Weekend Actuals: Us Draws Blood w/ Monster $71.1M Debut; Captain Marvel Falls to 2nd w/ $34.2M

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Sunday Update: With one of the biggest live-action “original” movie opening weekends in recent memory, Us topped the box office with $71.1M. That’s more than double the $33.3M debut of director Jordan Peele’s prior release Get Out.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $147.8M.

That’s +5.8% above last weekend and +13.4% above this same weekend last year, when Pacific Rim Uprising led with $28.1M.

Year-to-date box office stands at $2.20B. That’s -16.8% behind this same date last year, up from -18.7% after last weekend.

Most analysts are still predicting 2019’s box office to ultimately beat 2018’s, on the strength of this year’s anticipated strong upcoming slate of films, especially sequels.

Demographics

Among films in this weekend’s top 10, audience demographics by Vertigo for Gloria Bell and No Manches Frida 2 were not yet available.

The audience for Captain Marvel in its opening weekend on top was 52.3% female and 63.9% over age 25.

The most male audience in this weekend’s top 10 was Alita: Battle Angel at 69.1%, while the most female audience was Five Feet Apart at 79.5%.

A full demographic breakdown of the top 30 movies this weekend, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile by Vertigo, is below. (Click to expand.)


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 22 – SUN, MAR. 24

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Us (2019) $71,117,625 3,741 $19,010 $71,117,625 1 Universal Pictures
2 Captain Marvel $34,271,793 -50% 4,278 -32 $8,011 $320,749,628 3 Disney
3 Wonder Park $8,761,117 -45% 3,838 0 $2,283 $29,238,421 2 Paramount
4 Five Feet Apart $8,547,539 -35% 2,866 63 $2,982 $26,258,603 2 CBS Films
5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $6,520,065 -30% 3,347 -380 $1,948 $145,739,695 8 Universal / DreamWorks Animation
6 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral $4,402,750 -44% 2,187 -163 $2,013 $65,783,982 4 Lionsgate
7 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $1,161,098 -46% 1,389 -657 $836 $103,364,648 9 Warner Bros.
8 Alita: Battle Angel $1,081,328 -43% 1,439 -257 $751 $83,814,378 6 20th Century Fox
9 Captive State $959,165 -69% 2,549 1 $376 $5,269,825 2 Focus Features

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 No Manches Frida 2 $1,770,786 -54% 472 0 $3,752 $6,617,065 2 Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2 Gloria Bell $1,650,215 353% 654 615 $2,523 $2,346,200 3 A24
3 Apollo 11 $791,649 -32% 586 -2 $1,351 $6,857,086 4 Neon
4 Isn’t It Romantic $624,190 -48% 918 -448 $680 $47,501,280 6 Warner Bros.
5 Green Book $605,670 -52% 841 -479 $720 $83,885,626 19 Universal Pictures
6 The Upside $549,271 -32% 647 -233 $849 $106,831,727 11 STX Entertainment
7 Fighting With My Family $542,524 -50% 903 -677 $601 $21,962,201 6 MGM
8 What Men Want $310,453 -57% 404 -183 $768 $54,051,616 7 Paramount
9 Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease $258,708 708 $365 $258,708 1 Sony Pictures
10 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $255,377 -19% 278 -88 $919 $189,873,385 15 Sony / Columbia
11 Aquaman $228,302 -22% 253 -30 $902 $334,776,596 15 Warner Bros.
12 Glass $206,080 0% 225 -37 $916 $110,817,480 10 Universal
13 Happy Death Day 2U $197,560 -44% 328 -158 $602 $27,851,130 6 Universal Pictures
14 Run The Race $172,966 -41% 352 -94 $491 $6,196,031 5 Roadside Attractions
15 Bohemian Rhapsody $138,921 -35% 174 -82 $798 $215,936,135 21 20th Century Fox
16 The Kid $125,494 -53% 167 -101 $751 $1,339,671 3 Lionsgate
17 Everybody Knows $123,285 -53% 143 -105 $862 $2,554,266 7 Focus Features
18 Cold Pursuit $117,906 -45% 224 -152 $526 $31,824,425 7 Lionsgate / Summit
19 Greta $115,620 -82% 384 -596 $301 $10,418,510 4 Focus Features
20 Ralph Breaks the Internet $103,223 -42% 145 -27 $712 $200,970,900 18 Disney
21 A Dog’s Way Home $89,510 -22% 154 -15 $581 $41,952,715 11 Sony Pictures
22 Mary Poppins Returns $84,321 -27% 134 -48 $629 $171,822,453 14 Disney
23 A Star is Born $53,842 -76% 164 -279 $328 $215,235,338 25 Warner Bros.
24 Climax $38,419 -80% 136 -81 $282 $729,041 4 A24

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Mustang $223,853 212% 38 34 $5,891 $317,842 2 Focus Features
2 More Than Blue $175,970 -5% 40 14 $4,399 $509,554 2 China Lion Film
3 The Aftermath $120,728 114% 26 21 $4,643 $200,982 2 Fox Searchlight
4 Transit $114,371 -3% 72 28 $1,588 $390,078 4 Music Box Films
5 Hotel Mumbai $88,065 4 $22,016 $88,065 1 Bleecker Street
6 Woman At War $75,807 47% 47 18 $1,613 $230,660 4 Magnolia Pictures
7 The Hummingbird Project $67,417 97% 41 37 $1,644 $112,532 2 The Orchard
8 The Wedding Guest $64,832 -36% 93 -3 $697 $328,729 4 IFC Films
9 Escape Room $64,023 -20% 81 -4 $790 $56,706,157 12 Sony Pictures
10 They Shall Not Grow Old $54,401 -44% 86 -64 $633 $17,652,459 14 Warner Bros.
11 Arctic $53,806 -28% 71 -26 $758 $2,253,036 8 Bleecker Street
12 Free Solo $53,307 -25% 42 -30 $1,269 $17,451,947 26 National Geographic Entertainment
13 The Favourite $50,606 -54% 64 -79 $791 $34,147,963 18 Fox Searchlight
14 Birds of Passage $48,997 -38% 84 -13 $583 $445,926 6 The Orchard
15 Never Look Away $44,447 -38% 44 -15 $1,010 $1,076,261 9 Sony Pictures Classics
16 Stan & Ollie $33,359 -68% 79 -151 $422 $5,392,227 13 Sony Pictures Classics
17 The Prodigy $25,913 -59% 70 -18 $370 $14,824,062 7 Orion Pictures
18 Capernaum $24,975 -21% 24 -8 $1,041 $1,564,811 15 Sony Pictures Classics
19 Faith, Hope & Love $22,998 -58% 17 -1 $1,353 $100,703 2 ArtAffects Entertainment
20 If Beale Street Could Talk $20,241 -42% 36 -23 $562 $14,884,825 15 Annapurna
21 Furie $15,500 -76% 13 -13 $1,192 $578,423 4 Well Go USA Entertainment
22 CATVIDEOFEST 2019 $14,467 -61% 9 -7 $1,607 $361,730 6 Oscilloscope
23 Sunset $13,846 3 $4,615 $13,846 1 Sony Pictures Classics
24 Out of Blue $11,719 35 $335 $11,719 1 IFC Films
25 Vice $10,989 -61% 26 -21 $423 $47,817,213 13 Annapurna
26 Ruben Brandt, Collector $10,878 -43% 43 7 $253 $98,844 6 Sony Pictures Classics
27 The Kid Who Would Be King $10,205 -38% 40 -23 $255 $16,778,829 9 20th Century Fox
28 Cold War $9,657 -64% 16 -29 $604 $4,557,943 14 Amazon Studios
29 To Dust $8,860 -60% 18 -3 $492 $173,242 7 Good Deed Entertainment
30 Shoplifters $6,687 -26% 6 -3 $1,115 $3,270,902 18 Magnolia Pictures
31 Triple Threat $5,936 12 $495 $73,409 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
32 Styx $5,712 -66% 9 -8 $635 $47,762 4 Film Movement
33 Knife+Heart $5,356 13% 2 0 $2,678 $11,867 2 Altered Innocence
34 Ramen Shop $5,303 2 $2,652 $5,303 1 Strand Releasing
35 The Wife $2,566 -62% 9 -7 $285 $9,580,916 32 Sony Pictures Classics
36 The Eyes Of Orson Welles $2,537 7% 1 0 $2,537 $6,999 2 Janus Films
37 Life and Nothing More $2,275 2 $1,138 $24,358 22 CFI Releasing
38 The Last Resort $1,877 -49% 2 -5 $939 $150,736 14 Kino Lober Films
39 Wrestle $1,445 33% 4 -1 $361 $23,071 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
40 What Is Democracy? $1,322 460% 1 0 $1,322 $40,222 10 Zeitgeist Films
41 3 Faces $1,307 -76% 1 -3 $1,307 $33,505 3 Kino Lorber
42 Police Story and Police Story 2 $1,290 -69% 3 0 $430 $97,181 8 Janus Films
43 Who Will Write Our History $1,248 -67% 1 -5 $1,248 $117,447 10 Abramorama
44 The Sower $1,233 9% 2 -1 $617 $23,255 4  
45 The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films $1,026 -94% 4 -8 $257 $3,530,256 7 ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
46 Uri: The Surgical Strike $904 -86% 3 -2 $301 $4,185,663 11 PackYourBag Films
47 Sorry Angel $735 -80% 2 -1 $368 $24,552 6 Strand Releasing
48 Yardie $699 -97% 10 -67 $70 $35,632 2 Rialto Pictures
49 Babylon $607 -96% 1 -6 $607 $57,568 3 Kino Lorber Films
50 Hotel By The River $548 -17% 1 -3 $548 $22,228 6 Cinema Guild
51 The Heiresses $486 -57% 2 -3 $243 $65,053 10 Distrib Films US
52 Hale County This Morning, This Evening $457 1 $457 $109,378 28 Cinema Guild
53 The Image Book $375 -63% 2 -4 $188 $91,924 9 Kino Lorber Films
54 Iceman $126 -91% 1 -6 $126 $2,118 2 Film Movement
55 The Wild Pear Tree $59 -94% 1 -2 $59 $27,719 8 Cinema Guild

Monday Update: There’s no two ways about it: Us is a blockbuster.

Jordan Peele’s hugely-anticipated follow-up to Get Out took in an estimated $70.2 million in its debut weekend, blasting past all expectations to claim the third-biggest opening weekend for an R-rated horror film ever behind 2017’s It ($123.4 million) and last year’s Halloween remake ($76.2 million). Additionally, it claimed the biggest debut ever for an original horror film, as well as the largest opening for a live-action original movie since – believe it or not – 2009’s Avatar. Elsewhere, 2019’s first major blockbuster, Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel, dropped to second place with a strong performance in its third weekend.

Propelled by a savvy marketing campaign, strong buzz out of SXSW, excellent critical notices, the relative dearth of major horror film releases this year, and audience goodwill from the massively-successful Get Out ($33.3 million opening, $176 million final), Us was always expected to do well, but its debut outperformed even the most bullish of predictions. We arguably haven’t seen a horror auteur like this come on the scene since M. Night Shyamalan, who shot to stardom on the strength of the hugely-successful The Sixth Sense before following it up with Unbreakable a year later. But not even Shyamalan managed to more than double the opening gross of his breakthrough film, as Peele has managed to do here, demonstrating just how much pent-up demand existed for the latter director’s sophomore effort. Of course, it bears pointing out that Us debuted in nearly 1,000 more theaters than Get Out, which partially explains its huge leap over that film’s opening-weekend gross.

That pent-up demand represents an interesting test for Us, which massively benefitted from the critical and commercial success of Get Out but will likely be far more front-loaded than that film, which dipped a tiny 15% in its second weekend. Given how ardent Peele’s fanbase clearly is (Us enjoyed the best opening day of any original R-rated horror film with $29.06 million on Friday), it’s reasonable to expect a much larger second-weekend drop here. It’s also worth noting that Us‘s “B” Cinemascore – while good for the genre – came in a bit lower than Get Out‘s “A-“, suggesting audiences weren’t quite as satisfied with the director’s latest effort, which is undeniably a more challenging and complex film than its predecessor. Still, Us‘s thematic ambiguity and twisty plot rewards repeat viewings, meaning it could theoretically benefit from fans making multiple trips to the theater to unpack some of Peele’s big ideas.

Notably, Us held appeal to a wide range of moviegoers. The opening-weekend audience was split evenly between men and women and nearly evenly between the over-25 and under-25 age demos (53% to 47%). Meanwhile, 30% of the audience was African-American and 21% was Latino, making it a diverse turnout overall.

After a two-week run at No. 1, Captain Marvel dropped to second place with an estimated $35 million, bringing its domestic total to an incredible $321.5 million after 17 days. That vaults the Brie Larson-headlining superhero pic to tenth place on the list of highest-grossing films in the MCU, leapfrogging over Iron Man 2 ($312.4 million total), Thor: Ragnarok ($315 million) and the original Iron Man ($318.4 million). Look for it to surpass both Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.1 million) and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334.2 million) by next weekend. The weekend-to-weekend dip here was a very healthy 48% considering the competition from the juggernaut that is Us, suggesting Captain Marvel continues to enjoy excellent word-of-mouth.

Third place went to Paramount’s Wonder Park, which brought in an estimated $9 million in its second weekend. That’s a decent 43% drop from its $15.8 million debut, bringing the total for the animated title to $29.4 million after ten days. Unfortunately, the budget on this one is a reported $100 million.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Five Feet Apart, which overperformed in its debut last weekend with $13.1 million (off a reported budget of just $7 million) and took in an estimated $8.7 million this weekend, giving it a healthy total of $26.4 million so far. That’s a drop of just 33% for the YA drama, which has been generating lots of buzz with its target audience and earned an “A” Cinemascore from opening-day audiences, suggesting strong word-of-mouth will continue to propel it in the weeks ahead.

In fifth, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brought in an estimated $6.5 million, bringing the total for the Dreamworks Animation title to a very good $145.8 million. That’s a drop of just 29% from last frame, which is the kind of hold the original How to Train Your Dragon enjoyed back in 2010. This one won’t approach the $217.5 million final gross of that film, but it’s coming close to surpassing that film’s $494.8 million total globally, where it currently stands at an impressive $488.1 million.

Falling to sixth in weekend number four is Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which brought in an estimated $4.5 million for a total to date of $65.8 million. It’s now the third highest-grossing entry in the long-running franchise, just ahead of Madea’s Witness Protection ($65.6 million) and just behind Boo! A Madea Halloween ($73.2 million).

Expanding to 654 locations after a two-week run in limited theaters was A24’s Gloria Bell, which made its Top 10 debut with an estimated $1.8 million in seventh place, giving it a decent per-screen average of $2,756. The critically-acclaimed Julianne Moore drama has $2.49 million to date.

Eighth place went to No Manches Frida 2, which brought in an estimated $1.78 million in its second weekend of release. The Lionsgate/Pantelion comedy sequel now has $6.6 million after ten days, putting it slightly behind the first No Manches Frida, which had brought in $7.3 million by the same point in its run. 

Rounding out the Top 10 were The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Alita: Battle Angel, which brought in an estimated $1.12 million and $1.01 million, respectively. The total for the animated sequel is now $103.3 million after seven weeks, while Fox’s manga adaptation stands at $83.7 million after six weeks.

One other weekend performance to note is Warner Bros.’ Shazam!, which brought in $3.3 million in special Fandango preview screenings on 1,200 screens Saturday. While the nature of the screenings doesn’t merit the superhero comedy’s inclusion in the overall weekend Top 10, the grosses were an encouraging indicator of things to come when the film opens on April 5.

Limited Release: 

Bleecker Street’s Hotel Mumbai debuted to an estimated $86K on just four screens this weekend, giving the Dev Patel-Armie Hammer action-drama a per-screen average of over $21K. The fact-based film debuted to mixed-to-positive reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 73%.

Overseas Update:

Captain Marvel brought in an estimated $87 million overseas this weekend, bringing its international total to $588.8 million and its global cume to an astonishing $910.3 million. The MCU entry now stands at No. 10 on the list of top-grossing superhero movies of all time worldwide, with top-grossing international territories including China ($146.3 million), Korea ($40.1 million), the UK ($38.9 million), and Brazil ($30.6 million).

Us brought in an estimated $16.7 million in 47 markets, including $3.6 million in Ireland and the UK and $1.9 million in France. That brings its worldwide debut total to $86.9 million.


Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 22 – SUN, MAR. 24

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Us (2019) $70,250,000 3,741 $18,778 $70,250,000 1 Universal Pictures
2 Captain Marvel $35,021,000 -48% 4,278 -32 $8,186 $321,498,835 3 Disney
3 Wonder Park $9,000,000 -43% 3,838 0 $2,345 $29,477,304 2 Paramount
4 Five Feet Apart $8,750,000 -34% 2,866 63 $3,053 $26,461,064 2 CBS Films
5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $6,530,000 -30% 3,347 -380 $1,951 $145,749,630 8 Universal / DreamWorks Animation
6 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral $4,500,000 -43% 2,187 -163 $2,058 $65,881,232 4 Lionsgate
7 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $1,125,000 -48% 1,389 -657 $810 $103,328,550 9 Warner Bros.
8 Alita: Battle Angel $1,015,000 -47% 1,439 -257 $705 $83,748,050 6 20th Century Fox
9 Captive State $918,000 -71% 2,549 1 $360 $5,228,660 2 Focus Features

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Gloria Bell $1,802,500 394% 654 615 $2,756 $2,498,485 3 A24
2 No Manches Frida 2 $1,780,000 -54% 472 0 $3,771 $6,626,279 2 Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3 Apollo 11 $800,000 -31% 586 -2 $1,365 $6,865,437 4 Neon
4 Isn’t It Romantic $630,000 -48% 918 -448 $686 $47,507,090 6 Warner Bros.
5 Glass $600,000 190% 225 -37 $2,667 $111,211,400 10 Universal
6 Green Book $600,000 -52% 841 -479 $713 $83,879,956 19 Universal Pictures
7 The Upside $530,000 -34% 647 -233 $819 $106,812,456 11 STX Entertainment
8 Fighting With My Family $509,274 -53% 903 -677 $564 $21,928,951 6 MGM
9 What Men Want $305,000 -58% 404 -183 $755 $54,046,163 7 Paramount
10 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $250,000 -21% 278 -88 $899 $189,868,008 15 Sony / Columbia
11 Happy Death Day 2U $190,000 -46% 328 -158 $579 $27,843,570 6 Universal Pictures
12 Everybody Knows $122,000 -54% 143 -105 $853 $2,552,981 7 Focus Features
13 Bohemian Rhapsody $107,000 -50% 174 -82 $615 $215,904,214 21 20th Century Fox
14 Greta $106,000 -84% 384 -596 $276 $10,408,890 4 Focus Features
15 Ralph Breaks the Internet $105,000 -41% 145 -27 $724 $200,972,677 18 Disney
16 Mary Poppins Returns $81,000 -30% 134 -48 $604 $171,819,132 14 Disney
17 Climax $49,200 -75% 136 -81 $362 $739,822 4 A24

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Badla $237,547 -49% 97 -18 $2,449 $1,712,624 3 Reliance Entertainment
2 The Mustang $228,000 218% 38 34 $6,000 $321,989 2 Focus Features
3 More Than Blue $170,000 -9% 40 14 $4,250 $503,584 2 China Lion Film
4 The Aftermath $123,000 118% 26 21 $4,731 $203,254 2 Fox Searchlight
5 Transit $113,503 -4% 72 28 $1,576 $389,210 4 Music Box Films
6 Hotel Mumbai $86,492 4 $21,623 $86,492 1 Bleecker Street
7 The Hummingbird Project $78,834 130% 41 37 $1,923 $123,949 2 The Orchard
8 The Wedding Guest $66,247 -35% 93 -3 $712 $330,144 4 IFC Films
9 Arctic $52,927 -29% 71 -26 $745 $2,252,157 8 Bleecker Street
10 Birds of Passage $52,486 -34% 85 -12 $617 $449,415 6 The Orchard
11 Free Solo $48,660 -32% 42 -30 $1,159 $17,447,300 26 National Geographic Entertainment
12 Never Look Away $45,130 -38% 44 -15 $1,026 $1,076,944 9 Sony Pictures Classics
13 Stan & Ollie $32,971 -69% 79 -151 $417 $5,391,839 13 Sony Pictures Classics
14 Capernaum $28,244 -11% 24 -8 $1,177 $1,568,080 15 Sony Pictures Classics
15 Out of Blue $17,682 35 $505 $17,682 1 IFC Films
16 Sunset $15,006 3 $5,002 $15,006 1 Sony Pictures Classics
17 The Iron Orchard $11,395 13 $877 $197,991 5 mTuckman Media
18 Ruben Brandt, Collector $10,454 -45% 43 7 $243 $98,420 6 Sony Pictures Classics

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