Weekend Box Office: ‘Annihilation’ Stalls on Opening Weekend
Annihilation hoped to scare off Black Panther, but got played
After giving “Black Panther” the spotlight last week for the film’s royal debut, the thriller “Annihilation,” the adult-comedy “Game Night,” and the fantasy-drama “Every Day” hit theaters nationwide this weekend, all with hopes of taking down the King of Wakanda. The competition will be stiff next weekend as well, with Bruce Willis starring in “Death Wish,” and Jennifer Lawrence starring in the film “Red Sparrow”.
Even with a one-week buffer, “Black Panther” managed to hold onto his throne with a $108M follow-up performance this weekend. Marvel’s latest hit remained in 4,020 locations this week, and has now reached the $400M mark in domestic ticket-sales alone. “Black Panther” was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
“Game Night,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, debuted in the number-two spot after bringing in $16.6M across 3,488 locations. “Game Night” was directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the film stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler.
Sony’s “Peter Rabbit” dropped to number-three this week, bringing in $12.5M across 3,707 locations. This weekend’s box-office total raises the film’s three-week gross to just over $71M domestically. “Peter Rabbit” was directed by Will Gluck, the film features the voice talents of Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne, James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Sam Neill.
Paramount’s “Annihilation” thriller only managed to bring in $11M this weekend, despite great reviews and opening across 2,012 locations, but the debut was good enough for fourth-place overall on the domestic charts. “Annihilation” was written and directed by Alex Garland, the film features Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tessa Thompson.
“Fifty Shades Freed” was bumped to fifth-place this weekend, the film brought in almost $7M across 3,265 locations. The popular adaptation has now grossed over $89M for Universal Pictures in three-weeks. “Fifty Shades Freed” was directed by James Foley, the film stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Luke Grimes, Max Martini, and Callum Keith Rennie.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “Every Day,” the film only made $3M across 1,667 locations during the film’s debut weekend. “Every Day” was directed by Michael Sucsy, the film stars Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, and Debby Ryan.
These films will battle several new releases next weekend, including Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish” remake, and “Red Sparrow” with Jennifer Lawrence. The following weekend, films like “Gringo” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” adaptation will launch nationwide in theaters.