Oscar weekend didn’t have much of an impact on this week’s box office with only La La Land in the Top Ten seeing a small 2% up-tick from last weekend. Other Best Picture nominees Hidden Figures and Lion saw drops of 20% and 9% respectively. Outside the Top Ten, eventual Best Picture winner Moonlight rose by 9%, moving up one spot to Number 19 (the film arrives on home video February 28), animated film nominee The Red Turtle added 79 screens and rose 81% from Number 47 to Number 35, and Elle with its Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert, added 104 screens and rose 45% from Number 50 to Number 43.
In the Top Ten, Jordan Peele’s new horror thriller with social commentary stormed to the top spot with $33.3 million, against a $4.5 million budget (and made another big win for Universal following the similar success of Split), with a huge $12,002 per screen (on 2,781 screens). The film’s pre-release Rotten Tomatoes rating was 100% and maintains a 99% critical rating three days after opening. Peele and Universal should bask in this weekend’s glory as Logan is sure to slash its way to Number 1 next weekend.
Two other new releases failed to crack the Top Ten. The animated film Rock Dog narrowly missed hitting Number 10 by less than $125,000, coming in at Number 11 with $3.7 million on 2,077 screens. Collide, on about 30 less screens, could only manage a thirteenth place finish with $1.5 million.
Outside of the new release and Oscar contenders, the rest of the Top Ten saw drops from 41-62%. The LEGO Batman Movie took that 41% hit in its third week, slipping one spot to Number 2 with $19.2 million. It’s three week domestic total stands at $133.2 million with a global tally of $226.2 million. The Great Wall, a film for which Matt Damon passed up the lead in Manchester by the Sea (which he ultimately produced, watching Casey Affleck take home the Best Actor award), dropped 51% in its second week, dropping one spot to Number 4 and earning just $34.8 million domestically against a $150 million budget. The foreign box office stands ar $94.6 million giving the film a $129.4 million global total. Not good for a major studio “blockbuster.” Fifty Shades Darker also saw its fortunes fall a whopping 62%, taking a tumble from Number 2 to Number 5 with $7.7 million. But it’s making up for The Great Wall failure with a domestic $103.7 million total against a $55 million budget. Worldwide the film has earned $328.6 million. Universal holds four spots this week in the Top Ten, so one dud won’t hurt them too badly.
Interestingly, even though it dropped 42% from the previous week, John Wick: Chapter 2 managed to swap places with The Great Wall, moving back up to Number 3 with $9.3 million.
The weekend of March 3 is sure to be dominated by Hugh Jackman’s and Patrick Stewart’s supposed last turn as their X-Men characters in Logan, which already has a 95% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The teen dramatic version of Groundhog Day, Before I Fall, and inspirational drama The Shack will also be competing for your box office attention.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of February 24.
5.  Fifty Shades Darker – $7,792,655 [$103,727,870]
6.  Fist Fight – $6,571,348 [$23,446,175]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo