Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Soars (Again) as Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night,’ ‘Monster Trucks’ Tank

Live by Night
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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.


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Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’

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.

Open Road’s Jamie Foxx police thriller “Sleepless” isn’t showing much life with $6 million to $7 million for the four days.

“Rogue One” will be the seventh film to gross half a billion dollars at the North American box office, trailing only “Star Wars: the Force Awakens,” “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Jurassic World,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight.”

“Hidden Figures” is over-performing for the second weekend in a row as it had been forecast to finish the MLK frame with about $20 million at 3,286 sites. “Hidden Figures” topped Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” last weekend by about $700,000 with $22.8 million at 2,471 sites, then the studio added more than 800 screens for this weekend.

CBS Films-Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day,” which has a $40 million price tag, documents the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the perpetrators. The film stars Boston native Mark Wahlberg as a courageous police officer along with J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan.

“Patriots Day,” directed by Peter Berg, has generated mostly positive reviews with an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The National Board of Review listed it as one of the top 10 films of 2016.

Paramount is expanding Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” this weekend from 51 sites to 747. “Silence” has not been performing well with only $1 million in three weeks of limited release.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, noted that the marketplace is particularly crowded at this point with Oscar contenders “Manchester By The Sea,” “Moonlight” and “Fences” still in theaters. “This weekend becomes the equivalent of a box office traffic jam as we begin, somewhat inauspiciously, a 2017 that will eventually deliver the biggest box office year in history,” he added.

The first 12 days of 2017 have generated $379.9 million in domestic box office, down 20% from the same point a year ago when “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant” were powering moviegoing.

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  1. Linion Bruce says:

    Frank Calvin Mann(1908-1992) was another brilliant African American aerospace engineer who never received proper recognition. Besides being Howard Hughes right hand man, and doing preliminary designs on the Space Shuttle, the award winning sports cars that he built for Hollywood stars influenced the design of several iconic GM concept cars. His biography is entitled,”Hidden Genius”The Black Engineer Behind Howard Hughes

  2. Jim Williams says:

    Isn’t “Hidden Figures” now known as “Hidden Fences”?

  3. Miguel 526 says:

    This household will NEVER attend another Hollywood movie for the entire year of 2017!! This b/c of Meryl Streep & her wimpy Hollywood weaklings’ whining, crying, griping, whimpering support for their weak, whining, crying griping whimpering, (& losing) Presidential candidate, and, of course, that of their their Dear Leader! If these gutless cowards continue their Vicious Evil, we will NEVER EVER AGAIN watch a Hollywood movie, nor pay for family kids to see one, & do all we can to Resurrect our lives to Forever Exclude Hollywood!!!!

  4. Gomalio Fung says:

    When will these Hollywood producers come to the understanding that Affleck is nothing more than the modern day equivalent of the late actor Ernie Borgnine? Dumpy, ham faced, suited for geeky support roles, nothing more.

  5. Never attending any movies starring libtards like Affleck, Damon, and Streep. Hollywood is cutting half the country out with their liberal whining. Good Riddance.

  6. Brigid says:

    Meryl Streep took it to a new low, which I didn’t think possible. When these Hollywood actors play a character that is the ‘common man’ or the working class woman or someone down and out, they expect an Oscar and accolades for being so sensitive and gifted–when WE live those lives and are those ordinary people, and they HATE us for it. What should have been a gracious acceptance speech for an award being given for her acting not her virtue signaling was hijacked by her ego and turned into a revealing moment where she managed to insult half of America, expressed her contempt for sports fans, and showed what a nasty mean elitist she really is inside. She has made a career of playing characters that are those common everyday working often struggling women, receives an award for it, then proceeds to show how much she hates those same women. If that wasn’t bad enough, she retold a false story about Trump that has been proven to be untrue about a million times, had she bothered to verify her nonsense. Meryl–he did NOT insult a handicapped reporter, he makes those gesticulations to demonstrate a person freaking out, which has been proven again and again in video clip after video clip of his many speeches where he is making the exact same gestures. He didn’t even know who the reporter was and it had exactly nothing to do with the health of said reporter. Since you are so smart, so informed and so perceptive, get online and look for the many compilations that have been assembled of Trump doing the exact same thing in speech after speech. Yet she stood there and LIED because she WANTS to believe it. Examining economic policy, foreign policy, trade deals, national security–those subjects must be too difficult for her, so she latched on to a lie that reinforces her confirmation bias and ran with it, humiliating herself in front of the world. Disgusting.

  7. Kala says:

    Expect a lot of losses in Hollywood. The religion and dogma of the Blue Church and it’s Hollywood saints have been spurned by the “little” people.

  8. Mark Calki says:

    Hmmm. Libs should be showing up in droves to support this philanderer and demagogue. I do not understand, he is the poster child for everything they believe in except… Nothing.

