‘Bye Bye Man’ Surprises Box Office, But ‘Hidden Figures’ Still Wins

By January 15, 2017

For the second week in a row, Hidden Figures has ruled the weekend box office, easily knocking down new offerings including a surprise showing by a film that stars new Star Trek: Discovery actor Doug Jones.

The horror flick The Bye Bye Man from STX Entertainment finished the weekend with $13.4 million, good enough for fifth place, and finished on top of all the films opening this week. Even the Boston bombing film Patriots Day couldn’t overcome Jones as a horror villain for a film that went into wide release for the first time.

The film is based on a chapter from Robert Damon Schneck’s The President’s Vampire, and focuses on a supernatural being that can possess people and cause them to go on murderous rampages.

Despite receiving mostly negative reviews and almost no publicity, The Bye Bye Man was able to double its budget in one weekend, according to The Numbers, and become one of the first box office surprises of the year.

Finishing second behind Hidden Figures was the Golden Globe-winning La La Land with $14.5 million, and another musical in third, Sing, with $13.8 million, according to early estimates.

Hidden Figures earned another $20.5 million this weekend, bringing its 22-day total to $54.8 million. That also has now doubled its budget for the historical film centered around three female African-American mathematicians working at NASA during the Apollo era.

Barely staying in the top five is the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One, now the top-grossing film of 2016, and adding another $13.8 million to its total. Rogue One has now grossed just under $500 million in 31 days. That’s still a considerable distance behind the $936.7 million domestic take of its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The top five films earned $75.9 million, according to early weekend estimates, which is down 36 percent from a year ago when Ride Along 2 debuted at $35.2 million, just beating out The Revenant at $31.8 million.

Don’t worry, however, because The Revenant did come back and take the No. 1 spot the following week, its fourth week of release.

Other new films were more or less box office busts, including Paramount Pictures’ Monster Trucks, which earned just $10.5 million for a movie that cost $125 million to make. Current tracking shows it won’t get anywhere near that, likely finishing around $23 million domestically.

Also getting minimal attention was Jamie Foxx’s Sleepless, which picked up $8.5 million, just enough to beat out Underworld: Blood Wars in its second week. That Sony Pictures franchise film, starring Kate Beckinsale, has truly ringed in as a failure, bringing its 10-day total to just $23.9 million.

The battle of the Oscar contenders continues next week when Michael Keaton’s film on former McDonald’s executive Ray Kroc, The Founder, opens in theaters everywhere. Joining it is the critical darling 20th Century Women which, two weeks ago, was earning just under $28,000 per screen in limited release.

Competing for box office dollars is Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage from Paramount, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s Split with James McAvoy, which so far is getting surprisingly good reviews (something Shyamalan hasn’t experienced in a very long time).

Also getting a wide release is the religious-themed The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, written and directed by no one we know, and starring no one we know.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.