‘Hidden Figures’ Dominating the North American Box Office


“Hidden Figures” is dominating Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and a monster-budgeted family pic for its second win in a row at the North American box office with at least $24 million at 3,286 sites during the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s historical drama, starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, is emerging as the clear leader. “Patriots Day” is eyeing about $18 million in its expansion to wide release, just ahead of “La La Land” and “Sing” which look in the $15 million to $17 million range.

STX’s launch of horror film “The Bye Bye Man” will be a player as it’s outperforming expectations with forecasts in the $14 million to $16 million range. The fifth weekend of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is also heading for the same territory and should finish the weekend with around $500 million in its first month.

Paramount’s launch of its costly family comedy “Monster Trucks” is heading for seventh place with forecasts of $12 million to $14 million in its first four days. That’s slightly better than recent forecasts but a deeply disappointing result just the same, given the live-action film’s $125 million budget.

Affleck’s period crime thriller “Live by Night” is also underperforming with early estimates in the $7.5 million to $9 million range. That’s a painful result for Warner Bros., given the $65 million budget.

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Source: Variety | Dave McNary