It was a scary Friday the 13th for Agent K and Rick Deckard, as a new champion emerged at the box office this weekend.
Coming in first is Happy Death Day (read our review), which made $26.5 million in its first three days. The horror film, benefitting from solid word-of-mouth, has grossed five times its production budget of $4.8 million just in the United States, becoming another winner for Blumhouse in the process. The studio previously saw the blockbuster successes of Split and Get Out earlier this year, and Happy Death Day was expected to do well. It’s been a while since the horror crowd had something new to check out (IT was over a month ago), and coming out over a Friday the 13th weekend in October was the perfect combination for those looking for a scare.
With Jigsaw coming out in a couple of weeks, Happy Death Day should be able to hold on to its target demographic until the end of the month, especially if it has strong legs. Horror movies can be front-loaded at times, seeing a drastic decrease in ticket sales after the opening weekend rush. With the reviews generally positive and Halloween right around the corner, the film will likely have a lucrative run by the time things are said and done.
Falling to second is last week’s winner, Blade Runner 2049, sliding 53.9 percent from its debut to earn $15.1 million in its second weekend. Despite being one of 2017’s most acclaimed offerings, the sci-fi sequel from director Denis Villeneuve was not able to find a wide audience, which is unfortunate considering its pricey budget. Many had hoped that due to the reception, Blade Runner would have legs and perform well throughout the month, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Mainstream interest for this one just isn’t there – very similar to the original Blade Runner.
Opening in third is The Foreigner, the new action film starring Jackie Chan. It grossed $12.8 million in its first three days, but fared much, much better internationally. Worldwide, its total stands at $101.2 million, doing good business in China. Considering The Foreigner cost $35 million to make, it’s already turned a nice profit it will add to as time goes on. It doesn’t matter that it didn’t break out of its niche since it did so well in foreign markets.
Coming in fourth is IT with $6 million. The Stephen King adaptation is now up to $314.9 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is The Mountain Between Us. The romance/survival film earned $5.6 million in its second weekend, raising its Stateside total to $20.5 million.
The #6 movie is American Made, which grossed $5.4 million. The Tom Cruise vehicle increased its U.S. haul to $40.1 million.
In seventh is Kingsman: The Golden Circle with $5.3 million. The spy sequel has now made $89.6 million domestically.
Coming in eighth is The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which earned $4.3 million in its fourth weekend. The spinoff is now up to $51.5 million domestically, well behind the performance of either of its predecessors.
The #9 film is My Little Pony: The Movie with $4 million, which raised its domestic total to $15.5 million.
Capping off the top 10 is Victoria and Abdul, which added more locations to its theater count and earned $3.1 million over the weekend. The drama is now up to $11.3 million domestically.
[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 16 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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