New releases crash and burn at the box office


This weekend’s new releases didn’t exactly—ahem, ahem—storm the box office, as Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman and Same Kind of Different As Me all failed to meet expectations. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was able to top the box office with $21.6 million, meaning there was at least one new release that didn’t crash and burn. Still, that $21.6 million is the second-lowest opening of any Tyler Perry Madea movie, lower only than Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ $16 million bow.

Spot number two went to Warner Bros.’ weather-themed actioner Geostorm, which earned a mere $13.3 million on 3,246 theaters against a reported $120 million budget. Things have been a bit better internationally, with a $49.6 million gross in foreign markets bringing Geostorm's worldwide total up to $62.9 million. (That counts last weekend, as Geostorm opened in several foreign market as week earlier than it did stateside.) Next up among new releases was Sony’s Only the Brave, which managed a top-five showing with $6 million on 2,577 screens.

Even holdovers didn’t have a great time of things. Coming in at number three, Happy Death Day (weekend gross $9.3 million, total gross $40.6 million) dropped a steep 64% in its second weekend, while Blade Runner 2049 (weekend gross $7.1 million, total gross $74 million) continues to tumble down the top five despite strong reviews.

Moving on down the top ten, The Snowman debuted at number eight with $3.4 million on 1,812 screens. And all the way down at spot number 12 is the faith-based drama Same Kind of Different as Me with a $2.5 million opening. That’s not a disaster on the order of The Snowman or GeostormSame Kind of Different only opened on 1,362 screens and doubtless had a lower budget—but it still doesn’t match up with expectations.

Opening on 265 screens was the Bollywood comedy Golmaal Again (weekend gross $1 million). The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which opened to $114,585 on four screens for a PTA of $28,646. Also out in new release were Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck ($68,762 on four screens), Jane Goodall documentary Jane ($54,712 on three screens), horror comedy Tragedy Girls ($10,677 on two screens), French Oscar hopeful BPM (Beats Per Minute) ($8,721 on two screens) and documentaries Dealt ($5,577 on one screen) and Aida’s Secrets ($5,068 on one screen).