With another weekend at the cinema wrapped up, it’s time to examine and count down the top ten films at the box office for the weekend of March 10-12.
10. Fifty Shades Darker
Coming off another 54.2% drop and lowering one position this weekend, Universal’s Fifty Shades sequel brought in just over $1.6 million at the domestic box office, bringing its total gross up to $112,922,485 in its 5th week. The film has made back the $55 million it cost to make the film and has now been dropped from 707 theaters nationwide, dropping the total theater count to 1,498 and averaging $1,088 per screen. Directed by James Foley and adapted by Neill Leonard, the film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
9. La La Land
The best picture nominee has had a tremendous run at the box office. Lionsgate’s indie musical has been surprise hit, still gaining momentum and showing no signs of slowing down. In its 14th week, the film grossed $1.7 million, bringing its total gross up to $148,445,589. Despite a 40.7% viewing drop, the film has increased its theater count by 167 theaters and raised the total to 1,578 screens; the film averaged $1,122 per screen and has more than tripled its budget of $30 million. The film is written and directed by Oscar® winner Damien Chazelle and stars Oscar® nominee Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Notebook) and Oscar® winner Emma Stone (The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man)
8. John Wick: Chapter 2
Lionsgate’s sequel to the low budget indie thriller exceeded expectations with its opening. John Wick 2 dropped 3 positions in the top ten, grossing $2.7 million, bringing the total gross up to $87.4 million. The film’s budget is currently undisclosed. The film dropped 43.8% in its 5th week and was cut from 444 theaters, lowering the total to 2,031 screens, averaging $1,329 per screen. Directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, the film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy) and Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).
7. Hidden Figures
Fox’s Oscar nominated film about the secret contributions African American women made to the space program stayed steady this weekend in seventh, grossing $2.8 million and raising the total gross to $162,865,186 and more than quadrupling its $25 million budget. The film dropped a significantly small 27.7% and was dropped from 161 theaters, averaging $1,946 per screen. Directed by Theodore Melfi and adapted by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, the film stars Oscar® nominee Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe.
6. Before I Fall
ORF’s independent teen film retained its spot in 6th, grossing $3.1 million, bringing the total gross up to $9 million in its 2nd week, only dropping 33.7%. The film’s production budget is currently undisclosed. The theater count didn’t change from 2,436 screens and averaging $1,325 per screen. Directed by Ry Russo-Young and adapted by Maria Maggenti, the film stars Zoey Deutch and Halston Sage.
5. The Lego Batman Movie
Dropping one position from last week, Warner Bros’ animated spinoff dropped 33.2% in its 5th week, grossing $7.8 million to add to its total gross of $159 million. The film was dropped from 353 screens, bringing the total down to 3,303 screens, averaging $2,386 per. The film’s budget has been revealed to be $80 million. Directed by Chris McKay and adapted Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, and John Wittington, the film stars an all star cast including Will Arnett (The Lego Movie), Michael Cera (Superbad), Rosario Dawson (RENT), and Ralph Fiennes (Quiz Show, Harry Potter franchise).
4. The Shack
Lionsgate’s Christian-based adaption scored big at the box office this weekend, dropping a position in its 2nd week, and bringing in $10 million to add to its total gross of $32.3 million. The film hasn’t been dropped from any of its 2,888 screenings, averaging $3,480 per screen, while maintaining a viewing drop of 37.9%. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine and adapted by John Fusco, Andrew Lanham, and Destin Cretton, the film about second chances stars Sam Worthington (Avatar), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), and Tim McGraw (The Blind Side).
3. Get Out
Universal’s horror film about a couple’s terrifying family discovery raked in another $21 million, bringing the total to $111 million. The film fell in position from second during its 3rd week, taking a 25.4% drop. The film was added to 205 screens, totaling to 3,143 screens, averaging $6,705 per screen. The film’s budget was staggeringly low $4.5 million. The film marks the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, who also wrote the film, and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.
The final outing of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine took the weekend box office last week. Going into its second week, the film grossed $37.8 million, raising the total gross to $152.7 million. Fox’s R-rated superhero flick faced a significant drop of 57.2% in its second week, retaining all 4,071 of its screens and averaging $9,297 per. The film has already made back its $97 million budget. The last hurrah of Wolverine is directed by James Mangold, who also co-wrote the film with Scott Frank and Michael Green, and also stars the legendary Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, and Boyd Holbrook.
1. Kong: Skull Island
Warner Bros’ monster universe launched with Kong: Skull Island, and it kicked off a bang. Bringing in $61 million in its opening weekend, the film is on track to make back its $198.5 million budget. The film averaged $15,865 per screen on 3,846 screens. The film is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and adapted by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstien, Derek Conolly, and John Gatins, and stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Brie Larson (Room), John C. Reilly (Chicago), and John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane).