Weekend Actuals: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Runs Off w/ $32.7; R-Rated Films Lead Box Office for 9th Straight Frame

Monday Update: Warner Bros.’ Blade Runner 2049 started below expectations, but still took a blade to the competition with a first place finish of $32.7 million, as R-rated films led the box office for the 9th consecutive weekend.

Fox’s survival epic The Mountain Between Us began in the runner-up spot with $10.5 million, while Warner Bros.’ horror It surpassed $300 million and Lionsgate’s My Little Pony came in fourth with $8.8 million.

The full table of weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday update with fuller numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: Warner Bros.’ Blade Runner 2049 started at half its most optimistic pre-release expectations, but still took a “blade” to the competition with a first place finish of $31.5 million.

It was projected to make $54 million by Boxoffice Pro, $45-$50 million by Warner Bros. itself, and the lowest anybody predicted on projection website Box Office Derby was $37 million.

Nonetheless, first place is first place. This weekend marks an incredible 9th consecutive weekend where the top film was rated R, following leads by The Hitman’s BodyguardIt, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Co-financed and distributed overseas by Sony/Alcon, the science-fiction sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford started 41 percent below The Martian, 33 percent below Interstellar, and 12 percent below Alien: Covenant.

However, it did open 9 percent above Edge of Tomorrow and 30 percent above director Denis Villeneuve’s previous film Arrival.

Despite its “A-” CinemaScore, audiences may have found the film too esoteric. A sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner, the original is critically acclaimed as well as beloved by hardcore sci-fi fans, but may not have been widely known enough among the general public.

Another problem may have been the inability to attract both genders. Despite lead stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford having both won People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, females only comprised 29 percent of the film’s opening weekend audiences.

Yet another issue was a difficulty attracting younger moviegoers, as people over age 25 comprised a massive 86 percent of the audience. Getting younger attendees was always going to be a challenge considering that most Millennials probably didn’t know the original 1982 film, but the big-budget special effects and Gosling arguably should have helped attractive Millennials a bit more.

Fox’s survival epic The Mountain Between Us didn’t exactly move mountains, but came in second place with $10.1 million.

The adventure starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba was expected by some to start in third or possibly even fourth place, so the runner-up spot is a nice win for the film.

Compared to other recent survival movies, it started 8 percent below In the Heart of the Sea and about in line with The Finest Hours at only 1 percent below.

[Read our interview with The Mountain Between Us director Hany Abu-Assad here.]

Warner Bros. horror adaptation It surpassed $300 million this weekend, an unprecedented sum for a horror film in this century.

The movie took third place with $9.6 million, a 43 percent decline.

It spends a fifth weekend in the top three, an incredible feat for the horror genre. Horror films often doesn’t even open in the top three, but as one of the most frontloaded genres they usually fall steeply even when they do open in that top tier.

It has now earned $304.9 million to date. With audiences still flocking to it as Halloween approaches, it may even surpass $350 million ultimately.

Lionsgate’s My Little Pony: The Movie said “friendship is magic” even if its box office wasn’t quite “magic,” with a fourth place start of $8.8 million. The film was projected by many to start in second place instead.

Starring the voices of Emily Blunt and Sia, the movie is based on the popular television show aimed primarily at pre-school to elementary school girls — although apparently former President Bill Clinton is an expert on the subject.

However, it did start higher than even the adjusted-for-inflation opening of The Powerpuff Girls Movie from summer 2002. It also marks a turnaround after a string of animated box office disappointments from Lionsgate the past two years, including Rock DogThe Wild Life, and Norm of the North.

Weekend & YTD Comparisons:

The top 10 films this weekend made an estimated $93.3 million.

That’s 16 percent above last weekend. It’s also a fraction of a percent higher than this same weekend last year, when The Girl on the Train led with $24.5 million.

Year to date box office is running 4.9 percent behind last year.

Overseas Update:

Warner Bros.’ It became the highest grossing horror film overseas of all time this weekend — and that’s without having opened in China, usually the top overseas market.

With a $19.8 million overseas weekend, down 43 percent, it has now earned $298.8 million total. The top markets are the United Kingdom with $40.7 million, Mexico with $26.5 million, and Germany with $24.7 million.

