Blumhouse has another hit on its hands with ‘Happy Death Day’


Blumhouse’s high-volume, low-budget formula has paid off again, with Christopher Landon's Happy Death Day easily topping the box office with a $26.5 domestic gross against a $4.8  million budget. That gives Happy Death Day Blumhouse’s tenth-highest opening, fourth-highest if you discount sequels to the Purge, Insidious and Paranormal Activity franchises.

Blade Runner 2049, which opened to an underwhelming $32.7 million last weekend, dropped 54% to $15.1 million. But hey, at least it’s in good company: Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner was a flop upon its initial release in 1982, only to acquire a cult classic status in the subsequent years.

In spot number three with $12.8 million is action thriller The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. $12.8 million is quite solid for a U.S. debut, but where The Foreigner is making its real money is in China, where it’s brought in $66 million over the last several weeks. Its worldwide gross is sitting pretty at $101.2 million against a $35 million budget.

The rest of the top five went to holdovers: It (weekend gross $6 million, total gross $314.9 million), which has a shot of eclipsing Spider-Man: Homecoming ($333 million) as the fourth highest-grossing film of the year, and The Mountain Between Us (weekend gross $5.6 million, total gross $20.5 million) in its second week.

Two new wide releases failed to crack the top ten: Marshall, delivering on expectations with $3 million on 821 screens, and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, underperforming with $737,000 on 1,229 screens for a mere $600 average. That gives the film, an LGBT romance directed by Angela Robinson, the 18th worst debut for a film opening on over 1,000 theatres.

Topping the per-theatre average ranking was Ai Weiwei’s documentary Human Flow, which debuted to $47,000 on three theatres for a PTA of $15,667. Also new to theatres in specialty release were American Satan ($132,000 on 55 screens), Goodbye Christopher Robin ($55,800 on nine screens), Breathe ($26,254 on four screens), Tom of Finland ($13,000 on one screen), For Ahkeem ($10,500 on three screens), The Departure ($5,684 on one screen), 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene ($4,081 on one screen) and Man from Earth: Holocene ($2,800 on one screen).