  9. Edward Foley says:

    After all these years driving Lincolns, I saw Matthew McConaughy in a anti Trump commercial. Just bought a 2017 Hyundai. FU stinky.

  10. Suzy Porter says:

    Perhaps if Hollywood would stay out of politics, the American people would support their movies. We don’t particularly support people who look down upon us. In fact, there could be an outright boycott soon.

  11. Michael A. Pacer says:

    Hey BEN…If you think you would be in trouble for supporting Trump, wait until you have to face the American people. I, Personally will NEVER again PAY to see you on the “Silver Screen” . My Hollywood “boycott list” is growing by the day and your transition of a “super star” to a has been is coming sooner than you think. Ask George Clooney.

  12. stoney says:

    Personally, I hope that these movies are tanking because former movie-goers have seen how absolutely VILE Hollywood actors are when it comes to their anarchist actions since the election. How truly UN AMERICAN these people have been, urging disruption of the Inauguration.
    I myself will NOT pay to see a movie at the box office, and am seriously considering cutting the cable altogether. With previews of the trash and filth coming to TV next season, it won’t be hard.
    My stance is…..boycott those who boycott America. And Hollywood is boycotting.
    I will never again spend another cent at any Disney theme park or store, because of their H1B Visa replacement purge of American employees.
    Entities such as these have become strong simply because not enough people will stand up against them by refusing to put money in their pockets. Maybe people are waking up.

  13. Blutski says:

    Patriots Day is a great movie because Affleck is not in it.

  14. Wooble says:

    Affleck sucks.

  15. Buzz says:

    This why china is buying these studios

  16. ploome says:

    Does anyone still go to movies?

    • caspero says:

      Yes. Nocturnal Animals, Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge were the three best movies in 2016. La La Land was very uneven but had a strong ending

    • Blutski says:

      The ticket along with some popcorn and some lemonade is a 30 dollar investment. You feel ripped off when the movie sucks, and 90% sucked this past year. I got sucked in to seeing La La Land after reading the giddy glowing reviews…..what a piece of crap that was. Skip the movies, go bowling.

  17. Robin says:

    I hope every smug politically motivated actor who spouts off and insults and alienates half their audience suffers economically hour exercising their right to free speech. It cuts both ways that whole idea of consequences for expressing unpopular opinions.

  18. Carl says:

    Why should I continue to support Hollywood elites who are fake people trying to tell me how to live and what to think when they basically feel they can do the opposite. And all this whining about the election. Like the Democrat party they feel they are smarter, but really are out of touch. So, I choose to watch old movies and TV shows where everyone is dead. Present day Hollywood is just as dead to me.

  19. I love how all these comments are people hating on Hollywood and actors and actresses. Thinking them boycotting movies is the reason there are so many flops. First of all yall, January is known as the month where movies go to die. Secondly, all yall SOBs were there to see Star Wars and Captain American and even the awful Batman v Superman staring Affleck so shut your mouth. Like how dumb are you? You know you will be there to eat up hollywoods dreck because that dreck is specifically targeted at “hard working” middle America. Art-house movies are for the “:Liberal Elite”. So stop with this madness.

    By the way, the Affleck movie did suck, don’t waste your time and money

    • caspero says:

      Comic book movies are mostly targeted at a younger audience, you know the type of people that called the Village Voice reviewer a “harlot” over a review. Guardians of Galaxy I think.

    • Sammy says:

      Rachel, these movies are tanking because people are refusing to see them. A boycott of a movie….is people refusing to see that movie. So to any reasonable person, it would sure look like you’re splitting hairs, and then a reasonable person would wonder why. Do you have money invested in these movies? Maybe; or it could be you that you’re the same sort of stuck up, self righteous zealot that the people here are mocking, and boycotting. Telling people to “shut your mouths” and asking them “how dumb are you?”……. yeah, that sounds EXACTLY the same sort of self important know it all that Hollywood seems to be chock full of at the present time

      • Will Davis says:

        Rachel…Not me. I haven’t seen a movie at a theater since ‘Apollo 13’ and I have no interest in seeing cartoons made into movies. There are a few good things to watch on Netflix, YouTube, et al but that’s about it. You make a grave mistake when you accuse all Trump voters as being uncultured rubes. Hillary and the left made that mistake and they are still doing it.

    • Wooble says:

      What does yall mean? Is that a word from another language?

    • Deb says:

      American’s that are disgusted with these Hollywood Globalist Sycophants ARE THE REASON for their Tanking Movies, they are so delusional and narcissistic they don’t realize that we know they are mostly uneducated fools who sold themselves for a shot on a video screen, they should learn to keep their ignorant mouths shut!

