Weekend Box Office: Feb. 17-19 (Comedy ‘Fist Fight’ Lacks Punch + China to the Rescue!)

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

Exactly a year ago, there was a monster of a movie by the name of “Deadpool”. The film opened during the 2016 President’s Day weekend and pulled in $152 million. The 2017 President’s Day movie weekend has nothing like that at all.

“Fist Fight” – the comedy with Ice Cube and Charlie Day is easily one of the worst films of the year. Yes, I know it’s only February, but you have to take my word for it. It is truly abysmal. Pathetically unfunny, tedious, annoying, and painful with lots a “dirty” words in a woefully lame attempt to be edgy and outrageous, but instead reinforces just how baldy written the film is. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing worse then sitting in a theater full of people watching a comedy in total silence. Not one laugh, chuckle or even a giggle. Just dead silence. The effect was more like a funeral, and even more so after the so-called “hysterical” outtakes during the end credits.

And yet perhaps it isn’t so surprising that the film opened in fifth place this weekend, with just over $12 million, most likely because potential filmgoers could smell a stinker. And expect the film’s draw to drop a lot next weekend, by 60% or more, once word gets around about how bad it is.

It’ll face even tougher competition with the much-anticipated horror film “Get Out” (which is getting nothing bur great advance word of mouth) opening next weekend, and in two weeks Marvel/Fox’s R-rated Wolverine film “Logan” (which is easily one of the best films of the year) hitting theaters as well. Yes I know it’s only February, but you have to take my word for it “Logan”is an absolutely fantastic and compelling film, with a great performance by Hugh Jackman, and I don’t know shit (if you pardon the expression) about Marvel. Does it have the potential to out-gross “Deadpool,” which totaled $783 million worldwide? We’ll know more in a few weeks.

The No.1 film again this weekend was, as expected, “The LEGO Batman Movie” which made just over $34 million, grossing almost $100 million domestic in less than two weeks, and another $72 million so far internationally. “Fifty Shades Darker” which, to no one’s surprise, dropped off a lot (55%) was still good enough to come in second with $21 million, and almost $90 million stateside to date, and an additional $172 million overseas.

In third place was the-white-guy-saves-all-of-China (Where would we be without them?) film “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon fighting CGI dragons, and helping to build the Great Wall of China. The film only made $18 million its opening weekend, but the film was actually made for the international – especially the Asian – market; and it’s been very successful on that front, grossing $244 million overseas to date, $170.4 million of that from China alone. The same happened to Vin Diesel’s “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” which fizzled here in the US, making only $44 million. But it’s made an additional $263 million overseas, with almost $100 million of that in China alone. One has to begin to wonder if there is a market for black films in Asia, and how well they will perform there.

The other major studio release was Fox’s two and half hour horror/fantasy film “A Cure for Wellness”, but it completely tanked with just $4.2 million; although a low turnout was expected since the film has a *no name* lead (Dane DeHaan) and the studio didn’t do the best job promoting the film, seemingly unsure of how to properly market it.

Now for the “black stuff”; “Hidden Figures” just keeps rolling along, dropping only 11% from last week, earning $7 million this weekend and $142.6 million so far stateside; add another $21 million from overseas. As for “Fences” the film has grossed a very respectable $55 million so far, and is just now beginning to open internationally with just under $500,000 in only three countries to date; interestingly, Australia is the highest grossing overseas country, with the UK coming in second.

The James Baldwin documentary “I’m Am Not You Negro” has a domestic box office total so far of $2.3 million, while “Moonlight” actually went up 19% at the box office from last week, thanks to an increase of 100 screens, for a total of $21.2 million.

This weekend’s top 12 grossers follow below:

1) The LEGO Batman Movie WB $34,225,000 Total: $98,791,314
2) Fifty Shades Darker Uni. $20,966,845 Total: $89,663,300
3) The Great Wall Uni. $18,079,140
4) John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $16,500,000 Total: $58,692,083
5) Fist Fight WB (NL) $12,015,000
6) Hidden Figures Fox $7,100,000 Total: $142,591,830
7) Split Uni. $7,038,400 Total: $123,603,930
8) A Dog’s Purpose Uni. $5,560,855 Total: $50,676,365
9) La La Land LG/S $4,500,000 Total: $133,504,066
10) A Cure for Wellness Fox $4,200,000
11) Lion Wein. $4,123,000 Total: $36,378,483
12) Rings Par. $2,250,000 Total: $25,673,218


  1. Fist Fight appears to be a reworking of Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold in Big Bully, but I have no intention of finding out how similar the two movies are. It was painful enough having to sit through the trailer.

  2. Serio your comments about “Fist Fight” being one of the worst films of 2017 two months in – are too funny 🙂 I will take your word on it and pass on that mess. I am not a fan of Ice Cube’s comedic ventures.

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