Box office results for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s migration to the big screen from their Comedy Central show Key & Peele indicated a less-than-overwhelming success, but still solid!
Making $9.5M, Keanu came in third place behind the Jungle Book, and barely beating $9.4M take for the Huntsman: Winter’s War. Although this was lower than I expected, given the budget was a mere $15M, I certainly wouldn’t consider this a bomb. It also saw a big success with the MoviePass audience, nabbing 27.2% of all check-ins this weekend.
The movie also has strong reviews so far, with 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, so even though next weekend will be big with the release of Captain America: Civil War, Keanu may end up holding on to a spot in the top five.
In second, indie horror film Green Room came out of nowhere to take 10.1% of check-ins. With an expansion into 440 new theaters, seems like members were more intrigued by this than other new releases out like Mother’s Day and Ratchet & Clank.
Speaking of the former, Mother’s Day wound up in third for members with 8.3%. Pretty impressive given the abysmal 8% Tomatometer rating and losing out to Keanu at the box office with $8.3M.
The fourth and fifth place movies were both Disney spinoff holdovers: the Jungle Book held stronger than the Huntsman in its third week, taking 7.1% of check-ins after dropping 43% from its second week. The Huntsman took fifth with 5.4% after a huge 75% drop from its opening weekend.
Although it didn’t make the top five, I feel compelled to mention the video game adaptation Ratchet & Clank that also released this past weekend. By and large, it was a disappointment, only making $4.8M at the box office and taking 3% of member check-ins on a $20M budget (granted, relatively small for an animated movie these days). I was surprised to see this do so poorly given the built-in audience this beloved game had. Critically, it was badly received, only managing 19% positive reviews, so this may have driven the core audience away. And having not seen much marketing material from it, it may be that the studio Focus Features decided to move away from it when they realized they had a stinker on their hands. An unfortunate result, and I wonder how it bodes for Warcraft, due out in early June.
What’s next? The first hotly anticipated comic book movie of the summer is finally upon us: Captain America: Civil War is fully hyped up and ready for release this weekend, and you can bet it’s going to be a big one. The question now is not “will it do well” but “how well will it do”? When the summer wraps up, I’d be interested to see whether this Marvel chapter will endure and beat out other comic book releases this summer like X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad.
Studios were smart: this will be the only release this weekend in more than 10 theaters, so as I said, the rest of the top five next week will see holdovers like Keanu and Jungle Book still keeping a spot. We’ll see what happens!
Excited for Civil War? Are you skipping it for something else? What’d you think of the results and the movies from last weekend? Let us know in the comments below