30 million. Some predict the film can tie the record for Oscar nominations, which will only help it rake in more money over the coming month. The good news only continues overseas, as the worldwide total for the film stands at $173 million.
- The biggest film of 2016 is still hanging around the top 10. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lost 47 percent in its sixth weekend in theaters. This latest week’s box office brought the film’s domestic total to $512 million and $1.011 billion worldwide. Currently the seventh highest grossing film in domestic history, the film still has a bit to go before surpassing “The Dark Knight” at No. 6 with $534 million. However, this week it became the 28th film to pass the billion dollar mark. On top of that, it is only the second Star Wars film to achieve this landmark.
- Bad reviews couldn’t deter families from “Monster Trucks.” Hailed the first major bomb of 2017, the film had a small enough 36 percent drop from its opening weekend. This brought its domestic box office to $22 million and worldwide total to $41 million. While solid, this is hardly enough when compared to the film’s staggering $115 million production budget alone.
- Mark Wahlberg’s latest vehicle “Patriots Day” couldn’t find its footing in its second weekend of wide release. Despite positive reviews, the film lost 48 percent of its business this weekend. This resulted in a $23 million total to date for the $45 million budgeted film. Perhaps arriving in the Oscars onslaught was not a good strategy, as it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.
- After much delay, the Weinstein Company finally released the Michael Keaton vehicle “The Founder.” With fanfare and advertising very low, the film had quite the muted release. In only 1,115 theaters, the film grossed $3.7 million for a per-theater average of $3,370. It is interesting to think, if the film had opened earlier, if Keaton would have had a shot at Best Actor this year.
- The steepest drop of the weekend goes to Jamie Foxx’s action thriller “Sleepless.” The film plummeted 55 percent to bring up the rear of the top 10, despite opening at No. 4 last weekend. Its domestic total currently stands at $15 million.
- With its Oscar buzz waning, the well reviewed “20th Century Women” tried to expand to wide release this week. Adding 621 theaters for a total of 650, the film managed to rake in $1.4 million this weekend. Unfortunately, that was only good enough for a $2,155 per-theater average. This nixes chances of the film continuing to expand, barring any major awards nominations announced this week.
- The faith-based film “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” failed to bring in any converts. Despite going wide in 887 theaters, the film only managed to bring in $1.3 million in its opening weekend. This led to a pitiful per-theater average of $1,530. This means the film will be lucky to stick around for another two weeks.