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Weekend Box Office Report: March 10-12, 2017

03.12.2017

Kong is big at the box office!

The great gorilla of legend climbed onto screens once again this weekend to put KONG: SKULL ISLAND on top with an estimated opening of $61 million!

The king of the apes pounded his chest in victory at the $50.1 million start of Peter Jackson's KING KONG in 2005, but he couldn't punch past the $93.1 million opening of fellow giant monster GODZILLA in 2014 (the two titans will square off in 2020, assuming a squad of writers can figure out how to make it happen).

Compared to other recent creature features, KONG crushed the $37.2 million opening of PACIFIC RIM but (assuming cloned dinosaurs qualify as giant monsters) barely scratched the $208 million opening of JURASSIC WORLD.

The PG-13 mega-beast adventure with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson came with a $185 million price tag, and made an additional $81.6 million from international crowds for a worldwide opening weekend of $142.6 million. Critics mostly applauded the monkey business with 78% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

LOGAN got stomped down to second place with $37.8 million, losing 57% from last weekend's #1 debut. Hugh Jackman's final time popping the adamantium claws has a ten-day domestic total of $152.6 million, already defeating the $132.5 million domestic finish of THE WOLVERINE (not to mention the $146.4 million total of the almost Wolvie-free X-MEN: FIRST CLASS).

With $438 million worldwide so far, LOGAN also passed the global totals of the first X-MEN ($296 million), X-MEN: FIRST CLASS ($353 million), X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE ($373 million), X2: X-MEN UNITED ($407 million) and THE WOLVERINE ($414 million). For R-rated comic book adaptations, it ranks third behind the worldwide totals of 300 ($456 million) and DEADPOOL ($783 million).

The R-rated horror movie GET OUT continues its amazing performance in third place with $21 million, bringing its domestic total to $111 million on its third weekend in theaters. After the $135 million haul of SPLIT, Jordan Peele's $5 million thriller is both the second hit of year for Blumhouse and their second-highest grossing release ever.

The religious drama THE SHACK moved to fourth with $10 million, down only 37% from its opening last week. The faith-based Sam Worthington/Octavia Spencer release has a ten-day domestic total of $32.2 million (on a reported cost of $20 million).

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was in fifth with $7.8 million for a domestic total of $159 million (currently the lowest for a Batman movie besides the scorned BATMAN & ROBIN). The heroic brick figure now has a worldwide total of $275 million.

The teen drama BEFORE I FALL held onto sixth place with $3.1 million, a drop of just 33% from last week's opening. The adaptation of the Lauren Oliver book has a ten-day domestic total of $9.1 million (it cost a reported $5 million to produce).

The NASA drama HIDDEN FIGURES continued to orbit seventh place with $2.7 million, and its worldwide total has now soared over $200 million. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO was close behind in eighth with $2.7 million as the R-rated Keanu Reeves hitman sequel has reached $153 million worldwide.

Multiple award-winner LA LA LAND moved up a spot post-Oscars to ninth place with $1.7 million, and the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical romance has danced to a remarkable $416 million worldwide. The sequel FIFTY SHADES DARKER closed out the list with $1.6 million.

Outside the chart, Matt Damon's action-fantasy THE GREAT WALL jumped off the list. Best Picture winner MOONLIGHT collected another $1 million while in limited release, the Kristen Stewart thriller PERSONAL SHOPPER started with an adequate $23k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings Belle and her furry sweetheart to life in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and writer-producer James Gunn delivers office horrors in THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, or you can choose life again with the limited release of Danny Boyle's sequel T2: TRAINSPOTTING.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Kong: Skull Island $61 M
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2. Logan $37.8 M $152.6 M
3. Get Out $21 M $111 M
4. The Shack $10 M $32.2 M
5. The LEGO Batman Movie $7.8 M $159 M
6. Before I Fall $3.1 M $9 M
7. Hidden Figures $2.7 M $162.8 M
8. John Wick: Chapter 2 $2.7 M $87.1 M
9. La La Land $1.7 M $148.4 M
10. Fifty Shades Darker $1.6 M $112.9 M

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4:08PM on 03/13/2017
I forgot Godzilla made that much although I wish more of that had gone Kong's way as I thought it was the better of the two films, not by much but it seemed like they knew what audiences wanted and they wasted no time in giving it to them.
I forgot Godzilla made that much although I wish more of that had gone Kong's way as I thought it was the better of the two films, not by much but it seemed like they knew what audiences wanted and they wasted no time in giving it to them.
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8:57PM on 03/13/2017
Has to do with competition. Kong is sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Godzilla came out a week after Amazing Spider-Man 2, which didn't do very well.
Has to do with competition. Kong is sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Godzilla came out a week after Amazing Spider-Man 2, which didn't do very well.
8:57PM on 03/13/2017
Has to do with competition. Kong is sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Godzilla came out a week after Amazing Spider-Man 2, which didn't do very well.
Has to do with competition. Kong is sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Godzilla came out a week after Amazing Spider-Man 2, which didn't do very well.
2:46PM on 03/13/2017
This year is turning into a milestone for Hollywood, none-stop hit movies that are actually good. Here are some of the hit movies and why them seem bad on paper

Split - An M. Night Shayamalan thriller.
Get Out - a horror movie directed by a comedian
John Wick 2 - an action sequel starring Keanu Reeves
Lego Batman - self explanatory
Logan - the 9th installment to a franchise, but this time rated R

of course, its not a perfect year, XXX, Resident Evil, and Fifty Shades have all made
This year is turning into a milestone for Hollywood, none-stop hit movies that are actually good. Here are some of the hit movies and why them seem bad on paper

Split - An M. Night Shayamalan thriller.
Get Out - a horror movie directed by a comedian
John Wick 2 - an action sequel starring Keanu Reeves
Lego Batman - self explanatory
Logan - the 9th installment to a franchise, but this time rated R

of course, its not a perfect year, XXX, Resident Evil, and Fifty Shades have all made money despite negative reviews. But still, this time of year is usually reserved for left over Oscar bait and films the studios want to bury. And we are not slowing down. Beauty and the Beast is getting good reviews and expected to make a ton of money. Power Rangers and Ghost in a Shell dont have reviews yet but people seem optimistic about them.

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9:42AM on 03/13/2017
Managed to watch both Logan and Skull and they were both great! (Logan being almost a master piece!)

So I ended up a happy dog this past weekend
Managed to watch both Logan and Skull and they were both great! (Logan being almost a master piece!)

So I ended up a happy dog this past weekend
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2:10AM on 03/13/2017
Skull island was great.

Petter Jackson's King Kong is one of the worst movie ever made. Simply garbage top to bottom.
Skull island was great.

Petter Jackson's King Kong is one of the worst movie ever made. Simply garbage top to bottom.
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7:52PM on 03/12/2017
Cool.
I have no expectation of it doing Movie of the Year style business, but I'm glad it will make a decent dollar.
Cool.
I have no expectation of it doing Movie of the Year style business, but I'm glad it will make a decent dollar.
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7:09PM on 03/12/2017
Kong may benefit a lot from word of mouth. Many people I've talked to seem really amazed when they hear it's a great film and that it's not just a ripoff sequel.
Haven't seen too many critics point out its poster is a homage to Apocalypse Now.
Kong may benefit a lot from word of mouth. Many people I've talked to seem really amazed when they hear it's a great film and that it's not just a ripoff sequel.
Haven't seen too many critics point out its poster is a homage to Apocalypse Now.
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6:55PM on 03/12/2017
Over the next few weeks, Logan will surpass 300 and gain the #2 spot. It's only 20 something million away. But I don't see it usurping Deadpool.
Over the next few weeks, Logan will surpass 300 and gain the #2 spot. It's only 20 something million away. But I don't see it usurping Deadpool.
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6:58PM on 03/12/2017
I mean 18 million away. I would change it but for some odd reason when you go to edit your post it doesn't really edit it.

Hey, Joblo, maybe you should fix that. Just sayin'.
I mean 18 million away. I would change it but for some odd reason when you go to edit your post it doesn't really edit it.

Hey, Joblo, maybe you should fix that. Just sayin'.
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4:07PM on 03/12/2017
I think you have a typo... Kong actually opened to 61 Million!

That 10 mil is big... 51 mil would be a pretty bad opening for a movie that cost this much... 61 means it has good word of mouth (small drop from fri to sat) and will pry have legs, even though the next few weeks are gonna have stiff competition
I think you have a typo... Kong actually opened to 61 Million!

That 10 mil is big... 51 mil would be a pretty bad opening for a movie that cost this much... 61 means it has good word of mouth (small drop from fri to sat) and will pry have legs, even though the next few weeks are gonna have stiff competition
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4:08PM on 03/12/2017
Yup... i am a giant dumbass... my eyes say 51 million... just reread the article... why cant we delete our comments on here once we realize they are idiotic?!
Yup... i am a giant dumbass... my eyes say 51 million... just reread the article... why cant we delete our comments on here once we realize they are idiotic?!
3:33PM on 03/12/2017

Tough

I was concerned for Kong with it's bad release date, sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Hopefully it hasn't opened in China yet?
I was concerned for Kong with it's bad release date, sandwiched between Logan and Beauty and the Beast. Hopefully it hasn't opened in China yet?
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9:46PM on 03/12/2017
It hasn't.
It hasn't.
9:46PM on 03/12/2017
It hasn't.
It hasn't.
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3:13PM on 03/12/2017
Kong vs Godzilla is 2020.
Kong vs Godzilla is 2020.
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3:06PM on 03/12/2017
"With $483 million worldwide so far, LOGAN.....For R-rated comic book adaptations, it ranks third behind the worldwide totals of 300 ($456 million) and DEADPOOL ($783 million)"

So Logan is actually in second??
"With $483 million worldwide so far, LOGAN.....For R-rated comic book adaptations, it ranks third behind the worldwide totals of 300 ($456 million) and DEADPOOL ($783 million)"

So Logan is actually in second??
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3:36PM on 03/12/2017
you should go see a doctor for dyslexia lol it says 438 million for Logan. Of course they could have edited the article.
you should go see a doctor for dyslexia lol it says 438 million for Logan. Of course they could have edited the article.
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