Box Office Report: 'Happy Death Day' Wins The Weekend With $26.5 Million Debut
2017's killer year for horror isn't over yet.
Joining smash hits "Split" and "Get Out," "Happy Death Day" is another nice surprise for Blumhouse Productions. The latest from rising director Chris Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) scored an impressive $26.5 million from 3,149 locations on just a $4.8 million budget.
A take off the "Groundhog Day" concept, "Happy Death Day" centers around a young coed (Jessica Rothe [La La Land]) who awakens each morning on her birthday only to be brutally murdered by a masked killer over and over.
Landing in 3,149 locations, "Happy Death Day" easily overtook Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049," which earned a meager $15.1 million in its second weekend after a disappointing $32.7 million opening in 4,058 locations. That's nearly a 54% drop off for Warner Bros' $150 million sci-fi epic.
Other films opening this weekend didn't fare much better.
Jackie Chan's latest "The Foreigner" directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) claimed the No. 3 spot earning $12.8 million in 2,515 locations. Luckily for the co-promotion from STXfilms, Wanda and Sparkle Roll Media, the action thriller is performing much better abroad. Scoring $88.4 million since its Sept. 30 international debut, the film has earned over $101.2 million on a $35 million budget.
Open Road's Thurgood Marshall biopic "Marshall" starring Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War) took the No. 11 slot and opened to just $3 million from 821 locations.
"Professor Marston & The Wonder Women" landed at No. 14, earning just $737,000 from 1,229 locations. Starring Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, Beaty and the Beast) and Rebecca Hall (The Gift, Christine) the film tells the story of American psychologist William Moulton Marston who created the comic book character Wonder Woman as well as one of the earliest forms of a lie detector.
The Halloween season certainly hasn't hurt "IT." Landing at No. 4, the horror hit from director Andres Muschietti (Mama) raked in another $6 million for Warner Bros. (New Line) this weekend. After a $123.4 million release, the Stephen King adaptation has now made over $630 million worldwide. Not bad for a $35 million budget.
Here's how the rest of the top 10 shaped up: