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Weekend Box Office Report: January 13-15, 2017

01.15.2017

Hidden Figures hiding in plain sight!

Space was the place to go this weekend as the historical NASA drama HIDDEN FIGURES took the top spot at the box office with an estimated $20.4 million!

The inspirational story of black women's contributions to the Space Race expanded to 3200 screens on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and stayed in first place (after shifting up from last weekend's estimated second slot when Monday's actual totals were calculated).

The adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book, featuring Octavia Spencer, Taraji Henson and singer Janelle Monáe, cost a reported $25 million and has collected a domestic total of $54.8 million.

Awards attention gave a big boost to the musical LA LA LAND, which danced all the way up to second place with $14.5 million after waltzing around the chart for several weeks. The PG-13 Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone romance, which cost a reported $30 million to make, now has a worldwide total of $128.8 million.

The animated feature SING remained in third place with $13.8 million as the animal musical from DESPICABLE ME creators Illumination Entertainment has pulled in nearly $400 million worldwide (on a $75 million reported cost).

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY descended to fourth place with $13.7 million on its fifth week in theaters. The prequel to the original 1977 STAR WARS is now just short of half a billion domestic, and has climbed to $979 million worldwide.

Opening in fifth place was the new horror movie THE BYE BYE MAN with $13.3 million. The PG-13 supernatural thriller, which only cost a reported $7.5 million, scared up a 27% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes (you can read the JoBlo review HERE).

The drama PATRIOT'S DAY expanded wide to 3100 screens and came in sixth place with $12 million. Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg's account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing cost a reported $45 million to make, and has a domestic total of $12.9 million after three weeks in limited release. The movie currently has a 79% average on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

The mystifying high-concept kids movie MONSTER TRUCKS opened in seventh place with $10.5 million. The new PG-rated action movie with Lucas Till and his friendly creature-vehicle cost a reported $125 million to make, and had bounced around the release schedule since May 2015 before finally driving into theaters this weekend. The movie crashed with critics at 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out the JoBlo review HERE.

Meanwhile, the new Jamie Foxx action movie SLEEPLESS quietly opened in eighth place with $8.4 million. The R-rated remake of the Belgian cop thriller SLEEPLESS NIGHT cost a reported $30 million and got locked up by critics with 11% on Rotten Tomatoes (read the JoBlo review HERE).

In ninth place was the Kate Beckinsale vampire sequel UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS with $5.8 million, down 57% from its debut in fourth place last weekend. The $35 million R-rated action movie has a worldwide total of $70 million. The Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence space romance PASSENGERS closed out the list with $5.6 million.

Outside the chart, the weekend's casualties included the comedy WHY HIM?, Disney's MOANA, the videogame adaptation ASSASSIN'S CREED and Denzel Washington's FENCES. Ben Affleck's crime drama LIVE BY NIGHT expanded to 2800 screens but couldn't crack the Top 10 with $5.4 million, and Martin Scorsese's religious drama SILENCE added nearly 700 screens for a $1.9 million weekend.

And although it doesn't reach North American theaters for another month, the Matt Damon action movie THE GREAT WALL has already amassed nearly $200 million from international audiences.

Next weekend has Vin Diesel back as EXTREME espionage agent xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, James McAvoy has personality problems in M. NIght Shyamalan's thriller SPLIT, and Michael Keaton dishes out some McDonald's meals in THE FOUNDER, while the drama 20TH CENTURY WOMEN expands from limited release.

What 2017 release are you most excited to see? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Hidden Figures $20.4 M $54.8 M
2. La La Land $14.5 M $74 M
3. Sing $13.8 M $233 M
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $13.7 M $498.8 M
5. The Bye Bye Man $13.3 M
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6. Patriot's Day $12 M $12.9 M
7. Monster Trucks $10.5 M
NEW
8. Sleepless $8.4 M
NEW
9. Underworld: Blood Wars $5.8 M $23.9 M
10. Passengers $5.6 M $90 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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1:20AM on 01/16/2017
Lol... I told you guys that La La Land was going to jump to at least #2 this week because of the awards.

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Lol... I told you guys that La La Land was going to jump to at least #2 this week because of the awards.

