Welcome everyone to The Box Office Report! In this article I will provide a rundown to this weekend’s box office along with opinions on the placement for any notable movies in the top 10. Before we begin I’d like to give a shout out to boxofficemojo.com and the-numbers.com for the work they do in compiling all of these numbers. These are two sites that I absolutely adore and visit almost daily in order to get my fill of the latest totals from movies. So without further ado, here are the top ten movies domestically for Mother’s Day weekend 2017!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (GotG 2) is the runaway success for the second week in the row. I doubt anyone didn’t expect this to be the case as it’s received very positive reviews from sites like Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore. The 57% drop off from last week may look steep but when compared to other Marvel Cinematic Universe sequels this is one of the best second weekend sequels that Marvel has ever released. Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron both had a 59.4% drop off from week one to week two, Thor: The Dark World had a 57.3% drop off followed by GotG 2 with Captain America: Winter Soldier being the best with a 56.6% drop off. GotG 2 has been beating the first film in the series, Guardians of the Galaxy, with no issue. As of this writing it is sitting with over $246 million domestically and $630 million worldwide which makes me very confident to say that it will make more than its predecessor, but not by much (Guardians of the Galaxy made $333 domestically and $773 worldwide). I believe that the crowded upcoming release schedule will stifle GotG 2 slightly. Obviously there’s a lot that can change but if Alien: Covenant exceeds expectations then I don’t think GotG 2 will crack $900 million worldwide. If Alien: Covenant or Pirates of the Caribbean 5 stumble out of the gate then I think the worldwide total for GotG 2 could be much higher but until then I’ll predict that GotG 2 will earn right under $850 million worldwide which would be quite the accomplishment for such a zany yet entertaining movie series (which will be at least a trilogy).
Holy over exaggerating hype Batman! King Arthur: Legend of the Sword fell to an Amy Schumer film?! Listen, I am not an Amy Schumer fan so secretly I was rooting for the Guy Ritchie film to be able to take the second place spot this week but it seemed that wasn’t to be the case as Snatched opened to the tune of $17.5 million while King Arthur had $14.7 million. What happened? What went wrong? According to Rotten Tomatoes both movies have pretty terrible ratings, 27% for King Arthur vs 36% for Snatched, although CinemaScore said good things about both films, B+ for King Arthur vs B for Snatched. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword looks to be in hot water right out of the gate, fingers crossed on that international release? It seems like WB can’t do much right beyond the Harry Potter franchise these days.
The only new release that actually has a positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes this week is the Amazon Studios film The Wall starring Aaron Johnson and John…Cena? I didn’t see that one coming but then again who did? Both The Wall and Lowriders were released in limited theaters this week although Lowriders had an impressive theater average despite only playing in 295 theaters (over $8 thousand per theater).
The domestic yearly top ten shows nothing really notable this week unfortunately. Beauty and the Beast is knocking on the door of $500 million, it’ll be interesting to see if it can actually cross that total over the next few weeks. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is flirting with $250 million, Logan finally made over $225 million, and it looks like both The LEGO Batman Movie and Get Out will be able squeeze out $175 million, which is quite the achievement for Get Out.
Worldwide totals for 2017 show us that Beauty and the Beast is obviously the film to really beat so far this year as it’s amassed over $1.2 billion. The Fate of the Furious isn’t too far away from $1.2 billion itself as it slowly chases after Beauty and the Beast now. Compare the domestic totals for The Fate of the Furious to its worldwide totals and it’ll show you a movie that peaked domestically last year but hasn’t quite reached its ceiling internationally yet. Nothing has changed in the bottom half as movies like The Great Wall, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and Fifty Shades Darker all closed months ago which means we are kind of sitting in a bit of an empty period with movies, especially since King Arthur: Legend of the Sword wasn’t able to gain any sort of traction (I’m not going to include Snatched here for obvious reasons). Here’s hoping that we get a few shake ups over the next few weeks!
Next week: Did Alien: Covenant deliver what fans and studio execs wanted? What are the potential losses for WB with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s massive opening bust? And will be have a movie that will come out of nowhere to steal the spotlight off Beauty and the Beast or The Fate of the Furious? (Spoiler: Probably not for a while) Tune in next week for this and a lot more!
Note: Until I’m able to kick start the Box Office Report on Audio Asylum in a way that I’m a lot more satisfied with that I won’t be having that segment on the podcast for the foreseeable future. Thanks to everyone with the positive feedback for the segment! I hope to bring the segment back someday and in some way that will be much better than what I was able to do. But until then I hope you enjoy this article as a way of getting your weekly box office fill!