When it comes to studios that produce small-budget horror films, you really only have to look at Blumhouse as far as track records are concerned. And this weekend they scored again with the horror-comedy Happy Death Day, which opened at Number 1 with $26 million against an estimated $4.8 million budget. Blumhouse also struck gold with previous releases The Visit, Split, Get Out and The Purge, all original stories which puts into perspective how badly this year’s sequels have done. Will this spur Hollywood to look at more original stories? Probably not, but at least Blumhouse sees the value in being original. Happy Death Day also brought in an additional $5 million from eleven foreign markets.
Jackie Chan’s starring return to the big screen, The Foreigner, also fared well coming in at Number 3 with $13.1 million. Both The Foreigner and Happy Death Day are playing on fewer screens than Number 2 Blade Runner 2049, and both had significantly higher per screen averages. Happy Death Day earned $8,269 on 3,149 screen while The Foreigner earned $5,214 on 2,515 screens. Blade Runner 2049 could only manage $3,818 on 4,058 screens, bringing it in at Number 2 with $15.5 million, a 53% drop from its opening weekend. The Foreigner opened in foreign markets on September 30 and now has a worldwide gross of $101.5 million against a $35 million budget.
The rest of the Top Ten saw drops despite three films adding more screens. The Mountain Between Us added 171 screens in its second week but dropped 45.5%, down three spots to Number 5 with $5.7 million. American Made added 67 screens, dropped 35% but held on to Number 6 with $5.5 million. Victoria & Abdul added 168 screens and dropped just 28%, the smallest of the Top Ten, moving down two spots to Number 10 with $3 million.
Outside the Top Ten, Marshall debut at Number 11 with just over $3 million on 821 screens. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women debuted at Number 14 with just $736,883 on 1,229 screens (that’s just $600 per screen, the 18th worst opening for a movie on more than 1,000 screens). Goodbye Christopher Robin got off to a decent start with $57,917 on just nine screens, putting it at Number 38. Breathe did okay on just four screens, earning $22,285, good for the Number 51 spot. Human Flow was the big winner this weekend, opening on three screens to the tune of $45,677, a $15,226 per screen average, good for Number 41. Tom of Finland (58) had the second highest per screen average on the charts with $13,524 on a single screen.
IT dropped 39% in its sixth week of release, moving down one spot to Number 4 with just over $6 million, pushing its domestic total about $65,000 shy of $315 million. Globally, the film has eared $315.6 million for a worldwide gross of $630.5 million, the ninth largest worldwide release of 2017.
The weekend of October 20 has several films opening on more than 1,000 screens including Geostorm (3,000+), Only the Brave (2,400), Same Kind of Different as Me (1,250), The Snowman (1,800), and Boo 2: A Madea Halloween (2,230), so expect some significant shifting in the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of October 13.
3. [N] –1– The Foreigner – $13,113,024 [NEW]
5.  –2– The Mountain Between Us – $5,750,951 [$20,603,873]
6.  –3– American Made – $5,500,950 [$40,230,815]
9.  –2– My Little Pony: The Movie – $4,111,877 [$15,625,311]
10.  –4– Victoria and Abdul – $3,006,155 [$11,233,099]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo