Box Office: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Disappoint
It was a big weekend for television thanks to the Super Bowl. But it wasn’t as big for the film industry. Three new, well-hyped entries at the weekend box office were major disappointments.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! struggled with an estimated $11.4 million total, making this the lowest-grossing debut of the Oscar-winning duo’s directing career. It came in at No. 2 behind Kung Fu Panda 3, which took the No. 1 spot for a second straight weekend with an impressive $21 million.
Hail, Caesar! struggled at the box office, but it wasn’t alone in its troubles.
The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation was a wash-out, as The Choice debuted at No. 5 with just $6.1 million. Similar to the fate befalling the Coens this weekend, The Choice is now the lowest-grossing opening weekend for Sparks, whose adaptations generally manage to find a wider audience than this. Even The Longest Ride managed to earn $13 million last year. Granted, The Longest Ride didn’t debut on Super Bowl weekend, so The Choice likely had it harder than most. At the very least, it still did better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the mash-up horror novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie came in at No. 6 with a dismal $5.2 million gross on a budget of $28 million. In some ways, this has to be considered a bit of a setback for lead star Lily James, who went from topping the box office last year with Cinderella to fronting a box office bomb. But James is a talented actress with genuine star quality, so she should be able to bounce back from this. Sony is also optimistic that word-of-mouth will carry the film to profitability. It’s still got a long way to go domestically, but stranger things have happened.
In more optimistic news, Ride Along 2 crossed the $100 million milestone globally, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the first film to ever pass $900 million domestically. The Revenant also reached a significant milestone, surpassing $300 million worldwide. Coupled with director Alejandro G. Inarritu becoming the first director to win the DGA two consecutive years, this was a huge weekend for the Oscar frontrunner. It placed No. 3 at the box office overall, earning $7.1 million for a domestic total of $149.7 million.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 02/08/2016
1. Kung Fu Panda 3 ($21 million)
2. Hail, Caesar! ($11.4 million)
3. The Revenant ($7.1 million)
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($6.9 million)
5. The Choice ($6.1 million)
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ($5.2 million)
7. The Finest Hours ($4.7 million)
8. Ride Along 2 ($4.5 million)
9. The Boy ($4.1 million)
10. Dirty Grandpa ($4.1 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in film, check out the list of winners from the historic Directors Guild Awards 2016!