But the big winner this weekend was Blade Runner 2049 with a $50.2 million overseas opening, leading in 45 of the 63 markets where it played.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals for Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Blade Runner 2049 $32,753,122 4,058 $8,071 $32,753,122 1 Warner Bros.
2 The Mountain Between Us $10,551,336 3,088 $3,417 $10,551,336 1 20th Century Fox
3 It (2017) $9,972,002 -41% 3,605 -312 $2,766 $305,250,480 5 Warner Bros. / New Line
4 My Little Pony: The Movie $8,885,899 2,528 $3,515 $8,885,899 1 Lionsgate
5 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $8,675,412 -49% 3,488 -550 $2,487 $80,539,837 3 Fox
6 American Made $8,446,715 -50% 3,031 7 $2,787 $30,818,675 2 Universal
7 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $7,002,474 -40% 3,611 -436 $1,939 $44,076,137 3 Warner Bros.
8 Flatliners $3,975,021 -40% 2,552 0 $1,558 $12,504,623 2 Sony Pictures
9 Battle of the Sexes $2,562,066 -25% 1,822 609 $1,406 $7,839,641 3 Fox Searchlight
10 American Assassin $1,388,305 -58% 1,656 -1364 $838 $34,449,582 4 CBS Films / Lionsgate
11 Home Again $568,000 -67% 1,003 -1367 $566 $26,353,346 5 Open Road

