Another four-day holiday weekend (for a large portion of the US population) ended on more of a whimper than a bang with three newcomers entering the Top Ten but barely making any waves. Success, however, came for the holdovers with Hidden Figures hanging tight in the Number 1 spot with a four-day $27.5 million total. In its fourth week of release, the $25 million sleeper has earned nearly $62 million domestically, growing by almost 21% from last week’s total. The film has yet to open in any overseas markets.
Expanding to 333 more theaters (now at 1,848), awards darling La La Land saw its fortunes ride 75%, moving up two spots to Number 3 with $17.7 million, a per screen average of $9,588, topping Hidden Figures‘ average of $8,371. After six weeks, the $30 million film has earned $77.3 million domestically and $55 million overseas for a $132.2 million global total. The holiday seemed to help Sing a bit as well, dropping only 8% from the previous week but moving up two spaces to Number 2 with $19 million. Its four week domestic total stands at $238.2 million.
Sing‘s ascent displaced Rogue One, which lost 24% from last week, dropping two spots to Number 4 with $16.8 million. The film has crossed the $500 million mark in five weeks, the only 2016 release to hit that number, and the seventh film of all time to hit that mark. Overseas the film has taken in $481.1 million putting it even closer to the $1 billion mark with a $983 million global gross. By comparison, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens ended its domestic run with $936.6 million and $1.1 billion in foreign markets for a $2 billion global tally.
Benefiting greatly from expansions this week are Patriots Day which added 3,113 screens, gaining 13,023% and moving up from 30 to 7 with $13.7 million. Even with the big gains, the film still fell short of industry expectations of close to $20 million. Live By Night also saw a big expansion with an additional 2,818 screens and a 22,198% increase, moving from 43 to 12 with $6 million.
Of the new releases, the Jamie Foxx action flick Sleepless snuck onto 1,803 screens and earned $9.7 million, good only for eighth place. At Number 6, the live action/CGI extravaganza Monster Trucks earned $14.1 million on 3,119 screens. The film is reported to have cost Paramount in the neighborhood of $125 million, with the parent company alrady taking a $115 million write-off. If the film has any luck at all, it may finish its run with $35-40 million.
The one surprise was the horror flick The Bye Bye Man which scared up $15.2 million (on a $7.4 million budget) on 2,220 screens. The Friday the 13th release date probably didn’t hurt the film’s box office appeal. The film out-performed expectations, and also earned $1.3 million in eleven foreign markets. Studio STX Entertainment has had a good run with low budget horror in the past (The Gift, The Boy) and positive word of mouth could help the film top $40 million. With an obvious set-up for a sequel at the film’s conclusion, expect to see more of The Bye Bye Man sooner rather than later.
The January 20th weekend won’t have an extra day to bring in more cash, but the number of films in wide release should shake up the charts a bit. The limited release 20th Century Women, currently resting at Number 26 in its third week, will expand to a wide release, while the new M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split and Vin Diesel’s return to his action franchise xXx will each bow on more than 3,000 screens. Two films getting a wide-ish release on more than 1,000 screens are the Ray Krok biopic The Founder and the comedy/drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring former Agents of SHIELD bda guy Brett Dalton.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the 4 day weekend of January 13.
6. [N] Monster Trucks – $14,174,039 [NEW]
7.  Patriots Day – $13,753,384 [$14,677,466]
8. [N] Sleepless – $9,771,305 [NEW]
9.  Underworld: Blood Wars – $7,263,585 [$25,379,703]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo