Weekend Box Office Report

Phil Crone

The Great Score

Fresh off winning the top prize at the Golden Globes, expectations were high for "1917's" expansion into wide release this last weekend. "1917" delivered, scoring an impressive $37,000,020, right in line with Box Office Pro's $36M projection. That also puts "1917" in line with another war movie that expanded this weekend, "Lone Survivor" at $37.8M in 2014, and well above its fellow awards darling "Zero Dark Thirty," which expanded to $24.4M this weekend in 2013.

For FML, "1917" wins what proved to be an ugly Best Performer race at $70,477/Bux in a week where nothing managed to best FML Pricing's opening bonus bar of $71k. Some weekends prove largely formful in order but with surprising macroeconomic effects, and that seems to be what was the case here, with most FML Sharps able to gravitate towards the top performers this weekend.

Freeze Out

From the onset of the weekend, players were all over "Frozen II," so it was expected to see the Most Played Cineplex feature it prominently. "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" x2/"Frozen II" x5/"The Grudge" ended up as the most popular option, but "Frozen II" didn't end up as the best value amongst the three movies in the MPC, with "Skywalker" ending up second in value while "Frozen II" managed just fifth. Credit goes to Pricing this week for laying the trap here, as many players may have expected a hold similar to the original "Frozen" in this weekend in 2013. The original fell under 30%, but sometimes even the same franchise proves to be an imperfect comp.

In the end though, "Frozen II" and "Skywalker" proved to be viable in FML - as long as you paired them with "1917." The weekend victors were those who liked the Disney Double Dip with our box office champion, as "1917"/"Skywalker"/"Frozen II" x2/"Ford v Ferrari" x4 takes the PC once all the actuals came in. That combo grossed $74,059,322 after including $7M in bonuses.

Couple more box office notes before we go…

"Playmobil: The Movie" ends its box office run at $1.1M. That's not even half of what the Fathom Event for the "Friends" 25th anniversary event.

"Doctor Sleep" ends its box office run at $31.6M. Projected to win the weekend of 11/8, "Midway" ended up pulling the upset that weekend. "Midway" passed $31.6M in it's 9th day in the market.

"Hustlers" closed its domestic run with $105.0M. It ends its run as STX Entertainment's third $100M domestic grosser along with "Bad Moms" and "The Upside."

Whatcha Gonna Dolittle

It's a pretty rare instance where we get the new wide releases we have this weekend - two movies that fit so well together, I can easily pun both of them in the subheader. It's a great day for all of us. I wish every week was as easy as "Bad Boys for Life" and "Dolittle" when it comes to punny subheaders. Great day, I know. Oh yeah, it's also a four-day weekend, so grosses will be tallied for Friday-Monday this upcoming weekend. Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!