September 3, 2017

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 9.3.2017


OPENINGS:  Hollywood’s barely-breathing Labor Day weekend didn’t get any healthier on Saturday.  The CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Columbia/Sony) re-release had a 35% Saturday bump, and like everything else in the market, it will hold nearly steady on this holiday Sunday, then have a Sunday-type decline on Monday.  (The exception is that children’s movies will hold strongly on Monday as well.)  Close Encounters is at $1.8M through Sunday in 901 theatres, and should get to $2.25M for the full holiday, as it heads to homevideo release next week.

TULIP FEVER (Weinstein) climbed 22% on Saturday with a 3-day 765-theatre total of $1.2M that should get it to $1.5M by Monday, after all those years of delay doomed to be a memory in a few days.

AMERICAN MADE (Universal) continues to roll out overseas a month in advance of its US opening.  This weekend it’s in 35 markets and grossed a very slow $9.1M, putting its international total at $19.8M.  This isn’t the way Tom Cruise wanted to follow The Mummy.

HOLDOVERS:  THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (Millenium/Summit/Lionsgate) reaped the rewards of Hollywood’s refusal to engage this weekend, virtually dead even with last week at $10.3M, which should become $13M tomorrow, on its way to $75M in the US.  It hasn’t arrived overseas yet.

ANNABELLE: CREATION (New Line/Warners) dipped 5% in the US to $7.3M ($9M with Monday), and should top $100M before it’s done.  Overseas, it’s at $164.4M after a $15.6M weekend in 62 territories.  It will move past the first Annabelle‘s $256.9M worldwide total in a few days.

WIND RIVER (Weinstein) added 507 theatres to its run and gained 27% on its 5th weekend to $5.9M ($7M tomorrow), heading to a solid $30M in the US.

LEAP (Weinstein) rose 3% from last weekend thanks to families needing holiday entertainment to $4.9M ($6.5M with Monday), although it still may not reach $25M in the US.

LOGAN LUCKY (Fingerprint/Bleecker Street) started slow, and it may never recover from that, but it’s showing good word of mouth, up 4% in its 3rd weekend to $4.4M/$5.5M.  Even if it reaches $35M in the US, though, it will still need overseas success to find profit.

DUNKIRK (Warners) is still rolling along in the US, up 5% in its 7th weekend to $4.1/$5M as it pushes toward $190M in the US (which would beat Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar).  Its big news this weekend, though, was its arrival in China, where it earned $30M for a $36.5M international weekend, putting it at $280M overseas to date with Japan opening next week.

The promised land of China opens to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Marvel/Columbia/Sony) next week.  For now, it had a remarkable 29% US bump in its 8th weekend (despite a slight reduction in theatres) to $3.7/$4.7M, on its way to $330M+ here, with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and its $336.5M in Homecoming‘s sights.  Overseas, it’s at $422.1M after a China-less $1.6M weekend.

In the US, a trio of animated holdovers were virtually tied for the weekend:  THE EMOJI MOVIE (Columbia/Sony) down 2% to $2.5M/$3.5M, DESPICABLE ME 3 (Illumination/Universal) up 35% to $2.4/$3.4M, and THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE (Open Road) down 13% to $2M/$2.7M.  But their totals are planets apart, as Emoji moves to $85M in the US and has $79.2M overseas after a $6.8M weekend in 56 territories, Despicable heads to $265M in the US and will reach $1B worldwide next week after hitting $736.1M with a $9.9M weekend in 60 markets, and Nutty will hope to get past $30M in the US with no overseas presence.

Despite the holiday, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON (WWE/Blumhouse/BH Top/Universal) collapsed by 35% in its 2d weekend to $1.8M/$2.2M, unlikely to reach $10M in the US.

ALL SAINTS (Affirm/Columbia/Sony) also slumped, down 16% to $1.3M/$1.6M and heading for $7M in the US.

LIMITED RELEASE:  INHUMANS (Marvel/ABC/Disney) was an ambitious attempt to stir up excitement with an IMAX run of the series pilot 4 weeks in advance of its airing, but the project was terrible and nobody cared, with a $3800 3-day per-theatre average despite full IMAX ticket prices.  HAZLO COMO HOMBRE (Pantelion/Lionsgate), the latest attempt to appeal to the Latino audience, fell flat with a $2900 3-day average at 382.  I DO… UNTIL I DON’T (Film Arcade) faced scathing reviews and averaged $1100 at 165. VICEROY’S HOUSE (IFC, also on VOD) opened with a $11K average at 4.  PATTI CAKE$ (Fox Searchlight) expanded disastrously to 295 theatres with a $850 average.  THE TRIP TO SPAIN (IFC, also on VOD) averaged $1600 at 140.  MENASHE (A24) expanded to 126 and averaged $1600.  CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon/IFC) averaged $1200 at 55.  BEACH RATS (Neon) averaged $5600 at 8.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Despite the recent failure of The Dark Tower, tracking is bright for the adaptation of Stephen King’s IT (New Line/Warners).  Counterprogramming will come from the Reese Witherspoon vehicle HOME AGAIN (Open Road)9/11 (Atlas) and REBEL IN THE RYE (IFC) will arrive in limited release.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."