Box office: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Beekeeper’ remain atop a cold and dreary January weekend

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There was only one new wide release this weekend, and because of that, this week’s top six movies were essentially the same as last weekend. Read on for the weekend box office report.

Before we get to this week’s recap, a quick apology that I was misinformed about how Neon was releasing Ava DuVernay‘s “Origin” this past weekend, which for the longest time was supposed to be wide, but ended up being just 125 theaters. More on that below.

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The “Mean Girls” musical, starring Angourie Rice and Reneé Rapp (who just appeared as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”), remained in first place with $11.7 million, which was down 59% from its opening weekend, as it reached $50 million domestic. Reportedly made for $36 million, it’s already looking profitable for Paramount Pictures with the $16.2 million it’s grossed overseas for a global total of $66.3 million.

The Jason Statham action flick, “The Beekeeper,” remained in second place with $8.5 million, down 49% to bring its domestic total to $31.1 million over ten days.

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On Friday, it looked like it might be a race for third place, but Timothée Chalamet‘s “Wonka” came out on top, remaining in third with an estimated $6.4 million (down 25%), as it surpassed “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” with $187.2 million domestic gross. So far, no movie that opened in the fall has made more than $200 million in North America, and “Wonka” is the only movie that stands any chance.

Sony’s rom-com “Anyone But You” also held onto fourth place with $5.4 million (down 24%), remaining just ahead of DreamWorks Animation’s “Migration,” which took fifth place with $5.3 million, down just 15% from the holiday weekend, with $94.7 million grossed domestically. “Anyone But You” has done quite well with $64 million grossed in North America since opening pre-Christmas. It added another $10.6 million overseas this weekend with Germany opening at #1 with $2.4 million, bringing its international total to $36 million, as the comedy hit $100 million worldwide. (UPDATE: Based on actual box office reported on Monday, “Migration” actually pulled ahead of “Anyone but You” with $5.5 million to the latter’s $5.4 millon.)

Even Warners’ “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” held up well and remained in sixth place with $3.7 million in 2,423 theaters (down 30%) with $114.2 million grossed domestically. Not great for the once-great superhero genre, but it’s doing well enough overseas to make up for that.

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The only new wide release was Bleecker Street’s outer-space thriller “I.S.S.,” directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (“Blackfish”) and starring Oscar-winning Ariana DeBose. Despite it being released into 2,520 theaters, reviews were generally mixed, with 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even so, “I.S.S.” didn’t get much attention from audiences, only grossing an estimated $3 million in 2,520 theaters, less than $1,200 average per theater. The real story was the movie’s terrible “C-” CinemaScore, one of the worst audience scores in recent memory, which makes it seem like this will be a movie that doesn’t stay in theaters very long.

Meanwhile, Blumhouse’s “Night Swim” just barely hung onto eighth place with $2.7 million, down 42% with $23.8 million grossed so far.

Yorgos Lanthimos‘ “Poor Things,” a recent Golden Globe winner, expanded into 1,400 theaters on Friday, allowing it to reenter the Top 10 in 10th place with $2 million for a total domestic take of $20.4 million. It should expand further after receiving Oscar nominations on Tuesday, but it also made another $5.1 million overseas in 19 markets to bring its global total to $33.7 million.

The IMAX and Pathé Live concert film “Queen Rock Montreal” just missed out on the top 10 with $2 million in 387 IMAX locations, but also made another $2.1 million from overseas IMAX screens for a global total of $4.1 million.

MGM expanded Cord Jefferson‘s “American Fiction,” starring Jeffrey Wright, into 850 theaters on Friday, but that wasn’t enough for it to get into the Top 10, ending up just outside with $1.8 million and roughly $8 million domestic. Presumably, it will expand into more theaters if it’s nominated for Oscars on Tuesday morning.

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Despite not opening wider, DuVernay’s drama “Origin,” starring Oscar nominee Anjanue Ellis-Taylor, still made $875,000 in 125 theaters in select cities, averaging $7,000 per theater, a better theater average than all the movies in the Top 10. It’s reportedly expanding into 300 to 500 theaters this coming Friday, so we’ll have to see how well it holds up with no other new movies.

Unfortunately, I was among the 61 players of Gold Derby’s box office prediction game, who thought that “I.S.S.” might be able to get into the Top 5, being the only new movie in wide release. Most players had “Mean Girls” at #1 with under $25 million, but players were divided between “The Beekeper” and “Wonka” for second place. “Aquaman” was already out of the Top 5 last weekend, but 86 players had it going back up to third place, maybe the same who thought “Night Swim” would magically return to fifth place? This week’s results should be interesting for sure.

Last season’s big winner “MellowDrama” was back in the lead for the Jan. 12 game, one of 11 players to go 6 for 6 on the MLK Jr. weekend but putting his Super Bet on “Anyone But You” to take fourth place to score 64,310 points for the week.

Note that there will be no new weekend preview this coming Wednesday, because oddly, there are no new wide releases, but check back next Sunday for a recap of that weekend’s box office regardless. It won’t be pretty.

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