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $4,171,870 282% 732 655 $5,699 $5,987,264 3 Focus Features
2 The Stray $596,547 640 $932 $596,547 1 Purdie Distribution
3 A Question Of Faith $453,717 -56% 608 -53 $746 $1,788,973 2 Pure Flix Entertainment
4 mother! $387,753 -73% 481 -1359 $806 $17,297,289 4 Paramount
5 Judwaa 2 $312,250 -51% 192 0 $1,626 $1,184,239 2 FIP
6 Despicable Me 3 $289,605 -21% 304 -115 $953 $262,637,975 15 Universal
7 Stronger $277,809 -70% 335 -310 $829 $3,770,182 3 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
8 Spider-Man: Homecoming $272,576 -54% 326 -353 $836 $333,125,680 14 Sony / Columbia
9 The Emoji Movie $226,939 -13% 254 -116 $893 $85,194,738 11 Sony / Columbia
10 Dunkirk $224,438 -32% 313 -88 $717 $187,261,727 12 Warner Bros.
11 Leap! $212,219 -56% 401 -329 $529 $21,217,248 7 The Weinstein Company
12 Wind River $206,273 -65% 356 -536 $579 $33,233,057 10 The Weinstein Company
13 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $168,367 -75% 314 -805 $536 $75,020,039 8 Lionsgate / Summit
14 Annabelle: Creation $147,702 -53% 188 -197 $786 $101,788,793 9 Warner Bros. / New Line
15 Brad’s Status $112,185 -72% 247 -206 $454 $2,029,594 4 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
16 Cars 3 $111,504 105% 131 43 $851 $152,603,003 17 Disney
17 Wonder Woman $86,682 -53% 155 -106 $559 $412,400,625 19 Warner Bros.
18 War for the Planet of the Apes $79,975 -43% 121 -83 $661 $146,580,059 13 Fox
19 Friend Request $75,156 -90% 154 -1927 $488 $3,700,326 3 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20 The Dark Tower $53,707 -55% 114 -119 $471 $50,644,837 10 Sony / Columbia
21 The Glass Castle $46,008 -20% 113 -23 $407 $17,238,739 9 LionsgateLionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Loving Vincent $167,647 202% 28 24 $5,987 $287,969 3 Good Deed Entertainment
2 The Florida Project $157,553 4 $39,388 $157,553 1 A24
3 City Of Rock $115,524 43 $2,687 $115,524 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
4 Lucky $95,434 120% 34 29 $2,807 $176,013 2 Magnolia
5 Chasing The Dragon $85,219 -38% 31 -21 $2,749 $306,946 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
6 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $59,937 75% 17 12 $3,526 $109,033 2 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Architects of Denial $58,472 11 $5,316 $58,472 1 Dada Films
8 Kidnap $54,108 260% 77 9 $703 $30,597,319 10 Aviron Pictures
9 Baby Driver $51,303 -60% 95 -82 $540 $107,770,367 15 Sony / TriStar
10 Earth: One Amazing Day $45,480 70 $650 $45,480 1 Atlas Distribution
11 Dolores $43,345 -17% 26 -1 $1,667 $419,201 6 PBS Distribution
12 Girls Trip $43,320 -61% 90 -89 $481 $115,088,305 12 Universal
13 Viceroy’s House $43,171 -61% 67 -38 $644 $1,014,067 6 IFC Films
14 Faces Places $31,006 5 $6,201 $31,006 1 Cohen Media Group
15 Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton $25,248 100% 12 11 $2,104 $41,053 2 IFC Films
16 Chavela $22,453 44 $510 $26,506 1 Music Box Films
17 The Big Sick $20,940 -53% 34 -47 $616 $42,824,653 16 Lionsgate
18 The King’s Choice $19,739 68% 10 5 $1,974 $51,689 3 Samuel Goldwyn Films
19 All Saints $19,115 -68% 65 -117 $294 $5,750,509 7 Sony Pictures
20 Logan Lucky $17,654 -80% 61 -139 $289 $27,696,504 8 Bleeker Street
21 The Trip to Spain $17,594 -8% 15 -15 $1,173 $1,120,322 9 IFC Films
22 Better Watch Out $12,569 25 $503 $12,569 1 Well Go USA
23 Captain Underpants $12,495 -26% 25 -15 $500 $73,895,861 19 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
24 Good Time $10,865 221% 6 -7 $1,811 $1,999,047 9 A24
25 Menashe $9,548 -32% 11 -18 $868 $1,688,620 11 A24
26 The Unknown Girl $8,689 -57% 11 -17 $790 $142,332 5 IFC Films
27 Beach Rats $8,489 -53% 14 -6 $606 $457,847 7 Neon
28 Rebel in the Rye $8,424 -76% 29 -42 $290 $354,363 5 IFC Films
29 Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two $7,852 -86% 3 -2 $2,617 $339,322 2 Abramorama
30 So B. It $7,455 2 $3,728 $7,455 1 Good Deed Entertainment
31 Tulip Fever $6,839 -64% 12 -30 $570 $2,399,374 6 Weinstein Company
32 Dina $6,015 1 $6,015 $6,015 1 The Orchard
33 Walking Out $5,462 2 $2,731 $5,462 1 IFC Films
34 Ingrid Goes West $3,566 -75% 10 -38 $357 $3,016,057 9 Neon
35 47 Meters Down $2,467 -84% 7 -21 $352 $44,305,642 17 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
36 The Wound $2,429 1552% 2 1 $1,215 $29,963 8 Kino Lorber
37 Super Dark Times $2,153 -89% 5 -16 $431 $29,759 2 The Orchard
38 School Life $2,129 -30% 9 1 $237 $31,249 5 Magnolia
39 Paradise Club $1,994 52% 3 1 $665 $11,950 5 Indican Pictures
40 Ribbons $1,944 -35% 3 0 $648 $17,787 3 Indican Pictures
41 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story $1,907 34% 2 0 $954 $22,251 9 Indican Pictures
42 Pop Aye $1,645 160% 3 2 $548 $72,773 15 Kino Lorber
43 Detroit $1,560 -57% 11 -10 $142 $16,788,494 11 Annapurna Pictures
44 Marjorie Prime $1,549 -69% 2 -3 $775 $174,051 8 FilmRise Releasing
45 Woodshock $1,539 -89% 9 -30 $171 $41,126 3 A24
46 Trophy $1,432 -24% 15 -6 $95 $19,744 5 The Orchard
47 Wish Upon $1,325 -75% 4 -7 $331 $14,301,001 13 Broad Green Pictures
48 Man From Outerspace $1,210 -27% 2 0 $605 $9,701 5 Indican Pictures
49 The Hero $904 714% 2 1 $452 $4,077,270 18 The Orchard
50 The Fencer $644 -73% 2 -2 $322 $89,353 12 CFI Releasing
51 The Nile Hilton Incident $550 39% 2 1 $275 $78,460 9 Strand Releasing
52 The Challenge $315 33% 2 1 $158 $7,092 5 Kino Lorber
53 Red Christmas $277 177% 2 1 $139 $1,927 7 Artsploitation
54 Simple Creature $275 -48% 1 -1 $275 $22,766 11 Indican Pictures
55 The Villainess $267 -71% 4 0 $67 $27,442 7 Well Go USA Entertainment
56 Memoir of a Murderer $212 -94% 1 -2 $212 $91,144 5 Well Go USA
57 A Taxi Driver $53 -99% 7 0 $8 $1,527,818 9 Well Go USA

Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Blade Runner 2049 $31,525,000 4,058 $7,769 $31,525,000 1 Warner Bros.
2 The Mountain Between Us $10,100,000 3,088 $3,271 $10,100,000 1 20th Century Fox
3 It (2017) $9,655,000 -43% 3,605 -312 $2,678 $304,933,478 5 Warner Bros. / New Line
4 My Little Pony: The Movie $8,800,000 2,528 $3,481 $8,800,000 1 Lionsgate
5 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $8,100,000 -52% 3,488 -550 $2,322 $79,964,425 3 Fox
6 American Made $8,073,000 -52% 3,031 7 $2,663 $30,444,960 2 Universal
7 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $6,750,000 -42% 3,611 -436 $1,869 $43,823,663 3 Warner Bros.
8 Flatliners $3,800,000 -42% 2,552 0 $1,489 $12,329,602 2 Sony Pictures
9 Battle of the Sexes $2,400,000 -30% 1,822 609 $1,317 $7,677,575 3 Fox Searchlight
10 American Assassin $1,375,000 -59% 1,656 -1364 $830 $34,436,277 4 CBS Films / Lionsgate
11 Home Again $529,902 -69% 1,003 -1367 $528 $26,315,248 5 Open Road

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $4,142,000 279% 732 655 $5,658 $5,957,394 3 Focus Features
2 ‘Til Death Do Us Part $731,623 -52% 550 -12 $1,330 $2,640,645 2 Novus Content
3 The Stray $550,000 640 $859 $550,000 1 Pure Flix
4 A Question Of Faith $435,000 -58% 608 -53 $715 $1,770,256 2 Pure Flix Entertainment
5 mother! $360,000 -75% 481 -1359 $748 $17,269,536 4 Paramount
6 Judwaa 2 $295,000 -54% 192 0 $1,536 $1,166,989 2 FIP
7 Despicable Me 3 $275,000 -25% 304 -115 $905 $262,623,370 15 Universal
8 Stronger $256,120 -72% 335 -310 $765 $3,748,493 3 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
9 Leap! $193,167 -60% 401 -329 $482 $21,198,196 7 The Weinstein Company
10 Wind River $192,121 -68% 356 -536 $540 $33,218,905 10 The Weinstein Company
11 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $175,000 -74% 314 -805 $557 $75,026,672 8 Lionsgate / Summit
12 Cars 3 $117,000 115% 131 43 $893 $152,608,499 17 Disney
13 Brad’s Status $104,400 -74% 247 -206 $423 $2,021,809 4 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
14 Friend Request $86,000 -88% 154 -1927 $558 $3,711,170 3 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15 The Glass Castle $42,000 -27% 113 -23 $372 $17,234,731 9 LionsgateLionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Loving Vincent $156,925 183% 28 24 $5,604 $277,247 3 Good Deed Entertainment
2 The Florida Project $152,622 4 $38,156 $152,622 1 A24
3 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $56,382 65% 17 12 $3,317 $105,478 2 Sony Pictures Classics
4 Viceroy’s House $53,742 -52% 73 -32 $736 $1,017,629 6 IFC Films
5 Dolores $41,635 -20% 27 0 $1,542 $417,491 6 PBS Distribution
6 Girls Trip $41,000 -63% 90 -89 $456 $115,085,985 12 Universal
7 Faces Places $29,807 5 $5,961 $29,807 1 Cohen Media Group
8 Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton $28,063 122% 12 11 $2,339 $43,868 2 IFC Films
9 Columbus $26,431 -50% 36 -13 $734 $892,778 10 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
10 The Big Sick $20,000 -55% 34 -47 $588 $42,823,713 16 Lionsgate
11 Rebel in the Rye $10,284 -70% 32 -39 $321 $355,904 5 IFC Films
12 Dina $8,035 1 $8,035 $8,035 1 The Orchard
13 Beach Rats $7,474 -59% 14 -6 $534 $456,831 7 Neon
14 Tulip Fever $7,047 -62% 12 -30 $587 $2,399,582 6 Weinstein Company
15 Walking Out $5,236 2 $2,618 $5,236 1 IFC Films
16 Ingrid Goes West $3,648 -75% 10 -38 $365 $3,016,139 9 Neon
17 47 Meters Down $2,445 -84% 7 -21 $349 $44,305,620 17 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18 Super Dark Times $2,220 -89% 5 -16 $444 $29,826 2 The Orchard
19 The Hero $1,130 918% 2 1 $565 $1,130 18 The Orchard
20 Trophy $1,130 -40% 15 -6 $75 $19,442 5 The Orchard
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    J October 10, 2017

    We’ve finally stopped rewarding pretentious things. That’s good.

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