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!