Weekend Box Office: ‘Flatliners’ Crumbles Against ‘American Made’
A slow box-office splits its rewards
We are one-week closer to Halloween but the new thrillers aren’t topping the charts this weekend. After soul-crushingly bad reviews, Sony’s new “Flatliners” reboot seems D.O.A at the box-office, while “IT” continues to break records. On the upside, for moviegoers at least, Tom Cruise is following up his “The Mummy” failure with an “American Made” hit, and critics are loving the new “Blade Runner 2049” installment. The highly-anticipated Blade Runner sequel is set to dominate the box-office next weekend, and it seems nothing will get in its way.
Reclaiming the number-one spot on the domestic charts this week was “IT,” bringing in $17.3M and raising the film’s four-week domestic total to over $291M. The horror-thriller recently hit the $500M mark worldwide. “It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, working from a screenplay written by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. The film is based on the original story written by Stephen King, and stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, and Finn Wolfhard.
Tom Cruise’s “American Made” and FOX’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” are expected to tie this week, bringing in an estimated $17M each. “American Made” was directed by Doug Liman, the script was written by Gary Spinelli. The film stars Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, and Sarah Wright. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was directed by Matthew Vaughn, working from a script that he co-wrote with Jane Goldman. The film stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Mark Strong.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated-comedy “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” earned $12M this weekend, remaining in 4,047 locations across the country. This brings the film’s two-week total to just over $35.5M domestically. “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” was directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher, and features the voice-talents of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux, Ali Wong, Olivia Munn, and Constance Wu.
Even with a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, “Flatliners” managed to bring in $6.7M across 2,552 locations. “Flatliners” was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, working from a screenplay written by Ben Ripley. The original story was written by Peter Filardi, and the new adaptation stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev.
As we mentioned before, the big release next weekend will be “Blade Runner: 2049“. The new installment was directed by Denis Villeneuve, and stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas. At the moment “Blade Runner: 2049” has a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the film is expected to take the top-spot next weekend. The great reviews for Blade Runner could put a damper on “The Mountain Between Us” and the “My Little Pony” premiere, but we will have to wait until next weekend to see how these two films are affected.