Weekend Box Office Report: March 3-5, 2017

Logan carves up the competition!

Hugh Jackman popped his adamantium claws for the last time (supposedly) and put LOGAN in first place at the box office with an estimated opening of $85.3 million!

The dystopian Wolverine sequel notched a better domestic opening than both of the mutant anti-hero's previous solo outings -- X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE started with an even $85 million back in 2009, while follow-up THE WOLVERINE opened to $53.1 million in 2013.

Compared to recent movies in the X-Men franchise, LOGAN performed better than last year's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ($65.7 million) and got close to X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST ($90.8 million), but nobody can touch the opening of motor-mouthed mayhem machine DEADPOOL ($132.4 million).

The "final" adventure of everyone's favorite berserker also had the biggest March debut for an R-rated movie, slicing through the surprise $70.8 million opening of Zack Snyder's 300 a decade ago. LOGAN also had the fifth-highest domestic opening weekend ever for an R-rated wide release behind THE HANGOVER PART II, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE MATRIX RELOADED and (of course) DEADPOOL.

Director James Mangold's second effort with the lethal X-Man cost a reported $100 million to produce, and made an additional $152 million overseas for a worldwide opening weekend of $237 million. Most critics were keen to watch Wolvie cut chunks out of cyborgs to protect his mentor and genetic offspring, handing LOGAN a 93% average on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

Last weekend's winner GET OUT moved to second place with $26.1 million, losing only 22% of business despite facing a prominent comic book character (horror movies tend to drop by 60% or more in their second weekends). Writer-director Jordan Peele's R-rated thriller and social commentary, which cost less than $5 million to produce, has a ten-day domestic total of $75.3 million.

Opening in third place was the new faith-based melodrama THE SHACK with $16.1 million. The spiritual story, based on the bestseller by William P. Young, cost a reported $20 million. The chat between Sam Worthington and the Holy Trinity (including Octavia Spencer) didn't move many critics, judging by the 16% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was in fourth place with $11.6 million on its fourth weekend in theaters. The Dark Knight's toyform has a domestic total of $148.6 million, with a worldwide total of $256 million (on a budget of $80 million).

In fifth place was the new teen drama BEFORE I FALL with an opening of $4.9 million. The adaptation of Lauren Oliver's book, about a girl forced GROUNDHOG DAY-style to relive the day she dies, cost a reported $5 million to make. Critics fell on an average of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review can be found HERE).

On the lower half of the chart, Keanu Reeves is still kicking ass with JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO in sixth with $4.7 million, bringing its domestic total to $82.8 million (nearly what the first JOHN WICK made worldwide). Its global total is now $144 million on a reported cost of $40 million.

HIDDEN FIGURES didn't win any Oscars, but the NASA drama is still performing stronger than any other Academy Award contender in seventh place with another $3.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $158.7 million.

Matt Damon's creature siege fantasy THE GREAT WALL was in eighth with $3.5 million, while BDSM sequel FIFTY SHADES DARKER and Best Picture winner nominee LA LA LAND closed out the list.

Outside the chart, Oscar nominee LION left the list along with FIST FIGHT and M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT (which is now at $240 million worldwide). Speaking of twist endings, MOONLIGHT added almost 1000 screens after its blundered Oscar win for a $2.5 million weekend and a domestic total of $25.3 million (despite never placing in the Top 10).

In international business, Vin Diesel's XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE is up to a worldwide total of $338 million, canine drama A DOG'S LIFE has padded over $100 million worldwide, and a $283 million global total makes RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER the second-biggest chapter in the franchise.

Next weekend's big new release finds Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson meeting the famous ape in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, while limited releases include the Kristen Stewart thriller PERSONAL SHOPPER.

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1. Logan $85.3 M
2. Get Out $26.1 M $75.9 M
3. The Shack $16.1 M
4. The LEGO Batman Movie $11.6 M $148.6 M
5. Before I Fall $4.9 M
6. John Wick: Chapter 2 $4.7 M $82.8 M
7. Hidden Figures $3.8 M $158.7 M
8. The Great Wall $3.5 M $41.2 M
9. Fifty Shades Darker $3.4 M $109.9 M
10. La La Land $2.9 M $145.6 M


Source: Box Office Mojo



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