Weekend Box Office Report

Phil Crone

Doesn't Quite Have It


In what many likely sharpied in as the top opener of the Fall Season, "It: Chapter Two" had what would be a stellar opening weekend of $91,062,152 for nearly anything else. However, with its 2017 predecessor opening at $123.4M and grossing $700M worldwide, expectations were sky-high for "It 2" and it didn't quite hit the same level of cultural zeitgeist as the 2017 movie. There's nothing wrong with $91M though, as "It 2" scores the fifth-highest R-rated opening weekend ever, behind the two "Deadpool" movies, "It," and just behind "The Matrix Reloaded's" $91.8M OW. For Warner Bros., this is the third year in a row they've had a tentpole horror release take No. 1 the weekend after Labor Day. No surprises in store for 2020, as WB has already announced a movie from the Conjuring Universe will be coming to theaters one year from now.


Nothing but Peanuts


After the panic lineup, the most-played lineup in the FML League was a bold option that included a blank - "It 2" Friday x1/"It 2" Saturday x1/"The Peanut Butter Falcon" x5/Blank x1, played by just 250 FMLers on a week short on consensus. While it was never PC, things were looking up all weekend here as "The Peanut Butter Falcon" appeared to be soaring high to a Best Performer Bonus win. However, Actuals would eventually clip its wings, with "The Peanut Butter Falcon" ending up third in $/Bux value.


Hobnobbing


As previously noted, consensus was few and far between this week. Perusing the top 20 most played lineups, we had players playing taking their shot with "Angel Has Fallen," "Good Boys," "The Lion King," "Overcomer," "Ready or Not," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "Spider-Man: Far From Home," "The Peanut Butter Falcon," and I'm sure some were hoping for a day of "It 2" to hit. That's 11 of the 15 options! Surely one hit, right?! WRONG! Seemingly out of nowhere, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" proved to be somewhat "It Proof" by posting just a 41% drop to $3,807,905. That was good for $111,997/Bux and a BP win.


As if an uncommon BP wasn't difficult enough, the PC proved to be even tougher as you not only had to correctly pick "Hobbs & Shaw" as the BP, you also had to project "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" to beat "Hollywood" head to head to correctly pick the bottom of the slate. That gave us a PC of "It 2" Saturday x2/"Hobbs & Shaw" x4/"Dora" x2 that grossed $100,176,684 after including $13M in bonuses. Good job if you were one of the five that nailed that PC!


Couple final notes before we send this week floating down the sewers…


"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and "The Angry Birds Movie 2" are the only two movies on the slate I haven't mentioned yet. And now I have. I mentioned every movie this week! A Recap first!


"Rocketman" lands this weekend at a final tally of $96.4M domestic. There is a decent chance "Rocketman" ends up Paramount's top grosser of 2019, but it will likely be knocked off the top of Paramount's list by "Terminator: Dark Fate"…. Although "Genysis" only made $89.8M domestic, so it has a shot.


Hustle & Gold


You would think with Friday the 13th coming up, we may get another horror release. Alas, no one seemed keen on trying to take on "It 2," with our two new wide releases and one expander looking to grab very different audiences. J-Lo, Lizzo, and others look to grab the female crowd with "Hustlers" while "The Goldfinch" looks to grab the crowd of people who like three hour naps! Kidding! I'm sure it's fine. Lastly, "Brittany Runs a Marathon" will expand nationally this weekend. Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!