Box Office Report March 4, 2018
While Logan enjoyed being the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, Black Panther continues to be a comic book movie breaking records. In its third week, the Marvel superhero film is still #1 by a wide margin, grossing $65.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $500 million. For reference, that’s the same amount of weeks it took Star Wars: The Last Jedi to reach that domestic gross. Even with a 40% drop from last weekend, Black Panther is going to be sitting comfortably on the top 10 for all of March.
Two new films still tried to nip at the heels of the Marvel juggernaut. Red Sparrow, a Russian spy drama starring Jennifer Lawrence, ranked in a mere $17 million, far short of the film’s $69 million budget without much hope of recovery. Eli Roth’s remake of Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis, didn’t fare much better either with only $13 million on a budget of $30 million. With their low critic ratings and limited interest, don’t expect them to hang around when the more prominent blockbusters of March come rolling into the box office.
The other films took the expected dips. Game Night, the dark comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman, is hanging in there with another $10.7 million, bringing the domestic gross up to $33.5 million, closing in on covering its $37 million budget. Peter Rabbit, the CGI/live-action family film, has a firm footing to remain at #5 with a $10 million gross, boosting its domestic total to $84 million. Despite being added to more theaters, Alex Garland’s sci-fi masterpiece Annihilation had a depressing 49% drop only to bring in $5.6 million, bringing its domestic total to a small $20 million, despite a relatively modest $40 million budget for such a production.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, after 11 weeks, is still here and refusing to leave until it reaches $400 million domestic. It came close this weekend by bringing in $4.5 million, raising its domestic gross to $393 million. Could it break $400 million and stay in the top 10? Hard to say. And The Greatest Showman, also in its 11th weekend, clutches on with its Oscar nominations to bring in $2.6 million, adding to an already robust box office of $164.6 million domestic.
Read the full top 10 below:
Black Panther ($65,705,000)
Red Sparrow ($17,000,000)
Death Wish ($13,025,000)
Game Night ($10,710,000)
Peter Rabbit ($10,000,000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($4,500,000)
Fifty Shades Freed ($3,310,000)
The Greatest Showman ($2,675,000)
Every Day ($1,560,029)
Next weekend will be an interesting one as Disney will be competing with themselves! Ava DuVernay’s family fantasy A Wrinkle in Time will be going up against Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Also debuting will be the horror sequel Strangers: Prey at Night, the David Oyelowo starring comedy Gringo, and the Rob Cohen action picture The Hurricane Heist. A Wrinkle in Time is the only new film being released in over 3,000 theaters so expect to see it at either #1 or #2.