This was as crazy weekend in the world of movie releases. It was the first weekend in 2017 where three major films where released all in the same weekend and competing for the number one spot. All newly released films did make it into the top three spots, and it is about how most predicted it would be.
The kid friendly film, The LEGO Batman Movie, made it into the number one spot with just over $50 Million – no shock to anybody there. It’s marketing campaign was knocking it out of the park since day one.
In second place is Fifty Shades Darker, once again, this is not a shock to anybody. With the success of the book series, and with the financial success of the first movie, it is not a surprise that the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel made it into the second spot behind The LEGO Batman movie. However, Fifty Shades of Grey made over $85 million on its opening weekend, and it had a 73% drop between its first and second weekend. Fifty Shades Darker barely made over half of what its predecessor did, and it is not out of the realm of possibilities that it has a similar drop off. It will be interesting to see where it ends up in the coming weeks.
Falling in the 3rd slot for this past weekend is John Wick: Chapter Two. Now, opposite of the film sitting just above it in the Box Office, John Wick: Chapter Two made more money in its opening weekend than its predecessor. John Wick only made $14 Million in its opening weekend, meaning that John Wick: Chapter Two made more than doubled what the first film in the franchise did. Which is awesome! So while it is sitting below two more films this past weekend, when breaking down the financial stats it is sitting just fine in its opening weekend.
Check out the rest of the Box Office results below!
No 1. The LEGO Batman Movie – $52,003,468 in its first weekend of release.
No 2. Fifty Shades Darker – $46,607,250 in its first weekend of release.
No 3. John Wick: Chapter Two – $30,436,123 in its first weekend of release.
No 4. Split – $9,525,935. Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $112,498,205
No 5. Hidden Figures – $8,002,670. Bringing its total gross in its 8th weekend to 131,454,920.
This past weekend has had a lot of things to mention. Not only have there been some spectacular turn outs for the films sitting in the top 3 positions, but the films sitting in the bottom two positions have had a huge run at the Box Office since their release dates.
Split has managed to stay in the top five since its release four weeks ago. For most big release films this is not too uncommon, but for it to be a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and stay this high at the box office for this long, and to make as much money as it has during its four-week run is remarkable. If I was told just one month ago that Split would have this kind of a turnout I would not have believed it. However, it is a fantastic movie, and absolutely deserves the success.
And, of course, Hidden Figures has surpassed all expectations in not only critical success, but financial success as well. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was guessing that it would make more than $120 in its total run in theaters. But here it is still in the top five and making over $131 in its 8th week. The film is Oscar nominated, the film is financially successful, and the film is a great time at the theater. Not enough good things can be said about Hidden Figures.
These are my thoughts on this past weekend’s box office results. What do you think? Are the results as you had predicted? What movies did you watch? Leave a comment below, let’s make it a discussion.