Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Wins the Holiday Weekend with $26-M
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‘Hidden Figures’ easily wins the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend with $26-M, ‘La La Land’ enjoys a big Golden Globes bump and ‘Rogue One’ approaches $1-B world wide.
Notably it is only the 2nd time in 10 years that a movie has not grossed $30-M or more over the MLK Holiday.
This weekend 3 high-profile studio movies came DOA including Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night.
Live by Night, playing in 2,822 theaters, earned an estimated $6.1-M for the 4-day weekend. Warner Bros., which spent a net $65-M to make the period gangster movie. Live by Night got poor reviews and a B CinemaScore.
Silence expanded nationwide over the weekend into a total of 747 theaters. The epic historical drama earned $2.3-M over 4 after costing $50-M to make. Silence was financed independently and distributed by Paramount, will be one of Scorsese’s lowest-grossing features in the US unless it gets top Oscar nominations.
The ill-fated family film Monster Trucks is the 1st $100-M+ loser of Y 2017 with an estimated 4-day gross of $15-M from 3,111 locations. It got an A CinemaScore.
The movie cost a hefty $125-M to make and prompted parent company Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) to take a $115-M write-down even before it opened.
Hidden Figures is a the biographical drama about 3 Black female NASA mathematicians who helped put the 1st man into space. The film continues to hold at #1.
From Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment, the movie won the box-office race last weekend with $22.8-M and is easily winning the MLK weekend race with an estimated $26-M. It is showing in 3,286 cinemas, has now grossed nearly $60-M domestically.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s animated hit Sing placed No. 2 with an estimated four-day gross of $19.2 million for a domestic cume of $238.4 million. Overseas, the film took in another $13.2 million for a foreign tally of $164.3 million and global total of $402.7 million through Monday.
Next up is Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) La La Land, which enjoyed an impressive bump after its record seven Golden Globe wins.
The awards frontrunner grossed an estimated $17.5-M from 1,848 theaters, putting its domestic box office at $77-M+ through Monday. La La Land saw a 43% spike over last weekend, in part because it upped its theater count to 1,848 runs, including a berth in 148 Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters.
Overseas, La La Land earned a further $17.8-M from 50 markets for a foreign total of $54.8 million and a global box office take of $132-M+.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finished th with a -day take of $17.1-M. Monday it topped the $500-M mark domestically as it approaches the $1-B mark globally.
New horror thriller The Bye Bye Man came in ahead of expectations in North America, earning $15.3-M from 2,200 screens. The movie cost $7.4-M to make, earned a C CinemaScore. Females made up 61% of ticket buyers, while 75%of the audience was under the age of 25.
Patriots Day came in behind expectations as it expanded nationwide, earning an estimated $14-M from 3,120 theaters to place #7. The CBS Films and Lionsgate release garnered an A+ CinemaScore as it expanded nationwide after opening in select theaters over Christmas.
Open Road’s new crime drama Sleepless fared better than expected, with a projected 4-day box office debut of $9.9-M from 1,803 locations. It earned a B+ CinemaScore.
Among other award contenders, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, which won the Globe for best motion picture in the drama category, grossed $1.4-M in its 13th weekend from 582 locations for a total $14.9-M. A24 will expand the movie nationwide on 27 January following Oscar nominations.
Have some fun, see a movie this weekend.