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10:10PM on 01/15/2017
Have to agree with Vienna_Rage in that it's disappointing to see Live By Night not doing well. I thought Affleck did a wonderful job of adapting the book and shows that he hasn't missed a step since Argo.
Have to agree with Vienna_Rage in that it's disappointing to see Live By Night not doing well. I thought Affleck did a wonderful job of adapting the book and shows that he hasn't missed a step since Argo.
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11:02AM on 01/16/2017
Maybe my expectations were too high (or maybe because I didn't read the book), but I was underwhelmed by Live By Night. I love all of Affleck's other directing efforts and think he's a great actor, but something just didn't work for me. I couldn't help but thinking the movie would have been better without him as the lead (in his own movie, fuck me right?). I couldn't get into the movie because his acting kept taking me out of the movie. That's not to say it was bad, it it just wasn't as
Maybe my expectations were too high (or maybe because I didn't read the book), but I was underwhelmed by Live By Night. I love all of Affleck's other directing efforts and think he's a great actor, but something just didn't work for me. I couldn't help but thinking the movie would have been better without him as the lead (in his own movie, fuck me right?). I couldn't get into the movie because his acting kept taking me out of the movie. That's not to say it was bad, it it just wasn't as powerful of a portrayal as expected.

I'm going to give it another go when I get the chance, and hopefully I will be able to experience something different.
7:12PM on 01/15/2017
How the hell could "Live By Night" have bombed? It was masterfully crafted from the writing to the cinematography, costume design and the acting was top notch. This is why we never get great character pieces these days. Nobody is interested in anything out of the ordinary. 🙄
How the hell could "Live By Night" have bombed? It was masterfully crafted from the writing to the cinematography, costume design and the acting was top notch. This is why we never get great character pieces these days. Nobody is interested in anything out of the ordinary. 🙄
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9:13AM on 01/16/2017
Its true i wouldnt spend the money or time going to theater to see character pieces. However, i just caugt up with a few movies on hbo - Demolition, Hail Ceasar, Midnight Special, Joy- and had a more rewarding experience than the tentpoles provide. Guess i am part of the problem. The spectacle is what i look for in the theatrr experience but i just end up feeling empty. Even after soemthing like Rogue One. :(
Its true i wouldnt spend the money or time going to theater to see character pieces. However, i just caugt up with a few movies on hbo - Demolition, Hail Ceasar, Midnight Special, Joy- and had a more rewarding experience than the tentpoles provide. Guess i am part of the problem. The spectacle is what i look for in the theatrr experience but i just end up feeling empty. Even after soemthing like Rogue One. :(
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5:53PM on 01/15/2017

it's a shame Hidden Figures was half fiction

The whole thing about her being mistaken for a janitor was made up by the producers. It never happened. Jim Parson's character is fictional. Kevin Costner's character was three guys blended in to one, so I guess you could say that he's fictional too. But what gets me, is this pandering to poor people with the whole "you're a janitor" scene. The sad thing is, the core group of people watching the movie will believe it happened and be like "racist ass white people!" They love stoking the
The whole thing about her being mistaken for a janitor was made up by the producers. It never happened. Jim Parson's character is fictional. Kevin Costner's character was three guys blended in to one, so I guess you could say that he's fictional too. But what gets me, is this pandering to poor people with the whole "you're a janitor" scene. The sad thing is, the core group of people watching the movie will believe it happened and be like "racist ass white people!" They love stoking the racism over there in Hollywood.
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8:55PM on 01/15/2017
HAHA! Yeah, I'm sure those colored girls were gleefully embraced by those white men at NASA.

There are a surprisingly number of people that are similar to holocaust deniers. Stubbornly convinced that the racism of America's past, just wasn't all that racist. Find a black person over the age of 60, and ask him/her just how racist America was.
HAHA! Yeah, I'm sure those colored girls were gleefully embraced by those white men at NASA.

There are a surprisingly number of people that are similar to holocaust deniers. Stubbornly convinced that the racism of America's past, just wasn't all that racist. Find a black person over the age of 60, and ask him/her just how racist America was.
9:43PM on 01/15/2017
LOL. Are you insane, HereIam? You're saying the whole Jim Crow thing wasn't as racist as it seems? You think Hollywood made up the whole civil rights movement? Just an all around asinine comment.
LOL. Are you insane, HereIam? You're saying the whole Jim Crow thing wasn't as racist as it seems? You think Hollywood made up the whole civil rights movement? Just an all around asinine comment.
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5:13PM on 01/15/2017
Hidden Figures and La La Land are slaying! Well deserved! I enjoyed both films a lot.
Hidden Figures and La La Land are slaying! Well deserved! I enjoyed both films a lot.
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2:28PM on 01/15/2017
Monster Trucks looks like it could be one of the biggest bombs of the year.
Monster Trucks looks like it could be one of the biggest bombs of the year.
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