Weekend Box Office (April 20 - 22, 2018)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Quiet overtook loud to reclaim the top spot this weekend while new fare from Amy Schumer and Broken Lizard met and exceeded expectations respectively. The rest of the top 10 held on fairly well in the weekend before the upcoming Avengers storm.
Fans continue to dig what they can't hear as John Krasinski's A Quiet Place returned to the number one spot at the box office this weekend. Slipping only 33% in its third weekend the horror hit took in an estimated $22M bringing its total up to $132M. Overseas it added $15M bringing its total internationally to $74M with major markets like China and Japan still to come. Paramount must be singing in their offices (quietly, of course) as this is their biggest title in nearly 2 years. When all is said and done this will likely be their biggest release since Transformers: Age of Extinction hit $245M back in the summer of 2014.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Rampage fell 41% in its second weekend to an estimated $21M, bringing its total up to $66M after two weeks. Internationally it added another $57M bringing its overseas total to $216M. China is, as usual, leading the pack with $106M. A final domestic total in the $120M region seems likely, which would make it the second highest grossing video game adaptation ever, behind only Lara Croft: Tomb Raider which made $131M back in 2001.
Amy Schumer's latest comedy I Feel Pretty launched in 3,440 theaters and took in an estimated $16.2M for a per screen average of $4,715. The opening was down from her last two films, last summer's Snatched ($19.5M) and 2015's Trainwreck ($30M) which could be a sign of waning interest in the actress. Critics savaged the film as it stands at 34% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave the film a reasonable B+ CinemaScore.
Opening with surprise strength in fourth place was the 16-years-in-the-making sequel Super Troopers 2 which opened to an estimated $14.7M from 2,038 theaters for a per screen average of $7,213, best in the top 10. The original film became a cult classic over the last decade plus, and opening on 4/20 was a small tip of the cap to their audience. The film will likely fade away very quickly as the film made more than half of its opening on Friday.
Rounding out the top five was the Blumhouse horror flick Truth or Dare which had the worst drop in the top 10, falling 57% to an estimated $7.9M bringing its total up to $30M. Look for a finale in the area of $45M. Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One added another $7.5M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $126.2M after a month in theaters. Internationally it stands at $395M with an astounding $207M of that coming from China. Its worldwide total is $521M.
The raunchy comedy Blockers fell 35% from last weekend and landed in the number seven spot adding an estimated $7M to its coffers bringing its total up to $48M after three weeks. The runaway smash of the decade, Black Panther, slipped only 20% in its 10th weekend in the top 10, adding an estimated $4.6M bringing its total up to an astounding $681M. It'll be interesting to see how audiences react when the rest of the Avengers show up next weekend. Maybe they'll make a double feature out of it.
Opening in ninth place from Lionsgate was Traffik which earned an estimated $3.9M from 1,046 theaters for a per screen average of $3,705. And rounding out the top 10 was Wes Anderson's latest, Isle of Dogs, which fell 38% to an estimated $3.4M bringing its total up to $24.3M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $108.2M this weekend which was up 19% from last year when The Fate of the Furious remained at number one with $38.4M; and down 8% from 2016 when The Jungle Book also remained in the top spot with $61.5M.
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This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: April 22, 2018 at 5:10PM ET
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