‘Happy Death Day’ slays the box-office with $26M opening
A very merry Death Day to you
Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for Universal Studios, the company’s new thriller “Happy Death Day” stormed the box-office with a $26 opening weekend. The horror-thriller opened at number-one against the drama “The Foreigner,” along with a handful of limited-releases. It’s unlikely that these films will repeat their good fortune next weekend, as “Geostorm,” “Only The Brave,” “Same Kind of Different as Me,” “The Snowman,” “A Madea Halloween 2” and “Wonderstruck” are set to release across the country.
“Happy Death Day” opened across 3,149 locations, bringing in $26.5M and easily taking the top-spot this weekend. “Happy Death Day” was directed by Christopher Landon, working from a script written by Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine.
The new thriller pushed “Blade Runner: 2049” to number-two on the domestic charts, the sequel made $15M this weekend while remaining in 4,058 locations. This brings Blade Runner 2’s domestic total to $60.5M in just two-weeks. “Blade Runner 2049” was directed by Denis Villeneuve, working from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The film stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas.
Third-place this weekend went to “The Foreigner,” which made $12.8M across 2,515 locations. “The Foreigner” was directed by Martin Campbell, the screenplay was written by David Marconi and based on the novel “The Chinaman”. The film stars Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, and Rufus Jones.
“IT,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures, made $6M across 3,176 locations to land in fourth-place overall this weekend. This brings “IT” to over $314M domestically, a record-breaking haul for the film that released six-weeks ago. “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.
FOX’s “The Mountain Between Us” fell to fifth-place overall on the domestic-charts this weekend, the film only grossed $5.6M across 3,259 locations. This brings the drama’s two-week total to $20M domestically. “The Mountain Between Us” was directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the film stars Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, and Beau Bridges.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning are “Marshall” and “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”. “Marshall” opened across 821 locations this weekend and grossed $3M domestically. “Marshall” was directed by Reginald Hudlin, the script was written by Jacob Koskoff and Michael Koskoff. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Kate Hudson. “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” grossed $737K across 1,229 locations. “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” was written and directed by Angela Robinson, the film features Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” made $55.8K across 9 locations, while “Breathe” made $26K across 4 locations. “Breathe” was directed by Andy Serkis, the screenplay was written by William Nicholson. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, and Hugh Bonneville.
For anyone that would rather stay in this weekend, the popular new-releases on digital this week according to Amazon are “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Girls Trip,” “The Cult of Chucky,” and “Wish Upon”. You can find the latest list of top-sellers in digital and Blu-ray here on Amazon.
As we mentioned earlier, the weekend box-office is probably going to change a lot next weekend, once the new releases hit theaters. The big-ticket items are Gerard Butler’s “Geostorm” actioner; the Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly bio-drama “Only the Brave,” the comedy “A Madea Halloween 2”; the Renée Zellweger drama “Same Kind of Different as Me,” and the limited-release of director Todd Haynes’ family-drama “Wonderstruck“.