Weekend Box Office for October 13-15, 2017
“Happy Death Day,” the latest microbudget horror film from Blumhouse and Universal, brought in $26.5 million over its first weekend and easily dethroned the underperforming “Blade Runner 2049.” “Happy Death Day,” a PG-13 horror comedy, stars Jessica Rothe as a woman who is forced to relive her own death over and over again until she can solve the mystery of who killed her. Even the most robust predictions initially had “Happy Death Day” finishing the weekend with $20 million. Those predictions were quickly revised after the film opened to an impressive $11.6 million on Friday (includes early Thursday screenings). The film was made for less than $5 million.
Despite strong reviews from critics and fans alike, “Blade Runner 2049” finished its second weekend with $15 million. That’s a drop of 54 percent. The film’s domestic total sits near $60 million, a total mirrored by its international box office. With a budget of $150 million, “Blade Runner 2049” needs to at least double its current $160 million worldwide total before Warner Bros. and Sony can start to think about turning a profit.
“The Foreigner,” the action thriller from director Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, came into the weekend having already earned $88 million internationally. In its domestic debut the film earned a healthy $12.8 million.
“It” continues its impressive run adding $6 million over the weekend for a domestic total of $315 million. Worldwide the horror adaptation has earned more than $630 million against its $35 million budget.
Rounding out the top five is “The Mountain Between Us” with $5.6 million. The drama starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as two strangers stranded in snow-covered mountains after a plane crash has now earned $20 million domestically.