Logan

March 24-26 Box Office Results!

Summer is not yet here, but this past weekend is already showing “summer blockbuster” type numbers.  Beauty and the Beast was able to surpass expectations for its second weekend of release, and the newly released Power Rangers managed to blow past the estimated projections as well.

After just having been out for two weeks Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast managed to have an opening just exceeding $90 Million.  Most movies would love to have that number as their opening weekend, not to mention its second. The fact that this movie could make this kind of money, with just less than a 50% drop from its opening weekend, goes to show why Disney will continue to release more live action movies based off their beloved animated properties.   However, Disney is not the only studio to have an impressive show at the box office.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers managed to beat expectations that predicted the film would only make $30 Million.  But is was able to successfully make just over $40 Million, showing that the Power Ranger brand is still strong, and that fans will come out and support their beloved franchise.  It was rumored that Lionsgate was planning on making six more Power Ranger films, and while these numbers support the ability to make a sequel, it may not be enough to justify a seven-film franchise.

Check out how the rest of the films faired in the top spots below!

No 1. Beauty and the Beast – $90,426,717.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $319,032,604.

No 2. Power Rangers – $40,300,288 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Kong: Skull Island – $14,670,653.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $133,502,238.

No 4. Life – $12,501,936 in its first weekend of release.

No 5. Logan$10,334,390.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to 201,455,596. (more…)

March 10-12 Box Office Results

If you guessed that Kong would emerge from this past box office as the victor, then you were correct.  Kong: Skull Island was able to draw a pretty decent crowd to the theater and made just over $61 Million, beating expectations that had predicted the film would only make $50 Million.  However, if the studios are going to make any money with Kong, then the film needs to be a hit oversees in order to get back their budget of $185 Million.

However, while Kong did get number one at the Box Office, I do not think it it’s the top story.  What I believe is even more impressive is that Universal’s Get Out was able to cross the $100 Million mark, which is something that nobody had predicted would happen.  Especially on just its 3rd weekend in theaters.

The other thing worth noting is Logan’s performance, which only had the film dropping 50% between week one and week 2.  While that does seem like a bit of a drop at first, after considering its competition this weekend it is actually very impressive it made that much money again. The critical praise and great word of mouth from fans are driving people to see this movie, and I am predicting it stays in the top 5 for the rest of the March.

If you want to see the top 5 positions at the box office check them out below! (more…)

March 3-5 Box Office Results

Another weekend has passed, and we finally see a few juggernauts from previous weeks fall below the top five spots to give way to new juggernauts that are sure to hang around for a while.  When you look at the list below, you will notice that John Wick: Chapter Two as well as Fifty Shades Darker have been removed from the top five positions, and replaced with the films like Logan, The Shack, and Before I Fall.

Logan being in the number one spot I’m sure is no surprise to anybody.  The R-rated comic book film has been one of the most anticipated films for most of the movie going audience in 2017 – and it shows by the numbers.  The film made over $85 Million in its three-day weekend opening, making it the highest March opening at the box office ever for an R-rated movie.  It is also the 5th highest opening movie of all-time for an R-rated movie, jumping over the 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Shack and Before I Fall managed to stay in the top five positions, but I do not anticipate that they will stick around past this weekend.  The Shack, the Christian/Drama, managed to grab $16 Million and Before I Fall, a Drama/Mystery, made only $4 Million.  I would not have been shocked to find out that they did not make it into the top five spots at all.  Both films where not advertised heavily, nor are they block buster type films, so making the money they did I’m sure has made their studio heads very happy.

Get Out as well as The LEGO Batman Movie are the only remaining movies from previous weeks to stick around.

No 1. Logan – $85,300,00 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. Get Out – $26,110,695. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $75,954,335.

No 3. The Shack – $16,100,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 4. The LEGO Batman Movie – $11,650,000.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $148,631,801.

No 5. Before I Fall – $4,948,538 in its first weekend of release

 

My Review of ‘Logan’

Over the past 17 years the comic book genre has taken the world by storm.  With each year yielding more and more comic book based movies, and with these movies more and more comic book icons.  While some people in the world have started throwing around the phrase “comic-book fatigue” one comic book movie icon that has stood the test of time since the year 2000 is Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.   And Logan is reportedly the last film that we will be seeing Jackman’s character, and it very much plays on that fact.

Now don’t begin to think that this film is just meant to make you tear up at the thought of no more Wolverine – it is a deliciously violent movie, filled with stabbings, loss of limbs, profanity, and tackles very adult themes like depression, and the act of growing old. It’s also extremely entertaining – reminding me of Western films about an old gunslinger (in this case Wolverine) riding out on one more doomed quest for glory. This is very different from any other comic book movie that I’ve seen in the past 17 years.  It would have been very easy for James Mangold (the director) to make Logan a movie that just recycles the character’s greatest moments leading up to a great superhero battle, or just add loads meaningless gore just to get that R rating because that strategy worked well for Deadpool.  He goes for something very different, and it pays off not only as an entertaining comic book/western, but also as a proper send off for Jachman’s Wolverine. (more…)