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Box Office Weekend: Madea Rules, Snowman Drools 

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (October 20th-22nd)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. 🔺 BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN  $21.6 new  1.🔺 GOLMAAL AGAIN $1.0 on 265 screens new 
2. 🔺 GEOSTORM $13.3 new 2. THE FLORIDA PROJECT $636k on 112 screens (cum. $1.3) REVIEW 1REVIEW 2
3. HAPPY DEATH DAY  $9.3 (cum. $40.6)  3.🔺 LOVING VINCENT $391k on 114 screens (cum. $1.3)  
4. BLADE RUNNER 2049  $7.1 (cum. $74) REVIEW | SHORTS | "BESTS"  4. MARK FELT $192k on 332 screens (cum. $491k) 
5. 🔺  ONLY THE BRAVE $6 new  5. 🔺 BREATHE $155k on 311 screens (cum. $187k) 
6. THE FOREIGNER  $5.4 (cum. $22.8) 6. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN  $153k on 61 screens (cum. $232k) 
7. IT  $3.5 (cum. $320.2) REVIEW | 5 TAKEAWAYS  7.THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER $114k on 4 screens new REVIEW 


Another weekend that few studios will be celebrating, partially because there was so much competition with five new wide releases and five new platform releases...

Tyler Perry's Madea series continues to be a windfall, but this 8th film (the second Halloween themed entry) is the second worst opening in the series. The only Madea film to earn less in its opening weekend was the Christmas themed edition in 2013. The other big openers, both widely considered to be terrible movies, were far less successful: Geostorm had a dire opening given its $120 million budget, Only the Brave did only okay, and The Snowman didn't prove the draw that the bestselling book would suggest. Same Kind of Different as Me was the least popular new wide release but those Christian flicks tend to be inexpensively made so perhaps it will turn a profit.

8. THE SNOWMAN  $3.4 new  REVIEW 8. 🔺 HUMAN FLOW $82k on 28 screens (cum. $150k) REVIEW  
9. AMERICAN MADE  $3.1 (cum. $45.5) 9. 🔺 WONDERSTRUCK $68k on 4 screens new 
10. KINGSMAN 2  $3 (cum. $94.5) 10.  FACES PLACES $43k on 26 screens (cum. $163k) REVIEW 
11. THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US  $3 (cum. $94.5) REVIEW 10. 🔺 JANE  $55k on 3 screens new
12. 🔺 SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME $2.5 new 10.  STRONGER  $36k on 84 screens (cum. $4.1) REVIEW 

🔺 = new or significant expansion

numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo 


In the platform releasing world, The Florida Project continues to come up a winner with each expansion. Any second now it will double the domestic gross of Sean Baker's last scrappy winner Tangerine. A24's other new hit could be The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos's follow up to The Lobster. We'll see how word of mouth is but it had the weekend's best per screen average. 

Unfortunately Todd Hayne's Wonderstruck (his first family friendly film) and the truly sensational French Oscar submission BPM (Beats Per Minute) had more tentative first weekends. Let's hope word of mouth kicks in for both. The worst news was probably reserved for the romantic disability drama Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy which added over 300 theaters but died at harsh death with an under $500 per screen average


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Reader Comments (25)

Saw Sacred Deer. Colin Farrell is Oscar worthy. Unsure why Lanthimos' foreign language movies play better to me than his English language ones. Deer has the virtue of being better than The Lobster.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Geostorm is like CGI and the 90's never happened.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Well, I saw a couple of great horror films that people should seek out in Raw and The VVitch as well as George Michael: Freedom which is a must for all fans of George Michael and re-watches of a couple of Halloween TV standards in Toy Story of Terror and It's the Great Pumpkin.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

markgordonuk: Well, it was directed by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich's production partner, so seeming like a very 90s idea of a blockbuster shouldn't surprise.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

The Big Sick

Fun. The screenplay has some good moments and Holly Hunter is a delight.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo - Brazil

Beats Per Minutes is AMAZING! Go see it if you can guys & Wonderstruck is the beat Hayne's since Far from Heaven (Sorry not a fan of Carol, not a fan at ALL)

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

I saw Hairspray on TV. Wouldn't James Marsden be an awesome host in any award ceremony?

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Attended a screening of Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Wow. Never cried as much or witnessed an audience cry as much ever.Amazing experience and loved it.Annette Bening and Jamie Bell are simply outstanding.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRonan

Marshall, a fairly conventional courtroom drama with an 80s/90s television movie feel, but it serves its purpose well enough and, like many stories of this nature, proves to be quite timely. Chadwick Boseman wisely underplays his role, while Josh Had gives something resembling an actual mature performance. The film could have been tightened by omitting all of the scenes involving Marshall and Friedman's personal lives, as they were more extraneous than illuminating (the whole Langston Hughes/Zora Neale Hurston bit is out of place to the point of being disconcerting).

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

The trailer for that "Boo" movie was pathetic -who goes to watch this crap?

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I saw The Florida Project on Friday. I thought it was very good but overrated. The acting was terrific including Willem Dafoe and newcomer Bria Vinaite (who will surely be the unsung hero). I also loved the cinematography by Alexis Zabe. But the main characters were rather unbearable and it just never knew when it was going to end. When it did end, it felt like such a copout.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St.Clair

Jaragon: Underserved black people and the next generation of future hungry white internet reviewers who know they need to have a grasp on the modern tradition of "bad" works?

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Volcagia- I understand that there is an audience for Madea but I think they deserve better movies; actually we all do. I hate lazy film making.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

Saw Killing of a Sacred Deer and Human Flow.

The former was well-made, but I feel like we've been here before. Yes, no movie is ever going to be completely original, but I feel like it's a lesser version of a Michael Haneke or Stanley Kubrick film. It lacks the originality and enjoyment of the lobster.

The latter is incredibly powerful and one of the better docs I've seen this year.

Still have to see Wonderstruck and BPM.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Mindhunters - very well done, engrossing even though serial killer genre is familiar. More psychological and cerebral than gory which is much appreciated. Great actors and writing. Unusual to have two smart women roles. Jonathan Groff and Holt M. excellent.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

Blade Runner, which I thought was spellbinding in sections and simply slow in others. I'm glad I saw it, but I didn't love it.

I also saw Wonderstruck, which was lovely. It feels like more of a minor entry in Hayne's body of work, but it's (mostly) beautiful. I found one particular narrative in the story more compelling than the other, but it's still very much worth seeing.

October 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

I was wanting to watch My Little Pony The Movie again, but I got sick and so the only thing I watched was the ALCS Game 7, which was quite gripping, actually.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterajnrules

Jaragon: Agree that half of that audience deserve better movies (there's a reason I said "underserved" for the first part), but the other half will be propping up reliably bad movies (and, yes, Tyler Perry is reliably bad) to an extent regardless of what they are. If you don't go to movies like that, the logic would go, you have no chance of being Doug Walker 2.0.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

October is the worst. So many crap films in the metroplex, so many potentially great ones hidden away in super-limited release.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterW.J.

The Hero, which made a 90-minute movie seem like it was 3 hours long. I am all for Sam Elliott getting a lead role - I thought he was Oscar-nomination-worthy in Grandma - but this movie failed him with its pointlessness.

Two more Val Lewton films, I Walked with a Zombie and Bedlam, both terrific - they did horror right in the '40s. I Walked with a Zombie is an interesting reimaging of Wuthering Heights, while Bedlam was inspired by stories of an 18th century British mental hospital.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Blade Runner 2049 - due to many people saying how long and slow it was, I had lowered my expectations and therefore was pleasantly surprised - I mostly liked it! The cast was great, it was beautiful and moody in ways that both recalled the original and felt like an extension of it and the running time didn't really other me.

Out of Africa - apparently this was the 3 hour movie weekend. I had never seen this and again, maybe from lowering my expectations due to the running time, I was pleasantly surprised. Beautifully made (that score!), well acted, an interesting story that wasn't as predictable as you'd think - overall this was really enjoyable.

Sorry, Wrong Number - god I love Stanwyck. Even when mostly confined to a bed she's fantastic. And hello Burt Lancaster! A fun, layered, tight little movie with a surprisingly mean ending.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

I saw "Wonderstruck" and I was very disappointed. It looks great, but Haynes is not able to pull of the sentimental whimsy Brian Selznick's story goes for. Frankly I blame Selznick's script for the most part. It's a frustrating story where characters withhold information for no good reason other than be mysterious. Tell the kid who his father is!

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I saw The Florida Project which was excellent and I really thought Willem Dafoe was deserving of all the great reviews he is getting. I really hope he gets an Oscar nod for his work here. I also loved Bria Vinaite as well. She really will be the unsung hero of the film as one person already commented on. I also rewatched Suspicion which is still minor Hitchcock but I think minor Hitchcock is better than what most directors will say passes for minoe these days. I also rewatched Exodus which improved slightly to me but it still wasnt involving to me with the exception of Sal Mineo and Jill Haworth. I also watched The Crowd for the first time and was bown away by how simple but poignant that story is. how is this film not on AFI's Top 100 films list?

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEli

The Florida Project--completely captivating and magical. Baker juggled the tonal shifts brilliantly and Dafoe does need to be Oscar-nommed.

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Val Lewton's movies are always worth a look

October 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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