September 27, 2016

No one at the box office this weekend seemed to be a ‘Nymphomaniac’

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Happy Sunday once again everyone, here I am with the weekly box office report for you fine folks out there. Leading the way in a pretty significant landslide this weekend was the presumed franchise starter Divergent, which debuted with a very strong $50 million at the box office. At number two we had the relatively weak debut of the family sequel Muppets Most Wanted, which could only pull in $16.5 million. Number three was last week’s number one Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which took in another $11.7 million from you all. The other new release in the top ten was the religious film God is Dead, which came out of nowhere to amass an $8.5 million cume. Among the independent/limited releases, we had okay debuts for the comedy Cheap Thrills and the documentary Jordorowsky’s Dune, while the anticipated theatrical release of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Part One was rather underwhelming. Apparently audiences wanted to watch that particular film at home on VOD as opposed to in a theater with strangers. Make of that what you will…

I’m fairly surprised that Muppets Most Wanted and Nymphomaniac Part One didn’t do better, while Divergent did about what I expected and God is Dead came out of nowhere (it wasn’t screened for critics, so I wasn’t invited to a screening and I don’t make a habit of seeking out these sort of flicks). Among the titles that opened well, the former basically assures that the next two books in the series will be coming to theaters near you, while the latter potentially could lead to a bigger opening for Noah next week, though folks looking for a similar experience there will be in for a surprise. In regard to the two that underwhelmed, the former ran into some resistance due to a few other kid-centric titles being out as well, so it wasn’t a must see movie. As for the latter, it was never going to be a crossover success, but I’m sure it had hopes of being an art house smash, and that clearly isn’t the case. Maybe Part Two will somehow do better in a few weeks?

Among the notable holdovers in theaters, we again have to discuss Wes Anderson’s movie for sure. The Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to about 300 theaters and moved up to number seven this week with $6.7 million. That’s some strong continued success there. Also worth mentioning besides the ones mentioned above, 300: Rise of an Empire moved closer to the $100 million mark, taking in $8.6 million more, while Need for Speed was pulled over, adding only about $7.7 million more to its pockets. The LEGO Movie and Non-Stop continued to hang around the top ten, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club nearly fell out in its second week, so that’s a bomb for the prolific multi-hyphonate right there.

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

1. Divergent – $56,000,000

2. Muppets Most Wanted – $16,514,000

3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $11,700,000

4. 300: Rise of An Empire – $8,665,000

5. God’s Not Dead – $8,564,000

6. Need for Speed – $7,781,000

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $6,750,000

8. Non-Stop – $6,346,000

9. The LEGO Movie – $4,115,000

10. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club – $3,100,000

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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