Box Office Results - 'Underworld: Blood Wars', 'Hidden Figures' and 'A Monster Calls'
Wow, well that wasn't quite what I expected. To give you all a refresh, I predicted Underworld would lead the pack, just barely inching passed Hidden Figures and that A Monster Calls would at least do decent business. I was wrong.
Hidden Figures (Fox)
Predicted: $15 million
Actual: $22.8 million
I had a sneaking suspicion that this film might over-perform, but I only half-committed to it. Originally I thought this film might only crack $10 million, but then I saw how strong its numbers were in its brief limited run and thus bumped it up significantly...though not significant enough.
Hidden Figures burst out of the gate with an excellent $22 million. The film only cost $25 million to produce so it's well on its way to being profitable, especially since it's garnering fantastic reviews and very positive word-of-mouth. Look for Hidden Figures to stick around for quite some time and if I'm to guess now, I'd say this one is a lock for at least $70 million domestically, maybe even more if it really holds on.
Underworld: Blood Wars (Screen Gems)
Predicted: $16 million
Actual: $13.7 million
This was the film that came the closest to my prediction, but still didn't quite make enough for me to get a pass. Oh well. Sadly, Underworld was only able to muster $13.7 million in its first weekend, which is the lowest opening for any of the films in the Underworld franchise. If you're worried about the future of this franchise, though; not all is lost. The budget Blood Wars was actually surprisingly low; only costing $35 million to make versus the $70 million it took the produce the last film. The movie is also performing strongly overseas and has already grossed $45 million there. So while Selene has seen better days, I don't think we've seen quite the end of her yet. Look for Underworld: Blood Wars to pull in its budget's-worth of cash domestically, around $35 million.
A Monster Calls (Focus)
Predicted: $9 million
Actual: $2.1 million
Sadly, A Monster Calls was our big loser this weekend. I knew this film wouldn't do phenomenally, but only two million?!? Come on, guys! Oh well, you can't win them all. My guess is that there were just too many dramas vying for box office dominance and this film was too little, too late. I never could have foreseen this film doing so badly, so I'm just going to have to eat my hand for this one. The film is doing a little better overseas, but at this point I don't think it's going to be enough to save it. If A Monster Calls holds on and gets some love during awards season, it might find some legs, but it barely has anything to start with, so don't hold out too much hope for this one. My long-term prediction is $10 million.
The Top 10:
1. Hidden Figures - $22.8 million (NEW)
2. Rogue One - $22.1 million (-55.5%)
3. Sing - $20.7 million (-51.7%)
4. Underworld: Blood Wars - $13.7 million (NEW)
5. La La Land - $10.1 million (6.1%)
6. Passengers - $8.8 million (-45.4%)
7. Why Him? - $6.9 million (-31.3%)
8. Moana - $6.4 million (-41.9%)
9. Fences - $4.8 million (-52.1%)
10. Assassin's Creed - $4.2 million (-51.8%)
Well that wraps up another weekend of results! Check back in on Wednesday for my predictions for The Bye Bye Man, Monster Trucks, Live By Night, Sleepless and Patriot's Day.
Source: Box Office Mojo