Weekend Box Office: ‘Get Out’ Marches on w/ $133M; ‘Hidden Figures’ & ‘Moonlight’ Extend Overseas Gains

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Over the past few weeks, box office analysts have been predicting that Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” would gross as much as $120 million on its opening weekend. I thought it would do well, but not $120 million. It turns out that most of us were quite off the mark since the film made $170 million (and $350 million worldwide) this weekend, becoming the highest domestic March opening ever for any film, and the seventh largest film opening ever. And with opening numbers like that, it’s a good bet that “Beauty” will eventually gross at least $1 billion worldwide, which would be a relief to Disney, given that, according to reports, the studio spent some $300 million on the film’s production and marketing.

The $170 million it made this weekend beats out the previous March record holder, Warner Bros.’ “Batman vs Superman” from last year, which opened with $166 million. And what’s even more remarkable is that if you look at the top ten higehst openings of all time, including “Beauty”, six of those films are either Disney or Disney/Marvel films. Warner Bros. takes up the rest of the slots with one exception, “Jurassic World” from Universal, which still holds the record for the second highest opening ever. Evidently Disney (and Marvel) rule the planet.

But I admit I was stunned by these numbers for “Beauty” because I didn’t believe that there was much of an audience for a live action version of an old cartoon. Apparently, a lot of people were interested and willing to pay to see it.

 

In second place is last week’s No. 1 film “Kong: Skull Island” which earned $28.9 million, a 52% drop from last week, grossing $110 million domestic to date, and $259 million worldwide. However that’s not so great when you consider that the film has a reported $180 million price tag, which means it has a way to go before it even hits the break even mark at around $450 million.

However Fox/Marvel’s “Logan”, which was the highest grossing film in the U.S.  until “Beauty” came along, is still doing big business with $17.5 million for the weekend, and over $184 million domestic, and $481 million worldwide.

“Get Out” continues to prove that it has very long and durable box office legs, coming in fourth with $13.2 million and $133 million to date. At this rate, it will surpass $150 million easily, and will go well beyond that. In addition, the film is just beginning to open internationally, earning another $2.9 million in the UK.

Meanwhile, the independently made and released office space/horror/thriller “The Belko Experiment” actually did well, coming in 7th place with just over $4 million, which, all things considered, is not bad for a film made cheaply, for $3 million.

“Hidden Figures” has now crossed the $214 million mark worldwide, while “Fence” has made $63 million globally, with the UK being the No.1 country overseas.

And once again, the UK is also the No.1 overseas country for “Moonlight” with just over $4 million to date; France comes in second with $3.3 million; and Spain is third with just over $2 million. The overall international take for the film is now around $23 million.

This weekend’s top 12 grossing films follows below:

1) Beauty and the Beast (2017) BV $170,000,000
2) Kong: Skull Island WB $28,850,000 Total: $110,125,294
3) Logan Fox $17,500,000 Total: $184,026,885
4) Get Out Uni. $13,249,475 Total: $133,117,620
5) The Shack LG/S $6,130,000 Total: $42,614,630
6) The LEGO Batman Movie WB $4,700,000 Total: $167,423,352
7) The Belko Experiment BH Tilt $4,051,000 –
8) Hidden Figures Fox $1,500,000 Total: $165,559,069
9) John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $1,200,000 Total: $89,790,804
10) Before I Fall ORF $1,034,425 Total: $11,295,102
11) Lion Wein. $784,000 Total: $50,050,614
12) La La Land LG/S $530,000 Total: $149,764,184

8 Comments

  1. I like the sort of dark fantasy in stories like Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Edward Scissorhands, etc. I won’t be running out to see the new Beauty though; too many things I don’t like about what Disney did with it.

    • Eric, I feel the same way. Although I enjoy these types of films and the story, Disney doesn’t do it for me. That said, I have a suggestion. It’s Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) a 2014 Franco-German romantic fantasy film based on the traditional fairy tale of the same name. I got lost in the film… in spite of the sub-titles. And, it has won several foreign awards.

