BOX OFFICE REPORT
February 17-19, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The LEGO Batman Movie||$32.5 million|
|Fifty Shades Darker||$20.9 million|
|The Great Wall||$18.0 million|
|John Wick: Chapter Two||$16.5 million|
|Fist Fight||$12.0 million|
Falling a mere 35 percent, The LEGO Batman Movie held on to the top spot at the box office. That's the best hold for any Batman movie since Michael Keaton donned the cape and cowl in 1989. Though it's still quite a bit off from the first LEGO Movie, it's about to be only the second film of 2017 to pass $100 million. Fifty Shades Darker will get there too, but there's no denying there's a bit of diminishing returns here for audiences.
The Great Wall opened the biggest of any of the three wide releases this weekend, but it's not the monumental hit it's been in China and elsewhere. It's also Matt Damon's weakest "action hero" opening since 2010's Green Zone. This piece highlights the complicated relationship between Hollywood and China, and how what was once a sure thing isn't quite that anymore. File this one under "failed experiment."
John Wick: Chapter Two continued its robust box office performance. In just 10 days, it's already outgrossed its predecessor and ensured Chapter Three will be here before we know it. Audiences clearly preferred Keanu Reeves' fighting skills to Ice Cube's, as Fist Fight only took in about $12 million. I expect it will play better once it hits DVD and Blu-ray.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Kedi, a documentary about that darn cat, added six more screens. It averaged $11,214 on each one.
- A Cure for Wellness was not a cure for the box office blues. The creepy thriller debuted all the way back at No. 10 with only $4.2 million.
- The Comedian is no laughing matter. The dramedy starring Robert De Niro as an aging comic has been out for nine weeks and hasn't even cracked $2 million.
Get Out is going to say just that to the competition, opening with $25 million. It will obliterate Rock Dog and Collide, both of which I didn't even know existed until just now.