Despite the film’s focus on an aging hero who is facing his mortality, Logan struck an opening weekend worthy of a young franchise. Hugh Jackman’s last turn as the veteran X-Men, Wolverine, proved to find its audience despite the film’s R-rating. Logan made an estimated $85.3 million dollars domestically and over $244 million dollars worldwide in its debut weekend. Which qualifies it as the largest opening of the year and the largest R-rated opening in the month of March ever.
The movie has a lot of upcoming competition with Kong: Skull Island, Power Rangers, and particularly Beauty and the Beast, so Logan’s hold on the record books may be short-lived, but no less impressive. Fox has scored its second R-rated X-Men hit following Deadpool and this ensures that they will continue to explore their new avenue.
Get Out continued its own stellar run with a second weekend that only lost an estimated 21% of its opening weekend’s audience. It grossed an estimated $26.1 million dollars and has already totaled over $75 million dollars against its minuscule $4.5 million dollar budget. The word of mouth is strong for Jordan Peele’s surprise socio-political horror film that has exceeded every expectation and should stay around throughout the month despite all the new offerings.
Third place belonged to The Shack, an adaptation of the Christian themed book that stars Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. It made an estimated $16.1 million dollars in its opening weekend, which is huge for the small feature. However, it isn’t too unexpected as religious themed dramas always seem to find a large audience at this time of year.
The LEGO Batman Movie continued its run as the animated movie to see in its fourth week of release. It made an estimated $11 million dollars which qualified it for the fourth spot. There are a bevy of family films coming this month, so it will be interesting to see how much longer it manages to hang on.
Rounding out the top five was Before I Fall with an estimated $4.9 million dollars. The movie is an adaptation of the coming of age novel about a teenager that experiences her death daily. It will have a tough time hanging on in the upcoming weeks, as the month has only gotten started with its offering at the theaters.
Check out the full box-office results for the weekend of March 3rd-March 5th, 2017.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|–||2||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$11,650,000||-39.3%||3,656||-401||$3,187||$148,631,801||$80||4|
|–||N||Before I Fall||ORF||$4,948,538||–||2,346||–||$2,109||$4,948,538||–||1|
|–||3||John Wick: Chapter Two||LG/S||$4,725,000||-49.5%||2,475||-479||$1,909||$82,865,972||–||4|
|–||4||The Great Wall||Uni.||$3,507,120||-61.6%||2,314||-1,014||$1,516||$41,268,425||$150||3|
|–||5||Fifty Shades Darker||Uni.||$3,484,770||-55.3%||2,205||-1,011||$1,580||$109,912,085||$55||4|
|–||8||La La Land||LG/S||$2,975,000||-36.6%||1,411||-322||$2,108||$145,684,362||$30||13|
Source: Box Office Mojo