Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: September 28th

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Box Office Report September 25-27

While most of us were consumed with Salt Lake Comic Con, a few things happened at the movie theatre box office, not much mind you, but some things happened.  Hotel Transylvania 2 opened with an estimated $47.5 million, which is pretty good for the sequel to an animated children’s movie, which is only getting slightly above average reviews.  It was not screened in the Salt Lake City market so we will have to trust the opinion of our friend Ryan Painter (his review 3/5 stars).  The Intern picked up a respectable estimated $18.2 million, while Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and is expected to pick up an additional $14 million.  Everest expanded to regular 2D screens and had an 81% rise in ticket sales, but only enough to jump from fifth to fourth, which isn’t bad against two substantial new films to compete with.  Black Mass took a hit, but it has still grossed $42.6 million in two weeks.  The Visit, and The Perfect Guy had similar drops, it is not expected they will have much longer near the top of the box office list, the same with War Room, which after 5 weeks has exceeded expectations already.  The Green Inferno, Eli Roth’s new film, opened with a disappointing $3.49 million, but this one is expected to be an underground hit.  Sicario has continued its slow expansion into theatres nationwide, and has been attracting attention as it grows, it will be opening wide at the end of this week.  This weekend everyone will be competing what is expected to be the first smash hit of the fall The Martian.

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LW

Title

Weekend Gross

% Change

Theater Count /Change

Total Gross

Budget

Week

1

N

Hotel Transylvania 2

$47,500,000

3,754

$47,500,000

1

2

N

The Intern

$18,225,000

3,305

$18,225,000

1

3

1

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

$14,000,000

-53.8%

3,792

+1

$51,685,572

$61

2

4

5

Everest (2015)

$13,090,000

+81.3%

3,006

+2,461

$23,129,805

$55

2

5

2

Black Mass

$11,510,000

-49.1%

3,188

$42,608,179

$53

2

6

3

The Visit

$6,750,000

-41.6%

2,967

-181

$52,260,580

$5

3

7

4

The Perfect Guy

$4,750,000

-51.3%

1,889

-341

$48,871,135

$12

3

8

6

War Room

$4,275,000

-31.2%

1,920

-25

$55,999,681

$3

5

9

N

The Green Inferno

$3,494,000

1,540

$3,494,000

1

10

Sicario

$1,770,000

+341.1%

59

+53

$2,350,594

$30

2



Coming Soon: Opening this week

The Martian

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel. – courtesy 20th Century Fox


Sicario

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.  In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs.  Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. – courtesy Lionsgage

 

 


The Walk
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.- courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment


New on Blu-Ray and DVD this week

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