December 10, 2016

Audiences are flocking to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at the Box Office

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Happy Sunday everyone (my birthday weekend, if you haven’t heard too), here’s the weekly box office report for you fine ladies and gentlemen! Leading the way in a somewhat close race on this kind of quiet weekend was the holdover Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which rose from number two to number one with an estimated $12.2 million, taking advantage of a lack of particularly enticing new releases at the multiplex. At number two we had last week’s top grosser 300: Rise of an Empire, which hauled in an estimated $19.1 million this time around. Number three was the new release Need for Speed, which stole $17.8 million from paying customers, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club was number five with $8.3 million, and we also had one other new release in the top ten, which was Veronica Mars, transitioning from Kickstarter to theaters with about $2 million. I’ll have something to say about the great expansion for The Grand Budapest Hotel in a moment, but among the limited release openings, there was a nice mix. The best of the bunch was Bad Words, but also taking in a few bucks we had indies like Enemy and Le Week-End, though neither were hits.

I didn’t care one bit for Need for Speed, as it’s lacking even for video game adaptations, but it was notable that it didn’t do better. You’d think that with the popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise that this would have been like printing money, but no. It also likely won’t have legs either, which could make this a bit of a failure in the end. This weekend also saw audiences begin to send a message to Tyler Perry that he needs to try a little harder, as Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club made a fraction of what Perry’s movies usually do. Finally, Veronica Mars was aimed just at hardcore fans and that’s who showed up, so I can’t really say it did anything other than what was expected.

Among the notable holdovers in theaters, we have to discuss Wes Anderson’s flick. The Grand Budapest Hotel. Still playing in well under 100 theaters, it cracked the top ten, hitting number eight with $3.6 million. The big number though is the per theater average of over $55,000. Any which way that you slice it, Anderson has another hit on his hands, so we’ll be talking plenty more about this one in the weeks to come. Also worth mentioning besides the ones mentioned above, Non-Stop made a bit more in week three, taking in $10.6 million more, while The LEGO Movie continued to come down to earth, adding $7.7 million more to its pockets. Son of God also dropped more, since it had another big drop, giving it $5.4 million for the weekend.

Here now folks is what the top ten looked like at the box office this weekend:

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $21,200,000

2. 300: Rise of an Empire – $19,105,000

3. Need for Speed – $17,808,000

4. Non-Stop – $10,615,000

5. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club – $8,300,000

6. The LEGO Movie – $7,705,000

7. Son of God – $5,400,000

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $3,640,000

9. Frozen – $2,117,000

10. Veronica Mars – $2,021,000

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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