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Martin Luther King Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Excels As Holdovers Reign

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It was a weekend of leftovers at the box office without a single new release in the top four. Hidden Figures continued its domination with another amazing weekend while La La Land had its best weekend yet after its record-breaking night at the Golden Globes and Rogue One passed $500 million domestic. As for the new releases, The Bye Bye Man performed well while the debuts of Monster Trucks and Sleepless and the expansion of Live By Night failed to impress.

Hidden Figures brought in $27.5 million (+20.6%) over the four-day weekend. The $25 million PG-rated drama has already brought in $61.8 million before hitting a single foreign territory. Even if the Oscars don’t give it any love next Tuesday, the film faces next to no competition over the next few weeks. With its amazing performance so far, Hidden Figures should keep on bringing in money for Fox until it naturally fades out.

Sing took in $19.0 million (-8.1%) this weekend. The Matthew McConaughey animation has racked up $238.2 million domestically, which is good enough for the tenth biggest domestic release of 2016 and the biggest movie for Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. It’s doubtful Sing will come close to Suicide Squad’s $325.1 million at number nine, but that number ten spot is certainly an accomplishment. It also confirms America’s obsession with talking animals with now five of the top ten movies of 2016 featuring talking CGI animals. Sing has now pulled in $404.4 million worldwide against its modest $75 million budget.

La La Land grossed $17.7 million (+74.9%) in its sixth weekend and its fourth in wide release. It’s the best weekend yet for the $30 million musical, which has now grossed $132.2 million worldwide. It’s now the third biggest grosser for Ryan Gosling behind Crazy, Stupid, Love. ($84.3 million) and The Notebook ($81.0 million) and will be his number one movie by next weekend. It’s the seventh highest grossing flick for Emma Stone with Crazy, Stupid, Love. also in her way.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took in $16.8 million (-23.8%) this weekend. The film is now the seventh highest-grossing domestic release of all time with $501.8 million. The Dark Knight ($534.8 million) is on its way to moving down a spot, but The Avengers ($623.3 million) is looking safe at number five. Rogue One has now pulled in $982.9 million worldwide, good enough for the 28th highest-grossing movie of all time.

The Bye Bye Man grossed $15.2 million in its debut. The $7.4 million horror film from STX is already in decent shape from that opening alone. It’s grossed a decent enough $16.5 million total worldwide and can only go up from here.

Monster Trucks brought in $14.1 million on its opening weekend. The $125 million film has been expected to lose a lot of money for months, and sure enough, the Lucas Till family movie delivered. The movie has only pulled in $28.8 total worldwide so far. Paramount follows up a disappointing 2016 with a hell of a start to the new year.

Patriots Day expanded into wide release and only took in $13.7 million (+13,023.1%) this weekend. Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg were able to pull $20.2 million for the opening of Deepwater Horizon in September, which goes to show the crowded adult marketplace we’re in now. The film was made for $45 million and has pulled in $14.6 million domestically so far for $16.1 million worldwide. A few more markets are on their way to help, but they didn’t do much for Berg’s Horizon or Lone Survivor, which also starred Wahlberg. If it can come close to Horizon’s $118.7 million worldwide then it’s clear, but so far Patriots Day is not that close to it.

Sleepless brought in $9.7 million in its debut over MLK weekend. The Jamie Foxx thriller cost about $30 million to make, and – considering the negative press and complete lack of buzz – it may have trouble recouping that budget if foreign markets don’t pull through.

Underworld: Blood Wars grossed $7.2 million (-46.9%) in its second weekend in release. The $35 million fifth entry in the Kate Beckinsale action horror franchise has took in a profitable $72.1 million worldwide so far.

Finally, Live by Night took in $6.0 million (+22,197.9%) on its expansion. The poorly-received drama starring as well as directed and written by Ben Affleck cost a whopping $65 million to make. The likelihood of this regaining its budget is minimal.

Next week sees the release of Split, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, The Founder, and The Resurrection of Gavin Stone as well as the wide expansion of 20th Century Women.

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Petey is our resident movie buff. He studies journalism and film at Iona College and freelances news articles, reviews and opinion pieces about the entertainment industry on the side. Along with following Petey on Resident Entertainment you can also follow him on his blog and on Twitter.

  • Bryan Weatherall

    Great to see Underworld did so well, I want to watch another one haha. Also happy that La La Land is doing well too

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