There has been much talk in critic’s circles about “superhero fatigue” brought about by the influx of movies in this genre. However, aside from an occasional outright dud like THE FANTASTIC FOUR reboot, audiences are still responding. In some cases, critics are too.
LOGAN, the latest and supposedly last entry in Marvel’s Wolverine series, accomplished both, opening to both strong reviews and an $85 million opening weekend. This was accomplished with an “R” rating and without the extra charge tacked on to 3D screenings, making the total even more impressive. Marvel’s DEADPOOL still holds the record for the best R-rated opening, but everyone involved with LOGAN cannot help but be happy with this debut.
Speaking of good reviews and strong box office, Jordan Peele’s GET OUT enjoyed a second strong weekend, grossing $26 million. That represents a drop of only $22%, which is very good for a horror film. Films in this genre generally plummet anywhere from 60-70% after debut.
Third place went to the Christian film THE SHACK, which grossed a reasonable $16 million and represents another good showing for Summit. That Lionsgate division is already riding high on the success of LA LA LAND and JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE continued to bring in patrons with $11.6 million and a 4th place finish.
Indie studio Open Road claimed 5th place with BEFORE I FALL. This represents another disappointment for the company on the heels of COLLIDE’s disastrously poor opening two weeks ago.
Big titles opening later this month include KONG: SKULL ISLAND (this Friday) and Disney’s new live action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The latter attracted some unexpected controversy last week when an Alabama drive-in cancelled their booking of the picture because it reportedly contains a gay character. This was followed up reports that Russia may demand changes in the movie before it can be screened there. Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.