Weekend Actuals: ‘Happy Death Day’ Gets Happy News w/ $26.0M

Monday Update: It was a good three days for Happy Death Day, as Universal and Blumhouse’s horror opened on Friday the 13th to a first place weekend of $26.0 million.

That was higher than almost anybody predicted, with most projections topping off at $25 million maximum.

Warner Bros.’ Blade Runner 2049, last weekend’s leader, slipped to second with a 53 percent drop to $15.4 million.

STX Entertainment’s The Foreigner, an action film starring Jackie Chan, started in third place with $13.1 million, about in line with pre-release expectations.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update with further analysis.


Sunday Update: It’s been a good three days for Happy Death Day, as Universal and Blumhouse’s horror opened on Friday the 13th to a first place weekend of $26.5 million.

The film beat even the most optimistic expectations, as the highest that anybody forecast on prediction website Box Office Theory was $25 million.

Exploiting the 1-2 punch of the superstitious holiday and Halloween approaching, the movie — about a woman who relives the day of her death on repeat — continues the horror genre’s highest-grossing year of the 21st century.

Day exceeds not only the opening but also the entire cumulative gross of The Bye Bye Man, another horror which opened on Friday the 13th in January.

While it does open below two of Blumhouse’s other horror releases this year, Get Out and Split, those comparisons might be unfair, as those were both two of the highest grossing horror titles in ages.

Day received a “B” average CinemaScore, from an audience that was 54 percent female and 63 percent under age 25.

While horror films are usually frontloaded, it’s possible this could hold well for the next two weekends as Halloween comes up. But with two new horror releases coming out in the next two weekends with Boo 2! and Jigsaw, it will face some tough competition — not to mention the continued terrific hold of last month’s It.

Warner Bros.’ Blade Runner 2049 took second place after leading last frame, with a 53 percent drop to $15.1 million.

The film has earned $60.5 million to date, below what most expected by this point in its run. Despite stellar reviews, it now appears the film may even fail to reach $100 million domestically, despite posting a $150 million budget.

STX’s The Foreigner opened in third place with $12.8 million, about in line with pre-release expectations.

Compared to other recent October action releases, it starts behind John WickThe Accountant, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

However it’s done much better overseas, with $88 million and counting. (Wick earned $45 million and Accountant earned $68 million from overseas markets.)

An action film starring Jackie Chan as a father getting revenge for his daughter’s murder, it marks Chan’s first wide-release live-action movie in America since The Karate Kid in 2010.

While Chan still remains one of the most popular (and highest paid) movie stars in the world while focusing on Chinese films the past few years, his star power has faded in the U.S. this decade.

So while this film’s opening was in line with expectations, it might have been considered a disappointment for Chan in the ’90s and 2000s back when he was one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws.

Comparisons:

The top 10 films this weekend earned $88.3 million total.

That’s 9 percent below last weekend.

It’s also 5 percent below the same weekend last year, when The Girl on the Train led with $24.5 million.

Year-to-date box office is running 4.8 percent behind last year.

Limited Releases:

Open Road Films’ Marshall, a biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, began with $3.0 million in 821 theaters.

[Read our interview with Marshall director Reginald Hudlin here.]

Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul expanded its theater count but still remains in only 900 theaters, taking in $3.1 million. That actually represents a 25 percent decline, despite its theater expansion.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals for Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Happy Death Day $26,039,025 3,149 $8,269 $26,039,025 1 Universal / Blumhouse
2 Blade Runner 2049 $15,492,244 -53% 4,058 0 $3,818 $60,970,631 2 Warner Bros.
3 The Foreigner $13,113,024 2,515 $5,214 $13,113,024 1 STX Entertainment
4 It (2017) $6,055,633 -39% 3,176 -429 $1,907 $314,935,154 6 Warner Bros. / New Line
5 The Mountain Between Us $5,750,951 -45% 3,259 171 $1,765 $20,603,873 2 20th Century Fox
6 American Made $5,500,950 -35% 3,098 67 $1,776 $40,230,815 3 Universal
7 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $5,379,417 -38% 2,982 -506 $1,804 $89,716,457 4 Fox
8 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $4,316,424 -38% 3,053 -558 $1,414 $51,579,113 4 Warner Bros.
9 My Little Pony: The Movie $4,111,877 -54% 2,528 0 $1,627 $15,625,311 2 Lionsgate
10 Flatliners $1,544,995 -61% 1,983 -569 $779 $15,672,966 3 Sony Pictures
11 Battle of the Sexes $1,338,564 -48% 1,394 -428 $960 $10,352,762 4 Fox Searchlight
12 Professor Marston & The Wonder Women $736,883 1,229 $600 $736,883 1 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $3,006,155 -28% 900 168 $3,340 $11,233,099 4 Focus Features
2 Marshall $3,000,805 821 $3,655 $3,000,805 1 Open Road
3 American Assassin $520,583 -63% 820 -836 $635 $15,625,311 5 CBS Films / Lionsgate
4 The Stray $286,494 -52% 430 -210 $666 $1,191,487 2 Purdie Distribution
5 Spider-Man: Homecoming $282,953 4% 306 -20 $925 $333,528,381 15 Sony / Columbia
6 ‘Til Death Do Us Part $282,408 -62% 310 -240 $911 $3,222,376 3 Novus Content
7 Despicable Me 3 $244,730 -15% 266 -38 $920 $263,015,205 16 Universal
8 The Emoji Movie $181,355 -20% 220 -34 $824 $85,487,846 12 Sony / Columbia
9 Home Again $164,526 -71% 361 -642 $456 $26,798,552 6 Open Road
10 A Question Of Faith $153,930 -66% 228 -380 $675 $2,195,224 3 Pure Flix Entertainment
11 Dunkirk $152,419 -32% 268 -45 $569 $187,552,594 13 Warner Bros.
12 mother! $128,374 -67% 159 -322 $807 $17,634,778 5 Paramount
13 Annabelle: Creation $115,801 -22% 202 14 $573 $101,933,294 10 Warner Bros. / New Line
14 Stronger $110,312 -60% 174 -161 $634 $4,034,669 4 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
15 Wind River $109,241 -47% 194 -162 $563 $21,435,766 11 The Weinstein Company
16 Judwaa 2 $102,256 -67% 106 -86 $965 $1,404,957 3 FIP
17 Leap! $100,093 -53% 185 -216 $541 $21,426,618 8 The Weinstein Company
18 Cars 3 $87,728 -21% 119 -12 $737 $152,743,252 18 Disney
19 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $80,438 -52% 165 -149 $488 $75,184,323 9 Lionsgate / Summit
20 War for the Planet of the Apes $65,589 -18% 100 -21 $656 $146,676,660 14 Fox
21 Wonder Woman $47,601 -45% 118 -37 $403 $412,486,266 20 Warner Bros.

