Box Office: ‘The Great Wall’ Takes $970K Thursday
7:05 AM PST 2/17/2017 by
Comedy ‘Fist Fight’ and psychological thriller ‘A Cure for Wellness’ also open over Presidents Day Weekend.
Matt Damon’s epic The Great Wall embarked on its U.S. release, earning $970,000 in late night shows in 2,470 theaters. Comedy Fist Fightpunched in with $600,000 as the long Presidents Day Weekend kicked off.
The film, which has already earned $171 million in China and another $53.5 million in other foreign markets, is tracking to have a more muted opening domestically, opening in the mid- to high-teen millions over the four-day holiday frame (The Legendary and Universal project cost $150 million to make).
Zhang Yimou directed Great Wall, , which marks the first English-language production shot entirely in China. The story centers on European mercenaries searching for black powderwho become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Damon stars along with Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
New Line’s comedy Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert and Tracy Morgan, could earn nearly as much as Great Wall. The comedy follows a school teacher who gets fired, and challenges another teacher to an after-school fight. It’s directed by Richie Keen.
New Regency/Fox’s psychological thriller A Cure for Wellness, directed by Gore Verbinski, is tracking for a soft opening of less than $8 million over its four-day debut (it cost $40 million to make). Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth star in the movie, which follows a young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
The Lego Batman Movie, in its second weekend, is expected to top the domestic box office. It earned $53 million in its opening weekend.