Although it was a four-day weekend thanks to President’s Day, this was not the greatest weekend for new releases. Only two out of the three major films being released even made it into the top 5 positions. And the number one newly released film is sitting in third place.
The first and second position in this past weekend’s box office go to The LEGO Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker respectively. It is no surprise that the animated LEGO film was to be number one for a second weekend in a row, especially when considering that there is currently no other “family friendly” films in theaters at this time.
However, Fifty Shades Darker holding on to the second-place position for a second weekend in a row is impressive. While the film did see over a 50% drop in revenue from week one to week two, I had anticipated that it would have dropped a bit more.
The Matt Damon stared film, The Great Wall, is the highest grossing newly released film this past weekend. Bringing in just over $18 Million in the domestic box office. And while it did make it into third place, the amount the film made is seen by the studio as a bit of a letdown. Not a full on “flop” by any means, but still disappointing.
You can see the full list of the top 5 box office spots below.
No 1. The LEGO Batman Movie – $42,500,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $107,066,314.
No 2. Fifty Shades Darker – $23,268,290. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $91,964,745.
No 3. The Great Wall – $21,651,060 in its first weekend of release.
No 4. John Wick: Chapter Two - $19,100,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $61,292,083
No 5. Fist Fight – $14,515,000 in its first weekend of release.
The third newly released film not yet discussed is A Cure for Wellness (you can find my review here). While opening in over two thousand screens, it only made $5 Million during the four weekend box office. As much as that film was marketed this is crazy. 20th Century Fox is no way happy about this outcome due to the film being made on a reported $40 Million. There is no way I can see the studio making their money back on this film.
And while The Great Wall did make it into the top 5, it did not make nearly enough of what it needed to in order to make back its reported budget of $150 Million! Universal is not happy after this weekend either.
As you can see, not a great weekend in the world of movies. However, this coming weekend gives way to Get Out, a newly released film directed by Jordan Peele. The trailers have made me very excited for this movie. Hopefully, it will do well enough at the box office so that we can continue to get films directed by Peele.