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Florida Project $368,149 134% 33 29 $11,156 $590,957 2 A24
2 Loving Vincent $331,602 98% 55 27 $6,029 $750,674 4 Good Deed Entertainment
3 American Satan $135,378 55 $2,461 $135,378 1 Sumerian
4 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $117,572 96% 89 72 $1,321 $250,884 3 Sony Pictures Classics
5 Lucky $114,838 20% 60 26 $1,914 $361,909 3 Magnolia
6 Goodbye Christopher Robin $57,917 9 $6,435 $57,917 1 Fox Searchlight
7 City Of Rock $48,176 -58% 22 -21 $2,190 $227,519 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
8 Human Flow $45,677 3 $15,226 $45,677 1 Amazon Studios
9 Faces Places $43,762 41% 25 20 $1,750 $93,884 2 Cohen Media Group
10 Chasing The Dragon $35,768 -58% 17 -14 $2,104 $396,241 3 Well Go USA Entertainment
11 Kidnap $33,002 -39% 61 -16 $541 $30,649,919 11 Aviron Pictures
12 Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton $31,381 24% 21 9 $1,494 $87,811 3 IFC Films
13 The Big Sick $26,421 26% 64 30 $413 $42,861,332 17 Lionsgate
14 Brad’s Status $23,582 -79% 39 -208 $605 $2,112,518 5 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
15 The Dark Tower $23,437 -56% 59 -55 $397 $50,692,621 11 Sony / Columbia
16 Breathe $22,285 4 $5,571 $22,285 1 Bleeker Street
17 Chavela $22,247 -1% 14 10 $1,589 $63,450 2 Music Box Films
18 Baby Driver $20,017 -61% 48 -47 $417 $107,816,745 16 Sony / TriStar
19 Viceroy’s House $16,895 -61% 27 -40 $626 $1,066,914 7 IFC Films
20 So B. It $15,388 106% 22 20 $699 $23,863 2 Good Deed Entertainment
21 Tom of Finland $13,524 1 $13,524 $24,573 1 Kino Lorber
22 Walking Out $13,132 140% 14 12 $938 $22,034 2 IFC Films
23 Dina $12,374 106% 4 3 $3,094 $19,376 2 The Orchard
24 The King’s Choice $12,136 -39% 10 0 $1,214 $74,876 4 Samuel Goldwyn Films
25 All Saints $11,661 -39% 39 -26 $299 $5,773,671 8 Sony Pictures
26 Logan Lucky $10,555 -40% 0 -61 $27,716,429 9 Bleeker Street
27 Friend Request $9,578 -87% 50 -104 $192 $3,733,254 4 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
28 The Trip to Spain $7,705 -56% 10 -5 $771 $1,139,004 10 IFC Films
29 Bending The Arc $6,496 106% 3 1 $2,165 $12,157 2 Abramorama
30 Night Of The Living Dead (4K Restoration) $5,452 1 $5,452 $5,452 1 Janus
31 Menashe $4,074 -57% 7 -4 $582 $1,699,062 12 A24
32 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene $3,738 1 $3,738 $3,738 1 IFC Films
33 Rebel in the Rye $3,252 -61% 14 -15 $232 $366,182 6 IFC Films
34 The Midwife $3,063 43% 3 2 $1,021 $601,992 13 Music Box Films
35 Paradise $2,862 19% 3 2 $954 $7,371 2 Film Movement
36 Captain Underpants $2,790 -78% 38 13 $73 $73,903,006 20 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
37 Beach Rats $2,703 -68% 8 -6 $338 $468,195 8 Neon
38 Tulip Fever $2,587 -62% 6 -6 $431 $2,405,104 7 Weinstein Company
39 The Nile Hilton Incident $2,242 308% 2 0 $1,121 $80,803 10 Strand Releasing
40 The Unknown Girl $1,862 -79% 5 -6 $372 $146,115 6 IFC Films
41 Ingrid Goes West $1,735 -51% 5 -5 $347 $3,019,728 10 Neon
42 Dawson City: Frozen Time $1,714 1 $1,714 $128,265 19 Kino Lorber Films
43 In Pursuit of Silence $1,671 59% 2 1 $836 $27,270 17 Cinema Guild
44 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $1,624 4 $406 $202,363 12 Kino Lorber
45 Super Dark Times $1,522 -29% 5 0 $304 $32,529 3 The Orchard
46 Maudie $1,486 -72% 9 -7 $165 $6,159,219 18 Sony Pictures Classics
47 Better Watch Out $1,308 -90% 4 -21 $327 $17,865 2 Well Go USA
48 The Force (2017) $1,288 3 $429 $57,446 5 Kino Lorber
49 The Women’s Balcony $1,194 -32% 3 0 $398 $1,190,186 33 Menemsha Films
50 The Teacher $1,060 -62% 2 -1 $530 $56,772 7 Film Movement
51 Hermia & Helena $1,049 1 $1,049 $43,104 21 Kino Lorber
52 Polina $889 -15% 2 0 $445 $163,802 8 Oscilloscope Laboratories
53 School Life $754 -65% 8 -1 $94 $35,856 6 Magnolia
54 Rat Film $745 -59% 1 0 $745 $26,896 5 Cinema Guild
55 Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two $659 -92% 1 -2 $659 $348,833 3 Abramorama
56 The Challenge $556 77% 1 -1 $556 $7,776 6 Kino Lorber
57 Trophy $531 -63% 5 -11 $106 $21,066 6 The Orchard
58 Bobbi Jene $460 -57% 3 1 $153 $17,440 4 Oscilloscope Laboratories
59 Pop Aye $421 -74% 1 -2 $421 $76,001 16 Kino Lorber
60 47 Meters Down $420 -83% 1 -6 $420 $44,307,164 18 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
61 Time To Die $395 9% 2 1 $198 $10,840 5 Film Movement
62 The Fencer $312 -52% 1 -1 $312 $90,174 13 CFI Releasing
63 The Untamed $309 1 $309 $27,148 13 Strand Releasing
64 Brigsby Bear $262 -83% 2 0 $131 $532,616 12 Sony Pictures Classics
65 Bugs $252 2 $126 $2,562 3 Kino Lorber
66 Memoir of a Murderer $191 -10% 1 0 $191 $91,335 6 Well Go USA
67 Bad Lucky Goat $170 3 $57 $170 1 Film Movement
68 Machines $121 1 $121 $8,530 10 Kino Lober Films
69 The Villainess $77 -71% 1 -3 $77 $27,519 8 Well Go USA Entertainment
70 Red Christmas $75 -73% 1 -1 $75 $2,235 8 Artsploitation
71 Wolf Warrior 2 $66 1 $66 $2,721,100 12 The H Collective
72 Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release) $66 1 $66 $44,511 23 Rialto Pictures
73 A Taxi Driver $11 -79% 1 -6 $11 $1,527,829 10 Well Go USA

Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Happy Death Day $26,500,000 3,149 $8,415 $26,500,000 1 Universal / Blumhouse
2 Blade Runner 2049 $15,100,000 -54% 4,058 0 $3,721 $60,578,387 2 Warner Bros.
3 The Foreigner $12,840,000 2,515 $5,105 $12,840,000 1 STX Entertainment
4 It (2017) $6,050,000 -39% 3,176 -429 $1,905 $314,929,521 6 Warner Bros. / New Line
5 The Mountain Between Us $5,650,000 -46% 3,259 171 $1,734 $20,502,922 2 20th Century Fox
6 American Made $5,423,000 -36% 3,098 67 $1,750 $40,152,865 3 Universal
7 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $5,315,000 -39% 2,982 -506 $1,782 $89,652,040 4 Fox
8 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $4,315,000 -38% 3,053 -558 $1,413 $51,577,689 4 Warner Bros.
9 My Little Pony: The Movie $4,000,000 -55% 2,528 0 $1,582 $15,513,434 2 Lionsgate
10 Flatliners $1,500,000 -62% 1,983 -569 $756 $15,627,971 3 Sony Pictures
11 Battle of the Sexes $1,375,000 -46% 1,394 -428 $986 $10,389,198 4 Fox Searchlight
12 Professor Marston & The Wonder Women $737,000 1,229 $600 $737,000 1 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Victoria & Abdul $3,115,000 -25% 900 168 $3,461 $11,341,944 4 Focus Features
2 Marshall $3,039,070 821 $3,702 $3,039,070 1 Open Road
3 American Assassin $525,000 -62% 820 -836 $640 $35,607,509 5 CBS Films / Lionsgate
4 ‘Til Death Do Us Part $319,455 -57% 400 -150 $799 $3,259,241 3 Novus Content
5 The Stray $300,000 -50% 430 -210 $698 $1,204,993 2 Purdie Distribution
6 Despicable Me 3 $243,000 -16% 266 -38 $914 $263,013,475 16 Universal
7 Home Again $167,143 -71% 361 -642 $463 $26,801,169 6 Open Road
8 A Question Of Faith $155,000 -66% 228 -380 $680 $2,196,294 3 Pure Flix Entertainment
9 mother! $125,000 -68% 159 -322 $786 $17,631,404 5 Paramount
10 Stronger $115,035 -59% 174 -161 $661 $4,039,392 4 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
11 Judwaa 2 $110,000 -65% 106 -86 $1,038 $1,412,701 3 FIP
12 Wind River $106,806 -48% 194 -162 $551 $33,454,511 11 The Weinstein Company
13 Leap! $99,287 -53% 185 -216 $537 $21,425,812 8 The Weinstein Company
14 Cars 3 $95,000 -15% 119 -12 $798 $152,750,524 18 Disney
15 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $83,000 -51% 165 -149 $503 $75,186,885 9 Lionsgate / Summit

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Florida Project $401,141 155% 33 29 $12,156 $623,949 2 A24
2 Loving Vincent $319,088 90% 55 27 $5,802 $738,160 4 Good Deed Entertainment
3 American Satan $132,000 55 $2,400 $132,000 1 Sumerian
4 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $123,707 106% 89 72 $1,390 $1,457,019 3 Sony Pictures Classics
5 Goodbye Christopher Robin $55,800 9 $6,200 $55,800 1 Fox Searchlight
6 Human Flow $47,000 3 $15,667 $47,000 1 Amazon Studios
7 Faces Places $46,159 49% 25 20 $1,846 $96,282 2 Cohen Media Group
8 The Big Sick $27,500 31% 64 30 $430 $42,862,411 17 Lionsgate
9 Dolores $26,460 -39% 33 7 $802 $486,152 7 PBS Distribution
10 Breathe $26,254 4 $6,564 $26,254 1 Bleeker Street
11 Columbus $25,370 30 $846 $942,500 11 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
12 Brad’s Status $23,300 -79% 39 -208 $597 $2,112,236 5 Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
13 Dina $12,775 112% 4 3 $3,194 $19,777 2 The Orchard
14 Friend Request $11,482 -85% 50 -104 $230 $3,735,158 4 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15 Beach Rats $2,935 -65% 8 -6 $367 $468,427 8 Neon
16 Tulip Fever $2,244 -67% 6 -6 $374 $2,404,761 7 Weinstein Company
17 Ingrid Goes West $2,032 -43% 5 -5 $406 $3,020,025 10 Neon
18 Super Dark Times $1,925 -11% 5 0 $385 $32,932 3 The Orchard
19 Trophy $646 -55% 5 -11 $129 $21,181 6 The Orchard
20 47 Meters Down $401 -84% 1 -6 $401 $44,307,145 18 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Jesse Rifkin

5 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Reece October 15, 2017

    I think Blade Runner still has a shot at crossing 100 million.. Right now its pacing ahead of Baby Driver and Arrival in their 2nd weekends.. I will just need to hold over really well from now on, and make another 40m

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      HN October 15, 2017

      I don’t think it will reach $100 million domestic, from a $32.7 million opening weekend. For that to happen, it will need a multiplier of more than 3x. It will need to be leggy and I don’t see that happening.

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    harrisonjryan88 October 15, 2017

    “STX’s The Foreigner opened in third place with $12.8 million, about in line with pre-release expectations.”

    How is that “in line with expecations”?
    You’ve yourself predicted 10 million.

    And the movie recieved “A-” from Cinemascore, you didn’t mention this.
    And most of the crowd gave the movie either “A-” or “A”, which rarely happens overall.

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      George October 15, 2017

      It’s not that far off from $10 million. Geez.

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        harrisonjryan88 October 15, 2017

        +28% it not exactly what you would call “in-line with expectations”, don’t you think?
        +/- 5% – then yes.

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