A perfect storm of critical acclaim and fan anticipation catapulted Hugh Jackman's final performance as Wolverine to the top of the box office charts.
Easily coming in first place this week is Logan (read our review), which grossed $85.3 million in its first three days - well above the early projections. That figure is a record for highest opening weekend by an R-rated film in March, and is the fourth largest all-time for the month. Logan also outpaced its two predecessors in the Wolverine solo trilogy, blowing The Wolverine's $53.1 million out of the water and narrowly edging out Origins' haul of $85 million. As we expected, it couldn't come close to Deadpool, but this is still a terrific start for the film. Its production budget was "only" $97 million, meaning the $237.8 worldwide total has already earned Fox a nice little profit.
It will be interesting to see how Logan holds up in the coming weeks, when it will have to go against blockbusters like Kong: Skull Island and Beauty and the Beast. The enthusiastic word-of-mouth should definitely keep drawing in large crowds, but it's about to get some hefty competition for audiences looking for genre fare. That said, it shouldn't fall off too much due to the R rating, which caters Logan to a different demographic than the typical PG-13 tentpole fare. Those looking for a little more edge and grit will be happy to check Logan out, making it viable for a while.
Coming in second is Get Out, which grossed $26.1 million in its second weekend. That's just a 21.8 percent decrease from its opening weekend, indicating the horror/thriller has very good legs and is keeping the interest of viewers even with all the hype surrounding Logan. Jordan Peele's smash hit has now made $75.9 million domestically.
In third is the new drama The Shack, bringing in $16.1 million in its first three days. It continued the recent trend of faith-based films doing well commercially, finding an audience as a counter-programming option. Due to poor reviews and a limited marketing campaign, there could have been a concern The Shack would slip under the radar, but it was able to do solid business in its own right. The movie was moderately budgeted at $20 million, so it should be able to make back those costs and then some quite easily. It seems like a smart investment by Summit.
The #4 film is The LEGO Batman Movie, which made $11.6 million in its fourth weekend. The animated hit has now grossed $148.6 million Stateside.
Rounding out the top five is Before I Fall. The novel adaptation opened with $4.9 million, a result that can be chalked up to lack of awareness. Critically, the film was fairly well received, but it couldn't find much of an audience buried under Logan (despite the different target demographics). Still, the movie cost a minuscule $5 million to produce, so Open Road Films is in good shape financially.
In sixth is John Wick: Chapter 2. The action sequel couldn't contend with the R-rated violence of Logan, but was able to score $4.7 million in its fourth weekend to raise its domestic total to $82.8 million.
Though it didn't win any Oscars, Hidden Figures held on to its position in seventh with $3.8 million. The Best Picture nominee is now up to $158.7 million in the U.S.
"Chinese Ponytail Movie," a.k.a. The Great Wall continues to not impress in North America, making $3.5 million in its third weekend. The fantasy/epic has made a measly $41.2 million domestically, but it has made a killing internationally. The worldwide total is $320.1 million. Still, that won't be enough to save the film from being a loss.
Fifty Shades Darker comes in ninth with $3.4 million. It's now at $109.9 million in the States.
Capping off the top 10 is La La Land. After picking up six (not seven) Oscars - including Best Director and Best Actress - the musical brought in $2.9 million, raising its domestic total to $145.6 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, March 6 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo