With Halloween right around the corner, a seasonally appropriate comedy managed to take top spot at the box office.
Debuting in first is Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween, which made $21.6 million in its first three days. Though the movie was drubbed by critics, the popularity of the franchise was enough to draw in sizable crowds. It is worth pointing out, however, this is the second-lowest opening for a Madea movie, topping only A Madea Christmas‘ $16 million. This means that while Tyler Perry’s fan base remains intact, there isn’t as much widespread interest in the hastily-made sequel to last year’s hit. The original Madea Halloween opened with $28.5 million, so there was a bit of a decline here.
Because this sequel isn’t in great demand, odds are it won’t have strong legs as its box office run progresses. That said, it should stick around for a bit given that its titular holiday is about a week away. It’s true that full-blown horror movie Jigsaw opens next Friday, but viewers looking for more light-hearted scares may find Madea appealing. At the end of the day, Boo 2! won’t rank among the biggest offerings in the series, but will likely post respectable numbers against its $25 million production budget.
Opening in second is disaster film Geostorm with $13.3 million. The movie was never expected to do much commercially, considering interest in these types of projects died at some point in the 1990s and star Gerard Butler hasn’t been much of a draw throughout his career. The reviews for this one were also infamously bad, which piqued the interests of the morbidly curious, but obviously didn’t help much in regards to mainstream audiences. Geostorm did get a small boost from the international markets, as its worldwide total currently stands at $62.9 million. Still, it has a long way to go to make up its $120 million production budget, and will likely go down as a bomb for Warner Bros.
Dropping to third is last week’s champ, Happy Death Day, with $9.3 million. The horror film dropped 64 percent from its opening numbers, which is a pretty steep decline. Though word-of-mouth for it was solid, the arrival of two new wide releases took away some business, as Happy Death Day didn’t really break out of its niche and only appealed to its genre crowd. It’s now brought in $40.6 million domestically, far surpassing the tiny $4.8 million budget.
Coming in fourth is Blade Runner 2049, which brought in $7.1 million in its third weekend. Even with all the critical acclaim, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi sequel continues to slide down the charts, failing to break out or maintain legs as many thought it would. It now stands at $74 million domestically. It’s done better in the foreign countries, earning $194.1 million globally, though it’s becoming less and less likely it turns a profit for Warner Bros./Sony.
Rounding out the top five is the new drama Only the Brave (read our review), making $6 million in its opening weekend. Of all the week’s new releases, this was the one that scored the best reception by far, as many critics felt it was a tasteful and emotional tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. That word-of-mouth helped Only the Brave emerge as a counter-programming option for older moviegoers, particularly those looking for a classically Hollywood drama led by a talented cast. It was never going to be a massive hit, and Sony may have been hoping for a little more, but this is still respectable.
In sixth is The Foreigner with $5.4 million. Jackie Chan’s latest action vehicle is now up to $22.8 million in the States.
The #7 movie is IT. The Stephen King adaptation earned $3.5 million in its seventh weekend, increasing its Stateside total to $320.2 million.
Coming in eighth is The Snowman, which failed to the tune of $3.4 million in its first three days. Despite having a talented cast and crew behind it, the crime drama received extremely negative reviews (due in part to the fact they didn’t finish filming the script), as many wrote it off as a weak translation of the best-selling source material. This one was pretty much dead on arrival, even with Michael Fassbender in the lead.
In ninth is American Made with $3.1 million. The Tom Cruise crime dramedy is now up to $45.5 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which earned $3 million in its fifth weekend. The spy sequel raised its Stateside total to $94.5 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, October 23 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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