Box Office Results - 'The Great Wall', 'Fist Fight' and 'A Cure for Wellness'
Another weekend of box office carnage, and again I can at least say that I was right about one of my predictions. The Great Wall came in a bit stronger than I expected, and while it's still a bomb here in the states, it might actually have enough help here to leverage its high price tag a little better. Fist Fight notched it's place right about where I expected it would and A Cure for Wellness was barely a blip on anyone's radar.
The Great Wall (Universal)
Prediction: $14 million
Actual: $18.5 million (3-Day)
While The Great Wall still had a disappointing opening, it wasn't quite as disastrous as I thought it might be. The Matt Damon-starring Chinese epic about a legend surrounding the Great Wall of China pulled in around $18.5 million for the weekend and had the strongest debut out of the three openers, even though it still succumbed to the might of The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker in their second weekends.
My prediction for The Great Wall was lower at $14 million. I just didn't think that this was tapping into audiences in a way that was appealing, which honestly was a correct assumption as the film still didn't do that wall, I just should have adjusted my number a little higher. The Great Wall has some stiff competition in the coming weeks so it's probably not going to get much higher than $50 by the time it's through.
Fist Fight (WB)
Prediction: $14 million
Actual: $12.2 million (3-day)
While I was right on the cusp of missing this one, I still managed to make a prediction close enough for a win. Fist Fight, as I expected, drew a decent audience, but wasn't nearly as big as some of Ice Cube's other recent hits such as Ride Along and 21 Jump Street. The comedy brought in a decent $12.2 million, which was only off $1.8 million from my prediction of $14 million. If the film holds up in the coming weeks, it could have a shot at $40 million, which will be fine so long as it makes a bit of cash overseas to helps compensate for it's $25 million production cost.
A Cure for Wellness (Fox)
Prediction: $8 million
Actual: $4.4 million (3-Day)
This is a pretty tragic opening for a film I was rooting for. A Cure for Wellness had such a promising-looking trailer and Gore Verbinski is a director that has always imbued his films with an undeniable sense of style. A Cure for Wellness is another blow against higher-budgeted horror films as it opened to a paltry $4.4 million, which is even lower than my already rock-bottom prediction of $8 million. The film isn't well-reviewed either so look for it to drop off quickly. A Cure for Wellness will probably make around $12 million by the time it's done with its domestic run.
The Top Ten
1. The Lego Batman Movie - $33 million (-37.7%) $107 million
2. Fifty Shades Darker - $20.4 million (-56.3%) $92 million
3. The Great Wall - $18.5 million (NEW) $21.7 million
4. John Wick: Chapter 2 - $16.2 million (-46.8%) $61.3 million
5. Fist Fight - $12.2 million (NEW) $14.5 million
6. Hidden Figures - $7.3 million (-9.4%) $144.2 million
7. Split - $7.2 million (-24.7%) $124.9 million
8. A Dog's Purpose - $5.7 million (-22%) $52.5 million
9. La La Land - $4.6 million (-7.4%) $133.6 million
10. A Cure for Wellness - $4.4 million (NEW) $5 million
Well that'll do it for this weekends box office results! Check back in on Wednesday when I predict the openings for Get Out, Collide and Rock Dog.
Source: Box Office Mojo