Happy Death Day has cause for celebration.
The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second weekend at 4,058 locations, down 54% from its disappointing opening weekend.
A horror spin on Groundhog Day, Happy Death Day centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.
Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s Split opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on to earn $278.3 million worldwide. Then, the next month, Get Out was a smash hit as well with a $33.4 million opening and $253.1 million in global grosses by the end of its run. The production house is also responsible for the hugely profitable Purge and Paranormal Activity franchises.
Otherwise, The Foreigner — a U.S.-China co-production between STXfilms, SR Media, and Wanda — is opening to $12.8 million from 2,515 locations. The Jackie Chan-starrer started its international rollout on Sept. 30, and has tallied $88 million overseas so far. Casino Royale director Martin Campbell made the $35 million flick, which also stars Pierce Brosnan as a British government official.
And two biopics are struggling to draw significant grosses. Open Road’s Marshall is opening to $3 million from 821 locations, and Annapurna’s Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is barely making a dent with $737,000 from 1,229 locations. Both films have been praised by critics — Marshall currently has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and Wonder Women has earned an 87% rating.
It remains in the top five this weekend, as horror continues to dominate the box office. In its sixth weekend, the Warner Bros. and New Line release is grossing $6 million from 3,176 spots. Rounding out the top five is Fox’s The Mountain Between Us, which is taking in $5.7 million from 3,259 locations.
The rest of the top ten this weekend is Universal’s American Made ($5.4 million, 3,098 locations); Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($5.3 million, 2,982 locations); Warner Bros.’ The Lego Ninjago Movie ($4.3 million, 3,053 locations); Lionsgate’s My Little Pony: The Movie ($4 million, 2,528 locations); and Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul ($3.1 million, 900 locations).
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