Calm before the Jedi storm: Box office posts lowest weekend gross of 2017

Calm before the Jedi storm – box office posts year low

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No new releases on the second weekend of summer has led to the lowest weekend gross of 2017 – $7.64m.

Weekend box office has only dropped below $8m twice now this year – the previous weekend was the last days of winter with $7.88m.

There was no major new release to drive patrons into theatres. The biggest openings were Sat Shri Akaal England and Wonder Wheel – with both movies each earning close to $90,000.

There shouldn’t be much doubt about box office takings rocketing higher next week with the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas from Thursday December 12.

#1 Wonder $1.74m

A second week on top for the Julia Roberts movie with box office down 28%. The movie remains on 312 screens and easily had the weekend’s biggest screen average – $5,589. The film has earned just over $6m to-date.

#2 Daddy’s Home 2 $1.41m

A third weekend for this sequel with a fall of 29% despite holding steady on 413 screens – the most for any weekend movie. Total earn has just ticked over $9m.

#3 Justice League $1.14m

The superheroes had the second-best weekend screen average – $3,493 – from 329 screens as the film passes $18m in its fourth week of release.

#4 Murder On The Orient Express $836,000

Five weekends in the top five for this Agatha Christie remake with a gross to-date just over $14m.

#5 The Disaster Artist $680,000

The good news story without doubt this week was the James Franco movie jumped from just 24 screens to 228. Franco writes, directs, produces and stars in the biographical comedy-drama. The cast also includes Aussie legend Jacki Weaver.

Outside the top 5: Thor: Ragnarok has slipped out of the top five to #6 with $668,000 on the weekend. The film will pass $34m early this week.

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