  20. lynn says:

    Boycott Hollywood, simple, FOR THEY SPEAK ABOUT THINGS THEY DO NOT KNOW.

  21. Justin Case says:

    Ben Afflack is a Marxist. Why the heck would I want to watch his movies?

    • JB Combs says:

      to the reporter….Why would you title your article something like that?! It is more interesting that Starwars was beat out this weekend. There was really nothing as far as advertising for Ben’s movie.

  22. Bob Roberton says:

    Ben Affleck is a selfish Libtard scumbag who cheats on his very nice and beautiful wife, Jennifer Garner, with whom he has multiple children with, showing no regard at all for his family. His buddy Matt Damon is a total jerk too.

  23. dieter says:

    I can’t stomach these arrogant and always ideologically preaching hollywood celebrities that have never been anything in the lives other than a pretender and poser. I don’t wast my money on buying their leftist propaganda embedded products aka “films”.

  24. jackdeth72 says:

    World’s smallest violin playing “Hearts and Flowers”.

    Can’t say I’m surprised…. Though. I am highly amused!

    Care to shed some Schadenfreude Tears, Ben?

  25. Sam says:

    Of course Affleck’s movie is tanking. He’s not that good of an actor.

  26. Bill McWade says:

    Ben! Ben! How’s it shaking, dude?

    Been meaning to ask you, are you in character with the other minions of the dnc?
    You know what I mean. Doin’ your own thing without regards to others. Believe
    there is no god, that the bible is a book of fairy tales?

    Yeah…… I guess. Why you’re career is just like Olver & Hardy’s. Abbot and Costello.
    Time ( and God ) has passed you by leaving you just another Hollywierd has been.

    Good luck in future endeavors, Ben, ya’ old has been.

    • Chip Bennett says:

      That is what he gets for being a liberal retard. Laughing my ass off. Maybe you can do a film with Meryl Streep.

  27. voodoodaddy1 says:

    Actually I keep track of what fools are involved with what movie/project. If it’s Affleck or Clooney or that imbecile Matt Damon-or anyone singing “I will survive” then not ONE dollar of my money will be spent on anything involving them. Ever.

    • Wooble says:

      I used to watch Better Call Saul until the lead idiot did an anti-Trump video. Now I’m never gonna be calling Saul.

    • Lisa a says:

      Throw in Rosie and Babs too.

    • Walt Pryor says:

      I am with you. I believe some person could make some money by starting a “Conservative Approved” site!
      We have many boycotts of companies who have folded up under pressure from Left Wing Groups. One of the largest and the best-organized group in the World are LGBT. Although a very small minority in America, they can put huge amounts of pressure on people and companies! LGBT can make it seem like the majority of Americans are against the company.

      This country was founded by and for the majority with extensive protections for minorities. But now the minorities have way too much influence.

      We should have a site with Conservative boycotts listed. So we can make sure we do not support those people that do not support majority interests and beliefs.

  28. jfhdsiu says:

    Well…. You know how it is with those show people. A story is only as good as the story, the players are interchangeable and of little note…… Still, if it had been someone else with some talent……

  29. Richard Hilson says:

    Ben Affleck’s will alway take a dive at the movies because the way he dumped on Jennifer Garner. They will be reminded of that everytime they see her credit card commercial. IMHO, he is the scum of the earth.

  30. Mark Bowman says:

    Never will I pay to watch a move again. No more my money going great to Hollywood. Booyah!

  31. Amber says:

    Why Movies Tank. Video on TV Now. Viral. Natalie Portman. Emma Stone. Amy Adams. Matthew McConaughly ( sp), Jennifer Lawrence, and others…………..Pretending to sing Gloria Gayner’s song “I will Survive”. it is about surviving the election of Donald Trump. they are talking. Singing. Makes Asses out of themselves. Seem Stoned. Or high.

    I won’t see La La Land now because I voted for Trump and she insulted me. I never see Jennifer Lawrence movies because she is a talented actress but a bubble head and compulsive about sharing her views. Natalie Portman makes me look at Palestine…State for favorable light. She lives in Israel part time. IF that is what they have to put up with……………then they are not to blame for everything. Old Matthew……….when he was naked, drunk and arrested……..he was young. Not so any more.


  32. Amber says:

    Most Movies mock and demonize White People. Straight People. Republicans. Business People. People who are Christians. People who are Patriotic.

    Why spend your money on movies made by people who hate you?

  33. nearboston says:

    The industry that created and perpetrated the myth of limp wristed homosexuals and uneducated black thugs is trying to make believe that they aren’t the ones who built the fire and fan the flames of bigotry.

  34. nearboston says:

    You’re telling me that Ben…Ben Aflack is in a bad movie????? The horror….THE HORROR!!!!!!

    Isn’t it newsworthy when he’s NOT the star of a crapfest???

