SPLIT makes a big splash at the Box Office in its debut for Universal Pictures with a stellar $34.1 million from 3,038 theatres. Starring James McAvoy, the Thriller gets a 76% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences responded similarly with a B+ CinemaScore.
In second is xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, which many projected to take the top spot in its opening. Alas it earns $19 million from 3.561 theatres, earning a 42% on the Tomatometer from Critics and an A- CinemaScore from Audiences.
HIDDEN FIGURES still is going strong in third with $15 million for 20th Century Fox from 3,416 theatres. In total it has grossed $82 million over four weeks.
SING lands in fourth with $8.6 million for Universal Pictures, nearing the $250-million-mark in five weeks.
LA LA LAND places fifth with $8.3 million from 1,865 theatres, still riding a high from its Golden Globes glory. It has earned $90 million thus far over seven weeks, a majority in limited release.
PATRIOTS DAY is in eighth with $5.3 million for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films, tallying-in at $23 million over two weeks.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is THE BYE BYE MAN with $3.3 million from 2,220 theatres, nearing the $20-million-mark in its second week out for VVS Films/STX Entertainment.
HIDDEN FIGURES after overtaking the monster that is ROGUE ONE last weekend, hangs-on to the #1 spot at the Box Office a second week in a row! The 20th Century Fox release earns $19.6 million in its fourth week out, coinciding with a thematically-appropriate Martin Luther King Weekend in the U.S., bringing its North American run to $60.5 million.
SING is in second this weekend with $$13.4 million for Universal Pictures, bringing its four week tally to a whopping $237.4 million!
LA LA LAND sees a huge boost from its Golden Globe success, sweeping seven categories, en route to a successful expansion to 1,848 theatres for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films. Over six weeks, it has made $76.4 million domestically.
THE BYE BYE MAN is in fourth in its debut with $16.3 million for STX Entertainment and VVS Films from 2,200 theatres. Critics gave the Horror 27% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a C CinemaScore, not enough to deter it from a fantastic opening in a market thirsty for a good scare of late.
ROGUE ONE slips to fifth with $12.9 million for Disney, just surpassing the $500-million mark over five weeks.
PATRIOTS DAY expands to a wide release this weekend, earning $12 million from 3,120 theatres for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films, good enough for sixth. Critics gave it a 79% on the Tomatometer, which is looking good combined with a phenomenal A+ CinemaScore from Audiences, giving it legs to go on via word of mouth in coming weeks despite a soft opening.
MONSTER TRUCKS debuts in seventh for Paramount Pictures with $10.1 million from 3,119 theatres. Its target Audience of young kids gave it an A CinemaScore, while Critics obliterated it with a 31% score on the Tomatometer.
SLEEPLESS opens in ninth for Open Road Films, with $8.5 million from 1,803 theatres. Audiences gave the Action-Thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan (who also stars in PATRIOTS DAY) a B+ CinemaScore, while Critics gave it a paltry 11% on the Tomatometer.
PASSENGERS rounds-out the Top Ten with $$5.3 million for Sony Pictures, a total run of $90 million.
In third this week out and first weekend in wide expansion, HIDDEN FIGURES takes the top of the Box Office with $22.8 million, playing now in expanding to 2,471 theatres for20th Century Fox. TheOscarcontender starringTaraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, Octavia SpencerandJanelle Monae, gets a stellar 92% on theTomatometer. An A+CinemaScore for this crowd-pleaser.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY after three weeks atop the Box Office slips to second with $21.8 million from 4,157 theatres. This takes its domestic total to $478.2 million in North America.
In third this weekend is SING with $19.5 million for Universal Pictures. The Animated Feature has made $216.5 million in two weeks.
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS debuts in fourth with $13.1 million for Sony Pictures from 3,070 theatres. Critics give this installment 18% on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore.
LA LA LAND expands to 1,515 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films with $10.3 million, a total $52 million over five weeks of limited release.
PASSENGERS is in sixth with $8.5 million, a total $80.5 million earned over three weeks for Sony Pictures across North America.
