Three major releases hit the box-office this week, all three hoping to quickly gain momentum before “Kong: Skull Island” hits theaters next weekend. This week moviegoers could choose between the superhero-drama “Logan,” the mystery-drama “Before I Fall,” or the romantic-drama “The Shack”. These three films will have to a lot of competition over the next few weeks however, as the end of March will bring quite a few heavy-hitters to your local cinema.
FOX’s “Logan” easily won the domestic box-office this weekend, grossing over $85M across 4,071 locations. The film is a sendoff for Hugh Jackman, who will be leaving the role behind to work on other projects. “Logan” was written and directed by James Mangold, working from a screenplay written by Scott Frank. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.
Universal’s hit-thriller “Get Out” dropped one spot to number-two this weekend, but the film did manage to bring in another $26M for the studio. The film remained in 2,938 locations this week, and has grossed over $75.9M in just two-weeks. “Get Out” was written and directed by Jordan Peele, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and Bradley Whitford.
In a surprising twist, the Lionsgate drama “The Shack” took third-place with $16M across 2,888 locations. “The Shack” was directed by Stuart Hazeldine, the screenplay was written by John Fusco and Andrew Lanham. The film stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated hit “The LEGO Batman Movie” dropped down to number-four this weekend, previously at number-two. The film grossed $11.65M across 3,656 locations domestically. The LEGO blockbuster has grossed over $148M for the studio in just four short 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.
Mystery-drama “Before I Fall” debuted to a distant fifth-place overall, only bringing-in $4.9M despite opening at 2,346 locations. “Before I Fall” was directed by Russo-Young, working off a screenplay by Maria Maggenti. The film is based on the novel written by Lauren Oliver. “Before I Fall” stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Cynthy Wu.
In the limited-release category “Table 19” from Fox Searchlight was the clear winner, grossing over $1.5M in just 868 locations. “Table 19” was directed by Jeffrey Blitz, the screenplay was written by Jay and Mark Duplass. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson.
Next week these films will have to battle “Kong: Skull Island,” and select theaters will start screening the thriller “Personal Shopper” with Kristen Stewart. Those films won’t have a easy follow-up week either, with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” set to debut on March 17, 2017. Also debuting that same weekend are “The Belko Experiment,” and a limited release of “T2: Trainspotting“.