Scott Lobdell’s Happy Death Day Wins the Weekend Box Office
It was a happy weekend for Happy Death Day which topped the box office dethroning Blade Runner 2049, last weekend’s winner. Written by comic writer Scott Lobdell and directed by Christopher B. Landon, the $4.8 million budgeted film earned an estimated $26.5 million at the domestic weekend box office and an additional $5 million at the foreign box office. The film scored a “B” CinemaScore and was 54% female and 46% male of which 63% were under the age of 25. The film should do well and make Universal and Blumhouse a decent amount of change before its run is done.
Blade Runner 2049 dropped to second in its second week adding $15.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $60.6 million. That film added $29.3 million to its international earnings to bring that to $98 million for a worldwide total of $158.6 million after two weeks on a $150 million budget. The film has yet to open in China and Japan and both of those are on October 27. Expect a big boost that weekend.
The Foreigner debuted in third place with $12.8 million beating expectations. The film has already been open overseas where it has earned $88.4 million on a $35 million budget.
In fourth place was It which added $6.1 million to its domestic total. The film has brought in a monster $314.9 million domestically and $630.6 million worldwide on just a $35 million budget. When 2017 wraps, this will be one of the films people will be studying and trying to repeat.
Rounding out the top five was The Mountain Between Us which added $5.7 million to its domestic total bringing that to $20.5 million. The film has earned $30.2 million worldwide.
Of note for comic fans…
The controversial “biopic” of the creator of Wonder Woman, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women crashed and burned with just $737,000 from 1,229 theaters. That’s just $600 a theater and the 18th worst debut of all-time. The audience was 52% female and 70% over the age of 25. Distribution rights for the US went for $1 million. So… yeah.
We’ll have a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations in an hour.