      There is also a 1946 french version that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed as well. In 1999 the famous Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert (my favorite critic) added the film to his The Great Movies list, calling it “one of the most magical of all films”

  2. How can you not see a hit with Beauty and the Beast. The Disney Princesses are extremely marketable and especially with their most popular princess, Belle. I was a little girl when the animated movie came out and I preferred that one to this new one.

    • Exactly my thinking. It was a sure fire box office draw. Had some of the most bankable stars in it, Mckellen, Mcgregor and Watson. Also it’s scene for scene and word for word close to the record breaking animation. The audience for most of disneys slate is cemented long before they hit the theatres.

    • Exactly my thinking. It was a sure fire box office draw. Had some of the most bankable stars in it, Mckellen, Mcgregor and Watson. Also it’s scene for scene and word for word close to the record breaking animation. The audience for most of disneys slate is cemented long before they hit the theatres.

  3. But I admit I was stunned by these numbers for “Beauty” because I figured who in the hell wants to see a live action version of an old cartoon? Turns out that everybody did. But I realize now that when I thought that what I was really thinking was “Why would brothers would want to see “Beauty”? C’mon be honest. Can you imagine a black guy at a movie theater asking for a ticket for “Beauty and the Beast”? Yeah right I even got three separate invitations for advance screenings of the film and I threw them away. I didn’t even want to see it for free. The only exception I can see is a black guy talking his young daughter or a niece to see the film and even then it would be under extreme reluctance and duress.

    However this goes back to something I have been wondering of late. Just what kind of an impact do black male filmgoers have when it comes to a movie’s box office? Less of one I’m afraid. There’s no doubt that black women are a much bigger factor when it comes to the box office than black men. Look at the most popular black films currently out there The b.o. results for “Fences”, “Moonlight” and “Get Out” are strongly driven by black women more than men. In fact I’ve heard about and read more articles and thinkpieces about “Get Out” by black women more than men. And do I even have to mention “Hidden Figures’?

    And of have to admit that over the past decade most black films seemed to be geared more towards black women than men. Even director David E. Talbert (“Baggage Claim”, “Almost Christmas”) once said that he made films geared towards black women because that’s where’s the money’s at. And if it wasn’t for black women filmgoers Tyler Perry would still be some struggling guy living in his car trying to figure out how to change his situation. Black women even came out in droves to see “Django Unchained” despite its extreme violence because they were fascinated by the story and the premise of the black man saving the black women he loved

    What’s happening to us? Have we lost our way? I was talking to friend this past week about this situation regarding black men and their lessening box office impact and she speculated that the reason why is simply because there aren’t just as many black men as they used to be. We’re becoming extinct. Whether you agree with that opinion or not it does begs the question would a film that was geared exclusively to black men be a box office success today? I’m inclined to say no. You would, maybe, have to go back to the blaxploitation films of the 1970’s to find films that were aimed exclusively at black men (that’s maybe why I still love them so much) and when, you could also argue, when black men were more abundance. If you disagree please tell me because I hope I’m wrong

  4. I don’t know about the numbers but with so many Black men incarcerated of somehow living under a coloud, who has time or resources for movies in theatres. maybe boootleggging has something to do with this, too. Still if filmmakers create anything “gangster,” anything “action,” and somethings about outliers like Huey P. Newton, (fill in your blank!) etc. then you’ll get Black men in seats in theatres. If Black men knew “Fences” and almost all of August Wilson’s work is about them, they’d see them gladly. Perhaps, its a reader-literary thing, too. Women in general read more fiction than men. I don’t blame Black men for not coming out to movies these days. They aren’t all that recognizable onscreen. Get Out did a good job of depicting a variety of contemporary and ordinary Black men in an extraordinary and immediately recognizable, horrific situation. I bet its doing gangbusters in the untrackable bootleg market. Just saying. No hard feelings people!

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