ASSASSIN’S CREED rounds out the Top Ten with $3.8 million for 20th Century Fox in its third week. In total, it is just shy of $50 million-mark in its domestic run.
For a third straight week, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY dominates the Box Office with $50.8 million from 4,157 theatres across North America. In its North American run it has made $441 million thus far for Disney. This makes it 2016’s second-highest grossing Film, behind FINDING DORY (also, Disney) which earned $486.3 million this year.
SING continues to be highly bankable for Universal Pictures, in second with $42.5 million from 4,209 theatres. In its two-week run, it has made $179 million already domestically.
PASSENGERS is in third this weekend for Sony Pictures with $15.5 million, a total of $65 million over two weeks.
MOANA is in fourth with $10.4 million for Disney, a six week total of $212.8 million.
FENCES is performing strongly, placing fifth with $$9.9 million for Paramount Pictures from 2,301 theatres, totaling $32 million over three weeks. It has an impeccable 95% score on the Tomatometer, with an A- CinemaScore.
LA LA LAND is in sixth with $9.4 million from only 750 theatres across North America. It has made $36.8 million already as it continues to expand over four weeks.
WHY HIM? is in seventh with $8.6 million for 20th Century Fox, a total $35.7 million in two weeks.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.9 million, a total $29.3 million in seven weeks.
As anticipated, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY debuts dominantly this weekend with $152.2 million from 4,157 theatres for Disney. Despite equally strong reviews from Critics with 84% on the Tomatometer, getting an A CinemaScore from Audiences also, it cannot best last year’s STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS‘ record-setting $247 million opening. This however, makes ROGUE ONE the second-highest opening ever for a Film in December.
MOANA makes it a Disney Double, placing second with $12.5 million, a total of $162.7 million over four weeks domestically.
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY lands in third this weekend with $7.9 million for Paramount Pictures, a total $31 million over two weeks.
COLLATERAL BEAUTY lands in fourth with $7.2 million from 3,028 theatres for Warner Bros. Critics gave it a harsh 14% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences loved the Holiday Drama with an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Will Smith, with an A- CinemaScore.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA expands to 1,208 theatres for Mongrel Media/Roadside Attractions, good enough for sixth with $4.1 million.
LA LA LAND also expands in its second week to just 200 theatres, earning a whopping $4.1 million for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films. This looks great for the Oscar contender which continues its expansion in coming weeks. It gets a Canadian release Christmas Day in select cities.
ARRIVAL is in ninth with $2.9 million for Paramount Pictures, a total $86.6 million now in six weeks.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS rounds-out the Top Ten with 1,246 theatres for Universal Pictures with $1.4 million. In five weeks it has made $8.8 million.
2016 certainly was one for the books. I admit feeling terribly guilty every time someone claimed how horrible the year was when I secretly felt otherwise! Whether it be the amazing Films I saw, singling-out LA LA LAND, which I will say is the one of the finest to be released in the past decade, or songs on the radio – we love a return to strong melancholy melodies – the year gave us many memories to hold on to. And to think we used to scoff at Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd … now they’re on repeat on our Spotify account.
If there was a big name in town, we were there and this will be defined as the year we met our faves Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden, Anne Hathaway, Taraji P. Henson, Rooney Mara and Emma Stone. We admit, we’re a bit mortified we’ll run out of heroes to meet!
And let’s not forget my love of horses. My travels to New York and California brought me together with icons like California Chrome, Beholder, Lady Eli and star of tomorrow, Classic Empire – the early favourite for May’s Kentucky Derby. My favourite horsey moment though? Meeting “Princess” aka A Pic by MrWill, my own namesake, for the first time back in February! I will miss her as she enjoys the sun and sand in Florida this winter, but look forward to her being a tough machine in the spring after her winter training.
Join me on a walk down memory lane one more time! And check back this weekend as we check-in with Team Mr. Will including Justin Waldman, Jon Godfrey, Dave Baldwin, Siobhán Rich, Amanda Gilmore + George Kozera as they give us their Best-Ofs!
