Happy Death Day is another win for Universal and Blumhouse
Mark up another win for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions‘ low-budget horror films as Happy Death Day easily topped the weekend box office with an estimated $26.5 million from 3,149 theaters, an average of $8,415 per location. The film, which cost just $4.8 million to make and received a B CinemaScore, is Blumhouse’s ninth No. 1 opening and its third film to open No. 1 this year alone, following the successes of Split and Get Out. Internationally, Happy Death Day opened in 11 markets where it earned $5 million, for a global weekend take of $31.5 million. Next weekend, the film opens in 16 more markets, including Sweden, Taiwan, the U.K. and Ireland. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.
Dropping to second place was Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Blade Runner 2049, which added $15.1 million and has grossed $60.6 million after two weeks. Internationally, Blade Runner 2049 added $29.3 million from 14,500 screens for an overseas total of $98 million and a worldwide sum of $158.6 million. Made for $150 million, the film was directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.
STXfilms’ action thriller The Foreigner, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, opened in third place domestically with $12.8 million from 2,515 theaters, an average of $5,105 per site. Receiving an A- CinemaScore, The Foreigner has grossed $88 million internationally to put its worldwide earnings over the $100 million mark. The film cost $35 million to make.
In fourth place, New Line Cinema’s IT brought in another $6 million its sixth weekend in theaters and has now collected $314.9 million in North America. Overseas, the horror hit added $10.4 million from 5,185 screens in 65 markets. The international total is now $315.7 million and worldwide total is now up to $630.6 million. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, IT cost $35 million to make and stars Bill Skarsgård as the story’s central villain, Pennywise the clown, as well as Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. The sequel has been set for a September 6, 2019 release.
20th Century Fox’s The Mountain Between Us rounded out the top five with $5.7 million, for a two-week total of $20.5 million. The film, which also cost $35 million to make, was directed by Hany Abu-Assad and stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Overseas, the film earned $4.1 million this weekend and has collected $9.7 million in total.
Remaining in sixth place was Universal’s American Made, which took in $5.4 million this weekend and has earned a total of $40.2 million domestically after three weeks. Internationally, the film has grossed $71.9 million and is at $112.1 million worldwide. Made for $50 million, American Made was directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise.
20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle added $5.3 million its fourth weekend for a total of $89.6 million. Internationally, the sequel earned $15.6 million from 66 markets and is now up to $197 million. The worldwide total is $286.6 million. Made for about $104 million, the Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges.
Also opening were Open Road Films’ Marshall, which earned $3 million from 821 theaters, Annapurna Pictures’ Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which took in $737,000 from 1,229 theaters, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, which collected $55,800 from nine theaters, and Magnolia Pictures’ Human Flow, which earned $47,000 from just three theaters.