This week “A Cure for Wellness,” “Fist Fight,” and “The Great Wall” opened in theaters across the country, all hoping to knock last week’s releases off the top of the charts. Next week the action-thriller “Collide,” starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones and Anthony Hopkins, will open against the animated-comedy “Rock Dog,” and the horror-thriller “Get Out”.
Warner Bros. Pictures won the holiday weekend with “The LEGO Batman Movie,” which remained at number-one on the domestic charts with $34M. The film remained in 4,088 locations this week, and has grossed close to $99M domestically in just two-weeks. “The LEGO Batman Movie” was directed by Chris McKay, the screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna. The film features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson.
“Fifty Shades Darker,” from Universal Pictures, had to settle for second-place again this weekend. The follow-up drama brought-in $20M this week across 3,714 locations. This brings the film’s two-week total to just under $90M domestically. “Fifty Shades Darker” was directed by James Foley, the screenplay was written by Niall Leonard. The film is based on the novel by E.L. James, and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
Out of the three new-releases, “The Great Wall” from Universal Pictures had the highest gross, but only managed to reach third-place overall with an $18M debut. The film opened across 3,326 locations and was directed by Yimou Zhang. The screenplay was written by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro. The film stars Matt Damon, Tian Jing and Willem Dafoe.
Fourth-place on the domestic charts went to “John Wick: Chapter Two” from Lionsgate. The action-thriller grossed $16M, while remaining in 3,113 locations. The action-thriller has now grossed over $58M in just two-weeks. “John Wick 2” was directed by Chad Stahelski, working off a screenplay written by Derek Kolstad. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane and Ruby Rose.
“Fist Fight,” from Warner Bros, debuted to a $12M opening weekend. That was enough to land the film at the bottom of the top-five domestically. The adult-comedy opened across 3,185 locations this week, and was the second-highest new-release of the week. “Fist Fight” was directed by Richie Keen, the screenplay was written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. The film stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan.
The flop of the week goes to “A Cure for Wellness” from Fox, which only grossed $4M across 2,704 locations. The thriller only managed to reach tenth-palace overall on the domestic charts, and was certainly the lowest grossing film of the new-releases. “A Cure for Wellness” was directed by Gore Verbinski, working off a screenplay written by Justin Haythe. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth.
The releases next week aren’t the biggest titles of the season, but you will have three to choose from. If you’re a horror-thriller fan, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is getting a lot of buzz. The film stars Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener, and has been a hit at festivals leading up to the premiere. If you’re looking for a family outing, you will most likely choose between re-watching “The LEGO Batman Movie,” or trying out “Rock Dog”. “Collide” was directed by Eran Creevy, and certainly has the biggest names of the three backing it up. Fans can watch as Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones escape drug-smugglers in a high-budget action-thriller.