Box Office Results: ‘Kong Skull Island’ roars with a $61M debut
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The mighty “Kong” wrestled with the X-Men favorite “Logan” at the box-office this weekend, but only one of the cultural icons could be crowned the winner. The epic-adventurer “Kong: Skull Island” might have been the only new major-release for moviegoers to choose from, but “Personal Shopper,” “Raw” and “The Sense of an Ending” released in a few cities. This week’s box-office charts prove once-again that Indian Bollywood films can have a powerful impact at theaters, with “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” dominating the limited-release charts.
Warner Bros. Pictures “Kong: Skull Island” easily took the top-spot this week on the domestic charts with a $61M debut. The film opened in an estimated 3,846 locations and was the expected winner going into the weekend. “Kong: Skull Island” was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the screenplay was written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson.
FOX’s “Logan” dropped to second-place overall with its $37.8M weekend, this brings the film’s two-week total to just over $152M domestically. “Logan” was directed by James Mangold, working from a screenplay written by Scott Frank. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.
Now in its third-week, Universal’s thriller “Get Out” still managed to pull-in over $21M for the studio. The film remained in 3,143 locations this weekend, and has grossed over $111M domestically for the studio. “Get Out” was written and directed by Jordan Peele, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and Bradley Whitford.
“The Shack,” from Lionsgate, dropped to fourth-place overall with a $10M weekend. The film debuted last week and has grossed over $32M for the studio. “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.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was another Warner Bros. Pictures hit, “The LEGO Batman Movie”. The animated-comedy grossed another $7.8M over the weekend, raising the film’s five-week domestic total to $159M.
At the limited box-office, the film “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” grossed $850K in just one location. The romantic-comedy was written and directed by Shashank Khaitan, and stars Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Shiv Darshan. To put that in perspective, IFC’s “Personal Shopper” grossed $92K across four locations. “Personal Shopper” was written and directed by Olivier Assayas, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger and Sigrid Bouaziz.
“The Sense of an Ending,” from CBS Films, also opened across four locations but only grossed $42K this weekend. “The Sense of an Ending” was directed by Ritesh Batra, the adaptation was written by Nick Payne. The film was based on the novel written by Julian Barnes. “The Sense of an Ending” stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Harriet Walter.
The horror-thriller “Raw” opened in just two locations this weekend and ended with just $25K. “Raw” was written and directed by Julia Ducournau, the film stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf and Rabah Nait Oufella.
Next weekend “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will open nationwide, while “The Belko Experiment” and “T2: Trainspotting” are set to open in limited showings.