Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017|6:19 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Package office may be struggling this year, but the horror category lives and well.
This weekend the “Groundhog Day”-like scary pic “Happy Death Day” scored a first-place surface, going beyond expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven “Blade Runner 2049” from the water.
Studio estimates Sunday show “Delighted Death Day” took in $26.5 million from 3,149 North American theaters. With a $5 million production cost, “Delighted Death Day” is already a hit.
With a PG-13 ranking, the movie scored big with more youthful audiences– 63 percent were under 25.
It’s the most recent success story from Blumhouse Productions, which earlier this year launched “Split” and “Get Out,” with the help of Universal Pictures, which dispersed.
Jim Orr, executive vice president of domestic circulation for Universal, stated “Pleased Death Day” is an original movie that’s reimaging the category.
“It’s as much thriller as it is horror movie. It’s frightening, it’s amusing, and it has an extremely clever script that is effectively executed,” Orr stated. “Blumhouse owns this space no doubt about it, and they do this much better than anyone regularly.”
The movie likewise had the advantage of coming on the heels of the massive success of “It,” which has actually made $314.9 million domestically to date. The “Happy Death Day” trailer played in front of “It” at theaters, which “tremendously increased” audience awareness, stated comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
Horror continues to be one of the bright spots throughout a roller-coaster year at the box workplace.
“This is a horror gold rush at the theaters,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s been possibly the most consistently favorable story this year.”
One movie that does not look destined for a delighted ending is “Blade Runner 2049,” which fell 54 percent in its second weekend in theaters, including $15.1 million to bring its domestic overall to $60.6 million.
The movie was an expensive venture with a production price tag north of $150 million and was well-reviewed by critics. However it couldn’t handle to attract significant audiences beyond the fans of the 1982 original, which was also a flop upon release.
Jackie Chan’s “The Immigrant” debuted in third location with $12.8 million from 2,515 screens, while “It” landed in fourth place in its sixth weekend in theaters.
The Kate Winslet and Idris Elba disaster pic “The Mountain Between United States” rounded out the top five with $5.7 million.
Other brand-new releases landed outside the top 10. The Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall” took in a promising $3 million from 821 theaters.
“Marshall is off to a solid start,” said Open Roadway Films CEO Tom Ortenberg in a statement. “We expect Marshall to hold extremely well and run well into the fall.”
However the Marvel Lady creator biopic “Teacher Marston and the Marvel Woman” cannot capitalize from the huge success of “Wonder Lady” previously this year. The movie earned only $737,000 from over 1,200 areas.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin,” about author A.A. Milne and the creation of the precious children’s books and characters, likewise got off to a bad start with $56,000 from 9 theaters.
“October is off to a sluggish start,” Dergarabedian stated.
Approximated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, inning accordance with comScore. Where offered, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday are likewise consisted of. Last domestic figures will be released Monday.
1.”Happy Death Day,” $26.5 million ($5 million worldwide).
2.”Blade Runner 2049,” $15.1 million ($29.3 million international).
3.”The Foreigner,” $12.8 million ($5.2 million worldwide).
4.”It,” $6.1 million ($10.4 million worldwide).
5.”The Mountain In between Us,” $5.7 million ($4.1 million international).
6.”American Made,” $5.4 million ($3.2 million global).
7.”Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” $5.3 million ($15.6 million worldwide).
8.”The Lego Ninjago Movie,” $4.3 million ($9.5 million international).
9.”My Little Pony: The Motion picture,” $4 million ($4.9 million international).
10.”Victoria and Abdul,” $3.1 million ($1.9 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at worldwide theaters (leaving out the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1. “Never Say Pass away,” $30 million.
2. “Blade Runner 2049,” $29.3 million.
3. “Bad Genius,” $16.9 million.
4. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” $15.6 million.
5. “It,” $10.4 million.
6. “The Lego Ninjago Motion picture,” $9.5 million.
7. “Geostorm,” $9.1 million.
8. “The Snowman,” $9 million.
9. “The Outlaws,” $8.3 million.
10. “Chasing the Dragon,” $7.7 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a system of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are systems of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of previous creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Home entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.