TOP TEN FILMS
1. La La Land
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby
4. Nocturnal Animals
7. A Bigger Splash
9. Florence Foster Jenkins
Into You – Ariana Grande
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
Starboy – The Weeknd
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
No – Meghan Trainor
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Lifted – CL
All About Us – Jordan Fisher
Love Like That – Mayor Hawthorne
Just Like Fire – P!nk
This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Lost Boy – Ruth B
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Spirits – The Strumbellas
Let it Go – James Bay
Work from Home – Fifth Harmony
City of Stars – Ryan Gosling
Audition – Emma Stone
We absolutely are crazy about Riz Ahmed, the English Actor who in recent years has seen his star rise rather quickly stateside. In addition to starring in HBO Series The Night Of this year, Ahmed turned heads in a acclaimed 2014 Thriller Nightcrawler alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. While we have yet to see his performance in acclaimed TIFF ’16 Selection Una (which he had to cancel an appearance for) with another of our favourites Rooney Mara, we soon will see him on many screens in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, for which he was in town for today.
With a whirlwind Press Day schedule, Ahmed with little notice to viewers, appeared on Breakfast Television, CP24 Breakfast and Your Morning. In the afternoon he shared the spotlight with Ryan Reynolds on The Social, that Canuck in town doing good at Sick Kids’ Hospital. He celebrates his 34th birthday tomorrow!
We gave it a shot and found Ahmed, who was was a great sport about the Selfie. We cannot wait to see him come back hopefully soon with his Hip-Hop Duo SWET SHOP BOYS, which just concluded their tour in multiple cities in support of their Album, Cashmere.
And one studio to rule them all. Disney-Pixar, Disney Animation Studios, Disney Live-Action, Marvel and Lucasfilms all call the ‘House of Mouse’ home and that means bigger and better Movies for fans. Whether you’re a fan of Sci-Fi or Comic Book Movies or good old animation, Disney has you covered in 2017.
First out of the gate before the New Year is the hotly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Opening on December 18th, the first stand-alone Star Wars Movie ells the story of how the Rebellion obtained the plans to the Death Star.
This tale as old as time is based on an Animated Movie as old as 1991. On March 17th prepare to be transported to an enchanted castle where the furniture sings and dishes dance. The brand new trailer that just dropped today will have fans counting down the day until the new live-action Beauty and the Beast finally opens. The Beast’s voice sounds so much like the original animated one you’ll need to watch the Trailer multiple times to make sure it’s really Dan Stevens talking to Emma Watson’s Belle.
Our next Movie features an all-star cast, an awesome soundtrack, and an adorable sapling named Groot. This May 5th strap in as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finds our heroes trying to track down the truth behind Star Lord’s mysterious father and getting up to plenty of trouble along the way.
Nobody does Disney adventure like Captain Jack Sparrow. On May 26 visit with the Captain and his crew as they take on professional villain Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Since we’re talking sequels you’d better fasten your seat belts for Pixar’s Cars 3 which will open on June 16th. Lightning McQueen is back in an all new adventure that children are sure to enjoy.
If you missed the long-haired Norse god when his friends were busy having an all-out civil war, then you will definitely be excited for Thor: Ragnarök when it opens on November 3rd. Featuring Thor, Hulk, Loki and even Doctor Strange the latest addition to the MCU is a must-see movie for Marvel fans everywhere.
On November 22nd Pixar returns to the multiplex with an original story called Coco. Not much is known about this Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina-directed Feature except for this single drawing. That said, it’s Pixar on the American Thanksgiving long weekend so it’s bound to be amazing.
The year wraps up with a Movie that doesn’t even have an official title yet: Star Wars VIII. The Rian Johnson-directed Film is still filming but is due in theatres on December 15th. Details about the plot are a closely held secret but we here at MrWillWong.com can exclusively tell you that…
In the meantime, enjoy this brand new Trailer for Beauty and the Beast!
(Photo/video credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)