Weekend box office: The Great Wall can’t beat The LEGO Batman Movie

I think the hard thing for American audiences to understand when it comes to Matt Damon’s THE GREAT WALL is that it wasn’t made for you.  It was made for the international audience and most of the marketing efforts have been to sell it at an international level.  For us, it seems weird for Matt Damon to star in a movie like this, but the film is cleaning up over seas with well over $200 million.  But stateside, it was only able to hit third place at the weekend box office with about $16 million.  I’m going to be interested to see if we’ll see more A-list actors jump the pond to star in foreign movies like this.  The other big new movie of the weekend was FIST FIGHT with Ice Cube and Charlie Day, which was universally panned by critics.  Audiences didn’t seem to respond to it either and the film barely cracked the the top five with $11 million.  I kind of liked the premise and was disappointed they couldn’t make it work.

Next week feels like a weekend that no one in Hollywood cares about, but it does have a couple of well received movies.  First up is the action film COLLIDE starring unlikely action heroes Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones.  Then we have the original thriller GET OUT from director Jordan Peele.  Like I said, both movies have received pretty positive reviews but neither feels like the kind of movie that can take the top spot at the weekend box office.  My guess is the top four or five movies stays the same.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. The LEGO Batman Movie $35.3m

2. Fifty Shades Darker $22.5m

3. The Great Wall $16.3m

4. John Wick: Chapter 2 $14.7m

5. Fist Fight $11.1m

6. Hidden Figures $7.1m

7. Split $7mRings $5.3m

8. A Dog’s Purpose $5.9m

9. A Cure For Wellness $4.7m

10. La La Land $4.4m


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