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« 75 days until Michelle Pfeiffer returns to us... | Main | Review: Hugh Jackman's Last Stand as Wolverine in "Logan" »
Sunday
Mar052017

Box Office: Wolverine slays while Get Out stays...

I dont know where this photo is from but I love itDespite the R rating, or perhaps because of it, Logan opened much stronger than its 2013 predecessor The Wolverine (which eventually racked up $414 million globally). Logan will easily become the highest grossing Wolverine film by the end of its run thanks to what will surely be strong word of mouth... something this particular solo franchise has never experienced.

In other box office news: Jordan Peele's hot button horror film Get Out held spectacularly well, dropping only 21%; Best Foreign Language Film winner The Salesman expanded to over 100 theaters; and most importantly Best Picture winner Moonlight returned to wide release in theaters even as it was just released on DVD / BluRay adding another $2.5 million to its gross. This weekend it became A24's second biggest hit in the US by passing The Witch (still their biggest hit globally though). Moonlight will end its run as the lowest grosser among the 2016 Best Picture nominees but $25 million isn't too shabby at all for a serious black gay art film with no bankable stars. In fact it's kind of a miracle. It just needs $60,000 more in ticket sales this week to beat Ex Machina and become A24's biggest US hit.

TOP WIDE 
01 Logan $85.3 NEW Reviewed
02 Get Out $26.1 (cum. $75.9) Reviewed
03 The Shack $16.1 NEW 
04 The Lego Batman Movie $11.6 (cum. $148.6) 
05 Before I Fall $4.9 NEW

TOP LIMITED 
01 A United Kingdom $625K (cum. $1.8) 271 theaters
02 The Salesman $266K (cum. $1.8) Review, Interview 115 theaters
03 Kedi $234K (cum. $577K) Reviewed 13 theaters
04 Bitter Harvest $94K (cum. $392K) 75 theaters
05 Everybody Loves Somebody $65K (cum. $1.8) 60 theaters

Logan didn't have a post-credit scene due to the nature of its actual content but moviegoers were treated to this amusing Deadpool 2 teaser above with a cameo from Stan Lee and a full moon from game Ryan Reynolds, still loving his role as the merc with a mouth

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Give it another week or so, Moonlight should easily surpass Hell or High Water's $27 million. My guess is that it'll end up just north of $30 million.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRicopolo

La La Land's worldwide gross is now up to $396 million; it will cross the $400 million mark shortly, one of only a handful of films with a similar budget range to do that this decade.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

Ricopolo -- except that it's already out on DVD. I can't imagine it can make as much as it did this weekend during the week (and you know it'll lose a ton of theaters on Friday)

March 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat --- I see your point. But...
Spotlight made 1.76 mil post Oscar weekend and made another 3.5 mil after that.
Moonlight made 2.5 mil this weekend, so I estimate it to make another 5 mil in theater.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRicopolo

Ricopoli -- i hope you're right. Obviously it should have made $100 million in the US alone

March 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

A United Kingdom was released? I heard literally nothing about it since the trailer was released back in August.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I saw The Salesman. It drained me. Farhadi's movies are so emotionally intense.

I already miss the Oscars so I decided to pay my personal tribute to Warren Beatty by watching Bugsy for the first time since 1991. I had totally forgotten how lustrous it looks. Worth revisiting.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Logan - gratifying for our increasingly nihilistic era? Very hard R for violence. Hugh Jackman is very good in it.

Big Little Lies - glossy soap but a great role for Reese Witherspoon.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

Oh god, they've stretched the Oscars back into March? I know it's only an extra week, but come on. This season felt looooooooooooooooong.

So good to see I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO nearly at $5mil. So well-deserved. And I can't wait to see GET OUT. My question is whether these critics that have given it, what, 99% on RT and incredibly good reviews actually end up stumping for it at year's end. Every year seems to prove, but this year especially, that great reviews can get films into the conversation (Moonlight would not have been, I'm sure, without that big critical push). Or will critics relegate it to "Best First Film" honours and be done with it because horror/thrillers give them the willies.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Nat -- LOL, I just went and saw Moonlight again in theater with an LGBT group I belong to. I was a bit surprised by how filled the theater was. I found Moonlight to be even more moving on second viewing.

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRicopolo

The Oscars are always in March during Winter Olympics years - it has to do with the tv schedule in the US. They'll go back to February in 2019.

Yes, A United Kingdom is out. I am so annoyed about this, because it pushed Toni Erdmann out in my local arthouse, which means that I wasn't able to see Toni Erdmann - I was busy last weekend, and Toni Erdmann only played one week. Seriously, there are people who'd see A United Kingdom before they'd see Toni Erdmann?!

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I saw Jackie, which left me cold.

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

After the big push to see most of the Oscar movies, I saw The Picture of Dorian Gray from 1945. It was intermittently entertaining - gorgeous/shocking flashes of color, some effective performances and direction, but the lead is such a cold, inexpressive statue for a film to revolve around that it never quite took off. And Angela Lansbury was lovely - quite the turn from her deliciously snobby turn in the previous year's Gaslight. I wonder if this 180 from her previous Oscar nomination is what got her nominated again.

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

I saw " The Autopsy of Jane Doe" a very creepy horror film with a superior cast Brian Cox and Emile Hirsh as father and son who unfortunately encounter a very nasty corpse. Directed with a real sense of mood and suspense by Andre Ovredal

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

We need to talk about Big Little Lies...

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

@Paul Outlaw - yes, we do! How great is it to have Laura Dern in our homes every week?

March 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

...and the premiere of Feud.

March 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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