“Hidden Figures” Stays at #1; Most New Releases Bomb

As the Martin Luther King Jr. Long Weekend rolls on in the US, the three-day weekend numbers have started coming in, and to be honest, there are some real surprises when it comes to this week’s new releases. Here’s what went down:


Hidden Figures held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $19.6 million. The reviews and accolades have certainly helped this film find a wide audience, and it should continue to do well as we head into Oscar season.

Horror film The Bye Bye Man had a surprisingly strong debut, landing in second place with an estimated $14.5 million, an especially stellar showing considering the absolutely horrible reviews the film received.

As for the rest of the top five, La La Land made its way into the top three with $13.9 million, raising its total to $74 million as it closes in on the $100 million mark. Sing was in fourth place with $13.4 million, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story closed out the top five $12.9 million. The film will cross $500 million in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the other new releases this weekend had absolutely disasterous returns. Patriots Day could only manage $12.4 million over the three day weekend, underperforming against industry expectations. Ben Affleck’s Live By Night also didn’t show up at all, debuting outside the top ten with a poor $5.6 million. Affleck’s passion project certainly wasn’t helped by the dismal reviews it received.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Patriots Day – $21 million
2) Hidden Figures – $20.5 million
3) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $15 million
4) Sing – $14 million
5) La La Land – $12.5 million

And here’s how the three-day weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Hidden Figures – $19.6 million
2) The Bye Bye Man – $14.5 million
3) La La Land – $13.9 million
4) Sing – $13.4 million
5) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $12.9 million

Keep in mind that these numbers will definitely shift once the four-day long weekend is taken into account.

Next weekend sees the release of Split, XXX 3 and The Founder. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on January 15, 2017, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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