    Stick to starring in insurance commercials.

  35. gardner801 says:

    At this point I’m so sick of hearing my fellow Democrats cry about Donald J. Trump? I’ll happily just watch reruns of “Leave It To Beaver” until I die.. There’s only one thing average Americans dislike more than losers? Losers Being Bad Sports……..

  36. Braddah Nui says:

    Ben is one of those actors that are hard to watch. He just doesn’t have it. I won’t even rent his dvd’s for $1.50 or look for him on Netflix.

  37. george munas says:

    BA: Ben Affleck; Big Asshole; Bad Actor. This liberal SOB deserves to “eat some humble pie”. I know lots of Trump Fans who are boycotting him, due to his remarks and political stance. Isn’t he the guy who screwed the maid and cheated on his wife too?

  38. Trevor Olson says:

    The studios need to come up with a model where people can watch first run movies at home either immediately or 2 to 4 weeks after release. Charge $20-30 per film and make it so there’s a rental window with an exact start time and perhaps enough wiggle room for a half hour of pausing and rewinding and forwarding. The theaters will still do well because they most likely can offer a better sound and atmospheric experience than most home theaters can. There’s nothing like reacting to a movie along with many others while eating deiicious movie theater popcorn but there’s a segment of the population that would rather stay home and watch movies.

  39. Geo Rubik says:

    I don’t care about his politics. He’s a bad actor. Occasionally a movie is good in spite of him.

    • dieter says:

      I wouldn’t care about his, or any other “celebrity’s” political stance as long as they weren’t constantly arrogantly bombarding me with their political propaganda. They are mental lightweights yet they condescend to us “little people” like they are a Gandhi. They are to be ridiculed and laughed at.

  40. Rosea Andres says:

    Sick of overpaid out of touch rich spoiled brats telling me what to think. Go pedal your rich overpaid guilt somewhere else. I’m spending my hard earned dollars elsewhere not on your make believe reality. Express your opinion in the proper venue, I won’t be watching your awards shows either. BTW if you need to relieve yourselves of that guilt money , my family can use it !

    • Amber says:

      Tom Cruise is a scientologist. I know they are bad, bad. But Tom Cruise is not out lecturing me about who I vote for . Tom Cruise makes a good movie. Action packed. Bad Guys are always other nations. NOT conservative Americans.

      I see every Tom Cruise Movie made. His religion is not an issue with me. He treats his fans with respect. He is on to something, I think. I also like well made science fiction movies.

      Could say the same about……………..thinking, thinking…..drawing a blank…………..So far Chris Pine has not made an ass out of himself………..Jennifer Anniston has kept her views to herself…………..NOW they will get demonized by the GAY MAFIA like Jennifer Holliday and they will be out dancing for Democrats.

  41. Singoutloudalways says:

    AFleck is a loud-mouthed, preachy liberal that wants to tell hard-working AMERICANS what to think, act & feel about politics, the environment & any other topic that crosses his mind. I’m done supporting these pompous & self-important elitist. Hope Affleck’s career along with loud-mouthed Damon, loud-mouthed Foxx & loud-mouthed Streep, crashes & fades into obscurity. We, the People, are tired of your lecturing when you have not lived in “our reality/world”, since earning significantly more than a typical American’s paycheck. Shut up & go spout your nonsense at liberal events where we can tune out your ridiculous messages.

  42. Al says:

    Aw, poor Ben.
    This is what happens, when the people, that you lecture and put down, finally have enough.
    Welcome to reality, Mr. Communist elitist.

  43. Blutski says:

    LMFBO Boycott this commie snowflake. He’s no good….. hates America

  44. Stan the Man says:

    Affleck? Ugh! I’d rather watch grass grow.

  45. Donald Putin Trumpanzee says:

    Okay, but you just voted a reality star for president. Pot meet kettle.

  46. Dan Dasson says:

    Do your best to avoid paying to see movies featuring actors and directors that do not respect the voters’ choice.

    • Donald Putin Trumpanzee says:

      Wasn’t it republicans who said they would ensure Obama was a one term president? Wasn’t it Donald who kept saying Obama wasn’t a real citizen and therefore was an illegitimate president? How soon we forget.

    • Donald Putin Trumpanzee says:

      Why? You were the minority of voters?

  47. Rick Charles says:

    Their political bs will catch up to them. I haven’t gone to see a movie for at least a decade.

  48. Tomtohuckleberry says:

    “I will survive!” Without Hollywood.

  49. Brian the Punter says:

    I am boycotting Hollywood until they start to respect the president elect and the people who elected him.. till then BOYCOTT ON!

  50. Airborne869 says:

    Hollywood doesn’t think much of the viewing public making a movie like that…and many others!
    How low / dumb do U think we are ?

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