With the Martin Luther King holiday weekend currently underway, several new releases found themselves battling with a bunch of Christmas films going wide and several holdovers getting a surge thanks to the Golden Globes.
The result was that a few films soared, whilst everything else crashed and burned regardless of their level of critical acclaim – especially adult-targeted dramas of which there’s too many in the marketplace at the moment.
Those faring best were the crowdpleasers with upbeat tones, suggesting the audiences are past the serious Fall fare and looking for more escapist fare. “Hidden Figures” held on to the top spot for the second weekend in a row, adding $20.5 million over the three days and headed towards $25.3 million for the four.
“Sing” earned $13.8 million over the three and is expected $18.5 million for the four, followed by “La La Land” which surged to another $14.5 million for the three and $17.5 million for the four. The film currently stands at a worldwide total of $132 million.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” grossed $13.8 million for the three and is headed to $17.2 million for the four, in doing so becoming the top domestic release of 2016 with $486 million in the U.S. and $980 million worldwide.
Critically slammed horror film “The Bye Bye Man” surpassed all expectations, coming in fifth with an estimated $13.4 million and headed to $15.02 million for the four-day – making it the top new film in the market.
“Patriots Day” opened wider and earned $12 million for the three days and will climb to $14.3 million for the four. The film is expected to have legs as it received a rare and excellent A+ CinemaScore.
Now we start getting into the disappointments. Another opener this weekend was “Monster Trucks” which came in seventh with $10.5 million for the three days and headed towards $14.1 million for the four. With its hefty $125 million price tag though, this is a painful one.
Jamie Foxx’s action film “Sleepless” came in eighth with $8.5 million for Friday to Sunday, and headed for $10.1 million by Monday. Made for a tight $30 million, it won’t hurt much.
The same can’t be said for the Ben Affleck-directed “Live by Night” which took in just $5.4 million and will end up at $6 million after the long weekend. Unlike Affleck’s three previous directorial efforts which were all acclaimed, this was widely panned. With a costly $65 million budget, it’s going to struggle to make it back.
Also underwhelming was “Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s decades in the work religious drama. Reviews have been superb, if reserved, but the dauntingly sober subject matter and 161 minute runtime turned audiences away with the film earning just over $2 million for the long weekend.
The first tentpole of the year hits this Friday with “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” but with the Presidential inauguration on Friday it’s not clear how films will go next weekend.
Source: Box Office Mojo