Weekend Box Office Report

Phil Crone

It Takes Two
Just like its predecessor, "It: Chapter Two" takes home another weekend crown, grossing $39,606,550 over the Friday the 13th weekend. "It 2" was certainly aided by the pseudo-holiday, a boost that "It 1" got much later in its run. Like "It 1," Vincent Pricing was ready for the horror holiday, leaving "It 2" on the outside looking in for Perfect Cineplex inclusion this weekend. "It 2" has now surpassed $150M domestic, just the sixth R-rated horror movie ever to do it. It looks very likely that "It 2" will break into the top 3, as it should surpass current third place holder "Get Out" in the upcoming days/weeks.


Brittany Runs Out of Gas


I cannot think of a more iconic FML duo than FML League Most Played Cineplex and expanding platform releases. They just go together like STX Entertainment a stupid-low Thursday multipliers (more on that later). In all, 464 FMLers took a shot with Amazon's expanding release, "Brittany Runs a Marathon," to play "It 2" x1/"Brittany" x7. As the old saying goes, you should have "left Brittany alone," as the expansion doesn't provide nearly enough of a boost to its earnings, leaving "Brittany" finishing 13th in $/Bux value. (At this time, I'll also congratulate Sir Biff Tannen/Dylan of the FML Knights, who will be enjoying a pizza on my dime thanks to "Brittany's" terrible
performance.)


Hustle and Flow


Two weeks ago or so, you could have asked many in FML what "Hustlers" was, and I'm guessing you would have gotten a lot of blank stares. However, sometimes there are just those movies that when you start paying attention, you realize "oh man, this is gonna be big." Sporting a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and major breakout stars like Cardi B and Lizzo, "Hustlers" was set up to exceed its already lofty $28.5M final Long Range Forecast published by boxofficepro.com prior to the weekend starting. It did just that as it went on to gross $33,181,361, which was good for a Best Performer victory. (At this time, I'll also congratulate me, who will be enjoying a pizza on FML Podcast host David Hammock's dime thanks to "Hustlers" fantastic performance.)

The main thing this week was to have that screen of "Hustlers" and you'd be ok for the monthly/seasonal competitions, but the big winners were the ones who put their faith in an angel once again, as "Angel Has Fallen" finishes second in $/Bux value and makes its third PC in four weeks. The PC ends up being the Most Played Cineplex in the Season Showdown of "Hustlers" x1/"Angel Has Fallen" x5/"The Lion King" x2. Well done to the 270 players in the FML League who nabbed the PC this weekend.


Couple major box office notes before we go…


"Avengers: Endgame" ends its incredible run with $858.4M, good for second on the all-time domestic charts behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens'" gargantuan $936.7M haul.


"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" ends its domestic run at $171.0M, well ahead of the combined total of the first two movies in the series ($135.1M).


Abbey Road


We got three new wide releases entering the slate, and who would have thought that the buzz for best shot at winning the weekend would not be the Brad Pitt Sci-Fi Thriller "Ad Astra" or the final chapter in the fabled "Rambo" series, "Rambo: Last Blood," but rather the movie based on a prestige PBS show, "Downton Abbey?" What a time to be alive. This week also marks the debut of the new Double Feature option in FML. Check the Chatter for more info there. Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!