Box office analysts are so ready to see "Black Panther" blow everything out of the water next weekend that they may not give enough credit to this weekend's new releases, all of which did surprisingly very well by February standards. An impressive theatrical run saw this film also only drop 16.8% and brought in $6.4 million.
Reviews slated the climactic film as the worst entry in a awful franchise, but the wild success of each Fifty Shades movie has proven that - like the Transformers movies - they're critic-proof.
"Peter Rabbit", an animated-live action hybrid that cost Sony Pictures about $50 million to make, after accounting for government production incentives, took in $25 million in the United States and Canada, according to comScore, which compiles box office data.
Its the "climax" to the Fifty Shades series and judging from the critical response Fifty Shades Freed is 1 film too many. Fifty Shades Freed is directed by James Foley from a script by Niall Leonard and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Marcus Viscidi, alongside the book's author, E. L. James.
Clint Eastwood had a tougher weekend with "The 15:17 to Paris". The fantasy romance, which scored 13 Oscar nominations on January 23, has a domestic total of $49.7 million (RM195.8 million). The film has earned more than US$800 million globally. It earned a B minus on CinemaScore and a 20 percent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, considering critics pretty much universally say this latest film is bad, just like the first two, $130 million in three days might seem surprising.
In fourth place, falling off from last weekend's top position, was Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", at US$10 million.
Finally, the tenth spot in this week's box-office countdown belongs to Den of Thieves, which brought in $2.9 million, giving it a $41 million total for four weeks.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took in $7.5 million from 6,000 screens in 90 territories, pushing the global cume to $516.1 million and the worldwide total to $881.8 million. But it's all just setting the stage for "Black Panther", which opens next week.